Tag Archives: Wine

Gravy Gift

I have recently come to the conclusion that I have the gift of making great gravy.  I think that’s important. In fact I think some of you right now are saying “I wish I knew how to make great gravy”.

tumblr_mfeoz2t1EB1qakagdo1_500Here are the secrets to my success.

  1. French copper pot purchased in Paris (point of purchase optional)
  2. A whisk, some butter, some flour to make a slightly browned roux
  3. Drippings from the meat that you just cooked
  4. Boiling water from a kettle and a small amount of a stock cube
  5. A good glug or two of what ever red wine you’re drinking.

My guess is that the glug of red wine makes all the difference.

What wine do you use to make gravy?

My favourite gravy quote comes from a Simpsons episode.

Dr. Hibbert: Well, your cholesterol level is lethally high, Homer, but I’m more concerned about your gravy level. 
Homer Simpson: Now, wait a second. You doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of gravy a day! 
Dr. Hibbert: [laughs] Well, you’re a little confused. 
Homer Simpson: Oh, confused, would we?

Back to the Basics

Whenever I feel like my wine selection has gone off the map I go back to a Côtes du Rhône. Really any CDR will do.

Whenever I feel like my perspective on wine has gone astray and I start using flowery descriptive words I go back to Billy  Munnelly – my wine guru / sansei / Yoda.

Billy’s back with a fresh new web site and a great Facebook feed of wine recommendations and descriptions.  His last recommendation that I acted on was the Chateau Hauchat Fronsac – a Bordeaux for under $15. I bought 6!

Check out Billy’s “Wine by Mood” – the cleverest thing ever written about wine.


Who is Billy?  Billy is my favourite wine writer – funny, irreverent, slightly silly, and a man who appreciates a good glass of wine (although I suspect that it seldom stops at one glass).

What's not to like about this man?

What’s not to like about this man?

Help! I’m trapped

Two weeks ago I didn’t even know what a guest blogger is – now I am one! Find me this week at www.linktrap.com – a website dedicated to looking for the best and most productive waves the world wide web can offer.  He traps them at linktrap.com.

Read Any Monkey Can Choose Wine – the places I go on the internet to research for my blog

John has trapped me in one of 4 billion available Internet protocol (IP) addresses shown on this “map”. Image would be courtesy of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis if they knew I existed


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