Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

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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.

Placido Chianti (2008)

A beautiful June Michigan evening. The sun is shining brightly at 8:00 p.m., the birds are chirping and the temperature is in the high 70’s. Tom & I just finished our (last Friday’s) Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. I am mentioning this tonight because we sailed through this particular puzzle. So, therefore, we are celebrating (natch).

We are very much enjoying this Placido Chianti 2008. We bought this wine at our local grocery store for $8.95. It’s very good. Placido Chianti is a fun, light-hearted quaff with a touch of floral on the nose. The taste is dry and slightly tannic.

For dinner tonight, we are having some leftover casserole that I made a few nights ago. The casserole was made with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, cheese, etc.,. . .all yummy ingredients. That is reheating and I am making a fresh salad with lettuce and green onions from my garden (and my homemade vinaigrette).

Tom: This Placido Chianti 2008 is a very pleasant red, quite dry, with a floral (I’m copying Melody’s word) and peppery nose and a medium body. Very drinkable. I’m sure this wine is very Italian food-friendly: fragrant, pleasantly acidic. A fun discovery for $9.

Carma Carmenere (2008)

It is Monday night after our Thanksgiving weekend. I was going to say that it was difficult to go back to work today, but after thinking about those people who are unemployed and how grateful I am for my position, I have to say that I was happy to be able to go back to work.

Nonetheless, it is nice to be home after a long day! We have our Christmas tree lit and music on the stereo and dinner in the oven. Very cozy!

Tom chose this Chilean wine for our evening cocktail hour and dinner. This is delicious and complex. The nose is fruity but not sweet. The taste . . .ooh la la! Lots of flavors: berries, coffee, chocolate and spices. Our kind of wine, for sure! The finish is tobacco and chocolate.

For dinner, I have a casserole that is a bit like a meatloaf with sliced potatoes (and other vegetables & some cheese) on top. . .smells good. . .and some baked acorn squash and a salad.

Monasterio de Santa Cruz (2006)

It is Wednesday evening. We are having a glass of this Spanish red while reading the paper. This wine’s core is inky black; the flavors are complex with a smooth, woody and spicy finish.This wine is top notch and I would definitely purchase it again.

I put together an unusual casserole tonight made with crumbled breakfast sausage, eggs, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Yikes, good thing I am not getting a physical tomorrow! But, it is in the oven and smells good. I am serving the casserole with fresh strawberries.

Ramirez de Velazco Malbec (2008)

This Argentinian Malbec is an unusual wine.  I have to work hard to describe it because it is not your ordinary Malbec. Initially, the wine is a bit overwhelming on the finish but with decanting it mellows. The nose is strong vanilla and spice. The first taste is quite fruity but the finish is. . .vanilla taffy. That’s the best I can do. I am not terribly fond of this wine but I imagine it will be better tomorrow after it opens a bit. It’s not bad wine; it’s just not to my particular taste.

It is Friday night and Memorial weekend! What fun! I didn’t feel much like cooking tonight when I got home from work, but I had a pound of ground beef in the fridge so I went searching for an interesting recipe. I ended up making something that is smelling quite yummy. The basic gist is this: I sliced 6 golden potatoes (skins on) and mixed with cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, onions and parmesan cheese; I browned the ground beef and added garlic, onions and seasoning. I put the potato mixture in a casserole dish, topped with shredded cheese and then the ground beef mixture. I covered it and it has been baking for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I am going to remove the cover and continue baking another 20 minutes and serve with a salad and a vegetable. Comfort food for the start of the weekend. Cheers!

Deepwater Point Zinfandel (2007)

deepwater-point-zinfandel-2007Tom opened this Deepwater Point Zinfandel 2007 from California, which we have had before, for our Tuesday evening. We are having yet another winter storm, with snow and cold temperatures. Tom and I are supposed to leave very early tomorrow morning to start our 11-hour drive south to his sister’s house in North Carolina. We are hoping we can make the trip — the winter storm will be in effect through tomorrow. I am packed and ready to go and hoping for the best.

This wine is quite spectacular. It is full of fruit and spices with just the right amount of tannins. I love the taste of pepper on the finish.

For dinner, I made a casserole with leftover ham. It smells very good. I started with fresh, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots and celery, which I cooked until partly tender. Then I sauteed the ham with onions and green peppers and added a mixture of milk and flour to thicken, and added cheese. Then I mixed everything together and baked it; I sprinkled it with bread crumbs at the end. It is ready so I should go.  (I also baked an acorn squash and made bisquits.)

A cozy meal on a cozy night. Cheers!