What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

Wine In Bloom!

Spring has Sprung and Wine is in Bloom!
We are Celebrating Saturday with our annual Wine in Bloom Open House.
Live Music!
New Wines!
so Grab your family, Grab your friends and
Enjoy the scenery in Massbach!
See you there,
Cheers,
Peggy

Celebrating Bud Break!

The vines are bursting with life and energy once again. The fresh green shoots are popping out showing off the tiny leaves and fruit that will soon form.

Each year in early spring, vines go through a process that leads up to this excited occasion.  As warm weather inches its way towards spring, the newly pruned vines start to “bleed”.   Water is being soaked up by the roots and starts running through the vines’ veins once again. Right where we have made a cut in the vine to control its fruit load, this semi-sweet water drips out.  As temperatures rise more during these April days, the buds on the vines start to swell.  Then the break; BUD BREAK!

We have had bud break in past years as early as the second week in April.

That is exciting to see the early growth but warrants worry for late spring frost.   In Massbach, 2017’s vintage has escaped any spring frost (knock on wood).

Come out and see the new growth for yourself!

And, Celebrate Each Day!

Peggy

Have a Blessed Easter!

Happy Spring to everyone!!!  Pruning is done and the weather is warm so we are smiles:)

FYI:  We will be closed Easter Sunday so that we may enjoy the holiday with our families.

Wine news:

Elizabeth White will have a new label displayed soon. The art contest produced a figure that makes you appreciate and contemplate the past and appreciate our current blessings.  The wine is the new 2016 vintage and a little lighter than the previous year.  It’s refreshingly sweet and fruity.

Seyval:  the new 2016 vintage has been bottled and is on the shelf.  I’m very happy with this wine.  I recommend it with the white meats you will be putting on the grill or just to sip on the porch to celebrate the day.

Hope to see you soon,

Cheers,

Peggy

Grape Pruning=Wine Sculpting

Pruning= cutting 90% of a grapevine’s growth from last year to develop a balance between quantity and quality.

It’s SPRING!  We are outside full-time during the month of March sculpting this year’s vintage of fruit.

Watch –Peggy Pruning a Frontenac plant

If the vines are left on their own, each vine will look more like a bush with all of last year’s buds growing another shoot.  As a farmer, this sounds okay.  More growth=more yield.  BUT, the quality of fruit would be terrible.

Here are a few of the issues if the vine was left unpruned –

  • Smaller bunches
  • Too much vegitation keeps the fruit from getting sunlight
  • Too much vegitation keeps moisture from dew and rain lingering too long promoting fungal growth… yuck
  • The many, many small bunchs will not ripen before the leaves fall

TAKE HOME –   No Pruning=Exponential Mess=Poor Wine Quality

Because of our committment to high quality wine, we take great care to created a quality/quantity balance on each vine.  Yes, each vine.  More fruiting buds will be left on a vigorous plant than one that show less growht fromthe previous years.

Well, enough yacking.  I’m going outside!!

Take care friends and come out soon to see the manicured vineyard.

Cheers,

Peggy

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Every Day is a Celebration!”  In honor of Valentine’s Day, take time to enjoy a bottle of Massbach wine with your special someone… once or maybe twice.

In researching a quote about sharing wine with spouses/lovers, I found this from Australian poet/journalist, Ann Fairbairn.  “There must be always wine and fellowship or we are truly lost.”

Although this quote may not be as provocative as what I was looking for, it simplifies the need to take the time with one another to talk, to share and to just be together.  This is where wine comes in once again.

I last wrote about pairing food and wine.  That magic pales in comparison to the magical pairing of a bottle of wine with your special love.  So grab your special someone and celebrate Valentine Day at Massbach Ridge Winery or open a bottle at home.  

Please let us know what Massbach wine you have chosen.  Or better yet, tell us what Massbach wine “pairs” best with your special someone.    Let’s have some fun with this!

Mine is a little fruity and sweet.

Food and Wine? nope. Wine and Food.

Traumen with meat loaf turns a common meal into a WOW.

Do you find yourself spend more time playing in the kitchen during the winter months? Trying new recipes? Putting a little more flare in your day to day meals? With being cooped up in the house more that I would like, I sure find myself having a little more fun preparing the evening’s menu.

Wine, of course, enters into play here.  There are times I pick a recipe I want to try (or just grab something from the freezer) and then look to the “cellar” for a wine to match. Others times when I have time to prepare a special supper, #1 the wine is chosen,  #2 then the dish.

So how to select a wine for dinner? Or in my case, select a dinner for a wine?

There is the long-standing rule of thumb that says “Red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat.”

From that educational foundation, you can build some structure with trial and error; drinking the wine you like with the food you like.  Please take note of a few considerations.  First – spice.  For instance, garlic, (a staple in our kitchen) will pair better with our Seyval Blanc than our fruity St. Pepin.  A light wine like our Blushing Pink will get lost with a hot spicy dish where Marechal Foch will enhance the flavor.

Secondly, the “weight” of the food should be consistent between the wine and food.  Example:  A hearty stew will taste better with deep reds like Massbach Reserve or Traumen as opposed to Massbach Stomp.

This being said, remember this subjective.  Some of our customers love Massbach Stomp (a Concord wine) with spaghetti while others wouldn’t consider opening anything else than Massbach Reserve (our barrel-aged Frontenac).

In making a good pairing, you create a Gestalt effect. The combination of the wine/food is greater than (>) the two on their own.  That’s the beauty!!!

Again, I encourage you to drink the wine you love with the food you love with the people you love.  You can’t go wrong!

Have fun with this and please post your discoveries and let us know.

Happy New Years!

A glass to the old and A glass to the new!

We will be open at both tasting rooms New Year’s Day from 11 to 5pm. Please drink responsibly.

You are going to love these new wines!

The time to release the first new wines of 2016 is here.

Vignoles is my favorite! We are almost too cold to grow this grape and have had a couple of years of very little crop. After a mild winter last year and hours of retraining the vines, we harvested an ample crop. I am very excited to have you try this semi-sweet wine filled with tropical fruit flavors.

Our Apple wine is always popular with our friends that like more mild wines. After an absence on the shelf, Apple is back! The cider we use to make this wine is from our neighboring town of Lanark. Cheers to Rolling Hills!

Last, but not least, Massbach Nouveau 2016 has been bottled and differs greatly from previous vintages. A blend of Foch and Marquette (a new northern grape) has a touch of sweetness and finishes with a cranberry note.

I am very excited for you to come out and sample these new wines! Let me know what you think.

Cheers my friends,
Peggy

Biggest Harvest in Massbach History

harvesting-2016 harvesting-frontenac-2016 Over 50 ton of grapes processed this past month! That’s a LOT of buckets!! Approximately 5,000 buckets!
A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL you helped; customers, charity organizations, friends and family.
Marechal Foch, St. Pepin, LaCrosse, Frontenac and Vignoles wines have filled the tanks to the brim.
Harvest was a little early this year. About 10 days ahead of most years. The main reaston is the hot August we received. The quality of grapes has been exceptional considering the rainfall we have experienced the past several weeks.
We are very excited about the vintages in the works and will be updating you on the status as the upcoming months pass.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Cheers,
Peggy