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.

Les Hauts de Mourt Minervois

Delicious French wine with a tuna casserole, steamed green beans and salad. Lovely. 20120322-191947.jpg

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.

William Knuttel

Saturday night and I worked most of the day. I had this spaghetti casserole in the freezer so I took it out this morning for our dinner. I sautéed carrots with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and baked some garlic toast. We had this great wine with our dinner. Lots of layers of flavors from the blend of Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Smooth, pungent and fragrant. An unusual finish. The words Play Doh come to mind as a descriptor. But in a good way! Cherry, licorice and caramel to be specific. Very satisfying and a good choice for our dinner tonight.
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Penumbra Petite Sirah Petit Verdot (2010)

It has been awhile since I took a sip of wine and did a retake. . .like, “wait, need another sip!” This was one of those nights. I opened this bottle and tasted while cooking dinner for one (Tom is out of town) and it made me sit up and take notice. It is splendid! Inky black color, understated nose but huge taste. Full of fruit with subtle spice and chewy tannins. I really love this!

I am making a steak stirfry with my local cow, local broccoli and tomatoes and whatever else I have in my refrigerator. It is me and the Wall Street Journal (and this delicious wine) for dinner tonight. Cheers!

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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.