Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Revisit to 2012


It's been a good year so far with many promising prospects yet I feel obligated to revisit the recent past if only for a short while.

While I was back East for the holidays, there were several events which deserve a blog post but with the clock ticking down to the end of the year, there wasn't enough time to get them in before we welcomed in 2013. Then returning to Maui and getting over jet lag and back on schedule, I only find myself ready to revisit a few select days the last month of 2012 now.

It's become a sort of tradition with our family during the month of December to go to the Warwick Valley region of New York state to visit the Demarest Hill Winery. The master winemaker Francesco Ciummo maintains a vineyard on his property and has wine making capabilities and a distillery.

Dad and I visited the wonderful gentleman and were treated to a private wine and spirit tasting one snowy Friday in December.

Francesco Ciummo pouring a sample of one of the three grappas that he distills. 

A huge bottle of grappa that reminded me of a mirrored gazing ball in a garden. 

A table with the selection of spirits and wines available for purchase at the winery. 

Orangecello and Limoncello. Wonderful colors all from natural ingredients. 

Creme de Menthe - yum!

Mr. Cuimmo's vineyard in hibernation 

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