lummi island wine tasting march 8 ’19

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Friday Breads This Week

Kamut Levain – Kamut, also known as khorasan wheat, is an ancient grain that has more protein than it did comeconventional wheat. Some people who can’t tolerate wheat find kamut to be more digestible. The bread is made with a levain that is fermented overnight before being mixed with with bread flour and fresh milled whole kamut flour. It has a nutty, rich flavor and makes a golden color loaf. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Barley & Rye w/ Pumpkin Seeds – Also a levain bread, the final dough is mixed with a nice mix of bread flour and fresh milled rye, barley and whole wheat flours. Some buttermilk makes for a tender crumb, honey for sweetness and toasted pumpkin seeds add to the flavor and texture. A really flavorful artisan loaf – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Croissants – a traditional laminated french pastry made with a bit of sourdough flavor and another pre-ferment to help strengthen the dough to create the traditional honeycomb interior. Rolled out and shaped with delicious dark chocolate in the center. Quantities are limited so get your order in early so you don’t miss out – 2/$5

 

David Hill Winery

We have carried wines (usually pinot noir, riesling, or their no longer available white blend) . from David Hill Winery near Forest Grove, Oregon at various times over the years and have enjoyed them. However Monday this week was our first visit, as it turned out to be about five minutes from where we were getting our trailer serviced earlier this week.

The gnarly shapes in this photo (should expand when clicked) are not Old Soldiers Bent over their Shovels, they are Old Vine Grapes planted way back in 1955, making them close to 65 years old. Unfortunately this winery sells the fruit from these old semillon vines to another winery (probably to make White Bordeaux, a blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc.) From vines like these, we bet it is pretty interesting!

We also learned that David Hill was a long-ago pioneer in these parts (20 miles west of Portland) who farmed here. So, no, David Hill is not the Winery Founder or current owner or even the winemaker. Rather, he is a piece of Local History. We can offer a toast to him next time we pour one of these wines for you!

 

March Wine Shop Schedule

As mentioned last week, we are away for few weeks in a general southerly direction to get some work done on the trailer, play grandparents, and try to get Warm. Your Important Takeaway is that Wine Shop hours for the rest of March are:

Fridays, March 8 and March 15: OPEN for Wine Tasting and Bread Pickup

Friday, March 22: CLOSED

Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23: CLOSED

Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30: OPEN BOTH DAYS AS USUAL

 

Mar a Lago Update: Quicksand on the Moral High Ground

Being somewhat off the grid the last few days, we just learned about the Congressional Kerfuffle over House Member Ilhan Omar’s comments about Israeli politics, which you can view here. The essence of the controversy is to what extent it is possible for anyone in public life in the United States, particularly a Muslim woman,  to say anything in public which takes issue with Israeli policy without being labeled and Severely Criticized as Anti-Semitic.

As we have seen this week, the resounding answer is No, it is not possible to say anything about Israel’s Aparteid/genocidal policy toward Palestinians without igniting a Firestorm of public criticism. The Message is that there is a widely recognized Taboo against speaking critically of Israel’s long-term colonial policy. Indeed, even calling it Colonial Policy could probably be attacked as Anti-Semitic.

Rep. Omar appears to be correct in many of the assessments she makes (see above link) about the power of Israeli lobbying in US politics, and the Big Question all this raises is how one should behave in the face of obvious and disturbing acts of persecution and genocide by one’s Friends. Pretend not to see? Pretend not to care? Give tacit approval by pretending it’s all right? Or do you use whatever levers your long relationship has given you to promote behavior you find more congenial?

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

 

This week’s wine tasting

Though we are away, for the next two weeks Janice will be choosing wines for Friday tastings from a broader menu we have provided. Please come on by the shop and see what she has decided to pour for you!

 

Wine Tasting

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