- Frontenac - (Plum, Berry, Cherries)
- Frontenac Gris - (Peach, Tropical Fruit, adds body)
- La Crescent - (Aromatic, Peach , Citrus, Pineapple, Tropical Fruit)
- Marquette (Cherry, black pepper, complex)
- Brianna (grapefruit, pineapple)
Fast forward to last weekend which was the start of their harvest season at St. Croix Vineyards and I made my way to put in a 4 hour shift at the vineyard to harvest some grapes. Now, harvesting grapes can be a tedious process. Some grapes are under developed and pinkish and extremely acid, those don't make the cuts, their are also many grapes that have been burst, and ants, and bees are all over them just sucking in the sweet goodness. A 4-hour shift was kinda long so make sure you are down if you decide to help them out. In my shift we picked Marechal Foch grapes, and they were in small clusters. That's the key word that we used..."this is a beautiful cluster!" That meant, all of the grapes are in tact and I don't have to do much work. Anywho...it was a great experience. Part of the deal at SCV is that if you help out for 4 hours, they will give you two bottles of wine. Instead I asked, how many pounds of grapes go into 1 bottle, (4-5 lbs.)
- 5 lbs of Frontenac Gris (pr. Gree)
(Peach, Tropical Fruit, adds body
- 5 lbs of Marquette
(Cherry, black pepper, complex)
- 2 lbs of Un-named U of M experimental grapes
(apparently although they taste beautiful, they didn't produce enough large clusters of grapes to justify mass production as a cold hardy variety. I have 2 lbs of a grape variety that you will never ever be able to get, see, or try, other then the beer that I age then in! )
Hell Yeah! Locally grown grapes for adding to my Wild Beers! According to a video I saw about Cantillons grape beers, they use appr. 2 lbs per gallon of whole grapes, so that's where I'm going to start. Planning on tasting some of my Lambic style beers to figure out which ones will complement these grapes the best and let them shine. I'm thinking 2 gallons of Lambic on Frontenac Gris, 2 gallons of Lambic on Marquette, and 1 gallon of Lambic on Unnamed grape variety!
Needless to say, I have a new found respect for grapes, and wine, and terroir, and especially wine. I'm gonna go out and get a bottle or 12 today!
"Our winery doesn't run unless there is Summit in the fridge. We make wine, and when we make wine, we drink beer!" - Peter Hemstad quoting someone else that works at SCV.
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