On Saturday, Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton is pouring the line up at the Hellam’s Vineyard wine store from 1 to 6PM. The daffodils are out so maybe in between visiting the fields, you should stop by. More information on the Hellam’s Vineyard website.
Locus Wines presence in Seattle is almost inevitable, with the winery being in Seattle, cooperative tasting room we belong to,The Tasting Room being downtown and the fact that we are part of Seattle Urban Wineries. Well, we are making a dent on the East side of Seattle, in the towns of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond and Woodinville. We have ways to go, but it is better than just one or two locations.
Here is a selection of retailers that carry Locus Wines (or if they have run out, they have a relationship with our distributor to get you what you need):
- Cork & Tap
- Mox Boarding House
- Purple Café Bellevue
- QFC #808
- Westin Hotel
- Flat Iron Grill – new (since October 2018)
- Café Volace
- Grape Choice
- Little Brother
- Metropolitan Market Kirkland
- Harry’s on Tye Street
- Malt and Vine
- Metropolitan Sammamish – new (since November 2018)
- Plateau Club
- Cellars Wine Club – new
- Village Wines
- Washington Wine Society – new
The winery may be located in Seattle and the wines are made in Yakima but we sure get some sweet support from the Eastern-most end of the state. Spokane has been a very supportive market for Locus Wines and we want to acknowledge (re-acknowledge in some cases), the businesses that really welcomed us. Thank you, Spokane. We are not there too often but we sure feel the love.
In October and November 2018 timeframe alone, four new establishments added Locus to their offerings:
- Lantern Tap House
- Latah Bistro
- Wild Sage
- No-Li Brewhouse
The following businesses have featured us in the past, and some of them, like Left Bank, seem to like us enough to keep coming back:
- Bottles (Spokane Valley)
- The Grain Shed
- Indaba Café
- Left Bank
- Manito Tap House
- Nectar Wine and Beer
- Rocket Market
- Steel Barrel
- Yokes Argonne #11
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Please join us on Saturday, July 28th from 3-7PM in Madrona neighborhood to celebrate the arrival of our annual Modo White blend, plus a few surprises: We are going to offer two very limited production wines that you can taste only at this party: 2017 Locus Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Locus Garage Series 100% Cinsault. As always, we will pour through some of our current releases and pair everything with delicious bites by ESCA.
In case you missed the Spring party in April, we’ve made changes to the usual format: At the start of your tasting experience, there will be a check-in table at which we will check IDs (21 and over only, please). We will also collect a $5 tasting fee per person, which would be refunded with any purchase. If you are a Socius Wine Club member, the tasting fees are waived for you and your date/spouse/guest. RSVP on Facebook Details on Event (if replying for multiple guests email us at email@example.com).
Invite others. The more the merrier!
Saturday, July 28th, 3-7PM
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
How to RSVP?
Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
$5 per person, refundable with purchase. If you are a Socius Wine Club member, the tasting fees are waived for you and your date/spouse/guest. Attendees must be 21 years or older.
Never been to one of our events? Wanna get an idea of what they look like? Go to The Gallery section to see pics from previous release parties.
Stalker and SociusPath level Locus wine club members faced a difficult task last night (June 11th) at the Tasting Room downtown Seattle: Blend two Syrahs, one Grenache and one Mourvédre to make compelling blends, using wine that’s only about 7 months old (read: green and not ready for prime time). Well, people took the task seriously and did really well. It helped that they started the evening with a glass of Wine Club only wine, 2017 Locus Wines Sauvignon Blanc, and closed it with 2016 Locus Wines Garage Series 100% Cinsault, along with five different dishes to keep them satiated through the night.
In just under 2.5 hours, everyone created their own blends; then competed against fellow blenders at the table to choose the best blend from the table. Then the tables competed against each other in a blind tasting to arrive at the winner. Dave Warner’s blend from table 2 was the winner for the evening.
Participants kept saying how hard blending is. And it is. There are easier ways of doing it: You can simply blend all the wines you got and hope that it tastes well. That is one way of doing it and it is the commercial way. As a cost-conscious winemaker, you want to use up all the wine you have. Well, that is not always the most gracious way. What if the resulting wine is just not good enough to highlight all the best of the varietals that are in it? That is why winemakers usually make multiple blends that really showcase the characteristics and then hope and pray that there is a commercial application for it.
Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton will pour his wines at Bellevue’s Seattle Wine Co. on Friday, April 27th from 4 to 6:30PM. This last-minute tasting is a great opportunity for some of the Eastsiders to get their Locus on, especially if they’ve missed out on the Spring Party last weekend.
Friday, April 27th
1950 130th Ave NE, Suite 1
Bellevue, WA 98005
No tasting fee
Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines’ new releases at a free tasting event Saturday, April 28th, from 2-4 PM. Jim and Mark, the co-proprietors of the neighborhood wine shop Madrona Wine Merchants, have supported Locus Wines from day 1. They hosted first ever public tasting for Locus Wines back in August 2014.
Some new (2017 Locus Rosé, 2016 Locus Modo Red) and some old award-winning wines will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton.
Saturday, April 28th
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)
No tasting fee
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.
Spokane has beat you all to it!
They have not only tasted the wines we are releasing next week, they are already offering them to patrons by the bottle or by the glass. The new 2017 Locus Rosé and the 2016 Locus Modo Red have earned some fans east of the state.
- Huckleberry’s Natural Market – (2016 Modo Red)
- Rocket Market – (2016 Modo Red)
- Manito Tap House – (2017 Rosé, by the glass)
- Europa – (2017 Rosé, by the glass)
- Wild Sage – (2016 Modo Red and 2014 the Locus Red by the glass, in May)
- Nectar – (2016 Modo Red by the glass) .
- Petunia’s – (2016 Modo Red)
Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton will be on hand to pour at an impromptu Tasting Room Saturday, April 14th, from 1-5PM. The tasting room is making all Locus Wines available in wine flights, so you can taste them all before you commit to a glass or even better a bottle. Or two.
As you know, the Tasting Room always has Locus Wines as part of its flights but not all of them are on there usually and not all flights are all Locus. So, this impromptu tasting room event is indeed something special.
Chances are, Rich will stay way longer than the happy hour, so it is an opportunity to get some face time with the winemaker with very little interruption No need to RSVP or to call ahead. Just show up at your convenience.
The Tasting Room is located at 1924 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 right across from Pink Door and next to Kell’s between Stewart and Virginia. You don’t need to call them to make a reservation but if you get lost and need to find them, call them at (206) 770-9463.