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▪ New Releases!
We have just run out of the 2008 Müller Thurgau. As of
tomorrow, for the first time, we will be selling the 2009
Müller Thurgau. Additionally, I'm not sure if I included
this in a previous newsletter, but we have been selling the
2009 Melon de Bourgogne for a few weeks now. All our wines
are now the 2009 vintage -- thank you to our loyal customers
who have helped us get here.
▪ Open at Farmers Markets this Weekend
Island Farmers Market
opens this weekend
(tomorrow, Sat. 09-Apr), and Perennial Vintners will be
there again this year, sharing our booth with Paulson
Farms. Carol has wonderful soaps and fresh eggs, her
partner Mike Paulson has wood cutting boards and flower
boxes, and of course you'll find Perennial Vintners wines.
Later in the season there will also be lots of interesting
plants and fresh greens available.
Additionally, this year we'll be selling at the Poulsbo
. Initially it will be only Perennial
Vintners, but we may share with Paulson Farms there later in
Both markets are open 9am-1pm each Saturday from 09-Apr
through late October. Please come visit these
▪ Vineyard - Cuttings, Plants & Canes Now
In the vineyard we've finished up all the pruning, yay! We
still have to pick up canes before mowing the over-winter
cover crop, then we can start weeding, more fun! As always,
if you're interested in learning about grape growing, the
best way to do it is hands-on -- consider joining our helpers
We now have piles of canes from which you can grow a new
grape plant. (This is how full scale vineyards are made.)
If you would like to have your own vineyard in your
backyard, and would like to have grapes that actually ripen
in our cool climate, this is your chance. Simply reply to
this email, and let me know of your interest. PV can make
cuttings for you, or in some cases we have year-old plants
ready to go.
We also have mountains of cuttings that can be used for
garden sculpture, wreathes, craft fences, etc. These are
available by the armload in front of the winery on our open
days, or reply to this email.
Please note that as the canes dry out, they become brittle
and unusable either for propagating or for art, so if you're
interested, be sure to act within the next few weeks.
▪ Farmers Market Tasting Senate Bill
The farmers market tasting pilot program has passed both the
House and the Senate! What remains now is administrative;
the Governor signs it into law. Special thanks to those of
you who contacted your Senator with your support.
The bill sets up a Pilot Program where 10 farmers markets
across the state will be allowed to have one winery offer
tasting for customers. I've been emailing people and
letting them know that I feel Bainbridge Island would be a
good choice. If I get an opportunity to launch an email
campaign or some such, I'll be sure to let you all know and
ask for your support again. Again, thank you!
▪ Open Winery Weekend (16,17-Apr)
We are open to the public next
weekend, Sat and Sun
16,17-Apr. This is a WABI
where all the wineries on Bainbridge will be open. The long
range forecast is looking decent, and a springtime visit to
freshly pruned vineyards is always exciting. Hope to see
▪ PV Private Wine Tastings
We're considering doing private wine tastings for small
groups of people on our wine list -- this will probably
become the official PV Wine Club. We have now been making
wine long enough to have several years of all of our
varietals; we'll start by having Vertical Tastings (multiple
vintages of the smae wine). We had a trial run recently,
and it was well received -- special thanks to our Executive
Chef Andrew MacMillen for crafting incredible dishes to pair
with our Müller Thurgaus (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). If you'd
like to attend such an event, please reply to this email so
we can gauge interest.