Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 13:31:56 -0700 Subject: May newsletter Perennial Vintners Newsletter -- Apr-2007 http://www.PerennialVintners.com/ In this issue: In the vineyard -- Shoot thinning New picnic area Our first retailer Our label art at Hotel Vintage Park First public event -- Bastille Day *In the vineyard -- Shoot thinning* Spring is a busy time of year in the vineyard. The current task is called "Shoot Thinning". During Winter we prune the grapevines back severely so as to prevent it from putting all it's effort into new growth (we want fruit, not growth). Now in Spring, the plant will try to compensate by pushing out new little buds that would become new branches, which we must again go out and cull. More info and photos on the website, click on the "Vineyard" link. *New picnic area* If you've visited our humble winery, you know the area is something of a slope. This has always been a problem for us -- it is steep enough that when we would go outside for a nice summer dinner at the picnic table on the lawn, the table and benches had to be balanced on bricks or the wineglasses would tip over! I've terraced a small section of the lawn by building a low retaining wall, and backfilling with dirt and planted new grass, so hopefully by the time the weather gets really nice we'll have a nice level picnic table ready for use. *Our first retailer* We now have our first retail outlet -- Olympic Wine Merchant in Olympia WA. We had always hoped to get Puget Sound-wide coverage for our wines and are very pleased to be present in Olympia, as Beth and I met while attending The Evergreen State College in Olympia. *Our label art at Hotel Vintage Park* As you may recall from previous newsletters, the Hotel Vintage Park in downtown Seattle now has a room designated as the Perennial Vintners room -- it's room 209, whoo hoo! When I was there for our first tasting a few weeks ago I got to see the room, and took a cellphone photo of our sign on the door, but unfortunately they did not get to installing the artwork that day as I had just brought it with me, so I have not gotten a photo of the room with the art set up yet. The door photo is now on our website, and will be updated when I get better pictures next time there. (This can be found off the "Winery News" page on the website.) *First public event -- Bastille Day* We've started planning our first public event in celebration of the French Bastille Day. Humorously, this year we'll only have a German (well, technically speaking, Swiss) wine, but in future years we'll feature our Melon de Bourgogne which is a uniquely French wine. This will be an annual event on the Sunday /following/ Bastille Day (14-July) -- this year Sunday 15-Jul-2007. We're preparing for some special happenings that day, including having our label artist Dianne Gardner present to sign posters of the label and bottles.