This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about last Sunday's power problem at the store
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
Well we've certainly had our fair share of nice weather in west Michigan lately but last Sunday was flat out miserable. The heavy rain and strong winds made the trip home from the cottage down M37 a tad interesting. It wasn't exactly a white knuckle drive but I had to keep the windshield wipers on high the whole time and the occasional strong gusts had enough oomph to push around my 5500 lb Chevy Avalanche.
When we got home I turned on the Lions game and was pleased and a little surprised to see that Detroit had a 24 - 3 third quarter lead. Of course Matt Patricia's team has an irritating habit of wilting under pressure and this game was no exception. The Lions did end up winning, this time on a Matt Prater 59-yard field goal at the buzzer, but unfortunately I wasn't able to witness the last second heroics. With less than a minute left in the game I got a call from the store.
"Hello," I said keeping my eyes glued to the screen.
"Sorry to bother you Steve," Kati said, "but there's something weird going on with the electricity."
"What do you mean by weird," I asked while the Lions lined up on their own twenty-five yard line with sixteen seconds left on the clock.
"There's blue sparks coming from a power pole across the street," Kati said. "And all the lights in the store are strobing."
"Strobing?" I asked as Stafford completed a 10-yard pass up the left seam.
"Yes, strobing," Kati said while I watched Number 9 rifle a long pass to a streaking wide receiver. "It's quite irritating."
"Grrrr!" I yelled when the pass fell incomplete.
"Are you growling at me?" Kati asked.
"No, sorry," I said. "I'll be right there."
A few minutes later I was standing in the strobing store watching the sparks emanating from the top section of the power pole across the street. Kati had already contacted Consumers but there was no way of knowing how long it would take for a repair truck to show up. I had only been there for a few minutes and already my eyes were crossing and my head was hurting. I hadn't felt that discombobulated since that time I ingested psychedelic mushrooms back when I was a freshman at Michigan State. "Shut it down guys," I said. "You can't work in these conditions."
Thankfully whatever had caused the sparking and strobing was fixed before we opened the doors the next morning.
Featured Wines of the Week
Ayala, Champagne, Brut Majeur, France, $54.29/750ml- Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. Brut Majeur is a blend of Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Meunier (20%). Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bring vinosity and delicacy together in a very harmoniously balanced blend. The complement of Pinot Meunier adds a touch of fruitiness and liveliness.“Pale gold in color. Very aromatic on the nose with a well-balanced palate showing great finesse and complexity. Delicately fresh and fruity notes with green apple, honey, biscuit and an elegant texture.” – Cellar Master Caroline Latrive. (Source)
Conte Brandolini D'adda, 2018, Pinot Grigio, $12.69/750ml- Delicate feminine nuances of acacia blossoms and dried rose petals beguile the nose initially, yielding to riper notes of melon, white peach, Golden Delicious apple and subtle banana, lifted by whiffs of pungent wild herbs. (Source)
Mon Frere Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, $15.59/750ml-
Rich garnet color with deep, purple layers with Aromas of plum and blackberry, layered with elegant floral tones of lavender and sage that enhance underlying vanilla tones.