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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Pruning Starts Up Slowly

The vineyard crew finished long pruning and tying all of the vines in our Maple Woods vineyard last week. Next week, they will work on one block of Edelweiss at Tassel Ridge to get it long pruned and tied up on the trellis. We are “long pruning” at this point. What this means is that we focus […]

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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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