Saturday, July 19, 2014
We continue to wait for the grapes to change color as they go through veraison. In just a few weeks, we will have to put the bird nets in place so it is imperative that we get everything pruned, tucked and taped before we the grapes begin to ripen.
The clusters are closing and as long as we can get some good hot temperatures, it looks like a good year.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
The summer has finally come to the vineyard. The rain has stopped and the temperatures are now around 90 each day. To show their appreciation, the grapes have begun to grow several inches each day. We are looking forward to a great July 4 celebration in the vineyard. The vines make a great backdrop for the Hersheypark fireworks. If you are not busy, you should bring a blanket or chair out to the vines and watch the fireworks. The fireworks begin at 10:00 and many people bring their children, sparklers and a picnic lunch and stay for the entire evening. We look forward to everyone joining us and enjoying the vineyard as much as we do.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Cassel Vineyards and the PA Wounded Warriors at our concert featuring the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the show, I will give you a little recap.
The bus and truck with the band and support crew arrived at 3:00. We worked for 1 1/2 hour to set up and prepare the winery and hospitality tent. Jim Johnston took care of cooking and serving while Patty Bowen made some of the best baked beans I have ever eaten. By 4:30 we were ready to sit down to an awsome meal and the troops surprised me by singing me happy birthday on my 50 th birthday. Then, Becky shared an order of 90 cupcakes with the troops and I and we were ready for the show.
6:00 - 6:30 - Air National Guard Woodwind Ensamble
6:30 - 7:00 - Air National Guard Brass Ensamble
7:00 - 8:00 - Air National Guard Band of The Northeast Rock Band "High Altitude"
The weather was beautiful and the crowd that packed our backyard had a fantastic time. The only complaint we heard all night was the fact that some concert fans who came later had a 1/4 mile walk to enjoy the show. My advice to everyone is to arrive early because these shows keep getting more and more popular each week. Considering the show that the Air National Guard put on, I expect the trend to continue.
Thanks once again to everyone who made this such a great show.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
We have spent the week in the vineyard pruning and tucking and taping the vines so that they are prepared to enter the heat of Summer and grow and ripen the grapes. On Monday I took a picture of the grapes and the clusters are full of fertilized flowers which means we have a great fruit set. Thankfully, we had one week of dry weather during the full bloom so all our flowers had a chance to fully pollinate. Here is what tHe little Vidal Blanc grapes look like.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Once again, Cassel Vineyards is proud to present The Air National Guard Band of the Mid Atlantic for one night only in our vineyard. Last year, we were the first winery to EVER host the US Military band. It was a perfect series of coincidences with the Military budget slashed as a result of the Congressional sequester, our proximity to their station and several very generous offers by friends and officers. We were amazed at the interest the concert generated with our highest attendance of the year! The US Military was so impressed by our audience and the public support (many of their shows are shopping malls and senior centers) that they offered to do another performance if they could arrange their schedule a year in advance. Well, here we are, one year later and we are just as excited to present the same band to our favorite audience! Please come out and show your support.
This year we will offer some amazing t-shirts for sale at the concert made by one of our employees for $10. It's going to be a great night!
Friday, June 13, 2014
One of the benefits of a blog is the fact that I can compare this years pictures to last year and we are looking at a difference of 10 - 14 days. Last year, on June 4, I posted a blog about the vines in full bloom with a picture of buds that are just starting to open. The year, our picture shows buds that I took a picture of today and they show buds that are about half open. Thankfully, the next three days ar going to be perfect for the pollination of the plants with dry weather and a northwest breeze that should help to pollinate the vines. This is just one of those weekly posts that I have to make as a measure of the progress of our vines. Thanks for enduring the inevitable.