Newsletter Articles

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 […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Lots of Red, White, & Blue® is Being Made and Bottled to Get Ready for Spring Demand

Our cellar staff is making lots of Red, White, & Blue® and other wines that are very popular in the spring. Each week, another batch is bottled. Last week, we made a change in our bottling schedule and bottled our Iowa Prairie Snow® iced wine. Speaking of Iowa Prairie Snow, we hosted guests from Ontario, Canada last […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

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 […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Cellar Team Bottled Iowa Prairie Snow® and Red, White, & Blue® and Managed Fermentations of Two Different Wines

Last week the cellar team bottled Iowa Prairie Snow and this week they will bottle another batch of Red, White, & Blue. They are also managing fermentations of more juice for future batches of Red, White, & Blue and Blackberry Wine. The cellar team reinstalled the waste water treatment lagoon aerators and did lots of […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

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 […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

We Received Concord Juice This Week and Started Another Batch of Red, White, & Blue®

Our big task this week is to receive a new batch of Concord juice, get it up to fermentation temperature, and then start the fermentation. In addition, we are engaged in some spring cleaning in our vineyard building behind the Winery. And, we have the usual seasonal maintenance tasks, including getting our aerators installed in […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

Iowa Wines, a Graduated Cylinder, and a Beaker

What do these Iowa white wines—Brianna, Edelweiss, La Crescent, La Crosse, and St. Pepin—have in common with a graduated cylinder and a beaker? At a recent Harvest Club White Wine Blending Event, these were the components participants used to blend their own unique white wine. This Harvest Club members only event began in the lower […]

Category : Harvest Club Corner &Newsletter Articles

Better Weather This Week Allows Time for Catch-up

Last week’s weather made for challenging times in the vineyard. Temperatures were high enough only by Thursday to permit much work to be started. And, because the vineyard was still pretty wet, we couldn’t use any heavy equipment, so all work was done manually. So, this week, the vineyard crew will get the Marquette long […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

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 […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

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 […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles