Fall Means Red?

How quickly we switch! Or more like you switch.

As the Fall hints its arrival, the newly released 2017 Locus Modo Red finds itself somewhat of a hot item. As we were saying bakc in August as well, there has been a big demand for it, that we are assuming driven by hoards of winelovers abandoning the whites and the rosés for the red. (Not that there were any 2018 Locus Rosé left anyways. Even the special, wine-club only 2018 Locus Garage Series Rosé is gone. We ran out in July this year.)

This month, you will find 2017 Locus Modo Red at quite a few locations around town in Seattle, wherever you live:

  • Boulevard Grocery (Ravenna)
  • Diane’s Market Kitchen (Downtown)
  • Fresh Fish (Ballard)
  • Ivar’s Pier 54 (Downtown)
  • Northwest Liquor & Wine Seattle (Capitol Hill)
  • Picolinos (Ballard)
  • Pike & Western (Pike Place Market)
  • Rama Deli & Market (Belltown)
  • QFC #891 Ballard (Ballard)
  • Vine Street Market (Belltown)
  • Vino Verite (Columbia City)

Not in Seattle? No problem.

  • A & J Market (Stevenson)
  • Bellevue Brewing Company (Bellevue)
  • Ballinger Village Thriftway (Shoreline)
  • Cafe Luna Vashon (Vashon)
  • Port Gamble General Store (Port Gamble)
  • Uncork & Unwind (Tumwater)

Welcome to fall. Begrudgingly so.

Where to Find the New Releases in Washington and Idaho

There has been quite a few inquiries as to where those of you who couldn’t make it to the July party could find the new releases out and about. Just to refresh your memory: we released 2018 Locus Modo White (60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc), 2017 Locus Semillon and 2017 Locus Modo Red (70% Merlot blend). We thought a comprehensive list (as of July 31st, we don’t know who added the new wines on in August yet).

Establishment The Wine City
Ballinger Village Thriftway Locus 2017 Modo Red Shoreline
Bardenay Locus 2017 Modo Red Coeur d’Alene
Bellevue Brewing Company Locus 2017 Modo Red Bellevue
Cafe Flora Locus 2017 Modo Red Seattle
Ivar’s Pier 54 Locus 2017 Modo Red Seattle
Mazama Country Store Locus 2017 Modo Red Mazama
Roost Lifestyle Locus 2017 Modo Red Moses Lake
Snowgoose Produce Locus 2017 Modo Red Mount Vernon
Lone Rock Mercantile Locus 2017 Semillon Seabeck
Arista Wine Cellars Locus 2018 Modo White Edmonds
Cafe Luna Vashon Locus 2018 Modo White Vashon
Delicatus Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Ivar’s Pier 54 Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Locol Barley & Vine Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Mazama Country Store Locus 2018 Modo White Mazama
Metropolitan Market – Kirkland Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Metropolitan Market – Kirkland Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Metropolitan Market Admiral Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Port Gamble General Store Locus 2018 Modo White Port Gamble
QFC #838 Inglewood Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Rocket Market Locus 2018 Modo White Spokane
Vita’s Locus 2018 Modo White Lopez Island
Wine Loft Locus 2018 Modo White Olympia

 

Ivar’s Pier 54 Special Sheet? Yeah, We Got Two Wines On It!

If you are inclined to eat at Ivar’s, one of Seattle’s most famous restaurant destinations, you are bound to see a familiar face (or more like a name) on their specials sheet…. Right on top, in fact. Locus Modo White and Locus Modo Red are two of the three special wines available at Ivar’s right now.

So before you start and share, better order the wines.

Locus Wines Club Sociuspath’s Fun Blending Event

30 members of the Locus Wines wine club got together on Tuesday, August 13th, to test their wine-blending skills at the Tasting Room while sipping green wines (2018 vintage wines that are not quite ready for consumption really) and trying to decide what could work as a red blend, for wines that won’t even bottle until next March! That is quite the undertaking and the wine club members were up to the challenge. They feasted on grub by our resident culinarian (Ton Yazici of ESCA) and then got to it.

Locus Wines wine club, Sociuspath has three levels and the blending is part of the higher two levels as a perk. It involves exactly what we described above. So, technically, the members are paying to do our job. Good deal.

Another Summer, Another Party

We had over 100 people come through yesterday and what a day. People drank and ate and had a good time, helping us launch 2018 Locus Modo White, 2017 Sémillon and 2017 Modo Red (a blend that is 70% Merlot). Cantaloupe Gazpacho and Dukkah Shrimp were the winners for the day, with Eggplant Caprese right on their tails.

Thanks to everyone that showed up. Thanks to Seattle Culinary Academy students who worked the event and made it special: Christopher, Michael, Elaina, Devon, Coco and Adj. Even bigger thanks to those who helped us put the event on, our friends and volunteers, Shama, Lindsay, Joy, Josh, Birgit, Carol, Eric and Patrick. Here is a sampler of pics from the party… The bottles, the food (courtesy of ESCA Catering), the flowers (courtesy of Blackhouseflowers), and of course the volunteers.

Twin Falls, McCall, Meridian and Boise Represent!

Locus Wines has been distributing in our winemaker Rich Burton’s home state of Idaho (What’s up, Jerome?) for a few years now but we wanted to refresh your memory on who carries the wines more recently. We got Twin Falls, McCall, Boise, Meridian and Coeur d’Alene, of course. Specifically, you can find Locus Wines at the following locations (based on fresh/recent orders):

2 Sisters Country Store McCall
Bardenay – Cda & Boise Coeur d’Alene
Bistro 45 McCall
Boise Co-op Wine Shop Boise
Divine Wine – Meridian Meridian
Rudy’s “A Cooks Paradise” Twin Falls
Rupert’s Restaurant McCall
Vine Wine Shop Boise

The picture above was taken near beautiful Stanley in Southeastern Idaho over the July 4th weekend a few years ago. Not photoshopped, we swear.

Feeling the Love of Rosé in Seattle (and the Surrounding Areas)

From Liliwaup to Twisp, from Tacoma to Shoreline, the metropolitan Seattle is going through a Rosénaissance (yep, we just said that) in June and July. You can find the Locus Rosé in quite a few places over the years but for 2018 Locus Rosé, we have some newcomers: HIlltop Red Apple Market in Beacon Hill neighborhood, New Town Market in Belltown, Rogers Riverview Bistro in Snohomish, Finestere in Port Townsend, Glover Street Maket in Twisp, Cask and Schooner in Friday Harbor, Hama Hama Oyster Company in Lilliwaup are all new. Specifically, the 2018 Locus Rosé is fully stocked up in following retailers and restaurants:

Anchorhead Coffee (East) Issaquah
Ballinger Village Thriftway Shoreline
Bellingham Food Co-op Bellingham
Bottlehouse / Root Seattle
Briley’s BBQ Lake Forest Park
Cask & Schooner Friday Harbor
Central Market Shoreline Shoreline
City Cellars Seattle
Cone & Steiner – Pioneer Square Seattle
Copper Coin Seattle
Finistere Port Townsend
Footprint Wine Tap Seattle
Fresh Fish Seattle
Glover Street Market Twisp
Hama Hama Oyster Company Lilliwaup
Hilltop Red Apple Market Seattle
Home Remedy Seattle
Locol Barley & Vine Seattle
Marketime Foods Seattle
Mr West Seattle
New Town Market Seattle
Old Stove – Western Seattle
PCC – Fremont #110 Seattle
Rogers Riverview Bistro Snohomish
Shorewood Grocery Seattle
Tacoma Wine Merchants Tacoma
Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro Auburn
Wine Loft Olympia

 

2 Days Left Locus Wines Summer Party!

It’s time for the new Modos!
Please join us on Saturday, July 27th, from 2-6PM in Madrona to celebrate the arrival of new vintages of three of our familiar labels: the 2018 Modo White, the 2017 Modo Red, and the 2016 Sud!
As always, we will pour through some of our current releases and pair everything with delicious bites from Ton’s catering company, ESCA.
Remember, it’s $5 to taste (refunded with any purchase). If you are a Socius Wine Club member or a member of the food and beverage industry, your tasting fee is waived. And don’t forget to bring your ID!
RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests email us at info@locuswines.com).
Invite others. The more the merrier! Enjoy the sun and we’ll see you at the end of July!
Wanna know what’s on the menu? Read on.

Pride Tasting at Footprint Wine Tap with Locus Wines

Footprint Wine Tap, first and only sustainable keg wine on tap bar and shop sourcing fine PNW wines and food for your palate pleasures, is hosting its first annual pride tasting week kicking off today with brunch and mimosas.

Locus Wines is going to join in on the fun on Thursday evening, from 5 to 9PM, with winemaker Rich Burton in tow. Come taste the wines and show your support for the Pride Month.

Locus Wines will be available by the glass or by flight. Flights are $10 per flight OR $15 for both flights.

WHITES & ROSÉ FLIGHT
Sauvignon Blanc
‘Modo White’ – Sémillon + Sauvignon Blanc
Rosé – Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault

RED FLIGHT
Cinsault
‘Tank No. 3’ – Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
Barbera

To learn more about Footprint’s week of pride activities, follow them on Facebook. To learn more about the Locus Wines tasting on Thursday, click on the image below.

See you there!

3rd Annual POUR This Saturday from 1-4PM in Belltown

Come join us (and 22 other Seattle urban wineries) this Saturday at POUR Seattle to get a taste of, well, 23 Seattle Urban Wineries. We will be there from 1 to 4, at Block 41 located at 115 Bell Street in Seattle. The tickets are $45 per person ($70 for VIP) and they are going fast. So get them while you can.

What is Seattle Urban Wineries, you ask? You can visit the website and read about it but in a nutshell: It is a group of twenty local Seattle wineries that operate within the Seattle city limits… or with tasting rooms nearby.

Every year, Seattle Urban Wineries puts on a tasting event in June that features most of the wineries plus some special educational offerings for the VIP Experience ticket holders. Rich Burton, our winemaker, will be on hand to teach the VIP folks how to appreciate the acid in wine. You can read more on the VIP Experience to see what else is available here.