Don’t have much news other than the website has been completely updated to include release dates, an online store, wine prices, events, etc. We will be very busy this Sunday and Monday at the winery, bottling aaaaagain and preparing the winery for the upcoming harvest.
We are still signing contracts for grapes. So many good vineyards to choose from with unique characteristics. We are trying to lock in. We are really existed about the syrah grapes we will be using for the 2009 harvest coming up. It’s deep west side Paso location and dry farming is really making Nate and I excited. In fact there might be a chance that all the grapes we get this year will be dry farmed!!! This means very deep and complex flavors, amazing color, and concentrated juice.
I guess the best update I can give is that our wine club is filling up with people nationwide and when we look at the restaurants and wine bars that want to carry the wine, events, club members, expected website sales etc, I think the wine is all sold and it hasn’t been released yet. That’s a good problem to have I guess right? Oh our wine club had been updated as well and split into two tiers. Silver and Platinum.
Silver= 3 bottles twice a year plus 15% off all orders.
Platinum = 6 bottles a year plus 20% off all orders.
Before we ship any club shipments out, we will be calling existing members and asking what tier they would like to be placed on seeing they didn’t have the option when they joined.That’s all for now. See you soon.
And, now, this just in on WHEN WE CAN HAVE OUR SCV TASTING ROOM:
We are now entering the final phase of the process as we come up on our public hearing at the Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, August 25th. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board’s Hearing Room located at 500 West Temple Street, Room 381B, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Los Angeles. If you are unable to attend the Board hearing but would like to submit any last comments, support or concerns you’d like to have made a part of the public record, please e-mail them to me.
As many of you may remember, the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) requested that the Board consider an amendment to the ordinance that would allow remote tasting rooms in Ag zones with a Minor CUP (instead of a full CUP). Our conversations with the Board offices have led us to believe that the Board is leaning towards adopting the ordinance “as is,” without the amendment suggested by the RPC.
If you would like to review Board Hearing procedures or check the agenda for the hearing, please refer to the Board’s website at: http://bos.co.la.ca.us/. For a review of the Wineries and Tasting Rooms Ordinance or its history, please refer to our website at: http://planning.lacounty.gov/view/wineries_and_tasting_rooms/. I am available to answer questions by phone Monday to Thursday 8 am to 5:30 pm at (213) 974-6476, or via my email.
Again, a large thank you to each of you for your involvement in this process and for working so collaboratively with our department to make sure we end up with a strong ordinance in the best interests of winegrowers and county residents alike.
Los Angeles County
Department of Regional Planning