Columbia Crest Grand Estates Amitage 2008

We’ve been tasting some interesting new wines lately. This one is Columbia Crest Grand Estates Armitage 2008, a red blend from Washington state.

The label doesn’t list the grapes in the blend, but it’s very big, cabernet-like, tannic, with lots of dark fruit taste. Very, very good. We could happily make this a regular house wine.

By the way, it went very well with homemade spaghetti sauce on pasta with spinach.

Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

We had a lovely Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 tonight for our Sunday dinner with our parents. For dinner I made a pot roast with a chuck roast from our local farmer, served with potatoes, carrots, and small onions along with sauteed pea pods and homemade biscuits.

This wine is special with a floral aroma, a robust fruit on the mid-palate, with dark bitter chocolate and strong tannins on the finish.

Washington Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

I was out of town all last week so didn’t get a chance to update the blog. But I am home now and back in the groove. It is a hot May night in Michigan! We are supposed to be in the high 80’s all week, which must be some kind of record. I am glad I have my tomatoes planted.

So, tonight, we are enjoying this Washington State’s Columbia Valley Cabernet. I am roasting a whole, stuffed chicken with potatoes and sauteing fresh carrots and cauliflower (from my food co-op).  It’s a little warm to have the oven on, but this will probably the last time I roast chicken for awhile.

This wine is more apt to be served with red meats, but I like a good Cabernet with whatever we are eating! The nose is leathery while the palate presents cherries and green pepper. The finish is berry and smoke, through and through. This is excellent. I purchased this for $7.99 (on sale) from the A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. This will go well with the dark chocolate brownies that I baked (I figured I should take advantage of having the oven on). Cheers!

Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Well, it had to happen; we go back to work tomorrow after an extended vacation. We feel like we have been to Hawaii (although we have not) because we had such fun! Nonetheless, I am thankful that we both have jobs to return to and we both feel refreshed and invigorated from our time off.

So, tonight I am making baked chicken, brown rice, steamed fresh spinach and a salad. We are having this Washington State Cabernet, which Tom purchased at our local grocery store for $6 a bottle. I like it. It’s not a wine in which I am swooning over, but it is really good and there isn’t anything unpleasant about it. I would describe it as very fruity. The nose is woody — pine, actually  — while the palate is lush, juicy fruit. As my brother-in-law so aptly sums up: It drinks good.

Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is quite pleasant: medium body, medium tannins, almost more like a merlot than a cab.

Nice dark-fruit taste, with maybe just a hint of caramel/sugar.

I think we had this with chicken last week, and the lighter merlot-ishness of it complemented the chicken well.

We’re having chicken again tonight, and this will be good.

Bridgman Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

Here we are, another Friday night. We opened a bottle of this Washington State Cabernet. I looked back to see when we had this the last time, and wouldn’t you know, we had it on a Friday night just like tonight?

We liked it then and we like it now. Rich aromas of fruit and wood. The palate is spicy with a pepper finish.

For dinner, I am grilling brats (from Trader Joe’s), I am making a salad and also a vermicelli dish tossed with olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.


Bridgman Cabernet (2005)

We are having a glass of this Cabernet from Washington State and I already know we’re going to finish this bottle for two reasons : 1) Because it is delicious and I can’t get enough and 2) it’s Friday!!

Yummy, this is good. Plenty of spices on the nose and palate along with complex layers of fruit and a touch of cedar.

For dinner, we are having spaghetti with my homemade sauce, sauteed asparagus, baked squash and a salad. We still have pumpkin pie leftover from Thanksgiving but we never seem to have room for any dessert so I’m hoping Tommy will stop by one of these nights and finish it!

Randall Harris Merlot (2006)

I recently ordered and received a 12-bottle case of red wine from a company that was advertising by email recently. The case of wine included 2 bottles of this Merlot. Now, I am not a huge fan of Merlot because I generally find it to be too soft; I prefer the bigger taste in a Cabernet, Malbec or Carmenere. However, this Merlot is not bad. The nose is nice with cherries and pepper. There is a strong raspberry on the palate — a bit too overwhelming for my personal taste — but I can imagine that many wine drinkers would find this very appealing and luscious. The finish is pleasant with spice and fruit.

For dinner, I have made (what else?) turkey soup! The highlight of this soup will be the very rich and savory broth, which came from yesterday’s all-day-simmering of the turkey carcass and vegetables. I added a small bag of cubed potatoes (which I got from our organic food co-op and needed to use) along with some corn and other vegetables. It is a very simple soup but I think it will be nourishing and delicious.

Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is Sunday night and our clocks are moved back for Daylight Savings Time. It is 7:30 and very, very dark. But, we had that wonderful extra-long day; what a difference an hour makes. It’s really quite amazing. It was a special day with the sun shining, the air crisp, the leaves probably past their colorful peak. We worked in the yard, put our patio furniture away, pulled out the geraniums from their pots. Trigger got a lot of walks, too.

This Washington wine is just the ticket. Lush and fruity; am I imagining it or can I detect some Washington apple orchards (not orchards, actually, but fruit acid  in the finish?  Tom bought this at our local grocery store. . . on sale for $7.95. What a good value and delicious wine.

I have chicken in the oven (legs & skinless thighs that I soaked in a saltwater brine and then tossed with bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, olive oil).  I have brown rice simmering in broth. . .and I have Swiss Chard ready to saute. I also have a fresh cole slaw chilling  and I made oatmeal chocolate cookies for dessert.  Time to get up and saute the Swiss Chard. Cheers!

Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet (2006)

Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet 2006Tom purchased this Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet 2006, a Washington State blend, at our local grocery store. We selected it tonight because we are having roast chicken for dinner. This wine is quite a value — it was $7.95 but on sale for $5.50. The nose is blackberries and raspberries. A fruit-forward quaff, it feels malleable in the mouth with a gentle, yet fruity, finish. This is certainly a great bottle of wine at a very low price.

It is a beautiful July Sunday evening and we go back to work tomorrow. Having spent the last three days/evenings teaching, I wanted a good home-cooked meal so I went to our local butcher and bought a fresh whole chicken. I am roasting that along with potatoes and carrots. I will make a salad, too.