lummi island wine tasting feb 9 ’18

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Bread this week

Pain Meunier aka “miller’s bread;” Made with pre-feremnted dough it contains all portions of the wheat berry: flour, fresh milled whole wheat cracked wheat and wheat germ. Always a favorite and a great all around bread. It makes the best toast! – $5/loaf

Fig Anise – One of our most popular breads. Made with a sponge that is fermented overnight, then the final dough is mixed with bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. Honey, dried figs and anise bring in all the flavors of the mediterranean. A great flavorful bread – $5/loaf

For pastry this week:

Chocolate Babka Rolls –  A sweet pastry dough full of eggs, butter and sugar, rolled and spread with a chocolate filling, and cut into individual rolls brushed with sugar syrup after baking.  – 2/$5


February Wine Shop Schedule

The Wine Shop will be open for Bread Fridays and Wine Tasting on the remaining Fridays in February: Feb 9, 16, and 23, form 4-6. So keep ordering bread, stay around for Friday wine tasting, and celebrate our collective good fortune to live on this beautiful Island.  And of course, stay tuned for updates!



Ciliegiolo Grapes<br>�IPAAF

Ciliegiolo is a red grape variety of central and northwestern Italy, something of an obscurity in past decades but now undergoing a renaissance in Tuscany and Umbria. It’s dominant flavor is cherry, from which it derives its name due to both its flavor and color which have provided the appeal to fuel its renaissance.

Ciliegiolo brings a certain freshness and lively character to otherwise heavy wines. In a world that increasingly demands early-drinking wines, but which are nonetheless full of character, Ciliegiolo grapes provides an interesting and enjoyable option.




Mar a Lago Update: A Brief Digression on Psychopathy

We are used to hearing the label “psychopath” misused as a synonym for something like “Insane Murderer.” But in most schools of psychotherapy, clusters of behavioral traits are commonly grouped together in consistent patterns that quite faithfully represent the clusters of beliefs and behaviors that describe most ordinary people. Our responses to everyday events as adults depend to a very large degree on decisions we made before the age of six about the nature of the World and Our Places in it. “Psychopath” is just one of these; it is neither good nor bad. Like all personality strategies, it has its strengths and weaknesses.

Between birth and the age of six or seven, we all develop our own relationships with the World, constantly moving toward Rewards and away from Pain. Our own Circumstances and Experiences continually shape a Deep Belief Structure about the World and Our Place in it; these Core Beliefs have long been Unconscious to us, and can, as Jung put it, seem to appear in our lives as Fate, as though our Choices had nothing to do with our Circumstances.

The Psychopathic Strategy tends to form in a male child who so often does not get the sense of safety, affection, attention and approval he needs that he begins to believe, “No One Really Cares About Me.”  Lots of children have this experience, but organize around it differently. The Psychopath is someone who has determined that Hiding  Hurt behind Smug Superiority, Rewarding Loyalty with Generosity, and Punishing Disloyalty with Vengeance allows him to maintain the Illusion that he is Loved and Appreciated. But the Reality is that no amount of obeisance and adulation can relieve the underlying sense of Inadequacy.

This underlying Ego Structure is common among men who have been Driven to seek Power, Fame, Wealth, and Adulation: Politicians, Generals, CEO’s, Dictators, TV Evangelists, Ponzi Schemers, Snake Oil Salesmen, and all manner of Garden Variety Gang Leaders and Bullies. These are the famous Dominant Males that have Started Every War, Enslaved Entire Populations, created God and Religion in their Own Images, Polluted the World in the name of Profit…in short, visited Untold Destruction and Misery upon Society and Our Planet since at least the beginning of so-called Civilization, all in the Service of Satisfying their Hungry Ghost Egos.

Our Epic Tales of Heroism and Gallantry inevitably focus on the Contest between the Psychopaths of the Moment, while the thousands or even millions of ordinary people that did or could Die in the name of one or the other are turned Namelessly into Bloody Soil. (sigh). But, hey, we Digress: all of this is just to ask: Is the Tweetster any More or Less Dangerous than the rest of the the Psychopaths that have risen to Power over the Millenia??? …to be continued


This week’s wine tasting

Folie a Deux Chardonnay ’15    California      $16
Good example of Russian River appellation style; bright acidity and seductive notes of pear, apple, pineapple, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla—all framed by a richly textured palate.

Vina Equia Rioja ’14   Spain   $10
Vivid cherry red color with hints of vanilla, coconut, and  licorice; it is well-balanced with mature red fruit flavors on the palate and full-bodied with an elegant finish.

Morellino di Scansano Maremma Toscana Capoccia ’15    Italy    $11
Bright and clean with a dark color, soft cherry fruit and structure, but nice weight and a juicy finish. Fruit forward without being sweet or alcoholic. Great value.

Goose Ridge g3 Red ‘`14     Washington    $14
Syrah-cab-merlot blend; supple ripe plum and blackberry notes with hints of spice, vanilla, black currant and Bing cherry. Nicely balanced with a lush, round mouth and a long, lingering finish.

Gilbert Cellars Left Bank Red ’14      Washington     $18
(Cab, Merlot, Carmenere, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot) Meaty, with notes of tobacco, earth, charcoal and dark fruits,  medium+ body, with a firm, structured feel on the palate. 19 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.

Wine Tasting

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