Wine Wednesday!

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Spring seems to have finally arrived with some consistently pleasant temperatures recently. I’m proud to report that the lovely flowers that my dear husband and nephew planted in the last snow storm are still going strong! I have broken out my flip-flops and t-shirts and we’ve already fired up the grill with some fresh fish and grass-fed steaks. Even the yard bunny family has begun to make an appearance. How I do enjoy my shoulder seasons. Fall and spring are usually about as perfect as you can get temperature-wise. And I love all the green that comes back with spring. Plus the days are getting longer. Of course, I am already spying insane amounts of pollen on my car each morning, meaning that allergy season will soon be in full-swing in our house. That is my one biggest pet-peeve with this season (well, that and the fact that it’s the lead in to the hellish hot days of summer).

The Husband and I have been staying busy recently continuing to work on projects around the house and work. He’s running in his annual mountain marathon this weekend, and I’m busy planning our upcoming vacations. The Hubs and I are planning a beach getaway to Aruba later this summer. Neither of us have been, so we’re excited to see somewhere new! And, my sister is hoping to take my niece and nephew to Disneyworld this year—a trip for which we have been recruited to help wrangle and ride rides at the parks, lol. I haven’t been to Disney since I was a teenager, so it would certainly be nice to go.

We did spend a lovely Easter weekend in Charleston, South Carolina just a couple of weeks ago. Charleston is one of those cities where you can walk around forever and just enjoy seeing the lovely homes, churches, and parks. It was our second trip there, and we enjoyed seeing more of the Battery, visiting the Nathanial Russell house, walking in the Scots Church graveyard, and taking a carriage tour with a very humorous guide. I was good about shopping and managed to walk away from town with just a few spice blends from the Charleston Spice Company. That store is really pretty neat, if you ever get the chance to check it out. Of course, we ate well on our trip as well! I’d definitely recommend Blossom or Anson for dinner, Henry’s House for lunch (sit on the rooftop for a nice breeze and lovely view), and Toast for breakfast.

Anyhoo, by now I’m sure you’re asking, where’s the wine, right? Well, today’s selection is a robust Cabernet from Columbia Crest. This bottle of Horse Heaven Hills, or H3, is a 2009 that retails for around $14. It was a decent enough wine, but it’s pretty heady, so it might be more difficult to enjoy if you’re not into big, bold Cabs.

My notes:

  • color- purple
  • scent- bouquet of fruit
  • full-bodied
  • little bit of spice
  • plums
  • slightly metallic finish
  • not for the light-hearted wine drinker

And from the experts: “Focused, refined and appealing for its open-weave texture around a generous core of plum and currant fruit, finishing with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2014.” Wine Spectator, 90 pts.

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Wine Wednesday!

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How about another great Target clearance find for this snowy Wine Wednesday? Today’s fine feature is a Cabernet from Bogle Vineyards in California. It’s a 2009 which normally sells for around $11 a bottle. Of course stalking the Target clearance section led to me finding this bottle for under $8! You’ll enjoy this one if you appreciate a good heady red.

My notes:

  • color- dark ruby
  • scent- slight fruit, oak, grass
  • flavors- very mineral, earthy, notes of grass and berry

The experts: “Richly extracted cherry and cassis arrest the senses, holding captive on both the nose and the palate. Swiftly followed by black pepper and black olive, the supple mouthfeel fills out this full-bodied wine. Spicy American oak heightens the dense fruit, finishing with wisps of ground pepper and stellar tannins. Cellar for another 7-10 years, but don’t let anyone say you can’t enjoy it now…” from the winemakers themselves