Today’s Food and Wine Review

My apologies, I haven’t written about any wines or dishes I’ve made. It’s not that I haven’t been drinking or eating, I’ve just not been writing it down. Because our work schedules have been polar opposites, Mitch working nights and me working days, I’ve fallen in a sort of rut, making dishes that are quick and easy or a huge crock pot meal that we will eat on for days. (Boring) The good news, a new shift bid came out and our schedules will be closer together, not exactly the same, but at least we will be on the same sleep schedule. I am already planning some new menu ideas.

Last night for dinner, I grilled boneless pork ribs and a mixture of bell peppers and onions. I opened a bottle of the Limited Release Apothic Rosé for a light wine to accompany the dish. A California wine from Modesto, vintage 2016 was a pale peachy color in the glass. I could smell a whiff of alcohol and strawberries. The wine had 12.5% alcohol by volume. The wine tasted of strawberries and watermelon, but not a sweet wine, more of a soft smooth wine with no bite at the end. It had a light soft finish that encouraged you to drink more and refill your glass.

This is a wine that went well with the pork ribs and can be drunk all by itself, sitting on the deck enjoying the afternoon.


Today’s Wine Review

Fall has come to the northwest with temperatures in the fifties along with clouds and rain. I had set out a steak to grill hoping for better weather, oh well. For the wine I opened a bottle of Apothic Inferno, a limited release of wine aged 60 days in whiskey barrels.

The wine, a California Red Blend, vintage 2014, had an alcohol content of 15.9%. The wine was a dark red color in the glass and had a light smoky smell with a hint of a sweet maple smell. I could smell the alcohol when I stuck my nose in the glass.

The wine had a dark cherry taste with a sweet maple note, not overpowering at all, just kind of a tease. I could taste the wood, but it was a soft wood and smoky flavor and a touch warming, almost like a cognac or brandy, but not heavy and strong, just hints and subtleties.

The wine was a nice surprise and went well with the steak. It was also a great companion to the chilly weather, like a glass of cognac, warm and inviting. You can find Apothic online at The wine was reasonably priced at under $15. I’m pretty sure it will go fast, since it is a limited release.

Today’s Wine Review

This morning we woke to the leftovers of a bit of freezing rain. At 4:30 when I took the dogs out after their breakfast the porch wasn’t that bad, kind of crunchy but not too slick. That quickly changed by 6:30 after showering and getting dressed for the “official” walk we found ourselves sliding down the street after taking a couple of steps and decided that we would wait until later in the day. Of course with the bad weather, I need to make a wine stock up run to ensure I will make it through the weekend stuck inside.

Last night for dinner I opened a bottle of Apothic’s latest limited release, Crush, a red blend of Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir to go with roast beef. This wine was promised to be released for Valentine’s Day and that’s when I bought it but hadn’t opened it yet. It a California red blend, vintage 2013 with 14.5% alcohol. It was a dark ruby red color in the glass with soft smells and even with the higher alcohol content that was not apparent in the nose. There was a slight bite but very smooth and soft. I could definitely taste the Pinot Noir in the wine. It had a dry finish that left a kind of soft feeling in my mouth. The wine went with the salad and roast beef very well and each glass tasted as good the one before.

This was a very nice wine, one that I plan on buying quite a few bottles of on my wine run today. The price was also very appealing. I paid $7.96 a bottle at Sam’s Club, a very budget friendly wine. I recommend this one to buy and try, let me know what you think.

Today’s Wine Review

The bulk of the wines I taste are priced between $10 and $20 dollars, not because I don’t want to taste pricier wines, but because the mortgage company, gas and electric company all have a strong opinion on what they want me to spend on wine. Selfish utilities.

I do splurge occasionally on pricier wines, when we are at a tasting and get to try it before you buy it, always makes it easier to stomach the higher price. Or if a label and the write up on the back of the bottle sounds especially intriguing I might buy the bottle. I’m a big sucker for the label, but then aren’t a lot of people out there? That’s why graphic designers make the big bucks.

There is a winery that we routinely buy and love, Apothic, very budget friendly and oh so drinkable. The wines normally sell for around $9.99 but we will catch them on sell for as low as $7.99 a bottle, stock up time for sure. You can find them at or on Facebook. The winery is based out of Modesto, California and everything I’ve tasted from them has been a blend. The wines that I’ve tasted are Apothic Red, Apothic White, Apothic Rosé and their latest release, Apothic Dark.

The first wine we came across was Apothic Red 2010, Winemakers Blend. A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon is not too high in alcohol, 13.1%, goes down very smooth. This is only bottle I don’t currently have in my cellar, modest though it is I do have one, sadly we drank all of the bottles of Apothic Red. (I see a shopping trip in my future). I can taste the burn of the alcohol but it doesn’t overwhelm everything else. It’s not as jammy as a big Zin, but you can tell that Zinfandel is part of the blend. The Syrah comes out in the smoky smell and the Cabernet Sauvignon gives the big red bite to balance it out. It goes really good with grilled meats like steak or a marinated grilled chuck roast. All of which I might are always rare. Is there any other way to eat steak?

The second Apothic wine we discovered was Apothic White 2011, Winemakers Blend. A blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato with an alcohol content of 12.0% has a slight sweet taste. The Chardonnay takes a back seat to the fruit forward taste of the Riesling. The Moscato keeps the blend light and a little sweet finish, making this a superb wine that complements spicy food like chicken fajitas or hot peppery shrimp. It is still a full bodied wine, the Chardonnay brings that to the table that makes this a very drinkable white wine.

Apothic Rosé 2012, Limited Release, First Cut, came out early this summer just in time for cooking outside or just hanging out with friends. The Rosé is a blend of undisclosed grapes, top secret stuff, so I can’t tell you what it’s made of, but it is one of the nicest Rosé’s I have ever tasted. It’s not too sweet very fruit forward and crisp. The wine has an alcohol content of 13% so it’s not grape juice, but it’s one of my favorite wines to drink with the lighter dishes I fix in the summer, salads and grilled chicken. Especially when I add crushed red pepper to the chicken. Or if you prefer, you can just sit around with friends or by yourself and sip away.

The latest release, Apothic Dark 2012, Limited Release, came out just in time for Halloween. It is one of my new favorites. Apothic Dark has an alcohol content of 14.1% higher than the others, still a blend and oh baby what a blend. It is another blend that the grapes used are undisclosed on the bottle, but when you open it and pour it in a decanter the first thing you see is how dark purple the wine is. Pour it in a glass and stuff your nose deep in to catch the bouquet and you smell the full body smoky aroma of a Syrah. Swirl it around and take a sip, that’s when the big jammy Zinfandel flavors fill your mouth. Hold the glass to the light and you see just how dark it really is. True to its’ name, so dark and rich. This wine goes really good with beef, roasts and steak again or a really good pot roast and crusty bread. Imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace snuggling up with your honey and holding a big glass of this wine. Bad things are gonna happen, good bad things.