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.

 

Locus Wines Summer Party: July 9th, 3-7PM in Madrona

The Summer is (almost) here. So is the 2015 Locus Sémillon.

Please join us to celebrate the arrival of our annual Bordeaux-style white on Saturday, July 9th, 3-7PM at 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122.

You say “rain in the forecast”? We say, no problem. We got tents and there is plenty room inside to cover us all. Only in Seattle (or southern hempishere) that April event would be held outside at 81 degrees, July one inside at 65.

We will pour the new one and a vertical of the Sémillons of the past, the usual Locus lineup, plus a few summer party-only ones (Hello, light, young and bright 100% Cinsault).

Invite others. 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.

We are also going to preview the 2014 Locus Red, our first GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdré blend). If you like it, you can purchase futures at a great discount, for pick up in November or at our Fall Release Party.  It is tasting so well that our resident culinarian Ton is mildly panicked that it may end up becoming a better wine than his ‘baby,’ the 2013 Locus Red – a Syrah Grenache blend. As always, we will pair the wine with delicate bites.  Here is the lineup:

  • 2015 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard
  • 2014 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard
  • 2013 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard (summer party exclusive)
  • 2015 Locus Rosé
  • 2015 Locus Cinsault (summer party exclusive)
  • 2014 Locus Modo Red (Merlot and Malbec blend)
  • 2013 Locus Red (Syrah and Grenache blend)
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard
  • 2014 Locus Red (Preview tasting)

Details

  • When? Saturday, July 9th, 3-7PM
  • 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Taste Washington: Craziness May Occur (March 28-29, 2015)

We are pouring at Taste Washington, the largest single-region wine tasting event in the U.S., this weekend and it is hell of a ride. Debuting the 11049491_10152656299791854_2384134917530958734_n2014 Locus Semillon, 2014 Locus Rose as well as the Rhone blend 2013 Locus Red (Grenache/Syrah), we are bombarded by a lot of people that have never heard us. It’s been fun, exciting and exhilarating all at the same time. Saturday was crazy busy. We expect Sunday to be nothing less than that.