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!
Category Archives: Wine writing
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.
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?
I would like to do my own rant about the mail service in Canada. Specifically the volume of email that gets sent to me . Today I came home to find 38 unread emails. 38! Those are just the ones that made it past my Spam and Bulk filters – that my wife hadn’t read already. I’ve had enough. So here goes …
Dear Apple Store, stop making your email come up a different colour than all the rest. It freaks me out that only you can do that.
Dear eBay, I’ve NEVER purchased anything from you ever. How did you even get my email?
Dear FaceBook, stop changing your settings every 3 hours – I’m again getting notifications from people I unfriended a year ago [sorry Mom]
And hey Starbucks … if one more 50% off my favourite latte coupon gets sent my way today and I’m sending 50% of my next latte across your cafe floor.
Thank you for listening.
PS – my apologies to those who expected something about wine in this edition of my wine blog
PSS – brother in Spain, you’re welcome for not saying anything about wine in this edition of my wine blog
PSS – my wife wouldn’t let me say anything bad to the people at Pinterest
You know it’s cold out when the Kelvin scale makes more sense than the Celsius scale [Fahrenheit is just another German word that makes me giggle]. It’s 240 Kelvin tonight by the way.
How on earth is a man supposed to warm up on a night like this? It’s hard to think clearly when I’m mad at the fact that tomorrow is my garbage day and global warming is clearly just a left-wing conspiracy designed to get me to stand in the cold, sort my garbage and freeze my right-wing off.
Thankfully brother-in-law from PA thought ahead and bought me a nice bottle of Port for Christmas. If you don’t drink port then it’s time to make and keep a resolution to do so in 2014.
Noval Black isn’t available at the LCBO but they have a nice selection nonetheless. Photographic proof is shown below. Start with a ruby port, or a late bottled vintage if you can get one. They run under $20 and can warm you up for an extended period of time!
I recently heard New Years Resolutions referred to as a “to-do” list for the first week of January. Personally, I love the NYR.
I’ve been asking around to see if any people have NYRs concerning wine drinking and buying. Here are the responses I received.
Editor of a “large” metropolitan newspaper, “I resolve to find ‘the’ wine that both my wife and I enjoy.” My solution – stop trying to find a wine you both enjoy and open 2 bottles.
Linktrap John, “Pay attention to food and wine pairings chocolate” – and then he sent me a photo of a Merlot with a Toblerone. Sorry John, I can’t help you.
My brother-in-law, “Drink more of your wine ” – Hey, I may borrow that and try and drink more of other people’s wines too.
My daughter, “Dad, I don’t even drink wine” – fair enough.
This year I resolve to drink more Rioja, Côtes du Rhône, and Australian Shiraz. Like my friend Rob said, “Hey, those our resolutions every year?” – fair enough.
What are your resolutions?
This past week a man from California, Rudy Kurniawan, was convicted of selling fake rare wines [we're talking millions of dollars] and convicted by a US federal jury. He may get 40 years in prison – which he can, in part, thank himself for.
However, I think his money was wasted on his lawyer. “He just wants to be accepted” was the final defence to the jury. That’s all you got? In front of a Federal jury?
Also, the accused must take some of the blame in this case. A courtroom reporter notes, “He stood in front of the jury in an ill-fitted grey suit“. What the heck is he thinking? His future is on the line and he wears one of his ill-fitted suits. Rudy! You own a Lamborghini and a collection of absurdly expensive watches. It would kill you to get to a tailor?
The story is here in the Wine Spectator.
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
PS Special mention to the blog post Hello my name is Shiraz Bordeaux
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.