Being the quintessential American couple we are, Joel and I are in the throws of home remodeling, and as such, found ourselves at IKEA on a Saturday afternoon perusing dream kitchens. I will overlook the fact that IKEA is Swedish, continue with the Great American theme, and share with you that we ventured a bit further afterward and landed at Monument Café—a locally owned nostalgic diner that was growing its own and sourcing the rest locally long before it was hip to do so. We didn't go to Monument with light and healthy in mind, but instead with palates primed for that traditional American fare of fried chicken, catfish and mashed potatoes. There was more, but I’ll keep it to myself to avoid losing all credibility as a gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free blogger. I will say all was delicious and consumed in support of a very worthy local business.

In keeping with our Great American theme, on the menu was, literally, The Great American Wine Company’s Cabernet Sauvignon. I didn’t hold out much hope that it would be a life-changing wine, but I didn’t expect Monument would put anything too terrible on the menu, either. I wasn’t wrong.

This is a wine that, at the risk of sounding cliché, just doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has a lovely aroma of ripe and fruity berry and is medium-bodied with some good structure. The flavor is very fruity, as well, but there is enough smokiness to balance it out and allow it to hold up against hearty foods… fried chicken, for example.

Retail, a bottle goes for $12-13 and a portion is donated to military charities. What’s not to like? This is a simple, quality, inexpensive wine that I plan to add to my list of usual suspects.