Deepwater Point Zinfandel (2007)

deepwater-point-zinfandel-2007Tom opened this Deepwater Point Zinfandel 2007 from California, which we have had before, for our Tuesday evening. We are having yet another winter storm, with snow and cold temperatures. Tom and I are supposed to leave very early tomorrow morning to start our 11-hour drive south to his sister’s house in North Carolina. We are hoping we can make the trip — the winter storm will be in effect through tomorrow. I am packed and ready to go and hoping for the best.

This wine is quite spectacular. It is full of fruit and spices with just the right amount of tannins. I love the taste of pepper on the finish.

For dinner, I made a casserole with leftover ham. It smells very good. I started with fresh, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots and celery, which I cooked until partly tender. Then I sauteed the ham with onions and green peppers and added a mixture of milk and flour to thicken, and added cheese. Then I mixed everything together and baked it; I sprinkled it with bread crumbs at the end. It is ready so I should go.  (I also baked an acorn squash and made bisquits.)

A cozy meal on a cozy night. Cheers!

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Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel (2007)

cline-ancient-vines-zinfandel-2007We are having a glass of this Cline “Ancient Vines” Zinfandel 2007 from California. This wine (which has a high alcohol content of 14.5%)  is bursting with flavor. Grapes for this wine originate from very old vines in the Oakley, California region. The flavor is strong coffee and chocolate along with blackberries and a bit of pepper.

It is a Monday night and brutally cold in Michigan. This morning when I got up at 5:45 a.m. it was a balmy 45 degrees. Within a couple hours, the temperature had dropped to a bone chilling 16 degrees with strong winds. Oh! It was so cold! I had three different meetings that required me to walk around campus. On the way home I stopped at Kohl’s and purchased a new scarf and hat.

This morning before I went to work, I took frozen bread dough out of my freezer. It sat on the counter all day and I baked it tonight to serve with my turkey soup (which I made from all the savory and flavor-filled broths from Thanksgiving). It’ll be a comforting and warming dinner tonight and this wine is quite perfect for this winter night.

Deepwater Point (2007)

deepwater-point-zinfandel-2007This California Deepwater Point Zinfandel arrived today in a wine club shipment. Tom chose it for our Friday night to accompany a dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce and sauteed spinach. This is quite a spectacular full-bodied wine showing richness and depth with structured tannins. The taste has hints of strawberries and vanilla with pepper and cloves on the finish.
I am so glad it is Friday!

George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel (2004)

This California George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel is my choice for this Monday night. It is damp, rainy and cool in Michigan. And very dark at 7:30 p.m. For dinner, I have put together a large cast iron skillet with skinless chicken breasts, red potatoes and a chicken-broth & mushroom sauce. It is simmering now and I will add a vegetable in a few minutes. Nothing fancy but sustenance for this start-of-the-work-week evening. I took quite awhile to choose a wine for tonight because what we happen to have stocked right now are big reds typically more suited to red meat and/or cheese. But, I am glad I came across this Zinfandel; it will be perfect for tonight’s dinner.

In the glass it is not impressive; it looks rather thin and pale compared to the big, purple inky Cabernets we are used to. However, the color is deceiving. This is a big, jammy dry wine. By the way, this is the same grape that produces “white zinfandel” but that is an entirely different wine — the white zinfandel is made from the same grape but with the skins removed, which makes for a very different wine.

This Zinfandel has chewy tannins and great fruit flavor. It is smashing! 🙂 Cheers!

Francis Ford Coppola Rosso (2006)

francis-ford-coppola-rosso-2006The Francis Ford Coppola Rosso 2006 is a full-bodied, vivid, tangy blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I really like this wine because it is bursting with fruit flavors. The tannins are grippy and the finish is woody. I bought this wine on sale at Kroger’s in Ann Arbor. I would definitely purchase this again if I can find it for under $10. I believe this was priced at around $13 and it was on sale for $9.99.

Tonight’s dinner is nothing to brag about: leftovers! I am going to heat up some leftover chicken and brown rice casserole and make a vegetable. I don’t know about you, but sometimes Mondays can be brutal and this is all I feel like doing tonight.

Ménage à Trois California Red Wine (2007)

This Ménage à Trois California Red Wine 2007 is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I bought it tonight. I stopped at Kroger’s for groceries on my way home from work and couldn’t resist, of course, wheeling my already full cart through the wine isles to see what was on sale. This one was marked down from $13.29 to $9.99.

The reason it caught my eye is because my good friend, Vicki Voisin, loves this wine. Vicki is a remarkable woman and I love her to pieces! I know, however, that we don’t have the same tastes in liquid refreshments because she has tried my martini and doesn’t swoon. 🙂 But I give her credit for this one.

Although at first breath it was bit hot and overpowering, after it had decanted awhile it became quite delicious.  This red blend has a fragrant nose of green peppers and strawberries. On the palate is a blackberry – like peppery spiciness as well as a mature fruity bell pepper quality. The finish is surprisingly sweet, which I didn’t care for at first, but now that it has had some air the finish is milder and less cloying.

It is Friday night and we are celebrating as we always do on the eve of our weekend! For dinner, I picked a bowlful of tomatoes and started a cast-iron skillet of delicious homemade tomato sauce. That is simmering and I just baked a loaf of whole wheat bread. I will serve the spaghetti with vegetables and our “Vicki” wine and it will be delicious – can’t wait!

(I miss you, Tony!)

Della Flora Zinfandel (2006)

Della Flora Zinfandel 2006This Della Flora Zinfandel 2006 from California is complex. It has equal measures of ripe fruit and spice. The finish is long and delicious.

Although it is mid-May in Michigan, we are having a very cool day. I decided to take advantage of the weather and make a pot of bean soup. I purchased a meaty ham shank from the local meat market, sauteed garlic and carrots, added Navy beans and chicken broth to simmer all afternoon. I have a loaf of whole wheat bread rising and will soon put it in the oven. It will be a cozy and delicious dinner. Tom made a good choice with this wine.