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
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?
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
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!
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
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.
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
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?!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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 &
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
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
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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
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!
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
I know it's cold and by the calendar it is still
technically winter, but I think it's time to "Think
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
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
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 checking a Marechal Foch vine for winter
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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