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World's Lurchest Wine Writer - The Gangsta of the Grape - The Sultan of Shiraz - The Buccaneer of Burgundy - The Prince of Pinot Noir - Yellow Tail's Bane - Locus of the Ladies' Focus - Wielder of the trousered Hammer of Thor - I have arrived to rescue the wine world from overly-serious, rigid, deconstructionist, rooster juice peckerwoods who'd never dream of gettin' a tattoo or crackin' a smile. I am without a doubt, the smartest, funniest and toughest sumbitch in the entire wine industry. And I aint goin' away. All disputes will be settled bare-knuckled in the Octagon. You heard me. Oh, and by the way...Bite me crank!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Deacon to Host Wine Awards!

Yo Homeys, Brothers and Wiggahs!


Yes, you read that headline right! Your humble Deacon is about to make a rare public appearance par excellence!

But first, here's the mandatory greetin' to all you revisionist, neo-con, backstabbin', rocket launchin', flag wavin', third world exploitin', CNN believin', owl-worshippin' DIX who refuse to take the red pill, but keep comin' back and still can't figure me out...

Bite me Crank, Matey!

So here we go...

Over the last year and a half since your humble Deacon, the Doctor of Kool, the Gangsta of the Grape, the Buccaneer of Burgundy, began postin' these rich ramblin's, many of my homeys have written and axed me to make a public appearance. Well it's happenin'! I'm finally given the go-ahead, now the negotiations are completed, and can bring y'all up to speed on the upcomin' festivities...Your humble Deacon will be the official Host of the prestigious Ontario Wine Awards Gala on April 21st, when the Black Freighter slips out of its mooring at Queen's Quay under cover of darkness, and sails to the dock behind the luxurious Queen's Landing Hotel, Niagara on the Lake. Together with the Dean of Wine, Tony Aspler, yours truly'll be bringin' some Style and Freshness to this kick-ass eeeevent! Everyone who's anyone's gonna be in attendance, one of the first tickets purchased by my homey, hypnotist Mike Mandel, who's longed to see the Deacon in action for a long time.

So make a point of attendin'! You can stay over at Queen's Landing and party with His Excellency the Deacon, well into the night. (Perhaps me and Johnny Szabo will go into town and do some neck-crankin' and bag rippin'! It's gonna be that kind of night!)

So book your ticket now cause they're goin' fast! Take your ho for an evenin' out - the ladies all lub the Deacon!

Here's how y'all get tickets: Call Sandy Kurbis 416-398-3335

You heard me...

Deacon Dr. Fresh
Finally gainin' the rich prestige he deserves

Thursday, March 15, 2007

1000 Best Wine Secrets - Reviewed by the Deacon!

Yo Homeys! How y'all doin? To all my genuine brothers and sisters, in the salty name of Calico Jack and by the weathered red horns of Angus Young's Gibson SG, I greet you!

...and yes, I ain't forgotten all you Tylenol 3 addicted, poodle walkin', jet-ski ridin', Dorian Gray faced, campfire singin', Winnebago drivin', Idol watchin', peak oil disbelievin', Zapatista crushin' DIX who just can't stay away, no matter what I say!

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Bite me crank! we go...Today we're doin' another Deacon book review. In the past, your Humble Deacon has written up the fine works of Tony Aspler, Billy Munnelly, etc., and today we're checkin' out the work of one of your Deacon's homegirls, Carolyn Hammond.
This all came about a couple of weeks ago, when your Deacon was contacted by email and axed to review 1000 Best Wine Secrets. I naturally said I'll give it a look, and so when it arrived in the mail, I turned the sites of my Glock on this glossy volume, and the result is this article.

First of all, let me say that this is a very lurch little book. It's got a good kinesthetic feel to the cover and is printed in green ink that's so easy on the eyes, I wonder why everybody's not producin' books this way. Now havin' said that, there's something that needs to be fixed in the next printing...

The book starts off with a chapter on buying great wine. One of the first things you see is a cool chart of all the major grape varieties in the world. It's nice to be able to know what flavours particular grapes are generally accepted to taste like, once they're made into wine. For example, if you look up Nebbiolo, the grape responsible for the fine wines of Barolo, you see "rose and tar". The book states that the most popular grape varieties are in bold print. The only problem is...they're not. Obviously, someone forgot to make that critical step. So I put it down to editor or proofreader error. Whoever made that mistake should be forced to do penance and drink Blue Nun and Black Tower for a year, although they may be granted clemency after 9 months for good behaviour.

Now back to the book...I actually enjoyed it a lot. I don't know if I'd call them "secrets" so much as "tips", as there's nothing here that's cloaked in dark Masonic ritual. The tips are really good though, and there really are a thousand of them. The book's nicely laid out too, in sections that make sense. There's info on buying wine, ordering in restaurants, pairing with food, and some really interesting and useful info on the various wine regions of the world. For instance tip 594 says that Northwestern Spain is for white wine lovers. Particularly good wines come from Albarino and Verdejo varieties, neither of which I'd heard of. Tip 893 warns that we're being told that Pinot Noir is going to be the next big thing out of New Zealand, but buy it with caution, as quality is still spotty. Tip 949 tells you to store your wine away from harsh chemical smells like paint which can taint the flavour of the wine (something a lot of you DIX who store your wine in the garage need to remember).
This is a really good book for browsing, too. You don't have to read it cover to cover, like I did. You can use it as a ready reference, as the index is complete and very user-friendly. Best of all, you can just open it anywhere and grab a new piece of wine info to dazzle the morons in your family. Carolyn Hammond holds a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Edukashun Trust and really knows her stuff, so I say it's a good book to add to your wine library.

Based on its content, appearance, general usefulness and laidback style, the Deacon rates 1000 Best Wine Secrets **** out of a possible 5 stars.

You can order it from Amazon or Chapters online and have it in a few days.

Now go buy it...

You heard me.

Deacon Dr. Fresh
Sultan of Shiraz

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