Good evening everyone it is I the substitute for Beerguyrodrigo who I believe is currently running bootleg jeans down to America. I hope he doesn’t get busted and will send me some candycorn m&m’s for me to do a Baking with Litre post. For those of you who just come to the fair city during footbaw season you may be wondering what the hell does this guy have to say? Will there be stoner talk? Maybe. Wine talk? Hell yeah. Plus I will try to fill in with the sportsing as best as I can which really isn’t important as Ratbirds v Jaguras is on 1st thing in the morning tomorrow. I promise no futbol chat for once.
As some of you may know, legalization is coming next year up here countrywide and things are going to change a lot. It seems that the provinces are deciding how they distribute it and each province will have a different policy. Ontario has come out and said they will not privatize the sales and it will all be done through a government store, like their alcohol sales are. Both federal and provincial governments will tax it and be the sole legal distributor of the sticky icky apart from medicinal users who can still get it by mail. There is a few problems with this policy that jump to mind. First of all, Ontario is going to start out with only 40 dispensaries for the whole province. Your geography may not be up to snuff on Canadian provinces but Ontario is huge and this is not nearly enough coverage for that many people in that big of a landmass. Second thing that springs to mind is their pricing and how they are going to be competitive with the black market if they tax the hell out of the stuff. My medicinal pricing is on par with what I used to get from my guy Chad (seriously), but with Chad for Green (in my phone) I was getting strains of weed without knowing their potency. Now I have become very aware the percentages of THC and CBD as the strains with super high THC sketch me out a bit so I order accordingly. In my mind the provincial governments up here should take a page out of Denver’s book when recreational consumption was legalized. When I visited Denver after legalization it was a great setup everywhere I went. Security was high (heh) in these places and there was security everywhere. I am sure there are cons to the system which one of our Colorado DFOers are more than welcome to point out below. It was privatised but the government still got their cut so everyone involved was pleased, consumer, dispensary, and government. I will continue to order my medicinal through the mail because I have to do very little and it comes directly to my door with my mailman.
Most of you who tune in during the offseason will know that I am a wine guy as well as a medicinal marijuana user (double threat). Well the seasons are changing and as are my wine drinking habits. My ritual on Thursday in the fall is to grab a bottle of red , fire on the interwebs and watch the coloUr rush game until my eyes bleed. Summer has passed and it is starting to get chilly up here so white and roses just will not do. Last time I did this I spoke about trends and how certain regions and grape varietals come and go. As of right now the popular red varietal is Malbec and the region is Mendoza, Argentina. If you like this variety (I don’t) definitely buy stuff from Argentina as the plantings elsewhere haven’t had the time for the vines to mature enough. If you are wondering about French Malbec it is something that you would rarely by itself due to French wine laws. In France Malbec is predominantly used for blending in Rhone. This time of year I gravitate towards Pinot Noirs from Oregon, or Merlots from Washington as those regions are closest to me here and the quality is phenomenal. Later in the season I get into bigger red when the snow is outside and it is -20 degrees. As for value this time of year I look to Spain and Rioja’s little brother Navarra as they still use the same 2 grapes Grenache and Tempranillo but the are a lot cheaper and are still great quality.
On to the sportsing!
College Football: Times are whatever you see on the screen in front of you when you look it up.
Irish v Michigan St FOX
Washington at Colorado FS1
UCLA at Stanford ESPN
Also Hawaii at Wyoming! Go CowboUys! ESPN 2
There still is baseball games going on and Bumgarner is on the bump against the Dodgers so there is that.
There is Ice Football Preseason but the kids are still all playing so it isn’t worth your time. READ A BOOK WILL YOU!
In soccer there are some MLS games if you are so inclined. (not futbol)
There is a CFL game but nobody up here will be watching it either. Toronto v Montreal.
Remember if you are in a restaurant/winebar/lounge/Tomsula’s boxcar that house wine is the money maker for the house and the next couple of cheaper glasses are great value as they are trying to get rid of that wine.