lummi island wine tasting sept 13 ’14


dscn0954Labor Day Studio Tour is usually our busiest weekend of the year. Beginning Friday night and then all day Saturday and Sunday, it’s almost like running a real business! OMD! This intensity is then immediately  followed by the Island-wide madness of getting ready for annual Drydock, with the locals running to town to get pantries stocked up and cars situated on the mainland (good luck finding a place to park!), and part-time residents escaping to Wherever till the ferry comes back. It makes for hours-long waits to get a car off the island. Crazy!

So it was a nourishing delight to take last weekend off from the wine shop and sail out to the islands for a few days. The weather was great, winds were light, and skies were clear. Very relaxing, very beautiful, very soothing. Ahhhh.



Photo puzzler

Took a few photos while walking on Sucia Island. Click on photos to enlarge, and see if you see what we saw…!

dscn0957 (Modified (2)) the Old King asleep on his throne, helmet cradled in left arm







dscn0941 Charlie Coyote thinly disguised as a stump







madrona_lumps Can you find the tiny frog trapped inside this beautiful Madrona?







Baer Truth

We were introduced to this startup Woodinville winery about ten years ago. A friend had invited us to their release party, in a big tent, on a somewhat snowy day in February. It was the second vintage of easygoing and talented young winemaker Lance Baer, and we definitely bought some for the shop. Tragically, Lance suffered liver failure only a few years later, leaving the winery to his sister Lisa. Read more about Lance

In recent years the winery has earned international recognition with stunning reviews from the global wine press. So it is our pleasure to offer the Baer 2010 Ursa in our tasting this weekend. I will confess that I opened a bottle a few days ago, you know, just to make sure it was okay, and all you need to know is that it is a lot better than “okay”…!

After all, it’s Drydock, it’s quiet on the Island, nothing much to do— a perfect time to drop by and savor some great wines and easy conversation…!


This weekend’s tasting

Borsao Rosado ’13             Spain           $9
Delicate strawberry and cranberry fruit, a touch of minerality, medium body and a fresh, dry style.

For a Song Chardonnay  ’12    Washington   $9
Six months on the lees yield lively floral, lemon, and pear aromas and flavors of fresh pears and tart apples.

Cepas de Zorro ’10    Spain   $10
100% Monastrell from chalk and clay soils; a powerfully authentic wine with aromas of plum preserves, Partagás cigar ash, soy, and sage blossom; a fantastic match for Manchego cheese, Marcona Almonds, and olives.

Vinosia Aglianico ’10       Italy        $12
Deep garnet-purple color. Raisin, blueberry and underbrush aromas. Some dried rose petals and spice. Crisp acidity and a medium+ body. Medium+ level of velvety tannins. Long finish.

Baer Ursa ’10    Washington      $38
(42% merlot, 41% cab franc, 10% malbec and 7% cab sauv):  Roasted raspberry, strawberry, truffle, and woodsmoke on the nose, accented by pepper and herbs; tactile and penetrating in the mouth, with good juicy clarity to the flavors of red berries, tobacco leaf and smoky roast coffee.

Wine Tasting

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