2014 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION  early - mid September

WE ARE PICKING THIS  Tuesday 1-5:30, Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 12-4

and each Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday till mid October

 

see prices and picking schedule below

 

HARVESTING HELP NEEDED We need help harvesting grapes for local wineries. If interested call or test Dave at 608-225-9210 . We will exchange 10 lbs of any of our grape varieties for each hour of work. We need help these days and hours

Tuessday Sep 16          9-3 pm

Wednesday, Sep 17      9-4 pm

 

 

September 13th  

Our featured grapes this week:

 

SEEDLESS  Somerset a red, delicious seedless grape. Try this one if you like flavor that says: maybe the best tasting seedless grape you'll have this year.

 

REDS

St Croix This makes a very soft, early maturing, easy to drink red wine with low acidity. If you prefer mellowness in your wines this is the red to try.

Foch & Millot These are sister varieties both of which are very popular in the midwest. They can be made into a variety of styles. Make a light red wine, easy to quaff or ferment on the skins longer for more tannins and aging potential. Foch has cherry notes while Millot provides more body with deeper flavors. The two are often blended.

Marquette  this is one of our more popular red grapes. It has more tannins than other reds and has a high sugar and alcohol content.

Frontenac  This grape is very popular for making port wines and makes a good dry red wine if thie higher acidity level is dealt before or during fermentation. 

 

WHITES

LaCrescent Becoming the most popular white wine in the upper midwest, this grape provides honey, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas and flavors. One of Mary's favorites.

Prairie Star This grape is a very good eating grape besides making a fuller bodied white with very mild and sensuous notes. It brightens with subtle flowing flavors. Blends well with LaCrescent.

St Pepin  This makes either a dry wine (one of my favorites) or a slightly sweet wine. It is having a nice crop for this light bearing grape. 

 

OTHER

Concord  Our concord are just getting ripe. If you choose to pick them now pick just the most purple bunches, leave those with any red showing in the clusters. 

Delaware This red grape is delicious for eating, making juice or jelly. 

 

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. 

 

WINEMAKING CLASSES SATURDAY 9-10:30 - 11 AM AND SUNDAY, 10-11:30 AM

No need to register. See sidebar info "Winemaking Classes September" for more info.

 

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. 

 

 

The Finest Grapes for Winemakers and Wineries

TUESDAY  1-5:30     SATURDAY 11-4     SUNDAY   12-4

 

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 13 just getting ripe

 15

 

    9/8 

 Incredible

Noiret

Red No Crop!

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Foch

red wine

 Sep 9 - on

 19

 

   9/8 

  very good

Millot

red wine

 Sep 9- on

 20

 

   9/8   

  small

Frontenac

red wine, port

 Sep 13- on

 21

 

   9/8 

  about gone

Marquette

red wine

 Sep 13 on

 22

 

   9/8  

  nice and   sweet

St Croix

red wine

 Sep 9 - on

 18

 

   9/8  

  almost gone

Espirit

white wine, eating

 Sep 13

 

 

     

  v small

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

 Sep 9 - on

 22

3.45

   9/12   

  good

Prairie Star    

white wine, full-bodied 

 Sep 9 - on

 18

 

   9/8

  good

St Pepin

white wine 

 Sep 13 - on

 20

3.65

   9/12

  small amt left

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

 Sep 13 - on

 17

 

   9/2   

  very nice, lots

Somerset

table grape, eating

 Sep 3 - on

 18

 

   9/8

  getting low

Muscat (aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

 Sep 20

 

 

      

  very small

 

 

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

  .98

   .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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