Purple Café in Seattle and Bellevue add Locus Sémillon

2015 Locus Sémillon is currently on the Purple Café’s glass pour list in its Seattle and Bellevue locations. The scarcity/rarity of good Sémillon from Washington wineries is not lost on them: Here is how they introduce the Locus Sémillon glass pour on their 108-page wine list encyclopedia…


Sémillon is not rare of a grape in Washington actually but it is rarely revered. Some ofimg_4209_20160312_edited the Sémillon crops may lack acidity (especially in France where they generally mix it with Sauvignon Blanc for dry applications), but Rattlesnake Hills fruit from the renowned Dineen Vineyard certainly doesn’t. The problem with Washington Sémillons is that some of them are oaked. Just them the grape be, people. This is not your uncle’s Chardonnay. .

Go on and enjoy a nice glass of refreshing, balanced Sémillon with lots of aromas and a surprisingly rounded finish and mouth feel. At Purple café.


Locus Wines: Featured Winery at Local 360, Starting October 10th

localcafebarLocal 360 in Belltown is featuring Locus Wines all week this week, starting October 10th. Specifically, you will find these wines on the menu:

  • 2015 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard
  • 2015 Locus Rosé, Yakima Valley
  • 2014 Locus Modo Red, Columbia Valley
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard

This is one of the rare opportunities to get more of the StoneTree Syrah since we no longer have it available at retail locations.

rabbit-leg-wideLocal 360 is one of the rare sustainable restaurants in the Northwest. The 360 reference in the name is about sourcing 90% of all raw ingredients come from within 360 miles of Seattle.


The Locus team (Rich Burton, Ton Yazici) will be on hand to hang out/dine on October 11th, Tuesday evening from 6 to 8PM.



New Stores, Restaurants Adding Locus Wines…. September Edition

Joule in Freemont is loving the 2015 Locus Rosé for a few months now but they are not the only ones…. Madison Co-op, Leschi Mart, PCC Natural Markets, DeLaurenti, Grape Choice, Downtown Spirits, Bar Ferdinand, Sitka and Spruce (the latter two in form of private labeled for Bar Ferdinand) and PT Wine Seller (Port Townsend) are also feeling the Rosé love despite the dwindling Rosé season. (We drink Rosé year round, by the way).

As the Rosé season comes to a close, so are the supplies of our Rosé. What started as more than 500 cases are down to less than 35 cases. Sad but also cause for celebration since it means a new Locus Rosé is only 6 months away.

The trio of Costcos that are carrying the wines are still going strong. You can still find the 2015 Locus Sémillon and 2014 Locus Modo Red at Aurora Village, Kirkland and Tukwila Costcos.

Whole Foods also carry the wines but you need to know which wine is available where: In Whole Foods Bellevue, you can find the 2012 Locus Syrah from StoneTree Vineyard. The Whole Foods Westlake and Whole Foods Bellingham prefer to carry the 2014 Locus Modo Red.

For a comprehensive list of retail and restaurants that carry Locus Wines in state of Washington, visit the Retail and Restaurant Locations page.

Locus Wines Tasting at Revolution Wine: Saturday, September 17th, 6-8PM

img_0581_20151101_editedWe are pouring at Revolution Wine Bar and Shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle this Saturday, September 17th from 6 to 8PM. Revolution Wine is fairly new to the neighborhood and it is a prime location to sample some great wines. They have an amazing selection, both domestic and foreign and they also have a very comfortable space (think stools if you want to keep it business, think giant leather couches if you want to just relax and hang out). Check out their Instagram feed for some ridiculous wine shots.

Come hang out with us or simply get some wine and appetizers to relax before you move on with your Saturday evening.

Saturday, September 17th
6:00 – 8:00pm

518 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(Southwest corner of Pike and Belmont)

Want to Join Us?
Come on over. The tasting is free. Tasters must be 21 years and older.

Costco to Carry Locus Sémillon, Modo Red, Starting NOW

Locus Wines are infiltrating Costco locations in waves, starting this weekend at Tukwila SouthCenter Costco and then expanding in the metropolitan Seattle area stores. Specifically, Costco is going to carry the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard and the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend.

To promote the new relationship, we (Locus folks and Barrique Imports crew in collaboration) are spending time at the various Costcos every Friday and Saturday to promote the wines, from 10AM to 6PM.

Yesterday, Rich and Barrique’s own Adrienne were on hand in Tukwila. Today, Barrique folks are going to continue the promotion. Barrique folks are going to continue with the presentations in Aurora location next weekend. Locus crew takes over Kirkland over the 2nd and 3rd of September. Please come and see us if you are in the neighborhood.

Here is the schedule for Costco presentations (not tastings):

  • August 19th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
  • August 20th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
  • August 26th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
  • August 27th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
  • September 2nd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco
  • September 3rd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco

Will Locus Wines sell at all Costcos? To be determined.

All Good Things Must Come to an End: An Obit for Some Good, Good Wine

PhototasticCollage-2016-08-17-18-28-15Three Loci down…. The 2013 Locus Red, 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah as well as 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Sémillon are officially gone for good. We should know better than to get attached to something perishable but we couldn’t help it. We loved these wines and while we are happy that we sold out, we are also sad to see them forever gone.

These wines meant the world to us: 2013 Locus Red was critically adored (91 points from Wine Spectator, Best of Show at Minneapolis Food and Wine Experience, Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition among others) and loved by Locus fans.

2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah was our firstborn. Our first release ever. For those who love big and bold Washington Syrahs, it was “the” wine. Four years and many awards later (90 points from Wine Enthusiast, Double Gold from Seattle Wine Awards, 89 points from Wine Spectator), it has finally ridden off to the sunset.

Last but not least, 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard… Many awards for this one too but too bad it is gone, because as we found out at Locus Wines Summer Party last July, Locus whites get only better and more complex with age.

Thankfully, we still have our other “babies.” 20 or so cases of the exquisite 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah, plus 2014 Modo Red, 2015 Rosé and the Sémillon…. No consolation though. Knowing we have other good wines still available doesn’t mean that the vanishing of these three hurts any less.


Locus Modo on Tap at the BOTTLEHOUSE

Bottlehouse, wine bar and shop, in Madrona has tapped the 2014 Locus Modo Red. It is now available for glass pour at your convenience, pretty much every day from 3PM until close.

Locus is no stranger to Bottlehouse. Over the last year or so, various Locus wines were on the glass pour list (Semillon, Rosé, 2013 Red) as well as the bottle list (2012 StoneTree Syrah). Now it is full circle with the addition of Modo Red in the Bottlehouse offerings.




Locus at Rising Stars at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center

risingstarsLocus Wines is one of the rising stars, aptly called at the Rising Stars, sponsored bby the state-of-the-art Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center event in August. The Clore Center is hosting this special opportunity for wine lovers to discover some of Washington’s newest up-and-coming winemakers. The event’s official name is Rising Stars, a Tasting Experience of Washington’s Newest Wineries.

This is a great opportunity to sip and savor 40 of the newest labels and discover some new favorites. The wines will also be available for purchase.

Ticket includes all-inclusive tastings (wine glass, program, live music) plus a rare chance to enjoy delicious fare from Tom Douglas Restaurants of the Seattle dining scene.

Friday, August 26th
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center
2140 Wine Country Rd
Prosser, WA 99350

Want to Join Us?
VIP Hours 5-9pm – $40
General Admission 6-9pm – $30
Tasters must be 21 years and older.



Locus Wines Tasting Room Open This Weekend on Saturday, August 6th, 12-6PM

img_0581_20151101_editedThe first weekend of the month means Locus Wines time at Barrique Wines (a retail wine shop and event space, owned by our distributor Barrique Imports), where we turn the place in to the Locus Wines tasting room for the weekend. This happens every first weekend of each month, by the way. Stop by and taste the Locus lineup on either day.

Saturday, August 6th
Noon – 6:00 pm

1762 Airport Way S. Unit C
Seattle, WA 98134
(On Airport Way, just North of Holgate on the East side of the road… Coming from the north, look for a wine barrel and the long skinny LOCUS banner with the logo on West side of the road. If you go under Holgate overpass, you went to far.) Park on the East side of the street or the South side of the building. Enter the tasting room from Airport Way S entrance. No banner on Sunday.

Want to Join Us?
Come on over. The tasting is free. Tasters must be 21 years and older.

Locus Wines Tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants, Saturday, July 30th, 2-4PM

Madrona Wine Merchants LogoWere you unable to make it to the summer party at the winery few weekends ago? If you were there, would you like to sample the wines one more time? Well, you get another chance at it this coming Saturday, July 30th in Madrona.

Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines at a free tasting event Saturday, July 30th, from 2-4 PM. Jim and Mark, the co-proprietors of the neighborhood wine shop Madrona Wine Merchants, have supported Locus Wines from day 1. In fact, the first ever public tasting for Locus Wines was held at Madrona Wine Merchants.

Almost all Locus Wines lineup will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton. Specifically, Rich will pour:

  • 2015 Locus Rosé (Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault), Yakima Valley
  • 2015 Locus Sèmillon, Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills
  • 2014 Locus Modo Red, Columbia Valley
  • 2013 Locus Rhône Blend Red Wine (Syrah/Grenache), Yakima Valley
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyards, Naches Heights

Saturday, July 30th
2-4 PM

1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit the Madrona Wine Merchants website or their Facebook page for more details.