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Hi Folks: There are some big changes coming at Lincoln Peak Vineyard next year and we want to tell you about them. After 11 years of making and selling a nice variety of wines, winning awards, building a solid group of customers– you!– who have supported us, we’ve decided to take the business in a new direction.

We’re going to specialize in growing a smaller number of grape varieties and making a smaller number of . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:21 pm

Feb 15, 2019

On his wine blog The Cork Report, wine writer Lenn Thompson recently profiled Chris as a “tastemaker.” Lenn wrote:

His Marquette was the first example I ever tasted several years ago…  It was a Lincoln Peak Marquette that intrigued me and opened my eyes to what the cold-climate Minnesota hybrids could be – that being uniquely delicious.


Chris isn’t on Instagram. I don’t think he’s on Facebook. Vermont wine is . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 6:25 pm

April 28, 2018

We’ve just released 3 batches of our 2017 Petillant Naturel for your bubbly enjoyment! This delightful sparkling wine is fresh, alive, and lightly fizzy. Learn more in my posts from this year and from last year.

Batch A:  Rich peach and pear notes with a touch of sweetness variety: La Crescent

Batch B:  Deep red fruit flavors, dry with a lively sparkle variety: Petite Pearl ** THIS BATCH IS ESPECIALLY ENERGETIC. . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 3:27 pm

March 22, 2018

It’s bottling season at Lincoln Peak. We bottled Starlight rosé this week (see video above). We’ll be bottling Firelight, Ragtime White, La Crescent, Black Sparrow, and Ragtime Red all in the next four weeks. Stay tuned for release announcements for all those wines in the next several months!


Update: Firelight bottled 3/29…

By lincolnpeak / 7:37 pm

March 14, 2018

(video above)  The first bottle of Petite Pearl was livelier than expected!

We disgorged three batches of Pét-Nat today— La Crescent, Petite Pearl, and our Black Sparrow blend. The two whites were well-behaved, but the rosé, well, watch out! After this one in the video, we worked out a disgorging technique that kept more of the wine in each bottle ;).

When we popped the caps, we discovered three delightfully different sparklers. . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 7:56 pm

November 7, 2017

The days dwindle early now. The leaves have fallen in the vineyard, but a few rows of grapes are still hanging to make ice wine. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for early cold! We need overnight temps in the mid-teens to harvest at about 17 degrees just before sunrise.

Chris is very busy in the winery. He’s watching and tasting all the wines like a first-time parent. After they’ve spent many weeks . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 4:34 pm

March 30, 2017

(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 . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:59 pm

March 22, 2016

We’re releasing a brand-new wine in May. This dark red wine has smooth tannins and deep flavors of berries and herbs. We went to the history books for a name for this wine. Well, one history book in particular: the history of our town of New Haven back to its charter in 1761.

We name this wine in honor of the Farnsworth family, who farmed this land from 1816 to 1919. They would never . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:44 pm

Late October finds us working in the winery and enjoying– just like all our visitors– Vermont’s fall foliage around the vineyard. In the winery, the Marquette we harvest this fall has finished fermentation. Chris and Roxanne are filling our oak barrels to age the wine till next year.

(Click a thumbnail for a slideshow.)

By lincolnpeak / 5:17 pm

Judges at the 2015 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) confirmed what you already know– Marquette is delicious! Lincoln Peak Vineyard’s 2013 Marquette won Best-in-Show Red Wine at the ICCWC, held August 18 at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

In addition, our wines won these medals: Marquette 2013 – Best-in-Show Red & Gold Medal Ragtime White 2014 – Gold Medal Limestone 2014 – Silver Medal La Crescent 2014 – Silver Medal (soon to . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 7:47 pm