Action in the Cellar

Red, White, & Blue® Bottling is Now Our Focus

Last week the cellar team bottled Red, White, & Blue and will bottle an additional batch this week. Our cross flow filter is still producing great results, but it is running slower than in the recent past. We are gathering information on how to fix it. We are also working on details that are essential […]

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Our Cellar Crew Bottled Star Spangled White®

The cellar team bottled 772 cases of Star Spangled White®, our very popular sweet wine.  This wine has prominent pineapple and tropical fruit flavors. We detected some spice notes on the nice, long finish this year. About ten days ago, Jonita, our Cellar Specialist, conducted a white wine blending event for members of the Harvest Club. Everyone […]

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Winemaking and Bottling are the Focus of Our Cellar Team

Last week, the cellar team started another batch of Red, White, & Blue®. They also racked our American Steuben off yeast. That means that the Steuben was moved from the tank it was fermented in to another clean tank. The remaining sediment at the bottom of the fermentation tank was washed out and the fermentation tank […]

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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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