Baby It’s “Really” Cold Outside

During winter you can drink a glass of moscato d'asti

It is freezing temperatures in many parts of the United States at the moment. This isn’t normal winter cold temperatures, but record breaking.

In some cities it is colder than Antarctica. Think about that for a second. Schools are closed and mail is not being delivered due to the cold. It is that kind of cold.

As much as I hate to admit it, this is winter. Although it isn’t my favorite season I have learned little ways to embrace it. It does not mean I am not complaining about my face hurting as soon as I step out of the house, but I know it is a part of the circle of life. Seasons will always be a part of our lives, but how I deal with them is up to me.

I like to adopt a Game of Thrones mentality in that spring and summer are coming. It is also a time to read big books I normally wouldn’t read when the weather is better. It means thinking of new recipes to try and farmers’ markets to visit. I use winter as a time of planning for the rest of the year. I like to start vacation planning, a girlfriend getaway, and all my favorite outdoor summer activities. Slowly, the warm thoughts bring a smile to my face. It gives me something to look forward to during the cold days and nights.

My planning always starts with an aperitif and for me I want that aperitif to easily transition to a meal. Moscato d’Asti is a perfect transition. It is the perfect beverage for sitting on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket, and reading a good book. It works binge watching your favorite television show. There isn’t a situation where Moscato d’Asti is not a great fit. No matter the season it works. And that’s a good thing.

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Julia Coney
Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C.-based wine, travel, food, and lifestyle journalist. She has written for Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Table among other publications. She is passionate about wine as a lifestyle, travel, interesting people, books and finding the elusive story of wine in her glass. She has judged wine competitions globally and has written at for over 10 years. You can find her living life to the fullest on all social media @JuliaConey, but her favorite platform is Instagram.


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