|Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:55:26 -0800|
Subject: PV nwsltr Jan-2019
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▪ Hours/events: Bay Hay 26-Jan
Locals may have noticed that Perennial Vintners (PV) now has all our wines at Bay Hay and Feed in Rolling Bay on Bainbridge Island. They have a wonderful area filled with local food products. They have cheeses, meats, grains, teas, all sorts of stuff from s,all Western WA farms. They have all the grown-on-BI wines from Bainbridge Vineyards and PV, plus some wines from the other BI wineries. They're having a winemaker tasting event featuring PV on Sat 26-Jan-19 Our assistant winemaker and distinguished palate, Serena, will be pouring and talking about the wines, hope to see you there! (Note this is also their styrofoam recycle day.)
A quick note on last month's winemaker dinner at Alder Wood Bistro in Sequim. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was warm and comfortable with casual at table visits. Almost all the wine we brought was sold, so that means people really enjoyed the wines! We hope to see more of Sequim in the future, perhaps we can convince Alder Wood Bistro to host us again...
Note that PV is open 5 days a week, 10am-6pm weekends, 11am-5pm Mon, Tue, Fri. Check the sign on the barrel at the bottom of the driveway, and look up the hill to the house - when open, you can see our 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!
▪ Running low & New releases
All the wines mentioned in the previous newsletter as "running low", are now out, and in some cases replaced with the newer vintage.
Siegerrebe 2015 -> now 2016
Lemberger 2016 -> now 2017
Frambelle 2018 -> release for Valentines Day weekend
The latest Frambelle is spectacular - be sure to come in get it as it will go rapidly! We expect to have it ready for sale by the Valentine's Day weekend.
▪ Wine on the Rock
I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the Bainbridge Island Wine on the Rock event.
This event will be continuing with most of the other wineries on Bainbridge, however, PV will no longer be participating. We will be open for business as usual during WotR weekends, PV will simply not be participating in the purchased-online-pass, etc. Mostly this is because it's just plain too busy! Those of you who have visited PV on a normal day, have had the vineyard tour, have had the personal conversations with the winemaker, have simply had a very personal visit. WotR weekends were so busy, that customers did not get anywhere near our usual high quality visit. This and a few lesser reasons were enough for PV to drop out of the event this year. (Please note that our neighbor Bainbridge Vineyards has also dropped out of WotR.)
Please do continue to come to Bainbridge on WotR weekends, of course we'd love to have you visit PV on those weekends too. If you don't mind crowded wine-tasting rooms and busy parking areas, WotR is still a great value! But if you are the type who prefer a more one-on-one experience, be sure to visit us at PV.
▪ St. Vincent's Day
St. Vincent of Saragossa was born in Aragon (modern Spain), and was martyred in 304AD at Valencia (Spain). By early medieval times he had been adopted by European winemakers and vineyard workers as their patron saint though exactly why has been lost to history; the French have traditionally released new vintages on this day. At Perennial Vintners we honor this tradition on 22-Jan each year by opening an extra special bottle. Even if you won't be making it to our vineyard and winery, we suggest you open a special bottle of wine (it doesn't even have to be one of ours!) that day in his honor!
▪ Vineyard: Pruning season!
Pruning season is approaching... I would have started already, but this year I'm already behind... If you're interested in learning about grapevine pruning, please consider joining our pv-helpers email list! I expect to be starting first week Feb.
We've noticed that (especially during the winter), the downtown Winslow winery tasting rooms may be fairly busy, yet we get less visitors up our driveway. We're thinking that this is mostly because people are walking on to the ferry (not taking a car), and thus are sticking with the easy walk downtown. We've decided to try making it worth your while to get transportation to come up and visit PV -- we will give you $10 off any wine purchase (be sure to ask for this discount if you took a taxi/Uber/Lyft).
▪ Discount for taxi/Uber/Lyft