Lindemans South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Lindemans South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I bought two bottles of this Lindemans South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 today at the local grocery store because it was on sale. A good choice! The nose is fresh and lively and the taste is bursting with berries. This is a delicious “drink now” wine that requires no cellaring. The taste is fruity and friendly and, as my brother-in-law Bob says, “it drinks good.” The predominant taste is strawberry and the finish is velvety smooth.

I taught a class this weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) so I did not get my normal down time this weekend. And, it is back to work tomorrow. At least I have this evening to unwind and rest my brain.

I was in the mood for a good home-cooked meal so I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from teaching and purchased ground beef, pork and veal. I mixed up two meatloaves and put one in the oven and one in the freezer. It smells good. Just what we need after a long weekend of work! For my meatloaf, I add oatmeal, milk, eggs, onions, spicy mustard and tomato juice (and lots of pepper). Delish!

Elsa Bianchi (2007)

Elsa Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Argentinian Elsa Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 arrived in one of our wine club shipments. I have tasted and blogged about his wine before and I think this is our last bottle. We are celebrating a Friday night, although I am working all weekend (because I am teaching a summer term weekend class).

I like this wine very much. On the nose I detect smoked meat — such as ham. In the mouth, I taste cherries and black dirt. I know I had rated this finish as moderate when I tasted it the first time, but I would have to say it is a rather short finish. Nevertheless, it is a taste that I love and I would purchase this wine again, absolutely.

This morning before work, I assembled a beef roast in the crock pot along with potatoes, carrots and onions. I knew it would be a long day and it is nice to know dinner is ready when we finish reading the paper and having our cocktail. So, I chose this Cabernet to go with our pot roast dinner. Nothing like a good, old-fashioned pot roast to end the work week!

Sangiovese Rubicone Vezzani

Vezzani Sangiovese Rubicone 2007

This is our second bottle of this Sangiovese Italian red wine. A medium ruby red in the glass, the nose is a lovely fruit — very delicate and inviting. I like the taste of this wine very much. This has as much to do with the structure as it does the taste. While it is quite dry, it is also softly spicy and fruity. This wine has a somewhat austere, old-world quality to it that is quite wonderful.

We are enjoying this wine at the ideal temperature for red wine — thanks to Tom’s brother and wife, Bob & Suzanne, who gave us a wine refrigerator! Thank you, Bob & Suzanne!

Pöckl Zweigelt (2004)

Pockl Zweigelt 2004

Pockl Zweigelt 2004

This Pöckl Zweigelt 2004 is an interesting Austrian red wine that Tom purchased. Unfortunately, we don’t remember where we purchased this wine, but we think it may have been at Trader Joe’s. This is a vanilla-laced dry red with notes of cherry. It is quite juicy on the palate with a tannic finish.

Tom and I just returned from a six-day trip to Asheville, North Carolina where we attended Tom’s family reunion at the home of his sister, Pat and her husband Bob. What a fantastic week we had at their beautiful home in the mountains. We, along with Tom’s parents, Joe andMary, and his brothers Bill and (wife) Linda, Bob and (wife) Suzanne, and Steve and (wife) Janet (and daughters Emily and Katie), had tons of fun every day. We hiked in the mountains, toured the Biltmore, and had long cocktail hours on the deck, followed by delicious dinners with plenty of wine. We also played games together late into the night — resulting in much laughter and boisterous conversation.

Werner family in Arden

Werner family in Arden

We took Trigger to the reunion and she quickly made friends with her cousin Molly, a Goldendoodle, who is three times her size and 1/9 her age! Trigger kept looking up at us with her big brown eyes as if to say, “Can you please make Molly calm down?” Although they tussled when they had an audience, when left to themselves, Trigger and Molly slept nose to nose on the kitchen floor together. I know Trigger will miss Molly.

I love Tom’s family and did not want to say goodbye. I can’t wait until we get together again.