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Harvest Began Monday, August 17

We began harvesting Brianna on Monday, August 17 and the harvest of Edelweiss won’t be far behind. Our Brianna will be used to make a semi-sweet white wine. We only have about 0.6 acres of Brianna so we expect to harvest only about 1,800 pounds of Brianna. The Edelweiss is another matter. We have 17 […]

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Cellar Work Shifts to Getting Prepared for Harvest and Crush

The cellar team finished the last run of bottling for the season last Wednesday. We set a record for Tassel Ridge Winery by bottling almost 16,000 cases for the year. Our next bottling run will be in late October when we bottle the 2015 Iowa Nouveau. So, we shifted focus and started moving crush pad […]

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We Are Netting Our Marquette Grapes

During the past week, we’ve concentrated on getting our Marquette grapes netted. This turned out to be a much bigger job than we realized. Three people spent three full days getting this important job done. They actually installed eleven miles of netting! Vineyard Manager, Adam Nunnikhoven, guides netting into place over the vines. Another worker […]

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One More Batch of Red, White, & Blue® and the Tanks are Almost All Empty

On Wednesday, August 5, the Cellar Team will bottle the last batch of Red, White, & Blue® with help from the Tasting Room staff. This will leave all but one tank empty and the cellar ready for harvest! This is the first time that so many of our tanks have been empty as we approach […]

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All Grape Varieties Are in Veraison Now

All of our grape varieties are in veraison now. That means that all varieties are in the final stage of development before harvest where they change color from a milky green to either red or yellowish-green depending on the variety. They are also starting to produce sugar which we will use to provide the fuel […]

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Vineyard Crew Plants Last Vines of the Season, Sprays Fungicide and Herbicide, and Removes Suckers from Vines

Working in the vineyard during the last couple of weeks has required the crew to dodge a lot of rain drops. Rain in Iowa is usually accompanied by lightning and that makes a vineyard, with its miles of trellis wire, an extremely dangerous place to be. On dry days, the vineyard crew has been planting Steuben […]

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Vineyard Crew Plants Last Vines of the Season, Sprays Fungicide, and Removes Suckers from Vines

We just received our rooted cuttings of Steuben and will plant these vines over the next two weeks. Steuben is a Vitis labrusca variety that is difficult to grow in most climates and really marginal in Iowa. But the grapes make a very nice sweet rosé wine that is very popular for its spicy finish, […]

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Vineyard Crew is Planting Vines, Spraying, and Mowing

We are a little more than half way done with the planting of vines this season and are going to take a breather from planting early this week to spray herbicide and mow. If time permits, we are going to also finish pruning the Foch that got such a late start this year. One of […]

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Vineyard Crew is Planting Vines and, Weather Permitting, Spraying

We got about one inch of rain on Saturday and a little less on Monday and because our vineyards are all well drained, this is all good as far as we are concerned. Of course, good drainage requires constant maintenance just like everything else does. In fact, we have one tile that is backing up […]

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Cellar Crew Makes Red, White, & Blue®, American Pink Catawba, Blackberry Wine, and 2013 Iowa Marquette

While the Cellar Team focuses on Red, White, & Blue® this time of year, they are also working on batches of American Pink Catawba, Blackberry Wine, 2013 Iowa Marquette, and a new blend of Robert Duncan. These wines will all be bottled before we start harvest. The 2013 Iowa Marquette and the Robert Duncan will […]

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