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MWWC #3 – Wine and Sarah McLachlan

mwwcLet’s make this two in a row!  Yesterday’s post featured a soup recipe that I made as part of the Cover-to-Cover 2013 challenge.  Now we have this post that’s another one – the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (MWWC).  This is the third such challenge where wine writers devote a post around a one-word theme.  There’s voting involved and the winner chooses the theme and the rules.  The first theme was “Transportation” and I wrote about Biking through Niagara Wine Country.  The second theme was “Trouble,” which I had an abundance of when it came to remembering about the challenge.  The deadline just flew right past me.  How’s that for meta?

Sally of My Custard Pie  won the last challenge and chose the theme “Possession.”  I’ve been going nutso trying to find a way to link the theme to wine.  One of the things that came to mind was possessing in the ownership sense, but the post I wrote was about as interesting as attending a life insurance underwriting seminar.

The only other thing that came to mind was the Sarah MacLachlan song “Possession.”  Which is perfect, because Fridays here are devoted to music posts.  And it allows me to live up to my reputation.  You know, the reputation of being the guy with the blog named “The Food and WINE Hedonist” who rarely writes about wine.

I also have a reputation of posting pictures of beautiful celebrities, usually of Lindsay Lohan.

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but not THIS time!! (


OK, this isn’t TOTALLY disconnected from wine.  As I write this, I’m polishing off a bottle of 2010 Kirkland Pinot Noir from Carneros, CA.  Yes, you read that right – Costco brand.  It’s actually really nice with its velvety texture, lots of earth.  It’s not Gevrey-Chambertin, but it’s also worlds better than that Trader Joe’s swill.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Sarah –

Now THAT'S more like it... (

Now THAT’S more like it… (

“Possession” was her first big hit and I know that many people will be insisting that I give up my man card for admitting to liking this song.  Obviously those people aren’t regular readers of this blog.

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I really do like this song and am a fan of hers.  In the late-90s she started up Lilith Fair, which was a concert tour that featured women singers and women-led bands.   They were really successful for a while and I desperately wanted to go to some of them.  But I never could convince any of my guy friends to go with me.  The conversations went something like this –

Me: Dude, we gotta go to Lilith Fest this year.

Buddy: What? Isn’t that the all-women band thing?  Who’s playing?

Me: Indigo Girls, Fiona Apple, Dixie Chicks, Tracy Chap–

Buddy:  Who are you and what did you do with my friend?!?!

Me: No, seriously…

Buddy: No!!!  Do you hear yourself?  Maybe we need a Led Zepplin intervention here.

Me:  Think about it, who goes to these things – WOMEN!  The place will be crawling with them!  Wall-to-wall chicks!

Buddy: One – I’m not sure that the Indigo Girls’ demographic will like you that much.  B – Even if the stereotype is inaccurate, what makes you think you’ll score with any of them with your weak-ass game?

Me: Pass me a beer.

For a while, Sarah was on like every awards show and anything that had to do with Canada.   Now it seems you only see her on the anti-animal cruelty commercials.   Which got me thinking about this clip –

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Damn, that’s one of the funniest clips ever…

Anyway, since I’ve failed miserably to write about both  “wine” and “possession,” the least I could do is point you to some really terrific posts that did it right…

– The Wine Raconteur – talks about when it’s time to let go of that special bottle 

– The Winegetter – talks about vineyard possession and ownership issues in Germany (trust me, it’s fascinating) 

– Foxress – writes about putting perspective around possession 

– The Armchair Sommelier – shows her wine collection.  Wine glass collection that is… 

– Talk-a-Vino – muses on how possessive wine drinkers are.

– Duff’s Wines – talks about the slippery slope where a wine drinker can easily become possessed.  Like “Exorcist” possessed.

– Twelve Dollar Tastebuds – was just about as successful as I was

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Did I miss anyone?  You about as thirsty as I am now?

Happy Friday!




About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

21 comments on “MWWC #3 – Wine and Sarah McLachlan

  1. the winegetter
    September 20, 2013

    Happy Friday!! That bed photo is very eye catching…until I watched the monkey video……

  2. talkavino
    September 20, 2013

    Thank you for the shout out! And that monkey video is priceless…

  3. thewineraconteur
    September 20, 2013

    By Jove you are “possessed” by the nectar of the God’s and you have found a new way to spread the word. A bed scene and an animal video far surpass the potential “life insurance underwriting seminar” that we could have read. All of this, spurred on by a Kirkland Pinot Noir, if you had imbibed the Meritage (which I have had, and is a decent wine for the price and I have written about it (shameless plug)) just think of the heights that you would have soared to. You even discussed the wine as well. Thank you for the posting.

  4. the drunken cyclist
    September 20, 2013

    I have not had the Kirkland Pinot, but I have to say that the champagne was not horrible. Costco in PA, of course, does not sell wine….

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      September 20, 2013

      Their champagne is pretty good at $18.. They don’t have the Pinot here in MI – I got it in Indianapolis for $13.

      I know this is nowhere near as bad as PLCB situation, but for some reason we can’t by the Kirkland liquor in MI. Too bad since their tequila and vodka are outstanding. Their bourbon and 18yr old scotch are great too.

  5. Max
    September 21, 2013

    I vaguely remember a Crowded House song titled “I Feel Possessed.”

    Thanks for all the visuals (again).

    I just made some pan-fried trout, and since I don’t make it often enough, I was clueless as to what wine to pair with it. This has nothing to do with your topic (when has that ever stopped you?) except that I tried to cover my bases by opening a pint Cab Franc from Bourgueil and a red from Navarra (it was a Basque recipe so I went for a red from Basque country). The verdict? Pink wins the day.

    All this by way of saying how unpossessive I can be of my wines. I happily open two or three bottles on Friday or Saturday nights just to get them off my back. Actually, there are four empty bottles on the table tonight, and we didn’t have anyone over. (But don’t come over thinking I’m gonna open those bottles of Hermitage or Charmes-Chambertin. At least wait until next month.)

  6. rachelocal
    September 21, 2013

    I had already imbibed over half a bottle of Zinfandel by 4:30 on Friday afternoon, which is when I first read this post. So I saw the possession-wine-Sarah’s butt connection.

  7. PinotNinja
    September 22, 2013

    That animal cruelty infomercial is so devastatingly sad that it drives me to drink wine every time I come across it. So this all makes TOTAL sense.

  8. Heather (Sweet Precision)
    September 23, 2013

    Sarah MacLachlan used to be one of my FAVORITE artists! Pair some great music with some Costco wine and I say you have the fixings for a pretty great evening!

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  11. Jenny
    September 25, 2013

    I remember the song “Possession” but never tried Costco wine. Now I want to listen to some Sarah MacLachlan and open a bottle of blush.

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  13. mwwcblog
    December 20, 2013

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.

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  16. Rahul
    February 25, 2016

    Is that real picture of Sarah McLaughlin. Did she pose nude for this picture or is it fake??

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