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A few of my favourite things

Four years and 300 blog posts later it’s time to look back at a few of my favourite things about PulltheCork. I know this seems a little self-serving but as my brother-in-Spain pointed out,  being self-serving is really what blogging is all about in the first place.

Favourite thing number …

5. Being picked up by the Mercury’s online paper and getting the gig as restaurant reviewer for the Guelph Mercury and the KW Record

4. My four attempts to alert the public on the dangers of drinking water when a nice rosé would do

3.  Getting free stuff through Natalie MacLean’s contacts and from Muskoka Brewery!

2. Being reposted by my inspiration in blogging Billy Munnelly

1. The satisfaction that I get when my wife and her sister [sister-in-law in Spain] giggle at what I write

Thanks folks

PS Special mention to the blog post Hello my name is Shiraz Bordeaux 

marios gift

Stay thirsty my friends – and thanks Mario


My LCBO shopping list

Time to recommend some wine.  I seldom do that in this wine blog because I get easily distracted by other things – like how much money baseball players make each day, how to win the British Open, how to get a Shampoo endorsement, the story of me getting trapped in the internet,  and such and such.

 Here are the top  9 wines that I buy at my local wine store (LCBO in Ontario).  I like them and I keep buying them. For those of you not comfortable with only 9 wines and need a top 10 – well you need therapy but feel free to add your wine in the comments section below.

Sicily Nero D’Avola.  At $10 it’s a steal – a steal I say. Look for it in the Italian aisle isle  but it’s NOT Italian – it’s Sicilian and it’s delicious. It will remind you of sitting outdoors at a trattoria.


AUSTRALIA Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier – a Shiraz with manly tannins that’s not afraid to cry at a romatic comedy.  $15

FRANCE La Vieille Ferme – they don’t make wines from “the Old Farm” like they used to – or do they?  Rustic and French. What more could an eonophile want? More Ferme, that’s what they want. $11


FRANCE Bouchard Pere & Fils Macon – Cru Beaujolais for $14 with a great taste of sour cherry. Mmm sour cherry.

SPAIN Hecula Monastrell from Yecla (that really is the name of the region). A great Monastrell at a great price $14. Proving Spain does more than Rioja. This is part of the Vintages Essentials collection which means that it is readily available.

SPAIN Red Guitar – a classic GSM Rhone style blend from Spain at $12. Spain claims to have invented the Guitar and Mouvedre (Monastrell). I believe them because I like them and besides, they won the World Cup so they can lay claim to inventing football for all I care.

Jackson Triggs Meritage – this is a winemakers wine and I think that in Niagara a winemaker that knows how to blend their grapes is priceless. This is a classic blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is my favorite Ontario wine hands down – especially years where the Cab Franc is prominent like in 2007. $13.45

Niagara Strewn Two Vines Riesling-Gewürztraminer.  Spice, pear and apple! It’s not bone dry but the spicy and acidic and  delicious cold – and I got to say Gewürztraminer again. $12

ITA Mezzomondo Salento -the distinctive brown label looks like it was made on papyrus and hand-drawn by DaVinci. It is a simple wine that I can’t stop drinking (in a good way).  Rustic and delicious – what more could you want for under $9.