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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Peter Schiff is a Modern Day Cassandra

I was supposed to read a book about Cassandra (who was cursed by Apollo to have none of her predictions, which were accurate, believed)) in a German literature course I took in college. I never read the book, but I do know about Cassandra's destiny.

Peter Schiff is one of a handful of folks playing the part of Cassandra these days.


Listen to the non-Peter talking heads argue with him, fail to believe, refuse to see.

Compromise is deadly here (as it is in so many instances; see, e.g., Elijah from the Bible). But "compromise" is what we are probably destined to get.

Compromise and misery, that is.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On Barefoot Wines - Chardonnay, Part 1


Holy cow.

I really liked Barefoot Wines Chardonnay. And I did not expect to like it. It was pleasantly smooth and very drinkable.

And it is CHEAP (I think I paid less than $6 /bottle; I bought two bottles of it for Thanksgiving at my sister's house; but I'm such a cheapskate that I absconded with both bottles still in my cooler since the lightweights she had at her festivities didn't drink up). And, by the way, I bought my two bottles at Wal-Mart.

The bottle said all kinds of nice things about the flavors of the wine and the hints you could pick up on the nose of the wine, but I already threw the empty away so I can't share those with you.

But check it out ... please. And let me know if I was overly positive on the bottle. Because for me it was an enormously pleasant surprise. I'll drink my second bottle the next time it snows in Kingwood (Texas) and let you know if I adjust my opinion.

By the way, based on this very wonderful experience, I wonder if the rest of their line is any good? Because it's all bargain-priced.

Which is great as our government destroys America with the FDR-II Greater Depression. By the way, buy foreign currencies (while you still can). The USD is on its death legs.


Sunday, December 07, 2008


... we all hate that lousy flea.

Best 1:44 of music available today. Actually, not available today. Does anyone know where a guy can get the mp3 of this little ditty?

Me loves it.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

A Wine For Your Weekend: Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Even though I failed to find the droids I was looking for before Thanksgiving, I did find a highly-regarded white I'd been looking for for some time -- Sauvignon Blanc from Spy Valley, New Zealand. And I had a few thoughts to share about it ...

I don't know if it is the weather, or what but I am really enjoying some white wine lately. I bought this bottle online for around 11.99. I see that it is selling anywhere from 11.99 to 18.99. It has 13% alcohol, and sports a screw cap. After having a few bottles with cork closures leak all over the inside of my fridge, I'm appreciating the screw cap. The back of the bottle contains some words that appear in this order:

After pressing, all parcels were tank fermented at warm temperatures. The wines were then aged on yeast lees for four months prior to blending and bottling. The bouquet exhibits passion fruit and ripe melon with underlying herbal notes and hints of mineral/flint. Pure fruit flavors shine through on the palate, the lees aging as provided weight, interest and balance.

Now, I must admit that sometimes I read where a wine says it has all these flavors in the bouquet and I think to myself 'yeah right'. This one is different though. The nose on this bottle of wine is one of the more uncanny noses that I have enjoyed in some time. It is huge. I could sit on my deck and watch the sun set and just smell this wine it is that good. The nose explodes with muskmelon, kiwi and guava and cantaloupe. It is like sticking your face in a giant bowl of fruit salad. In the mouth it is bright and cheery and fruity with some salty wet stone action on the back end. Nice acidity, it is balanced and crisp and clean on the finish.
I can't think of a better wine to enjoy at the end of the day, in fact I'll be hitting some of this as soon as 5:00 starts rolling in. Cue up some Sam Beam and let it ride. If you are in the neighborhood stop on by for a pour.