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.

Locus Wines at New Seattle Retailers and Restaurants

We have neglected to be more informing when it comes to letting Locus Wines followers of the new locations in Seattle that now carry the wines. Some of these locations restocked Locus Wines recently and some of them added us to their wine lists for the first time:

Cru Effect, Part 2: North, South and East

Cru Selections, our distributor in Washington and Northern Idaho, hasn’t just conquered the islands and the Peninsula. They also spearhead Locus Wines north (LaConner, Mount Vernon, Everett, Bellingham, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace) and (Tukwila, Des Moines, Tacoma, Olympia) south of metropolitan Seattle, and of course, east of it (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Snohomish) – as far as Spokane, actually. Some of these markets are new to us so it makes the whole trek even more exciting:

 

Cru Effect, Part 1: Locus on the Islands and the Peninsula

Cru Selections, our distributor in Washington state as well as Northern Idaho has shown some deep market acumen lately and we haven’t had a chance to talk about it: Locus Wines has become quite the fixture on some of the wine-savvy areas outside Seattle, specifically the Islands and the Peninsula. We have always had some representation in those areas but not like how we do now.

You can now find Locus Wines in Lakebay, Long Beach, Port Hadlock, Seabeck, Langley and Bainbridge in addition to previous staples like Gig Harbor, Anacortes, Poulsbo and Vashon (hello long time Locus supporters, Compass Wines, Central Market, Vashon Thriftway). Specifically, you will find Locus Wines at:

 

Don’t Panic, You Can Still Taste the New Locus Wines Line Up… Upcoming Locus Wines Tasting Opportunities

If you weren’t one of the 135 or so people who showed up at the Spring release party last Saturday, you can stop panicking now. You still have 5 chances in the upcoming weeks to try the new line up, near Seattle or far.

  • STEM Uncorked, Seattle, WA, Friday, April 28th, 2017, 5-9PM
    Come learn about the other “stem” education at Science Uncorked! Enjoy an evening sampling some of Washington’s finest wines while exploring the science straight from the vine. Enjoy unlimited tastings from participating wineries, a souvenir wine glass, and after-hours access to the exhibits.
  • Madrona Wine Merchants Tasting, Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 2-4PM
    Taste the new releases at the best place second best place in Madrona to taste Locus Wines. Jim and Mark are ardent supporters of Locus and we do this tasting annually to celebrate the partnership.
  • The Tasting Room, Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 1-5PM
    Locus Wines is part of the Tasting Room 7 days a week now but from time to time, we become the focus of attention there. This is one of those focus of attention thingies, with winemaker Rich Burton on hand to pour the wines.
  • Rising Stars, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Prosser, WA, May 20th, 2017, 1-4PM
    2nd annual rising star highlights up and coming winemakers in Prosser, WA. Tickets are $50 plus tax until April 30th. $55 plus tax afterwards. Discounts for lodging available for early birds.
  • Bottlehouse Rosé Event, Seattle, WA Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 3-8PM
    Locus Wines plus bunch of other class acts are going to battle it out to the death. Except they won’t. They will also pour rosé wines. Find out more about the event at the Bottlehouse website.
  • Everett Golf Club & Country Club, Everett, WA, Friday, June 9th, 5-8PM
    Find Locus winemaker Rich Burton on the 15th with wine, then taste/buy the wines in the clubhouse.
  • McCall Rosé Tasting Event, McCall, ID, Sunday, June 18th, 3-6PM
  • Mr. West Rosé Event, Seattle, WA, June 20th, 5-8PM
  • The Tasting Room, Seattle, WA, Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 1-5PM
    You can taste Locus Wines any time at the Tasting Room in downtown Seattle but on this particular Saturday, Locus Wines is going to be the focus of attention with winemaker Rich Burton on hand to pour the wines. This is not a free of charge tasting.
  • Summer Party,Seattle, WA, July 15th, 2017, 3-7PM
    Annual summer party in Madrona neighborhood, celebrating release of 2016 Locus Sémillon and other surprises. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.

Locus Wines Spring Release Party – Saturday, April 22nd, 2-6PM in Madrona


Come join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 2pm – 6pm at 1515 Madrona Dr., Seattle, WA 98122 to taste through all our current releases and our two new wines: The 2016 Locus Rosé and the first ever 2016 Locus Modo White (and, knowing us, some other surprises may be in store, as well).As always, all wines will be paired with delicious bites from our sister company, ESCA Catering.

RSVP now on our Facebook event page.

We will also launch our redesigned wine club, Socius, with a more traditional tiered membership system, as well as the Locus Swag Shop, where you can get your Locus-branded couture, courtesy of our Swag Designer Tony.

Finally, we will welcome back our friends at Pearl and Stone Wine Company.  They’ll be showing off their fantastic new 2016 Unemployment Beach Rosé and the 2014 Wandering Red.

Your new summer obsessions are here.

The new 2016 Locus Rosé is basically the same blend as last year’s model but the final result is actually very different – very expressive on the nose (like fresh nectarines) and citrusy-peachy juiciness in the mouth.

For our inaugural version of our table white, we went with a clean, fresh Bordeaux-style blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.  It is an early favorite here at the winery, so make sure you get a chance to try it before it’s gone (sadly, only 241 cases were produced).

 

Are you a Sociuspath?
We are rebranding our Socius rewards program to create a more traditional wine club with three different membership levels:

  • Socius Fanatic – for those looking to sample each of our new releases.
  • Socius Stalker – for those who may be a little obsessed (in a good way) and still want some choice on what wines they receive
  • Sociuspath (limited to 20 members) – for those who want it all – the wine, the experience, and a hand in helping shape the future of Locus Wines.

Details about the Socius Wine Club will be available at the event.  Be the first to sign up before we open it up to everyone online! See you on in the afternoon on Saturday, April 22nd in Madrona neighborhood. You can RSVP here on Facebook Locus Wines Spring Party event page.

Locus Wines Joins Cru Selections Family

Locus Wines is now part of the Cru Selections family for distribution in Washington state. This makes us stablemates with quite a few wineries that we have long been a fan: (The unbeatable) JB Neufeld, II Vintners, Trust Cellars, Airfield Estates, Guardian, Baer, William Church and Twelve (Oregon) among many other local and European selections, especially from France, Italy and Spain.

Led by Guy Harris, Cru Selections has been in business since 2008 (Guy has been in wine business a decade and a half before then) and in 2014, it was voted best distributor in the region by its peers. To read up on Cru Selections, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.