Martini for one. . .

It is Saturday night and Tom is in a plane headed home after a conference in California. I spent the day a) doing laundry, b) attending our college football game and c) attending a wedding. Neither b nor c were very close to home but both were very important to me. Now I am home. I walked little Trigger and did a little packing (I have to go to Dallas tomorrow) and now I am going to read Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  Tom won’t be home until late so I made a martini for one. . .thought I would share my secret recipe for a perfect martini.

Okay, it is important to put a martini glass in the freezer at least 15 minutes prior to making the cocktail (we keep ours in there all the time). Put the number of jumbo olives you want on a toothpick (I use three). Set that aside. Now, take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice and then add 2 jiggers of high-quality gin (I used Bombay tonight). Then, add 1 jigger of extra-dry vermouth (Martini & Rossi is good). Finally, add 2 tsp. of olive juice. Shake it vigorously. Then, take the glass out of the freezer and plop in the olives. Then, slowly drizzle the cocktail from the shaker into the ice-cold glass.

Now, sit and sip and enjoy. There is nothing better.

(Note to our son, Tony who is in South Korea: WE MISS YOU!!)


Oakton Lane Petite Sirah (2007)

We have been bad. Very bad. Our lives have been so hectic lately and we have allowed many bottles of wine to be enjoyed without comment. Life does have a way of getting in the way of one’s best intentions.

But, tonight will be different. I am having a glass of this Petite Sirah. It is a Thursday night during a very busy week. Tom is in California at a conference. Tony (our son) has safely arrived in Paju, South Korea, and has started his new job. Tommy (our son) is working tonight. So, it is me and Trigger tonight, enjoying the quiet autumn evening and this delicious wine.

This is a smooth-tasting petite sirah that is bursting with flavors of pepper and dark fruit. It is luscious and fruity. I love the peppery finish. I have put together a casserole tonight. This will be a great addition to dinner.

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Shiraz (2005)

sterling-vinters-collection-shiraz-central-coast-2006This Sterling Shiraz is our choice for this Wednesday evening. We have been so, so busy and have neglected our blog terribly for the first time since we started this. Tonight is the night I get back on track. We actually opened this bottle last night (after finishing a bottle of red wine that was a blend of grenache and shiraz). Tonight, we are finishing this Central Coast wine. It is lovely. This is a big and fruity quaff, with blackberry, cherry, and vanilla attributes. The finish is caramel and oak.

For dinner, I am simply heating up leftovers — a stew with sausage, chicken, potatoes, green beans, saurkraut and chicken broth. It may not sound good, but it is savory and delicious!

By the way, our son Tony is in Chicago waiting to pick up his Visa so that he can travel to South Korea for his new job. I can’t imagine how much I will miss him!

Baron De Barbon Tempranillo Rioja (2005)

Baron de Barbon Rioja 2005

We have been so, so busy and my blogging has taken a back seat, lately. But, it is Sunday night and Tom & I are enjoying an extended cocktail hour. I spent my day yesterday driving to my uncle’s funeral in Northern Michigan and, thinking I would stay in a hotel, I decided to drive all the way back home. Although it was a very long day, I am so happy to have made the trip. He was my favorite uncle and my mom’s twin brother. I connected with his three daughters, my lovely cousins.

It was raining when I got up this morning and I wanted to go for a run. I talked my son, Tony,  into accompanying me on his bike. It was great!

It is a beautiful evening in Michigan. We had rain this morning but the sun is shining and the sky is blue now. Neighbors are out and about grilling and enjoying the evening.

This wine is an elegant Spanish tempranillo that is dry and understated with licorice undertones. This is a perfect red for a special Sunday evening. Cheers!