Monday, February 21, 2011

Form follows function

The Large Oval table at Mercy has served a valuable purpose these last eight years. Its primary purpose served as a room divider; separating the Dining Room and the Lounge areas. It also became a focal point for us to distribute Mercy promotional materials and to showcase some of our various awards. On evenings when we have been host to wedding receptions and bridal showers; it served as a convenient location to place the guest registry and to collect the wedding gifts.

Mercy has become a destination for many of our guests and their friends. Live entertainment on Thursday, Saturday and select Sunday evenings attract the hungry and thirsty; filling their stomachs, quenching their palates and enticing their senses. Quite often small groups arrive and much to their dismay and our distress, we are unable to seat everyone together.

Enter Mercy's new Oval Table !

Our enhanced table has been elevated to a comfortable dining and drinking height and has been outfitted with another new chair design from our friends at Iron Chinchilla. Mercy's newest destination comfortably seats 10 for dining, appetizing, and socializing. It is our newest destination and we are very pleased to offer it to you.

Mike Castagne
Operations Manager

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ramping it up

If you have been out and about town, you have seen most of the larger grocery stores allocating large shelf space to wine and beer. The change of "off premise consumption" has gone into full effect. We are expecting our permit revisiion to be approved at the beginning of March which enable us to provide a similiar service to our guests and allow take home wine purchases.

We have worked diligently to source hard to find wines and some things that are unique to add to our wine list and we are very excited about our ability to offer those same wines for you to take home. Unlike, beer or hard liquor, wine which is outstanding one year may not be the next. So much of wine production is really dependent upon weather and soil conditions, so that what is good or great one year may not be the next. This poses a real challenge for us.

Another variable is many of the great wines we source have very limited production, which means we must constantly be looking for new gems all of the time. On any given day Vincent is tasting 10-20 wines a day in search for a few new good ones to bring on board to the Mercy family of wines, knowing others will be coming off the list.

We are very excited about our upcoming ability to bring you those wines at retail. We are in process of ramping up all of the support materials for those wines. We are looking at packaging for wine carriers. We will be selling our stemware as well as wine keys and other Mercy logo items. We will be adding these to our website. This is an exciting addition to Mercy and something we have waited for and have had a lot of request for.

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Take a bit of Mercy home with you and enjoy !!!!

Glen Agritelley

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creating a New Passion

You may not be aware that Mercy receives deliveries from 17 different wine distributors. To obtain some obscure wines; to offer new wine experiences; takes a bit of work. Many wines offered at Mercy are not available in retail stores. Finding great wines that are a hit with our customers is very rewarding but it also can be frustrating at times; especially so, when we discover that a wine is no longer going to be exported or it has reached the end of its production.

My stepfather always told me "good things take a long time and patience is everything". Choosing a replacement wine for one that is lost takes time. It is not a simple matter of just substituting one wine for another. Mercy's staff possess a knowledge and a passion for the wines that we sell. So bringing in a new wine to our cellar requires a new round of education and a sharing of experiences. A momentum develops and builds among the staff. This momentum becomes a passion which is shared with our guests.

Keeping this momentum is the key for us and to be truthful about the experiences we are sharing. Selecting a replacement wine requires me to find one which is equal to or surpasses the wine that it replaced. We recently lost a wine from Italy made of Aglianico and I just found a replacement for it.


It is made from Aglianico grapes with a Cabernet Sauvignon nuance. Before being introduced to your palate, it goes through a period of aging in nobles oaken casks for at least 24 months to develop a deep, fleshy and ripe fruitfulness. Body and substance, distinction and vigor combined with the deep ruby-red color, keep this wine for a long time. The excellent level of the alcohol content stands the bouquet which shows all its complexity.

I personally love the toasty and ashy notes coming from the mineral and volcanic soil of Puglia.

Enjoy at Mercy for $15/glass. $45/bottle.

Vincent Havard
General Manager and Operating Partner