Conquista Malbec

Happy thanksgiving! We are having a wonderful time with our family! Bill and Linda from Wisconsin brought several bottles of wine including this Malbec from Argentina. Smoky chocolate taste with a silky finish. I thought it was the perfect complement to our traditional thanksgiving dinner.

Sockeye Pinot Noir (2008)

We chose this delicious Chilean Pinot Noir for our Thanksgiving dinner feast. That was last night and we had a wonderful dinner. . .but I was so caught up in the moment that I didn’t really eat much, so we are having our leftovers tonight. But, back to our Thanksgiving day. We were happy to have my sister and her husband and our son, Tommy and his girlfriend, Amanda, for dinner. For our pre-dinner cocktail hour, we served martinis (for us) and strawberry daiquiris (for the non-martini drinkers). Then, we sat down to dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, sauteed asparagus, baked squash,and buttermilk biscuits. We had pumpkin pie for dessert.

Tonight it is quiet in our home; Trigger is snoozing quietly by my side. I have the leftover turkey, squash and stuffing reheating in the oven. Now I have the time to really savor this wine. Raspberry  nose; the palate is strawberry jam and some floral notes. The finish is long with a bit of tobacco and cherry.

This is a great wine for roast turkey. Tonight I will actually see how the meal tasted last night (when I was too caught up in the happiness of our togetherness to eat).

Robert Mondavi Syrah (2006)

robert-mondavi-private-selection-syrah-2006It is the Friday after Thanksgiving. I am about three nights behind in blogging. We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. My parents drove down from Traverse City and I am very thankful that they had an uneventful trip. My dad, who is 85, is so smart! My mom forgot to bring the directions to our house (she decided not to bring her purse, which is where the directions were), but he figured it out.

I had ordered a fresh turkey from a local farmer and, to my dismay, discovered the smallest turkey they had was 25 pounds! I was concerned about cooking it. . .but the turkey was delicious. I put it in the oven at 11:30 at 425 for an hour; then I flipped it (no easy task) and then turned the oven down to 325. I had the turkey on a v-shaped rack in a roasting pan. The turkey then roasted for another 5 1/2 hours. It turned out moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Although our son, Tony, was not with us, we did have a great “Skype” conversation with him, which was wonderful.

Now, our parents have gone home and we are having a relaxing evening together. Trigger is slumbering on my lap and I have leftover turkey and stuffing in the oven.

This wine is delicious! It is bursting with fruit and oak with a very smooth and long finish. Yum!