Merry Christmas 2010!
Short post today to wish you all a warm and cozy holiday season and to remind you that:
We will NOT be open Saturday…it’s Christmas!
HOWEVER, we WILL be around Christmas Eve Day for your LAST MINUTE WINE AND GIFT EMERGENCIES! if you need that special bottle of wine, a great decanter, awesome Boomerang corkscrews with our Artisan logo, prize-winning ITALIAN OLIVE OIL from a small Tuscan winery (Perrazzeta), rounds of aged Pleasant Valley Cheese, and an array of Theo’s chocolate bars! Just give us a call at 758-2959.
Don’t forget the Fifth Annual East Coast New Year’s Eve Gala Extravaganza from 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve! We provide the wine, you bring something delicious to share, and when the ball drops in Times Square we hoist our glasses and toast the Year of the Rabbit. You young folks can move on to your next party, and we old timers can get to bed at a decent hour! It’s our chance to thank you for your support this past year, and to look ahead to more fun in aught-eleven. Mark your calendars and start planning your finger food. RSVP if you are coming! (758-2959).
Wishing you warm and cozy!
Wine Tasting December 18 ’10
Announcement #1:This will be our last Saturday opening of 2010!
LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS! Think of us for that special bottle of wine, terrific buys on decanters, awesome Boomerang corkscrews with our awesome Artisan logo, prize-winning ITALIAN OLIVE OIL from a small Tuscan winery, rounds of aged Pleasant Valley Cheese, and an array of Theo’s chocolate bars!
Announcement #2: Pick up pre-ordered Holiday truffles! (A few extras still available but hurry, they won’t last long!)
Announcement #3: For our loyal followers we announce the Fifth Annual East Coast New Year’s Eve Gala Extravaganza from 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve! We provide the wine, you bring something delicious to share, and when the ball drops in Times Square we hoist our glasses and toast the Year of the Rabbit. You young folks can move on to your next party, and we old timers can get to bed at a decent hour! It’s our chance to thank you for your support this past year, and to look ahead to more fun in aught-eleven. Mark your calendars and start planning your finger food. RSVP if you are coming! (758-2959)
Last week’s hits were the Rex Hill Oregon pinot gris and the Pomum Shya, both delicious and showing really well. I opened a bunch of bottles of the Faury syrah, and there is definitely something wrong with the wine, a bit sour and sulfury, quite undrinkable.
Among our guests last weekend were this lovely foursome celebrating a birthday. Besides being old friends, their names all end in “a”…Angela, Tamara, Carla, and Laura, though not sure I have the order right. Although it was too late to save this picture, they showed me how to turn off the doggone flash on the camera! Yay!
This week’s wines reflect our choices for the Season:
Foss Marai prosecco Italy $14
Italian bubbly with bouquet of floral aromas with a predominance of wisteria; supremely soft and round on the palate.
Domaine Laurens Cremant de Limoux (France) $14
This ancient cousin to champagne is from a little area in the SW corner of France near the Spanish border, with creamy mousse texture, and notes of baked apple, prune, yeast, and minerality.
Dynasty Cellars Meritage ‘06 Washington $21
“Beautifully textured with layers of cherry and dark fruits, it also displays plenty of oak and a trace of chocolate on the finish. This is a big, well structured wine that will pair nicely with a beef entrée now and it promises to get even better with additional cellaring.”
Mount Baker Vineyards 2002 Late Harvest Pinot Gris ’02 Washington $20
A beautiful light golden dessert wine, plush and silky texture, with slightly tropical aromas and notes of peaches, candied Australian apricots, pinneapple, and mango.
Wine Tasting December 11 ’10
Lots of ANNOUNCEMENTS this week, so read carefully!
First, a glance at the calendar tells us that both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Saturdays this year. Since we are only open on Saturdays, that means a really short month for your favorite wine shop, basically this weekend and next weekend. So….
Announcement #1: We’re open only two more weekends before Christmas and we have some great gifts that will make it easy for you to whittle down that shopping list without leaving the Island. In addition to the always appropriate special bottle of wine, we have some handsome DECANTERS and great little corkscrews. And for the foodies, we have bottles of prize-winning ITALIAN OLIVE OIL from a Tuscan winery…spicy and bright. freshly pressed and age-dated, perfect for finishing a savory holiday dish. And of course 2# rounds of Pleasant Valley Cheese are always welcome gifts. And Truffles! See Announcement #2!
Announcement #2: There WILL BE Holiday truffles for Christmas! You can order them until Monday, December 13 by calling Pat (758-2959), or Janice (758-2559 and they’ll be ready for pickup next Saturday, December 18, at the wine shop. Boxes of 4 different truffles, beribboned, make tasty, attractive house gifts or stocking stuffers at $5… and you can order them in bulk if you’re hosting a crowd at $1 each.
Announcement #3: For our loyal followers we announce the Fifth Annual East Coast New Year’s Eve Gala Extravaganza from 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve! We provide the wine, you bring something delicious to share, and when the ball drops in Times Square we hoist our glasses and toast the Year of the Rabbit. You young folks can move on to your next party, and we old timers can get to bed at a decent hour! It’s our chance to thank you for your support this past year, and to look ahead to more fun in aught-eleven. Mark your calendars and start planning your finger food!
Announcement #4:New Year’s Eve will also be sort of Rich’s “retirement party” from WWU (the Day Job that has kept this place going the last five years) and therefore a bit of a milestone, eh?
So how does this happen? For years and years and years “retirement” is something you plot about and dream about (lemme see, if I make this much for another four hundred years, maybe someday…) and it is always way, way far away, and then, seriously, ALL OF A SUDDEN here it is you’re a bloomin’ geezer and they’re moving your boxcar over to that rusty, overgrown siding in the middle of bloomin’ nowhere! It’s times like this when your wine cellar, like your pantry, can become a great comfort…ahhhh.
Last week was a quiet blur, about a dozen guests…Sorry, forgot to take pictures!
Since the holidays are upon us, and since we will only be open two more weekends this year, we would like to put in a plug for some of the Good Stuff we keep in the Bunker. It’s been a tough couple of years for all of us economically, and here on Lummi Island, we have been squeezed about dry over the ferry, and every once in a while you just have to say well this is really depressing, so wtf, let’s open a Really Great bottle of wine and celebrate, because if not now, When? And if not we, Who?
In case you didn’t know it, Washington has two of the best wineries in the World, Quilceda Creek and Betz, and we have essentially every wine either of them has made in the last five years. These wines have been sold out for years every place else, but here they are for you right here on little Lummi Island!
QC’s signature cabernet is unique in all the world in having garnered perfect 100 point ratings from Robert Parker four of the past six years, and almost perfect 99′s the other two. It also makes two other cabs, an occasional merlot, and a red blend, all exquisite and all here for you. Why not treat yourself or that special wine lover?
Betz is a small winery in Woodinville little known outside Washington, which has also consistently scored high ratings in the wine press for both their Biordeaux blends (cab) and their Rhone blends (syrah/grenache).
This week’s wines:
Rex Hill pinot gris ’09 Oregon $14 WS89pts
Light, polished and appealing for its spearmint-accented pear and apple flavors; lingers enticingly on the delicate finish.
Villa des Anges Cab Sauv 09 France $10
A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.
Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes ’08 France $18
Herbs, spice, white pepper, and dark cherries predominate initially;opens up from red raspberry to pomegranate.
Pomum Shya 06 Washington $33
Bright and racy cherry, raspberry and cola aromas wrapped in an intensively perfumed nose of exotic spices and aromatic herbs. The full body mouth feel shows great acidity, tremendous structure and endless fruit
Wine Tasting December 4 ’10
Last weekend? Pretty festive! We had some surprising wines, lots of visitors out after the snowbound Thanksgiving Holiday. Just picked up the Black Oak chardonnay, an incredible bargain at $7, and it was a big hit with the crowd. An even bigger crowd pleaser was the Hahn pinot noir, which we sold out. As pinots go, for this price ($11) it is really spectacular! Got another case this week, so come in and load up!
Daniel (he in the gray) and Magdelena (she in the red) are getting close to embarking to Ecuador for six months (around New Year’s). It is hard to imagine a place at the Equator at 8000 feet; comfortable temperature, but I bet it’s easy to get burned. Supposedly there will be a blog, and we will link to it so all can follow their adventures and decide if, you know, we should go visit before they leave!
This week’s wines:
Chateau L’Ermitage 09 France $9
Light gold in color with aromas of peach, flowers, and honey; the Grenache provides the richness and the Roussanne the balancing acidity.”
Black Oak Pinot Noir ’09 Italy $7
Pleasant, red-fruited red with a soft and smooth palate. Same negociant as last week’s chardonnay, but a pinot from Italy? I have no idea…come check it out!
Mt. Baker Sangiovese 05 Washington $15
Rich aromas and flavors of ripe plum, truffle, and moist earth.
Donedei Merlot ’04 Washington $26
As is typical of many Merlots hailing from Red Mountain, this Merlot may fool you with its assertive Cabernet character. Not for the faint of heart, this wine is voluptuous and powerful while retaining smooth tannins and a finish that seems to go on and on. (I LOVE this winery!)