Trapiche Malbec (2008)

It is Friday night and we are both a little on the “sapped” side from a long and demanding work week. It is 8 degrees outside and we are staying in and keeping warm and cozy tonight. I have a kettle of bean soup reheating on the stove. We’ll have the soup along with some bread and cheese for our supper.

I purchased this Trapiche Malbec 2008 from Mendoza, Argentina wine at our favorite wine shop (A & L Wine Castle) in Ann Arbor. It was on sale for $6.79. This is a good value because the wine is excellent. The nose is plummy with a touch of licorice. The taste has big mouth-filling fruit with vanilla; the tannins are understated and mellow.

This wine makes me think of our son, Tony, who is in South America. He also enjoys a good Malbec and has had the opportunity to enjoy Argentina’s wines while traveling through that area. (Cheers, Tony!)

Tom: This is a great wine. Tannic, big fruit taste, grapy but not fruit-bomby. Makes me think of steak on the grill; will have to remember this for next summer.

Amado Sur (2007)

We chose this Argentinian blend of 72% Malbec, 16% Bonarda and 12% Syrah for our dinner. I purchased this wine for $16 at the A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is so delicious. Everything I enjoy about a wine is in this one.  The taste has a touch of raisins — not too fruity; definitely more old world style. A lovely finish.

We were delighted to have both our sons and our oldest son’s girlfriend for dinner. I had made a pot of spaghetti and meatballs, which I served with a tossed salad and steamed broccoli and a loaf of crusty garlic bread. For dessert, I made peanut-butter/oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies. Everyone had seconds and a good time was had by all!

Trivento Select Mendoza Malbec (2007)

It is Saturday night. Both Tom and I were at football games today but not the same one. It was cold out there! But now we are home and cozy. I have a pot of homemade soup on the stove. We are working on the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle while also watching the Florida vs. Arkansas game. Florida just scored with 4 seconds left in the game.

I bought this wine for $12 at A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. This is a good one. I find it to have a nice bite on the palate yet a velvety, smooth texture and cherry & vanilla taste on the finish.

This is a keeper. . .

Opi Malbec (2008)

Tom chose this lusciously delicious Argentinian Malbec for our Friday evening. Malbec happens to be one of my favorite all-time reds and this one does not disappoint.  The color is deep and opaque and the nose makes me think of ripe, concord grapes. The taste is sumptuous: dark chocolate, plums and pepper. I am enjoying this wine very much.

For dinner tonight, I made homemade tacos. We haven’t had them for a long time and I had a pound of ground beef to use. I browned the ground beef and added onions and peppers and pinto beans, along with cumin, oregano, and  chili pepper. The toppings included chopped avocados, chopped onions, chopped lettuce (yes, of course from my garden), shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

A fun meal for a fun, Friday night!

Arkel Malbec (2008)

It is a Thursday evening  – but seems like a Friday evening – because I have tomorrow (Good Friday) off from work. Woo hoo! After work, I went to my yoga class and came home feeling stretched and peaceful — what a great combination.

I started thawing chicken breasts for dinner. And got out a bag of fresh spinach and some asparagus for stir fry. . .but. . . confession. . .after our martini I said (apparently not very enthusiastically), “wow, I need to go make dinner” and Tom said, “no you don’t; put that stuff away; you can make it tomorrow.” See. this is one of the many reasons why I love him! So, I did put away the food for tomorrow’s dinner, and I picked up the phone and ordered a pizza. So, now I am relaxing with a glass of wine while someone else makes the dinner for us. What a treat!

This wine is exceptional; definitely our kind of wine. Grippy tannins, dry,  and full of berry flavors, this wine is dark red with an earthy finish. I love this wine. I need to buy more. This will be great with our pizza. . .

Las Perdices Malbec (2006)

I bought this las perdices Malbec at our local grocery store. It was on sale for $13.95.  Las Perdices Malbec is delicious and elegant. The value of this wine is tremendous; the quality is excellent. Dark-fruited and powerful, the nose is chocolate, blackberries, and cranberries. The wine is the fabric of Argentina but with the sophistication and intricacy of a French Bordeaux.

It is Monday evening and I am roasting a pork loin for dinner. (It was something I pulled out of the freezer yesterday.)  It was a beautiful day in Michigan; winter is not over but we have had a glimpse of spring!

Ramirez De Velazco Malbec (2008)

ramirez-de-velazco-malbec-2008This Argentinian Ramirez de Velazco Malbec is our first 2008 wine of this year. The color is  ruby with violet hues.  The nose is blackberry, cherry and spice. The taste is smooth in the mouth with ripe plums and cherries drenched in milk chocolate. The finish is strong vanilla taffy. I have never tasted a wine with this kind of finish before. This reminds me of drinking flavored coffee, which I do not like. So, although I appreciate this Malbec, I am not immediately fond of it.

I chose this wine because I was eager to try it — not because it was the perfect choice for our dinner. Experts would say this is probably not the best choice to serve with our dinner of soup and whole wheat bread. I am finally using the turkey broth that I accumulated at Thanksgiving — when I cooked the giblets and when I boiled the carcass — all of that rich and savory broth has been waiting for a night like tonight. I started tonight by chopping carrots, celery, garlic and onions and sauteeing in olive oil. I then added the chopped giblets. I added that to my pot of turkey broth and let that simmer during cocktail hour. Now, I have put the bread in the oven and, at the same time, I added the rest of our leftover turkey to the broth, along with some chopped potatoes and slow-cooking barley. This should end up being a decent pot of soup!

It is Sunday night and we are cozy. Our tasks are done and we are ready for another work week.