Locus Wines Summer Party: July 15th, 3-7PM in Madrona

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 info@locuswines.com).

Invite others. The more the merrier!

RSVP on Facebook or send us an email if you replying for multiple guests (info@locuswines.com). 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 info@locuswines.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 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.

 

Locus Wines at TASTE Washington This Weekend

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.

 

Goodbye 2015 Locus Sémillon

img_4072_20160312_editedWe 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.

We Said We’d Never Do It. We are Doing It.

oBut 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.

57869361_-c4zav3axwvr6cfgx2fsrbdx8jlvc-qujo2tfiu3k3kTo 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 socius@locuswines.com 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!

Surprise! It’s the 2015 Locus Sud!

img_5611_edited_111416We like to call it our “Lemonade Moment” (if that reference is lost on you, ask a friend).

At our Fall Release party, we decided to debut a brand new wine way ahead of schedule.  Enter the 2015 Locus Sud, a young, upstart blend of 7 Mile Grenache and (84%) and Keller Syrah (16%).  Ten months in barrels and only three months in bottle, it’s tasting beautifully now – tart, expressive, and commanding attention.  Kind of like a millennial.  It’s our version of a Southern Rhône blend, hence the name Sud, which means South in French.

The best part is, the Sud will only be available directly from Locus – on our website, at our release events, or at The Tasting Room.

Second best part, or maybe the better part, is that, for a very limited time, the Sud is available for a discount on the Locus online portal for $19/bottle (plus case discount as applicable) until January 2017.

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Locus Fall Party: Saturday, November 12th, 2-7PM

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Time for a wine tasting party. Again.

It’s been almost 4 months since the last one and it is about time. Come join us on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, from 2-7PM at 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122 to welcome the 2014 Locus Red, our Rhône blend to the Locus portfolio.

The new vintage is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and as those of you at the summer party who got to preview it last July can attest, it is even better than our well-received 2013 Locus Red (91 points from Wine Spectator, Gold from SF Chronicle and Best of Show in Minnesota Food & Wine Experience). As always, we will pair the wines with creative bites from our resident culinary professional Ton Yazici’s new catering venture, ESCA.

What are we drinking, you ask? The following, and knowing us a few more probably:

  • 2015 Locus Rosé (yeah, the summer is gone but Thanksgiving is near)
  • 2014 Locus Modo
  • 2015 Locus Garage Series Red Blend – NEW, FALL EVENT ONLY
  • 2015 Locus – SURPRISE Red (well, guess not a surprise anymore) – NEW
  • 2014 Locus Red, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend – NEW
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyards
  • 2014 Locus Rosé Sangria – yes, we are ending with dessert this time

If you have purchased 2014 Locus Red futures at the summer party, this is the time to collect it. Please RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests or do not have access to Facebook, just post a comment on the event, with number of guests). If you have questions, give us a shout at info@locuswines.com

When?
Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 2-7PM

Where?
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122

Who?
Only 21 years and older can drink.

How much?
Tasting is free.

How to RSVP?
RSVP on Facebook (if replying for multiple guests, just post a comment on the event, with number of guests). No Facebook? Send us a note at info@locuswines.com