Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

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We are having a typical Wednesday night. We both worked hard today and the weather was cold, gray and messy. Comfort food was needed. I made this spicy beef/noodle casserole along with my usual green salad. We are having this California Cabernet. (I know. It seems that we only drink Cabernet these days. It is definitely my absolute favorite.) Tom says, “to me, this is such a pleasant wine. Dark fruit, dry. . .a tiny bit of caramel and sweetness, but still, extremely drinkable.” So there you go. It is good and it is comforting.

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

We are under a winter storm warning so I made this chicken, white bean spicy chili for our dinner. I forgot to take a picture of our dinner at the table, which was in the bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, but this picture of the chili in the pot will do. The soup was delicious and hot and the wine is big enough to stand up to and complement the meal. It was fun to watch the giant snowflakes outside tonight. They were huge! A very cozy night for spicy chili and a big wine.

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Dona Paula Los Cardos Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)

We are watching the Oscars while sipping this Argentinian wine that we love (and this is our third case). For dinner I have made a simple spicy casserole and salad. The wine holds up well to this spicy dinner — good body, structured tannins and bold fruit.

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Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)

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We opened this luscious California Cabernet for our Sunday night supper of pork chops with potatoes, green beans and salad. I love this wine. Lots of interesting layers of flavors such as tobacco, blackberries and cedar with healthy tannins, especially on the finish. Hate to see the weekend end. I am traveling tomorrow for a 2-day meeting and hoping the roads will be okay. It is a mixture of snow and freezing rain tonight.

Rosemount Cabernet Sauvignon

Rosemount Cabernet Sauvignonit has been eons since I have blogged but tonight is the night I change that. we are having this go-to Australian Cabernet tonight with a meal of short ribs (from a local cow) braised in tomatoes and garlic and onions on quinoa along with sautéed Brussels sprouts. Both Tom and I had a very invigorating run this morning in sunny, cold January Michigan weather. This meal is exactly what we needed.

The Boxer Oak-Aged Durif

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It is my birthday and I stayed home because I was coming down with a cold. So, I made a pot of chicken soup and a loaf of bread for dinner. It really hit the spot and soothed my sore throat. I opened this bottle of Australian wine and really like it. I honestly have never heard of Durif so I need to do some research and learn about it. I like it very much, it is fruity and bold with some pepper and oak on the finish. Tomorrow is Tom’s birthday and we plan to go out to celebrate. But tonight, chicken soup did the trick.

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Nine Stones Shiraz

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This is a quiet night with Tom gone so I am having dinner with the Wall Street Journal. I finished what was left of the wine from last night and it was even more delicious tonight. I made a chicken stir fry with chicken, asparagus, tomatoes and angel hair pasta. So, Trigger and I will make the best of our quiet night together. She misses Tom, too.

Nine Stones Shiraz

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It is Sunday night and Tom is packing for a business trip so I picked out a nice wine for our before-he-leaves night. This is so interesting. When I first poured the wine, I found it to be incredibly subtle with a velvety texture and soft tannins. But, now, after dinner has been eaten and the dishes washed, the wine has opened up and changed quite dramatically. No longer subtle, it is fruity, tannic and intense. Delicious.

For dinner I made baked pasta with steamed broccoli. I also needed to use up some milk so I made a baked brown rice pudding with lots of custardy filling with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pico de Aneto

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I had to work late tonight so Tom made me dinner tonight. The salmon was delicious! I am so appreciative of Tom cooking for me. He never cooked, ever, (except to open a bag of pretzels) but I asked for his help. And, I come home to this wonderful dinner. How lucky am I?

This Spanish Tempranillo is really nice and delicious. Extremely fruity with smooth tannins. I am enjoying it immensely.