Siciliano's Market News, May 13 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about the certainty of change

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”-- Heraclitus

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

The weather wasn't great but I was able to break away from chores around the cottage last week to go fishing for the first time this year. It's always best to be on your toes when you're wading in rivers in the spring. Rain and melting snow can transform normally gentle runs into raging torrents. Tree limbs that toppled into the watercourse over the winter can create obstacles and new holes that can cause problems for an inattentive angler. On the short drive to one of my favorite spots on the Little Manistee I knew I would be stepping into a river that would be different from the one that I stepped out of last fall.

The man working his way up and down that river that day, a fly rod in one hand and a wading staff in the other, was different as well. He was a bit older, hopefully a little wiser, and perhaps for the first time in his life unencumbered by a simmering undertow of frustration that would inevitably bubble to the surface if he didn't catch a fish. He stood for long minutes surveying the water. He moved with careful deliberation, remembering the time last spring when he lost his footing and took a dive in the frigid water. Rather than berating himself when he made a sloppy cast he analyzed what he did wrong and then cast again.

When the man landed the one rainbow and two brookies he caught that day he made sure to dip his hands in the stream before handling the fish. After removing the hooks he briefly admired the aquatic jewels before thanking them for playing and letting them go.

Heraclitus said that the only thing constant is change. I'm reminded of that every time I step into my familiar but constantly changing home river.

Featured Wines of the Week

Longevity, 2018, Chardonnay, California, $14.49/750ml- This is the first offering of a California-label wine from Livermore Valley winemaker Phil Long, and it's a very good one. The medium-bodied wine offers buttery, toasted-oak aromas, mild flavors of pear, apple and vanilla bolstered by more oak spices, and a smooth, rather soft texture. Long blended in 13% Viognier. (Source)

Recanati, Yasmin Red, Israel, $12.49/750ml- A sensational all-occasion red. Extremely versatile, this supple and appealing medium-bodied red exudes generous aromas of succulent red berry fruit. (Source)

Sui Generis, Red Blend, Spain, $16.79/750ml- Cherry red color with violet tones. Aromas of ripe cherry, black berry and plum, with notes of Mediterranean spices and light toasted oak. Lively and sharp in the palate, with hints of licorice, red fruits, mild spices and light mineral structure. Round and well balanced, with mature tannins and a long and pleasant aftertaste. (Source)

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Featured Spirits of the Week

Garrison Brothers, Small Batch Straight Bourbon, Texas, $41.79/750ml-

Subtle nose of golden delicious apple-meat and honey. Sweet floral verbena, fresh-cut grass, saddle leather, cinnamon, and honey. Springtime flavors of honeysuckle and orange candy, yellow pound cake, baking spices, lemon gumdrops, and sugar cookies. Long and engrossing finish. Complex. Smoky county fair caramel apple sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon. (Source)

Filibuster, Straight Rye, Virginia, $43.19/750ml- Aroma : Cinnamon bark with oak spice and tropical fruit that plays up classic caramel and vanilla aromas. Taste : Very rich and soft texture, spice, caramel, honey with hints of rye toast. Finish : A warm and creamy finish that lingers with notes of baked apple. (Source)

Sagamore Spirit, Distiller's Select, Straight Rye Finished in Extra Anejo Tequila Barrels, Indiana/Mayland, $73.69/750ml- Rich agave and sweet notes of honey paired with bitter orange, dried fig and floral notes. Spicy peppercorn cre