Rosemount Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

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It’s a Friday night during Lenten season so we are having this tuna casserole that I made with fresh mushrooms, peas, onions, pasta, etc. It seemed like we were in the mood for some comfort food (casserole) rather than some other type of fish dinner.

I got home from work a little early today and went for a 5 mile run. It was so cold! But the hot shower afterward was great, as is this pretty indulgent dinner. Tom is leaving shortly to serve on the clean up crew for the Fish Fry that is held every Friday during Lent. So I will send him off well fed. We are having this Australian go-to wine that we like very much. Nothing fancy. Dark fruit but still dry and not fruit bomby. So drinkable and totally enjoyable. Cheers!

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Black Stump Durif Shiraz (2010)

This Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2010 is certainly our first ever 2010 wine.

I went back to work after a break today and had a very busy one. So tonight is a good night to chill ands enjoy this dark, fruity wine from the “sticks” in Australia.

I am making an unusual dinner tonight. I had purchased an organic ham steak (of all things) at our local Farmer’s Market this summer and threw it in the freezer. Tonight I am baking that with potatoes and will steam some broccoli for a simple, but what I hope is delicious, dinner.

This wine is yummy. Fruity, lush, not sweet. Just a rich and full-flavored Shiraz sure to please most any red wine drinker.

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

We are in the midst of a full- blown winter blizzard. The wind is gusting and the snow is horizontal. We have shoveled twice.

I planned ahead and made the perfect dinner for tonight. I started a loaf of bread first thing this morning. And by tonight we had a crunchy, fragrant loaf to go with the pot of chili that I started this afternoon.

This South Australian Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 was on sale for $9.99. We bought it today while we loaded up on a cartful of groceries to carry us through the week.

The wine is delicious. Lots of fruit, especially blackberries and cherries, with just a feint touch of licorice.

What a beautiful winter night. In spite of the blowing snow, I can see the Christmas lights across the street!

The Full Fifteen (2009)

A beautiful Michigan April evening and we are relaxing after both having busy days at our jobs. Everything is green and blooming here in Southeastern Michigan. I don’t think the grass could be any greener. No wonder we Michiganders are so happy when spring arrives!

So, I am back from a one-night business trip and relishing being back home. I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and picked up two “ultimate” burgers, which are hamburger patties made with spices and steak sauce . . ..something I could/should have done on my own, but they just looked so good! We are not grilling. Instead, I heated up my trusty cast iron skillet, put kosher salt in the pan and then browned the burgers and turned down the heat. These will turn out juicy and delicious. We can’t grill right now because we are in the process of re-doing our patio. . .but that’s another story.

This wine just arrived in our wine club shipment. I chose it only because it was at the top of the box (and I guess I was eager to open a bottle). This is an Australian fruit bomb and quite good! Lots of blackberries, plums and spice. The finish is smooth. . .almost melt-in-your-mouthish — like m & ms!

I would recommend this wine especially to new wine drinkers who say that they don’t like dry wine but they also don’t like wine that is too sweet. In fact, I think my friend and colleague Streets might like this one. . .I’ll have to mention it to him. Well, time to flip the burgers. Cheers and happy Tuesday!

Red Knot Shiraz (2007)

We opened this Red Knot Shiraz 2007 as a big wine to go with the steak stir-fry Melody is making.

We got this bottle as a cool stocking stuffer from my folks at Christmas.

It has big dark fruit — typical of an Australian shiraz — but it also has a pleasant (and surprising) bitter taste (as opposed to the stereotypical sweetness of Australians).

Very nice, and a nice complement, I’m sure, to the steak stir-fry.

Lindemans Shiraz Cabernet (2008)

We have had this wine several times before but I always try to record my tasting notes each time I have a wine. It is my little diary. . .

So, it is a Tuesday evening. We just had a martini while working on the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. (In the past, we would have been reading the Ann Arbor News, but now that the newspaper is only published twice a week, we have switched to working on the crossword puzzle.) Now, we are having a glass of this Australian fruity wine. For dinner, I am making pesto chicken with asparagus and red peppers and angel hair pasta. This wine will hold up well to the strong flavors of this pasta dish.

This is a new-world wine with lots of fruits — especially cherries and raspberries. Soft tannins and a timid finish. . .but absolutely fun to drink and enjoy.

Lindemans Shiraz Cabernet (2008)

It has been a long time since Tom & I opened a Lindemans bottle of wine. We became fans of red wine together while drinking Lindemans’ various red wines. Recently, in our eagerness to try as many new wines as possible, we have ignored Lindemans; but Tom purchased a  bottle of the Shiraz Cabernet blend last weekend. What a delightful reminder of why we started out our love of red wine by enjoying  the Australian wine! Certainly, it all starts with the fruit flavors. This is typical, Australian fruit-forward wine, bursting with plums and berries on the palate. The finish is very smooth.

For dinner tonight, I have cut up three boneless, skinless chicken breasts into chunks  for sauteing.  I will be adding onions, artichokes, chicken broth, fresh mushrooms and spices and tossing with linguine. I am also making a fresh salad with lettuce, tomatoes and green onions from my garden.

We are counting down the days until our son, Tony, returns from his year-long job in Paju, South Korea. He comes home this Saturday; I am beyond excited to see him.