Tormenta Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

This Chilean Tormenta Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine made using totally organic wine-making techniques and grapes. Tom and I are pretty much oohing and ahhing over it. In the glass, it is dark purple with good legs. The nose is a bit minty and the palate is soft with blackberries and olives. The finish is woody and smokey. This is far too good a wine for a Thursday night, but, oops, I already opened it so we might as well enjoy it!

I have a “what do I have in the refrigerator?” dinner on the stove tonight. I’m not proud of it, but it will suffice. I started with a hot cast-iron skillet and browned chunks of smoked, polish kielbasa, then added unpeeled, diced, potatoes. Then, I added chicken broth and let that simmer awhile. Once the potatoes were tender, I added a small bag of saurkraut and a bag of frozen green beans. That is all simmering now and will turn out to be an okay dinner for a night in which I am running low on groceries. The wine does make it rather special, though! Cheers!

Bogle Petite Sirah (2006)

bogle-petite-sirah-2006We opened this Bogle Petite Sirah 2006 last night. I nearly swooned. I eagerly claimed the remaining wine for myself tonight — thanks, Tom! The blackish-purple hue is beautiful in the glass. The nose is blueberry, through and through. On the palate is a surprisingly jammy, yet dry, burst of fruit. There is a hint of black pepper along with ripe fruit and oak on the finish. The tannins are firm. I really like this wine. I recommended it to my friend Erin today, who also loves a big red wine.

For dinner I made a very simple soup, but one that I enjoy very much. It starts with browned ground beef and onions. Then I add canned tomatoes, beef broth, kidney beans, black beans, and barley. Although very simple, it is savory and satisfying. I will also add a few drops of hot sauce in a few minutes. I also baked a loaf of whole-wheat bread and that is out of the oven and cooling. So this petite sirah is the perfect wine for this meal of soup and bread. Cheers!

(By the way, I purchased this wine at Kroger’s; it was on sale. Marked down from $13.99 to $9.99.)

Francis Ford Coppola Rosso (2006)

francis-ford-coppola-rosso-2006The Francis Ford Coppola Rosso 2006 is a full-bodied, vivid, tangy blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I really like this wine because it is bursting with fruit flavors. The tannins are grippy and the finish is woody. I bought this wine on sale at Kroger’s in Ann Arbor. I would definitely purchase this again if I can find it for under $10. I believe this was priced at around $13 and it was on sale for $9.99.

Tonight’s dinner is nothing to brag about: leftovers! I am going to heat up some leftover chicken and brown rice casserole and make a vegetable. I don’t know about you, but sometimes Mondays can be brutal and this is all I feel like doing tonight.

George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel (2004)

Oh yum! This is a great wine! This George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel 2004 is just delicious. The nose is spice and mushrooms, oddly, but it really makes a nice bouquet! The tannins are lip-smackingly firm, which I love. The taste is full of fruit — plums and cherries.

It is Sunday night and I have pork loin chops marinating, potatoes simmering (for mashing); I baked a loaf of whole wheat bread (it’s cooling) and a pan of oatmeal walnut-chocolate chip cookie bars (also cooling) and I’ll be heating up leftover baked beans and also a vegetable (undecided).  We’ll be heading outside in a few minutes to sip our wine and watch over the grill. It was a stupendously beautiful Indian summer October day in MIchigan. The leaves are turning but are not at their peak, yet. We took Trigger on a couple of very long walks today and enjoyed the sights.

Tommy had class today and he is now home. We miss our Tony, but all is well!

Viña Correa Albano Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

This Viña Correa Albano Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is from the Central Valley of Chile. Of course, this wine makes me think of our son Tony because he spent last summer hiking around South America (and sampling the wines among other things).

This is, not surprisingly, a wine we both are enjoying very much. It has everything we like in a wine. The nose is grassy and bitter (in a good way). The taste is dark chocolate, cherries, and a touch of vanilla. The tannins are dense and firm.

Because we are experiencing a warm and lovely October weekend in Michigan, we are going to grill steak tonight, which is why I chose this wine.

Our son Tommy is playing in his band “The Ben Daniels Band” tonight in downtown Ann Arbor. He plays the bass guitar and the band is very good (and I’m not just saying that because I am the mom)…


Ménage à Trois California Red Wine (2007)

This Ménage à Trois California Red Wine 2007 is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I bought it tonight. I stopped at Kroger’s for groceries on my way home from work and couldn’t resist, of course, wheeling my already full cart through the wine isles to see what was on sale. This one was marked down from $13.29 to $9.99.

The reason it caught my eye is because my good friend, Vicki Voisin, loves this wine. Vicki is a remarkable woman and I love her to pieces! I know, however, that we don’t have the same tastes in liquid refreshments because she has tried my martini and doesn’t swoon. 🙂 But I give her credit for this one.

Although at first breath it was bit hot and overpowering, after it had decanted awhile it became quite delicious.  This red blend has a fragrant nose of green peppers and strawberries. On the palate is a blackberry – like peppery spiciness as well as a mature fruity bell pepper quality. The finish is surprisingly sweet, which I didn’t care for at first, but now that it has had some air the finish is milder and less cloying.

It is Friday night and we are celebrating as we always do on the eve of our weekend! For dinner, I picked a bowlful of tomatoes and started a cast-iron skillet of delicious homemade tomato sauce. That is simmering and I just baked a loaf of whole wheat bread. I will serve the spaghetti with vegetables and our “Vicki” wine and it will be delicious – can’t wait!

(I miss you, Tony!)

Merlot Veneto Allegro (2007)

This Merlot Veneto Allegro 2007 from Italy is our choice for this Thursday evening. The nose is really nice: cloves and a touch of licorice. The taste, however, is, so far, nothing like the nose. I suspect this will change as it breathes. At this point in time, I would describe the taste as initally astringent with a thin texture and the essence of strawberries on the finish. This is not surprising from an Italian Merlot. In my opinion, Italian reds tend to be a bit austere. If one is accustomed to a fruity Australian Merlot, this would take some getting used to.

Tom chose this wine to go with our dinner of a casserole that I actually made last night — with brown rice, chicken broth, mushrooms, spices, and chicken. (I had intended to have it for dinner last night but it was taking too long to bake in the oven so I ended up serving leftovers last night and saving the casserole for dinner tonight.) I am going to make broccoli too.

Cheers. Tony, we miss you!