Today’s Wine Review


What could be better than a nice tender prime rib dinner? Served rare of course. Well how about the perfect bottle of wine to go along? Too bad that didn’t happen this time. I roasted a small prime rib for the two of us and it turned out very tasty. I cut small slits in the top and stuffed in garlic, then salted and peppered it. That was the best part of the meal. The wine was disappointing.

We opened a bottle of Chateau Griviere from Medoc, France. It was a blend, 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was called Cru Bourgeois Medoc, 2005 vintage with 13% alcohol. The wine was a dark ruby color that was starting to turn to a more amber color. It was dry and harsh tasting. I could smell a hint of cedar. Maybe we should have left it alone longer, I don’t know, but it was not a wine that I will want to taste again anytime soon. So disappointing.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. billgncs says:

    do you think it was the tannins that you tasted ?

    1. susank456 says:

      More than likely. Maybe if we had waited longer to open it, it might have tasted better. Or maybe I’m just a big sissy.

      1. billgncs says:

        sometimes, a wine with heavy tannins tastes better after it opens up in the oxygen. We have a little aerator that we use for some reds to help them open up.

      2. susank456 says:

        We do too, I should have used it. I will next time.

      3. billgncs says:

        having champagne tonight ?

      4. susank456 says:

        I think that is an outstanding idea! How about you?

      5. billgncs says:

        we are big champagne fans, and there is alot of good inexpensive bottles. We have it at the holidays and like it in the summer when it is really hot too.

      6. susank456 says:

        I’ll have to try that in the summer. It sounds like a lot of fun.

      7. billgncs says:

        do you like greek food ?

      8. susank456 says:

        Yes. We don’t eat it much but when I have eaten it I liked it. Why?

      9. billgncs says:

        Jan picked up a bottle of 2011 Saint Hillaire white sparkling wine to take to a party tonight.

        I love to leave it outside in a snow bank until we drink it.

        From…. Costco for $9.99 plus tax

        It is a dryer one but we really liked it ( except for my youngest who would prefer bubbly lemonaide )

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