Siciliano's Market News, March 20 Edition

A listing of this week's new and returning beer, wine & cider and a few words about a stress relieving day trip Up North.

Oberon, the first sign of spring and the always popular Founder's Red Rye

By Steve Siciliano

I'm a merchant not a clinical psychologist but you don't need a PhD to know that during times of high anxiety you need to occasionally detach from the dire news of the day if you want to maintain a modicum of sanity. Last Sunday Barb and I took advantage of the nice spring weather and took a stress free day trip north up M37 to Lake County.

We wanted to see how our cottage made it through the winter but the underlying purpose of the trip was to just get away from it all for a few hours. The "all", of course, refers to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hit a few of our favorite rural watering holes, who knows when we'll be able to do that again, and it was nice shooting the breeze with the friendly and still laid back locals. (As of this writing, there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of the virus in Lake County.)

When we pulled into the driveway we were pleasantly surprised to see that Yeoman was up from Ohio working in his yard. We had a nice chat, we haven't seen our loquacious and likeable Big Bass Lake neighbor since last November, and after checking out the cottage I mentioned that we were going to the Oak Grove for a beer.

"Thanks," he said, "but I've got to do these leaves."

After bidding Yeoman goodbye we made our way to Irons, stopping briefly at Dewitt Bridge to peer down at the high flowing Little Manistee, and then taking a detour up to Dublin to see if they had begun to rebuild the General Store. The iconic business was burned to the ground last fall by arsonists. A big sign in front of the construction site informed us that it would be reopening sometime this spring.

When we walked into the Oak Grove we were again pleasantly surprised to see Yeoman sitting at the bar.

"I thought you had to do your leaves," I said.

"I got thirsty," he replied after taking a swig from a long neck Strohs.

The likable and loquacious Steve Yeoman


2019, Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, $14.49/750 ml- "Bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, showcasing gooseberry, citrus and fresh tropical fruit flavors that linger through the finish." (Source)

2015, Chateau De Montfaucon, Les Gardettes Red Blend, France, $12.79/750 ml- "The nose is an explosion of red fruit like cooked strawberries and sour cherries. This is a well-balanced, medium-bodied wine. It has a long mouth with elegant tannin structure; notes of blackberries and spices abound!" (Source)

2015, Ledge, Dante Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California, $29