My cousin’s son just got married and it was quite the event. His Best Man called him a “walking encyclopedia” and I think that probably is as good of a description as there could be. He attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan, did a private study in China to learn the language, graduated as an attorney from Harvard School of Law, then was hired by a firm in Manhattan and now resides on Long Island. That is quite a list of accomplishments for one so young and his new Bride also has a litany of similar accomplishments.
The wedding was held at St. Hugo’s of the Hills, a very stately and celebrated church. The wedding was held at the original church which is now called the Chapel and it is one of those architectural gems that I enjoy, because it is old school in design. While it is not a grand cathedral, it is still configured so that the main room is in the shape of a cross and not one large room, that is the preferred modern concept for houses of worship. The pipe organ was magnificent and the singing abilities of both the Monsignor and the soloist were, as we used to say, worth the price of admission. The weather obliged and it was wonderful to see the church full of everyone in their finery, as the couple wanted a “Black Tie” wedding. After the wedding, there were formal pictures taken of both sides of the family and the photographer worked to get all of our side to fit into one picture.
After the wedding, everyone had to drive towards the reception, which was being held at the Detroit Athletic Club in Downtown Detroit. The DAC is a seven-story edifice that is now located in the center of all that is on the upswing of what is happening in the City of Detroit. The reception began in two rooms of the main floor for a cocktail hour. The first room was actually for everyone to mingle and meet, and the second room showcased the wedding cake and a fully stocked bar. The waiters were working overtime to make sure that everyone had their fill of all the assorted hot and cold appetizers and there were so many that I could not keep track, but the Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce garnered the most raves. My Bride started out with a “Dirty Martini” while I took advantage of having one of my favorites a “Vermouth Cocktail.” We then switched over to wine and in the reception area they were serving three different wines from Les Vignobles Foncalieu, their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Les Vignobles Foncalieu Reserve Saint Marc Chardonnay 2014 is from the IGP Pays d’Oc which is roughly the entire southern part of France, known as Languedoc-Roussillon except for the areas that actually have an Appellation Controlee. The original terminology was Vin de Pays d’Oc, but to accommodate the European Union they know use IGP as the geographic protection, which really works out, because they can label the wines by the grape and is a great marketing tool in today’s approach to wine. The wine is not spectacular, but it delivers to me what a Chardonnay should taste like, especially compared to many wines that I have had that are Chardonnay in name only.