lummi island wine tasting may 17-18 ’24

Drydock Hours May 17-18  ’24

Mainlanders should take particular note that car ferry service will not be available from May 17- June 15 for Annual Drydock overhaul. There will be a passenger-only ferry, and parking on the mainland in designated areas (expect a bit of a walk to the dock).

We will remain OPEN for wine tasting and sales as usual:    Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm








This week’s wine tasting

Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde  ’22    Portugal       $10 
Loureiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho  blend;  apples, lemons and a touch of ripe pear fill the palate. It is an off-dry very young white wine, refreshing and crisp with a mineral aftertaste…a longtime local favorite!

Girot Ribot Masia Parera Brut Rose Cava   Italy    $16
Delicate perlage, deep minerality, and intoxicating white flower and baby mushroom aromas make this wine memorable and delightful.

Jacob Williams Sadie Red Blend  NV     Washington                   $28
Named for beloved longtime winery dog Sadie, this is a special blend of Cabernet Sauv, Merlot, Syrah and Cab Franc. Medium body, broad selection of red fruits, cedar, cassis , and savory herbs; multi-faceted  and easy to enjoy for its primary fruit, herbal complexity, chocolaty tannins, and clean finish.


Friday Bread This Week

Breton – Incorporates the flavors of the french Brittany region. Bread flour and fresh milled buckwheat and rye make for interesting flavor and the salt is set gris -the grey salt from the region that brings more mineral flavors to this bread. – $5/loaf

Spelt Levain – Spelt is an ancient grain that is a wheat. It has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and has gluten but it isn’t as strong as the gluten in modern wheat. This bread is made with a culture that is used to create a levain before the final dough is mixed with traditional bread flour, spelt flour, fresh milled whole spelt and fresh milled whole rye. It is a great all around bread – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Muffins – Rich and delicious, great chocolate flavor, and a seductively moist texture: flour, brown sugar, sour cream, and eggs, with lotsa chocolate chips inside and sprinkled on top  –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.


Wine of the Week: Jacob Williams Sadie Red Blend  NV     Washington

sadie red label photo

On our recent trailer trip we were able to pay a return visit to this casual winery a few miles west of Maryhill. It has a small tasting room on the high Washington bank of the Columbia, with a stunning view of the river and of Mt. Hood in the distance.

We liked their wines so much we ordered six different wines which we will be pouring over the next month or so, a nice way to keep morale up while the ferry is in drydock. Let’s face it — from many years of experience we all know that week 1 is pleasantly quiet; week 2 is still soothing; and by week 3 tempers start getting a little short.

This is the first 4-week passenger only service we can remember in our 30 years here, testing our resilience (and putting a cold wet blanket on the traditional Memorial Day Artists Studio Tour!)

So, to remain in nonchalant equilibrium, we recommend attending our weekly tastings through drydock on Fridays and Saturdays (see hours, above).


Mar a Lago Update: The Nightmare That Keeps on Taking

This little image appeared in just about every posting of this blog from Inauguration 2017 until Inauguration 2021. During that period every hour, day, week, and month of our lives was filled with news broadcasts about the Tweetster. He failed at everything that mattered, but  succeeded wildly in achieving his lifetime goal of having the entire world reading about him, thinking about him, talking about him…HIM!…pretty much all day every day for the whole time.

By now we should have been rid of him, rid of his picture, his voice, his boasting caricature of himself, his spotlight, his need for attention. But alas, he remains the bad penny that won’t go away.

On the positive side, we have enjoyed three years of having people in charge who actually know how to govern; how to effectively address the economic, social, and health needs of our nation; and how to take our necessary place in the world’s need to cope with climate change, international aggression, poverty, and suffering of every form.

We watch in horror as the Tweetster’s cronies in Congress, on the Court, and in the Media flood the airwaves with Orwellian Newspeak (aka “Lies spoken with righteous assurance…”) so effectively that half the people in our country remain completely oblivious to the extraordinary economic and international accomplishments of the Biden administration on the one hand and the shadowy, behind-the-scenes, well-organized, and extraordinarily well-funded effort to con their votes to overthrow our country and our Constitution from within.

An extraordinary amount of financial and political power and decades of planning created the circumstances that have been keeping the Tweetster immune from prosecution for their own purposes. And as the old phrase goes, “just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us!”

The Tweetster doesn’t pack the gear to be the force behind all of this. These are people with deep pockets and deep connections in our national infrastructure and institutions, and who have been planning all of this for a very long time. They now control enough of Congress, the financial system, State Houses and right-leaning think tanks, and probably parts of the military and law enforcement to succeed in their next coup attempt this year that very nearly succeeded in 2020.

So. Maybe paranoia is a reasonable response when we watch our institutions being neutralized by glib Fake News personalities who smile brightly as they tell the same lies over and over with righteous assurance. In any case, the next shoe to drop will be the NY election-tampering verdict in the next week or two. If the Tweetster skates again on this one, we are in Serious Doo-Doo.

But hey! This is exactly the kind of situation that makes us seek out the companionship of friends and neighbors at our local wine shop. It’s a comfort whether “They” are out to get us or not!


Wine Tasting

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