Wine Recommendation: 2006 C5 Zinfandel

March 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

C5 Zinfandel by Stefani VineyardsI admit here that I have a soft spot for Zinfandels. It was with a Zin that I proposed to my husband (a shitty Zin at that, more’s the pity). But let me tell you, Stefani Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2006 is yowzers good.

As the story goes, winemaker and founder of Side Jobs Cellars, Jeff Lubin, decided to launch a brand he could call his own. Selling his prize possession his 1999 C5 Corvette, he thought it was only fitting to name the wine after the item that gave him years of joy.

Well hell. If his C5 gave him years of joy, he must have been downright obsessed with that vehicle.  The 2006 we bought and have bought many times now runs about 23$US from Cloverleaf Wine in Royal Oak.  Blackberries and bright fruit, perhaps even cherries on the palate (sorry Miss A!). Almost sweet, yet not. Pure silk on the tongue but with a faboo body. Absolutely faboo.

Make beef stew. A good, oven baked one, not one of these quick stovetop jobs. Crusty french loaf, pelugra butter, and if you’re really feelin’ sassy, have a caramel custard standing by for dessert.

But for god’s sake buy the damned wine. Go now. Buy. In fact, buy several.  You can probably store it for another 10 years if you don’t rush through it (I’m betting you will though). Why hasn’t this won awards? You’ll ask yourself this. Trust me.


When Husbands Open Difficult Bottles

February 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

Apparently this is what it takes to open a mead bottle in our house. In his defense, it’s pretty old. Jeff, you should recognize this.

Misc Things, Pre Happy Labor Day

August 28, 2008 § 8 Comments

1 — To my meat guy at the market: thankyou for obvious care you took to find me exactly the right steak. I find it amusing that you turn your nose up at some of your own stuff and I apologize for making you that picky when I stop by. I know you want me to buy the absolute best. I’m sorry if I ever implied you had otherwise.

2 — To arianna_pheadra and dukeeliahu, I am now in possession of two bottles of Famega and I’m happy to report I can get more any time I want. This one will hit the wine rec list.

2a — Sadly the state of Michigan does not sell St. Germaine.

3 — My fridge is full to bursting with food that will easily take us through next week, has been for the last two weeks, and somewhere in there I’ve managed to lose 7 pounds. Go me.

I think that’s about it. Happy Labor Day upcoming. I plan to listen to Obama’s acceptance speech online if someone broadcasts it and if they don’t, I think one of the local radio stations will. The rest of the weekend, we’ll see what the plans are. Grilling will definitely happen and I think I’m going to Havoc for part of the day.

PS: To the chica walking down the street in her nightie: Girl, you look like a streetwalker. I don’t care if you think you can call it a beach coverup, but flip flops and a tank top don’t make it a sundress. It’s summerweight flannel, for pity’s sake, and I saw it in the sleepwear section of KMart. You look like an idiot. Go home and change.

Wine Recommendation: Casillero del Diablo, Riserva Privada, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (2006)

June 29, 2008 § 4 Comments

When you’re stuck at the grocery store and pressed for time, sometimes amazing things happen. Your wine guy may actually take pity on you as you’re running past with your steaks and use his 6th Sense to throw exactly the right bottle of wine into your cart.

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Mmmm Wine

April 4, 2008 § 2 Comments

Lovely dinner with Duchess Boo last night. I’m afraid we kept her up far past her bedtime. But there was wine! The Poet’s Leap again, tres yummy. But arianna_pheadra take note, we had a Chardonnay that was probably good. I want to try it again before I recommend it wholeheartedly, if only because I’m a noted Chardonnay hater. (And there’s a story behind, it, of course, as there always is with Brian The Wine Guy) 🙂

Wine Recommendation: Poet’s Leap Riesling (2006)

February 7, 2008 § 6 Comments

Poet’s Leap Riesling
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Stop the presses, Mable. Iasmin is recommending a WHITE WINE.

Yes, you read that right. I’m recommending a white wine tonight. Poet’s Leap Riesling, 2006, 25$ plus tax, and *highly* recommended. Remember the convo with my wine guy? Well I went and reported on the wine (perfect with the shepherd’s pie) and this Riesling was my penance.

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Today’s convo with my wine guy

December 7, 2007 § 2 Comments


“You have that look in your eye when you want to make a dish that you know I’ll say ‘Beer’ for.”

“Now do I do that to you?”

“Yes, you do. Cough it up.”

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