Time was when winter arrived and the temperatures plunged, people pulled out their long underwear and stocking caps along with their brandies and Ports.
The past few nights in Napa Valley have been frosty, icing the birdbaths and forcing the dog and cat to snuggle up tight in the fur-lined bed they share. But it's been a long, long time since I've drunk a bottle of Port or brandy—maybe 10 years.
While I like Port, especially Vintage Port, and admire its complexity and ability to age beyond a human lifetime, I've never been a brandy fan, nor have I ever warmed up to grappa, despite the fact that I once broke bread and tipped glasses with the legendary grappa master Romano Levi in his cellar in Piedmont.
So those wines have long since dropped off my list for imbibing.
Do you have wines, or spirits, that you no longer drink? If so, why?
Or, are you passionate about Port, brandy or grappa? I know there are huge fans of those beverages out there.