Updated: Sep 29, 2022
PSA: I was wrongly informed that Munich had cancelled their Oktoberfest 😠 …they didn’t, and Findlay certainly hasn’t!
While I’m not expecting the crowds that Munich has, I’m sure there will be plenty people out to enjoy the great beer and food that will be available all day. If you’re looking for a break in the day, stop in. We’d love to see you.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday
10am to 6pm
Sep. 24 - Oktoberfest Dinner — Party on Main St. all day, and dine here that evening. (We had a cancellation for this previously sold-out event - 4 spots are now open, so call ASAP to snag them!)
Nov. 8 - Our traditional 2022 Alternative Dinner! Skip election coverage and join us instead. This is the one that will sell out fast, so call soon… only a few spots left.
Store News 🏬
We’ve been busy down here with special orders and helping people plan events that will be coming up. While it’s not exactly holiday season yet, each day gets us a little closer. If you’re interested in hosting a gathering down here, please get in touch so we can get you in the calendar as soon as possible. Believe it or not, the calendar is filling up fast, and it won’t be long before we’re taking orders for fresh turkeys and prime cuts of beef and fish for your holiday tables.
Wine News 🍾
A few things new and returned this week. We’re currently receiving some high-end allocations. Opus, Patrimony, Shafer Hillside Select, and Sea Smoke Pinot Noir will soon be in house. We’ve been notified and have accepted everything offered to us from our distributors. More information on each will be coming shortly.
Dan’s Feature ⭐️
My feature for this week is a product I had in a few months ago that sold out in a few days: the 2018 Yamhill Valley Estate Pinot Noir. This McMinnville, Oregon producer overdelivers on this $21.99 bottle. “The Burger family, who founded in 1983 what’s now the oldest winery in Oregon’s McMinnville American Viticultural Area, and homegrown winemaker Ariel Eberle continue to release wines worthy of acclaim in the wake of being named 2019 Oregon Winery of the Year. Their flagship bottling is this estate Pinot Noir, a sweep of the 150-acre site that features Pommard, Wadensvil and a handful of Dijon clone fruit that spent eight months in a barrel program with a discreet impact of wood from 10% new French oak. That allows it to take on a Burgundian approach with its earthiness and incredible balance that swirls in a wealth of dark blue fruit, a scrape of vanilla bean, and sense of forest floor. There’s richness through the mid-palate that gathers up white pepper and Craisin for the pleasantly long finish.” On their own website, these bottles sell for $28.00, so considering that we’re selling them for 20% less, this has got to be a go-to bottle. Pinot Noir and fall dishes go beautifully together, and I’m sure this wine will particularly please in that regard.
Dan’s Pick 🥂
This week’s pick is not necessarily new, but at a new discounted price, Joseph Drouhin 2020 Bourgogne Blanc from France can’t be missed. One has to remember that France expects us to understand what grapes are grown in each of their notable wine regions, so when we see Bourgogne (Burgundy) and see that it’s a white wine, we’re supposed to know that it’s Chardonnay. Joseph Drouhin is one of the biggest negotiants in Burgundy. His wines, both rouge (Pinot Noir) or blanc (Chardonnay) are at every price point and all quite delicious. This week’s pick is no exception, and at $17.99, it’s a great expression of Chardonnay. If you or someone else you know enjoys Chardonnay, this would be a great alternative to California’s many choices. To me, Chardonnay is another Fall classic wine that pairs well with anything. Great wine at a great price, so why don’t you stop in and pick up a few for this weekend.
Food News 📰
Food prices are remaining steady, but unfortunately, those prices are still high for some products. Prime Beef is the one I’m watching the most. Choice cuts are well priced, and Dry Aged Prime Cuts are steady; it’s simply the primal cuts of Ribeyes, Short Loins, and Strip Loins that haven’t fallen. Pork prices have remained along with Salmon and Cod. Lobster and Crab have finally come down, and I purchased both to have in house to share with you. It’s a daily ritual down here, searching for the best prices on the best items that we can get in to have ready and waiting for your table. As always, if you’re looking for anything special, check with us.
*JUST IN: Sand Dune Oysters from PEI. They’re BIG. They’re green. They’re beautiful and perfect for Oysters Rockefeller. Come give them a try.
**ALSO JUST IN: Jim Jim's Raw Local Honey. Jimmy is a young guy from the area who works as a beekeeper and makes some stellar honey. It's beautifully presented and would make a great gift.
Food Feature 📣
As mentioned already, it’s Fall folks! We’ve got your Fall beers and wines and of course plenty of great foods for the grill and/or tailgating. We have Rinaldi Italian, Rinaldi Cheddar, and Nueske Bacon and Cheddar sausages, and of course plenty of all beef hotdogs and burgers. You want chips with that? Well, we have them, as well as buns and some fantastic mustard. Keep it simple, stop in and pick up everything you need for a great Fall cookout.
Market Items 🍤
*Fresh Hand Cut to Order Demkota Strip Steaks - $18.99/lb
*Fresh Prime Demokota Hand Cut Ribeyes - $18.99/lb
*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Creekstone Farms 12oz Ribeyes - $36.99
*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Creekstone Farms 12oz Strips - $39.99
*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk - $8.99
*Fresh Double Cut Pork Chops - $12.99 per chop
Frozen Prime Whole Beef Tenderloins - $23.99/lb
Frozen Center Cut 8oz Filets - $16.99
Frozen Pre-cooked frozen BBQ Ribs - approx. 3lb racks $29.99
Frozen 8oz Pork Ribeyes - $8.99
Frozen Bacon Wrapped 5oz Pork Filets - $5.99 per filet
Frozen Rinaldi Italian Sausage 4 per pound - $6.99
Frozen Nueske Cheddar and Bacon Sausages 5 per pound - $9.99
*Fresh Sand Dune Oysters PEI - $24 a dozen
*Fresh Icelandic Salmon - $18.99/lb
Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Chipotle Lime 2pk - $10.99
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 Ahi Saku Block Tuna AAA Sushi Grade avg. 14oz - $29.99
Frozen Lobster Tails - $12.99 each
Frozen U-16/20 Raw Shrimp Deveined (1lb package) - $19.99/lb
Frozen U-10 Scallops - $29.99/lb
Frozen Fontinini Fully Cooked Meatballs - 6 2oz balls for $8.99
Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Paparedelle from Italy - $9.99/lb (serving for 2)
Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Strozzapreti from Italy - $9.99/lb (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 (Butternut Squash or Veal) 1lb - $12.99
Tribeca Bakery (Asiago, Sourdough, Rosemary) Bread - $5.50
New Wines 🍷
Yamhill Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2019 - $21.99
Yamhill Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021 - $19.99
Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Blanc 2020 - $17.99
Naked Penguin Moscato - $9.99
Paul O’Brien Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019 - $29.99
Pullus Pinot Noir 2020 - $16.99
La Maison d’Anais Sancerre 2021 - $34.99
Bernard Remy Brut Rose Champagne NV - $51.99
Vineyard 29 Ceanda Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - $149.99
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2021 Gift Box - $205.99
New Beers 🍺
The Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator Doppelbock 12oz btl 6pk - $9.99
Toppling Goliath Soul Hunter DIPA 16oz cans 4pk - $20.99
Three Floyds Lazer Snake IPA 12oz cans 6pk - $12.99
Clown Shoes Galactica DIPA 16oz cans 4pk - $11.99
Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter 16oz cans 4pck - $13.99
Fathead’s Wet Hopped Head Hunter IPA 16oz cans 4pk - $12.99
Flying Dog Kujo Cold Brew Coffee Porter 12oz bel 6pk - $11.99
Athletic Brewing Co. Free Wave Hazy IPA (NA) 12oz can 6pk - $10.99
Athletic Brewing Co. Lite (NA) 12oz can 6pk - $10.99
Kegs - 1/6 Barrel 🛢
Fat Head’s Groovy Juice IPA - $134.99
North High Lager - $109.99
Jackie O’s Mystic Mama - $151.99
Jackie O’s Firefly - $121.99
North Coast Scrimshaw - $134.99
Final Thoughts 💬
I love Fall. It’s by far my favorite season. It’s harvest for so many things, with grapes obviously being the most important item for me. Getting vintage reports are always fun to read, and the forecasts for each varietal begins to paint a picture of what we can expect. Shorter days, cooler weather, and Fall sports alongside the falling leaves allows us to enjoy this season. We all know what comes next, so kick back, open up whatever sounds good, and have yourself a wonderful season.
Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!