Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

It is Saturday night. Very cold. It has been snowing all day. Only one of my Saturday morning running friends was able to run this morning, so Jeanie and I trudged through snow and icy roads and managed to get in 5 miles on a very cold blustery morning. Thank you, Jeanie! Tonight I made a meatloaf from both beef and pork from a local cow and pig (two of my neighbors and I went in together on a 1/4 cow and a 1/4 pig). This is a very delicious comfort meal for a cold Michigan evening. Tom is having a glass of the Main Street and I am finishing up last night’s bottle of the Shiraz. Both are delicious!



Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)


We opened this luscious California Cabernet for our Sunday night supper of pork chops with potatoes, green beans and salad. I love this wine. Lots of interesting layers of flavors such as tobacco, blackberries and cedar with healthy tannins, especially on the finish. Hate to see the weekend end. I am traveling tomorrow for a 2-day meeting and hoping the roads will be okay. It is a mixture of snow and freezing rain tonight.

Penumbra Petite Sirah Petit Verdot (2010)

It has been awhile since I took a sip of wine and did a retake. . .like, “wait, need another sip!” This was one of those nights. I opened this bottle and tasted while cooking dinner for one (Tom is out of town) and it made me sit up and take notice. It is splendid! Inky black color, understated nose but huge taste. Full of fruit with subtle spice and chewy tannins. I really love this!

I am making a steak stirfry with my local cow, local broccoli and tomatoes and whatever else I have in my refrigerator. It is me and the Wall Street Journal (and this delicious wine) for dinner tonight. Cheers!


Hess Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

We had this delicious Hess Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 on our Saturday night while we grilled barbecued chicken. We like this wine very much. The wine is rich with fruit flavors and gentle tannins.

(We’ve had this wine several times and each time has been memorable.)

A storm blew in during our cocktail hour and ended by the time we were ready to move outside and grill the chicken.

Hayman & Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

A large group of us, together for the next several days for meetings, had dinner at a great steak place last evening in Indianapolis. We chose this Napa Valley Cab to go with our mainly steak-focused dinners. We started the meal with shrimp cocktail that was unbelievably wonderful. The wallop from the horseradish was both delicious and momentarily shocking as it worked its way through the range of tasting mechanisms. Then the steaks arrived, hot and sizzling, tender and tasty. I had mine with sauteed mushrooms with a side of spinach. The wine was a good choice due its bold taste and firm structure. Surprisingly, we did not finish the second bottle so I put the cork back in and carried it back to my hotel room; I look forward to a glass tonight when our meetings end.

Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

My friend and colleague, Steve Nordwall, gave me this bottle of Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 after we discovered that we shared a love of big red wines. I saved it for a very special occasion and tonight was the night.

I opened this wine about 45 minutes before we were ready so that it could breathe. Meanwhile, I was preparing to saute fresh mushrooms (from the food co-op), while baking au gratin potatoes and setting the table (with fresh flowers). The wine is exquisite. Inky black with legs like I have never seen before. The nose gave a preview of what was to come . . . as did the color in the glass. The taste: an explosion of flavor while the texture — the sensation in the mouth — substantive and all consuming.  This is not fruity; it is a taste of the forest. I just do not know any other way to describe it.

Such a special and wonderful wine for a very special evening. Happy anniversary, love of my life!

Kenwood (2008)

We both worked late tonight so when I got home I jumped into dinner-prep gear with a simple concoction of chicken & noodles & broccoli. Tom chose this wine, which I purchased, and is a red wine blend from California. In a word: ick. Not good. Nothing about it has a redeemable quality for me. I didn’t finish mine.