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.

Tasting the Barrels, Finalizing Blends

Sometimes a day in the sun in Yakima with dogs in tow is what you need to make some decisions around the upcoming vintage releases (2016 reds, 2017 whites, etc.) while also tasting the barrels to make sure all is well in the process. The good news is that the fermentation on the white and rosés (yes, multiple) are done and they are tasting great. The new Sauvignon Blanc is tasting even better than last year which may be an invitation to do a small batch/one-off 100% Sauvignon Blanc (if Ton gets his way).

Goodbye 2013 Locus Keller Vineyards Syrah, 2014 Locus Modo Red

2014 Locus Modo Red, as it was known by all who knew it, ran out on November 15, 2017. All 661 cases of the 2014 Locus Modo Red were ‘born’ in November 2015 in Seattle, Washington, as an ‘entry’ level Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet blend but surprised all (including us) by its level of sophistication and ability to impress even the connoisseurs of wine. It got great ratings and reviews and sold like hotcakes at the Northwestern bars and restaurants as an accessible glass pour. It was preceded in inventory expiration by its superior, 2013 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards which is another sad story to tell but we are too verklempt to address that right now).

Locus Modo Red is survived by 2016 Locus Modo White, 2016 Locus Sémillon, 2016 Locus Rose, 2015 Locus Sud, 2014 Locus Red and 2015 Locus Nord.

Could there be another Modo Red in the works? Yes, yes, there could be. Stay tuned.

Impromptu Locus Happy Hour at The Tasting Room in Downtown Seattle, Thursday, 9/21, 5-7PM

This Thursday, September 21st, from 5-7PM, the Tasting Room in the Post Alley is holding a Locus Wines happy hour with winemaker Rich Burton in tow. The wine flights, the Locus Wines bottles will all be discounted to happy hour pricing during the evening. Chances are, Rich will stay way longer than the happy hour, so it is a chance to spend some cycles with the winemaker with very little interruption before he gets all busy with the crush, if you so desire. No need to RSVP or call ahead. Just show up at your convenience.

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.