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Local Primer

November 16, 2009

For some odd happenstance I have had a spike in readership and all have seemed to go to the same page.

Its my hope that the new readers stick around and read about some of the great things going on down here. So here is a primer for people who know little of this area.

Wine: This is a cool climate area like Burgundy or Bordeaux. We are actually about as far south (42nd parallel) as Northern California so our winters are usually not too bad and our summers are long and warm. The wines come stylistically like French wines. Leaner and more complex than a hot region and minus the jamminess of hot growth areas. The French grapes all are grown here…Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (soon), Gewurztraminer, Riesling along with Nebbiolo (soon), and Pinot Grigio. Quite diverse and along with some hybrids, the wines here can be a little bigger than expected but they are not big jammy fruit-bombs. Alcohol content is close to the ideal 12.5% so they are “right”. No 15% Pinots here, and you get alot more complex tastes and more of the good wine stuff like anti-oxidants as they do better in cooler climates.

Golf: 2 Donald Ross courses (1 city owned) and an amazing number of courses throughout the county. Many are old so they have real trees and most are public…..great ones out near Kingsville (wine area).

Pizza: yup, the best in Canada and maybe North America. The best ones can trace their heritage back to the old Volcano, even if they don't have direct roots, style wise they are there. Thin crust, good sauce and yummy stuff. Chains try but with real Windsorites, we all fight the fight for our favourite pizza joint. Me I've always been a Sam's guy but now that I spend most of my time in the county, I can't get there…booohooo..had my first date with Terry there though.

Foods: down so south alot grows local and finally the restaurants are getting it. It took time but they do. Good ethnic food, but the best is getting local meats and produce and doing a 10 minute meal. Now thats cool!!!! 100 miles is just too easy.

History: we got it too….end of the Underground Railway, battlefield of the War of 1812, and Prohibition. Everyone down here has their stories. For some reason alot of whiskey got exported to the Bahamas in open boats by the Purple Gang…..they had a pipeline from East Windsor to Detroit under the river for whiskey…..and of course there is La Salle which was smuggler heaven (the river is really narrow there). Its fun stuff.

Nature: Point Pelee had the birding…don't quite get it but thats ok and its a Carolinian Forest (don't know what that means but it sounds good) and with water on 3 sides fishing and boating are big here.

Well thats my primer. Our wine is hard to get outside the area and with a certain Toronto sommelier buying up lots of the wine I like I am getting to hate TO even though I loved living there.


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