Sunday, August 20, 2006
Grotesque tease. Notice that he didn't say that they had been sold; he just wasn't going to sell me any.
Anyway, I embarked on a quick research project to track down any of our beloved Mountain White still for sale in the province. Every person at every place I called assumed a furtive tone, repeating the fact it was being discontinued. Several admitted that they still had stock, then caught themselves and went to "check" before returning with the sad news: "Umm...yeah, sorry...uhh...they're not available any more. They're discontinued." I KNOW THAT ALREADY. I could picture every wine store employee writing their names on every remaining case.
Finally, my research project hit paydirt -- a friendly place in West Vancouver had 10 magnums left and would hold them for us. Mark agreed to pick up the stash, and Larry and Pearl ended up hand-delivering it to our door a few days later when they returned from the coast. Why all this fuss for cheap white wine? Well, it's cheaper than milk (Editor's note: milk imported by private plane from royal organic Egyptian cows? $10/litre would be awfully pricey dairy, and proves how terrible my math skills are), VQA quality, and it seems to be good with most things...but at some point, I guess it just became a quest.