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49 days and counting!!!

It’s the end of January and that means only 49 days till Spring!!!

Because you have to have something to look forward to….

Calendar of Events

January 30th - Thirsty Thursday 1/2 off drafts and grilled cheese and tomato soup for $5

January 31st - Wine Tasting from 5-7pm.

February 14th – We’ll still be having our Friday night tasting, however the bar and back room will be closed…

Our annual Valentines Day Dinner (Reservations required)

February 18th – 5-7:30 Meet and Greet with Gianni / Vacation plans for Italy/Spain $25.00 per person covering wines, appetizers and of course hearing all about upcoming travel to Italy and Spain. Limited space is available call for reservations now!

February 25th - It’s Fat Tuesday here at the wine Merchant!

New Wines

Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2018 Italy $8.99

Firesteed Pinot Noir 2018 Oregon $13.99

Cigar Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 California $13.99

The “75” Wine Company The Sum Red Blend 2016 California $24.99

Pinot Envy Pinot Noir 2016 Oregon $24.99

Lamadrid’s Single Vineyard Reserva Bonarda. 2014Argentina $19.99

Lamadrid’s Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2016 Argentina $15.99

Petula Rose Luberon, 2018 France $10.99

Pioneiro Vinho Tinto Red 2016 Portugal $11.99

Pioneiro Vinho Branco White 2017 Portugal $11.99

Mountain Ranch Old Vine Barbera 2014 California $24.99

New Beers

Revolution Ten Year Beer 4pk Cans $36.99 or $9.99 single Can

Hoppin’ Frog Peanut Butter Hazelnut Caramel Chocolate Cake 16oz $5.99

3 Floyds Skoll 6pk Bottles $14.99

Urban Artifact Epicurean Bloody Mary 4pk Cans $14.99

Rhinegeist Andromeda 6pk Cans $9.99

Dogfish Head/ Rodenbach Vibrant P’Ocean 6pk Cans $12.99

Dogfish Head The Perfect Disguise 6pk Bottles $13.99

Southern Tier Lake Shore Fog 6pk Cans $10.99

Founders Imperial Stout 4pk Bottles $11.99

Bell’s Light Hearted Ale 6pk Cans $10.99

Green Flash West Coast IPA 6pk Cans $12.99

Alpine Duet 6pk Cans $12.99

Beer Tasting

Four new beers, four different breweries this Saturday night!! Well, at least new for beer tasting… First up is Lagunitas Hazy Memory (been there), number two from Brewdog we’ll try their Pulp Patriot. Number three from Stone will be their Viking Space probe and to polish it off we’ll taste Left Hand’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout. Something for everyone, come on down and enjoys this Saturday’s tasting with us we’d love to see you.

Dan’s Feature

Tuck Beckstoffer’s 2016 Sum Red Blend is my feature for this week. 75 Wine Company produces some wonderful wines but this week’s feature is both a value and a great wine. For $24.99 this Oakville blend is a great buy and is priced more than fair. Just reading the following wine makers notes let’s you in on how this wine is made and what to expect.

“The SUM is a unique and stylistic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and select varietals that make up a bold proprietary cuvee, where the finished wine is bigger than the sum of its parts. This blend is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petite Sirah and Merlot. Crushed cherry, rhubarb, and cedar fill the glass. On the palate, it’s soft and seamless, with flavors of strawberry jam, raspberry, and accents of cinnamon and clove.” We always enjoy a great red blend and for the money spent you won’t be disappointed.

Dan’s Pick

This week’s pick is Lamadrid’s 2016 Single Vineyard Reserva Bonarda. Don’t know if I have ever chosen this varietal as a feature or a pick before but years ago I had this wine and was smitten with it. We have had the Lamadrid’s wines in the store and it has been quite a while since we’ve seen this particular one, so when it was presented to me yesterday it was a simple decision bring it back in. If you’re interested in trying the #2 most planted and harvested red grape from Argentina then this $19.99 is just what you need. Tasting notes go like this “nose of underbrush, mineral, plum, mulberry, and violets. Concentrated on the palate with good depth, balance, and length, this flavorful effort deftly combines elegance and power, quite an achievement at this price point.” It’s always fun to try something new and this will be a great one to try.

Friday/Saturday Special

It’s the big Pizza again; this week the choice is Prosciutto with artichokes and marinara or pesto with vegetables. $12 for the Big Pizza this Friday and Saturday!

Final Thought

While February may be the shortest month of the year it’s a busy month down here at the Wine Merchant. Valentines Day, an evening planning trips to Italy or Spain with Gianni and then of course Fat Tuesday. We’re always planning something down here and we’ve always got you in mind!

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant

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