Ramsden Estate Reserve

I am tapping out this blog on my phone so it will be short. We like this wine because it is complex with mellow flavors and smooth feel. For dinner I brined then roasted a chicken. I made mashed potatoes with gravy from the drippings. Savory and filling after a good run today.


Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (2008)

Here we are . . .a clear, sunny and hot July evening in Michigan. Home after a day of work. I was in the mood for a comforting meal so I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and bought groceries, including 6 bottles of red wine, one of which we are having tonight. For dinner, I made a dozen meatballs and homemade tomato sauce. The sauce is simmering and I just added the meatballs. Nothing complicated. . .I sauteed onion and garlic in my cast-iron skillet and added canned tomatoes, salt & pepper, a little sugar, basil and oregano. After that simmered for 90 minutes I added the meatballs (ground beef mixed with italian bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper and an egg.  I have also made a salad with romaine lettuce, a chopped orange pepper, freshly-picked cherry tomatoes and green onions from my garden, avocado, cucumbers and my homemade salad dressing. A meal for the soul, or so I like to think!

Now, back to the wine. One of our readers recommended the Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, which we enjoyed so I thought we should try the Cabernet. (Also, it didn’t hurt that this wine was on sale and I was, truthfully, looking for wines that were priced right.) I would conclude this is a good value for a great wine. Quite delicious with a cheerful ruby color and a nose of raspberries and wood. The taste is a delightful blend of blackberries, oatmeal, rosemary and caramel. The finish is wonderful. There’s nothing not to like for a mid-week red wine (or even a special occasion, actually).

Summers Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We opened this very special bottle of wine last night to commemorate Tommy’s move out of our home. He finished his graduate courses and is finishing his internship in another month. He and his beautiful and intelligent girlfriend, Amanda, bought us this wine for Christmas. We have been saving it for a special occasion.

This wine is very fruity with a strawberry nose. The taste is multi-layered with an oak finish and firm tannins. We had this wine with  pork chops on the grill (that I had marinated with a mixture of red wine, olive oil, chopped garlic, and peppers), mashed potatoes and green beans.

Unfortunately, the day after Tommy moved out, he hit a turkey vulture and shattered his windshield. Ahhhh, life. . .the trick is to keep things in perspective. Thank you, Tommy & Amanda, for this very special and lovely bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon!