Il Papavero

We have had this Italian red table wine, Il Papavero, before and really enjoyed it. This is delightful; a juicy cherry-flavored  quaff; dark and spicy with ripe fruit and chocolate.

For dinner tonight, I am making baked, spicy chicken, steamed brown rice and vegetables. I also baked some brownies with chopped walnuts. Tom was craving my brownies. . .

We both had busy weeks. Tom was in Montreal on business and I was up north to see my folks and to watch our son, Tommy, play his bass guitar in The Ben Daniels Band at “The Loading Dock” in Traverse City. My 77-year-old mother came with me to the bar; the band started playing at 11:00 p.m. and my mom was as lively as can be. What fun!

I am missing our youngest son, Tony. Hurry home, Tones!

Solar de Estraunza Crianza (2004)

solar-de-estraunza-crianza-2004Tom selected this Solar de Estraunza Crianza 2004 from Spain for our Thursday, December evening. I am home late tonight because this was a teaching night for me. We are awaiting a big snow storm — the reports say a storm warning with snow arriving at 4:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. Fun, fun, fun!

We purchased this wine when we were up north visiting my parents in Traverse City. We had stopped in a wine shop called “The Blue Goat” and purchased a variety of red wines. This was one of them.

This is yummy. This Crianzas is a vibrant-flavored and easy to drink. The flavors are vanilla, spice, cherry and black dirt.

Our son, Tommy, just came home with a new CD that he recorded with his band, “The Ben Daniels Band.” We are listening and it is very good!

Viña Correa Albano Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

This Viña Correa Albano Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is from the Central Valley of Chile. Of course, this wine makes me think of our son Tony because he spent last summer hiking around South America (and sampling the wines among other things).

This is, not surprisingly, a wine we both are enjoying very much. It has everything we like in a wine. The nose is grassy and bitter (in a good way). The taste is dark chocolate, cherries, and a touch of vanilla. The tannins are dense and firm.

Because we are experiencing a warm and lovely October weekend in Michigan, we are going to grill steak tonight, which is why I chose this wine.

Our son Tommy is playing in his band “The Ben Daniels Band” tonight in downtown Ann Arbor. He plays the bass guitar and the band is very good (and I’m not just saying that because I am the mom)…


Château Lucière Bordeaux (2006)

Chateau Luciere Bordeaux 2006

We are enjoying a mid-week cocktail hour this June evening. Both Tommy and Tony are visiting tonight and I have big dinner plans — which includes the grill — and 10 minutes ago the rain was pouring down. I thought I might need to resort to pizza to save my husband from grilling in the rain, but the rain has stopped and the sky is bright once again. Yay!

This Château Lucière Bordeaux 2005 is one of my favorites. I purchased a case of it recently. It is richly Chateau Luciere Bordeaux 2006 glassflavored, dry, and tannic with a big, lusty finish.

Our son Tommy is a member of The Ben Daniels Band. The band played at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor last night. It was just fantastic. We were sitting close to the stage and took some pretty good pictures. Tommy plays the bass guitar. Their music is very good and original.