Some use a natural light lamp. Others prefer to ride it out in the dark with a case of their favorite wine.
It's fall. The leaves are changing colors. The air is getting crisp. The days are getting shorter. And my seasonal affective disorder is about to go full-on sob fest. Batten down the hatches, folks. It's gonna be a long winter.
Because while everyone's curled up with a cup of hot cocoa and toasting marshmallows by the fire pit out back, I'll be inside. In the dark. By myself. With a full case of Wellington wines by my side. It's just how I cope, OK?
You may see a bottle of Merlot with a nose of deep blackberry, blueberry and cherry aromas. But I see a bottle of freakin' sunshine.
On the outside this may looks like a Cabernet that is full and supple without being overly sweet or heavy. But let me tell ya, my friends. It goes down as smooth as Xanax sprinkles on an ice cream sundae.
Then there's The Duke and Syrah. I like to pretend they're a band that plays the kind of music that makes Emo kids feel sorry for themselves. The first is medium bodied while the latter is rich and plush. If they were a real band, they would have broken up a long time ago citing "creative differences."
I know this all sounds very melancholy. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Two actually. The twins. (That's what I call them.) The concentrated blackberry fruit aromas of the first Zin take me back to a simpler time. And the notes of chocolate, cinnamon and coffee of the second reminds me that the sun will come up tomorrow. And everything is going to be alright.