Summer Release Party – New Modo White and A Few Other Surprises

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 info@locuswines.com).

Invite others. The more the merrier!

When?
Saturday, July 28th, 3-7PM

Where?
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122

How to RSVP?
Facebook or email at info@locuswines.com

How much?
$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.

 

2nd Annual Fun Night of Blending Party for Locus Wines Club Members

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.

Seattle Wine Co. Locus Tasting in Bellevue, Friday, April 27th, 6-8:30PM

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.

When?
Friday, April 27th
4-6:30 PM

Where?
1950 130th Ave NE, Suite 1
Bellevue, WA 98005

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit the Seattle Wine Co. website or their Facebook page for more details.

Tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants, Saturday, April 28th, 2-4PM

Madrona Wine Merchants LogoWere you unable to make it to the Locus Spring Party last weekend?  Well, you get another chance at it this coming Saturday at the Madrona Wine Merchants.

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.

When?
Saturday, April 28th
2-4 PM

Where?
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit the Madrona Wine Merchants website or their Facebook page for more details.

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.

 

Spokane goes Locus (with 2017 Rosé and 2016 Modo Red)

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.

 

(Impromptu) Locus Day at The Tasting Room on Saturday, 4/14, 1-5PM

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.

Tasting the Barrels, Finalizing Blends

Sometimes a day in the sun in Yakima with dogs in tow is what you need to make some decisions around the upcoming vintage releases (2016 reds, 2017 whites, etc.) while also tasting the barrels to make sure all is well in the process. The good news is that the fermentation on the white and rosés (yes, multiple) are done and they are tasting great. The new Sauvignon Blanc is tasting even better than last year which may be an invitation to do a small batch/one-off 100% Sauvignon Blanc (if Ton gets his way).

Impromptu Locus Happy Hour at The Tasting Room in Downtown Seattle, Thursday, 9/21, 5-7PM

This Thursday, September 21st, from 5-7PM, the Tasting Room in the Post Alley is holding a Locus Wines happy hour with winemaker Rich Burton in tow. The wine flights, the Locus Wines bottles will all be discounted to happy hour pricing during the evening. Chances are, Rich will stay way longer than the happy hour, so it is a chance to spend some cycles with the winemaker with very little interruption before he gets all busy with the crush, if you so desire. No need to RSVP or call ahead. Just show up at your convenience.

Upcoming Locus Wines Tastings

You missed the Summer Release last weekend? Don’t worry. There is always something going on somewhere around Seattle metro. In a pinch, you can rush to the Tasting Room in Post Alley downtown Seattle that has all Locus Wines by the glass, daily year round. Most of the events materialize with fairly short notice so check back here often to see what’s what. Here is a snapshot though:

  • Compass Wines Locus TastingAnacortes, WA, July 26th, 2017, 4-6PM
    Winemaker Rich Burton visits Compass Wines in Anacortes, a long time supporter of the wines near the islands, to pour the crop of newer Locus Wines.
  • Winemaker’s Night at the Tasting Room, Seattle, WA. July 27th, 2017, 7-9PM
    Rich Burton will be present to pour the wines and chat with tasters at the Tasting Room in post alley. Tasters pay for flights or for glasses of the wines.
  • Locus Fall PartySeattle, WA, November 11th, 2017, 2-6PM
    Annual Fall party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.
  • Socius Locus Wine Club Event, Seattle, WA, February 24th, 2017, TBD
    Wine club members sit down, relax, hang out, drink and be merry at the Madrona location of the winery, without the crowds of tasting parties and with food and wine service at their tables. This event is by invitation only. Wine club membership required.
  • Locus Spring PartySeattle, WA, April 21st, 2017, 2-6PM
    Annual Spring party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.
  • Socius Locus Wine Club Event: Red Wine Blending Party, Seattle, WA, June 11th, 2017, 7-10PM
    Wine club members try barrel samples to come up with compelling red wine blends for the 2017 fruit. Winners get prizes. As always, delicious bites available for the participants. This event is by invitation only. Wine club membership required.
  • Locus Summer Party, Seattle, WA, July 28th, 2018, 3-7PM
    Annual summer party in Madrona neighborhood. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.