Saturday, September 20, 2008

Coming soon...No! Here Now at a Spinnakers store near you!

In our relentless quest to bring you a peerless combination of brilliant quality wines at thoroughly modest prices, our fearless product consultants have come up with four new wines we're convinced are drop-dead winners! Prices will all hover in the vicinity of $25 or less.
  • Jaboulet-Vercherre Bourgogne Rouge 2005 2005 may have been a terrific year in the Cote dOr, but this was ridiculous: a basic Burgundy for about $25 that was this good? None of us had ever tasted anything like it: Classic Burgundy nose, and fruit as silky-smooth as a bucketful of kittens. Better yet, it's still improving in the bottle---we tasted this in the morning and finished it off at dinner, where it was even better! This is a bargain that has the potential to keep on delighting you for years!
  • 2005 Chateau Haut Vigneau Cotes de Blaye Another excellent modestly-priced Bordeaux from 2005, where a miracle vintage has proven kindest to the budget-minded consumer: if the Latours and Moutons are fetching record prices, the petit chateaux like this one have never made better wine---and they're all fighting for a spot in your cellar, so prices have never looked so affordable. This example 85% Merlot, with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and another 5% Cabernet Franc; it has a wonderful, earthy nose with plenty of tannic bite on the palate---very seductive now, but with the promise of even better to come, if you can only keep your mitts off it long enough!
  • "Manior de la Tete Rouge" Bagatelle 100% Cabernet Franc from vigneron Guillaume Reynouard, working in the Saumur AOC: Dark, intense---maybe the most macho Cab Franc you've ever had at this price!
  • Pica Broca "La Sauvageonne" Terrasses du Larzac 2005 Another wonderful Syrah-Grenache-Cinsault combination from the Coteaux du Languedoc, this has an earthy nose that suggests some Mourvedre was in the mix as well; but since that's a variety not listed on the label, we'll just have to assume that it comes from expert winemaking and a nice bit of terroir.
Case upon case of all of the above are now here at both Spinnakers Spirit Merchants' locations!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Week in Alcohol

The 'she could end up rotting in Hell' part was taken out by his Firefox grammar-checker A Paris judge has filed charges against critic Robert Parker for defamation of his former assistant, Hannah Agostini, author of Robert Parker: Anatomy of a Myth. "The charges were filed Friday against Parker for writing on his Internet site that Agostini 'could end up stagnating in prison,' and for misrepresenting the penalties that she faces, officials said.... The critic declined comment about the case. He was fined €2,000 ($2,820) by a Paris court in March for violating Agostini's presumption of innocence."

As a sobriety test, you just have to type out "Super Saver Shipping" without slurring your words announced that they would soon be selling wine online

The return address on the rice bags to the Lepage factory in Mianzhu, China should have been a bit of a giveaway Japan's Sake supply has been compromised by tainted rice. "Shipments of pesticide-ridden, rotting rice, intended for use in glue factories, have ended up in the human food chain, principally as ingredients for brewing the national tipple. In the past week more than a million bottles of shochu and saké - drinks made from rice - have been recalled over safety fears."

Their "drink beer and be impotent" campaign didn't seem to work too well The Brewers association of Canada announced that over the next five years it would be donating $1 million to the study of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Canada

...but especially when somebody's applying for a job as a T.T.C. executive The Toronto Transit Commission announced that it would soon be testing some workers for alcohol and drugs. The report "recommends that employees in 'safety sensitive' jobs like vehicle operators or track workers, their supervisors, and members of the TTC executive be subject to six stages of drug and alcohol testing: when applying for a job, when there is 'reasonable' suspicion of impairment, after an incident, after a violation, after treatment and randomly."

He then went on to observe that they had bad weather and produced crummy soccer players as well Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver complained that Britons didn't appreciate decent cuisine, and that "the only people who drink more than us are the Irish and the Scottish"

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Week in Alcohol

The only problem is that Yellow Tail sets off the alarm as well Scientists in France have designed a technique to detect counterfeit wines. "The results reveal the age of the bottle, and the wine within it. This data is then compared to results from bottles known to be authentic."

Your ticket there on Air Canada will cost you $1259.99 Macau---which has recently eclipsed Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the world---has eliminated it's 15% tax on wine "in a bid to become a dominant player in the regional fine wine market".

It was followed by a sex-free orgy at Tommy Lee's hotel room
Motley Crue played a concert at Toronto's Molson Amphitheater at which alcohol was banned.

However, the age of consent still stays at 10
France plans to raise it's drinking age to 18

It all happened when Becks and Posh left Real Madrid for Hollywood
The Foreign Office in London released figures showing that the number of British tourists in Spain arrested for being drunk grew by a third over the course of the previous year

Racing in front of Gordon Brown will do that to a guy In Britain, a dozen jockeys have been caught drinking and riding by random alcohol testing. "But as only a tiny fraction of those who ride each day are tested under the system, it is thought many more jockeys are still slipping through the net and riding under the influence of alcohol".

He actually thought he was riding in the fifth race at Epsom Russian high-jumper Ivan Ukhov was banned from a Swiss track meet for jumping while inebriated. Film at 11:00.