This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about a Lake County ghost town
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
About five miles west of M37 on 4 Mile Road, not far from a north/south running two track that was once the rail bed for the Chicago & Western Michigan Railroad, an old log cabin with a warped and rusted metal roof sits on the edge of an overgrown field. I often wonder about the folks who built and lived in that cabin. Perhaps they were among the Lithuanian immigrants who made their way to Chicago in the early 1900's. Maybe they fell for the line of a fast talking real estate agent named Swigart who promised open fields and fertile soil in the northwest section of Lake County. What they found instead was acres of white pine stumps, a scattering of hard woods and sandy soil suitable only for cultivating pickles and potatoes.
Maybe the folks who built and lived in that cabin boarded the train in Chicago with their meager belongings, traveled north through Grand Rapids, Grant, White Cloud and Baldwin and finally disembarked in Peacock. The little village had a livery stable, hotel, post office and general store back then. It had begun as a lumber camp. After the white pines were gone the railroad kept it alive. After the tracks were pulled up in the mid 1950's there was no longer a reason for it to be there so it died.
There's nothing much left of Peacock now but a scattering of buildings, a cemetery and that old railroad bed. Not even a bullet pocked-marked road sign. About ten years ago while driving past that old cabin late at night I could have sworn I saw a light flickering through the cracks in the logs. And just last week while driving in a thunderstorm through what used to be the heart of the village I thought I could hear the far off wail of a steam locomotive. It was probably just the wind.
Featured Wines of the Week
Pullus, Pinot Grigio, 2018, Slovenia, $16.99/750ml- This is a skin contact white that is fresh and fruit forward. Aromas of pear, green melon and nectarine lead to an oily palate with depth and complexity. Perfectly ripe grapes deliver a luscious wine that is balanced by bright acidity and inviting minerality.
Enjoy chilled, with vegetable dishes, pasta, creamy sauces, poultry, fish and charcuterie.
Goru Gold, Red Blend, Spain, $13.99/750ml- Intense cherry-red colour with violet shades. Delicate black fruit aroma with high roast and smoky features. Structured, subtle and smart palate, ripe appetising and a sweet tannins marked by elegance. (Source)
Frederiksdal Vin af Kirsebaer, Sur Lie, Cherry wine, Denmark, $29.79/500ml-Our Sur Lie is aged in French oak casks, between 225 and 450 litres in volume, and is the result of an amalgamation of 2-3 different vintages. The amalgamation of mature and young vintages lends this wine a further degree of complexity: the younger vintages provide fresh and subtle fruity notes, while the mature ones provide more complex tones. This really is a nuanced wine and one that is a perfect companion to plain chocolate, marinated berries, cakes and, not least, dessert dishes such as risalamande. Sur Lie benefits from a period of decanting before serving. You can leave the wine open in a cool place for a few months. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Elijah Craig, Straight Rye, Kentucky, $33.69/750ml- This extraordinary extra-aged Rye Whiskey is the first to carry the name of Elijah Craig: the entrepreneur and distiller who is credited with being the first to age his American Whiskey in charred oak barrels to make Bourbon. Elijah’s pioneering spirit and commitment to craft is on full display with this Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which is produced from barrels specifically selected by our distillers. In the glass, Elijah Craig Rye reveals the imbuing spice of rye grains, p