Goodbye 2015 Locus Sémillon

img_4072_20160312_editedWe are officially out of the 2015 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyards. We still have some kegs for foodservice operations but that is it. So what now? Well, there is still some Sémillon on the shelves of retailers: Some Costcos still have it in stock (Seattle SoDo location is out). Some PCCs still have it and possibly Esquin.

If you get nostalgic, you have two options. At least for a while. First up, the Tasting Room downtown. We have two cases still available for flights, glass or purchase. In fact, this coming weekend, our winemaker Rich Burton will be at the Tasting Room hanging out with people as they taste Locus Wines flights.

Second option: Head on over to Purple Café downtown Seattle or Bellevue to get the Sémillon by the glass. They added the white to their glass pour menu a few months ago and they are getting the last bit of it we have left.

The good news is that the 2016 Sémillon is only 6 months away.

Purple Café in Seattle and Bellevue add Locus Sémillon

2015 Locus Sémillon is currently on the Purple Café’s glass pour list in its Seattle and Bellevue locations. The scarcity/rarity of good Sémillon from Washington wineries is not lost on them: Here is how they introduce the Locus Sémillon glass pour on their 108-page wine list encyclopedia…

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Sémillon is not rare of a grape in Washington actually but it is rarely revered. Some ofimg_4209_20160312_edited the Sémillon crops may lack acidity (especially in France where they generally mix it with Sauvignon Blanc for dry applications), but Rattlesnake Hills fruit from the renowned Dineen Vineyard certainly doesn’t. The problem with Washington Sémillons is that some of them are oaked. Just them the grape be, people. This is not your uncle’s Chardonnay. .

Go on and enjoy a nice glass of refreshing, balanced Sémillon with lots of aromas and a surprisingly rounded finish and mouth feel. At Purple café.

 

New Stores, Restaurants Adding Locus Wines…. September Edition

Joule in Freemont is loving the 2015 Locus Rosé for a few months now but they are not the only ones…. Madison Co-op, Leschi Mart, PCC Natural Markets, DeLaurenti, Grape Choice, Downtown Spirits, Bar Ferdinand, Sitka and Spruce (the latter two in form of private labeled for Bar Ferdinand) and PT Wine Seller (Port Townsend) are also feeling the Rosé love despite the dwindling Rosé season. (We drink Rosé year round, by the way).

As the Rosé season comes to a close, so are the supplies of our Rosé. What started as more than 500 cases are down to less than 35 cases. Sad but also cause for celebration since it means a new Locus Rosé is only 6 months away.

The trio of Costcos that are carrying the wines are still going strong. You can still find the 2015 Locus Sémillon and 2014 Locus Modo Red at Aurora Village, Kirkland and Tukwila Costcos.

Whole Foods also carry the wines but you need to know which wine is available where: In Whole Foods Bellevue, you can find the 2012 Locus Syrah from StoneTree Vineyard. The Whole Foods Westlake and Whole Foods Bellingham prefer to carry the 2014 Locus Modo Red.

For a comprehensive list of retail and restaurants that carry Locus Wines in state of Washington, visit the Retail and Restaurant Locations page.

Locus Wines Tasting at Revolution Wine: Saturday, September 17th, 6-8PM

img_0581_20151101_editedWe 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.

When?
Saturday, September 17th
6:00 – 8:00pm

Where?
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.

All Good Things Must Come to an End: An Obit for Some Good, Good Wine

PhototasticCollage-2016-08-17-18-28-15Three Loci down…. The 2013 Locus Red, 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah as well as 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Sémillon are officially gone for good. We should know better than to get attached to something perishable but we couldn’t help it. We loved these wines and while we are happy that we sold out, we are also sad to see them forever gone.

These wines meant the world to us: 2013 Locus Red was critically adored (91 points from Wine Spectator, Best of Show at Minneapolis Food and Wine Experience, Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition among others) and loved by Locus fans.

2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah was our firstborn. Our first release ever. For those who love big and bold Washington Syrahs, it was “the” wine. Four years and many awards later (90 points from Wine Enthusiast, Double Gold from Seattle Wine Awards, 89 points from Wine Spectator), it has finally ridden off to the sunset.

Last but not least, 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard… Many awards for this one too but too bad it is gone, because as we found out at Locus Wines Summer Party last July, Locus whites get only better and more complex with age.

Thankfully, we still have our other “babies.” 20 or so cases of the exquisite 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah, plus 2014 Modo Red, 2015 Rosé and the Sémillon…. No consolation though. Knowing we have other good wines still available doesn’t mean that the vanishing of these three hurts any less.

 

Locus Wines Tasting Room Open This Weekend on Saturday, August 6th, 12-6PM

img_0581_20151101_editedThe 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.

When?
Saturday, August 6th
Noon – 6:00 pm

Where?
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.

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.

Locus Wines Tasting Room: Open Saturday, July 2nd, 12-6PM in SoDo

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. This happens every first weekend of each month, by the way.

As usual, we will have small bites to accompany the wines. Stop by and taste the Locus lineup. Specifically,

  • 2015 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard (a crisp, dry white)
  • 2015 Locus Rosé (a bone-dry Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault blend)
  • 2014 Locus MODO Red (Merlot/Malbec blend)
  • 2013 Locus Red (Syrah/Grenache blend, 91 points, Wine Spectator and GOLD in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard (90 points, Wine Enthusiast)
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard

When?
Saturday, June 4th
Noon – 6:00 pm

Where?
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 only on Saturday. Tasters must be 21 years and older.

Locus Wines Tasting Room: Open Saturday, June 4th, 12-6PM in SoDo

The first weekend 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.

As usual, we will have small bites to accompany the wines. Stop by and taste the Locus lineup. Specifically,

  • 2015 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyard (a crisp, dry white)
  • 2015 Locus Rosé (a bone-dry Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault blend)
  • 2014 Locus MODO Red (Merlot/Malbec blend, winning hearts & minds around town)
  • 2013 Locus Red (Syrah/Grenache blend that recently got 91 points from Wine Spectator and won GOLD in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition)
  • 2012 Locus Syrah, StoneTree Vineyard (90 points, Wine Enthusiast)
  • 2013 Locus Syrah, Keller Vineyard

When?
Saturday, June 4th
Noon – 6:00 pm

Where?
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 only on Saturday. Tasters must be 21 years and older.