Tassel Ridge Winery | Leighton, IA | 641.672.WINE (9463)

Action in the Cellar

We are Getting Oskyfizzante® Cranberry Bottled

We will finish carbonation of another batch of Oskyfizzante Cranberry and then bottle it this week. We will also filter and start carbonation of the last batch of Oskyfizzante Cranberry. And, we will bottle a small batch of Cranberry Wine in our Christmas tree bottles. We are

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Oskyfizzante® Cranberry To Be Bottled This Week

The cellar team will bottle the very popular Oskyfizzante® Cranberry on Tuesday. They will be monitoring carbonation of Oskyfizzante® Pink while they also monitor fermentation of the Muscat that just arrived from California. Some wines need to be fined and we’ll get fining agents into these wines

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Cellar Will Carbonate Oskyfizzante® Cranberry this Week, and We’ll Bottle Next Week

On Monday, we received about 3,000 gallons of Muscat juice we purchased in Mendocino Country, California. We started the fermentation today. We are getting ready to carbonate our Oskyfizzante Cranberry and will bottle that next week. We have six tanks of Edelweiss and this week will be racking three

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Cellar at Tassel Ridge is Managing Lots of Fermentations

The first step in making wine is getting it fermented. We have several fermentations going all at once right now and are monitoring them regularly. With red wines, we want to keep the skins in contact with the juice as much as possible so this weekend, we

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All White Grapes are Now Harvested; Reds are Next

We have six batches of juice fermenting in the cellar right now. They need regular attention to make sure that they are not fermenting too fast and that the temperature is being maintained. Unfortunately, on Saturday night, a local electrical substation took a hit and we were without

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We Have a Cellar Full of Edelweiss to Ferment

We need to let the solids settle in the juice and then we move the clearest juice to another tank and let the bottom foot or so of the tank just run out into the trench drain to our waste water treatment ponds. After that, as soon

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We Started Processing Brianna on Monday Morning

On Monday, we processed the 7.9 tons of Brianna that was harvested on Sunday. Brianna is usually our first grape to be ready for harvest. In making our decision on when to harvest, we look for sugar levels in the fruit, how the fruit tastes, and how much acid

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Tassel Ridge Vineyard Suffers Some Damage from Recent Tornado

Tassel Ridge lost a tree at our entrance and some damage to the trellis in our vineyard at the Winery. The building did not suffer any damage and we don’t know yet of damage at our three other vineyards. Although we have not been able to conduct

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We Bottle Our Last Red, White, & Blue® For the Year This Week

Last week, we received blackberry and cranberry juice. We started the fermentations on Friday and will be monitoring the fermentations this week. Both of these wines ferment more slowly than grape juice and cranberry is especially slow. We are preparing for our last Red, White, & Blue

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We will Bottle a Double Batch of Red, White, & Blue® and Get Other Wines Ready for Bottling

Our cellar team will get a double batch of Red, White, & Blue ready for bottling on Wednesday. This involves adding sugar and filtering the wine. This will be the last wine we will filter using our borrowed filter. Then, we will get it packed up and

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