2014 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION- MID AUGUST

(prices and picking schedule below)

 

Note: We are picking our seedless Somerset grapes this week, Saturday, August 30, 11:00 am - 3 PM. See prices below. They are delicious.

 

August 21   The 2014 season seems a carbon copy of the 2013 season except for the exceptionally long and hard winter. After pruning this year we thought the crop would be down about 50% from an average year. However the situation has improved for most varieties and we estimate the crop about 85% of average. Many varieties have enlarged clusters and are in fine shape as of early August. We estimate the harvest will be about 7 days later than the long term average. Below is a rundown of varieties and their development.  We will provide more information in late August. As of now we expect to begin picking around 9-13 September. But warm, suny weather can speed that up. We have just moved up the expected dates of Foch, Millot, and Frontenace. Sun and warmth help. 

Please remember that pressing white grapes can take a while. Please help us by having your whites ready for pressing at least 1.5 hours before closing time. Reds are usually fermented on before pressing. We are now picking Somerset seedless.

 

If interested in learing about winemaking see our sidebar on September Winemaking Classes

 

REDS

FOCH  We will have a nice crop of Foch this season, but slightly smaller than that of 2013.  They are looking very good.

MILLOT  The Millot crop is nice and abundunt but is gradually being replaced by Marquette

FRONTENAC  We are having our best crop in several years. Demand will be strong so don't wait too long for this variety.  Frontenac makes an outstanding port style wine wiht its firm acid structure

MARQUETTE Our Marquette crop is larger than last year, but its popularity will mean it may sell quickly. We harvest it later than Foch and Millot.

NOIRET  Disappointment reigns here. No crop. The cold winter took this vine back to the ground. We hope to have a small crop in 2015.

ST CROIX  This grape maes a very smooth and soft red wine. It is ready to drink sooner than most other reds.  We have a very nice and larger crop this year.  St Croix makes a medium to full-bodied, dry, deep red wine with soft tannins and good fruit aromas, along with currant and other dried fruit flavor qualities. Alcohol is typically around 11%

 

 

WHITES

AROMELLA  Wines produced from Arandell are described as densely colored, have light to moderate tannins and exhibit notes of dark berry fruit (blueberry, dark cherry), tobacco and hints of black pepper or cedar on the finish. Our crop size is moderate this season. It ripens near end of September, or likely this year, in early October.

LACRESCENT One of our favorite whites, and very popular with our customers. It makes a nice dry or slightly-moderately sweet wine. It is best picked fully ripened and sun exposed. We have a good crop this year. It makes an aromatic white wine. It is high in sugar and moderate in acidity

PRAIRIE STAR This makes a neutral white wine with full-bodied mouth feel. It is a good grape or wine to blend wiht higher acid, thin white wines. In some years it has a very delicate, pleasant aroma and can stand on its own without blending. Always a moderate bearing easy to pick variety.

ST. PEPIN  Makes a very fruity white wine. The grape has low acidity and moderate sugar content. It is one of my personal favorites. Becaue it is thick skinned it is porularly used to make an "ice wine." We have a nice crop this season.

 

SEEDLESS GRAPES

SOMERSET  We have begun eating this variety as we work in the vineyard. It is good even while still golden and as it turns pink it becomes hard to stay away from. It is very early ripening and will be ready to eat as early as mid-August. Stay in touch we may be picking this during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Call ahead for picking information. We are picking now! Call for available dates!

VANESSA  We  have taken it out. This variety has proved to not be winter hardy enough. 

VENUS  We have taken this variety out. Another seedless variety not wintr hardy enough for our area.

 

OTHER

CONCORD  What can you say? Big, purple, bursting with flavor, good for eating, juice, and wine. We have a good crop with large clusters this year. Everyone who has tasted this grape when young knows it will always be around. It is the ultimate in a very flavorful, very fruity, great tasting grape, How can you resist it? It  is probably also the most widely tasted grape or juice in most of the US east of the Rockies. 

Did I mention sweet wine or fresh juice - again the Concord rules.  We expect to harvest it late September to early October.

DELAWARE  this is a pink, light red beauty, that is tasteee. Don't wait too long on it this year. We have just a small crop, which should help it ripen fully. Among our fellow employees this probably takes top spot as favorite eating grape, seedless or wine variety. It is not well known outside the Eastern US, but once you taste it you won't forget it. It is popular as a pink and spicy, sparkling wine. The Delaware grape is also a table grape variety sold in supermarkets throughout Japan, where labrusca grape varieties are popular for their fragrance.  Ripens before Concord. 

 

 

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Grape Picking Schedule (dates may change due to seasonal variations)

Grape

Wine

Start Date   

Sugar/Brix 

 TA   

pH   Date

  Crop size

Concord

Purple, eating, juice, 

 Sep 20

 

 

     

 v good

Noiret

Red No Crop!

 --------

 

 

 

 --------

Foch

red wine

 Sep 9

 18%

 

   8/24  

  good

Millot

red wine

 Sep 9

 18%

 

   8/24    

  good

Frontenac

red wine, port

 Sep 13

 18%

 

   8/22  

  good

Marquette

red wine

 Sep 13

 

 

      

  good

St Croix

red wine

 Sep 9

 15

 

   8/24  

  good

Espirit

white wine, eating

 Sep 13

 

 

     

  v small

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

 Sep 9

 18

 

   8/24   

  good

Prairie Star    

white wine, full-bodied 

 Sep 9

 16

 

   8/24

  fair

St Pepin

white wine 

 Sep 13

 18

 

   8/24

  good

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

 Sep 20

 

 

      

  small

Somerset

table grape, eating

 Saturday 11-3 pm

 17

 

   8/24

  v good

Muscat (aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

 Sep 20

 

 

      

  good

 

 

GRAPE PRICES 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety

 

0-30 lb

31-100 lb

100+ lb

300+ lb

1000 lb

             

Concord

Purple, wine, eat

  1.30

 1.00

   .86

   .78

  .74

Foch

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .82

   .79

  .75

Millot

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .82

   .79

  .75

Marquette

Red, wine

    .98

   .92

   .86

   .82

  .78

St Croix

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .82

   .79

  .75

Frontenac

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .83

   .79

  n/a

Noiret

Red, wine

   n/a

  n/a

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Delaware

Pink, wine, eat

  1.30

   .92

   .85

   .79

  .73

LaCrescent

White, wine

    .98

   .88

   .83

   .79

  .75

Prairie Star

White, wine

  1.25

   .88

   .82

   .79

  n/a

St Pepin

White, wine

  1.00

   .92

   .86

   n/a

  n/a

Aromella

White, dessert

  1.30

 n/a

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Espirit

White, wine, eat

  1.30

 n/a

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Somerset

Red, seedless

  1.50

 1.25

   1.00

   .90

  n/a

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