Gran Bombero Garnacha (2006)

It’s Monday night. I took the day off after a busy weekend of work-related events. The day was beautiful–sunny and unseasonably warm for an early-March day in Michigan. I did some crocheting; I went for a run; and I spent time in the kitchen making spaghetti and meatballs (and coleslaw) for dinner.

This Spanish wine has a rich purple color. The nose is licorice and plums. It tastes deliciously spicy and the finish is surprisingly creamy — but, just when you think it might be a touch on the bland side,  a spicy bite on the finish saves the day.

Lindemans’ Cabernet Sauvignon (2008)

Tom bought this wine at our local grocery store for $5. It’s been a long time since we have had a glass of Lindemans. After a life-replenishing martini, I was heading to the wine stash and Tom said, “I would like a new-world wine tonight.” A funny request. But, one that I could accommodate! Lindemans’ is a very popular new-world Australian wine that is widely available in most grocery stores.

It is Sunday night and we are relaxing after a lovely day. I ran 13 miles this morning with my running partner, Jeanie. Tom spent quite a bit of time watching the British Open and then he, too, went for a run. I also went to my neighbor’s house and Michelle and I played a great game of scrabble. She won. But, we both had some impressive words.

So now it is night time and we are relaxing. I have some chicken in the skillet for dinner. It should be pretty close to falling-off-the-bone tender by now.

This wine is full of fruit. It has a velvety, minty finish that is quite luscious. You really can’t go wrong with Lindemans’.

Westend Estate Down Under Shiraz (2008)

This Australian Down Under Shiraz is our pick for a cold and blustery Friday night in Michigan. We Michiganders are tired of cold weather and today was really COLD! But, we are home and snuggled in for the night so we can’t complain.

For dinner tonight, I browned pork loin chops in hot olive oil until brown (in a heavy cast-iron skillet) then I added potatoes (cubed, with skins on) and a sauce of chicken broth and mushrooms (thickened) and it has been simmering for over an hour. I will add a vegetable when we finally decide we are done reading the paper and ready to sit down and eat.

Happily, this wine is a treat. The nose is big and bold and the color is inky. On the palate, this is bursting with black pepper with oak on the finish. It is truly an Australian Shiraz from start to finish. A great complement to our dinner tonight.

Gigi, you would like this one!

Finca Dubois Bonarda (2005)

Finca Dubois Bonarda 2005I chose this Finca Dubois Bonarda 2005 Argentine red wine for our Sunday evening. I have a pot roast in the oven that I started at 2:30 this afternoon. After browning the roast in a hot skillet, I took the roast out of the skillet just long enough to add 4 garlic cloves and a chopped onion, then I put the roast back in the pan resting on the onions and garlic, along with some chicken broth and red wine. I covered it tightly and put it in a low 250-degree oven. After about 2 hours, I added potatoes and carrots. When it is ready, I expect the meat to be tender and juicy and the vegetables to be savoury and drenched in a rich broth.

I have been saving this last bottle of Bonarda for quite awhile because it is one of my favorites. This wine is perfect for a Sunday night pot roast dinner. The wine is rich with fruit — plums and blackberry jam — along with mushrooms, tobacco and vanilla — and firm tannins, to make an absolutely luscious, satisfying quaff. Here’s to a February thaw (the temperature got up to the mid-40’s today) in Michigan!

Château Portal Minervois (2006)

chateau-portal-minervois-2006It is a Monday evening and we are relaxing before dinner with a glass of wine, the newspaper and a glass of this Château Portal Minervois 2006 from France. It is very cold in Michigan tonight and we are under another winter snow advisory with snow expected starting tonight and through tomorrow (along with wind). I fly to a conference in DC tomorrow so I hope the wind doesn’t make for a bumpy ride.

This Château Portal Minervois 2006 wine is from a wine club; I think 4 Seasons Wine. The nose is a combination of geraniums and licorice. The taste is cigar box and vanilla. The finish is long and spicy. A very delicious selection for a Monday night. We are having leftover chili, the remains of our whole-wheat bread from last night, and a wedge of cheddar cheese.

Cheers!

Pierre La Grange Vin de Table

This is a French table wine. I do not know what grapes are in this wine because it doesn’t say on the bottle. Although it is obviously an inexpensive table wine, it is quite nice. The wine makers apparently crushed whatever grapes they had available on their estate in Southern France. Not bad, not bad at all! The taste is quite complex with flavors of plums and blackberries and a nose of cedar and crabapple.

It’s a beautiful August night in Michigan. I have a meatloaf in the oven along with roasted potatoes, which I drizzled with olive oil and spices after cutting into large chunks. We’re listening to music and looking at the sky, which is beautiful with blue sky and swirling magnificent clouds rushing by.

Della Flora Zinfandel (2006)

Della Flora Zinfandel 2006This Della Flora Zinfandel 2006 from California is complex. It has equal measures of ripe fruit and spice. The finish is long and delicious.

Although it is mid-May in Michigan, we are having a very cool day. I decided to take advantage of the weather and make a pot of bean soup. I purchased a meaty ham shank from the local meat market, sauteed garlic and carrots, added Navy beans and chicken broth to simmer all afternoon. I have a loaf of whole wheat bread rising and will soon put it in the oven. It will be a cozy and delicious dinner. Tom made a good choice with this wine.