Another Father’s Day has passed and the traditional day is celebrated where the honoree goes out into the backyard and displays his culinary technique on the barbeque. As you may have ascertained, I am not one of those fathers, though I laud and appreciate those that do. I could probably get lost on the way to my backyard. We had no plans for the day, though I did hope that it would include some wine, after all why should this day be different from all other days? My Bride gave me some wonderful gifts including some heavy reading for some time to come, as she got me a copy of Raymond Kevorkian’s The Armenian Genocide, a very impressive tome with almost two-hundred pages of notes to the over one thousand pages of scholarly writing, and as she told me, there are not photographs.
On a lighter side, I asked if there was anything that she wanted to do, as she had been hinting around that she would like to go to the cinema. I have to admit that I am not a fan of most of what is available, but then I guess they are not marketing films towards me, so we went to see Wonder Woman. The period settings were well done, but most of these “blue-screen” films do not excite me, and I longed for my youth and Lynda Carter and many of you may have to Google that reference. After the film, we went to the city of Northville and had dinner at The Garage Grill & Fuel Bar that we have been to several times. Upon arrival, we were told that the dinner menu would not be available until four o’clock three different times, which kind of irked me, because I figured that by the time we ordered something to drink, it would be time; I can be a real curmudgeon at times. My Bride wanted something light so she had the “Pacer Salmon Salad Bowl” which was herb crusted Norwegian cedar roasted on a bed of Kale and other greens with shaved Brussels Sprouts, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, onions and a Pomegranate Vinaigrette. I had the “Big Block Boneless Short Ribs” which were classically prepared braised short ribs on a potato puree with sugar snaps, cremini mushroom and water chestnuts.
The wine that was poured was Summers Andriana’s Cuvee 2014 from Summers Estate Winery. The wine was a mix of fifty-nine percent Sonoma County and forty-one percent Napa Valley. The wine was Cabernet Sauvignon, at least eighty-one percent of it was, the balance being Merlot, Petite Verdot, Shiraz and Petite Sirah. The wine was aged for sixteen months in French Oak of which half were new barrels. Summers Estate Winery is part of the much larger Bronco Wine Company and it was a very pleasant wine. The day was enjoyable and I heard from our children and even from some of the grandchildren, which is a way to make me smile even more.