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Buds galore!

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 7:26 PM

This looks to be a great year!  We've pruned 80% of the vineyard, sometimes in steady rain (wettest spring in years!) and every single variety is budding out nicely on the canes!  If we have a nice warm season and no sudden early fall frosts, we should harvest  a significant crop from our premier varieties:  Frontenac and Marquette for the reds, and Frontenac Gris and La Crescent for the whites.  In addition, we have a good crop of Swenson Red coming on, which is said to make a very nice white wine.  We also have our Riesling and Chardonnay budding out well.

And it's not just the grapes.  Sand cherries, chokecherries, elderberries, plums, apples, pears— everything seems to have enjoyed our very steady, gradual, cool spring and is eager to push fruit this year (can plants be eager?)

Josh and I hope to finish up the pruning later next week, but first:

2011 Rhubarb, first batch!  We've already gathered over 400 pounds, with probably another 150 pounds coming in, early this next week.  Our goal of surpassing last year's 50 gallons by producing at least 300 gallons this year, is looking very promising!  We should be able to do two more batches this size this summer.  And since rhubarb wine was clearly the favorite of our customers, we're glad to be able to put away a large number of cases.  We expect to have some of it bottled by the end of June.  Thank you, Rhubarb Gods!!

Categories: IN THE VINEYARD