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25 days 'til Christmas!

Yeah, I know, it’s kind of hard to believe…

you can start those Advent calendars tomorrow...

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday - Saturday, 10am to 8pm

Calendar 🗓

December 2nd (Saturday) - We’re having a Fried Saturday! Fried bologna sandwiches and french fries all day. Artisanal bologna, fried and covered with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and if you choose, Giardiniera peppers to spice it up a bit. Accompany that with potatoes deep-fried in beef tallow… yes, please, I'll take two. Stop in and see us Saturday for this creative event!

December 9 (Saturday) - Our annual Champagne Tasting 6-8pm. reservations required. Call soon because this one fills up fast… (SOLD OUT).

Store News 🏬

The next few weeks will be trying for all of us… our goal is as always to have the wine, beer, or food product that you need for the holidays. Be it that special bottle or the main item on your dinner table, we’re here to help.

Wine News🍷

December marks the month that we pretty much stop tasting wines from distributors. Their sample budgets have run out, and in many cases, our time available to taste has run out as well. Will we still request some new wines? You bet, but the most important part of this season is keeping the racks full and making certain special orders are taken care of. Yes, there will still be some wine news to share, but not as much as before.

Dan’s Feature ⭐️

This week's feature comes from Napa Valley: Sam Jaspar 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve never had the opportunity to share this wine with you until right now. Sam Jasper Cabernet is a product of "the collaborative efforts of the Indelicato family of Black Stallion Winery and renowned consultant Thomas Rivers Brown. Together they present an alluring inky purple hue that sets the stage for an immersive sensory experience. The wine opens with a captivating bouquet, exuding the essence of ripe, brambly berries and plums, interlaced with subtle hints of walnut husk and cedar, evoking an air of refinement and depth." Notes continue with describing that on the palate, "this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an explosion of intense flavors, dominated by the luscious essence of red currant and cherry. A broad, velvety wave of flavors cascades, seamlessly integrating vibrant fruit notes with intricate undertones of espresso, rich chocolate, and the subtle complexity of graphite. The wine culminates in a protracted, gratifying finish, leaving a lasting impression of its exquisite balance and finesse." This 95+ point Cabernet isn’t a daily drinker at $149.99; it is, however, a wonderful bottle to gift to the wine lover in your life. This wine is a one and done; we won’t have the opportunity to purchase any more of it until next year. We were given only 3 by our distributor and were quite lucky to get them, so if you’re looking for that extra-special gift, stop on in and we’ll make your day.

Dan’s Pick 🥂

My pick this week is from the Burgundy region of France, more specifically Chablis. Joseph Drouhin’s 2021 Vaudon Chablis is the wine that’s on the shelf for this week. Tasting notes have this to say about one of my favorite Chardonnays: "Joseph Drouhin 2021 Vaudon Chablis is an elegant and refined white wine that captures the essence of the Chablis region in France. With a pale gold color and greenish hues, this wine exudes freshness and vitality. The nose is greeted with intense citrus aromas, specifically of lemon and grapefruit, that are balanced with hints of fern and coriander. On the palate, it is dry and fruity, with a mineral undertone that adds complexity and depth to the wine. The taste is crisp and refreshing, making it an ideal accompaniment to a variety of dishes." That’s why I like this wine -- for me, it’s the perfect expression of the varietal. This is not the Chardonnay that you're used to... no oak or butter on this bottle. It's crisp, acidic, and with moderate minerality that makes it a mealtime favorite. If you think you don’t like Chardonnay, this is the bottle that will sway you to the other side. Priced at $36.99, I consider it affordable because many of the white Burgundy wines have simply gone through the roof. Give it a try, and I think you’ll agree Chablis is where it's at.

Food News 🐮

Beef prices certainly aren’t going down, and every day I wait, they seem to be go up even higher. We’re taking orders now for Christmas Prime Rib or Beef Tenderloin, or any other menu item that you request. As always, we’re looking for the best prices that we can lock in for these cuts. If it’s Prime Rib, we just need to know a couple things… (1) bone in or boneless, and (2) how many people you’ll be serving. This year, there will be rolling prices, so order early and I’ll lock in the price and keep your beef here until Saturday, December 23. Or if you're a risk taker, roll the dice and see what happens with the price throughout the month, and we’ll still have it ready and waiting for you. Our current price for Prime Bone-In Ribeye is $21.99/lb, and Choice is $19.99/lb. I have about 45 pounds of Prime locked up, so if you’re like me and recognize that (1) Christmas will be here before we know it, and (2) it would be a Christmas miracle if Prime Beef prices fell during the holidays, it’s time to pull the trigger on that Holiday roast. Give us a call!

Oyster News 🦪

This week’s special will be WiAnno Oysters from West Bay and Barnstable Harbor, Massachusetts. WiAnno oysters are sustainably harvested by hand from the clean, cold waters of Cape Cod and the Nantucket Sound. They grow in a manner that allows the meat to fully expand within the shell, yielding a high meat-to-shell ratio. WiAnno Oysters are plump and firm with deep cups and have a moderately briny flavor and a slight sweetness. The shells are firm and easy to open. That’s at least what the tech sheet says... all I know is that they’re fresh, tasty, and from the cold waters of Massachusetts Bay. Once again, we’re bringing in another new one to try on for size, so stop in and let us know if they are a new favorite.

Market Items 🛒

*Fresh Prime - Prime Rib - $21.99/lb

*Fresh Whole Clean Tenderloins - $19.99/lb

*Fresh Wagyu Hanger Steaks, 2 Pack (1lb) - $29.99

*Fresh Prime Strip Steaks, 12oz - $15.99

*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 4pk - $16.99

*Fresh Oysters - $24 a dozen

*Fresh North Atlantic Salmon - $18.99/lb

*Fresh Berkshire 8oz Boneless Pork Loin Chops - $10.99

Frozen Duroc Dry Aged Bone-In Pork Chops, 14oz - $15.99

Frozen Whole BMS 6/7 Wagyu Tenderloin - $39.99/lb

Frozen CAB Steak Burgers 4pk - $14.99

Frozen CAB Dry-Aged Ribeyes - $18.99/lb

Frozen Center Cut 8oz Beef Tenderloin Filets - $16.99

Frozen Choice Sirloin Cap Strip Steaks, 8oz - $9.99

Frozen Lamb Sirloin Roast - $22.99/lb

Frozen Lamb Rack, 2lbs - $49.99

Frozen Spiral Cut Dearborn Hams, approx. 9lb - $27.99

Frozen Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin - $12.99

Frozen Pre-Cooked Frozen BBQ Ribs (approx. 3lb racks) - $23.99

Frozen Bratwurst, 5pk - $8.99

Frozen Dearborn Knockwurst, 5pk - $8.99

Frozen Black Pepper Bacon - $14.99

Frozen Sashimi-Grade Ahi Tuna - $18.99/lb

Frozen Chilean Sea Bass, 6oz - $16.99

Frozen Buddy’s Detroit Style Pizzas (Cheese or Pepperoni) - $17.99

Frozen Ahi Saku Block Tuna AAA Sushi Grade, avg. 16oz - $19.99

Frozen U-16/20 Raw Shrimp deveined (1lb package) - $19.99

Frozen U-10 Scallops - $29.99/lb

Frozen Lobster Tails, 2pk - $35.99

Frozen Whole Petite Potatoes - $8.99

Frozen Oven-Roasted Potato Wedges - $8.99

Frozen Au Gratin Potatoes, 4pk - $9.99

Frozen Arrezzio Basil Pesto, 16oz - $18.99

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Strozzapreti from Italy - $14.99/lb (serving for 2)

Fresh/Frozen Drake’s Pasta Ravioli (Veal or Butternut Squash) - $12.99/lb (serving for 2)

1932’s Pasta Sauce (Arrabbiata, Pomodorina with Fresh Basil, Pomodorina with Barolo) - $7.99

Maurizio Casarecce Dried Pasta from Italy (Casarecce, Spaghetti Chitarra, or Trofie) - $7.99

Ace Bakery Garlic Loaf - $5.50

Tribeca Bakery Bread (Rosemary or Asiago) - $5.50

New Wine🍷

Glunz Winery "A Winter Wine" Vin Glögg, Paso Robles, CA - $16.99

Joseph Drouhin 2020 Bourgogne, Burgundy, France - $29.99

Schmitt Sohne Glühwein 1L, Germany - $10.99

Sam Jasper 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA - $149.99

Sea Smoke 2018 Sea Spray Sparkling Wine, California - $109.99

Sea Smoke 2021 Chardonnay, California - $109.99

Villa Jolanda "Happy Holidays" Spumante Extra Sec, Italy - $17.99

Fritz Windisch Christmas Tree Dornfelder, Germany - $13.99

Fritz Windisch Christmas Tree Riesling, Germany - $13.99

Fritz Windisch Mainzer 2021 St. Alban Silvaner 1.5L, Germany - $29.99

Schmitt Sohne Gluhwein Mulled Wine 1L, Germany - $10.99

Bott Freres Vin d'Alsace Edelzwicker 1L, France - $19.99

Gibbs 2020 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, CA - $34.99

Golan Heights 2022 Mount Hermon Kosher Red Wine, Israel - $18.99

Golan Heights 2022 Mount Hermon Kosher White Wine, Israel - $18.99

New Beer 🍺

Destihl Touch of Haze DDH Hazy IPA, 4pk cans - $14.99

Delirium Noël Belgian Ale, 4pk bottles - $25.99

Holiday Beer Sampler, 6pk - $18.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel 🛢

Maine Little Whale Boat - $188.99

Alesmith IPA - $128.99

Duck-Rabbit Porter - $121.99

LaChouffe Belgian Blonde - $161.99

Final Thoughts 💬

Another holiday season has begun… our 16th. From grabbing a bottle for a hostess gift to corporate gifting, we’re here to help you out. That’s something we've always enjoyed doing. We added a new twist over the past few years by providing specialty food items for all your gatherings, which became something personal because these are the items we’re sharing with our families as well. On that note, if you are thinking about a to-go charcuterie board from us for your holiday celebration, don't forget to give us a call. We can personalize those for you for a beautiful addition to your table. Maybe we can’t take care of all your holiday wishes, but there’s quite a few that can be checked off your list by stopping in to see us. Hope to see you soon!

Cheers from all of us here at the Wine Merchant!

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