Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

Happy Sunday! It has been awhile since we have blogged but I am hoping you will see why from this picture. I had to have knee surgery this last week to repair a torn medial meniscus. This has thrown our cocktail hours into a bit of disarray. But, I feel that after three days I am on the mend and quickly resuming my lifestyle. I am still on crutches but I get around pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Because I had limited mobility this weekend, we decided it was a good opportunity to take the 4-hour drive north to visit my parents. As always, a very fun visit with these two robust lovebirds. A quick trip up on Saturday and back on Sunday and now we are relaxing in front of a dark-pink sunset and 50-degree temperature this October evening.

For dinner, I hobbled around the kitchen and put together a white-bean, chicken chili supper. I drove to our local market and purchased a whole-wheat baguette to have with our soup. This will really hit the spot because we both feel the chill tonight. I made this soup simply: I sauteed chopped onions and garlic, added cumin, salt and pepper, then added chopped, boneless, skinless chicken breast and browned everything. Then I added some green chilis, fresh-squeezed lime, chicken broth, and three cans of white beans and shoe-peg corn to simmer. It smells great.

Tom chose this wine because he wanted something big to go with our soup. The nose is rich with blackberry. The palate is musky with hints of clove and spice. The mouth feel is soft and lush with a robust finish of raisins, chocolate, and spice.

I purchased this wine for $13.99 at one of our favorite local wine shops, A & L Wine Castle. They generally don’t let me buy anything that we won’t enjoy. Nice job, A&L.

Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

We just finished the last drop of this fabulous California Cabernet Sauvignon.I chose this wine for our Tuesday night dinner of grilled pork chops, steamed brown rice and fresh sautéed spinach.

What a fabulous wine. I love it. This Cabernet is very juicy — bursting with ripe, juicy fruit and coupled with deep, dark chocolate and coffee. You can’t get much better in my book.

I bought this wine on Saturday in Ann Arbor at A & L Wine Castle. . .one of our favorite wine shops. I bought two bottles but will go back to buy more. For those of you who enjoy a new world, fruity yet dry wine, this is for you.

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!

Château Greysac Médoc (2005)

It is a Thursday evening and we are relaxing after a very busy day for both of us. I chose this Château Greysac Médoc 2005 from our dwindling supply. . .the bad news is that our supply is dwindling. . .the good news is that we always save the best for last so the wines that are left are the more expensive wines. And what am I to do? Of course I have to open an expensive bottle of wine!

This wine is wonderful.  As soon as I opened it, I knew we were in for a treat. There is a combination of cloves and blackberries on the nose. The taste is full of cherries and the texture is creamy. A very charming and drinkable wine!

I purchased this wine at A&L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. Regularly it cost $23.99 and I bought it on sale for $15.99. Worth every penny. . .Cheers!

Tom: A delicious, big red. Blackberries, some spice, and a bit of sweetness. Surprisingly big fruit in the nose. A very nice wine, and a bit upscale for us…