On Saturday, Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton is pouring the line up at the Hellam’s Vineyard wine store from 1 to 6PM. The daffodils are out so maybe in between visiting the fields, you should stop by. More information on the Hellam’s Vineyard website.
Socius (Locus Wines wine club) wine club’s second annual bistro event was a big one, compared to last year’s. We had over 100 folks with us at the beautiful Seattle Culinary Academy, tasting the past (2014 Rosé, 2016 Locus Rosé, 2014 Locus Modo Red, 2013 Locus Red) and some of the future (2016 Barbera, 2016 Cabernet Sauignon and 2016 Locus Strand Vineyard Syrah) Locus Wines releases, while nibbling on rabbit paté, cheeses and other goodness. Those club members who couldn’t make it: We are sorry but you should be sorry too. You missed out. We will catch you next time.
Here are some crowd-sourced imagery from the event. Thank you, Alice G. and others for the impromptu photography work.
Our proprietary blend does it again and in an even more spectacular manner: The 2015 Locus Red won Double Gold in the Rhone blend category, besting its previous vintage iterations (2013 Locus Red and 2014 Locus Red won Gold in the same competition, in 2016 and 2018, respectively). The international San Francisco Chronicle wine competition is the largest international wine competition in the U.S., receiving more than 6,900 wines for consideration this year alone. Congratulations to us and to all the other wineries that put their heart and soul to these products.
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, 2015 Locus Red is playful, bright with enough heft and tannins that show aging potential. We released the wine at the November 2018 release party. We will celebrate the win once again at the April 2019 Spring party.
Also awarded at this year’s competition is the 2016 Locus Modo Red (SILVER) and soon to be released 2017 Locus Sémillon (SILVER).
Locus Wines presence in Seattle is almost inevitable, with the winery being in Seattle, cooperative tasting room we belong to,The Tasting Room being downtown and the fact that we are part of Seattle Urban Wineries. Well, we are making a dent on the East side of Seattle, in the towns of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond and Woodinville. We have ways to go, but it is better than just one or two locations.
Here is a selection of retailers that carry Locus Wines (or if they have run out, they have a relationship with our distributor to get you what you need):
- Cork & Tap
- Mox Boarding House
- Purple Café Bellevue
- QFC #808
- Westin Hotel
- Flat Iron Grill – new (since October 2018)
- Café Volace
- Grape Choice
- Little Brother
- Metropolitan Market Kirkland
- Harry’s on Tye Street
- Malt and Vine
- Metropolitan Sammamish – new (since November 2018)
- Plateau Club
- Cellars Wine Club – new
- Village Wines
- Washington Wine Society – new
The winery may be located in Seattle and the wines are made in Yakima but we sure get some sweet support from the Eastern-most end of the state. Spokane has been a very supportive market for Locus Wines and we want to acknowledge (re-acknowledge in some cases), the businesses that really welcomed us. Thank you, Spokane. We are not there too often but we sure feel the love.
In October and November 2018 timeframe alone, four new establishments added Locus to their offerings:
- Lantern Tap House
- Latah Bistro
- Wild Sage
- No-Li Brewhouse
The following businesses have featured us in the past, and some of them, like Left Bank, seem to like us enough to keep coming back:
- Bottles (Spokane Valley)
- The Grain Shed
- Indaba Café
- Left Bank
- Manito Tap House
- Nectar Wine and Beer
- Rocket Market
- Steel Barrel
- Yokes Argonne #11
Photo credit: https://sahmdr.wordpress.com/
Footprint Wine Tap is featuring Locus Wines for the entire month of December in 2018 with not one, but two Locus Wines, all on tap: Locus Rosé and Locus Tank #3 Red Blend. They call the December feature, ‘dreamy December’ and we won’t argue with that. Both wines are from trio of our favorite grapes: Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. You all know the Rosé but the 2016 Locus Tank #3 is new: It is a keg-only red wine we made. It is so good that now we wish we didn’t keg them all.
Footprint Wine Tap is Seattle’s first wine bar that prioritizes sustainability and locality – all wines presented are from responsibly sourced grapes, by wineries that have exemplary business practices and all wines are Pacific Northwest wines. They also carry ciders, meads, cold brew coffee and sake. Located on Madison, between 12th and 13th Streets, Footprint Wine Tap is a refreshingly new concept in a very crowded and getting a bit all-too-same Capitol Hill food and beverage scene.
There is wine and drinks but there is also food: You will find lots of small plates for nibbles, a nice salad if you want more and a few desserts to go with the sweeter wines. Footprint Wine Tap opens at 2PM Monday through Friday, and then at noon on the weekends.
A little over 150 people were in attendance at the Locus Wines Fall Party on Saturday, November 17th. The weather was dry and sunny and the people festive. The brand new 2015 Locus Cabernet Franc and 2015 Locus Red were qualified hits and the food hit the mark. Here are a few things you missed out on, unless you were here of course…. These parties do not happen automagically. We rely on our awesome friend-volunteers (Birgit, Carol, Collene, Eric, Josh, Jeanie, Lindsey, Tori) and family (Shama, Scott, Tony). Add an amazing group of select culinarians from Seattle Culinary Academy to serve in the kitchen (Chris, Ell, Fox, Daniel, Coco, Emily and Jack) and only then, magic.
- The storied Edmonds location, Epulo Bistro carried 2016 Locus Modo Red, starting in September. So did the Ballinger Village Thriftway in Shoreline.
- Metropolitan Market on Admiral in West Seattle has 2017 Locus Modo White. So does the Locol Barley & Vine on 35th Ave SW. So does the Shorewood Grocery in the neighboring Shorewood area.
- Harry’s on Tye in Monroe is carrying the 2016 Locus Modo Red as well.
- Old Stove Brewing on Western in downtown Seattle has been pouring the 2016 Locus Rosé since July.
- Left Bank Wine Bar and The Grain Shed in Spokane carroes the 2016 Locus Modo Red. Indaba Coffee carries the 2016 Locus Rosé.
- If you are in Stevenson, stop by A&J Market for 2016 Locus Modo Red.
If you are interested sampling some of these wines or discover other wines we have been making, come join us for the Locus Fall Party on Saturday, November 17th from 2 to 6pm in Madrona neighborhood. Click here for more information.
Let’s Party Like It’s 2015!!
Nostalgia is in the air at Locus this November. We’re remembering the year 2015 – only three years have gone by, but it feels like a lifetime ago. It was also a fantastic year for wine. We’re excited to introduce not one, but two different reds from that vintage: the 2015 Locus Red and the 2015 Locus Cabernet Franc (yes, we said Cabernet Franc and it is big and bold and very limited in quantities).
As always, we’ll showcase the current line-up of Locus wines, all paired with specially-designed holiday-themed culinary bites from ESCA Catering. (We’ll post the menu here on the website soon… don’t panic). 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 two different 2015 reds!
Saturday, November 17th, 2-6PM
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
$5, refundable with purchase. 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 21.
How to RSVP?
Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Or if you are responding for a group or don’t have access to Facebook, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We officially ran out of the 2017 Locus Rosé this week. We are holding on to four cases so that those of you joining us at the Summer Party on Saturday, July 28th have the opportunity to buy some but commercially we are officially out.
This is great for us business-wise but also bittersweet. 2017 Locus Rosé was special: It won GOLD at the Seattle Wine Awards few months ago and it was a surprisingly crisp, well-balanced wine with complex fruit flavors, with a bone dry finish. Very Southern Rhone-like.
You can still find the 2017 Locus Rosé in a lot of restaurants and retailers in and around Seattle metropolitan area and Washington state:
Angelo’s – Burien
Auburn Wine and Caviar Co.
Bennett’s Mercer Island
Bordeaux Wine Bar Enumclaw
Central Co-op Madison
Collections Café at Chihuly Gardens
Community Food Co-op Bellingham
European Vine Selections Capitol Hill
Farms & Market
Fresh Fish Seattle
Home Remedy Seattle
Hopvine Patch Seattle
Joe Bar Capitol Hill
Left Bank Wine South Park
Manito Tap House
Meet the Moon Leschi
Metropolitan Market Sand Point
Mr. West Downtown Seattle
Palace Kitchen Downtown Seattle
Purple Café Bellevue
Purple Café Seattle
South Fork Public House
Tacoma Wine Merchants
Wine Loft Olympia