Siciliano's Market News, June 3 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about backyard flowers

Catawba rhododendron

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

Barb must have picked up a green thumb over the winter because a couple of our backyard plants up at the cottage are doing extraordinarily well this year.

The Weigela Florida is bursting with rose-pink blossoms that are attracting squadrons of huge bumblebees but it's the Catawba Rhododendron that's really having a break out season. We inherited both from the previous owners and until this spring neither showed signs of remotely reaching their potential.

The bumblebee magnate weigela

Back in April Barb noticed some ugly brown spots on the leaves of the rhododendron and she found a nifty app called Picture This to help diagnose the problem. Whatever the app instructed her to do must have worked because this is the first year that the rhododendron has had more than a single blossom. Go here for information on Picture This.

Featured Wines of the Week

Atmospheres, Methode Traditionnelle, Sparkilng Wine, France, $22.39/750ml- Folle Blanche 36% Pinot noir 33% Chardonnay 31% Good richness, red apples, ripe lemons, peaches and pears. Dark/toasty note on the long finish. Enjoy as an aperitif with sweet or savoury appetizers. (Source)

Laluca, Prosecco, Italy, $13.99/750ml- APPEARANCE: Bright straw yellow wine with persistent bubbles and a fine perlage. NOSE: Elegant scents of wild roses and jasmine. TASTE: The wine exhibits fruity notes of golden apple and tropical fruits. Enjoy as an aperitif with appetizers and light fish dishes. This exceptional prosecco is the perfect complement to soft cheeses and desserts, like fruit tarts.. (Source)

Les Lauzeraies, Tavel, Rose, France, $22.49/750ml- Les Lauzeraies Tavel is the “Original Rosé”, before rosé was cool. Tavel is the Rhône Valley’s rosé-only appellation. These wines have nice grip and body so they can be drunk year-round and even benefiting from aging. Make no mistake however, this is still Rosé, meant to be chilled and enjoyed with a wide range of meals; it’s a great pick for Thanksgiving! A Grenache dominant blend of numerous grapes (including the white varieties Clairette and Picpoul), this wine undergoes a longer maceration than most rosé, up to 48 hours, which brings out that deeper character and color. Displaying a generous mouthfeel, excellent purity, lovely florals (violets, roses) and a light spice note, Les Lauzeraies shows great versatility and range.

Nose: mineral, fruity woodland. Mouth: flinty, delicate and very fruity


Stellar Organics, Extra Dry, Sparkling Wine, South Africa, $13.49/750ml- A bubbly celebration wine with grapefruit and lime on the nose. Crisp & refreshing on the palate. Ends with a smooth nutty, biscuity finish. (Source)

Cavaliere d'oro, Primitivo, 2017, Italy, $11.69/750ml- Our Puglia has an attractive bouquet of acidic ripe cherries and plum, with pleasant sweeter notes of cocoa and vanilla. A velvety texture with notes of lush, ripe fruit. This wine offers a robust finish. (Source)

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

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