A few weeks ago we mentioned we had recently been in touch with an old acquaintance, Virginie Bourgue, the winemaker/owner of Lullaby winery in Walla Walla, and we poured one of her wines that weekend. We first met her a few years ago when when she was the winemaker for Bergevin Lane Winery in Walla Walla, where she helped establish their reputation for quality wines. Now she has her own winery, and the Good News is that she will be visiting and pouring several of her wines at our shop this Saturday from 2-5. Don’t Miss It! See below for wines and winemaker notes.
Lummi Island Jazz Festival and Island Library Upgrade
Virginie’s visit to Lummi coincides with the the kickoff of the Island Library’s fundraising campaign to support the expansion/remodel of our Library. Curiously there are still a lot of folks who don’t realize that even though our library is part of our excellent Whatcom County Library System (in which our dear friend Polly Hanson played such a major role years back), the building itself is owned by all of us through our own Friends of the Island Library. It is truly a community asset, and because of that maintenance of the buildings is our collective responsibility.
The Jazz Festival marks the beginning of the fundraising efforts to pay for the library upgrades to better serve our community. We hope you will support these efforts by attending the Jazz Festival and by donating generously during the coming year.
Hopefully there is no conflict between attending the Jazz Festival and dropping by the wine shop to taste these great wines. Your hand will be stamped at the Festival, so you can easily come and go. It’s a pleasant 15-minute walk from the Festival to our place; hope you can make it!
Ongoing Case Sale continues!
There is this well-known picture we have all seen of a man (obviously French) riding a bicycle along a tree-lined country road, with a small boy behind him and a lovely baguette tied on cross-wise behind the seat. It captures, as the French say, a certain je ne sais quoi about what is really important in life.
As it turns out, we encountered many roads like this one during our time in France last October. We found ourselves on many beautiful sections of rural highway lined with big old plane trees that seem to embrace everything in sight: you, the road, the vineyards or fields on either side, the sky—something about these trees is warmly welcoming.
Well, we don’t have plane trees lining the road on Lummi Island, and as yet there is no bakery where you can get a fresh baguette in the morning (although you can usually find something tasty at the Islander, and at the new incarnation of the Beach Store, and Janice keeps threatening to open a bakery sometime soon, so yes, we got bread!), and we still rely more on motors than pedal power for most of our transportation.
Still, there is something of the same feeling to this little scene of our friend Megan loading a case of wine into the little trailer she had made to tow behind her scooter. And by the way, some of that wine will help Megan and Chris celebrate 25 years together…hoist yer glasses, mates, it’s cause fer Celebration!
And don’t forget: we are losing money hand over fist on this deal, but we just can’t stop, so the Madness continues: any twelve bottles from our $11 and under rack for just $99! Bring your scooter, bring your bike, bring your car, or take a hike, but hurry, cuz we can’t keep this deal going much longer!!!
This week’s wines from Lullaby Winery in Walla Walla
2011 Lullaby Rosé $22
This single vineyard rosé is 100% Grenache from Alder Ridge Vineyard. It is dry, fruity, delicate and elegant. Lullaby Rosé has floral and fruity aromas of cherry, red currant, raspberry and citrus. Crafted in the true spirit of Provençal Rosé. Only 183 cases produced.
‘Blanc de Virginie’ ’11 $22
Clean and crisp, combining grapefruit, lime, lemongrass, pineapple, star fruit and passion fruit, with mouth-watering acidity, a perfect match for shellfish or a simple mixed green salad.
Viognier ’10 $32
Opens up on aromas of dried apricot, pear, hints of fresh hazelnut and vanilla followed by candied orange peel, gooseberry and marshmallow. Its silky texture and vibrant acidity will make this Viognier the perfect companion with food like scallops, prawns, pasta a la carbonara or roasted chicken.
Lalayee cab-merlot blend ’08 $45
Blended from two vineyards,this Cab-Merlot blend, called “Lalayee”, has a fragrant nose of blackberry, leather, cedar and tar. The mouth showcases blackberry and black cherry aromas over earthy notes of leather, sandalwood and pencil lead.