Time Marches On…
The last days of March are giving me hope that winter is finally waning. My optimistic nature is counting on a farmer’s almanac rule-of-thumb, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”
As I mentioned in my last update, we are gearing up for another busy season. This is my time to make sure all 2017 wines are on target to impress. pH, acid balance, sulfite levels, and tannin structure are measured and adjusted if needed. I am happy to report that all wines are putting a smile on my face and I expect they will have that same effect on you as well.
The most common question I get asked lately is, “when are Sangiovese, Rapture, and the Sangiovese/Cabernet blend, Amore, going to be available?” We doubled or production this year. My plan is to bottle 50% of our volume of each of these wines by the end of May. I estimate a June availability of those two, but plan on mid-July for 2017 Fusion and visZINary. 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Star Spangled, and Rose, Innocence, are available now. Both of the later are wonderful.
Our First Crush Winery wines are lower in sulfite levels than a typical commercial wine. Sulfite is short for potassium meta-bisulfite, and it is the preservative used in winemaking. We can do this because our wines stay refrigerated in-house until I distribute them to you or to local vendors. Many commercial wines contain much higher levels of sulfite to protect distributed wines from temperature and shipment unknowns. That leads to a question, “how long will our red wines last?” Hard to say exactly, but I did have the pleasure of experiencing a 2008 pre-winery bottle of Puzio Fusion recently. It was a delight and remained fresh and vibrant. I would plan for a five year storage consideration for our current wines. Coop members should always put away a few bottles of each vintage for future experiences.
We are planning for June 16th, 4-6pm. Save the date. More details to come in my May update.
Warning: Do not read this if you do not have an open-minded sense of humor.
President Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his mega yacht,
and the Pope accepted the invitation, but during lunch,
a puff of wind blew the Pontiff’s hat and right into the water.
It blew off about 50 feet, then the wind died down and it just floated on top of the water.
The crew and the secret service were scrambling to launch a boat to retrieve it, when Trump waved them off, saying “Never mind boys, I’ll get it.”
Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water to the hat, picked it up, walked back on the water, climbed back into the yacht, and handed the Pope his hat.
The crew, the security team, and the Pope’s entourage were all speechless.
No one knew what to say, even the Pope.
That afternoon, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN all covered the story.
Their banner headlines read: “TRUMP CAN’T SWIM!”
Happy Easter and Passover,
Drink my wine my friends,
Common Coop Questions…:
Question 1: In regard to the new 2017-2018 Coop season, when do we pick up our reserved wine? Answer: Optimum for the winery… Late June into the fall. This will give me time to bottle some of our 2017 vintage.
Question 2: What if I want some of my wine from my reserve before June, before I pick up all my cases? Answer: Last year we established a protocol that allows me to consistent with all requests. If you partially pick up some of your reserve, you will pay 50% of your remaining reserve balance. As an example, if your balance on a two case reserve is $190.00, and you pick up one case, you will pay $85.00 then and $85.00 when your final remaining case is picked up.
Question 3: What if I joined the current Coop season with a two case reserve, but I decide subsequently to want a three case reserve to save $10.00 per case? Answer: You would simply pay the difference between the two to be added to your initial deposit. In a two vs. three case reserve, this payment would be the difference between $190.00 and $270.00, or $80.00.
Question 4: What is the cost if I want wine before I pickup any of my reserved wine, or wine in addition to my reserve? Answer: Coop members can always come in and pickup additional individual bottles at $16.00 per any bottle, or full cases of wine at their reserve rate.
Please contact me personally if I can further clarify or answer additional questions.