lummi island wine tasting June 7-8 ’24

Drydock Hours  June 7-8

Now three weeks into drydock routine. No trips to town last week, only one this week.Enjoying the quiet, with no trips to town this week, and none scheduled for next week. All in all, it has been pretty hassle-free, and only a few days of nasty weather. This is the latest spring drydock period we can remember. Most often DD has been two or three weeks right after Labor Day, and when in Spring generally late April-early May, which tends to be wetter and windier. The quiet this time has been restful and calming. Ahhhh

We will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual through June.

     Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm

drydock passenger ferry “Salish Sea”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Bread This Week

Whole Wheat Levain – Begins with a sourdouinal mixing of the dough- which is then fermented overnight in the refrigerator. This long slow process allows the fermentation process to start and the gluten to start developing. About 25% fresh milled whole wheat, a ‘toothy’ crumb, great texture and flavor and a nice crisp crust.  – $5/loaf

Semolina Levain – Semolina is made from durum wheat, which is a hard wheat and often used in pasta. The flour has a lovely golden color that comes through in the bread. Uses a sourdough starter/levain that ferments overnight before mixing the final dough with bread flour, semolina and fresh milled whole wheat and little butter for a soft crumb. Makes great toast! – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Croissants! – The traditional laminated french pastry made with sourdough and another pre-ferment to create the traditional honeycomb interior, rolled out and shaped with delicious dark chocolate in the center.  – 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before 5 pm Tuesday  will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list at least a week before visiting!

 

This week’s wine tasting

Bodega Garzon Albarino Riserva ’22        Uruguay        $18
Left on fine lees in stainless-steel tanks for 3 to 6 months, developing fruity aromas of peach and citrus, fresh minerality, marked acidity, and a long and rounded finish.

Marietta Old Vine Red    ’22     California    $16
Zinfandel-based red blend from Geyserville with lovely bright plum fruit, dark and focused notes of briar and black tea, a perfect balance of big flavor and vibrant sophistication, with medium body, mouth of sweet spice and velvety tannins to pair with almost any meal or occasion.

Sineann Abondante Red  ’22      Washington       $20
A blend of 1% cab sauv, 46% zinfandel, & 53% merlot from top vineyards in the Columbia Valley in 2022.  Bright, smooth, fresh, and nuanced flavors unfold and interact softly across the palate like the ever-changing nuances of some captivating Aurora Borealis of flavor.

 

 

Mar a Lago Update: The War for Everything Heats Up

In the week since the Tweester was convicted by a New York jury, cyberspace has been exploding with right-wing lying, shouting, fist-pounding, accusations, eye-rolling, finger-pointing, and most important of all in these trying times, non-stop fund-raising. And lots of lying!

In theory the funds are wanted to help elect Republicans to Congress so they can gain full control of House, Senate, and White House. But since the RNC has now been completely taken over by the Maga puppeteers, the vast majority of funds raised by Republicans will be spent trying to get the Tweetster back in office, starting with 24/7 lying in right-wing radio, TV, and social media.

The broader move toward some version of corporate-controlled autocracy has been under construction since the New Deal nearly 100 years ago. But the groundwork for where we are now began with the Heritage Foundation and other right wing think tanks beginning in the 70’s. Little by little the rights, freedoms, opportunities, and voices of individual people have been eclipsed by the burgeoning corporate state by linking political control at the highest levels of government with the corporate control of finance and production and the systematic global failure to make the global economy environmentally responsible.

Republicans have successfully changed the rules across the country enough to win the White House three times without winning the popular vote. And for the 2016 election, in the Tweetster they found their perfect candidate: a man with no allegiance to anyone or anything, an insatiable need to be constantly in the public eye, headlining in every day’s news across the entire planet with his latest rants, boasts, insults, and outrages, a man with no ethics, no scruples, no conscience: perfect for their needs. 

It is of considerable comfort to have had the Tweetster found guilty of felony-level crimes. But news for the past week has seen a constant barrage of right-wing claims the trial was rigged by Democrats despite the Tweetster’s army of lawyers and high-placed judges successfully postponing his pending trials. (Sometime this month the Supremes will probably agree he is immune for prosecution on some newly hatched technical point) Numerous participants in the 2021 coup efforts are in jail, and more still face trials. But the process has been agonizingly slow.

The very recent vote in the Senate forced Republican Senators to say publicly if they endorsed pending state laws making both physical and drug-induced abortion illegal and also making contraception itself imprisonable. These laws are strongly opposed by considerable majorities of women voters and will hopefully be a boon to Democratic candidates in Red states in November.

Bottom line for today: lots of reasons to be pessimistic, but lots of possibilities for guarded optimism, too.

This must be something like the feeling ordinary citizens had in Germany when Hitler was rising.

In trying times like this, one thing is for sure: tasting some great wines with friends and neighbors will take some of the edge off. Join us for wine tasting this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting may 31- jun 1 ’24

Drydock Hours May 31-June 1

Now almost halfway through drydock and passenger-only ferry, and enjoying the quiet, with no trips to town this week. Ahhhh…

We will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual through drydock.

     Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm

drydock passenger ferry “Salish Sea”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting

Domaine Chibaou Sauvignon Blanc ’22       France     $19
no notes available

Can Blau Can Blau ’20     Spain     $16
From the lovely Montsant wine region an hour SW of Barcelona, this long-time favorite calms the soul with a romas and flavors of cocoa bean, ripe dark fruits and berries, a seamless texture, and long, silky finish that improves with aeration.

Jacob Williams Barbera  ’22        Washington    $34
Medium body; juicy red fruit up front opens to a savory and herbal midpalate and earthy finish. Enjoyable now, but sure to evolve into an even more comforting sipper as it matures.

 

Friday Bread This Week (reminder: bread pickup is Saturday this week!)

Heidebrot – Translated as “bread of the heath,” after a region in central Germany known for fields of red heather. This is a farmhouse bread from an aromatic, lighter sourdough made with whole grain rye. a rye-fed sourdough starter, fresh milled whole grain rye flour, and regular bread flour as well – $5/loaf

Sweet Corn & Dried Cranberry– Made with polenta and bread flour, then enriched with milk, butter and honey for a soft and tender crumb and loaded up with dried cranberries for great corn flavor… A delicious bread that makes great toast!–   $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Muffins! – FOUR to an order for $5, with two flavors of two different muffins, i.e. four muffins per order! Each order comes with TWO Almond Poppy Seed and TWO Chocolate Chip muffins.

Island Bakery has developed a rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before 5 pm Tuesday  will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Mar a Lago Update: Tweetster at the Crossroads

Until about 2 pm today, given all the accountability that the Tweetster has NOT had to face for as long as anyone can remember, we feared the odds of his ever being held accountable for anything in any court anywhere were close to zero.

So we are deeply relieved to have been wrong about that, as the jury in the NY election interference just delivered a “guilty on all counts” verdict. This is a welcome and important victory for our Constitution and the America we grew up in. Still… it so surprising it will take a long time to sink in!

We hope it means that, as the ancient haiku claims, “To judge the direction of the wind, it is enough to see a single blade of grass…”

This likely throws at least a small wrench into the well-underway, highly organized, and extremely well-funded Fascist takeover of our country, as outlined in great detail in the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025.  They are now out in the open about their efforts to re-install the Tweetster in the Oval Office as their wholly-owned PINO (‘President in Name Only’), to be their wholly controlled Dictator Puppet who distracts on stage while they eliminate all those cushy civil service jobs, social security, environmental protection…the list goes on and on and on. These are the capitalists Marx predicted would take all the profits from production and keep workers at bare subsistence living while they reserved wealth for their elite few.

So let’s keep in mind that this little victory is a troublesome inconvenience for Heritage and its Fascist enablers. After all, they have a lot invested in creating Maga for their own purposes, and changing candidates at this late date will now be an electoral challenge as well as a financial inconvenience. You can bet they have an array of backup plans, and recent history demonstrates clearly that there is no shortage of wannabe dictators in today’s GOP ranks who will say and do Anything to gain power. Curiously, none of them has the Tweetster’s complete lack of empathy for anyone or anything that drives the Maga Faithful to his service.

In any case, today’s events provide a long-overdue opportunity for us all to exhale for a few breaths between rounds. Please stop by this weekend to celebrate this collective victory for our Constitution and the society it has made possible for nearly 250 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting may 23-24 ’24

Drydock Hours May 17-18  ’24

We seem to have successfully made it through the first week of drydock and passenger-only ferry. Had to make three trips to town this week. We have a car on the mainland side in the limited luck-of- the-draw roadside parking available…every day it’s parking roulette. We were lucky to get spaces about a five minute walk from the dock the first two days, but today was more like ten. So we should be pretty much set till drydock ends around 6/11.

We will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual:   

Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm

the trusty passenger ferry “Salish Sea”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting

Sineann Gruner Veltliner   ’23    Washington   $20
Made with fruit from Pear Blossom Vineyards in the spectacular Columbia Gorge, this Gruner has classic aromatics, great acidity, and remarkable body, texture, and mouthfeel.

Chapoutier CdR Belleruche Rouge ’21
Intense black currant and raspberry notes with hints of white pepper; juicy, lovely palate with silky, delicate tannins; good pairing for grilled meats, pizza, pasta, and and (someone says) especially lamb ragu!

Black Stallion Napa Cabernet  “21         $28
Powerful, driving wine with notes of blueberry jam, lavender, graphite, crushed rocks, and sweet oak make for a brooding Cabernet that will benefit from a year or two in bottle

 

Friday Bread This Week

Levain w/ Dried Cherries and Pecans –A levain is made by mixing the dough with a sourdough starter to begin the fermentation process. The final dough is made with the levain, bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and then loaded up with dried cherries and toasted pecans. A nice rustic loaf that goes well with meats and cheese – $5/loaf

Pan de Cioccolate – Also made with a levain, this bread is a delicious chocolate artisan bread… an enriched sweet pastry dough with lots of eggs, butter and sugar. Rather it is a rich chocolate bread made with a fermented levain, bread flour, fresh milled rye flour, honey for sweetness, vanilla, and plenty of dark chocolate. Makes fabulous toast, & even better french toast! –   $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Brioche Tarts au Sucre – aka Brioche Sugar Tarts– A rich brioche dough full of eggs and butter is rolled into a round tart and topped with more eggs, cream, butter and sugar. These are perfect with fresh fruit on top! – 2/$5–2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before 5 pm Tuesday  will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Wine of the Week: Sineann Gruner Veltliner   ’23     Oregon   $20

 

Gruner Veltliner is a relatively new varietal in Washington that, like so many others from Europe, seems to feel at home with our climate of hot days and cool nights. Like the great Gruners of central Europe, here in Washington they are also among the most food friendly of white wines, with beautiful aromatics, acidity, complexity of fruit and mouth feel.

The fruit for this one came from Pear Blossom Vineyards in the spectacular Columbia Gorge.

The wine has classic aromatics, great acidity, remarkable body, and a mouthfeel like few others.

So, to remain in nonchalant equilibrium through drydock, we recommend attending our weekly tastings on Fridays and Saturdays (see hours, above)…!

 

 

 

Mar a Lago Update: Democracy at the Crossroad

In my heart, this week feels as if Everything Depends on the outcome of this little trial in NY. You know the one. Early next week the case will be turned over to the jury, and together these twelve people will decide not just the future of the Tweetster, but the future of every living thing on our planet. And whether there will even BE a future for any kind of life on this planet for very long.

My fear is that if the jury is rigged with one or more Maga Believers, it will mark the end of everything our country has stood for in our lifetimes. Power will be completely concentrated in the hands of a very small number of extraordinarily wealthy white Protestant men from Red States whose only interest will be to eliminate all threats to their own Power and Wealth.

They will achieve their ages-old Capitalist Corporate Wet Dream of eliminating all those annoying rules and regulations having to do with anyone’s so-called “rights,” or “environmental protection,” or “equal standing before the Law,” or the right for a woman to decide for herself if her personal and economic circumstances will allow her to provide adequately for a child (or another child).

It is blatant Hubris for any human to Assert that Their superstition about the Existence or the Nature of The Supreme Being are somehow superior in the Eye of that Being to those of all the other religious philosophies across human history. Those in many cultures who have presumed to speak for the intentions of a Supreme Being have allowed small groups of men (and sometimes women) to dominate entire cultures using religious claptrap to justify their Authority over everyone and everything.

As described in great and interesting detail in a very thought-provoking book some years ago, “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess,” there is a direct line from the development of writing to the oppression of individual spiritual inquiry and experience. We see throughout the world how governments have enforced conformity to the rules of their Bibles, or their Korans, or their Commandments to gain and maintain control and dominion over the Believers.

Other experiments over time have shown that as the density of a population of rats reaches a certain point, they all go mad, destroying habitat and each other. Maybe this present world our species has created with such blithe hubris is another kind of “God” that is thinking, “well, these little beings have been an interesting distraction in the ongoing creation and destruction of Everything in Every Moment, so let’s see how they will handle This, (hee hee…) as our collective behavior rolls out the next challenge to our collective existence.

So, we digress…the point is that a powerful, dangerous collective insanity has metastisized in our nation’s body politic which, like the worms eating RFK, jr’s brain, are shredding our Constitution, our values, our will to care for one another and for the health and well-being of every living thing on our little planet. It is always dangerous to believe that any subset of humans knows what’s best for all humans.

And the court decision next week will tell us something meaningful about where we are with our collective karma. No, not the kind of karma like “destiny,” but rather the kind of karma like “every step creates the conditions for the next step,” so “Be careful where you step!”

In any case, one week of drydock down, three to go. Hope you can stop by this weekend, see hours above.

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting may 17-18 ’24

Drydock Hours May 17-18  ’24

Mainlanders should take particular note that car ferry service will not be available from May 17- June 15 for Annual Drydock overhaul. There will be a passenger-only ferry, and parking on the mainland in designated areas (expect a bit of a walk to the dock).

We will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual:    Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting

Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde  ’22    Portugal       $10 
Loureiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho  blend;  apples, lemons and a touch of ripe pear fill the palate. It is an off-dry very young white wine, refreshing and crisp with a mineral aftertaste…a longtime local favorite!

Girot Ribot Masia Parera Brut Rose Cava   Italy    $16
Delicate perlage, deep minerality, and intoxicating white flower and baby mushroom aromas make this wine memorable and delightful.

Jacob Williams Sadie Red Blend  NV     Washington                   $28
Named for beloved longtime winery dog Sadie, this is a special blend of Cabernet Sauv, Merlot, Syrah and Cab Franc. Medium body, broad selection of red fruits, cedar, cassis , and savory herbs; multi-faceted  and easy to enjoy for its primary fruit, herbal complexity, chocolaty tannins, and clean finish.

 

Friday Bread This Week

Breton – Incorporates the flavors of the french Brittany region. Bread flour and fresh milled buckwheat and rye make for interesting flavor and the salt is set gris -the grey salt from the region that brings more mineral flavors to this bread. – $5/loaf

Spelt Levain – Spelt is an ancient grain that is a wheat. It has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and has gluten but it isn’t as strong as the gluten in modern wheat. This bread is made with a culture that is used to create a levain before the final dough is mixed with traditional bread flour, spelt flour, fresh milled whole spelt and fresh milled whole rye. It is a great all around bread – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Muffins – Rich and delicious, great chocolate flavor, and a seductively moist texture: flour, brown sugar, sour cream, and eggs, with lotsa chocolate chips inside and sprinkled on top  –2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before 5 pm Tuesday  will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Wine of the Week: Jacob Williams Sadie Red Blend  NV     Washington

sadie red label photo

On our recent trailer trip we were able to pay a return visit to this casual winery a few miles west of Maryhill. It has a small tasting room on the high Washington bank of the Columbia, with a stunning view of the river and of Mt. Hood in the distance.

We liked their wines so much we ordered six different wines which we will be pouring over the next month or so, a nice way to keep morale up while the ferry is in drydock. Let’s face it — from many years of experience we all know that week 1 is pleasantly quiet; week 2 is still soothing; and by week 3 tempers start getting a little short.

This is the first 4-week passenger only service we can remember in our 30 years here, testing our resilience (and putting a cold wet blanket on the traditional Memorial Day Artists Studio Tour!)

So, to remain in nonchalant equilibrium, we recommend attending our weekly tastings through drydock on Fridays and Saturdays (see hours, above).

 

Mar a Lago Update: The Nightmare That Keeps on Taking

This little image appeared in just about every posting of this blog from Inauguration 2017 until Inauguration 2021. During that period every hour, day, week, and month of our lives was filled with news broadcasts about the Tweetster. He failed at everything that mattered, but  succeeded wildly in achieving his lifetime goal of having the entire world reading about him, thinking about him, talking about him…HIM!…pretty much all day every day for the whole time.

By now we should have been rid of him, rid of his picture, his voice, his boasting caricature of himself, his spotlight, his need for attention. But alas, he remains the bad penny that won’t go away.

On the positive side, we have enjoyed three years of having people in charge who actually know how to govern; how to effectively address the economic, social, and health needs of our nation; and how to take our necessary place in the world’s need to cope with climate change, international aggression, poverty, and suffering of every form.

We watch in horror as the Tweetster’s cronies in Congress, on the Court, and in the Media flood the airwaves with Orwellian Newspeak (aka “Lies spoken with righteous assurance…”) so effectively that half the people in our country remain completely oblivious to the extraordinary economic and international accomplishments of the Biden administration on the one hand and the shadowy, behind-the-scenes, well-organized, and extraordinarily well-funded effort to con their votes to overthrow our country and our Constitution from within.

An extraordinary amount of financial and political power and decades of planning created the circumstances that have been keeping the Tweetster immune from prosecution for their own purposes. And as the old phrase goes, “just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us!”

The Tweetster doesn’t pack the gear to be the force behind all of this. These are people with deep pockets and deep connections in our national infrastructure and institutions, and who have been planning all of this for a very long time. They now control enough of Congress, the financial system, State Houses and right-leaning think tanks, and probably parts of the military and law enforcement to succeed in their next coup attempt this year that very nearly succeeded in 2020.

So. Maybe paranoia is a reasonable response when we watch our institutions being neutralized by glib Fake News personalities who smile brightly as they tell the same lies over and over with righteous assurance. In any case, the next shoe to drop will be the NY election-tampering verdict in the next week or two. If the Tweetster skates again on this one, we are in Serious Doo-Doo.

But hey! This is exactly the kind of situation that makes us seek out the companionship of friends and neighbors at our local wine shop. It’s a comfort whether “They” are out to get us or not!

 

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