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French Fiction

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.


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History Lessons

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 😀.

Catena MalbecVINTAGES# 478727 | 750 mL bottle
Catena Malbec
$19.95

Catena High Mountain Vines Chardonnay 2016VINTAGES# 918805 | 750 mL bottle
Catena High Mountain Vines Chardonnay 2016
$19.95

 

 


Penchant

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.


Summer drinks 

I’m really hopeful that summer is upon us.  The Weather Channel people tell me that i can take the top off of my Jeep and leave it off for the next 5 days! That sounds like summer to me.

If you’re looking for summer sippers – and why the heck are you reading this if you’re not – i have three to choose from.

 

“Seize Soixante-Quatre blanc” is as much fun to drink as it is to order. There’s nothing like a touch of pretentiousness to start off the summer. And speaking just enough French to be annoying does the trick for me. Refreshing with just a touch of citrus, it’s a pretentious summer-time favourite in la Maison Oke.  So are tomato plants.

Bottega has a new pink pinot grigio that is light and refreshing. How refreshing? It lasted 10 minutes at the summer BBQ i brought it to last weekend. “Bella”. And so pretty too. Wait, that’s what “bella” means.

Finally, don’t be fooled by the “Fresca” look of this vodka soda. SocialLITE does a fine flavoured vodka soda that at 4% is the perfect hot summer drink. There isn’t a hint of sweetness to be found – even in the Pineapple-Mango flavour. They are so good that you may  buy these all this summer once you start. With only 80 calories, 4% ABV, and no added sugar it’s an easy summer pick.


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Do you buy beaujolais nouveau? I do. I even commissioned my own logo for this year’s party.

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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.

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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.


Water Research

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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].

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Muga Rosé – Spain $13.95

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Marques de Riscal – Spain $12.70

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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