Tesco 2017 South African Pinotage W.O. Western Cape

this is only the second Pinotage i’ve had so i was excited to try it. this is one of my favorite grapes now i think. i’m not sure what the ‘official’ name of this bottle is. on the Tesco website they just call it ‘South African Pinotage’.

it has a wonderful nose of sour cherries. when drinking it’s juicy at first before giving way to a nice dryness that stays fruity, without too much of the woodiness that can come with tannins. i kind of love this wine. i got another bottle to go with some lamb i’m making for easter so i might update this once i’ve tried it with food. 4.5/5

Tesco Finest 2017 Las Hijuelas Carmenere

i’ve never had this grape before but overall it’s nice and i’m glad i found something like-but-not cabernet sauvignon.

plum nose, dry wood, ‘herbs’ like it says on the bottle. the tannins are a little strong, ie it’s dry, which i like, but it’s also a little too heavy for my tastes. (probably) very nice with steak and mushrooms but a little much to have on its own. that said for six quid it is complex and good, strong (13%) dinner wine so i’d definitely get it again. 4ish out of five?

One Player Game Jam!

i haven’t seriously worked on my games in a little while because my day job has taken priority over the last few weeks so i decided to make up a challenge for myself. starting at 8:00 AM GMT tomorrow and ending Sunday morning, i’m gonna do a one-person, 72-hour game jam. i’ll be posting updates on twitter using the hashtag #oneplayergamejam, as well as some gameplay and design videos on youtube.

the primary goal of this exercise is gonna be to build out Popojojo so i can demo some of the core movement mechanics, including double-jumping, floating, and sliding (a la the Rayman music levels, not as an attack move). the stretch goals beyond that include some sort of menu, a completely redone landscape (using an actual Unreal landscape rather than simple sprites) and some music and sound effects. they’re just some small steps and the game won’t be anywhere near completion at the end of it, but i think it should be fun, and should hopefully get the project up to where i want it to be.


Loveburgh CBD Citrus Vape

is great! i got it a little while ago and have been meaning to write about it but it sort of just slipped my mind.

as i’ve written previously, i love weed, and my favorite strain is Critical Kush precisely because of its high CBD content. i haven’t been able to smoke in a while but i wanted something that could at the very least approximate some of the pain-and-anxiety relief i get from weed, and vaping CBD has turned out to be just the thing.

the main thing almost everyone writing about CBD will tell you is that ‘it doesn’t get you high’, which, ok, yeah sure it doesn’t induce the same kind of ‘head high’ or lateral thinking that i get from THC, but getting almost instant pain relief and a marked reduction in my anxiety sure as fuck feels like a kind of high to me. as i’ve noted before, CBD on its own doesn’t replace weed, particularly as it relates to doing creative work (i like smoking while i write) but it does make me feel comfortable enough to work in the first place, and has done wonders for my extensive collection of repetitive strain injuries.

i got this bottle online from ScotHemp, but since then i’ve seen people selling Loveburgh stuff around town. this is only the second CBD vape juice that i’ve tried, but it’s extremely good and leagues better than the first one. the first one i ever tried was mango flavored and kind of cheap, with distinctly plastic-y undercurrents. almost immediately i could tell that the Loveburgh fluid was of a dramatically higher quality. it’s ‘citrus’ flavor, which in practice means a kind of woody lemon. it’s not overly sweet but the citrus scent is nice and crisp, and the vapor is wonderfully smooth. from start to finish it just tastes ‘natural’, in that you can only ever taste food flavors, with none of ‘chemical’ notes that i’ve gotten from a lot of different flavored vapes.

i’m still on my first bottle but i think next i’m going to try their Cedar Blend because i’m really curious what a more savory flavor might be like. i really can’t overstate how high quality this is. like, i prefer to use soap from Lush and i sort of feel like in terms of vape fluid Loveburgh is a comparable operation in terms of quality ingredients and execution.


[bottle pictured above with my Scottish nationalism Pusheen]

wine review! Tesco Finest Lambrusco Reggiano

omg i love this! it reminds me of Top Topic and Sangria Señorial, though obviously ~with~ alcohol. i love this and want it all the time.

speaking of Top Topic, when i was in Czechia around 2003-2004 i could have sworn i had a red grape Top Topic in addition to the white grape one they show on the website, but i can’t seem to find any references to it anywhere. i could have just had the red Vinea i suppose but for some reason that doesn’t look/feel familiar to me.

anyways back to this! it’s just very nice. juicy but not too sweet, soft bubbles, and lots of fun. i could have this every day, particularly since my ultra-lush luxury emperor dream is to start every morning with some sort of wine-based bubbles.

wine review! 2016 Emotion Côtes de Provence Rosé

even though it’s march, today was the first proper sunny day in a while (following the Beast storm that gave us a week of snow and empty grocery stores and whatnot) so i couldn’t resist getting some lovely rosé. for the complete Provençal experience i took a picture of it with my Cézanne print.

the first nose is definitely strawberries and makes me smile. it’s light and tart at first before filling out in the middle and ending with some nice mineral (and maybe vegetal) dryness. it’s what i think you would call ‘moreish’.

i’m having it with olives, bread and cheese, shrimp and other little tapas sort of snacks but i can definitely imagine this going well with a light pasta. all in all i’m basically in heaven with this lunch 😊

for price-to-value comparison, this is another low-priced Tesco rosé. it was £5 when i got it today but i think usually it’s a tiny bit more expensive. it’s drier than the regular Tesco Côtes de Provence Rosé and since today it happened to be £1.50 cheaper it’s definitely much better for the price. it’s still not as complex as it could be so it’s not mind-blowing or anything, but still very nice overall. tomorrow i’m gonna try an M&S rosé i got specially for a train ride, so it’ll be interesting to see how it compares.