My Wife’s Notes – 2009 Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot – Hand-Cut Salsa and Guacamole

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Hand-Cut Salsa and Guacamole

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • salt
  • tortilla chips

Cut all the tomatoes into quarters, and remove the seeds and pulp.  Dice the flesh of the tomatoes, and place in a large bowl with the chopped garlic and chopped onion.  Remove the stems from the bunch of cilantro, and finely chop the leaves.  Place half of cilantro in the bowl with the tomato, garlic and onion.  Add the juice from half a lime to the salsa and mix thoroughly.  Add salt to desired taste.

Halve the avocados, remove the pits, and place the green flesh in a second bowl with the other half of the chopped cilantro.  Add the juice from the other half of the lime, salt to taste, and mash with a fork until the consistency is relatively smooth.  Serve together with the best tortilla chips on this planet: Fresh Is Best Tortilla Chips, proudly made in Kamloops BC.

Alana and I are really into dips.  Spinach dip, Seven Layer dip, Garlic Mayo, Tzaziki…if it’s dip-able, we’ll dip it.  Give us tortilla chips, fries, pita or sourdough bread, and we’ll find something to dip it in.

Accordingly, salsa and guacamole is a common sight in our house.  Quick and easy to make, we enjoy it as a quick snack, a side to our meal…and sometimes the meal itself.

Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot - Fresh Cut Salsa

Also a common sight: Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot.  I always keep a couple bottles in my wine cabinet as my go-to red.  At under $20 a bottle, it’s a tasty option at a reasonable price.  The vintages can vary widely though; after an outstanding 2006, I found the 2007 somewhat lacking and 2008 to be very mediocre.  The 2009 was much better when I tried it after it was first released, and I’m looking forward to seeing what a little more time in the bottle has done to it.

My Notes:

A dark opaque burgundy in the glass, this wine smells like the Okanagan with rich aromas of black cherry and plum.  The body is very smooth up front, surprisingly so for such a young wine, with plenty of rich juicy fruit flavors throughout.  This wine finishes quite dry, with almost a Riesling-like mouthwatering acidity. This wine pairs excellently well with the salty flavors and varied consistencies of the salsa and guacamole, as well as the piece of dark chocolate I snuck later that evening.  This is a great all-around wine at a pretty good price. 90 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“It’s smooth and tangy.  Soooo smooth.  Is tangy the right word?  Doesn’t matter, I’m saying it’s tangy.”

2009 Mission Hill Cabernet Merlot. $16.99 at BC Liquor Stores.


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