lummi island wine tasting nov 4-5 ’22

Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

Though Covid protocols have relaxed somewhat, the season of outside seating seems to be pretty much over. So as we move inside, let’s be mindful of distance between us and subdue any tendencies toward those, um, exclamatory expectorants that can come with getting a little too boisterous. Thanks!


Friday Bread Pickup This Week  4-5:30 pm

Four Seed Buttermilk – This bread includes all the elements of whole wheat, but does so separately by adding cracked wheat and bran in to the bread flour instead of milling whole wheat berries. It also has buttermilk and oil which will make for a tender bread as well as adding a little tang. Finally it is finished with with a bit of honey and sunflower pumpkin and sesame seeds and some toasted millet – $5/loaf

Fig Anise – One of the more popular breads in the rotation. Made with a sponge that is fermented overnight, then the final dough is mixed with bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. Honey, dried figs and anise bring in all the flavors of the mediterranean. – $5/loaf

mmm, and pastry this week…

Chocolate Babka Rolls – A sweet pastry dough full of eggs, butter and sugar, rolled and spread with a chocolate filling, rolled up and cut into individual rolls that are placed in baking forms for baking and then brushed with sugar syrup after baking. – 2/$5

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



On the occasion of Pat’s birthday we trekked to Portland (Sherwood, to be precise) to celebrate it with son and grandson. We had a great dinner at Mason, a tiny Italian restaurant with amazing food and wine. Absolutely terrific dinner, superbly accompanied by a bottle of 2003 Quilceda Creek cab (Parker gave it 100 pts, and we have to concur!)

Also a view of Wednesday sunset at Padilla Bay reflected in our back window, and a subtle yin-yang shape in — where else–  the bottom of a wine glass!

Nana Pat’s Birthday dinner

Padilla Bay reflections










yin yang wine glass…!














Economics of the Heart: Our ‘Sword of Damocles’ Moment

AThe Medieval Knight Sword (#1306) - Darksword Armoryn ancient Greek story tells of a tyrannical King (Dionysius) who was feared and obeyed but also hated. His inability to imagine another way of ruling made him quite paranoid (although in his case they probably were out to get him!) and caused him to take extraordinary measures to protect himself from treachery.

When Damocles, one of his loyal followers, complimented him on how happy and contented his wealth, power, and position must make him, he grew irritated, because he was neither. To give Damocles a sense of his everyday burden, he indulged him in luxuries of food, drink, and comfort, which young Damocles very much enjoyed…until he became aware that above his head dangled a great sword, hanging by a single horsehair which might break at any moment to kill or maim him. Thus did he learn, and does the parable teach, how living under constant threat of injury takes a toll.

Next week’s election has us all in a Sword of Damocles moment. Our country and to some degree the entire world are at present divided into irreconcilable political camps of Authoritarians vs. Humanists. Authoritarians believe the natural order of human society is for One Tough Guy and his loyal lieutenants to control how power and wealth are allocated, and that objective Truth is whatever the Leader pronounces it to be. Humanists believe that all human beings share the same needs for safety, affection, attention, approval, and equal opportunity to live healthy and satisfying lives, and that Truth is that which can be verified by observation, repetition, and analysis.

For 250 years our nation has struggled toward inclusion, fairness, justice, and equal opportunities of all citizens to share in a common prosperity. But over the  past 50 years, authoritarians have been at work to sabotage this long American effort with their own visions of white male supremacy and its associated religions. In today’s world it has become perfectly clear that Republicans have abandoned democracy in favor of authoritarianism; today’s Republicans would repeal the Bill of Rights in a heartbeat.

We see behind us in our nation a stained tapestry of deals, trades, treachery, lies, murders, ambition, and the unbridled vanity we call “politics.” We see in front of us a particularly virulent form of the political disease, wherein a massive subculture has been created over the past forty years which is completely unwilling or unable to distinguish fact from fiction or truth from lies, and which sees the Constitution as a constraint, not a sacred commitment.

So. For another week or so we will sip our tea (or wine!) with an uneasy eye to the precarious Sword over our heads while our collective lemming culture decides whether to sigh in relief and go home to a nice warm fire or throw ourselves collectively over a cliff into a cold and raging sea. Fingers crossed!


This Week’s $10 Wine Tasting

Marchetti Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico ’19         Italy       $14
Verdicchio/ Malvasia blend using only free-run juice; pale straw color with green overtones; intense bouquet of citrus, lemon zest, and floral notes,with complex fruity character, and crisp, well-balanced palate.

Saviah The Jack Syrah ’18   Washington    $15
85% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre; Appealing aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, violets, olives, anise, and meat, with a velvety, pleasing texture.

La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  Riserva Colline Teramine ’17     Italy      $26
From 50-yr-old vines; rich, full-bodied and rustic in expression, with rich notes of cocoa, rhubarb, blackberry, and herbs; long, lingering finish of juicy black cherry, with a silky/velvety mouthfeel.










Wine Tasting

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