TUESDAY  1-4:00 PM  ONLY! (This may be our last picking day of the season)

 

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, 

 Ripe Now

 18

 

    9/16 

 Enough for juice, wine. The grapes are splitting now!

Noiret

Red No Crop!

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Foch

red wine

 Sep 9 - on

 120

 

   9/8 

  Very small amount

Millot

red, about out

 Sep 9- on

 20

 

   9/8   

  A person needs to glean the rows

Frontenac

red wine, port

 Sep 13- on

 23

 

   9/8 

  Out

Marquette (about out)

red wine

 Sep 13 on

 24

 

   9/18  

  Out

St Croix (out)

red wine

 Sep 9 - on

 18

 

   9/8  

  Out

Espirit

white wine, eating

 Sep 13

 

 

     

  Out

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

 Sep 9 - on

 22

3.45

   9/12   

  Out

Prairie Star    

white wine, full-bodied 

 Sep 9 - on

 18

 

   9/8

 Out

St Pepin (out)

white wine 

 Sep 13 - on

 20

3.65

   9/12

  Out

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

 Sep 13 - on

 17

 

   9/2   

  Out

Somerset

table grape, eating

 Sep 3 - on

 18

 

   9/8

  Out

Muscat (out)(aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

 Sep 20

 

 

      

  Out

 

 

2014 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION  late September 2014

WE ARE PICKING THIS  Tuesday 1-4 pm

 

END OF THE SEASON!  Tomorow Tuesday may be our last day of the season.

Because of the weather conditions this season our concords are beginning to split. As of now they are fine for juice and wine,but are not attractive for fresh eating. If you take off the split grapes you will still have fine clusters of Concords,and they will make a very delicious juice or wine. 

We have only CONCORD AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF FOCH GRAPES LEFT. There is a fair amount of Foch and Millot grapes available for those who would glean the rows. 

 

We are sorry we are out of some varieties so soon in the time of grapes. The crop this year was impacted by the harsh winter and the large amount of rainfall. This resulted in a smaller than average pickable crop.  We hope to imporove on this in 2015. Thank you

 

Grape descriptions are below.

 

CONCORD   Our concords are very ripe and because of excessive moisture this season are beginning to split. They will still make a very fine juice and are delicious tasting, but are not as aesthetically pleasing as we would like them to be. We will be picking them this Sunday, September 28, but may not have them available beyond this point. Otherwise, there is always next year. 

 

 

 

REDS

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. We are out of Millot for the season, except for gleaning.

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.  This weekend may be the last of Marquette for this year.

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. We are out for the season.

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. We are out for the season.

 

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. Out for the season.

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. Still some left.

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. We are out for the season.

 

 

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 mid 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.  We are out for the season.

 

REDS

FOCH  We will have a nice crop of Foch this season, but slightly smaller than that of 2013.  

MILLOT  The Millot crop is nice and abundunt but is gradually being replaced by Marquette,. We are out for the season.

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. We are out for the season.

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. We are out for the season

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 makes 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. It is often picked at 17 - 19- % sugar for best flavor.Alcohol is typically around 11%

We are out for the season.

 

 

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. We have a small crop this season. It ripens near end of September, or likely this year, in early October. We are out for the season.

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. We are out for the season.

PRAIRIE STAR This makes a neutral white wine with full-bodied mouth feel. This year it seems to have more tangerine and other fruit flavors than most years.  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.  We are out for the season. 

 

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. 

 

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 out for the season.

 

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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