Well I started to write this yesterday, I got writers block. Instead of struggling further Mary and I went to the Meeker County fair. In a sense we were returning to the scene of the crime, Wednesday evening five of us from the winery including Mary and myself were judges for the wine competition at the fair. We had a really fun time it was a good experience. In the end on selecting the grand champion wine we had a fair amount of discussion and after we selected it turns out that the same person made both of the best to wines.
Meeker County Fair -
AUGUST 3-6, 2017
Returning on Thursday with the fair opening for traffic we were very impressed by the Projects submitted by the children, primarily 4-H and FFA. We started with lunch at the 4-H building, with the kids doing very much of the work even the littlest ones. After going through the exhibits and the animal barns we ended with a magic show, he was very good entertainment for the kids.
|Just taking a nap.
|And the Flowers.
It has happened!
The grapes are now going into Veraison, beginning the color change and forming the sugars and the flavor compounds. With this change, this morning Phil is now applying bird repellent and this afternoon I will be starting up the bird of prey speaker systems. We are all excited to see this change happening given the heavy crop low this year.
Harvest will be here Soooooon!
Again I invite you to sign up to be a harvest volunteer. It's always a fun time and nice clean work with a good company. See old friends and make new ones.Being a harvest volunteer means working four hours in the vineyard cutting clusters of grapes into 5 gallon pails and dumping those pails into bins in the field. The bins hold 500 and 600 pounds of grapes, it's really nice work and does go quite fast. It goes quite fast, we have had a crew harvest to 1 1/2 tons per hour, 6 tons in 4 hours. After the fieldwork then comes the party. A good meal and to drink whatever wine you'd like, plus we send to bottles of wine home per person. It is a fun real world event, these grapes do make our wine.
To volunteer email to our store manager Cheri at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "harvest". Include your name, phone number, number of people in your group, and the days of the week you can be available.
Freizeit is Back!
This dry white wine is back on our shelves bottle just yesterday. I have to say that generally the dry white wine market is a very small number of people and this label has not been a real big seller. Welcome to change! On this vintage Jon has made a major change by using the La Crescent grape. This has introduced a very nice amount of fruity character and made this wine very interesting. It is only a small vintage try it now it will sell out.
Upcoming events to put on your calendar!
September 16 is our
Hungarian Festival and Grape Stomp
Besides the Hungarian foods and culture we will again be grape stopping.
October 7 and 8th is our
Rockin Stompin Grape Stomp
We will again this year have two bands of music, grape stomping both days, and as always wine tasting.
If you'd like to be a vendor at the "Rockin Stompin Grape Stomp" follow this link below.