My top shelf is empty. For those who follow this blog you will recall that the top shelf is the vin ordinaire – the wine that my wife can open without asking “is this saved for something special?”.
So a restocking is in order. Here’s what I came up with – 8 bottles for $90. They are the wines that are good and inexpensive too.
- France – GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS LCBO 212480 |Price $ 10.95
- Pelee Island – PELEE ISLAND BACO NOIR VQA LCBO 485128 | Price $ 10.45
- Spain – BODEGAS CASTANO HECULA LCBO 300673 | Price $ 11.80
- Niagara – CHATEAU DES CHARMES ALIGOTE VQA ST. DAVID’S BENCH LCBO 296848 |Price $ 13.95
- Italy - MEZZOMONDO NEGROAMARO SALENTO IGT LCBO 588962 |Price $ 9.00
- Spain [Cava} – CODORNIU BRUT CLASICO SPARKLING LCBO 215814 | Price $ 12.95
- Portugal – BERCO DO INFANTE RESERVA LCBO 253864 |Price $ 9.20
- Niagara – CALAMUS RIESLING 2010 VINTAGES 158642 | Price $ 16.95 [I spend big $$ on this one because my man Orest vouched for it]
If you don’t know something then its never been easier to ask an expert. I was sitting at my computer tweeting (aka reading other people’s mail) when I read that Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine was answering questions for the next hour. Perfect – I’m chatting with the freakin’ editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit! Here’s how it went down.
I was ready to “Let’s do this” so I began the proceedings …
@rapo4 aka Adam Rapoport replied …I countered that …
and that …
Thanks Adam – it’s good to have somebody reaffirm my own taste in wine
Disclaimer – Adam Rapoport was not paid for this interview – in fact he has no idea who I am
Last night I opened a dangerous highly pressurized bottle of bubbly with the back of an equally dangerous 10″ chef’s knife. This marked the first tine I’ve sabred Cava (Spanish champagne) on this continent. I’ve learned that the secret is to NOT tell your wife about your intentions as apparently “that sounds really dangerous”. Thanks again Brother-in-Spain for getting me started. I am 4 for 4 on first attempts.
If I can ever figure out how to get the people from YouTube over to my house I will get this on video the next time.
I should probably consult my lawyer friends and put some sort of disclaimer here about not trying this at home – but you know …
Forgive me if this turns into a travel blog for a couple of months – I’m in Spain soaking up another Euro Championship, some sun, and some Cava
3 por 2 is my new favorite Spanish math. We bought 3 Segura Viudas brut nature cava – Lavit – for the price of 2. Loco!
That means that if I do my math correctly I can get 6 for the price of 4. When have you ever seen that at the LCBO? Furthermore they are delicious. They are inexpensive enough that I’m going to attempt to saber one open if I can convince my wife that our travel health insurance covers me for accidents related to opening champagne with the back of a chef’s knife. Video to follow.
My brother lives in Spain. In Spain you can buy cava (Spanish Champagne) at the gas station while you pay for your diesel fuel. My brother-in-Spain got up to the counter with his gas station cava – actually a respectable brand – when the young gas attendant said to him something like (and I translate from the original Spanish), “Dude. You can totally get a better deal on this other cava because it’s 2 for 1″.
Slightly taken aback, my brother-in-Spain initially opted NOT to follow the advice of the clerk selling petrol, gum, soccer scarfs, and pairs of fine Spanish sparkling wines. Fortunately he came to his senses. “Of course I’m following the wine purchasing advice of gas attendant – I’d be loco not to. Also, this feels like an SNL skit“.
When in Canada I buy these cava. They aren’t 2 for 1, and they’re not available at Norm’s Esso, but they’re good sparklers.
The word of the day is Crémant. What is Crémant? It’s French Fizz – fake Champagne – France’s other bubbly – and it’s real good!
I quite like fake Champagne. We opened a Friexnet Cava last night because I remembered that it paired well with tuna melts – really my wife makes the best tuna melt ever! Also, Cava is delicious on its own. Crémant is the French version of Cava – or actually vice versa as any Frenchman would be quick to point out.
One of the reasons I love Cava (Champagne from Spain) is that it doesn’t start at $50 a bottle like “le vrai stuff”. Champagne is expensive, probably worth it if you can afford it, and fun to drink. But (“and it’s a big but” – Pee Wee Herman) you can get many sparkling wines that satisfy the palate in search of some luxury.
This weekend the Vintages section of the LCBO is releasing good fake Champagne from France. Crémant comes from the Loire, Alsace, Bordeaux, and Burgundy – all regions that produce great wine. Their versions of champagne allow the wine makers to highlight their own regional grapes using the traditional méthode champenoise. If you need my wife’s tuna melt recipe I might be able to get it to you.
LOUIS BOUILLOT PERLE RARE BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE 2006
France | Louis Bouillot
VINTAGES | 178137 | $ 19.95
Thanksgiving weekend is here! Now I know how confusing this is to my American readers. As my American wife once said, “Why do you have Thanksgiving? You didn’t have pilgrims”. She’s right. We do Thanksgiving differently around here. We don’t put the Detroit Lions on TV (clearly an upgrade), we don’t have a Black Friday, we do have turkey, but we don’t put marshmallows on yams. Heck, we don’t even celebrate on Thursday.
We do have a harvest celebration – sit around eating way too much food – and then finish it all off with pie. It’s the most gluttonous day of the year! So then, what do you drink for Thanksgiving? This is what I am having.
A dry Gerwürztraminer is perfect for cool weather drinking and a fun word to say while waving a drumstick
This is my favorite wine right now in the LCBO and a Cru Beaujolais is perfect with roasted turkey this weekend
Cava is perfect for white meat and mayo sandwiches - two hours after dinner when I'm no longer full but want that "I over-ate" feeling back again