|Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:55:17 -0700|
Subject: Perennial Vintners newsletter July-2016
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PV is open every weekend, 11am-5pm, year round. During the summer, we'll stick around at least an extra hour 'til 6pm - check the sign on the barrel at the bottom of the driveway for the closing time.
Additionally, Mike lives on the property and the winery is open whenever he's there, which is pretty much 7 days/week. In other words, consider PV to be ALWAYS OPEN! Feel free to call/txt my cell 206-200-5902 most any reasonable hour; if I'm available, you'll be welcomed!
This year has started out exceptionally warm (see our GDD chart here), but the trend is more towards normal. At this point things are well ahead of normal, eastern WA is showing veraison; here in the Puget Sound area due to the unprecedented early warmth, we're furiously trying to get through raising catchwires, tucking, and leaf pulling before bunch closure. This is another set of jobs that's not all that hard but takes a bunch of time. If you're interested in learning about grape growing, or would simply enjoy spending time in a vineyard, you might want to get onto our pv-helpers email list. This is a lovely time of year to be outdoors - don't miss this opportunity to visit the closest vineyard to downtown Seattle, just a half hour ferry ride.
▪ Events: Wine On The RockAll seven of the Bainbridge wineries will be open for a huge event on 23,24-July; we'll all have live music and food. This is a passport-style event where you must buy your tickets in advance at EventBright - click here. We'll have the band set up on the lawn behind the house, away from the cars. Don't hesitate to bring your own beach blanket and/or folding chairs! (Please note that the food in the winery will only be bite-sized samples, so if you're staying a while you may want to pack your own picnic.)
Our Executive Chef, Andrew MacMillen, will provide:
Pea, Parmesan & Pinenut Dip with Sourdough Baguette, paired with 2014 Madeleine Angevine
Shrimp in Garlic Cream Herb Sauce, paired with 2014 Melon de Bourgogne
Grilled Leg of Lamb, paired with 2014 Syrah
Our live music, 1pm-4pm:
23rd "New Jazz Trio"
24th "Ian Jones Jazz" (http://facebook.com/ianjonesjazz)
▪ Volunteer opportunity: tasting room
As mentioned, the weekend of 23,24-Jul is going to be a busy one! I'm hoping to get another helper in the tasting room for those two days. If anyone is interested in helping out, I'd really appreciate it... I'd especially appreciate someone with retail experience, preferably using the Square point-of-sale, but this isn't necessary. Simply reply to this email and let me know which day(s) you can help. Also, if you're interested in things like this in general, please consider joining our pv-helpers email list or reply to this email.
▪ Tasting room: running low wines
We have sold out of the popular Isletage. We're also down to the last few cases of the 2013 Frambelle. We'll be releasing the 2014 when we run out of the 2013, and it's just as wonderful as previous, but I just wanted to make sure people know of the upcoming changeover.
▪ Kiona Lemberger article
If you've been to the winery before, you've probably tried our wonderful Lemberger wine. We first made this in 2011 (the year of no harvest here in the Puget Sound area) from fruit grown at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain in Eastern WA. We made it again in 2013 and are currently selling the 2014 - all made in an unoaked fresh fruit style. Last week in Great Northwest Wine online magazine, there was a wonderful article by Eric Degerman on Kiona and their Lemberger vineyard, well worth reading.▪ Vineyard: summer update
Other vineyard items of note, are that the Zwiegelt is doing very well - it's very happy in our climate and I'm really looking forward to our first commercial release, though that's not for a few years yet. We also have 25 plants of Trousseau Gris, as far as I know this is the only planting in the state! This also seems to be doing well, but it'll be another few years before we know for sure.