It’s Cinco de Mayo. It is the official opening day of boating season. Many reasons to celebrate. To that end, Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA will host their second annual “Spring Fling” Wine Social at the Lighthouse Grill and Water Front Terrace on Saturday, May 5th from 5pm-8pm with special VIP access from 4pm-5pm. The Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling is a premier wine & food event showcasing 25+ wineries from around the world, with a spotlight on the Pacific Northwest. The event is $55 per person ($75 per person for VIP access). You can find more details on Hotel Bellwether website.
Locus Wines will showcase 2017 Locus Rosé (recently the winner of Gold medal at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards), 2016 Locus Modo White and 2016 Locus Modo Red at the event. Not just showcase but sell at the event too. Come say hi to winemaker Rich Burton who will be on hand to pour the wines.
Almost half of the Locus Wine Club members showed up with friends and better halves over the weekend (March 17 and 18) to taste the wines from the library and to get a taste of wines to come in the next 24-36 months…. Of course, with 12 or 13 food pairings to try with each wine. The library wines were the 2013 Locus Rosé – looking and tasting like a Bandol-style rosé now that the years have piled on it, 2014 Locus Sémillon which tasted as fresh as the day it was released but a little bit more rounded and dare we say somewhat smoky, somehow. Also from the past: 2012 Locus StoneTree Syrah was the first wine we ever made.
From the future: Wine club-only 2017 Locus Garage Series Rosé (only 25 cases produced), 2015 Locus Cabernet Franc, 2015 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards. Although it was not in the plans, we may have poured the new 2016 Locus Modo Red. Let’s just say there were a lot of bottles.
For those who are not familiar with the event, the event was part of a bistro-style experience, where over a course of 2-hour period, you sit down and enjoy the currently unavailable releases over some delicious bites…
As for the bites, the offerings varied from wild (headcheese, spreadable sausage) to mild (pork, paté, pea & mint hummus, Mediterranean seafood terrine) to standard (cheeses, quince jam, olives, pickles) – most of them house-made by our resident culinarian/co-proprietor.
Next up for wine club events (for Stalker and Sociuspath levels only) is the blending trials just like we did last June: Wine club members and their guests get barrel samples from each wine we made the previous year. Then they use pipets to make blends of their choosing. It is an opportunity for wine club members to get a better appreciation as to where the fruit flavor come from, which wine they can use to add body to a lend, which wine makes the blend more acidic, etc. Basically, doing our job for us. We feed them in return. It is not technically a competition but usually a few wine club members win.
2014 Locus Modo Red, as it was known by all who knew it, ran out on November 15, 2017. All 661 cases of the 2014 Locus Modo Red were ‘born’ in November 2015 in Seattle, Washington, as an ‘entry’ level Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet blend but surprised all (including us) by its level of sophistication and ability to impress even the connoisseurs of wine. It got great ratings and reviews and sold like hotcakes at the Northwestern bars and restaurants as an accessible glass pour. It was preceded in inventory expiration by its superior, 2013 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards which is another sad story to tell but we are too verklempt to address that right now).
Locus Modo Red is survived by 2016 Locus Modo White, 2016 Locus Sémillon, 2016 Locus Rose, 2015 Locus Sud, 2014 Locus Red and 2015 Locus Nord.
Could there be another Modo Red in the works? Yes, yes, there could be. Stay tuned.
In addition to Kirkland, Tukwila and Aurora Village COSTCO locations, Locus Wines are now available at Seattle SoDo location. You will find 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend as well as the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards.
We were at the Seattle COSTCO to promote the wines last weekend, and starting next week, we will infiltrate Everett and Covington locations. Dates TBD.
Locus Wines are infiltrating Costco locations in waves, starting this weekend at Tukwila SouthCenter Costco and then expanding in the metropolitan Seattle area stores. Specifically, Costco is going to carry the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard and the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend.
To promote the new relationship, we (Locus folks and Barrique Imports crew in collaboration) are spending time at the various Costcos every Friday and Saturday to promote the wines, from 10AM to 6PM.
Yesterday, Rich and Barrique’s own Adrienne were on hand in Tukwila. Today, Barrique folks are going to continue the promotion. Barrique folks are going to continue with the presentations in Aurora location next weekend. Locus crew takes over Kirkland over the 2nd and 3rd of September. Please come and see us if you are in the neighborhood.
Here is the schedule for Costco presentations (not tastings):
- August 19th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
- August 20th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
- August 26th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
- August 27th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
- September 2nd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco
- September 3rd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco
Will Locus Wines sell at all Costcos? To be determined.
The entire Locus line up will be on hand along with the winemaker Rich Burton on Thursday, April 28th at Vino Verité’s new location in Columbia City. Specifically, we will pour:
- 2015 Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills – NEW RELEASE, $15
- 2015 Locus Rosé, Yakima Valley – NEW RELEASE, $15
- 2014 Locus Modo Red, Columbia Valley, $15
- 2013 Locus Red, Yakima Valley (Rhone-style), $25
- 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope, $25
- 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard, Naches Heights, $35
Thursday, April 28th
4908 Rainier Ave S Ste C
Seattle WA 98118
(on Rainier, between Ferdinand and Hudson)
There is no fee for the tasting.