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.

Castello Montedoro (2006)

It is Sunday evening and we had a lovely weekend. I have spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove for our dinner tonight. My sauce is a hodgepodge of onions, garlic, tomatoes, ground beef, thyme, oregano, parsley, brown sugar, red wine, red pepper flakes.  Makes for a spicy, substantial sauce.

For a spaghetti dinner, I chose this Italian Castello Montendoro. It’s a lovely deep red in the glass. The nose is plummy and the taste is a vivid blackberry with some cherry notes. The finish is oak and cherry.

It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday today. Happy Birthday, Bob! Can’t wait to see you in July.

Aquila D’Oro Chianti 2008

This Aquila D’Oro Chianti 2008 is pleasant and earthy, and very sippable.

Medium-bodied, and medium-dry/dry. Nothing striking in the nose, but also nothing off-putting.

I think we got this at Trader Joe’s and probably under $10.

An altogether pleasant Italian table wine.

Il Papavero Vino Da Tavola Rosso

We chose this Italian table wine for our Monday night cocktail hour. We have been holding onto this wine for quite awhile. . .we had 3-4 bottles of it and this is our last one. We like this very much. This wine has dark, ripe fruit with some spice.  A velvety finish makes for a luscious work-week quaff.

For dinner, I put chicken legs and thighs in saltwater brine. Then, I dredged the brined chicken in a mixture of eggs and poupon mustard. Then, I tossed in a crumby mixture of bread crumbs, falafel mix and spices. Then, the chicken went into a very hot oven to get crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. I also am baking a couple of yams.

Bolla Bardolino (2007)

Ahh, a Friday night and I am home from a 5-day trip to Atlanta for a conference. Everything is fresh and green at home on this mid-May evening in Michigan. The first thing I did when I got home (after kissing my husband and hugging my dog) was to see how my garden was doing. I have little green onions that are about 2 inches tall and I have lettuce that is ready to be harvested!

I chose this Italian Bolla Bardolino tonight for our laid-back evening. I set the table and was going to prepare  dinner, but Tom insisted that I should not cook on my first night at home (eat your heart out ladies). So, we will order a pizza and it so happens that this wine is the best choice from those available. (Our supply is getting sparse; we need to bring up bottles from the basement AND we need to purchase more.) This Italian red wine is  medium-bodied with intense flavors. The nose is robust with cherries and vanilla.  It is crisp, clean and dry — fairly acidic with firm tannins.

I like this wine and would defintely purchase it again. It is wonderful to be home.

Crete Rosse Chianti (2007)

It is a rainy, cold April Monday night but we are cozy and happy inside. We have music on the Bose and our son, Tommy, and his girlfriend Amanda are out in the kitchen making a salad to go with our spaghetti dinner. Wow, it is nice to have them making the salad; it gives me time to blog!

The last time we had this wine, I found it to be. . .well, thin. Thin in taste and in the overall body and aroma. I don’t feel that way tonight. This is a light-bodied wine  but the taste is fresh and spicy. I like this wine very much!

Tommy & Amanda just showed me the big and beautiful salad they made (romaine lettuce with dried cherries, walnuts, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados and bleu cheese) so it is time for me to start the water boiling to finish off the spaghetti dinner.

Torciano Crete Rosse Chianti (2007)

I chose this Italian Torciano Crete Rosse Chianti for our Sunday night supper. I am enjoying being home after a 2-day trip to Indiana, with my school’s  Gymnastics team (it was our conference championship meet). I didn’t get home until very late and was unable to  unwind enough to sleep  — so, a short night for me. Then, up and out the door for my long run (11 miles). So, dinner tonight is simple: A batch of bean soup and a loaf of whole wheat bread. The soup is simmering and the bread is baking. . .and Tom and I are watching some of the basketball games (just watched Michigan State beat University of Southern California and Louisville beat Siena.)

So, back to the wine. This is a light wine. The nose is barely discernable. Perhaps it needs to open for awhile longer. The taste is understated and thin. This would be a great wine for new red-wine drinkers because it has a very mild taste. I’ll bet, though, that tomorrow the wine will have more character than it does tonight.