Fishing Derby 2011

January 29, 2011

Alrighty then… Finally a contest with which we cats can identify: How about a New England Fishing Derby?!?



(For more details, go to http://www.firstlinefishing.com/fishingderby2011.html)

But “How do I enter?” you ask. Well… You have a bunch of options…

  • Call Mike at: (508) 208-2265
  • Stop by the good old Harwich Spirits Shoppe and pick up an entry form
  • Download our PDF HSS version of the entry form here (just find the blinking arrow) and get that to:
  • And then there’s good old-fashioned email: mully8@msn.com
  • But no matter what, be sure to mention to Mike that you heard about the contest here at Harwich Spirits Shoppe!!!

    We’ll be waiting here by the racks, bibs in paws,

    Two cats blogging…

    P.S. Don’t forget our contests!


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.


We Told You So… And Where Were You?

January 27, 2011

Hey,

Cisco and Ponchita, the blogging cats here…

Now take a look at that mess below. Just look at it…

Didn’t we warn you that winter was coming and that you should get out there and stock up on your beer and wine? You bet your last bippy we did. But no… You had to procrastinate… You had to sit on your hands, hem and haw, twiddle your thumbs, chew your cud, pace the floor, procrastinate, tergiverser, تماطل, 延迟, zaudern sie… Why… You even got to the point when folks in town called you, “Mr. χρονοτριβήσει άλλο”, “Ms. להשהות”, and most biting of all, “His Most Right Reverend Ultra-General Big Pants отложить!” All because you couldn’t gather the gumption to go out when the conditions were benign and buy a few extra cases. Don’t you feel ashamed of yourself?

Well… There’s still time… Wait for the storm to pass, the roads to clear, and then boogie your bad self on down to ye olde HSS and stash away some reinforcements for that next big blow. Otherwise, the snow will pile up yet again, and we’ll all be wondering, “Where were you?”

See you by those ever-ready racks!

Two cats blogging…

And speaking of procrastination… Why haven’t you entered our contests???


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.


Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

January 24, 2011

Yup, yup, yup…




That was the temp around 5 AM… Now it’s up to a proverbially balmy 14°… Oh goody…


We keep telling you guys to stock up on beer and wine while the stocking is good. (The long-term winter weather outlook is frosty indeed…)


Say… One last thought… The FEMA disaster Web site discusses preparing for (amongst other things) the cold… Must read…


Two cats shivering by the racks…


P.S. Remember the contests and sales???


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.


Bluebirds!

January 23, 2011

As always, Ponchita and I (HSS cats) try to bring you the new, beautiful, informative, and unusual… So how about this? Bluebirds!


O.k… Here’s some stuff you should know about winter and birds (including the bluebirds…)


  • The cold does a real number on the wee winged ones. Check with your feed supplier and ask for a high-energy winter mix.

  • One of the most commonly overlooked requirements is clean water. A birdbath heater is a good thing.

  • Mealworms… Who can live without mealworms, especially when the temperature drops?
  • Birds are just like people… Sometimes they need shelter from the storm… Have roosts or old birdhouses at the ready for these blustery times.

  • Keep an eye on those feeders! Birds will sometimes mob a feeder and empty it. Lack of food can mean death.

  • Remember the “5 X 5 Rule” when it comes to feeder location… Keep it 5′ off the ground and within 5′ of trees and/or shrubbery.

  • Pets belong indoors or on a leash.

  • Finally, clean feeders/baths using water and bleach using a 12:1 ratio with a good rinse afterward. (Beware the runoff – bleach takes no prisoners.)


And that’s about it… Happy birds, happy people, happy pets. Sold!


Two cats tweeting by the racks…


P.S. Contests and sales, contests and sales, contest and sales!


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.


Wine Mishap and a Tasting

January 20, 2011



There! Take a look at that… That’s just one reason why this cat disparages wine. One corkscrew malfunction and ‘BOOM!’, you’re leaking blood like BP leaks oil. (And don’t jump ugly on me and my assistant by bragging, “You just don’t know what you’re doing…” That’s bull. Who amongst us hasn’t witnessed even experienced sommeliers struggling with a recalcitrant cork? Q.E.D.) Until “fine” wineries start making easy-open, truly hermetically secure containers, this feline sticks to his beer. Feh!


But on to the tasting… Here’s what we’ve got to work with…




This was a gift, so I don’t even know if Da Gizz caries this particular vino, but even if he doesn’t, he no doubt can get it for you.


So here we go… Obviously, this is a 2008 Sensi Cupido Sangiovese, a gentle red wine. Not being a wine drinker, I can’t offer any great insight into the stuff, but here are three observations…

  • I was surprised by this puppy. I particularly don’t like red wines, but the Cupido was actually palatable. My guess is that the tannins and the acidity from the skins were reined in and softened just enough. Be sure to let this breath to get the subtle effect! Time is on your side…
  • As for foods… I’d match it with a medium- to well-done prime rib. IMHO, a rare pepper steak or strong sausage would probably overwhelm it. Also, I’d bet you dimes to donuts that it would compliment the modest cheese-and-cracker crowd.
  • Price? Expect to pay around $10 -$12 per 750ml bottle.

When all is said and done, was it worth bloodshed? Of course not – no wine is. (We’re not talking about beer here.) Still… Not bad, not bad…


Two cats blogging by the racks looking for the coolers…


P.S.


Remember… There are contests and sales afoot!


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.


Contest Update and New One-Day Birthday Sale

January 17, 2011

Last time we announced a new “Say the Magic Phrase” contest and that subsequently turned into a “anyone-can-win” sale. (Just drop by in the late afternoon or evening and tell Lena, “While the cat’s away the mice will play.” and get a 10% discount on non-sale beer and wine. This is valid through 1/22/11.)

Alrighty then… That was Da Gizz’s idea, and here’s another one… Call Bruce on his birthday (Mon., 1/17/11), and wish him a “Happy Birthday!” and instead of getting a 10% discount, you’ll get a 20% discount on non-sale beer & wine… I may be just a cat, but I tell ya… Bruce is losing his mind. If I were an adult humanoid, I’d give Gibson a shout on his cell (508.432.3333) and then come into the store and empty the joint. Just remember that His Royal Gizzness only has one birthday per year!

Two cats by the racks wondering when the madness will end…

P.S. Don’t forget the other contests!


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.


Yet Another Contest! But This One is Only Evening Verbal!!!

January 15, 2011

UPDATE: THE FOLLOWING SALE IS FOR EVERYONE, AND NOT JUST THE FIRST WINNER!!! JUST SAY THE MAGIC PHRASE BELOW. SEE NEXT POST!!!

Hey,

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here… You know, we’ve been having problems getting people to enter our various contests. Well… It turns out that while the readership is there,  the participation isn’t. (This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this across multiple blogs… After asking around, this feline discovered that umpteen people hesitated to enter contests simply because they feared that someone would take their personal info {email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.} and sell it off… Well, not here…)

In order to win this evenings-only contest, all you have to is wait until Monday, 1/17/11, walk into the store, and tell Lena the following magic phrase… While the cat’s away the mice will play.” (Lena usually starts at 4 PM.) That’s it. (Yeah, yeah, yeah… You have to be legal age, sober, humanoid, blah, blah, blah…) But be the first thirsty soul to do that in the evening and you can buy all the beer and wine you want 10% off. (Sale items not included in contest… Only one winner/this contest… Judges decisions are final…) Contest ends Saturday, 1/22/11.

Geez Wally, you’d almost think we should call all our friends and really scrounge Da Gizz… Ah yes, what an easy way to stock up, no strings involved…

Looking out for you by those twilight 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.