lummi island wine tasting april 19-20 ’24

Hours, April 5-6 ’24

Friday  4-6 pm     Saturday 3-5 pm




    daisies at Bayview






This week’s wine tasting

Juggernaut Chardonnay ’21     Sonoma      $17
Aromas of apple, Asian pear and lemon meringue open to rich and lingering flavors of stone fruit, honeysuckle, and yellow plum, and barrel fermentation finishes with notes of vanilla, butter cream and hints of clove.

Marietta Old Vine Red    ’22     California 
Zinfandel blend from Geyserville with lovely bright plum fruit, dark and focused notes of briar and black tea,  with balanced flavor, medium body, and easy mouth of sweet spice and velvety tannins; you will want more!

Bold Wine Cabernet ’21       $26         Paso Robles           
Co-fermented cab-malbec-petit verdot; carefully hand-harvested, sorted, and destemmed, 6-day cold-soaked, and native yeast fermented in stainless, followed by extended maceration for big flavors & lingering palate.


Friday Bread This Week

Rosemary Olive Oil – Made with bread flour and freshly milled white whole wheat for additional flavor and texture. Fresh rosemary from the garden and olive oil to make for a nice tender crumb and a nice crisp crust. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Sesame Semolina – this bread uses a sponge as a pre-ferment that ferments some of the flour, water & yeast before mixing the final dough. Made with semolina and bread flour as well as a soaker of cornmeal, millet and sesame seeds, a little olive oil rounds out the flavor and tenderizes the crumb. The finished dough is rolled in more sesame seeds before baking. A bread with a lot of great flavors. $5/loaf

Kouign Aman – Made with the same traditional laminated french pastry used for croissants for both a little sourdough flavor and build strength…hen rolling out however, instead of using flour to prevent sticking, sugar is used. The dough is cut into squares, placed in cupcake tins then filled with a cream cheese filling…sort of “ a cheese Danish and a Croissant walk into a bar…”– 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.


Economics of the Heart: Freedom and Constraint

“WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.” by quotableright is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Eisenhower was the President we old-timers grew up with, and to us kids the fifties felt pretty stable, peaceful, and “safe.” Despite  nagging concerns about surprise nuclear attacks from the Russians, the “duck and cover” drills in school, and the little pamphlets to help us differentiate the silhouettes of Russian bombers from our own, we were imbued with the notion that we were the Good Guys, and “they” were the Bad Guys.

That bubble burst when JFK was murdered in 1963, and there is considerable reason to suspect it –and perhaps Bobby’s– assassinations were in retaliation for their ending the long history of racial segregation in the South.

LBJ then famously ushered in his own kind of New Deal at the same time as he escalated our involvement in Vietnam. (I remember marching past his smiles and waves as our contingent of midshipmen marched past his reviewing stand at his Inaugural Parade; and I also remember the bleak devastation along the Mekong when our ship went up it in ’68. Complicated stuff.)

Nixon managed to do a number of good things and not-so-good things. (I remember a fleeting hand squeeze and smile when Air Force 1 landed briefly at NAS Quonset Pt RI where I was stationed. He had promised to End the War and didn’t.)

That reminds me that I had a close friend at that time who was a Big Fan of William Buckley, and we had some  spirited discussions watching his show, Firing Line. While Buckley’s personality was pompous and irritating, he was entertaining in his way. He is mentioned here because his views marked a particular point in the development of American Conservative values and thought, combining elements of libertarianism, anticommunism, and Catholic traditionalism.

Today’s conservative values are shadow silhouettes of those days. We can start to recognize a certain cognitive dissonance between what our legitimate news outlets tell us abut our reality and how well-funded, politically motivated “information manipulators” reframe it for particular political ends. Libertarians and anticommunists have far more in common with today’s Democrats, and even a lot of Catholic women these days are not happy with the war on women’s rights.

Our current national polities highlight the downward spiral of our “little-d” democratic values over the past four decades. As often noted in these posts, this deliberate undermining of democratic values is a thread that runs a least back to business grievance against the New Deal.

By 1980 the those same forces had built a marriage of Birchism, Big Money, and a host of very influential “think tanks” like the Heritage Foundation, powerful enough to get Reagan into the White House, consolidate control of the Republican Party, and work toward their ultimate political goals of winning and keeping complete control of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial arms of both the Federal government and every State government. They have been very ambitious, well-funded, and ruthless. And, unfortunately for all living things, very successful.

The central question of our times is, as Butch and Sundance kept wondering, “Who ARE those guys?”

At present we can infer that they are big enough, wealthy enough, powerful enough, apolitical enough, self-centered enough, and ruthless enough for us to infer that their mission:

The Tweetster is a decoy, a dry run, a preliminary experiment. And totally expendable. They have planned for scenarios where he runs and wins and is again their puppet (even if he doesn’t know it), ones where loses or goes to jail (yes, there is likely a detailed contingency plan for the next coup), and every other scenario imaginable.

So: the Tweetster has only ever been right about one thing: we better fight like hell or we won’t have a country any more.
















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