The rain door has finally opened, and March has come in like a lion with some very welcome precipitation: we’ve had a bit over 5 inches up here in the mountains, and we couldn’t be happier. In fact, we hope the entire month will continue to roar like a lion!
The drippy sound of precip on the roof makes us thankful we have catchment devices in place to capture the precious liquid from the sky.
Out in the vineyard, pruning is complete and there are signs of earlier-than-usual bud break. In the cellar, Winemaker Dave is putting together the final blends for April’s bottling activities.
EVENTS AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE
Every weekend in March—Join us for barrel tasting and futures sales (exclusively for Sippers Club members). Here’s a chance to taste and evaluate the 2012 vintages of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the High School Sweethearts, our very popular and delicious, Zin-Syrah blend. Purchases are 50% off retail pricing, a very sweet deal.
April 11-13th—PINOT PARADISE WEEKEND. April 11th, Technical Session and Tasting at The Mountain Winery. April 12th, Pathway to Paradise at participating wineries. April 13th, Grand Tasting at The Mountain with 40 wineries and 20 restaurants. Purchase advance tickets at our tasting room—just ask Katarina. More information at www.scmwa.com
HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 20th!!
Drum roll, please—Burrell School Vineyards is celebrating our 20th anniversary in the wine business this year. We received our federal bond on October 6th, 1994. And, after 20 years of growing, harvesting, wine making, bottling, tasting, selling and meeting the best people in the world, we’re still having fun.
We’ll be sharing history lessons throughout the year and will have some very special events scheduled for October.
MARCH HISTORY LESSON
Our slogan at Burrell School is “I promise to sip my wine.” This phrase was coined by marketing genius Jerry Clarke of the Depot Hill Agency for our first bottling of Old Schoolhouse Red, which has now morphed into Old School Cabernet. Here’s an image of the original label proofs: these bring back memories! Do you have any Old School Cab in your wine cellar with these labels? What is your first memory of Old School Cab? Let’s hear your thoughts!