The first wine that I’ll discuss this week is the 2006 Girasole Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County, CA. This is an organic wine which I found on sale at EarthFare for $12.99. I don’t usually seek out organic wine, though I do usually buy organic dairy and some produce, but I thought that I’d give it a try since I haven’t talked about any organic wine here yet. I found this to be a very enjoyable cab which paired very well with grilled New York strip steak. If you’ve read my column before, you’ve probably noticed that I love a well-grilled steak. I’ve perfected the dry rub, and my husband has perfected his cooking method, and together we deliver one nice steak (well, actually, usually two)! Enjoying this steak with a glass of something delightful just makes the whole experience better. I was thrilled to find that this Girasole Cabernet Sauvignon was up to the task; that the grapes were farmed organically sweetened the deal even further. The beautiful ruby color and the nose of currant and plum led me to believe that I’d enjoy my first sip. The faint flavor of oak was complemented by caramel and nut on the palate. My instincts were right: I did enjoy my first sip and every single one after it!

The second wine that I tried this week was the 2007 Protocolo de la Tierra de Castilla White, which I found on sale at EarthFare for $6.99. This is a Spanish wine, made from Viura, Arien, and Macabeo grapes. It is a lovely un-oaked white wine, which is crisp and fruity. I noticed flavors of lime, apples, peaches, and herbs. I found it to be a great sipping wine; really enjoyable for the final nights of summer. For the money, this wine is a great find!