lummi island wine tasting june 14-15 ’24

Drydock Hours  June 14-15

Our trusty Whatcom Chief is scheduled to be back in service this weekend, with no service for several hours while docks are re-adapted back to vehicle service. 

The wine shop will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual through June:

     Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm







Friday Bread This Week

Kamut Levain – Kamut, aka khorasan wheat, is an ancient grain with more protein than conventional wheat that some people find more digestible. The bread is made with a levain fermented overnight before mixing with with bread flour and fresh milled whole kamut flour. It has a nutty, rich flavor and makes a golden color.  – $5/loaf

Walnut Raisin Levain – A bread I haven’t made for a long time. Has a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat and whole rye. The addition of raisins and toasted walnuts makes for a very flavorful bread – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Black Sesame & Candied Lemon Brioche: A delicious brioche dough full of eggs, butter and sugar. Filled with fresh lemon zest and candied lemon and as if that wasn’t enough, topped with a black sesame streusel before baking. – 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 at least a week before visiting!


This week’s wine tasting

Natura Rose ’21    Chile        $12
Cold-soaked before pressing and cold-fermented on the skins to develop rich and nuanced aromas and flavors of grassy lime, tropical fruits, and lychee, with a crisp, lingering finish…a long-time local favorite.

Riebeek Pinotage ’21    South Africa     $14
Cold soaked overnight and fermented on the lees in 80% French and 20% American oak, and blended with unoaked wine to enhance fresh fruity flavors.

Jacob Williams Syrah   ’21      Washington       $34
Hand-destemmed, open-top fermentation, manual punchdowns, 11 months in 12% new American oak; earthy aromas of crushed gravel and a juicy blue- fruit palate with flavors of red pepper berries and spicy finish. 



Mar a Lago Update: Freedom Of Religion Freedom From Religion *

*The mathematical symbol “≡” implies that an equation is also an “identity,” where each side of the equation statement says exactly the same thing in a different way.

We bring up this point because a central element in the political consternation in which our country has been embroiled since the sixties has been the deliberate and toxic intrusion of race and religion into politics by Republicans. This began in earnest with Goldwater’s “Southern Strategy” in the sixties to woo White southern Democrats with the implicit racism of “states’ rights” and “law and order.” That resulted in a massive shift of Southern Democrats becoming very conservative Republicans. read more

In the introduction to her book White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, Anthea Butler says it is “a racism that binds and blinds many white American evangelicals to the vilification of Muslims, Latinos, and African Americans.” This is not the philosophy of Jesus. This is the philosophy of self-proclaimed autocratic white men whose aims are far more political than spiritual. And it is this single element of our political reality that drives Maga Republicans toward the Tweetster.

For ten years now his constant hateful tweets, rallies, insults, and anger-mongering has filled media world-wide with propaganda confirming all the worst paranoid fears of his gullible base. They listen, entranced and soothed by his constant lies, and donates every time he touches any of their defensive hot-spot fears about blacks, Latinos, immigrants, or Democrats. This is the show that brought the Tweetster to the White House (with a little help from election-rigging). And remember, the Washington Post documented some 25,000 lies, one by one, told to us by the Tweetster while he was playing President. The Post stopped counting, but the lies never stop.

And so we find ourselves facing another Presidential election in a few months with the Tweetster a likely candidate who happens to be awaiting sentencing after conviction in one of four criminal trials brought against him associated with his attempted coup in 2020. And as if that isn’t plenty to try to get your head around, in the meantime we have learned about major ethics breaches in our federal judicial system that have been keeping both the Tweetster and Supreme Court justices from facing legal accountability for violations of both the letter and the spirit of our Constitutional rules.

Below are some recent developments worth reading about amid all this chaos.

1. Alito interview with undercover journalist  Lauren Windsor (click to open)

The story has pretty much gone viral in the last couple of days based on casual conversations a young reporter had with Alito and his wife at the Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Dinner last week. The upshot is that they took her for a sympathetic ear (not a journalist) and confided disturbing details about their prejudices. The unavoidable  takeaway is that Alito is committed to enshrining his religious/philosophical views into upcoming decisions involving matters about which he has obvious conflicts of interest.

Both he and Justice Thomas have already ruled on many cases in favor of extremely wealthy men from whom they have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive gifts. This is in obvious violation of the Justice Dept. rule that justices are obligated to disclose financial gifts and to recuse themselves from any case which their participation might invoke concerns about their impartiality. Both judges have indicated they will not recuse in important upcoming cases in which they have obvious conflicts. And that is a Problem.

2. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 

Over many months now, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has dug deeply into ethics problems at the Supreme Court and made numerous videos and interviews on news programs. He has been dedicated to finding a way for Congress to get the Court follow even the modest rules already in place (such as recusing themselves from any case in which their presence might suggest even the possibility of bias. Here is a link to a very detailed and interesting interview between Sen. Whitehouse and Nicolle Wallace just yesterday on where we are and where we need to go with this issue.

3. In the same vein, here is a related interview between Chris Hayes and Reps Raskin and Occasio-Cortes on the House view of the same Supreme Court issues. The key problem, obviously, is that as long as Republicans control the House, there is unlikely to be any legislation to require Justices to act responsibly, ethically, and, well, justly. What is clear is that Democrats in both the House and the Senate are working hard to tighten ethics rules on SC Justices, because as the voting records of both Alito and Thomas imply, both have demonstrated disregard for public concerns about cronyism and outright bribery.

4. Finally, we close with this interesting piece from Politico about measuring bias of SC justices. It proposes that the current Court is made up of three groups of relatively like-minded justices who often agree with each other, depending on the cases. Their agreement or disagreement depends on two kinds of alignment, institutionalism (how much a justice considers implications beyond the facts and law of the specific case) and ideology (liberal/conservative).

One takeaway is that many decisions have been unanimous or nearly so, and generally are not controversial. The other is that the radical views of Thomas and Alito are the most toxic most of the time, and there MUST BE functional, binding, enforceable ethical standards if the Court is to reclaim the public trust and confidence.













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