Tag Archives: Appenzell

Weekly Wine – Era

30 Dec

Vento01Era Vento
2014
Italy
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This is a nicely packaged wine that I mistook for a more expensive plonk right off the bat. Many inexpensive wines go for flashier labels to entice the consumer to pick up the bottle. I believe that a product, be it wine, cereal or books, has but a few measly seconds to attract a consumers eye. Once the eye is attracted then the attached hand can pick the product up. On my treks to stores of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, I look at the flash and the price. I am always suspicious of a very flashy label or “hip” name as it is usually a sign where the money, instead of going into the winemaking, went into the marketing of the wine.
This wine is actually quite nice. It is even organic. It is also quite dry – so-much-so that I felt I should have a glass of water after I nearly finished my first glass of wine. Instead I had some more wine, nibbled on some nice Appenzell cheese and was quite content.

Weekly Vinyl – Cheese Wheel

7 Jun

Räässe Chääs ond schapfe Back
Retonio & Toni
(1982)
SONY DSC
I call this album Cheese Wheel because that’s what’s on the cover. This album is totally incomprehensible to me as it is a comedy album. The comedy is provided by a guy who looks like Sammy Maudlin, Joe Flaherty’s TV host character in SCTV, and his wooden dummy. The recording is of a live show so there is laughter at the jokes. I guess the comedy is good, for that audience.
Interspersed between the laughs is very good folk music played by old Swiss men who are wearing earings. They singing and yodeling is a nice respite from the unfathomable comedy. Judging by the what the musicians are dressed up in, that there is an inner picture of them peering from the windows of the Hotel Santis in Appenzell, the fact that it was produced in Appenzell, leads me to conclude that this is an Appenzell group. I like the Appenzell area of Switzerland. My favourite cheese comes from there. It is a bit of a lesser well-known area of Switzerland with distinct traditions.
I’ve never been a fan of ventriloquist acts. I find it strange when a comedian comes on stage and pulls out his wooden dummy. But I don’t understand what they are saying here so id bothers me less. I like the music when the band is playing.