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Vineyard Crew Dodges the Rain Drops and Makes Good Progress Pruning

The vineyard crew is making good progress cleaning out long canes and dead wood in the Edelweiss and Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge. They hope the weather will allow them to finish this week. They will mechanically prune the rest of the vineyards next. Most people I talk to are ready for warmer weather. But, it […]

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Pruning Progressing on Schedule

This week, we will continue to clean out the canes we have cut with the mechanical pruner in our Edelweiss and Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge. We have about 20 acres or 11,000 vines of these grape varieties so this project is taking some time. So far, we’ve gotten the nine acres of Marquette long pruned […]

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Fizzy Wines are Very Popular from Christmas through Valentine’s Day

Fizzy wines with bubbles in them get included in many celebrations from Christmas through Valentine’s Day each year. For many people, these wines are all lumped into what they call Champagne. But, there are many different types of fizzy wines and are sold under different names. Naming is sometimes a legal distinction and other times […]

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Check Out the Tassel Ridge App!

Check out the new Tassel Ridge Winery app! It’s free and available on both iTunes and Google Play. This app can help you find the retail locations of your favorite wine(s). You can also check to see when wine and food events are happening at Tassel Ridge! To find this free app: Explore the Tassel […]

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We Continue to Remove Vines for Two New York Grape Varieties and Cabernet Franc from Tassel Ridge Vineyard

About ten years ago, we planted about 60 vines each of two different grape varieties developed by the Geneva Research Station in Upstate New York and also about 60 Cabernet Franc, the most cold hardy vinifera or temperate climate grape variety out there. The New York varieties survived and produced fruit, however it was always […]

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We Pressed Iowa Prairie Snow® Last Week

Last week, we pressed our Iowa Prairie Snow®. We’d harvested the grapes right at the beginning of harvest starting August 2, 2017 and then took them to a locker for freezing. We left them at the locker until we could take a day or two to press them. We use our basket press which we […]

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Vineyard Team is Starting to Spray Herbicides and is Applying Potassium Under the Vines

Now that the first hard frosts have sent the vines into dormancy, the vineyard team is starting to spray herbicides to kill weeds and grass that grow under the vines and compete for moisture and nutrients. This is one thing we can do now that will increase grape production next year. They are also fertilizing […]

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Cellar Team Presses Frozen Grapes for Iowa Prairie Snow®

This week, the cellar team pressed the frozen grapes to start making Iowa Prairie Snow®. We hand-harvested them early in August and sent them to a locker to be frozen. We brought them back to Tassel Ridge on Friday. The grapes partially thawed and then were pressed in our basket press on Tuesday. We get […]

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Vines Start to Go Dormant, Vineyard and Equipment Maintenance Continues

Cooler weather and shorter days are telling the vines that it is time to shut down for the winter. The sap in the vines is headed down into the root system and soon all of the leaves will turn brown and a good wind will blow them all to the ground. That doesn’t mean that […]

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We Harvested Our Last Grapes and Have Shifted to Fermentation Management

The Cellar Team has one more grape variety, Steuben, to crush. Steuben is a labrusca sport that is native to New England. It is usually the last grape we harvest each year. We really like the juice it produces because it makes a very popular wine that goes especially well with spicy foods. But, Steuben […]

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