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!
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When my man Orest throws a party it’s a good one. This Saturday [the 14th] at the LCBO Scottsdale in Guelph there is a party and you are invited. I know that because I was invited and the guy who invited me told me to invite you too. The party is PINOT for the PEOPLE [sounds very "French Revolutionary" but with glasses of wine instead of beheadings]. With 10 confirmed producers attending there will be lots to choose from. So if you’ve always wanted to be a wine locavore then this is the time to start.
For a modest $10 admission [which goes to the United Way of Guelph] you can taste Ontario Pinots and taste food stuffs from OX Guelph [I've seen the sneak preview menu and it's very good - pork rillettes, mussels, lamb skewers]. Come and meet the owners and winemakers of some of Ontario’s finest.
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]
On my most recent visit to the wine store I was approached by another customer. I took this as a sign that I appeared to be a confident shopper and therefore likely to have answers for a lady who frankly, looked lost. ”Excuse me”, she started, “do you put rum in your piña coladas?” she asked.
I was completely taken back. I looked down at my shirt thinking maybe I had the same one on as the employees. I didn’t. I realized I wasn’t really sure what she had just asked me.
“Do I put rum in MY piña coladas?”, I replied, “Or do you mean is rum the alcohol that is used to make piña coladas?”.
By this time I had said the words “piña colada” more than any other time in my life combined. I’ve also never had a piña colada so I wasn’t sure of the answer.
Then I became alarmed. Not because I started singing that horrible “If You Like Piña Coladas” song [which I haven't gotten out of my head yet], and not because I didn’t know the answer, but because apparently I looked like a guy who drinks piña coladas.
That’s not the look I’m going for. I may not get over this for a while.
For the record the last rum I purchased was a sipping rum and it was delicious.
Call me optimistic, in the middle of another snowstorm, but I found myself looking for this year’s BBQ wine this past week.
I know it looks a little pathetic out there in the cold, but trust me, this one is a keeper. Smoky notes, sour cherry, and enough tannin to hit back at those grilled sausages.
BBQ BARBERA PIEMONTE DOC
LCBO 234864 | 750 mL bottle
Price $ 9.95
If I drink wine from BC am I a locavore? I feel like I am – but maybe I’m just a patriot. I do live in Ontario and the distance between my house and the interior of British Columbia is 1000 miles shorter than the drive from Paris to Moscow! Ridiculous country.
I can’t decide
I do know that there are many good wines from BC coming this weekend to an LCBO near you!
I have found a solution to a problem that has plagued mankind for ages – or at least its plagued me for a couple of years. What are the best inexpensive wines that I can buy time and time again and still feel happy about the quality of wine I am buying. Here is the happy trio …
I am buying 2 of these each time I go into the store. That way I always have memories of Spain, France, and Italy at my fingertips. Hopefully I am doing my part to keep my Spanish, French, and Italian friends happy by picking a wine from each of their countries. What am I – Swiss?
My two strongest memories from this summer’s Spanish vacation are of the delicious red wine we drank and the 15 dogs that barked me awake at 3:30 each morning. Perros estúpidos!
Taste memories are strong. So this week I’ve been blocking the dog/sleep thing by focusing on the red wine. Problem is that there is no Mercadoña or Carrefour to visit where I can buy Rioja for 2 €. Sad, but I am up for the LCBO challenge of finding a great inexpensive wine from Spain.
After trying 3 “good looking” red wines the winner was clear. Beronia is a dry, hot summer in your mouth (in a good way). It just became this year’s house wine in Casa Oke.
BERONIA TEMPRANILLO RIOJA
LCBO 243055 | Price: $ 11.25
If you are going to the LCBO – or “the Happy Store” as my friend DaniBP calls it – and you want to know what the wine blogger (me) is buying these days then I have something for you.
At the right of this blog page – just under the shameless self-promoting image of my face – is a link to the LCBO Quick Pick list category of my blog entries. A click and a scroll down this category will give you some good ideas. But don’t get used to it. My brother-in-Spain doesn’t read this blog for the wine recommendations – in fact he gets mad at me for suggesting wines and not writing foolishness.
So this is for you Guitar Glen, Rugby guy, and anyone else who doesn’t have the patience to read through my thoughts on Albert Einstein, J.Crew, gooseberries, and the dreamy David Beckham looking for wine notes.
Back to the photo of me – isn’t shameless self-promoting what the word blog means?
Gord Stimmell is the Toronto Star’s wine columnist and he’s written about another fantastic wine. Last year he did the same thing and I couldn’t get the wine for almost 3 weeks because it was sold out. At that time I called Gord a jerk. The irony (and schadenfreude) was that after the article Gord went to his local LCBO to buy his recommended wine only to find out that it was sold out. In the words of Nelson Muntz, “Ha, Ha”.
Gord is at it again. This is from his column this week in the Toronto Star. “Our top three performers on the general list …(blah, blah, blah) … I’ve saved the best for last. The Jacob’s Creek merited a huge 92 score, stunning for a general list wine under $20. …(yadda, yadda, yadda) I am rushing out to buy a half case before this column appears in print. Cheers!”
Maybe it’s just me – but I interpret “cheers” as “nuts to you“. Gord – I can’t find your wine anywhere – and it really only makes me mad because the scope of your influence fills me with envy. You’re a powerful man Gord – I’m scared of you.