2016 Harvest Update: October 31st


Contributed by Dan Wolfe, Associate Winemaker.

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Harvest is now coming to an end. As seen in the picture above, the grapes are all picked and the winter skies are beginning to close in. This week we finished up pressing Vidal and crushing Merlot. We still have a few red verities to press that are still fermenting on skins, and our late harvest Vidal to pick and press- but that will end our harvest season. It’s hard to believe our harvest season is ending- it always goes by so fast.

We still have plenty of juice for sale. Our Italian juice pails have arrived so if you haven’t picked yours up yet they are available. From now to the end of the year we’ll be busy fermenting, racking, filtering and filling our barrels with the 2016 harvest.

Dan Wolfe joined Presque Isle Wine Cellars in 2011 and is our Associate Winemaker. Dan started making wines from wine kits in 2007 and the hobby quickly became an obsession. His habit then escalated to buying fresh grape juice at harvest time, and he started experimenting with blending different wines. Dan has entered his wines in many local and out of town competitions, bringing home Gold medals and best of show in places like California. He is a member of the American Wine Society and judges wine competitions locally and around the state.

2016 Harvest Update: October 24th


Contributed by Dan Wolfe, Associate Winemaker.

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We ended with what was a beautiful week with a few days of constant rainfall. None the less, we continued crushing and pressing. In addition to Concord, we also crushed Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc grapes this week at the winery. Additionally, we pressed Catawba and Vidal grapes. If you haven’t stopped by yet to pick up your juice for home winemaking, we still have some available for pickup- call for availability or stop in to inquire. We continue to rack, ferment and filter this year’s harvest. We are also looking forward to selling our wines in PA grocery stores in addition to our own tasting rooms this year with the new changes in liquor laws.

Dan Wolfe joined Presque Isle Wine Cellars in 2011 and is our Associate Winemaker. Dan started making wines from wine kits in 2007 and the hobby quickly became an obsession. His habit then escalated to buying fresh grape juice at harvest time, and he started experimenting with blending different wines. Dan has entered his wines in many local and out of town competitions, bringing home Gold medals and best of show in places like California. He is a member of the American Wine Society and judges wine competitions locally and around the state.

2016 Harvest Update: October 17th

Contributed by Dan Wolfe, Associate Winemaker.

Cab Franc Local Grapes

This week we were busy pressing red wines that were previously crushed and fermenting on skins for extra color and tannin. Additionally, we were pressing Concord grapes this week. Our staff were also racking many tanks off of sediment and preparing our wine making barrels for the red wines to age in. Pictured above is Cab Franc hanging on the vines, which will be picked in about 10 days.

We were also very busy labeling freshly bottled wine, and bottling our Cinnful Kisses.  If you haven’t tried our Cinnful Kisses yet, please stop by our Shops at the Colony location or our Isle House to sample some- it is delicious and will make a great holiday (and any time) dessert wine.

Dan Wolfe joined Presque Isle Wine Cellars in 2011 and is our Associate Winemaker. Dan started making wines from wine kits in 2007 and the hobby quickly became an obsession. His habit then escalated to buying fresh grape juice at harvest time, and he started experimenting with blending different wines. Dan has entered his wines in many local and out of town competitions, bringing home Gold medals and best of show in places like California. He is a member of the American Wine Society and judges wine competitions locally and around the state.

2016 Harvest Update: October 10th


Contributed by Dan Wolfe, Associate Winemaker.

Local Lake Erie Region Grapes

This week we are beginning to crush our red grapes, and still pressing our white. We will be possessing Riesling, Vidal, Concord and Traminette (pictured above) this week.  Additionally we’ll be crushing Blaufrankisch, Cab Franc and Noiret. The weather continues to hold out making working conditions ideal- these conditions are also ideal for the grapes.

We are continuing to take orders for our Italian juice pails coming in at the end of the month- make sure to place your orders before it is too late. We still have Australian and local juice and young wines for sale daily at our winery- online ordering for these are also available.

Dan Wolfe joined Presque Isle Wine Cellars in 2011 and is our Associate Winemaker. Dan started making wines from wine kits in 2007 and the hobby quickly became an obsession. His habit then escalated to buying fresh grape juice at harvest time, and he started experimenting with blending different wines. Dan has entered his wines in many local and out of town competitions, bringing home Gold medals and best of show in places like California. He is a member of the American Wine Society and judges wine competitions locally and around the state.

2016 Harvest Update: October 2nd

Contributed by Dan Wolfe, Associate Winemaker.

Pressing

This week has been another great week of weather and pressing. This week we processed Vignoles, Valvin Muscat, Cayuga, Steuben, Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Many of these varieties are available to purchase as juice for our winemakers- click here to learn more. Customers are busy making their own wine as they come in for juice with containers as small as 6 gallons and as large as 60 gallon drums. No matter what your needs are we are here to help you with your wine making- call us with any questions you may have, we would love to talk wine with you! 814-725-1314.

See all the winemaking supplies we have available here.

Dan Wolfe joined Presque Isle Wine Cellars in 2011 and is our Associate Winemaker. Dan started making wines from wine kits in 2007 and the hobby quickly became an obsession. His habit then escalated to buying fresh grape juice at harvest time, and he started experimenting with blending different wines. Dan has entered his wines in many local and out of town competitions, bringing home Gold medals and best of show in places like California. He is a member of the American Wine Society and judges wine competitions locally and around the state.