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Friday Funnies – Cheers – The Best Norm Ever

Cheers was a phenomenal show, with so many running jokes and great characters. This clip features the best Norm greeting ever. Wait for it. Have a great weekend everyone.

Wine Wednesday – 2018 J.LOHR MERLOT

We paired this with a Chicken Parmesan, heavy on the cheese and a Cesar salad. J.Lohr has always been a go to wine, both this and the Cabernet. The Chardonnay is also excellent.

The Merlot is a very smooth, dry wine and very soft on the palate. It has major oak, vanilla and chocolate notes. You can pretty much pair it with anything.

You have likely noticed that we are big on California wines, and with good reason. They are usually fairly light, yet bold with strong berry and vanilla hints prevalent. They are reasonably priced, this one in the mid 20’s. I would recommend this wine for any type of occasion, even (especially?) just having a glass. We rate it 4.1 of 5 stars.

PS: For some reason The BC price was 16 cents lower than the average on Vivino. SHHSHH, don’t let them know.

Wine Wednesday – 2017 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet

Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.

Besides pizza, I would recommend pairing with pretty much any meat dish other than fish. It is to bold for a seafood dish. Also a nice wine to just have a glass with friends.

Wine Wednesday – 2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

This wine qualifies as one of our go to varieties. We’ve been opening this one since 2010, or maybe earlier. Very consistent and bursting with more flavour that your average Pinot. Major cherry and berries in the palate, also a bit oaky. Extremely smooth and has a sweetness to it as well. Easy to drink and pairs favourably with most dishes. We recently had it with a maple chipotle pork tenderloin and it worked very well. We also enjoy it with salmon dishes. Highly recommend, a 4.3 on our 5 scale. Our tip to you is drink it from a Pinot glass, you will notice the difference immediately when compared to a regular red wine glass.

Here’s a link to guide you to some perfect glasses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2019/10/16/the-best-wine-glasses-for-pinot-noir/?sh=7252db9840be

In conclusion, the price, Vivino notes as an average price 19.75. In British Columbia, 24 bucks. They sure like to gouge you here.

Speaking of Vivino, this is a great app, and available on all platforms. Take a picture of the label while in the app and voila, you have everything you wanted to know about that wine. They look at you funny in the liquor store, but, hey, why buy bad or overpriced wine.

See you next Wednesday.

Wine Review -Tom Gore 2018 Cabernet

2018 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

A workhorse Cabernet with oaky notes and definite hints of blackberry and cherry. Very typical of California Cabernet’s. Reasonably priced, usually in the $15.00 range (unless you live in British Columbia, think $18.00) and suitable for pretty much any meat dish. We enjoyed with home made pizza, lots of cheese. Recommend for the budget conscious among us, I gave it 4 stars of 5.

Mazatlan – Day 2

A very good day. Coffee on the deck watching the tide roll in. The social director had our day mapped out from there.

First stop. Hotel Azteca to visit Arturo for a milkshake, secret ingredient, alcohol.

From here, loaded up with fuel, we continued on our way. Rules are simple, the social director and her assistant duck into a store, we carry on to the next bar and have a beer. They catch up, we carry on. Their first stop, no idea. Ours was Gringo Lingo.

We continued to the Malecon. Once there we had a terrific view of the Pacific. Surf was up.

We caught a cab and headed to Centro and a place hadn’t been before. Edgar’s is a unique place, made better by 20 peso beer.

Once finished, we took off for Plazuela Machado. The plan was supper and some music. The social director and her assistant discovered a shop. We hung around in limbo for a while, saw a hummingbird and the worlds biggest bee.

Following our plan, the assistant’s assistant and I trundled off to Restaurant Mr Lionoso on the Plazuela and had a drink while we waited.

The plan from there was supper at Casa Connobio. Check.

From here it was to Lucky B’s to see Rex. Unfortunately they cancelled as it was starting to rain. Electrics and rain don’t mix very well, can’t blame them and we’ll catch with them later. Back up plan was Las Flores hotel to catch Krakken, another pretty good local band.

All in all an enjoyable day. Day 3 is going to be sedate in comparison, super bowl at La Catrina.

Review of Pinups Fun & Grill – Mazatlan

A quick review. We stopped at Pinups, a local ex-pat favourite, for a quick bite. Had the Juicy Lucy chicken sandwich. Very good, recommend. As an added bonus, they share a small square with Lucky B’s and an acoustic set was being highlighted by Rex. This is a very good band, especially when they have the full group. Will be seeing them tonight. More on them later.

Pinups web page at the link.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot

Chateau St. Michelle Merlot

Chateau Ste Michelle is an American winery, situated in Washington state.  The wines from this area are becoming quite well-known and are carving out a name for themselves.  The vineyards have been in existence since the repeal of prohibition.

The wine we are reviewing is a 2011 Merlot, purchased at the Real Canadian Liquor Store here in Calgary, and is reasonably price at below $20.00.  We paired it with a Montreal spice chicken breast and sweet potato, all off the barbecue, and it was excellent.

To be truthful, I consider this purchase to be a steal and highly recommend it to our friends and readers.  Typical of Merlot, it was light and flavorful, with minimal earthiness. A very good pair to the spiced breasts.  There are hints of black cherry and some definite spiciness  There are many fruit flavors and it has a good finish.  In addition to pairing with food, it is very suitable for plain old every day sipping.

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Quails’ Gate Reserve Pinot Noir

 

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Quails’ Gate is a Canadian winery, located in the Okanagan Valley of British Colombia.  The wine, a reserve Pinot Noir, approximately $45 CAD.  As we usually find for wines from this region, it is very earthy, not something I find desirable in a Pinot.  We like our Pinot’s to be very fragrant to the nose and light and flavorful to the tongue. This is my common complaint for wines from BC.  Having said that, I would very much recommend this one for a variety of reasons.  First, many people prefer the earthiness exhibited by this bottle, so I must disqualify myself from being overly critical, just not my cup of tea so to speak.  Second, I have had many wines in this price range that were inferior to this one.  Finally, it is a Canadian wine and I must support it just on that alone.  You be the judge after you have tried it.  I give it a 3 out of 5 on our personal scale, and will stick to the French or California Pinot’s.