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 


Technology 6 years ago

I love it when Facebook does “On This Day”. 4 years ago i wrote “it’s good to know my Cleveland Browns are only 15-20 players away from being a good  football team”.  Still too soon to be funny.

I just went back to see what i posted in my blog “On This Day” and discovered that 4 years ago i used Instagram for the first time!  I felt so clever in 2012. What’s actually surprising is that Instagram is still around 4 years later.

Today Instagram and i took this photo of the wine that my wife was drinking tonight. A lovely blend of 65% Cabernet Franc,  25% Carmenere, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile for under $10.

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and turned it into this photo

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My French copper pots look cooler and the dribble on the label looks cooler. Heck, even the wine tasted better. Okay, maybe i was drinking Irish whiskey … but my wife assures me it tasted better in the second photo.

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon

—LCBO#: 308247   | $9.95

 


Gin Season

When I make my own gin I feel like a Renaissance man. And calling myself a Renaissance man means only one thing – that i’m pretty pleased with myself.  Leonardo Da Vinci, considered the archetypical Renaissance man, and i have a lot in common. We’re both left handed, we both have long hair … maybe that’s all we have in common. But maybe he made gin.  I’m going to add that as a new chapter to his Wikipedia page and see how long it stays up there.

Beautiful isn’t it?  Juniper, citrus, coriander, cardamom in a triple filtered vodka.

So i was making this as a surprise for my daughter M’s next visit. Then i was so pleased with this gin recipe that i  posted a video of it on Facebook – completely overlooking the face that M and I are friends on Facebook.  Tben i get a text from M – “making gin”. Then i put it all together – you can’t surprise somebody with an invention if you post it all over the internet.  I bet DaVinci never had this problem with his daughter. Maybe he wasn’t facebook friends with her. That’s sad.

 


Something New-ish

Checked my wine cellar this morning and all my wines are one year older!  Awesome.

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I’ve started something new in my expensive IKEA wine cellar.  One cube is now dedicated to Sours and specialty brews.  Even they are one year sourer. And as you will see, there is a local touch to this Belgian craft of making sours.

Sour beers are intentionally made to taste sour, often with the use of barrel aging where wild yeast strains enter into the brew, or by adding fruit to the beer to allow a secondary fermentation. I prefer the former style. Commonly made in Belgium and Germany, they are the most wine-like of all beers, often exhibiting tannins instead of hops.  I’ve even had them served to me in a wine glass at a fancy beer place in TO.   Royal City Brewing Co. has been bottling some of their own for me [maybe not just for me but it feels like it].

And now a brief tour of my collection – my delicious collection which has my my wine cellar more delicious.

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The Rodenbach brothers, from Belgium, produce this delicious red sour.  Thanks to my daughter M’s friend Matt for suggesting it, and to M for hunting it down in an LCBO in Toronto for me.

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Cam and the boys and Royal City Brewing Co. right here in Guelph made this aged in Chardonnay barrels.  A personal favourite – $6.95 at the brewery.

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The Royal City Brewing Co.’s latest German-style sour.

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All the way from Germany – Schneider Weiss Cuveé Barrique. Again, thanks Matt and M – you guys do good work.

 


Cat Wine

I finally found a cat wine that i want to review!

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At least I think Château Hauchat loosely translates as “House of the Frisky Cat” or “High Cat” or “Top Cat”. Also, the most likely explanation is that i have no idea what the word “hauchat” means.  Etymology notwithstanding [cool I’ve never typed that word before], this is a $16 wine that tasted like $30.

100% Merlot [which if i do the math correctly is all of it] and aged 15 months in barrels, Hugh Johnson describes it as “medium-powered, more juicy than meaty, with fresh acidity and a tannic nip”.  I can’t argue with Hugh, partly because i know all those words but have never heard them used together in a sentence before. Also, he ends his descriptors with the word “nip” which makes me think of catnip which is enough rationalization to me for calling it a cat wine.

Château Hauchat 2011 Bordeaux, France—VINTAGES#: 123489   $15.95

 


Year in Review

You know those dreams you have that you can’t wait to tell everyone about.  The dreams that have intricate details more fascinating to the teller than the listener?  That’s what the Year in Review photos are like on Facebook aren’t they?  I don’t feel that way – but i suspect a lot of people do. Nuts to them – here’s my Pull the Cork Year in Photos

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Ox Patio at the end of winter with a Wellington SPA

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The first signs of spring and i stop drinking potentially dangerous water and tuck into a nice Muga Rosé

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The fine people at Muskoka Brewery helped make a beer tasting out of our micro farm planting  day

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The summer began on Vancouver Island with a lovely white wine grown and bottled by a Canadian Aboriginal group

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Grappa 1-0 Lemoncillo  [bunny ears by my M]

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Um, this Autumnal Stonehammer Dark got some foliage help from my daughters i think

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Of course we made Gin

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and back to Nouveau, where this blog began


Guelph: City of Brotherly Love

I saw this on the Facebook the other day.  It makes me think that Guelph is the city of brotherly love.

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I love that one brewery in this city calls the other their big brother, and that the big brother helped the nano-brewery in their time of need. I celebrated with this.

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 Wellington Imperial Russian Stout – a harmonious combination of stout and Russian [served in a Muskoka brewery glass because i’m sure they would like to join the family].

Hey little brother-in-spain … need me to mill some grain for you?

Also, I forgot that it snowed on my blog in December. Awesome!


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