Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 Red Wine (2005)

Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 Red Wine 2005This Columbia Crest Two Vines Vineyard 10 Red Wine 2005 from Washington State is a blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tom bought this at our local grocery store (Polly’s) today. It is delicious. It tastes of woods and plums. I can taste strawberries on the finish.

We will have this wine tonight with a skillet dish (kielbasa, potatoes, carrots & green beans in a spicy broth). This is a nice way to end a Sunday night. I ran the Dexter – Ann Arbor half marathon this morning. It was a beautiful day for a run. I am a little achy but not too bad!

Tenimenti Conti Neri Valpolicella Classico Superiore (2005)

Tenimenti Conti Neri ValpolicellaThis Tenimenti Conti Neri Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2005 is an Italian red with a lovely floral-fruity bouquet complemented with vanilla notes. The tannins are light and well rounded. This is a full-bodied, big red that is velvety smooth and delicious. I am very pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is!

I selected this wine to go with our Italian-smelling dinner, which is simmering on the stove. I picked a basket of fresh tomatoes from my tiny, little garden today and prepared a pot of very fresh and fragrant spaghetti sauce. No can opener needed today! Nothing but ground beef, fresh-chopped onions and garlic, lots of chopped, fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes, and basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Believe me, it smells wonderful! One thing I decided not to do was to blanch the tomatoes and remove the peels. I just can’t believe it is necessary. As I gaze into the pot, I can see the tomatoes have cooked down nicely, and the peels are just tiny flecks in the pot. I have convinced myself it is healthier and tastier this way (and saved me some dishes)!