Siciliano's Market News, February 18 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about resisting temptation

All you really need is a rod and a reel, a few leaders, a spool or two of tippet and a selection of flies.

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

Late last fall after the ferns behind the pole barn had turned a dullish brown, after waking up three consecutive mornings to mist rising off the lake and after the evening chill made it too uncomfortable to have cocktails on the deck, I finally conceded that there would be no more fly fishing for the year and shipped my waders off to the Simms repair facility in Bozeman, Montana.

Simms makes good products but I'm tough on waders, probably because I’m no longer spry enough to gracefully climb over logs and shimmy up and down gravel banks without scraping my knees and derrière against fabric abrading objects. When there's still patches of snow in the woods and you're wearing long underwear, a sweater and a hoody underneath a rain jacket it's no fun being in a river with icy water seeping through a leak in your waders.

As we inch closer to spring I get more antsy and the antsier I get I find that my ability to resist temptation starts breaking down. Now when the Orvis and L.L. Bean catalogues come in the mail rather than tossing them aside I thumb through the pages. I'm tempted to buy a new Waxed-Cotton Packer Hat even though my old one, while frayed and battered, still does the job. I ask myself if I really need that Sherpa-Lined Scotch Plaid Shirt, Slightly Fitted. A new sling pack would be nice but there's really nothing wrong with my old fishpond wading vest.

When I'm daydreaming about fly fishing I have to keep reminding myself that success doesn't hinge on having a lot of expensive clothes and fancy gear. When it comes right down to it all you really need is a rod and a reel, a few leaders, a spool or two of tippet and a selection of flies. And, of course, in the spring at least, old sweaters, hoodies and stocking caps that keep you toasty and patched up waders that keep you dry.

Featured Wines of the Week

Naturalis, 2020, Sauvignon Blanc, Australia, $12.79/750ml (Organic)- Grapes for this wine have been entirely sourced from our Certified Organic Nanya Vineyard near Paringa, South Australia. The sandy loam over limestone soils, abundant sunshine, warm days and cool nights provide ideal conditions for nurturing flavour packed organic grapes with which to craft this exciting new, organic wine. Bright and clear with a faint green hue. Aromas of apple, passionfruit and lychee precede a palate that flows from these and adds a delicate gooseberry flavour to the mix in a refreshingly crisp wine. (Source)

Moon River, 2018, Paso Robles, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $33.79/750ml- The Westside of Paso Robles is home to an appellation called, The Adelaida District. From this slice of heaven comes some of the densest and most lip-smacking wines on the planet. We haven’t released a new Spaceman for light-years, but this wine will make all that waiting well worth it. This wine is a Neutron Star of “hug your loved ones” and bow down to greatness. Iridescent purples, blu