This is not the black cab i am talking about
The one i’m referring to is distinctly Canadian.
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
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.
and turned it into this photo
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
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
Ox Patio at the end of winter with a Wellington SPA
The first signs of spring and i stop drinking potentially dangerous water and tuck into a nice Muga Rosé
The fine people at Muskoka Brewery helped make a beer tasting out of our micro farm planting day
The summer began on Vancouver Island with a lovely white wine grown and bottled by a Canadian Aboriginal group
Grappa 1-0 Lemoncillo [bunny ears by my M]
Um, this Autumnal Stonehammer Dark got some foliage help from my daughters i think
Of course we made Gin
and back to Nouveau, where this blog began
“Siri. Answer the question that i want to ask”.
That’s how easy i want the internet to be – think for me and find it before my fingers can type, swipe, or touch the words or icons that i need to find. I want information now. I want my information highway to be Montgomery Scott “She can’t take anymore Captain” fast.
Warp Speed Mr. Sulu
I can hear brother-in-spain saying “Use Google and you’ll find it soon enough”. Well i’m sorry but we both know that’s not soon enough.
I searched for almost 5 entire minutes before i could find the list of Beaujolais Nouveau wines that will be released at the LCBO this Thursday. I know there’s a certain irony that most people “poo poo” Nouveau because it doesn’t age and is ready too quickly for their liking. Nuts to them. I like “new Beaujolais” [rough translation] and i want it now!
Here’s what you can expect from the Nouveau at the LCBO this year. The wine will be young, effervescent, and fruity, and red, and in a bottle until you get it into your glass [unless you follow brother-in-spain’s advice and use a twisty straw].
Dubœuf Gamay Nouveau at around $11 [and i do love the clever little œ connected together like bff’s in a funny french name]
Dubœuf and Drouhin will each have a Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau for about $16 – which i still find a ridiculous price for a Nouveau but i’m a sucker and will still buy it. I hope lots of people who come to my party buy them.
The Italians will make a couple and maybe even an Ontario one – but I dismiss them all because i like to summarily dismiss things – unless the people at Chateau des Charmes make one again this year. I’m tweeting to find out right now but the internet is so slow – yeesh.
[yes i’m a little excited about nouveau]
This summer I plan to make no decisions – and to renew that vow daily. So I’ll let others make them for me – lessening the weight of responsibility that i might otherwise feel when it’s summertime and the living’s supposed to be easy.
Decisions like which wine to open.
Fortunately I prepare for such life altering occasions by keeping a light red, and full-bodied rosé [or rosado in this case] and a crisp white in the fridge. So that when the wife gets home [don’t worry “Mad Max fans” I asked her permission to call her “the wife” this one time so don’t go all Furiosa on me] she has an easy choice. Because really it’s a win-win-win decision [and no M I don’t mean open all three].
And she wins.
The Red … Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais $11 on sale—LCBO#: 212480 | Light, berries, cherry, easy drinking … please serve chilled.
The Pink … Muga Rose $14 —VINTAGES#: 603795 | Seriously, i get zero kickback from the people at Muga … i just love this wine so much and it’s a better choice than those suckers who are drinking water.
The White …Marques de Riscal White, Rueda $12 —LCBO#: 36822 | Crisp, acidic, medium body, I say it tastes like rhubard, my wife says Lychee – I admit lychee sounds far cooler.
Its that time of year again where I address my concerns to the majority of the population who still think it’s a good idea to drink water – a myth exaggerated and perpetuated by what Fox News is now calling the “Water Right”.
These water people like sticking to “tried and true” health practices . I hear things like “if water was good enough for my grandmother …”. I remind these people that gramma readily consumed Mercury to cure anything for a scraped knee to muscle pain.
Me, I like to approach this not as an historian, or even a scientist, but rather as a fear-mongering blogger. Who in their right mind ingests an odourlesss, colourless, tasteless liquid? Especially when there are several excellent bottles of flowery, salmon-hued, delicious chilled bottles of rosé that are good for you.
Also, the few times I’ve tried to “hydrate” myself I found that I needed to pee frequently – Travis doesn’t need that again.
My prescription this summer is Muga rosado. Available at the LCBO for under $14. It seems like a wise choice to me. Hopefully someday one of my grandchildren will be heard saying “if it was good enough for my grandpa …”
Kids say the darnedest things. Even when they are 31 years old. My girl, M, keeps referring to La Vieille Ferme as the “chicken wine”.
Now there’s several things cute [or darnedest] about that …
1. It’s a Rooster – well technically i guess a rooster is a chicken so maybe she’s right on that one
2. The name La Vieille Ferme is actually right there on the bottle – however, the drawing of the chickens is probably more interesting than meaningless french words – so i’ll concede that one to her too
3. She admitted to me that it was open for a week and still tasted good – I’ve never had a bottle of wine stay unfinished for a week so i have to give her that one on self-control alone . Also, she was using the vacuum suctiony thingy i bought her just for that purpose [see post on Weinfrischhalter Geschenskset] so good for you M for listening to your dad.
4. If she’s already right on 3 counts then who’s to argue about it still tasting good.
Also, i think she’s smarter than me and i love her so i’m inclined to agree with whatever she’s talking about – especially when she likes one of my favourite wines.
From the LCBO website …
La Vieille Ferme Cotes Du Ventoux AOC LCBO#: 263640
Medium violet/ruby colour; red cherry aromas with blackberry and floral notes; dry with perfumed raspberry character and a touch spice; medium finish with light tannins.