November means it’s time for another Locus red to be released. This year, we’re happy to introduce the 2015 Locus Nord, the yin to the yang of the 2015 Locus Sud. “Nord” is the French word for “north” and we’ve fashioned this wine after some of our favorite Northern Rhône blends, which must be Syrah-dominant by law. It’s 64% Syrah (from the Strand and Gamache vineyards), 23% Cinsault and 13% Mourvèdre (both from the 7 Mile vineyard). While the Syrah dominates, the Cinsault brings bold fruit to the front of the palette, while the Mourvèdre adds a dark finish. We’re excited to share our inaugural Nord blend with the masses!
As always, we’ll be showcasing the current line-up of Locus wines, all paired with specially-designed culinary bites from Esca Catering. There will also be an exclusive treat in store for our Socius wine club members to enjoy. Come join us to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the release of the 2015 Locus Nord!
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.
Sunshine and Sémillon…. Finally, summer is here. So is the 2016 Locus Sémillon.
Please join us to celebrate the arrival of our annual single vineyard white. We will pour the new 2016 release alongside the 2015 version (it’s always fun to compare) and we may even have a few bottles of the older vintage to sell to wine club members, too. We are also going to preview the 2015 Locus Nord, the older and slightly more serious cousin to the bright and happy Sud. If you like it, you can purchase futures at a great discount to pick up in November. As always, we’ll be pouring through most of our current releases (and, most likely, a surprise wine) and pairing everything with delicious bites from Ton’s catering company, ESCA.
RSVP on Facebook or send us an email if you replying for multiple guests (email@example.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.
If you weren’t one of the 135 or so people who showed up at the Spring release party last Saturday, you can stop panicking now. You still have 5 chances in the upcoming weeks to try the new line up, near Seattle or far.
STEM Uncorked, Seattle, WA, Friday, April 28th, 2017, 5-9PM
Come learn about the other “stem” education at Science Uncorked! Enjoy an evening sampling some of Washington’s finest wines while exploring the science straight from the vine. Enjoy unlimited tastings from participating wineries, a souvenir wine glass, and after-hours access to the exhibits.
Madrona Wine Merchants Tasting, Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 2-4PM
Taste the new releases at the best place second best place in Madrona to taste Locus Wines. Jim and Mark are ardent supporters of Locus and we do this tasting annually to celebrate the partnership.
The Tasting Room, Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 1-5PM
Locus Wines is part of the Tasting Room 7 days a week now but from time to time, we become the focus of attention there. This is one of those focus of attention thingies, with winemaker Rich Burton on hand to pour the wines.
Rising Stars, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Prosser, WA, May 20th, 2017, 1-4PM
2nd annual rising star highlights up and coming winemakers in Prosser, WA. Tickets are $50 plus tax until April 30th. $55 plus tax afterwards. Discounts for lodging available for early birds.
Bottlehouse Rosé Event, Seattle, WA Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 3-8PM
Locus Wines plus bunch of other class acts are going to battle it out to the death. Except they won’t. They will also pour rosé wines. Find out more about the event at the Bottlehouse website.
Everett Golf Club & Country Club, Everett, WA, Friday, June 9th, 5-8PM
Find Locus winemaker Rich Burton on the 15th with wine, then taste/buy the wines in the clubhouse.
McCall Rosé Tasting Event, McCall, ID, Sunday, June 18th, 3-6PM
Mr. West Rosé Event, Seattle, WA, June 20th, 5-8PM
The Tasting Room, Seattle, WA, Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 1-5PM
You can taste Locus Wines any time at the Tasting Room in downtown Seattle but on this particular Saturday, Locus Wines is going to be the focus of attention with winemaker Rich Burton on hand to pour the wines. This is not a free of charge tasting.
Summer Party,Seattle, WA, July 15th, 2017, 3-7PM Annual summer party in Madrona neighborhood, celebrating release of 2016 Locus Sémillon and other surprises. Free of charge tasting and food pairings.
We are pouring at Revolution Wine Bar and Shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle this Saturday, September 17th from 6 to 8PM. Revolution Wine is fairly new to the neighborhood and it is a prime location to sample some great wines. They have an amazing selection, both domestic and foreign and they also have a very comfortable space (think stools if you want to keep it business, think giant leather couches if you want to just relax and hang out). Check out their Instagram feed for some ridiculous wine shots.
Come hang out with us or simply get some wine and appetizers to relax before you move on with your Saturday evening.
Saturday, September 17th
6:00 – 8:00pm
518 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(Southwest corner of Pike and Belmont)
Want to Join Us?
Come on over. The tasting is free. Tasters must be 21 years and older.
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.
The first weekend of the month means Locus Wines time at Barrique Wines (a retail wine shop and event space, owned by our distributor Barrique Imports), where we turn the place in to the Locus Wines tasting room for the weekend. This happens every first weekend of each month, by the way. Stop by and taste the Locus lineup on either day.
Saturday, August 6th
Noon – 6:00 pm
1762 Airport Way S. Unit C
Seattle, WA 98134
(On Airport Way, just North of Holgate on the East side of the road… Coming from the north, look for a wine barrel and the long skinny LOCUS banner with the logo on West side of the road. If you go under Holgate overpass, you went to far.) Park on the East side of the street or the South side of the building. Enter the tasting room from Airport Way S entrance. No banner on Sunday.
Want to Join Us?
Come on over. The tasting is free. Tasters must be 21 years and older.
Were 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
Saturday, July 30th
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)
Please 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.