Summer 2020 July 29

 

We have been working hard to keep the very vigorous grapevines in shape this summer. We have had a bit more than adequate rain and the grapes have responded well, with good vigor.

The crop looks very nice this year and we hope to see you all and meet again.

We are also busy taking precautions for the Covid 19 situtation so we may all be safe and enjoy ourselves during harvest, as we are accusomed to.

 

We know when picking our grapes in the field, it is easy to maintain good distances from one another. that is one of the advantages of being outside in the fresh late summer, early autumn weather. 

 

COVID 19 

We will be rearranging our procedures some to help us keep our 6' or greater distances from one another while making the check-in, grape picking, checkout and grape crushing process as easy and quick as possible. 

We also strongly suggest that customers wear their face masks while checking in and milling around during the crushing and pressing or just chatting with one another. When you are in the vineyard and picking you can probably be far enough from others that you can safely take off your mask. You may find this comfortable on a warm sunny day. We will have masks available near check-in for those who forget theirs. 

We will be posting some of our changes as we develop them and grape ripening times proceed.

If you have questions or suggestions we will listen to them and respond as best we can.

 

We will also upsdate the grape situaton and expected picking dates as we move closer to harvest. The weather determiness when the grapes ripen and when they will be at their best. See "Our Grapes" and "Grape Prices below as we get towards the middle of August. We will update them frequently, so please check the website often enough to stay informed.

 

 

Items to sell:   We have alot of extra supplies at the vineyard, including:

Aluminum  picking trays, vineyard wire (and lots of it), in various lengths and sizes, trellis and vine equiment including wire catches, rubber tying bands, various VSP clips, bird netting,  GDC arms..all at very good prices. call us at 608 225 9210

 

We also have now a Howard Rototiller, 6' long

It can rototill anything. Works on a 3 pt hitch. $450 as is

 

Our Aluminum Picking trays are just $15 each. Can be used for strawberries, grapes, anything you can fit in them. These can never rust. Will last as long as you do!

 

 

 

A comment. We have recently tasted several blended wines of Foch and Petite Pearl. They have been delicious and have had a lot of depth of flavor. Petite Pearl ripens later than Foch so a method one can use is to ferment them separately, then blend them afterwards to get that deep, delicious flavor. 

 

 

For more info, please see the sidebar "Pick Your Own Grapes Info."

 

 

 

Mitchell Vineyard 2020

 

We will also be taking the recommended Coronavirus protections, such as maintaining a  good 6-8' between all there and not coming if one feels sick. Please keep us all healthy. 

 

More information soon to follow. Stay well, enjoy  the ourdoors and think grapevines!

 

   
Our Grapes  2020        
           
Grape Info Start Date Sugar Acid Crop Size
Concord, purple wine, juice, eating       good
Foch, red wine, blending       very good
Marquette, red wine,great flavor,       good
St Croix, red smooth, low acid       good
Petite Pearl, red Depth of flavor,        average
Frontenac, red Intense, can be sweet       good
Delaware, pink/red delicious, popular       moderate
LaCrescent, white white, sought after       good
St. Pepin, white  nice dry wine       medium
Muscat (Aromella) delicious when fully ripe       small
Itasca, white New! low acid, going to be popular       medium, but vines are still young
           

Grape Prices 2020    Tuesday (1-5:30), Saturday (10-4) & Sunday (12-4) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety

 

0-30 lb

31-100 lb

100+ lb

300+ lb

1000 lb

             

Concord

Purple, wine, eat

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

 .98

Delaware pink, eating, wine 1.75 1.45 1.35 1.15  n/a

Foch

Red, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

 .98

Marquette

Red, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

 1.00

St Croix

Red, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

  n/a

Frontenac

Red, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

  n/a

Petite Pearl Red, wine 1.75 1.45 1.35 1.15   n/a

LaCrescent

White, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

1.15

  n/a

Istaca

White, wine

n/a

n/a

n/a

 n/a

  n/a

St Pepin

White, wine

1.75

1.45

1.35

 n/a

  n/a

Aromella

White, dessert

1.75

1.45

n/a

 n15

  n/a

 

 

  

  

   

   

 

  

 Items to sell:   We have alot of extra supplies at the vineyard, including:

Aluminum  picking trays, vineyard wire (and lots of it), in various lengths and sizes, trellis and vine equiment including wire catches, rubber tying bands, various VSP clips, bird netting,  GDC arms..all at very good prices. call us at 608 225 9210

 

 

Variety Description

 

Concord...a nice slightly smaller than usual, sized crop of this tasty purple immensely popular grape variety.

Frontenac...one of our larger crops of this variety. So if you like a sweet wine or a port this would be a good year for Frontenac.

Foch...we have a nice medium sized crop of this versitile red variety. Very easy picking.

St. Croix....this early picking, soft to the taste, red grape has a smaller than average crop  this year. If you liked it in the past be sure to get on it early. 

Marquette...this very popular variety has one of our larger crops. It came through the winter very well. We were pleasantly surprised as it dealt with negative 30F quite well. We have added more rows of this variety to have larger harvests in the future.

Petite Pearl...We have our largest crop so far of this shy bearing red grape. This late season red should ripen a bit early this year as we have controlled its quantity to have that happen. 

LaCrescent  a very popular white...we have a nice medium sized crop.

St Pepin white. This vine has been more and more popular . It makes a nice dry or semi-dry wine.

Delaware.  this very popular light red grape which makes a nice wine and is delicious eating has a limited crop. It did not like the extremely cold winter. The clusters we have are very nice though. It will go early..so be prepared.

Itasca...this very new 2nd year variety has an extremely limited crop. we expect a much larger crop in 2020. It is a new white with a low acicity so it should produce a white wine that is easy to make since it may need little or no acid reduction. We expect it to be very popular when we have sufficient crop of it. Our 2020 crop will go very quickly.

 

 

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2020 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION  

 

GOOD CROP OF MOST OF OUR VARIETIES THIS YEAR!

This may be an expecially good year. The vines have responded to the rain and heat with a very nice crop. While we still have a bit over a month to go before harvest we are hopeful they will meet your expectations. We are also glad they are an outside crop which should make the picking saferwere it otherwisei

SEEDLESS GRAPES

Sorry folks, we took out our seedless grapes. The problem? They ripened before most of our winemaking customers showed up....and the birds had a strong preference for them when no one was around.  So we took them out. 

So, do we eat grapes? Yes we do, just about constantly. But they have seeds you say! Yes they do, but we don't mind. And by our second bunch they don't even cross our mind. Some of us swallow the seeds, some of us spit them out, others simply chew them. They are full of vitamins and minerals. And grape seed oil is made from them commercially, which produces an available oil which is lighter than olive oil but contains higher amounts of minerals and vitamins than Olive oil. Dave cooks with it a lot, more than olive oil. And by the way....when the seeds are nutty, crunchy and taste good, the grape is ready for picking....it is mature.

 

WHITES
 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 almost always fermented on skins before pressing. This makes a fuller bodied and flavored wine than just fermenting on the juice, as is done with white wine.

 

REDS

Frontenac  Exciting news! Leigh's Garden Winery in Escanaba, www.leighsgarden.com  Michigan won a Double Gold for his Frontenac wine made from our Frontenac grapes. at a Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minneapolis. This grape is popular for making port wines and makes a good dry red wine if the higher acidity level is dealt before or during fermentation. We have winemaking directions at the vineyard. The crop looks nice this year and is our largest in a number of years. 

 

Foch  A very nice crop this year! We thik you will be happy at the ease of picking.This is the most widely planted red wine grape in the midwest and upper mid-west. It can be made into a variety of styles. Try it as a medium rose wine, chilled. Delicious! Make a light red wine, easy to quaff or ferment on the skins longer for more tannins and aging potential. Foch has cherry notes. We have a large, easy to pick crop of Foch this season. A small amount of Foch in a white wine can give you an attractive, delicious rose wine.

 

Marquette One of our favorite red wine grapes.  This is one of our more popular red grapes. It has more tannins than other reds and has a high sugar and alcohol content. We have a larger than average, nice crop of it this year

 

St Croix Meldium crop and juicy, juicy, flavorful and soft. This makes a very soft, early maturing, easy to drink red wine with low acidity. A good blending grape.  If you prefer mellowness in your wine this is a good choice. It is ready to drink sooner than most other reds.  We have a very nice and large 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. Don't wait too long to pick this variety. It will likely be gone after September 16. Alcohol is typically around 11%   

 

Petite Pearl is a newer variety first planted in 2015.  Low acid levels make Petite Pearl ideal for northern red winemaking. It makes a standalone varietal wine and also serves as a valuable blending component. The wine has a dark red garnet color. It shows complexity in aroma and flavor that can be easily shaped by yeast selection and blending. The grape chemistry of Petite Pearl has been lauded as being vinifera-like (Brix ranging from 22-24.5, pH of 3.3-3.6 and titratable acidity of 6 — 7 g/L.) In addition, the wine has no labrusca-like or 'hybridesque” aromas or flavors..
It is a later season red..so pateince is required to pick it at it's best. 

 

 

WHITES
 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 skins before pressing. This makes a fuller bodied and flavored wine than just fermenting on the juice, as is done with white wine.

 

LaCrescent is our most popular white wine.  This grape provides honey, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas and flavors. One of Mary's favorites. We have a very nice crop this year, our largest ever.. When you pick this grape make sure you pick the golden clusters, ideally on both sides. 

 

Istaca This is a new white variety. We will have our initial, virtually non-existant, small crop this season. Here is a brief description of it: Itasca produces a dry, or sweet,  white wine that is light yellow to straw in color and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals, and subtle honey notes. Itasca has exhibited lower acidity and higher sugar levels., Showing a high resistance to downy and powdery mildew and the insect Phylloxera. Itasca is considered a very hardy, disease resistant cultivar expected to reduce spray inputs. It should survive - 30 F temperaures.

For winemaking the Acid is low, needing no adjustment, the sugar is high, it is disease resistant, and production is good. Have fun with this new variety this year. But supply will be limited!

 

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. Makes a very fruity white wine. The grape has low acidity and moderate sugar content. Because it is thick skinned it is popularly used to make an "ice" wine. The crop looks good, but we have just 1 row, and the demand will be high.
 

AROMELLA/Muscat  Wines produced are described as a white wine marked by big peach and tropical fruit aromas. It has excellent aromatic muscat wine characteristics. Wines have notes of pineapple, honeysuckle, citrus peel and floral muscat character

It ripens near end of September and is in high demand.  We only have a small-medium crop of it this year. 

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TWO VERY POPULAR SPECIAL GRAPES  CONCORD AND DELAWARE!  YEA!

 

CONCORD  What can you say? Big, purple, bursting with flavor, good for eating, juice, and wine. We have an large 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? Why is it an extremely popular grape among the non-experts of wine tasting? It's because people like the flavor. It can be made dry, slightly sweet, moderately sweet, or as sweet as you might like. 

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

 

DELAWARE   2020 willl find it back to its ususally fine place in our list of varieties. this is a pink, light red beauty, that is tasteee. Don't wait too long on it this year.  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.  

 

 

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