FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cheryl Lubbert, Nashi Orchards
Nashi Orchards Celebrates the Opening of their Winery and Release of their
First Asian Pear Perry
Vashon Island, WA, April 17, 2014 — Nashi Orchards, located on beautiful Vashon
Island near Seattle, opens their winery with the release of their of Chojuro Blend Asian Pear
Perry. After years of cultivating their Asian pear orchard and fine-tuning their wine making
skills, owners Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert, decided to share their passion
for fine handcrafted Perry.
Perry, made for centuries in England and France, is similar to hard apple cider; but
perry is fermented from pears. Asian Pears, also known as nashi, are native to Japan and other Asian countries and are crisp, sweet and juicy. There are numerous cultivars of Asian pear including Chojuro, featured in the Chojuro Blend. This Asian pear variety is known for its
distinctive rum flavor and honey-orange color skin. Jim and Cheryl’s fruit is only harvested at the peak of ripeness and fermentation is carefully controlled to preserve the natural flavor and sweetness of the fruit. No additional sugars or flavorings are added to mask the delicate, nuanced flavor of the Nashi Orchards Asian Pear Perry.
“Nashi Orchards’ Chojuro Blend has a floral aroma, is lightly effervescent and exhibits
flavors of bright summer fruit and pear and has a clean, refreshing finish,” said Jim Gerlach,
co-owner and Perrymaker. “We work very hard to manage our soil and the conditions of our trees to be sure to embody the essence of flavor from the land in every
blend and in every bottle.”
Nashi Orchards’ Perry is unfiltered, unpasteurized and gluten-free. Consummate
foodies, Jim and Cheryl suggest the Perry be served as an aperitif or with Northwest oysters,
halibut or poultry. Available in Washington state, Nashi Orchards Perry can be purchased directly from the Orchard or on Vashon Island at Minglement, Vashon Thriftway and Express Cuisine and in Seattle at Full Throttle Bottle, Leschi Market, Beer Junction, Bottle House and Marjorie Restaurant.
Jim Gerlach, a registered landscape architect, has a passion for plants, his orchard, their dogs, sheep and, of course, wine-making. By understanding the optimal way to support the trees in producing the most flavorful fruit, he is able to produce the highest
quality and most flavorful Perry.
About Nashi Orchards
The Nashi Orchards winery is located on Vashon Island near Seattle, where it is a part of a growing community of committed producers of artisanal foods, wines and spirits. The orchard was established in the early 1980s when its original owners transplanted the most promising Asian pear varieties from a trial orchard. New owners, Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert have completed significant renovations over the last few years to increase the health and productivity of the trees. Nashi Orchards LLC was formally established in 2011 and approved as a bonded winery in the fall of 2013. Join Nashi Orchards in their passionate pursuit of delicious libations with a private orchard tour and tasting by appointment. Contact us with retail or wholesale requests at 206-463-0358 and follow us on Facebook, Nashi Orchards or on Twitter @Nashi_Orchards.