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Getting ready for back to school

In Spirits, Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

So much has happened since I last posted on this blog. Moving into an uptown condo has been stressful but I absolutely love it here, so it was worth the hassle. Less than 2 weeks left of summer vacation and I do feel like I’m ready to go back. I’m in a new position this fall: head of the math dept. for the first semester as the current head is on deferred leave. I’m excited to put to work my leadership skills and to have a more formal position within the school administration. I’m also hoping to be able to post here on a more regular basis; the next few days will be busy as I’ve had some posts swimming around in my head for a while 🙂
As a side note this summer’s go to white wine has been the Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Riesling Gewürztraminer. It has a light crisp taste and has been great for the warm afternoons and evenings we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy this summer!

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Last night’s wine: Pelee Island Gewurztraminer 2008

In Spirits on August 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm

gewSince I really enjoyed the Pelee Island Merlot, I was excited to try their Gewurztraminer which I picked up from ANBL for about $14.  I served it ice cold with my dinner and found it sweet but still very enjoyable.  The fruit flavours are subtle and I think it would pair much better with cheeses or dessert.  I do have one complaint, it was very hard to open.  This was a 2008 wine, yet the cork seemed very soft and the top layer crumbled as I worked the corkscrew.  It took some major effort, especially since the bottle was cold and wet to get it to budge and when I finally got the cork out, it ended up longer than my thumb!

The real thing: champagne

In Spirits on August 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

liquor storeYesterday I finished up a mini-binder for my friend TL who is vacationing in New England this week. While putting together directions, maps and coupons to my favourite stores and restaurants, I happened upon the website for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. NH holds a special place in all shoppers hearts because of its lack of sales tax, but equally so for the affordable, brightly painted state run liquor stores right on the I95 which we affectionately call “The Liquor Barn”. It was here that I was able to buy creme de cassis (currently unavailable in NB) to make my kir royales for the low, low price of $8.95.

veuve-clicquotDuring that same trip, I noticed a large display of Veuve Cliquot for well over half the price we pay here in NB. Veuve is the only real champagne I’ve ever had and it is well worth the price. The creme de cassis won out on that trip, but I’m so tempted the next time to buy two bottles of veuve, one for the hotel stay and one to bring home.  Veuve is a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend in about a  2:1 ratio.  It is best served very cold, between 6-8°C and once opened should be consumed that day as the carbon dioxide prevents it from keeping its bubbles.  That never seems to be a problem with us, as Veuve makes its appearance around here on New Year’s Eve.

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In Spirits on August 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

Spirit Suggestions

In the past three weeks, I’ve experienced more than a few dismal wines.  Most were not of my own choosing, but rather what was available at that social event or dining establishment.  Keeping that in mind, I’d like to make two recommendations for summer drinking that are light, refreshing and are under $15:

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Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio 2008 (Australia, $13.99 @ NBLS)

A light wine with flavoured with citrus fruit, apples and a hint of pineapple.  Very little acidity and pleasing to both novice wine drinkers and those with a refined palate looking for a cool, refreshing summer wine.

 

 
codorniu_brut_clasicoCodorniu Brut Clasico (Spain, $13.99 @ NBLS)

This sparking wine is made with the traditional three cava grapes.  It is listed as “dry” but has very little aftertaste compared with other brut varieties.  Very tasty on its own, but also enjoyable as a sparking wine cocktail; try it in a mimosa or kir royale.