Monthly Archives: October 2008

One Vowel Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

Nk’Mip (pron in-ka-meep) Qwam Qwmt, 2005 Meritage, VQA from the Okanagan Valley may be short on vowels, but it throws linguistic complexity around like a baton-twirling quarterback. With style and grace, this Meritage is a stunning blend of rich powdery cocoa, ripe soft blueberries, dark cassis and creamy fudge – the liquid Bon Bon for adults – Luscious! Its magniloquently smooth with red, ruby tones that make for a deliciously all-encompassing essence. This wine is one that is just plain irresistible; makes you do things you wouldn’t dream of admitting to. It’s just that kind of wine, and I’m just that kind of girl. I’ll do lots of things for money – but I won’t share my wine.

Triple thumbs up ~ $32.99
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Photo: Nk’Mip Cellars


Freudian Sip

What prostitution is for some, therapy is to others – buying an hour of a person’s expertise who’s paid to show nothing more then pure, unadulterated interest. What a delight!  And with the condition of our world, who isn’t looking for that bit of respite?   The German and I are trying Buddhist mediation, but let’s be honest, wine is the more efficient method.   Lucky for the world, somewhere out there in the Naramata Bench, the Canucks have taken the call seriously and given us the gift of Therapy in a bottle.   Therapy Vineyards delivers the standards — Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot, but delve a little deeper,  and you’ll taste the juice of  Freud’s Ego, Super Ego, and most importantly Freudian’s Sip.  

At the end of the day, it was the famous psychologist who offered “If you can’t do it, give up!”

Photo: Therapy Vineyard







The Girl With a Golden Glass

If you love wine as much as you love James Bond and his leading ladies, I think you’ll enjoy this. 

And speaking of ladies, like wine, they all seem to have a few things in common: good body, long legs and strong finishes. Grab a glass and let’s see how these measure up against the beauties.

Published in Wine Press Northwest, Sept 08

Palin Packs a Sinner’s Punch!

So we’ve got another debate tonight, and you must be wondering what to serve, what to drink — what could possibly prepare us for the probable gaffes that may flow freely?  Let me help.  I’m thinking something – loquacious, a bit of a loose cannon. For Biden, something white and juicy and effusive – but get it in your mouth, quickly, before his foot goes in – again…and then again and again and again. C’mon Joe!

And then we have Ms. Palin – “Ms. SP” if you will.  No better choice, really, then the other SP, adequately named to honor this occasion.  The 2006 Sinner’s Punch, from the Columbia Valley is dark and lusty.  It holds it all up with a red and violet bustier, with scents of white carnation, baking vanilla, cedar and brown sugar.  Like a congenial beauty queen, this wine packs sweetness on the outside, but come a little closer….

Sinner’s Punch socks it to you – with the strength of a tiger and the smarts of one too.  The same cannot be said for our aspiring vice president, who, when let out of her cage, doesn’t miss a chance to…miss a chance.  This wine is beholden with sweet cherry and blueberry blended with that AK47 spiciness. It’s an intrepid mingling of deep, opaque juice with gentle tannins and a nose for news. And speaking of news, this wine “has a vast variety of sources where it gets its news” and CAN actually name them; while Ms. Palin’s going to “try to find ya some and bring ‘em to ya.”  

If readiness is in questions, this wine is.   And unlike Ms. Palin, it is equipped to step in, seize the reigns and lead — a successfully, orchestrated gastronomical experience (of course, what do I know about her cuisine capabilities…oh yah…moose.)

Uncork and imbibe!


Thumbs up on the low-end

Metropolitan Market,  on sale: $12.99


Photo: The Giant Wine Co.