Siciliano's Market News, September 2, 2021 Edition

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about the 2021 Edition of the Siciliano's Home Brew Competition


The prestigious Siciliano's Cup

By Steve Siciliano


We are pleased to announce that after a one year pandemic induced hiatus we will again be sponsoring a home brew competition this year. The winner of Best of Show (BOS) will have the opportunity to brew his or her winning recipe at a local brewery, will receive a $500.00 gift card to Siciliano’s Market and, per tradition, will have his or her name engraved on the prestigious Siciliano’s Cup. See below for contest rules and regulations for the 2021 edition of the Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition. Good luck, everyone!


  • Every home brewer is allowed one (1) beer entry. All entries must be brewed by the registrant on a home brewing system. Please do not submit entries under the names of significant others, insignificant others, siblings, offspring, distant relatives, estranged roommates, pets, fictional characters, imaginary friends or anyone else.

  • Beers are submitted according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Ciders and meads are excluded from this competition. If you are unsure of which is the correct style for your beer, contact us and we will help.

  • Entries require three (3) plain, unlabeled/unmarked 12-ounce amber bottles. Please, no clear bottles or bottles of any other size.

  • We are again using Reggiebeer as our competition website. Go here to enter your beer and print bottle labels.

  • The entry fee is $10.00.

  • The total number of contest entries will be capped at 100. Do not delay in submitting your entry. Once the cap is reached no additional entries will be accepted.

  • Online registration for entries will be accepted from Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 24 or until 100 entries are submitted, whichever occurs first.

  • Entries must be received by Sunday, October 24. Entries will not be accepted after that date. If mailing an entry, please include paperwork and submission fee. Ship in a well-packed box to: Siciliano’s Market // 2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW // Grand Rapids, MI 49504

All entries in the Siciliano’s Homebrew Competitions are judged by industry professionals and/or trained judges according to the standards of style, not in comparison to each another, with the exception of the Best of Show rounds. Entries that receive scores falling within designated point totals will be awarded medals. A reminder too that we are looking for judges and stewards to help us evaluate all that homebrew. Judging will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 4390 Airwest Dr. SE, Suite A, Kentwood, MI

49512. Registration for judges and stewards is now open. Please visit this page for sign-up information.


Featured Wines of the Week


Rocca delle Macie, 2018, Rubizzo, Italy, $14.49/750ml- 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot.Carefully selected ripe grapes are vinified using the latest controlled-fermentation techniques, which regulate temperature and preserve flavors. The wine is bottled in the spring following the vintage to preserve freshness. Color: Ruby red, brilliant with violet reflections. Nose: Intense, ripe berry fruits. Palate: Rich, smooth, with good structure. (Source)

Dansk Mjod, Klapojster Mead, Denmark, $33.59/750ml- Klapøjster Mjød is just like our other mead based on honey and water, but with inspiration from a Danish tradition, we have mixed this mead with snaps.

This makes Klapøjster Mjød stronger than the traditional mead and get an aftertaste of snaps, but still retains mead sweetness and rich characteristic. (Source)

Contratto, Americano Rosso, Italy, $32.59/750ml- The original 19th century recipe for Contratto Americano is based on a unique combination of white wine, Italian brandy and a delicate infusion of over 25 premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds. The selection of botanicals (including ginger, mint, bitter orange, sage, etc.) comes from a similar pool to the Vermouth, though the Americano is a bit sweeter. This aromatic infusion of herbs and spices creates a distinctive bouquet and flavor, delicious served chilled on its own and a perfect ingredient in classic and contemporary mixology. (Source)


Buy three or more bottles of wine get 10 % off.


"It's our mission at Siciliano's to sell quality wine at affordable prices