I came across an article in Toronto Life titled Best wines under $10, and it made me think: at the NLC stores I frequent in St. John's, it's pretty hard to find more than a handful of wines priced that low.
So, I did some comparison shopping. Many of the wines are not listed in the NLC database at all, and the ones I could find were all over $10. A caveat: this list is from 2010, so prices in Toronto may have changed. However, a new list published in Toronto Life shows there is still lots of choice for wine consumers looking for decent wines at low prices.
The Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc described as $9.95 in Toronto goes for $11.97 here.
The Finca Malbec listed for $7.98 there retails here for $12.98.
The Mezzomondo Negroamaro Salento at $8.95 there is $11.25 here.
Two things come to mind. One, we're paying more for something (transport? taxes? agencies?) here. Two, while choice in wines has improved dramatically in just the last few years alone, and the recent shows have really helped broaden the tastes (and numbers) in the wine community, we're still missing out on selection.
My friend David posted this to his Facebook page. From 2007, Mark Kermode reviews (although that's really not the best word one could choose, as you'll discover) the third instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Fast Company has a profile of Sue Gardner, the former head at CBC.ca's news service. Sue left the Corp. four years ago to run the Wikimedia Foundation, which keeps Wikipedia running. Our loss at the CBC, and Wikipedia's gain ... and yours, too. Check it out.
I try to catch The Age of Persuasion when I can, but I'll cop to this: I've been very, very happy since Terry O'Reilly & Co. launched the show as a podcast. Copyright issues, until now, complicated things.
The most recent episode involved women in advertising history, including the fascinating story of Mary Wells, a Sixties maverick whose story I'm predicting will become influential in the next season (if there is one) of Mad Men.
You can read more, and see more (as in examples of the commercials cited), in this blog posting.That ad above? Quite the groundbreaking for its day.
When Bruce Springsteen was included in the Kennedy Center Honors a couple of years ago, Melissa Etheridge was asked to perform Born to Run, perhaps the Boss's signature tune.
She delivered ... with the help of a crack band. (As an aside, I loved catching Barack Obama nodding his head to the beat, evidently hampered by his instinct to do a lot more.)
I think The Rising is one of Springsteen's best songs, and a candidate as a standard, one that lends itself to covers and flexible enough to various interpretations. Sting was asked to sing it at the same tribute; his version starts light and builds to include an enormous choir.
Parkour, that French-derived word that describes a highly athletic bit of leaping, jumping and acrobatically overcoming urban hurdles, is fascinating to watch, if only because it seems like an ER visit is a split-second away.
"Uncle Jake punched the mayor and a couple of other things happened. But they got on all right." - Tinny, played by Marthe Bernard, in the Republic of Doyle episode "Don't Gamble With City Hall" that aired this week. One of the best plot summations ever, no?
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.