lummi island wine tasting aug 26-27 ’22

Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

The wine shop will be open this weekend as usual from 4-6 Friday and Saturday. Covid continues to be a threat, even for those fully vaccinated. Limited outdoor seating is available on the deck for those who wish to stay outside.

At the current stage of the global pandemic, anyone can be an unknowing carrier, so though overall risks are low, we all must manage risk to ourselves and others in our own way. You are welcome to wear a mask , stay outside, or otherwise distance as additional precautions to protect yourself and others. For our part, we will continue taking basic precautions in the wine shop: windows open, air filter operating, outside seating options. We do continue to request that the unvaxed remain outside for tasting.

Btw, the weekend forecast is for partly cloudy, comfortable (70°) weather both Friday and Saturday!


Bread Pickup This Week

Pain Meunier -Aka Miller’s Bread to honor the miller who mills the wheat. Made with pre-fermented dough it contains all portions of the wheat berry: flour, fresh milled whole wheat, cracked wheat and wheat germ. Always a favorite and a great all around bread. It makes the best toast! – $5/loaf

Sonnenblumenbrot – Aka Sunflower Seed Bread, made with a pre-ferment that takes a portion of the flour, water, salt and yeast that ferments overnight before mixing the final dough with bread flour and freshly milled rye, then loaded up with toasted sunflower seeds and some barley malt syrup for sweetness. – $5/loaf

and mmm, pastry this week…

Kouign Aman with Cream Cheese filling : Made with the same traditional laminated french pastry used for croissants. Has both a little levain for the sourdough flavor as well as another pre-fermented dough to help build strength. When 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… so a cheese danish and croissant walk into a bar…  – 2/$5

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. Each week’s bread menu is sent to the list each Sunday, for ordering by Tuesday, for pickup on Friday. Simple, right..? If you will be visiting the island and would like to order bread for your visit, at least a week’s notice is recommended for pickup the following Friday.


Wine of the Week:  Lyrarakis Plyto Psarades ’21        Crete     $20

The very rare Plyto (aka Dafni) grape variety was saved from imminent extinction in the early ’90s by the Lyrarakis family  when it was planted in their “Psarades” family vineyard at 480m (1500′) altitude in central Crete.

The varietal’s name derives from the laurel (bay leaf) plant, which is called “Dáfni” in Greek, as the wine  shows distinctive herbal nuances, a clean and refreshing mouthfeel, and a clean, lingering, aromatic aftertaste. Its unique characteristics offer great food-pairing versatility: if it is served outdoors in the summer, this wine will very likely pair very well with it.

Tasting notes: Engaging aromas of peaches, grape-nuts (yes those grape-nuts!), with a spicy-minty background of garrigue, bay leaf, and warm earth that linger through a long, clean finish.


Economics of the Heart: Trances People Live

This week’s title comes from a powerful book written about 30 years ago by psychologist Stephen Wolinsky. One basic takeaway from the book is that we are all constantly going in and out of “trances,” in the sense that in one moment we can be functioning rationally, logically, and functionally, and in the very next, without any conscious sense of anything having changed, we are operating from an unconscious trance state. Such a “trance” is not some kind of unaware sleepwalking. It is a seamless shift from one sense of self-and-other to another, without even noticing.

With a bit of reflection we all recognize that these “mood shifts” can happen with road rage, or feeling shame, or rejection, or hopelessness, or any of the other Buttons. We all have our own deep wells of experience, unresolved conflicts, and the meanings we have made from them– private prisons of our own making that we carry with us wherever we go. We are not a single constant self, but an ongoing set of responses to inner and outer stimuli. We all have our training, habits, beliefs, needs, desires, hopes, dreams. Still, we must respond to each moment as it arrives, and ideally our best self emerges. But too often our habitual selves arrive first and make everything more difficult.

These thoughts arise as our nation approaches a consequential electoral crossroad in November. After two years of doomsday predictions, there have some recent signs of hope for these challenges.

Much of that hope is coming from a growing backlash against the draconian anti-abortion legislation being passed by Republican State Houses across the nation after the Dobbs decision. Additional heads are being turned by the recent (finally!) legislation package passed by Congress to address a number of issues of equity, education, public health and safety, and climate change, among others. The Jan 6 Committee has brought public attention to the ties of the Trump Administration to many crimes committed against the country, and recent document seizures at Mar a Lago threaten serious legal action against the Tweetster. 

At the moment there is a little glow of hope in the air that our country and our planet can find a way to unite for the common good of all.


This Week’s  Tasting  $10

Lyrarakis Plyto Psarades  ’21      Crete    $20
Engaging aromas of peaches, grape-nuts (yes
those grape-nuts!), with a spicy-minty background of garrigue, bay leaf, and warm earth that linger through a long, clean finish.

Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rosé ’21      France       $15

Raspberry and pear aromas on the nose, with distinctive notes of garrigue. Big, bold and firm on the palate, ending with a long, clean finish; pairs perfectly with hearty salads, grilled vegetables, kebabs, stuffed tomatoes or charcuterie.

Bluegray Priorat ’20     Spain     $21
Named for the licorella slate soil of Priorat, which yields intense, terroir-specific wines with ripe black fruit and cherry flavors with herbal, mineral and spicy notes; expressive, with well integrated tannins. Shows good balance and elegance with a long, lingering finish.





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