All the grapes, with the exception of the Ice Wine grapes, have been harvested and the juice is in cold
storage until after the first of the year when it will be delivered to the
winery. But, we did start a small batch of Petite Pearl. This will be a
very limited red wine and is from some of our early plantings in 2005 and
2007. In 2008 we planted 75 cuttings and next year I will start training
them on a new trellis system. Petite Pearl was first planted in 2005 as an
experiment for plant breeder Tom Plocher from Hugo, Minnesota. At that time
it was a numbered variety and later named when it survived our
cold winters and made a good wine.
Our crop was very short this year because of the hail
storm on July 18th, but we will still have some new wines for sale in 2013 or
2014. We still have a small supply left of a few varieties from 2009. It
certainly has changed as it has aged for two years and we hope to continue in the
future to provide wine that has aged for a least a couple of years.
Last week Mike was out to help put all the patio
furniture in storage and clean up the vines and trellises. Next week the tasting room
will be winterized and closed until next spring. If you would like to purchase
some wine for the holidays it will be available at Uncorked on Broadway in Fargo
and Packers Package in West Fargo. Red Trail Wine is also now available at the Old
Ten Saloon in Buffalo.
NEXT WEEK we will bottle the remaining Ice
Wine......only 30 bottles. We will let you know where and how you can
purchase some before Christmas.