In addition to Kirkland, Tukwila and Aurora Village COSTCO locations, Locus Wines are now available at Seattle SoDo location. You will find 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend as well as the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards.
We were at the Seattle COSTCO to promote the wines last weekend, and starting next week, we will infiltrate Everett and Covington locations. Dates TBD.
Locus Wines are infiltrating Costco locations in waves, starting this weekend at Tukwila SouthCenter Costco and then expanding in the metropolitan Seattle area stores. Specifically, Costco is going to carry the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard and the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot/Malbec blend.
To promote the new relationship, we (Locus folks and Barrique Imports crew in collaboration) are spending time at the various Costcos every Friday and Saturday to promote the wines, from 10AM to 6PM.
Yesterday, Rich and Barrique’s own Adrienne were on hand in Tukwila. Today, Barrique folks are going to continue the promotion. Barrique folks are going to continue with the presentations in Aurora location next weekend. Locus crew takes over Kirkland over the 2nd and 3rd of September. Please come and see us if you are in the neighborhood.
Here is the schedule for Costco presentations (not tastings):
August 19th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
August 20th, 10AM-6PM – Tukwila Costco
August 26th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
August 27th, 10AM-6PM – Aurora Village Costco
September 2nd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco
September 3rd, 10AM-6PM – Kirkland Costco
Will Locus Wines sell at all Costcos? To be determined.
So we did a rookie thing: We actually poured an upcoming release, 5 months ahead of its commercial availability. And at our distributor, Barrique Imports’ buyers’ event, no less. Well, we are proud of our mistake. The 2013 Syrah Grenache blend (66% Syrah, the rest Grenache… we don’t have a name for it yet) received some glowing reviews from people who buy wines for retailers and restaurants. Four weeks into the bottle (after a year-long stay in barrels), the blend is showing a lot of character already. The nose and the finish taste like it may overshadow the 2012 StoneTree Vineyard Syrah. We shall see soon enough. The blend will be available when we launch the 2014 Locus white and rosé in March of 2015. Check out the images from the event on the Gallery page.
Barrique Imports is the distributor for Locus Wines in the state of Washington. Going with Barrique means being one of the few Washington wineries on their catalog (read: top of mind). Their extensive representation of French wines didn’t hurt their case either. It’s been only a few days into this partnership and Barrique has already secured homes for the 2012 Locus Syrah! (More news on that coming soon, when the wine makes it to the racks in shops)