Do you know that Dr Suess’ classic Green Eggs and Ham is all about trying new stuff? I didn’t really know his books had a point to them [10 Apples Up On Top baffles me and i can already juggle!] but i’m starting to revisit these classsics in an attempt to answer many metaphysical questions of our world.
We should try new stuff. I recently purchased a bottle of hot banana peppers and now keep it in my fridge. I was inspired by the Harveys employee [also a student at my school] who asked me if i wanted banana peppers on my veggie burger. Kids know stuff. It was delicious.
I’m pleased to see that the LCBO is trying new stuff. Recently i purchased a Syrah from the region of Jumilla in Spain. Honestly, i didn’t even know Jumilla exported any Syrah. I guess i’m not surprised that they grow it – Jumilla is basically Spain’s answer to the Cotes du Rhone – but it seemed daring of the LCBO. Usually we import Spanish Rioja, Ribero del Duero, and then get crazy with a Monastrell or two. But I applaud somebody’s daring Dr Suessical approach to buying wine last month. I guess it doesn’t hurt that Luis Gutierrez, from erobertparker.com rated it a 92. Well done Luis G! Thanks for convincing somebody at the LCBO to try Green Eggs and Ham. I drank it in a glass, with a spouse, beside a daughter, in the rain, with a goat, and on a train [except for the rain and goat and train].
VAlceño Premium 50 Barricas Syrah 2012 VINTAGES#: 398933 $13.95
85% Syrah/ 15% Mourvèdre This may be the best value wine i’ve purchased in years
Also, I realize the irony, writing about green eggs and ham and promoted the Veggie burger at Harveys [best veggie burger around]. Maybe green eggs and ham will inspire you to try their veggie burger next time and give a cow a break.
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.
My top shelf is empty. For those who follow this blog you will recall that the top shelf is the vin ordinaire – the wine that my wife can open without asking “is this saved for something special?”.
So a restocking is in order. Here’s what I came up with – 8 bottles for $90. They are the wines that are good and inexpensive too.
- France – GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS LCBO 212480 |Price $ 10.95
- Pelee Island – PELEE ISLAND BACO NOIR VQA LCBO 485128 | Price $ 10.45
- Spain – BODEGAS CASTANO HECULA LCBO 300673 | Price $ 11.80
- Niagara – CHATEAU DES CHARMES ALIGOTE VQA ST. DAVID’S BENCH LCBO 296848 |Price $ 13.95
- Italy – MEZZOMONDO NEGROAMARO SALENTO IGT LCBO 588962 |Price $ 9.00
- Spain [Cava} – CODORNIU BRUT CLASICO SPARKLING LCBO 215814 | Price $ 12.95
- Portugal – BERCO DO INFANTE RESERVA LCBO 253864 |Price $ 9.20
- Niagara – CALAMUS RIESLING 2010 VINTAGES 158642 | Price $ 16.95 [I spend big $$ on this one because my man Orest vouched for it]
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 am the first to admit that I usually don’t notice details. One night I asked my wife about the new lamps on our bedside tables only to find out that they had been there for 2 months! I also confess that I put my wife’s hair appointments in my iPhone calendar so that I “notice” that her hair looks nice.
Out with the old
So little wonder last week that I stood with a quizzical stare at a wine bottle in the France section of the LCBO. One of my favourites looked like they had either lost a little weight or gotten taller – or both.
Cellier des Dauphins has finally abandoned the old squatty brandy shaped bottle for a classic sleek Côtes du Rhône bottle. I guess I’m a little disappointed – I liked the unique shape. However, maybe more people will buy the “normal” look and hey, this is a great wine
CELLIER DES DAUPHINS CARTE NOIRE COTES DU RHONE LCBO 110197 Price $ 9.95 until April 1
In with the new
My two strongest memories from this summer’s Spanish vacation are of the delicious red wine we drank and the 15 dogs that barked me awake at 3:30 each morning. Perros estúpidos!
Taste memories are strong. So this week I’ve been blocking the dog/sleep thing by focusing on the red wine. Problem is that there is no Mercadoña or Carrefour to visit where I can buy Rioja for 2 €. Sad, but I am up for the LCBO challenge of finding a great inexpensive wine from Spain.
After trying 3 “good looking” red wines the winner was clear. Beronia is a dry, hot summer in your mouth (in a good way). It just became this year’s house wine in Casa Oke.
BERONIA TEMPRANILLO RIOJA
LCBO 243055 | Price: $ 11.25
If you don’t drink white wine then you’re either loco or stubborn – or being stubbornly loco.
When it comes to white wine, overly 0aked chardonnay is not my forté – besides that there’s always the risk of having a black fly ironically land in it. You may recall that America’s founding fathers tried to pass a law against overly oaked chardonnay – apparently unsuccessfully. What is my forté is a crisp refreshing drink. This one, from Spain, is probably the best white in the $10 range at the LCBO.
MARQUES DE RISCAL WHITE
LCBO 36822 | Price: $ 10.90
Delicioso, fresco y ácido, servir a enfriarse ( gracias traductor de google)
And for those of you interested – Marqués de Riscal translates Marqués of Riscal. I did that without google.