I’ve been a coffee lover for 20 years now. In my quest for a personal vice I’ve become an espresso lover.
While visiting a Starbucks [conveniently tucked inside a Chapters bookstore] I noticed someone else indulging in his espresso habit.
Holy hot espresso Batman …
This is not photo-shopped – the coffee cupping caped crusader apparently loves his latte!
The French have a way with words don’t they? Their word for “Organic” [Biologique - Bio for short] is way cooler than ours.
Also, some believe that the word organic implies that the other products are “inorganic” – which is of course absurd. Brother-in-Spain [a frequent commenter on this blog, relative, and birthday boy!] is still quite confused on the subject as he demonstrates on his own blog Plant Every Day. Understandable, as he has always appeared to be smarter than me – but sometimes that gets lost in translation.
Anyhoo – I decided to go Biologique on my last shopping trip to the LCBO. I found a very tasty Côtes du Rhône and a Pinot Noir from the Sud de France. I threw in a local eco-friendly Cab Franc blend from Pelee Island just to round out the triple play.
ROCHE BASTIDE AOC COTES DU RHONE ORGANIC
LCBO 360966 | Price $ 13.95 A sassy little bio – Grenache / Syrah blend that is quite smooth, not too sweet, and frankly delicious. This may be my vin biologique de l’été - lightly chilled the berry fruits are quite prominent but there is a rustic quality that makes me want to BBQ
O PINOT NOIR BY GILLES LOUVET ORGANIC
LCBO 292995 |Price $ 13.95 A lighter bio than the Roche Bastide with a bit more sour cherry – again, a great BBQ wine if the blasted polar vortex ever gives up his grip on the Northern Hemisphere.
PELEE ISLAND ECO TRAIL VQA
LCBO 612465 | Price $ 10.95 A touch sweeter than the other two – so great if you like that sort of thing. Lots of fruits and berries and a freakin’ cool frog on the label. That sold me – and the Cabernet Franc heavy blend.
Stopped by the LCBO today. This was hanging on the exterior wall of the building. I’m not exactly sure what is going on here? It looks like a Zara ad. Hey outrageously good looking [likely French] dude , watch out or that overly affectionate lady is going to spill red wine all over your new white sweater!
I had somebody text me the other day to find out if I knew where Newcastle Brown Ale was on tap in Guelph. She referred to me as her “phone a friend” – a reference to the Who Wants to be a Millionaire game show.
It got me to thinking – how do you find out stuff like that in your city. I think Twitter is the answer to the modern “phone a friend”. It certainly casts a wide “friend” net. I tweeted at a local beer guy who got back to me within minutes. Sadly there wasn’t any on tap here in Guelph. But I thought that Mill Street Tankhouse Ale at the Wooly was a close second.
I think I would be okay if somebody tweeted me about where to find a wine. So go ahead – “tweet a friend” @TravisOke
#Hashtag, whatever you want it to be.
Canada’s recent gold medal haul is certainly helping me cope with the polar vortex. I guess if it’s cold here we might as well get outside and skate on short tracks and get the gang together for some coed moguling.
Having neither the inclination to go upside down on skis, nor the knee cartilage to land safely on my feet, I have found my own way to come to grips with a long cold winter.
Nothing says “summer is around the corner” like a crisp Niagara Riesling.
Also, I’ve been making cooking videos and posting them on YouTube. My daughters do the filming and the eating. Check out my food videos here – because who doesn’t need more offal in their life?
I’ve decided to stop writing about wine until I catch up on my shovelling.
This winter has totally ceased to be amusing.
Speaking of “ceased” – maybe I’ll open a bottle of wine to ease my seized back. After I write a brief letter…
Dear Weather Network,
I hate you.
P.S. How do I have more snow than Wawa?
This blasted arctic vortex [or whatever new name the Weather Network people have created] has just about done me in. I need some sun and some summer now.
So I’ve adopted the following coping mechanisms
1. Watched a PBS documentary on the French Rivierra while…
2. Eating a delicious rabbit and black truffle pâté and …
3. Drinking a perfectly delightful [and on sale] Bordeaux
LCBO 30072 | Price $ 13.95