Scribe Winery has been hosting all sorts of fun shindigs in Sonoma where they've formed a Viticultural Society for their members. This past weekend it was raining but that didn't stop the festivities – they put up a tent of sorts, had a big pot of stew bubbling over the fire (courtesy of Chez Panisse), and warmed everyone from the inside out.
Back in San Francisco, when I asked Andrew Mariani, the owner of Scribe, if he had any winter recipes to share, he mentioned his cousin Jozo who's a fisherman on a little Adriatic island. Apparently, Jozo makes all kinds of wines, grappas, and brandies in his musty little cellar, including a sweet port-style wine. The port isn't the best, but during the wet, cold winters he doctors it up and makes the best cocktail on the island.
Courtesy of Andrew, here's Jozo's Croatian Bone Warmer:
• Pour a bottle of port wine into a stove pot.
• Cut the yellow rind off of a big lemon (keep the white part) and then slice thin 'rounds.' Save the juice and add it and the lemon slices to the pot.
• Add a couple of tablespoons of sugar.
• Heat the pot until the sugar dissolves, turn the heat off.
• Add a cup of boiling water (I guess this gets the wine hot without cooking it too much on the flame).
• Toss in some nutmeg or any winter spices you have around and you're good to go.
It'll be Spring in no time.