Dona Sophia (2007)

I finished the rest of this Portugal “Dona Sophia” wine Friday night after a long and arduous work week. Tom opened a bottle of something new that he had purchased at the grocery store.  I opted to have the remaining glass of this because I really like it.

This is an opulent, richly-colored red Portuguese wine with a mouthful of black fruit and a balance of acidity and tannins.

We grilled hamburgers for dinner. I picked two warm, ripe juicy tomatoes from the garden to serve on the burgers. I also sauteed asparagus in olive oil. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the work week.

Stone Cellars by Beringer California Shiraz (2008)

We’re enjoying this California Shiraz that Tom picked up at our local grocery story (2 for $11).  It has been a stormy Saturday but it has finally stopped raining. The birds are singing and the grass is much greener. The forecast calls for very hot and humid weather now that the rain has passed. I had planned on a long run this morning, but the thunder and lightening forced me to stay inside. It was actually a pleasant respite. I will run tomorrow, instead.

This Shiraz is full of fruit and spice. Although simple, this wine is easy and fun to drink. . .a cheerful everyday wine for any kind of meal or for just sipping on the patio. I have so many leftovers from this week (because I was a cooking machine all week) so I will serve this wine with leftovers from Thursday night. I had made chicken parmesan, which was delicious (in my humble opinion). Basically, I dredged boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a mixture of spicy bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, browned in hot olive oil, then transfered to a baking dish, covered with tomato sauce. . . baked covered; then, removed the cover and added some cheese and baked some more. I served this with thin spaghetti tossed with olive oil, freshly ground salt & pepper.  I am reheating that dish tonight and making a fresh salad from my garden. Cheers!

Monasterio de Santa Cruz (2006)

It is Wednesday evening. We are having a glass of this Spanish red while reading the paper. This wine’s core is inky black; the flavors are complex with a smooth, woody and spicy finish.This wine is top notch and I would definitely purchase it again.

I put together an unusual casserole tonight made with crumbled breakfast sausage, eggs, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Yikes, good thing I am not getting a physical tomorrow! But, it is in the oven and smells good. I am serving the casserole with fresh strawberries.

Opi Malbec (2008)

It is Monday evening and we were both back to work today after a lovely week of vacation in Northern Michigan. So, I poured myself the rest of the bottle of this Argentinian “Opi” Malbec and I opened a new bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for Tom.  (I think I probably got the better deal, here, because this Malbec is excellent.)

It is a very warm August night and I wanted to avoid using the oven but no luck. My groceries for the week dictacted that we were going to have a pork-chop dinner casserole with spicy baked beans and that required the oven. So, it is now in the oven in my favorite cast-iron skillet and smelling lovely. I am going to steam some green beans and slice a tomato and call it good. (For those who like recipes, I browned the chops in hot oil in the skillet. I drained the fat from the skillet and added a can of baked beans, spicy mustard, chopped onions and green peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce and added the browned chops. . .put it in the oven.)

I love Malbec from Argentina, so this is a wine that I really like. This is a smoky, plummy big red with some oak wafting through the layers of deliciousness. It’s a great wine to stand up against a spicy pork and bean meal. So, even though our vacation has ended, life is quite wonderful! Cheers. . .

Lindemans’ Shiraz (2008)

This Australian Lindemans’ wine has been on sale for $5.99 at our local grocery store. So Tom has been picking up a couple bottles each time he stops to buy groceries. He poured me a glass of this tonight after we sipped and enjoyed a lovely, ice-cold martini. It is Saturday night and we just returned from a weeks’ vacation in Northern Michigan. We had so much fun! We waded in crystal-clear Lake Superior, ate Whitefish in a small upper-peninsula town, and hiked in lush, green forests out in the middle of nowhere! Now we are home and have unpacked, done the laundry, grocery shopped, etc., so that we are ready to go on Monday when we both go back to work.

This wine is truly new-world. It isn’t shy about being fruit-forward. The wine is uber-plummy and full bodied with a smooth finish. (That use of “uber” is in deference to my running partner, Jeanie, who taught me that word.) Jeanie, Pat and I went for an 8-mile run this morning. None of us were feeling particularly energetic so we were all happy when we finished.

Today was one of those rare days when I couldn’t think of anything to cook for dinner. . .so, in desperation, I took a meatloaf out of the freezer. (Whenever I make meatloaf, I make two and put one in the freezer.)  So that is in the oven now along with a couple of potatoes. This wine is perfect for a meatloaf dinner.