lummi island wine tasting oct 19 ’18

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Bread Friday this week

Polenta Sourdough – Made with a levain, also known as sourdough, in which the sourdough starter is fed and built up over several days, then mixed with bread flour and polenta in the final dough mix. This is not the sweet corn cranberry bread that I have done in the past that is enriched with milk and butter, this bread is a nice rustic loaf with great corn flavor. – $5/loaf

Levain w/ Dried Cherries and Pecans – Also a levain bread using a sourdough starter. This allows the fermentation process to start and the gluten to start developing. The final dough adds bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and then loaded up with dried cherries and toasted pecans. A nice rustic loaf that goes well with meats and cheese – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Fruit & Spice Rolls – Not as sweet as many of the pastry choices they include almost half whole wheat, butter along with dried cranberries and golden raisins, fresh orange peel and orange juice, and an interesting array of spices. Brushed with an egg wash and topped with demerara sugar before baking for that extra bit of sweetness and crunch. – 2/$5

 

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October Schedule Reminder

We are now on the road for the next three weeks. As has been the case with this post (why our email subscribers didn’t receive this at dawn on Friday), internet access is intermittent and uncertain.

The key takeaway here is that wine shop will be open Fridays only between Oct 19 and Nov 6, and closed Saturdays during the same period, Oct 19, 26, and Nov 2. We regret any inconvenience, but know you will be comforted by the continuing Luxury of Bread Fridays during our absence. And we will keep you posted on our adventures as circumstances allow…!

 

Mar a Lago Update: Notes on Election Prediction

In a recent article statistical poll researcher Nate Silver talks about some of the more geeky aspects of polling and the meaning of poll results. As you will all recall from your basic statistics courses, the best understanding of statistical predictions is that, given everything we know about the relationships among the co-variability of a large set of measures, any given election result, however improbable, WILL happen sometimes. Yes, think 2016, roll your eyes, raise your fist to an uncaring Heaven, and have another glass of wine.

The coming midterm elections bring with them lots of predictions, and for every prediction, there will be endless punditry about why the numbers most pleasing to them are the most credible. Also, because the midterms are all local or regional races, the populations are more diverse and harder to predict, although common trends cross many regional boundaries and can be predicted with a bit more confidence. One possible takeaway, according to Silver, is that there is a statistical linkage between the outcome of the Senate races and the House races. That means roughly that it is quite likely that Blue will take the House and Red the Senate, somewhat likely that Red will take both, somewhat less  likely but possible that Blue will take both, and quite unlikely that Blue will take the Senate but not the House.

The thing about all of these numbers is that they are probabilities, not predictions, and Anything could happen. The job of voters and campaigns is to do everything they can to improve the probabilities for their side. There will be  Spin and Lies and Muck and Theater all aimed at Fooling as many of the People as possible. The best we can hope for is that everyone sorts fact from fiction and actually casts a vote.

 

This week’s wine tasting

Conundrum White ’15    California  $17
Blend of Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc, Viognier, and Muscat Canelli. Nose of citrus orchard in bloom. Tastes sweet without being cloying, showing fig, apricot, exotic spice and melon flavors. Ends clean and pure.

Altos Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda  ‘15   Argentina       $11
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.

Bodegas Ateca Atteca ’15     Spain    $14  
Displays aromas of cedar, an earthy minerality, black cherry, and lavender leading to a savory, deep, well-balanced red with succulent fruit and a lengthy, seamless finish.

Sant’ Antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso ’15    Italy    $18
A gorgeous, expressive, tasty Valpolicella; floral notes give lift to the expressive, beautifully centered palate and a long, polished finish.

Pomum Red ’14 Washington $19
Bordeaux blend; aromas of red fruit and exotic spices; On the palate, it shows black cherry, red cranberry and garrigue,  fine elegant tannins and a long finish.

 

Wine Tasting

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