lummi island wine tasting april 8 ’22

Covid Rules
We are again OPEN for wine tasting and sales both Friday and Saturday from 4-6 pm. Anyone with boosted vaccine status is welcome!

Bread Pickup This Week

Pain au Levain – Made with a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat and rye flours. After building the sourdough and mixing the final dough it gets a long cool overnight ferment in the refrigerator. This really allows the flavor to develop in this bread. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Cinnamon Raisin – Fermented overnight with a poolish of bread and fresh milled rye flour before mixing with bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat as well as rolled oats. Some honey for sweetness, a little milk for a tender crumb and loaded with raisins and a healthy dose of cinnamon. The cinnamon is mixed into the dough and flavors the entire bread for a hearty rustic loaf. – $5/loaf

Traditional Croissants – Made with two preferments, a sourdough levain and a prefermented dough – aka “old dough” where a portion of the flour, water, salt and yeast is fermented overnight. The final dough is then made with more flour, butter, milk and sugar, laminated with more butter before being cut and shaped into traditional french croissants. 2/$5

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. The 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.


Mailing List Issues: The Saga Continues!

Still trying to get our mailing app to work (failed again last week) and due to that uncertainty, we are taking the precaution of emailing the link directly to our mailing list as well as trying to activate the RSS feeder.

Best case scenario is that you will receive the actual blog in one email, and a link to it in another at about the same time. Any other outcome means something didn’t work as it should. There are a lot of balls in the air right now, so please bear with us, thanks!




This Week’s $5 Tasting

MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc ’21   South Africa    $11
Uses only the free-run juice to preserve a clean and natural character, refreshing acidity, and delicious ripe fruit flavors with vibrant aromas of quince, pear and pineapple. On the palate, fresh stonefruit and apple flavors are backed by refreshing acidity, minerality and a pleasing, rounded mouthfeel.

St. Francis Merlot ’17       California  $15
A classic, rich, and soft merlot with aromas of cassis, plum, and dried currant that merge into layered flavors of dark berries, espresso bean, bittersweet chocolate with a note of spice.

Tre Donne D’Arc Langhe Rosso ’18   Italy   $20
Blend of Barbera, Pinot Noir (Nero), Dolcetto, and the rare, highly aromatic grape Freisa; the Barbera and Pinot Noir are aged in oak, while the Dolcetto and Freisa are unoaked, lively, and fresh making a powerful, elegant wine with rich, moody fruit, bracing purity, and fascinating depth.


The Economics of the Heart: Freedom and Duty

Several editorial journalists have recently made reference to President George Washington’s Farewell Address in their comments on current political events. The address was written by Washington in late 1796, after two terms in office, with the assistance of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Since 1893 the address has been read aloud in the Senate each year on Washington’s birthday. It is an impressive and inspiring document. Indeed, reading it makes it very clear that he did indeed have a fatherly dedication to the Constitution and deep concerns about the country’s future.

“This government, the offspring of our own choice,…adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”

Washington was deeply concerned that the regional factionalism he saw in the newly formed country could lead to the establishment of political parties that might be more loyal to their own causes than to the nation’s. And, indeed, our history has been a constant struggle to extend the “blessings of liberty” to all, even as many factions have in fact used militant actions, disenfranchisement, political exclusion, and various levels of good ol’ boy American terrorism to keep “others” firmly under their heel.

Many of us who grew up in the Fifties lived in a peaceful post-WWII bubble of well-being. In New England the world seemed friendly and safe. It did indeed seem self-evident that everyone should share equally in those blessings. But as we grew older we learned that there were indeed factions whose well-being required that they maintain a sense of superiority and even physical dominance over some other group.

Washington was a keen observer of human nature. He and the others who put their lives and fortunes on the line to push off the oppressive rule of the English monarchy and to create this self-governed nation Really Believed in the people’s right to establish self-government. Washington eloquently described the implicit contradictions and challenges in trying to establish such a nation:

“But the Constitution which at any time exists, until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.”

Right now our country feels much as it must have felt in the years leading up to the Civil War. Whether White Southerners actually believed Negros were inferior beings who deserved to be enslaved, or whether it was simply expedient to believe so will remain a moot question. Right now the rhetoric on the Republican mainstream table is familiarly self-aggrandizing, Constitution- undermining, and self-deceiving in its kaleidoscopic transformation of facts into lunatic dystopian fantasies, becoming more juvenile, self-centered, and “Do you really Believe that Sheet?” every day.

So yeah, this stuff we are going through now is exactly what Papa George was afraid of.

Read Washington’s Farewell Address


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