As 2008 comes to an end, I thought about all the great things that we have done as a wine company this year. I’ll remember 2008 as a year of transformation for Pacific Rim as well as a year of great successes.
This year saw many new wine births and one resurrection. We have started mid year with the launch of our 2007 Single Vineyard series for which we have received so many accolades. We are all humble by the overwhelming reception:
- Riesling Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic (certified Demeter): 93 WE, 90 WS, Top 100 wines of 2008 WE, Top 100 wines of 2008 SF Chronicle. A fantastic wine and our first Biodynamic effort in Washington
- Riesling Solstice Vineyard: 92 WE, 90 WS. A gem of a wine from a great Yakima Valley site
- Riesling Wallula Vineyard: 90 WE. A great wine at a great price expressing the classic Washington characteristics
- Riesling Vin De Glaciere:89 IWC. This is our best Vin De Glaciere to date, refreshing, lively, a pearl.
- Riesling Dauenhaur Vineyard: Great Kabinett style from the Willamette Valley produced in small quantities
We are finishing the year with a few other precious new wines from the 2008 harvest ready to market in 2009: A Riesling made from Organic grapes (sl off dry style), a sparkling Riesling from Selenium Vineyard and the famous Framboise (that would be the resurrection of the year). All of those great new wines should be coming out sometime during the first quarter of 2009. Congratulation to all our staff and partners for growing the grapes, making the wines, developing great packaging and of course providing a way to get it to our consumers. All those wines are stunning and will keep showing Pacific Rim’s commitment to quality.
2008 has also been a year where our position as a Riesling leader in the world has been reinforced greatly. We have received an incredible amount of fantastic third party recognition for our Sweet Riesling (89 WS and one of the top 20 wines under $40 for 2008 for the SF Chronicle) and our Dry Riesling (too many medals to mention). We also were invited to many event to talk about Riesling or just to represent the Riesling community at large. May be more important is the amazing success of our Riesling Rules book, our contribution to the Riesling world.
This year we also have welcomed a few more folks on our staff. A special thank you to them for joining our growing company: Steve, Debbie, Irene and Tom, all good looking folks, all in sales. Our company is so much stronger with you four on board.
Beyond making great wines, getting tons of press and welcoming some key staff in 2008, we also did some great work internally to make sure we can stay the innovative company the we are. We’ve been hit by many cost increases this year forcing us to look deeper at our costs and we have been able in many cases to mitigate inflation in some manners. We also have relied heavily on optimizing our information technology tools and we will keep pushing in this area in order to provide great service to everyone and keep our costs in line.
All in all a challenging but rewarding year for Pacific Rim. I am very bullish for 2009 even if the current economic environment is less so. We will keep making great Riesling and keep exploring new ways to make you all discover how great this varietal is.
Thank you for your support