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New Year, New Plans and no exciting news to share with you!(sorry…)

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WINE NEWS…

As it should be, the first week into the New Year means no new wines… we’re going back and revisiting regions and countries to begin and focus on what new wines we want to share with you this year.


Dan’s Wine Feature

This week’s feature is Juan Gil 2018 Blue Label, this is one of those wines you finally get around to trying and then recognize you love it and then it’s out of stock. This has happened to more than one customer here, our distributor is granted one drop of this wine each year and when it’s gone, it’s gone. This Monastrell, Cabernet, Syrah blend is artfully made by some of Spain’s best wine makers. Tasting notes are as follows, “Intense cherry red with garnet sparkles in the glass, and intense aromas including highlights of black fruit over roasted notes and a lightly balsamic and spicy base. Fine and aromatic on the palate. Light, unctuous and very flavorsome, sensation of black fruits that harmonize with fine roasted touches. Round tannins and good acidity. Structured and very elegant.The wine will evolve over 2-3 years and drink well for many thereafter”. Juan Gil wines come in many different forms with El Nido being their flagship which is watched over by none other than Chris Ringland the most renowned enologist from Australia and someone who is a wizard of wine making to me. Somehow I feel that he’s had an influence on the Blue Label as well. This 90+ blend at $39.99 is worth every penny and will unfortunately run out of stock…


Dan’s Pick

My pick, while cheap and cheerful is the 2020 vintage of Giesen Sauvignon Blanc for $10.99. Why did I choose this bottle this week? It’s the first 2020 bottling we’ve gotten in. While being a consistent and successful bottle for the store I thought it would be nice to recognize this excellent, value priced wine that is described as “aromatically expressive and generously flavored with freshly cut herbs, scrumptious tropical fruit with subtle notes of black currant leaf”. Whether as a refreshing glass of wine or something to be paired with fresh seafood you can’t go wrong. Apparently there will be a few redeeming factors for the year 2020…

Food News

Waiting patiently for Ribeyes to fall in price, we’re extremely pleased with our Prime Strip prices but Ribeye prices remain high. We’re hoping for some much better prices next week, in the meantime Salmon and Striped Bass prices are stable and Oysters are always the right price. I’m always looking for something fresh and special and of course will keep you posted.


Food Feature of the Week

32oz Dry Aged American Wagyu Tomahawks. I got a few of these in during the holidays and they were so spectacular I brought them back yet again and promptly sold out, so whereas I don’t bring in very many they are here today. If you have to ask…they’re too much…


PROVISIONS…


Whole Fresh Choice Beef Tenderloin - $18.99lb

Kurobota “Frenched” Tomahawk Pork Chops - $12.99 per chop

Kurobota “Frenched” Tomahawk 8 bone rack - $102.99

Fresh Black Angus Prime Strip Steaks - $18.99lb

Fresh Certified Angus Beef Choice Ribeyes - $18.99lb

Glacier Bay Oysters $18.00 for a bakers dozen

Fresh Salmon Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia filets -$16.99lb

Fresh Baja Sea Bass Filets - $18.99lb

Barramundi Asian Sea Bass Frozen 6-8oz cryovac filet - $8.99 each

Saku Block Ahi Tuna AAA Sushi grade - $14.99 per block

U-10 Scallops frozen – $18.99lb


New Wines

No new wines for this week but we’re looking for a few new ones that will be coming in soon for you to enjoy.


New Beer

Toppling Goliath “Zeelander” IPA 4pk cans $14.99

Central Waters Fat Elvis Stout 6pk cans $14.99

Heart State Sweet Milk Stout 6pk cans $10.99

Fat Head’s Special Hoperations 4pk 16oz cans $10.99

Jackie O’s Skipping Stone 12 oz btls $11.99


Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Toppling Goliath Fire, Skulls and Money IPA $185.99

North Coast Scrimshaw $109.99


Final Thought

Celebrated another birthday recently and recognized that…well…I’m old. I want everyone to know that whereas I’m not going anywhere because… there’s nowhere to go, we’re working on plans for a different but new and exciting phase of the Wine Merchant. One where we can gather and enjoy each others company and of course share some wonderful new food offerings and great beers and wines to accompany them. This isn’t happening next week and we have a ways to go, but we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve all gone through some difficult times and we’re excited about what’s to come. In the meantime, eat well, drink well and stay well!!


Please, please continue safe practices and please bring a mask when you come visit us at the store.


Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant

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