News from First Crush Winery ~ Cape Cod

June 12, 2014

Greetings First Crushers,

Diane and I just returned from a wonderful week in Aruba filled with sun, fun and relaxation. We did not realize until day two of our time-off just how much we needed a break. Our rental car sat in the parking lot for the entire week except for a few dinner outings. It was a grueling daily experience moving from our beach chair to the sea over and over each day. It’s hard to imagine going back to a full work day without a morning and an afternoon nap.

 

Many updates ago, the winery was in its inception and I wrote about meeting an Aruban pharmacist “winemaker” at Papiamento Restaurant along with the restaurant’s owner. For you long-time members who received that update, the pharmacist did not actually make wine, rather was made for him by Crushpad in Sonoma. Crushpad is no longer in business. Their format was to make a full 59 gallon barrel of wine for club members at an average of 25K each. The barrel pricing was dependent on the quality of the grapes. I suspect the economy, their paradigm, but also the difficult task to create each barrel of wine individually per member was difficult to fulfill. In any

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case: we once again had the opportunity to meet with Papiamento’s owner at his restaurant on this trip and he is now planning to visit our winery this summer.

 

I love the slogan on the Aruban license plates; “One Happy Island.” A very predictable destination for daily reproducibility of warm sunny days, refreshing trade winds and gentile refreshing turquoise waters. With our batteries recharged, we are happy to be back to our family, our friends and our real world. Oh; and my truck!

 

Our Spring Social, Saturday. May 17th…

I hope you have penciled in our social event for this coming Saturday, from 4-6pm. It seems like yesterday we were planning for last year’s spring social. Someday science may prove that time does actually fly.

 

We will be pouring First Crush wines on Saturday of course and will have some of our aging 2013 wines also to sample their progress. In typical social fashion, we ask couples to bring a small appetizer, and as always, singles can mooch. Consumption of First Crush wine will cost you only $10.00 per person. For those that have not been to a First Crush social, they are fun, generally educational, and an opportunity to sample the fruits of our COOP efforts. It is also an opportunity to mingle and raise a glass in friendship. COOP wan-a-bees are always welcome.

 

For those not yet on board for our 2013 COOP membership reserve, we will be happy to sign you up on Saturday. Remember, once our 2014 fruit arrives, the 2013 COOP reserve is closed to additional membership and then the 2014 reserve begins.

 

Toast of Harwich…

This Thursday, First Crush Winery will proudly showcase our wines at the Toast of Harwich Chamber event to be held at the Wequasset Resort. We hope to see many of you there. One year ago this event was the first public tasting of First Crush wines.

 

First Crush Pouch Wines…

At our winery conference in March, we purchased a unit to put some of our wines in a convenient 750ml plastic pouch container. We will only put our Sauvignon Blanc and both cranberry wines in this format. COOP members are welcome to get them directly from us at the winery but they will be sold primarily to package stores. They will be priced slightly less than our bottled wines. They are perfect to throw in coolers during our warmer months for the beach, picnics, boating, off-roading, etc. Is anything cooler!

 

First Crush Humor…

The correct way to treat a good wine…

Open the bottle to allow it to breathe.

If it doesn’t look like it’s breathing,…

give it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!

 

We hope to see you Saturday,

Frank