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Can you feel the Holidays? A Message From Alex Sokol Blosser

Dear Sokol Blosser Drinker,

Can you feel the holidays? How many Hallmark movies have you watched already? Tired of the Mariah Carey song yet? Never a dull moment at the vineyard and this newsletter will start with the 2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir and end with what to drink for Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, Robin and the winery crew are gearing up to bottle our 2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir in early December. The 2023 edition will be 100% Estate fruit from our Concert Block Pinot Noir which is between the Red House and the Tasting Room. It is going to be the best ever! (I am supposed to say that as the new President. If I were still the winemaker I might say something like, “I really like it.”) We always release our Rosé on Valentine’s Day so you will have to be a little patient.

While things are buzzing in the winery, our vineyards are losing their leaves and going dormant for the season. Our 2nd year of making compost from our winery waste has been successful and our Vineyard Manager, Luis, and his crew was able to spread it in our Goosepen, Big Tree, and Old Vineyard Pinot Noir blocks before the rains made it impossible to get into the vineyard. Our goal is to make enough compost annually to cover 15-20 acres so our whole Dundee Hills Vineyard gets covered every five years or so. We are on track to do that now!!

I have always been impressed with the efforts of Veuve Clicquot in terms of coming up with their annual holiday gift box. It always looks good and helps create a nice bottle gift set. Well, imitation is the highest form of flattery right?!?!? You have got to check out our Bluebird Sparkling gift box that will surely give Veuve a run for their money this holiday season (You can chuckle now….I just did writing that).

My aunt and uncle are hosting the Blosser clan over at their house this Thanksgiving. About 30 of us I think!!! Batten down the hatches!!!! This gathering usually starts with my dad (used to be grandpa John) making Old Fashioneds with bourbon (being from WI my mom and wife Ginny would prefer Brandy but do not argue). Then we head into a sea of bottles that people bring. Is there Sokol Blosser on the table? You betcha! Pinot Gris and Rosé tend to go out first with some Bluebird Sparkling. The Pinot Noir is from all over with some older vintages gracing the table (How about some 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir?) As long as someone makes the peeled grapefruit and pomegranate salad I will be very happy!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Cheers, Alex

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