lummi island wine tasting oct 13 ’17

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Bread this week

Whole Wheat Levain –  made with levain and bread flour and about 25% fresh milled whole wheat and then a long, slow, cool overnight ferment in the refrigerator, giving it a nice ‘toothy’ crumb, great texture and flavor and a nice crisp crust. – $5/loaf

Breton – From the French Breton region. Bread flour and fresh milled buckwheat and rye flour with and ‘sel gris’– the grey salt from the region– that brings more mineral flavors to this bread. – $5/loaf

And for pastry this week…

Chocolate Croissants – a traditional laminated french pastry made with a bit of sourdough flavor and a pre-ferment to help strengthen the dough to create the traditional honeycomb interior. Rolled out and shaped with delicious dark chocolate in the center. – 2/$5



October Hours: Open Fridays Only Till Nov 10!

A long time ago in a barely remembered Galaxy we were all Really Young– some of us maybe Younger than others! In my case from 1963-67 I attended the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1967. This month is the 50th Anniversary Reunion of my class, and Pat and I will be attending. We will be leaving in the middle of next week. Our friends Roger and Deb (from whom we bought our boat Dreamtime two years ago), will be house- and dog-sitting while we are away– but they will NOT be Wine Shop Sitting…except maybe dropping by on Fridays to say Hi…please give them a Big Welcome!

Instead, for the rest of October the wine shop Will Be Open Fridays Only  from 4-6:30 or so for Bread Pickup, wine tasting, and Of Course Wine Sales— Janice presiding As Usual. After a few days in Annapolis we will be spending a week on the Maine Coast visiting family, and then five days in Montreal wining and dining with The Ryans and a representative group from– I’m Not Making This Up– Lummi Island! (you know who you are!).

However, Please Note, the wine shop will NOT be open for the Next Three Saturdays, Oct 21, Oct 28, and Nov 4. We regret any inconvenience, and look forward to catching up with you on Nov 11-12. 



As with the above paragraph, it is hard to believe it’s been six years since we visited Seguret, arguably the Most Picturesque Village in France. Washington winemaker Bob Betz had suggested it was not to be missed, and so we made a point to visit. Like many Designated Picturesque Villages in France, there is little Industry beyond Being, well, Picturesque, constantly Posing in a way. Every turn of an alley, every stone stair climbed, every archway-framed view has its Finger on your Cute Button before you can even begin to shrug and exclaim Jacques Robinson!

This photo was taken from the window of a (of course) Charming Little Tea Shop about halfway up the steep, narrow, and winding cobbled walkways of the village. It was great to sit down, have a little something, and explore the interesting selection of teas. I settled on an Oolong tea called Tung Ting (aka Dong Ding), which has become a Favorite Late Afternoon soother.

I bring this up today because this weekend we are pouring a white wine from Seguret which blends some of our favorite white varietals (see notes, below). Hopefully it will taste as good accompanying the view from our wine shop window as it would if you were actually there!


Mar a Lago Update: Chickens Blow Home to Roost

Climate science is not really that Complicated. Even Republicans should be able to Grok the Basic Mechanisms. Either they actually do, and are deliberately Choosing Short Term Personal Gains over Long Term Global Survivability, or they Really Doh!-n’t grasp the Basics of Earthly Thermodynamics, and it falls on All of Us to Set Them Straight.

The Basics:  Solar heating evaporates water from the Earth’s Surface and moves it to Higher Latitudes where it condenses  and falls as Rain. Increasing Heat in the Atmosphere means it can Hold More Water and can carry More Kinetic Energy. As has been predicted by Climate Models for the last Forty Years, that means more evaporation (some latitudes get much drier); more Rainfall (and more Floods), and more Kinetic Energy in the Atmosphere (More Wind).

We have many friends in Northern Califonia. Right now many of them are on mandatory Evacuation from their homes, and this only one week after the worst series of Hurricanes in memory have Devastated the Caribbean.

Donald Trump’s America is the Only Country in the World that finds it politically and economically Convenient to Deny that these Catastrophic changes in Global Temperature and their Systemic Effects on Evaporation, Rainfall, and Winds are Directly Causing more intense Hurricanes, Increasingly serious and more frequent Flooding, and More and More Costly Wildfires. It’s hard to imagine what kind of Accounting Stance can find a Profit Motive in Refusing to Acknowledge what the Entire Rest of the World Accepts as Fact, and what our fellow Citizens in Texas, Lousiana, Florida, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Northern California are presently Experiencing.


This week’s wine tasting

Domaine de l’Amauve La Daurèle, Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret ’16    France    $17
Grenache blanc, clairette, viognier, & ugni blanc; expressive nose of white fruits, mirabelle plum, and acacia honey; soft on the palate with lively citrus flavors…very Food Versatile!

Cloudlift Chardonnay ’14   Washington    $18
Toasty oak leads the aromatics, picking up butter, brioche, ripe pear and dried apple; on the palate flavors of sweet Bartlett pear and fresh Golden Delicious apple. Bright acidity and a finish of ripe nectarine– enjoyable and complex.

Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red ’14   Washington  $17
Easy-drinking cinsault-dominant Rhone blend; subtle nose of black cherry paste with a hint of cinnamon spice that expands on the palate to a soft anise finish.

La Rocaliere Lirac Rouge ’14              France              $16
Equal parts grenache, mourvedre, and syrah. Clay hillsides and serene aging in cement tanks yield this
inky purple wine with floral and spicy aromas and soft, mouth-pleasing texture.

Catena Zapata Cab Franc San Carlos ’14    Argentina   $19
Purple color with ruby tones. Elegant aromas of spices, garrigue, red berries, cassis, and raspberries, with layers of cedar. Mouth-filling and rich with flavors of cassis, raspberries and notes of black pepper and oregano. The finish is bright and fresh with finely grained tannins.



Wine Tasting

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