You know those dreams you have that you can’t wait to tell everyone about. The dreams that have intricate details more fascinating to the teller than the listener? That’s what the Year in Review photos are like on Facebook aren’t they? I don’t feel that way – but i suspect a lot of people do. Nuts to them – here’s my Pull the Cork Year in Photos
Ox Patio at the end of winter with a Wellington SPA
The first signs of spring and i stop drinking potentially dangerous water and tuck into a nice Muga Rosé
The fine people at Muskoka Brewery helped make a beer tasting out of our micro farm planting day
The summer began on Vancouver Island with a lovely white wine grown and bottled by a Canadian Aboriginal group
Grappa 1-0 Lemoncillo [bunny ears by my M]
Um, this Autumnal Stonehammer Dark got some foliage help from my daughters i think
Of course we made Gin
and back to Nouveau, where this blog began
This summer I plan to make no decisions – and to renew that vow daily. So I’ll let others make them for me – lessening the weight of responsibility that i might otherwise feel when it’s summertime and the living’s supposed to be easy.
Decisions like which wine to open.
Fortunately I prepare for such life altering occasions by keeping a light red, and full-bodied rosé [or rosado in this case] and a crisp white in the fridge. So that when the wife gets home [don’t worry “Mad Max fans” I asked her permission to call her “the wife” this one time so don’t go all Furiosa on me] she has an easy choice. Because really it’s a win-win-win decision [and no M I don’t mean open all three].
And she wins.
The Red … Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais $11 on sale—LCBO#: 212480 | Light, berries, cherry, easy drinking … please serve chilled.
The Pink … Muga Rose $14 —VINTAGES#: 603795 | Seriously, i get zero kickback from the people at Muga … i just love this wine so much and it’s a better choice than those suckers who are drinking water.
The White …Marques de Riscal White, Rueda $12 —LCBO#: 36822 | Crisp, acidic, medium body, I say it tastes like rhubard, my wife says Lychee – I admit lychee sounds far cooler.
Its that time of year again where I address my concerns to the majority of the population who still think it’s a good idea to drink water – a myth exaggerated and perpetuated by what Fox News is now calling the “Water Right”.
These water people like sticking to “tried and true” health practices . I hear things like “if water was good enough for my grandmother …”. I remind these people that gramma readily consumed Mercury to cure anything for a scraped knee to muscle pain.
Me, I like to approach this not as an historian, or even a scientist, but rather as a fear-mongering blogger. Who in their right mind ingests an odourlesss, colourless, tasteless liquid? Especially when there are several excellent bottles of flowery, salmon-hued, delicious chilled bottles of rosé that are good for you.
Also, the few times I’ve tried to “hydrate” myself I found that I needed to pee frequently – Travis doesn’t need that again.
My prescription this summer is Muga rosado. Available at the LCBO for under $14. It seems like a wise choice to me. Hopefully someday one of my grandchildren will be heard saying “if it was good enough for my grandpa …”
I get distracted easily. Recently I’ve been writing about beer, cognac, chocolate, and the election. Already the title of this post, Picking Spain, has me thinking about the World Cup and not wine. Time to get back to wine – at least until something else distracts me.
As the summer draws closer my thoughts turn to my 2nd home – Spain. Okay, so it’s my brother’s home but whatever. I will be there in a month buying what the Spaniards call “el cheap wine“. The locals like it when you learn their language.
I think I should start preparing for my trip. My wife starts packing for her trip about now – deciding on her colour story [that’s a real thing apparently]. I’ll start with my best selections from the LCBO Spanish wines [click for LCBO link]. My colour story is 2 reds, a white, and a rosado.
- Beronia Reserva $20- classic Rioja [Tempranillo grape] at an affordable price. Reminds me of a hot, dry Spanish summer
- Hecula $12- lighter than a Rioja made in the south from Monastrell grapes
- Marquis de Riscal $13- a crisp white for those hot days in the garden
- Muga Rosado $13- get it while you can – best pink in the store
And while I think of it … I did pick Spain to win the World Cup again. Iker!!!!!
BERONIA RESERVA – Smooth tannins. Reservas are aged for a minimum of 1 yr in oak and 2 yrs in the bottle. They cost a little more but believe me, they are worth it.
VINTAGES Essential 50203 |Price $ 19.95
For the past 3 years I have tried to point out the insanity of drinking water instead of rosé. Odourless, colourless, tasteless? Who puts that in their body? This is what my new research on the internet has found – and it wasn’t easy to research as most sites still tell you that water is good for you.
- Water contains bacteria – eek
- A woman lost her sight drinking too much water – that’s one too many for me
- The human body is mostly water already – so why waste your time
- Water vapour is invisible as a gas – it may be around you and you don’t even know it!
- The water molecule carries a slight negative charge – NEGATIVE CHARGE!
If those 5 facts, from internet sources including Wikipedia, don’t convince you then maybe the Vintages annual release of Spanish rosado – Muga – will.
MUGA ROSÉ 2011
Price: $ 12.95
Made in: Rioja, Spain
By: Bodegas Muga S.A.
Release Date: May 12, 2012
So another study has come out telling us to drink more water. I hope you know how I feel about this – it’s ridiculous. Last year I spoke of the dangers of water – encouraging people to drink rosé instead. Apparently I need to address this annually.
The perils of dihydrogen monoxide, or “water” as the water people call it, are well-known. This chemical can cause a host of unpleasant conditions including excessive sweating and frequent urination. As if that’s not enough it is also capable of corroding many metals, is used as a fire-retardant, and in the production of Styrofoam. I think we all agree that anything involved in the production of Styrofoam can’t be good even if none of us really know why.
As I’ve said before, what person in their right mind would drink an odourless, colourless, tasteless liquid. It’s crazy talk. “Stone cold crazy”, according to Freddy Mercury – by all accounts a reliable source of reason.
Oh, by the way, the LCBO just got in a shipment of the 2009 Muga rosé. It’s delicious. Go get some!
MUGA ROSÉ 2010
Spain | Bodegas Muga S.A.
VINTAGES 603795 | 750 mL | $ 12.95
A recent study indicated that drinking water is good for you.
Water! – odourless, colourless, tasteless. Sounds dangerous to me. And “they” want me to drink 2 litres of it a day because some ridiculous health claim is attached to it? Sounds like somebody is justifying research money again.
They aren’t the boss of me. Why should I waste my time on an odourless and tasteless liquid?
(For the record Hydrogen Peroxide Solution, liquid Argon, and liquid Helium are also on the list of colourless and odourless liquids that you can’t make me drink)
Some will argue that we are 97% water? Not me – I’m 97% skeptical of these so-called “water people”. This summer give me a nice glass of rosé instead. Doesn’t that sound like better advice?
From this Saturday’s vintage release I highly recommend the Muga Rosé. Also, I’m pretty sure it’s good for you.
MUGA ROSÉ 2009
VINTAGES 603795 $ 12.95