Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon (2008)

This Chilean Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is my choice for our Monday evening. I bought this particular bottle on my way home from shopping one day when I happened to see a liquor store/wine shop. We needed vermouth and that was all I was going to get. However, the array of wines caught my attention and I walked out with six bottles. This was one of them recommended by the owner.

This is going on my list to buy again. This is a medium-body wine that is bursting with flavor. The most overwhelming taste is chocolate followed by dark fruit and coffee. This is our kind of wine. We are both pretty much swooning over this one.

This will go well with our dinner tonight: Beef Stroganoff with sauteed carrots and salad.

Martini for one. . .

It is Saturday night and Tom is in a plane headed home after a conference in California. I spent the day a) doing laundry, b) attending our college football game and c) attending a wedding. Neither b nor c were very close to home but both were very important to me. Now I am home. I walked little Trigger and did a little packing (I have to go to Dallas tomorrow) and now I am going to read Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  Tom won’t be home until late so I made a martini for one. . .thought I would share my secret recipe for a perfect martini.

Okay, it is important to put a martini glass in the freezer at least 15 minutes prior to making the cocktail (we keep ours in there all the time). Put the number of jumbo olives you want on a toothpick (I use three). Set that aside. Now, take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice and then add 2 jiggers of high-quality gin (I used Bombay tonight). Then, add 1 jigger of extra-dry vermouth (Martini & Rossi is good). Finally, add 2 tsp. of olive juice. Shake it vigorously. Then, take the glass out of the freezer and plop in the olives. Then, slowly drizzle the cocktail from the shaker into the ice-cold glass.

Now, sit and sip and enjoy. There is nothing better.

(Note to our son, Tony who is in South Korea: WE MISS YOU!!)

Cheers!