"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." -- Benjamin Franklin
I have been saving an assortment of wine bottles with the intention of starting a wine journal. I enjoy wine and keep forgetting the name of particular vintages I've liked. It suddenly dawned on me that I could create my journal online and share it with you. If this works, then maybe you could post the names of wines you have enjoyed and a little network may develop. Who knows, but it is time to start.
Red Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - For years I have leaned toward certain grapes from certain regions such as Oregon Pinot Noirs and Tuscan Chiantis, but lately I have become intrigued with California Cabernet Sauvignons. I know I am a bit behind the trend, but c'est la vie. This particular cab is fruity without being heavy. Medium tannins and a medium range of acidity. I had it with a garlickly pasta dish followed by some smoked cheddar and I was in heaven. The price is good too at around $13 a bottle.
The Las Rocas Garnacha 2005 hails from Spain. The vineyards are relatively young, but the grapes pack it in. Again a fruity wine, but one which is not too sweet or heavy. The vintage I had was not one of Vinas Viejas, ie one of the better grades, but still I loved it. I had it with a curried lentil soup and salad. Considering the cherry notes, this might seem an odd choice, but there was also a lovely peppery finish that melded nicely with the soup. Again, this is not a bank breaker at approximately $9 a bottle.
I think Van Gogh and Cezanne would have approved.