lummi island wine tasting november 15 ’15

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Friday Breads (email us to get on the preorder mailing list! )

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Breton – Made with bread, buckwheat, and fresh milled rye flours and sel gris – french gray sea salt – it has all the flavors of the brittany region this is a great bread for meat, cheese or a nice fruit chutney – $5/loaf.

Cinnamon Raisin Made with bread flour, fresh milled whole wheat, and oatmeal. Milk, honey and cinnamon soften the crumb, adding a bit of sweetness and great flavor, with the cinnamon and raisins mixed right into the loaf. Makes great toast- $5/loaf.

Sweet Rolls – These delicious rolls are made with a rich, egg filled sweet dough that is rolled out, spread with pastry cream and topped with cinnamon sugar. Then rolled up and cut and baked into individual sweet rolls. – 2/$5,

 

Review review 

Over the last few years we locals have become accustomed to the constant stream of rave reviews of the Lummi Island’s Now World Famous Willows Inn, beginning with that iconic NY Times piece a couple of years ago about “10 Restaurants in the World Worth a Plane Ride.” Most of us have even read a few of them, but, Really, there are So Many who could possibly keep up?

So it was a point of curiosity a few days ago when a friend suggested he had just read what he considered the Best Review of the Willows so far, and, having read it, I have to agree! This is a piece by self-defined food lover (please, NOT “foodie”!) Susy Bando. It is not at all clear where she lives or how she came to this vocation of chronicling her visits to the world’s Most Trendy restaurants. All you need to know is that, Unencumbered by any need whatsoever to be Brief, through her chatty prose and suberb photos she provides the absolute Next Best Thing to actually visiting these amazing restaurants. You can find her entry on the Willows here. Happy reading!

Studio Tour Weekend

meredith 2This year’s November Studio Tour is something of a landmark for us, as it is the first year ever that we have not officially participated. For one thing, we are still showing Meredith Moench’s terrific watercolors that we put up for the Labor Day Tour. But, more important, it feels increasingly Grueling to be open all day both Saturday and Sunday to comply with the Studio Tour protocols.

Therefore, we WILL be open our regular hours (Fri 4-7, Sat 2-6) rather than the more demanding tour hours (Sat-Sun 10-6) the next two weekends, and closed Thanksgiving weekend. As the accompanying photo shows, Meredith’s work is a great Foreground for you art lovers and Background for you wine lovers! So if by some unfortunate chance you have not come by since Labor Day to check it out, this is a great opportunity to do so!

 

Closed for Thanksgiving

photo credit: “Wild Turkey,” by Rodney Campbell: “A male wild turkey begins to turn blue(!) as it becomes agitated.” (…we can all SO relate!)

wildturkeyOver the years we have come to realize that Winter unofficially begins around here on Thanksgiving weekend. We have variously tried opening the wine shop the Wednesday before, or the day or weekend after, or even for a few hours on Turkey Day itself for the odd Wine Emergency. But history has taught us that it’s a better time just to step back and take some Time Off, cuz most of you folks have Other Plans, usually with Family. Well, this year…so do we!

Therefore, please note that we will be open as usual this weekend (Nov 13-14…see above), and then closed Thanksgiving Weekend (November 26-29). Of course the Observant among you will notice that (OMD!) Thanksgiving this year is about as close as it can possibly get to December! And Winter! (I’m not making this up!).  But Please Relax–  this is just a first notice that after Thanksgiving weekend we will be open the next three weekends in December as usual. More important for some of you Old-Timers, at present we ARE planning to continue our traditional “East Coast” New Year’s Eve Party from 7-9 on December 31. More on that later!

 

This week’s wine tasting

J. Laurens Cremant de Limoux Rose    France      $14
 A longtime favorite here at AWG–Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Noir; shows a gentle yeastiness, effusive effervescence and rich, tangy, mouth-filling fruit. Makes just about anything Festive!

Arndorfer Gruner Veltliner ’13    Austria     $18
A touch of neutral oak gives a soft edge to “geevee’s” characteristic floral bouquet, bright acidity, appealing layers of flavor, and minerally character.

Borsao Garnacha ’13    Spain $9
Expressive aromas of blackberry, licorice and and fruitcake aromas; Juicy, spicy and supple, sweet, red and dark berry flavors; finishes fresh, focused and nicely persistent.

Antonio Sanguineti Chianti  ’13      Italy       $12
From Small Vineyards co-founder Antonio Sanguineti; friendly, approachable style that is rich and powerful, yet a great everyday wine that enhances many dishes.

Lost River Nebbiolo ’12 Washington $25
Lighter than its famous Italian counterparts barolo and barbaresco, yet showing classic nebbiolo notes of violets and tar on a smooth frame of cherry and strawberry…absolutely delightful!

Wine Tasting

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