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Cellar Team Crushed Brianna Last Week, Plans to Crush LaCrosse and Edelweiss This Week

Last Tuesday, the Cellar Team crushed and pressed 14.6 tons of Brianna. About 1/3 was grown at Tassel Ridge and the rest was purchased from local growers. It was the best Brianna we’ve ever crushed. Aromas and flavors were outstanding. They expect to start the fermentation this week. They plan to crush and press the […]

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Sit in the Cab of the Grape Harvester and Watch Brianna Grapes Being Harvested

Sit in the cab of the Grape Harvester at Tassel Ridge Vineyard as we harvest Brianna on Tuesday, August 23. Fruit quality is outstanding this year. And, the total yield was an astounding eight tons per acre! This translates to about 26 pounds per vine or 1600 pounds per 500 foot row. This means that we could fill the […]

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Harvest Started with Brianna Last Week and Will Continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent

We started hand picking Brianna last week and will continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent. These grapes will be frozen and then used in making Iowa Prairie Snow®. We expect to move next to machine harvested Brianna. All other white varieties will be tested for Total Acidity, pH, and sugar level in degrees Brix […]

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Cellar Team is Ready for Harvested Grapes

Sometime this week, machine harvested grapes will start to arrive at the Winery. If the grapes will be used to make a white or rosé wine, they will be crushed and then pressed. The juice will be pumped into tanks for fermentation. If the grapes will be used to make a red wine, they will […]

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All Grape Varieties are Moving Towards Ripeness

All of our grape varieties are now ripening. The acid levels are starting to decrease and sugar levels are growing. The grapes are becoming very flavorful, however, they are still high in acidity. The color of the grapes has changed. White grapes have become somewhat translucent and golden whereas the red or purple grapes take […]

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Get a Close-Up Look at Several Grape Varieties Right at the Front of the Winery

We’ve planted one each of most of the grape varieties we grow in our vineyards right in front of the Winery. You are welcome to look them over carefully and then when the grapes are ripe, taste them for yourselves. Each vine is labeled with its name and hybrid composition. Then, come in to the […]

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Cellar Team is Getting Ready for Harvest

In the two to three weeks that remain before harvest, the cellar crew works hard to finish up any remaining bottling, get the cellar spic and span, and then do any preventative maintenance on cellar equipment that will be used during harvest. This week, we will be bottling one of the last Red, White, & […]

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All Grape Varieties are Nearly Through Veraison

All of our grape varieties are nearly finished with Veraison. Veraison is when the grapes stop growing and start ripening. The acid levels start to decrease and sugar levels grow. The color of the grapes starts to change. White grapes usually become somewhat translucent and golden whereas the red or purple grapes take on the color […]

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Veraison is Just Starting in Our Vineyards

The big news in our vineyards this week is that the grapes have started veraison. Veraison is when the grapes stop growing and start ripening. The acid levels start to decrease and sugar levels grow. The color of the grapes starts to change. White grapes usually become somewhat translucent and golden whereas the red or […]

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Pre-Harvest Maintenance is Now the Objective

Recent rains make spraying of fungicide essential. We are spraying almost every morning this week when there is no wind. We will be doing lots of routine maintenance in the vineyards. Mowing is almost a continuous task when it is raining regularly. And after wind storms, we move through each vineyard re-tying vines that have […]

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