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Vine Planting Starts This Week

The vineyard crew started planting vines at Maple Woods on Monday. This involves drilling a 12-inch diameter hole about four feet deep with an auger. The person doing the planting kneels down and partially fills the hole with the dirt. He or she sets the extensive root system on top of the loosely pack dirt […]

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4,000 Rooted Cuttings Arrive This Week for This Year’s Planting

We expect to receive 4,000 rooted cuttings this week. Some are replacements for vines that died or developed other problems. We are adding to our Foch plantings and have removed Frontenac to provide space for them. We have more Frontenac than we need. About 2/3 of these vines will be used in new vineyard rows. […]

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Vineyard Crew Finishes Up Short Pruning Vines This Week and Gets Ready to Start Planting New Vines

The Vineyard Crew is finishing up the short pruning of Sabrevois, St. Croix, St. Pepin, and LaCrosse. They will start mowing in order to cut up the wood that has been pruned from the vines and to clean up the rapidly growing grass. They will also continue spraying fungicide. They will be planting 4,000 new vines this […]

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Creating Quality Tassel Ridge® Wines

Usually most anything worthwhile has a “back story” with a lot of behind-the-scenes effort happening. Quality wines at Tassel Ridge Winery are no exception. When growing the grapes that produce the wines, one of the first actions in the growing process involves pruning. “Vines are pruned to encourage quality grapes and support a healthy vine,” […]

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Vineyard Crew Working to Get Pruning Done This Week

The vineyard crew is working hard to finish short pruning at Tassel Ridge this week. Given the weather forecast, they will be working between storms. All varieties are starting to leaf out. Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t have a hard freeze now. Assuming they can finish at Tassel Ridge vineyard, they will also […]

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The Vineyard Crew is Working Hard to Get All Short Pruning Done

Our vineyard crew is working at flank speed short pruning vines. That leaves us very exposed if we have a hard frost. But, while the buds are swelling, we have not gotten to bud-break yet. The vines come out of dormancy in a consistent manner with sap flowing up into the trunk and cordons as […]

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Work in the Cellar Includes Planning to Assure We Will Have Enough of Each Wine to Meet Demand

Last week, our cellar team bottled American Pink Catawba. It has tropical fruit notes and a mouth-feel and finish that make this wine very satisfying. The work in the cellar is not all wine making and bottling. At this time of year, we experience a seasonal pick-up in wholesale wine sales. Lew, our Cellar Technician, […]

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Vineyard Pruning Along with Spraying of Fungicide and Herbicide Continues

Last week’s wet weather allowed work in the vineyard on just two days. However, we got one of our four vineyards sprayed with Sulforix and more of the long pruning complete. This week, we will mechanically prune all of the Tassel Ridge vineyard. We’ll continue spraying herbicide under the vines and will use our Weed […]

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Long Pruning Continues While Weed Removal and Sulfur Spraying Continue as Weather Permits

The vineyard crew continues to long-prune, remove weeds with the weed badger, and spray herbicide under the vines, all while working around the weather. They will also start spraying sulfur on the trunks and cordons of the vines as soon as it dries out a bit. In addition, there is continual maintenance. This week we […]

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We Continue with Mechanical Pruning

The weather last week was not conducive to much outdoor work. Nonetheless, we made progress in long pruning Frontenac, St. Croix, and Marquette at both Newport Lane and Meadowcreek. This week, we will tighten the trellis wires at Tassel Ridge and then start mechanical pruning. We will also start a major effort at cleaning up […]

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