September 2017

Winemaker Jeff Herinckx

What’s happening at the winery
Temperatures here have been hot during the day (with quite a few in the 90s), but cool at night (mostly high 40s or low 50s). Thanks to the cooler overnight temperatures, the growing season is slightly ahead of schedule, but not by much, as compared to previous years. Typically, when the leaves on the vines begin to change color, we know the grapes are about 80% ready. I predict that harvest will begin here in late September.

To prepare for harvest, and make room for new juice in our tanks, we’ve been very busy with bottling. We bottled some Müller-Thurgau, some Riesling, and some White Pinot Noir. We also bottled Niagara, which is an on-going task for us. Since Niagara is our best-selling wine, we bottle it on an as-needed basis throughout the year. We simply don’t have the storage space available for all the cases we’d need to have on hand. We keep it in tanks and bottle some nearly every month of the year in order to keep up with the demand.

Future Wine Club wines
We plan to bottle some 2016 Pinot Noir and some 2016 Tempranillo for our wine club members in the next month or two. We are also working on our Toasted Cow blends, both red and white. The red blend will contain Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The white blend will contain Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. I thoroughly enjoy the art of crafting a blend:  the possibilities are endless as you adjust the percentages. Finding just the right percentage is so rewarding and such a thrill.

Summer Concert Series is here to stay
The turn-out for Toast to the Tunes was record-breaking this year. The first concert, and then the Country Music themed concert, were both particularly well attended. We had over 750 people here for the Country show. We really enjoy hosting these events for our fans, and for the fans of the music.

What’s going on in September
We recently pulled some Marionberries out of the freezer to thaw and ferment. Once that fruit wine is ready, we will bottle it, along with more Niagara and the 2016 Pinot Gris.  The Tempranillo, once bottled, will be available in our tasting room, as well as made available to our Wine Club.

We are hosting two Paint Nites here in September, on the 7th and the 21st. We hope you’ll come out to the winery for a good time with friends and wine!

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