Come taste with Spanish expert Eric Stone. These award-winning salamis and hams are legendary. This is an amazing chance to taste them at one sitting and with an expert guide. We’ll taste Iberico Paleta Bellota Iberico Chorizo Bellota, Salchichon, Serrano Lomo, Serrano Paleta. The tasting will start at 5pm. Please come early if you wish to purchase beer or wine to accompany the tasting. Discounted pricing on the meats will be available that evening. Only 25 seats available. Please refrain from wearing anything scented. Purchase tickets here .
Eric Stone has worked in the world of specialty food and wine for almost 25 years. One thing he truly loves is Spain, the culture, cuisine and lifestyle, and has helped to bring many of their finest gourmet foods and wines to the market here in the Pacific Northwest. Among these, Fermin Iberico products reflect generations of tradition, care and artisan craftsmanship. One of the crown jewels of world gastronomy, Iberico jamon de bellota is widely considered to be the finest dry cured ham available.
Fermin is located in the rural village of La Alberca, in the mountains southwest of Salamanca and was founded in 1956. Today it is still owned and managed by the descendants of Fermin Martin and his wife Victoria Gomez.
In 2005 they became the first Spanish producer approved for export to the US. Eric has worked with the Martin family since their first entry into the US market as their ambassador de jamon here in the Pacific Northwest.
The Iberico pig or “pata negra” is a unique animal, the last free ranging and free grazing pig in Europe. Raised on small farms in the “dehesa” oak forest land of the western Iberian peninsula, with sustainable, traceable and humane practices, it is highly prized for its meat and for the delectable dry cured jamon, chorizo, lomo, salchichon and other cuts produced from the traditional alchemy of clean mountain air, pure sea salt and time. We look forward to sharing a bit of the history, culture and tradition of the world of Iberico jamon.
Fall is here, followed soon, by the gray days of winter. One fabulous way to dispatch the seasonal gloom (and the associated sniffles and blues) is by snuggling down with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a quality cup of tea (or red wine).
While it isn’t always practical (or acceptable) to take a blanket, book, or glass of vino to work or out and about on errands, tea is, inarguably, one of the most portable and accessible creature comforts available anywhere.
In days past, the freshest, small batch teas – like those still found along the ancient trade routes called the Silk Road - were a precious commodity only available in specialty tea shops or to the most affluent connoisseur. Indeed, even today, most teas found on grocery store shelves are mass produced and often a year or more old.
However, one doesn’t have to travel to China or Japan or even head to a large multicultural metropolis (like San Francisco or Vancouver BC) to procure superior leaves. One of the preeminent lines of rare and artisan teas, Silk Road Teas, is available at bayleaf on Whidbey Island – the first location outside Canada to carry the award-winning blends .
Silk Road Teas found their start in 1992 in Vancouver’s historic China Town and our ever-searching staff found these select brews and brought them home to you. All varieties are made with premium quality, organic ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners…and are always fresh.
(The fresher the tea, the more natural flavor nuances and beneficial antioxidants.)
Come in to bayleaf for all of your snuggle supplies like red wine, (cook)books, and now, superlative teas - perhaps paired with our decedent jams, cookies, or honeys!
~ Susan Wenzel
Genepi - Alpine Selections
Named for a wild flower found throughout the region, the Génépi Alpine cheeses represent the best of the Savoie tradition. Working hand in hand with cheesemakers and affineurs, we have sourced authentic, artisan cheeses made with the same traditional techniques that made the region famous. Focusing on raw milk, natural aging, and farmstead cheesemakers throughout the region, each wheel is selected and ripened with a specific flavor profile in mind. We are proud to introduce the authentic flavors and traditions of the Savoie through our Génépi collection of cheeses. Join us as we taste these cheeses and learn about what makes these delicious fall cheeses so special.
Seat includes tasting, educational seminar and special pricing on cheeses that evening. Please come early to purchase wine/beer pairing. Register here .
Special pricing will be offered at the event, these firm cheeses have a good shelf life - feel free to stock up or buy a friend a treat!
GARNIER - THIEBAUT TRUNK SHOW Superior quality French table, living and bed linens
Join us for a toast to the sun as we celebrate summer in style with glasses of Champagne and flights offered at special prices
Thirsty Thursday on August 24 @ 5pm-7pm Champagne Flight $15
with Owen of Cavatappi
first come first served, sorry no reservations
If Champagne is not your thing…do n’t worry; there will be a lovely red flight too.
Pop in Thursday thru Sunday, August 27 to order a glass of Champagne and enjoy it outside on our lovely patio. What better way to spend a day in the sun than with a refreshing glass of the best sparkling wine on Earth, true Champagne!
We will also have raffle prizes for fun swag on Thursday and a chance of winning the 'grand' prize on Sunday. Join us as we toast to the season.
Are you Thirsty for something new to do during the week? Thirsty to meet new people or learn more about wine? Or, are you just plain ole’ Thirsty? bayleaf on Whidbey Island has the solution for all of these…and more.
Join us for Thirsty Thursday wine flights every Thursday from 5-7 p.m.
Weekly wine choices range from exceptional selections courtesy of visiting vintners to our latest exciting and fun finds. Though friendly conversation often prevails, tasting notes and informative discussions are always available. Choose from three whites (sometimes there will be a rose involved) or three reds, or even both if you are extra Thirsty. Flights range in price depending on the pours. Nicely paired, light but lovely noshes are $5.
The atmosphere is casual and friendly. Seating is first come, first served – no RSVP or reservations needed. Come by yourself or bring a friend (or few). Weather permitting, sip on the patio overlooking the waters of Penn Cove.
Wine Club Members! Don’t forget about your free Thirsty Thursday night. Stay tuned to your email for the exact date each month. ( What?! Not a wine club member? Did you know bayleaf has four - yes four - different wine clubs ranging from $29 to $50 a month? Two bottles of wine each month, discounts on bayleaf events, AND a free Thirsty Thursday tasting…why aren’t you in a wine club? Join online or in the store!)
July 22nd Saturday 5pm ~ limited seated event
Please join us for a fun and informative evening of Austrian wine! Go beyond Gruner and get a taste of what this ancient winemaking country has to offer: Riesling, Blaufrankisch, Weissburgunder, Zweigelt, St. Laurent. They may not all be easy to pronounce, but they sure are easy to drink! Thematically appropriate snacks will be provided, plus the delightful wine wit of a certain skinny wine salesman who may or may not perform Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions on request. It’s going to be a great evening, you won’t regret joining us! Come by the shop to purchase a seat or online here.
The tale of this winery mirrors that of this young and growing wine region and is equal parts love story, passion for wine, and defiance.
The wife and husband team of Heather and Dean Neff began their foray into the world of winemaking in 1998 by planting a one-acre test block on a piece of family land 20 miles north of Chelan. Planting a vineyard in the area was, at the time, an audacious thing to do. While the area had a hundred year history of growing tree fruit and people had intermittently grown wine grapes, no one was yet producing grapes commercially in the area at the time. In fact, many believed it was too cold.
Heather Neff says of their decision to plant a vineyard and start a winery, “It was the whole thought that winemaking was romantic, that sort of life that you imagine in your head.” It was this life that the Neffs set out to find.
The couple’s experimental vineyard confirmed two things. The first was that growing grapes in the area was possible; the second was that learning to make wine would require more training. “We decided if we were going to put our life savings on the line, we had to get a lot of hands-on experience,” Dean says.
So they packed up their belongings and traveled to Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley where they spent the next two and a half years learning the tools of the trade. By the time they were lured back to Chelan, eager to start their winery, a fledgling wine industry had already begun to take root in the area.
The Neffs planted two vineyards near their original test block north of Chelan in 2004. Rocky Mother (“It is!” Heather declares of the name) is planted to Syrah while nearby Stone’s Throw is planted to Riesling. They also purchased land on the outskirts of Chelan for another estate vineyard and as a home for their winery. They planted this site to Syrah, Malbec and Viognier, naming it Defiance Vineyard because, after all, it was still questionable how wine grapes, or a winery for that matter, would fare at Lake Chelan.
On a romantic overture, the couple opened their tasting room on Valentine’s Day in 2006.
At Nefarious, the Neffs take a unique approach to making their wines. Heather makes the white wines; Dean makes the reds.
“It seemed like a logical thing,” Heather explains. “We could either divide up the varieties or we could make it really simple.” While for some this division of labor might prove difficult, the Neffs have thrived.
~Washington Tasting Room
Order one of our signature sandwiches crafted on a fresh baked ciabatta. Or, if you want to truly experience all that our cheese case has to offer a sampling of cheese, meat, and antipasto on a large or small picnic plate is the perfect option.
Pair your food with wine by the glass or bottle, an ice-cold craft beer or FinnRiver cider, or one of our hip and trendy non-alcoholic beverages. Dine in our nicely stocked wine room or out on the patio overlooking the waters of Penn Cove…or have us pack up your choices to enjoy at home or at one of the many scenic vistas on our beautiful island.