Come join Bottlehouse’s month-long program to support local winemakers during the month of March. As they called it, “curated tastings from Washington’s best every Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.” The wines will be there for tasting as well as glass pours and retail specials.
Bottlehouse, a wine bar in the Madrona neighborhood in Seattle, is especially near and dear to our hearts, since they were early supporters of Locus Wines. They have featured many Locus offerings by the glass and had our rose, Modo red as well as a special red that we had produced only for our keg program (Locus Tank #2) on tap. Not only that, when the Bottlehouse family expanded with Mr. West (downtown Seattle and soon in University Village mall), they featured Locus Wines in some of the new establishments as well.
Come chat with Rich Burton or simply taste the wines and see the City Cellars Fine Wines’ selection of wines. The tasting will take place from 5 to 7 PM, and any tasting fees are refundable with purchase. City Cellars is located at 1710 North 45th Street in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. More information on City Cellars website.
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
Flat Iron Grill – new (since October 2018)
Metropolitan Market Kirkland
Harry’s on Tye Street
Malt and Vine
Metropolitan Sammamish – new (since November 2018)
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
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:
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.