2017 Locus Rosé No More… 4 Cases Reserved for the July 28th Party

We officially ran out of the 2017 Locus Rosé this week. We are holding on to four cases so that those of you joining us at the Summer Party on Saturday, July 28th have the opportunity to buy some but commercially we are officially out.

This is great for us business-wise but also bittersweet. 2017 Locus Rosé was special: It won GOLD at the Seattle Wine Awards few months ago and it was a surprisingly crisp, well-balanced wine with complex fruit flavors, with a bone dry finish. Very Southern Rhone-like.

You can still find the 2017 Locus Rosé in a lot of restaurants and retailers in and around Seattle metropolitan area and Washington state:

Angelo’s – Burien
Auburn Wine and Caviar Co.
Bennett’s Mercer Island
Bordeaux Wine Bar Enumclaw
Bottlehouse Madrona
Central Co-op Madison
Collections Café at Chihuly Gardens
Community Food Co-op Bellingham
European Vine Selections Capitol Hill
Farms & Market
Fresh Fish Seattle
Home Remedy Seattle
Hopvine Patch Seattle
Joe Bar Capitol Hill
Left Bank Wine South Park
Manito Tap House
Meet the Moon Leschi
Metropolitan Market Sand Point
Mr. West Downtown Seattle
Palace Kitchen Downtown Seattle
Purple Café Bellevue
Purple Café Seattle
Rocket Market
South Fork Public House
Tacoma Wine Merchants
Thackeray Freemont
Wine Loft Olympia

Chuck’s Hop Shop, Home Remedy, Bounty Kitchen, Collections Café to Locus

The month of June saw a few new establishments (either new as in ‘brand new’ or new to Locus) in Seattle get on the Locus train:

  • Everyone’s favorite beer house in the Central District, Chuck’s Hop Shop is offering the Locus Rosé on tap for those who find none of the 47 beers on tap appealing
  • Bounty Kitchen in Queen Anne is carrying the 2015 Locus Sud
  • Collections Café at the Chihuly Gardens is carrying the Locus Rosé
  • Fresh Fish Company on Northwest 80th has Locus Rosé on the shelves
  • Tom Douglas’ Home Remedy is carrying the Locus Rosé
  • Left Bank Wine in South Park is pouring the Locus Rosé
  • Metropolitan Market in Sandpoint has both the Locus Rosé and Locus Modo White

If you are interested sampling some of these wines, come join us for the Locus Summer Party on Saturday, July 28th. Click here for more information.

Purple Cafés, Meet the Moon and Others Choose 2017 Locus Rosé for Glass Pour


The Heavy Restaurant Group (HRG) has chosen the 2017 Locus Rosé as their Rosé glass pour across multiple properties they own in the Seattle metro area. You can find the Locus Rosé by the glass at all Purple Café locations (Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville), Meet the Moon (Leschi), Thackeray (Freemont), Claret (Wallingford) and Lot No.3 (Bellevue). Excited and amazed does not begin to describe how we feel.

 

 

Locus at Spring Fling Wine Social in Bellingham, Saturday, May 5th

It’s Cinco de Mayo. It is the official opening day of boating season. Many reasons to celebrate. To that end, Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA will host their second annual “Spring Fling” Wine Social at the Lighthouse Grill and Water Front Terrace on Saturday, May 5th from 5pm-8pm with special VIP access from 4pm-5pm. The Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling is a premier wine & food event showcasing 25+ wineries from around the world, with a spotlight on the Pacific Northwest. The event is $55 per person ($75 per person for VIP access). You can find more details on Hotel Bellwether website

Locus Wines will showcase 2017 Locus Rosé (recently the winner of Gold medal at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards), 2016 Locus Modo White and 2016 Locus Modo Red at the event. Not just showcase but sell at the event too. Come say hi to winemaker Rich Burton who will be on hand to pour the wines.

New Retailers and Restaurants for Locus: Mid-July Edition

Earlier in the month, we had announced quite a few new locations that carry Locus Wines but we are seeing more stores and restaurants joining the fray, so we thought we’d amend to the updates from July 2nd and July 3rd. Here are some of the new places that are now selling/pouring the wines in the greater Seattle area:

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.

Introducing the 2015 Bar Ferdinand Rosé (by Locus)

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Bar Ferdinand is having a big party on June 12th to celebrate the release of their 2015 Bar Ferdinand Rosé. How do we play into this? We made the wine for them. This exciting collaboration was primarily due to the fact that the wines we like to drink are the kind of wines Bar Ferdinand guys like to drink.

The wine selection at both Bar Ferdinand locations (on 11th Ave and on Melrose) are just stupidly amazing: In the presence of such quality, we often find ourselves saying  “hey, why don’t you choose something for us?” Designing a Rosé they like has been very exciting, intimidating and humbling.

Here is the event information, before we drown in the sap: The tickets for the SHOW ME THE PINK 2015 Bar Ferdinand Rosé release event at the Melrose Market (on Melrose Ave between Pine and Pike) at 12PM are $12/person and now on sale at Stranger Tickets.

$12 ticket includes a glass of wine and entertainment. Those who wear PINK to the event get $1 off from each additional glass of wine. Also, $1 from each glass sale goes to Komen Puget Sound for Breast Cancer Research. Now, you have no excuses.

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Absinthe Brasserie in Belltown Triples Down on Locus Wines

absinthe logoAbsinthe Brasserie in Belltown (corner of 1st Ave and Battery) neighborhood of Seattle is tripling down on Locus Wines. 2015 Locus Sémillon, 2015 Locus Rosé (of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre) and 2014 Locus Modo Red (Merlot blend). All three wines are all available by the glass and by the bottle at the new digs.

Cecy Graf, a native of New Orleans who worked for 15 years as a financial manager for a Seattle law firm, opened Absinthe Brasserie, taking over what had been Lost Pelican, and before that Bisato and Lampreia.

A6tag_300516-175549bsinthe Brasserie is offering eight absinthe labels with more coming in the near future: Pacifique, Grüne Fée, La Clandestine, Butterfly, St. George, Lucid, and Nouvelle Orleans in addition to Pernod Absinthe. The menu is unapologetically Creole fare. Cecy is working with Chef Dan to revamp the menu to a NOLA glory.

Obviously, Absinthe is not a wine bar but Cecy wasn’t happy with the wine list that she inherited from previous establishment and decided to improve it before the space’s Grand Opening over the Memorial Day weekend.

Congratulations Cecy and thank you.

 

Pink Locus and Red Cow Together at Last in Madrona

Red CowRed Cow, an Ethan Stowell restaurant in Madrona is pouring the 2015 Locus Rosé by the glass. This is Locus Wines’ third appearance in an Ethan Stowell establishment so we are practically best friends with the man! (Nope, we don’t know him and we are pretty sure he has no idea who we are)

Red Cow is a French brasserie in the very classical sense of the word, making their charcuterie in house and serving seasonal concoctions of chef Will Richey daily starting right at 5PM. The Southern Rhone style Rosé goes well with the fare, especially as the weather starts warming up for what we hope is a long summer. Go get a glass of the Rosé now. Or soon.

Locus Wines + Mamnoon’s Jason Stratton = The New Vintage

The New VintageFriday night has never looked so good. Now in its second year, The New Vintage – a celebration of select wineries and restaurants as part of TASTE Washington – is at the very center of it all in downtown’s distinctive Motif Seattle on April 1 from 7pm-10pm.

Locus Wines is paired with Mamnoon’s Jason Stratton for the event and the 2015 Locus Rosé is the wine of choice for Stratton’s carrot hummus with cumin and lime. Tasters will also sample the Locus Sémillon as well. The Locus Wines crew will be on hand to pour the wines.

Jason StrattonStratton 101 for the uninitiated: He is a local legend. He started his career at the Le Gourmand at the age of 16, then moved to Cafe Juanita in 2002. He later became co-chef at Poppy, until joining Spinasse in 2009. While at Spinasse, Stratton was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2010 and opened both Artusi and Aragona, a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2014. Since September 2015, Stratton has been General Manager and Executive Chef of Capitol Hill’s Mamnoon.

What?
Discover your new favorite Washington wine while tasting mouth-watering bites crafted by some of the city’s most celebrated chefs. Sneak into the Rosé Lounge and indulge in this of-the-moment varietal, then groove to the beats of renowned DJ Tina T. Stylish and undeniably fun, The New Vintage is a fresh approach to Taste Washington weekend that you won’t want to miss.

Where?
Motif Seattle

When?
April 1st, 7-10PM

How much?
$75/per person.

You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets at the TASTE WASHINGTON site.