We met our new awesome neighbours last night – inviting them over for a bottle of wine. Two hours and one lovely bottle of Rioja later, we felt like old friends.
Photo taken in front of my copper paella pan using my iPhone. In fact this entire post was done with my iPhone – including using the LCBO app to scan the barcode on the bottle and come up with this…
Also, the Montecillo is $2 off this month and is quite fruit forward for a Rioja, but you can still taste the dry, hot summer. We have another in the cellar [my basement floor - but cellar sounds better] so we may look for more new friends again soon. Or have our neighbours over again.
All this technology prompted me to start singing Lafawnduh’s song by Kip at the end of Napoleon Dynamite – If you’ve never seen the movie the follow Brother in Spain’s advice and don’t rent it – just go buy it!
Sure, the World Wide Web is great
But you, you make me ‘salvivate’
Yes, I love technology
But not as much as you, you see
But I still love technology
Always and forever
I’ve had it with parody today and I’ve only been subjected to it once. You’ve seen the CTV newsclip about the guy from Vancouver who wants to wear a white pasta strainer on his head for his driver’s license photo? He claims his religious right as a Pastafarian – seriously, look it up. As I understand it, Pastafarianism was created by atheists looking to get their own “religious rights” [now that's actually a pretty good irony I think] so that the pastafarian may wear a pasta strainer on his head whenever he feels the pasta-god, or whatever those people are talking about, wants him too.
That’s whatever you were talking about. I’ve never heard such a shocking and brutal injustice I’ve cared so little about.
Time to get grounded back to earth and read and write about things that matter. Things like the Montreal Canadiens playing the Toronto Maple Leaves to open the books on the NHL season.
For my part a nice Cava from Friexenet Brut – the black bottle – celebrates the game nicely. In Spain the locals consider this “Las cosas buenas” [the good stuff]. I also hear that it keeps the Pastafarians away. Come to think about it some of les Canadiens helmets look like pasta strainers.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava
For those of you who think “Galileo” is only a catchy phrase from a Queen classic, read this ….
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
― Galileo Galilei
Clearly this man, Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher, knew that there was more to life than heliocentrism.
This week I celebrated Galileo’s wise words with a delicious $12 bottle of wine from Chile. Magnifico.
Root 1 Carmenere Colchagua Carmenère
LCBO#: 350546 $12.80
I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next guy. No, wait! I hate conspiracy theories. Usually they are made up by paranoid people who can’t come up with a simple explanation so they are certain that Big Brother is out to get them – or the Free Masons – or Hydra. I’ve read 1984 recently and I don’t believe my TV, computer, or iPhone is watching me.
But what about the LCBO? Are they watching you? You bet they are. Do you remember the last time you checked out at the LCBO and they asked you for your postal code? Did you know that everyone in Ontario on that day was being asked for their postal code? Sounds like a conspiracy to me Kathleen Wynne.
Guess what all you paranoid beer and wine buyers – they were just gathering data so that they could serve you better. True story. If people are driving 20 kms to pick up their favourite wine, whisky, or whiskey [yes, there's a difference] then the good people at the LCBO will start shipping some of your product to a closer store without you even asking. Hey ME Generation – the LCBO is looking after you. This time it is all about YOU.
So unless your name is Winston Smith, don’t freak out next time you’re asked for you postal code – it just might make your life a little easier.
I get distracted easily. Recently I’ve been writing about beer, cognac, chocolate, and the election. Already the title of this post, Picking Spain, has me thinking about the World Cup and not wine. Time to get back to wine – at least until something else distracts me.
As the summer draws closer my thoughts turn to my 2nd home – Spain. Okay, so it’s my brother’s home but whatever. I will be there in a month buying what the Spaniards call “el cheap wine“. The locals like it when you learn their language.
I think I should start preparing for my trip. My wife starts packing for her trip about now – deciding on her colour story [that's a real thing apparently]. I’ll start with my best selections from the LCBO Spanish wines [click for LCBO link]. My colour story is 2 reds, a white, and a rosado.
- Beronia Reserva $20- classic Rioja [Tempranillo grape] at an affordable price. Reminds me of a hot, dry Spanish summer
- Hecula $12- lighter than a Rioja made in the south from Monastrell grapes
- Marquis de Riscal $13- a crisp white for those hot days in the garden
- Muga Rosado $13- get it while you can – best pink in the store
And while I think of it … I did pick Spain to win the World Cup again. Iker!!!!!
BERONIA RESERVA – Smooth tannins. Reservas are aged for a minimum of 1 yr in oak and 2 yrs in the bottle. They cost a little more but believe me, they are worth it.
VINTAGES Essential 50203 |Price $ 19.95
I’m not always the world’s cheapest husband – but sometimes I like to see if I can save a little money and see if anyone noticed.
I have my parameters around this demi-mantra. I don’t buy cheap chicken [that seems like an unnecessary health risk] and I don’t stay in cheap hotels [same reason].
But last week I tried buying the cheapest red wine possible at the LCBO and didn’t tell my wife. And in a class re-creation of a Life cereal experiment I let my wife try it first. Guess what? “She likes it! Hey Mikey!” [if you are under the age of 40 you have no idea why I just wrote that].
Seriously a decent wine for $7.45? Hooray for the Cheap Husband!
CASAL THAULERO SANGIOVESE IGT
LCBO 588996 | Price $ 7.45
I am currently looking for summer. I read a funny comic last week that said “The first person to complain about how hot is is this summer gets a punch in the throat”. People get a little emotional waiting this long for summer.
I started looking for summer in the Spanish aisle of the LCBO.
My brother-in-Spain says that a good Spanish Rioja tastes like a hot, dry summer. When we opened this one I got a little emotional. Maybe I miss my brother? Maybe it’s the absurdly cruel long winter that really got me? Maybe I got a piece of cork in my contact? Whatever it was, I did get a little teary at how much this wine reminded me of a hot, dry Spanish summer.
CAMPO VIEJO RIOJA TEMPRANILLO
LCBO 342006 |Price $ 14.40
Dark plum and cherry fruits with a dryness that persisted on my palate [evoking the emotional response I referred to earlier]