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O.K., O.K. I know it’s cold but we have plenty down here to warm you up!

2022 brings on a new quarterly calendar for here at the Wine Merchant…

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday

10am to 6pm!


Jan. 15th - Hop Slam Saturday! Special foods will be available to enjoy with this once a year release. Will the Keg be on earlier? We hope to tap the beast on Wednesday!

February 14th - Our annual Valentines Day Dinner limited spaces available. Call Now!

March 1st - Fat Tuesday! We’ll be hosting a dinner on that evening sign up soon for this once a year event. Great dishes for great people, Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Store News…

In starting this new year we’re committed more than ever in providing you with the best Wines & Champagnes, some of the finest Craft beers that come our way, the absolute best Steaks and Pork that can be had and of course the outstanding fresh fish and oysters. On top of that, the best service anywhere, we’re proud of that which we bring to you and enjoy every minute of it and of course look forward to providing all this and more for this new year!

Wine News

We’re refilling the racks down here this week and beginning to take a look at what stays, what goes and what wines we want to bring in. Part of this is seasonal but another part is finding something new for you to enjoy. Very few sales reps in this week to try new wines so we’re thinking over the next few weeks we’ll be finding some great new bottles to bring in.

Dan’s Feature

My feature this week is from the Fableist Wine Company. The Fableist is a collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones. Curt, owner and vintner of the heralded winery Sans Liege, is known for his critically acclaimed Rhone varietal wines. Andrew, winemaker of Field Recordings, spends his days planning and planting vineyards and has stood foot in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast. Together, they produce The Fableist, a collaboration that gives special attention to the craft and story behind each wine. Prior to the start of the pandemic I had the opportunity to have lunch with Andrew, they stood out then and still do and we’re always grateful to bring anything new from this collaboration. Today’s feature is their 395 The Snake, the Eagle and the Farmer 2020 Merlot. Fable 395, ”Life’s road may wind unfairly, and serpents may lie in wait for do-gooders and villains alike, but The Fableist believes good deeds deserve reward and will always offer grateful grapes to worthy wanderers”. The 395 is comprised of 86% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Tempranillo Back from the dead, this Merlot has a classic claret character. Black tea, northland blueberries, and wet concrete. The silky texture slides gracefully across the palate leaving behind hints of sweet plums, warm cedar planks, and freshly ground spices. As the wine glides toward the finish, you’re grateful for friends and excited for the future. With growers and vintners like these two this wine will remind you why choosing a great Merlot is never a bad thing and at $18.99 you really can’t go wrong.

Dan’s Pick

My Pick this week is as well from the Fableist Wine Company this time their 163 Chardonnay “the Bee and Jupiter”. Fable 163 “By Jupiter's decree, we sacrifice these grapes to create a wine that's bright as lightening and smooth like honey. Though tempting to keep this wine for yourself, seek out those with whom to share it with. For generosity can leave a taste far richer than greed”. Tasting notes describe this Chardonnay as “floating back to your youthful summers: Welcome the comforting aromas of honeydew melon, cantaloupe and orange zest on the nose with hints of creme fraîche and lemon meringue on the palate. Like us, this wine is young and energetic, but still respects the classics”. As with any of Curt and Andrews wines you’ll soon find them as a friendly addition to your homes and while priced at $19.99 you can afford a couple of these new found treasures.

Food News

My hope was today that I would begin to see post holiday declining prices, that however has not been the case. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that maybe we can begin to see a bit of a drop in prices for our Market Items. Whose to blame for the increases??? I’m not so sure it’s a Covid issue or supply chain issues. I’m leaning more towards the 4 processing giants of all of our nations beef, pork and poultry reaching unheard of profits from 2021 sales, neither this store or any of our customers had a return of that magnitude for last year…

Food Feature of the Week

Beef Tenderloin Tails are my food special for this week, these 4 to 6 ounce tails are perfect as medallions, cut for use in a great stir fry or even cut up for an upscale stroganoff. They’re packaged in 1.2lb packages and are priced at a wonderful price of $20.99 that’s less than our normal price per pound on whole tenderloin. These 4 packs have four great pieces of beef tenderloin each weighing 4.5 ounces. These bargains can be used creatively any way you want and they’ll be great because they’re CAB choice or better. Won’t get these in again at this price, 8 in house so don’t doddle.

Market Items…

Fresh Dry Aged 12oz Prime Ribeyes - $35.99

Fresh Dry Aged 12oz Prime Strip Steaks - $37.99

Fresh Wagyu Burgers 4pk- $17.99

Fresh Whole CAB Choice Tenderloins $21.99lb

Fresh Heritage 12 oz long bone Berkshire Chops $14.99 a chop Fresh Certified Angus Burgers 4pk- $11.99

*Frozen 1.2lb. CAB Beef Tenderloin Tails -$20.99 per package

Nueske Applewood Smoked Bratwurst 5 links per pound - $9.99

Dearborn Smoked Brats 5 links per pound- $7.99

Dearborn Knockwurst 5 links per pound- $7.99

Kuhne Sauerkraut 28oz jars $5.99

Oysters “Glacier Bay” PEI - $24 a dozen

Oysters “Summerside” PEI - $24 a dozen

Fresh Loch Duart Scottish Salmon -$16.99lb

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

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

Frozen Snow Crab Clusters 8oz and up $25.99lb

Frozen Lobster Tails $12.99 each

Frozen Large Langostines - $15.99lb

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

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 Pasta from Italy - $6.99

Fusco Casarecce Dried 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

New Wines

No new wines this week…Just restocking…


Outerbelt 270 6pk cans $11.99

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout 4pk bottles $22.99

Dark Horse Scottie Karate 4pk cans $9.99

Troegs Double Blizzard of Hops 4pk 16oz cans $13.99

Fat Head’s Alpha Ambush 6pk cans $11.99

Short’s Step into the Haze 6pk bottles $12.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Rebel Mettle Lager $109.99

Troegs Nugget Nectar $142.99

Maine Lunch $169.99

Final Thoughts

Last week at this time I was getting all nostalgic and just trying to get through the last holiday week and then in just a few short minutes the first week of January hits… For the first 4 months of last year the bar was still closed we hadn’t had an event in what seemed an eternity. This week begins our return to what’s become our new normal and we’re looking forward to hopefully a full year of being able to share with you that which we have become.

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!

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