But first, before I describe this wine, I have to tell you about the martini we had for our cocktail hour. I usually make our martinis with a touch of olive juice from the jar, but tonight I tried a product called “Dirty Sue.” This product comes in a bottle that looks like a Worcestershire bottle. I was skeptical and wary. . .I liked our martinis just the way they were; but, I wanted to try this. So, I substituted the olive juice I normally spoon out of the olive jar with this Dirty Sue olive juice. Well, let me tell you, it is GREAT! This will probably only make sense to you if you’re a martini lover, but the deal is that — olive juice can overpower your martini and taste like, well, salty olive juice. But, Dirty Sue apparently is a high quality olive juice and what you taste is olives instead of salty brine. I used three teaspoons of the Dirty Sue in our mixture for two martinis (instead of three teaspoons from the olive jar) and it was simply delicious and it was definitely a BETTER martini with the Dirty Sue than with the normal olive juice from the jar. It gives the martini that olive taste without overpowering the gin & vermouth with a briney, salty taste. I’m sold! I would highly recommend this product. You can purchase it at: http://www.dirtysue.com
Now, on to our Chilean red wine blend, Tubul Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2007. This is good midweek quaff with lots of chocolate and fruit tastes. The finish is butter and a bit of grass. The tannins are just right — lip smacking but not overpowering.
For dinner, I have put together a casserole with brown rice, chicken and broth. It is baking in the oven for 2 hours. I also have an acorn squash in the oven. I am going to make a salad to top it off.