Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2006

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

Dinner for One  Ribeye Steak and glass of Cabernet Sauvignon
It was a blue moon. Friday night and I was—gasp—alone. (Not counting my sound asleep toddler.) My older daughters were at a sleepover and my hubby was on a business trip

It felt refreshing. It felt relaxing. It felt … strange.

I had complete jurisdiction over the remote control. But I couldn’t find a single thing to watch. A rumble in my stomach reminded me that I didn’t eat a single bite of the mac-n-cheese I fed my daughter for dinner.

An organic, grass-fed rib-eye steak soon sizzled in the pan. I threw a few frozen sweet potato fries to bake in the oven. While my steak rested and the fries continued to crisp, I sauteed peppers and onions in olive oil.

My quiet house suddenly smelled amazing, and I knew I had to mark this blue moon night with a glass of big, well-bred wine: a fiery Spanish red by the name of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

Red Wine Info

Bottle: Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Grape:    60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Shiraz

Year:       2006

Region:  Jumilla, Spain

Price:     ~$13.00

Shop:     Vine & Table

Food Pairing:  Grilled steak, beef & vegetable stew, grilled chicken, mushrooms, hamburgers

More Big Reds for Dinner for One

Tait the Ball Buster

Marietta Old Vine Red

Penfolds Koonunga Hills

A big pour of this spicy wine was all I needed to gain a little perspective. A rare night alone should be savored and celebrated—and there’s no better way than with dinner and red wine for one.

Diane Timba is a contributing writer at Thursday Happy Hour. Check out her lifestyle wine column. What wine gives you perspective? Let Diane know in the comments below. Or chat with her on Facebook.


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