lummi island wine tasting January 27, ’17

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Yes, Bread this week!

dscn1364 (Modified)Buttermilk Currant – Made with a mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. The addition of buttermilk makes for a tender crumb and honey and currants add some sweetness. Just a bit of rosemary really enhances res the flavor a flavorful bread that makes great toast -$5/loaf

Buckwheat Walnut & Honey- Made with a mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. The addition of buttermilk makes for a tender crumb and honey and currants add some sweetness. Just a bit of rosemary really enhances res the flavor a flavorful bread that makes great toast -$5/loaf 

And for a bit of pastry –

Chocolate Croissants – Delicious laminated croissant dough, filled with dark chocolate. Beautiful crisp layers and luscious chocolate make for a pretty fabulous pastry. Be sure and get your orders in early as I can only make a limited number- 2/$5

 

Wine shop winter schedule

dscn1348 (Modified)We remind our Faithful that although the shop is officially “closed” through February, it will be open for a number of Bread Fridays over the next several weeks, with Sue A. pouring.

Those of you on the bread-order email list will hear from Janice the weekend before each such Friday, and we will update this blog each Friday AM to confirm schedules. Through most of February, tastings will be Impromptu and communal, and purchases are, of course, encouraged and welcome! 

We will reopen on our regular schedule either Feb 24 or Mar 3.

 

Chez Nous

dscn1464At the moment we are camped at Harris Beach State Park near Broookings, OR, a lovely spot, on our way to Sonoma for Grandparent duty. Wishing you all a Festive and Meaningful Groundhog Day, and that one morning soon we may all wake up from the Dystopian Nightmare in which we find ourselves.

 

 

 

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No Bread this week

Janice, our Stalwart Baker, is away this week, headed for the National Capitol, Pink Hat in hand, to join the Million Women March on Saturday. There are similar marches in Seattle and nearby in Bellingham as well. And yes, my Fellow Men, We are strongly encouraged to attend in Solidarity.

These marches are the first in what is likely to be a Long Series of outcries against the Next War on Democracy that these Right-Wing Bozos have been pawing at the Earth and Drooling over since Stealing yet another Election through Gerrymandering, Disenfranchisement, Fake News, and the Complete Endorsement of Corporate Media. Some might call it The Day the Earth Stood Still (photo, left). Or, as the old song made iconic in the 60’s by Barry McGuire said, “And you tell me, over and over and over and over again my friend, you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction…?”  Lyrics 

Still, despite the Despair we “Latte-Sipping Coastal Elites” feel for Our Planet and our Fellow Beings, there is always some redeeming Joy in Unity. So join us at the Wine Shop on Friday night for some Warm Support and perhaps something of a Salon on what to do next. Despite the lack of Bread, there will be Wine, and it seems likely that at some point all might break into some catchy Tunes, maybe something like “Bring back, bring back, bring back my Bernie to me, to me…” or even This One…, each a step on our path to recovery of our Abandoned Hope.

Btw, for an excellent measure of where we have been for the last Eight Years, check out this long list of Obama’s accomplishments while in office on tonight’s Rachel Maddow show…lots more than most of us remember….

Wine shop winter schedule

dscn0449The wine shop will be open Friday, January 20, as mentioned above.

Although we will be away for a bit, the shop will also be open for a number of Bread Fridays over the next several weeks. Those of you on the bread-order email list will hear from Janice the weekend before each opening, and we will update this blog each Friday AM to confirm schedules. Through most of February, tastings will be Impromptu and communal, and purchases are welcome.

We will reopen on our regular schedule either Feb 24 or Mar 3.

Wine Club Reminder

dscn1083 (Modified)As mentioned last week, we are now in a New Calendar Year, and all members must renew annual memberships to continue enjoying our Fabulous Wine Club Benefits in 2017.  This year promises to be a Particular Bargain because, let’s face it, your need for wine is Certain to Increase as Civilization As We Know it Crumbles, Implodes, and Fades into a Cosmic Cinder. Our Philosophy; even Apocolypse is Better when shared with Good Friends and Good Wine!

 

 

Humor and Philosophy Crossroads

I started this blog in 2009 with no particular plan about what it was about, other than to let the handful of friends know what wines we are pouring each weekend. It has evolved into a weekly Practice that I have come to enjoy. As in making pottery, I sit down, throw a blob of stuff on the page and mess around with it till feels “complete,” whatever that means. It is a creative process with no particular goal except that it is what I do on Thursday evenings.

The problem with this particular Moment in History is that it seems Far Too Important and Far Too Grave to be watered down with Humor. This so-called Election and its concomitant assemblage of the Millionaire Politician Class in Wannabe Obeisant Service to the Billionaire “We Own the Whole F-ing World” Class has brought us to an Existential Brink: the coming Annihilation From Within of the Free Country some of us have Imagined Really Existed since the 1950’s. As of today, that Illusion is Now Over. Now we can Actually Feel what those fictional Spacefarers would have to feel when the Disembodied Voice told them, “Resistance is Futile. Life as you have Known it is Over. You too will be Assimilated.” Ironic, yes. Funny, no.

Over the next few weeks our editors and staff will be groping toward a new focus, hopefully one that can Make a little bit of Difference as our Nation and our World accelerate toward some Marxist Hell where, as was recently announced, the Richest Eight Capitalists in the World own as much Wealth (i.e., Income-Producing assets) as the poorest Three and a Half Billion People on the Planet. And now comes Trump and the Overseers to tell us that if only we will lower taxes Even More on these Obscenely Wealthy individuals, Everything will Get Better.

Folks, Resistance may indeed be Futile. All we have is that there are Way More of Us than of Them. Our job from now on is to find ways to give that Some Traction.

 

This week’s wine tasting

San Martino Prosecco    Italy     $11
Pale straw yellow in colour, aromatic and elegant nose (unusual in prosecco), with notes of apple and banana; pleasantly full and harmonious on the palate.

San Lorenzo Il Casolare Bianco  ’14   Italy     $12
Organically farmed blend of Verdicchio, trebbiano, alvasia; aromas of lemon zest, white pepper and green almonds. Notes of grapefruit, apples,and juicy citrus; finishes clean and fresh.

Castel de Remei “Gotim Bru”
Blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cab, Merlot, and Syrah; perfumed and pleasant, with ripe aromas of plums, raisins and prunes, some floral overtones and notes of spicy oak.

Tarima Hill Monastrell ’13    Spain     $14
Complex, perfumed scents of dark berry liqueur, cola, incense and smoky oak spices. Plush and expansive, with cherry compote and blueberry flavors with notes of bitter chocolate. Rich, smooth,  and lively.

Cloudlift Stratus ’12    Washington   WE 93pts   $32
85% petit verdot, 15% merlot; aromas of fresh and dried herbs, pencil lead, mocha, potting soil and flowers; in the mouth shows rich coffee and cherry notes backed by exceptionally integrated tannins and  a lingering finish.

 

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lummi island wine tasting jan 13, ’17

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Friday Breads

dscn1364 (Modified)Multi-Grain Levain – Made with a mix of bread flour, fresh milled whole wheat and rye flours, and polenta. A little sweetness from honey helps balance the flavors of he grains, then it is loaded up with flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, making for a flavorful and hearty bread -$5/loaf

Breton – From the Brittany region in France; made with bread flour with buckwheat and fresh milled rye flours. The salt is the regional “sel gris,” or grey salt, with its distinctive mineralized flavor. This bread goes well with meats and cheese – $5/loaf

And for a bit of pastry –

Croissants – Incorporating some wild yeast culture in an overnight
pre-fermented dough, laminated with butter for beautiful crisp layers. Some have told me these are better than any they had in France!    – 2/$5

Wine Club Reminder

dscn1083 (Modified)After several trial iterations in the last few years, we have settled on a pretty simple set of Wine Club principles: you pay us $35 per calendar year, and in return we will give  you $5 off on your wine tastings through the year AND we will pay the sales tax  on all your wine purchases (8.7%! ). Yes, it  it’s true: the more you visit and the more wine you buy, the more you save. Is this an Awesome Deal or What…???!!!

But of course every Silver Lining has a Cloud around it. In this case, it means we are now in a new Calendar Year, and all members must renew to continue enjoying these Fabulous Benefits in 2017.  This year promises to be a Particular Bargain as because, let’s face it, your need for wine is Certain to Increase as Civilization As We Know it Crumbles, Implodes, and Fades into a Cosmic Cinder. Our Philosophy; even Apocolypse is Better when shared with Good Friends and Good Wine!

January Schedule

We Are open Friday, Jan 13 for Bread Friday as usual (see above!). IMG_20160719_143417564_HDR

This weekend, Friday the Thirteenth or no, we offer a Safe and Celebratory Haven, a Salon of sorts, where you can pick up your weekly Bread, Meet Up and Let Down with friends, and be Unconditionally Welcome. Sure, there may be a Yawning Black Hole in that other Washington, one that Threatens our Entire Galaxy, but out here on the Remote Fringes, Life is gonna go on pretty much as before. So everybody take a deep breath…and hold…hold…hold…and a long slow exhalation— aaahhhhhh…hhhhhhhhh…hhhhhhhhh…hhhhhhh…. let a Big Breath happen on its own, and then come on by for some wine and Good Cheer!

We have also decided to be Open Next Friday, January 20, as well…a day that is So Weird that not even Kurt Vonnegut could have made it up, but here it comes. We will be here for you, and invite you to come by and celebrate our New-Found Status, Elevated as it were from being Lowly Tree-Huggers to (I’m not making this up) “Coastal Elites.” That is Totally worth Celebrating, Right? Am I Right? You know I’m Right. Of Course I’m Right.

Btw, this photo was taken last summer at Friday Harbor, at a little waterfall in a park near the docks. Someone had left this Plastic Yellow Duck there, looking quite At Home, actually, Laid Back in Designer Shades, and I immediately saw the Obvious Trumpaphor…all this photo lacks is a bunch of circling Sharks..!

Pussy Hats

IMG_20170112_212026478_HDRProbably Us Guys aren’t supposed to Talk About This. Then again, those of us married to Island Women, being New Men, naturally feel Some Juice to Show Up for our local Bellingham Protest against the DT’s on January 21. We Coastal Elite Males do have Our Ongoing Responsibilities, and I look forward to joining you and your Hearth-Mates in our local March Against Trumpism next Saturday, January 21.

Of local importance, there is a National Network of Knitters making Hats for this event. Locally, that is our Gud Erth spinner, knitter, and Alaska photographer Nancy S, who has knitted a Pile of Pink Hats for this event, on which Volunteers like Pat stitch a pair of Little Cat Ears.

The idea is that the Million Woman March in Bellingham will include Lots of Pussy Hats. Having been a Liberal for a Long Time, and having Learned, as most Lummi Island Men married to Strong Women have, that Language is Edgy Stuff, we will avoid Interpretive Comment. Suffice it to say we will All Show Up and March at this event in support of the Women We Love, in support of All Beings, of whatever subgroup, because Everyone suffers, and Everyone deserves compassion and a Better Deal.

We are at a Major Crossroads, folks. As Hal the Sentient Computer said in 2001: A Space Odyssey, “Yes…yes…My Mind is Going…I Can Feel It…I  Can Feel It…” Right now, we All feel it, and it hurts. So the Koan of the moment seems to be,given that we are all Human Beings, “how can one person’s Model of Utopia be another person’s Model of Dystopia…? Stay tuned….

 

This week’s Wine Tasting

Flaugerges Les Comptes Blanc ’14   France   $13
Aromatic, fruity aromas lead into a vibrant, generous, unctuous palate with lilac and peach overtones, good minerality, and pleasing length.

Poderi Elia Dolcetto d’Alba ’11 Italy $12
Clean, stinging rhubarb, pleasant toastiness, and bright red fruits with a nice touch of sweet cigar smokiness. Very smooth, with cashmere tannins; classic Piemonte style for an everyday wine.

Joel Gott Cab-Merlot’14       Washington    $14
Beautiful notes of crème de cassis, vanilla and spice with a medium to full body, beautiful purity and texture. Satisfying and very easy to like.

Flaugerges Les Comptes Rouge ’12    France   $13
Grenache blend; Garnet red, with slightly spicy aromas and flavors of olives, herbs, blackcurrant, cherries,  and raspberries.

Castillo la Mendoza Crianza  ’10   Spain   $13
Ruby red with nose of red ripe fruit and morello cherry with vanilla and coconut notes; warm and round, with fruity flavors with notes of figs, toast and licorice; very easy to drink.

 

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Friday Breads

dscn1364 (Modified)Sonnenblumenbrot (aka Sunflower Seed Bread) – a hearty bread made with bread flour and fresh milled rye, a bit of malt syrup for sweetness and loaded up with sunflower seeds for flavor and crunch. A great all around bread that would be great with soup or stew for the cold weather this week -$5/loaf

Honey Wheat w/ Poppy Seeds & Lemon – made with a mix of bread and fresh milled whole wheat flours, some honey, poppy seeds and lemon zest make for a flavorful loaf. Some of you may remember that I made these as dinner rolls for the Heritage Trust dinner – $5/loaf

And for this week’s pastry…

Rum Raisin Brioche – A delicious rich brioche made with lots of eggs and butter and filled with bits of almond paste, raisins that are soaked in rum overnight, and topped with a delicious chocolate glaze. One of my favorites. These are delicious be sure to order early as quantities are limited – 2/$5

Wine Club Reminder

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After several trial iterations in the last few years, we have settled on a pretty simple set of Wine Club principles: you pay us $35 per calendar year, and in return we will give  you $5 off on your wine tastings through the year AND we will pay sales tax (8.7%! ) on all your wine purchases for the year.

As we are now entering a new Calendar Year, that means that you must renew your membership to continue these benefits in 2017, when, as nearly as we can tell at this point, your need for wine is likely to increase, and any economist can tell you that your marginal benefit from membership is increasing all the time. Any way you look at it, Wine Club membership may be one of the Last Best Bargains before, you know, the Collapse of Civilization As We Know It!

 

 

January Schedule

20140613-204524.jpgOld-timers will recall that we are usually closed much of January and February, and this year is no different. However, Bread Fridays continue on their own schedule, and if we are around, we will do a tasting as usual on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm. If we are not here, on some Fridays Janice will be delivering bread, and a sort of impromptu, customer-funded tasting might ensue.

What we can tell you now is that there will be both bread and wine tasting This Friday January 6, and next Friday, January 13.

Then there will be neither bread or wine tasting on January 20.

Mark your calendars, and stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve in Review

dscn1734Magnuminity: Occurs when Various Elements of the Wine Trade say, okay, if you buy three cases of This, we will throw in a Big Bottle of That to sweeten the deal.Such was the case this past year when we bought one case of Tarima Hill Monastrell and got a magnum ( equal to two regular bottles– at left in photo); and, for buying three cases of Bogle Essential Red, we got a Jeroboam ( Three Liters!) of Phantom, their pretty tasty red blend of zin, syrah, and mourvedre (the Big Bottle in the photo). And these large-format bottles definitely added to the Festivity!

 

 

 

 

Best Finger Food Ever!

Every year our guests seem to try harder to Outdo each other. This year in particular seemed to bring out the best in our Foodie Community, with nearly every little “snack” inviting eye-rolling moans of pleasure. Yummy in Every Direction! So heartfelt Thanks to all of you for sharing your delicious Creations; can there be any greater Pleasure than Good Friends, Good Food, and Good Wine? Ahhhhh…!

 

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Mary Jane’s Stuffed Jalapenos: Spicy, Toasty, Savory, and Rich, not to mention as Lovely as Salmon Swimming Upstream!

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle’s Chocolate-Dipped Gibraltar-shaped Macaroons: both Eye-Catching and Delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Beth’s two kinds of Potsticker/Steam Buns with Soy Dip: Fastest Disappearing Dish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara’s Baked Brie in Puff Pastry: Hot, Gooey, and Addictive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ann’s Pepper Bread with Camembert: moist, dense bread with a peppery kick and lots of Umami to accompany your glass of wine!

 

 

 

 

 

The Revelers

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Principal Active Principle

dscn1748-modifiedThis week has brought Coopie as close to Normal as we have seen for a couple of months. He is often feisty, energetic and playful, and has had a great appetite. Part of that is due to Pat’s commitment to feeding him along the guidelines of an anti-cancer diet, which as nearly as I can tell was written by dogs. As you might expect, it basically says that dogs should eat what WE eat: a blend of meat, veggies, rice, and even some kibbles (but all Kibbles are Not created Equal!). Both dogs have better appetites and silkier coats, whatever that might mean. And after his post-chemo week of Zero Appetite, his new enthusiasm for food is comforting, as are all the moment to moment manifestations of his particular Aliveness and our collective Companionship.

Tomorrow we take him in for a few tests to see if we need to tweak his treatment plan. For now he is a pretty happy dog, and that is a Wonderful Thing!

 

This week’s Wine Tasting

Jardin Unoaked Chardonnay ’13   South Africa    $15
Alluring aromas of ripe pears and honey lead to a bright, crisp palate of fresh lemon, honey, and a touch of quinine. Delicious!

Steele Outkaste Red ’11     Mendocino    $16
53% zinfandel, with syrah, tempranillo, petite sirah, and petit verdot; aromas of black pepper, raspberry, and cobbler, with palate of brambly blackberry, cassis, and spices.

Portteus Bistro Red ’13    Washington    $10
54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. A food friendly wine with delicate, elegant texture. Notes of blackberry, pomegranate, cocoa, honey and licorice, with a creamy finish. Over-delivers for the $.

Tomas Cusine Lliebre ’14 Spain $12
Tempranillo, Merlot, Cab, Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan make for a full-bodied, spiced, currant-like wine reminiscent of old school California Cabernet Sauvignon, with nuances of tobacco, baking chocolate, and fennel.

Chateau Les Croisille Cahors Malbec “Croizillon” ’15 France    $15
100% malbec organically farmed by hand; aromas and flavors of black cherry, saddle leather, blackberry, cocoa and spice.

 

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