Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:44:06 -0800
Subject: March 2014 newsletter
Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ▪ All BI wineries - Local cheese pairing 22,23-Mar
 ▪ PV Special events - d'Vine, Intentional Table
 ▪ Unused empty wine bottles for hobbyists
Newsletter -- Mar-2014  ▪ Vineyard - Finishing pruning, planting
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 ▪ Taste WA  ▪ Outlets - The Axe Handle, Kingston Frmr Mkt

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All BI wineries - Local cheese pairing 22,23-Mar
The WABI member wineries (all BI wineries) are open the weekend of 22,23-Mar - we're each partnering with a local cheese producer to have special pairings in our tasting rooms.  At PV we're honored to have goat cheeses from Hansville Creamery, we'll be sampling their feta and Chevre'.

PV Special events - d'Vine, Intentional Table
02-Apr, 6-9pm We'll be pouring our wines at d'Vine Wine Shop in Kingston (previously known as Savage Vine).  Lovely spot right next to ferry landing, with some food and lots of carefully selected wines.

05-Apr, 6-9pm Andrew will be doing a "Mushroom Madness" class at Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island.  As you may know, Andrew is not only our Executive Chef, but he's a published mycologist, and is active in the Kitsap Mycological Society.  He also leads mushroom forays - you may want to visit their website and join up this year!

Unused empty wine bottles for hobbyists
We still have dozens of cases of unused wine bottles that we're paying to have stored, so we're selling them at about half bulk price.  These are all different shapes and colors, a few cases to a couple dozen cases of each.  If you could use new wine bottles for your winemaking hobby, please reply to this email and let me know roughly what you'd like.  If you have a friend who makes wine in their basement, they'll be very grateful!

Taste WA
If you're serious about your wine, and haven't already done so, you might want to consider attending Taste Washington this year.  This event takes up the entire main floor area of the convention center attached to the Seahawks stadium - it's huge!  There will be about 80 restaurants, paired with some 200+ wineries!  And each winery may have several wines!  Some of the most respected names in the industry will be pouring, and there will be many wonderful new discoveries.  Perennial Vintners will not be there in person this year, however our Isletage will be present at the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association table along with about a dozen other excellent cool climate wines from the PS AVA.

Vineyard - finishing pruning, planting
We're just finishing up pruning this coming week.  If you're interested in learning about growing grapes, this is your last chance of the year, contact Mike ASAP.  The next jobs are to pick up and burn the grape cuttings, then do some new plantings, and lastly potting up sticks to make new plants for next year.  If you'd like to be notified of events like these, please consider joining our helpers email list.

This has already started out to be in interesting year, with these unusual deluge rainfalls.  The grapevines came out of dormancy last week -- that's about 3 weeks ahead of normal!  Of course this warm weather also means that the weeds are already taking off.  And I've had to start mowing the lawn already!  Assuming we don't get any additional nasty freezes, this does bode well for a great early growing year.

Outlets - The Axe Handle, Kingston Frmr Mkt
The Axe Handle Cafe in Kingston is now carrying our wines.  Wonderful locally produced food menu with amazing bakery desserts!

We've also just finished setting up with the Kingston Farmer's Market.  We'll be there 1st and 3rd weekends of each month, starting Sat. 03-May.  This will be manned by Kath whom you may have met last year at the Poulsbo Farmers Market.