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▪ Open this weekend!
We are open to the public for the first time of the year, this
coming weekend. Sat, Sun 12,13-Feb from 10am to 5pm. Weather
forecast is not bad, though not great, so the vineyard tours
will probably be limited. We will be pouring all 4 of our
current releases. Frambelle is specially priced for
Valentine's Day weekend at $17 (this weekend only, and only
at the winery).
▪ Last chance for 2008 Melon
If you're a fan of our Muscadet-style wine, this is your last
chance to build a "vertical" yourself. I expect to be sold
out of WA state's only 2008 Melon de Bourgogne.by the end of
the weekend. It's a wonderful wine, don't miss this chance!
▪ Vineyard - Pruning and free cuttings
As reported in the Jan newsletter, pruning begins in Jan, and
continues through Feb, probably into Mar. So far, progress
has been good (we're about 5/8 done), so I'm blessed with not
having to go out when the weather is not so nice. If you have
a single backyard grapevine, or are considering having a
commercial vineyard, or if you just like to be outdoors, you
may want to consider helping me out in the vineyard -- you'll
learn what wine is truly all about
. If you're really,
really interested, you may want to have a few grape plants in
your own yard. By coming out and helping, you'll learn how to
maintain them, and you may take cuttings to raise your own
plants from scratch. Interested? Reply to this email, and/or
join our helpers
▪ Grape canes for wreathes
Many of our crafter friends are excited this time of year as
this is when grape canes are available. These are superb for
making wreathes. They are strong enough and hold shape well
enough that no wire frame is needed -- when your wreathe has
done it's job it can go directly into the compost pile. We
sell a bundle of about 20 canes which will make 2 wreathes for
$8, or U-pick armload (about 50) for $15.
▪ Business partner wanted
As mentioned in previous PV-Friends newsletters, the founders
of Perennial Vintners, Mike and Beth have divorced. In the
long run, there is great potential for Perennial Vintners to
succeed, however the immediate short-term financial challenges
may prevent Mike from reaching that milestone. Additional
plantings made in 2008 will bring us significant additional
income as of 2012, but we need help getting there.
Additionally, we also have several projects lined up that will
continue increasing income over the next decade, but these
will require external investment to initiate.
If you would like to be a part of the closest commercial
vineyard to downtown Seattle, this is your chance! Simply
reply to this email letting me know of your interest and we'll
see what we can accomplish together.