Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 06:07:52 -0800
Subject: [PV-Friends] January 2008 newsletter
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||In this issue:
| ▪ St. Vincent's Day -- we're open this weekend
| ▪ We're in the Wall Street Journal!
| ▪ On the website -- Establishing a vineyard
|Newsletter -- November-2007
|| ▪ In the vineyard -- Pruning
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in HTML on website)
| ▪ In the winery -- Making cuttings
|| ▪ Tasting -- Hotel Vintage Park this Thu.
▪ St. Vincent's Day -- we're open this weekend
In the French tradition, Perennial Vintners celebrates St. Vincent's
Day. St. Vincent is the patron saint of wine, his day is 22-Jan.
We'll be open to the public, no appointment needed on the Sunday
before his day, this year 20-Jan. Hope you can come!
▪ We're in the Wall Street Journal!
Unbelievable as it is, Perennial Vintners made it into the Wall Street
Journal! You may be aware of the weekend Wine Notes column by Dorothy
"Dottie" Gaiter and husband John Brecher. Last week's column was
"Meeting the Winemakers". Dorothy had emailed me a few weeks earlier
and asked me a few questions about our tiny operation, and I guess I
got carried away in my email reply -- she printed most of my email!
The moral of her story is to be adventurous in your wine purchases, to
try something unusual like the wines from PV! Link to WSJ story
▪ On the website -- Establishing a vineyard
Mike gave a presentation on Establishing a Puget Sound AVA Vineyard
last week at the Western WA Horticultural Association convention. The
session was well attended, and seemed to go over fairly well. As I put
a lot into it, this was gratifying. As I know several of the followers
of Perennial Vintners are considering doing just this, I wanted to make
sure you know that the presentation is available on the PSWG website.
Link to presentation
on the website.
▪ In the vineyard -- Pruning
This is a tough time of year -- pruning has begun. We have to hack
off most of last year's growth from all the vines, and it has to be
done before it starts warming up in early March. And of course we're
out doing it in the cold and rain... I'm getting an early start this
year, so I'm avoiding the rainy days. If you're interested in learning
about pruning grapes, or are just crazy enough to help out, join our volunteering email
▪ In the winery -- Making cuttings
We're also busy preparing for
the future. Establishing a vineyard takes a lot of work. The first
step is one year in advance, preparing plants for the vineyard. We
take discarded branches from pruning of an existing vineyard, and make
cuttings. The cuttings are then rooted, eventually moved to a nursery
bed, and the following year will be planted in the eventual vineyard.
The good part of this job, is that once the pruning is done, we scoop
up the branches from the vineyard and make cuttings in the nice warm
and dry winery area! If you're interested in learning about this
process (it works with roses too), or are crazy enough to just help
out, please join our volunteering email
▪ Tasting -- Hotel Vintage Park this Thu.
Our next quarterly tasting at the Hotel Vintage Park in downtown
Seattle is this coming Thu. 17-Jan-2008. Tasting is free to hotel
guests, and open to public for $15. It's a cozy warm living room
atmosphere, and is cheaper than taking your car across Puget Sound on a
ferry! Link to our Hotel Vintage