Chateau Samion Montagne Saint Emilion (2009)

We had a very nice weekend. The weather is beautiful! Sunny and mild in January! I went to our Women’s Basketball game today and we won handily. We are tough.

I had spinach and fresh mushrooms to use (from food co-op) so I made a lasagna for dinner tonight. Very filling and tasty. Way too many leftovers, but I will be glad later in the week when I don’t have to cook.

I opened this wine tonight for no good reason except it caught my eye. It’s very dry and austere and was a good choice for this spicy and robust lasagna. It provides a nice paradoxical counterpoint to the tasty dinner. This will be great for sipping after the meal is over. Yummy. Time to watch Tim Tebow against the Steelers.

Chateau Fouzilhon (2008)

I was in the kitchen making a few dinner preparations and said to Tom “I am out here all alone slaving away and I am parched.” He saved the day and opened this bottle of wine and brought me a glass!

This French Coteaux du Languedoc is a classic French wine. Tom and I were just sharing our thoughts and we think that — if you had a continuum with Australian fruit bomb wines on one end and Italian austere wines on the other end, this would fall in the middle of those two. It is not a fruit bomb, but it is not austere. It is fruity in a subtle way with a nice dose of pepper and spices. The tannins are rounded and smooth. This is what I would describe as old world. We both love it. This is not “easy to drink” as are some of the California and Australian wines. This takes a bit more effort to taste and enjoy all the complexities. . .a good wine for savoring.

For dinner tonight, I am being a bit creative. I have some organic kale that I received as part of my food co-op membership. So, I browned some ground beef and onions in my cast iron skillet. Then, I added the whole bunch of kale, which I had chopped. I added a large can of petite tomatoes and that simmered while we enjoyed our cocktail. Then, I added chicken broth and elbow macaroni to cook. So, we’ll end up with a goulash with lots of dark, green kale to boost the nutrition value. I think it will be very tasty. I am also going to make a salad.

Chateau Portal Minervois (2006)

It is a beautiful July summer evening – unseasonably cool. So, I am taking advantage of the temperature with an oven meal. Meanwhile, we are having a glass of this French red Chateau Portal Minervois. I requested something special tonight! I just finished teaching a 6-session course for graduate students. Each of the sessions were long.  .  .took a lot of energy, especially after working all day. But, I loved the students and hope they learned something valuable.

So, now we are having a quiet evening and decompressing from a busy week. I made a penne pasta dish that is in the oven. I have harvested lettuce and onions from my garden and will add avocadoes, green peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes for a fresh salad.

After selected and tasting the wine, Tom wasn’t overly enthused about this wine and asked if I would like to have something else. But, I am very happy with this wine.  It is an old-world, austere French wine with a grassy aroma. The taste has some vanilla and spice with a long finish. I think it is perfect for our pasta dinner.  Cheers!

Domaine d’Aubaret Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

reserve-domaine-daubaret-cabernet-sauvignon-20071It is Monday evening and we both worked hard at our jobs today. I was able to sneak in a 3-mile noon hour run.

I am making ricotta-stuffed chicken breasts,  brown rice, and steamed asparagus for dinner tonight and I chose this French Domaine D’Aubaret Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 because I thought it would be a good complement (and because I was curious to taste it). We haven’t had much opportunity to taste many French Cabernet Sauvignons.

This is a keeper and I like it very much.  As soon as I opened the bottle, I knew I was in for something good; the nose  is brimming with licorice and spice. The color is a deep red in the glass. On the palate is plenty of plums, cranberries, and cedar. The tannins are full and round.  Yes, this is yummy and I am glad that we have three more bottles waiting for us to enjoy. Cheers!