Where to Find the New Releases in Washington and Idaho

There has been quite a few inquiries as to where those of you who couldn’t make it to the July party could find the new releases out and about. Just to refresh your memory: we released 2018 Locus Modo White (60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc), 2017 Locus Semillon and 2017 Locus Modo Red (70% Merlot blend). We thought a comprehensive list (as of July 31st, we don’t know who added the new wines on in August yet).

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Ballinger Village Thriftway Locus 2017 Modo Red Shoreline
Bardenay Locus 2017 Modo Red Coeur d’Alene
Bellevue Brewing Company Locus 2017 Modo Red Bellevue
Cafe Flora Locus 2017 Modo Red Seattle
Ivar’s Pier 54 Locus 2017 Modo Red Seattle
Mazama Country Store Locus 2017 Modo Red Mazama
Roost Lifestyle Locus 2017 Modo Red Moses Lake
Snowgoose Produce Locus 2017 Modo Red Mount Vernon
Lone Rock Mercantile Locus 2017 Semillon Seabeck
Arista Wine Cellars Locus 2018 Modo White Edmonds
Cafe Luna Vashon Locus 2018 Modo White Vashon
Delicatus Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Ivar’s Pier 54 Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Locol Barley & Vine Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Mazama Country Store Locus 2018 Modo White Mazama
Metropolitan Market – Kirkland Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Metropolitan Market – Kirkland Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Metropolitan Market Admiral Locus 2018 Modo White Seattle
Port Gamble General Store Locus 2018 Modo White Port Gamble
QFC #838 Inglewood Locus 2018 Modo White Kirkland
Rocket Market Locus 2018 Modo White Spokane
Vita’s Locus 2018 Modo White Lopez Island
Wine Loft Locus 2018 Modo White Olympia

 

Locus Wines by the glass at Bottlehouse, The Shambles

 

Bottlehouse, the wine bar and shop in Madrona neighborhood has added 2016 Locus Sémillon to its by the glass rotation. You can now get a 2 oz or 5 oz taste ($10) of the wine, or go directly to bottle. Bottlehouse has been a great supporter of Locus Wines: they carried 2014 Locus Rosé at the wine shop, had a special red blend (2015 Locus Tank #2) on tap, as well as 2013 Locus Red few years ago. Check the list out before Locus goes off the rotation at the Bottlehouse’s website or simply drop in at 1416 34th AVE Seattle, WA. 98122, (less than a block north of Union on 34th).

Another location carrying Locus on tap is the new butcher shop/bar, The Shambles. The Maple Leaf space has been making quiet the noise in the press since it opened (see Seattle Times or the Eater Seattle articles). Among the awesomely long list of beers and wines on tap, you will find 2015 Locus Rosé. The Shambles is located at 7777 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 and it is open every day at noon until close.

 

Past and Future Wine Club Event A Qualified Success

Almost half of the Locus Wine Club members showed up with friends and better halves over the weekend (March 17 and 18) to taste the wines from the library and to get a taste of wines to come in the next 24-36 months…. Of course, with 12 or 13 food pairings to try with each wine. The library wines were the 2013 Locus Rosé – looking and tasting like a Bandol-style rosé now that the years have piled on it, 2014 Locus Sémillon which tasted as fresh as the day it was released but a little bit more rounded and dare we say somewhat smoky, somehow. Also from the past: 2012 Locus StoneTree Syrah was the first wine we ever made.

From the future: Wine club-only 2017 Locus Garage Series Rosé (only 25 cases produced), 2015 Locus Cabernet Franc, 2015 Locus Syrah from Keller Vineyards. Although it was not in the plans, we may have poured the new 2016 Locus Modo Red. Let’s just say there were a lot of bottles.

For those who are not familiar with the event, the event was part of a bistro-style experience, where over a course of 2-hour period, you sit down and enjoy the currently unavailable releases over some delicious bites…

As for the bites, the offerings varied from wild (headcheese, spreadable sausage) to mild (pork, paté, pea & mint hummus, Mediterranean seafood terrine) to standard (cheeses, quince jam, olives, pickles) – most of them house-made by our resident culinarian/co-proprietor.

Next up for wine club events (for Stalker and Sociuspath levels only) is the blending trials just like we did last June: Wine club members and their guests get barrel samples from each wine we made the previous year. Then they use pipets to make blends of their choosing. It is an opportunity for wine club members to get a better appreciation as to where the fruit flavor come from, which wine they can use to add body to a lend, which wine makes the blend more acidic, etc. Basically, doing our job for us. We feed them in return. It is not technically a competition but usually a few wine club members win.

Locus Wines Fall Party: November 11th, 2-6PM in Madrona

November means it’s time for another Locus red to be released.  This year, we’re happy to introduce the 2015 Locus Nord, the yin to the yang of the 2015 Locus Sud.  “Nord” is the French word for “north” and we’ve fashioned this wine after some of our favorite Northern Rhône blends, which must be Syrah-dominant by law.  It’s 64% Syrah (from the Strand and Gamache vineyards), 23% Cinsault and 13% Mourvèdre (both from the 7 Mile vineyard).  While the Syrah dominates, the Cinsault brings bold fruit to the front of the palette, while the Mourvèdre adds a dark finish.  We’re excited to share our inaugural Nord blend with the masses!

As always, we’ll be showcasing the current line-up of Locus wines, all paired with specially-designed culinary bites from Esca Catering.  There will also be an exclusive treat in store for our Socius wine club members to enjoy.  Come join us to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the release of the 2015 Locus Nord!

Here is what the menu looks like:

 

Details

  • When? Saturday, November 11th, 2-6PM
  • Where? 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
  • How to RSVP? Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Or reply to this email for group RSVPs.
  • How much? Tasting is free. We can only serve adults 21 years and older.
  • 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.

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.

Locus Wines Now Available at Seattle COSTCO (Everett and Covington COSTCO coming up)

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.

Purple Café in Seattle and Bellevue add Locus Sémillon

2015 Locus Sémillon is currently on the Purple Café’s glass pour list in its Seattle and Bellevue locations. The scarcity/rarity of good Sémillon from Washington wineries is not lost on them: Here is how they introduce the Locus Sémillon glass pour on their 108-page wine list encyclopedia…

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Sémillon is not rare of a grape in Washington actually but it is rarely revered. Some ofimg_4209_20160312_edited the Sémillon crops may lack acidity (especially in France where they generally mix it with Sauvignon Blanc for dry applications), but Rattlesnake Hills fruit from the renowned Dineen Vineyard certainly doesn’t. The problem with Washington Sémillons is that some of them are oaked. Just them the grape be, people. This is not your uncle’s Chardonnay. .

Go on and enjoy a nice glass of refreshing, balanced Sémillon with lots of aromas and a surprisingly rounded finish and mouth feel. At Purple café.

 

New Stores, Restaurants Adding Locus Wines…. September Edition

Joule in Freemont is loving the 2015 Locus Rosé for a few months now but they are not the only ones…. Madison Co-op, Leschi Mart, PCC Natural Markets, DeLaurenti, Grape Choice, Downtown Spirits, Bar Ferdinand, Sitka and Spruce (the latter two in form of private labeled for Bar Ferdinand) and PT Wine Seller (Port Townsend) are also feeling the Rosé love despite the dwindling Rosé season. (We drink Rosé year round, by the way).

As the Rosé season comes to a close, so are the supplies of our Rosé. What started as more than 500 cases are down to less than 35 cases. Sad but also cause for celebration since it means a new Locus Rosé is only 6 months away.

The trio of Costcos that are carrying the wines are still going strong. You can still find the 2015 Locus Sémillon and 2014 Locus Modo Red at Aurora Village, Kirkland and Tukwila Costcos.

Whole Foods also carry the wines but you need to know which wine is available where: In Whole Foods Bellevue, you can find the 2012 Locus Syrah from StoneTree Vineyard. The Whole Foods Westlake and Whole Foods Bellingham prefer to carry the 2014 Locus Modo Red.

For a comprehensive list of retail and restaurants that carry Locus Wines in state of Washington, visit the Retail and Restaurant Locations page.

Costco to Carry Locus Sémillon, Modo Red, Starting NOW

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.

Ruth’s Chris, Bardenay, Rupert’s and Boise Co-op Get Locus

PhototasticCollage-2016-06-25-08-41-18‘Gorgeous blueberry, black tea and a hint of nutmeg’ is how Bardenay in Boise describes the 2014 Locus Modo Red, available on their wine list as a featured item these days. How can we disagree?

Also in Boise: The 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse as well as the 2014 Locus Modo Red at the Boise Co-op.

Outside Boise? No worries. In the beautiful lakeside town of McCall also offers Locus Wines at Rupert’s, arguably the best hotel and best restaurant in town. (If you have never been to McCall, you are missing out. It is beyond beautiful)

Our winemaker Rich Burton, and Idaho son himself, is currently in Idaho doing tastings. Catch him in McCall on Sunday, June 26th at Jug Mountain Ranch Golf Club, pouring the 2015 Locus Rosé with several Washington greats like the Dunham Cellars and Balboa, from 2-5PM.