Lummi Island Wine Tasting December 15 ’12

It’s Back! Holiday Wine Sale!
Since our $99 case sale last year was such a big hit with all of you, we have been scratching our heads trying to find a way to offer the same deal again in the face of generally rising wholesale prices. These musings have been very recently helped by the release of several new vintages of some of our favorite Spanish wines at really amazing prices!

Among these is the latest tinto from Borsao, where we visited last spring for a tour of winery and vineyards. This wine is a rich garnacha, which critic Robert Parker describes as “possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world”…! Also included in the sale are another several cases of the Garnacha de Fuego that we poured a couple of weeks ago, which Parker described as “full-bodied and voluptuous, with a sweet kiss of jammy black cherries intertwined with an undeniable minerality.”

We have loaded up on some of these wines and are combining them with a few other “best buys under $10” to provide a pretty nice selection for your $99 cases. In addition, until the end of 2012 you can put together ANY 12 BOTTLES into a mixed case and get a 15% discount! These are both great deals, and will help to tide you over during January, when we may or may not be open.


One Stop Christmas Shopping Ideas!
I have it on good authority from one of our indispensable business mentors that the big question you are all asking yourselves as Christmas approaches is “what in the world are we going to give Uncle Farnsworth???” Well, you need look no further than your local wine shop! Besides the obvious choice of a bottle of Farnie’s favorite wine, we also have delicious hand-made chocolate truffles (see below!) , two delicious artisan olive oils, a new batch of scrumptious Theo’s chocolate bars, and  a good supply of (oh I love this stuff!) Theo’s sipping chocolate to warm your cockles by the winter hearth. And as if that’s not enough, you can combine all of these by giving Uncle Farnie an Artisan Wine Gallery gift certificate, that he can use as he chooses amidst our astonishing array of crowd-pleasing wonders. He will thank you, we will thank you, and, ah, all will be well. (Q.E.D., or, in more contemporary idiom, “WWWWW“…!)


Holiday Truffles!

Yes, there WILL be truffles for Christmas! While Janice explores further into the world of bread*, Pat soldiers on alone (someone has to do it!) in the realm of Chocolate. This year, as in past years, there will be four varieties of truffles, boxed in groups of four, tied with a holiday ribbon, ready for hostess gifts, Christmas stockings, or simply for your nibbling pleasure. All will be enrobed in Dark Vahlrona French chocolate, with centers including Classic Dark, Coconut, Fleur de Sel Caramel, and Chai Spice.

Box of four, $5. Singles, $1 each.

Place your orders soon, as Pat will be making these beauties in the next week to be fresh and ready for pickup next weekend: Friday, December 21 (4:00 – 7:00) and Saturday, December 22, (2:00 – 6:00) –i.e., the Wine Gallery’s usual hours. With luck, there might be some  available after pre-orders are filled, but to be safe, pre-orders are highly recommended.

Three ways to place orders: in person at the shop; call (758-2959), or  email .

* Most Friday nights Janice shares her latest artisan loaf with the Faithful at the wine shop! Yumsters!


This week’s wines:

Fouquet des Aubuisieres Vouvray  ’10     France    WA90 pts       $17
A superb, essentially dry Vouvray, the 2010 Cuvee Silex exhibits wonderfully flowery, melony aromas in its fragrant aromatics along with medium-bodied, crisp, pure flavors and an attractive flinty character.

Terres D’Artagnan Gascogne  ’10     France     $11
Alluring nose of black raspberry, flowers, and garrigue leads into a very juicy, round and harmonious palate with velvety, soft, ripened tannins and fresh acidity.

Borsao Garnacha  ’11      Spain      WA90 pts          $8
85% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo; its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, loamy soil and flowers, remarkable depth, an expansive texture, and wonderful freshness and purity.

Idilico Garnacha ’10 Washington $18
From two highly regarded Washington (Upland and Elerding); fermented in small lots and barrel aged in neutral French oak; bottled unfined and unfiltered; exhibits aromas of tart cherry, strawberry jam, moist rock and citrus; full bodied with luscious mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Only 240 cases produced.


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