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
Were 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.
Saturday, April 28th
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Tasting, Anacortes, 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 Party, Seattle, 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 Party, Seattle, 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.
Bottles in Spokane, WA is introducing Locus Wines to local wine and beer drinkers on Friday, July 7th, from 5PM onwards at their 3319 N. Argonne Rd. Spokane, WA 99212 location with culinary goodness from Mac Daddy’s Gourmet Grub. Here is how they talked about it:
“This is going to be a fun wine tasting as Amber from Cru Selections introduces us to a newer winery from Seattle called Locus Wines. Locus has been in the Seattle market, but just recently has come over to Spokane. Come try these awesome wines and we also have a special treat for you as well from Finn River – it is an awesome raspberry dessert wine – you gotta try it!
Modo White – This easy drinking Bordeaux style white is the very definition of the “summer sipper”. A Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blend with aromas of pineapple, grass and flint followed by flavors of lychee and lemon with nice minerality
Rose – Aromas of nectarine, fennel and herbes de provence. Flavors of peach, mandarin orange and lavender. This light, crisp wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourdvedre. Bone dry finish
Modo Red – This easy drinking red is a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot as the power player. Enjoy blueberries and a hint of nutmeg on the nose. Blackberries and dark cherries with subtle tobacco, cedar, and leather are present on the palate
Sud – Southern Rhone style blend, hence the name sud. It is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. Enjoy ripe strawberry and eucalyptus on the nose and the palate offers bright cherry with hints of cedar
Locus Red – Rhone style blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourdvedre. Ripe raspberry and violets are present on the nose while flavors of plum, ground nutmeg, fresh black pepper and hints of tobacco linger in your mouth
Finn River Raspberry Brandy Wine – Enjoy this spectacular dessert wine – pure, intense, absolute essence of fresh raspberries! Awesome poured over rich vanilla ice cream or a piece of creamy cheesecake!”
Well, said. Nothing for us to do but support it. If you are in the area and like the wines (or would like to try the wines to see if you like them or not), please support us and go to Bottles on Friday. Say hi to Amber (of Cru Selections) from us, too.