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It's Memorial Day Weekend!

Please take a moment this weekend to remember the real reason for the upcoming celebrations, a remembrance to all who fought and died while serving in the U.S. military.…

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday

10am to 6pm!


May 30 - Closed for Memorial Day

June 4 - Prime Ribwich & Caprese Salad Day!!! Roasted and Grilled Prime Rib sliced and placed on an Italian Roll with Horseradish Sauce or Giardinara served along side of a fresh Caprese Salad!

June 25 - HUHN in JUNE - Reservations are now being taken for this annual event! We’ll be serving our best Huhn plate and sipping on some great wines for this annual cook. Call in your reservation for this 5-7pm event that’s coming sooner than you think!

Store News

With May almost gone, we’re sneaking up on two upcoming events for the store. On June 4th we’re hosting an event that I have always wanted to do, Roasted Prime rib off the grill served as a sandwich and served alongside fresh Tennessee tomatoes and thick slices of mozzarella in a Caprese salad. I mean, how could that not be a great, great combination? Later in the month, we’ll do our annual “Huhn in June '22” This you’ll need reservations for. Grilled 12-14oz airline chicken breasts served with our house made orzo salad and we’ll finish it all up with strawberry short cake. Needless to say we’ll have plenty of wine to choose from. How much? $19.99 per person. Winner, winner chicken dinner Saturday, June 25th.

Wine News

26 that’s right, twenty six different 2021 Rose’s adorn our racks. Did I get carried away…I don’t think so. Let’s be serious this is a yearly release. Take a look at my food feature it’s a once a year phenomenon, so the same thing with wine. When you can buy it you do because there will never be anymore 2021 Rose’s… they're here for a year and gone. Big reds and big whites can always be blended out with previous vintages to keep a particular wine the same year after year but Rose’ not so much. They produce wines that are distinctly unique for the year they are vented, always changing, always different, always unique. That’s what keeps me buying them.

Dan’s Feature

My feature is the 2021 Dans le Vide from Jolie Laide. No, I’m not paying homage to myself, Dans le Vide translates to “In the Void” (maybe it is in reference to me…) This special blend is comprised of 45% Trousseau Noir, 30% Cabernet Pfeffer, 20% Valdiguié and 5% Gamay.

The wine maker describes this blend as "Trousseau Noir & Cab Pfeffer display similar yet different attributes to this blend. Cab Pfeffer is a super rare and historical variety that was mistakenly thought to be Trousseau but DNA testing proves it is actually a unique variety called Mourtaou hailing from France. Similar in their light color and weight, these two wines can easily be differentiated by the distinctive fresh black pepper and rose hip aromas of the Cabernet Pfeffer. The Valdiguié adds laser beam acidity while Gamay contributes striking bright red-fruited notes. All components fermented separately, partially carbonic for brightness and all whole cluster adding to the complex spice aromas." Jolie Laide is a unique one man show and pretty much everything he produces makes a brief appearance in the market and then its gone. Rarely do you see another vintage, it’s one and done and then on to another project. If you want to weigh in on this one, pick one up soon… at $39.99 they won’t last long.

Dan’s Pick

Domaine Corne-Loup 2021 “Tavel” Rose’ is my pick for this week. Corne Loup Tavel represents the pinnacle of the rose' pyramid quality wise that can be achieved in the Southern Rhone. The town of Tavel has been famous for its rose’ wine since the time of the Pope’s in Avignon (1300's). This wine is produced from a blend of Grenache, Cinsualt, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan and comes from a famous sub-parcel called the Plateau de Vallongue. I can remember quite well 45 years ago on the evening of May 29th I had my first bottle of Tavel. Why do I remember it…for many reasons but since that day I have always been a Tavel fan and try to have one on that date and this year will be no exception. Like Bandol, Tavel is a special region one that produces an exceptional age worthy rose’. This delicious French wine elegant, refreshing, food-friendly and very versatile. Corne-Loup offers mouth-watering aromas of strawberry and berry pie and will please anyone not just Rose’ drinkers but anyone who enjoys wine! And, at $21.99 it’s certainly worth the try.

Food News

The big question is, what are you cooking this weekend? We’ve got only the best for your grill this holiday weekend, be it Wagyu Burgers, Bratwurst, Prime Ribeyes, Kobe Strip Steaks or fresh wild caught California King Salmon. I have a full tank of gas and I’m firing up the grill because I’m cooking any or all of these things this weekend.

Food Feature

It’s started… the spring Salmon catch both in California, Washington and Alaska. How long it will last will be determined by the catch limit set by Fish and Wildlife Administration. All I know is Copper River will not make it here for awhile and the cost is going to be exorbitant. This week, however, I was lucky to get my hands on 15 pounds of wild caught California King Salmon at $29.99 a pound. I’m not making much off of this, it’s the first of the season and certainly isn’t cheap…but hey this is a remarkable fish with a remarkable taste.

Market Items

*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Ribeyes - $35.99 per steak

*Fresh American Kobe Silver Strip Steaks Hand Cut - $26.99lb

*Fresh CAB hand Cut Prime Ribeyes- $22.99lb

*Fresh 1.75inch St. James Prime Strip Steaks- $22.99

*Mortons Steak House 10oz Baseball Cut Prime Sirloin- $13.99

*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk- $8.99 *Fresh Wagyu Burgers 4pk- $17.99

*Fresh Double Cut Pork Chops- $12.99 per chop

Frozen Pre-cooked frozen BBQ Ribs - approx. 3lb racks $29.99

Frozen CAB Steak Burgers 4pk - $11.99

Frozen 8 ounce Beef Tenderloin filets- $16.99

Frozen 8 ounce Pork Ribeyes- $8.99

Frozen Bacon Wrapped 5oz Pork Filets- $5.99 per filet

Rinaldi Italian Sausage 4 links per pound- $6.99

American Wagyu Hot Dogs 5 per pound- $11.99

Beef Brisket Sausage 5 per pound- $15.99

Deluxe Redskin Potato Salad- $4.99lb

*Fresh Oysters Glacier Bay PEI - $24 a dozen

*Fresh California King Salmon - $29.99lb

*Fresh Spotted Rose Snapper - $23.99lb

Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Chipotle Lime 2pk - $10.99

Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Spinach and Feta 2pk - $10.99

Buddy’s Detroit Style 8 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) - $19.99lb

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

Herdade do Rocim Mariana 2021 Rose’ Portugal $14.99

Broadbent 2021 Gruner Veltliner Austria $14.99

Broadbent 2020 Douro Red $12.99

Chateau de Campuget 2021 1753 Viognier $19.99

Domaine des Cassagnoles 2020 Cotes de Gascogne France $11.99

The Big Guy 2018 Red Blend is back! Napa $16.99

Domaine Corne-Loup 2021 “Tavel” Rose’ France $21.99

New Beers

Maine Beer Company Little Whaleboat India Pale Ale 16.9oz $7.99

New Holland Dragons Milk Reserve 4 Pack Bottles $21.99

Brewdog Hellcat India Pale Lager 6 Pack Cans $10.99

Fat Head's Benjamin Danklin 6 Pack Cans $11.99

Whole Hog Raspberry Sorbet Double Radler 6 Pack Bottles $10.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Vedette Extra White Weiss Bier $129.99

Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA $179.99

Outer Belt Glass Town Lager $109.99

North Coast Scrimshaw $129.99

Final Thoughts

Those of my generation don’t find it very difficult to remember someone we knew who lost their life in service. Equally as memorable are those who my grandfather had fought with sharing stories with me on their losses. My father as well shared many stories of friends and comrades who would never return. It was three generations of remembrance in my household; Grandfather, Father and Son as we all cared for and knew those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Sure I’m going to have a great Memorial Day, but at the same time I’ll spend a few moments remembering why I have the ability to enjoy this day as I choose. To all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice we thank you for all that you have provided.

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!

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