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Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive’!!!

(Well kind of…)

Alright, yes I like to claim French heritage. Does 23 and me support this claim? Maybe…

Either way, young French wine, new French beer makes me very happy…

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Saturday, December 4-- 6-8pm will be our Premier Champagne Tasting


Wine News

While I’m excited for our Beaujolais Nouveau, I have to look ahead to what would be best for next Thursday. My choice, if not Nouveau, is Pinot Noir. And with almost 20 Pinots to choose from, we have one at any price point you want. Pinot Noir is that lighter red that goes beautifully with fowl and when you put it up against all the dishes on the table, there’s enough acid to meet those needs. If it’s a white you’re looking for, we’ve got that covered as well. Chenin Blanc from the village of Vouvray is always a favorite and will satisfy both the dry and sweet white wine drinker. Another popular choice is, of course, Riesling… absolutely the most versatile wine made. We have quite a few new ones to share with you that we feel are deserving of a spot on this year’s holiday table. Whatever you’re looking for this Thanksgiving, stop in and we’ll take care of you.

Dan’s Feature

This week’s feature is from Owen Roe. It is his 2016 "The Kilmore" Pinot Noir. This wine is just the ticket for a perfectly produced Yamhill, Oregon Pinot. We tasted back-to-back Pinots last week, one being a California and the other The Kilmore, I was more than pleased to once again see a total difference between the two. Which was better? Well, we bought both, but I took the Kilmore home with me to finish. While priced at $45.99, it would make a very nice addition to any Thanksgiving dinner. This 90+ Pinot Noir is recognized as “the winery's biggest production Pinot Noir and is a gem, with grip, tension and power. Black fruits etched with iron ore and graphite, along with a touch of black olive, make this smooth and supple wine a joy to explore. The tannins are ripe and very lightly earthy. It's delicious the instant you pull the cork, so don't wait”. If you’re a Pinot lover and Oregon is your jam, then this bottle is a must have.

Dan’s Pick

Of course, it’s the Nouveau. Well, what we have of them… This year we are apparently very, very fortunate to have received Georges Duboeuf both Rouge and Rose’ and then our other selection is Domaine Manoir Du Carra. These wines are a perfect pairing with everything Thanksgiving. Cheap and cheerful is what we’re looking for to serve the masses at the dining room table next Thursday. While we don’t have nearly as much as we’ve had in the past, we still brought in something between 85 and 100 bottles but believe me they won’t last long.

Food News

Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of Buddy’s Pizza in this week for you! Apparently good ole Buddy is having trouble keeping up. They had to redouble their efforts to keep up with demand. Trying to bring a couple cases in every Tuesday and Thursday. If you’re a fan stop in and pick one up. If you’re not yet a fan, stop in and become one.

Food Feature of the Week

Days are shorter and the darkness comes much too early. With most deciding not to grill in the dark we’ve picked a simple Food Feature for this week… something simple, quick and easy. We have 3 different pastas to choose from, 4 different sauces, Asiago cheese bread, 1/2 pound frozen green beans and 4 different Gelato selections. Choose one from each of those categories and you’ll have dinner for four, for less than $30. Hard to beat, true Italian and artisanal items for a great home cooked meal that everyone will enjoy. Come on in and we’ll help you choose a great Pasta Dinner for tonight.

Market Items…

Fresh Dry Aged 12oz Prime Ribeyes - $35.99

Fresh Dry Aged 12oz Prime Strip Steaks - $37.99

Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk - $8.99

Fresh Heritage 12 oz long bone Berkshire Chops $14.99 a chop Frozen Certified Angus Burgers 4pk- $11.99

Frozen Trimmed Choice Hanger Steaks - $15.99 each

Nueske Applewood Smoked Bratwurst 5 links per pound - $9.99

Rinaldi Italian Sausages 4 links per pound - $6.99

Dearborn Smoked Brats 5 links per pound- $7.99

Oysters Acadian Pearl PEI - $18 a dozen

Fresh Loch Duart Scottish Salmon -$16.99lb

Fresh Black Grouper - $24.99lb

Buddy’s Detroit Style 8 Cut Pizzas Original Pepperoni or Cheese - $17.99

Frozen Large Langostines - $15.99lb

Frozen U-13/15 Raw Shrimp deveined (1lb package) - $17.99lb

Frozen U-10 Scallops – $29.99lb

1932’s Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce- $6.99

1932’s Pomodorina with Fresh Basil Pasta Sauce- $6.99

Cacio e Pepe Crema Sauce- $7.99

Fusco Mezzi Rigatoni Dried Italian Pasta from Italy - $6.99

Fusco Casarecce Dried Italian Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Maurizio Trofie Artisan Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Drakes “Parla” Lobster Ravioli- 32 count - $18.99

Drakes “Parla” Spinach Florentine Ravioli- 16 count- $11.99

Drakes Eggplant Parmesan- $13.99

Tastee Choice Risotto Di Mare from Italy $12.99

Tribeca Bakery Sourdough, Rustic Olive, Rosemary and Asiago Cheese Bread $5.50

New Wines

Mer Soleil 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands $24.99

Owen Roe 2016 "The Kilmore" Pinot Noir Oregon $45.99 Victorine De Chastenay Cremant De Bourgogne France $18.99

Max Ferdinand Richter 2020 Estate Riesling Germany $15.99

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012 Rose’ France $90.99

Dow’s White Port Portugal $15.99

Dow’s Trademark Reserve Port Portugal $27.99

Dow’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port Portugal $39.99

Georges Duboeuf 2021 Beaujolais Nouveau $13.99

Domaine Manoir Du Carra 2021 Beaujolais Nouveau $14.99


Meteor Pils 6pk btls France $10.99

Columbus Brewing Company Endless Haze IPA 6pk cans $10.99

Lagunitas Unrefined Shugga 4pk btls $11.99

Jackie O’s Java the Stout 6pk cans $11.99 (arriving today)

Short’s Superfluid 6pk cans $10.99 (arriving today)

Urban Artifact Love Letter 4pk cans $12.99 (arriving today)

Stevens Point PBC Porter 6pk btls $9.99 (arriving today)

Stevens Point Whole Hog Hazelnut Brownie Stout 6pk btls $10.99 (arriving today)

Dark Horse Brewing Plead the Fifth Russian Imperial Stout $12.99

Dark Horse Brewing Plead the Fifth Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout $ 13.99

Dark Horse Brewing Plead the Fifth Bourbon Barrel Aged Spicy Hot Chocolate Stout $13.99

AleSmith Speedway Stout with Madagascar Vanilla and Ceylon Alba Cinnamon $17.99

Toppling Goliath Forced Flair Double IPA $19.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Coronado Weekend Vibes IPA $121.99

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout $116.99

Alesmith IPA $129.99

Rebel Mettle Lager $109.99

Final Thoughts

Who doesn’t enjoy a great story…As far back as the 1800s, Beaujolais growers would gather to celebrate the end of the harvest by toasting the vintage with some of the young wine produced that year. This is part of the French tradition of vin de primeur, or “early wines” released in the same year as harvest.

During this time, French barkeepers and restaurateurs had been in the habit of buying barrels of this new Beaujolais wine, that had been pressed in September and ready to serve in November. The new wine was served via pitchers dipped into barrels; the barrels were sometimes transported simply by floating them down the Saône river. Today, however, they’re not delivered to us via the Blanchard or for that matter in any form and we promise we won’t be dipping pitchers into any barrels, but we are here to carry on our very own Vin de Primeur tradition and we’re looking forward to sharing these fresh young wines with you and your families. Stop in and try one or more and then get them while you can because they won’t last long and as Paul Harvey use to say…Now for the rest of the story… This year we ordered in 9 Nouveau’s. Possibly the most ever… After all, we sold our entire inventory of last year’s Nouveau in 3 weeks and it was in the middle of a very bad time. This year of the 9 we ordered, only 3 came in…the smallest number of producers and the least amount ever! Were there problems with distribution? You bet. Are they in a container somewhere? Could be, or maybe on a truck or a train headed to..I don’t know where… But as I’ve often quoted in the past, in my best Gianni accent…Hey Dan, Whatcha gonna do???

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant

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