Lindeman’s Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)

We are back from a spectacularly wonderful Werner family reunion in Texas. We had the best time together — talking, swimming, cooking, eating, talking, laughing, swimming, eating, drinking, shooting, hiking, talking & laughing, stargazing, eating & drinking, listening to classic-country music and watching for falling stars while sitting at the pool kicking our feet in the cool water. It was GREAT!! I LOVE our family.

So tonight we are back home. I had taken a small zip-lock bag out of the freezer with some left-over country ham. I used the ham for a ham & noodle dish recipe that I came upon. It was very easy, tasty and filling. Along with the main dish, I cooked fresh beets from the food co-op and sauteed dandelion greens (from my neighbor). All in all, satisfying and comforting. Speaking of comforting, I purchased an old favorite, Lindeman’s Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, at our grocery story tonight. Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the first wines that Tom & I enjoyed together many years ago. We had read that this was a great value and we enjoyed it on a regular basis. It was fun to pick it up again. Although simple, this is a fun, fruit-forward Australian red that is a easy to drink and quite delicious.

Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

We are back from our summer vacation/family reunion and ready to get back in the blogging groove. We had the most fabulous, wonderful time in Texas with the Werner family: Host & hostess Bob & Suzanne and sons Matt, Dan & Ben (and dogs Callie and Jake); Bill & Linda and middle son, Michael; Pat and Bob and dogs Molly & Bella; Steve and Janet and daughters Emily and Katie; Tom & I and our sons Tommy & Tony, and the king and queen of the Werner family, Joe & Mary. All 20 of us stayed with Bob & Suzanne and we all loved every minute. Speaking for myself, this family reunion was one of the best times of my life!

We arrived home last night and unpacked. Today we were both back to work. On my way home, I stopped at Kroger’s and did grocery shopping and, natch, I looked at the wine. This Dancing Bull was on sale for $6 if purchasing 4 or more bottles (normally $13.99). So, I bought 3 of the Cabernet and 1 Zinfandel. I opened this Cabernet tonight to go with our dinner of hamburgers on the grill and salad. (By the way, we are under a heat advisory up here in Michigan; it was in the mid-90’s today.)

I like this wine. The nose has some leather along with strawberries and dark chocolate. The taste is very fruity — more so than most Cabernet’s for which I am familiar, but I think this would be a real draw for wine drinkers who generally drink and enjoy Australian fruity reds. The fruit is plummy with strawberries. The slightly smoky finish is enjoyable. This is a great wine to accompany your cookout with grilled meats.

Cheers to the Werner family. We miss you . . .