Daily Archives: February 11, 2010

A seventh winery takes shape on Bainbridge

For decades there was Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery.

Then, a few years ago, came Eleven. And then, starting in 2007, came Perennial Vintners, Eagle Harbor Wine Company, Victor Alexander, Rolling Bay Winery…and now Fletcher Bay Winery.

Here’s what Fletcher Bay has to say about itself:

“Fletcher Bay Winery specializes in producing quality, rich and full bodied red wines by using only the best quality grapes from the best vineyards in Walla Walla and the Yakima Valley. In 2009, the winery introduced a Pinot Grigio white wine made with late harvest grapes from the Yakima Valley. In addition, the winery produces a few fruit wines made from freshly picked berries and apples grown locally on the Island.”

The first batch of reds are scheduled to go on sale sometime this month.

A few of the island’s wineries are planning a package deal for Valentine’s Day that pairs chocolate with wines. Find out more about by clicking here.

By the way, if you’re thinking of starting your own winery, take note that the names of Bainbridge bodies of water are being trademarked fast. Eagle Harbor, Fletcher Bay and Rolling Bay are out. Manzanita Bay, Murden Cove, Madison Bay and Blakely Harbor are still up for grabs.

Details on city budget cuts will have to wait

Details on how the City Council plans to make an estimated $1 million worth of budget cuts will have to wait until the end of the month.

The council, which was scheduled on Wednesday to delve into the specifics of where reductions would be made, opted to wait until more information is available.

Mayor Bob Scales said several department heads were on vacation, making it difficult to get answers about how proposed cuts to the 2010 budget would impact city services.

The council indicated they’d like to explore cuts to the police and information technology departments, and that trimming support for community groups won’t come easy.

For more, head over here.