It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
I started with a nice red onion. Sauteed in 1/2 Olive Oil 1/2 Butter. When a few minutes from done, Lamb Mince or Lamburger steaks of 1/2 pound each were added to the cast iron (large…) skillet. About 4 minutes a side. Slightly pink in the middle. Sides were green beans and mashed potatoes with butter. Lamb got a small sprinkling of dry garlic granules at the turn. A shovel of sauteed caramelized onions on top for the presentation. Yum doesn’t even come close… I a salted and peppered mine at the serving. Spouse eschewed the pepper, poor lass.
The wine tonight is a nice Cabernet. Now, in fairness, my estimation of it is likely to be heavily colored by the fact that I had a chocolate glazed chocolate donut just before dinner. (What? Never heard of “desert first”? ;-) The simple fact is that yesterday we got a ‘tiny donut’ maker machine. Basically a waffle iron like affair with small donut rings in it. Last night I made a batch of 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 chocolate cake donuts. I coated the vanilla ones with powdered sugar. This morning the spouse made chocolate glaze for the chocolate ones. (She does not ‘do’ chocolate due to migraine issues).
So, OK, there started out about 15 half sized donuts at 3 AM last night. Now there are 3. What can I say… all you can’t resist donuts on demand 24 x 7? Man am I in trouble…
This means my evaluation of the wine may be a bit colored by an excess of sugars in the prior 12 hours… and minutes…
IMHO, the wine is quite nice, but not spectacular. The Little Penguin is richer. It is Samuel Wynn & Co. “Risk & Reward” Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Flavor is good, nose is very nice. Not too acid. All in all a very nice drop. However, there’s a certain intense Cabernet Character that just isn’t very strong to me. It’s there, but just not shouting at me. I like the wine. It’s very drinkable and quite nice. But if you asked me “what is this wine?” I’d not be shouting “A fine old Cabernet!”. I’d be saying “I”m not sure… it has some Cabernet in it, and isn’t flavored too much of Merlot, but, well, it’s a nice red of mixed character.” OTOH, while nominally a $10 wine per the shelf blurb, it was being sold at the Bargain Market Grocery Outlet for $5. Can’t quite expect a ‘remaindered’ $5 wine to be like a $25 a bottle 10 year old wine, can we?
Will I buy it again? Certainly! There’s nothing wrong with it as a Daily Drinker. It will go well with any red meat and some spicy white things too. It just won’t cause folks to take out pen and paper and ask you “What was that wine?” and I’m very OK with that. A Daily Drinker is a very nice thing to have. Nothing wrong with a table wine.
The label implies there’s some back story to “Samuel Wynn” as an explorer who had some event in an airplane at 20,000 feet. I’ll be looking that up shortly.
In Other News
The USA quasi-election will have implications for Australia. IF Biden ends up POTUS, expect China to move harshly against Australia once the USA pressure is removed by China Joe.
We’ll have to work on how to deal with that eventually, together, should it come to pass.