The 12 Days of Christmas: six geese a-laying…

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

…six geese a-laying.

(Has anyone ever stopped to think about these gifts? Do you really want “six geese a-laying”? What one earth does a person do with “lords a-leaping”? And I know the cats would make short shrift of the partridge! What is a French hen vs any other hen? Believe me, if someone wanted to be my true love, they’d be better off sending me twelve pairs of shoes, eleven carats of diamonds, ten “meals a-catered”, nine theatre tickets, eight wine cellars, seven cashmere sweaters, six…..)

But, back to the geese…I stretched on this one as well with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc “Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush”, 2008 from Coopers Creek Vineyards. A percentage of the sale of this wine is donated to the Ontario SPCA, a plus for any wine-drinking animal lovers perusing the shelves of the liquor store.

I served it with what should have been some fabulous calzone (onions confit, black olives and anchovies) but, alas, I overworked the dough and they were unfortunately flat: chewy in parts and reminiscent of matzo in others. I claim exhaustion and holiday stress!

Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bus 2008

Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bus 2008

“Cat’s Pee” is a rather pedestrian Sauvignon Blanc, lacking the lemony notes I have come to appreciate in the Chilean or Argentine wines. In addition, I found the alcohol to be too prevalent, unbalanced as it was by the lack of green fruit. The LCBO and SAQ stock some far more interesting whites than this one.

Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.