Murder in Moscow: The Oblast Court Trial

This isn’t about wine – it’s about something to read… while drinking wine.

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An accidental shooting, a teenager’s death, and the resulting trial lead to some astounding results. Alexandr Bazenov only wanted to protect his property from thieves. Instead, his murder trial raises questions from Russian law students on the bias of the judge, laws concerning private property, and the realization that there might be a deeper agenda – one that concerns all citizens.

You can get a copy of this deeply absorbing book for free. Go to Frank Daley’s website to find out more.

FIRST REVIEWS

“Fabulous and enthralling from start to finish! Alexandr Bazenov only wanted to protect his property from thieves. Instead, his murder trial raises questions on the bias of the judge, private property, and a deeper agenda.” —International Review of Books

“I liked this novel a lot. Truly shocking! The author did a good job writing it with a cold (dispassionate) tone. It felt almost as if he was reporting it. The story was fascinating. Excellent for book clubs or anyone interested in law!” —International Review of Books

“Great writing! A really great story wonderfully put together. Intense!” —J. Langstaff

“Will leave you shocked and chilled by the verdict! A growing horror. (As Churchill said of Russia: ‘A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.’)” —REM

“A tightly written courtroom drama that pits the rights of the individual against the Russian legal system. Bravo!” —Tony Aspler

Frank Daley writes fiction and nonfiction (Self-Knowledge) in Southern Ontario.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 758: The Foreign Affair (Vineland Station, Ontario)

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The folks at The Foreign Affair sent over bunch of wines for me to taste – which was most appreciated – especially in this locked-down time. Continue reading

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Wine of the Week for April 13, 2020

IMG_7524Escudo Rojo Carmenere Reserva 2018 (Chile – $17 at Vintages, #14058)
Dense purple colour that stains the glass; cedary, toasty, blackcurrant bouquet; medium to full-bodied, juicy and fruity blackcurrant and black plum flavours with well-integrated oak and ripe tannins. Great value.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 757: Tasting with Thomas

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Bachelder’s Gamays

Monday, April 6th: Thomas Bachelder arranged for me to have a virtual tasting via Zoom of his Spring release.

Here’s his initial email:

A note on the “Niagara Chardonnay 3-Terroirs Project:” Making these wines was a thrill for me, and was my way of learning about how these Classic far-flung terroirs differ*… These are all 4- barrel lots (roughly 1150 bottles each after lees loss), and there is no new oak in any of these 3 wines (the barrels are 1yr-old; 2y and the last two are 4y in all lots).

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 756: Cabin Fever

Since our enforced departure from Las Vegas on Monday, March 23rd, we have been in self-isolation at our house in St. Catharines, relying on the kindness of strangers and good friends alike to keep us in fodder. We have spent that last twelve days of our fourteen-day incarceration, not writing King Lear, but working on a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that now commands our kitchen table, forcing us to eat at the counter. It’s a sentimental painting by Norman Rockwell (but then, weren’t all his paintings sentimental?). In those hours not getting backache bent over the kitchen table, I have been cataloging my wine cellar and finding all kinds of hidden treasure, some of which we have been forced to rink before they – and we – get over the hill. And the tastings of wine that still, mercifully, arrives at the door.

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The puzzle

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