Lummi Island Wine Tasting October 29 ’11 “Back from France…sort of”

Well, we’re back. Sort of. Still trying to integrate all the experiences. If Italy was a soft series of rich dioramas, France was more of a kaleidoscope made up of an endless maze of traffic roundabouts, old villages with labyrinths of narrow streets, and a vast array of micro-regions, each with its own individual character. We’ll have more to say about these things later on. For now, we just want to say it’s good to be home, and we’re looking forward to seeing you this weekend, Friday 4-7pm and Saturday from 2-6.

One of the cornerstones of every French village is the boulangerie, where you grab your morning baguette or croissants, fresh from the oven. Here’s a photo we took outside one:

That’s life
It gives you strength and balance
Your bread is prepared
Before you with passion …
Your Boulanger kneads and fashions
With authentic gestures
Then he lets it sit to grow long
To give it its full flavor
It smells good the bread of your Artisan Boulanger!

This week’s wines:

Calera Chardonnay   08 California    WA90pts   $15
Offers abundant notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, white currants, and tropical fruits. Crisp, elegant, mid-weight, and revealing no evidence of its wood aging.

Vinosia  Aglianico  08    Italy    $12
Aglianico 100%; Deep garnet-purple colour. Raisin, blueberry and underbrush aromas. Some dried rose petals and spice. Crisp acidity and a medium body, velvety tannins, long finish. Addictive!

Townshend Red Table     Washington     $12
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah blend; aromas of black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, cedar and a hint of orange zest fill your glass and then your mouth with lingering pepper & tobacco . A definite winner as weather turns colder.

Cougar Crest Dedication 4  ‘07     Washington     $19
44% Syrah, 32% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Luch, ripe plums, red currants, black cherries, and a hint of dried roses and herbs on the nose are balanced by acidity and tannins that are smooth and graceful, not overbearing.  Rich on the palate and long on the finish–a favorite around here.

Wine Tasting

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