Clos du Val Pinot Noir (2007)

It is Saturday night and we are having a well deserved cocktail hour. I have chicken and potatoes simmering in my skillet. We spent this afternoon at my parents (they just moved to a retirement community about 1.5 miles from us) and we worked getting their office organized. A couple more afternoons and they will be in really good shape.

I purchased this Clos du Val Pinot Noir 2007 on the recommendation of the wine stocker at World Market in Ann Arbor. Priced at $27.99, but on sale for less, this is a good buy. He was right. . .delicious. It is delectable with a fresh, floral nose and a fruity palate. The finish lasts a long time.

This is going to be a lovely evening as we bask in the glow of getting things done for my parents and enjoying the quiet evening.

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere (2008)

This is a momentous Friday night for us. This coming week my parents will be moving to our town to a retirement community. I have not lived near my mom since I was 16 years old.  I am really looking forward to having my folks close. We are busy planning to ensure that their transition is joyful.

We are relaxing, reading the paper and listening to music. For dinner, I have made a chicken casserole with fresh mushrooms (from the food co-op), broccoli (food co-op) and a green salad (food co-op). Wow, I guess one of the great things about the food co-op is it forces me to prepare meals using the food!

This is a great wine. We have had many times before. I never buy this but Tom always does. I always forget how good it is. This is a spicy, fruity wine with a coffee and chocolate finish. Tom bought this on sale at our local grocery store for $9.99. A great value.