(photo by the talented Dave Shea)
In between all of that living, I went looking for wine. On occasion we've tried to buy a bottle or two along the route and have found the following: stores closed, stores with three bottles of fruit wine and lots of beer and whisky, cheap Kahlua. Last time we found a couple of lovely bottles of Pinot Gris from Washington State in the small corner store down the street. Quelle surprise. This visit we went on a wander in a different direction hoping to find something semi-local to try. Whew. It's a beer and whiskey jungle out there. We eventually found a store with lots of Californian wine and exactly three other bottles of US wine: one from Oregon, one from Washington State, one from the Finger Lakes.
The couple of bottles we tried were good. This Kungfu Girl Riesling was the usual good stuff of crisp apple and sharp acidity.
This Pinot was a bit oaked, but silky and smooth just the same with lots of cherry fruit.
All of this wine shopping gets me to thinking. I know we all love to hate the LCBO for various reasons, but perhaps the other side isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you live in the boonies (all of the on-line research I did had recommendations for wine shopping in the Boston area only), you might be drinking lots of fruit wine, cheap Kahlua, and whiskey... okay whiskey isn't such a bad thing.