2nd Annual Fun Night of Blending Party for Locus Wines Club Members

Stalker and SociusPath level Locus wine club members faced a difficult task last night (June 11th) at the Tasting Room downtown Seattle: Blend two Syrahs, one Grenache and one Mourvédre to make compelling blends, using wine that’s only about 7 months old (read: green and not ready for prime time). Well, people took the task seriously and did really well. It helped that they started the evening with a glass of Wine Club only wine, 2017 Locus Wines Sauvignon Blanc, and closed it with 2016 Locus Wines Garage Series 100% Cinsault, along with five different dishes to keep them satiated through the night.

In just under 2.5 hours, everyone created their own blends; then competed against fellow blenders at the table to choose the best blend from the table. Then the tables competed against each other in a blind tasting to arrive at the winner. Dave Warner’s blend from table 2 was the winner for the evening.

Participants kept saying how hard blending is. And it is. There are easier ways of doing it: You can simply blend all the wines you got and hope that it tastes well. That is one way of doing it and it is the commercial way. As a cost-conscious winemaker, you want to use up all the wine you have. Well, that is not always the most gracious way. What if the resulting wine is just not good enough to highlight all the best of the varietals that are in it? That is why winemakers usually make multiple blends that really showcase the characteristics and then hope and pray that there is a commercial application for it.

Locus at STEM: Science Uncorked at the Pacific Science Center on June 1

For the third year in a row, Locus Wines is going to impart wine wisdom or should we say, divulge wine science secrets at STEM: Science Uncorked event taking place on Friday evening, from 7PM to 10PM on June 1st at the Pacific Science Center in lower Queen Anne, Seattle.

Tickets are $50 per person ($40 if you are a member of Pacific Science Center). To buy tickets and learn more of what is to come, please visit the event site at https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/stem-science-uncorked/

 

 

Locus at Spring Fling Wine Social in Bellingham, Saturday, May 5th

It’s Cinco de Mayo. It is the official opening day of boating season. Many reasons to celebrate. To that end, Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA will host their second annual “Spring Fling” Wine Social at the Lighthouse Grill and Water Front Terrace on Saturday, May 5th from 5pm-8pm with special VIP access from 4pm-5pm. The Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling is a premier wine & food event showcasing 25+ wineries from around the world, with a spotlight on the Pacific Northwest. The event is $55 per person ($75 per person for VIP access). You can find more details on Hotel Bellwether website

Locus Wines will showcase 2017 Locus Rosé (recently the winner of Gold medal at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards), 2016 Locus Modo White and 2016 Locus Modo Red at the event. Not just showcase but sell at the event too. Come say hi to winemaker Rich Burton who will be on hand to pour the wines.

Rosé Gold for Locus at 2018 Seattle Wine Awards

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2017 Locus Rosé won a Gold medal at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards. Locus Wines got a total of three medals for all of its three submissions at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards, announced earlier today:

  • 2017 Locus Rosé, GOLD in the Rosé Blended category.
  • 2015 Locus Nord, SILVER in the Red Rhone category.
  • 2016 Locus Modo Red, SILVER in the Proprietary Red Blend category.

The gold medal winners are going to be celebrated at a special event in September, aptly called 2018 Gold Medal Experience. Locus Wines has a history of winning at the Seattle Wine Awards, from as early as 2015 awards and onwards.

2017 Locus Rosé and 2016 Locus Modo Red were released officially few weeks ago and they are already flying off the shelves. A fresh update to the list of retailers and restaurants that carry Locus Wines coming later this week.

 

Locus Wines by the glass at Bottlehouse, The Shambles

 

Bottlehouse, the wine bar and shop in Madrona neighborhood has added 2016 Locus Sémillon to its by the glass rotation. You can now get a 2 oz or 5 oz taste ($10) of the wine, or go directly to bottle. Bottlehouse has been a great supporter of Locus Wines: they carried 2014 Locus Rosé at the wine shop, had a special red blend (2015 Locus Tank #2) on tap, as well as 2013 Locus Red few years ago. Check the list out before Locus goes off the rotation at the Bottlehouse’s website or simply drop in at 1416 34th AVE Seattle, WA. 98122, (less than a block north of Union on 34th).

Another location carrying Locus on tap is the new butcher shop/bar, The Shambles. The Maple Leaf space has been making quiet the noise in the press since it opened (see Seattle Times or the Eater Seattle articles). Among the awesomely long list of beers and wines on tap, you will find 2015 Locus Rosé. The Shambles is located at 7777 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 and it is open every day at noon until close.

 

Spokane goes Locus (with 2017 Rosé and 2016 Modo Red)

Spokane has beat you all to it!

They have not only tasted the wines we are releasing next week, they are already offering them to patrons by the bottle or by the glass. The new 2017 Locus Rosé and the 2016 Locus Modo Red have earned some fans east of the state.

 

(Impromptu) Locus Day at The Tasting Room on Saturday, 4/14, 1-5PM

Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton will be on hand to pour at an impromptu Tasting Room Saturday, April 14th, from 1-5PM. The tasting room is making all Locus Wines available in wine flights, so you can taste them all before you commit to a glass or even better a bottle. Or two.

As you know, the Tasting Room always has Locus Wines as part of its flights but not all of them are on there usually and not all flights are all Locus. So, this impromptu tasting room event is indeed something special.

Chances are, Rich will stay way longer than the happy hour, so it is an opportunity to get some face time with the winemaker with very little interruption No need to RSVP or to call ahead. Just show up at your convenience.

The Tasting Room is located at 1924 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 right across from Pink Door and next to Kell’s between Stewart and Virginia. You don’t need to call them to make a reservation but if you get lost and need to find them, call them at (206) 770-9463.

Spring Release Party – Usher in the new Rosé and 2016 Modo Red

Finding yourself exclaiming “Spring is finally here!” only to wake up the next morning to snow and ice?  We’d be lying if we said that hadn’t happened to us.  Well, we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands, Mother Nature be damned.  It’s time to officially usher in the sunshine and warmth with our annual Locus Spring Release Party!

Come join us on Saturday, April 21st from 2-6pm at 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122 as we introduce the world to two new wines: the more-fragrant-than-it-has-a-right-to-be 2017 Locus Rosé and the 2016 Locus Modo Red – the Official Red Wine of Summer (we’re calling it now).  As always, we will also be pouring all current releases and our resident culinarian will be pairing each wine with a spring-inspired culinary treat. Here is the wine lineup for the tasting:

  • 2017 Locus Rosé – NEW (Grenache. Cinsault, Mourvédre blend)
  • 2016 Locus Rosé (Grenache. Cinsault, Mourvédre blend)
  • 2016 Locus Modo White
  • 2016 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyards
  • 2016 Locus Modo Red – NEW
  • 2014 Locus Red (GSM blend)
  • 2015 Locus Nord (Syrah heavy blend, in Northern Rhone style)

 PLEASE NOTE: we’re making two changes to the usual format.  There will be a check-in table at the start of your tasting experience at which we will check IDs (21 and over only, please).  We will also collect a $5 tasting fee per person.  Don’t worry, though, it will be refunded with any purchase.  Socius Wine Club members will have the fee waived.

 Please RSVP on the Facebook page or send us an email at info@locuswines.com

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, http://winejudging.com/

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.