|Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:19:07 -0700|
Subject: PV October newsletter
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▪ Schedule - open every weekend
Mike is at the winery with the signs out on the road every weekend 11am-5pm. However, I'm at the winery pretty much 7 days a week. If you're in the neighborhood, call/txt my cell - if I'm around, I'd be happy to greet you and give you the private vineyard tour, or just stop in for a minute to buy wine! If you drop by and I'm not too busy, perhaps we can simply enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy some conversation - we really do have an open door policy - just call/txt to make sure I'm here...
▪ Internships and volunteer opportunities
▪ Holidays White SaleWe've dropped the price of several of our white wines. They're all still doing great, but are likely to begin to fade in less than a year so we want to make sure people have time to enjoy them. Our Dry Orange Muscat is now $11, the Isletage 2012 is now $12, and the Madeleine Angevine is now $14. If you buy a case (12 bottles), with our 10% discount, these wines are about $10/bottle!
As predicted in the previous newsletter, over the last month we've run out of 2010 Magelica and the 2011 Rose'. The bad news is that Magelica was a one-shot deal, it'll never be made again, oh well. The good news is that the 2013 Rose' is now available!
▪ New releases
The 2013 Rose' is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes from the Yakima Valley AVA. It's delicate and fragrant like the 2011 release, and very versatile - this is my favorite for sipping while making dinner, nibbling ingredients and sipping.
The 2013 Lemberger is now also available. Very similar to the 2011, the grapes are again from Kiona Vineyard on Red Mountain. It's fruit-filled unoaked flavors are perfect with simple comfort foods like lasagne. This is already selling well, so don't wait!
▪ iPhone earbuds
Now that you've got your new iPhone 6... Do you use the earbuds that came with it? If you've visited the winery you've probably seen me with earbuds hanging from my shirt. I use these when I'm working in the vineyard, working in the winery, when I'm driving - most all the time. With this much use they always eventually fall apart - I get maybe 3 months out of a pair. I'll give you $5 cash, or $10 off any wine purchase for your unused iPhone earbuds. I'd be willing to bet that your old iPhone 5 box is still sitting with it's earbuds unused too... I'll take 'em! (Has to be iPhone - from iPhone 3 onwards - iPad, iPod, Nano won't work as they do not have the microphone.) You can swing by the winery with them, or just drop them in a padded envelope and mail them to me and I'll send you $5 for each, plus your mailing costs.
▪ Vineyard - harvest wrap up of 2014On Bainbridge we've harvested our estate Siegerrebe, Maldeleine Angevine, Mueller Thurgau and our signature wine Melon de Bourgogne. From eastern WA we've brought in Lemberger and Syrah. Special thanks to the folks on our helpers email list who put up with my last minute pleas for harvesting help, and especially to those who came out and harvested!
In a few words, this was by far the best harvest the Puget Sound AVA has ever had! The Powdery Mildew and Botrytis were less overwhelming this year and we kept ahead of them. You may have noticed the weather station we have in the vineyard (it's data is always available on our website) - Mike has implemented a website that manages spray schedules according to weather conditions. This was undoubtedly the reason we were completely successful in managing sprays.
The yellowjackets, wasps and honeybees were an early harvest problem, but we mostly managed to get that under control. A couple of months ago, I couldn't tell the difference between a honeybee, yellowjacket, or the bald faced hornet. One of the joys of being a farmer is that there's always something new - I now can tell these guys apart, and understand more about dealing with them on a larger scale. Most importantly I now know what to do preventatively in future years.
The birds were a problem as well, but that's nothing new. As of last year, we now do fruit zone netting, so birds only get a small percentage of the harvest.
Due to the wonderful weather we had starting early, and persisting throughout the year, we had a huge harvest. You might want to glance at the annual Growing Degree Day curve from our weather station and compare it to previous years, we were much higher in heat accumulation than any previous year. I harvested about 3 times what I expected - I had to borrow a tank to fit all the extra Melon de Bourgogne in!
As mentioned above, we maintain an email list for volunteers and interns. Whenever I'll be doing something that people might be interested in learning about, or when I just have a job that takes several bodies I send an email to this list. You can of course unsubscribe at your whim.
All it takes to be an intern, is to commit to one afternoon per month, starting in March, for a year. With this schedule, you can experience most every task involved in being a small scale vineyard and winery.
Upcoming winery tasks include:
Fermentation tasks - right now
Run the tasting room on occasion
Applying labels to bottles
Upcoming vineyard tasks include:
Rolling up the bird netting - this job is only a few hrs if I have help
Digging out old grapevines (removing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris)
Planting new grapevines (Zwiegelt, Melon de Bourgogne, Siegerrebe)Pruning
Potting up cuttings for new plantsWe'll be removing some trees - brush clearing