Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Taylor Ridge Vineyards Aug 19, 2013

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.2, 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, winemaking books, and 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 2013
Harvest dates this year appear to be about average. Early varieties like Marquette, Reliance, Brianna and La Crescent will begin in early September. The late varieties like Cabernet Franc, Concord, and Noiret may be later than usual into the mid or late October. We have had one night of “beneficial” frost which helped to produce a more balanced crop. Overall, all varieties are available. La Crescent had a poor set due to rain during pollination so that crop is smaller. We have 8 days of warm weather this coming week that will be very beneficial to sugar production. Brix of some varieties taken on Aug. 18th: Marquette 17o, Reliance 16o, Foch 16o, DeChaunac 15o, Frontenac Gris 15o.

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. Please order the following varieties as soon as possible: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chardonnel, and Vignoles.

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. This could be especially true this season.

2013 Varieties and Price List

Red Varieties
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 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
Sabrevois: A complex red wine with good tannins.
Red Varieties
Price per gallon
Price/pound picked


Cabernet Franc
Red Blend (Hybrids)
2 or more hybrids varieties of our choice
Noiret (NY 73)
Landot 4511
Leon Millot

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.
La Crosse: 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 Gew├╝rztraminer hybrid wine having a spicy quality similar to Gew├╝rztraminer.
Vignoles: Makes either a dry or slightly sweet wine. Has a distinct varietal flavor.
Frontenac Gris Wine has a peach flavor and tropical fruit undertones.
La Crescent This wine has a distinct apricot-like flavor with good aromatics
Brianna: Wines are made semi-sweet and have a pineapple flavor
Riesling: The great wine of the Rhine valley.
Valvin Muscat: An aromatic wine with floral notes

White Varieties
Price per Gallon

La Crescent

La Crosse

Seyval Blanc


White Blend (Hybrids)
Our choice of French hybrids
St. Pepin




Muscat Otonel



Cayuga White

Frontenac Gris

Seyval/LaCrosse/La Crescent blend



Valvin Muscat