Lummi Island Wine Tasting June 25 ’11

Well, here it is, the Summer Solstice. I have never figured out if the Solstice (longest day of the year) is the same think as “Midsummer NIght’s Eve,” since mid-summer would be, technically speaking, halfway between summer solstice and fall equinox, the summer version of Groundhog Day, which is, as we all know, halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This diagram explains it all in simple terms. (All you need to know is that a good diagram is worth thousands of words, and a poor diagram is worth…well……..hmm)

THE BIG NEWS is our NEW SUMMER HOURS: Beginning June 30 we will be open THURSDAY AND FRIDAY EVENINGS FROM 4:30 -7:00 PM!!! (As well as the traditional Saturdays from 2-6pm). We are not entirely sure what this is going to look like, but down-the-road possibilities include munchies, an abbreviated tasting –maybe one red and one white?– and a chance to avoid the weekend rush and pick up a few bottles for the weekend. It might even morph into a Friday night “salon”…where Anyone might show up, and we could find ourselves talking about…Anything!…more about that next week! For now, pencil in the possibility of a Thursday or Friday night visit!

possible Salon topic: “And you think MY outfit is Weird??…!!!

The two big wine hits last weekend, imho, were the Perazzeta rose and the Piaggia Carmignano Riserva, which I got on a closeout. The wine was so good, we sold out quickly, but–good news–I found another case which we should get in before the Fourth! This is one of those wines I am tempted to move directly to the private cellar: a lovely wine at a bargain price!

Wine Tasting Classes with Ryan Wildstar
The last class in this series is July 10 and will will pair wines with art, music, and poetry. I have NO idea what that is going to look like, but I am Totally looking forward to it! Call now to reserve a spot! The first three classes have been fun, informative, and delicious, with interesting and delicious wines and food pairings.

This week’s wines:

Gordon Brothers Chardonnay ’08    Washington      $10
A mix of new and used French oak. The nose offers up a hint of toast, baking spices, apple, poached pear, and white peach. Vibrant on the palate, it has plenty of savory fruit and a lengthy finish.

La Coterie Beaumes de Venise ’08 France $15
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre. Like a fruitcake, with aromas of ripe red fruit and blueberry jam; hints of kirsch, raspberry, licorice and earth on the palate; a spicy, bold and powerful wine to enjoy with lamb, venison, wild boar or even your mother in law.

Massimo Malbec 08 Argentina $10
Big and succulent, with engaging notes of blueberry pie and rich plums that into the spicy, cedary, and floral finish.

Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Toscana ’08 Italy $38
Magnum in individual wood box, beautiful package. Super-Tuscan blend of sangioves, cab, and merlot, with notes of black currant and cherry, followed by spicy chocolate. Rich and spicy on the palate, the red fruit comes on strong in the middle, with chocolate rounding out the finish.

Wine Tasting

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