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This Saturday is the official beginning of the Munich Oktoberfest...

…and while you can go ahead and begin celebrating you’ve got another week to wait for ours!

We’re making plans for our Best Wurst Saturday celebration and hope that you’ve got your calendar set for this annual activity!


Calendar of Events

September 19th – Thirsty Thursday! And the last week of Tacos!

September 26th – Thirsty Thursday! Back to Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup!

September 28th – Best Wurst Saturday!! The countdown is on, 9 more days until our annual event with the best beers and wines we can pull out. Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and sausage samplers that are sure to please! And don’t get me started on the sauerkraut…

October 4th – Charity Tasting – Clothe-A-Child come on down and support this very worthy organization. Help us help those in need.

October 12th – Saturday Hogtoberfest featuring Dogfish 120 Minute on tap, with Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth for dessert! For the pork part, this year we’re partnering with Millers Meats for our annual and awesome event. Plenty of pork, with the best sauerkraut that can be concocted and a side of everyone’s favorite German potato salad, I’m getting hungry just writing about it…

November 1st – Charity Tasting – Findlay Elite Gymnastics

November 5th – Tuesday Fall Alternative Wine Dinner ***SOLD OUT

November 21st – Beaujolais Nouveau!

Do I really need to say more…We’ll taste as many Nouveau’s as I can bring in, I’ll prepare as much Bourguignon as my kitchen can handle, bring in way too much Brie and Baguette and we’ll just have a party! Nobody really does this anymore, but…we do, and we do it right!

December 3rd – Champagne Tasting ***Reservation Required

We’re bringing in all grower produced Champagnes this year, six of the best we found. We’ll have a special guest from the distributor (Jason) here to help explain each and every one of them. Of course we’ll choose some great heavy appetizers to accompany these beautiful new Champagnes. It’s bubbles all night long!

December 25th – Closed Christmas Day

January 1st – Closed New Years Day

New Wines

Villa Barbi Orvieto Classico 2017 Italy $14.99

Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba 2018 Italy $15.99

Jelly Jar Red Blend 2016 California $14.99

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Chile $125.99

St. Julian Head Games Spiced Red Wine NV Michigan $8.99

New Beers

Bell’s O’Captain My Capitain Black IPL 6pk Bottles $11.99

Abita Andygator 6pk Bottle $10.99

Fat Head’s Hop Juju 4pk Can $11.99

Jackie O’s See Foam 6pk Can $11.99

Short’s Sticky Icky Icky 6pk Can $9.99

Urban Artifact Gramophone Nectarine 4pk Can $11.99

Cider Boys Banana Bliss 6pk Bottle $9.99

BACK IN STOCK Old Nation M43 4pk 16oz Can $14.99

BACK IN STOCK Old Nation Boss Tweed 4pk 16oz Can $17.99

Beer Tasting

We’ll be tasting up some “Delicious” beers this Saturday and in fact the first beer from Stone Brewing is entitled just that. Number two from Troegs is the Nimble Giant a big Double IPA. Number three will be Troegs Hopback Amber, and to finish it off Saturday, we’ll sip a little Espresso Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout from Stone. All four are sure to please and coincidentally at least three of the four will go great with this weekend’s special pizzas!

Feature Item

This week’s feature is the 2015 Don Melchor Cabernet from Chile. While not a daily drinker, this $125.99 is certainly something to have for a celebration or event but as well as something you can lay down and forget about, these bottles age beautifully. Always highly rated “scores from 98 to 93 pts” this big Cabernet is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed one of these but when a sample was poured for me this week it all came back…“deep cherry red in color, Don Melchor captivates with its balanced, depth, and complexity. The aromas of red fruits delicately intermingle with mineral notes that recall cold ashes and pencil lead. Fine, delicate textures appear on the palate and show this to be an ample, deep wine with a smooth, fine attack followed by an intense, mouth-filling evolution. Concentrated, expressive, and generous in flavors and aromas with a long finish dominated by the balance and elegance of the various layers of flavors”. Obviously not my exact words but they are an accurate description of how beautiful this wine is. Worthy at this price and guaranteed to please now or at an undisclosed personal date.

Dan’s Pick

Price drop in aisle 3… who doesn’t like a price drop? Hess “Lion Tamer” has been around now for almost a year and it’s become a favorite but the price jumped last year, it went from $39.99 to $44.99 and sales declined… Well guess what, the price has come back down to the $39.99 price point and that makes us happy. This big red blend is comprised of 40% Malbec, 27% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, how could this possibly not be great! Hess is a well regarded international producer but this bottle hails from the American Canyon Vineyards in Napa and it’s what one expects from the region and this producer as big as a lion in flavor but as tamed as a kitten. See for yourself why we get excited when the price goes down.

Friday & Saturday Pizza Special

There will be two to choose from this Friday and Saturday, our Spicy Feta and the Meat Pizza will be available this weekend from 4-8pm. Hey, it may not be a sandwich but they’re both tasty!

Final Thought

I always look forward to this time of year; in fact Fall may be my favorite season of the year. With changes in the season our palates can also change. Heartier beers, big reds over patio whites and well …great sausages hot off the grill. We’re really looking forward to next Saturday and hope you are as well.

Cheers from all of us at the Wine Merchant!

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