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Snooth User: zufrieden

Wines for the Winter Olympics

Posted by zufrieden, Feb 12, 2010.

The opening ceremonies of the 21st Winter Olympic will begin at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time tonight (February 12th). The celebration begs forethought when it comes to wine. Please come forward with your suggestions for various events, stories of Olympic experiences and opinions on the extravaganza generally and don't be shy!


Reply by dmcker, Feb 13, 2010.

Champagne for the vendors who get paid to provide artificial snow or otherwise compensate for a bald mountain. Whisky, and lots of it, for the entrants who get injured due to the lack of deep powder... ;-(

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 13, 2010.

And don't forget the umbrellas (in my neck of the woods, you don't leave home without one - unless it is July through September). Temperatures will likely be 5 degrees Celsius above normal next week with copious amounts of liquid precipitation - not the best conditions for the nearby mountains - although Whistler will be cooler.

The opening ceremonies appear to have gone well, but for the miscue on the flame lighting (some technical difficulties). One of the arms did not open on the fire bundle. That, no doubt, might have led to a surfeit of whiskey in some circles.

Anyway, I had a couple of glasses of rather ordinary Gavi (more ordinary than usual, I mean) to watch the ceremony. Later, I celebrated the 4-3 victory of the Vancouver Canucks over the Columbus with a Bass Ale.

Champagne is in reserve for the main events should we North Americans dominate in the main ticket items. I am likely attending a venue or two.

And stay tune for the protests and (in some circles unwanted) democracy. Those that can't afford the outrageous ticket prices have to do something to point out certain inconsistencies in public policy...


Reply by GregT, Feb 13, 2010.

If North America dominates, I don't think Champagne is appropriate. There are pretty good sparkling wines produced on this continent!

I didn't actually realize that the Olympics were even happening. Came home and turned on the tube and saw K.D. Laing singing and wondered what was going on. She's one of the few pop stars who can actually sing, unlike most of them who can't even match pitch, so I didn't mind but I had no idea what was happening. Then they started talking about Olympic this and that. Cripes. I need to get out more.

Reply by salientita, Feb 13, 2010.

a good ALE will be my partner to watch Apolo Anton Ohno take to the track tonight!

Reply by salientita, Feb 13, 2010.

OOPS - not an ALE - let's work on that bottle of Chocovine from Holland to cheer on the speedskaters. That's more like it!

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 13, 2010.

Or a good Netherlands Lager... being as Sven Kramer won gold in the 5K speed skate! A glass of Schnapps or Holland Gin might be in order as well.

Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Feb 13, 2010.

Do like my relatives in cold rainy Bretagne, put a couple of bottles of wine next to the fire.

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 13, 2010.

Well, I admit: you have to do something to mitigate the cold rain! An update for you: The Women's Hockey Team results: Canada 18, Slovakia 0.

These scores are reminiscent of those from the 1924 Olympics Canada 22, Czechoslovakia 0) - only for Men's Hockey. This kind of thing won't last forever, so I'm savoring the moment ... with a few glasses of Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2006. This is just the ticket for such a lopsided score... I understand the Slovakian goaltender made about 50 saves in the loss...

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