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Winemaking

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Rye Whiskey & Maple Syrup Aged Dessert Wine

The winemaking team here at Noboleis Vineyards cannot be more excited or proud to introduce our newest Small Batch Series Rye Whiskey and Maple Syrup Barrel Aged Dessert Wine. Small Batch Series: Part II After one year in neutral wine barrels, we transferred some of our port style 2017 fortified dessert wine to barrels that [...]

How to Filter Wine: Vidal Blanc

The next round of bottling our 2017 vintages begins tomorrow morning and Gabe has been busy this week.  The days leading up to bottling are when wine making really springs into action.  The stainless steel tanks are filled with wine that is ready to find it's place in a bottle.  Depending on the wines that [...]

Punching Down the Grape

After the clusters of both red and white grapes are plucked from the vines, (actually they are shook by a large machine until they fall!) they all go through the de-stemmer and that's where the similarities end between crushing these two grapes.  White grapes are pressed with a large bladder and pumped into tanks for [...]

Norton- Time to Harvest

It's October and the only remaining on-property estate grape on the vine is Norton. Each grape is ready for harvest at different times in the season, depending on when it comes ripe.   Here at Noboleis, red grapes Norton and Chambourcin usually reach the desired Brix (measurement of sugar content) during late September to mid [...]

VIDEO: Vignoles Bottling

Vignoles Bottling:  Bottling is usually a whole day event and mobile bottler, Old Woolam Custom Bottling arrives early in the morning and stays through the evening to bottle dozens of pallets of wines.  We can have up to 10 full days to bottle all of the wines that we make at Noboleis.

HARVEST: THE WINEMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE

The leaves may still be green and we haven’t yet escaped the heat completely, but none the less summer is quietly slipping away. As sad as that may sound, the fast approaching fall season comes bearing many gifts and soon it will be time for harvest. Our lives here at the winery are intrinsically tied [...]

VIGNOLES VACATION

Who wouldn’t love a tropical vacation to some far off secluded island, enjoying a nice breeze, the sound of waves gently cascading and falling over soft beach sand, and the subtle aroma of the vast salty ocean? An island vacation presents numerous opportunities for adventure, relaxation and discovery. Unfortunately we cannot always jump on a [...]

VARIETAL TASTING OF VIDAL WINES

Working for a winery has it's perks. Normally it runs like any other business and the product happens to be wine from grapes grown a few hundred feet away. But it is still a business that blends passion into every report, tank cleaning, vineyard pruning, government compliance, paperwork, inventory count and into every customer we [...]

SPARKLING WINES FOR ANY TIME

Imagine bubbles slowly drifting to the surface of a brilliantly clear and pale straw colored wine in long stemmed fluted glasses. A waiter in a finely pressed tuxedo picks up a tray of these glasses and begins to drift amongst a well-dressed crowd in an elegant ballroom. A sharply dressed and handsome man takes two [...]