A REAL CHANGE: VERAISON

Chambourcin at Blumenhof Winery near Augusta, Missouri and Washington, Missouri - close to St. Louis

Have you been following the political news lately? It’s occurred to us that there some parallels between the political campaign and our vineyard right now.  While the two major political parties just had their conventions, our grapes are holding their own sort of “unification process” – veraison.

  • CHANGE (chānj) v. changed, chang•ing, chang•es  1. The mantra of politicians throughout a presidential election cycle: elect me and I’ll change everything (or nothing).  2. To make or become different: the color of the grapes are beginning to change.

Veraison marks the last leg of the ripening race for our grapes.  It’s when the berries begin to accumulate sugar, increase in size, decrease in harsh/vegetal character, increase in fruity aromas/flavors, and (most dramatically) CHANGE color.  It’s pretty amazing to watch – over the course of a couple of weeks the clusters transition from a green color to a gold (in the case of white varieties) or purple (in the case of red varieties).

However, this CHANGE is rarely smooth.  Some berries are reluctant to adjust, remaining green much longer than the average grape.  It’s a great time to spot the bunches of grapes that may not make the best wine. If a cluster of grapes stays green too long, we’ll toss them out to ensure unity (a.k.a. – more consistent ripening).

We’re excited that veraison is here!  It means there’s only a few more weeks until harvest begins, and we get to show you the fruit of our labor and how we make grapes CHANGE into wine.  Like us on Facebook and make sure you see our posts (click here to learn how to do that) – we’ll be inviting you to come out and watch us crush, press, and start making wine at the end of August.

ANNIVERSARY SALE

ENDING SOON

To celebrate our 29th year in business, ALL WINES are on sale for the month of July!
Mix and Match any 12 bottles to receive ANNIVERSARY CASE PRICING:
Dry Whites
SEYVAL – $9.77 *
PLAN B 2015 – $9.77 *

Dry Reds
ORIGINAL CYN – $15.77 *
CABERNET FRANC – $26.95 *
CABERNET SAUVIGNON – $11.77 *

Semi-Dry
RAYON d’OR – $8.83 *
MISSOURI WEINLAND – $9.77 *
KATY’S BLUSH – $9.77 *

Semi-Sweet
VIGNOLES – $12.83 *
LA CHARRETTE – $8.83 *
VALVIN MUSCAT – $15.77 *
DEVIL’S DEN RED – $9.77 *

*per bottle in a purchase of 12 or more bottles
Shop here now or call 800-419-2245 to place an order.

Live music july/August 2016 blumenhof winery missouri

Upcoming Events

Fri 29

Happy Hour with Stuart Johnson

July 29 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Sat 30

Marissa Harms

July 30 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Sat 30

8 Track

July 30 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Sun 31

The Jamily Fam

July 31 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 05

HAPPY HOUR with Mark Gordon

August 5 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 06

Mark Moebeck

August 6 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 06

Kirk ‘n Friends

August 6 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 07

Garden Party Band

August 7 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 12

HAPPY HOUR with Ed Belling

August 12 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

Aug 13

Gary Sluhan

August 13 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm Dutzow MO United States

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