RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner Hightails It Out of the Ukraine!

I am awakened at 4 in the morning by the Penniless Pensioner phoning from Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris and clearly he was a bit shaken up. He complained very loudly at a dinner that his beloved Tatiana was nowhere in sight and that he was upset with the Russian organizers. After dinner two burly Russian men came to his table and said please come with us as the “director” wanted to clear things up.

Clearing things up involved the burly men throwing him against the wall and told him to shut his mouth and that he would be taken for a “drive” in the morning. PP had posted some nasty comments on Facebook accusing the Russian organizers of kidnapping his beloved Tatiana. Bad move!

PP was escorted to his room and one of the burly men stood guard outside his hotel room door. PP offered the guard some vodka then some more and then the rest of the bottle laced with some sleeping meds PP uses to sleep on long plane trips. The burly guard then passed out and PP headed for the Kiev airport and caught a flight to anywhere out of the Ukraine which happened to be an Air France flight to Paris. And he was boarding a flight back to Toronto in a few minutes. He was very nervous he was being tailed. He bemoaned the kidnapping of his Tatiana and vowed to return to the Ukraine to find his true love. He did like a sparkling wine KrimSekt Semi-Sweet Red he bought at Kiev Airport duty free store for $5 and I recall seeing it on the LCBO shelves so I decided to buy a bottle and give it a try.

Trying the KrimSekt Red Semi-Sweet I think it looks like Baby Duck! A big nose of black cherry, cassis and butter tart. On the palate some bitter black cherry which is off putting indeed. And it seems there is no real sweetness to it. It also it somewhat tannic. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Saperavi should best stay on the shelves. Stay away from this bubbly.

(KrimSekt 2019 Red Semi-Sweet, Artwinery, Bakhmut, Ukraine, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 141655, 750 mL,12.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 65/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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