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Just a tad over 3 weeks till Christmas…

I’m not panicking or anything, however, I am getting a bit nervous!!!

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Monday – Saturday

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

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Wine News

While the racks are full again, I’m once again reminded of what can happen to them in a very short period of time. 15 years ago in December we thought we had a pretty firm grasp on what to expect for the holiday season…we didn’t. It was pretty much a Dan, Patrick and Leslee show at that time and our well played plans for the holiday inventory was to say the least, flawed. In the midst of holiday shopping, I looked and the racks had been devastated and no deliveries were expected any time soon. Panicking I called a distributor and frantically said “I need wine! NOW!! The sales rep responded by asking how many and which wines we needed, my response “Red, uhhh and White…$15 $25 Lots”. I’m thankful that we’ve come a long way since then then but I do need to remind everyone… we can work miracles on getting those special wines in, but we do need a little time. Let us know what you would like us to have, because the way I responded 15 years ago was not the best way to be ordering wine.

New Wines

Dunn Vineyards 2017 Howell Mountain Cabernet Napa $190.99

The Fableist 2020 395 Merlot Paso Robles $18.99

Frog’s Leap 2019 Rutherford Merlot Napa Valley $39.99

Goru Monastrell/Cabernet 2016 Red Blend Spain $11.99

Salvestrin 2018 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa $99.99

Orin Swift 2019 Mercury Head Napa $129.99

Bott Freres N.V. Vin D’Alsace Edelzwicker Ribeauville, France $18.99

Dan’s Feature

This week’s feature is Salvestrin 2018 Dr. Crane Vineyard Estate Cabernet. This big Napa Valley Cabernet was #9 on this year’s Wine Spectator Top 100 wines and we were fortunate to acquire 6 bottles. If you’d like a chance to have one of this year’s top wines this $99.99 Cabernet will not last long especially in this season. Their “flagship 2018 Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromatics of ripe black cherry, dried orange peel, and Mediterranean herbs. Silky upon entry, this wine is full-bodied and broad with mouth coating polished tannins. Showing grace and power, the winemaking style is ripe yet restrained – a bottle to enjoy now with proper decanting, but also one that will age for decades. The finish is persistent, with notes of dark chocolate and dried thyme lingering long after the last sip”. Did I taste and try this? No. Why? I only got six bottles and I’m saving each and every one of these for you… However, if they’re not all gone by Monday, I’m taking one home!


Dan’s Pick

My pick this week is from Bott Freres from Ribeauville, France. Their Vin D’Alsace Edelzwicker is a blend of Gewurtztraminer, Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc. By choosing three of the noble grapes of Alsace you get a beautiful, complex white wine that is great for the table. “The tradition of Edelzwicker in Alsace goes back to 1644, when the noble grapes of the region were blended together to make a wine (Edel means noble, Zwicker means blend). Today, Edelzwicker can be made from any of the approved Alsace varietals in whichever percentage the producer sees fit, and vintage is not required. A traditional field blend of 45% Sylvaner, 45% Pinot Blanc and 10% Gewürztraminer, the Bott Frères Edelzwicker pours a pale gold into the glass with lemon highlights. The nose is a vibrant concoction of heady floral notes, white stone fruits alongside citrus zest, fresh garden herbs and subtle spice. The palate has a delicate texture with lovely concentration of fruit and mineral flavors that flow into an energizing finish. The food pairings for Bott's Edelzwicker are many and varied: Enjoy with root vegetable salads, a medley of assorted alpine cheeses and cold cuts, trout with almonds, fried potato cakes with sausage or baked spaetzle, cheese and onions”. Having visited Ribeauville quite a ways back, this wine brought that experience back to forefront. I have always loved the wines and foods of this region and this litre bottle will be enjoyed by everyone at the table. And, while it’s only $18.99 you may just need more than one.


Food News

It’s our special deal of the season!!! I locked in price on 60+ pounds of Certified Angus Choice Prime Rib. If you’re interested in jumping into this deal, please call and reserve one. Each piece is approximately 18.5lbs and 7 bones. We will cut to any bone count and try to calculate weight for your Christmas Dinner, however, if you want the whole piece that would be fine as well. At $16.99 per pound, these cuts are a special Christmas deal that you can reserve today while the price is right. Give us a call so we can have one waiting for you! While we’ll be getting more in, I was not able to lock down any further pricing on Prime or Wagyu. PS-Oysters the size of your head are back in as of today!!

Food Feature of the Week

If you like our Salmon, you’ll love our new Salmon Burgers! Taken from the same waters as our Fillets, these North Atlantic Burgers come in between 8 and 10oz per Burger in 2-packs for $10.99. Fresh Salmon, Feta and Spinach accompanied with our Brioche Buns make these new Salmon Burgers quite a tasty treat. Dress them up with a little lemon and caper aioli, lettuce and tomato and you’ve got a great plan for dinner!


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 Glacier Bay PEI - $18 a dozen

Fresh Loch Duart Scottish Salmon -$16.99lb

Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers with Spinach & Feta 2pk - $10.99

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

Frozen Lobster Tails $12.99 each

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


Beers

Clausthauler NA Holiday Beer 6pk Bottles $8.99

Arcobräu Zwickt Lager 6pk Bottles $12.99

Tröegs The Most Wonderful Beer of the Year Variety Pack $26.99

Founders Bottle Shop Highball Drifter 4pk Bottles $15.99

Toppling Goliath Digital Dawn 4pk Cans $19.99

Cider Boys Mad Bark Cider 6pk Bottles $9.99

Madtree Ahuevo! 4pk Cans $11.99


Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout $116.99

Alesmith IPA $129.99

Rebel Mettle Lager $109.99

Hi-Wire Lo Pitch Session IPA $119.99

Final Thoughts

Last week was the first week since January 2020 that we had sales equal to or better since the shutdown from the pandemic. Do I expect that every week, not at all. The business model we’ve chosen has us making different decisions everyday. I’m not looking to grow the business every year as I used to but simply to make each department of our business the best and most outstanding that we can. Last week you shared with me that yes in fact we are doing just that and gave us a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you.


Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!

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