November 21, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Bob Forsberg led the flag salute.
Matthew R. moved and Bob F. seconded acceptance of minutes for November 14. Motion carried.
Kevin “found” volunteers for the:
- Nominating Committee: George B. and Randy J.
- Audit Committee: Lindsey SW. and Andrew M.
- Budget Committee: Julie H. and Beth R.
Thank you for volunteering!
Matthew R. moved and John B. seconded sending the PABA letter to the NPS. Motion carried.
Andrew M. suggested that a Press Release be sent to the PDN and KONP.
Representatives from the Noon Kiwanis were present to sell nuts and Soroptimists sang out their hearts to advertise their coupon book.
Don Corson, Camaraderie Cellars presented an informational and humorous history of grape growing, harvesting and distributing the final product. All their grapes come from Eastern Washington and go through a three year process for the vine to the bottle on the shelf. They use 37 tons of grapes even though it is getting harder to get pickers. Corson said he has been interested in wines for many years and has seen the number of state wineries go from 50 to 900. The State is the second largest producer of premium wines in the United States. The Cellar’s wine club features a variety of wines each year. The number of distributors has gone down in size, even though they have grown in size. The state is a small market with 4 controlling 60% of the market. He said he is constantly looking at his business as it grows smaller. he now buys 54 tons of grapes which is down for the 74 tons he used to buy. He likes to concentrate on supporting local groups, in fact the wine he developed for OMC just won a double gold ribbon. he goes through Total Wines and Spirits and a distributor in Texas to handle most of his sales. He described, with a little humor, his feelings of the lack of finding a market in Canada. His aim is to still bring to the World excellence at a fair price; support of local groups, provide a local play to enjoy wine and camaraderie and present a variety of wine meant to go with food. Don said 85% of the wine purchased is consumed within 90 minutes!! The one thing he has to face is consolidation in an Amazon world. Don feels Port Angeles is missing out by not advertising more than the Park. PA has a definite lifestyle, and hospitality. He reminded the group to take the few minutes it might take to welcome and courteous to tourists, to a stranger. Make their memories of Port Angeles important. You might have to be careful at times, BUT BE NICE! “Bring excellence to the world.” Port Angeles residents need to remember what they have here; the schools, the College, the beauty, etc. Vote for school bond and levy issues. VOTE. Be a model to others.
Q & A:
A: Much of it is made from local wood and done by local craftsmen.
Q: Climate change?
A: Changes in California see people moving north. Prices of grapes, in Napa Valley especially, have gone from $2,500 a ton, to $5,000 – $10,000 a ton.
Q: Use of the winery?
A: Not a venue but a winery. Permits do not allow rental and varied uses. “Besides, we live there.”
Q: Corks and packaging.
A: Wine doesn’t have to be in a bottle. Cans and satchels. But, bottles need a cork even though the price of corks has gone up. Plastic and screw caps are not easily recycled. They get their bottles from China and France, etc. Corks from Spain, Portugal and Morocco, and barrels from the US and several Balkan countries.
“POP A CORK, CREATE A MEMORY!”
Nov 28: Carol Johnson, NOTAC
Dec 5: PA School District Representatives on Feb. Levy
Dec 12: PABA Christmas Party
Dec 26: No meeting.
Jan 2: No meeting.
Jan 9: No meeting. Join PABA/Chamber Luncheon on Jan 10.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.