▪ Winter Hours, closures
PV has had to close with only a days notice, several times over the past few weeks, and may have to again over the next few weeks - that's the way it goes when harvest hits and you're a one-man outfit! If you're planning to come by, it's recommended that you call/txt ahead just to confirm.
We'll be starting more limited "winter hours" as of first week of November. We'll be dropping Tuesday open hours, and will reduce weekends to 11am to 5pm or dusk, whichever comes first. You can check the sign on the barrel at the bottom of the driveway, and look up the hill to the house - when open, you can see our blue and red "open" sign from Lovgreen Rd.
Additionally, Mike lives on the property, 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!
▪ Wine Club
A quick note on our Wine Club - our next pickup party will be Sunday November 10th. If you're in the Club, you can expect an email in 2-3 of weeks about it.
In case you're interested in our wine club, there are no fees to get in or out, you get 20% off all wine purchases, no tasting fees for you and guests, and you're only expected to buy 4 bottles, three times each year. Consider joining the club next time you're in the tasting room, or simply reply to this email to let me know you're interested!
▪ Winery: Outlets, tasting
The Harbor Public House on Bainbridge Island has our Melon de Bourgogne, especially for their "Oyster Happy Hour", featuring "Buck a shuck" oysters. The oyster special is only available Fridays 4pm-7pm, but they carry our MdB all the time as they know what a fantastic paring this is. NEW - they also now have our Cabernet Franc from eastern WA grapes (their menu mistakenly calls this an Estate wine). If you've met my partner Serena here at the winery, she is the principal winemaker, and it's fantastic!
We've run out of our 2015 Syrah - we're now on to the 2016. It's not quite as inky almost black colored as the 2015, but has a little more delicacy, I'm sure you'll enjoy this wine too!
In the tasting room we're trying to be even more educational than our usual! We are doing a "vertical tasting" of Melon de Bourgogne - we are pouring the 2016 and the 2017 right afterwards. This allows you to taste for yourself what a year of bottle aging can do to a wine as the two growing years were fairly similar, yet the wines are quite different.
We've started a sale to make room for our latest vintages. Until we run out of these two wines:
2016 Melon de Bourgogne is on sale for a 3 pack for $60 (usually $27/btl - this is a 25% savings)
2017 Siegerrebe is on sale for a 3 pack for $50 (usually $24/btl - a 30% savings)
▪ Vineyard: Harvest, clearing
We'll need help harvesting twice more in the next couple of weeks. If you're interested in learning about grape growing (or just think hard work is fun!) please consider joining our pv-helpers email list
to hear about these sorts of events.
Big news for those of you who have had the vineyard tour at PV. Remember how we walk down the hill, I talk about buying a Christmas Tree farm, then point a block of 80 foot tall trees and say that they're overgrown Christmas trees, that were planted in the late 1970's? Then I'd follow up about how someday, we'll get them cleared, and we'll replant to grapevines? We've achieved step 1 - the trees have been cleared! Come on by and see the difference, it's amazing! We've established an overwintering cover crop, and will start planting whenever we can get enough plants together.
Also for those of you who have had the vineyard tour at PV may recall our hop plants partway down the hill towards the back. It's time to harvest these too! If anyone is interested in taking them for your amateur beermaking, you're welcome to it! Just email, call or txt me and we'll work it out. They probably need to be picked within about a week.