Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)


We are having a typical Wednesday night. We both worked hard today and the weather was cold, gray and messy. Comfort food was needed. I made this spicy beef/noodle casserole along with my usual green salad. We are having this California Cabernet. (I know. It seems that we only drink Cabernet these days. It is definitely my absolute favorite.) Tom says, “to me, this is such a pleasant wine. Dark fruit, dry. . .a tiny bit of caramel and sweetness, but still, extremely drinkable.” So there you go. It is good and it is comforting.

Firestone Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

We are getting ready for a trip to Florida tomorrow in which we will celebrate and honor the life of a wonderful, intelligent man, a devoted and honorable husband, a strong and caring father, a loyal brother, a loving grandfather. . .

Tonight as we make our to-do lists and prepare for the trip, we are enjoying this California wine from the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County.

The nose is subtle, but with distinct aromas of licorice and spice. The texture is full-bodied and round on the palate with lots of berries. The finish is predominantly coffee and chocolate.

This is a perfect example of why. . .when someone asks for a wine recommendation from me. . .I suggest a California Cabernet. This is exceptionally delicious. I will definitely buy this one again.

Joe, we love you and salute you.

Livingston Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Not good.  Can’t finish the glass. ‘Nuff said.

Viansa Vintners Cabernet (2004) North Coast

It’s Sunday night and we are relaxing with a glass of wine and enjoying all the green outside on this Michigan evening. It is rather chilly tonight and expected to be below freezing tonight. That’s okay. We’ve had such a beautiful spring; we were due for some cold weather. I’m making the most of the cool weather and roasting a stuffed chicken which is almost done. I am also making mashed potatoes and a salad.

Oh, and by the way, it is Mother’s Day! In addition to calling our mothers, I had a call from our youngest son. And my oldest had to work today but he came by yesterday with flowers. I am a very happy and proud mom, for sure! There is nothing like motherhood. How grateful I am for my two wonderful and loving sons.

And, now to the wine. I am generally positive about the wines that I blog about, but that is because we purposefully choose wines that we think we will enjoy (as opposed to true wine tasters who do blind tastings). And, here is another example. This wine is one that I like very much. First of all, it’s a California Cabernet, which has become one of my favorite “go-to” wines. Secondly, it is full of fruity flavors on the palate — plums and cherries — and chocolate. The finish is making me swoon. There is more chocolate along with spice and oak. It’s absolutely delicious. For anyone who is interested, this wine can be ordered from

Beringer California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

We have had the 2006 vintage of this wine many times but I believe this is our first 2007. We just finished a gin martini (up, shaken, with olives) and now are sipping this wine while we finish the newspaper crossword puzzle. Dinner will be soon – just a fresh salad from my garden and a leftover pizza. Nothing to brag about but an  easy meal, for sure.

I am too hyper to cook because my son (my baby) is coming home tomorrow. He has been teaching for one year in Paju, South Korea. I cannot describe how excited I am to see him!

This wine is adequate but not particularly my cup of tea. I generally like California Cabernets but this one has a strong vanilla taste. . .a subtle whiff of vanilla is much more my style. So, although I think Tom would say positive things about this wine, I have to conclude that it is a bit too cloying for my taste. So, definitely adequate. But it doesn’t make me swoon.

Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

It is Friday night and I just got home from a trip “up north” to see my folks and also to see our son, Tommy, perform in his band (The Ben Daniels’ Band) in the same town up north (Traverse City). What a great three days! But, I am happy to be home.

We are going to grill hamburgers tonight and I have picked lettuce and little green onions from my garden for a salad.

Tom poured me a glass of this California Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, here is a bottle that I, more than likely, would not have purchased on my own. No good reason. . .just a groundless bias for some reason. I think of “Fetzer” as being a common and less- than-attractive name for wine (perhaps because it is available at most grocery stores). Totally groundless (and maybe snobby), I admit.  So, when Tom brought me this glass of wine I was prepared to not like it. But, I am pleased to say it is very good. This wine was on sale for $6.99 (regularly priced at $9.99) and it is an excellent value. This is a fruity, juicy Cabernet with lots of black cherries in the aroma; this same burst of fruit mixes with vanilla  on the palate. The finish is chocolatey. This will go great with our burgers and salad.

It is great to be home. Back to work on Monday!

Sea Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

I brought this bottle of the California Sea Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon up from our stash down in the basement wine cellar. I purchased this wine at an amazing price of $5 a bottle. I had no idea how it would measure up so tonight is the night to find out.

Well, the nose if vanilla and cedar.  On the palate is a hint of vanilla and a subtle hint of cherry.  After a bit of decanting there is a hint of strawberries and chocolate. The finish, if you could call it that, is fleeting at best.  Yet, at this price, it is not the least bit objectionable. Rather, it is simple.There is a place for a simple red wine and tonight is the night.

We had a very active weekend and are happy to kick back and enjoy our Sunday night.  Cheers!

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2006It is Memorial Day and we are relaxing after an active day working outside on various projects. Tom is finishing the bottle of wine we opened last night (P.K.N.T. Carmenere). It was very good

However, that bottle is now empty so I opened this Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. I knew immediately that this was going to be one of those special wines that I especially enjoy. It starts with the nose. As soon as I pulled the cork, aromas of cherry and cedar were evident.  In the glass the color was blackish purple with good legs. The taste is so good it makes me swoon! This is absolutely my kind of wine. In the mouth is a  layered feel, abundant with black currants and cherries.  This tannins are mature and lush.

The price tag on this bottle is $20.99 but I know I bought it on sale for a lot less. I wish I would have purchased every bottle available! This will go very well with our dinner tonight. Unlike many of our neighbors who are grilling outside tonight, I decided to cook inside and give my husband a break. I started with country-style pork ribs, which I browned in hot oil in a heavy skillet until they were browned on all sides. Then to the skillet I added a mixture of ketchup, onions, green peppers, worcestershire sauce and cream of mushroom soup. I covered the skillet and put it in the oven (I also added cubed, golden potatoes with the skins on) and it has been baking for over 2 hours. Whenever we finish our cocktails I’ll make a fresh salad and take the skillet out of the oven. Tom says it smells heavenly. . .we’ll see! Happy Memorial Day especially to my father in Traverse City who (I think in 1944) was shot down out of his B-17. He parachuted safely to the ground only to be captured by German soldiers. He spent his next year as a prisoner of war in horrendous conditions. He is my hero.

Brick Kiln Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

brick-kiln-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon-2006Delicious, yummy! We opened this wine on Monday night to accompany a dinner of braised pork chops, brown rice and a TBD vegetable. . .

Wow, this is such a wonderful Cabernet. This California Brick Kiln is a 2006 red that tastes great immediately after the pour.  The nose is fresh and minty and the taste is blackberries, bramble and nutmeg. The tannins are firm and the finish is dry, but long. This is my kind of wine. I like this much better than the Malbec we had last night.

Michigan is getting an icy mix of snow and rain. Safe driving, everyone (especially my son!!).

Three Buck Chuck Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

charles-shaw-cabernet-sauvignon-2006Melody is on the road and she will be hoping two things: (1) that I blog and (2) that I drink our Three Buck Chuck while she’s gone. So I’m doing both.

Melody finds the idea of Three Buck Chuck a little too, shall we say, basic. However I find this Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 to be a perfectly fine table wine.

It’s on the fruity side (maybe strawberries), but it has some tannins and is tasty and fun. It went well with my leftover steak-and-brown-rice stirfry.

It’s hard to imagine a better wine buy for three dollars.

(By the way, I’ve read that the year doesn’t matter with a Charles Shaw because it doesn’t vary year to year. But no matter, I still say it’s not bad at all.)