Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)

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We opened this luscious California Cabernet for our Sunday night supper of pork chops with potatoes, green beans and salad. I love this wine. Lots of interesting layers of flavors such as tobacco, blackberries and cedar with healthy tannins, especially on the finish. Hate to see the weekend end. I am traveling tomorrow for a 2-day meeting and hoping the roads will be okay. It is a mixture of snow and freezing rain tonight.

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Opi Malbec (2008)

It is Monday evening and we were both back to work today after a lovely week of vacation in Northern Michigan. So, I poured myself the rest of the bottle of this Argentinian “Opi” Malbec and I opened a new bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for Tom.  (I think I probably got the better deal, here, because this Malbec is excellent.)

It is a very warm August night and I wanted to avoid using the oven but no luck. My groceries for the week dictacted that we were going to have a pork-chop dinner casserole with spicy baked beans and that required the oven. So, it is now in the oven in my favorite cast-iron skillet and smelling lovely. I am going to steam some green beans and slice a tomato and call it good. (For those who like recipes, I browned the chops in hot oil in the skillet. I drained the fat from the skillet and added a can of baked beans, spicy mustard, chopped onions and green peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce and added the browned chops. . .put it in the oven.)

I love Malbec from Argentina, so this is a wine that I really like. This is a smoky, plummy big red with some oak wafting through the layers of deliciousness. It’s a great wine to stand up against a spicy pork and bean meal. So, even though our vacation has ended, life is quite wonderful! Cheers. . .

Sycamore Valley Paso Robles Zinfandel (2006)

Sycamore Valley Paso Robles Zinfandel 2006It is Wednesday night and we are having a glass of this Sycamore Valley Paso Robles Zinfandel 2006 from California to round out our evening meal. We have had this wine before but it has been a quite awhile. I retrieved this from our stock in the basement.

The wine is pleasantly spicy with pepper and rich with the taste of juicy, ripe berries. This is a lovely red wine and it is perfect for grilled meats of any kind.

For dinner tonight, I marinated a thick, boneless pork chop. My marinade was simple but delicious: Olive oil, rice wine vinegar, spicy brown mustard, salt & pepper. After it was marinated, we cooked it on the grill at a high heat so that it was cooked through and  crispy on the outside. We split one chop and also had brown rice and a really yummy salad (we are having salad almost every night because I keep harvesting my fresh lettuce and onions and don’t want it to go to waste — and, it tastes fresh, sweet, crunchy & delicious)!

All in all, a satisfying cocktail hour and mid-week meal. Cheers!

Forbes Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

This is our second bottle of California Forbes Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (from our 4Seasons wine club). It is a Monday evening and we are grilling marinated pork loin chops on the grill. It is so gorgeous outside tonight! I love Michigan summers! I have to say, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite wines. I love this one. It has everything I love in a wine: Big flavor, fruity but not sweet, dry with plenty of black pepper (and a little oak) on the finish. Absolute yummyness.

Beringer California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

beringer-cabernet-sauvignon-2006This Beringer California Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is Tom’s choice for this Sunday night. We have had a very nice weekend together and this Sunday will top it all off for us.

This California wine has a lovely, flowery nose. The taste has a strong vanilla flavor on the front and a blackberry on the finish. The tannins are soft and smooth.

Confession time: I just didn’t want to grocery shop this weekend. I put it off and put it off. So I rummaged through our little freezer and pulled out two very thick pork shops. I browned those and now they are simmering in the skillet in chicken broth along with peeled, cubed potatoes. I will thicken the sauce after the pork chops are fork tender and I’ll make a vegetable and call it good. I will probably end up going to the grocery store Tuesday night after work and getting everything I need for Thanksgiving.

This will be my first Thanksgiving in 23 years without Tony. Tony is in Paju, South Korea, working as a teacher. I miss him terribly and I can’t imagine sitting at our Thanksgiving meal without him!

George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel (2004)

Oh yum! This is a great wine! This George Phillips Cellars Zinfandel 2004 is just delicious. The nose is spice and mushrooms, oddly, but it really makes a nice bouquet! The tannins are lip-smackingly firm, which I love. The taste is full of fruit — plums and cherries.

It is Sunday night and I have pork loin chops marinating, potatoes simmering (for mashing); I baked a loaf of whole wheat bread (it’s cooling) and a pan of oatmeal walnut-chocolate chip cookie bars (also cooling) and I’ll be heating up leftover baked beans and also a vegetable (undecided).  We’ll be heading outside in a few minutes to sip our wine and watch over the grill. It was a stupendously beautiful Indian summer October day in MIchigan. The leaves are turning but are not at their peak, yet. We took Trigger on a couple of very long walks today and enjoyed the sights.

Tommy had class today and he is now home. We miss our Tony, but all is well!

180 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

180 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006It is a Monday night and Tom chose this 180 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from California for us tonight. I have fresh mushrooms simmering in wine (red, natch), steaming brown rice, and thick pork chops marinating in Sze Schuan and white-wine vinegar. I also have fresh spinach washed and ready to saute. Dinner will be delicious!

This wine is one of my favorites. The color is magnificent — deep violet. The nose is raspberries, blueberries and subtle black licorice. The taste is very satisfying. I can taste mint, fruit and tobacco. The finish is velvety smooth with plenty of coffee and chocolate. You can’t go wrong with this wine if you are a red wine lover. Ooh-la-la!

Tom has started the grill so I need to bring him the marinated pork chops. Cheers!