It appears that on occasion I am doing some stand-in representation for a firm and I have to attend some political fundraisers. This time I was going to The Dearborn Inn for the venue. I have discussed The Dearborn Inn in a prior article, where I made mention that it is the first airport hotel in the United States, even though the airport has long since disappeared. The affair was to be held outdoors, but due to the inclement weather, the hotel made an alternative location available, which was a shame. There were some magnificent antique cars and some classic muscle cars that were parked at the front entrance to the hotel and I am sure that they would have been on the grounds of the outdoor event.
The hall that was used for the alternative was large and spacious and the service was just as wonderful for either location. They had a couple of bars set up at opposite corners from each other. There were several tables set up for casual dining in a “grazing” motif. There was a table set up with pita bread, tapenade, hummus and Tabouli salad. Another table was set up with five different cheeses, condiments and fresh fruit and vegetables. There was also a table for slices of Prime Rib with the appropriate extras. The arrangements were very well laid out.
The one wine that I tried was a Cabernet Sauvignon that I had no knowledge of, but that tends to be the norm at fund raisers. They served Rawson’s Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. It turns out that Rawson’s Retreat is part of the Penfolds family of wines from Australia. This collection of wines is billed as “contemporary wines for immediate drinking.” Upon the first taste of a newly opened bottle the wine started out a bit bitter, with a rather light nose for a Cabernet Sauvignon. As the wine slowly opened up in the glass it mellowed out and was not a bitter as the initial tasting, which was a good thing. I do not know if I would have continued with it, but as it opened up, most people mentioned how enjoyable it was. Since this wine is created for immediate drinking, I would presume that it would not be good for cellaring, but it would be a good wine for parties, such as we were at.