Past and Future Wine Club Event A Qualified Success

Almost half of the Locus Wine Club members showed up with friends and better halves over the weekend (March 17 and 18) to taste the wines from the library and to get a taste of wines to come in the next 24-36 months…. Of course, with 12 or 13 food pairings to try with each wine. The library wines were the 2013 Locus Rosé – looking and tasting like a Bandol-style rosé now that the years have piled on it, 2014 Locus Sémillon which tasted as fresh as the day it was released but a little bit more rounded and dare we say somewhat smoky, somehow. Also from the past: 2012 Locus StoneTree Syrah was the first wine we ever made.

From the future: Wine club-only 2017 Locus Garage Series Rosé (only 25 cases produced), 2015 Locus Cabernet Franc, 2015 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards. Although it was not in the plans, we may have poured the new 2016 Locus Modo Red. Let’s just say there were a lot of bottles.

For those who are not familiar with the event, the event was part of a bistro-style experience, where over a course of 2-hour period, you sit down and enjoy the currently unavailable releases over some delicious bites…

As for the bites, the offerings varied from wild (headcheese, spreadable sausage) to mild (pork, paté, pea & mint hummus, Mediterranean seafood terrine) to standard (cheeses, quince jam, olives, pickles) – most of them house-made by our resident culinarian/co-proprietor.

Next up for wine club events (for Stalker and Sociuspath levels only) is the blending trials just like we did last June: Wine club members and their guests get barrel samples from each wine we made the previous year. Then they use pipets to make blends of their choosing. It is an opportunity for wine club members to get a better appreciation as to where the fruit flavor come from, which wine they can use to add body to a lend, which wine makes the blend more acidic, etc. Basically, doing our job for us. We feed them in return. It is not technically a competition but usually a few wine club members win.

2 Gold Medals and a Silver at 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Northern Rhone-style (Nord) or Southern-Rhone style (Sud), it doesn’t matter. They are both Gold medal winners! 2015 Locus Nord and 2015 Locus Sud were both crowned Gold medal winners at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in their categories, Syrah Dominant Blends and Grenache Dominant Bends, respectively. 2016 Locus Rosé won a Silver medal in the Dry Rosé/Blush category.

San Francisco Chronicle wine competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the world. After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, SFCWC has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. You can find a complete list of winners on their website,

SFCWC holds a special place in Locus Wines team’s hearts since it was the first competition where the 2014 Locus Modo Red won an award, which led to further recognition at other competitions and review sites, like Wine Spectator and the Wine Enthusiast.

The award for 2015 Locus Sud is very exciting but it comes at a bittersweet time, where the its inventory is counting down fast to zero. There are about 15 cases left of the 250+ cases produced.

More on Locus Wines’ recognition and awards, visit the Awards & Recognition page.




Tasting the Barrels, Finalizing Blends

Sometimes a day in the sun in Yakima with dogs in tow is what you need to make some decisions around the upcoming vintage releases (2016 reds, 2017 whites, etc.) while also tasting the barrels to make sure all is well in the process. The good news is that the fermentation on the white and rosés (yes, multiple) are done and they are tasting great. The new Sauvignon Blanc is tasting even better than last year which may be an invitation to do a small batch/one-off 100% Sauvignon Blanc (if Ton gets his way).

Goodbye 2013 Locus Keller Vineyards Syrah, 2014 Locus Modo Red

2014 Locus Modo Red, as it was known by all who knew it, ran out on November 15, 2017. All 661 cases of the 2014 Locus Modo Red were ‘born’ in November 2015 in Seattle, Washington, as an ‘entry’ level Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet blend but surprised all (including us) by its level of sophistication and ability to impress even the connoisseurs of wine. It got great ratings and reviews and sold like hotcakes at the Northwestern bars and restaurants as an accessible glass pour. It was preceded in inventory expiration by its superior, 2013 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards which is another sad story to tell but we are too verklempt to address that right now).

Locus Modo Red is survived by 2016 Locus Modo White, 2016 Locus Sémillon, 2016 Locus Rose, 2015 Locus Sud, 2014 Locus Red and 2015 Locus Nord.

Could there be another Modo Red in the works? Yes, yes, there could be. Stay tuned.


Locus Wines Fall Party: November 11th, 2-6PM in Madrona

November means it’s time for another Locus red to be released.  This year, we’re happy to introduce the 2015 Locus Nord, the yin to the yang of the 2015 Locus Sud.  “Nord” is the French word for “north” and we’ve fashioned this wine after some of our favorite Northern Rhône blends, which must be Syrah-dominant by law.  It’s 64% Syrah (from the Strand and Gamache vineyards), 23% Cinsault and 13% Mourvèdre (both from the 7 Mile vineyard).  While the Syrah dominates, the Cinsault brings bold fruit to the front of the palette, while the Mourvèdre adds a dark finish.  We’re excited to share our inaugural Nord blend with the masses!

As always, we’ll be showcasing the current line-up of Locus wines, all paired with specially-designed culinary bites from Esca Catering.  There will also be an exclusive treat in store for our Socius wine club members to enjoy.  Come join us to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the release of the 2015 Locus Nord!

Here is what the menu looks like:



  • When? Saturday, November 11th, 2-6PM
  • Where? 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
  • How to RSVP? Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Or reply to this email for group RSVPs.
  • How much? Tasting is free. We can only serve adults 21 years and older.
  • This event is not suitable for kids due to adult content, strong language, sharp corners and strategically-placed booby traps specifically designed to ward off people under 17.
  • To see pictures from previous events like this one, visit The Gallery page.

Impromptu Locus Happy Hour at The Tasting Room in Downtown Seattle, Thursday, 9/21, 5-7PM

This Thursday, September 21st, from 5-7PM, the Tasting Room in the Post Alley is holding a Locus Wines happy hour with winemaker Rich Burton in tow. The wine flights, the Locus Wines bottles will all be discounted to happy hour pricing during the evening. Chances are, Rich will stay way longer than the happy hour, so it is a chance to spend some cycles with the winemaker with very little interruption before he gets all busy with the crush, if you so desire. No need to RSVP or call ahead. Just show up at your convenience.

Upcoming Locus Wines Tastings

You missed the Summer Release last weekend? Don’t worry. There is always something going on somewhere around Seattle metro. In a pinch, you can rush to the Tasting Room in Post Alley downtown Seattle that has all Locus Wines by the glass, daily year round. Most of the events materialize with fairly short notice so check back here often to see what’s what. Here is a snapshot though:

  • Compass Wines Locus TastingAnacortes, WA, July 26th, 2017, 4-6PM
    Winemaker Rich Burton visits Compass Wines in Anacortes, a long time supporter of the wines near the islands, to pour the crop of newer Locus Wines.
  • Winemaker’s Night at the Tasting Room, Seattle, WA. July 27th, 2017, 7-9PM
    Rich Burton will be present to pour the wines and chat with tasters at the Tasting Room in post alley. Tasters pay for flights or for glasses of the wines.
  • Locus Fall PartySeattle, WA, November 11th, 2017, 2-6PM
    Annual Fall party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.
  • Socius Locus Wine Club Event, Seattle, WA, February 24th, 2017, TBD
    Wine club members sit down, relax, hang out, drink and be merry at the Madrona location of the winery, without the crowds of tasting parties and with food and wine service at their tables. This event is by invitation only. Wine club membership required.
  • Locus Spring PartySeattle, WA, April 21st, 2017, 2-6PM
    Annual Spring party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.
  • Socius Locus Wine Club Event: Red Wine Blending Party, Seattle, WA, June 11th, 2017, 7-10PM
    Wine club members try barrel samples to come up with compelling red wine blends for the 2017 fruit. Winners get prizes. As always, delicious bites available for the participants. This event is by invitation only. Wine club membership required.
  • Locus Summer Party, Seattle, WA, July 28th, 2018, 3-7PM
    Annual summer party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.

New Retailers and Restaurants for Locus: Mid-July Edition

Earlier in the month, we had announced quite a few new locations that carry Locus Wines but we are seeing more stores and restaurants joining the fray, so we thought we’d amend to the updates from July 2nd and July 3rd. Here are some of the new places that are now selling/pouring the wines in the greater Seattle area:

Gold for Locus Wines at the 2017 Seattle Wine Awards

Locus Wines won awards for each of the four wines we had submitted back in February for the 2017 Seattle Wine Awards consideration.

  • The 2015 Locus Sud (our surprise release from November release party) got GOLD for Red Rhone $20 and Under category.
  • The 2014 Locus Red (our flagship blend) took GOLD honors Red Rhone $20 – $35 category.
  • The 2016 Locus Modo White blend won BRONZE for White Bordeaux Under $20 category.
  • The 2016 Locus Rosé won BRONZE for Rosé- Blended category.

You can taste these and the new vintage, 2016 Locus Sémillon at the July 15th Summer Party in Madrona, from 3-7PM.

Bottles Introducing Locus Wines to Spokane, WA, Friday, July 7th

Bottles in Spokane, WA is introducing Locus Wines to local wine and beer drinkers on Friday, July 7th, from 5PM onwards at their 3319 N. Argonne Rd. Spokane, WA 99212 location with culinary goodness from Mac Daddy’s Gourmet Grub. Here is how they talked about it:

This is going to be a fun wine tasting as Amber from Cru Selections introduces us to a newer winery from Seattle called Locus Wines.  Locus has been in the Seattle market, but just recently has come over to Spokane.  Come try these awesome wines and we also have a special treat for you as well from Finn River – it is an awesome raspberry dessert wine – you gotta try it!

  • Modo White – This easy drinking Bordeaux style white is the very definition of the “summer sipper”.  A Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blend with aromas of pineapple, grass and flint followed by flavors of lychee and lemon with nice minerality
  • Rose – Aromas of nectarine, fennel and herbes de provence.  Flavors of peach, mandarin orange and lavender.  This light, crisp wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourdvedre.  Bone dry finish
  • Modo Red – This easy drinking red is a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot as the power player.  Enjoy blueberries and a hint of nutmeg on the nose.  Blackberries and dark cherries with subtle tobacco, cedar, and leather are present on the palate
  • Sud – Southern Rhone style blend, hence the name sud.  It is a blend of Grenache and Syrah.  Enjoy ripe strawberry and eucalyptus on the nose and the palate offers bright cherry with hints of cedar
  • Locus Red – Rhone style blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourdvedre.  Ripe raspberry and violets are present on the nose while flavors of plum, ground nutmeg, fresh black pepper and hints of tobacco linger in your mouth
  • Finn River Raspberry Brandy Wine – Enjoy this spectacular dessert wine – pure, intense, absolute essence of fresh raspberries! Awesome poured over rich vanilla ice cream or a piece of creamy cheesecake!”

Well, said. Nothing for us to do but support it. If you are in the area and like the wines (or would like to try the wines to see if you like them or not), please support us and go to Bottles on Friday. Say hi to Amber (of Cru Selections) from us, too.