lummi island wine tasting january 8 ’16

Off-season Bread Friday!

20141024-122220.jpgMulti-Grain – Basic bread flour with 25% fresh milled whole wheat and 10 %  fresh milled rye flours, loaded with flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds – $5/loaf.

Janice’s Whole Wheat – Half and half bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. A little honey is added to balance the whole grains and make for a flavorful loaf. Really delicious- $5/loaf.

Bear Claws – A lovely, rich Danish dough, full of eggs, butter and sugar. Dough is  rolled, spread with almond filling and shaped into the traditional Bear Claw form,  baked, glazed, and sprinkled with  sliced almond.  – 2/$5


January-February Schedule

dscn1418 (Modified)The first thing you need to know is that though we (Pat and Rich) are officially On Vacation from the wine shop till March, Janice plans to continue Bread Fridays at the wine shop from 4-6 pm through February 5.

The second thing you need to know is that we (Pat, Rich, and Janice) will be here this Friday to offer you our usual wine tasting from 4-6 while you pick up your Bread. However, note that we will NOT be open on any Saturday until March 5!

The third thing you need to know is that we do not have a Clue as to whether other Fridays will involve wine tastings of any sort or not. At present it looks as though Janice will be in the shop from 4pm-6pm on January 8, 15, 22, and 29, plus February 5 for Bread Pickup. Although we will not be available to pour tastings, we are still exploring ways to continue that service on these Fridays without our having to be there. So far we have not developed an appealing structure to make that happen, so please Stay Tuned!


New Year’s Notes

best tastingThis year we offered prizes for the best-tasting dish and also for the best-looking dish. We appointed a Judge (who must remain Anonymous, of course— though I can say the person’s initials are “MM.” Which, if you think about it, are just about the Perfect initials for a Food Judge, n’est-ce pas?

The Best-Tasting dish was Peter’s old family Mexican dish with layers of meat, veggies, cilantro, and wonderful chiles…folks, you all need to invite him to your next Potluck, that’s all I’m saying! Complex, flavorful, and fresh. YUM!

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The Best-Looking dish was one of two great plates brought in by Mary Jane, and yes, they were both Delicious! The winner, shown at left on its Festive Red Holiday Platter with a disarming row of little green Hearts, was a pastry filled with many of the same rich and spicy flavors as the other winner.

We would like to thank all of you who came by for making this one of the warmest (and best-fed) of our Eleven repetitions of our East Coast New Year’s Eve Party. Thank you all, and wishing us all Good Fortune in the coming Year of the Fire Monkey.


2016: Year of the Monkey

According to the Astrology Club , The Monkey is an inventive and independent problem solver who symbolises irrepressible curiosity and creative energy. Intelligent, hyperactive, and sociopathic, the Monkey is free from inhibitions and guilt, not hesitating to test his theories on an unwitting audience. His innate problem-solving tendencies can turn the Monkey into a tricky, opportunistic, and deceptive tactician, whose unscrupulous and adolescent fantasies can both entertain and lead to Disaster.

Hmm…I’m getting a bad feeling about this…!


This week’s tasting

La Quercia Falanghina ’13 Italy $18
100% Trebbiano from hillside clay soil; a lovely, straw-yellow wine, with rich notes of white flowers, sea salt, and pear.

Estezargues Cuvee des Galets ’14    France    $10
Grenache, Syrah and Carignan from organic and biodynamic vines, fermented with natural yeast, and bottled without filtration. Explodes with plump juicy berry fruit, liquorice and spice, showing appealing character and freshness.

Domaine La Croix Belle Caringole ’12  France   $10
Syrah, Carignan and Merlot blend from Languedoc’s Cotes de Thongue region; fresh and supple with flavours of cherry, and black olive, and herbs.

Lost River Western Red ’12 Washington $17
Lovely blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc; dark fruits on the nose, smooth and rich in the mouth, enjoy with rich sauces or all by itself.

Wine Tasting

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