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.
Any new year’s resolutions? My sister-in-Spain’s resolution was to replace all the light bulbs in her house that were blown out – lofty goal indeed. I guess light bulbs in Spain are way more complicated than they are here in Guelph.
How about getting serious about wine this year? I was horrified last week to discover that my daughter in Toronto was drinking a glass of mediocre red that had been opened for 6 days already! Come on M – I think you can get seriously ill on that stuff. I almost got seriously ill thinking of one of my own drinking inadequate wine.
So I took matters into my own hands took control of the situation [which as i understand kids like their dads to do] in this manner.
1. I bought her a Weinfrischhalter Geschenskset “wine suctiony vacuumy thing” as brother-in-spain calls it. Since it now comes in sage [a colour I just learned while purchasing the W-G] it is now as attractive to look at as it is to say.
2. I also bought her 4 bottles of lcbo value red wines.
Hecula from Yecla Spain [$12] – a nice smooth uncomplicated Monastrell
La Vielle Ferme [$11] because the old farm never disappoints when a rustic Côtes du Rhône is on the menu
Luccarelli’s Primitivo – at under $10 it is a steal – the new Italian Job if you like
120 Santa Rita Cab blend from Chile – also under $10 and delightfully heavy on the cab franc
I can sleep easier knowing that my girl is safe and sound when i can’t be around to pour a decent glass of wine for her. Hopefully she’s saying Weinfrischhalter Geschenskset and giggling to her own amusement at funny German words like i do.
The weather couldn’t be cooperating less these days. It should be stinkin’ hot outside and I should be sipping rosé. My well laid plans seem to have been spoiled by something called a “Northern low” brought down by the “Jet Stream”, or whatever the Weather Network people are talking about.
Last night I sat in my living room, windows open, cold evening air coming in to an already cool house. “Is it even warm enough to open that rosé chilling in the fridge?” I asked my wife.
“Close the windows and open the rosé” was her response. I did marry her for her problem solving skills.
LA VIEILLE FERME COTES DU VENTOUX ROSE*
LCBO 622134 | SEASONAL/LIMITED QUANTITIES
Price $ 10.95
I really think Spring is upon us. I put a perfectly good Côtes du Rhône outside on Sunday and it saw it’s shadow. So I drank it.
For those of you looking for a good red wine under $12 [unfortunately $12 is the new $10] look no more.
I’ve said it before – if we could overhaul our education system and teach people the irreducible essentials of wine then people would be happier. Let’s build a world that is not fooled by clever wine names (Goats do Roam) or cute labels. Kangaroos chasing little penguins are next on a label believe me and it won’t stop there.
This isn’t really a rant – or is it – but I think if people knew some basics about wine then it would make life easier both at the LCBO and in front of the waiter in a restaurant.
Next time you go to the your local wine store – or a local restaurant – get yourself a Côtes du Rhône. It’s a red wine, it’s from France, and it pairs with most food. Lightly chill it (20 minutes in the fridge) and get at it.
With French roosters on the label it has to be good French wine
LA VIEILLE FERME COTES DU LUBERON
LCBO 298505 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 10.95
Limited Time Offer
Was: $ 11.95
Now: $ 10.95
Save: $ 1.00
Until Sep 16, 2012
My recent trip to the wine store yielded an all French purchase. My standard French purchase is a Cotes du Rhone – I got three of them – and I picked up a Beaujolais just to remind my taste buds that Nouveau season is less than 2 months away. If you ever feel in a French state of mind then give these bottles a flutter.
Mommesin Beaujolais – light and playful, because sometime I don’t feel serious $9.95
La Vieille Ferme – you can never go wrong with the Old Farm $11.95
Carte Noire Celliers des Dauphins – drink out of the bottle that Napoleon drank from (well that’s what it looks like to me) $10.95
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone – Lou “Boom Boom” Bernard makes a decent CdR at $11.95
Did you miss the results of my blind tasting party – the winner, with 4 out of 7 first place votes, was …
LA VIEILLE FERME C D LUBERON
LCBO 298505 | Price: $ 11.95
Et en francais …
Seven of us ranked the wines and then cast our votes to find the winner and the results were interesting.
Best overall score – Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2007 LCBO 614651 | $ 11.95
Most first-place votes – La Vieille Ferme (4 out of 7 first place votes) LCBO 298505 | $ 11.95
My personal favorite (and I was alone on this one) – Monte Antico, Toscana Vintages 069377 | $ 14.95 At least Wine Spectator supported me by scoring it a 90 even if nobody else loved it.
Other notes of interest – The top two wines scored well ahead of the other four. Also, four of the six wines recieved a first place vote!