Category Archives: Off Wine Topic

2014 Cannonball cab sauv

I’ve had this wine over a number of vintages and sadly it has been inconsistent. Inky dark in color with a nice fruity red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely red cherry notes. … Continue reading

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Managing your cellar

If you are going to start keeping a cellar you need the right tools. It is important to keep information about the wines in your cellar. Tasting notes, when you bought it, how much you paid, when it should be … Continue reading

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Tools to take wine tasting notes with

While not a tasting note for wine, I thought this blog post might be useful to some folks. For years I attended wine events, structured tasting and the like and taken paper notes. I have a drawer of them. They … Continue reading

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Monitoring your blood alcohol level

This isn’t exactly a wine post but I thought I would share anyway. For those of you subscribed on my tech blog I apologize this is a cross post. Given the topic of wine I thought I would share 🙂 … Continue reading

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Wellness with Withings & Jawbone

Warning: the CWG site, on occasion, wanders from wine and food into “off-topic” posts, this is one of those. This one is long too… Personal wellness devices are a hot topic these days on technology and fitness websites. Most people … Continue reading

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Toronto Wine and Spirits event

I attended the Toronto Wine and Spirit event last night. They are holding it at Sugar Beach at the corner of Jarvis and Queens Quay. It’s $30 to get in (which includes 5 tasting tickets) and then you pay for … Continue reading

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Gourmet Food and Wine show

I went to the Gourmet Food and Wine show last night! If you’ve not been before, be sure and check it out. You pay $40 to get in, and then pay for sampling tickets. The cost of samples varies depending … Continue reading

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LCBO Blogger contest

As you may have heard the LCBO are running a blogger contest. I’ve submitted one of my write ups from my trip to Prince Edward county. Stop on by and vote for me if you feel so inclined! My trip … Continue reading

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Saturday Niagara and an Interesting Link

We are off to Niagara for an event by one of our wine clubs (Hidden Bench today), so maybe a picture and a write up later (if I can manage both!). In the meantime, here is an interesting link: a … Continue reading

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San Diego Traveler Report

After a week away here are a few snippets on the trip, including restaurant and hotel notes. Will catch up on wine reviews over the next day or so. Red Pearl Restaurant (Gaslamp) In the middle of the Gaslamp district … Continue reading

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Epilogue Part 2 of the Route 66 Drive: Gertrude

As John continues with reviews I will continue my post Route 66 trip with part two of what appears to be a three part epilogue. A great many folks have asked me how and why I would name the Ferrari … Continue reading

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Epilogue Part 1 of the Route 66 Drive: How I came to want a 308 GTB

So it is the Tuesday after the adventure of buying a classic Ferrari sight unseen then driving it 2700+ miles across the USA during one of the hottest weeks of the year. Guess it is time to put on my … Continue reading

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Final Day (aka day 6 part deux)

We are home. I am exhausted. 2757 miles, 10 states, 1 province with a 22 week pregnant navigator, all in 6 days, I am done. Full write up to follow in the coming days, till then, the welcome photo!

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Day 6

Very short post (will do a full blog this evening): Gertrude is officially Canadian now. We are pit-stopping currently in Strathroy, Ontario to refuel Preggers. A few pics from today.

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Day 5, Epilogue

Nothing more to talk about drive wise as we spent all day enjoying Chicago. Maternity clothes and skin care took over the shopping with great food (Frankie’s Scaloppine and Blackbird’s) to close the deal. Thank you to the Park Hyatt … Continue reading

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Day 5

No sooner did it begin then it ended! Some 150 miles and we are in the heart of Chicago, checked into the Park Hyatt and Gertrude valet’d. Rest of the day is pampering and no driving, all involved I think … Continue reading

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Day 4

What a day, what a Looooong day. Gertrude the GTB’s air conditioning is officially dead. Not the fuse, not freezing and not the r134 charge (done less than a week ago), just dead, put a nail in that coffin till … Continue reading

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end of Day 3

What a day! Early start, lots of historic Route 66, a meet up with a fellow Canadian Ferrari owner (shout out to Glen aka ‘Otis’) in Oklahoma City and an amazingly complete trek along 66′ to end of Tulsa. Half … Continue reading

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day 3

Nice early start, sunny and cooler (80s). Even with the sun in our eyes it is a magical start, with the understated growl of Gertrude and the backside of Tucumcari in the review mirror. Amarillo TX was disappointing for route … Continue reading

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end of Day 2

Well that was a long day! From Flagstaff we covered 525 miles with a few rain showers and high heat. Route 66 in New Mexico is a bit less picturesque than Arizona. We are settled into Tucumcari New Mexico for … Continue reading

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Day 2

Just landed in Gallop after an early start. All good, though it is HOT!

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Final Day 1

End of a great first day.nThe 308 handled itself beautifully despite 114F temperatures, sea level to 7200 feet and a few rain storms. We are safe and sound in Flagstaff and all involved (including the as yet unnamed GTB) needed … Continue reading

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Day 1 part 2

We are past Kingman and on Route 66. Amazing drive so far with a stop at Hoover Dam!

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Day 1: Pickup

Car is exactly as expected, minus radio not working, idles great, drives even better. Mrs CWG is landing in 90 and we are about to roll. First stops: Ferrari-Wynn at the Wynn resort to get two official hats Hoover Dam … Continue reading

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Well here we go

Since I was a child I have always loved the famous song by Bobby Troup, “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.” The thought of traveling along the road to all those cities interested and nagged at me. Well many years … Continue reading

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