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▪ Open That Bottle Day -- tomorrow!
Feb-23 is Open That Bottle Day -- an annual event to be held in your
own home! As you may have guessed, I'm a fan of Dorothy Gaiter and
John Brecher -- they came up with this event 9 years ago. The idea is
that many of us have at least one "special" bottle -- a bottle that's
just too special to open. They want us to not fall into this trap --
the bottle is just sitting there (in most cases), quietly spoiling.
Very few wines will improve significantly beyond 5 years, let alone the
decades many our "special" bottles sit. John and Dottie want us to
open that bottle, and enjoy it. They point out that the memories of
enjoying it, perhaps with friends, will be more valuable to you than
the bottle itself could ever be. More info on the Wall Street Journal website - OTBN
▪ Newsletter schedule
At this time of year there's not a lot of excitement in
winegrowing/winemaking. It's a daily grind of pruning, pruning, and
more pruning, Mostly for this reason, I may be skipping monthly
newsletters for a few months. Up 'til now, I have been finding
things to talk about on a monthly basis, but I'm sure nobody really
cares to hear "we're still pruning" each month...
▪ Vineyard -- Pruning, cuttings, irrigation
As mentioned in the previous
(Jan.) newsletter and above, we're still mostly just grinding away at
pruning. My goal had been to be done by this week, looks like I'm a
little behind as I.have about one more week to go. There's new
panoramic views of pruning on the website "Our Vineyards
We do have one
out-of-the-ordinary thing happening at the Day Road farm where
our Müller Thurgau comes from -- they're getting a drip irrigation
system installed. (Of course this means that I'm spending time helping
with that work instead of pruning, which is why we're behind schedule,
sigh...) The system is being set up for the other farm crops there,
but they were able to include the vineyards in the plan so that we will
have irrigation available for the grapes on the occasional drought
year when we do need it for a few days in summer.
Next, I'll be concentrating on finishing up making cuttings, then
getting them into a nursery block. (There's some photos of doing this
last year on the website.) Hopefully by mid-March we'll be starting to
clear blackberry, scotch broom and knotweed from an adjacent property
and will be moving previous years cuttings from the nursery bed out to
the new area.
There's always more work to be done in a vineyard (which is why most
wineries are just wineries and not vineyards). If you're interested in
wine is really all about, please join our helpers email list: "Our Newsletter
▪ Bainbridge Farmer's Market
Mike has been drafted onto the board of the Bainbridge Farmer's Market
this year. It's a good bet this means you'll be seeing Perennial
Vintners at the Market more frequently than last year's once-monthly.
I'm leaning toward the 2nd and 4th weekends. If you have any thoughts
on times when you're more likely to attend the Market and buy wine, I'd
love to hear
them -- feel free to respond to this email (it only goes to me, not the
list) about it. Also, since I'm a board member, feel free to reply
rave or rant to me about the market...
▪ Recent Oregon trip
This last weekend, the family took a trip to Oregon so as to pick up
some winery equipment (we bought a shiny new plate and frame filter).
We visited as many Melon de Bourgogne producers as we could, and made
some great connections. Hopefully I'll find the time to put some
updates onto the MelonDeBougogne.com website in the next few weeks.
▪ March is WA Wine month
The WA state Liquor Control Board has declared March to be WA State
Wine Month. Many retailers and restaurants have incentives to try WA
wines this month -- be sure to look for them. If your favorite place
to buy wine doesn't do anything about it, you might consider asking
them why not?...