Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:40:03 -0800
Subject: [PV-Friends] March Newsletter

Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ▪ Open this weekend
 ▪ Vineyard - Pruning almost done
 ▪ Farmer's Market tasting Senate bill
Newsletter -- Mar-2011  ▪ Taste Washington!
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 ▪ Bottling helpers needed  ▪ Call for business partner

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Open this weekend
We are open to this public this weekend, Sat and Sun 12,13-Mar.  This is a WABI event where all the wineries on Bainbridge will be open.  The weather is not looking fantastic, but not too bad either, so don't let the clouds stop you...  Hope to see you here!

Vineyard - Pruning almost done
If you're interested in learning about growing grapes, this will be your last chance for the most important part -- pruning.  Each year in Winter, grapevines are pruned back severely so as to maximize a quality crop and keep them manageable.  I'll be done in the next week or so, so you won't have another chance to learn what wine is really all about until next Winter.  If interested, reply to this email...

Farmer's Market Tasting Senate bill
A huge thank you to those of you who called to register your approval of the Farmer's Market Tasting bills.  I'm new to this stuff, but it seems that this bill passed the Senate, and now has to get past the House.  It's great news that we've made it this far.  If anyone reading this knows more about this process, and can email me with suggestions for improving our chances (can we call/email our congressmen? senators?) please do.

Taste Washington!
The largest WA wine tasting event of the year is rapidly approaching -- 26,27-Mar.  This is an incredible event with 200+ wineries and 75+ restaurants present.  This is a rare opportunity to taste some of the highest rated wines in the state.  Back when I was just a wine consumer, I loved to attend this event for the Association tables; these will have a bunch of wineries from a single area which will help you to learn about our Terroir.  I will be present as a vendor, pouring cool-climate wines at the Puget Soiund Wine Growers Association table.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for you to compare my wines to other local producers - hopefully you'll feel that I'm as good as the other producers of Mueller Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine.  More info at:

Bottling helpers needed
We'll be bottling the Frambelle on Sat 02-Apr.  If we don't finish on Sat, we'll continue on Sun 03-Apr.  This event will be catered by PV's exective Chef Andrew MacMillan, with meals designed specifically to enhance PV wines.  We really need at least one more body, perhaps it will be you?  If interested, please reply to this email and let me know your availability.

Call for business partner
As mentioned in previous PV-Friends newsletter, the founders of Perennial Vintners, Mike and Beth have divorced.  In the long run, there is great potential for Perennial Vintners to succeed, however the immediate short-term financial challenges may prevent Mike from reaching that milestone.

If you would like to be a part of the closest working vineyard to downtown Seattle, this is your chance!  Simply reply to this email letting me know of your interest and we'll see what we can accomplish together.