Some spectacular wine enjoyed at “Big Hunks of Meat” night, as well as reviews of the wines featured on my last couple vlogs!

So, we hosted what was, I think, our 3rd “Big Hunks of Meat” night which is basically just an excuse to invite friends over and drink a bunch of red wine that we have been holding onto and never seem to open ourselves. I didn’t take notes, so I was only able to remember characteristics of a few bottles, but trust me, many great bottles were enjoyed! Actually, in all honesty I think only one of these bottles was actually from “BHOM” night, but the other two were enjoyed recently as well and really could have been good additions as well 🙂

As well, here are reviews of all the wine from my recent “Various Varietals” vlog, featuring part 2 of my Chardonnay episode. ICYMI, you can catch it here.

From my most recent entry of “BC vs. the World”, a BC Bordeaux blend handily triumphed over an actual Bordeaux! That video can be seen here.

This victory actually puts BC up 3-2 in the latest 7-match series. Can they close it out next time? We’ll see!!

From my vlog in Seattle, where we had a great meal at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and enjoyed some great wine in our spectacular hotel suite on the way to Vegas…..if you missed that one, you can see it here.

That’s it for today! Up next: I have two more vlogs that will be posted in the next week or so: Episode 1 of the 2022 rosés, as well as another entry in the “Extravagant and Excellent” series! Those review will be posted here as well eventually. Also, I have a lot more good stuff to review here on the blog, and I’m working on something special, as we are about one month away from the TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this blog! TEN YEARS! Insane!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

Whispering Horse new releases! Turns out you really CAN make good wine from Chilliwack grapes!

I admit, I was pretty skeptical that wine from Chilliwack grapes would be very good. We attended this tasting last year and were quite impressed with most of the wine we tasted. This year, the wines were even better!

If you want to see how these compare to last year, that post is here.

Back after a 4-year absence, a Pinot Gris rose. I am not sure I’ve ever had a Pinot Gris rosé before? It’s unmistakably rosé, and unmistakable Pinot Gris!

Next up: a grape you generally find in Switzerland, and this year’s version was a vast improvement over last year’s. We were told by multiple people that this one really ages beautifully in the medium term, 2-5 years, so we took one home and will cellar it for a few years and see.

Last but certainly not least, a slightly off-dry winner that we really enjoyed last year and this vintage as well. La Crescent is a hybrid grape generally found in the Eastern US, especially the Finger Lakes region of New York. This year they added 15% L’Acadie, which is often called Nova Scotia’s signature white wine variety. Perfect as a patio pounder!

Lovely people and pretty darn good wine, I highly recommend you stop in next time you are in, or driving through, Chilliwack!

Next up! Rosé season is here and part 1 of my rosé reviews are upcoming, plus some reviews of wines that have been features in recent YouTube videos. Stay tuned!!

Chardonnay all day! Different styles from different regions! Part 1.

From my latest vlog, Episode 5 of my “Various Varietals” series, I reviewed these Chardonnays from all over the world. All were very different as you would expect. Let’s see the reviews!

There you have it! Gotta go and get a couple more bottles of that Muddy Water!

Next up: Part 2, of course, plus it’s time for Part 1 of my “BC Rosés” series! Stay tuned!

One of the greatest Syrahs I’ve ever tasted, and some other great stuff!

We had dinner at Glowbal last week, and we took along a bottle from the cellar to enjoy with our dinner. We have reached the point in our wine collecting where we really never have to pay restaurant prices for a great bottle of wine; we’ve got ’em, and are happy to bring them along and pay their corkage fee (in this case, $40).

What a great decision it turned into, as this was an incredible wine and a perfect pairing with our food. My wife had short ribs and I had a filet mignon, both were delicious, and both were elevated by the wine. And that’s what a great food and wine pairing is supposed to do, amiright??

Horsepower Vineyards was founded by Christophe Baron, the same gentlemen who founded Cayuse Winery, one of Washington State’s cult wineries. We’ve been on the Cayuse waiting list for so long I am genuinely thinking that we won’t get to buy any by the time we stop buying wine for the cellar!

We bought 6 wines from Horsepower in 2019, and although we know they will age beautifully for decades, well, you gotta drink ’em sometime, right? I’m very, very glad we have 2 more of this specific wine and 3 others as well. What a treat!

And if that’s not enough for you, we also enjoyed a spectacular Pinot earlier this week.

And here are some more reviews of stuff we’ve enjoyed over the past few months. Apologies if some of these are duplicates, I’ve lost track!

That’s it for today! Up next: Reviews of the wines from my latest video, Episode 5 of “Various Varietals” which features Chardonnay! Also, it’s almost time for the 2022 BC rosé series to begin! Stay tuned!

Cheap and Cheerful? Weird and Wonderful? All the reviews from my last couple of videos, including a couple you do NOT want to miss!

Let’s get right to it! If you missed my last couple of YouTube videos, you can catch them here:

Huge Wine-R TV Volume 88: Weird and Wonderful Episode 1

Huge Wine-R TV Volume 89: Cheap and Cheerful Episode 10

Of course, for those of you who prefer to read then watch, here they are!

First, from the “Weird and Wonderful” video, some wines that I’ve never had before, and I bet many (all) of you haven’t either!

This Vranac was so good that I also put it at the start of the next video, “Cheap and Cheerful”.

That’s it for today! Next up: Lots of stuff we’ve been enjoying over the past weeks and months to catch up on, and coming up in the not-too-distant future, Part 1 of my annual BC Rosé series! Can you believe it’s almost that time already? The first 2022’s have arrived, with many more to come. Stay tuned!

Oscar time! Who will win? More importantly, who SHOULD win??

OK, here we are again, just hours before the Academy surprises and disappoints me 🙂

Hopefully not.

So, we have to talk about the elephant in the room (and, no, I’m not talking about nominee The Elephant Whiperers). There is one pretty significant movie that we didn’t get to see. You may have heard of it.

Avatar: The Way of Water

Yes, the 3rd-highest grossing film of all time, and we missed it. We had planned to see it this weekend and when I went to book the tickets, realized it was no longer playing in our area! Good grief. Well, I think it’s pretty likely to win just one award, and has zero chance to win Best Picture, so probably no real impact to my predictions. Still, it’s been a few years since we went into Oscar night without having seen all the Best Picture noms!

There were a few more we didn’t get to see because they just didn’t become available. It seemed tougher to find some of the shorts and foreign films this year. Movies we didn’t see are in red below. Oh, and for movies that were nominated for only “Best Song”, we didn’t necessarily watch the movie, just listened to the song. Close enough.

Best Picture

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Malte Grunert, Producer

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers

“Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, Producers

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert and Jonathan Wang, Producers

“The Fabelmans,” Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, Producers

“Tár,” Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, Producers

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, Producers

“Triangle of Sadness,” Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober, Producers

“Women Talking,” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Producers

Will win: Everything Everywhere All at Once has been dominating awards season, and it would be a major upset if it doesn’t win this one too

Should win: Everything Everywhere All at Once should win almost Everything It Is Nominated For. It was the best film of the year and it’s not even close.

Best Director 

Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) 

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) 

Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”) 

Todd Field (“Tár”) 

Ruben Östlund (“Triangle of Sadness”)

Will win: The Daniels!

Should win: The Daniels

Best Lead Actor

Austin Butler (“Elvis”) 

Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) 

Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) 

Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”) 

Bill Nighy (“Living”) 

Will win: Lots of late love for Austin Butler who seems like a nice young man and might be a good actor but his portrayal of Elvis wasn’t particularly special. Brendan Fraser, a Hollywood darling, wins here.

Should win: I will literally scream with joy if Bill Nighy gets recognized for his flat-out perfect performance in Living. Scream. Literally scream. You will hear me.

Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett (“Tár”) 

Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) 

Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”)

Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) 

Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Will win: Michelle Yeoh finally gets recognized.

Should win: Seriously, Riseborough was so good I would not be sad to hear her name called, but Yeoh was just as good and is so incredibly deserving. No disrespect to the other nominees, but if it’s anyone else I may quietly remove my TV from the wall and toss it over the balcony.

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) 

Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”) 

Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”)

Barry Keoghan (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) 

Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) 

Will win: Quan has won everything possible this season and this will be no exception.

Should win: Quan

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) 

Hong Chau (“The Whale”) 

Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) 

Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) 

Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Will win: All the late love has been for Kerry Condon. The two from Everything will probably cancel each other out. Bassett was winning early in the season but Condon has taken over, so I’ll sadly predict that the Marvel movies don’t get their first acting Oscar here. Condon.

Should win: We walked out of the theatre and the first thing my wife said was “Bassett should get an Oscar for that performance” and she was right.

Best Adapted Screenplay

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Screenplay by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Written by Rian Johnson

“Living,” Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie; Story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks

“Women Talking,” Screenplay by Sarah Polley

Will win: It will either be Quiet or it will be Talking. I’m going to call for a mild upset here and go with Sarah Polley’s Women Talking; this could have been a total snooze-fest if not for an excellent cast and a brilliant script.

Should win: Living

Best Original Screenplay

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Written by Martin McDonagh

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

“The Fabelmans,” Written by Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner

“Tár,” Written by Todd Field

“Triangle of Sadness,” Written by Ruben Östlund

Will win: By the time it gets it’s 6th or 7th Oscar, people will be calling it Everything At the Podium All the Time.

Should win: Everything. The Daniels are going to have themselves a night.

Best Cinematography 

“All Quiet on the Western Front”, James Friend

“Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” Darius Khondji

“Elvis,” Mandy Walker

“Empire of Light,” Roger Deakins

“Tár,” Florian Hoffmeister

Will win: All Quiet on the Western Front

Should win: Quiet. It looked incredible.

Best Documentary Feature Film 

“All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin and Yoni Golijov

“Fire of Love,” Sara Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman

“A House Made of Splinters,” Simon Lereng Wilmont and Monica Hellström

“Navalny,” Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris

Will win: Navalny. It’s topical, it’s important, and it’s very well made.

Should win: Navalny

Best Documentary Short Film 

“The Elephant Whisperers,” Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga

“Haulout,” Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev

“How Do You Measure a Year?” Jay Rosenblatt

“The Martha Mitchell Effect,” Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison

“Stranger at the Gate,” Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones

Will win: The Elephant Whisperers

Should win: We enjoyed all four of these, but the Elephants and their Whisperers are a clear winner.

Best Film Editing

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

“Elvis,” Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Paul Rogers

“Tár,” Monika Willi

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Eddie Hamilton

Will win: Everything Everywhere All at Once gets all the flowers

Should win: EEAAO. Give them all the statues.

Best International Feature Film 

“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany) 

“Argentina, 1985” (Argentina) 

“Close” (Belgium)

“EO” (Poland) 

“The Quiet Girl” (Ireland) 

Will win: You don’t get nominated for Best Picture and lose here. All Quiet on the Western Front.

Should win: All Quiet on the Western Front

Best Original Song 

“Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman,” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop

“Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler

“Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose  

“This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne

Will win: Is Diane Warren going to lose this category for the FOURTEENTH time?? She’s going to win eventually, right? Not with this sappy mess from a movie that nobody saw. Lots of predictions online that “Naatu Naatu” will win here, but I’m sorry, it’s just awful. I’ll say that star power wins out here and Rihanna gets the nod for “Lift me Up”.

Should win:  “This is a Life” from the best movie of the year, by a mile, and it fits the movie perfectly.

Best Production Design 

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter; Set Decoration: Vanessa Cole

“Babylon,” Production Design: Florencia Martin; Set Decoration: Anthony Carlino

“Elvis,” Production Design: Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; Set Decoration: Bev Dunn

“The Fabelmans,” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Will win: I’m seeing a lot of predictions for Babylon, but I’m going with All Quiet on the Western Front.

Should win: All Quiet on the Western Front.

Best Visual Effects

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank and Kamil Jafar

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett

“The Batman,” Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands and Dominic Tuohy

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson and Scott R. Fisher

Will win: A movie franchise known for its Visual Effects, the 3rd highest grossing film of all time as of this writing….Avatar, right?

Should win: Haven’t seen it, but tough to imagine that Avatar isn’t worthy.

Best Animated Feature Film 

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley

“Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan and Paul Mezey

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” Joel Crawford and Mark Swift

“The Sea Beast,” Chris Williams and Jed Schlanger

“Turning Red,” Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins

Will win: In my review I mentioned I was cheering for a wood-chipper, but I think the very-irritating Pinocchio is a winner here.

Should win: Marcel the little Shell was a revelation.

Best Animated Short Film

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud

“The Flying Sailor,” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

“Ice Merchants,” João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano

“My Year of Dicks,” Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon

“An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It,” Lachlan Pendragon

Will win: My Year of Dicks

Should win: Dicks all day. It was pretty adorable. Shout out to The Boy the Mole, etc, as well, which would be a worthy winner.

Best Costume Design 

“Babylon,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Ruth Carter

“Elvis,” Catherine Martin

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Shirley Kurata

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” Jenny Beavan

Will win: This might be the only place the Academy honors Wakanda. Black Panther.

Should win: Everything Everywhere All at Once should just win everything it’s up for, including this.

Best Live Action Short

“An Irish Goodbye,” Tom Berkeley and Ross White

“Ivalu,” Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan

“Le Pupille,” Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón

“Night Ride,” Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen

“The Red Suitcase,” Cyrus Neshvad

Will win: I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Red Suitcase, so I’ll go with that.

Should win: Ivalu, of the three I saw.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerová

“The Batman,” Naomi Donne, Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Camille Friend and Joel Harlow

“Elvis,” Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti

“The Whale,” Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley

Will win: The Whale. The most incredible fat suit I’ve ever seen.

Should win: The Whale

Best Original Score 

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Volker Bertelmann

“Babylon,” Justin Hurwitz

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Carter Burwell

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Son Lux

“The Fabelmans,” John Williams

Will win: All Quiet on the Western Front

Should win: I know, I know, he’s 100 years old and a living legend, but I’m choosing John Williams. Again.

Best Sound

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel and Stefan Korte

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Michael Hedges

“The Batman,” Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray and Andy Nelson

“Elvis,” David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson and Michael Keller

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor

Will win: The movie with “Quiet” in the title, of course.

Should win: Quiet.

So let’s see how we do! Now, two more things:

Lock of the night: Best International Feature “All Quiet on the Western Front”. It’s a rarity when you get the double nomination, and no film has ever been nominated for both and lost this one.

Award that would make me cheer the loudest: Tough one, I’m going to cheat and say it’s a tie between:

Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett
Best Actor: Bill Nighy

Enjoy the show!!!

ALL the wine reviewed during our two-week trip to Florida!

Oh, what a fortnight! If you’ve been following along via my YouTube channel, you’ve seen a lot of these already (but not all of them). For the rest of you, reviews of a whole lot of stuff that we enjoyed – mostly – during our recent trip to Disneyworld!

It started at SEATAC airport with a tasting of a few wines at Vyne, the wine bar that replaced Vino Volo.

They had a digital menu where you can scan a QR code and then just order directly from there. We ordered three to start with, and our waiter came over to find out which one we didn’t want. Oh no, I know there are two of us, but yes, we want three wines 🙂

By the time the tasting was over, the number of wines doubled, as he brought us a few samples to taste free of charge.

Washington State wine is really underrated!

So, to the rest of the trip. We had a bit of wine. No, really.

And, last but not least….with all the great wine we enjoyed on the trip, I would have expected more than just one bottle to make the “Best of the Best” list, but alas, that was not to be. This beauty that we enjoyed at our wonderful dinner at Toppolino’s Terrace at the Riviera Resort wins the trip, and it wasn’t that close!

If you made it this far… really like wine!! 🙂

Up next: Full reviews and scores of the wines that I’ve featured in my last couple of videos. And, for the movie buffs amongst you, my annual Oscars Predictions will be released here shortly before the ceremony begins on Sunday. Stay tuned!!

Goodbye Zoey. We will miss you more than we could possibly put into words.

Without a doubt the toughest blog post I have ever written. We’ve lost so many amazing cats over our lives that it seems unfair to single out this one loss as if this dog’s life meant more than the cats; that’s not what I’m trying to say. However, this dog changed our lives in a way that we never would have expected. She brought so much joy into our lives, so much love, so much laughter. And, now, so much incredible sorrow.

Our little Pork Chop

She came to us about four years ago. She had been my Mom’s dog, but when Mom’s dementia progressed to a stage where she could no longer take care of the dog, we inherited her. Neither Tracey nor I had ever owned a dog, at least not since we were kids. We’ve always been cat people. Cats are just EASIER. I started to type “they give unconditional love just like dogs” but that’s only partially true, I suppose. Cats are wonderful, but I’m not sure they do anything “unconditionally”. They do things on THEIR timeline. They’re in charge. It’s their world, and if we take good care of them, they let us live in it.

Dogs are different. This dog was different. Her name was Zoey, but we didn’t call her that much. She was “Zo-zo”. “Idiot”. “Burnt Orange”. Sometimes just simply “Dog”. If we were trying to get her to do something that she was ignoring, it might become “Zoey the Dog!”. Her groomer coined the nickname “Pork Chop” because she had become of an aggressively large nature in the belly region.

And, sometimes, she was just “Zo”.

Losing a pet is heartbreaking, and this one is the worst we’ve ever felt. It’s sadly ironic that the thing that brought her to us – dementia – is the thing that has taken her away. She’s been changing for months. It started out with what we called the occasional “bad night”. She’d be up all night, anxious, panting, growling at us, barking at nothing. Experts call it “sundowning”, where dogs can no longer distinguish night from day. It started to get more common, and for the last couple of weeks, it has been every night. Medication worked to calm her anxiety a bit at first, but it was a very temporary solution to a problem that was only getting worse by the day. She got so aggressive at night that we started to fear for our safety, and the safety of our cat, Ashley. At that point, we knew what we had to do. We also knew where this was headed (and, given the rapid progression of the disease the last few weeks, probably quickly). The next steps are similar to what Alzheimer’s disease does to humans: confusion, fright, forgetting who we are, violence. It’s common for dogs suffering from this condition to cower, afraid, in a corner. We didn’t want her to suffer like that.

Even though we knew it was the right thing to do, it was tough to reconcile the mean, aggressive nighttime dog with the sweet, loving, affectionate, adorable dog that she still was, mostly, during the day. There had been signs of the daytime dog changing a bit as well, particularly her aggressiveness with the cat. Zoey had always been very protective of her stuff, baring her teeth if a cat got too close….but at this point, she was going well past ‘teeth baring’, and was chasing the cat away with such fierceness that we were sure there would eventually be some injuries. It was heartbreaking to witness.

I’m reminded of a touching poem that Jimmy Stewart read on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981, about the loss of his dog, Beau. I’m borrowing it below, with slight modifications to fit our situation.

“Zo”, by Jimmy Stewart

She never came to me when I would call even if I had a tennis ball
Unless she felt like it
But mostly, she didn’t come at all.

When she was young, she never learned to heel, or sit, or stay
She did things her way.
Discipline was not her bag
but when you were with her, things sure didn’t drag.

She’d dig up the blankets in her bed just to spite me, and when I’d grab her, she’d turn and bite me
She bit lots of folks from day to day – our little niece was her favorite prey
She didn’t bite hard, it was more like a ‘nip’, however it got worse when she started to slip

On evening walks, and Tracey took her, she was always the first out the door
the wife and I brought up the rear because our bones were sore

She’d charge up the street with Mom hanging on, what a beautiful pair they were
And if it were still light and the people were out, they created a bit of a stir

But every once in a while she’d stop in her tracks and with a frown on her face look around,
just to make sure that Daddy was there, to follow her where she was bound

We’re early-to-bedders in our house, I guess I’m the first to retire
And as I’d leave the room, she’d look at me and get up from her place by the fire

She knew where the biscuits were in the bedroom and we’d give her one for a while, and she’d push it under the covers with her nose and we’d dig it out with a smile

But before very long she’d eaten the biscuit, and then several more,
and then she’d be asleep in her bed, and she’d start to snore

There were nights where we’d feel her climb up on our bed and lie between us, and I’d pat her head

And there were nights when I’d feel her stare, and I’d wake up to see her sitting there, and I’d reach out to stroke her hair

And sometimes I’d feel her sigh and I think I know the reason why
She’d wake up at night and she’d have this fear
Of the dark, of life, of lots of things
And she’d be glad to have us near

And now she’s gone

And there are nights when I think I feel her climb upon our bed and lie between us, and I’d pat her head
And there are nights when I think I feel that stare
And I reach out to stroke her hair
And she’s not there

Oh, how I wish that wasn’t so
We’ll always love a dog named Zo.

We are going to miss this little monkey more than I could possibly convey in a blog post; the only thing that makes it a bit easier is knowing that she’s been reunited with my Mom, in a place where there is no dementia – only love. And what a glorious reunion that was, I am sure.

Goodbye, Zo-Zo. We love you so much.

The Top 10 Wines of 2022!!

OK here we go, a list of my favorite wines reviewed on this blog in 2022! As always, some spectacular wine was enjoyed, but I feel like 2022 was a bit of a down year with, for the first time ever (I think), some wines scoring less than 95-points making the list. 94 point wines!? Oh the horror!

Let’s get to it!

Starting with a bevy of the more interesting 94’s I tasted this year, consider this a 6-way tie for 7th place! And, yes, I realize this actually makes this a top-12 list, but I couldn’t exclude any of these beauties!

At #6, I challenge anyone to find a better Pinot Noir in BC!

#5 – It wouldn’t be a “best wines of the year” list without something from Turnbull. They just keep over-delivering year after year!

#4 sees us with the quintessential Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. The first time I’ve had this wine, and it certainly won’t be the last!!

At #3, a beautiful decade-old favorite from a top producer in Napa Valley!

Coming in at #2, it’s rare that you’ll see Sparkling wine on my list, but when you do, they generally cost an arm and a leg. Both arms and both legs, in this case. Truly spectacular!

And at #1, as we still chase that elusive 100-point table wine, a true stunner from Washington State that, despite it’s brilliance, will probably be even better the next time I have it!

That’s it for today! I guess as “down” years go, that was still pretty darn good!

Up next! Lots of random stuff to update you on, and coming up next weekend we head to one of our favorite places on the planet where much fun, much frivolity, and much good wine will be enjoyed and discussed! Stay tuned!

Finally wrapping up the Okanagan trip at a perennial favorite, Little Engine!!

A beautiful spot and always beautiful wine, let’s get right to it!

As always, a spectacular lineup of wine from one of the best wineries in the Okanagan!

Whew, finally finished the trip five months ago! LOL. Up next? My hotly anticipated “Top 10 Wines of 2022” post! Don’t miss it!


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