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Wednesday’s Meritage

June 27, 2012 4 comments

I can’t believe how fast these Wednesdays are coming – it was only one Wednesday, and now next one is already here…

Anyway, let’s start with the answer for the Wine Quiz #17, which was all about Penguins. I’m glad to see the diversity of opinions regarding that strange critter, known as Tactical Nuclear Penguin. Well, those of you who thought that this name implies a lot of strength were correct! And while the correct answer is … Beer (!), this  beer packs a lot of punch, clocking in at 32% ABV. This beer is made by the company called BrewDog, and here is the description directly from the web site:

This is the worlds strongest ever beer, ever (yes ever).

No Penguins  were harmed in the making of this beer; some humans did get very, very cold though. It was worth it.

The Antarctic name, inducing schizophrenia, of this Ÿber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold. This beer was initially double barrel aged for 14 months; maturing in the deep, rich oak of Scottish whisky casks. After this epic maturation the beer was then frozen, then frozen again, then frozen again.”

Now, for the cool news portion: The Capital Grille once again announced The Generous Pour summer wine event. From June 9th until September 2nd, you can try a specially selected group of wines (9 wines total) for $25. The wines are specially selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes and include Rose, White, Red and Dessert. The Capital Grille is my favorite steakhouse overall, and we had being enjoying this Generous Pour program for two years in a row (here is the link to the post from 2010). Whether you like steak or not, The Generous Pour program is a great value – take a look at the list of wines and judge for yourself. Don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going.

And for the interesting crazy news, I recently came across of a new product, underwear for wine bottles (I’m not kidding, and today is not April 1st) – this product is called Vinderpants – you can read more at this web site, where it is also sold for $9 a piece! That site also contains a video advertizement for Vinderpants (warning: watching that video might be hazardous to your mental health and it might convert you from the wine lover to the wine hater – there, consider yourself warned). I’m really wondering if any of my readers would be willing to spend $9 on this wonder of wine marketing (this is equal to three or four bottles of two buck chuck, depending on which coast you are going to buy it, people), so I’m looking forward to your comments.

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. Cheers!

 

Weekly Wine Quiz #17: Let’s Talk About Penguins (And Some Weapons)

June 23, 2012 1 comment

I was definitely planning to have two more wine quizzes dedicated to the history of wines, but – considering scorching heat wave visiting East Coast, I gave up on that thought and this wine quiz will be about something cold… As cold as Penguin, may be? No, I didn’t watch Madagascar 3 ten times in the row (even though I loved the movie) – but combination of heat and something I recently learned prompted this quiz.

Ahh, yes – and you are asking what penguins have to do with wine? Well, you figure it out – but just for the fun of it, please try answering this quiz without using Google – you will be amused once you will learn the answer, I guarantee it.

I recently learned about pretty strong beverage, called Tactical Nuclear Penguin. Do you care to guess what kind of drink is it? The answer is forthcoming in next Wednesday’s Meritage.

Stay cool and have fun! Cheers!

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