Weekly Newsletter: Week of April 15

18 April, 2013


A Simpler Approach to Wine…

is an advice column, of sorts, by James Laube, senior editor of Wine Spectator appearing in their May 31 edition. Laube points out that as wine consumers we are living in an embarrassment of riches- the world is awash in great juice from various regions and varietals! This, in itself though, is a double edged sword as all the options can be overwhelming. We found this article to be indicative of our mission at the Wine Merchant; to de-mystify the wine drinking experience. Laube offers 5 points for all wine drinkers, novice or sophisticated, to ponder as they drink their way around the world of wine.

  1. Wine doesn’t have to be expensive!As we’ve discussed before, and Laube states, price rarely equates to quality.
  2. Study the classics!The 5 W’s of writing also apply to wine- who, what, where, when and why! If you want to delve a little deeper, even seek out the “how” varietals are produced in their renowned regions.
  3. Seek out emerging regions!The joy of budding wine cultures is that “quality is on the upswing and prices remain comparatively low.”
  4. Consider alternatives!Be on the lookout for lesser known varietals and inquire about characteristics similar to what you typically enjoy.
  5. Trust your taste! “If you don’t like a wine, move on. Don’t dwell on it. Today it makes greater sense to be more fluid. Drink the wines you like, and skip the ones you don’t. It’s really that simple.”

Calendar of Events
Saturday, April 27- ReWined Historical Downtown Tour- 4-5pm Wine Tasting Kickoff
Saturday, April 27- Live Music from Aaron Peterson 6-8pm
Our patio will be open by May 3rd

New Beer
Third Shift- Amber Lager
Fox Barrel- Pear Cider
Crispin- Apple Cider
Weyerbacher- Insanity
St. Feuillen- Saison
Shipyard- Summer Ale
Rogue- Chipotle Ale
Hebrew- Rejewvenator Dubble Doppel
Dogfish Head- Chateau Jiahu
Rogue- Imperial IPA
Great Divide- Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide- Heyday
Sierra Nevada- Summerfest
Stone- Enjoy By 05/17/13
Rogue’s collaboration with VooDoo donut- Bacon Maple Ale is back!
We are also welcoming Triton Brewery from Indianapolis to our shelves. We will be carrying their Four Barrel Brown and Rail Splitter IPA.

New Wine
Monchof- Riesling- Germany- 2011-$14.99
Las Rocas- Red Blend- Spain- 2009- $11.99
Bian Caia- Red Blend- Italy- 2008- $19.99
Fattori- Runcaris- White Blend- Italy- 2011- $12.99
Whitehall Lane- Cabernet Sauvignon- California- 2009- $45.99

Tasting Info
This week’s wine tasting will feature 2 great Australian wines (including Mollydooker) and 2 wines featured as Dan’s Picks in last week’s newsletter made by renowned Australian winemaker, Chris Ringland, now operating in Spain.

This week’s beer tasting is an all canned, all domestic ale affair! We will be sampling a blonde ale from Texas, a rye ale from Michigan, an extra pale ale from Illinois and Diesel Ale from Sixpoint in Brooklyn!

As always, for the complete list, please click here.

Feature Item
This week we are featuring a bottle of Champagne just for you! Chandon is again producing its limited edition summer-themed 187ml bottles of Brut Classic Sparkling Wine! These personal-sized bottles are great for picnics, BYOB parties, bridal showers or just to keep on hand for when you want a refreshing treat. It is a dry sparkling wine that has lots of fruity and nutty characteristics. The Brut Classic has received 89 points from Wine Spectator and is cheered for being an affordable sparkler that can make any occasion special. Come get your bottle today for $6.99!

Dan’s Picks
This week Dan chose a line of wines from one of our favorite Washington State producers. K-Vintners is a brand produced by Charles Smith of Charles & Charles fame. We were able to buy all of the K-Vintners wine allocated for Northwest Ohio. Besides the great (and apropos) K-Syrah’s we have in the back cooler, the 3 news wines are Stoneridge Vineyard Merlot, Motor City Kitty (MCK) Syrah and Morrison Lane Syrah. Sure, they are higher end, but they are limited releases from Charles Smith and they are MORE than worth it!    

Dan’s other pick for this week is Charles Bieler’s (the other half of Charles and Charles) annually produced Rose. Bieler Pere et Fils 2012 is $12.99 a bottle and is perfect for the upcoming patio season. Rose is an extremely under-appreciated varietal that we here at the Wine Merchant absolutely love! It is a nice combination of fruity but not sweet and crisp yet refreshing. If you haven’t tried a rose, give it a chance! If you already are a fan, this is a new one for you to love!

Final Thoughts
As our parting piece of advice, we again quote James Laube- “Wine appreciation is more than a race for knowledge, it’s a personal journey we should take at our own pace.” We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and look forward to many more adventures together in the world of wine!


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