Goodbye 2015 Locus Sémillon

img_4072_20160312_editedWe are officially out of the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards. We still have some kegs for foodservice operations but that is it. So what now? Well, there is still some Sémillon on the shelves of retailers: Some Costcos still have it in stock (Seattle SoDo location is out). Some PCCs still have it and possibly Esquin.

If you get nostalgic, you have two options. At least for a while. First up, the Tasting Room downtown. We have two cases still available for flights, glass or purchase. In fact, this coming weekend, our winemaker Rich Burton will be at the Tasting Room hanging out with people as they taste Locus Wines flights.

Second option: Head on over to Purple Café downtown Seattle or Bellevue to get the Sémillon by the glass. They added the white to their glass pour menu a few months ago and they are getting the last bit of it we have left.

The good news is that the 2016 Sémillon is only 6 months away.

We Said We’d Never Do It. We are Doing It.

oBut you know, sometimes an opportunity just presents itself and it’s too good to turn down.  We never intended to have a Locus tasting room, especially this early in our development, but when we met the folks from The Tasting Room in Post Alley, we changed our mind.  The Tasting Room offers the best of Washington’s viticultural bounty in an old world-style wine bar, focusing only on winemaker-owned wineries.  We’ll be joining other great Washington wineries like Naches Heights, Nota Bene, and Wilridge as part of a tasting cooperative in historic Pike Place Market.

57869361_-c4zav3axwvr6cfgx2fsrbdx8jlvc-qujo2tfiu3k3kTo celebrate our new adventure, we are holding an invitation-only party this coming Friday night (November 18th) at the Tasting Room.  We’ve only got room for 25 guests and your name will need to be on the guest list in order to get in.  It’s *that* kind of party. Joking aside, the space is very limited and they cannot accommodate walk-ins.

In addition to our Locus wines, we’ll be tasting through offerings from five other wineries with bites from the new catering company, ESCA. If you’re interested in attending, reply to this email or shoot us a note at socius@locuswines.com to make sure we get your name on the list. There is no cost to attend.

If you can’t make it on Friday, we encourage you to check out The Tasting Room the next time you’re down at Pike’s Place Market.  They’re open from noon to 8pm everyday, except this Friday where they will close at 6 to prep for the special event.  They  have a great happy hour Mondays through Thursdays, from 5pm-7pm with discounts on glass pours, bottles and small plates. You can order wines by the glass, experience tasting flights, or just buy a bottle to take home.  We’re thrilled to be part of this great venue!

Surprise! It’s the 2015 Locus Sud!

img_5611_edited_111416We like to call it our “Lemonade Moment” (if that reference is lost on you, ask a friend).

At our Fall Release party, we decided to debut a brand new wine way ahead of schedule.  Enter the 2015 Locus Sud, a young, upstart blend of 7 Mile Grenache and (84%) and Keller Syrah (16%).  Ten months in barrels and only three months in bottle, it’s tasting beautifully now – tart, expressive, and commanding attention.  Kind of like a millennial.  It’s our version of a Southern Rhône blend, hence the name Sud, which means South in French.

The best part is, the Sud will only be available directly from Locus – on our website, at our release events, or at The Tasting Room.

Second best part, or maybe the better part, is that, for a very limited time, the Sud is available for a discount on the Locus online portal for $19/bottle (plus case discount as applicable) until January 2017.

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Locus Fall Party: Saturday, November 12th, 2-7PM

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Time for a wine tasting party. Again.

It’s been almost 4 months since the last one and it is about time. Come join us on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, from 2-7PM at 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122 to welcome the 2014 Locus Red, our Rhône blend to the Locus portfolio.

The new vintage is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and as those of you at the summer party who got to preview it last July can attest, it is even better than our well-received 2013 Locus Red (91 points from Wine Spectator, Gold from SF Chronicle and Best of Show in Minnesota Food & Wine Experience). As always, we will pair the wines with creative bites from our resident culinary professional Ton Yazici’s new catering venture, ESCA.

What are we drinking, you ask? The following, and knowing us a few more probably:

  • 2015 Locus Rosé (yeah, the summer is gone but Thanksgiving is near)
  • 2014 Locus Modo
  • 2015 Locus Garage Series Red Blend – NEW, FALL EVENT ONLY
  • 2015 Locus – SURPRISE Red (well, guess not a surprise anymore) – NEW
  • 2014 Locus Red, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend – NEW
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyards
  • 2014 Locus Rosé Sangria – yes, we are ending with dessert this time

If you have purchased 2014 Locus Red futures at the summer party, this is the time to collect it. Please RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests or do not have access to Facebook, just post a comment on the event, with number of guests). If you have questions, give us a shout at info@locuswines.com

When?
Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 2-7PM

Where?
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122

Who?
Only 21 years and older can drink.

How much?
Tasting is free.

How to RSVP?
RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests, just post a comment on the event, with number of guests). No Facebook? Send us a note at info@locuswines.com

Locus Wines Now Available at Seattle COSTCO (Everett and Covington COSTCO coming up)

In addition to Kirkland, Tukwila and Aurora Village COSTCO locations, Locus Wines are now available at Seattle SoDo location. You will find 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend as well as the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards.

 

We were at the Seattle COSTCO to promote the wines last weekend, and starting next week, we will infiltrate Everett and Covington locations. Dates TBD.

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…

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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.

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

Where?
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.