Vitiano (2007)

Friday night is finally here. What a busy week. The weather is still warm but there is a wind advisory and we can feel the cooler air moving in. Today was in the 80’s but the weekend high is going to be in the low 60’s.

So tonight I am having a glass of this Umbria blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese and Merlot. The Vitiano 2007 has a nose that is not particularly inviting, in my opinion. But, I have noticed this before with Italian wines so maybe it speaks more to a lack of sophistication on my part than to the actual quality of the aroma. However, I find the nose to be vegetal and musty. It is difficult for me to enjoy the taste of wine when I don’t like the nose. Nevertheless, this wine has good fruit flavor and a strong chocolately finish. It is decent but I probably won’t buy it a second time.

Looking forward to my weekend.

Alto Medrano Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

It is an unseasonably warm September evening in Michigan. We are in shorts and t-shirts with the windows open. We have to enjoy this because we know it won’t last. I had a hectic but productive day. Now we are unwinding. I chose this wine as a good middle of the week quaff. This was on sale for $7 at A&L Wine Castle.

This Argentinian Alto Medrano Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is chocolatey and a bit on the sweet side for our tastes. There is a caramely finish that is okay and many would love. I prefer dryer and less sweet but this is perfectly acceptable, especially for the price.

I am reheating leftover chicken-and-rice casserole, plus steamed broccoli and a salad for our dinner.

Concannon Petite Sirah (2005)

Happy Sunday to all. We had a good weekend together. And now we are celebrating our weekend! 🙂

I bought this Concannon Petite Sirah 2005 at the Plum Market on my way home from working on Saturday afternoon. This appeared to be great value and I was tempted to buy more than one bottle, but I decided we should try it before I stocked up. This large 1.5 liter bottle normally sells for $30 but was on sale for $10.

Quite frankly, I like it a lot. I hope it is still on sale when I return because it is an excellent value.

This Petite Sirah hails from Northern California. It is bold and rich. The black in the glass provides a hint of what is to come, which is silky body and oaky fruit. The finish is long and complex.

For dinner, I have a chicken roasting in my trusty cast iron skillet. The chicken is stuffed with onions, seasoned and surrounded with potatoes. I also baked a pan of dark chocolate, walnut brownies. I can’t eat these (too many calories) but my husband can and will and he deserves to after all the yard work he did today.

Farewell, weekend. . .

Alma Andina Reserve Malbec (2008)

Well here we are . . . a Thursday night in the midst of a very busy work week. I have another big day tomorrow so I will be happy to see the weekend arrive.

I opened this big Alma Andina Malbec 2008 for our dinner tonight. This is a big, bold fruit-forward Argentine wine that is rich in vanilla-cherry flavors with a dark-chocolate finish. Our son, Tony, would like this wine. (I believe I have a very good feel for what he likes.) Tony spent time in Argentina and loved it.

For dinner we are having pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions. And I am making a fresh green salad with my homemade salad dressing. Lest you think I somehow managed to get this meal together after a 10-hour work day, I will admit that this meal is mainly leftovers from the weekend. But, delicious leftovers!

Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Shiraz (2008)

It is a Tuesday night and we are in shorts and t-shirts, but it is getting dark and chilly at 8:15 p.m. Fall has arrived and changing from our work clothes to shorts isn’t going to change that . . . however, here we are, acting like it is still summer.

I chose this Stone Cellars by Beringer California Cabernet Shiraz 2008 for our midweek cocktail hour. It is a good value at around $5 a bottle on sale. It is fruit-forward wine that is just perfect for a Tuesday night. It isn’t complex and it isn’t begging for a special occasion. It is just easy to drink and enjoy. My brother in law would say “it drinks good.”

I am reheating a leftover chicken and rice casserole and I am sauteing asparagus. I also have some leftover whole wheat baguette. It should be a satisfying dinner

I took a picture of the wine in front of the Wall Street Journal and Trigger. . . A pretty good depiction of tonight.

Beringer California Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is back-to-work Monday and we both had busy days. I worked late and on the drive home, I decided I would heat up leftovers for dinner. However, when I got home, Tom was still working so I decided to prepare dinner and save our leftovers for another night. Using a handy app on my iPad for recipes, I found a recipe for a casserole using ingredients I had on hand . . . ground beef, potatoes, carrots, corn, onions, etc. So I put that together and put it in the oven just as Tom finished work so now we are enjoying our cocktail hour. As you can see from the picture, we are working our way though the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. We made pretty good progress tonight.

This Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is a good work day wine. Not expensive or complex yet it delivers with a fruity, easy-to-drink Cabernet that is satisfying and fun. The predominant taste is blackberry and there is a touch of vanilla and caramel on the finish.

Bolla Chianti (2008)

Sunday night cocktail hour is here. The picture was taken on the table next to my chair. That is my glass of wine in front of our Squeezebox, which is our music source. It plays all of our favorite tunes while we read the paper, talk, do crossword puzzles, etc.

So, I have chicken and rice casserole in the oven. I am going to make a salad or a vegetable . . . haven’t decided which. We had to search high and low for a wine for our dinner tonight. We were going to have a Pinot Noir but we only had cabernets and malbecs upstairs. So I went downstairs and found this Bolla Chianti 2008 amongst cabernets and malbecs. That is okay . . . we buy what we like and we like . . . you guessed it. . .cabs and malbecs.

This is a delicious chianti that will go well with our homey chicken and rice dinner. Although it is generally a pasta wine, it also goes very well with chicken dishes. This is fruity, dry, and robust with plenty of berries (particularly raspberries) on the palate.

What a lovely close to a beautiful day. Happy Sunday!

Pillar Box Red (2007)

Here we are settling in after a busy week. I was in Reno all week doing work-related business. I came home very late last night and spent today unpacking, doing laundry, grocery shopping, etc. It is nice to be home. It was a cool day with rain. A perfect day to be in the house.

I chose this Pillar Box Red 2007 to go with dinner. This is a cool weather dinner. The first in a long time. I bought a sirloin tip roast at the grocery store today. It is in the oven in a covered pot with onions, carrots and potatoes (with garlic tucked into crevices). It has been roasting
on low heat for about 4 hours.

This wine is from the Southeastern side of Australia. This makes us think about our son, Tony, who is in Perth. We realize Perth is on the other side of the continent, but still. . .it doesn’t take much to make us think of him!

The wine is delicious. I bought this for $14 at A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. The nose is fragrant and fresh. The taste is dark chocolate and tobacco. The finish gets your attention. . .

This is going to be the perfect wine for our Saturday night beef roast.

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

Happy Labor Day weekend! It is Sunday evening and we have had a whiff of fall air. I am wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt for the first time in many months!

It was a beautiful day in Michigan with a cerulean blue sky and high puffy clouds. The temperature was in the high 60’s.

We started our evening with a gin martini inside. Then we moved outside on the patio to grill steaks and have a glass of this exceptional California Cabernet. This is a special wine for us. We have had it before and loved it.

This is a big, fruity wine. It is well structured with firm tannins. Lusciously delicious, in a word.