May 1 – On the Road Again! – Big Red is Back. Yesterday that is because I wanted to say I was “biking” in April – and since I was out of town until yesterday, I just made it.
Not today – I could not put on the leathers and hit the mean streets today because it is bottling night and I am meeting “Da Boys” at the vintners to bottle our plonk. It was good to be back on the scooter as I enjoy the fresh air first thing in the morning and I can zip into my local Canadian Tire gas bar on the way for a fresh cup of Tim Hortons coffee for my train ride. Fortunately Big Red has a built in cup holder so that works out just fine.
Maritimes – was in Moncton Tuesday and Halifax Wednesday for a taste of Eastern hospitality. While the folks were great the weather going into Moncton was brutal. We flew in on a Dash 8 and could not see the nose in front of our faces. The pilot knew he had lots of runway to work with so we used carrier landing tactics. We went in smokin’ hot in case he had to bolter, so that when we touched down (.6 seconds after the white runway became visible through the snow) he ended up slamming on the binders so hard you really did need the seatbelt to keep from sliding off the front. Not a big fan of those touchdowns but considerably better than some alternatives. Folks on the ground were surprised we got in.
The Moncton weather was so bad there was about three inches of heavy wet slush on the ground and it was not warm. There I was – not hat, no gloves, no boots and walking around in a sports jacket. Come on – it was the end of April – who’d a thunk it!
(Gerry – we did go past Rosario’s but it did not fit into the meal plan timing – I did plug it to the locals)
By the time we drove across the NB/NS border, the slushy snow became rain and had stopped between Truro and Halifax. Have hit a few restaurants in Halifax but got a recco for another and it was fabulous seafood – apparently more for the locals – not so much the tourists. Highly recommended.
McKelvie’s Delishes Fishes Dishes
1680 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova
We flew back on a 757 – nice big airplane with the cute little comfy cubbies up front. I did not have one of those. I was in steerage which is usually not so bad, except that this time the seat directly behind me was occupied by Mom and her screaming little hellion that screeched for most of the 2.5 hour flight! Even through my headphones it was very, very annoying. A relief to get back on the ground in Toronto.
Moorehead Estates Winery – It is now official. The bottling, corking, foiling, labeling and packing are complete and Moorehead Estates Winery was officially launched tonight with a modest 26 bottles of plonk heading to the Moorehead cellars.
So far a big plus and thumbs up to Vin Bon as the bottling session was great. We got lots of attention and help and got to taste a couple of their other products – clearly as a sales inducement but also as a nice customer service touch. It worked. We ordered a second “Batch” tonight as we headed out with the first.
No qualms in recommending this merchant to others as we felt they have done well by us. The Groupon deal was $59 plus we bought bottles for $1 apeice for the 26 bottles and a total cost of $85 or less than $4 per bottle for not a bad wine.
Let it stand for two days, then lay down to age (ideally 3 months or more but drinkable after a couple weeks – we tried some.
This may turn me into a wino, but remember – all things in moderation.