WHAT’S NEW . . . as of 7/16/17

BBC delivery 7/20/17—order by 5pm 7/19/17 to ensure delivery
     Home or office delivery to Puget Sound area and beyond (Bung it in the Boot of your Car)
New Releases, Almost Sold Out, and Sale Wines
     New Releases: Rosé Paradiso, B’s Blend, Paradisos Red
     Almost Sold Out: Baby Barn Owl Red
     Sale: B’s Blend, Sangiovese, Baby Barn Owl Red
Special Events
     Vineyard Tours and Rattlesnake Hills Annual Dinner
Words from the Winegrower
     Season Five of the Zero Pesticide Vineyard
Wine with Friends
     Wine tasting in your home

If the sun seems to be lacking where you live, come to where we live.
Wine is half price if it’s raining when you purchase it in our tasting room.


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First an apology for the erratic website updates. I think I have had writer’s block. But it is smashed now! 

BBC delivery 7/20/17—order by 5pm 7/19/17 to ensure delivery
     Home or office delivery to Puget Sound area and beyond (Bung it in the Boot of your Car)

I am going over to Seattle for a quick wine run and to see some family and friends. I jump at any opportunity to visit my mum (see that mileage number to the left). And it is the annual Vandenberg summer get together, we can’t miss that.

No amount of wine is too small or too big to deliver. Ordering instructions are on our order page and here is the PDF order form or the XLS version. This is a different price list than what is on our order page. If you are returning customers, you get 10% off our usual prices and 20% off for case price (rather than 15%). Cases prices are even better for the three that we have on sale.

I will drive to Seattle on Wednesday 7/19/17. Order by 5pm that same day and it will be Bunged in the Boot of my Car (BBC). Give us a call (509.829.9000)! You will want to know about our sale wines before you order. Read on . . .


New Releases, Almost Sold Out, and Sale Wines
     New Releases: Rosé Paradiso, B’s Blend, Paradisos Red
     Almost Sold Out: Baby Barn Owl Red
     Sale: B’s Blend, Sangiovese, Baby Barn Owl Red

New release wines

2015 Rosé Paradiso

As one of the World’s slowest winegrowers, we’ve just released our 2015 Rosé Paradiso ($22). The 2016 is in barrel till August. Krug does take a couple years longer for their $400 Rosé Champagne.

Sangiovese is the base, around 75%. Zinfandel, Teroldego, Lemberger, Temprañillo, Pinot Muenier, and Riesling all take part in making a match for trout, salmon, chicken, and pork cooked on a wood fire. Great with a cold pasta dish and corn on the cob.

Fermented in barrels as old as 21 years so we don’t get that lumber taste, rested on the lees to get the body, texture, mouth feel, and flavor that comes with time in a barrel.

From our third Zero Pesticide vintage.

2014 B’s Blend

Formerly known as the Under 10 Buck White, B’s Blend ($14) is Barbara’s favorite. The Riesling/Semillon blend that is our first choice for artichoke dishes. Very versatile with lighter fare, chicken, fish, basil pesto, grilled vegetables, etc.

Great for Lazy White Sangria, which is 5 oz. wine, 6oz. Seven Up, and as many ice cubes as fit. (Lazy Red Sangria uses the Sangiovese.)

If you get this newsletter it is still under 10 bucks if you buy at least 12 of anything. When you order 12 bottles of wine this one is $7 a bottle.

Also from our third Zero Pesticide vintage.

2012 Paradisos Red

World’s Best Pizza Wine. Or so WE think.

Sangiovese, Temprañillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the base players with Malbec, Zinfandel, and Lemberger adding to the complexity of our Paradisos Red ($28). The goal is to match that rich, flavorful, spicy tomato sauce that took all day to simmer to perfection.

2012 was a beautiful vintage. Now that this wine has had two years in barrel and two plus in bottle it is really shining. We keep having a problem with the wine evaporating from the bottle during meals.

Some of the grapes in this wine were sprayed once with an approved organic material to combat Powdery Mildew. At this writing our Malbec, Lemberger, and eight other cultivars have never had a pesticide used on them since we planted them.

Remember, satisfaction guaranteed.

Baby Barn Owl Red — Almost Sold Out
We are no longer making Baby Barn Owl Red available for tasting at the winery. We only have a few cases left and then we are out of our second label Naked Chick Wines for until who knows when? No plans at the moment for more.

Wine Specials
Special price continuation on Sangviovese and Baby Barn Owl Red and B’s Blend:

50% off 12 bottles B’s Blend  $84      ($7/bottle)
50% off 12 bottles Sangiovese           $84      ($7/bottle)
50% off 12 bottles Baby Barn Owl Red         $99      ($8.25/bottle)

And of course, you can do any sort of mix and match of sale and non-sale wines and get case prices.

Live Owl Cam
The Barn Owl cam is done for the season. Between our two nests, a total of at least 15 owlets fledged. After that we don’t know how many live to adulthood. We can still see them flying around and hear them screeching at night. They are quite beautiful and ethereal. You don’t ever hear them flying but you look up and see one go by. Sometimes they spend minutes twittering. Haven’t figured out what that is about yet.

We use ten cents from every bottle of Baby Barn Owl Red that we sell to make more barn owl boxes. So far we have built eight. Once we are completely sold out, we will let you know how much money you helped fund for more owl boxes.

Special Events
     Vineyard Tours and Rattlesnake Hills Annual Dinner

Vineyard Tours
Paul offers vineyard tours every Sunday morning at 9. It’s only $20 per person and includes our wine tasting at the end. He visits four different vineyards and talks about what is going on right now. They are very educational and fun. I learn something new every time I tag along. The vineyard tour takes about two hours and then another chunk of time for the wine tasting. Click here to reserve your spot: Book Vineyard Tour. Have you ever wondered how we manage to have a pesticide-free vineyard? Then you should come along for a tour.

Rattlesnake Hills Annual Dinner
Unfortunately we, as the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail group, have decided to not have a dinner this year. Everyone seems stretched particularly thin this year and so we decided to give it a miss. Thank you to all of those who have come in past years.

If we, at Paradisos, get enough comments and interest about this, we might be talked into doing a dinner here at our winery. What do you think? Pizza from the wood-fired oven? Maybe something on the grill? Sound good? Let us know. If we get enough interest we will do it! It would be the same traditional date, the last Saturday in August (8/26/17).

Words from the Winegrower
     Season Five of the Zero Pesticide Vineyard

Another “Interesting Season.” This week, July 15, I am watering most varieties for the first time this year. Not normal. The abnormally high precipitation this year created a lot of early season soil moisture that has created a moderately vigorous canopy.

Our normal is to irrigate about June 1, to maintain a low vigor canopy; keeping shoot length to about a meter in length.

This year we have a bit of a challenge due to larger than normal leaves (150-200%) and longer shoots, meaning more leaves and the resultant shading. The shading is leading to favorable conditions for Powdery Mildew.

We are doing lots of leaf plucking and have even had to hedge several varieties. That is cutting off excess length to keep the shoots at the meter length. We are gaining control of the canopy structure. At this point, for every leaf on the vines we’ve removed one or two.

The goal is to get plenty of sunshine into the canopy. Sunlight kills off Powdery Mildew. Powdery Mildew is responsible for 90% of the pesticide use in wine grapes.

It’s expensive work, lots of hand labor, but we’ve made a serious commitment to Zero Pesticide use in the vineyard. I wish every variety was as easy as Cabernet Sauvignon!

We have also applied, finally, to become certified organic. Not the wine, just the grapes. This gives us more latitude with how we use sulfites in our wine (and what kind) to make sure that the wine holds up longer than six months after bottling.

Wine with Friends
     Wine tasting in your home

Having a few people over? Want to do something fun before a book club meeting? Don’t know what to do with your house full of relatives? Want to do an employee-morale event? Want to make Barbara happy?

We have a program that we think you will really enjoy. It is called Wine with Friends. This is where we bring our tasting room experience to your home. We do all the work, you have all the fun (well, we have lots of fun also). We have several under our belt now and we are hoping that many more of you sign up to do one.

Here are a couple of many possibilities:

1.  Our Regular Tasting

Wine for tasting
Little food plates (35-calorie micro-mini Lilliputian winemaker dinner)
$10/person, waived with $30 purchase each (on average)
Minimum six people
Host gets 15% off 1-11 bottles or 30% off 12+ (Or special pricing, whichever is better)
Leftover wine is removed at end

2.  A Wine Party for You

Full bottle of each wine (at 50% off retail)
Minimum of five wines up to all that we produce (your choice)
Little food plates (35-calorie micro-mini Lilliputian winemaker dinner)
$5/person, waived with $20 purchase each (on average)
Minimum six people
Host gets 15% off 1-11 bottles or 30% off 12+ (Or special pricing, whichever is better)
You get to keep opened wine
You provide any extra food for the party

At the end of the event, we are thrilled if you and your friends want to order wine (oh and pay for it). It will be delivered the next trip over. Either event involves our usual kind of educational and fun wine tasting (Sip Sip Bite Sip) that we do in our tasting room, but it saves you the drive over to Zillah (think of all that gasoline and money you would save).

The Wine Party option would be great to do in conjunction with a book club. We usually even read the book!

We can drive almost anywhere. Contact us via phone or email and see what we can put together. We can’t wait to meet your friends and have wine with them: Wine with Friends!

By the by, we have checked out the pricing of other people doing these wine parties at private homes and ours seem to be the least expensive by far. Plus you get our decades of experience and the fun of a Paradisos del Sol party right in your living room. Give us a try!

Futures to build our future
      Build a Building Futures

Inspired by the experiences of family and friends with Kickstarter and similar “crowd sourced” experiences, we are offering a change to get wine in the future at a big discount for money today. Time is to money sort of like energy is to matter. Join the patrons who have started the ball rolling.

We need more space to make more wine. We are maxed out and the vines are still not at full production. All of this is making Paul a bit anxious.

Borrowing money is bloody expensive! Bankers keep talking 10% to us. That means after seven years you pay the bank double. You have to sell a lot of wine to make enough money to pay them back.

So! How about we borrow from you for one to three years and pay you double or more in wine?

Our vineyard has finally grown too big for our facilities and we need a bigger building to grow to our goal of 3,000 cases a year (about three times our size now).

So! Instead of paying bankers a bunch, we would rather give a bunch of our customers a bunch of wine deals so we can have homes for our bunches of grapes that will eventually go to bunches of our customers. A new 2,400-square-foot, all-steel, well-insulated, above-ground “wine cave” is about $80,000. Plus we need some more tanks and barrels.

This is like a Kickstarter or Indiegogo project, the difference being we are not using a third-party aggregator to facilitate the transactions, i.e. we are doing it ourselves with no middle person taking a cut.

Here are a variety of options for you if you wish to participate:

1. Pay $50 now
•          In 2018 get 3 bottles
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $126

2. Pay $100 now
•          In 2018 get 6 bottles (2 each of 3 wines)
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $252

3. Pay $200 now
•          In 2018 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $504

4. Pay $250 now
•          In 2017 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $504

5. Pay $500 now
•          In 2018 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          In 2019 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          In 2020 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $1512

6. Pay $750 now
•          In 2017 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          In 2018 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          In 2019 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          In 2020 get 12 bottles (3 each of 4 wines)
•          Buyers choice, Retail = up to $2016

7. Pay $1000 now
•          Get twice as much as option #5 OR
•          Half price on all wine for 5 years
•          Buyers choice, Retail = skies the limit!

8. Pay $2000 now
•          Get twice as much as option #5 OR
•          Half price on all wine for 10 years
•          Buyers choice, Retail = skies the limit!

(Plus sales tax, delivery may be extra.)

Like all wine purchases at Paradisos, you can mix and match or get creative!

In our 17 years of business we have offered specific wine futures twice, but on a much smaller scale.

We would love to have you commit as soon as possible. We need to get this building raised and ready.

Cash, Dwolla, checks, or charge—we will take it any way you want to give it to us, any amount. If you want to discuss an amount not listed, just give us a call.

Dwolla or Checks are preferable to charge cards (just so we get all of the money without giving the banks any of it), but please do what is easiest for you. If we can add to your airline miles to get our building built then we both win.

You give us money, we give you wine (later), what could be easier?

Historically in America, business was done by a handshake. We are embracing this business model for growing our business and all of our futures.

Please contact us however you want - email, phone call, text, in person, or carrier owl.

Thank you for your continued support of our winery!



For our regular readers, this is where we pitch the plea to help us grow our business and review us on Yelp or Facebook or TripAdvisor. We really appreciate all of you who have giving us reviews. Please note: Yelp has a policy of not posting reviews unless the person reviews at least three or four other businesses. Crazy, huh? So we encourage you to review away! Us, our neighbors, your barber, your local.

Thank you for continuing to buy wine from us! Give us a call if you don’t want to deal with the order form, we are happy to do whatever it takes to continue to get our wine to you. If you didn’t keep drinking our wine, we couldn’t keep doing what we love (which also includes drinking our wine). So, we raise our glasses to you!

Cheers!
Paul & Barbara




COME TASTE PARADISE!

Paradisos del Sol Winery
www.paradisosdelsol.com
3230 Highland Drive
Zillah, WA 98953
509.829.9000



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