Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2022 18:58:25 -0700
Subject: PV newsletter Aug-2022
Perennial VintnersIn this issue:
 ▪ Hours/events: Wine Around the Rock & Summer hrs
 ▪ Running low wines, special sales
 ▪ Wine Club
Newsletter -- Aug-2022 ▪ Awards
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 ▪ Vineyard: weed control, leaf pulling  ▪ This year's weather

Hours/events: Wine Around the rock & Summer hrs

Wine on the Rock will be a special summer event this year -- Wine Around the Rock!   Sat 13-Aug, the boat loads in Winslow at 5:00pm (sails at 5:30pm), back at 8:30pm.  Five of the Bainbridge wineries will have their winemaker and wines (paired with food) on board - we'll be on the Argosy boat Good Times II.  Detailed event information and ticket sales at Eventbrite - get your tickets soon, we're nearing sold out!

Reminder we're currently open Summer hours:
  Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-6pm
  Mon 11am-5pm
  Tue-Thu by reservation only, call/txt 206-200-5902
  We'll go back to Winter hours (weekends only 11am-5pm) after Labor Day weekend.

Of course you can always shop online if making it here to the winery is not convenient.

Running low wines, special sales
Summer sales have been brisk, and we're rapidly running low on some current releases.
  Frambelle 2019: last few cases - there won't be another one soon as we were unable to get sufficient fruit from neighbor farm due to poor weather conditions
  Syrah 2016: last few cases - this is the Savor NW Double Gold winner, the 2018 will be up next
  Lemberger 2018: last few cases - don't worry, 2019 will be available next
  Sprakling Sieg: soon to be low stock - should last through the summer

We also have special 3-pack sales on several wines for the summer.  The special price is only if you get 3 bottles, no mix/match.
  3x  Sparkling Sieg NV   $66     regular price $28/ea, so 3rd btl is only $10
  3x  Melon 2018              $60     regular price $26/ea, so 3rd btl is only   $8
  3x  Siegerrebe 2018       $45     regular price $21/ea, so 3rd btl is only   $3

Wine Club
A quick note on our Wine Club.  We do not have a Wine Club event in the summer as shipping wine in the heat can be risky - wine can be ruined by heat in the back of a UPS or FedEx truck as they're not refrigerated.

If you're interested, our Wine Club is free to join, with no penalty fee to leave.  All we ask is that you purchase 12 btls per year.  All wine purchases are 20% off, and you and your guests do not pay tasting fees.  We'll send you a reminder 3x per year with suggestions for 4 btls.  Although Covid-19 has made it difficult, in the future we hope to have special members-only pickup events.  You can sign up at the winery or send us an email.

We have some excellent contest results to report:
    Sparkling Sieg, Silver; Sparkling Rose, Silver
  Bellingham NW Wine Competition, every wine we entered got a medal!
    Rubrus, Silver; Melon, Silver; Sieg, Silver; Fram, Gold; Sprklng Seg, Gold, Sprklng Rose, Double Gold

Vineyard: Weed control, leaf pulling
The main work this time of year is mowing, line trimming and weeding.  We're beginning leaf pulling, where we remove leaves that block sunlight and airflow from the grape clusters.  We're also topping the vines (hedging).  In the new Zweigelt block, we've drilled all the post holes and installed most of the posts.  We still need to finish installing posts, and get the trellis wires hung.

This year's weather
If you live in the Pacific NW, you know what a strange year this has been for weather,  As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we had an early warming, followed by a late frost, which clobbered many buds.  The secondary buds are coming up nicely, so the plants are still healthy, though we will have a smaller than normal harvest as secondary buds are not as fruitful as primaries.  Following up since then, the weather was colder than normal, and wetter than normal for months - I was worried that we would be way behind on ripening at the end of the year.  We've just had some serious heat, and we're catching up to a normal year's heat accumulation very rapidly.  This can be seen clearly on our Growing Degree Day (GDD) graph at our website.  Our greatest worry now would be if we were to be buried in wildfire smoke again this year, cross fingers for clear skies!