• Staring at a blank word document is both frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. It’s frustrating because it means I have yet to start my post, but it’s exhilarating because I am very curious as to what I’ll write. I know that based on my past history of results I will produce something, because I have summoned words to appear every week as if by magic.

     

    Abracadabra!

    Nothing. Curses!

    ::banging head against keyboard::

    ::picked up keyboard and banging it against my head::

     

    The stuffed owl is looking at me in abject horror. I can’t tell you how many times the owl has disapproved.

     

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    I would never do anything to hurt the poor stuffed owl!

    Or would I? Bwah ha ha ha!

     

    Okay I know I’m a bit off topic, but I was so existential last week that I wanted to be a bit more playful.

    I’ve had a few wines lately from a producer called Tikal. They make some fabulous wines, and I had their Malbec/Bonarda blend just two nights ago with some great food at a restaurant called Malbec. It sells for around $15-30 depending on how shopping savvy you are. I thought it a fitting wine to be drunk with their Argentinian cuisine.

     

    Patriota

     

    Tikal Patriota 2011

    Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate gave it 92 Points

    “It has a confident, out-going bouquet of raspberries and wild strawberry complemented by hints of marmalade and quince. The palate is medium-bodied with luscious black fruit infused with minerals and a touch of graphite. It is supremely harmonious and seductive with filigree tannins on the refined finish. Wonderful.”

    My friends all had braised beef short rib, which it paired lovely with. I had grilled salmon con pure de papas (yeah I threw down some Spanish… It means puree of potatoes), vegetables and olives.

     

    I’m going to keep this short and sweet… largely because I have homework and wine drinking to do.

    The end is nigh

     

     

    The End

     

     

     

     

     

    Or is it?

     

    Yeah it is.

    For real this time

     

     

     

    THE END

     

     

     

    They ate the minstrels and there was much rejoicing. Woo!

     

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    Note from Editor: We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused your brain. We can assure you that the problem has been dealt with, and the author has taken a leave of absence.

     

    Note from Author: No I haven’t! Tee hee. I’m right here.  ::waving hands::

     

    *smack*

     

    Note from Editor: I hit him with a keyboard. He seemed to enjoy it. Anyhoo, he no longer has a keyboard or consciousness.

     

    Note from Author: Ha Hah! I found another keyboard!

     

    Note from Editor: I pulled the plug on his computer

     

     

     

    For real real this time…

     

     

     

    The End

     

     

     

     

    Bonus wine:

    2010 Borsao “Tres Picos” Garnacha Campo de Borja

    92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    “One of my favorite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao is the 6,000-case cuvee of the 2010 Tres Picos. Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao’s interpretation of Chateauneuf du Pape. (But when’s the last time you saw a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape priced at $17 – about 30 years ago?) Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years.”