2017 Locus Rosé No More… 4 Cases Reserved for the July 28th Party

We officially ran out of the 2017 Locus Rosé this week. We are holding on to four cases so that those of you joining us at the Summer Party on Saturday, July 28th have the opportunity to buy some but commercially we are officially out.

This is great for us business-wise but also bittersweet. 2017 Locus Rosé was special: It won GOLD at the Seattle Wine Awards few months ago and it was a surprisingly crisp, well-balanced wine with complex fruit flavors, with a bone dry finish. Very Southern Rhone-like.

You can still find the 2017 Locus Rosé in a lot of restaurants and retailers in and around Seattle metropolitan area and Washington state:

Angelo’s – Burien
Auburn Wine and Caviar Co.
Bennett’s Mercer Island
Bordeaux Wine Bar Enumclaw
Bottlehouse Madrona
Central Co-op Madison
Collections Café at Chihuly Gardens
Community Food Co-op Bellingham
European Vine Selections Capitol Hill
Farms & Market
Fresh Fish Seattle
Home Remedy Seattle
Hopvine Patch Seattle
Joe Bar Capitol Hill
Left Bank Wine South Park
Manito Tap House
Meet the Moon Leschi
Metropolitan Market Sand Point
Mr. West Downtown Seattle
Palace Kitchen Downtown Seattle
Purple Café Bellevue
Purple Café Seattle
Rocket Market
South Fork Public House
Tacoma Wine Merchants
Thackeray Freemont
Wine Loft Olympia

Chuck’s Hop Shop, Home Remedy, Bounty Kitchen, Collections Café to Locus

The month of June saw a few new establishments (either new as in ‘brand new’ or new to Locus) in Seattle get on the Locus train:

  • Everyone’s favorite beer house in the Central District, Chuck’s Hop Shop is offering the Locus Rosé on tap for those who find none of the 47 beers on tap appealing
  • Bounty Kitchen in Queen Anne is carrying the 2015 Locus Sud
  • Collections Café at the Chihuly Gardens is carrying the Locus Rosé
  • Fresh Fish Company on Northwest 80th has Locus Rosé on the shelves
  • Tom Douglas’ Home Remedy is carrying the Locus Rosé
  • Left Bank Wine in South Park is pouring the Locus Rosé
  • Metropolitan Market in Sandpoint has both the Locus Rosé and Locus Modo White

If you are interested sampling some of these wines, come join us for the Locus Summer Party on Saturday, July 28th. Click here for more information.

Purple Cafés, Meet the Moon and Others Choose 2017 Locus Rosé for Glass Pour


The Heavy Restaurant Group (HRG) has chosen the 2017 Locus Rosé as their Rosé glass pour across multiple properties they own in the Seattle metro area. You can find the Locus Rosé by the glass at all Purple Café locations (Seattle, Bellevue, Woodinville), Meet the Moon (Leschi), Thackeray (Freemont), Claret (Wallingford) and Lot No.3 (Bellevue). Excited and amazed does not begin to describe how we feel.

 

 

Locus at Spring Fling Wine Social in Bellingham, Saturday, May 5th

It’s Cinco de Mayo. It is the official opening day of boating season. Many reasons to celebrate. To that end, Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA will host their second annual “Spring Fling” Wine Social at the Lighthouse Grill and Water Front Terrace on Saturday, May 5th from 5pm-8pm with special VIP access from 4pm-5pm. The Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling is a premier wine & food event showcasing 25+ wineries from around the world, with a spotlight on the Pacific Northwest. The event is $55 per person ($75 per person for VIP access). You can find more details on Hotel Bellwether website

Locus Wines will showcase 2017 Locus Rosé (recently the winner of Gold medal at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards), 2016 Locus Modo White and 2016 Locus Modo Red at the event. Not just showcase but sell at the event too. Come say hi to winemaker Rich Burton who will be on hand to pour the wines.

Spring Release Party – Usher in the new Rosé and 2016 Modo Red

Finding yourself exclaiming “Spring is finally here!” only to wake up the next morning to snow and ice?  We’d be lying if we said that hadn’t happened to us.  Well, we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands, Mother Nature be damned.  It’s time to officially usher in the sunshine and warmth with our annual Locus Spring Release Party!

Come join us on Saturday, April 21st from 2-6pm at 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122 as we introduce the world to two new wines: the more-fragrant-than-it-has-a-right-to-be 2017 Locus Rosé and the 2016 Locus Modo Red – the Official Red Wine of Summer (we’re calling it now).  As always, we will also be pouring all current releases and our resident culinarian will be pairing each wine with a spring-inspired culinary treat. Here is the wine lineup for the tasting:

  • 2017 Locus Rosé – NEW (Grenache. Cinsault, Mourvédre blend)
  • 2016 Locus Rosé (Grenache. Cinsault, Mourvédre blend)
  • 2016 Locus Modo White
  • 2016 Locus Sémillon, Dineen Vineyards
  • 2016 Locus Modo Red – NEW
  • 2014 Locus Red (GSM blend)
  • 2015 Locus Nord (Syrah heavy blend, in Northern Rhone style)

 PLEASE NOTE: we’re making two changes to the usual format.  There will be a check-in table at the start of your tasting experience at which we will check IDs (21 and over only, please).  We will also collect a $5 tasting fee per person.  Don’t worry, though, it will be refunded with any purchase.  Socius Wine Club members will have the fee waived.

 Please RSVP on the Facebook page or send us an email at info@locuswines.com

2 Gold Medals and a Silver at 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Northern Rhone-style (Nord) or Southern-Rhone style (Sud), it doesn’t matter. They are both Gold medal winners! 2015 Locus Nord and 2015 Locus Sud were both crowned Gold medal winners at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in their categories, Syrah Dominant Blends and Grenache Dominant Bends, respectively. 2016 Locus Rosé won a Silver medal in the Dry Rosé/Blush category.

San Francisco Chronicle wine competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the world. After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, SFCWC has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. You can find a complete list of winners on their website, http://winejudging.com/

SFCWC holds a special place in Locus Wines team’s hearts since it was the first competition where the 2014 Locus Modo Red won an award, which led to further recognition at other competitions and review sites, like Wine Spectator and the Wine Enthusiast.

The award for 2015 Locus Sud is very exciting but it comes at a bittersweet time, where the its inventory is counting down fast to zero. There are about 15 cases left of the 250+ cases produced.

More on Locus Wines’ recognition and awards, visit the Awards & Recognition page.

Locus Wines Fall Party: November 11th, 2-6PM in Madrona

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!

Here is what the menu looks like:

 

Details

  • When? Saturday, November 11th, 2-6PM
  • Where? 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
  • How to RSVP? Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Or reply to this email for group RSVPs.
  • How much? Tasting is free. We can only serve adults 21 years and older.
  • This event is not suitable for kids due to adult content, strong language, sharp corners and strategically-placed booby traps specifically designed to ward off people under 17.
  • To see pictures from previous events like this one, visit The Gallery page.

Locus Wines Summer Party: July 15th, 3-7PM in Madrona

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 (if replying for multiple guests email us at info@locuswines.com).

Invite others. The more the merrier!

RSVP on Facebook or send us an email if you replying for multiple guests (info@locuswines.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.

  • When? Saturday, July 15th, 3-7PM
  • Where? 1515 Madrona Drive, Seattle, WA 98122
  • How to RSVP? Facebook or if replying for multiple participants, email us at info@locuswines.com
  • How much? Tasting is free. We can only serve adults 21 years and older.
  • Kids? No. This event is not suitable for kids due to adult content, strong language, sharp corners and strategically-placed booby traps specifically designed to ward off people under 17.
  • To see pictures from previous events like this one, visit The Gallery page.

We Said We’d Never Do It. We are Doing It.

oBut you know, sometimes an opportunity just presents itself and it’s too good to turn down.  We never intended to have a Locus tasting room, especially this early in our development, but when we met the folks from The Tasting Room in Post Alley, we changed our mind.  The Tasting Room offers the best of Washington’s viticultural bounty in an old world-style wine bar, focusing only on winemaker-owned wineries.  We’ll be joining other great Washington wineries like Naches Heights, Nota Bene, and Wilridge as part of a tasting cooperative in historic Pike Place Market.

57869361_-c4zav3axwvr6cfgx2fsrbdx8jlvc-qujo2tfiu3k3kTo celebrate our new adventure, we are holding an invitation-only party this coming Friday night (November 18th) at the Tasting Room.  We’ve only got room for 25 guests and your name will need to be on the guest list in order to get in.  It’s *that* kind of party. Joking aside, the space is very limited and they cannot accommodate walk-ins.

In addition to our Locus wines, we’ll be tasting through offerings from five other wineries with bites from the new catering company, ESCA. If you’re interested in attending, reply to this email or shoot us a note at socius@locuswines.com to make sure we get your name on the list. There is no cost to attend.

If you can’t make it on Friday, we encourage you to check out The Tasting Room the next time you’re down at Pike’s Place Market.  They’re open from noon to 8pm everyday, except this Friday where they will close at 6 to prep for the special event.  They  have a great happy hour Mondays through Thursdays, from 5pm-7pm with discounts on glass pours, bottles and small plates. You can order wines by the glass, experience tasting flights, or just buy a bottle to take home.  We’re thrilled to be part of this great venue!

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.