lummi island wine tasting st. patty’s weekend ’17

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No Bread this week

no bread todayJanice, our Stalwart Baker and indefatigable basketball fan, is away this week on an annual pilgrimage to some early tiers of March Madness. A long-time Spokane resident, she has a particular thang for Gonzaga, so the better the Bulldogs do, maybe the less bread there might be in your future…hmm

All you need to know is that there is no bread pickup this week. Those of you on the bread order mailing list should hear from her Sunday or Monday with the details of next week’s offerings.

It also means that for the first time this year we will be on the more “formal” tasting regimen (see wines below) both Friday and Saturday.


Robert Blake concert this Sunday

This Sunday, March 19,  we are hosting a return concert with our friend and singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake, from 4-6 pm in the wine shop.

Robert is a modern-day troubadour who travels widely (mostly here in the Pacific Northwest and in Ireland) to share his craft, very often in pub atmospheres like our dear wine shop. Robert has visited the shop several times in the last few years, and we have grown fond of his engaging style. Almost exactly a year ago he did his first concert with us, and we are delighted to have him back for a repeat performance.

Btw, our shop is a great venue for acoustic music, and Robert’s concert last year was great fun!

Suggested performance donation is a modest $15 per person, and a selection of wines will be available by the glass.

We only have room for about 20 people, and we are close to booked. If you want to attend, you should call or email asap!


Lost and Found

northfaceFrom time to time visitors to the wine shop leave behind various artifacts: hats, purses, credit cards, sunglasses, and jackets. Sometime around the Holidays someone left this quite new-looking North Face jacket on the much-admired Hat Tree in the bathroom.

It is black, very lightweight, with a hood. It is a men’s jacket, and fits me perfectly, thank you very much, so if someone doesn’t come to pick it up soon, it may get, um, conscripted into usefulness. So please contact us if it is yours or if you have an idea whose it might be.






Circling the Drain

photo by Gordon Wrigley

Tensions are running high in the New Amerika. As Rod Serling used to say, “you are traveling in Another Dimension,” in this case one where the Mad Hatter has become the most Powerful Person in the World, yet continues Speaking in Riddles and Blustering Nonsense, Filling the air with Confusion, and Ushering in the new Post-Fact Society.

And yet, despite his Madness, he seems to have reached deep into the Lovecraftian sewers, impossibly deep and hidden tunnels Below Us and called forth the Unspeakable Creatures of Loathing that have dwelt there Time Out of Mind. He has called them forth to be his Dark Lords and charged them with extinguishing All Hope and All Light, to fill every heart with Despair and Hopelessness, and Condemn them to an Eternity of Suffering.

On the other hand, it also fits the daily data dumps that somehow the Three Stooges have inadvertently taken over the country, and of course not being the Brightest Bulbs in the Box, have no idea how anything works, but are Completely Clear that the reason things don’t work the way they want is because there is a Conspiracy Against Them.

Bottom line: it doesn’t matter if this so-called Administration is the Embodiment of Evil or the Incarnation of Idiocy. Either way– or both ways at once– either way, the longer they are allowed to continue their Charade of Governing, the more grim becomes the Future of our Entire Planet.

If every single one of us committed a few minutes every day to do something concrete to fight this Menace, we can make a difference. This paragraph is what I am doing Today.

On that note, we hope to see you all this weekend, either Friday (no bread!), Saturday (low key and good for conversation), or Sunday’s Concert (another chance to celebrate Life)…!


This week’s wine tasting

Idilico Albarino ’15   Washington       $14
Pale lemon-yellow. Aromas of ginger apple and quinine; supple and easy to drink, showing moderate energy and lift to its apple fruit. A bit sweet/sour on the persistent, saline finish.

Altos Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda  ‘15   Argentina       $9
Bright ruby color; spicy aromas of fresh cherries and a balanced acidity that makes it fresh and juicy in the mouth, where fine tannins provide a long and pleasant finish.

Tenuta la Favola Fravolato
Fruity, with notes of strawberries and cherries; fresh, round, elegant and pleasant fruit extraction, with a strong aftertaste of cherries and plums. An elegant and charming wine!

Kaiken “Ultra” Malbec ’14    Argentina   $17
Floral, spicy aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with flavors of toasty and chocolate; inish is fresh, complex, and persistent with subtle spicy undertones.

Marqués de Valdueza Grand Vino de Guarda ’07 Spain $29
Old school Spanish style; lots of barrel time yields opaque cherry color with garnet edge; powerful, expressive nose of roasted almonds and sweet spices; and soft palate of dark ripe fruits and berries, with a textured palate softened by time.

Wine Tasting

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