It’s a beautiful, autumn Michigan Saturday-night evening. I have a pot of bean soup simmering on the stove and a loaf of whole-wheat bread rising on the counter. I am excited to have soup and bread season here again! I am making my bean soup with a meaty ham bone from the butcher shop and chicken broth. Those two additions make for a very tasty, savory soup.
California knows Cabernet. This was obvious as soon as I poured this Amala Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 in the glass and took a deep whiff. The nose is delectable with hints of grass and vegetables. The taste is understated, yet full of layers. It starts with a strong taste of blackberries, changes to cherries and then ends with oak and vanilla. My expectations were low when I opened this wine — for no particular reason. However, as soon as I poured the wine, I knew I was in for a treat. This is wonderful. I am going to order a case of California Cabernet!
As a side note, I was able to talk to Tony this morning on Skype. It was so incredible! He was sitting in his apartment in South Korea. It was Saturday night for him and Saturday morning for us. Tony loves his job and did a phenomenal job of describing the South Korean culture to me. He was able to educate me in ways I would never have been able to understand in any other way. Tony is doing great!