Lummi island wine tasting April 24 ’15


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Bread Friday
no bread today

Sorry, Janice is away, no Bread this week. Also, Friday regulars take note– Ryan will also not be behind the bar here on Friday night for the next month or so as he prepares to take the next group of you to Tuscany next week.


Up in the Sky…it’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Kite!


We have been away for a few days with our little trailer out on the Peninsula. Monday and Tuesday we were at Pacific Beach State Park adjacent to the little  settlement of the same name. We parked next to Mike and Diane, who insisted we buy a kite for the occasion because this is Kite Country. And, to be sure, there was a constant wind from the north seldom getting below a “fresh breeze,” and often considerably more energetic than that. Here’s our little kite, above.


We also met a couple from Olympia who are kite addicts of a sort who have been making their own kites for many years…here’s the one they brought, complete with fifty-foot tails…! (That’s our kite at lower right)


Looking out from the Edge of the World

Pacific Beach was was not so long ago home to a small Naval Base th at may have been at the time a high-tech communications facility. At present, like many small coastal communities, there’s not much of an economic base. The whole area feels tired from the constant roar of wind and surf, the emptiness emphasized by this tiny couple on a vast and empty beach.



Fort Worden

This post is being written from our site at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. It’s been cool, cloudy, blustery, and spitting rain from time to time, but cozy in the trailer. Late this afternoon the sun emerged briefly with a spectacular Rainbow framing our little trailer. That’s gotta be a good sign, right???


We’re even getting used to our lost car-trailer color coordination…



All Betz are off! 

Again we are pouring from our library of Betz wines; however, we have no idea which one we will be pouring…gotta get home and check the cellar!

All you really need to know is this: take off 10% on any Betz wines in stock! AND, if you are a wine club member, WE PAY SALES TAX, too!



This week’s tasting

For a Song Chardonnay ’13. Washington $10
Apple blossom and citrus aromas; broad, flavorful palate of quince, lemon custard, lime, and honey-tinged mineral notes; bracing acidity;

Mouchao Dom Rafael Tinto ’09 Portugal $12
60% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 20% Alicante Bouschet, and 20% Trincadeira; Nose of strawberry fruit and leafy Tempranillo notes turning sultry and earthen-mushroom; palate is fresh, intense, vibrant.

Riojanas Rioja Canchales ’11 Spain $12
Pungent redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with a peppery lift and focus. Firm bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors, with juicy acidity; aeration brings up deeper blackberry and licorice notes that linger on the taut, youthfully tannic finish.

Bocelli Sangiovese Italy $14
Bright,, lush, and appealing; deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote. Finish is long and dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.

Wine Tasting

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