This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about Big Bass Lake
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
Big Bass Lake is one of the largest bodies of water in Lake County. The 290 acre lake has four distinct coves and if viewed from the perspective of one of the high flying resident eagles it would roughly resemble the shape of a four leaf clover. It's an all sports lake with a public boat launch so there are times, especially on holidays and weekends, when it's jam packed with jet skis and speed boats.
When the lake is busy you don't want to be out there on kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and fishing boats from 11 am to 730 pm, the time period that fast boating is allowed, especially if you're prone to motion sickness. A local ordinance prohibits high speed boating before and after that time frame. Cottage owners are aware of the ordinance and for the most part abide by the rules but every so often you get a boorish boat operator who isn't aware of the ordinance or simply doesn't care.
Whenever I see someone speeding across the lake during the no wake period I'm tempted to stand at the end of our dock or on the deck of our fishing boat waving my fist and hollering at the perpetrators to slow down. I never do though, partly because I don't want to acquire the reputation of being an old curmudgeon but mostly because I'm afraid of pissing off some hot head who's packing heat. Instead of instigating a potentially nasty confrontation I indulge in a rather childish fantasy.
I imagine that I have a laser guided bazooka mounted on my deck that I procured from the Acme Corporation, the same mail order business that supplied Wile E. Coyote with the inane contraptions that he used to try to catch the Road Runner. Instead of lethal ordnance the bazooka shoots balloons packed with a mixture of Eue de Skunk and distillation of rotting fish guts. I always aim for the back of the head.
Featured Wines of the Week
Cortenova, Pinot Grigio, Italy, $9.39/750ml- Brilliant straw color with emerald reflections. Fresh and floral bouquet with a hint of pears, apricots and bananas. Fresh and inviting with bright fruit and an easy drinking style with a pleasing hint of almonds in the aftertaste. Pairs well with seafood dishes, risottos with scampi, spaghetti with clams, sole in white wine Perfect also as an aperitif. (Source)
Rubizzo, Toscana, 2018, Italy, $14.49/750ml- Ruby red, brilliant with violet reflections. Intense, ripe berry fruits with a rich and smooth finish, with good structure. (Source)
Mazzi, 2016, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Italy, $18.69/750ml- Mazzi’s Sanperetto opens with aromas of blackberry jam spread on warm buttered toast. Waves of aromas like bittersweet chocolate, violets, musk, vanilla and espresso a combine for a fascinating, heady drinking experience. It truly is a vino da meditazione, a wine to meditate with, as it draws you down into its deep, dark depths. Once there, it will snuggle you like a fur coat worn on the beach near a freezing, pristine opal sea. Experience this wine slowly, and cherish every drop. (Source)
Alma Rosa, 2017, Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, California, $41.29/750ml- Tangy aromas of red plums, sumac and sour cherry peels kick off the nose of this appellation blend. There's a tartness to the red-plum-skin and sour cherry flavors that also show on the sip, but they are warmed by nutmeg and mace spices. (Source)
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New and Returning Products
Black Rocks Presque Ale, $2.29/12oz-We love summer and we love making beer for summer. Here’s one for you to enjoy while it lasts. This limited release has a big hop aroma leading to a fresh, clean flavor. Grab a sixer and watch the sunset...or sunrise (summer can get weird like that). (Source)
Grand Traverse Brewing Glen Lake, $3.89/16oz- American IPA
Grand Traverse Brewing Lakeside Light, $2.99/16oz-Lager - American Light
Grand Traverse Northport, $3.89/16oz- American IPA
Mast Landing A Beer Named Duck, $4.09/16oz-This easy drinking New England pale ale proves that exceptional qualities can come in unassuming forms. Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops flock together to bring crisp notes of citrus and floral brightness. (Source)
Mast Landing Front Flip, $4.69/16oz-No trick-experience needed to enjoy this burst of hoppy goodness. Nelson, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops come together to create a tropical landing place for an epic decision. (Source)
Mast Landing out Here, $4.69/16oz-Crafted to match whatever landscape you’re exploring, Out Here is a medium bodied New England style India pale ale brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Rakau hops. Big notes of fresh citrus over a tropical foundation. (Source)
Mast Landing Whomper, $5.49/16oz-Whether you're a seasoned sailor or can't tell port from starboard, Whomper will win over your cup. A smooth and full-bodied beer that features Sabro, Nelson, Mosaic Cryo and Experimental HBC 630 hops for notes of lychee, peach, apricot, and a touch of coconut at an enticing 7.8% ABV. (Source)
Middle Coast Paddle Easy, $3.19/16oz-A traditional German Kolsch brewed with local grain, hops and ginger to create a crushable true "ginger beer". (Source)
Off Color Beer for Beaches, $2.99/16oz-Beach house style ale with peach, cranberry, pineapple and lemon juice added. (Source)
Perrin Night in Perrin-Dise, $2.49/12oz-This Tiki-inspired IPA is brewed to combine 2 of our favorite things. Tiki Drinks, and IPA's. Pour yourself a glass and enjoy a Night in Perrin-Dise. (Source)
Pigeon Hill Blood Orange Renny, $2.29/12oz-IPA - Imperial / Double