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Last Week We Bottled Oskyfizzante® Cranberry, the Hard Way!

Last week, the cellar team bottled Oskyfizzante Cranberry. This is a carbonated wine that has a rosy color in the glass and a wonderful cranberry note on the nose. The “fizzies” are bottled by hand and this is definitely not a process for the faint of heart or weak of arm. The carbonated wines can […]

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Creating Quality Tassel Ridge® Wines

Usually most anything worthwhile has a “back story” with a lot of behind-the-scenes effort happening. Quality wines at Tassel Ridge Winery are no exception. When growing the grapes that produce the wines, one of the first actions in the growing process involves pruning. “Vines are pruned to encourage quality grapes and support a healthy vine,” […]

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Vineyard Crew Working to Get Pruning Done This Week

The vineyard crew is working hard to finish short pruning at Tassel Ridge this week. Given the weather forecast, they will be working between storms. All varieties are starting to leaf out. Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t have a hard freeze now. Assuming they can finish at Tassel Ridge vineyard, they will also […]

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Cellar Bottled Iowa Candleglow® White Last Week and Oskyfizzante® Cranberry This Week

The Cellar Team bottled Iowa Candleglow White last week. This is our new dry white blend that is growing in popularity. This week we will bottle Oskyfizzante Cranberry. This is a seasonal wine that we will put on sale in October. We are fermenting a batch of Red, White, & Blue® and the Blackberry Wine […]

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The Vineyard Crew is Working Hard to Get All Short Pruning Done

Our vineyard crew is working at flank speed short pruning vines. That leaves us very exposed if we have a hard frost. But, while the buds are swelling, we have not gotten to bud-break yet. The vines come out of dormancy in a consistent manner with sap flowing up into the trunk and cordons as […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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