Weekly Newsletter: Week of May 13

16 May, 2013


How do you measure a year? In Daylights – In Sunsets – In Midnights – In Glasses of Wine In Inches – In Miles – In Laughter – In Strife
To continuing paraphrasing “Seasons of Love” from the musical, Rent, it has been 525,600 minutes (or one year) since we officially re-opened after the Argyle Fire (May18,2012). It has been a great year too; full of friends and fun! We couldn’t have done it without you. As always, thank you! We hope you will join us in raising a glass to many more great years together!    
Calendar of Events Don’t forget to come celebrate American Craft Beer Week with us- through Saturday! We have great bottle and pint specials! Read on for more Craft Beer Week related information too.
Monday, May 27- CLOSED in honor of Memorial Day.
New Wine Stella Mia- Rosso e Dolce- Italy- NV- $10.99- if you love Malvasia, try this! Hopler- Gruner Veltliner- Austria- 2011- $14.99 Brancott Estate- Sauvignon Blanc- New Zealand- 2012- $9.99 Alexander Valley Vineyards- Cabernet Sauvignon- California- 2011- $18.99 Luna- Pinot Grigio- California- 2011-$11.99 Toad Hollow- Amplexus- Sparkling Brut- France- $15.99 Marie de Beauregard- Vouvray- Chenin Blanc- France- 2011- $20.99
New Beer Great Lakes- Lake Erie Monster is here! Sixpoint- Apollo Rivertown- Blueberry Lager Goose Island- 25th Anniversary Extra Special Bitter Bells- Lager of the Lakes Smuttynose- Summer Weizen Rivertown Sampler
Tasting Info In honor of being reopened a year, we are having an INCREDIBLE tasting this Friday! We will taste extra special wines including the renowned Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio, Unoaked Chardonnay in a crock, “I” the latest release from Orin Swift and domestic red blend of which only 65 cases were produced and we got 2! We look forward to celebrating with you all again!
This week’s beer tasting is also extra special. We have chosen 4 unique brews from some beloved breweries. We will sample from Austria a new grapefruit beer, chipotle ale, and 2 brews with animals in the name- White Monkey and Goose Juice!
As always, for the complete list please click here.
Feature Item This week, in honor of American Craft Beer Week, we are featuring a new section of our store- the make-your-own 6 pack shelf! The mixed 6 packs are $8.99 and we have set aside some great American craft beers for you to chose from including, Harpoon, Heavy Seas, Founders and many others! This is a great way to sample many beers without a commitment! Come mix & match your six today!
Dan’s Picks This week Dan is recommending 3 wines that have all attracted the attention of Wine Spectator magazine too. The first is Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon- $9.99. This full-bodied wine comes from the southern facing hillside vineyards of Columbia Valley, Washington that share the same latitude as the Bordeaux region of France. It has flavors of dark fruit and cassis with a hint of oak imparted by 18 months of aging. It received 87 points in this month’s Wine Spectator meaning it is Very Good- a wine with special qualities. This one is also a true bargain!
The next pick is Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc- $26.99. This wine from New Zealand was once touted as the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Dan did his own tasting investigation and while the best in the world claim was neither confirmed nor denied, he did learn that Cloudy Bay pairs wonderfully with seafood and recommends all Sauvignon Blanc lovers give this wine a try!
Dan’s final pick is Baby Blue Red Blend- $27.99. This California estate red blend is 52% Cabernet, 25% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah. It has been aged in oak barrels for 16 months, is bottled unfined and can be consumed right now or aged. This wine is very approachable, smooth and easy drinking!
Final Thoughts
We, at the Wine Merchant, measure a year in new wines & beers brought in and enjoyed, patio tables seated and smiles of satisfied customers. Thank you again for your support and patronage this past year.

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