Siciliano's Market News, October 29 Edition

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

Quarterback Bobby Layne

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

We've been a little short staffed lately so I've been putting a little more time in at the store. One morning I even flew solo for a few hours which was a bit unnerving. Thankfully I didn't have to deal with any questions I didn't know how to answer. I'm not around enough to know where a certain beer is or if we stock a particular wine or liquor. It was a good reminder how much Barb and I are relying on our employees during our semi-retirement.

There isn't a wood burner in the garage at home so we warm up the space with our Dyna-Glo tank top propane heater whenever we go out for an after dinner smoke and a tumbler of bourbon. The other day I went to a gas station for a new propane tank and when I told the clerk I had a CO2 tank to exchange he looked at me like I was speaking in tongues. "Do you mean propane?" he asked rather snarkily. I'm sure he thought I was just an old dotard. I didn't feel like explaining that we do CO2 exchanges at the place where I (infrequently) work.

Linebacker Joe Schmidt

lf you're a Lions fan you had to love the game between Detroit and Atlanta last Sunday. With just 64 seconds left in the 4th quarter and his team trailing by 6, Matt Stafford engineered another game winning drive, the 36th of his professional career.

With a record of 3 - 3 the Lions are back in the hunt for a playoff spot. I'm tempted to hop on the bandwagon again but I've learned to temper my enthusiasm. Detroit is one of four NFL teams that have not been to a Super Bowl. Cleveland has been around almost as long as Detroit but the other two teams, Jacksonville and Houston, have only been in the league since 1995 and 2002 respectively.

It's an understatement to say that Detroit's pigskin performance has been pathetic over the years. The team hasn't won a championship of any kind since 1957. That was back when quarterback Bobby Layne was tossing touchdown passes and linebacker Joe Schmidt was steamrolling ball carriers. The two Hall of Famers famously were quite the bar flies. After Cleveland blew away Detroit in the 1954 championship game, Layne said his atypically poor gridiron play that day was due to the fact that he had gotten too much sleep on the night before the game.

Featured Wines of the Week

Poggio Anima, Lilith, 2017, Primitivo, Italy, $15.59/750ml- Opaque ruby.  Smoked meat, dried cherry, cracked pepper, and cassis on the deeply scented nose.  Medium to full-bodied with berry cobbler flavors showing a liqueur-like intensity with an anise note coming up with air.  The smoke and cassis notes carry through on the finish, which features dusty tannins. A wine of real intensity and concentration given the price point. (Source)

Poggio Anima, Asmodeus, 2018, Nero D'Avola, Italy, $15.59/750ml- Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate.  Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together. (Source)

Kin & Cascadia, 2017, Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $15/59/750ml- Dark red in color, the bouquet of this beautiful wine has aromas of dark red fruits and even hints of chocolate. On the palate, it is elegant and balanced with lingering flavors of mocha and black cherry. (Source)

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