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The annual event is ba-a-a-a-ack 🐑

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday

10am to 6pm

Calendar 🗓

March 25 (Saturday) - Lamb-O-Rama! It’s our annual event, no reservations required. Seasoned, Smoked, and Grilled Lamb served up with Pearl Couscous, Tomato, Feta Salad, and Pita! We’ll be featuring some special appetizers and baklava for dessert, if you’re so inclined.

April 7 (Friday) - National BEER DAY!!! We’ll have special beers and beer inspired foods to share with you on this special holiday. Mind you, this is not National Drink Beer Day; this is the day to recognize this favorite beverage and its history in our country. However, we will be encouraging consumption on this hallowed day 😉

Store News 🏬

Easter is soon to be upon us, and we’re in what’s for dinner mode down here. Be it traditional or not, we’ve got the ingredients to help with your planning. Hams from our friends at Smoking Goose, Lamb from our Amish families of Michigan Family Farms, or the freshest and best Salmon from the Faroe Islands. We’ve got you covered, and believe me, we have anything else you’d be considering for this year’s Easter Sunday Dinner. On the wine front, just let us know what you’ll be serving, and we’ll help you choose some great wines. This is what we enjoy the best…

Wine News🍷

Not sure if the weather will follow, but by the calendar, it’s officially Spring. I’m not so much into the season in regards looking for the new flowers or bud break on our trees, but I am excited about the new wines. Soon we will be deluded with 2022 Rosés and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. I look forward to the early Spring releases of wine and the new vintage releases from some of the big reds and Cabernets that we carry. New releases, be it vintages or the freshest Sauvignon Blanc and Rosés, make this season special.

Dan’s Feature ⭐️

de la boue 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is the feature this week. Ever heard of this wine? I thought not, so here’s why… This vintage is the first ever to leave Oregon! While they’ve been producing wines since 2019, this is there first ever release of any of their wines to a market outside of Oregon. A very small quantity was brought in, and I happened to nab a few bottles to share with you. There’s no tasting notes available on this wine, so here we go…one of the main things I appreciate from this wine is the light in color and big in flavor characteristic that it exudes. This style of Pinot has always been a favorite of mine. A little barnyard coming off on the nose and hints of pomegranate and cherry make this a wonderful small lot Pinot Noir that I’m quite certain you will enjoy, and a price of $37.99 seems to be a fair price for this exceptional small lot bottle.

Dan’s Pick 🥂

Miraval 2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé has arrived and with the first week of Easter, remotely warm weather I just felt like this Rose’ was destined to be my pick. Some of the words used to describe this wine are as follows: “sublime bright, translucent color of a very pure pale-pink with shiny reflections. The nose immediately reveals the elegance of Miraval Rosé with its superb, very delicate aromatic bouquet subtly combining fresh fruit, citrus notes and white flowers. The finesse continues on the palate with a full, rich and complex texture, gourmet aromas of white peach and a great tension, perfectly balanced by natural acidity and minerality with saline and limestone notes, specific to the Provençal terroir. The finish is superb, with great length and slightly iodized saline notes.” Just as I would expect for this new vintage, the Perrin family has remained constant in the production and presentation of this wine, and while not necessarily a cheap and cheerful choice, it’s still a bargain at $26.99. We’re beginning to see price increases across the board on our ’22 Rosés, but this is more or less what was expected. Miraval is a great bottle of wine, and if you are a fan of Rosé or know someone else who is, this is your bottle.

Food News 🐖

It’s Easter Ham order time! If you’ve ever ordered a Smoking Goose Ham (or anything from Smoking Goose, to be honest) from us, you know it’s time to get excited. Their hams are always something special, and this is their new edition for this Easter. “Inspired by the classic French 75 cocktail, our Freedom 75 Ham is a boneless, whole-muscle, pasture-raised ham brined under 3 Floyds Oude Boatface Gin with Meyer Lemon and Elderflower Glaze. Slow smoked over mulberry wood, it's fully cooked and simple to heat and serve hot. Available as a Whole Ham (8-10lbs) at $99.00, or as half ham (4-5lbs) at $49.00. Glaze is already on the ham inside the packaging. Easy to heat and carve as the center plate of Easter and spring menus.” We’ll bring these in the week of Easter, so if anyone’s interested, give us a call or stop in and let us know.

Food Feature (Lenten Specials) 🐟

How about a Caesar Salmon Salad? After all, we happen to have great Salmon available. Our Salmon comes to us from the Faroe Islands of Denmark, and this fish is never frozen and is open-ocean-raised using no GMOs or administered antibiotics. Why did we choose this particular fish? Because of all that was written above. This is a sustainable fish being grown and harvested in manners that few others practice. When you begin with a product this good, this fresh, and this non-adulterated, no matter how you prepare it, you’re in for a delicious treat. This week, we’re going to suggest a beautiful Caesar Salmon Salad.

Oyster News 🦪

Acadian Pearls are in this week. “Acadian Pearl Oysters are real treasures and are buried for up to five years deep in Richibucto bay, matured and purified in suspension for the last three weeks, before being carefully harvested and dispatched to the world's finest tables. It is highly recommended to accompany with a glass of sparkling Rose. Nicely plump, crunchy, and relatively lean, giving slight mineral notes and sweet flavor reminiscent of the best Mediterranean clams, the Acadian Pearl oyster pleases everyone, from the connoisseur gourmet to the novice.” If we have a house oyster, this is it. They always seem to be to be the freshest and most consistent oyster we see, so whenever we’re in doubt, we always turn to Acadian Pearls from New Brunswick.

Market Items 🐄

*Fresh PRIME Hand Cut Demkota Strip Steaks - $18.99/lb

*Fresh Choice Hand Cut Ribeyes - $18.99/lb

*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk - $8.99

*Fresh Double Cut Duroc Pork Chops - $12.99 per chop

*Fresh Lamb Sirloin Roast - $22.99/lb

Frozen Lamb Lollipops $46.99/2lb pkg (15 pcs)

Frozen Center Cut 8oz Beef Tenderloin Filets - $16.99

Frozen Center Cut 10oz Beef Tenderloin Filets - $18.99

Frozen CAB Steak Burgers 4pk - $12.99

Frozen Pre-Cooked Frozen BBQ Ribs (approx. 3lb racks) - $23.99

Frozen Sliced Philly Cheese Steak Meat - $9.99/lb

Frozen Italian Sausages, 4 per pound - $8.99

Frozen Nueske Cheddar and Bacon Sausages 5 per pound - $9.99

Frozen Epic Curing Black Pepper Bacon - $14.99

Frozen Wagyu Burgers 4pk - $16.99

Frozen Marinated Pre-Cooked Pork Shank - $12.99

*Fresh Oysters - $24 a dozen

*Fresh Faroe Island Salmon - $18.99/lb

*Fresh #1 Grade Tuna - $29.99/lb

*Fresh Cod Loin - $18.99/lb

Frozen Chilean Sea Bass 6oz - $16.99

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

Buddy’s Detroit Style Pizzas (Vegetable or Cheese) - $17.99

Frozen Ahi Saku Block Tuna AAA Sushi Grade avg. 10oz - $19.99

Frozen Lobster Tails - $9.99

Frozen U-16/20 Raw Shrimp deveined (1lb package) - $19.99/lb

Frozen U-10 Scallops - $29.99/lb

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Paparedelle from Italy - $14.99/lb (serving for 2)

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Strozzapreti from Italy - $14.99/lb (serving for 2)

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Lobster & Crab Tortelli from Italy - $16.99 1/2 lb

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Pear & Cheese Fiocchi from Italy - $7.99 1/2 lb

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

Fusco Mezzi Rigatoni Dried Pasta from Italy - $6.99

Fusco Casarecce Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Maurizio Spaghetti Chitarra Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Maurizio Trofie Dried Pasta from Italy - $7.99

Tribeca Bakery (Asiago or Rosemary) Bread - $5.50

Orwashers Sourdough Bread - $13.99

New Wine 🍷

Miraval 2022 Côtes de Provence Rosé, France - $26.99

Pink Umbrella NV Lemon Rosé, California - $11.99

Lieu Dit 2022 Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CA - $25.99

Prisma 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Chile - $14.99

Ovum 2022 Oregon Rosé, Oregon - $19.99

Massimo Lentsch 2018 San Teodoro Etna Rosso, Sicily - $37.99

Pieropan 2021 Soave Classico, Italy - $20.99

Iovine 2021 Falanghina, Italy - $14.99

Penley Estate 2021 Coonawara Cabernet Franc, Australia - $21.99

Krupp Brothers 2020 the Water Witch Red Wine, Napa Valley - $109.99

New Beer 🍺

Bell’s Oberon, 6pk bottles - $10.99 (annual release!)

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel 🛢

Melvin Heyzeus Mexican Lager - $109.99

Bell’s Oberon American Wheat 1/4 barrel - $141.99

Wiedemann’s Bohemian Pilsner - $109.99

Schlafly Kölsch - $109.99

Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA - $168.99

Final Thoughts 💬

Someone came in the store the other day and said, “If ya love what yer doin’, you’re never tired.” The hell I’m not… I mean, I love what I’m doin’: playing butcher, fish monger, head cook, sommelier, chief purchasing agent… I mean, who wouldn’t love it? But I still happen to get tired. And yet, for some strange reason, I’m always looking for something new, different, or maybe just a repeatable event that I want to share with you. That’s what this Saturday is, and although tired, I’m excited to have another Lamb-O-Rama!!!

Cheers from all of us here at the Wine Merchant!

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