Specialty wines and spirits in Saugatuck

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AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE SHORE COMMUNITY OF SAUGATUCK, A PLACE WITH UNIQUE SHOPS ON EVERY’S TREAT, WE ARE FOCUSING ON A PLACE FILLED WITH SPECIALTY WINE AND SPIRITS. THE OWNER IS HERE WITH US, AND WELCOME TO EIGHTWEST. THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. I THINK YOU HAVE A DREAM JOB. PEOPLE SAY THAT A LOT, I GET TO TASTE WINE EVERDAY, SO YES. AND YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SHOT. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WINE CELLAR? WE TRY TO FOCUS ON MORE INTERESTING PRODUCTS, UNIQUE BEER IT’S, — UNIQUE SPIRITS , FINE CIGARS, WE TRY TO FOCUS ON MORE DIFFICULT TO FI ITEMS. I ALWAYS TELL EVERYBODY, IF WE DO NOT HAVE I LET US KNOW AND WE WILL GET IT FOR YOU. NOT A PROBLEM. WE DO A LOT OF CUSTOMER ORDERS AND DELIVERIES. YOU TRULY ARE AN EXPERT IN WINE. ALL THE OPTIONS ON YOUR SHELF RIGHT HERE, AND IT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TAKEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL. YOU ARE AN ADVANCED SOMALIA, AND NOT EVERY PERSON THAT OWNS A WINE SHOP IS TO THAT LEVEL AND CAN SPEAK TO THAT LEVEL. IT IS THROUGH THE COURSE OF SOMALIA’S, — SOMALI SOMALIA — SOMALLIER. YOU HAVE TO KNOW SERVICE, BLIND TASTING, AND KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS ABOUT WINE. AND YOU HAVE WINE, SPIRITS, IF YOU ARE SERVING LI — SERVING WINE, LIKE CRACKERS. WE DO CUSTOM GIFT BASKETS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. VACATIONERS WHO LIKE TO GRAB A BOTTLE OF WINE,RAB SOME CHEESE AND CRACKERS, GO BACK TO THEIR HOTEL ROOM AND ENJOY THE EVENING. AND YOU ARE OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, ALL YEAR ROUND, AND YOU BROUGHT IN THIS BEAUTIFUL BOTTLE OF WINE, BECAUSE WE WILL TEACH FOLKS A LITTLE BIT. I THINK THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF INTIMIDATION THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT, WHETHER YOU LOVE WINE OR NOT, BUT OF THE PROCESS OF TASTING WINE AND REALLY BEING, KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINE. EXACTLY. I TRIED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW — WE ARE OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND I DO NOT EXPECT PEOPLE FROM GRAND RAPIDS IF THEY NEED A BOTTLE OF WINE QUICKLY TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO SAUGATUCK, BUT WE DO OFF-SITE EVENTS. WE DO A LOT OF CATERING, WHERE THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT FOOD VENDORS IN TOWN, ESPECIALLY VENDORS OVER IN DOUGLAS. WE ALSO DO PRIVATE TASTINGS AT PEOPLE’S HOUSES. WHAT WE WILL DO IS COME TO YOUR HOUSE, YOU BASICALLY BY THE WINE FROM US AND WE WILL GO IN AND CONDUCT A TASTING. IT COULD BE ABOUT ANY INTEREST OR SUBJECT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN. I ACTUALLY DID ONE YESTERDAY, THE GROUP WANTED TO DO ALL ITALIAN WINE. WE DID A TOUR OF ITALY. SOME WHITE, SOME BUBBLY, RED, WINE FROM SICILY, SARDINIA, TASK, AND THEY THOUGHT IT WAS FASCINATING TO TRY THE DIFFERENT VARIETIES AND LEARN ABOUT IT AT THE SAME TIME. THIS GROUP I DID YESTERDAY LIKES TO DO EVERYTHING BLIND. THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM POURING. THEY KNEW EVERYTHING WAS FROM ITALY, BUT THAT IS NOT NECESSARY. A LOT OF TIMES IT ISELAXED, WE COME IN AND POOR, AND — COME IN AND POUR, AND TALK ABOUT THE WINE. AND IT IS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO NOT ONLY X KEYS, — YOUR EXPERTISE — LEND YOUR EXPERTISE , BUT LEARN SOMETHING AS WELL. THIS ONE THAT I BROUGHT IN, FROM THE VINEYARD, THE OWNERS ARE GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE. I WORKEDHERE BACK IN 2005. WE ARE VERY CLOSE, WE WERE INVITED TO ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS’ WEDDINGS NEXT SUMMER — I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD GO, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO BRING SOMETHING THAT HAS A MORE PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH ME. LET’S GO AHEAD. A LOT OF US WILL GO TO A RESTAURT, GET A BOTTLE OF WINE , SO WHAT ARE SOME BASIC THINGS WENOW ABOUT THAT? WHEN I DO WINE TASTINGS, WHEN CORRECTLY, IT DOES HELP, I THINK, EVERYBODY ENJOY WINE A LITTLE BIT MORE. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. ALSO, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT. WHEN SOMEONE POURS YOU A GLASS, LIKE YOU GO TO A RESTAURANT AND YOU ORDER A BOTTLE OF WINE, YOU WANT TO KNOW THAT WHAT YOU ARE DRINKING IS CORRECT. IT IS NOT FALSE. WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DO, PICK IT UP. AND WE BROUGHT A QUARTERMASTER SOMALIA, BUT WE WILL NOT GO THROUGH WITH THIS BECAUSE IT IS KIND OF COMPLEX. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING LIKE A WHITE TABLECLOTH, PUT THE WINE DOWN, LOOK THROUGH IT AT THE WHITE, AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS COLOR. IS A BEAUTIFUL COLOR. READ WITH SOME GARNET TOWARDS THE RIM. THAT IS THERE ANYTHING FLOATING IN IT? IS IT CLOUDY? IS IT SOMETHING THAT LOOKS OFF? THIS LOOKS GOOD. OK, SO WE WILL GO AHEAD AND TELL IT. THAT WAS WONDERFUL. YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SMELL SOME SORT OF FRUIT. IT COULD BE ANY FRUIT. I TELL PEOPLE, THERE IS NO WRONG OR RIGHT ANSWER, IT IS WHATEVER YOU PERCEIVE. SO I SMELT BLACK CHERRIES. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING. SO WE HAVE BLACK CHERRY. B IF YOU SMELL SOMETHING BESIDES FRUIT, THAT IS A CASE THE FACT WE ARE SMELLING FRUIT IS A GOOD SIGN. THEN WE WANT TO TASTE. WHEN YOU TASTE, CONFIRM THE NOTE. I AM TASTING WHAT I SMELT. DELICIOUS. IS VERY, VERY GOOD. I HAVE NOT HAD THIS WINE IN A WHILE. ESPECIALLY HEADING INTO THE CHILLIER MONTHS, A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE THE RED. THESE ARE SOME THINGS YOU TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT WHEN YOU GO AND DO THESE TASTINGS FOR FOLKS. AGAIN, WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOU CAN TAILOR ANY TYPE — YOU CAN EVEN DO SPIRITS. WE COULD DO A SPIRITS TASTING. IT MIGHT BE FUN FOR SOMEONE TO GET FOR THEIR HUSBAND, A CIGAR AND BOURBON. AND THOSE THOSE EXPERIENCES ARE SO — THOSE EXPERIENCES ARE SO MEMORABLE. JUST GIVE ME CONSUMABLES. I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING ELSE IN THE HOUSE. YOU HAVE OWN WINE CELLARS FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS, THE SHOP HAS BEEN IN DOWNTOWN SAUGATUCK FOR MANY MORE YEARS. ABOUT 22 YEARS IN TOTAL. YOU HAVE SO MUCH EXPERTISE AND SO MUCH ON YOUR SHELF, IT IS A GREAT SPOT TO STOP INTO AND PICK UP SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR FINE THE WINE — OR FIND THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE WHEN YOU ARE IN DOWNTOWN SAUGATUCK. LET’S GIVE A LITTLE CHEER TO WINE CELLAR. THANK YOU, MICHAEL, FOR COMING ON OUR SHOW. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE

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