Cheryl Cechvala is a self-educated wine enthusiast who has been exploring the taste and philosophy of wine since 1997. By day, she edits science and nutrition books, and by night, she drinks, reads and sleeps Napa Cabernet and Sonoma Pinot (though ports, sauternes and German Rieslings are also high on her list of favorites). She and her wine-collecting husband live in Northern California with their devoted pup, Maly.
Happy January! The snow’s on the ground and the ice is on the roads, and if you’re walking through a vineyard in the northern hemisphere, somewhere in Germany or Washington or upstate New York for instance, the frost is probably on the vine and the dirt is crunching beneath your feet. If, however, you’re part of the 10% of the world’s population that lives below the equator, your January vineyard stroll involves warm sunshine and dry air. In fact, if you’re walking through an Australian vineyard, you won’t be wishing you had grabbed a pair of gloves on your way out the door. Your thoughts are more likely to be along the lines of “So this is what the worst drought in a hundred years looks like.”