Some dinners are planned and other dinners are by happenstance. This was one evening, as a fine gentleman had passed away, much too soon and very respected in his community. The funeral home was totally congested and we parked about three blocks away, and then we had to stand in the rain until there was room for us to enter, which shows how beloved the individual was. Even the chance to sign the guest book had a long line, but we were happy to pay our respects to a couple of the family members, and alas, we had to make it quick, because there were so many behind us that wanted to do to the same.
After we left, we started to walk to our car, but we decided to have dinner before we left Northville, and as we were walking by a restaurant that we had been to before, it just seemed natural. Needless to say, we were not the only ones with this thought in our mind, as the restaurant was packed as well, and I would venture that it was because of where we had just left. My Bride and I decided that the wait for a table was going to be long and there were two seats at the end of the bar, and we were told that it would be fine for us to have dinner there. So we had some classic comfort bar-food. My Bride surprised me and ordered a chopped Black Angus burger with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese on a brioche. I ordered the Kobe beef and veal meatloaf with whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, crispy onions with red wine demi sauce gravy. The meals were filling and quick, as the restaurant continued to get packed with more diners as we went into the evening.
My Bride decided to have a glass of Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. We have another wine from this winery, but not the Cabernet Sauvignon and she enjoyed it with her burger. This wine has a California designation, so the grapes can be harvested from anywhere in the state and these wines tend to be more fruit forward and designed to be enjoyed after bottling, and not to be cellared. I had chosen a wine, also from a winery that we had tried before. I had a glass of Clayhouse Vineyards Malbec 2011 from Paso Robles. This was a deep inky wine and delivered a full bodied glass of wine from this varietal that seems to do quite well in California, and I am enjoying more and more wines from Paso Robles and the entire Central Coast. As we were leaving, my Bride said that I had picked the better of the two wines, but since we were sharing, all was good. It was also a nice way to remember the fine gentleman, as he always wanted me to have a glass of wine, when we would run into each other.