Bliss Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

A  Thursday here in Michigan and we are enjoying this California Cabernet from Mendocino County, California. But before I get to the wine, I have to say that I had a call from our son, Tony, tonight (on Skype). Tony is in Ecuador. I really, really needed to see his face and I did tonight. I miss him so much.

Meanwhile, I have meatloaf and potatoes in the oven for our dinner tonight. I am going to make a salad, too. I was going to saute cabbage for our vegetable but I think I will save that for another night.

This wine has been in our basement for about a year. We just brought it up because our supply was seriously dwindling! This is a nice California Cabernet — and anyone who has read our blog for any length of time knows that I am a fan of California’s Cabernets. This wine does not disappoint — although it is not a wine I am swooning over — it is a drinkable and delicious wine. Both on the nose and the palate is musky tobacco and cranberries. The finish is generously long — and so smoky you might think you had had the wine while puffing on a cigarette! The finish is quite exceptional.

Glad we have a few more of these bottles on hand. Cheers!

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

This Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Argentina is a treat: very, very tannic and also with big dark fruit. The big-fruit taste makes it very drinkable, but the tannins keep it from being a fruit bomb.

We got this on sale at A&L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. It’s listed at $22.99; we got it on sale, but it’s still above our usual price. But it certainly tastes worth it.

Melody is frying a steak for dinner and this Catena will go beautifully with it.

Château Greysac Médoc (2005)

It is a Thursday evening and we are relaxing after a very busy day for both of us. I chose this Château Greysac Médoc 2005 from our dwindling supply. . .the bad news is that our supply is dwindling. . .the good news is that we always save the best for last so the wines that are left are the more expensive wines. And what am I to do? Of course I have to open an expensive bottle of wine!

This wine is wonderful.  As soon as I opened it, I knew we were in for a treat. There is a combination of cloves and blackberries on the nose. The taste is full of cherries and the texture is creamy. A very charming and drinkable wine!

I purchased this wine at A&L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. Regularly it cost $23.99 and I bought it on sale for $15.99. Worth every penny. . .Cheers!

Tom: A delicious, big red. Blackberries, some spice, and a bit of sweetness. Surprisingly big fruit in the nose. A very nice wine, and a bit upscale for us…

The Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

It is Tuesday night and we have had such a fun cocktail hour. I had a lot of news to share from my work day (and Tom is a wonderful listener) and Trigger just soaks it all up — happy to be part of the group.

So, we started with an icy-cold martini (up) and have graduated to a glass of this The Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from the Alexander Valley in California. This wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and aged in American Oak.

The result is big-tasting red wine. The predominant aroma and flavor is vanilla followed by dark fruit and buttery toast.

For dinner, I am reheating some leftover chicken which I will serve with some freshly baked potatoes and a salad. Tom offered to get pizza tonight (because I had a big day) but this dinner sounded tastier and is also very easy to prepare. Cheers!

Tom: Nice dark fruit, medium/big body, dry and tannic, with a bit vanilla/caramel. Very drinkable. A very fun cocktail hour…

A Papavero Primitivo Puglia (2008)

It’s Monday night and we are relaxing after a day of work. Tom chose this Italian red for our evening. I like this very much. . .very old world. . .not particularly fruity. . . the tannins are smooth and the finish is elegant.

This will go well with our dinner. I had a pound of ground chicken in the refrigerator. I mixed it with 2 eggs, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, oregano, salt & pepper and made meatballs, which I browned in a hot cast-iron skillet. Then, I removed the meatballs for a bit, and sauteed onions and garlic, added tomatoes and pesto and then put the meatballs back in the skillet. This has been simmering for an hour. I am also making a salad to go with our spaghetti and meatballs. It smells so delicious!

It’s nice to start the work week with a relaxing evening and good dinner. The week ahead will be busy so this will get us off to a good start.

Casa Donoso Bicentenario de Chile Carmenere (2006)

What an absolutely lovely day! The snowstorm closed the schools (including mine) and I had a mid-week surprise day off. It was a great day. I started my day with an extra cup of coffee (with Trigger on my lap) and then met my friend, Chris, for a 5-mile blustery, snow-blowing run. Thank goodness for Yak Trax! I put them on my running shoes and I don’t slip and slide on the snow. After my run, I settled in for a little crochet project (I am making a baby blanket for a friend who is expecting her first baby in April). It was a fun day from start to finish. Now, we are enjoying this Chilean Carmenere before our dinner of braised pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, spinach and salad.

We have a lot of fluffy snow; Tom used the snow blower and got our driveway and sidewalks clean.  Now it is time to relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor!

Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is Tuesday evening and we are finally having a relaxing cocktail hour after a rather busy week and weekend. We are in the midst of a winter storm warning. Tom already spent about an hour shoveling the driveway and it is still coming down. We expect another 6-10″ of snow tonight.

Our wine supply is starting to dwindle. And, what is left is our good wines. We always save the best for last! This is one of the good ones. I purchased this lovely California Cabernet at one of  our favorite wine shops in Ann Arbor — the A & L Wine Castle. It was priced at $18.99 and on sale for $15.49.  A quick search on the internet indicates that it is sometimes available for $12.

This wine is a good example of why I often say that I like a good California Cabernet. What’s not to like? This wine is delicious. The nose shows some mint, cherries and blackberries. The taste is ripe berries, vanilla and just a hint of black licorice. The tannins are wispy — I don’t know another word to describe — light and dry, maybe?

For dinner tonight, I took the remains of a roasted chicken and put the leftover chicken in a casserole with red potatoes, vegetables and chicken stock (thickened). It is baking in the oven and will turn into a “chicken pot pie-like” casserole. I am also going to stir-fry carrots, pea-pods and leeks and make a salad (I have a LOT of vegetables from my food co-op delivery).

The best part of this meal, though, will be this Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Chateau Fouzilhon Coteaux du Languedoc (2008)

It’s Tuesday night and we just worked a bit on the Friday Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. We are almost finished so we will have to wait for Friday to get our new puzzle. It’s fun to do puzzles with Tom because he is so smart!

So, it’s snowing in Michigan and I am glad to have made it home safely. I heard from two people that there was a fatal crash on M-14, which is a highway that I pass but don’t have to drive  on my commute. The roads were very slick tonight.

For dinner, I am making a penne pasta dish with pesto, tomatoes, onions and — I know this will sound strange — but, leftover meatloaf.  I had about a half of a meatloaf in the refrigerator and rather than reheat it I decided to crumble it in a tomato sauce; it should take a lot like meatballs. I added some penne pasta to cook right in the sauce. I am going to steam some spinach and make a salad, as well.

We had a martini and now are having a glass of this Languedoc. A lovely French wine — not particularly fruity, but full of flavors like bramble, a touch of blueberries, oak and spice.  Fairly complex, this wine offers grippy tannins and a strong finish. Tom is making happy faces with his wine so I know he is loving it; so am I. A great choice for a snowy, cozy night in Michigan.