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.

PCC Natural Markets Now Retails Locus Wines

A__E5E7_editedPCC Natural Markets started carrying Locus Wines. They started with the 2014 Locus Modo Red and the 2014 Locus Semillon from Dineen Family Vineyards.

Here is how they describe it (beautifully by the way): “Merlot is the star of this show, with a stellar supporting cast of malbec, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. Crisp, ripe blueberry starts the aroma wheel, with a tinge of nutmeg…”We will leave it to you to finish the rest on the PCC shelves.

 

The Harbor General Store in Gig Harbor Welcomes Locus

The Harbor General Store in Gig Harbor, WA started carrying Locus Wines. And with a vengeance: They carry all of the current wines, 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Semillon, 2014 Locus Rosé, 2013 Locus Rhone-style red and 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah.

Located at 7804 Pioneer Way Gig Harbor, WA 98335, the store is a throwback to times when a general store was the place to go and get supplies, gifts, etc. It’s always very satisfying/gratifying/humbling to see that our wines fit within the values of the local (unique, handcrafted) businesses.

Please check out The Harbor General Store when you get a chance and check out their cool website The Harbor General Store, before you go.

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Canal Market in Portage Bay Neighborhood to Retail Locus Wines

cm_header-logoCanal Market is famous local foodservice personality Ericka Burke’s post-Volunteer Park Cafe endeavor in the Portage Bay neighborhood. The idea is similar to Cone & Steiner in the 19th Ave corridor in Capitol Hill, but maybe a bit more complex, with fresh pastries, opportunity for sit-down breakfast and lunch service.

According to the Canal Market’s website, the market is “a modern-day take on an old-fashioned mercantile, offering a varied selection of groceries and home goods.” The market offers a full breakfast buffet, ready-made salads, cheeses, and charcuterie, as well sandwiches. It is also a pretty good place for gifts.

Canal Market started selling Locus Wines (specifically the 2014 Locus Rosé) in June/July time frame and we at Locus appreciate that very much. Portage Bay, consider yourself saved, thanks to Ericka Burke.

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Ballard’s Hazlewood Adds 2014 Locus Rosé

HazlewoodOne of Ballard’s most favored neighborhood bars, Hazlewood just added the 2014 Locus Rosé to its roster. The bar is better known for its pretty amazing cocktails but hey we’ll take it. (Their bourbon concoctions are some of the best in town in our humble opinion here at Locus). Hazlewood is at 2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107.

New Vintages of the Locus White, Rosé and Red Are Officially Released

This is probably coming as absolutely no surprise to you if you’ve been following us but nevertheless, it is official! The 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Semillon, the 2014 Locus Rosé (Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault) and the 2013 Locus Red (Grenache and Syrah blend) are officially in the market. You can read more about the wines on the Wines page and even order them online at the Wine Store.

We think the Semillon is pretty similar to last year’s, if not slightly better, more rounded this time around.The Rosé is definitely different than last year: There is more citrus on the nose and the color reminds us of a true Rhone rosé. The red is from high elevation fruit resulting in a pretty kick ass Rhone blend that makes us proud.

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A pretty bad picture of Tallulah’s Menu

In addition to offering the wines to our existing retail and restaurant partners, we have some new and exciting stuff in the works: We started offering our wines on tap and they are already out there. The new Rosé is already on tap (our first venture into tap wines) at Tallulah’s on Capitol Hill. Both the white (also on tap) and the rosé are available at Palace Kitchen.

Our winemaker, Rich Burton has been pouring the wines over the last few weeks and the feedback has been great. Here is to hoping for another year of good and affordable wine drinking.