Monthly Archives: November 2013

A few of my favourite things

Four years and 300 blog posts later it’s time to look back at a few of my favourite things about PulltheCork. I know this seems a little self-serving but as my brother-in-Spain pointed out,  being self-serving is really what blogging is all about in the first place.

Favourite thing number …

5. Being picked up by the Mercury’s online paper and getting the gig as restaurant reviewer for the Guelph Mercury and the KW Record

4. My four attempts to alert the public on the dangers of drinking water when a nice rosé would do

3.  Getting free stuff through Natalie MacLean’s contacts and from Muskoka Brewery!

2. Being reposted by my inspiration in blogging Billy Munnelly

1. The satisfaction that I get when my wife and her sister [sister-in-law in Spain] giggle at what I write

Thanks folks

PS Special mention to the blog post Hello my name is Shiraz Bordeaux 

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Stay thirsty my friends – and thanks Mario


Beaujolais Nouveau winners

If you are looking for a great wine for Christmas turkey – or American Thanksgiving for my friends south of the 49th parallel – then Beaujolais Nouveau is your winner.  And I have the winners from my Nouveau party this past weekend.

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Any of the French wines are good [I always drink a French wine first since they were the ones that came up with the marketing scam in the first place] – although George DuBeouf’s Gamay [LCBO 891846] is a bright young wine with a bit of effervescence and is under $10.  That’s a good deal.

I thought the best non-french nouveau was Chateau des Charmes Gamay [LCBO 318600] – in fact this is the one I am going back to the store to get again. It will appeal to both the locavore and the nouveau lover. Effervescent and full of bright sour cherries. The bottle will empty alarmingly quickly.

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Special mention to the tasting panel of critics that hung out around the open bottles of wine at my party.  I know there was a big push for the Novello to be mentioned but it tasted too much like a real wine to me.  I know you’ll forgive me because you all want to be invited back next year.


Break another rule

Apparently rule number one of wine blogging is to not blog about Beaujolais Nouveau.

My whole wine blog – pullthecork- began with Beaujolais Nouveau four years ago!

My best party of the year centres around Beaujolais Nouveau [with some friends and some food thrown in].

Wednesday night I may not sleep because of Thursday’s release of Nouveau [and the people at Chateau des Charmes just teased me today with a photo of their staff doing "quality control" with their Nouveau #jesuisarrive13 - not nice]!

My last blog post was about Beaujolais Nouveau.  Come to think of it, so is this one.

Beaujolais Nouveau has been called …

  • the bubble gum of wine
  • the cookie dough of wine
  • not real wine at all
  • and a marketing scam [I know a marketing scam when I see one. There's a Slapchop somewhere in my basement]

… and I don’t even care.  300 blog posts and over 100,000 views later [oh, right, not supposed to talk about your own stats in a wine blog] I am still blogging about the blessed Nouveau.

On Thursday I will be probably be making up a tune to sing the lyrics “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” to – I really will.

Oh, and mentioning statistics – I wrote Beaujolais Nouveau 10 times already. Take that wine critics.

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Nouveau Oddity

Ground control to Georges Dubœuf – commencing countdown, engines on until Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

Can you hear me,  Georges Dubœuf? Can you hear me,  Georges Dubœuf?  Can you hear me,  Georges Dubœuf?  Can you …

Anyhoo, I just got this list from the fine folks at helloLCBO – I’ve highlighted the ones that I usually buy.

Nouveau Wines 2013 List Nov 21, 2013

As of the morning of Thursday November 21, 2013, the following Nouveau wine products will be available in selected LCBO locations:

271759

Tollo Novello Rosso Terre Di Chieti* Italy

$8.95

891846

Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau* France

$9.95

897934

Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau* France

$13.95

899955

Negrar Novello Del Veneto Igt* Italy

$9.95

366476

JP Chenet Beaujolais Nouveau France

$12.95

113266

Beaujolais Villages Nouveau(J. Drouhin France

$15.95

932780

Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (G. Duboeuf) France

$14.95

220483

The Fool Reif Estate Gamay Nouveau VQA * Ontario

$10.95

318600

Generation Seven Nouveau Ontario

$11.95

With apologies to Davie Bowie

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Nouveau on the way

The Beaujolais Nouveau is on its way and I have a bit of a sneak preview. Well at least I’m training my palate for a preview. At the very least it’s the same grape as Nouveau.

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The fine folks at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara deliver this tasty Gamay 52 weeks a year. Coming soon to a store near you [if you love in Ontario] will be their “Nouveau” Gamay #jesuisarrivé13 – by far the cleverest marketing name for a wine I’ve ever seen.
Thanks Bosc family – and thanks or not naming your nouveau after a cute small animal.

CH DES CHARMES GAMAY NOIR VQA
LCBO 57349 | Price $ 12.95


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