Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

We are under a winter storm warning so I made this chicken, white bean spicy chili for our dinner. I forgot to take a picture of our dinner at the table, which was in the bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, but this picture of the chili in the pot will do. The soup was delicious and hot and the wine is big enough to stand up to and complement the meal. It was fun to watch the giant snowflakes outside tonight. They were huge! A very cozy night for spicy chili and a big wine.

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Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

Happy Sunday! It has been awhile since we have blogged but I am hoping you will see why from this picture. I had to have knee surgery this last week to repair a torn medial meniscus. This has thrown our cocktail hours into a bit of disarray. But, I feel that after three days I am on the mend and quickly resuming my lifestyle. I am still on crutches but I get around pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Because I had limited mobility this weekend, we decided it was a good opportunity to take the 4-hour drive north to visit my parents. As always, a very fun visit with these two robust lovebirds. A quick trip up on Saturday and back on Sunday and now we are relaxing in front of a dark-pink sunset and 50-degree temperature this October evening.

For dinner, I hobbled around the kitchen and put together a white-bean, chicken chili supper. I drove to our local market and purchased a whole-wheat baguette to have with our soup. This will really hit the spot because we both feel the chill tonight. I made this soup simply: I sauteed chopped onions and garlic, added cumin, salt and pepper, then added chopped, boneless, skinless chicken breast and browned everything. Then I added some green chilis, fresh-squeezed lime, chicken broth, and three cans of white beans and shoe-peg corn to simmer. It smells great.

Tom chose this wine because he wanted something big to go with our soup. The nose is rich with blackberry. The palate is musky with hints of clove and spice. The mouth feel is soft and lush with a robust finish of raisins, chocolate, and spice.

I purchased this wine for $13.99 at one of our favorite local wine shops, A & L Wine Castle. They generally don’t let me buy anything that we won’t enjoy. Nice job, A&L.