Firefly Fine Wines & Ales…

I don’t know what I’m doing.

When it comes to wine pairings… I don’t have a clue.

My usual practice, is to ask our guests if they would like wine with dinner, and if they say yes… to tell them what we are having for dinner, and ask their preference.

However, those days are behind me, because there is now a store to help folks like me, out.

Firefly Logo   Firefly Fine Wines and Ales has opened a store in Maple Ridge, and they organize their wine the traditional way (by Country), and also  by suggested food pairings (chicken, fish, steak, etc).

They are also refreshingly current in Social Media, being present on Twitter and through their Blog.

Of course, they also have a website…

But, in my mind, what sets these folks apart, is their connection with their customers.

I had been in the Maple Ridge store about three weeks after it first opened, and was there on a bit of a fact finding mission.  As regular readers of the BobSongs Blog will know, I like the odd Dram of Scotch, with a predilection for Single Malts.

When I walked in the store, I was struck by the friendly helpful attitude of the staff, and the unique way of organizing the wines.

As I perused the shelves, I was again asked if there was anything they could do to assist me… and as I had almost made my way entirely around the store, I confessed I must have missed the Scotch section, and sure enough, I had… despite being a quite substantial selection.

The lady who guided me suggested that Eliana would be better to assist me, as she knew more about Scotch, and she surely did !

She spent quite a bit of time, asking my likes and dislikes, and discussing with me the different tastes and finishing of some of their selection.

With a lot of information to absorb, I left with my head feeling like I had been drinking, rather than discussing Scotch… but it was a good “buzz” !

A few weeks later, I got this Tweet…

Firefly Tweet announcing a complimentary Scotch tasting on January 15th.

As luck would have it, I was available that evening, and dropped by.  The Robert Burns Scotch was relatively “young”, but mature for its age, and Firefly had brought  in Michelle, a Representative from Blue Note Wines & Spirits, a Distributor, who was very knowledgeable, and delighted to share her information about many different regions, finishes and the resulting Scotches.

When I left that evening, I brought with me a Welsh Whisky, Penderyn Single Malt, with Madeira finish, which I am enjoying tremendously.

They seem to have events and tastings quite regularly… as I write this, there are three coming up in Maple Ridge, in the next while… January 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

Next time you are wondering what to get, whether it be Wine, Beer or Spirits, I suggest stopping by Firefly Fine Wines and Spirits to see What’s In Store !

For selection, product knowledge, and customer care with that little bit extra…  I think they are pretty tough to beat !!!

Firefly Fine Wines and Spirits is located at 21755 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

Check it out, next time you drive by!



A Matter Of Taste…

Scenes from the Black Cat Bar & Saloon - BobBlahBlah.comI like Single Malt Scotch.

Over the years, I have accumulated Scotches from a few different Distilleries.

It has largely been a hit or miss situation, where someone will recommend a Scotch that they like, and sometimes I do like it, and sometimes not so much.

Because I am a cheap drunk, I find it inherently difficult to taste test different Scotches, side by side.

And, because I am of Scottish descent, I would rather drown, than spit out a single drop of Single Malt.

I had always, as they say, relied on the kindness of Strangers, in terms of selecting my “next” choice.

I was thinking about the approach of Christmas, and the Holiday celebration, and wondered about tying the seasonal drinking binges, and trying to rationalize it in the context of the “12 Scotches of Christmas” but the more I think about this, the more I realize that, while I know when I taste it, what I don’t like… I have no idea WHY I don’t like it.

I have no ability to share with you, how to assess, quantify, or communicate the various aspects of this task… so I shall be doing research on this most serious matter, and shall report back, as soon as I feel appropriately enlightened.

In the past few hours, I have learned that some of the terms are “The Nose”, “The Tongue” and “Flavour”… I’m sure there are more, but I’m just starting to learn.

In the meantime, I will try to keep my “Spirits” up… and suggest you do the same !

Cheers !!!