Joostenberg 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich and young. The tannic finish waits half a second to greet you with a sandy paper rub to polish the thickest cheese. Medium-bodied and frankly lush, it will water your mouth without end. Slightly sweet and charmingly pucker-powered, the Western Grape of Joostenberg triumphs.

Taken with extra cheese jalapeño pepperoni sausage onion pizza with extra sauce on the side.

Quenching: Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015

Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015

Light and neither oaky nor bodied… whatever that means. Strong as iron and friendly as flowers, yet dark and conversational.

I wouldn’t take it with beef, as it’s just neither dry nor tannic enough, though a little. I’d take it with lamb, poultry, cheese, or vegetables with some oil, like olive, butter, or coconut. Great with snacks, a 4 p.m. meal, dinner and a movie, or a night cap.

Taken with the usual roll of Monterey Jack, Swiss, Cheddar, Colby Jack, and the special occasion of a Star Trek TNG rerun.

Delectable: Corbieres 2015


Not so sure whether oaky or mapley, but full, half-dry, and half-tannic . Thick and deep, almost a cherry. Every bit as intoxicating as the cheese.

Plan on lamb or half a steak. Tasted with the whole roll of Swiss, medium cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby Jack, over a few pages of Pagan Christianity on the Kindle. Always take wine with your cheese.