HSS is Open New Year’s Day!

December 31, 2009

Two cats blogging


Wine as an Investment

December 31, 2009

Hey,

Da’ Gizz speaks concerning investing in wine.  Here’s the “how”, “why”, “what”, “where”, and “when”.

  • “How” is very simple.  Enter the Harwich Spirits Shoppe and let the Giz know you’re there to invest
  • As for the “Why”… Because you want to pay short money for great wines that (with a little luck) be worth 3 to 4 times in 10 years.  Beats 99.9% of all the indexes out there. Or maybe you just want inexpensive wines for tonight.
  • “What” gets a bit more tricky.  You truly need the Gizz’s and Cisco & Panchito’s lead.  There are few that can identify your palate and find the correct wines to match tastes.  We can and will do that for you in the range of dollars you can afford.
  • The easy part is “Where”… There is no better on the face of the earth [but I’m so humble] than the Harwich Spirits Shoppe – that’s 574 rt 28, in Harwich Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. If you meandered by and never stopped in because you thought it was too small, you are in for a surprise and a gift.
  • “When?” Hmmm… Why not right now!?!  We’re there for you twixt the hours of 9:am and 9:pm Monday through Thursday and 9:am to 11:pm Friday & Saturday or Sunday noon to 7:pm.  You could also call 508-430-0000 or 508-432-3333 to set up an appointment.

Well… There you have it… Da’ Gizz has spoken.

See you by the racks…

Two cats blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Cisco and Ponchita Talk Global Finance

December 29, 2009

Cisco: “Ya know, the American economy (and hence the world) is headed for real trouble…”

Ponchita: “What do you mean?”

Cisco: “Well… Let me ask you this… What is our GDP? That is, what is the total worth on a yearly basis of all of America’s goods and services?”

Ponchita: “I don’t know… I’m just a cat…”

Cisco: “Well, depending on who you ask, it’s around $14 trillion.”

Ponchita: “So?”

Cisco: “But what’s our national debt?”

Ponchita: “???”

Cisco: “Well, according to the government, it’s around $12 trillion.”

Ponchita: “Wow! Now what?”

Cisco: “Slow down there Skippy… There’s more. That’s just our out-and-out debt. That doesn’t include the ‘obligations‘ of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid…  That’s $14 trillion, $18 trillion, and $74 trillion respectively…” That’s more like $106 trillion.

Ponchita: “Oh Jesus! So we basically owe nine times what we make?!?”

Cisco: “Yup… And it gets worse… Look… The government only has a few ways to get money… They can try to earn it like they do with Amtrak… (Ummm… skip that…) So that only leaves taxing, printing, and borrowing.”

Ponchita: “Oh God!”

Cisco: “Ever hear of David Walker?”

Ponchita: “No?”

Cisco: “He’s the former U.S. Comptroller – the chief accountant for the country. We’re talking about a bi-partisan guru…”

Ponchita: “Former Comptroller?”

Cisco: “Yeah… He quit out of disgust over the economic situation. Check out this video…”

Ponchita: “So what are we going to do?”

Cisco: “Errr… We’re running out of options… We’ve basically borrowed at least $3.4 trillion from other countries in the form of  treasury securities… We owe roughly $1.5 trillion to China and Japan alone. There’s a reason that the Chinese students laughed at Treasury Secretary ‘Turbo Tax’ Tim Geithner when he tried to say that the dollar and the American economy are sound.”

Ponchita: “So what happens when we can’t pay our debt or meet our obligations?”

Cisco: “Who knows… Who knows…  We truly are a global villiage, and when the U.S. economy folds, there will no doubt be a ripple effect. Just look at Spain and Iceland… The problem is that it won’t be a ripple.”

Ponchita: “Oh crap…”

Cisco: “Uh huh… Maybe the Great Depression on a global scale.”

Ponchita: “So what do we do?”

Cisco: “Hey, I’m just a cat… I don’t have all the answers… I just have a few ideas…”

Ponchita: “OK…”

Cisco: “First, don’t panic… But prepare. Precious metals are good… Food stores are good… Maintaining a contact list with loved ones is good.”

Ponchita: “And?”

Cisco: “Pray… If Societe Generale’s worst case predictions come true, no one knows what will happen.”

Ponchita: “Oh goody…”

Cisco: “Yeah…”

By the wine racks…

Two cats blogging


Happy Holidays!

December 27, 2009

If you visit the store frequently, you no doubt know Da’ Gizz’s predilection for cigars and buffalo wings. (Judy, you are a strong soul…)

Anyway… When you can pry Bruce away from his beloved wings (he’s not on a low-sodium diet is he?), ask him about his impromptu wine sales. Aside from the “three-fers”, “four-fers”, “six-fers”, and case discounts, he’s got specials that he doesn’t even know about. (Trust us, we haven’t told him yet.)

Hey… No joke… Have a safe, sober, and wonderful holiday season. And for Heaven’s sake, come on in and visit!

Two cats blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Last Minute Christmas Party Treat

December 24, 2009

Yeah, a cat knows what it’s like to be faced with a last minute lust for a holiday icebreaker… Something that will make the host/guest think, “OK, this is going to be cool after all!” Enter the chocolate mice. (Trust me.)

What’s that? Can’t see ’em up close? Hmmm…

And here they are again with the ingredients…

Alrighty then, by now you should get the picture… Here’s how to make it happen…

  1. Peel bare naked some Hershey’s kisses
  2. Lay parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  3. Nuke that nukable chocolate per instructions
  4. Dip cherries in said chocolate using stems as tails and “dipping strings”
  5. “Glue” flat of kiss onto base of chocolate cherry and wedge almond-slice ears as in pics above… (Hurry! Don’t let that chocolate harden!)
  6. Let cool in fridge
  7. Squirt white decorating icing into baggie corner and make tiny cut such that you can squeeze the icing out
  8. Dab those icing “whites of the eyes” on the Hershey faces
  9. Next dip the end of a toothpick in a separate puddle of the icing and pick up one of those minuscule cake decorating Decors nonpareils… Repeat this process ’til all mice have eyes
  10. Refrig until needed

All this takes a lot longer to explain than do… That’s not to say that you can’t become creative and use the Decors to whip up little rodent expressions. I like to use different color nonpareils and go for the “Timothy Leary” effect… But hey, I’m a feline of the ’70s…

So there you go… Chocolate, cherries, and wine go a long way in my book… (If that don’t make the friends happy, get new friends.)

See you by the wine racks,

Two cats blogging


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Harwich Gets Blizzard, HSS Still Has Gizzard

December 22, 2009

Hey!

In case you don’t live on the Cape, or even in New England… We here in Harwich got hammered by the latest storm… Check out this tree…

But the 6,400,000 penny question is this… Was Harwich Spirits Shoppe open? And of course the answer is, absatootley! It took da Gizz some time to dig through the 3′ snow drift blocking his front door (no joke), but he made it.

When other stores aren’t there for you, who is? Da Gizz… That’s who!

(Of course, going inside and actually facing the sucker is another story, but we’ll leave that for some other time.)

So you survived the storm… Now what?!? Get down to Ye Ol’ Spirits Shoppe and get yourself a bargain! (And don’t forget our NEW contest!) Check out the variety options for six-pack wines. There are “three for” bins, and “four for” bins. This cat’s inside source says that Gizz is selling at record lows. My suggestion is to come in and poke Bruce with a stick and start humming the theme song from “Deliverance”… He’ll understand. Beyond that, there’s gift wrapping and boxes, random discounts, beer deals, carriers, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Yup, it’s all happening at the zoo.

Ya know what? Better yet, just come on in and buy gift certificates for everyone on the Christmas list. Seriously, after this last storm, who needs the hassle? After all, nothing says “I love you…” like a Gizz gift certificate.

Finally (I’ll bet you thought this post would never end!) Gizz is open Christmas Eve as long as needed. (Told you that HSS was always there for you!) So if you’re running around like a maniac this Thursday and you still need something grape or grain, just give the Gizz a call at 508-430-0000 and tell him that your in-laws are labor intensive and we’ll think of something.

By the racks,

Two cats blogging

P.S. Be sure to ask about the rare HSS $.11 piece…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Guess a Number Winner!!!

December 20, 2009

Well there you go… Our “Guess a Number Between 1 and 100” winner… Congrats Stacey!




What’s that? You didn’t hear about that contest??? Well, you probably didn’t stop by or if you did, you didn’t ask about it. We’re telling ya… Da Gizz is tough to keep up with, what with his crazy contests, this blog, giveaways, and whatnot… And what was the prize? We don’t know fur sure! Something along the lines of three bottles of wine, a set of wine glasses, a Harwich Spirits Shoppe Cooler, a corkscrew, a flashlight pen, some sort of wine rabbit thingy… We’re probably talking about $75 which isn’t exactly Mass Millions. (Then again, 75 smackers is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.)


Natch, if you’re reading this, you’re already getting dialed in to Gizz’s strange ways… And you might even know of his new contest… Don’t let a blizzard stop you… Take a good look at the photo in that post and guess the number of corks in the jug.


Two cats blogging

 


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.