lummi island wine tasting jan 17 ’20

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Friday Breads This Week

Dried Cherry Walnut – Made with a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled buckwheat and whole wheat flours. Orange juice and olive oil are a unique combination in this bread that add flavor and keep a soft crumb, then loaded up with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. Makes great toast- $5/loaf

Whole Wheat Ciabatta – Using an Italian biga pre-ferment as well as a poolish, and fermented overnight in the refrigerator. A long, slow ferment adds a lot of flavor to the final bread. Made with regular bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. A little olive oil for more flavor and a lot of water. A great rustic bread – $5/piece

and pastry this week…

Traditional Croissants – Made with two preferments, a levain and an “old dough” where a portion of the flour, water, salt and yeast is fermented overnight. The final dough adds more flour, butter, milk and sugar, and laminated with more butter before being cut and shaped into traditional French croissants…iohp, as good as croissants can get!   – 2/$5

(breads must be pre-ordered by Wednesday for pickup here at the wine shop at our Friday wine tasting, 4-6pm. Planning a visit to the Island? Email us to get on the mailing list!)

 

Wine Club Membership Renewal Time!

Okay, mis amigas and amigos, we are now entering the SIXTEENTH YEAR of our community wine adventure with all of you! While our little business has never been much of a “business,” we find our success is best measured not in financial terms but in the friends we have made with you over all these years and the friends that have been made among you through our little wine shop. Over the years many dear friends have come and gone, but the community has remained intact. Every weekend brings old friends and new friends, good conversation, and an enduring warmth. We are deeply grateful for your participation in whatever it is that we have created here, and thank you all for being part of it.

Which reminds us, it is again the start of another Calendar Year. Which means that your membership in our Wine Club must be renewed for 2020 to continue your club benefits of $5 tastings instead of $10 for nonmembers, and no sales tax (save 8.7%!) on purchases. Yes, yes, we must be Crazy to offer this Benefit Package for a measly $50 for the entire year, but there it is, time to sign up for another year to enjoy our great community AND great savings!

 

Mar a Lago Update: Heaven and Hell

The Samurai approaches the Master in the town square, and asks if he can be his student. The Master asks what he would like to learn. The Samurai says he would like to learn about Heaven and Hell. Oh, the Master says, I could never teach something so Profound to an Idiot like you! As the Samurai starts to draw his sword, the Master says “Welcome to Hell!” As the Samurai releases his sword the Master says. “Welcome to Heaven!”

The story draws on the once common belief that there is a universal morality, that the differences between Right and Wrong are understood and respected by everyone, and that we all share the same Moral Compass. But these days our society is so divided in values that we no longer agree on what is Good and what is Evil, what is Virtuous and what is Corrupt, and where is the line between Principle and Expediency.

These lofty questions have been smoldering in our body politic for several decades, until they are now, like the Climate Crisis, bursting into flames across our country and the World. The Tweetster and the current Republican Party are America’s local manifestations of this global Moral Malignancy.

We oldsters remember the last Impeachment a mere twenty years ago, and yes, it was a completely Partisan Affair. The Right spent some Six Years investigating President Clinton on a series of phony charges including the Vince Foster’s suicide, Hillary Clinton’s health care plan, the Whitewater Investigation,  the Paula Jones lawsuit, and of course the Monica Lewinsky case. After years of investigations which began almost as soon as Clinton took office, he was ultimately impeached for lying in the Jones suit about his relationship with Lewinsky. He was acquitted in the Senate. We remember it as a “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” to remove Clinton from office. When asked why they hated him so much, Clinton observed with a shrug, “Because we beat them…it’s just politics.”

So it is not without some perspective that we see supporters of the Tweetster having the same feelings of Unfair Persecution of Their (not “Our”) President. The difference, of course, is that the Muller Investigation found numerous instances of impeachable offenses, all shouted down by Republicans and thwarted completely by corrupt Republican Attorney General Barr. The shouting continued through the House impeachment hearings on the Ukraine bribery conspiracy, in which not a single Republican could speak with civility. As if feigned Outrage were a valid defense against the Truth. Is it…??

Well, this week began the Impeachment “Trial” of the Tweetster in the heavily Republican Senate, which has been boasting for weeks that it has no intention whatsoever of taking the matter seriously. At the same time, the Administration has stonewalled all House subpoenas for witnesses and documents, and Very Partisan Attorney General Barr (who makes Tweetster Loyalist Jeff Sessions look Fair-minded) plays his “Golly, gee, I don’t think so, nothing to see here” card while preventing DOJ from doing its job to protect the National interest.

All this is happening against a backdrop of Imminent Climate Disaster which these same Republicans are making worse by the minute, and disintegrating relationships with our international Allies and adversaries alike. However it turns out, this Impeachment is a Vital Beachhead in the Quest to Save Life on Earth. For whatever reason, Republicans have all signed up to thwart every attempt to save our Planet, but as we see clearly in Australian forest fires, African droughts, Midwest floods, and millions of endangered species, very soon even They will awaken to the new reality of man-made smoke, fire, flood, and species extinction.

As the old saying goes, “Awake, awake, be mindful in practice; Time flies like an Arrow– it will not wait for you!”

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date : 15,433 as of 12/10/19

 

This week’s tasting

Ryan Patrick Rock Island Chardonnay ’17 Washington $15
Subdued aromas of yellow apple, vanilla and spice lead to medium-bodied custard flavors.

Terrapura Reserve Carmenere ’18 Chile $11
Intense and expressive aromas of strawberries, blueberries, and a bit of black pepper. The palate is smooth with sweet tannins and a long, pleasing finish accompanied by an elegant touch of oak.

Toso Reserve Malbec ’17 Argentina $20
Round and inviting, this wine is slightly firm around the edges with plenty of fruit and consistent tannins..

Terreta Roble Red ’17 Spain $11
Structured and fruity, with mature tannins that provide a velvety mouthfeel and a long finish that fills the palate with spice, mineral, and balsamic hints.

Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel ’15 California $50
Blackberry, black plum and other brambly fruit characteristic of Alexander Valley. “Graham crust” undertones typical of the Home Ranch terroir. Subtle hints of oak, briary acidity and a finish of ripe peach.

 

 

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting jan 10 ’20

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Friday Breads This Week

Kamut Levain – Kamut, also known as khorasan wheat, is an ancient grain that has more protein than conventional wheat, and which some people find to be more digestible than wheat. The bread is made with a levain preferment mixed with with bread flour and fresh milled whole kamut flour. It has a nutty, rich flavor and makes a golden color loaf.  – $5/loaf

Barley & Rye w/ Pumpkin Seeds – Also made with a levain preferment mixed with bread flour and fresh milled rye, barley and whole wheat flours. Some buttermilk makes for a tender crumb, honey for sweetness and toasted pumpkin seeds add to the flavor and texture. A really flavorful artisan loaf! – $5/loaf

and this week’s pastry…

Fruit & Spice Rolls – Almost half whole wheat but still plenty of butter, sugar and egg for flavor and a tender crumb. Dried cranberries, golden raisins, fresh orange peel and orange juice, plus anise, cinnamon, mace and cardamon add savory nuance. Topped with demerara sugar before baking for a special bit of sweetness and crunch and an interesting and flavorful bun to have with your morning coffee or tea. – 2/$5

(breads must be pre-ordered by Wednesday for pickup here at the wine shop at our Friday wine tasting, 4-6pm. Planning a visit to the Island? Email us to get on the mailing list!)

 

Wine Club

Okay, mis amigas and amigos, we are now entering our SIXTEENTH YEAR of our community wine adventure with all of you! While our little business has never been much of a “business,” we find our success is best measured not in financial terms but in the friends we have made with you over all these years and the friends that have been made among you through our little wine shop. Over the years many dear friends have come and gone, but the community has remained intact. Every weekend brings old friends and new friends, good conversation, and an enduring warmth. We are deeply grateful for your participation in whatever it is that we have created here, and thank you all for being part of it.

Which reminds us, it is again the start of another Calendar Year. Which means that your membership in our Wine Club must be renewed for 2020 to continue your club benefits of $5 tastings instead of $10 for nonmembers, and no sales tax (save 8.7%!) on purchases. Yes, yes, we must be Crazy to offer this Benefit Package for a measly $50 for the entire year, but there it is, time to sign up for another year to enjoy our great community AND great savings!

 

 

Mar a Lago Update: Our Kampf

The past week has felt like yet another Reichstag Moment in our Long Ordeal with the Tweetster’s Madness. The Reichstag was the German Parliament building, set on fire in 1933 just one month after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. The fire was set by the Nazis and blamed on the Communists, and set the stage for the Nazis to declare an emergency, deny civil rights, and take dictatorial control of Germany. It has become symbolic of any misleading “false flag” political operations designed to gain power for one group while directing blame toward another.

To paraphase Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf :

‘Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people and fix its intellectual level toward the least intellectual and awaken their imaginations through their feelings by finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest their attention and appeal. They are not diplomats or professors nor persons able to form reasoned judgment. Rather, they are but a vacillating crowd of children constantly wavering between one idea and another. Their character, thought, and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than reasoning, and neither their intellect nor their sentiment is  differentiated enough to understand more than a childlike binary view of love and hate, right and wrong, truth and lie.[5]

This week saw a number of news threads which reinforce our understanding the Hitler’s point:

One could make up any number of stories to connect these facts. Maybe the Neocons never went away, but, like locusts, have been lying dormant in the soil for seventeen years and just awakened to continue pursuit of controlling Middle East Oil…? Or, maybe there is a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy of Bullet-Headed White Protestant Evangelical Hedge Fund Managers to take over all the remaining Middle East Oil and use it to usher in the Second Coming and the End of the World. Or maybe it’s just, you know, even if it destroys All Life on Earth Forever and Ever, “Just Politics.”

This week’s assessment of the Human Race: Definitely a Danger to Self and Others. Scary stuff.

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date :   15,433 as of 12/10/19

 

 

 

 

This week’s tasting

Weingut  Gruner Veltliner      Austria    $16
Notes of ripe Bosch pears surround the palate on this fruit-driven, slurpingly good Gruner.

Montes Cabernet Sauvignon ’15   Chile   $11
Earthy aromas that include rubber and gamey berry fruits lead to a wide palate. Warm, candied plum and cassis flavors are chocolaty and finish with a swipe of oak and tobacco.

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel  ’17     California       $15
Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, cured beef and a whiff of dried herbs create good complexity and solid structure with good acidity and firm tannins that pair well with rich dishes.

La Quercia Aglianico  ‘17    Italy   $13
The new vintage of one of our favorite italian reds; full bodied with notes of ripe plum and white pepper on smooth, fine-grained tannins. A lovely match with a wide range of savory dishes.

Iron and Sand Cabernet Sauvignon ’17    California    $24
Nose of black fruit, violet, stone, loam and a hint of herbs lead to dry palate of black cherry, purple flowers and soil, with a hint of black olive.

 

 

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting january ’20 update

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January 2020 Schedule

As in years past we will be closed this weekend for Annual Inventory. Our intention is to be open for regular and Saturday wine tastings for the remaining four weekends this month. February and March schedules are somewhat up in the air at the moment, stay tuned.

Our best guess is that Janice will be taking Friday bread orders for those weekends as well, and will update her plan in her bread order email this Sunday…!

 

 

 

New Year’s Party Highlights

Every one of the Fifteen New Year’s events we have hosted has had its own Unique Vibe, some Measure of the Times. This year brought a larger crowd than recent years, and for whatever reason Spirit and Mood ran high. Is that Optimism we are feeling? If so, Whatever For?

Also, folks brought Amazing Food to share (sorry, no pix this year), so much so that few were able to sample everything! Best tasting dish went to Mary Beth with a lovely plate of Baked Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon (yum!), and it was Awesome!

Best looking dish was also Delicious as well as nice to look at and Simple in concept and delightful to eat: Michelle’s Chocolate drizzled Macaroons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing all of you and our Entire Planet a New Year of Kindness, Joy, Wisdom, and Healing.

Let it be.

 

Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting dec 27 ’19

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Friday Breads This Week

Cinnamon Raisin – Made with a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat as well as rolled oats. Some honey for sweetness, a little milk for a tender crumb and loaded with raisins and a healthy dose of cinnamon. This is not a rich sweet bread with a swirl of cinnamon sugar, instead the cinnamon is mixed into the dough and flavors the entire bread. It is a hearty rustic loaf. Great for breakfast toast, even better for french toast – $5/loaf

Pain Normand – a bread that brings in the flavor of french Normandy region which is known for its apples. Made with some fresh milled whole wheat and rye flours as well as bread flour then mixed with apple cider as well as dried apples. A delicious artisan bread – $5/loaf.

and pastry this week…

Brioche au Chocolate – A rich brioche dough made with plenty of butter, eggs and sugar, rolled out and spread with pastry cream before sprinkling with dark chocolate. The dough is folded over all that delicious filling and cut into individual pieces. 2/$5

(breads must be pre-ordered by Wednesday for pickup here at the wine shop at our Friday wine tasting, 4-6pm. Planning a visit to the Island? Email us to get on the mailing list!)

 

New Year’s Weekend Hours

We will be open our regular Friday-Saturday hours this weekend (Dec 27-28.

We also invite our members and subscribers to join us at the shop for our Fifteenth Annual “East Coast New Year’s Eve Party” from 7-9pm on Tuesday, December 31!

As usual, We provide the wine, and You bring delicious finger food to share.* When the ball drops in Times Square three hours East, we break out the Bubbly, toast our Great Good Fortune to live in this wonderful community, belt out Auld Lang Syne, and offer our Best Hopes that Aught-Twenty unfolds well for All Beings!

This event is our annual opportunity to thank all of you for your support during past year, and toast to even more good times in Aught-Twenty!

*…Arrrr, so don’t ferget, lads and lassies, it now be time to start plannin’ yer Finger Foods to share for our Annual Best Snack Awards! This year everyone will get a ballot to vote for The Best Tastin’ Dish, (which wins a $25 gift certificate!), and Best Lookin’ Dish (which wins a $15 gift certificate!) So make ’em Tasty an’ make ’em Purty, me hearties!

 

Mar a Lago Update: The Biden Argument

The threat of this or that kind of Existential Armegeddon bearing down on Everything we Hold Dear is a familiar theme of science fiction. Whether Monster, Plague, Madman, Space Invasion, Diabolical Conspiracy, Errant Asteroid or any other of the Ten Thousand Human Fears, we are mesmerized by the never-ending War between Good and Evil.

Until quite recently, “our side”–Americans– has always been the Good Guys, dedicated to the Principles set forth in our Constitution, always on the side of Right, and “they” are the ones with No Honor. THEY are the ones who strap Nell to the Railroad Tracks, and WE are the saintly Mounties who rescue her. This has been the backdrop for those of us who grew up in the peaceful respite of the Fifties after the horrors of WWII.  Life was Good and we were all Blessed to be Americans. We had confidence that both Parties were committed to their Oaths to Preserve and Defend the Constitution, and adherence to those oaths is what made America Great.

Today our Nation is entering a Presidential Election year of enormous consequence while locked in a stark Partisan Divide about the continuing relevance of the carefully crafted guiding Principles of the Constitution adopted some 240 years ago. The Democratic House has impeached a Republican President, who will be tried in a Republican Senate controlled by a man who has consistently placed Party interests above National interests.

Against this backdrop a dozen Democratic candidates vie for their party’s nomination for President. All are intelligent, well-spoken people of character and conviction. All are somewhat to the Left on the political spectrum, facing a Republican Party currently on the Extreme Right. In ordinary times the task facing the Democratic voter is to choose the candidate most people think will best represent Their Values. But these are not Ordinary Times, and the nomination process is contaminated by widespread second-guessing– every Democrat must decide not only which candidate they prefer, but also consider which candidate most of the Other Democrats will prefer.

Recent polling shows this tension in a number of ways. Most significantly, a plurality of likely voters prefers the more left-leaning candidates Sanders and Warren. But the same people also reveal that they think Biden would be the most likely to beat the viscerally unpopular incumbent. So every Democratic voter must consider whether to go with their most-preferred candidate or to vote for Biden, who would be okay but is not their first choice.

On the one hand, it could work if every Democrat who is motivated to vote for someone else actually votes for Biden (the “Anyone But Trump” Coalition), and also, as some speculate, Biden is most likely to draw crossover Republicans. On the other hand, the Enthusiasm of the moment is with the Progressive Wing of the party, and we risk losing some of that energy by going with Biden. Click below to look over these very interesting poll results.

 poll data

 

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date 13,445 as of 10/10/19

 

This week’s tasting

Bernier Chardonnay ’18     France     $12
Lemon, herbs and lees on the nose. Full-on minerality, with a touch of lemon curd. Crisp, elegant, steely, and citrusy personality; classic Old World style.

Bodegas Ayuso Estola Reserva ’15    Spain   $10
Tempranillo/cab sauv blend; Warm aromas of spices and ripe fruit; wide and round palate, easy drinking, great buy!

Particular Garnacha ’13    Spain    $14
Old vines garnacha from stony soil and the extreme climatological conditions that yield smaller, more concentrated, intense and aromatic grapes. It is a powerful, tasty and complex wine that will surprise and please.

Cana’s Feast Bricco Red ’18        Washington   $16
Ripe raspberry, boysenberry and cocoa on the nose. Full flavors of cherry, brown sugar, and coffee serve as a base for more subtle mineral and iron nuances. Generous acidity and tannic structure support a long, round finish.

Seghesio Angela’s Garden Zinfandel ’17 California     $19
Aromas of wild blueberry, briary raspberry patch and baking spice give way to a palate of juicy, ripe blackberry and black plum. Soft tannins, a rich mouthfeel and focused acidity lead to a long finish.

 

 

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