Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:31:01 -0800
Subject: PV newsletter Feb-2016
Perennial Vintners In this issue:
  ▪ Hours/Events: Valentine's Day, Keith Jackson
  ▪ Lower prices; running low & new
  ▪ Volunteer opportunity, tasting room
Newsletter -- Feb-2016   ▪ Wine Club special, pickup dinner 21-Feb
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  ▪ Pruning season; roses and grapes   ▪ Puget Sound WineGrowers Assoc.

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Hours/Events: Valentine's Day, Keith Jackson

Some of you may have visited PV on a Valentine's Day Saturday before and know how much fun it is!  Our official chocolatier, Keith Jackson of Yukon Jackson's chocolates will be here on Sat.  He'll be here about noon, 'til closing.  Keith makes the fantastic chocolate truffles with our Frambelle raspberry dessert wine.  Keith is something of a character, you've got to meet him, and all of his chocolate products are fantastic - come visit on Sat!

This coming weekend is Valentine's Day weekend - we're open Fri-Mon.  If you would like to get a jump on the busy weekend, drop by on Friday between 11am-5pm.  Of course, as always, we'll be open Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.  Lastly, we will also be open Mon for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 11am-5pm.

PV is open every weekend, 11am-5pm.  Additionally, Mike lives on the property and the winery is open whenever he's there, which is pretty much 7 days/week.  In other words, consider us to be ALWAYS OPEN!  Feel free to call/txt my cell 206-200-5902 most any reasonable hour; if I'm available, you'll be welcomed!

Lower prices; running low & new

For the new year, we've lowered many of our prices.  The Melon de Bourgogne has been lowered from $31 to $24.  Isletage has dropped from $14 to $12, Lemberger 2013 has dropped from $21 to $18.  Syrah dropped from $24 to $22 and lastly, our fabulous Frambelle which has had the same price for years, has dropped from $21 to $20.

We are now out of 2013 Dry Rose' - we'll have another Rose' from the 2015 vintage in late Spring.  We're also nearly out of 2013 Lemberger, this will be gone very soon.

We're now pouring almost all of our new wines, including 2014 Melon de Bourgogne, 2014 Mueller Thurgau, 2014 Madeleine Angevine, 2014 Syrah, 2014 Siegerrebe.  If you've tasted Sieg in the past, you know how wonderful this wine is!  The 2014 is fantastic, the best I've made yet - come on out and try it!

Volunteer opportunity, tasting room

This weekend is Valentine's Day, always a busy day at the winery.  If anyone would be interested in helping out on Sat or Sun, it would be appreciated.  You'll get to greet people and pour wine for them, I'll be there to handle any issues and manage sales.  Or you could deal with the sales, whatever works for you...

Wine Club Special, pickup dinner 21-Feb
[This item was in last month's newsletter but has been rescheduled.]

We're keeping back the 2014 Lemberger especially for our Wine Club members.  Once we run out of the 2013 it'll become available to all, but right now come on in for the preview!

Our next Wine Club pickup will be Sat 21-Feb.  Our Executive Chef Andrew will serve a light Alsatian meal paired with our 2014 Müller-Thurgau.  Our wine Club gives you free tastings, and 20% off on all sales, plus special events just for members, and no fees - reply to this email if interested in joining.

Pruning season; roses and grapes

If you're interested in learning about pruning grapes, and/or just think it would be fun to spend some time in a vineyard, please consider joining our pv-helpers email list or reply to this email.

a)  It's time to do the rose pruning.  In the past I've had rose aficionados come out and prune the row-end rose plants - I appreciate this as I'm not a specialist in roses.  If anyone is interested in this, please come on out - it's time, I spotted many plants pushing new green leaves today!

b)  Of course it's also grapevine pruning time!  If you're interested in learning about how to prune your backyard grapevine, and why and how you should do it, plan on coming out and spending some time helping me do pruning in the vineyard.  I'll give you detailed instruction and teach you how, in exchange for a just a little bit of work in the vineyard.  This way you get to practice on my grapevines (I've got thousands) so you'll be ready when you get home to your own.  I'll be doing this whenever the weather is not too crummy for about the next 5 weeks - reply to this email if interested.

Puget Sound WineGrowers Assoc.

[Note this item was in previous newsletter - meeting has been rescheduled.]

If you're interested in cool-climate grape growing, in addition to helping in the vineyard (see previous item on Pruning), you might also be interested in the Puget Sound WineGrowers Association.  Mike has been a member for many years, most of those years on the Board of Directors.  Those of us who have vineyards here on the west side of the Cascade mountains have formed this association for sharing ideas, education, pooling resources for sales, and generally as an excuse to keep in touch!  We meet each calendar quarter, next meeting is 01-Mar at South Seattle Community College.  We'll talk business for a few hours, then we change over to trying each others unique cool-climate wines, and catching up with each other and networking.  If you have your own backyard vineyard, you'll be welcomed to join us!  This is a chance to ask all those questions you have about grape growing in-person with a professional.  (Reply to this email for more details.)