All Good Things Must Come to an End: An Obit for Some Good, Good Wine

PhototasticCollage-2016-08-17-18-28-15Three Loci down…. The 2013 Locus Red, 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah as well as 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Sémillon are officially gone for good. We should know better than to get attached to something perishable but we couldn’t help it. We loved these wines and while we are happy that we sold out, we are also sad to see them forever gone.

These wines meant the world to us: 2013 Locus Red was critically adored (91 points from Wine Spectator, Best of Show at Minneapolis Food and Wine Experience, Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition among others) and loved by Locus fans.

2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah was our firstborn. Our first release ever. For those who love big and bold Washington Syrahs, it was “the” wine. Four years and many awards later (90 points from Wine Enthusiast, Double Gold from Seattle Wine Awards, 89 points from Wine Spectator), it has finally ridden off to the sunset.

Last but not least, 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard… Many awards for this one too but too bad it is gone, because as we found out at Locus Wines Summer Party last July, Locus whites get only better and more complex with age.

Thankfully, we still have our other “babies.” 20 or so cases of the exquisite 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah, plus 2014 Modo Red, 2015 Rosé and the Sémillon…. No consolation though. Knowing we have other good wines still available doesn’t mean that the vanishing of these three hurts any less.


Locus Wines Tasting at Boise Whole Foods Market, Wednesday, July 27th, 5-7PM

Whole_Foods_logoPlease join us to celebrate Locus Wines Boise Whole Foods Market debut on Wednesday, July 27th from 2-4PM.

You will get a chance to taste the 2015 Locus Sémillon, our crispy and refreshing white wine, plus the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot and Malbec blend with a touch of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. We call that one a Washington Bordeaux (Syrah in there makes it Washington, get it?)

After making it to the glass pour list on two Bardenay locations and a few retailers (hello Boise Co-op, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, State & Lemp, and, Mc Call’s Rupert’s), we are excited that more people in Boise area will get a chance to sample our wines.


Wednesday, July 27th
5-7 PM

401 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83702

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Just show up. No RSVP or registration required.

2013 Locus Red: Best of Show at 2016 Minnesota Food and Wine Experience

The 2013 Syrah/Grenache Locus Red blend won best of show at the Minnesota Food and Wine Experience, taking place in Minneapolis on March 5th and 6th at the Target Field. Locus Wines is one of the few wineries represented at the show: Also present are two great wineries:, located right next to the Locus stand: Owen Roe and Walla Walla’s Forgeron. Cougar Crest, 14 Hands, Browne, Chateau St Michelle properties are also pouring in the Washington Wine Pavillion located at the Metropolitan Club room.

The Locus team is pouring a total of six wines at the event:

  • 2015 Locus Rose (Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre blend)
  • 2014 Semillon, Dineen Family Vineyards
  • 2014 Locus Modo Red (Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend)
  • 2013 Locus Red (Syrah and Grenache blend)
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard

91 points from Wine Spectator for the 2013 Locus Red

numer-91The 2013 Locus Red got a 91 point rating from Wine Spectator in its most recent issue (dated March 31, 2016). The ratings, which can also be found online at, calls the wine “Bright and tangy, with a certain density to the lively raspberry, rhubarb and plum flavors as they dance with refined tannins on the finish. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2021. 123 cases made.- HS”

The 2013 Locus Red ($25/bottle) was not the only wine that got favorable consideration from the respected wine portal. The 2012 Locus Syrah and the recently released (and flying off the shelves) 2014 Locus Modo Red also got nods.

The 2012 Locus Syrah, Wahluke Slope, StoneTree Vineyard ($25/bottle) was rated at 89 points: “Broad and generous, with a dusty edge to the blackberry and black cherry flavors. Fine-grained tannins are deployed around the persistent finish. Best after 2017. 175 cases made.- HS

The 2014 Locus Modo Red ($15/bottle) got a 88 points: “Soft and ripe, with generous red and blackberry flavors, finishing with a refreshing lilt. Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2019. 623 cases made. – HS


Locus: The Featured Winery at Matts’ Rotisserie in Redmond

index_10February is Locus Wines month at Matts’ Rotisserie and Oyster Lounge in Redmond. The two Matts (Chris Matthew Hill and Matt Fleck) decided to open the business over a decade ago after realizing, in their words, “what was a sorely missing dining option on the Eastside, an upscale, yet casual” restaurant.

Matts’ is perfect lunch or dinner: Sit at the bar and order a glass of the Locus Semillon with a small Caesar salad.  The creaminess in the Caesar dressing picks up the lightly creamy notes of the wine and a fresh squeeze of lemon on the salad matches the zesty citrus notes in the Semillon.

Follow that up with a glass of the 2013 Locus Red and Matt’s Killer Burger, seriously the best burger in Seattle.  The sweetness of the honey molasses BBQ sauce in the juicy burger pairs perfectly with the bright raspberry flavors in the Syrah/Grenache blend.  The savory beef and Tillamook cheddar stand up to the refined tannins of the wine.  This is the kind of food for which wine was made.



Locus Wines Tasting in Kirkland: The Grape Choice, Wednesday, Feb 10th, 5-8PM

CaptureThe Grape Choice in Kirkland, one of the best wine store/hangout/retailer/educators in Seattle is hosting Locus Wines for a tasting on Wednesday, February 10th, from 5PM to 8PM.

The winemaker Rich Burton and the not-winemaker Ton Yazici will be on hand to pour the wines and answer questions.

Wednesday, February 10th
5-8 PM

9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033 Map

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit The Grape Choice website or their Facebook page for The Grape Choice for more details.

Locus Wines Score Gold and Bronze at 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

IMG_9829_editedBoth of Locus Wines submissions won awards at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – the largest competition of American wines in the world – announced earlier in the week:

This year’s competition received the highest amount of entries on record for the competition: 7,162 from 28 states. The wines were judged by 65 judges in January (5th through the 8th) and the awards were announced expeditiously afterwards.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition marks the first public acknowledgement that 2014 Locus Modo Red is not half bad (It is pretty darn good actually). Here is to hoping that this competition represents more nods to the brilliant Locus Modo red, one of the best wines for the price (there may be some bias in that last statement).sfchronwine_logo

Sip Northwest Magazine’s Daily Sip: 2013 Locus Red

IMG_9780_edited2013 Locus Red (Rhone-style blend of Syrah and Grenache) made it on the front page of Sip Magazine Northwest’s website with some very endearing words for the wine. You can read the 2013 Locus Red Daily Sip on Sip Northwest but this particular piece made our day: “With bright acidity reminiscent of Yakima Valley’s cool evenings, followed by a soft earthiness to exude sunny days on the vineyard, this Syrah-Grenache fusion is all the motivation we need to become a part of the Locus lifestyle.”

Locus lifestyle. That’s right.

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast for 2012 Locus Syrah (plus 88 Points for the 2013 Rhone Blend)

90-Points-Wine-EnthusiastThe 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah just got awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast (the rating and the review will be published in November issue of the magazine and its online buying guide). According to the Wine Enthusiast wine rating guide, that means 2012 Locus Syrah is “excellent, highly recommended.” What is another word for giddy? It doesn’t sound professional on a website but yes, giddy may be the best word to describe the mood around here.

The 2013 Locus Red, the Rhone-style blend of Syrah and Grenache got awarded 88 points. In the same Wine Enthusiast wine rating speak, that means the wine is “very good, good value and well recommended.”

Both wines had already gotten some accolades earlier this year at Seattle Wine Awards where the 2012 Locus Syrah got the double gold and the 2013 Locus Red got the silver. The 2013 Locus is getting better with time so it should get even better results from competitions and in ratings next year.

Both of these wines as well as the 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Semillon, the 2014 Locus Yakima Valley Rosé (and the upcoming 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah) will be available today, Thursday, August 20th, during the Bottlehouse tasting from 6-8PM.

If you miss out on the tasting today, check out our Events page for upcoming events or the Retailers and Restaurants page to see where you can get some by the glass or by the bottle.

Locus Wines Tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants, Saturday, June 27th, 2-4PM

Madrona Wine Merchants LogoWere you unable to make it to the 2nd Vintage Release Open House at the winery last weekend? If you were there, would you like to sample the wines one more time? Well, you get another chance at it this coming Saturday, June 27th in Madrona.

Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines’ new release at a free tasting event Saturday, June 27th, from 2-4 PM.Jim and Mark, the co-proprietors of the neighborhood wine shop Madrona Wine Merchants, have supported Locus Wines from day 1. In fact, shortly after the inaugural Locus Wines launch party a tthe end of July last year, the first ever public tasting for Locus Wines was held at Madrona Wine Merchants in August.

All (now we can say, award-winning) Locus Wines will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton. Specifically, Rich will pour:

  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard
  • 2013 Locus Rhône Blend Red Wine (Syrah/Grenache)
  • 2014 Locus Rosé (Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault), Yakima Valley
  • 2014 Locus Sèmillon, Dineen Vineyard

Saturday, June 27th
2-4 PM

1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit the Madrona Wine Merchants website or their Facebook page for more details.