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Not sure how I feel about April ending, But I’m certainly looking forward to May…

Get used to wearing a mask…

We will be following Governor DeWine’s protocols when the doors are opened up front!

CURBSIDE ONLY

Until May12

Simply put, give me a call and I’ll walk and shop with you over the phone, ring you out and bring it to your car…

Hours and operations will be Monday thru Saturday.

12:00 – 5pm.

WINE NEWS…

Dan’s Wine Feature

While I love featuring big, bold, beautiful reds with a bit of a sticker price, that’s not what’s selling right now. What’s selling are daily drinkers, those bottles that come in handy during times like these that won’t set you back a whole lot. They are handy, daily drinkers like Gen 5 Ancestral Red- a California Blend of Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Malbec. That pretty much covers all the bases for any red wine enthusiast. Or how about Barnard Griffin “Robs Red” from Washington, while I’m not real sure what the blend is the label reads “Quality, Consistency and Character” throw in that it’s family owned and darn good and I’m all over it. I couldn’t write these choices without mentioning Liberty School Cabernet from Austin Hope’s Paso Robles winery. This wine has always been a staple for the store and many of you know why, it’s tasty… Oh, and did I mention they all pair well with, what else but fresh cut Ribeyes or Beef Tenderloin Filets that we just happen to have in stock. $10.99 - $15.99 for these great Red daily drinkers. Give us a call and let us know which of these you would like.


Dan’s Wine Pick of the Week

Even though it’s cool outside today, warmer weather is coming…So my Pick’s this week are some of my favorite crisp, dry whites that are always a great choice to spend with on a warm afternoon or evening. Domaine De Maubet from the Gascogne Region of France is comprised of Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc. Combined in this fashion makes this a great little wine to pair a variety of foods. Moulin de Gassac from Pinet, France is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Terret. If Pinet is anywhere on the label you know it’s going to be a value and tasty. Last and certainly not least is Esprit de Saint Sulpice from Bordeaux, this family produced bargain is primarily Sauvignon Blanc with a healthy splash of Semillon. All priced between $10.99 - $14.99 and coincidentally pair beautifully with salads, poultry and fish which we just happen to have. While you can’t yet eat and drink with us you can eat and drink from us, hope to see you soon.

Food Feature of the Week

Striped Sea Bass is this week’s feature item. We were able to bring 20 lbs of this week’s feature and we’re excited to share it with you. What’s it taste like, “the meat of striped bass is a happy medium between flaky and meaty. It’s texture lies between cod or sole and swordfish or tuna. In general, the taste is rich and flavorful”. Cooking directions are taken from one of my favorite Chinese philosophers, Lao Tzu, who when asked how best to govern, he responded with “Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it”. Treat this fish gently, brush with olive oil or butter, any chosen herbs, salt and pepper and place skin side down on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven and when you see the color begin to change to a medium grey (about 6 minutes) it’s time to take it out…I’m a new confirmed fan of Striped Sea Bass!

PROVISIONS…

Rib-Eye fresh cut - $7.50 lb.

Beef Tenderloin 8 oz. Center Cut Filets - $8.99 per filet

Sushi Grade AAA Ahi Tuna 1 lb. blocks frozen- $17.00

Striped Sea Bass filets frozen- $8.99 lb

Bay of Fundy Salmon 2-8oz fresh cut filets -$16.00 or, (1) whole 3 lb. plus filet for -$48.00

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs fresh- $3.99 lb

Fresh Broccoli Half Pound -$3.99

Crimini Mushrooms Half Pound- $3.99

Truffle Pasta -$5.99 lb.

Fresh Jumbo Eggs - Just came in! $2.00 a dozen.

And, of course if you need a few Idaho Potatoes for baking- $1.00…

Six Barrels available;

Jackie O’s Mystic Mama IPA - $134.99

Jackie O’s Strange Magic IPA - $89.99

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner -$114.99

Wines

No new wines, just payroll and Ohio sales tax this week…


Beers

Troegs Lollihop Dbl. IPA 4/16 oz cans $13.99

Collective Arts Mango Tangerine Sour 4/16 oz cans $14.99

Urban Artifact Epicurean Stone Fruit Compote 4/16 oz cans $14.99

Urban Artifact Celebration Grapes 4/12 oz cans $12.99

Madtree Entropic Theory 6pk cans $11.99

Final Thought

Face masks and sanitizing stations will be our new normal in May. While we’ll provide the sanitizing stations, you will need a face mask. While the Governor has walked this back a bit we would encourage facial coverage. Sure it will be a little different, but to get to where we want to be these are just a few of the things that will need to be done. Lunch and Bar service, well that’s a different kettle of Striped Sea Bass… We will be taking our time and every precaution necessary to ensure the safety and well being of our employees and customers. So beginning Tuesday May 12 we will be opening the retail side doors to our customers and I’m sure there will be more than one occasion when we all look at each other and say, “who was that masked man”…

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant

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