The Bridge News
July 2020 - Vol. 40
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Vineyard News
It's Not All Work...
By Operations Manager Joe Salman

July is here and we've already had our share of +100 degree days. We have a policy of nobody working out in the heat past about 90 degrees, which keeps everybody safe and healthy. 

Unfortunately the vines don't come in from that heat and the way they keep from burning up in those temperatures is through transpiration.  Much like people they sweat and they need water. Most of our vineyards have a "high tech" drip irrigation system. In a few, we still have the older, low pressure system that sends water running down from one end to the other.  The drip irrigation method has many efficiencies and advantages, but at times these aren't really enough for some sort of retro-fit projects, so we stick with what works. 

When I was young it was all done with the low tech furrow irrigation way and a little shovel work. This was one of the first "jobs" I had on our farm, so it is very nostalgic to me. So this past Sunday, my older kids came with me to check the water. Not a lot of work was done, but it was fun and the vines are really happy too.

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Update from the Tasting Room
Come and Picnic with Us!
By Tasting Room Manager Tess Jonson

♫ We have new wines, we have new wines, we have new wines, hey hey hey hey! ♫

If you haven't stopped by the tasting room in a while, you really need to! I know last month I said the 2019 Vin Gris was my new fav but now I have a new fav, 2019 Dry Riesling. You need to get some for yourself, today!  We also added the very tasty 2018 Block Two.  Two new wines, what are you waiting for?

Need some plans for July 4th? We're OPEN! Joe is giving me the day off and taking over the tasting room. Sorry to say there is still no tasting at this time but we have all the bottles for you to take home or enjoy on our beautiful grounds.  

Bring the family, picnic, and spend your day the GIV way.

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Pick it up, We'll Ship it or Even Hold it for You!
By Tasting Room Manager Tess Jonson


If you haven't picked up your most recent wine club, what are you waiting for!?  All three wines are new releases.  Included in this shipment are the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Chardonnay, and my new favorite, 2019 Vin Gris. 

If you're still not quite ready to get out and about, we will be shipping at the end of the month and the discounted shipping rate still applies. If you prefer to pick up just let us know before shipping and we will hold it for you.


There are still a few members that have yet to pick up their shipments. Like I said above, discounted shipping still applies if you'd rather not pick up at this time. We can also hold your shipment as long as you ask or, even better, bring a picnic, pick up your wines and enjoy them on our beautiful grounds.

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Featured Wines and Discounts
We have extended these discounts until the end of June so make sure you take advantage!



Pickup Discount ($5 dollars off)

Featured Grand Island Vineyards Wines

This vineyard block has created some of our favorite red wines over the last three vintage.  This red wine is dark plum colored.  It opens with fresh bing cherry, fresh ground coffee, and a hint of angelica.  As the wine continues to open it displays sensuos notes blueberry, fine chocolate, and dried chili pepper.  The mouthfeel is luscious with ripe fruit and earthy characters all the way to the sweet oak and baking spice finish.  We highly recommend giving this 100% Merlot from block 2 a try.  
This wine pours a pale yellow with a hint of green in the meniscus.  The initial nose is classic riesling with stone fruit, jasmine blossom, and a hint of diesel.  As the wine opens a melange of tropical fruit interplay with crushed granite notes.  This riesling is completely dry and highlights the racy acidity the varietal is known for while maintaining a round mouthfeel.