I have wrote often about my dinner club, and it is one of the oldest organizations still in existence in the City of Detroit, and it was even honored accolades at a breakfast when Detroit was celebrating its Three Hundredth Anniversary; we were one of the few organizations that was older then a hundred years. Through out the years, since inception the club has been a male bastion of members that have a common interest in philately. The club has had the occasional spouse’s night, roughly every ten years, though it appears that there is now a growing trend to have this occur annually, which I think is a great idea and I must say that my Bride is all for it, even if she does not share my ardent passion for this hobby.
Once the idea was accepted by vote of the membership, the evening was planned in earnest and there was a good showing by the members. We had the evening at Oakland Hills Country Club which was founded in 1916 and is Bloomfield Township. This is a legendary course in the state of Michigan and it has been host to some famous events over the years, and is noted for its two 18-hole golf courses designed by the noted Donald Ross. While my dinner club is not a golfing club, we have members that do enjoy the sport and they could appreciate the vista from the private dining room that we had for the evening. The evening started off with a couple of servers walking around during our traditional cocktail hour serving hot and cold Hors d’oeuvres. We got a chance to sample jumbo shrimp cocktails, Bruschetta with Mozzarella and tomato and Crab Stuffed Mushroom caps, and there was an ample amount of each appetizer to keep everyone content. After the cocktail hour, we all sat down for our dinner of the evening and started with a classic Caesar Salad, and while it was very good, I still feel that it is a pale version to my Bride’s interpretation, but I was pleased that they did include anchovies in the salad. Our dinner entrée for the evening was a form of “Surf and Turf” consisting of a Filet Mignon and grilled Salmon with a side of Potatoes Dauphine, and I noted that during this course the room was rather quiet for our group as everyone was busy enjoying the dinner. Our dessert course was a novel slice of Lemon Meringue pie that had ice cream as part of the pie filling along with some fine coffee.
There was a side bar in our dining room, with an able bartender with a good collection of beers, wine and spirits from which to pour. I took a look at the wines that were pre-selected and asked if I may see the wine list offered by the club for its members to enjoy. Since this was a “Dutch Treat” night, I did not feel that I should be encumbered by what was offered, as my Bride and I were having a wonderful night out. I was studying the list and was going to go with a French Burgundy or a Pinot Noir for the evening, when I saw a wine that intrigued me. I selected a bottle of Darioush Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. I have never had a mediocre bottle of wine from Darioush, even though they are a relatively young winery in Napa Valley, and I say that, because they were not in existence when my Bride and I spent a week there. The other reason that my curiosity was piqued was that instead of being listed as Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon, the addition of “Caravan” suggested to me, that this must be a Meritage style blended Cabernet Sauvignon and I was right. While it was basically a Cabernet Sauvignon, it was blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec; all from the estates of Darioush either in Napa Valley proper or Mt. Veeder. The wine had a very fine nose with some terroir and a very deep purple color, and a wonderful taste. I must say that my Bride mentioned that she enjoyed the wine several times during dinner, which is quite a compliment from her and that made me happy. As we were driving home, she mentioned that she hopes that this evening becomes an annual event as she really enjoyed herself, it probably helped that there was not a lecture or speaker that evening about any aspect of the hobby.