There is nothing better than sitting around the table laughing, good food and wine with great friends. This weekend we had the pleasure of doing just that. We have these awesome friends that will eat anything I put in from of them and always bring the wine, most of the time something none of us has tried. They are as adventuresome about wine as we are so we get to try wines that might not get purchased otherwise. We’ve found a lot of great wines and some that were abysmal failures, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For dinner I had marinated a chuck roast that because of the frigid temperatures, I roasted in the oven for about twenty minutes and made some garlic roasted potatoes to go along with the roast. We had cheese and crackers, a salad and hot rolls as sides. Our friends brought over two bottles of wine from Milestone, from Geyserville, California, one of them was a red blend and the other was a cabernet sauvignon, both 2012 vintage and on sale for under $10. You can find them online at http://www.milestonewines.com.
We had the cabernet first to go with the cheese and crackers, and the salad. It had a ruby red color and a berry fruit aroma. The wine had a peppery spicy taste with a dry finish very full and lush. This is definitely a wine I would like to have again.
The second wine was a red blend that consisted of 37% Syrah, 36% Zinfandel, 14% Merlot, and 10% Petite Sirah. The first thing I smelled was alcohol, the bottle had an alcohol content of 13%, which isn’t too high, but it was the alcohol smell I noticed first. It was dry and full, but didn’t have the berry fruit taste of the cabernet. Not a wine that I want to taste again.
One out of two isn’t bad, and the company was outstanding.