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Siciliano's Market News, July 29th, 2022 Edition

Ups and Downs- Life Can Been A Rollercoaster

Preamble by Dan Sipka

The adventure of operating the market continues as we near the end of our second month since the official change of ownership. It has certainly been an intense several weeks complete with all the highs, lows and in-betweens that you’d expect from running a small business. For me, the most overwhelming part of this journey has been the outpouring of support and encouragement from our dedicated market staff, community, friends and family. Before our first month in business came to a close, I lost my father in law, Jeff Boorsma. Jeff was an enormous figure in Tiffany and her family’s life, and had grown to be an incredible mentor, father and friend in my own. Grieving and accepting his sudden passing has been extremely difficult for all of us, but we have been overcome by the support of the Siciliano’s Market team and greater community.

Before Jeff’s passing, Tiffany and I were fortunate to have had the chance to tell him some exciting news that we’ve kept a secret until this week– we are expecting our first baby, due February 2023. Baby Sipka will be arriving just in time to watch the Detroit Lions win the Superbowl! We are beyond excited to grow our family with the addition of a little one on the way. Jeff was already papa to six grandkids and absolutely loved being a grandpa. While we are heartbroken that our little one will not get to crush grapes for wine making or go on bike rides with their papa, we are confident that they will still know him through his legacy and our stories of the man he was.

Jeff is the reason I’m in the market now, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. He was so passionate and excited for Tiffany and I to get into this business, learn from Steve and Barb and eventually make our own mark on it. He was filled with ideas for how we could grow and provide even more value to our community. I think about his ideas constantly and hope to make them a reality in the coming chapters of our adventure.

If you have a few moments please take some time to read Jeff's Obituary. He was truly an incredible human being who made an impact on everyone he came in contact with.

New and Returning Products

Austin Brothers Helloha Punch, $4.09/16oz- Just like your dad says as he stops off the plane for the first time on the big island - Hello-Ha!

This beer will make you feel like you are there with him as well, with huge amounts of Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Pink Guava, and Orange complementing this kettle sour. So throw on some socks and sandals, an umbrella hat, and your best Lei, and let this beer take you to the tropics!Just like your dad says as he stops off the plane for the first time on the big island - Hello-Ha!

Arbor En Fuego Buzzsaw, $2.59/12oz-Buzzsaw IPA with lime and habanero

Arbor Tilted Earth Hoppy Kolsch, $2.39/12oz-Light in body, infinitely crushable and packed with refreshing hop flavor. This dry-hopped Kolsch is brewed with pilsner malt and loaded with citrusy hop goodness to quench your thirst all summer long.

Mitten Peanut and Crackerjack Variety Pack, $19.99- This variety pack consists of 4 beers: Mackinaw Fudge, Imperial Imperial Peanut Butter Pie and Hazelnut

Graft Field Day Rhubarb Spritz Cider, $3.09/12oz-The ‘Field Day’ is apple cider with the addition of rhubarb, hibiscus, dried blood orange, and rooibos that is fruity, a touch tart, and has notes of delicate spring flowers and dried fruit.

Graft Lost Tropic Tangerine Passionfruit Mimosa, $3.09/12oz- New Lost Tropic is more juicy, tropical, and hop-free than ever before. This Tropical Mimosa is what hungover brunch dreams are made of. You can expect notes of tangerine, passion fruit, and tangerine in every sip.

Singlecut Jane She is a Clerk, $4.99/12oz-Soft, bright, and packed with the same hop bill as beloved JENNY SAID, this IPA is dank, soft, and packed with tons of tangerine and plum/peach aroma.

Desthil Dragon Fruit Mango, $2.39/12oz-Stimulate your senses with our sour ale bursting with tart fruit flavors and aromas of dragonfruit & mango. Delight in the brilliant fuschia color and vibrant taste sensation that delivers an invigorating experience with each sip. Cheers!

Middle Coast Hessian Revelry, $3.49/16oz-A Classic Dunkel brewed with Toasted Pecans

Hirter Private Pils $3.39/16oz

Hirter Morchl Dark Lager $3.39/16 oz

Egger Lemon Radler $3.19/16oz

Egger Peach Radler $3.19/16 oz

Farm Club All Call Czech Pilsner $3.89/16oz

Descriptions courtesy of Untappd

Featured Wines of the Week

Big Little Underdog Gamay Noir, $31.39

Tasting notes: Light bodied, fresh berry fruits, black pepper, subtle oak.

Pairings: Duck confit, grilled salmon, wood fired pizza, burgers

Production notes: Grapes are handpicked then crushed, and the wine is fermented on skins. 10% of the grapes go through carbonic fermentation. At the end of fermentation, the wine is pressed and racked to barrel. Full malolactic fermentation, and aging for 8 months in 25% new french oak and 75% second and third fill barrels. Bottled unfiltered.

Other notes: "My brother and I remember the crunch of leaves on the playground and the crisp fall air tingling our noses. Taking turns, we helped one another gain momentum toward the ultimate swing experience … the UNDERDOG."

Underdog is 100% Gamay Noir from our Stony Point vineyard. Barrel aged in a variety of oak vessels this wine is medium bodied, fruit forward and vibrant. Styled as an underdog red wine, we believe Gamay is right for Northern Michigan, and capable of reaching great heights."

Big Little C-3 Pinot Brut, $34.89

Tasting notes: Preserved lemon, toasted shortbread, bright acidity finishing soft.

Pairings: Light pasta, scallops, movies and popcorn

Production notes: Grapes are hand picked and whole cluster pressed. Only the cuveé juice fraction is used for this wine. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, then re-fermented in the Traditional Method. The wine is aged for a minimum of 18 months then riddled and disgorged.

Other notes: This Cuvee consists of 3 Pinot varieties grown in our Lake Leelanau vineyard, not so far away. Made in the Traditional Method, this wine undergoes it’s second fermentation and aging in this very bottle. Enjoy this blended brut bubbly from time to time."

Big Little Dune Climb Sauvignon Blanc, $28.69

Tasting notes: Gooseberry, lemongrass, white peach aromas, crisp acidity.

Pairings: Grilled Whitefish, Salads and Herb Dishes, Thai

Production notes: The vines from the Anton Vineyard were planted in 2009 on one of the highest sites in Leelanau County. Their low vigor and full sun exposure provide these vines the best conditions for growing quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes in our area. Grapes are hand picked and gently crushed before pressing. Neutral oak and stainless steel vessels are used for fermentation and aging. The wine is bottled in the spring to capture the fresh fruit aromas and flavors."

Big Little Lightning Bug, $22.89

Tasting notes: Ripe stone fruit, white peach, grapefruit, pear, glowingly fresh.

Pairings: Sandwiches, Sunshine, Summer evenings.

Production notes: The grapes were picked and pressed together. The juice blend was fermented cold, in stainless steel."

Buy three or more bottles of wine get 10 % off.

"It's our mission at Siciliano's to sell quality wine at affordable prices

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My condolences to you and Tiffany and your family. I can't imagine the turmoil this must throw you and you entire family into. The only way I know how to show my support is to stop in and buy something. I'll be there this weekend. Hang in there and best of luck as you move forward .

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