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▪ Schedule: Open this Weekend
Our next official open day is this weekend, 23,24-Mar.
This is a Winery Alliance of Bainbridge
Island event with all wineries
open both days - everyone's doing
barrel tasting, so it'll be a very special event. We'll be open 11am
5pm, the other wineries open at
noon. Special notes for this
- We'll be pouring our new Syrah
red wine (this is our barrel tasting)
- If someone who reads this newsletter asks, we'll open Magelica (but you've got to ask!)
- We'll also have chocolate from
Jacksons made with our
▪ Competitions & Awards It's
expensive to enter wine competitions, so I haven't entered a lot of competitions in the past,
though when I have, I've usually done well. Regardless, this year I
decided to enter a few local competitions anyways. I'm glad I did --
the first contest entered is SavorNW, where we got 5 medals! You'll find us under Other Red, Other White, and Dessert Wine, and Fruit Wine categories.
▪ Farmers Markets update
PV will be starting up at the West
Seattle Farmers Market on Sun. 31-Mar. We're planning to be there every
other week. We'll also be starting up at Poulsbo Farmers Market on
their opening day, Sat. 06-Apr. We also plan to be at this market every
other week. We're still working on Bainbridge, hopefully we'll be
there for opening day, Sat. 13-Apr and probably once monthly after that.
▪ Vineyard: Cleanup, new block, wreathmaking
vineyard I've finished pruning,
yay! About 3 weeks early this year, due mostly to the fine dry Winter
we've had, plus help from several volunteers. Interestingly, the plants
have come out of dormancy 3-4 weeks early this year. As long as we
don't get a nasty freeze in the next month, this bodes well for a nice
early start to the growing year.
As mentioned last month, the
next big project is
expanding the vineyard block above
driveway. I'll be clearing this
area of stuff before we bring in the tree clearing equipment. There
be plenty of work clearing,
planting, putting in posts and
wires, etc., so please consider
joining our helpers
email list so you can find out
when we'll be doing things, we could
really use your help!
We could also use help potting cuttings for next year's vineyard expansions... Again, please consider joining our helpers
email list; there's always opportunities for learning!
still need to pick up the sticks and pile them for burning. The grape
canes are excellent for making holiday wreathes -- instead of a metal
frame, the entire wreath can go straight into the compost heap when
you're done with it. Stop by the winery this weekend and get some -- a
bundle of 5 (enough for 1 wreath) for $1.00.
▪ Website: Vineyard Panoramas On
a cool frosted morning in January, my friend Garret Veley came out to
the vineyard and took some more panoramic photos as the frost melted and
the fog thinned. The photos came out great, with sparkling highlights
and softly merging colors. I was up at the farm with volunteer pruner
Kimberlee Adams so we're both in several of the images.
I also updated the Our Wines page which was several releases out of date, sigh...
▪ Shipping wine soon
working on setting up to ship wine. We'll start with WA, and hopefully
CA will follow soon. NC and FL are next likely possibilities as
they're less expensive to get licensed. We're also working on getting
into AmazonWine for online sales.