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The best thing about the end of July is… that I leave for Italy in August 🧙‍♂️🤞

Actually there are two good things…National Oyster Day is Friday, August 5th!

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday

10am to 6pm!


July 30 - The bar will be closed starting at noon.

Aug. 5 - It’s NATIONAL OYSTER DAY! Oysters all day, $20 a dozen, Rockefeller or on the half shell.

Aug. 6 - Mojitos and Cubanos all day long: roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard & pickles pressed on the grill, ready and waiting to accompany a cold pint, any of our wines, or a delicious mojito. You’ve all recognized the amount of mint we have growing down here. Well, it’s high time to properly use it, and we can’t think of any better way than to, well…drink it. Hope to see you on the 6th!

Store News

We have a little more breathing room at the moment; it certainly helps having Chelsea and our new full timers. We were able to pick up a few new wines this week, but we apparently brought in quite a few new beers. Schlafly Brewing of St. Louis is now in Northern Ohio, and we’re glad to welcome them to our shelves this week (and soon on draft). There’s always something new coming in, so it’s always a good thing to come stop by and check to see what’s new.

Wine News🍷

Trying to shake it up a bit. I have passed a few times on refilling the racks and have been searching for something new. It’s not an overnight type of thing, so please be patient. I think you’ll begin to see some new brands appear in the store soon. As usual, I’m working on a close out deal with a distributor that I’m hopeful will bring us a great wine at a much reduced cost. I‘ll keep you posted…

Dan’s Feature

Canvasback 2018 Cabernet from Washington is my feature for this week. This Red Mountain Cabernet has always been favorite of mine — anything from Red Mountain I buy. The fruit this region produces is exceptional, thus making this a must have for me. I’ve always been a fan of Duckhorn, so when you add Red Mountain to the equation, it’s good stuff (Duckhorn + Red Mountain fruit = a fantastic & delicious Cabernet!). Originally we carried this Cabernet for $49.99, but now it’s in our system at $39.99. The winemaker describes it as having “tantalizing aromas of ripe strawberry, bing cherry and grenadine leap from the glass, followed by suggestions of blueberry and huckleberry, as well as subtle oak tones of slivered almond and hazelnut. The saturated red fruit layers are echoed on the delightfully supple palate, where they mingle with dynamic flavors of red licorice, orange zest and candied grape, and darker hints of black plum, cocoa, berry pie and baking spices”. You can bet on all that and even more. Stop in and pick up a few at this great price!

Dan’s Pick

Mary Taylor 2020 Muscadet Servre-et-Maine is my pick for this week. I’ve always enjoyed Muscadet, and now since I’ve become a fan of Mary Taylors wines, I just had to bring it in. Most people believe that Muscadet is the grape, but sorry, that’s not the case. The varietal is Melon de Bourgogne, a delicious but misunderstood grape. If you like it lean and green with a mineral background, this is the wine for you. This high quality Muscadet embodies the western Loire Valley with a fascinating interplay of citrus and saline notes. Simply divine with seafood or as a stand-alone display of freshness and elegance. Priced at only $17.99, I think you need to come and take one of this new varietal home with you.

Food News😋

Fresh Scottish salmon and Icelandic cod in this week, along with a 100 or so new oysters from off the Massachusetts coast. I know, I know… I usually go PEI, but these were written up so well, I had to get them. Fiddler’s Cove are the darlings of the Pangea Fish and Oyster Company, and I trust them. Oysters are like everything else we buy — we want to know where everything comes from so that we can share with you all the info on these products.

Food Feature of the Week

Outside skirt steak is your feature for this week. I was pleasantly surprised to get this prime cut in last week. This is beef is from Purely of Chicago, and their beef is all highly prized (it is frozen but takes little time to defrost). Outside skirt is the more tender cut of skirt and is primarily used for fajitas or sometimes for a steak salad. It’s a thin cut that takes well to marinade and can be cooked within minutes on a hot grill. This is prime beef, not the typical fajita meat you’re getting at your favorite Mexican restaurant in town. This is the beef you WANT to make fajitas at home. At $15.99 a pound, it’s a sure bet to be on a tortilla real soon at someone’s house near you…

Market Items…

*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Ribeyes - $32.99 per steak

*Fresh Dry Aged Prime Strip Steaks - $39.99 per steak

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

*Fresh Hand Cut to order Demkota Ribeyes - $18.99/lb

*Fresh Wagyu Burgers 2pk - $8.99

*Fresh Double Cut Pork Chops - $12.99 per chop

Frozen Center Cut 8oz Filets - $16.99

Frozen Pre-cooked frozen BBQ Ribs - approx. 3lb racks $29.99

Frozen 8oz Pork Ribeyes - $8.99

Frozen Bacon Wrapped 5oz Pork Filets- $5.99 per filet

Frozen Merguez Lamb and Beef Sausage 4 per package - $9.99

Frozen Rinaldi Italian Sausage 4 per pound - $6.99

Frozen Beef Brisket Sausages 5 per pound - $15.99

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

*Fresh Fiddler’s Cove Oysters Massachusetts - $24 a dozen

*Fresh Loch Duart Scottish Salmon - $17.99lb

*Fresh Icelandic Cod Loin - $17.99lb

Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Chipotle Lime 2pk - $10.99

Frozen Bakkafrost Salmon Burgers Spinach and Feta 2pk - $10.99

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

Au Gratin potatoes 4-pack- $9.99

Frozen Chilean Sea Bass 6oz- $16.99

Frozen Ahi Saku Block Tuna AAA Sushi Grade avg.14oz - $29.99

Frozen Lobster Tails - $12.99 each

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

Frozen U-10 Scallops - $29.99lb

Frozen Fontinini Fully Cooked Meatballs - 6 2oz balls for $8.99

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Paparedelle from Italy - $9.99lb (serving for 2)

Fresh/Frozen Bacchini Strozzapreti from Italy - $9.99lb (serving for 2)

1932’s Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce - $7.99

1932’s Pomodorina with Fresh Basil Pasta Sauce - $7.99

1932’s Pomodorina with Barolo Pasta Sauce - $7.99

Fusco Mezzi Rigatoni Dried Pasta from Italy - $6.99

Maurizio Spaghetti Chitarra Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Fusco Casarecce Dried Pasta from Italy - $5.99

Drakes Jumbo Ravioli with Veal 1lb - $12.99

Drakes Jumbo Butternut Squash Ravioli 1lb - $12.99

Tribeca Bakery Asiago, Sourdough and Rosemary Bread - $5.50

New Wines 🍷

Mary Taylor 2020 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Loire Valley - $17.99

Marie-Pierre Manciat 2020 Pouilly Fuisse - $37.99

Monmousseau 2020 Sancerre Loire Valley - $32.99

Santa Ema 2018 Reserva Cabernet Maipo Valley, Chile - $14.99

Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro 2019 Vinho Tinto - $15.99

New Beers 🍺

Brewdog Fellowship IPA 6-pack cans - $10.99

Brewdog Hazy Jane Passion Fruit 6-pack cans - $10.99

Fat Head’s G’Suffa Oktoberfest 6-pack cans - $11.99

Jackie O’s Off Duty Lifeguard 6-pack cans - $11.99

Prairie Watermelon Girlfriend 4-pack cans - $11.99

Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin 6-pack bottles - $10.99

Great Lakes #73 Joe Thomas Kolsch 6-pack 16oz cans - $11.99

Schlafly Just A Bit Hazy IPA 6-pack cans - $10.99

Schlafly Kolsch 6-pack cans - $10.99

Schlafly Oktoberfest 6-pack bottles - $10.99

Kegs - 1/6 Barrel

Scrimshaw - $129.99

Fat Head's Bumble Berry - $119.99

Schlafly Just a Bit Hazy IPA - $109.99

Schlafly Oktoberfest - $109.99

Final Thoughts

Summer’s going fast, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. Without doubt, it’s been a warm one thus far, and hopefully it begins to cool down just a bit. It’s always exciting to start enjoying the sweet corn and tomatoes as they begin to appear at our various local farm markets, and to be sure, they compliment many of the items we have available down here. Great produce, great steaks and seafood, great beers and wines. You take care of the produce, and we’ll help take care of the rest.

Cheers from all of us here at The Wine Merchant!

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