Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Believe... I'll Have Another Glass

I might need another glass, in fact it might have to be another bottle.  Can you believe that we were only 3 minutes - that's THREE minutes - away from taking a 3-1 lead in the series over the Blackhawks.  Now granted, it wasn't the prettiest of offensive games from a Canucks' viewpoint, but it was a road game and it's the playoffs.  I'm sure the bandwagon would have forgiven the team - defensive game or not - if they'd held on for those final three minutes and taken the 1-0 win.

Aaaaarrrghhh!  Losing in overtime just plain sucks!!

48.  2004 Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc (VQA Okanagan)

If last game's Pinot Gris was possibly Burrowing Owl's flagship white, many would argue that the not-so-well-known cab franc is the winery's best red.  In BC, this varietal is more commonly used in Meritage blends (Bordeaux style wines), but it's coming along as a very nice varietal on its own and the Burrowing Owl version has been around almost since the winery's Day 1.  What's more, it's been consistently winning accolades for the winery.  

This particular vintage was chosen the best cab franc in Canada at the 2006 Canadian Wine Awards.  It was only awarded a silver medal but it was still picked the top wine for this varietal.  A number of wine writers actually see cab franc as a possible signature red for BC in that its slightly shorter ripening period helps in BC's cooler climate.  It's not as understood or recognized as cabernet sauvignon, but that might actually be a selling point for BC since not as many global areas produce a straight cab franc varietal.  Any area that can ripen cab sauv produces it, but not as many go for the lesser known cab.

I'm going to have to put some thought into the wine for the next game.  The fifth game is pivotal.  I'm glad it's going to be in Vancouver.

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