Archive | April, 2017

Weekly Wine – Tarquino

12 Apr

Tarquino Savignon Blanc
2016
Argentina
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine has the essence of a bull.
It has bull horns prominently displayed in front. It says so on the label in back that Tarquino was “the first pure-bred Shorthorn in Argentina.” This bull, as it goes states on the label, was introduced by a “British-born rancher John Miller, marking the start of huge improvements in cattle breeding in the country.”
What does this have to do with wine?
What does this have to do with the Falklands? (Damn, I wasn’t supposed to mention the war. I did a bit but I think I got away with it…)
The label is White and black – like a Herford cow. I don’t think bulls are white and black. I might be wrong. I could look it up on the interweb but… I have a bottle of wine and a blank page to deal with.
The wine is wine – a fair white wine It does not stand out as being a great buy nor does it make one recoil in horror. It is slightly acidic and that conflicts with the bouquet of fruit flavours that underline this wine.
Good for the bulls, the wine and the British ranchers.

Now it’s Fever

10 Apr

Last week I complained about having a cold – and my computer exhibiting cold-like symptoms.
Well the computers are fine but I was down for the count for three days with a nice fever.
It gave me a few days on my back and a chance to reevaluate things. Going through the personal stuff took up a bit of time but I figured a few things out.
The second opportunity it gave me was to reconnect with the television. There is nothing like lying in a feeble physical state on a couch in front of that stupid box.
And boy … I don’t watch much TV these days and hear people crowing about this show and that. Well … they ain’t there on the TV. What I saw was dreck – channels holding binge rallies of whatever “reality show” was the cheapest to purchase. B and C grade movies that might titillate some folk on the big screen but are incomprehensible on a regular sized home TV with commercials interspersed. Endless repetitions of sports “news” – why not show some sports instead – remember when sport channels showed exotic sports like cricket, Australian rules football, mud-buggys, etc? I guess it is cheaper to repeat news.
Before these three days I watched TV for F1 and football (soccer in NA parlance.) We got cable because it came bundled with the Internet – were it not included I would cancel the stuff. The interface of the receiver is glacially slow, the search function does not work. What a joyless experience.
Is this the fever talking – nope. I got better the issues with the TV stayed the same.
For those who say – why did you not use Netflix – it goes through the same internet system and router as the regular TV signal. It is blotchy and hesitates frequently on the TV. I use Netflix on a tablet that was uncomfortable to use in a feverish state.

World War One graves

9 Apr

These are soldiers graves in Jeziorany, Poland. German and Russian soldiers are buried here because the massive Battle of Tannenberg took place not too far from here. Same soldiers are named others are inscribes as an unknown soldier of such country. I was thinking of this because of the memorials going on about the Battle for Vimy Ridge where Canadian troops succeeded in reaching their objectives. I haven’t been to many battle sites in Western Europe but since Eastern Europe is just one big battle site and I have seen many sites of endeavours and of atrocities. This was a big battle in its day but is now a quiet place on earth and nearly forgotten by many but the most ardent historian – like most battle sites.

Weekly Vinyl – Silesian Saturdays

7 Apr

Saturdays in Silesia (EP)
Rational Youth
(1982)

What a joyous song.
What pure electro-pop. Pure synth-pop.
Saturdays in Silesia is clean. The beat is pronounced. It is fresh. It is crisp.
This is a great pop song.
Rational Youth were a band out of Montreal that was prominent in the early 1980s. I should say they are a band as they are still around.
They have a sizable discography and had a few hits but they are all overshadowed by this one. There is another song on this EP, Pile Ou Face, but when that is playing you just want to hear Saturdays in Silesia again.
The song really hits one out of the park and I’m sure the band feels that it is a blessing and a curse.
It is a great song.

Weekly Wine – Centurio

5 Apr

Centurio Velletri DOP
2015
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.90 (LCBO)

This is actually not a bad wine. I drank the 2014 vintage but never got around to writing a review. It kinda got away from me.
The wine is dry and a bit tart – there be acidity in this fermented grape juice. But it is not wholly unpleasant. There is no distinct flavouring of sulphites as there are in some other wines in this economic region.
It does however suffer from a flat characterless flavouring. There is a hint of cherry – but you have to search for it. It has an overall flavour of an inexpensive wine – a good inexpensive wine but the kind you take to a picnic or a bush party – not one you bring out to high-falutin’ hosts, or to family.
As I said at the outset – this is not a bad wine and I like it. It is honest and unpretentious – if a bit unrefined.

Cold reboot

3 Apr

For the past few days thinks have been wonky in the house.
The Internet worked – but not very consistently. Some websites worked well – others not at all.
The printer did not print.
The biggest horror – Netflix did not flicker.
It was a frustrating evening. The house network was sick. It was like a human having a cold. Sure, you can function a bit but you are not doing much good.
Like with a cold – all you need is rest.
The internet modem was turned off.
The computers were turned off.
The printer turned off.
All went quiet for a bit.
Then it was switched back on and regular programming resumed.

Elk on guard

2 Apr

At the Omega Park near Montabello, Quebec, there are guard posts staffed by friendly elk. They let you pass if you feed them.