well, not really but believe me there will be a few days down here where it’s just me, so be patient and we’ll work on getting back once again to another new normal.…
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday
10am to 6pm!
July 9 - Saturday special BBLT and Gazpacho! Just finished a large batch of our Gazpacho and it’s quite delicious and refreshing! Starting to cut some slab and Canadian bacon for this tasty sandwich. Special bread being delivered today, lettuce, tomatoes from Tennessee and Duke's Mayo is all that’s left to make this a special treat. Oh yeah…I’m really looking forward to it. You don’t need reservations for this we’ll be serving them all day long.
July 14 - It’s Bastille Day, Pissaladière all day long!
I’m keeping the events kind of light because I’m not certain if I’ll have employees down here to work them… As you will soon see we’re saying farewell to another one. There will be new staff coming in however there may be a lag and I just might find myself behind the wheel going solo for awhile. Obviously, I’m asking for you to be understanding while we work through a little rough patch. Our goal is to make it through this the same way we’ve gotten through other difficult periods. Bare with us, I may be squinting but there looks to be a hint of light at the end of this tunnel.
I kind of decided that we needed some great value wines down here. While prices on everything else is going up, I wanted to save you a little money on some new wines. New French, Argentinian and South African wines were presented to me at the end of last week and I enjoyed all of them. Besides being great values, they also hit all of my criteria for great summer wines be they White, Rose’ or Reds all of these are designed for your porch or patio. The reds are capable of accepting a light chill and will be good with anything you’ve got coming off the grill. Stop in and pick up a few of these. Sure, it may cost a bit more to drive down here but you’re making it up on some great value wines.
My feature for the week is Pillars of Hercules 2020 Estate Red Blend from Dunnigan Hills, Ca. This $17.99 red blend is comprised of 54% Petite Sirah, 27% Petit Verdot, 19% Teroldego. Not really sure what Teroldego is but it could be that presence that kept bringing me back for another glass. “This unique blend of three Estate Grown reds shows off its robust pedigree in the deep, dark purple color. The aromatics are a beautiful mix of violets, dense black fruit, and chocolate. Juicy flavors of blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry jam are a nice counterpoint to the toasty oak and racy black pepper notes. The texture is full and viscous and hangs around for a long finish. This bold red blend has enough balance and complexity to enjoy on its own as an aperitif”. All that and accompanied alongside of $17.99, this is one to try on for size just to see if it fits you.
The pick for this week is Le Campuget 2021 Grenache Blanc/Viognier from the Costieres de Nimes area of France's southern Rhone. I’m considering this wine as at least one item that has not been hit with inflation. At the low, low price of $8.99, Le Campuget Grenache Viognier will certainly please. This wine is a fresh, subtle blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier. It shows beautiful notes of citrus, floral aromas, and is loaded with elegant, fresh flavors - a great summer accompaniment to well… anything! We all love a bargain and this wine drinks well above it’s price point. I have a new host of these wines that makes the parties and celebrations just that much more price friendly. No price increase on this pump, pull on in and we’ll fill you up!
Only one delivery this week, Scottish Loch Duart Salmon and Dry Aged Steaks were about all I needed. We’ll fall back into some sense of normal next week. I’ll always have plenty of Demkota Beef (Strip Loins) and the best Salmon on the market. I had the opportunity to try the Demkota strip steaks this past weekend and I was very, very pleased... enough to double my order for this week! And, while they go out of here hand cut and trimmed for $18.99/lb these are great steaks for the money.
Food Feature 🥩
Let’s go with the Berkshire Double Cut Chops... Berkshire chops are the equivalent of a bone in rib steak. They have a nice fat to muscle ratio which results in uniform marbling throughout each cut. For almost four centuries, the most flavorful pork has come from the Berkshire breed of hogs. Known as the “black pig” to many, the superior taste of Berkshire makes it the ideal choice for everything from tasty barbecued chops to moist delicious hams. Berkshire pork is famous for the perfect combination of juiciness, flavor and tenderness. One taste and you’ll see why this breed of pork has retained its popularity through the test of time. Try our Berkshire pork today and discover all the natural flavor you have been missing! I usually brine these chops for a few hours in a simple solution of water to equal parts of sugar and salt. Following the brine, a quick rinse, dust with seasoning and place on a hot grill. Grill on all three sides, meat and meat and then the fat cap. Once you have a good sear, place it on the warm side of the grill and cook to an internal temperature of 135 degrees. Yep that’s right 135 and it will continue to rise to a perfect 145+ after resting. You’re now in for a very, very tasty treat.
*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Ribeyes - $35.99 per steak
*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Strip Steaks - $39.99 per steak
*Fresh Hand Cut to order Demkota Strip Steaks - $18.99lb
*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk - $8.99
*Fresh Double Cut Pork Chops - $12.99 per chop
Frozen Center Cut 8oz Filets - $16.99
Frozen Pre-cooked frozen BBQ Ribs - approx. 3lb racks $29.99
Frozen 8 ounce Pork Ribeyes- $8.99
Frozen Bacon Wrapped 5oz Pork Filets- $5.99 per filet
Frozen Merguez Lamb and Beef Sausage 4 per package - $9.99
Frozen Rinaldi Italian Sausage 4 per pound - $6.99
Frozen American Wagyu Hot Dogs 5 per pound - $11.99
Frozen Beef Brisket Sausages 5 per pound - $15.99
Frozen Nueske Cheddar and Bacon Sausages 5 per pound - $9.99
*Fresh Acadian Pearl Oysters Cocagne Bay Canada - $24 a dozen
*Fresh Loch Duart Scottish Salmon - $17.99lb
Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Spinach and Feta 2pk - $10.99
Buddy’s Detroit Style Pizzas Original Pepperoni or Cheese - $17.99
Au Gratin potatoes 4 pack- $9.99
Frozen Chilean Sea Bass 6oz- $16.99
Frozen Lobster Tails $12.99 each
Frozen U-16/20 Raw Shrimp deveined (1lb package) - $19.99lb
Frozen U-10 Scallops – $29.99lb
Frozen Fontinini Fully Cooked Meatballs 6-2oz balls for $8.99
Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Paparedelle from Italy - $9.99lb (serving for 2)
Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Strozzapreti from Italy - $9.99lb (serving for 2)
1932’s Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce- $7.99
1932’s Pomodorina with Fresh Basil Pasta Sauce - $7.99
1932’s Pomodorina with Barolo Pasta Sauce - $7.99
Fusco Mezzi Rigatoni Dried Pasta from Italy - $6.99
Maurizio Spaghetti Chitarra Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99
Fusco Casarecce Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99
Drakes Jumbo Ravioli with Veal 1lb - $12.99
Drakes Jumbo Butternut Squash Ravioli 1lb - $12.99
Tribeca Bakery Asiago, Sourdough and Rosemary Bread - $5.50
New Wines 🍷
Pillars of Hercules 2020 Estate Red Blend Dunnigan Hills Ca. $17.99
The Herdsman 2020 Cabernet Dunnigan Hills Ca. $24.99
Le Campuget 2021 Grenache Blanc/Viognier Languedoc, France. $8.99
Le Campuget 2021 Syrah/Grenache Rose’Languedoc, France $8.99
Le Campuget 2021Syrah/Viognier Languedoc, France. $8.99
The Curator 2020 Red Blend Swartland South Africa $9.99
Argento 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina $9.99
Baron Aime Cremant de Bourgogne Rose’ Burgundy, France $19.99
New Beers 🍺
Birra Morena Classica 6 pack bottles $12.99
Glutenberg IPA 4 pack 16oz cans $11.99
Glutenberg Blonde 4 pack 16oz cans $11.99
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde 4 pack bottles 11.99
Great Lakes Ruby’s Revenge 4 pack 16oz cans $12.99
Maine Little Whale Boat 16oz bottles $7.99
Kegs - 1/6 Barrel
Duvel Golden Ale $179.99
Masthead IPA $109.99
This week we’re saying goodbye to Kim…for the second time… It was a pleasure having her back for the short time that we did. We all, well the two or three of us left, wish her well in her new endeavors and hope all of you do as well. She’ll be here through this Saturday’s special so if you haven’t said goodbye stop on in and give her your best.
Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!