After the Seattle winter we’ve had, it’s time we all had a bit of rosé and some sun. We can guarantee the rosé, not sure about the sun though. Come join us on Saturday, April 27th from 2-6PM as we introduce the world to four new wines:
2018 Locus 7 Mile Rosé
2018 Locus Garage Series Rosé of Cinsault
2018 Locus Naches Heights Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Locus Sagemoor Barbera
This will be the biggest, release-iest party in Locus history! As always, we will also pour some of our other current releases:
2015 Locus Red
2015 Locus Keller Syrah
2015 Locus Nord
Our resident culinarian, Ton Yazici will pair each wine with a spring-inspired culinary treats.
A few other items to note for the release event:
There is a $5 tasting fee per person, refunded with any purchase. Socius Wine Club members always have the tasting fee waived. So do culinary arts students and trade!
No one under 21 allowed. Our dog might eat the small humans.
To ensure that the event stays comfortable and safe for all (and that we have enough wine for all guests), limit sampling of wines to a single pour during the event.
Socius Club members: To allow you to get a jump-start on the tasting before the crowds arrive, we’ll open the doors at 1:30 exclusively for you.
WHEN: Saturday, April 27th from 2-6PM
WHERE: 1515 Madrona Dr, Seattle 98122
Madrona Wine Merchants will host Locus Wines’ new releases at a free tasting event Saturday, April 20th, 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 the first ever public tasting for Locus Wines back when we started.
Some new and some old award-winning wines will be on display along with the winemaker Rich Burton.
Saturday, April 20th
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(34th Ave and Union)
Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton will be on hand to serve specially-priced Locus Wines-only flights from 1 to 6PM at the Tasting Room, located in Post Alley in downtown Seattle. Locus Wines is always available by the glass or by the bottle at the Tasting Room but usually without Rich Burton serving it to you!
Show up and test his service skills, talk to him about the wine and see if he has kept up his table-waiting skills up to date from back when he used to wait tables at Duke’s on Lake Union while he was going to college. Yes. The truth is out there. Some of you probably ordered clam chowder from Rich back in 1995 or any time until 1998…
Don;t know your way around Post Alley or the hours of operation for the Tasting Room? Check out the Tasting Room website. It is a great location for happy hour, weekend wind down and post-dinner drinks too.
We are going to showcase some of the new, some of the existing wines at the TASTE Washington Grand Tasting event, taking place Saturday, March 30th and Sunday March 31st, from 2:30-6PM.
This two-day tasting event gathers over 235 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds.
It’s near impossible to sample everything at the Grand Tasting, but the most determined wine- and food-lovers will certainly try. And don’t forget! Grand Tasting VIP ticket holders receive early access, with a special VIP-only hour from 1:30pm – 2:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Come join Bottlehouse’s month-long program to support local winemakers during the month of March. As they called it, “curated tastings from Washington’s best every Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.” The wines will be there for tasting as well as glass pours and retail specials.
Bottlehouse, a wine bar in the Madrona neighborhood in Seattle, is especially near and dear to our hearts, since they were early supporters of Locus Wines. They have featured many Locus offerings by the glass and had our rose, Modo red as well as a special red that we had produced only for our keg program (Locus Tank #2) on tap. Not only that, when the Bottlehouse family expanded with Mr. West (downtown Seattle and soon in University Village mall), they featured Locus Wines in some of the new establishments as well.
Come chat with Rich Burton or simply taste the wines and see the City Cellars Fine Wines’ selection of wines. The tasting will take place from 5 to 7 PM, and any tasting fees are refundable with purchase. City Cellars is located at 1710 North 45th Street in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. More information on City Cellars website.
On Saturday, Locus Wines winemaker Rich Burton is pouring the line up at the Hellam’s Vineyard wine store from 1 to 6PM. The daffodils are out so maybe in between visiting the fields, you should stop by. More information on the Hellam’s Vineyard website.
Locus Wines presence in Seattle is almost inevitable, with the winery being in Seattle, cooperative tasting room we belong to,The Tasting Room being downtown and the fact that we are part of Seattle Urban Wineries. Well, we are making a dent on the East side of Seattle, in the towns of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond and Woodinville. We have ways to go, but it is better than just one or two locations.
Here is a selection of retailers that carry Locus Wines (or if they have run out, they have a relationship with our distributor to get you what you need):
Cork & Tap
Mox Boarding House
Purple Café Bellevue
Flat Iron Grill – new (since October 2018)
Metropolitan Market Kirkland
Harry’s on Tye Street
Malt and Vine
Metropolitan Sammamish – new (since November 2018)
The winery may be located in Seattle and the wines are made in Yakima but we sure get some sweet support from the Eastern-most end of the state. Spokane has been a very supportive market for Locus Wines and we want to acknowledge (re-acknowledge in some cases), the businesses that really welcomed us. Thank you, Spokane. We are not there too often but we sure feel the love.
In October and November 2018 timeframe alone, four new establishments added Locus to their offerings:
Lantern Tap House
The following businesses have featured us in the past, and some of them, like Left Bank, seem to like us enough to keep coming back:
Footprint Wine Tap is featuring Locus Wines for the entire month of December in 2018 with not one, but two Locus Wines, all on tap: Locus Rosé and Locus Tank #3 Red Blend. They call the December feature, ‘dreamy December’ and we won’t argue with that. Both wines are from trio of our favorite grapes: Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. You all know the Rosé but the 2016 Locus Tank #3 is new: It is a keg-only red wine we made. It is so good that now we wish we didn’t keg them all.
Footprint Wine Tap is Seattle’s first wine bar that prioritizes sustainability and locality – all wines presented are from responsibly sourced grapes, by wineries that have exemplary business practices and all wines are Pacific Northwest wines. They also carry ciders, meads, cold brew coffee and sake. Located on Madison, between 12th and 13th Streets, Footprint Wine Tap is a refreshingly new concept in a very crowded and getting a bit all-too-same Capitol Hill food and beverage scene.
There is wine and drinks but there is also food: You will find lots of small plates for nibbles, a nice salad if you want more and a few desserts to go with the sweeter wines. Footprint Wine Tap opens at 2PM Monday through Friday, and then at noon on the weekends.