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March Madness

5 Apr

In anticipation of tonight’s tip off of the NCAA college basketball championship, I figured I’d pair off two wines. I’d have loved to battle of some American wines, but since they’re pretty much limited down to Californians at my LCBO, we’ll have to do with their Canadian counterparts.

For the role of David in this battle of the best, Butler University will be played by Pelee Island Winery’s ’08 Gewurztraminer (LCBO#135970, $9.95 for a limited time).

Its a little obscure, with a big nose at the start and a bang of a finish. It’s balanced, just like Butler’s offense and defense, except with its sweet and spicy characteristics. Straight from the wineries website, “Are we showing off? Of course.” Sounds just like the team that has close to home floor advantage. This is a great wine, that many respect, but just didn’t expect to get this far.

On the opposite side of the court, there will be Goliath – otherwise known as Jackson Triggs Proprietors’ Reserve ’07 Chardonnay.

It’s as typical a Canadian wine as Duke University is a basketball team. It’s gorgeously golden, with grapes chosen from select vineyards in Ontario. It’s a big wine, comfortable, and award-winning. It doesn’t have as strong a start, but my oh my, does it have a finish.

Whichever way the game goes. These are both two great wines, and two great teams. All the best of luck to Duke and Butler. Knock ’em dead, champs.

Ban the Beer…

24 Jan

Please consider the following for my argument towards leaving the overplayed bottle of beer in the fridge on football Sundays and picking up a glass of wine instead:

  1. With the Drink Matcher Widget at wine enthusiast Natalie MacLean’s website – there’s no reason why your platters can’t pair with your bottles. The look on someone’s face when they dig into some chicken wings with a demi-sec Champagne or oomphy Cabarnet Sauvignon is priceless. Bending the rules is the best part of wine drinking.
  2. You can listen to Ben Folds Five case on the matter.
  3. Wine and football crossovers. From Cowboys retiree Drew Bledsoe, Super Bowl legend Joe Montana to the Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, these guys are creating great wine. Woodson created Twenty Four Winery in the Napa Valley a few years back. The result? Woodson Wines that are as persistent, assertive and downright fabulous as he is.
  4. Matching bottles with teams is a hoot. For a 49’ers game – a crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc from California. For the New York Giants – a very grapey Mogen David Concord by Franzia Brothers Winery (LCBO Vintages #611186, $12.95). For the Washington Redskins – a boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon.
  5. How frickin adorable is this bottle decoration by Occupation Gifts?