▪ COVID-19 comments
everything that needs to be said about the Coronavirus/COVID-19
pandemic has already been said, but I do have one suggestion that I
haven't seen being passed around much, then I'll go into the direct
impacts at PV.
a) I strongly recommend that it's time for you to set up Apple Wallet, Google Pay,
or whatever touchless payment system your smartphone has. At PV we use
Square, and it accepts both these systems. I've personally resisted
doing this until now, but now I'm thrilled to have it.
In our Square payment system, we have turned off the requirement for a
signature on credit cards - you do not have to touch the screen. I'd
suggest you mention this to other small businesses you may come in
contact with that use Square - they can choose to do it as well.
We've put off our Wine Club pickup for the first quarter of the year.
We hope to still have our wine club pickup in April, but probably
without a get-together.
d) As mentioned above, with the Governor's lockdown due to
COVID-19,we are not allowed to do our usual tastings. You are welcome
to come to our tasting room for bottle purchases. Feel free to
email/call/txt 206-200-5902 to place your order and we'll have it ready , and we can bring it out to your car when you arrive.
e) Most important - this
shutdown is disastrous for small businesses like PV. Most of our income
is from tasting room visitors. We hope to make it worthwhile for
people to continue to come in and buy wine. Please read on to the next
section on our big sale...
finished with Winter pruning, got through it in about 5 weeks this year
- the weather in February was very nice for this work. In March we
spent a bunch of time making cuttings from our prunings, in order to
propagate the almost 1,000 plants we'll be needing for the new block of
grapes going in to the north of the house. What's left now is general
Spring Cleaning like raking fir cones out of the grass, and shoring up
the picnic table in hopes of getting another year of life out of it...
We're watching for grapevine budding, then the next task will be to
start shoot thinning, and of course to start with our sprays for Powdery
Mildew. As always, if you're interested in learning about grape
growing, consider joining our pv-helpers email list
▪ Running low & upcoming releases
We're almost out of the Lemberger 2017. We'll be limiting it to 3 bottles per customer. The 2018 Lemberger should be available by late April.
really excited to be releasing a Rose' for the first time since 2013!
This will be a Puget Sound AVA release from Pinot Noir grown in
Kingston, just about 10 miles from the winery. We're also thrilled to be releasing our first red Isletage from the same Kingston vineyard - a blend of Pinot Noir and
Zwiegelt. And lastly, we'll be moving on to the 2017 Melon de
Bourgogne and the 2017 Siegerrebe as soon as the 2016's are sold out.