Family Business

I’m so proud.  My daughter M posted on Facebook about how much she loved a wine I bought for her and sounded like me on my blog. Just pure fun. No tasting notes … other than “this wine is too good not to share”.  Also, she hashtagged #pullthecork #moveoverpapa – that’s just funny.

I may leave the blogging to her soon.  And I did go out and buy 2 for Casa Oke.

Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon —VINTAGES#: 210047   |   WAS $19.95 $17.95 Washington, USA


Rustico 

I was surprised by an inexpensive red this week. It was deliciouso.  Can you tell i’m learning Italiano?  The secret is to put an “o” at the end of every word0.  Well, almost.

 

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Folonari Valpolicella Doc Valpolicella—LCBO#: 828  Regularly $13.95. Now on sale for $11.95 until April 24.

What I love about it is the light cherry fruit. It’s a delicious light red wine and is perfect chilled. This is a really good summer wine.  If you buy a case you won’t be disappointed – and you’ll save many €Euro [the currency formerly known as ₤Lira].


Tetra pack

Why oh why don’t we have these in Canada?  I double dog dare somebody in Niagara or PEC to make these.

   
 Cuando en España hacer como el español

When in Spain ….


Irish research

I have some Irish in me – not enough to want a “kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt – but I do look Irish and I can imitate a leprechaun’s voice if necessary. So before St. Patrick’s day I may find the time to reread Thomas Cahill’s “How the Irish Saved Civilization” but I will certainly find time to get my drinks in order.

Breaking from tradition I’m going to pair ale with whiskey to celebrate – no wait, that is tradition.

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Tullamore and Smithwick’s.

Here’s what you need to know

  1. Smithwick’s is pronounced “Smith-icks” or “Smitt-icks”
  2. You can also pronounce it /ˈsmɪðᵻks/ – but I don’t know how to read that
  3. /ˈsmɪðᵻks/ is a red ale – clear and dark red in colour, less sweet than a brown ale
  4. Tullamore dew is a well priced Irish whiskey [$32]
  5. Irish whiskey always ends “ey” unlike scotch whisky “y”
  6. The two are produced a short 1 hr drive from each other in the heart of Ireland
  7. Limerick always makes me giggle

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Wine & Donuts

My wife knows stuff about wine – mostly how to drink it.  She doesn’t normally purchase wine, instead entrusting me with that task and then letting me know if she likes it or not.  Between you and me [and i guess her, since she will probably eventually read this] she likes more than she doesn’t.

So this week, while on vacation without me in Florida, she was forced to take matters into her own hands and pair wine with food. The food? The finest donut in ‘Merica that isn’t made by Krispy Kreme – Entenmann’s.  This is what she came up with.

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Oh, i just started salivating. I am very impressed with her pairing – American Cab Sav with Entenmann’s chocolate covered cake donut. It’s so affirming that after 22 years of marriage she can instinctively pair these classic ‘Merican foods. Don’t tell me our friends south of the 49th parallel don’t understand food.

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The folks at Bogle [also the name of a fascinating family favourite word game – alliteration acknowledged] make a fine cabernet sauvignon.

So find your favourite Cabernet and your favourite donut [somebody please use a boston cream] and let me know how it goes.

 

 


Elusive

Who’s more elusive in your opinion – The Polka Dot Door’s Polkaroo, Sesame Street’s Snuffleupagus, or Baroness Orczy’s Scarlett Pimpernel?  Or as i like to swear-quote in my house “that damned elusive Pimpernel”.  Yes, I know, this started off all cute and kid friendly and has gone south fast.

What is elusive is the best whisky in the world – despite it being from Canada – where i’m.

If you haven’t heard … the Whisky of the Year, as declared by whisky connoisseur Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible [no relation to the real bible]  is Crown Royal Northern Harvest which retails at $33 at the LCBO.

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Good news! We won an international contest.  Bad news! Due to it’s international demand it’s proved itself to be “damned” elusive.  Or in the words of the Baroness, “They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies [and Anglos and everyone else] seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell ?[sorry again for the quotefanitiy] That damned elusive (Northern Harvest)“.

There’s a happy ending. My daughter M came through for me and found me two bottles in a remote northern outpost called Barrie, Ontario.

I’d go into the tasting notes but honestly i’m just too pleased to have found something so elusive – and by me i mean someone else.
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*most joke swears ever in the history of this blog – sorry to the offended – but they made me giggle – that is all.


Black Cab for Sale

This is not the black cab i am talking about

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The one i’m referring to is distinctly Canadian.

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As far as i’m concerned the Black Cab is an iconic Ontario wine . A blend of around 40% Baco Noir and equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, i’ve argued that it is one of the best blends of Ontario grown grapes. All these grapes are good cold climate grapes and when used well make a great wine. I’m a cheerleader for Ontario Cabernet Franc and i think Baco Noir, when blended like this, makes for a great BBQ wine or a winter sipper.  Black berries and cherries with an earthy undertone – sorry wine descriptor police, that’s about as much “wine code” as i use.

On sale now at the lcbo for $3 off! That’s almost as big a deal as the Crown Royal Northern Harvest [which i’ve yet to find a bottle of]!

$10.95 at an lcbo near you this week.

Eastdell Black Cab VQA —LCBO#: 609875 


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