Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2023 12:46:08 -0700
Subject: [PV-Friends] PV newsletter July-2023

Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ■ Hours/events: Wine Cruise, Summer hrs
 ■ New releases, special sales
  ■ Wine Club
Newsletter -- July-2023   ■ Awards
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  ■ Vineyard: Hedging, cluster & leaf thinning   ■ Needing Tasting area help

 ■ Hours/events: Wine Cruise, Summer hrs

Upcoming special event - Wine Cruise!  Five of the Bainbridge wineries will be pouring our wines on an Argosy boat; leaving the downtown Winslow dock at 4:30pm on Saturday August 19th, for a four hour tour about Bainbridge.  I (Mike) will be joined by my son Ellis pouring your welcome-aboard sparkling wine.  Get your tickets here.

[Note that we will be closing the winery tasting area early (3pm) on Sat Aug 19 due to the Wine Cruise.]

We are now on Summer hours:
  Fri, Mon  11am-5pm
  Sat, Sun  11am-6pm
  Tue-Thu by reservation only, use our website app, or call/txt my cell 206-200-5902.

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

 ■ New releases, special sales

We're down to the last few cases of the Melon de Bourgogne 2018, will be starting on the 2019, probably in a few weeks.

I dropped in at Bay Hay here on Bainbridge yesterday, and noticed that they still have a few bottles of several of the previous releases.  if you really loved the Lem 18, the Sprklng Sieg NV, or several others, you can still get them at Bay Hay.  (We've been out at the winery for a couple of months.)

We have special 3-pack sales on several wines.  The special price is only for 3 bottles, no mix/match.
  3x  Melon 2018             $60     regular price $27/ea, so 3rd btl is only $6
  3x  Siegerrebe 2018      $48     regular price $22/ea, so 3rd btl is only $4
  3x  Plant-A-Tree 2020   $54     regular price $25/ea, so 3rd btl is only $4

 ■ Wine Club

We are in the process of changing over to online wine club software, and are experiencing some growing pains with the changeover.  Please bear with us, and don't hesitate to call/txt/email me with questions or concerns.

Note that we don't have a Summer Wine Club order, as shipped wine can be ruined by heat in the back of a UPS or FedEx truck.

If you're not already a member, and are 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, we hope to have special members-only pickup events again in the future.  You can sign up at the winery or send us an email.

 ■ Awards

And more superb contest results to report:
  Pacific NW Wine Competition (Jul-2023):
    Lemberger 2019, Double Gold
    Syrah 2018, Gold
    Sparkling Sieg 2021, Gold
    Siegerrebe 2019, Silver
    Plant-a-Tree Red Blend 2020, Silver

 ■ Vineyard: Hedging, cluster & leaf thinning

This time of year, the vineyard work is not so much the big jobs, but is now the nit-picky optimizations.  We'll be hedging, which is where we trim off excess length on the vines, which keeps the plant under control, and helps the plant to focus on ripening the existing fruit, instead of unchecked growth.  We're also reducing the cropload somewhat by simply cutting off some of the clusters.  This is essential on our new block of Zweigelt as it will cause the plant to put it's growth into the root structure instead of ripening fruit.  Melon here in the Puget Sound, has shown a consistent pattern of overcropping, thus we have to compensate by dropping some fruit.  If you're interested in learning about how to manage grapevines, consider joining our pv-helpers email list.

 ■ Needing Tasting area help

This year has been the busiest it's ever been in my Tasting area.  For those of you who have visited, you may have had an experience of myself with no, or few, other customers.  Over the last several months I've had weekends where all our tasting tables are full, and I've been hard-pressed to keep up with everyone's tastings.  So I've crossed the threshold - I need to have help with tastings!  If you'd be interested in working with me in the Tasting area on weekends, please reply to this email and let me know.