Action in the Cellar

Star Spangled White® Bottled Last Week

We bottled about 650 cases of Star Spangled White® last week. This wine is very well balanced and the pineapple and pear that is common to Edelweiss comes through on the nose. The cellar is especially clean at this time, so the cellar team took advantage of the nice weather last week to begin cleaning […]

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Fining, Racking, and Bottling Occupy Cellar Team

The cellar team fined a large batch of Concord wine and we expect to rack it on February 24. That means that the wine will be moved from one tank to another, leaving behind any sediments, dead yeast cells, etc. The tank we fined the wine in will be carefully cleaned and readied for another batch […]

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Cellar is Focused on Bottling in the Winter

We bottled 2016 Iowa White Blossom on February 1. The 2016 vintage is very fruit forward and it filled the cellar with tropical and citrus fruit aromas. The 2016 Iowa White Blossom is a reminder that Mother Nature has a lot to contribute to how flavorful our wines really are. Our Edelweiss vines are maturing and […]

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Last Bottling Run of 2016 was Iowa Steuben

In our last bottling run of 2016, we bottled 2016 Iowa Steuben. The amount of wine was limited by the fruit we harvested, but we think the berry flavors, complemented by a nice hint of cinnamon on the finish, will make this wine a great complement to spicy foods or it will be very nice […]

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Iowa Brianna Bottled; Iowa Steuben will be Bottled This Week

Iowa Brianna was bottled last week. This is a fruit forward wine with pear, kiwi, and other tropical notes. During filtration, the cellar was filled with a wonderful aroma. We hope to release this wine in January as soon as it recovers from bottle shock. We will bottle Iowa Steuben on Wednesday, December 21. At […]

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Bottling is Now the Objective of the Cellar Team

We bottled the 2016 Iowa Edelweiss last Wednesday. The machinery did not cooperate this time and while we got the job done, it was an ordeal. Everyone is pleased that the wine is outstanding! The cellar team filtered the 2016 Iowa Brianna after cold stabilization. We will add sugar and filter again before bottling this […]

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Bottling is Now the Objective of the Cellar Team

The cellar team is still fining some of our white wines to get them stabilized and ready to bottle. Prelude is now blended. It has subtle aromas and a big fruity finish on the palate. Rockets Glare Rosé® has also been blended and we are starting to cold stabilize it this week. Iowa Prairie Snow® […]

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Cellar Team Begins Bottling 2016 Wine

We bottled the 2016 Iowa Nouveau last week. This is our first wine of the season. It is very fruity with cherry, blackberry, and a bit of plum. The color is garnet or brick red. The wine is smooth on the palate while still crisp. Plan to drink this wine while it is fresh and […]

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Bottling Starts This Week; Other Cellar Work Focuses on Getting White Wines Ready to Bottle

The first wine we will bottle this season is Oskyfizzante® Pink. This wine was made last spring but we ran out of time to bottle it before harvest started. This wine is bursting with flavor and the color is brilliant. We began carbonation last week and will begin bottling this week. We are cold stabilizing […]

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All Fermentations are Now Complete; 2016 Iowa Nouveau is the Next Priority

The cellar team has now finished all of the fermentations. They are shifting their attention to making the final blend on the 2016 Iowa Nouveau and getting some of the white wines ready for bottling in November. They will also be bottling Oskyfizzante® Pink. This is a time-consuming process because we use a four spout […]

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