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 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:
- Spokane/C’oeur d’Alene/Moscow:
Sunshine and Sémillon…. Finally, summer is here. So is the 2016 Locus Sémillon.
Please join us to celebrate the arrival of our annual single vineyard white. We will pour the new 2016 release alongside the 2015 version (it’s always fun to compare) and we may even have a few bottles of the older vintage to sell to wine club members, too. We are also going to preview the 2015 Locus Nord, the older and slightly more serious cousin to the bright and happy Sud. If you like it, you can purchase futures at a great discount to pick up in November. As always, we’ll be pouring through most of our current releases (and, most likely, a surprise wine) and pairing everything with delicious bites from Ton’s catering company, ESCA.
RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests email us at email@example.com).
Invite others. The more the merrier!
RSVP on Facebook or send us an email if you replying for multiple guests (firstname.lastname@example.org). There are no fees for this kid-free tasting. We define kids as those under 18 and those who act like kids. We only serve wine to adults 21 and older years of age.
- When? Saturday, July 15th, 3-7PM
- Where? 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
- How to RSVP? Facebook or if replying for multiple participants, email us at email@example.com
- How much? Tasting is free. We can only serve adults 21 years and older.
- Kids? No. 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 17.
- To see pictures from previous events like this one, visit The Gallery page.
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:
- Blend Wine Shop, Lakebay, WA
- Village Wine, Langley, WA
- Pickled Fish, Long Beach, WA
- Ajax Café, Port Hadlock, WA
- Lone Rock Mercantile, Seabeck, WA
- Vashon Thriftway, Vashon, WA
- Compass Wines, Anacortes, WA
- Town and Country Market, Bainbridge Island, WA
- Gertie and the Giant Octopus, Gig Harbor, WA
- Central Market, Poulsbo, WA
- Taps at the Guard House, Fort Worden, WA
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.
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.
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 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.
TASTE Washington is here again. How time flies.
We are going to showcase some of the new, some of the existing wines at the TASTE Washington Grand Tasting event, taking place Saturday, March 25th and Sunday March 26th, from 2-5:30PM.
This two-day tasting event gathers over 235 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds.
It’s near impossible to sample everything at the Grand Tasting, but the most determined wine- and food-lovers will certainly try. If you have time, also check out ESCA catering’s booth for the amazing four-cheese caramelized onion pastry squares and of course, the pork rillettes crostini with apricot preserves, toasted almonds slivers and red onion paper.
And don’t forget! Grand Tasting VIP ticket holders receive early access, with a special VIP-only hour from 1pm – 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
We are officially out of the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards. We still have some kegs for foodservice operations but that is it. So what now? Well, there is still some Sémillon on the shelves of retailers: Some Costcos still have it in stock (Seattle SoDo location is out). Some PCCs still have it and possibly Esquin.
If you get nostalgic, you have two options. At least for a while. First up, the Tasting Room downtown. We have two cases still available for flights, glass or purchase. In fact, this coming weekend, our winemaker Rich Burton will be at the Tasting Room hanging out with people as they taste Locus Wines flights.
Second option: Head on over to Purple Café downtown Seattle or Bellevue to get the Sémillon by the glass. They added the white to their glass pour menu a few months ago and they are getting the last bit of it we have left.
The good news is that the 2016 Sémillon is only 6 months away.
But you know, sometimes an opportunity just presents itself and it’s too good to turn down. We never intended to have a Locus tasting room, especially this early in our development, but when we met the folks from The Tasting Room in Post Alley, we changed our mind. The Tasting Room offers the best of Washington’s viticultural bounty in an old world-style wine bar, focusing only on winemaker-owned wineries. We’ll be joining other great Washington wineries like Naches Heights, Nota Bene, and Wilridge as part of a tasting cooperative in historic Pike Place Market.
To celebrate our new adventure, we are holding an invitation-only party this coming Friday night (November 18th) at the Tasting Room. We’ve only got room for 25 guests and your name will need to be on the guest list in order to get in. It’s *that* kind of party. Joking aside, the space is very limited and they cannot accommodate walk-ins.
In addition to our Locus wines, we’ll be tasting through offerings from five other wineries with bites from the new catering company, ESCA. If you’re interested in attending, reply to this email or shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we get your name on the list. There is no cost to attend.
If you can’t make it on Friday, we encourage you to check out The Tasting Room the next time you’re down at Pike’s Place Market. They’re open from noon to 8pm everyday, except this Friday where they will close at 6 to prep for the special event. They have a great happy hour Mondays through Thursdays, from 5pm-7pm with discounts on glass pours, bottles and small plates. You can order wines by the glass, experience tasting flights, or just buy a bottle to take home. We’re thrilled to be part of this great venue!