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.

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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.

When?
Friday, August 26th
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where?
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.

When?
Saturday, August 6th
Noon – 6:00 pm

Where?
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

When?
Saturday, July 30th
2-4 PM

Where?
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.

Locus Wines Tasting at Boise Whole Foods Market, Wednesday, July 27th, 5-7PM

Whole_Foods_logoPlease join us to celebrate Locus Wines Boise Whole Foods Market debut on Wednesday, July 27th from 2-4PM.

You will get a chance to taste the 2015 Locus Sémillon, our crispy and refreshing white wine, plus the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot and Malbec blend with a touch of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. We call that one a Washington Bordeaux (Syrah in there makes it Washington, get it?)

After making it to the glass pour list on two Bardenay locations and a few retailers (hello Boise Co-op, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, State & Lemp, and, Mc Call’s Rupert’s), we are excited that more people in Boise area will get a chance to sample our wines.

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When?
Wednesday, July 27th
5-7 PM

Where?
401 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83702

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Just show up. No RSVP or registration required.

Locus Wines Tasting Room: Open Saturday, July 2nd, 12-6PM in SoDo

The 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. This happens every first weekend of each month, by the way.

As usual, we will have small bites to accompany the wines. Stop by and taste the Locus lineup. Specifically,

  • 2015 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard (a crisp, dry white)
  • 2015 Locus Rosé (a bone-dry Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault blend)
  • 2014 Locus MODO Red (Merlot/Malbec blend)
  • 2013 Locus Red (Syrah/Grenache blend, 91 points, Wine Spectator and GOLD in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard (90 points, Wine Enthusiast)
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard

When?
Saturday, June 4th
Noon – 6:00 pm

Where?
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 only on Saturday. Tasters must be 21 years and older.

Ruth’s Chris, Bardenay, Rupert’s and Boise Co-op Get Locus

PhototasticCollage-2016-06-25-08-41-18‘Gorgeous blueberry, black tea and a hint of nutmeg’ is how Bardenay in Boise describes the 2014 Locus Modo Red, available on their wine list as a featured item these days. How can we disagree?

Also in Boise: The 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse as well as the 2014 Locus Modo Red at the Boise Co-op.

Outside Boise? No worries. In the beautiful lakeside town of McCall also offers Locus Wines at Rupert’s, arguably the best hotel and best restaurant in town. (If you have never been to McCall, you are missing out. It is beyond beautiful)

Our winemaker Rich Burton, and Idaho son himself, is currently in Idaho doing tastings. Catch him in McCall on Sunday, June 26th at Jug Mountain Ranch Golf Club, pouring the 2015 Locus Rosé with several Washington greats like the Dunham Cellars and Balboa, from 2-5PM.

 

Locus at Esquin, Blueacre, Tanakasan, Serafina, Fry Art Museum, Joe Bar and More…

Just in time for the summer, a few locations in Seattle (either expanded their offering of or) added Locus Wines:

  • Blueacre wine list currently includes the 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard
  • Serafina, Tanakasan, Frye Art Museum, Joe Bar, Palace Kitchen, Salted Sea, Hazelwood, Red Cow, Joule are now pouring 2015 Locus Rosé by the glass
  • Central Market Co-op at Shoreline, Madison Central Co-op and European Vine Selections (The Wine Shop) have added the Rosé to their shelves in addition to other Locus selections
  • MKT is now pouring the 2014 Locus Modo Red
  • Leschi Market now carries the 2015 Locus Rosé, in addition to 2014 Locus Modo and the 91WS 2013 Locus Red
  • Esquin in SoDo is carrying the 2013 Locus Red