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Movember Handlebar Moustache Corkscrew

My husband is growing a moustache this month as a part of Movember. While I agree that doing all you can for prostate cancer awareness is a good thing, I just wish it didnt involve the scratchy, unsexy moustache.

I don’t like them on him. BUT .. I did find a moustache I can love, this fun Handlebar Moustache Corkscrew from Fred & Friends on Amazon for less than $10.

Cheap enough that I can be a Mo’ Sista with my own (non scratchy, totally cute) moustache and still have enough left over to donate to Movember.

The best part? None of my Famiglia Bianchi Malbec (90 points Wine Access) will get lost in the loose furry friends.

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Road 13 Is One Of The 25 Best Wineries In Canada

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Road 13 2009 Rockpile

Wine Access Magazine is counting down the Top 25 Wineries in Canada. This morning they reached number 6, the Okanagan’s Road 13 Vineyards.

Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located between Osoyoos and Oliver, at Highway 97 and Road 13 on the Okanagan Valley’s historic “Golden Mile.” The winery has a short but colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making wines that many feel are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir.

The winery has moved primarily to blended wines and away from single varietals. Many varietals have vanished from Road 13’s portfolio because the grapes now go into Rockpile, a 4,500-case red blend, and Stemwinder, a 1,800-case white blend.

Still, the winery’s single varietals are noticed with the 2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir and 2008 Home Vineyard Sparkling Chenin Blanc both receiving 90 points from Wine Access.

Pumpkin Pie and Pinot Noir

Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2008

Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2008

You’re knee deep in stuffing and the phone rings.  It’s your Thanksgiving guests.  “What can we bring?” they invariably ask.

You’ve got the pumpkin pie, potatoes, turkey and stuffing on the go.  So ask them to bring some wine.

Pinot Noir is a great  pairing choice for Thanksgiving and Rabbit Ranch 2008 Pinot Noir was just chosen by Wine Access Magazine as a top value wine.

This is a strident, intense and complex pinot that could use more restraint and elegance for a higher rating. But it has very interesting aromas of dried cherry, tomato, herbs and sweet oak. It’s medium full-bodied, with considerable tannin, heat and acidity. Very good to excellent length. Best now to 2014.

You’ll find on shelves in Alberta for around $25.  A bargain for your guests compared to the feast you’re about to serve and a perfect pairing for everything on the table – even the pumpkin pie.

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