Suffice it to say, the next words out of his mouth were unprintable, but I was no longer asked to fetch the wine on Sunday.
Here are two Italian wines that are perfect for Sunday dinner:
2009 Paitin Langhe Arneis ($18.99): One of the most famous white wines of Italy's Piedmont region, arneis is delicate and fruit forward. Try it with mussels poached in some of the arneis and a little chopped garlic.
2007 Cantele Primitivo ($15.99): Full and rich, this zinfandel-like red will match up nicely with lasagna in a spicy red sauce.
We still keep the tradition in our family of gathering for Sunday dinner and many of the recipes I've shared over the years have been versions of meals from those halcyon days. I'll even open a bottle or two of my home made wine on occasion.
And while I do not (intentionally) make vinegar, some not so subtle individuals, after tasting my homemade wine, suggest that I have killed two birds with one stone!
For more on the art and craft of wine, visit John Brown's WineBoy blog at thegazz.com.