The Vines are Weeping for Joy, Spring is Here!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015




I don't want to talk too soon, but it would appear as though the weather has caught up with the calendar.  Yes, by all indications, spring seems to be here officially and unofficially.  It's warming up, its sunny, it's past the vernal equinox... and for me personally, spring starts when I hear the call of the red winged blackbirds, the pussy willows bud out, and my rhubarb starts pushing out crowns from the warming earth.  Check, check, and check.


Now officially in the vineyard I would say that I'm about half way through pruning, with only the St. Pepin and Petite Pearl left.  The vines are beginning to wake up as well.  Currently when I prune a vine, it immediately starts to weep from the fresh cuts which drip like a leaky faucets. This is a typical occurrence once daytime temperatures start to rise above 50 degrees.




Often the vines will keep on weeping like this for the next couple weeks until the buds start growing out. This bleeding of sap may seem harmful to the vine, but the grapes suffer no ill effect. If you come out to the vineyard right now, you can see the weeping vines for yourself.  There is one concern with the constant gush of sap, and I purposely make an angled cut on every shoot to make sure the flow of sap runs away from from the grape buds.  This helps keep the buds dry which is important to avoid problems with fungus.


Out of curiosity I've tried the grape sap, and it tastes mostly like water.  I suppose that it might sound odd to taste sap from a grapevine, but I would venture to guess that you've enjoyed boiled down tree sap on top of your pancakes.  Hmm...I wonder what grape sap syrup would taste like?



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Farewell & Cheers

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tammy cheers

It is with happiness and sadness that I write my last blog today.  After 3 wonderful years of working at Parallel 44, it is time for me to leave.  I have just been accepted into a program in Europe where I will be working on organic vineyards and farms.  This program has always been a dream of mine, one that I never really thought would come true. However, after months of waiting, I have finally been accepted! It's an incredible opportunity that is simply way too good to pass up.

I remember when I first started at Parallel 44.  My knowledge of wine was quite minimal, and my efforts at opening a wine bottle was pitiful at best.  I didn't even drink much wine to be honest!  However, over the last 3 years, my time and experience here at Parallel 44 has not only taught me so much about winemaking and grape growing, but it has given me a deep appreciation for wine.  I understand how much work and love goes into making a glass of wine.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to work for Maria and Steve, and for their patience and guidance during my time here.  I can't even begin to detail everything I've learned over the last few years.  But I can say that I am truly grateful for the education and experience I have received.  I am blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people at Parallel 44.

To leave behind Parallel 44 and all the customers, club members, friends, and staff, is really difficult for me. I have gotten to know so many of you quite well. I will truly miss being at Parallel 44 and seeing all of you. You have made this place very special in my heart. To everyone at Parallel 44, I wish you all the best and know that you will continue to grow and succeed.  To all our fans, I hope you continue to enjoy the passion, courage, and vision that Parallel 44 endlessly strives towards to provide you with the best, award winning wines possible.  Know that I will be thinking of all of you often and will for sure stop by when I get home to try all the new delicious wines!




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The Prefect Easter Wine

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Maria Tundra White


Tundra White has always been one of my favorite wines and it has certainly proven itself in wine competition -- receiving Best of Show, Gold or Double Gold each year over the last 4 years!  Now that is a great record!


What I like most about Tundra White is its versatility.  Not to sweet, not to dry, crisp and refreshing - all the perfect qualities of a good food pairing wine.  Whether I am sitting on the back porch relaxing, entertaining friends over some wine and cheese or cooking up a tasty chicken dish -- my go to wine is Tundra White!


This wine would also be a tasty pairing for your Easter meal this weekend -- it balances ham and turkey perfectly or is a great brunch wine.


If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to visit us and explore your taste with a sample of this wine.  Then pop open a bottle and see how good wine can bring family and friends together for a celebration.






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Taylor's Introduction

Wednesday, March 25, 2015



Hi everyone! I am the newest addition to Parallel 44 and would love for all of you to get to know me. My name is Taylor and I am thrilled to be Parallel 44's marketing intern throughout the spring and summer months.


Let me share a little background information on myself. I grew up in the small town of Maribel, WI and now live in Denmark, WI, located only 15 minutes southwest of Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery.  I am currently a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I am anxiously awaiting my date of graduation in May of this year.  When all is said and done, I will have a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing as well as a minor in Economics. Marketing became my emphasis of choice because I knew it would allow me to mix my creative mind with the professionalism and structure existing within the ever growing business world. I fully enjoy using my creativity in all aspects of my life, whether it be doing a craft project for fun or creating a promotional piece for an event.

I previously completed an internship with The Children's Museum of Green Bay in the summer of 2014.  I was responsible for designing and revamping current, outdated guest informational documents, creating promotional pieces for museum events, preparing social media content, and writing press releases. I would say my most favorite aspect was being able to participate in the activities the day of the events. This is the time when I was really able to see all my hard work come together and realize that my marketing work had created an impact and drawn guests in.

I look forward to seeing all that this new opportunity has to offer me. I am very excited to be apart of the fun and unique environment that Parallel 44 has to offer. I am not only eager to use my current skills and experiences but also anxious to learn and grow as an individual and a professional. I am driven to acquire as much marketing knowledge as I can in order to make myself a more desirable candidate in the future. This internship position at Parallel 44 is yet another valuable stepping stone on my journey to success...and besides, what's a journey without enjoying a little bit of Wisconsin's most delicious wine on the way?!



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Spring has Arrived

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

couple on patio

Parallel 44's Vineyard is unquestionably a beautiful area. It has been a vision, one of bringing dreams to reality through dedication and hard work by many people. Owners Steve and Maria with their vision and the help of their professional team, have built this special place at Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery.

Over time, Steve and Maria over time have created a place where people can visit, enjoy the wines and be a part of the experience.  Winemaker Steve makes wines using traditional techniques but always with an eye toward innovation.  Steve's goals are to make wines that are food friendly, elegant and built for longevity.

Now that spring has arrived, you can perch yourself on the patio and enjoy the beautiful whether.  It has a casual ambiance with a spectacular view of the vineyard waking up to the spring. Come savor the wines and watch the sun sink behind the vineyard!

- Sheila

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Here’s to Warmer Days and New Wines!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sam and new wine

Last time I checked in was late January, the days were short and cold was the only way to describe the weather. Well, we're several weeks later and the days longer and the weather is finally getting warmer; with winter finally heading out the door and everything is starting to feel fresh and new. Speaking of new, throughout this spring and summer we will be releasing several new wines, showing off our updated look and adding two new wines to store shelves.

While I'm sure by now you've heard about our Ice Wine and some of you may have even had the chance to sample it. Besides the release of our Ice wine in May there's also several other new wines that we will be introducing this year. Some of these new wines include a new red wine called Cuvee and a wine club member only wine called Sweet Red. Our Door family of wines will also finally be completed with a rosé wine called Pink Door. This year we are also bringing back one of our popular wines, Meditation.

Not only are we releasing several new wines this year, but we also have some other new exciting things happening with our wines. Such as introducing an update look for many of our current wines.  Also, keep your eye out at your local grocery store, in April we will be adding two new wines to store shelves.

Next time I talk with you, the days should be even warmer day and some great new wines should be available for you to Explore Your Taste with!



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Happy Spring

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

St. Pepin

I know it's cold and by the calendar it is still technically winter, but I think it's time to "Think Spring"!

Today I wanted to highlight the wonderful dessert wine that we have made called "Late Harvest St. Pepin".   This wine is made 100% from the St Pepin grape and was grown here in the vineyards of Parallel 44.  It was harvested in late October of 2012 at 27 Brix when the grapes had reached their optimal maturity in an excellent vintage year. As we get closer to the end of the supply of this vintage, I wanted to highlight for you this wine to make sure you get a chance to enjoy it before it is gone.

All through the month of March we are making Late Harvest St. Pepin the "Wine of the Month".   As the "Wine of the Month" you will be able to enjoy a complimentary sample of the wine in our tasting room and be able to take advantage of a great discount of 4 bottles of St. Pepin for 44 dollars.  Isn't that easy to remember!

What is also easy, is your ability to enjoy this wine now.  While it is considered sweet, as it is a desert wine, it is even more balanced.  It is  only 10% alcohol,  but has a rich mouthfeel and layers of flavors that linger on your palate making it an excellent dessert wine to enjoy with food or just on its own.  By halting fermentation partially through the process we were able to produce a lower alcohol, sweet, but balanced and approachable wine.  This estate wine, is a wine that pleases both the newcomer to wine appreciation in addition to the connoisseur.

I invite you to come in for a free sample and take advantage of the discount and toast the sweet approach of spring with some bottles of St. Pepin before they are gone. We did not make this wine in 2013 and 2014 due to a cold summer and now is the time to enjoy the Late Harvest St. Pepin as it reaches its optimal maturity and expression.


Winemaker Steve

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Winter is Being Stubborn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter is being stubborn. Like a clueless party guest, winter has a tendency to linger much longer than the host would like.  I'll still take our current winter over the horrors of last year however.  Up until the past couple of weeks I had been pretty confident in the ability of our vines to shrug off the winter cold, but it's been dropping down pretty low at night these past few weeks into the minus teens.

Bob and bud

Bob checking a Marechal Foch vine for winter damage


dead bud

Picture of a dead bud

So again I've resorted to a technique I used last winter to assess winter damage to the vines.  I'm taking in cuttings of vines and cutting the buds in half with a razor blade to examine them through a magnifying glass.  This procedure allows me to see whether the buds are alive or dead.  If the bud is alive, it appears green and vibrant, and if it has been killed by the cold, it appears blackish brown.  Of all of our vines, the variety Marechal Foch is the most susceptible to the cold temperatures, and that is why I check it first for dead buds.  I just checked a sample this morning, and I am glad to report that winter damage is minimal, about 15% of the buds are dead, and while that may sound bad, it shouldn't have any impact on the amount of crop that we produce this upcoming vintage, and I won't have to adjust my pruning program either.

bob in Vineyard

As for pruning, now is the time to start, and I've actually been out there in subzero wind chills doing some trimming. It's been slow going, but believe it or not, I love doing it - even with the wind burning my cheeks.  With the days getting longer I know and take solace that winter's hold is slipping no matter how frigid things are at present...that and Tundra Fest is coming up this Saturday!  Hope to see you there!


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Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Great Wines

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greetings Parallel 44 and Door 44 fans,

With a passion for offering highest quality wines at Parallel44 and Door44, our  wines have become increasingly popular with local wine enthusiasts and a must stop for locals and tourists on the Door County Wine Trail. Parallel 44 and Door 44 offer distinctive award-winning wines ranging from sophisticated reds to elegant whites and specialty wines that will delight the most discriminating palates.


Visitors who come to Parallel 44 and Door 44 for a wine tasting, a glass, bottle or case of wine are welcome to enjoy our patio or deck.  Wine samplers are welcome to sit back, take a breath and relax with friends, family and wine.  The tasting rooms include custom built wine bars for tasting each of our wines, guided by the knowledge of educated and friendly staff, a patio for sipping wines on lazy summer days, and a beautiful bar area for lingering during chilly days in the winter.  Sometimes visitors like to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine by our vineyard at Parallel 44 to take in the spectacular scenic sunset.  Three or four generations of families will sit by the tables outside or stand in our tasting rooms.

Couple by vineyard

We invite you to visit the winery and enjoy a glass of wine with friends to celebrate a special event or just relax and enjoy the view.  We strive to make your experience enjoyable, memorable and relaxing no matter what the occasion.  It is our pleasure to share our dream and passion for wines with you and see you in the tasting room.



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Sneak Peak to Frozen Tundra Wine Fest

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I invite you all to join us for our 6th Annual Frozen Tundra Wine Fest on Saturday, February 28th. Enjoy wine, live music, food, vendors, tours, horse carriage rides, and more! Oh, and did I mention, it's an outdoor festival! Dress warm and come celebrate being a hardy Wisconsinite! See you there!




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N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Kewaunee, WI 54216

(920) 388-4400
(888) 932-0044

(920) 388-4400     (888) 932-0044     N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road | Kewaunee, WI 54216