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Winemaking and Bottling are the Focus of Our Cellar Team

Last week, the cellar team started another batch of Red, White, & Blue®. They also racked our American Steuben off yeast. That means that the Steuben was moved from the tank it was fermented in to another clean tank. The remaining sediment at the bottom of the fermentation tank was washed out and the fermentation tank […]

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Star Spangled White® Bottled Last Week

We bottled about 650 cases of Star Spangled White® last week. This wine is very well balanced and the pineapple and pear that is common to Edelweiss comes through on the nose. The cellar is especially clean at this time, so the cellar team took advantage of the nice weather last week to begin cleaning […]

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Fining, Racking, and Bottling Occupy Cellar Team

The cellar team fined a large batch of Concord wine and we expect to rack it on February 24. That means that the wine will be moved from one tank to another, leaving behind any sediments, dead yeast cells, etc. The tank we fined the wine in will be carefully cleaned and readied for another batch […]

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Vineyard Team is Assembling to Start Pruning on February 27

Adam, our Vineyard Manager, is getting the final maintenance tasks taken care of. He is also hand pruning the new Maple Woods vineyard so that the trunks are straight and each vine has two arms at the high wire. This is particularly important because we will start machine pruning these vines as early as 2018 and […]

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Cellar is Focused on Bottling in the Winter

We bottled 2016 Iowa White Blossom on February 1. The 2016 vintage is very fruit forward and it filled the cellar with tropical and citrus fruit aromas. The 2016 Iowa White Blossom is a reminder that Mother Nature has a lot to contribute to how flavorful our wines really are. Our Edelweiss vines are maturing and […]

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Final Maintenance Jobs are Being Completed Before Pruning Starts February 27

Adam, our Vineyard Manager, is getting the final maintenance tasks done now before we start pruning on February 27. That includes work on some equipment (there is always something that needs attention) like electrical pruners, fixing a leaking cylinder on our harvester, repairing (or maybe replacing) the dash display on one of our tractors, and […]

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New 2016 Wines are Ready for Tasting

Our cellar team has been hard at work bottling new wines from the 2016 harvest. The following wines have been bottled and released for sale: 2016 Iowa Edelweiss 2016 Iowa Brianna 2016 Iowa Steuben We hold back most wines for at least 3–4 weeks in order to allow them to recover from bottle shock. We can […]

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Last Bottling Run of 2016 was Iowa Steuben

In our last bottling run of 2016, we bottled 2016 Iowa Steuben. The amount of wine was limited by the fruit we harvested, but we think the berry flavors, complemented by a nice hint of cinnamon on the finish, will make this wine a great complement to spicy foods or it will be very nice […]

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Improvements for the Vineyard Being Implemented in 2017

Our Vineyard Manager, Adam Nunnikhoven, is working on implementing several improvements for our vineyard operations in 2017. We are trying out a tying machine that will be used on the vines. It applies a bio-degradable tie that secures the vine for a year or two without risking girdling the trunk or cane. We want to […]

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Iowa Brianna Bottled; Iowa Steuben will be Bottled This Week

Iowa Brianna was bottled last week. This is a fruit forward wine with pear, kiwi, and other tropical notes. During filtration, the cellar was filled with a wonderful aroma. We hope to release this wine in January as soon as it recovers from bottle shock. We will bottle Iowa Steuben on Wednesday, December 21. At […]

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