|Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:11:30 -0800|
Subject: PV newsletter Jan-2018
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▪ Hours/events: WotR-Feb, St. Vincent's, new hrs
Please note that PV will be changing open hours starting Feb. We'll open 5 days a week, 11am-5pm Mon, Tue, Fri, and 10am-6pm Sat, Sun. We will be closed (or call/txt for appt) on Wed, Thu. Check the sign on the barrel at the bottom of the driveway for the closing time, and look up the hill to the house - when open, you can see our blue and red "open" sign from the barrel sign at the end of the driveway on Lovgreen Rd. Additionally, Mike lives on the property and the winery is open whenever he's there, so you can consider PV to be ALWAYS OPEN if you call/txt 206-200-5902 ahead (most any reasonable hour) -- if I'm available, you'll be welcomed!
Our next Wine on the Rock (Wotr) event is Sat and Sun 10,11-Feb - all the wineries on Bainbridge will be open, and of course we'll all be featuring chocolate! Unfortunately, Keith Jackson of Yukon Jackson's chocolates will not be able to join us this year. (See more on Keith below.) There may be a few tickets available at the door at each winery, but we strongly recommend you buy at the website on Eventbrite.com in advance, as there is a cap on ticket sales. We have a new feature to the WotR event - the Fri evening there is a special meet-the-winemakers event. This will be PV and two others (tba), you buy an additional ticket for this event along with your main ticket.
St. Vincent of Saragossa is the Patron Saint of wine - he is celebrated on 22-January. I personally recommend your planning on a get-together with friends that evening and sharing some of your more prized wines in his honor. (If you're not able to do it that day, it's Ok to round off to next weekend!) And of course I hope that you'll be sharing PV wines with those friends that day.
▪ Winery: New releases, SALE prices thru Jan
We will be starting new pricing as of February, and most prices will be rising slightly. However, this is your opportunity to stock up on PV wines! We will be maintaining the old pricing through this month, so you have a little over a week to come by the winery and purchase wine at the old (lower) prices.
The big news is that we've released the 2017 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine. This is likely to sell out rapidly, so plan on making it to the winery sooner, rather than later.
We've also released the 2017 Verjus. This is tart, unfermented grape juice that can be used in cooking instead of lemon juice.
Note that the 2015 Magelica is all sold out. We're now onto the 2016 Lemberger! It's as delicious as ever, be sure to come in and get this latest release. We're also on the 2015 Syrah, 2014 Melon de Bourgogne, and 2015 Siegerrebe.
▪ Winery: New outlets
We are pleased to now have our wines available at Bay Hay and Feed here on Bainbridge Island. This is the closest store to PV, they specialize in farm, pet, and local stuff - a good fit for locavore-oriented products. While you're there picking up your local wine, you can go across the street to Via Rosa 11 for local (house-made) pasta, pizza, and other Italian specialties. (We at PV, consider this to be one of our favorite restaurants on Bainbridge.)
▪ Media: Seattle Chocolatiers book & EHBC
Our favorite chocolatier, Keith Jackson has been featured in a book entitled Seattle Chocolatiers, by Cornelia Gallen-Kimmell and Cordula Drossel-Brown. It includes a multi-page spread with photos of Keith and some of his creations. The best part is that one of the photos is of his unique Frambelle Truffles made with our Frambelle raspberry dessert wine! The book is available here on Bainbridge at Eagle Harbor Book Company (EHBC), and on the web at the usual suspects like Powell's City of Books and of course Amazon.
▪ Vineyard: Pruning, roses
The time has come to begin vineyard pruning in earnest. During December I was able to get a start with the wonderful dry weather we had, but I didn't get much time to do it, and didn't get much done. So now it's time to get serious. This job usually takes me from the mid-Jan though mid-Mar so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to join me in the vineyard and learn about it. Don't hesitate to call/txt to see if I'll be pruning, and join me, even last minute. You may also wish to consider joining our pv-helpers email list where I regularly announce fun projects like this.
Bearing in mind that I have a rose plant at both ends of my vineyard rows, I have some pruning to do there too! The traditional rose pruning time is Presidents Day, not for another 3 weeks, however I'm seeing a lot of buds pushing already, so it needs to be done ASAP! If you're interested in learning about rose pruning, and helping out by doing some, please reply to this email and I can schedule you in.