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And to Italy I go... 🇮🇹

Just in time to miss the debut of the new wine list!

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday - Saturday, 10am to 8pm

Calendar 🗓

May 25 (Saturday) - Bar will be closed 12pm-4pm for a private event.

May 27 (Monday) - Closed for Memorial Day.

June 8 (Saturday) - Huhn in June, our annual chicken event. No reservations required.

News 🗞

It's time --- we are debuting our summer wine list TOMORROW! Mostly. We might have forgotten to order a thing or two to arrive in time... Anyway, we thought long and hard about this one, so hopefully you are all excited by the variety that we have selected for you. There should be some things you know and love as well as some things to expand your palate even more. And most exciting of all (for one of us, at least, I'll let you guess who...), wine ON TAP. That's right, you heard it here first. We have a white wine on tap for the summer, which means it will stay cold and crisp and exactly how it's supposed to taste... well, forever. You could drink this wine in 100 years if you wanted to. Put it in a time capsule. Take it to the moon. And there is the added bonus of lower cost and less glass waste. It's a win for everybody. All that said, come on down and check everything out this weekend. We're excited to share it with you.

Wine Feature ⭐️

Since I'm in Italy this week, it's only fitting that I feature an Italian wine... Podernuovo a Palazzone 2017 Argirio from Tuscany. Podernuovo is owned by Giovanni Bulgari, of the famed Bvlgari jewelry empire, who left the family business in 2004 and purchased an abanonded Tuscan winery that today is Podernuovo. This $39.99 bottle is somewhat surprisingly 100% Cabernet Franc... you don't see many Tuscan reds that are a single varietal of something other than Sangiovese. "On the nose can be perceived intense aromas of plum‚ jam and cherry with delicate hints of black pepper, liquorice and cocoa. The palate is powerful and rich with elegant tannin and soft balsamic and mineral notes." This bottle got a solid 93 points from James Suckling, who called it concentrated and rich, and rightfully so. This is a big wine. It would be a great pairing with any kind of meat, be it beef, lamb, boar, or anything else. I'm not sure we'll be able to get any more of this in, and you'd be hard-pressed to find it anywhere else, so... you know what to do.

Wine Pick 🥂

If the Feature is from Italy, then hop across the Adriatic for the Pick: ATMA 2022 Assyrtiko from the region of Macedonia in northern Greece. Assyrtiko may not be familiar to many of you. It's a grape native to the island of Santorini that has been quickly gaining acreage throughout the country as its popularity has grown. It's light, it's dry, it's high in acidity, and it has a flinty note that leads it to pair perfectly with many foods, but especially Greek cuisine. This particular bottle is a little more mellow than many, with "aromas of fresh citrus, stone fruit and an elegant floral touches. Crisp acidity balances the oily body texture. The aftertaste is long and refreshing." It's a new favorite of the girls' in the store, so come try a bottle for $19.99.

Food Feature 

And back to Italy for the Food Feature: la Molisana Orecchiette. You may have seen this in the store before, but I don't think many of you have tried it. This pasta is made in Italy, which you can tell by the color... it is not yellow like most pastas you find in American stores, which means it's actually bronze-cut and slow-dried, creating a pasta that is firm but pourous to absorb sauce (like all of our dried pastas int he store). La Molisana uses the finest semolina and fresh mountain spring water and has been made in the mountains of Italy by the same family since 1910. "Orecchiette" is Italian for little ears, which is exactly what the pasta looks like, little cupped shapes that are perfect for holding sauce. It would go with any type of sauce, or if you want to be more authentic, eat it like they do in Puglia with broccoli rabe and maybe even some Italian sausage. The most authentic would be to make the pasta by hand... but who has time for that? Come grab a 1lb package here for $6.99.

Oyster Feature 🦪

On Tuesday we got in Pink Moons out of New London, PEI, but you guys have almost sold us out of them already... They are larger in size, salty, creamy, and well-balanced. "Pink Moon Oysters will seduce any oyster eater. They are a culinary favorite because of their glistening shells, balanced flavor, and beautifully consistent shapes. For a full flavor experience, enjoy these oysters with a nice sparkling rosé." After those are gone, we ordered today some Acadian Pearls from New Brunswick. These are even bigger with a sweet and salty brine. "Nicely plump, crunchy but relatively lean, giving a slightly iodized and sweet flavor reminiscent of the best Mediterranean clams, the Acadian Pearl Oyster pleases everyone, from the connoisseur gourmet to the novice."

Market Items 🛒 

*Fresh Prime Demkota Ribeye - $24.99/lb

*Fresh North Atlantic Salmon - $18.99/lb

*Fresh Alaskan Halibut - $25.99/lb

*Fresh Oysters - $24/dozen

*Fresh Wagyu Burgers, 4pk - $17.99

Frozen Heritage Frenched Bone-In Pork Chops - $8.99

Frozen Choice Whole Tenderloin - $25.99/lb

Frozen Sakura Bone-In French 10-Bone Pork Racks - $8.99/lb

Frozen Duroc Dry Aged Bone-In Pork Chops, 14oz - $16.99

Frozen CAB Dry-Aged Ribeyes - $18.99/lb

Frozen Center Cut Beef Tenderloin Filets, 8oz - $16.99

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

Frozen Six-Rib Veal Rack - $16.99/lb

Frozen Lamb Sirloin Roast - $22.99/lb

Frozen Lamb Rack, 2lbs - $49.99

Frozen Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin - $12.99

Frozen Rinaldi Italian Sausage, 4pk - $8.99

Frozen Black Pepper Bacon - $14.99

Frozen Sashimi-Grade Ahi Tuna - $22.99/lb

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

Frozen Chilean Sea Bass, 6oz - $16.99

Frozen U-13/15 Raw Jumbo Shrimp Deveined (2lb package) - $39.99

Frozen U-16/20 Raw Shrimp Deveined (2lb package) - $39.99

Frozen U-10 Scallops - $29.99/lb

Frozen Lobster Tails, 2pk - $35.99 Frozen Buddy’s Detroit Style Pizzas (Cheese) - $17.99

Frozen Massa Sicilian Style Pizza (Italian Sausage or Roasted Vegetable) - $14.99

Frozen Whole Petite Potatoes - $8.99

Frozen Oven-Roasted Potato Wedges - $8.99

Frozen Au Gratin Potatoes, 4pk - $9.99

Fresh/Frozen Quattro Formaggio Ravioli - $10.99 (serving for 2)

Fresh/Frozen Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli - $15.99 (serving for 2) Fresh/Frozen Drake's Lobster Ravioli - $32.99 (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 Dried Pasta from Italy (Casarecce, Spaghetti Chitarra, or Trofie) - $7.99

La Molisana Orchiette from Italy - $6.99

Tribeca Bakery Bread (Rosemary or Asiago) - $5.50

Brioche Hamburger Buns - $3.99

French Macarons - $8.99

New Wine🍷

Juan Gil Cantagrillos Brut Sparkling Wine, Spain - $17.99

Château du Rouët 2023 Rosé, France - $18.99

New Beer 🍺

Southern Tier French Toast Imperial Ale, 4pk bottles - $12.99

Urban Artifact Ward Key Lime Vanilla Sour, 6pk cans - $12.99

1911 Established Raspberry Hard Cider, 4pk cans - $13.99

Oberon Sunshine Shandy Pack, 12 pk cans - $19.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel 🛢 

Jackie O's See Foam Hazy IPA - $151.99

Wiedemann's Amber Ale - $109.99

Coronado Weekend Vibes IPA - $121.99

Sonder Rally Cap Pilsner - $109.99

Outerbelt Glasstown Lager - $109.99

Final Thoughts 💬

That's right, I am back in Italy for a full two weeks. Don't miss me too much while I'm gone. As always, the girls will take good care of you... and probably completely rearrange everything, too. I may not even recognize the store by the time I get back. But don't worry about me. I arrived safely in Italy and immediately got to what's most important... I love seeing here some of the same things we have for you at the Wine Merchant. Means we're doing something right.

Saluti from all of us here at the Wine Merchant!

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