Good whites

We drink these wines, and then I wait for a random period before I post about them, so the reviews may not be very useful. But a few white wine notes: Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2009. DOC Alto Aldige. 13.5%/$16.95. Generous nose with ripe bosc pear [not “bosc bear” as I originally typed], hint of minerality,continue reading

Drinking up Niagara, redux

We have been making our way through my Niagara wine purchases from two weeks’ ago with amazing efficiency. Sort of. We haven’t uncorked any of the reds yet, but we’ve entirely finished our Niagara whites, including a 13th Street Riesling I bought from the LCBO here in Toronto. I am still scratching my head wonderingcontinue reading

Too weird

I should have taken the hint from the description of the wine as a red wine that has a profile resembling “a deep purple version of gewürztraminer” (Szabo). It’s an interesting curiosity, and well done as an example of what it is, but the bottle I bought of Giusti Piergiovanni Lacrima Di Morro D’alba 2008continue reading

A few good wines

It’s been a while since we’ve done any wine blogging. Here are a few highlights from our wine notes. All Vintages, current availability unknown. (Not to harp on it or anything, but one of the nice features of WineAlign is that it automagically does an inventory search of stores near you for any wine incontinue reading

Align your wines!

There is a thriving niche market in providing wine advice to the however many million Ontarians who are effectively captive to the Ontario LCBO wine monopoly. Tony Aspler has been doing this for some years on his web site. I’ve been subscribing to his reviews for a few years, most recently renewing my subscriptioncontinue reading

At the AGO

We renewed our membership at the AGO this year. I’m not sure J. was entirely convinced, but I kind of like the idea of supporting at least one local museum and you never know what interesting thing may show up to justify a visit to McCaul and Dundas. We paid a visit to the AGOcontinue reading

Real estate geography

Where would you guess this is: Beautiful Semi-Detached 4 Bedroom Brick Home In Annex, Corner Lot, Det Brick Garage, Private Drive. To be generous, Seaton Village? Past Christie Pits? But no: Steps To Public/ Seperate Schools, Dovercourt Park And Tennis Courts, Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club (Full Daycare/Children s Programs). Minutes To Dufferin Grove Park…continue reading

Baby, meet bathwater

At first glance this makes a good deal of sense: Bill would protect kids from drug endangerment The bill would make it a separate offence to “drug endanger” a child. It would establish drug-endangered children as a category in need of protection. It would also add drug endangerment as a form of child abuse undercontinue reading

The Feedback Tour, Europe edition

At first I thought someone was pranking the press when I saw this item: Lou Reed is back with experimental music of 1970s LONDON (Reuters) – It was dismissed as “career suicide” and a joke, and some fans returned the record thinking it was faulty, but rocker Lou Reed is re-releasing a digitally remastered versioncontinue reading