Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taylor Ridge Vineyard 2011

Taylor Ridge Vineyards                                                        Aug. 14, 2011

3843 105th Ave.                                                                        cell: 269-491-1512
Allegan, MI 49010                                                                home: 269-521-4047
Web Site:     Come check us out!!!
Volume Discount: 2% for 40 gallons or more; 4% for 100 gallons or more.
Early Order Discount: Orders received by Sept.1- 3%-either by phone, e-mail or postmarked
Supplies: We continue to stock basic wine supplies: yeast, sulfite, bubblers, carboys, hydrometers, various corks and closures, and winemaking books, 5 gal. plastic transporter jugs
Vineyard Management: In order to assure the best quality grapes, we do considerable hand labor including combing and removing leaves. Our grapes are hand-picked, crushed, pressed and immediately chilled to 35 degrees. This cold stabilization process acts as a natural filter and removes much of the sediment.
Crop Outlook for 2011:
        This year we have a full crop without the severe frosts of 2010. While we experienced an exgtended period of high temperatures in July and early August, we are about one week behind our harvest dates. There appears to be a strong demand for wine grapes and juices as customers have been calling in orders earlier than usual. Orders will be filled in the order received so place your order as soon as you can.
        When you have decided what you would like to order, either call or e-mail us. We will then let you know when your order is ready. Remember that you must supply your own containers unless you let
us know that you need to buy carboys or transporter containers from us. A 15% deposit is required to confirm an order of 30 gallons or more of a single variety.  Please be sure to confirm that your order is ready by calling us before driving here.
Storage If you order both early and late varieties it may not be possible to hold early grapes until late varieties are ripe. You should consider making two trips.
Red Varieties
Price per gallon
Price/pound picked


Cabernet Franc
Red Blend (Hybrids)
2 or more varieties of our choice
Noiret (NY 73)
Landot 4511
Leon Millot
Frontenac/Sabrevois Blend
Juice only
Cabernet Franc: Produces an aromatic red wine that is softer than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chambourcin: Makes a good red but also makes a good blush wine. It ages well.
Concord: One of the oldest American varieties. It makes a strong flavored foxy wine.
Dechaunac: Makes a wine reminiscent of some Italian wines.
Foch: Produces a fruity red table wine with a distinctive varietal flavor. Good acid: sugar balance.
Frontenac: Produces a full bodied wine which is especially good for blending with Dechaunac or Foch.
GR-7 Another New York State Hybrid. It makes darker red wines and it has a good tannin structure.
Landot 4511: Reminiscent of Beaujolais. Similar to Foch in ripening.  
 Leon Millot: This wine has a distinct berry aroma. It is a sister variety of Foch.
Noiret: Produces wine with notes of green and black pepper and raspberry. Good tannin.
White Varieties
Price per Gallon
La Crescent
Seyval Blanc
White Blend (Hybrids)
Our choice of varietals
St. Pepin
Muscat Otonel
Cayuga White
Frontenac Gris
Seyval/LaCrosse/La Crescent blend

White Varieties

Cayuga White: Can be made either into a semi-sweet wine emphasizing its fruity aromas or dry for a less fruity wine. Wines are pleasant and Germanic in style.
Chardonnel: This grape is a cross of Seyval and Chardonnay with hints of Chardonnay character.
Chardonnay: The premier French white wine grape, which is used in making Chablis or white burgundy.
Espirit: Wine has a mildly fruity flavor.
LaCrosse: This is a versatile wine grape, which can be made dry but also makes a good semi dry wine.
Muscat Otonel: A true European Muscat grape that can make a rich dessert wine.
Niagara: A floral wine with a unique flavor. One of the oldest American varieties, it is also used in American champagnes.
Reliance: Produces high sugars and makes a rich tasting wine.
Seyval: This grape is the mainstay of the hybrid white wines in Michigan. Blends well with LaCrosse.
St. Pepin: This grape is a hybrid of Seyval and makes an excellent sweet wine.
Traminette: A Gewürztraminer hybrid wine having a spicy quality similar to  Gewürztraminer.
Vignoles: Makes either a dry or slightly sweet wine. Has a distinct varietal flavor.
Vidal Blanc Produces a fruity wine with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Blends well with Seyval, Vignoles and Chardonnay.
Frontenac Gris Wine has a peach flavor and tropical fruit undertones.
La Crescent This wine has a distinct apricot-like flavor with good aromatics

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