You're right- those are silly. I was thinking of the overwhelming
school of thought that says a martini should be straight gin, with
vermouth being used for no more than rinsing off the ice cubes- if
even that. And that's fine, but not as refreshing as a reasonable
shot of the vermouth in the mix to my taste buds. When I mix them, I
usually go half and half with the two.
Grolsch can be good- but unfortunately, it usually sits so long in the
cooler around here that it's turned skunky more often than not when I
buy it, so I generally avoid it.
There are indeed many fine British beers... lots of good American
beers, too- but they all seem to be microbrews that are tough to find.
I still say St. Paul's Summit Brewery makes some of the finest beer to
be had anywhere- now if it just had better distribution...
> That's when I have any time to drink, of course- and truth be told, on
> the fairly rare occasions when I do drink, I usually go for red wine
> (Yellowtail Merlot- the finest $7 bottle of wine around) or beer (but
> no more "Sneaky Pete"s after the last time I was foolish enough to
> drink both in the same night).
You mean you haven't gotten around to Two Buck Chuck" yet?
> Maybe not. What's a Two Buck Chuck?
They are California wines from the Charles Shaw Winery.
The guy who owns the winery has been a PITA to the California wine
industry for years.
At Trader Joe's, a SoCal specialty store the stuff retails for $1.99 a
bottle, thus the name "Two Buck Chuck".
It is available across the US, just not at expensive wine shops.
I don't drink wine, but I'm told it is pretty good stuff.
Aha- I looked that up. Nope- no $2 wine for me- last time I did that
was in high school, and it felt like I had been kicked in the head by
a mule the next day. I like Yellowtail because it flat out tastes
better than much (better?) more expensive wines that I've tried in the
past (excepting Thomas Coyne (sp?)- but I'm not driving halfway across
the country just to have a glass of wine). It's not a cost issue,
just a taste preference- I buy so little alcohol that I could easily
spend more, but those really "classy" wines usually taste like an old
lady smells to me.
The Charles Shaw cab is ok; certainly better than your run-of-the-mill
The Charles Shaw chardonnay was ranked quite highly compared to other
california chards, and is also $1.99 a bottle.
Me, my preference lies more towards Beaulieu Vinyards _Georges de Latour_
vintage Cabs. The BV rutherford is also an excellent reasonably priced Cab.
Alright, damn it ... my favorite California Pinot Noir (Meridian) just went
from $6.85 a bottle to over $16.00 because of "demand" (IOW, it was selling
pretty good so the corporate greed at the grocery chain level got the best
of them) ... so tell me, what's do I replace it with?
... and don't say Merlot! ;)
Merlot is a reliable work horse. Never great, but mostly reliable. I
What I really like, is Chianti. Man, there are some nice Chiantis
The big-buck Chiantis are mostly hype/demand/history-priced. No need
to spend a fortune. I like lighter wines (in red) like a beaujolais.
The Portuguese make nice light reds.
I suck at remembering the names. I know them by their label and their
spot in the liquor store.
Yes... liquor stores and Beer stores. No booze of any kind anywhere
else in Ontario. (A few wine stores, which IIRC must have a larhe % of
Ontario wines....which aren't bad any more.)
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