Lummi Island Wine Tasting September 14 ’13

LI Parade and Fall Festival Sept 14

The Parade will begin at the Jenkins’ field just up Centerview from the school, go down Centerview, right on North Nugent and end at the Grange. The Fall Festival will be at the Grange Hall where there will be a beer garden and wonderful food from 11-3. There will also be a number of booths offering crafts, produce, and goodies, and proceeds from food and beer sales will benefit island Library. If you have any specific questions call Pat Moye at 360-510-7392. Btw, last year (see video, left) we participated as part of the FOIL (Friends of the Island Library) fundraising kickoff for the Library remodel– which as most of you will have noticed, is now almost completed…the sheetrock is freshly installed and painted, so you can peek in and get a sense of what it is going to be like. For now, mark your calendars for Saturday– it’s a worthy cause, it’s fun, and afterward you can come by the wine shop for our regular Saturday wine tasting!

Lummi Island Run Huge Success!


Last Sunday, along with many others, we participated in the Lummi Island Walk/Run (another Beach School benefit.) It was a beautiful day, mercifully foggy and cool in the morning, and a lot of people turned out. I regret I don’t have pictures, but let’s just say it was great fun and a great success. To show our appreciation to all of you who participated, we are offering a free wine tasting if you come in wearing your pink “Run for Beach School” visor (like Tator’s, left) to claim your free tasting…and thanks again for supporting Beach School!


Salmon Season


Anyone who has driven around the west side of the Island in the last week or two has probably noticed the sustained level of activity in the reefnet fleet in Legoe Bay. You may not know, however, that during the current run of pink salmon (the locals call ’em “humpies”) most of the gear have qualified to hoist a broom to their mastheads, signalling that the rig has caught over 100,000 fish in the current run! Multiply that by the number of rigs (seven?) and we are pushing a million fish in a very short period of time. Makes you wonder what it must have been like Back in the Day, when the fishery was open all summer and fish were plentiful…a level of abundance that is hard to get your head around.

I found this picture online, and really like how it portrays the archetypal struggle between man and fish, predator and prey…every one of those fish wants with its whole being to be somewhere else than in that net, and every one of those men has other plans for them. So here they all are in this high-stakes tug-of-war between “ha-ha I gonna eat you, pretty fish” and “oh no, I gotta get outa here!” Being salmon, even the “lucky ones” who don’t get caught don’t have long to live, but maybe they do get some sense of completion for making it home to spawn. It’s a deep mystery, difficult to fathom (puns intended); maybe the best we can do is be grateful for and awed at this phenomenal bounty of Nature. Pretty amazing.



Dry Dock Case Sale is Back!!!

Let’s face it, it’s Drydock. The Lemmings have left. The Tourists have left. Even the Weekenders have left. We Rats who are left are uneasy, wondering…what do they know that I don’t know? It’s at times like these that we need something extra, something special, something– I don’t know– soothing that says ‘yes,’ you are on the right track, and yes, it IS going to be Okay.

So in that spirit, for the remaining two weekends of Drydock we are offering case dicounts of the following kind: Buy any twelve bottles, and we will take 10% off. Not only that– if you are a Wine Club member, we will apply your current wine club discount in addition to the 10% off. This will only last through next Saturday, September 21, so don’t delay!


This week’s tasting

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc ’12 New Zealand 89pts $12
The spicy quince and Asian pear flavors rest on a crisp, juicy body, with plenty of lime zest and grapefruit notes, especially on the finish.

Ryan Patrick Rose ’11 Washington $10
Made from syrah; greets the senses with aromas of rose petals and subtle spice; palate is a bright medley of violet and a hint of cloves.

La Joya Carmenere ’10 Chile 89pts $11
Dark violet. Primary aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, with notes of licorice and violet. Plush blackberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate, with a smoky quality that gains power with air. Finishes on a licorice note with impressive clarity and sweet persistence.

Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon ’10 Chile 90pts $10
This rich red leads with distinct earthiness to dark cassis, plum reduction and kirsch notes, gaining traction with layers of woodsy spices, maduro tobacco and licorice on the long finish.

Sant’ Antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso ’09 Italy $17
A gorgeous, expressive, tasty Valpolicella; floral notes give lift to the expressive, beautifully centered palate and a long, polished finish.

Wine Tasting

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