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Harvest is Now Finished; Work Shifts to Clean-Up and Repairs

We finished up harvest with our Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge Winery on Monday, September 19. Our photographer used his drone to capture some great harvest photos. We will have video to show you how it all looks from the air. Last week, we harvested the Steuben, La Crescent, Marquette, Frontenac, and finished up the St. […]

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Tassel Ridge is Looking for Ambassadors to Conduct Wine Tastings in Our Retailers

Tassel Ridge Winery is looking for Ambassadors to conduct two to three tastings per week at our retailers. The training of our Ambassadors starts with a 4-hour training session at the Winery and continues with two actual tastings conducted under the leadership of one of our sales reps or an experienced Ambassador. After the training, the Ambassadors […]

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Tassel Ridge Vineyard Team is Hard at Work Harvesting Grapes

Over the Labor Day weekend, the vineyard team harvested 44.3 tons of Edelweiss at the Tassel Ridge vineyard. These grapes will be used to make Iowa White Blossom, Iowa Edelweiss, Star Spangled White®, and Oskyfizzante® Iowa White. We now have harvested almost all of the grapes that will be used to make white wines. These […]

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Crushing, Cold Settling, and Starting Fermentations Occupies Our Cellar Team

The cellar team starts their mornings very early to assure that the fruit is cool when it arrives at the crush pad. Fortunately, the bees and little bugs sleep in, so by starting early, we can avoid most of these headaches. LaCrosse is one grape we’ve already harvested. The LaCrosse we’ve grown in our vineyards […]

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Cellar Team Crushed Brianna Last Week, Plans to Crush LaCrosse and Edelweiss This Week

Last Tuesday, the Cellar Team crushed and pressed 14.6 tons of Brianna. About 1/3 was grown at Tassel Ridge and the rest was purchased from local growers. It was the best Brianna we’ve ever crushed. Aromas and flavors were outstanding. They expect to start the fermentation this week. They plan to crush and press the […]

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Sit in the Cab of the Grape Harvester and Watch Brianna Grapes Being Harvested

Sit in the cab of the Grape Harvester at Tassel Ridge Vineyard as we harvest Brianna on Tuesday, August 23. Fruit quality is outstanding this year. And, the total yield was an astounding eight tons per acre! This translates to about 26 pounds per vine or 1600 pounds per 500 foot row. This means that we could fill the […]

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Harvest Started with Brianna Last Week and Will Continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent

We started hand picking Brianna last week and will continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent. These grapes will be frozen and then used in making Iowa Prairie Snow®. We expect to move next to machine harvested Brianna. All other white varieties will be tested for Total Acidity, pH, and sugar level in degrees Brix […]

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Cellar Team is Ready for Harvested Grapes

Sometime this week, machine harvested grapes will start to arrive at the Winery. If the grapes will be used to make a white or rosé wine, they will be crushed and then pressed. The juice will be pumped into tanks for fermentation. If the grapes will be used to make a red wine, they will […]

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All Grape Varieties are Moving Towards Ripeness

All of our grape varieties are now ripening. The acid levels are starting to decrease and sugar levels are growing. The grapes are becoming very flavorful, however, they are still high in acidity. The color of the grapes has changed. White grapes have become somewhat translucent and golden whereas the red or purple grapes take […]

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Get a Close-Up Look at Several Grape Varieties Right at the Front of the Winery

We’ve planted one each of most of the grape varieties we grow in our vineyards right in front of the Winery. You are welcome to look them over carefully and then when the grapes are ripe, taste them for yourselves. Each vine is labeled with its name and hybrid composition. Then, come in to the […]

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