July is off to a sizzling start at Burrell School and the vines are growing inches a day, a welcome sight! The fruit set looks terrific: we dodged a bullet in the Santa Cruz Mountains, as our clusters look more even and filled out than in other places with dicier climates. We have to deal with fog, but that’s life near the ocean!
The stalwart vineyard crew planted 95 new Cabernet Sauvignon vines at the Pichon Vineyard above the Lexington Reservoir on Friday, July 1st. Young green-growing vines don’t mind the heat – or the fog – and the drip system will keep them well-watered. It’s been hard to count on other areas to produce the kind of Cab we’d like. When in doubt, grow your own.
July means our favorite theme: Hawaii Days! Aloha spirit will fill the tasting room and we will be flying the Hawaiian flag from the 30-foot flagpole in front of the schoolhouse. The Hawaiian state flag was commissioned in 1816 by King Kamehameha I, who unified the islands in 1810.
The 8 stripes of red, white and blue represent the 8 main islands. The Union Jack honors Hawaii’s long relationship with Great Britain.
Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21st, 1959.
In the Aloha spirit, we are declaring July Fridays here at the school as “Aloha Fridays.” Wear Aloha attire and you taste for free (Elementary Studies flight).
For Passport, take home the Aloha Four Pack: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah for a mere $89, a fantastic bargain!
Wines on special for the month include:
2007 Recess Rosé, $18, 30% discount
2007 Estate Chardonnay, $20, 30% discount
2006 Estate Pinot Noir, $30.80, 30% discount
See you at the Schoolhouse for Passport! Gals get your Wine Babes tattoo!
Guys – get your Corky the Wine Whale tattoo! unless you’d rather have a lipstick kiss….🙂