Archive | September, 2015

Weekly Wine – Foral

9 Sep

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Alianca Foral Douro
2012
Portugal
750ml
13.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I’m sitting here, drinking this wine, writing a review of an album and taking care of some other stuff. About half of the bottle slipped by before I noticed that I was also to write a review of the wine.
It was only then that I decided to concentrate my full attention on the taste and the experience of the wine. I looked at it. Peered into its soul. Had an exploratory sip, and another.
My first absentminded impression of this wine were the best indication of this wine’s quality. It is good. It is unspectacular. But you will pay about 25 bucks for it at a restaurant because it is one of the least expensive wines on the list – and it will be fine.
It will compliment your meat dishes.
It will do OK with the fishes.
The pastas, the burgers, the pizzas – all delicious.
It is a good wine at a reasonable price.
I like that very much.

 

 

Pigeons on the rocks

6 Sep


I took this pictures on an artificial island in the Chesapeake Bay area. Seagulls were flying all about but the pigeons just ambled about. This is one of the last pictures I took before my lens died on my camera.

Weekly Vinyl – Think Pink

4 Sep

Think Pink
Fabulous Poodles
(1979)
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Godddamit!
Think Pink!
This is the one phrase that I remember from this group. It is in their song, “Pink City Twist”.
This is why I bought this album a few weeks ago at a garage sale.
I had never heard the album before – it’s not bad. Late 70s post punk / pre new wave music. It is a broad category but the music combines many elements and many genres and really does not know where it is going. It is very friendly music – I might have heard more of this album on the radio but just never noticed.
What can I say – the title song is kitschy and great. It pulls the album along.

Weekly Wine – Obikwa

2 Sep

SONY DSCObikwa Shiraz
2014
South Africa
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)

There is a bite to this wine that troubles me.
It is there with every sip. It is there even after I nosh on something.
This bite, which hits me back in the throat, distracts me from enjoying this wine.
It is fruity, but what fruits do I taste? There’s that bite!
It is dry but a bit sweet. I don’t know. I can’t tell. There’s that bite!
Such a shame. Is it the sulphites? Is it the wine? I can’t tell, there’s that bite!
The wine in this pleasant looking bottle is disappointing because of that bite. It denotes cheapness and a lack of finesse.
However, the label proudly tells me that the container is a “eco-friendly lightweight bottle.”
Well at least that’s something.