lummi island wine tasting may 6 ’16

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Friday Breads  (contact us to get on the pre-order list!)

dscn1364 (Modified)Cinnamon Raisin Bread Here, the cinnamon and raisins are incorporated right into the dough. The bread is sweetened with honey instead of sugar, and has fresh milled whole wheat flour and rolled oats with a little milk which tenderizes the crumb. A great breakfast bread for toast – or french toast – $5/loaf.

Buckwheat Rye – This bread is similar to last weeks’ Breton bread but has half buckwheat and fresh milled rye that is soaked all day, with a long cool ferment in the refrigerator overnight.  A little honey helps to balance the whole grains. Another good hearty bread packed with flavor – $5/loaf.

And, for a bit of pastry:

Conchas! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, these delicious Mexican pastries are made with sweet dough enriched with eggs, butter and milk and then topped with a colorful crunchy sugar crust. Delightful!  2/$5.

 

 

Patrimonio


Nielluccio is the dominant red wine grape varietal planted on Corsica. By law it must make up 95% of any blend bearing the name Patrimonio. As it turns out, there is some considerable dispute among wine historians whether Patrimonio is identical to sangiovese, the dominant red varietal of Italy, or perhaps a clone of sangiovese introduced to Corsica back in the 12th century, or perhaps even an indigenous grape varietal native to Corsica. I mean really, can’t all this be sorted out with some arcane plant DNA tests?

The tiny Patrimonio denomination can be seen in purple in the accompanying photo. If Corsica can be seen as the back of someone’s left hand, with the left index finger raised for emphasis, Patrimonio would be located just about where the fist that could be made with that hand could contact your nose. That is, it is a small area up in the northeast corner of the island. In bygone days, this varietal was known for producing rustic, muscular, and quite tannic red wines. These days the wines are still powerful, but much more refined. This weekend our featured rose is made from this Nielluccio. It is both distinctive and delicious!

 

 

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Okay, okay, so we don’t offer these high-falutin’ wines very often. Let’s face it, having this appellation on your label significantly increases the price of your wine compared to, say, the little Lirac region just across the Rhone river to the south. And generally speaking, our philosophy at AWG is that these days pretty much everyone is making pretty good wine. Therefore, marginal increments in Quality often come at a very High Price, and as a result, few of us on the Island drink a lot of CdP. Or, if you do, you haven’t been inviting us to share it with you! As someone famous once said,“when serving wine to a close friend, offer your Best Wine; when serving several, you Second Best will do.” Which makes us wonder…is it a sin to covet your Own Goods…?

The name of this little region dates back to 1305, when Bertrand de Got, Archbishop of Bordeaux, was elected Pope, and took the name of Clement V. He transferred the Papacy to Avignon in 1309, where it remained for much of the 14th century. All you need to know is that this little wine region is a tad northwest of Avignon, on the north bank of the Rhone river. The combination of soils and climate makes for pretty good wines in bad years, and incredibly good wines in very good years.

This weekend we have a few bottles of a relatively inexpensive (yes, in this realm $40 is “inexpensive!) wine from this region which we found to have delightful and nuanced flavors and aromas. As with any wine, you might not particularly like it. But you owe yourself this chance to taste it, n’est-ce pas?

 

Politics as Not Usual

You know, all of these Scientists who have been working on Global Climate Models for the last four decades must have missed some important Variables in the Equation of Everything. I mean, No One saw This coming– here’s a guy with a ‘Uge Ego who decides on a Whim to run for President against a Bazillion other “Candidates” (Why Not, Everyone Else is Doing It!), never expecting anything more than some Hype, some Publicity, a Few Laughs, and maybe even some Profit (hey, anyone can get Lucky, huh…!).

And then, Astonishingly, against All Odds, OMD, he actually WINS! And the Entire World takes its Finger out of its Nose for a moment and thinks…Huh?…WTF? Have the Planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field stopped filtering Cosmic Rays from the Reality TV Planet?

All you need to know is that Stealth Candidate Paul Ryan has refused to endorse The Donald, citing his lack of Conservative Credentials– as defined by Speaker Ryan, who Speaks for Le Haut Politique of the Republican Party. As if, you know, “Conservative Credentials” mattered a Whit to the hapless “Conservative Base” that has for some 35 years actually Believed that the Party stood for Family Values, Might for Right, and Continuity of Benevolent White Christian Supremacy. But it’s looking like they’re not so sure anymore. They seem to be digging deep inside and finding Resonance with someone who seems to Grok their Fear of Extinction, and the Chickens are Coming Home to Roost.

Given all of that, we stick with our prediction that Somehow, in the midst of all this Insanity, Ryan will somehow nab the Nomination from this Perfidy. Which is too bad, because, unlike Trump, he could actually win. And That would be Really Scary to some of us old 50’s liberals.

 

This week’s wine tasting

Cougar Crest Viognier ’14    Washington    $14
Heady floral, citrus, and melon aromas aromas; rich texture with pear, peach and tropical fruit flavors and a smooth honey-like finish.

Yves Leccia Patrimonio Rose ’14 France $18
Primarily Niellucciu with Grenache, this rosé de saignée shows flesh and substance. Aromas of pomegranate, watermelon, vivid flowers, and herbes du maquis give it a distinguishing charm with salty undertones and cleansing, mouthwatering finish.

Daniel Brunier Le Pigeoulet en Provence ’12   France    $16
Grenache blend; fresh raspberry and candied lavender scents and flavors are lifted by a peppery nuance and a hint of allspice. Juicy and seamless.

Garnacha de Fuego ’14     Spain     $9
As usual, loads of fruit with strawberry and black cherry notes intermixed with licorice and earth, and great purity and richness for this price point.

Domaine la Roquete Chateauneuf-du-Pape ’11 France $39
 Pungent aromas of raspberry, cherry, white pepper and dried violet. Deep cherry and bitter chocolate flavors are enlivened by peppery spice and floral pastille qualities, with tangy acidity giving the wine spine. Quite deep for the year, finishing with very good power and length.

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