Hot Dog and Wine Pairing

2011 Cougar Vineyards Miscuglio del Circolo (Temecula, CA)

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My “Secret” Wine Source

I love wine, this should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me. White, red, dry, sweet, I pretty much like them all. I plan vacations around winery locations. I will take a chance on wines in expected places – when driving across country and I saw a winery sign in Oklahoma, I stopped – not with high expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. I do have my favorites, the reds out of Southern California, Arizona and Spain, but I want to try as much and as many as possible. In order to do that, I have a “secret” wine source that sends me daily emails about wonderful wines they have been able to get hold of, often in “limited quantities,” and I want to share it with you. My “secret” source is Garagiste (actually a front for Jon Rimmerman, a wine seller and marketing genius).

Every day I get an entertaining email describing a wine, how he came about having access to it or possibly some philosophical musings on life. The email always ends with the deal and it’s usually a very good deal. Sometimes, like today, the email offers up a deal on very high quality food stuffs, such as olive oil or walnut oil.

Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ

Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ

My wines from Garagiste are almost always ones I would not have access to trying and have included a 2005 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “Fay,” a 1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva, and a 2010 Close Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages “Les Echalas” Rouge. All were excellent.

If you live where wine can be shipped to you, I highly recommend you sign up for the Garagiste emails. Even if you never buy a bottle, they are good reading for the wine soul.

For more reading on Jon Rimmerman and his business model for selling wine (and he sells lots of it), check out the article on him in the New York Times Magazine.


Beer Choices for the Weekend

Beer Choices for the Weekend – looks kinda like a Rogue has the edge.

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What I Am Drinking Now…

Coulter IPA by Cismontane Brewing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. 65 IBU, 7.2% ABV

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My beer for tax day

SchlitzAlmost afraid to put this up. Was at the store buying some beer and some wine for a wine tasting when I came across the beer I have loved from youth.


Beer for the Holidays

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Off for a few days so made a trip out and got my holiday selection of beers to try out.
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Two Hearted Ale (Bells Brewery, Comstock, MI) 7% ABV
Roadside American Ale (Mother Road Brewing, Flagstaff, AZ) 5% ABV
Myrcenary Double IPA (Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO) 9.3% ABV
Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE) 10% ABV
Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 6% ABV
8th Street Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 4.5% ABV
Big Eye IPA (Ballast Point Brewing, San Deigo, CA) 7% ABV
DOA IPA – Hop On or Die (Cerveceria Mexicana, Tecate, Mexico) 6.8% ABV


Phil Robertson is an attention seeking moron

OK, I have to say this – Phil Robertson is an attention seeking moron. Boy I feel better. Now for all of my Facebook friends who are posting and sharing all this crap about supporting him, I know that 99% of you would never pick up a copy of GQ magazine and have not read the article. You blindly just post this stuff thinking you know something about what he said. Damn it people, read the article. Regarding gays, he said “They’re full of murder, envy strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.” He also said that blacks in his home state were living just fine and were happy in the times of Jim Crow laws. Phil shared, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person.” In the fields “they’re singing and happy…no one was singing the blues.” What planet was he living on? Maybe he is just reliving Uncle Remus and Songs of the South over and over in his head?

I know that many of my friends are also friends with gays and blacks…is lining yourself up with this crap really how you want these friends to think you feel?

And please get off the freedom of speech issue, it has nothing to do with this. If you disagree please explain to me how his freedom of speech is being abridged. He said what he said and can say it again. I don’t see Congress or any part of the government trying to stop him (which is who the amendment would refer to). A&E, its owners and staff also have these same freedoms and are free not to give him a forum if they decide not to.


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