Even though my daughter once said, “I’m hungry for a toy,” Happy Meals and other fast food are rarely on the menu for my family. Instead, we keep the pantry stocked with our own easy meals for hectic nights. On a recent Tuesday, I opened a package of fresh greens and dressed them up with the last of the summer tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette. Then I grilled a few gourmet sausages, which come in all sorts of flavors these days, such as chicken and apple, mango and spinach and feta. With an exotic mustard or two on the table, dinner was ready.
An easygoing meal calls for an easygoing wine, and Bogle Zinfandel California Old Vine 2007 was just the bottle we needed. It was fresh and juicy, and the full flavors of the sausage brought out a new layer of intensity and spice. With dinner, and non-blind, I gave it 86 points. At $11, it’s also a bargain.
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