Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:20:12 -0700
Subject: PV newsletter Apr-2017
Perennial VintnersIn this issue:
 ▪ Hours/events: WOTR, STEM@Science Center
 ▪ Magelica now a sparkling wine
 ▪ I need help for WOTR this wknd...
Newsletter -- Apr-2017 ▪ Need farmers market salesperson
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 ▪ WABI looking for a bookkeeper ▪ Vineyard: Pruning nearly done, WSU info

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Hours/events: WOTR, STEM@Science Center

Our next Wine on the Rock event is this weekend Sat and Sun 22,23-Apr - all the wineries on Bainbridge will be open.  We'll all be featuring cheeses, as locally sourced as possible!  (PV will have Crimson Cove cheeses.)   There should be a few tickets available at the door at each winery, but we strongly recommend you buy at the website on in advance as there is a cap on how many we can sell.  There will be a shuttle available for an additional fee, to take people between the wineries - we recommend buying tickets in advance for the shuttle.  However, please note that the shuttle will not be stopping at PV - the shuttle company has refused to bring their buses up the driveway at PV (even though they have done so in the past without problems.)

If you've been to the winery and met Mike, you've probably noticed he's something of a computer-nerd-geek and science-fan-type.  Last year the Pacific Science Center in Seattle approached PV about an annual event they have where wineries pour their wines for a private members event, and do some sort of science as part of their table display.  We couldn't make it work last year, but we are committed this year.  If you are a member of the Pacific Science Center, plan to be there - if you're not, consider joining, and then being there!  The event is 28-Apr, perhaps we'll see you there!

PV is now open 6 days a week, 11am-5pm -- every day except Wednesday, year round.  Check the sign on the barrel at the bottom of the driveway for the closing time, and look up the hill to the house - you can see our flashing blue and red "open" sign from Lovgreen Rd.

Additionally, Mike lives on the property and the winery is open whenever he's there, so you can consider PV to be ALWAYS OPEN if you call/txt 206-200-5902 ahead (most any reasonable hour) -- if I'm available, you'll be welcomed!

Magelica now a sparkling wine

Our Magelica dessert wine seems to have learned a new trick...  Now that's it's warming up, some of the bottles have started to referment.  This is really neat, in that it means our almost sherry-like wine is now a fizzy wine as well, it's a lovely sensation on the tongue!  However...  This is a problem as the wine was not bottled properly for a sparkling wine.  In extreme cases it may actually push the cork out spilling the wine.  There is no way to stop this from happening, however it can be slowed by keeping it cool.  So...  this is very important - if you have a bottle of Magelica, put it in the fridge immediately, and enjoy it soon.  And thanks for your understanding.

I need help for WOTR this weekend...

As mentioned above, Wine On The Rock is this weekend.  It'll be very busy, and I can use all the helpers I can get!  I'm open 11am-5pm so any/all of that range I need help!  Some different jobs are:
  Showing people where to park
  Making sure no car goes down the driveway while another is already coming up as there's no room to pass
  Doing the sales (running Square cash register), pulling and bagging bottles
  Greeting and guiding
  Pouring wine and talking about the wine
  Handing out cheese samples

As you can see there's plenty of opportunities - please reply to this email if you can help, and include which days/times you're available.  Thank you!

Need farmers market salesperson

Perhaps you know an outgoing college-age kid looking for some summer income?  PV would like to be at farmers markets this summer, but I can't be in two places at once, so I need to have people to do it for me...  Even just one weekend per month, might be worth while, either on the peninsula or Seattle would be fine.  Please reply to this email if interested.

WABI looking for bookkeeper

The Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island is looking for a new bookkeeper - our present person is retiring.  If you know of a bookkeeper who'd like to take on a small organization (I'm sure it's only a few hours a month and can probably all be done by email), contact Matt at Eleven Winery.

Vineyard: Planting, propagating

Grapevine pruning is done, yay!  The next long-term onerous job will be weeding, but in the meantime there's a few shorter jobs that have to be done...

I'll be replacing a few vines that have had problems, and an occasional "oopsey" where the wrong variety snuck into a block somehow!  I'll also be ripping out a few rootstock plants that I have been unsuccessful in doing field grafting onto, simply replacing them with self-rooted plants.

I'll also propagate a whole bunch of new plants this year.  I have an extensive nursery block of plants I've grown from cuttings of my own vineyard.  These will be used to expand the vineyard when I get some of the trees on my property cleared.  Most of the nursery plants are now several years old and the roots are pot-bound, so need to be replaced.  This involves making cuttings of grape canes, filling pots with dirt, and sticking the cuttings into the pots.

If you're interested in helping out with these jobs, reply to this email, and consider joining our pv-helpers email list where I regularly announce these fun projects!