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Nashi Orchards Tasting Room Re-opening April 3rd

Nashi Orchards Tasting Room Re-opening April 3rd
 
Vashon, WA – March 30, 2021 – Nashi Orchards, producer of award winning perry and cider,  announced the re-opening of their tasting room after closing in November in response to the rising cases of COVID-19.  Their Nashi North tasting room originally opened in July 2019 and is located near Vashon town at 107th and Cove Road.
 
While the tasting room was closed, the work of producing perry and cider never stopped. Co-owner and cidermaker, Jim Gerlach has produced numerous new blends that will be available in the coming months while popular favorites including barrel-aged Black Swan cider, Hukari Asian pear perry, Idyll Acres cider and Porter’s Perfection are available immediately.
 
“This winter has allowed us time to focus on what is important and our visitor experience. 
The fruit we grew in 2020 was exceptional and promises to deliver a wide range of compelling beverages throughout this year”, said Gerlach.
 
In addition, to cidermaking, Gerlach planted almost 100 new trees at the 107th and Cove Road property bringing their Vashon orchard total to over 700 standard fruit trees including a new block of Kingston Black cider apples, specialty perry pears, red fleshed apples and other American heirlooms. As a Salmon-Safe certified orchard they are working to build the soil, sequester carbon and grow fruit without the addition of commercial pesticides or herbicides.
 
The tasting room offers both indoor and outdoor space for tastings. Appointments are suggested to allow for distanced service and reserve covered seating during times of inclement weather. Visitors can enjoy a cider around a new stone firepit or overlooking the pond. Another new aspect of the tasting experience is a selection of non-alcoholic apple beverages and snacks.
 
The tasting room re-opening coincides with the celebration of Hanami, the Japanese tradition of picnicking under flowering fruit trees. To bring this celebration to life, Nashi Orchards is partnering with Chef Lia of Bramble House Vashon to offer Bento Box lunches on April 10th and 11th. Lunch and orchard visits can be reserved at Nashi Orchards’ online store.
 
“While closing for the first time in 9 years was a difficult decision and adversely impacted the business, we felt it was the right thing to do for our community. April feels like an appropriate and safe time to re-open. We are excited to see people again” said co-owner, Cheryl Lubbert.
 
Nashi Orchards will resume regular tasting room hours at 16906 107th Avenue SW, Vashon. Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 pm.
 
 
About Nashi Orchards
Nashi Orchards winery is located on Vashon Island, Washington, where it is a part of a growing community of committed producers of artisanal foods, wines, and spirits. The orchard was established in the late 1970s when its original owners transplanted the most promising Asian pear varieties from a trial orchard on Maury Island. Long-time owners, Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert have completed significant renovations over the last 15 years to increase the health and productivity of the trees. Nashi Orchards was formally established in 2011 and approved as a bonded winery in 2012. Join Nashi Orchards in their passionate pursuit of delicious libations™ with a visit to their Vashon Tasting Room. Contact with retail or wholesale requests at (206) 463-0358, follow on Facebook or Instagram Nashi Orchards or on Twitter @Nashi_Orchards.
For more information: www.nashiorchards.com.