civet de lièvre à la Française

ON THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE, I LET THE WINE TRANSPORT ME TO ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE

If ever I wanted a wine to transport me, as a good wine can do, it was this past New Year’s Eve.  By the time 2021 was mercifully drawing to a close – amidst sky-rocketing COVID rates, fires burning more than 500 homes in Boulder, Colorado, record snowfall in California, record heat in parts of France, unprecedented threats to democracy in the US, and more deaths in our family – we were downright desperate for a New Year.

Never having been drawn to big fêtes on New Year’s Eve, I thought our self-imposed (pandemic-related) confinement would let us would ring in the New Year just fine.  A quiet dinner at home would give us plenty of time to reflect on the past year and contemplate the coming one. But, as we sat down to our dinner, I realized I was too exhausted by the last year to reflect on it and, in my personal life, I found myself utterly without imagination to envision the... [...]
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