Forecast of snow showers changed to snow, next thing you know they're
saying blizzard. But Sunday evening it was still mostly drivable, and
I brought Betsy's parents over for dinner. With pasta and a puttanesca
sauce, the 2008 Stefano Farina*Barbera*d'Alba. Medium acids, medium
fruit, light to medium body. Red fruits, hint of spice Acceptable, and
it was dirt cheap. B-

After I got in-laws back to accomodations (snow was really whirling,
made for fun shoveling at both ends as well as driving) sat back and
watched the storm (and had a larger glass than I had at dinner). Woke
up to a winter wonderland, and a big day of combining work with
shoveling (my house, house where her parents were staying, ex-
landlady's house, 3 vans, office). I was pretty beat when I got home.
So out of town guests didn't make it (made it to NYC, decided not to
risk suburbs), so 4 for dinner rather than 8. She had planned a dinner
based on not driving, just food from pantry, fridge, and freezer. It
was actually delicious, a riff on cassoulet, with green flageotets,
chicken thighs, pork, and franks. Plus kale on toast a la Zuni, and
the 2009 Baudry "Les Granges" Chinon. Fresh, light tannins, nice
acidity, red currant jam (not jammy though), a bit of smoke. A little
shorter on finish than I expected, but a solid Chinon and nice as the
entry level wine. B/B+

The cooking wine was the 2009 Anselmi San Vincenzo, a solid Soave in
IGT clothing as always. Almonds and white fruits, clean.

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.*
In this particular case, even less accuracy, as my average-at-best
physical gifts were further hampered by a cold.