Today’s Wine Review

One of my favorite things to do is try new recipes and transform them into my own creations. I am on Facebook, but about the only things you’ll find on my timeline are scads of recipes I’ve saved to my page so I can download them at my leisure and adjust them to my tastes. The same goes for Pinterest, I have four or five boards of different recipes pinned for future use. My friends have told me to quit because they claim that they’re gaining weight just looking at the recipes.

I made one of the recipes last night and we were very pleased at how good it was. Of course I changed it up to fit what I had on hand. The recipe was Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, and called for green peppers and provolone cheese but all I had was red bell peppers and an Italian cheese blend. I used leftover roast beef from the night before and added some hot pepper flakes. I think my version turned out better because the red peppers gave it a slightly sweet mild flavor which blended with hot pepper flakes nicely.

For the wine I opened a bottle of Beringer Founders Estate Smooth Red Blend, 2011. It was a gift, not something I would normally buy, but I’m always willing to try any wine. It was a California red blend with 13.5% alcohol content and surprisingly good. It was a dark red color in the glass and when swirled it had nice legs. It was dry and smooth with a nice bite at the end. There was a slight acidic taste. I could taste dark fruit along with a medium finish. You can find them online at

I have to admit when I think of Beringer Wines, I think of White Zinfandel, sweet and cheap, not of a nice smooth red blend that could hold up to a beef dinner, but once again I’ve been proven wrong. Would I buy it the next time I’m stocking up, maybe, maybe not, but if I was offered a glass I wouldn’t turn it down. The one thing I do know about wines is that there will always be a bottle of wine out there waiting to surprise me again and again.