What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

Celebrating America’s Birthday!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays: family, friends, outside games, the pool, great food-just to name a few things I look forward to. Now, what wine to crack open?

My first suggestion is to get the Cool Breeze and Daffodil White on ice. Either one will be perfect poolside. Chill a pouch of Cool Breeze or Stomp for the river/lake (no glass). Daffodil will pair wonderfully with the weekends’ desserts. My favorite is ice cream topped with wild black raspberries.

My next suggestion is Watermelon wine. Pour a chilled glass and drop a piece of watermelon into your glass. A strawberry works too in creating a perfect summer scene.

Lastly, what to sit with the burgers and brats?  While I’m partial to the oak-aged Massbach Reserve, Marechal Foch will better suit the summer heat. Slightly chill the dry light red and enjoy the barbecue.

As always, we will be open every day through the long holiday weekend- 11 to 5. (Yes, even in the 4th.)

Live music will be on the  winery patio Saturday July 1st.

Happy 4th of July!

Enjoy your loved ones and join me in appreciating the country we are blessed to live in.

Cheers,

Peggy

Corkless in Galena

 

June 24th form noon to 7 pm

Find Tickets here… www.corklessingalena.simpletix.com

  • Wine
  • Food
  • Art
  • Live Music

Elegant wines made from American hybrid grapes will be showcased in the afternoon and early evening. Selections of wines represent unique wines produced by family owned Northern Illinois Wineries. In addition to Wine Tastings, there will be an art exhibit, light snacks available, and music.

Location: Depot Parking Lot, Galena Illinois

Along the Galena River

Wine in Bloom

Get your first glimpse of spring in the vineyard, join us for a wine tasting outside on the porch, stroll through the vineyard and enjoy wine and entertainment all afternoon.

Saturday, May 27th  at 11 AM – 5 PM
8837 S Massbach Rd, Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

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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

Wine on the Fox

Don’t miss this opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare.

Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day).Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.

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

Plant & Decant

Join us Saturday, April 8th at 1pm to plant tasty herbs while sipping wine.  Project images and cost to be added soon!

 

Wine Lovers Weekend

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 6-8pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 4-6pm

Join us for Wine Lovers’ Weekend, one of the largest indoor wine tasting events in the state of Illinois. Located at Galena Convention Center.

Two Grand Tasting Events! This event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

Purchase Tickets Here

 

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