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March is Iowa Wine Month

Governor Branstad declared March 2015 Iowa Wine Month. Celebrate Iowa Wine Month by coming out to Tassel Ridge Winery for a tour, to taste our wine, visit our gift shop, or just to sit and enjoy a glass of wine for an hour or so with a friend in our greenhouse. The weather has warmed up […]

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The Cellar Bottles and Bottles and Bottles More Wine!

The Cellar Team attended to the final details for the next batch of Cranberry Wine and then got it filtered and bottled. This batch has a big cranberry nose and while it is very smooth on the palate, it has the cranberry punch on the finish that we like. They made some adjustments to the […]

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Pruning Our Vines Continues

Now that we understand how efficiently we will be able to prune with our V-Mech pruning system and also because of the recent high temperatures, we have shifted our vineyard crew to work on getting Meadowcreek and Newport Lane Vineyards ready for the V-Mech. That translates to tying vines up and making sure that the […]

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Steuben is an Easy-Drinking Rosé with a Spicy Finish

Steuben is a light, fruity, semi-sweet, easy-drinking rosé with cherry and apple notes and just a hint of cinnamon on the nose and cherry and apple flavors on the palate with a slightly spicy, tangy finish. Made entirely from Steuben grapes, Steuben is perfect as an aperitif or try with an Asian stir-fry or chicken […]

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2015 Pruning Season has Started at Tassel Ridge

Pruning has started in the Tassel Ridge Vineyards. Work started in our Marquette and La Crescent vines at Meadowcreek. We got a small start on some nice days in early February and then winter returned. We started back up about ten days ago when the weather started to improve AND our V-Mech mechanical pruner arrived. […]

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Cellar Team Works on Red, White, & Blue® and Bottles Two Wines Last Week

This is the time of year that we are receiving regular shipments of Concord and Catawba juice. Because of the weather, it is pretty cold when it arrives so we have to let it warm up before we can inoculate the juice with yeast to start the fermentation. The Winery will smell very “grapey” when […]

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Tassel Ridge Winery Named Vineyard of the Year by Iowa Wine Growers Association

In a presentation at the 2015 Iowa Wine Growers Association Conference, Tassel Ridge Winery was named 2014 Vineyard of the Year by the Association. In presenting the award to Adam Nunnikhoven, Tassel Ridge Vineyard Manager, Mike White of ISU Extension noted that Tassel Ridge has consistently made its vineyards available for educational tours and programs […]

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The Cellar Team Continues Works on Final Steps in Making Several Wines

Our cellar team bottled the 2014 La Crescent on Wednesday.  This vintage is very aromatic with pronounced grapefruit aromas and flavors.  It has crisp acidity that will make it very attractive in combination with food. We bottled one more batch of Oskyfizzante® Cranberry. We are cold stabilizing our first batch of Red, White, & Blue® for this season.  Cold stabilization involves […]

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Recent Snowfall is Both Good and Bad News for the Vineyard

Our recent snow days left about 12 inches of snow in our vineyards.  Although the result was beautiful as you can see from these photos, it brought good news and bad news. The good news is that the vines now have some insulation in the event air temperatures drop below 0°F.  It is hard to […]

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Oskyfizzante® Pink is a Sweet Fizzy Wine with Great Flavors

Oskyfizzante® Pink is a refreshing, sweet, fizzy wine that is perfect for Valentine’s Day celebrations. It has tropical fruit aromas including pineapple and lychee followed by green apple and citrus on the palate. Drink Oskyfizzante Pink with spicy appetizers or with dinner. Serve chilled. Oskyfizzante Pink is priced at $14.00 per 750 ml bottle plus tax and bottle deposit.

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