Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sebeka Takes Home Double Gold

Tasters Guild recently held their 23rd Annual International Wine Judging in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was immediately contacted by one of the judges about a specific wine. Knowing I am always on the hunt for inexpensive (under $10) bottles of wine, this judge had a wine for me to try. Turns out I had tried this particular wine from previous years but hearing that the 2009 varietal had received double gold from the judges sent me on a hunt to find it. I did, yesterday, at Trader Joes.

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2009 Sebeka Cabernet Pinotage ($5.99-$8.49)

This varietal is so rich in color I couldn't get sunlight to penetrate it. It started off as grape juice to the nose and then opened up to an aroma of blackberry and earth scents. On the palate it was a variety of black and red berries, dark cocoa and oak. It is very smooth and has a nice finish. This is a perfect blend... and it's under $10.

I could not be more pleased with this wine. I enjoyed it with the appetizers listed in the post below, chicken Alfredo and salad for dinner. and dark chocolate covered cranberries after the kids went to bed. It went well with all of them.

My "judge" friend just ordered 6 cases. Another friend of mine is thinking about using this bottle as her bridesmaid gifts along with an etched glass celebrating the occassion. I like that idea.

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