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 Tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants, Saturday, July 30th, 2-4PM

Madrona Wine Merchants LogoWere you unable to make it to the summer party at the winery few weekends ago? If you were there, would you like to sample the wines one more time? Well, you get another chance at it this coming Saturday, July 30th in Madrona.

Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines at a free tasting event Saturday, July 30th, 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. In fact, the first ever public tasting for Locus Wines was held at Madrona Wine Merchants.

Almost all Locus Wines lineup will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton. Specifically, Rich will pour:

  • 2015 Locus Rosé (Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault), Yakima Valley
  • 2015 Locus Sèmillon, Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills
  • 2014 Locus Modo Red, Columbia Valley
  • 2013 Locus Rhône Blend Red Wine (Syrah/Grenache), Yakima Valley
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyards, Naches Heights

When?
Saturday, July 30th
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 Tasting at Boise Whole Foods Market, Wednesday, July 27th, 5-7PM

Whole_Foods_logoPlease join us to celebrate Locus Wines Boise Whole Foods Market debut on Wednesday, July 27th from 2-4PM.

You will get a chance to taste the 2015 Locus Sémillon, our crispy and refreshing white wine, plus the 2014 Locus Modo Red, a Merlot and Malbec blend with a touch of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. We call that one a Washington Bordeaux (Syrah in there makes it Washington, get it?)

After making it to the glass pour list on two Bardenay locations and a few retailers (hello Boise Co-op, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, State & Lemp, and, Mc Call’s Rupert’s), we are excited that more people in Boise area will get a chance to sample our wines.

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When?
Wednesday, July 27th
5-7 PM

Where?
401 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83702

How much?
No tasting fee

Want to Join Us?
Just show up. No RSVP or registration required.

91 points from Wine Spectator for the 2013 Locus Red

numer-91The 2013 Locus Red got a 91 point rating from Wine Spectator in its most recent issue (dated March 31, 2016). The ratings, which can also be found online at winespectator.com, calls the wine “Bright and tangy, with a certain density to the lively raspberry, rhubarb and plum flavors as they dance with refined tannins on the finish. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2021. 123 cases made.- HS”

The 2013 Locus Red ($25/bottle) was not the only wine that got favorable consideration from the respected wine portal. The 2012 Locus Syrah and the recently released (and flying off the shelves) 2014 Locus Modo Red also got nods.

The 2012 Locus Syrah, Wahluke Slope, StoneTree Vineyard ($25/bottle) was rated at 89 points: “Broad and generous, with a dusty edge to the blackberry and black cherry flavors. Fine-grained tannins are deployed around the persistent finish. Best after 2017. 175 cases made.- HS

The 2014 Locus Modo Red ($15/bottle) got a 88 points: “Soft and ripe, with generous red and blackberry flavors, finishing with a refreshing lilt. Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2019. 623 cases made. – HS

 

Locus Wines Tasting in Kirkland: The Grape Choice, Wednesday, Feb 10th, 5-8PM

CaptureThe Grape Choice in Kirkland, one of the best wine store/hangout/retailer/educators in Seattle is hosting Locus Wines for a tasting on Wednesday, February 10th, from 5PM to 8PM.

The winemaker Rich Burton and the not-winemaker Ton Yazici will be on hand to pour the wines and answer questions.

When?
Wednesday, February 10th
5-8 PM

Where?
9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033 Map

Want to Join Us?
Show up or visit The Grape Choice website or their Facebook page for The Grape Choice for more details.

Fall Release Open House on Saturday, Nov 14th, 1-6PM in Madrona

Come join us for our November release party and taste the all current Locus releases and meet the three new members of the lineup: The 2013 Keller Syrah and the 2014 Modo Red, as well as the November event-only edition of Rich’s “Garage” Sémillon dedicated to our Baby Beyaz, who will only be joining us in spirit from now on.

IMG_0300.jpg (small)The 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah is our first 100% Naches Heights AVA wine. It’s a relatively small, higher elevation vineyard from which we are extremely excited about sourcing fruit on a regular basis. The wine is elegant and refined, and soon to be extinct: We produced only 48 cases.

The 2014 Locus Modo Red is ourDocument Name_20151018_edited1_smaller first foray into the “value wine” market (i.e. cheap and cheerful, easy-drinking… Modo means now, ready in Latin). It’s a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Cab. We believe it’s delicious and actually find it pretty rich in tannin (fancy way of us saying ‘it will last a few years’).

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The 2014 Locus “Garage” Sémillon is the winemaker’s pet project. At last summer’s release party, you all were mad we could not sell the garage wines. This time we can (special permit apparently). The wine is dedicated to our recently deceased dog/child, Beyaz. We somehow thought she’d outlive us all. Alas, not the case. We will sell bottles of Beyaz Sémillon at $10 per bottle. $5 from each bottle sale will go to Seattle Humane Society – folks who blessed us with 13+ plus years of happiness and the occasional disapproving looks.

As always, we will pair the wines with creative bites from our resident Culinary Arts student: We’ve got some old favorites (hello, lamb pastry!) along with some new ones (cider-braised pork belly, handmade pasta, rye berry and buckwheat groats with chanterelles, and more) that will pair brilliantly with the Locus wines.

When?
Saturday, November 14th.
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Where?
1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
(One and a half block west of Lake Washington Blvd and Madrona Drive)

Want to Join Us?
You can RSVP here on the site, by filling out the form below or view the event on our Facebook page and RSVP there. Whichever way, make the time, come see us. Taste the wines.

Locus Wines Tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants, Saturday, June 27th, 2-4PM

Madrona Wine Merchants LogoWere you unable to make it to the 2nd Vintage Release Open House at the winery last weekend? If you were there, would you like to sample the wines one more time? Well, you get another chance at it this coming Saturday, June 27th in Madrona.

Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines’ new release at a free tasting event Saturday, June 27th, 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. In fact, shortly after the inaugural Locus Wines launch party a tthe end of July last year, the first ever public tasting for Locus Wines was held at Madrona Wine Merchants in August.

All (now we can say, award-winning) Locus Wines will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton. Specifically, Rich will pour:

  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard
  • 2013 Locus Rhône Blend Red Wine (Syrah/Grenache)
  • 2014 Locus Rosé (Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault), Yakima Valley
  • 2014 Locus Sèmillon, Dineen Vineyard

When?
Saturday, June 27th
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.

2nd Vintage Release Open House on Saturday, June 20th, 2-7PM in Seattle

We’ve had a great year since we launched in July of 2014. Now it is time to release vintage #2. Well, our 2014 white and rose (2014 Locus Semillon from Dineen Vineyards, 2014 Locus Rose of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre), as well as the 2013 red (Grenache/Syrah blend) has been out for a few months but we are still looking to celebrate it (or finding an excuse to party?). Plu we may have a few surprise tastes of yet to be released goodness. Please RSVP by filling out the form at the end of the post. Here is the flyer that went out in an email earlier.June 20 2015 Release Event Announcement Final

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.