Dinner tonight was a stew made of grilled sirloin steak, potatoes, and carrots. I added cherry juice concentrate and a little bit of flat beer. And then I remembered the morel mushrooms I had dried and quick-frozen last spring and added about 6 of those to the broth. Oh yeah!
We don't claim to be "wine people," but we know what we like, and we found a very nice Merlot at Woodman's, a Wisconsin grocery store chain. It's an Australian wine, Jacob's Creek, vintage 2002. Since five bucks a bottle is about my husband's price limit, I know it didn't cost much. It had a nice smoky feel and was on the sweeter end of the spectrum for a Merlot, though not syrupy in the least. It was great with the stew.