Wines I’ve Recently Drunk

I don’t spend much money on wines. I recently bought a bottle of Francis Coppola’s Red Label Zinfandel for about $35 and it was no better than any $10-bottle of red wine from Jackson-Triggs. (When I don’t know what to pick, I go to Jackson-Triggs; they make quality affordable wines.) I might get a bottle of Chateau nuf de Pape this Xmas for about $50, but that’s the most I’d ever spend.

All these wines are more on the dry side. I don’t go for white wines or anything sweet.

Jost – Cabernet Sauvignon (Canada) – $11 (7/10) — Not bad but nothing special. Easy to drink. Not much body or complexity to the flavour.

Bolla – Pinot Noir – 2007
(Italy) – $12 (7/10) — A light red wine. Pinot noirs seem watered-down to me and subsequently they go down easy.

Folonari – Pinot Noir – 2007
(Italy) – $13 (8/10) — Fruity and smooth and complex. Not bad.

Errazuriz – Max Reserva – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006
(Chile) – $18 (9/10) — This stuff is awesome. Philosophically, it reminds me of a good Islay scotch in that I can taste the earth in it. It feels heavy with sediment (though it doesn’t need decanting; like I’m ever going to decant a bottle of wine, anyway) and the flavour is full and complex. I can taste the oak but there’s a bold black berry kind of flavour going on too, and not sweet. This bottle cost a little more than the lower-end wines, but it’s worth it. It’s distinctive.

“The Science of Sleep” is Still Funny and Bizarre

The Science of Sleep is the most fun I had watching a movie in 2007. Written and directed by Michel Gondry, it’s a trip to just sit back and watch the stuff that pours out of this guy’s head. The same goes for the main character of the movie. About half the movie consists of his dream life where everything is created from clay, yarn, cardboard, cellophane, dried macaroni — the kind of things kids create in art class, but fully animated and interactive. An accurate subtitle for the movie would be When Imagination Runs Wild.

The movie shares some of the same look and feel of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (which Gondry co-wrote and directed). It has some sadness underlying it, too, but leans more towards the comedic side due in large part to the likeable, childish performance of Gael Garica Bernal. The movie is full of an unusual, infectious, innocent energy. Some might think of The Science of Sleep as a love story, but it’s more about the exploration of the inner world of a guy who has a lot of growing up to do. Sort of. (The DVD commentary is strange and funny, too.)

Wafergate – Case Closed

This just in: Video of Stephen Harper eating the wafer (skip to the 5:30 mark in the video):

We asked Tommyboy, who is an honourable member of a city council in Ontario (no joke, he’s a real politician), his thoughts on the whole Wafergate affair. He wrote:

Response as a normal politician:

I believe that in these circumstances the choices were ambiguous and challenging. Despite the inherent difficulties, the leadership displayed integrity and respect to all. In these trying times, all must come together, be decisive and persevere.

Response as the politician I am:

Stupid frigger should not have gone up to take “The Body of Jesus.” My first thought was, “You can’t have any puddin’ if ya don’t eat your meat!”

Response as the devout Catholic that I am or was, or am recovering from:

Ya should have choked on it and faked a seizure. See if God helps ya then. Oh yeah, he woulda known yous was fakin’. Clever deity.

So there you have it, the final word on the Wafergate affair.