Grande Reserve de Gassac (2009)

A dreary day in Michigan with gray skies and rain. . .and a Monday. Ucky. I felt low on energy all day. But, the work day ended and now we are home together and everything is AOK.  I had nothing planned for dinner tonight but threw together a few stray ingredients: a lone chicken breast from the freezer, a pint of fresh pea pods from the vegetable co-op, a bunch of fresh asparagus, a fresh tomato from the co-op, some basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I did a quick stir fry of the chicken and vegetables and tossed with thin spaghetti, olive oil and parmesan cheese and it was delicious. The trick was not to overcook the pea pods. Their fresh crunch added just the right touch.

We had this colorful meal with this French Grande Reserve de Gassac 2009, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Smooth and easy-to-drink with a sharply-pungent finish. This would  go very well with a chocolate brownie, which is waiting for us if we choose to indulge.

Melanto Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

We are having a glass of this for our Tuesday night. It is delicious.

For dinner I made a stir fry. I sauteed onions and green pepper in olive oil and then added chunks of sirloin steak (from a local farmer). When the steak was brown, I added a large amount of fresh spinach and some chopped, fresh tomato. I tossed this with angel hair pasta and olive oil. Delish!

This wine is fruity with a finish of cherries, vanilla, and licorice.

Venta Morales Tempranillo

It is Sunday night and we had a great weekend. I was able to “play” outside a lot today with my new toy. . .Land Roller skates! It was so much fun. I am not the best skater, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am practicing. I was able to take Trigger for a walk and I finally got the nerve to skate down my driveway (instead of walk on the grass) and over the crack onto the street! Woo hoo! Really fun. My neighbor, Alex, who is 9 years old, came over and talked me through a lot of moves and then finally put his skates on. We had fun.

So. . .now it is relaxation time. We worked a bit on our Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. . .had a martini. . .now we are sipping this Spanish wine that Tom purchased at our local Meijer’s grocery store. For dinner, I sliced two sizzler steaks that were in the freezer (from the cow that I purchased as part of the food co-op to which I belong). Then, I whisked together soy sauce, chopped garlic, brown sugar, pepper, and lemon juice. I will start by cooking the steak in a hot cast-iron skillet, then adding onions and broccoli and the sauce for a stir fry. This Tempranillo is perfect for our dinner. I wouldn’t have expected this wine to be so delicious, but it really is.  . . worth buying more, for sure. Lots of ripe fruit. Tom just said, “Big, but dry fruit; it’s big but it is not at all a fruit bomb. It’s very dry and tannic, but still fruity.” I agree. It’s tight and structured. Delicious. We are putting this on our list to get more.

El Portal Zinfandel (2007)

el-portal-zinfandel-2007Yay! It’s Friday night and we are celebrating the close of a big work week. Tom chose this El Portal Zinfandel 2007 from California for tonight. This dark beauty has luscious ripe raspberries on the nose and dark blackberry pepper and plums on the palate.  The tannins are subdued. This is an easy-to-drink wine and that will be perfect for our dinner tonight.

I am concocting my own rendition of stir fry for dinner tonight. I took one small steak and cut it into small chunks, drizzled with olive oil, and freshly ground salt and pepper. I set that aside and chopped about 5 miniature peppers (yellow, red, and orange), 2 leeks, 12 small cherry tomatoes, and 3 cloves of garlic. I will sautee the steak, add the vegetables, and then add about 10 cups of fresh baby spinach leaves. After the spinach wilts, I will add the entire skillet of steak and vegetables to a big bowl of penne pasta. I’ll add some freshly-ground salt and pepper and voila! Yummy! Cheers and have a great weekend!

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Syrah (2006)

robert-mondavi-private-selection-syrah-2006This California Robert Mondavi Private Selection Syrah 2006 was on sale today at our local grocery store and Tom picked it up along with milk and orange juice (the three essential liquids). Yum, this is good! It is fruity with a velvety texture on the finish. This is an easy-to-drink wine that would pair well with lots of different foods.

Tonight I am making a steak stir-fry — nothing fancy. I have one steak that I took out of the freezer and cut into chunks. I will sauté the steak in my trusty cast-iron skillet coated with olive oil. Then I’ll add asparagus, ground salt, and pepper, and then mix it with some cooked Barilla thin spaghetti and olive oil.  Like I said, nothing special. I didn’t go grocery shopping today so I needed to make do with what I had on hand.