The Bridge News
February 2018 - Vol. 12
Welcome to the Bridge
Bridging all aspects of our Winery from the Vineyard, to
the Cellar, Winery Grounds, Tasting Room and beyond. Our ongoing newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with all aspects of the Winery
and our newest wine releases!

In this Edition: This month's Bridge Newsletter has tons of exciting information including news about our commitment to nature, information on new wines, particularly our new dessert wine Velluto and getting to know Winemaker David Shattuck! The Winter Wine Club shipment is just around the corner, and members are welcome to pick up their shipment during our Winter Release party on February 17th. And don't forget to check out our recent article featuring Grand Island Vineyards in Delta Living Magazine!
Vineyard News
" Certified Green " Vineyard News
by Operations Manager, Joe Salman

One of more special things about our farming business is how it interacts with the nature and how understanding this interaction can not only benefit the environment, but also benefit the vines and grapes we are growing.  There are many such examples of this, but one that I am very fond of is the symbiotic relationship between owls and vineyards. 

Besides the barn owls that live in many of our old barns and tractor sheds, we have built and erected many owl nesting boxes to increase the population.  Why have we done this?  Two reasons: one, I really think owls are a very interesting bird with many fascinating abilities. 

The other reason, I hate mice. There are large agricultural losses reach year to due to rodents, plus I just don't approve of anything entering my house without an invitation.  

My wife calls me a nerd for watching owl documentaries, but the coolest thing is I get to see them quite often, especially at night harvest.  When we are working so are they, so excuse these pictures I snapped back in September on my camera phone.

From these young screechy Barn Owls to the hooty Great Horned Owls on the end post, these fine feathered friends are awesome allies of mine and because of them and the other nature friendly tactics; Grand Island Vineyards is a Certified Green vineyard through the Lodi Wine Grape Commission and the Lodi Rules/California Rules program.

More on Certified Green in future newsletters.

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Cellar News
News from the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
By Winemaker Ed Seikel

This month was the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. Every year since 1995 the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers have worked together to bring us the largest wine industry event in North America, which happens to be right here at the Sacramento Convention Center! 

The event consists of two main parts: the trade show, and the symposium. The symposium includes the annual State of the Industry presentation as well as a wide variety of talks ranging from marketing strategies for tasting rooms to technical exhibits about grape growing. The trade show takes up all of the main show floor with the hundreds of vendor booths. The products being represented include winery software, bottles and corks, marketing material, and even full size mechanical harvesters and winery equipment such as presses for demonstrations. In fact, our press that you all read about here in the cellar news over harvest was actually picked up by the vendor and brought in to the event! David and I were very happy about that because part of the deal was that they would do the yearly deep cleaning and maintenance on it.

Overall it's a great event to meet vendors in person, ask questions and learn about new products and techniques, and network with others in the industry.

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Tasting Room
Fun Upcoming Events at Grand Island Vineyards
By Tasting Room Manager Tess Jonson

Grab your friends, your mom, your spouse or even your neighbor and join us February 2nd, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for another lively After Dark event! This month will feature the musical talents of Tressa Gaye and friends and all wines will be available by glass or by the bottle. Cheers from Grand Island Vineyards!

Don't miss out on our 2nd annual port trial on February 17th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Live music featuring the band "She Calls Him Wilson," the release of the new  Velluto dessert wine by Grand Island Vineyards, paired with sweet treats! Once again we will be voting on different Port Wines that made the initial cut and then drawing a lucky winner for a very special prize.

Wine club members will enjoy a dessert plate paired with their flight of wines, this will also be available for non wine club members for a $10 fee. See you there!

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GIV Wine Family
Say Hello to Winemaker David Shattuck

Meet the other fabulous Grand Island Winemaker David Shattuck! David has been working with partner Ed Seikel since January 2017 in creating new and wonderful Grand Island and BRIDGEHEAD wines.  David lives in Davis with wife Jamie and Bret their Shetland Sheep dog since 2003, where he graduated (from Davis) with a degree in Bio Chemistry. Before this, David lived in Livermore and Denver, Colorado.

Previous past work includes working at Lawrence Livermore Labs with many of our customers, at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale working on military lasers and then winemaker in Clarksburg. David met partner winemaker Ed in 2004 at Davis, during a recruitment weekend at Davis.

His favorite wine from Grand Island Vineyards is the newest Cab Franc (2016) and his favorite non-Grand Island wine is the Domaine Joel Delaunay Loire Sauvignon Blanc. David enjoys his wine in the process of making and eating dinner and while fishing, as he is an AVID salt water fly fisherman. David came to love Grand Island Vineyards through working with the grapes and the wine as far back as 2010 and really loved the vineyards.  Stop by and meet David if you get the chance, you'll be glad you did!

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Wine Spotlight
New Type of Wine, the BRIDGEHEAD Velluto!
By Winemaker David Shattuck
This month, we are very excited to debut a new type of wine for Grand Island Vineyards.  We are releasing our first dessert wine for Valentine's weekend and will have some blends of the next vintage to vote on as well.  

The 2016 BRIDGEHEAD Velluto is made from Petite Sirah grapes and was fortified with neutral grape spirits.  The initial aroma is a heady mixture of ripe blueberries and blackberries, earth, and cloves.  This dessert wine is pleasantly sweet with a  hint of tannin and alcohol to provide balance to the ripe fruit flavors.  The understated acidity keeps the wine finishing clean and bright with no cloying notes.  

The Velluto is the perfect finish to any evening that involves Grand Island Vineyard's wine.

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In the News!
Grand Island Featured in Delta Living Magazine
By Writer Dennis Hall - Delta Living Magazine
We are very excited about the featured article of Grand Island Vineyards in this month's Delta Living Magazine.  Writer Dennis Hall captures the heart and essence of Grand Island through photos and offers a wonderful review of the vineyards, winery and grounds. Titled Delta Bridges Honored through Wines, this article details the surrounding area and iconic bridges surrounding the Delta community.

Grand Island has long honored the Steamboat Slough Bridge through it's BRIDGEHEAD line, referring to the massive counterweight structure which was built in 1924. The bridge is seen from the tasting room and has been artistically showcased by local artist Dan Harris of Courtland.  To view this article, click here and join the celebration of the Delta community!
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Wine Club
 Winter Wine Club Release is Just Around the Corner!
Greetings from the Wine Club! Processing for shipments will begin on February 3rd, featuring our newest and first vintage of dessert wine, the Velluto which is exclusive to wine club member at this time. You can also pick up your order during our Winter Release Pick-Up Party on February 17th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and features sweet treats, supurb wine and smooth grooves with musical entertainment from the group "She Calls Him Wilson."

To enroll in the  Wine Club , or to access your existing account and customize which wines you would like to receive, please login using our  online access area . To verify your account upon signup (via Billing Information or by Email) you can do so at our online  Account Verification  page .  

All Wine Club Members get 15% off all additional bottle purchases, 20% off case purchases, access to family only wines, exclusive Members-Only parties quarterly and one free group tasting (up to 20 people) per year.  For between $35 - $45 a quarter, Members receive 3 bottles (shipped or picked up) and the ability to customize their order from our many, many wines.

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Upcoming Events 
View all events, R.S.V.P. or get tickets to Grand Island Events and Tours here!
GIV After Dark Party - Friday, February 2, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Live Music - PRICE: Free!

Join us in GIV's tasting room, during our after hours, for live music and delicious wine! Buy your favorite wine by the bottle or by the glass and enjoy the talented musicians we've chosen for the night! Starting at 5:30 p.m., the evening includes an intimate setting to enjoy Grand Island Vineyards wine, indoor and outdoor seating and live entertainment with Tressa Gaye and Friends. 
Click here  to view the event.

Winter Release Wine Club Pickup - Saturday, February 17, 2018
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Live Music - PRICE: Free!

With quarterly shipments comes the release of new wine and pick-up parties! Stop by the tasting room and enjoy live music and our new dessert wine, Velluto! This event includes live entertainment with "She Calls Him Wilson," a dessert plate that pairs perfectly with Velluto and fabulous indoor and outdoor seating.  Click here for more information on this event.

Cabernet Sauvignon Release Party - Friday, March 2nd, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Live Music - PRICE: Free!

Join us in GIV's tasting room, during our after hours, for live music and delicious wine! Buy your favorite wine by the bottle or by the glass and enjoy the talented musicians we've chosen for the night! Starting at 5:30 p.m., the evening includes an intimate setting to enjoy Grand Island Vineyards wine, indoor and outdoor seating and live entertainment with Denny James. Click here to view the event.

Visit our Online Store for Tickets and/or to RSVP
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