Time For A Quickie?

9 Feb


I had an SEO-website-functionality kind of guy send me an email (unsolicited, I might add) telling me where I might be able to use his help to improve my traffic and increase my business. Sell more. Be more…………….bigger. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I am pretty big already.

I’m thinking that 10% of the people that read my blog are people that I actually know. And to them, I’m a big deal. Then again, I’m on new meds to manage my delusions of grandeur. Uhhh…….. they may not be working.

The guy did get me to thinking that maybe I need to post more frequently than once every couple weeks to form a real relationship with the readers of the blog. Maybe a stronger relationship might lead us to a group project to build that cabin in the woods together, forage for ‘real’ food, make our own clothes from sustainable plants, study Vaishnava mantras, and grow some weed. Actually, I’m thinking in reverse order. Or, second best outcome would be that we’d exchange comments, read each others blogs, buy more wine. Not a bad second best.

In that spirit, this is a quick recommendation of three wines we’ve had in the past week or so (read: yesterday before dinner) that I feel are good value, tasty, and on top of all that very representative of the place they come from.

poggio-alla-guardiaThe 2013 Rocca di Frasinello Poggio Alla Guardia #25718 $18.95 has a pretty impressive pedigree. This Maremma Tuscan winery has an exceptional mid-priced red that is always full-value and an iconic Super Tuscan, Baffonero, that is reserved for tastings only for this poor scribe – it’s top drawer. So, what about the Poggio Alla Guardia? Well, it is so ready to drink right now. It’s a Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon blend that comes straight at you – a bit of browning already going on, a hint of old wood on the nose, and big ripe fruits in the mouth and on the finish. Superb Value! Reminds me a bit of the Brancaia Tre in style, sense, and heft. Great food wine. Also goes well with Rush. Just sayin’. We are travelling to the Maremma this September and I hope to connect with these folks.

creekside-iconoclastCreekside Estates in Niagara is an original winery there and has gone their own way to great success. Their 2013 Creekside Estates Winery Iconoclast #471797 $22.95 (it was on sale at Wonderland North mother ship check there before you pay full price) is a great example of striking out on their own. This is a Syrah and treated similarly to Northern Rhone Syrahs with a touch of Viognier. Hell, I didn’t even know that they grew Viognier in Niagara. And do they pull it off? Yes, they do. Now it has some spice/pepper but not in the strength that you might associate with Syrah. It’s ready right now so the tannins are integrated nicely. The Viognier definitely adds a bit of floral on the swish and depth in the swallow. It’s great to see folks do their own thing and succeed. Great burnt bird wine. Think roast chicken and herbs.

organized-crime-chardonnayFor the Chardonnay hounds, there’s a great edition from Organized Crime – 2013 Organized Crime Chardonnay #408435 $18.95. This is a full blown Chardonnay – softness, ripeness, and butter. It’s exactly what The Director ordered. Good food wine – chicken with a cream sauce of some kind or just sipping slowly by itself. I also got this on sale at Wonderland North so check that out. FYI, I recommended the OC Cabernet Franc – here.



Remember: To check inventory at the LCBO, click on the link (Product # and Price) for your wine, choose your city from the drop down menu on the right, and click the Find Stores button.

9 Responses to “Time For A Quickie?”

  1. theswirlingdervish February 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you for cracking me up while I sit here trying to write a post. Cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Duff's Wines February 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Thanks for dropping by. Sometimes I think that I’m the only one that finds me funny. Finding your posts on Riesling interesting. I had a problem with the sweeter wines for awhile. My fellow blogger Oliver Winegatter cured me in one evening. You really do need someone helping you deep dive. Love it now.

      Liked by 2 people

      • theswirlingdervish February 10, 2017 at 12:10 am #

        I think we all start out there but, fortunately, our experience takes us beyond our initial perceptions. Otherwise I’d still be drinking Boone’s Farm!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Ken Boyle February 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    Outstanding. As an aside Bill, we at the Wonderland Rd N mothership know you are a very unique/special individual, so we do our utmost best to try and keep you happy!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. thewineraconteur February 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    I always wonder if anyone really reads my articles, but I just keep plugging away with an article every other day. The wine while I write is the perk of the job.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Duff's Wines February 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

      You can be sure that I read your stuff, John. Enjoy your adventures and take.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Michelle Williams February 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    I absolutely love your wit… and your knowledge/recommendations of wine!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Thabo February 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m curious though. How did you respond to the SEO fundi? OR, is the answer in the blog post should he find it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Duff's Wines February 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      Well, I didn’t respond. I realize things could be done better but…. Thanks for visiting.
      I visited your site and will follow. Great photography. Plus, I don’t drink a lot of SA wines although there are plenty in Canada. So, will enjoy learning more about them.


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