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▪ Schedule: Open this Weekend
Our next official open day is this weekend, 25-27 Memorial Day (including Monday).
This is a Winery Alliance of Bainbridge
Island event with all wineries
open both days - everyone's doing
barrel tasting, so it'll be a very special event. We'll be open 11am
5pm, the other wineries open at
noon. We'll have a special mixed
case (one of each of our wines plus some dups) available at 20% off.
The weather is supposed to be decent, so come on out and visit the
closest commercial vineyard to downtown Seattle to get your fix of where
wine really comes from...
▪New wines now available Some
of you may have made it out to taste our dry Orange Muscat and our
Syrah over the past month or so. Well they're finally labelled and
ready to sell! The Syrah has been quite popular so far, it's nice having
another red to sell as we've always had many more whites than reds. Our Orange Muscat is done in an unconventional style, completely dry - it's usually done as a sweet dessert wine - ours will go with foods unlike the dessert style.
▪ Copper River salmon season Copper
River salmon season is now in full swing. Every year I personally look
forward to this, as it's consistently the best salmon I've had. Once a
year I make the splurge (it's typically $24+ per pound) and share a
fabulous dinner with my sweety complemented by Perennial Vintners
wines. The current release Mueller Thurgau 2010 is an outstanding
pairing, and is what I'll be pouring for my annual Copper River event!
▪ Farmers Markets update
We've changed our schedules around
to make it easier to know when we'll be at a particular market. We're
at West Seattle and Poulsbo markets on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the
month, and at Bainbridge market on the 1st and 3rd weekends.
The next couple markets our Poulsbo person will be on vacation, so
we may be missing some markets. Also our Bainbridge person has a broken
foot and may not be able to make the next market, sigh... If you might
be interested in selling wine for Perennial Vintners at either of these
markets (starting this weekend), please reply to this email and we'll
see if we can make it work...
The really big news though, is that SB 5674 has been
signed into law! As of 28-Jul it will be legal for a winery to pour
wine at a farmers market, yay! Thank you to all of you who helped
support this! It remains to be seen which markets will be ready to do
this (both the winery and the market have special licensing
requirements), but Perennial Vintners is looking forward to doing so as
soon as it's possible.
▪ Vineyard: New shoots It's
a really uplifting time of year in the vineyard. Each year in winter
we have to prune the grapevines back to almost nothing but the trunk,
then as the season progresses the plants put up new shoots, which will
leaf out and put out grape clusters. We've got shoots almost a foot
long now, so you can see the bright green new growth filling in for the
growing year. Come by and take some cell phone photos to carry with
you, to help you to remember that wine comes from vineyards.
Current vineyard activities are mostly weeding (line trimmer and
shovel), and spraying - this is the less exciting part of farming.
However, next week we'll start shoot thinning, so if you're interested
in learning about grape growing, this is an activity you should join us
for - please consider
joining our helpers
▪ Wine Shipping update
shipped our first order via AmazonWine! Paperwork is in progress with
California ABC, we should be able to ship there by the end of the
month. We're still considering other states to ship to - as mentioned
in previous newsletters it can be costly to set up shipping so we must
make our decisions carefully - if you feel we should consider a
particular state, please reply to this email and let me know which.