The last few weeks of warm weather have really kick-started all the vines here at Charles Vineyard. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are always behind, but the Pinot Noir has a few inches of soft, green shoots. It's an amazing process to go from brown, dormant vines, to alive, rapidly growing vines with green leaves in a matter of weeks.
On the rest of the property, we're starting to think about summer gardens and weed whacking all the little plants that will soon become sticker bushes. Bill Charles has tilled a patch in a sandy pasture and planted potatoes. This is the first time we've done potatoes, so we're all hoping they thrive! Last year's corn and soybean patch in the vineyard was great, but was stunted at the end due to a faulty garden timer. Oh well.
AT THE WINERY:
We're mid-wine club shipments right now, and we've just released all the 2010 Clone 05 Pinot Noir futures we sold last fall via barrels tasting. We also have a roster of new releases: 2010 whites, 2011 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, and soon-to-be 2010 Clone 05 Pinot. (Check out the wines, here).
|New 2011 Vin Gris of Pinot!|
We have some fun things in the works for summer 2012. We're planning some food & wine pairing weekends, plus some barrel tasting with the winemaker days (we'll send out an e-mail to those on our mailing list with dates). We always try to have something different and fun to do here at the tasting room, so come by and see what we're up to!
We will be closing the weekend of June 22-24, during the local Reggae Festival, due to ongoing issues during the event. If you were planning to come by that weekend, let us know. Hopefully we can schedule a mid-week appointment for you.
Happy (almost) May everyone! Hope to see you soon!