Monday, October 27, 2014
This past weekend we showcased some of the pumpkin art that our customers and guests have contributed to the winery for the Cornucopia Wine Country Quest. We enjoyed more than 400 guests on the first weekend and everyone seemed to enjoy the seasonal theme and the wines. If you didn't make it last week, we will have one more batch of pumpkins this weekend for our customers to vote on. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our first week of the Cornucopia Quest.
We just finished picking the last 2 tons of Chambourcin on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 in the afternoon. What a relief to now have our 32 tons of grapes in tanks and aging for the upcoming 2015 year. Our 2014 vintage was late ripening but the slow, cool summer temperatures really gave us some nice full flavored fruit. Compared to last year when we had the hot dry August - October, this years cool dry maturation led to fresher, fruitier grapes with less of the ripe, jam and deep ripe flavors.
The harvest also exceeded our expectations for quantity producing 32 tons. Last year we struggled to pick and process 24 tons. This year we will need some larger tanks! All I can say is thank you to everyone who helped.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
The temperatures last night got down to 34 degrees and as you can see we got a killing frost for the first time this year. The cold weather and frost pooled in the low areas which included the concord vines at the bottom of the hill. We definitely planted these early, American varietals in the right place. Unlike the Cab Franc which are on the hill behind the Concords which still need a little more time, the Concords can afford to lose their leaves and go dormant. We definitely need a few more days on our Cab which we will finish picking this Friday between 3:30 and 7:00. With only 5 more half rows to pick, the job should be done before the football game. Our work is cut out for us, but it feels good because the end is in sight. The weather is trying to help us along as we hurry to put our finest grapes in the tank. When we finish I guarantee that you want to be here for our party. We are going to celebrate the season and the fruits of our labors.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This weekend we started our Cab. Franc harvest with several goals in mind. We wanted to get our grapes in the tanks but we wanted to split our harvest in two parts. Next season we hope to offer two new wines both from our Cab. Franc. We also plan to use the usual amount of that varietal for our blends that our customers have come to appreciate. The perfect Summer growing season and warm fall weather have combined to give us a bountiful harvest and amazing production. We hope you like all the new wines this amazing summer allowed us to grow. Only one more harvest weekend left if things go as planned. We will pick the last third of our Cab. Franc this Fri. and then pick our Chambourcin this Sunday. If you want to lend a hand this is the weekend to do it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
There are only 2 weeks left in our 2014 Harvest and only two more weeks to ride the hayride to the pumpkin patch. Right now we have finished the white harvest and now we are on to the reds.
While we harvest our Cab. Franc this weekend, the hayrides to the pumpkin patch will be leaving ever hour between 12 and 6:00 on Friday and Saturdy. Next weekend while we harvest the Chambourcin, the hayrides will also be taking place for one final weekend before Halloween. It should be a great time. hope you can make it out either to help pick or to take a ride on the hayride to the pumpkin patch.
Monday, October 13, 2014
After a Friday/SaturdaySunday picking marathon, we have our Vidal Blanc safely crushed, Pressed and in the primary fermentation tanks. We had a lot of help getting things set up and can't thank our workers and friends enough for all the work you helped us ge done. With 5/6 th of the Vidal Blanc juice fermenting, we have almost 700 gallons to use for next years vintages. The weather has cooperated to make this year's white wines as good as any we have harvested so far. Last year the grapes were more marure a and sugar levels were just a touch higher because of. The late summer/fall heat and sunshine. This year was cooler and more moderate in temperature which allowed our cool weather grapes (whites) to develop more unique flavores and balance. We plan to keep alcohol levels just a little lower to highlight the fruit flavores while we balance out the acidity and lower pH. These whites and Rose' including our Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Concord Rose' should be some of our best ever. We are also looking to make a Cabernet Franc Rose' that may be a unique best seller.
Next weekend, we start harvesting our red wines. It should be interesting to. See how those final numbers hold out. We expect a lot moe of the same high quality, so come on out and see for yourself.