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The Date and Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1PM to 8PM The Event: Profile Wine Group Portfolio tasting. The Venue: Liberty Grand The Target Audience: media, sommeliers, private customers The Availability/Catalogue: it...
The Date and Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1PM to 8PM The Event: Profile Wine Group Portfolio tasting. The Venue: Liberty Grand The Target Audience: media, sommeliers, private customers The Availability/Catalogue: items are all over the map -- consignment, private orders, LCBO, Vintages. But it did look like everything was available. The Quote/Background: The last show was two years ago. This show was a little smaller in scope but more focused. Many tables were supported with personnel from the winery involved. There was also a suggested donation of $20 to the Sick Kids Foundation, a great idea. The Wines: I did not try all the wines, there were about 300 of them, plus some spirits. I passed up many of the wines available at the LCBO, preferring to sample rare or limited wines. Prices are licensee. **** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms): -Balbo Wines Susana Balbo Brioso 2009 Argentina, $40.95 PO -Wakefield St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Australia, $64.95 PO -Rosehall Run JCR Chardonnay 2011 VQA PEC, $25.12 Cons -Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Chile, $19.95 Vintages -Montes Purple Angel 2010 Chile, $56.95 Vintages -Chateau Teyssier Le Dome St Emilion Grand Cru 2006, $289 Cons -Cesari Bosan Amarone 2004, $99.95 Cons -La Spinetta Garetti Barolo 2009, $72.95 Cons -La Spinetta Campe Barolo 2009, $199.95 Cons -Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007, $99.95 Cons -San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006, $69.95 PO -LAN Gran Reserva 2005 Rioja, $27.95 Vintages -LAN Edicion Limitada 2009 Rioja, $55.95 PO -Amaro Lucano, $23.95 LCBO -Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2012 California, $23.95 PO -John Anthony Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 California, $84.95 PO -John Anthony Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012 California, $27.95 PO -Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2009 California, $67.95 PO -Columbia Crest Grand Estate Merlot 2010 Washington, $16.95 Cons -J. Lohr Cuvee PAU 2008 California, $61 Vintages Online ***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 ? 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms): -Balbo Wines Susana Balbo Malbec 2011 Argentina, $26.95 PO -Balbo Wines Ben Marco Expresivo 2011 Argentina, $39.95 PO -Morambro Creek Shiraz 2010 Australia, $29.95 PO -Wakefield St. Andrews Shiraz 2009 Australia, $64.95 PO -Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2010 VQA PEC, $18.36 Cons -Vina Falernia Pinot Noir Reserva 2012 Chile, $13.95 PO -J Bouchon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Especial 2010 Chile, $15.95 Vintages -J Bouchon Las Mercedes Ensamblage 2009 Chile, $20.95 Vintages -Montes Limited Edition Cabernet-Carmenere 2011 Chile, $14.75 LCBO -Montes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Chile, $12.90 LCBO -Chateau Teyssier St Emilion Grand Cru 2010, $47.95 PO -Chateau Laforge St. Emilion Grand Cru 2007, $49.95 Cons -De Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume Baron de L 2008, $89.95 Cons -Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2012, $15.95 LCBO -Chateau Peyros Greenwich Madiran 2009, $41.95 PO -Aurelio Settimo Barolo Rocche 2006, $52.95 Cons -Aurelio Settimo Barolo Riserva 2004, $89.95 Cons -Bersanao Barolo Nirvasco 2008, $41.95 Cons -Castello di Querceto La Corte 2008, $54.95 PO -Castello di Querceto Il Picchio Chianti Riserva 2010, $44.95 PO -Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia 2008, $60.95 PO -Cesari Il Bosco Amarone 2007, $74.95 Cons -Concillo Teroldego Vigna Braide 2011, $19.95 PO -Cordero di Montezemelo Barolo Monfalletto 2009, $54.95 Cons -Cordero di Montezemelo Barolo Enrico VI 2009, $104.95 Cons -Cordero di Montezemelo Barolo Brico Gattera 2009, $89.95 Cons -Dievole Novecento Chianti Classico Riserva, $41.95 PO -Fazio Pietra Sacra 2008, $44.95 PO -Fazio Nero d'Avola U'Munti 2011, $21.95 PO -La Spinetta Bordini Barbaresco 2009, $64 Cons -Lungarotti San Giorgio 2005, $64.95 PO -Poggi
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I am on my way to Argentina, where I will be speaking at the MySQL NoSQL & Cloud Conference & Expo. I have two talks: one on my pet project MySQL Sandbox and one on replication between MySQL and MongoDB (using another project dear to me,...
I am on my way to Argentina, where I will be speaking at the MySQL NoSQL & Cloud Conference & Expo. I have two talks: one on my pet project MySQL Sandbox and one on replication between MySQL and MongoDB (using another project dear to me, Tungsten Replicator. It’s my first visit to Argentina and I will try to look around a bit before the conference. And I look forward to see many ex colleagues and well known speakers at the conference. The lineup includes speakers from Percona, EffectiveMySQL, PalominoDB, MariaDB, SkySQL, Tokutek, and OpenStack. I am looking forward to this trip. My presentation on MongoDB replication is a first for me, and I am always pleased when I can break new ground. I have the feeling that the networking is going to be more exciting than the sessions. If you are in Buenos Aires, come to the conference and say hi!
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LAN is an interesting airline – it’s sort of like a hodgepodge network of airlines operating out of various South American countries that all fall under the LAN umbrella including LAN Chile, LAN Peru and LAN Colombia and soon...
LAN is an interesting airline – it’s sort of like a hodgepodge network of airlines operating out of various South American countries that all fall under the LAN umbrella including LAN Chile, LAN Peru and LAN Colombia and soon TAM, the Brazil-based carrier that LAN took over. While they’re all pretty integrated, there are still some loose ends and gaps. For instance, LAN just announced this week that LAN Colombia is now officially a part of Oneworld so that Oneworld members, like American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club flyers, can now earn and redeem their own miles and points on LAN Colombia flights – and more importantly for LAN Colombia LANPass members, they can now earn and redeem miles on Oneworld partner flights. In addition to the new earning and redeeming benefits, elites will have a more integrated experience as well. LANPass Comodoro and Comodoro Black cardholders now have Emerald status in the Oneworld frequent flyer program.  LANPass Premium Silver are equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire and LANPass Premium are Oneworld Ruby.  This entitles them to special privileges when travelling on any oneworld partner, including access to Business Class check-in and, when offered, pre-reserved and preferred seating, and priority on waitlists and on standby when flights are full. LAN Colombia’s network is now covered by Oneworld’s alliance fares and sales options, including its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and its Visit South America pass (TAM’s network will be covered from March 31, 2014). Until now, Oneworld carriers including American, BA and Iberia, only flew to Bogota, Medellin and Cali, but the incorporation of LAN Colombia into the network is expected to bring a total of 21 Colombian destinations online. The move is interesting because, long troubled by a civil war, a violent drug trade and myriad other problems, Colombia has experienced an almost miracle-worthy turnaround and has emerged in recent years as one of South America’s hottest destinations with the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority noting that the country is Latin America’s fastest growing domestic market with a passenger increase of over 20% so far this year over last. Avianca – a member of Star Alliance – is still the dominant airline in this market, but LAN Colombia’s affiliation with Oneworld might soon challenge that as passenger numbers and specifically those on LAN Colombia (which is almost 15% higher this year than last) continue to rise. While most of us US-based travelers are probably thinking of how to use our American miles or British Airways Avios to fly down there – Cartagena is one of the top destinations on my to-do list – it’s worth looking at a current limited-time offer on US Bank’s LANPass Visa Signature available now through October 15, 2013 where you receive 30,000 miles upon first use of the card and an additional 10,000 miles when you spend $5,000 within 120 days for a total potential bonus of 40,000 miles. The other benefits of the card include: First Use Bonus Miles Up to 20% off (up to $1,000 maximum) your first LAN or TAM purchase one time per year Up to 4,000 Annual Renewal Bonus $0 Introductory Annual Fee the First Year, thereafter $75 Double miles on LAN and TAM purchases 25% flight bonus when flying on LAN 3 upgrade coupons each year 40,000 miles might not seem like a huge amount, according to the LAN award chart, a roundtrip economy ticket from the US or Mexico to Colombia only requires 48,000 miles, so with the bonus and minimum spending requirement, you’re almost there. A ticket in Premier Business requires 100,000 miles roundtrip, the same as flying to Southern South America like Chile or Argentina, so better to use those miles on the longer flights than to get to Colombia. Also remember that LANPass is a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, and though the transfer ratio was recently cut 25% to 1 Starpoint : 1.5 L
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Have you ever wondered why ESPN Deportes’ version of SportsCenter isn’t named SportsCentro? Neither have I. San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili shows up and shows off his trademark left-handed shot in a new ESPN Deportes Spo...
Have you ever wondered why ESPN Deportes’ version of SportsCenter isn’t named SportsCentro? Neither have I. San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili shows up and shows off his trademark left-handed shot in a new ESPN Deportes SportsCenter commercial. Before viewing, prepare for something that’s goofy with no real point at all, but then watch it a second time to look again at Ginobili’s reaction. It’s not bad and kind of funny. It’s rumored Ginobili and Lionel Messi are Pope Francis’ favorite athletes. The Pope wouldn’t be the first native of Argentina to have that list,or the first in the United States or about a dozen other countries as well. Ginobili is a transcendent player. Note the popular term, transcendent. It’s the ‘in’ word for describing greatness in athletes. But, Ginobili, really is. Leading Argentina to the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics probably cemented his popularity around the world. Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are now entering their 12th season playing together for the Spurs. Parker and Duncan are getting ready for their 13th season together. With Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees retired and leaving Derek Jeter, Parker and Duncan are the longest pair of teammates on any one team in all of American sports. The threesome of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili together is probably not matched by any teams worldwide, either. I’m still waiting for the next HEB Grocery store chain commercial from the threesome. See the Top Six Funniest Duncan, Parker, Ginobili commericals here. The NBA’s regular season is just around the corner. The Spurs open up their preseason Wednesday night versus CSKA Moscow and open up the regular season on October 30th at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com The post Manu Ginobili featured in new ESPN Deportes SportsCenter commercial appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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Iceland has the fewest barriers to Internet freedom, according a recent study ranking countries based on obstacles to access, limits on content and violations of user rights. Iceland scored just six out of a possible 40 points. (The lowe...
Iceland has the fewest barriers to Internet freedom, according a recent study ranking countries based on obstacles to access, limits on content and violations of user rights. Iceland scored just six out of a possible 40 points. (The lower number of points, the higher level of Internet freedom.) Internet users in Estonia, which trails Iceland by just three points, also enjoys a high degree of freedom. The United States tied with Germany for third place on the rankings, each with a total of 17 points each. Argentina and Kenya have the most barriers to Internet freedom, with 27 and 28 points, respectively. Read more...More about Iceland, Internet Freedom, Us World, World, and Us And World
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It’s hard to believe Spain were once international football’s great choke artists. Heading into the upcoming round of Brazil 2014 qualifiers (they’ll host Belarus and Georgia and need only three points to seal automatic...
It’s hard to believe Spain were once international football’s great choke artists. Heading into the upcoming round of Brazil 2014 qualifiers (they’ll host Belarus and Georgia and need only three points to seal automatic progression to the competition proper). La Roja are World Cup holders and have also won each of the last two European championships. A core group of players—Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Iker Casillas—has delivered unprecedented success to Spain over the past half-decade and more, and as many of them get along in years it begs a fascinating question. Are there nations that could replicate Spain’s success on the international stage? In other words, are there national squads that could conceivably win three major competitions over the next five years? Following is a look at five possibilities, in alphabetical order. Argentina Argentina booked their place in an 11th successive World Cup last month and will conclude their qualification campaign with upcoming matches at home to Peru and away to Uruguay. Ladbrokes has Argentina second-favourites to win the 2014 World Cup at 5.50/1. Starring in 2014 & 2018: Sergio Romero, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Erik Lamela, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi Starting XI, 2014: Romero, Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo, Gago, Biglia, Di Maria, Aguero, Messi, Palacio Starting XI, 2018: Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo; Banega, Biglia, Di Maria, Lamela, Messi, Palacio Much of Argentina’s current core of players is 26 years old or younger, including talisman Lionel Messi. It’s hard to believe the best player in the world will retire without having won at least a single World Cup, and over the next five years he’ll have the opportunity to win a pair. Belgium Belgium are assured of at least a playoff spot and can book an automatic place in the 2014 tournament by taking a single point from upcoming qualifiers away to Croatia and at home to Wales. Ladbrokes has Belgium seventh-favourites to win the 2014 World Cup at 17/1. Starring in 2014 & 2018: Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembele, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku Starting XI, 2014: Courtois, Alderweireld, Lombaerts, Kompany, Pocognoli, Fellaini, Dembele, Chadli, Mirallas, Lukaku, Hazard Starting XI, 2018: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Pocognoli, Fellaini, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard Rarely is a generation of up-and-coming internationals so large, so deep at every position and so capable of producing magic. Belgium manager Marc Wilmots is spoiled for choice when it comes to his selections, but so long as the Red Devils have the likes of Courtois, Kompany, Hazard and Lukaku at the core they’ll contend in every competition they enter. Brazil As World Cup hosts Brazil will continue their streak of competing in every World Cup since the first tournament proper in 1930. They recently beat Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup and will benefit from partisan support next June and July. Ladbrokes has Brazil favourites to win the 2014 World Cup at 4.33/1. Starring in 2014 & 2018: David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Lucas Moura, Oscar, Bernard, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Hulk, Neymar Starting XI, 2014: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred Starting XI, 2018: Jefferson, Rafael, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Lucas Moura, Neymar, Bernard Brazil have an all-world player in Neymar just entering his prime and a solid central defense supported by elite, holding midfielders who also know when to join the attack. Although mostly a conglomeration of positional specialists, there are enough special pieces in this Brazil side to keep it in contention thru the 2018 W
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Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner went under the knife on Tuesday to remove a blood clot located close to her brain. Following the procedure spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said, “The operation went very well. The pr...
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner went under the knife on Tuesday to remove a blood clot located close to her brain. Following the procedure spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said, “The operation went very well. The president is in her room. She is in very good spirits. She said hello to everyone.” The brain surgery was performed at the Favaloro Foundation clinic in Buenos Aires. Fernández de Kirchner’s surgery drained blood and relieved pressure from insider her skull after an undisclosed heady injury. The successful surgery could leave Argentina’s president out of commission for weeks, maybe even months. That would put the country’s control under the command of Vice President Amado Boudou, despite an investigation against Boudou for allegations of corruption and illegal enrichment. Fernández will not be available to campaign for midterm elections set for Oct. 27. The county’s leader and her Peronist party are currently facing an uphill battle to retain control of the National Congress. Her parties control of that sector of government has made it easier to partake in generous state spending and intervention. The country is currently experiencing a 25 percent inflation rate which has contributed to Fernández’s approval rating falling to 33.5 percent after a 2011 landslide election victory. Fernández came to popularity with Argentina’s citizens after her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, claimed the presidency and led the country out of its economic woes following its $100 billion debt default. Both Kirchner and Fernández fueled the country’s economy on the backs of social programs and subsidies. Cristina Fernández rose to power in 2007, however, in her second term the economy has struggled as state-sponsored intervention and China’s slowdown have depressed demand for products from Argentina. The country’s president has also been forced to fend off creditors which has put her country at odds with the Obama administration. In 2010 the country’s economy grew by 10 percent, in 2013 that expectation is a meager three percent. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Recovering From Brain Surgery is a post from: The Inquisitr News
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Top 10 countries requesting #WorldCup tickets so far: Brazil, USA, Argentina, Germany, Chile, England, Japan, Colombia, Australia, Mexico. — FIFA Media (@fifamedia) October 9, 2013Read more...
Top 10 countries requesting #WorldCup tickets so far: Brazil, USA, Argentina, Germany, Chile, England, Japan, Colombia, Australia, Mexico. — FIFA Media (@fifamedia) October 9, 2013Read more...
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This is to announce that me and Daniel Nichter (Lead of Percona Toolkit) are coming to the MYSQL NOSQL & CLOUD CONFERENCE & EXPO in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 15-16. There also will be local Percona experts in attendance.Talks from ...
This is to announce that me and Daniel Nichter (Lead of Percona Toolkit) are coming to the MYSQL NOSQL & CLOUD CONFERENCE & EXPO in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 15-16. There also will be local Percona experts in attendance.Talks from Percona include:Percona XtraDB Cluster – Basic installation and setup by Martín ArrietaProactive measures to minimize MySQL downtime by Fernando IparPercona Server 5.6 : New features and performance improvements by Vadim TkachenkoSystematic Approach to Performance by Marcos AlbeWe also will present at The Montevideo MySQL Meetup group in Uruguay on Oct. 17.So if you want to talk with Percona experts, chat with me and Daniel on Percona Software, or ask us about job opportunities – you are welcome to join these events!The post Percona team to attend Buenos Aires MySQL conference Oct. 15-16 appeared first on MySQL Performance Blog.
about 8 hours ago
The two Buenos Aires-based producers who make up DJs Pareja have made a name for themselves in Argentina over the years, and through the Huntleys & Palmers imprint, the pair has just released an EP of odd-ball house cuts called Steps. Fr...
The two Buenos Aires-based producers who make up DJs Pareja have made a name for themselves in Argentina over the years, and through the Huntleys & Palmers imprint, the pair has just released an EP of odd-ball house cuts called Steps. From that record, we have a remix of b-side track "La Risa" by Carisma, a light-headed dancefloor groove built on a slinky bassline, strewn about vocals, and echoing 808 cowbells. read more
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