Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:52:31 -0700
Subject: [PV-Friends] March newsletter

Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ▪ Newsletter schedule note
 ▪ Taste Washington - 4,5-Apr
 ▪ Vineyard - cuttings/plants for sale
Newsletter -- March-2009  ▪ BI Farmers Market - opens 11-Apr
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 ▪ Recipe - Framcello  ▪

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Newsletter schedule note
It's that time of year when most of the winery activity is "behind the scenes".  We're just finishing pruning this week, and will be doing some wine work in the next few weeks (never a day off...), but there's no big events approaching.  So this months newsletter is a little short, and please note that we may skip the newsletter entirely next month.

Taste Washington - 4,5-Apr
Taste Washington is by far the largest annual winetasting event in the state.  Saturday (04-Apr) is filled with seminars for the serious-minded wino -- I've been involved this year in one of them in particular named "What Does Puget Sound Like?" which will feature a seminar on cool-climate Puget Sound AVA wines, and feature several of our friends wines for tasting.  The Grand Tasting on Sunday (05-Apr) includes several hundred wineries, and nearly a hundred restaurants.  Once you've paid your entry fee, that's it -- no "scrip", just wander around and taste samples from restaurants that you don't usually get to try, and sample wines from the many new wineries!  (Many of the biggest names will be pouring too.)  PV will not have a table of our own this year, however Mike will be at the Puget Sound WineGrowers Association table -- drop by and say hi!  (If you do, mention that you read about it on this list for a special members-only taste.)  For more info and tickets:

Vineyard - cuttings/plants for sale
We've been pruning for the last few weeks -- if you're interested in winegrape plants that will actually ripen in our cool-climate Puget Sound basin, this is your chance.  We have: Siegerrebe, Muller Thurgau, Schoenburger, Zweigelt, Melon de Bourgogne, Rieslaner, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and several others including rootstocks.  We'll also be pulling up last years nursery block soon, so many of these are available as 1 year plants in addition to this years cuttings.  Simply reply to this email for pricing and availability.

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market - opens 11-April
This says it all -- it's almost time for the farmers market season to open!  Perennial Vintners will be there opening day, and as last year, the 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month.  The opening day is a lot of fun, with farm animals and a goat cheese toss by the mayor for the opening ceremony; hope for nice weather and to see you there!

Recipe - Framcello
You'll recall that last month we finally released our new Frambelle port-style dessert wine.  We discovered that this wine is a stunning match for a classic Italian Limoncello, and in fact, makes a fantastic layered cocktail!  Visit our Recipes page for details.  As a side note, the Frambelle is selling very well, and we didn't make a whole lot of it, so you may wish to get some soon.  Hopefully there will still be some left by the first farmers market day, but no guarantees.  (Reply to this email to schedule a winery visit.)