Beringer California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

We have had the 2006 vintage of this wine many times but I believe this is our first 2007. We just finished a gin martini (up, shaken, with olives) and now are sipping this wine while we finish the newspaper crossword puzzle. Dinner will be soon – just a fresh salad from my garden and a leftover pizza. Nothing to brag about but an  easy meal, for sure.

I am too hyper to cook because my son (my baby) is coming home tomorrow. He has been teaching for one year in Paju, South Korea. I cannot describe how excited I am to see him!

This wine is adequate but not particularly my cup of tea. I generally like California Cabernets but this one has a strong vanilla taste. . .a subtle whiff of vanilla is much more my style. So, although I think Tom would say positive things about this wine, I have to conclude that it is a bit too cloying for my taste. So, definitely adequate. But it doesn’t make me swoon.

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Lindemans Shiraz Cabernet (2008)

It has been a long time since Tom & I opened a Lindemans bottle of wine. We became fans of red wine together while drinking Lindemans’ various red wines. Recently, in our eagerness to try as many new wines as possible, we have ignored Lindemans; but Tom purchased a  bottle of the Shiraz Cabernet blend last weekend. What a delightful reminder of why we started out our love of red wine by enjoying  the Australian wine! Certainly, it all starts with the fruit flavors. This is typical, Australian fruit-forward wine, bursting with plums and berries on the palate. The finish is very smooth.

For dinner tonight, I have cut up three boneless, skinless chicken breasts into chunks  for sauteing.  I will be adding onions, artichokes, chicken broth, fresh mushrooms and spices and tossing with linguine. I am also making a fresh salad with lettuce, tomatoes and green onions from my garden.

We are counting down the days until our son, Tony, returns from his year-long job in Paju, South Korea. He comes home this Saturday; I am beyond excited to see him.

Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

Tom buys this wine whenever it is on sale at our local grocery store. And, he opened a bottle of it tonight for our Friday night cocktail hour. (Full disclosure: We started our cocktail hour with a martini.)

I am making a pasta primavera tonight for dinner. I have cut up fresh orange, yellow and red peppers, a fresh clove of garlic, and I have cut up 3 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. I will saute the peppers and garlic in olive oil, then saute the chicken . . . and I’ll add freshly-diced tomatoes to the peppers and combine everything with angel-hair pasta and spices. Yummy. I have also harvested a new crop of lettuce and onions from my garden and will make a salad.

This wine is really quite delicious. One might think from the price that it is marginal, but I like it very much (which is why we continue to purchase it over and over again). The flavors are in-your-face fruity with undercurrents of  black dirt. Nice tannins. . .good finish. Happy Friday!

Searidge Syrah (2006)

I bought two bottles of this wine  for $10 (2 for $10) at a wine shop in Ann Arbor. Now I have found that this wine sells for about $3 a bottle at some other stores. So, I didn’t get the greatest deal in the world, but nonetheless, we think this wine is worth even the $5 a bottle price. We find this wine to have a young nose, despite it’s 2006 vintage. There is nothing unpleasant about this wine; it is just simple.  There is plenty of fruit flavors (but without the layers of complex flavors to explore and savor). However, it is a  perfectly acceptable bottle of wine for a Tuesday night!

I am looking forward to our meal tonight because I was too busy to eat lunch today at my job. For dinner, I took two boneless pork loin chops and browned well in a skillet. I then put those in a baking dish;  to the hot skillet I added chopped onions and green peppers and sauteed. To that I added a can of vegetarian baked beans, 1/2 cup of chili sauce, spicy mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper. . .I think that was all. . .then added that mixture to the pork chops. I covered and put in the oven at 325 and it has been baking for 1.5 hours and will continue to do so until I am good and ready! I will serve this with mashed potatoes and a salad from my garden. Smells yummy.