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#WineWorldCup2018 predictor

As the only wine blogger with a Physed degree*  i feel it’s my duty to comment on, and predict a winner for the FIFA World Cup tournament happening right now in Russia.

Many methods are used to predict sportsing ball winners.  Paul the Octopus, Achilles the deaf Oracle cat, and Flopsy the Kangaroo are just some of the animals used to predict a winner.   So I thought, rather than use animals, metrics or “algorithms” [whatever they are] to predict a winner, let’s look at the wine produced by each country to predict a winner.  Here’s my argument for each team that i think has a chance to win.

4th Place – Germany.  Their Fußball team takes a back seat to nobody. But the fear of mispronouncing “Gewürztraminer” (German: [ɡəˈvʏɐ̯tstʁaˈmiːnɐ]) sadly places them low on the #WineWorldCup2018 list.

3rd Place – Portugal. I don’t love Portuguese wines that aren’t Port, with the exception of  a Vinho Verde on a warm day – but Portugal’s best and most beautiful player, Ronaldo, is a teetotaler – so his team can’t really be taken seriously. But hey, if you’re the best looking man on the pitch with over 2 billion people watching did you really lose?

Runner Up – France. My favourite thing about the French soccer team is their kit [or jersey as we say this side of the pond] featuring le coq. My second favourite thing is rose wine from any French region.

Le coq

Paparazzi photo of me drinking Rosé in Provence

#WineWorldCup 2018 Winner – Spain. One word – “Muga”. I have a well documented love affair with this pink nectar, the love child of Dionysus and Ariadne. It’s certainly the most photogenic wine in the world. Take that Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paparazzi photo of Muga in my back yard

Wines to drink this summer …

Muga Rosé 2017 Spain

—VINTAGES#: 603795   |   750 mL bottle $14.95 Released June 9

La Vieille Ferme Rose France

—LCBO#: 622134   |   750 mL bottle $11.95

Alianca Vinho Verde Portugal

—LCBO#: 75663   |   750 mL bottle $9.35

Pierre Sparr Gewürztraminer

it’s actually from Alsace but close enough right, and hey, another vote for France

—LCBO#: 373373   |   750 mL bottle $17.95

*footnote re. being the only wine blogger with a PE degree [a fact that i can’t actually verify so can somebody please add me as a reliable source on Wikipedia]

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Nickel Brook’s Goddess

What am I drinking this summer? Sorry, before i can get to that [scroll down for a photo if your attention deficit is really low today] – can i just say that i can’t believe there is a Nickelback 2017 tour.

This summer i can’t stop drinking the Cucumber and Lime Gose, “Ceres”,  from Nickel Brook Brewing Co. in Burlington. What is this “gose” thing that you just made up Travis and who is “Ceres”? It’s a sour beer with sea salt, cucumber, and lime juice with some Lactobaccilius to ferment the lot. And it’s freakin’ awesome. Gose is pronounced “gose-uh”, which is far easier to say than Gewürztraminer (pronounced [ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmiːnɐ]) – but i’m afraid that people may be hesitant to order it because they don’t want to make a mistake and sound stupid. So here’s my plea to all bartenders and servers out there – don’t correct us please. Just say something like “excellent choice my good patron”. Oh, and Ceres is the Roman goddess of agriculture. She sounds both smart, and pretty doesn’t she?

Ceres comes from Nickel Brook’s Funk Lab, where they make such clever wild concoctions as , Raspbery Uber Berlinerweisse, Ceres Cucumber-Lime Gose, Inquiry Brett Saison, Uncommon Element Brett Pale Ale and Cuvée Reserve Ales. I want them all. Now!


She is pretty isn’t she?  Sorry I had to use a glass from Muskoka – i haven’t made it to Nickel Brook for the right glass to serve it in, and nobody there thought ahead to send me one.

And to my tour guide the bodegas in Spain, no I’m not Chad Kruger.

You can find Ceres at your local LCBO and on tap at the finest establishments near you.


A funny thing …

A funny thing happened at the Farmers Market last Saturday. There was wine for sale! So I bought some – a Gewürztraminer Riesling from Pilletteri estates- and then made a delicious risotto for dinner with asparagus, brussels sprouts, and zucchini that I also bought at the farmers market.

The wine was a great blend of dry Riesling and the Gewürz perfume and honey – one of the best R-G blends from Niagara that I’ve had.

The proof is in the photos. I’m sure you can do the same this week. Thanks to the Government of Ontario for recognizing that this is an important part of farmers markets! In the words of Yakov Smirnoff – “What a country!”

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Pillitteri line up of wines

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Me drinking a little G-R while doing food prep

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My French copper pot and ladle from the Paris market helped make my risotto

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Oh yeah


Confessions of a wine snob (and my defense of the umlaut)

I have a confession. The main (but not the only) reason that I enjoy a good Gewürztraminer is that whenever I say the word I think of Steve Carrell and Dana Carvey portraying Germans in this video.

Also, I like the information that Wikipedia  provides for me. “Gewürztraminer [ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmiːnɐ] is an aromatic wine grape variety that performs best in cooler climates. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as Gewürz, and in French it is written Gewurztraminer (without the umlaut)”. 

Firstly, and I know I’ve said it before,  [ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmiːnɐ] is not helpful. Secondly, somebody tell me why the French have to be like that?  There is no reason NOT to use the unlaut. The umlaut is fantastic.  Use it!

Hey Dana Carvey, do you think I can pair Taco Bell with a nice local Gewürztraminer?


The most gluttonous day of the year

Thanksgiving weekend is here!  Now I know how confusing this is to my American readers.  As my American wife once said, “Why do you have Thanksgiving? You didn’t have pilgrims”.  She’s right.  We do Thanksgiving differently around here. We don’t put the Detroit Lions on TV (clearly an upgrade), we don’t have a Black Friday, we do have turkey, but we don’t put marshmallows on yams. Heck, we don’t even celebrate on Thursday. 

We do have a harvest celebration – sit around eating way too much food – and then finish it all off with pie.  It’s the most gluttonous day of the year! So then,  what do you drink for Thanksgiving? This is what I am having.

A dry Gerwürztraminer is perfect for cool weather drinking and a fun word to say while waving a drumstick

This is my favorite wine right now in the LCBO and a Cru Beaujolais is perfect with roasted turkey this weekend

Cava is perfect for white meat and mayo sandwiches - two hours after dinner when I'm no longer full but want that "I over-ate" feeling back again