lummi island wine tasting dec 18 ’20

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Holiday Bread Crumbs

As all of you on the Friday Bread List already know, because Christmas and New Year’s both occur on Fridays this year, this weekend will be the last Friday bread delivery until January 8.  No need for panic, however — even though we will be closed we will continue to accept wine orders by phone/email through the holidays for pickup by arrangement.

Just click on the Order Wine link in the header above to browse a list of currently available wines with tasting notes and prices. When you have made your selections you can phone us with your order or email us using the Contact Us link above. We will confirm your order and make arrangements for pickup/delivery at your convenience.



Wine of the Week: Gamache Boulder Red 2016     Washington Columbia Valley    $20

Malbec 42%, Syrah 23%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4%. “Smooth and luscious with heady aromas of dark fruit, loamy earth, vanilla and cedar, and compelling flavors of black cherry, plum and dark berries mingled with graham, vanilla and spice. Refined tannins add depth to the full-bodied finish.”

In 1982 Roger and Bob Gamache brought a family farming heritage to Washington and planted the Gamache vineyard near the White Bluffs in Columbia Valley under the guidance of Washington wine pioneer Walter Clore.  Twenty years later they began making wine under their own label. From their years as vintners they had established symbiotic working relationships with other top vintners in the area that gave them access to the highly sought-after fruit from the iconic Ciel du Cheval vineyard on Red Mountain and Champoux vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills.

All vineyards are not created equal, and great fruit is the necessary ingredient for great wine. Therefore it is not surprising that Gamache wines are highly regarded, including our “wine of the week” Boulder Red.




Mar a Lago Update: The Art of Exhalation

This particular editorial spot in the wine blog actually began on our nation’s last “Inauguration Day” in 2017. Spurred on by the Women’s March, it evolved into a commitment to maintain a sort of Vigil, a weekly reflection of sorts, on the inevitable unfolding Disaster of Trumpism. But it wasn’t until our April 28. 2017 post that we first began the “Mar a Lago Update” name that we have maintained ever since, on the order of some two hundred posts. It’s been something of a Solitary Solidarity thing. Like how crying releases toxins.

The toy duck photo had been taken some years earlier at the little park near the ferry landing in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The image captures perfectly (for us, anyway) the grotesque whimsy of a narcissistic psychopath bumbling into becoming the World’s Most Powerful person. Or, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, “it just does not Equaaate…blame it on a simple Twist of Fate.”

It’s been a Long Slog and we are all Exhausted. Spent. Just beginning to dare to Hope. It’s a fragile place. Trauma is like that. When nourishment is consistently pulled out of reach for no apparent reason but entertainment, and the beatings continue randomly, it is reasonable to feel hopeless and powerless.

That said, this week is the first time in four years that there might be an actual glimmer of Light at the end of what has been a very Long and very Dark Tunnel. It’s hard to let that nourishing feeling in, because it might be yanked away at the last minute. But it will bring a long-longed-for nourishment to have a Good Joe in the White House  And we now know that IS going to happen!


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