It was a sunny winter day here in Outer Podunk, and I -- stuck at home with the flu for a second day -- was starting to feel like a whiny, morose little child, nose stuck against the window pane, watching the world go by.
My wonderful partner came through with a pleasant surprise -- a wine-and-cheese sunch/lupper (at 4:00-ish). On the plate: wholegrain Ritz Toasteds with chunked colby-jack and Parmesan. In the glass: RH Phillips' 2004 Night Harvest Shiraz, from the bargain bin of our favorite wine purveyor.
I love Parmesan as an eating cheese. And it tasted so good with the Shiraz -- a very rich, velvety wine with strong blackberry and black cherry flavors, very similar to a Merlot and a lot classier than the under-10-dollars price might suggest.