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Good save on Father’s Day

Even though i get treated like royalty and pampered on Father’s Day it is still my responsibility to provide sweet Bacchus’ beverages to go with the food and the overall experience.

So when i pulled out a bottle of bubbly cava my daughter M asked if i was sabering.  Sabrage seemed like a good idea – because it’s fun, it’s cool, and what could possibly go wrong combining alcohol and a large chef’s knife?  So despite the bottle shape not being ideal for sabering i made up my mind faster than my wife could ask “do you need me to bring you the large knife?”

While it didn’t quite go as planned [photo evidence below] – almost no cava was spilled and the glass did stay primarily in 3 large chunks [yes, it should be two].


My favourite all-time party trick to impress my favourite daughter who is of drinking age. I know – it looks dangerous. This time i wish i could say that it only looks dangerous.

So while things didn’t quite go as planned i did save face by offering an evening red wine that prompted “ooohs” and “aaahs” from everyone.


My favourite American wine for my favourite American wife. It’s dangerous too – dangerously tasty!


Virtual Winery

Virtually everything is virtual these days – or at least can be. But does it mean – literally? Help me all-knowing Wikipedia?

“In various contexts, things are often described as “virtual” when they share important functional aspects with other things (real or imagined) that are or would be described as ‘more real’.”

Here is a list of my  favourite virtual things.

  1. Virtual classroom
  2. Virtual water [sounds dangerous to me]
  3. Virtual colonoscopy [the most comfortable kind]
  4. Virtual particle [I’m only pretending I understand what that means]
  5. Virtual winery

Yes, I said Virtual Winery [although I’ve said the word virtual so much it’s beginning to lose all meaning] and it was started by a Guelph boy making it big in the bright lights of Niagara.

Kevin Panagapka is the winemaker | owner of 2027 cellars.  It is a virtual winery located … nowhere. Well not quite nowhere.

Kevin is renting physical space [vines and buildings] to produce small batches of hand crafted wines.  Without the high startup costs of buildings and land Kevin can focus his resources on wine quality – and isn’t that what I want anyhow?  Currently Kevin sources fruit from 5 existing vineyards – and he and his crew prune, pick, and then ferment.

I suppose if Kevin had already made his fortune as a film director he could have bought his own place in Napa like Francis Ford Coppola – and then imported stone from Italy to make an absurdly expensive and grand winery / movie museum. But I like what he has going both literally and virtually. And tasting his wines will be the best virtual reality you’ve ever experienced.

You can get the wine by ordering it from his 2027 website.


An offer I couldn’t refuse

March 15, 1972 marked the release of The Godfather – the touchstone movie by Francis Ford Coppola. As a tribute to its 40th anniversary I went in search of more Italian-American classics to bring to a party. This is what I found.

Primitivo (Italian) and Zinfandel (American) are actually the same grape.  Science proved itself useful again when DNA testing verified that just a few years ago – so I brought a Primitivo and two Zins to a party. By the way, Zinfandel is NOT your grandmother’s pink Zinfandel that she sipped with an ice-cube in the glass (although that’s perfectly acceptable behaviour if you’re a grandmother) – today’s Zinfandel is a great red wine that can be big and powerful like Don Corleone.

I have always liked the Cline Zinfandel but the Luccarelli Primitivo stole the show.  Rustic and bold, everyone liked this wine that cost less than $10.  The Sledgehammer was really good too – a nice combination of the more refined Cline Zin with the boldness of the Primitivo – and every bit worth the $18 price tag. However, I’ve already gone back and bought more Luccarelli simply because of the value. Let’s just say it made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.

Italy |  LCBO 253856 |  $ 9.70