lummi island wine tasting dec 28 ’18 New Year’s Weekend

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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

Cinnamon Raisin- Made with a nice mix of bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat as well as rolled oats. Some honey for sweetness, a little milk for a tender crumb and loaded with raisins and a healthy dose of cinnamon. This is c with a swirl of cinnamon sugar, instead the cinnamon is mixed into the dough and flavors the entire bread. It is a hearty rustic loaf. Great for breakfast toast, even better for french toast – $5/loaf

And pastry this week…

Panettone – Panettone is an italian brioche traditional during the Christmas holidays, when it includes candied orange peel and raisins and is made as a large loaf. It includes lots of sugar, butter, eggs and honey and is flavored with almonds, dried cherries, and chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze. Great as a pastry, sliced for toast or french toast, or for bread pudding – 2/$5


Fourteenth Annual “East Coast New Year’s Eve” and Finger Food Faceoff

 ¤  7-9pm on New Year’s Eve!

 ¤  We provide the wine, and You bring something delicious to share!

 ¤  For you Newcomers: When The Ball drops in Times Square three hours East, we all hoist our glasses, toast our Good Fortune to live in this wonderful community, belt out Auld Lang Syne, and toast our Best Hopes that 2019 brings Healing, Kindness, and Wisdom  to our Country and our Planet.

¤  This event is our annual opportunity to Thank all of you for your warm support during past year  and toast to even more good times in Aught-Nineteen!

¤  Arrrr, lads and lassies, mark yer calendars ‘n’ start plannin’ yer finger foods, cuz we will again be circulatin’ a Secret Operative to sample the dishes and select the Yummiest (wins a $25 credit!), and Yummiest-Looking (wins a $15-dollar credit! So make ’em Tasty an’ make ’em Purty, eh…?!


Holiday Hours


Bread Friday, Dec 28, 4-6:30pm

Saturday, Dec 29, 2-6 pm

Monday, Dec 31, 7-9 pm New Year’s Eve Party





Mar a Lago Update: Countdown to Divided Government

It’s been a Long and Agonizing Two Years, and we welcome the return of Divided Government a mere week from today. It is Comforting to hope that the Worst might be Over. At the very least, control of the House and its Committees should slow the gleeful dismantling of the New Deal that Republicans have been wetting their pants about for the last 80 years, and working at with a Vengeance since the Tweetster stole Power with the help of the Russians.

Numerous reports in the last two years suggest the existence of (we are not making this up) “Tweetster Anxiety Disorder” that has driven millions of Americans, especially Boomers and Millennials, to seek counseling. Depression and anxiety have both been on the increase since the 2016 so-called “election.” We have been experiencing it ourselves for two years now, as have many of our wine shop regulars. It feels like the crushing out of life-long hopes, dreams, and expectations that we really were the Good Guys, we really were a Melting Pot, and America really was a Dream Come True.

Those of us who were kids in the Fifties, even in the lower middle class, grew up in a post-WWII Bubble of safety, security, and the expectation of a Benign Future, and everything the Tweetster says and does seems to deliberately Target those long-held assumptions and expectations in deeply threatening ways. His basic Daily Message is Angry, Self-centered, Humorless, and Blaming. He has a Gift for Division by appealing to people’s Worst Instincts, perhaps because they are the only instincts he has. And in the process he manages to say “Make America Great Again” feel as if he really means “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.”

So we offer a Toast that the coming year gives our Lost Dreams of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité New Hope and puts them Back on Track. Aye mates, raise yer glasses ‘n’ Let It Be…!

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date: 6,420 as of 11/2/18


This week’s wine tasting

Mer Soleil Unoaked Chardonnay ’15   California    $16
A pure, clean expression of Chardonnay, fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks. Aromas of flower blossoms and crisp pears, round and layered on the palate, with vibrant acidity and depth.

Fabre en Provence Cru Classe Rose ’16     France   $12
Steely pink color. Aromas of watermelon, lime, kiwi, and agave nectar with a bright, dryish light body and a breezy underripe strawberries and flint finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tart rose;

Bocelli Sangiovese ’16       Italy      $14
Bright, lush, and appealing; deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote. Finish is long and dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.

Carmen Carmenere ’16     Chile     $16
Aromas of fresh berries, baking spices and chocolate get this wine going; full bodied yet balanced, with toasty black fruit flavors with grip and intensity.

Maryhill Zinfandel ’13      Washington    $14
Aromas of toasty chestnuts; bold red fruit is well framed with rich leather and cedar,  awash with holiday spice, cinnamon and marionberry flavors. A deep cherry undertone leads to a velvety soft coconut finish.

Wine Tasting

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