lummi island wine tasting march 1 ’19

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Friday Breads This Week

Whole Wheat Levain – Made with a levain, bread flour and about 25% fresh milled whole wheat. I like to say it has a ‘toothy’ crumb, with great texture and flavor and a nice crisp crust.  – $5/loaf

Buckwheat Rye – Fresh milled buckwheat and rye flours are soaked for 8 hours without any yeast in a method known as an autolyse, which allows what little gluten there is to start developing and really gets the enzymes going before the final mix – which is then fermented overnight in the refrigerator. The buckwheat-rye soaker is mixed with bread flour, salt and yeast and a bit of honey. Goes well with all sorts of meats and cheese – $5/loaf

Bagels – always popular and usually sell out quickly. These bagels are made with a bit of preferment, in this case a sponge, mixed, shaped and refrigerated overnight before being boiled and baked in the traditional manner. This results in a delicious chewy bagel. Your bagels come with assorted toppings, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, mixed sesame and poppy and plain. Each order is mixed – sorry no choices – 4/$5

 

Touriga Nacional

Portugal has a lot of interesting wines with unusual and difficult to pronounce names. Most of these varietals are peculiar to Portugal and rare in our experience, the best known being Touriga Nacional, a full-bodied Portuguese red wine grape with aging potential similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. It has long been a blending grape in Port, and now is more often seen as a dry red wine which stands very well on its own.

Some people liken it to Napa Cabernet or Australian Shiraz for depth of flavor and tannic structure. It typically shows palate-coating and tooth-staining notes of blueberry, plum, blackberry, bittersweet cocoa, and a touch of mint and violet. Our featured wine this weekend is a particularly pleasing 100% touriga nacional that we think everyone will enjoy.

We have had one bottle sitting on the shelf for a year or so, having sold most of it when we first poured it at a tasting. Out of curiosity, we opened it a few days ago, and immediately ordered another case. It has a lovely, subtly gritty yet velvety texture, big dark notes of ripe plum, blackberry, and chocolate, while delivering at the same time a higher, almost ephemeral, register of peach, apple, and nutmeg.

It’s the kind of wine Ben Franklin must have been thinking about when he wrote to his friend André Morellet, “Behold the rain which descends from Heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!

 

March Wine Shop Schedule

We have been delaying our customary Winter Break for all kinds of reasons this year, mostly about Polar Vortices and the Ongoing Nor’easter we have been having for the last several weeks, with record duration of low temperatures and snowfall. Even so we have had it Easy compared to much of the country.

So. Our plan is to pack up the trailer and head off on Sunday for a few weeks in a general southerly direction to get some work done on the trailer, play grandparents, try to get Warm, and, you know, Re-Create. What this means for our Faithful Members and Visitors is that the Wine Shop will be Open both Friday and Saturday this weekend, March 1-2.

The shop will be OPEN for Bread Fridays (including wine tasting!) through March, but will be Closed the following three Saturdays: March 8, 15, and 22.

We regret any inconvenience, and hope to see you all here this weekend as usual!

 

Mar a Lago Update: Matters of Character

Yesterday we found ourselves hypnotically drawn to the Compelling Drama of Tweetster lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Committee on “Oversight and Reform” (does that actually Mean Something…?). The continually Surreal takeaway from the experience was the Obvious Partisanship of the committee members.

Democrats, generally considered Heathens by the more Pious Republicans, tended to relate to Mr. Cohen as a Prodigal Son who had succumbed to Temptation, fallen into Shame, confessed his Sins, and Come Home to pay his Due Penance.“Yes, my Brother, we welcome you back to the Flock, and celebrate your Redemption!”

Republicans without exception held to the Party Line of, as one member put it, “Liar, liar, Pants on Fire!” (Did these people actually go to School somewhere…?) All of them played the “You are a Condemned Liar; we Casteth you Out, we Sticketh our Fingers in our Ears to protect ourselves from Hearing your Blasphemy” card over and over. As if they had no internal resources whatsoever to tell, as Grace Slick once sang, Truth from Lies– no powers of discrimination; no options for investigation, confirmation, or refutation; and Most Disturbing (but Predictable), not the slightest hint of compassion, empathy, or respect for the Confession of the Prodigal Son.

Politicians are by their nature Liars and Hypocrites. It is their nature to characterize every issue, no matter how complex, in the simplest Binary Terms. In our time we have seen this tendency refined to its Most Toxic Level by Dark Lord McConnell, who can, more than any politician we have seen in our lifetimes, take one position one day and its exact opposite the next as if neither the previous day nor the previous position ever existed.

For our part, the point in the hearings where the Rubber Met the Road was when Mr. Cohen responded to a Republican Antagonist who was attacking him in Defense of the Tweetster, “I did the same thing that you are doing now for 10 years…I can only warn people that follow Mr. Trump– as I did blindly– are going to suffer the same consequences that I’m suffering.”

to which we can only say…”Whisper Words of Wisdom, Let it Be…”

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date: 7,546 as of 1/1/19

 

This week’s wine tasting

J. Laurens Cremant de Limoux Rose    France      $15
 A longtime favorite here at AWG–Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Noir; shows a gentle yeastiness, effusive effervescence and rich, tangy, mouth-filling fruit. Makes just about anything Festive!

Phantom Chardonnay ’16     Calif    $17
Fermented and aged sur lie without oak; delivers rich aromas of white and yellow fruits, with bright crisp notes of citrus zest, honey, apple, and spicy minerality on the long, broad finish.

Townshend Red Table Washington $12
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah blend; aromas of black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, cedar and a hint of orange zest fill your senses with lingering pepper & tobacco notes.

Lonardi  “Bepi” Rosso Veronese  ’16   Italy    $18
Corvina and Rondello; something of a ripasso, fresh and clean with ripe bright notes of cranberry, cocoa, and black cherry, sweet earth and spice.

Quinta de Pinto Riserva Touriga Nacional ’14    Portugal   $22
aced with violets and wonderful aromatics that combine with its fine structure, balance and elegant mid-palate for a very pleasing whole. Fresh and lively, with a hint of eucalyptus on the finish: a great food wine!

 

Wine Tasting

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