December Update, 2016

December 13, 2016
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December Update, 2016

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Wishing you all Holiday Blessings…

Diane and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Honokaa season. May it be enjoyed in good health with family, friends and celebrated often with our First Crush wines.

Status of our 2016 Wines…

The growing popularity of our winery and wines and our very positive presence on social media encouraged me to take on more volume this year than ever before. Despite more winemaking tasks, I am about one month ahead of schedule from years past. As of last week, all wines have been racked three times, and our red wines are now beginning their extended aging time in oak. My chemistry and tasting analysis indicates that we will be very pleased with our 2016 wines.

Next First Crush Social, January 28th…

Speaking of the Super Bowl, as we did last year, our winter social will be the last Saturday in January, the weekend before the Super Bowl, from 4-6pm. It did not quite work out last year by just a whisker, but once again we hope this will be a New England Patriots pep-rally.

What’s new with our wines this year?

Fusion: In case you missed it, last year we introduced a small amount of Petite Verdot in conjunction with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. These varietals are all in Bordeaux family. We cannot call it a Bordeaux in the US, however, we could call Fusion a Meritage. To do so, however we would have to join the Meritage Alliance. Members of the Meritage Alliance pay $1.00 per case to the alliance to simply put Meritage on their label of a wine composed of Bordeaux varietals. Generally, wines with a Meritage designation are the most expensive wines on high-end wine lists. FYI: Meritage is an American word pronounced like heritage.

visZINary: No changes. As you may remember, our 2014 won a gold medal in San Francisco. Fusion and visZINary remain the two most popular wines in our winery by COOP members and the general public.

Rapture: We made 900 finished gallons of 100% Sangiovese this year. FYI: Gallons divided by 2.38 = # Cases. We should yield 378 cases this year. This past week, I did an experiment. I blended a mixture of 85% Sangiovese with 15% Fusion. My impression… WOW! As a result, I have now blended 250 gallons of our Sangiovese with 50 gallons of Fusion creating a new Super Tuscan style blend. We have been thinking about calling this new Amore, and it will only be available to COOP members and visitors to the winery. It will not be sold to package stores and restaurants.

Cran Blanc and Three Sip Cran: We have not needed to remake these wines since we opened in 2012. This October, we processed 1500 pounds of Harwich cranberries to yield close to 700 gallons. 50% of this will be blended with Sauvignon Blanc to create our one-of-a-kind Cran Blanc.

Star Spangled and Innocence: No changes in our Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. They will both be in stock by Super Bowl.

Zinfandel Chocolate Sauce: Last year we sent our visZINary zinfandel wine to a chocolatier in Napa Valley to blend it into a delicious chocolate sauce. During the summer it flew out of the winery. We just received 5 additional cases last week. They would make a great Christmas gift.

Your COOP Reserves…

Some of you still need to pick up your 2016 reserve, and December 31st is the last day to receive gifted wines when you sign up for 2017. If you are far away, I will honor your wish to do so with an email or phone call.

COOP Funnies…

It was two o’clock in the morning and a husband and wife were sleeping when suddenly the phone rang. The husband picked up the phone and said, “Hello? (paused for a few seconds) How the heck do I know? What am I, the weather man?” and slams the phone down.

His wife rolls over and asks, “Who was that?” The husband replies, “I don’t know. Some guy who wanted to know if the coast was clear tonight.”

A man wondered what his parents did to fight boredom before the internet. He asked his 17 brothers and sisters but they didn’t know either.

And To all a good night,


Contact Information
First Crush Winery ~ Cape Cod
Dr. Frank D. Puzio, Winemaker
Winery: 527 Main Street, Harwich MA 02645 (Tours by Appointment Only)
Business Office: 83 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02675.
phone: 508-362-2423 or cell: 508-737-6867
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