Alsace – that tiny region of France that isn’t quite German, but isn’t not French. I love both the taste of wines from Alsace and the shape of their bottles. This lovely crisp 2015 white wine from “vieilles vignes” [old vines] was under $16 in the Vintages section of the LCBO.
So pretty right? Also, this is the first photo this year i took outside that i felt the warmth of my friend the Sun. Oh, i love white wine with a promise of Spring.
The flute bottle shape originated because Germanic and Alsatian wines travelled on gentle rivers to their libation destination on smooth sailing barges on the Rhine while Burgundian wines needed a sturdier bottle with a large punt [indentation at the bottom of a bottle] since they travelled a rougher road by horse and cart. I just think it’s pretty, but the thought of a gentle wine is lovely too isn’t it?
This Spring try an Alsatian Riesling in a bottle that looks eerily like my dog Lorenzo’s snout.
Heimberger Vieilles Vignes Riesling 2015—VINTAGES#: 168955 | 750 mL bottle
A friend asked me this week if I’ve heard any tasting notes on this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Released in two weeks time for those of you keeping track.
The truth is that the French have no idea what the Nouveau tastes like because they’re exporting it all and keeping the good stuff for themselves. I honestly believe they hire a fiction writer to do tasting notes. They have to – nobody French has touched “le stuff”.
Or maybe they’re programming AI machines to come up with a series of words that have to do with wine that they can pass off as tasting notes and then laugh their French derrières off at us.
Here’s the truth – I don’t even care. I love Nouveau and my Nouveau party and I absolutely embrace the idea of being scammed by the French.
Vive la Nouveau. In fact, I nominate Beaujolais Nouveau for the Albertine Prize – “best contemporary French Fiction in English translation”.
Here’s some other French fiction for your consideration. IDK, “the Mitterand Years” made me giggle.
This is a brilliantly produced history lesson on Malbec. And really, isn’t a good history lesson just story-telling [granted, with facts you have to memorize for a test later on]. But a history lesson on wine? That’s worth a taste test later on isn’t it? That’s my kind of test.
I highly recommend these wines that you can get in Ontario from Cantena – producers of high altitude Malbec and Chardonnay in Argentina. Don’t know why high altitude makes a difference? You didn’t watch today’s history lesson did you? Watch the video – and then take the test 😀.
I confess that i do have a penchant for French wine. Even the inexpensive French wines make me happy. It’s a beautiful country full of mostly beautiful people speaking a language that i’m 4% fluent in [thanks Duolingo for that “encouraging” update]. This white from the Vallée du Rhône Luberon is only $12 and it’s delicious. Also, it’s referred to as the white chicken wine in this maison.
Do you buy beaujolais nouveau? I do. I even commissioned my own logo for this year’s party.
Thanks cokemokeola for the design.
If beaujolais nouveau is a mystery to you then apparently it is at the LCBO too. It’s so hard to find information on it. I had to go to the twitter of all places to find a press release. Good thing i’m social media savvy – or not. Also, good thing i can read type in 2-font – or not.
If you want my advice – and why the heck wouldn’t you – inexpensive French nouveau almost always wins. But if you’re coming to my house for the party, don’t be afraid to overspend. And please, don’t bring a cellared nouveau from 2 years ago like my friends R&C did – it really did almost kill us.
Each year i feel it’s my responsibility to ask the difficult questions about water. Mostly questions that lead me to my preformed conclusion that we should be drinking rosé instead.
This is what i found this year about water – and it’s alarming.
- The rule of drinking 8 glasses of water a day is based on the fact that people already drink that much water. So it’s an urban myth that we should be doing it. I don’t know about you but I feel strongly that “urban” myths are the scariest of all myths – including creation and trickster myths.
- If you’re not already scared then google the words “renal excretory capacity”. That’s something i do not want to either increase or exceed. Tell me brother-in-Spain that’s not as scary as an urban myth!
- I read this quote on the internet about people who drink lots of water, “However, the group of patients with the highest urine output also had the lowest serum sodium, suggesting that, in fact, they were driving the high urine output with a high fluid intake.” You okay with that? Too soon? Too scary?
So here are my reckless suggestions. Drink rosé this summer. Chill it well, pick nice stemware, and substitute a crisp white wine if you don’t have emergency bottles of rosé on hand [for those who care, i just learned about the Oxford comma this week and used it correctly].
Muga Rosé – Spain $13.95
Marques de Riscal – Spain $12.70