Mother-in-Law jokes seemed to have been around as long as I can remember. I know that I am extremely fortunate that I have no qualms about mine, so I can not relate to the sentiments of the jokes that have been proffered for years. My Bride informed me that we were going to celebrate this day at her Mother’s home with four of the five sisters and their respected families for the convenience of her Mother, and that was fine to me. She also said that they were going to get carry-out food for the occasion at one of her Mother’s favorite restaurants.
After the logistics of time were hammered out, my Bride and I drove out to this family restaurant to pick up dinner for everyone, to take to her house. Ferlito’s has been a family style restaurant for years in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. When we pulled into the parking lot, which is very ample there were very few open spots, which informed me that others were also getting carry-outs or dining in on this day. The restaurant was packed, and we opted not to take a booth or table while we were waiting for our order to brought to us, as we did not want to utilize such a valuable piece of property on that day. Lasagna and Fettuccini Alfredo were the unanimous selections of the people that were going to be there, as well as one order of Pasta Bolognese for me, as I am one of the few people that I know, who is not especially fond of the dishes that we were picking up. With the salads and the rolls and all of the other dishes that we were picking up we finally got our car loaded and we were off to join the party that was in progress.
My Bride and I were basically the only wine drinkers there, but we did not go empty handed, because that would be in poor taste. We took a bottle of Sterling Chardonnay 2011, which is our current go to wine in this category. I also brought a bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva Banfi 2003 for a red wine to compliment our dinner. Chianti Classico is one of the first delineated areas that were “zoned” by the wine boards in Italy, as Chianti is probably one of the most famous names of wines known the world over. This wine is made from the Sangiovese varietal, and harvested only from designated areas between Siena and Florence. The “Classico” designation is about fifteen percent of the entire Chianti district. A basic Chianti Classico is aged for two years before being bottled and a Riserva requires an addition year of aging. There was no “cockerel” on the bottle and I must surmise that is because the winemaker is based in Montalcino. This wine, which is ten years old showed no signs of age and could have been cellared for many more years from the qualities that were apparent while we enjoyed it.