June Update ~ 2018

June 11, 2018
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First Crush Winery Cape Cod ~ Newsletter
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June Update ~ 2018

Rapture and Amore… Ready for a glass near you!

It’s a wonderful time of the year…

With that said, I am getting to an age where I am learning that every time of the year is wonderful. As for now, the young green leaves are back, the flowers are blooming, the days are warming, and the Cape is alive with the excitement of a new season. And, as for the winery, it is getting busier with guests each week. It is so nice for us to experience increasing numbers of return visitors that had our wines during a previous trip to the Cape and come back craving more.

Our Coop Spring Social…

Save the date, June 16th, 4-6pm. For Coop members and their guests. Cajun Bob and his gang are back and will provide our musical enjoyment. I pray for a nice day so you can place your appetizers outside under a large tent as we did for the first time at our harvest social last September. Having the room to venture outside increases dance space and it creates more arm room for the two fisted wine drinkers. Reminder: Half price slushy’s will be available. There is a $10.00 admittance fee per person. That fee will include a complimentary glass of wine and a raffle ticket for an adorable door prize.

Help, I need somebody…

We have a very capable new assistant, Deb, that is now assisting Diane and I on weekends. We are still looking for a second person to assist with tastings 2-3 days per week on a routine basis through the busy summer season. It requires an adult with an outgoing personality and multi-tasking skills. It’s a fun job. Visitors are happy to visit us and make them even happier. Interested parties can email Frank at… [email protected]

Coop Reserve Pickup…

All wines are now available and in plentiful supply, however if you want 2017 Cab or Zin, I will have some bottled by the end of June. We will begin signup for 2018’s Coop reserve from July going forward. As always, early-bird signups will receive an extra bonus gift, to be determined.

Reminder: If a Coop member picks up a partial reserve, they will pay 50% of their remaining reserve at that time. Example: If your reserve is for 2 cases, and you initially paid a $50% deposit of $190.00, and then you pick up one of your two cases, you will pay $95.00 when you pick up the first case, and have a balance of $95.00 when you pick up the second case.

New Bottle and new Cork…

All of our 2017 reds, Fusion, visZINary, Rapture and Amore, are and will be bottled in a new heavier, darker French-made bottle with a deeper punt. This increases my bottling cost, however, I decided to punt on this one and there is no cost increase for your Coop reserve next year. Beginning in June, any wine bottled will have a cork made by the same high-end manufacturer, but the new synthetic cork will be made from 100% recyclable natural palm. FYI: our synthetic corks allow you to store your wines vertically. There is no need to keep the cork hydrated, as is the case with a natural cork.

Coop Funny…

A senior lady decided to give herself a big treat or her 70th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice hotel. When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00. She demanded to know why the charge was so high.

“I agree it’s a nice hotel, but the rooms aren’t worth $250.00 for just and overnight stay! I didn’t even have breakfast.”

The clerk told her that $250.00 is the ‘standard rate’ and breakfast had been included had she wanted it.

She insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and, forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: “This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which are available for use.”

“But I didn’t use them,” she said.

“Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager.

He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which they were so famous. “We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here,” the Manager said.

“But I didn’t go to any of those shows,” she said.

“Well, we have them, and you could have,” the Manager replied.

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned countered with his standard response. After several minutes’ discussion, and with the Manager still unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a check and gave it to him.

The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. “But Madam, this check is for $50.00.”

“That’s correct. I charged you $200 for sleeping with me,” she replied.

“But I didn’t!” exclaimed the very surprised Manager.

“Well, too bad. I was here, and you could have.”

Moral of the Story: Don’t mess with a Senior Citizen.

I don’t suggest we drink to that,

Paraphrasing from: “The Great Wine Swindle”, by Malcolm Gluck, Chapter

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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