Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Stormhoek 100 Geek Wine Dinner Party Thingy

I'm taking part in the 100 Geek Dinners in 100 Days thang.
I just heard from Jason that my wine is on its way! So, if it arrives in time, I'll be serving it on Friday as part of A's birthday celebrations. Otherwise we'll do something later in July (after the 4th of July and Oregon Country Fair madness dies down...) As luck would have it, my mom will be visiting during July, and she lives within 100 miles of the winery.

Update: 7/20/2006
"Ze wine, she is here!" I'm bringing it along to C's "We Miss Battlestar Galactica" party on Friday, and looking forward to trying the Pinotage in particular, what with all the boosting it's getting on the Stormhoek blog. If you're in need of a maddeningly catchy song, try this. (OK, it goes on a bit too long, but it's cute...)

Update: 7/21/2006
"No wine for you!" We* forgot to bring the wine along for tonight's shindig, so we're back to a future event. Probably next weekend...

* No, not the royal "We", but I was meant to remind A to take it with her when she headed out this afternoon, and I left it too late. She was on the road, stuck in traffic and sans vin, before I had called her.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Where are they now?

With Bill's anouncement that he'll be retiring within 2 years' time, this summary of where the founding Microsoft employees are now is interesting.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Comme est la blanchette?

Elle est belle!

One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time! Hopefully it'll make it onto wide release in the USA and onto DVD.

Update: 6/21/2006
This film was voted Best Film by attendees of the Seattle International Film Festival!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Food in Disneyland, and other interesting foody rants

I took a quick trip over to TastingMenu today and scanned this ranty-pants entry on Disneyland food.
"The food at Disneyland is the most cynical food I have ever seen. Heaps and heaps of fried food. Tons of yucky crap prepared way in advance and reheated "a la minute". It is lowest common denominator food. Fat, salt, and sugar molded into "pleasing" shapes with Mickey ears. This is the food that is killing America."

There's certainly some nasty food (think caffeteria pizza-slice, fries and pre-made hamburgers). But I think there's some decent stuff too, if you look around. A is a Disneyland expert, and being vegetarian, she had to hunt for something good to eat over the years. The secret: Creole veggie gumbo at the Blue Bayou Grotto. The disadvantage is that you don't have much of a view since the restaurant is inside, and getting in can be tricky. Looking at this menu, there are a few other options...

Thanks to that entry, I discovered what looks like an excellent blog: Casing the Joint
"Why 95% of US Restaurants Suck and How We Learn Not to Notice" will give you an idea of the author's philosophy. There are also some nice entries on Real Ale, and a vegan brewmaster's dinner.

And speaking of things vegan, if you haven't seen the Vegan Lunch Box yet, now is your chance. What will Jennifershmoo do during the summer vacation?

Lots to read and digest...

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Meritage aint a grape

I didn't realize Meritage is a tightly-controlled "appelation" invented by some California wineries to indicate a Bordeaux-style red blend, but without infringing on the Bordeaux "trademark".

So, if you like Meritage, you'll probably like Bordeaux, and vice-versa.

Top 10 Pinotage 2006

It seems you either love it or hate it, but of late there's been more positive press about Pinotage.
Spittoon has an entry about the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage competition.
The winners are interesting (and sadly I don't think I've seen any of them available here in the USA). I wonder if any of these will be imported (hint hint).

It's also nice to see some new wineries on the list, and some from areas outside the "traditional" and famous wine-making areas of Stellenbosch and Paarl. There's even one from Wellington, near my mom's valley.

PS: There's a cool aroma wheel here (from the Wiki entry).

Friday, June 02, 2006

2003 Vin Du Lac Cabernet Franc

Yummy, this was good! It looks like the Vin du Lac reds are maturing nicely... (I have one more bottle of this to savour). Their white wine (Les Amis) seemed to fare less well with time...

Taking a quick look at their website, it looks like they're in the middle of an overhaul. New wine label, a new logo, several awards for their 2004 wines, and "lots new, coming soon!". I'll have to pay them a visit this summer...