|Posted on July 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM|
Barring terrible hail, we're off to the best year in the vineyard we've ever had. For the past two years, hard late frosts have taken out most of the fruit blossoms in this area. But this year, nothing was going to stop our fruit from happening! Which leads to a happy, vexing uncertainty: Do we have enough tank space for all this fruit?
This year, for the first time we're going to get the Carmine Jewel cherry crop we deserve: We'll probably pick close to 1000 lbs of these delicious sour cherries, which are the basis for our award winning Cherry Pie and Sweetie Pie wines.
We have a great crop of La Crescent, Marquette, all three Frontenacs (noir, gris and blanc), Swenson Red and Brianna. Not to mention our modest plantings of several other grapes. Wild plums are plentiful this year. Apples are plentiful this year. We made a huge batch of rhubarb this year.
Sooo, now I need to go through the vineyard and try to estimate, however crudely, how many pounds of each variety of grape we have. And then we need to decide how many plums to pick. And then we need to see what tanks are available and what tanks we MUST make available by bottling more wine before October when the big harvest happens.
Today feels like the right day to make this survey. It's too hot to do hard physical labor, so why not wander with a clipboard and make some notes?