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Fungicide Spraying, Mowing, and Trellis Work Are Our Objectives This Week

Hot, humid weather is ideal for growing fungus but not for making quality wine. We must spray every 7–10 days and vary the fungicide each time in order to avoid allowing the fungus to become resistant to the sprays. Given the amount rain, we must mow the

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Trellis Maintenance, Fungicide Spraying, and Preventative Maintenance on Harvest Equipment Occupy Our Vineyard Crew

We continue to tie up new plants and maintain trellises in all vineyards. We are starting preventative maintenance on all harvest equipment. And, spraying for fungus is never ending. Last week, we undertook our first harvest estimate of the season. We will update this estimate two more

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Are You Camping at Red Rock or Other Campgrounds in the Pella/Oskaloosa Area?

Consider visiting Tassel Ridge Winery for a tasting, winery tour, or a sandwich lunch in our air-conditioned greenhouse. The Winery is a great place to visit if bad weather is threatening, and in fact, the greenhouse is a great place to sit and watch storms come in.

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Removing Suckers, Retying Vines, and Thinning Leaves Occupy Us This Week

We will continue removing suckers and will start retying vines in the Maple Woods Vineyard. We will be using our Collard leaf thinner to remove leaves on the east side of the rows in our Meadowcreek Vineyard. Weather permitting, we will be spraying herbicide and fungicide and

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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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Spraying, Removing Suckers, and Tying Vines will Occupy the Vineyard Crew This Week

This week we will be spraying both fungicide and herbicide. Fungus of all types love hot, humid weather, so we have to spray fungicide about once every seven to ten days during the growing season. And, we mix it up and vary our use of specific fungicides

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We Planted 1,250 New Vines Last Week; Will Spray, Remove Leaves, and Water New Vines This Week

Our grapes like the warm weather (up to a point) and are back on schedule after a late start this year. They are almost done flowering and most varieties have set fruit. One variety that failed to set much fruit is St. Pepin from which we make

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It is All About Bottling in the Cellar

Last week, we organized help from throughout the Winery and bottled what may be a one-day record amount of Red, White, & Blue®. It was made possible by a team effort from everyone involved. We also used the large filter we borrowed and that made fast work

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We are Bottling Lots of Wine; Cross Flow Filter is Now Fixed

The Cellar bottled Cranberry Wine last week and will try to bottle a double batch of Red, White, & Blue® next week. We normally keep our bottling runs to about 650 cases which takes about five hours. With two hours of cleaning before bottling and two hours

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Planting New Vines is a Top Priority This Week; Then, We Work on Suckering and Spraying

We planted a small number of Itasca and Verona vines last week. Both are new varieties with the Itasca being a white from the University of Minnesota and Verona being a red from Tom Plocher, a private hybridizer in Hugo, Minnesota. This week we are taking delivery

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