It is a Sunday evening and we had a delicious martini for our cocktail hour. For us that means gin and vermouth shaken in ice and poured into delicate glasses that have been keeping cold in the freezer. We watched football and simultaneously worked on the Wall Street Journal Crossword puzzle. Very relaxing and fun. For dinner I made oatmeal, buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, applesauce and sausage. There just wasn’t an appropriate wine for this meal so we had none. But the martini was sumptuous and the pancake dinner filling and delicious. 20111120-193046.jpg

337 Cabernet Sauvignon (2008)

Happy Friday! We are so happy to be at the end of a busy week. Tom had an out-of-town business trip and I had a recovery week from an out-of-town business meeting. So, now we are hunkering down, back at home, cozy and warm, listening to music, reading the paper, processing our week.

First, a shout out to two of my neighbors. First, Janet! She gave us a gift today. A book called “The History of Michigan Wines” by Lorri Hathaway and Sharon Kegerreis. We will enjoy this book immensely. Thank you, Janet, for thinking of us when you saw this book. We love you and your husband. And we adore your three children.

Second, thank you Michele! I was making dinner tonight and went to my vegetable drawer for an onion and “Yikes!” I had no onion! So, I called Michele and she said, “Of course I have an onion. I can’t cook without onions and garlic.” So, I was able to run next door and get an onion for my dinner. When I picked up the onion, she also gave me some fresh beets, because she knows how much I love them. I can always count on Michele and her generosity.

Aren’t I lucky to have such great neighbors?

Back to the wine. . .delicious. This is a well structured wine with oaky aromas, medium body and intense chocolate flavor. The finish is long and very satisfying. I bought this 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 for $13.99 at a wine shop that I recently discovered. I continue to find reasons to say that I love California Cabernets and this is one of them.This one is from Lodi.

This will go well with our dinner of navy bean soup and homemade bread.