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Our grapevines always produce more shoots than they can handle. If we left the shoots alone, the vines would struggle to ripen the too-heavy load of grapes. We bring each vine back into balance by removing some of the shoots in the spring, when they’re still tender enough to be flicked off with a finger. It’s a beautiful time of year in the vineyard!

By lincolnpeak / 8:27 pm

 

May 3, 2017

I wrote two weeks ago that the buds were still holding tight. We’ve had some sun and a few warm days since then, and they’re starting to push up and out. The La Crescent are always the prettiest– a rainbow of colors across each tiny curled leaf. Now we keep our fingers crossed through the rest of frost season!

 

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By lincolnpeak / 8:46 pm

April 19, 2017

The future of this whole season is contained in tiny buds. In the photo above, the bud is that pale gray blob sticking out from the base of the upright spur. That bud holds the potential for 5-15 ft of new shoot and leaves, and 2-4 clusters of grapes. It contains all our spring and summer labor, plus the work of harvesting and pruning this fall and winter.

It’s no wonder, then, . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:27 pm

(See photo slideshow of the disgorging process below.)

We spent our afternoon popping bottles of unpredictably fizzy wine, and getting covered head to toe. I was smiling so broadly when I did my first one, I got a mouthful of foamy wine. I didn’t mind at all!

 

Pét-Nat is a type of sparkling wine— fresh, alive, and lightly fizzy. It’s short for Pétillant Naturel, which means “naturally sparkling.” Last fall, we decided to give it . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:59 pm

Tongues are wagging and confusion abounds. I’m here to set the neighborhood gossip to rest:  we’re NOT building on the corner of Rte 7 and River Rd.

 

We’re excited to have Silver Maple Construction as new neighbors on the corner. They bought the property last year, and the new building you see is their workshop. (Their offices are in the farmhouse.) Our vineyard wraps the corner property like an L.

 

Though perhaps you were hoping . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 5:06 pm

We have about 12 acres of vines, and each one needs significant pruning every winter. Every shoot that grew last year must be cut back to the first bud. Our vineyard manager Roxanne Smith does the majority of this work by herself. She’s obviously our rock star.

 

In addition to all of this regular pruning (called “spur pruning,” because a little spur is left of each shoot), Roxanne take every opportunity to rejuvenate the vines. . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 5:06 pm

Sometimes, the beauty of the natural world doesn’t wait for you to stop and notice– it blasts your eyes, just to make sure you see. Yes, this moment (above) really happened on the 25th of January when ice coated every tendril and twig, and suddenly the sun broke free of the clouds. For similar fireworks for your taste buds, I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Chocolate Weekend.

By lincolnpeak / 10:34 pm

Happy New Year to all! May the coming year bring joy– and delicious wine– to you and yours.

— Chris & Michaela Granstrom, Sara Granstrom, & Roxanne Smith

By lincolnpeak / 6:37 pm

Sara’s Gløgg (Mulled Wine)

 

INGREDIENTS 1 bottle of Marquette Nouveau 1 orange, sliced into rounds ¼ cup honey or simple syrup, or other amount to your taste 1 whole cinnamon stick 4-8 whole cloves 2-3 whole cardamom pods ¼ cup raisins a small square of cheesecloth and string

 

PREPARATION Pour one bottle of Marquette Nouveau into a small pot or slow-cooker and begin to heat wine. Squeeze the juice from half of . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 9:42 pm