Lummi Island Pre-Valentine Wine Tasting Feb 11 ’12

As promised a couple of weeks ago, this weekend will be a special tasting of five delicious California red wines from David Coffaro Vineyards, one of our long-time favorite winemakers. He was written up in Wine Spectator in the late 90’s and has kept his focus on blending rich, fruity, soft, smooth wines. His acreage in Dry Creek, north of Healdsburg gets plenty of heat, and produces a broad array of mostly red varietals, including many that are quite unfamiliar to most of us (carignan, peloursin, lagrein, alvarelhao, tannat, souzao). We always make it a point to stop by when we are in the area to taste through his current selections.

This time, as usual, we liked them all, but five in particular. We had a case of each shipped up, and they arrived last week. To give them their best showing we should probably wait at least a month before opening any of these beauties, but they’re here, we’re here, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and by popular demand (and this blog’s declaration) it is after Groundhog Day and therefore officially Spring here at the Gallery. So we’re gonna pour’em this weekend; see the list below. As these are wines in the $20-40 range, the tasting will be $10 for five wines.

We WILL be open Friday evening this week (Feb 10) from 4-7. Ryan will be pouring a couple of nice wines, and there will be munchies. We like Fridays because we get to sit on the other side of the bar and schmooze, and because they are a little “salon-like.” Come on by!




Caught this patch of fog partially obscuring Orcas Island and the setting sun…has a certain drama, huh…? (click for larger image)





Ryan has put together a new series of FOUR tasting workshops on Sunday afternoons, two weeks apart, beginning NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 19! Each tasting will explore experientially how the wines of a region embody the cultural influences of the area. So you taste the wine and regional food, see the art, hear the literature, and at some level feel the links among them. It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s amazing, and we are really looking forward to it! It puts wine into the broader context of its cultural setting to show how this wine could only come from this place. See flyer for details, and call soon to reserve your place!

Workshop #1: The Art of Wine in France   February 19th   2-4pm
Imagine closing your eyes while listening to Chopin, sipping a crisp Sancerre, and nibbling an aromatic, aged
goat cheese… or gazing intently upon the lush brushstrokes of Ingres as you waft a glass of
old vine Carignan…or contemplating the elegant musings of Montaigne as you sip aged
Bordeaux with an earthy Roquefort…Ahhhh….THIS is what French wine is about!

Still a few seats left! To Reserve, please Email Ryan directly (   or call at 758-2020. 



Special Saturday Tasting: Five wines from David Coffaro (Geyserville, California):

Barbera 09 $25
81% Barbera, 19% sangiovese

Block 4 ’09 $29
A perennial favorite, this is a “field blend” of the Block 4 acreage: 50% zinfandel, 25% petitie sirah, 5% each syrah, peloursin, & carignan, and 10% other.

Estate Cuvee ’09 $25
31% zinfandel, 31% cabernet sauvignon, 25% carignan, 13% petit sirah

Carignan ’09 $25
Having spent much of our time in France last fall searching out Old Vines carignan, Dave’s 100% carignan was a delightful find!

Aca Modot ’09 $29
Can’t quite remember what this name means…the wine is a blend of 42% petit verdot (the one that stains your tongue the most), 32% cab sauv, 21% cab franc, 5% merlot.

Wine Tasting

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