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Mo is accepting gifts all day today. The email said so.....
of you know that my birthday is MAY 15, 2009. But just in case, my
birthday is in 3 days. That is 3 more shopping days and those of you who
need to wait until payday, that is also May 15, 2009. Gifts will be
accepted all day and night long.
I got her one of these.....
Mo's bicentennial mug. Her hair was not that dark in real life.
The 2007 Pasqual Toso Malbec is smooth and mellow as Malbecs go. Almost puts you in the mind of, God forbid, a decent Merlot. It is a also a good initiation into Argentine Malbecs, though most tend to be more tannic.
A little red fruit, a little black cherry, a tease of blueberry (there is no blue food, Junior, except Otter Pops), a little bit of barely noticeable zinfandel-like peppery spice on the back side.
Parker was similarly impressed.....
.....the 2007 Malbec.....reveals an alluring nose of black
cherry and blueberry leading to a grapy, smooth-textured, forward wine
with tons of flavor. Drink this crowd-pleaser over the next three
years. It is an awesome value.
I hate, literally despise, that term grapey. What the heck is that supposed to mean? After all, isn't wine, by definition, grapey? Except it doesn't taste that way.
Today marks birthday number eighty for the Old Man, who was born just scant
months before the 1920's champagne bubble burst on Black Tuesday. Many people assume that the depression arrived the next morning, but really, the bad times sort of staggered into town in twos and threes before settling in for good about 1933.
Apparently Chinese prostitutes can't hold their liquor*. [rimshot!] Thanks, I'm here all week.
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), a part
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6 million in
U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on
Ain't no love lost between my lips and a champagne bottle but with this bit of news there is cause for alarm.
.....this week came news that a new kind of champagne stopper has been
unveiled in Paris. The Maestro cap, which we must note sounds
disturbingly like some kind of fiddly contraceptive device, is made of aluminum and plastic and operates via a small gold lever. There's
still a pop, still a fizz, but, alas, no cork hurtling giddily across
Along with the delights of (a) bubbles and (b) alcohol, the traditional
champagne stopper also offered (c) the delicious lick of danger as the
cork popped skyward and risked smashing lampshades, windows, the family
china, or indeed taking someone's eye out. The Maestro, by comparison,
goes nowhere. It is the cul-de-sac of corks.
No argument in favor of artificial closures for wine bottles will sway TWC. It just isn't done. If God intended cork fakery, He certainly wouldn't have planted all those gorgeous Cork Oaks in Portugal.