Penumbra Petite Sirah Petit Verdot (2010)

It has been awhile since I took a sip of wine and did a retake. . .like, “wait, need another sip!” This was one of those nights. I opened this bottle and tasted while cooking dinner for one (Tom is out of town) and it made me sit up and take notice. It is splendid! Inky black color, understated nose but huge taste. Full of fruit with subtle spice and chewy tannins. I really love this!

I am making a steak stirfry with my local cow, local broccoli and tomatoes and whatever else I have in my refrigerator. It is me and the Wall Street Journal (and this delicious wine) for dinner tonight. Cheers!

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Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Shiraz (2008)

It is a Tuesday night and we are in shorts and t-shirts, but it is getting dark and chilly at 8:15 p.m. Fall has arrived and changing from our work clothes to shorts isn’t going to change that . . . however, here we are, acting like it is still summer.

I chose this Stone Cellars by Beringer California Cabernet Shiraz 2008 for our midweek cocktail hour. It is a good value at around $5 a bottle on sale. It is fruit-forward wine that is just perfect for a Tuesday night. It isn’t complex and it isn’t begging for a special occasion. It is just easy to drink and enjoy. My brother in law would say “it drinks good.”

I am reheating a leftover chicken and rice casserole and I am sauteing asparagus. I also have some leftover whole wheat baguette. It should be a satisfying dinner

I took a picture of the wine in front of the Wall Street Journal and Trigger. . . A pretty good depiction of tonight.

Beringer California Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is back-to-work Monday and we both had busy days. I worked late and on the drive home, I decided I would heat up leftovers for dinner. However, when I got home, Tom was still working so I decided to prepare dinner and save our leftovers for another night. Using a handy app on my iPad for recipes, I found a recipe for a casserole using ingredients I had on hand . . . ground beef, potatoes, carrots, corn, onions, etc. So I put that together and put it in the oven just as Tom finished work so now we are enjoying our cocktail hour. As you can see from the picture, we are working our way though the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. We made pretty good progress tonight.

This Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is a good work day wine. Not expensive or complex yet it delivers with a fruity, easy-to-drink Cabernet that is satisfying and fun. The predominant taste is blackberry and there is a touch of vanilla and caramel on the finish.

Venta Morales Tempranillo

It’s an early-May Sunday evening. It’s been raining on and off but it is very warm for a spring night in Michigan. We have our windows open and can hear the birds, the frogs and the trains.

I am finishing this bottle of Tempranillo that I purchased at the Plum Market in Ann Arbor. I really, really like this wine and may purchase a case, actually. Although I like to have a lot of variety for my blog, I also like to stock up on the wines that I really enjoy and this is definitely one of them.

I have chicken in the oven for our dinner tonight. I brined the chicken for about 2 hours (in salt water) and then rinsed and coated with bread crumbs and spices. I am also making sauteed carrots (I have a lot of carrots to use up from my food co-op), spinach (also from the food co-op) and potatoes. And, a salad. Meanwhile, we are reading the paper and working half-heartedly on Friday’s Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle.

This Spanish Tempranillo is luscious with a color of ink in the glass. It is bursting with black fruit.  The aroma is fresh cherries and a bit of smoke. You can sink your teeth into these tannins.

Bogle Petite Sirah (2007)

It is Sunday night before Christmas (Friday). The Christmas tree is lit, dinner is on the stove and we are enjoying a cozy evening with newspapers, the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle and music.

I opened this Bogle Petite Sirah 2007 because I wanted a good wine. We have been experimenting with some very inexpensive wines this week (that we bought at Trader Joe’s) and I haven’t been very enthused about any of them. But, I know I like the Bogle Petite Sirah, although I hadn’t had a 2007 until tonight. This does not disappoint. This wine is purple with good legs. The nose is vibrant with blackberries and plums. The taste is rather jammy with fruit and spice. The finish has some leather and bramble followed by caramel.

Tom: We’ve always liked Bogle Petite Syrah. It’s a great wine: available in many stores, big fruit, but still tannic and not fruit-bomby. This 2007 is quite good — good, dark fruit. (It has a concerning hint of a sugary/caramel taste but still…).

We’re enjoying our Christmas present to each other: the Logitech Squeezebox. We’ve been technologically old-fashioned with music — listening to CDs (CDs!) on a past-its-prime Bose. On the Squeezebox we can listen to music on Pandora as well as internet radio. We’ve listened to classical-radio programs from Paris and Melbourne this weekend.