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.