Lummi Island Wine Tasting July 2 ’11

New Additional Hours. As usual, it is Thursday evening as I write this. What is different is that tonight was our first evening opening. Ryan is the primary host for these trial openings Thursday and Friday evenings from 4-7. So tonight our first guests were a pair of (I’m not making this up!) private detectives from the City (female), here for–you guessed it, dinner at the Willows–(they are calling it a “business retreat”…!)

We had been on the fence about whether we should have some kind of wine tasting on these evening openings, and our Private I’s convinced us straightaway that yes, we should. So the plan for the summer is to offer a tasting of two wines (generous pours) and a little bite of something for $5. Our goal is to be a little oasis on the way home for the weekend; stop by, sip a little wine, check in with the Gang, and pick up wine for the evening meal or even the weekend. Other plans include poetry or play readings, salon discussions of who knows what…your suggestions are welcome, so please post any ideas as comments.

Just note for now that we are now open Thursday and Friday evenings til 7!

Tip Jar? Last weekend was our lightest traffic for about two years, (including the Dark of Winter in December and January), about 8 guests all day. Among those were a charming young couple on bicycles (see photo) who insisted on leaving us our first actual “tip”!!! We did our best to discourage them, but they insisted, and we reluctantly but graciously accepted–and liked it! Now of course, we are working on the tacky problem of how to label–in order to distinguish clearly– a hypothetical new ‘tip jar’ from the customary “spit bucket…” Stay tuned…this is an exciting development that deserves further study…!

Our generous benefactors

My Hit Wine from last week’s tasting was the Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Toscana. Beautifully packaged in 1.5 liter magnums within a nicely turned out wood box, this easy drinking super-tuscan (blend of sangiovese, cab, and syrah) is a perfectly delicious and inexpensive gift.

Next Wine Class: We are taking the Fourth off from the biweekly tasting with Ryan. The last tasting in this series will be next Sunday, July 10, and will pair wines with art and music. Ryan told me tonight what wines we will need and what the art and music will be, and it makes me smile! If you think about it, it is an essential feature of Any and Every Place that it somehow breeds a culture, a cuisine, a language, and a sense of place. So while on one hand it seems esoteric to think about pairing wine with the arts, on the other it is completely logical as well as completely appropriate if we are really to understand the relationships between people and place. Still a few slots open, be sure to call to reserve a spot.

This Week’s wines:

Legoe Bay Reefnet White Washington $10
From our friends down on the Bay, another refreshing blend with the smooth texture of viognier and crisp citrus notes of chardonnay…perfect for afternoon on the deck!

Torii Mor pinot noir ’08 Oregon $20 WS 90 pts
Medium ruby-colored, it exhibits an expressive nose of rose petal, spice box, cherry, and raspberry. Easygoing on the palate while deftly concealing some ripe tannin, this outstanding value will provide pleasure over the next 6-8 years.

Poderi Elia Barbera d’Asti ’08 Italy $14
Balanced, soft, and rich, with freshly pressed cranberries on the nose, and lush palate of bright pomegranate, bright acidity, and soft tannins that beg for pairing with a savory meal.

Bocelli Poggioncino ‘07 Italy $18
Big, soft, full-bodied sangiovese from Chianti region of Tuscany…entirely satisfying and highly recommended.

Wine Tasting

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