This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about whiling away time on a rainy day
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
The deck furniture was sopped from an overnight rain so we took our morning mugs of coffee out to the garage. After opening the overhead door to let in a breeze I joined Barb at the big wooden table and lit my pipe.
“What do you think the odds are that he shows up?’ she asked after I sat down.
“Beats the hell out of me,” I replied. “Maybe Fifty-fifty.”
The “he” my wife was referring to was the serviceman who was at the cottage on two separate occasions the previous week. On his first visit Rick informed us that the A/C was low on freon and gave it a charge. On the second visit he told us that the condenser must have sprung a leak.
“Can it be repaired?” I asked.
“Nope,” he replied. "If it was me I would replace that old furnace too."
So there it was—the A/C was kaput and the furnace was teetering on its last legs. We set up an appointment to have the installation done the following Friday. But this is rural Lake County where having servicemen showing up on time or showing up at all can sometimes be an issue. My Thursday night text to Rick asking whether the installation was still on for the following day went unanswered.
"Maybe you should give him a call," Barb suggested when we were on our third cup of coffee. Now I'm smart enough to take my wife's suggestions as commands so I was about to go into the cottage for the phone when a trio of trucks, one with a new furnace and A/C unit on its bed, pulled into the driveway. While Barb and I looked at each other in pleasant surprise we heard Rick's booming voice. "Let's go guys! We're burning daylight."
Rick and his crew did a wonderful job, stopping only for a brief lunch break and wrapping up the job around six that evening. It rained off and on all day. Since doing things outside was off the table I took a series of naps, read a bit, and made occasional visits to the garage to smoke my pipe. Barb used the time more wisely, setting up her fly tying vice in the garage and whipping out a couple of dozen flies. Not a bad way for either of us to while away the time on a rainy day.
Featured Wines of the Week
Broadside, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018, Margarita Vineyard, California, $21.79/750ml- Tasting Notes: Brilliant violet. Spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas show very good clarity and a subtle smoky nuance. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black currant flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows very good energy and clarity on the finish, which is firmed by supple, slow-building tannins. (Source)
Provenence, Joie de vivre rose, non-vintage, France, $10.49/750ml-Refreshing & balanced, Provenence perfectly exemplifies joie de vivre! The color is a stunning, light rose-petal pink and lively citrus aromas abound. Fleshy notes of white peach and nectarine lead into honeysuckle, zesty pink grapefruit, and juicy strawberry flavors, followed up with a backbone of great acidity and a round mouthfeel. The delicate salinity on the finish leave you wanting another sip! (Source)
Kreuznacher Kronenberg, Riesing Auslese, 2018, Germany, $11.89/750ml- Semi sweet with flavors of ripe peaches and apricots. If you enjoy sweeter style wines, you will love this! (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Bowling & Burch, New World Gin, Kentucky, $42.09/750ml- The result of impassioned distilling and agriculture, our small-batch gin is crafted with 17 botanicals, some of which are grown on property. Infused with flavors such as honeysuckle and lemon verbena, this gin is what your tonic is missing.
Nose: Fragrant with herbal notes of rosemary, thyme, and citrus
Palate: Tart orange, honeysuckle, lemon verbena, and coriander on the front
Finish: Zippy with spice
The Botanist, Islay Dry Gin, Bruichladdich, Scotland, $43.19/750ml- $23.09/375ml- The spirit is satin smooth, gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. Think sweet, delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of flowers from Machir Bay, honey from thistle, coconut from gorse, water mint and summer meadows…It’s a magical melody of Islay’s natural bounty, from the Atlantic washed beaches to the summit of heather covered hills. The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate, you can feel the warmth of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin; its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the senses. (Source)
Rock Rose, Scottish Gin, $45.19/750ml-
Nose:A delicate bouquet of rose, mixed with deeper cardamom and a touch of citrus.
Palate: Fruity berries merge with a floral nose to give a full-bodied, rounded gin. Bright notes ping as the juniper comes forward.
Finish: The sharpness of the sea buckthorn emerges, but once again is rounded off by berries and a juniper heart. Smooth sherbet lemon notes create a lingering finish. (Source)
New and Returning Products
Bell's Mango Oberon, $2.99/12oz - The color and scent of a summer afternoon; now with a mango twist. This limited release of your favorite summer beer just got a blast of real fruit. It's refreshing, easy-drinking and only here for a short time. (Source)
Bell's Sparkleberry, $3.99/16oz - Sparkleberry is an American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel brewed with raspberries. Slightly tart, dry and spicy, it was originally brewed for release at Kalamazoo Pride in 2013, the same year it won a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. (Source)
Brew Detroit Big Tuba, $4.09/16oz - American IPA
Brew Detroit Dry Hop Pils, $2.49/16oz - American Pils
Drafting Table Orange Brewilus, $3.79/16oz - This milkshake IPA is brewed with malt, wheat, oats, and lactose and fermented with tangerine, blood orange, and vanilla. (Source)
Greyline Mosacca, $2.99/12oz - American IPA
Lake Life Cranberry Lime, $2.09/12oz - Handmade with house-distilled vodka, Lake Life Spiked Seltzer is blended with seltzer and natural fruit flavors. Crisp, fresh and bubbly with only 82 calories, 0g sugar and gluten free. Guilt free, care free.(Source)
Lake Life White Peach, $2.09/12oz - Handmade with house-distilled vodka, Lake Life Spiked Seltzer is blended with seltzer and natural fruit flavors. Crisp, fresh and bubbly with only 82 calories, 0g sugar and gluten free. Guilt free, care free.
Off Color Beer for Brunch, $2.99/16oz - The clean lactic acidity in this Berliner style wheat beer is complimented with Chardonnay grape juice adding a slight malic acidity and slight boozy nip. The orange flesh character counters with a hint of sweetness while the gentle hop character adds aromatic depth in this daytime sipper. (Source)
Off Color Sports, $2.99/16oz - Sour - Berliner Weisse
Off Color Yuzu Fierce, $2.99/16oz - Berliner weisee with yuzu fruit
Paulener Grapefruit Radler, $2.39/16oz - The thirst quencher combines 50% Paulaner’s classic Münchner Lager and 50% naturally hazy, grapefruit infusion, resulting in a tangy flavor with 2.5% alcohol. (Source)
Rochester Mills Blueberry Pancake, $2.79/16oz - addition of lactose (milk sugar) adds complexity, body, and a residual sweetness lending a smooth creamy texture (Source)
Trailpoint CIPApotamus, $3.49/16oz - This citra IPA utilizes all citra hops. Inhale through your nose and be greeted by heavy-duty citrus, flora, and tropical notes. Take a sip and treat your palette to a balanced IPA with a wicked awesome hop finish. (Source)
Trailpoint Hazypotamus, $3.89/16oz - CIPApotamus' Triple Citra hopped cousin! Same humongous citrus nose, soft mouthfeel with almost no hop bitterness. (Source)
Trailpoint Perk Ya Later, $2.99/16oz - Coffee cream ale bursting with caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla coffee. (Source)
Two Guys BC Blond, $3.19/16oz
Two Guys DIPA, $4.69/16oz
Two Guys Huge Heffer, $3.49/16oz
Two Guys Mosiac Quest, $3.89/16oz
Two Guys Phalanx, $3.89/16oz
Two Guys Station 3, $3.19/16oz
Two Guys Thumbs Out, $3.89/16oz
Untitled Art Chocolate Banana Imperial Stout, $5.19/12oz - Imperial Stout with cacao nibs and banana puree
Untitled Art Kiwi Strawberry Florida Seltzer, $2.99/12oz
Untitled Art Mango Pineapple Florida Seltzer, $2.99/12oz
Untitled Art Prickly Pear Guava Florida Seltzer, $2.99/12oz