lummi island wine tasting december 15 ’17

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Bread Friday

Pain au Levain – Made with a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat and rye flours. After building the sourdough and mixing the final dough it gets a long cool overnight ferment in the refrigerator. This really allows the flavor to develop in this bread. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Semolina w/ Fennel & RaisinsA levain bread made with bread flour, semolina and some fresh milled whole wheat. A little butter for a tender crumb and fennel seeds and golden raisins round out the flavors. Judy A. says this is her favorite! These flavors go really well with meats and cheese, but it also makes pretty darn good toast – $5/loaf

For pastry this week:

Individual Cinnamon Rolls – Made with a rich sweet roll dough full of eggs, butter and sugar. The dough is rolled out, spread with pastry cream and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Then rolled up and sliced into individual rolls for baking. And boy are they delicious!!– 2/$5.

 

Holiday Season Schedule

 

12th annual East Coast New Year’s Eve Party!

As the Fortunate Few well know, our annual “East Coast New Year’s Eve Party” is a Hallowed Tradition. From 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve we provide the wine, you bring Something Delicious to share, and when the ball drops in Times Square three hours away, we all hoist our glasses and toast the New Year! The Young at Heart move on to their next party, and we Old Timers can get to bed at a decent hour! We welcome this annual opportunity to Thank all of you for your support this year, and to toast ahead to even more fun in aught-eighteen. Arrrr, lads and lassies, ye best mark yer calendars now ‘n’ start plannin’ yer Finger Foods!

Important Note! Speaking of Finger Food, we will again this year have a Secret Operative sampling the dishes and Assigning Points! Yummiest Dish wins a $25 credit, and Yummiest-Looking Dish wins a $15-dollar credit! Let’s see if Competition really does improve Quality!

 

Holiday Wine Sale

Somehow once again the end of the calendar year is Upon Us. For some of us that means that Taking Inventory is also Imminent, as well as an Uncertain schedule for the next couple of months. Therefore it’s a good time for us to Reduce Inventory and for You to Stock Up for the Winter!

These days most of you are Wine Club members, and so already buy our wines tax-free (8.7% discount over our Usual Low Prices), as well as paying only $5 for our five-wine tasting flight, compared to $10 for non-members. HOWEVER, all Wine Club memberships expire at the end of the calendar year, and rising costs demand that we raise the wine club membership price for 2018 from $35 to $50. The Bottom Line is that wines keep getting more expensive, our pours are generous, and we are in the Red on club tastings.

So. To make all of this more Palatable, if you are a current wine club member and buy any mixed case of wine before December 31, you can renew your membership for 2018 for $35. Think about it! And while you’re at it, Consider that we have just Replenished our Stock of Theo’s Chocolate, including delicious bars, Almond Butter Cups, and Chocolate Coconut Clusters!

 

Mar a Lago Update: Hypocrisy is the New Pragmatism

As we go to press, Dark Lord McConnell and Zealous Apprentice Ryan are launching their newly designed Death Star on an Unsuspecting Galaxy. Under the auspices of Tax Reform (finger quotes), and Widely Portrayed in the Tried and Untrue Republican Metric of “Returning Hard-Earned Tax Dollars to our Beloved Workers,” they will now Raid the Public Treasury yet again to line the pockets of the .1 %, themselves, and their Corporate $upporters.

Our hats are off to them this time (but our middle fingers are still extended), for adding a Bold New Level of Cynicism to the Old Recipe. It is in fact a Stroke of Dark Genius to offer Permanent Tax Cuts to Corporations and the Top Tier while building near-term Sunset Clauses into the middle-income tax cuts so they will self-destruct after a couple of carefully timed Election Cycles. “There is No Way,” they snicker, “that those Dummies will remember to Blame Us!”

The one Bright Note in all of this is the Astonishing Electoral Victory of Doug Jones in Alabama…Wow! If McConnell ever allows Jones to take his Seat in the Senate (don’t hold your breath) maybe it would slow the rate at which Things Keep Getting Worse. That would be a Great Improvement, because for the Past Year things have been Getting Worse Faster than we are Getting Older, and it would be, you know, a Relief to Slow that Down a bit. I mean Really, we can only take So Much!

 

 

This week’s wine tasting

Masia Parera Brut Reserva Cava  Italy $13
Delicate perlage, deep minerality, and intoxicating white flower and baby mushroom aromas make this wine memorable
and delightful.

Palama Salento Bianca Verdeca  ’16    Italy    $11
Refreshing, flavorful, and aromatic, with notes of lemon zest, salty minerality, and green herbs.

Perazzeta Mercurio Rosso Toscana   Italy      $12
Sangiovese, cab sauv, alicante blend from Maremma; Dark notes of prune, cherry, soft leather, and Italian herbs over a bright acidic backbone. Craves meat and fat!

Sallier de la Tour Nero d’Avola Sicilia ’15   Italy   $13
A friendly wine from a soothing grape; aged partly in wood and partly in steel, showing youthful freshness and fruitiness, with enticing notes of spices and liquorice.

Zenato ‘Alanera’ Rosso Veronese      Italy        $15
Dark, inky color; rich and focused nose, with ripe berries, dusty oak and a precise note of waxy vanilla bean. On the palate delivers extracted flavors of cherries, strawberry, clay and even a hint of crushed mint. Soft tannins, rounded finish.

Wine Tasting

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