lummi island wine tasting oct 17 ’20

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Schedule Notes

Bread pickup will continue at the Ferry Parking Lot on Fridays from 4 – 5:30 pm through October. We are making progress  toward havingFriday bread pickup in the partial shelter of the wine shop garage. More on that over the next couple of weeks.

As most of our locals know, the Island tallied its first case of COVID recently, apparently transmitted by a visitor to the Willows Inn. The entire staff has been placed in quarantine for the next week or two. Everyone is keeping a low profile.

We are still open at the wine shop Saturdays from 3-5 pm for purchases and perhaps a wee splash of a “Wine of the Week.” We don’t think reservations will be necessary, at least for the time being. However, only one group will be allowed inside at a time, but appointments will remain an option for the future.

The usual social distancing guidelines (see below) will apply. Windows will be open and fans and air filters will be in place to maintain a rapid air exchange cycle while the shop is open.


Social Distancing Guidelines:
1. Only one group (up to four people) will be allowed in the shop at once for up to 20 minutes.
2. Everyone must wear a mask;
3. Each group must be a “pod” that willingly takes responsibility for managing social distance within their group.
4. Reservations optional (most likely not necessary).


Wine of the Week: Penley Phoenix Cabernet

A bouquet of dark, berried, inky fruit with plenty of sawdusty/smoky oak. While it’s warm with alcohol it remains smooth, supple and persistent. It’s all blackcurrant, bay leaves and aforementioned oak on the palate. Tannin is fine-grained. This is a complete and harmonious wine with great persistence of flavor. Bright and delicious, speaking of contemporary Coonawarra Cabernet.

Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon ’17 Australia $18
The first vines were planted in Coonawarra in South Australia in 1890, predominantly shiraz. The terra rossa soil was quickly recognized as something special covering limestone and dolomite bedrock.

And yes, we will have a bottle open if you drop by!




Mar a Lago Update: Supremes Greatest Hits?

#1 Someday We’ll Be Together (again)

The almost certain appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the U. S. Supreme Court will unite three judges who all worked as lawyers for George W. Bush after the 2000 election. You will recall that the result of those many weeks of haggling over “hanging chads” and “butterfly ballots”was the judicial selection of Bush as the winner over Gore some six weeks after the election had taken place. Those three judges are John Roberts, Bret Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, now together again at last just in time to resolve the next contested Presidential election.

#2 Come See About Me

This little “reunion” adds another layer of significant concern about the Tweetster’s ongoing insistence that the election is going to be rigged by the Democrats and would have to be resolved (in his favor, of course) by the Supreme Court. He has consistently ranted that ballots submitted by mail are by their nature unreliable and corrupt (except for “absentee ballots” which are fine, especially in Florida, where he believes he has an edge.

At the same time, Republican Party lawyers have filed suits all over the country in a massive effort to keep states from counting as many mailed ballots as possible by challenging any that arrive on or after Election Day. These efforts are on top of the major effort underway at the Post Office by the new Republican Postmaster General to decrease the Post Office’s ability to process the large volume of absentee ballots expected all over the country this year due to Covid.

#3 Stop! In The Name Of Love

Meanwhile, one of the standout presentations at the Barrett hearings was that by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, who used a simple set of posters to show how hundreds of millions of $ of Dark Money has poured in from corporate sources over many years to the Federalist Society and a number of shadow organizations to promote the advancement of very conservative appointees to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court. The purpose of these efforts  (summarized here) has been to reverse three important precedents involving:  1) abortion rights (Roe); 2)  national health insurance (Obamacare), and 3) same-sex marriage (Obergefell).

Whitehouse went further to talk about things eighty cases narrowly decided 5-4 by the conservative majority under Justice Roberts in recent years have several properties in common: 1) passed by a bare majority; 2) majority was partisan (all Republican appointees); 3) strong donor interest in having unlimited dark money allowed in politics so that these interests could buy the influence they wanted in Congress.

Specifically, these eighty cases fell into four broad categories of financial interest:

Bottom Line 1: Judges Barrett, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas will be the new conservative majority to rubber-stamp what the Big Money wants, leaving Roberts free to go either way, and leaving the “liberal” minority pretty much out of luck for the foreseeable future.

Bottom Line 2: Any plausible reason for throwing out enough selected results to give the election to the Tweetster is likely to gain traction in a sympathetic new Court.


Wine Tasting

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