No bunny’s Easter would be complete without sweets. But when just any old candies won’t do, trust bayleaf to have the best quality treats.
The candies and chocolates at bayleaf are always exceptional but holidays are an opportunity for us to stock even better than our best. This year, in addition to our usual but never ordinary array of chocolates, we are proud to have a selection of the most decadent jelly beans, malted milk balls, and Robin’s eggs, along with exquisitely handmade chocolate bunnies, eggs, and inlaid bars, all from world renown French chocolatier, Michel Cluizel.
Award winning Michel Cluizel chocolates are skillfully handcrafted from bean to bar, and are made with pure cocoa butter and bourbon vanilla pod and never contain soy or any artificial ingredients, flavors, or fats. These fine chocolates also contain less sugar than many other chocolates because of the use of superlative quality beans and a high cocoa content in the finished product.
All of Michel Cluizel chocolate is sustainably sourced from renowned plantations in the most reputable cocoa-producing countries in Central America, Africa, and the Pacific. Michel Cluizel works directly with the growers to select only premium cocoa beans and then carefully ferments and roasts them to ensure the rich, sumptuous chocolate flavors and aromas from each region are emphasized.
Even the most discriminating chocoholic will be delighted to find an Easter basket filled with Michel Cluizel confections, so hop into bayleaf before these exceptional goodies are gone!
~ Susan Wenzel
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.
We love to assist with all of your gift giving needs! Peruse our distinct collection of cookbooks, kitchen and table accessories, Riedel wine glasses and decanters, and more.
Choose from our collection of fine French Garnier-Thiebaut linens, browse swatch samples and special order your own. Shop our bi-annual trunk shows!
Stop in or call ahead for one of our featured gift baskets , build your own, or have our creative staff help you assemble the perfect combination for your favorite foodie, client, family member, or friend. Can’t decide? Give a gift certificate in any amount.
We specialize in corporate gift giving! And, yes! We ship!
Our well-appointed cheese case is filled with an exceptional variety of domestic and imported cow, goat, and sheep cheeses as well as delectable charcuterie including cured meats and pâtés from artisan local producers and traditional European houses. Questions? Ask for a taste! Need a bite for yourself or a platter for a party? We can cut as little or much as you need. We offer catering , custom meat and cheese plates, and wine by the bottle or case for your next event.
Accentuate your selections with an assortment of antipasto including olives, cornichon, tapenade, Mama Lil’s peppers, to name a few.
Our knowledgeable staff will be glad to assist you in finding just the right complement to your meal, wine pairing, or party. And, don’t forget the crackers!
We pride ourselves in our worldwide search for distinctive, ethically and sustainably produced, superior quality goods from small producers. We explore food shows, specialty markets, and even word-of-mouth recommendations to find the latest and greatest for you, such as RITROVO SELECTIONS™ extra virgin olive oils, Michel Cluizel chocolate chocolates, Nueske’s meats, Matiz figs, Billecart-Salmon Champagne, and Chad Stock’s Minimus wines.
Sign up online or in the store to attend one of our monthly food or wine tastings and learn more about our latest finds. Join one of our four wine clubs to taste exclusive selections from a range of regions.
Stay tuned here to be the first to know about the hottest new items to hit the shelves at bayleaf!
Fill your pantry and your belly with epicurean delights ranging from specialty groceries and ready-to-eat snacks to bayleaf signature foods and local goods. Our shelves are stocked with top-shelf candies and chocolates, crackers and pastas, and sauces and condiments, as well as wine, port, champagne, beer, and cider to complement your dinner, recipe, or nosh.
We offer many gluten free and organic options as well as Whidbey Island treats such as smoked Penn Cove mussels, Oystercatcher and Turner & Bea’s crackers, Screamin’ Banshee Bread, Whidbey Island Winery wines, locally produced honey and jams, and our world-famous, house-baked Salty Blonds.
Can’t find it on the shelf? Let one of our friendly staff know, and we will search to the ends of the earth to try and find it for you!
A rosé by any other name…is NOT sweet!
The collection of splendid rosé wines at bayleaf are anything but your Aunt Bea’s blush or Granny Winnie’s white zinfandel. All are crisp, dry, fresh, fruity, floral, and delicious – of course!
Fresher is better. Unlike deep, rich reds, rosé wines are best when they are new – less than a year or two old. And, because they are not as costly to produce, they are one of the more budget friendly members of the wine family. At bayleaf, we have an impressive assortment of loveliness – most priced from $10 to $15. Come see for yourself, and buy a bottle (or a few) or have a glass (or two) while you sit on the patio and watch the sailboats navigate the blue waters of Penn Cove.
Real men drink pink… and think pink – from the barest blush to the deepest fuchsia. The grapes used for rosés can range from Malbec and Pinot Noir to Sangiovese and Syrah. Indeed, nearly any dark-skinned grape from nearly anywhere in the world can be used to make a rosé. Each varietal imparts its own distinct aromas and flavors, but the tones and shades of these blushing beauties are a result of pigmentation from the grape skins. A mere hour or two of exposure will produce a light, refreshing wine. Increasing the time will deepen the hue and intensify the flavors and tannins.
Summer in a bottle. Inarguably, chilled rosés are best when paired with seasonal favorites like grilled meats, seafood, and farm fresh vegetables or simply sipped during the long days and balmy nights of summer. However, at bayleaf we believe rosés should be enjoyed all year long. Treat yourself to endless summer (and reap the myriad benefits of wine club membership) – for only $29 a month - by joining rose club today! Tell them Susan sent you!~ Susan Wenzel