With the threat of below-zero temperatures behind us it’s time to gather and check the buds for signs of cold damage. We gather between 100 to 200 buds depending on the size of the block and variety. Pictured to the left are bundles of ten bud sticks ready to be checked. Of the European varieties we grow, Riesling is the most cold hardy and Merlot is the most sensitive.
The buds we are currently checking are from canes which were exposed to the air temperatures not buds from the canes which were covered with a protective layer of soil for insulation. We will check the buds on the buried canes after we have assessed if or how many we may need to use, dependent on the damage to the air-exposed canes. On the vines where we do locate bud damage we will leave more than the usual number of buds on the vine during the pruning process, to hopefully offset the loss.
Happy St Patrick's day! Stop by this week and try our own Sparkling Mint Julep!
Using all local products: Chateau Frank Sparkling Riesling, McKenzie Bourbon, and a dash of Fee Brothers Bitters.
Muddled mint and lemon twist bring this beautiful cocktail together perfectly!
Sure to delight! $10.00
Love is in the air......
White Birch Vineyard's Rosé will be on a 10% discount for Valentine's weekend only!!!
At the Tasting Room we will be serving a Valentine's Day Flight of 3 wines paired with truffles; Raspberry, White Chocolate & Chocolate for $15.
Come visit us this Valentine's weekend!
The canes are covered by a mound of dirt with a nice extra protection layer of snow, we have actually received a few more inches of snow since this photo was taken. We are in the process of removing the pruning leftovers in the trellis wire and piling them up for removal from the vineyard. Notice how on the row on the left of the first photo the “brush” has been removed from the trellis vs the right side, which has not yet been removed. We pile up the leftover canes and take them out of the vineyard to remove any overwintering fungus. I've also included a few late fall 2016 and early winter 2017 photos from the vineyard.
It's a beautiful crisp day in the Village of Skaneateles!
Stop into the White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room on your way home to enjoy a glass of wine, a bourbon cream coffee or an Irish coffee.
We now use a local roaster, Java Joe's of Binghamton, for our fresh ground coffee. Just another one of our delicious Central NY products!
The tall glass is our traditional Irish coffee. It's made using Java Joe's fresh roast coffee, Mackenzie Pure Pot Still Irish Style Whiskey, two spoonfuls of real brown sugar and layered on top with heavy whipping cream! Sure to delight your tastebuds!
The coffee cup is Java Joe's Fresh roast coffee, Black Button Bourbon Cream, topped with heavy whipped cream.
Come in today and let us make you one our delicious new winter beverages!