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Harvest 2015 Comes to a Close October 12 2015

Last Truck Leaving Iris VineyardsHarvest has concluded at Iris!  2015 was the earliest start and finish for harvest, with the final truck leaving the vineyard last Thursday. And what a great harvest it’s been!  We could not have asked for more perfect weather this year, and Arpad, our vineyard manager, is very pleased with this year’s results: beautifully ripe fruit, superb flavors, and excellent tonnage harvested. 

Fall Foliage at Iris VineyardsSauser at Iris VineyardsAutumn colors are just starting to set at the vineyard, so we hope you’ll come out to see the beautiful fall foliage later this week.  We’ll also be serving Sauser for the last time this weekend.  If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy this delicious, harvest-season-only “new wine,” this will be your last opportunity to enjoy it until next year.  Traditionally only available to winemakers and their teams, Iris has been delighted to serve Sauser throughout this harvest season.  Tastings are free, and a glass is only $6.  We’re open Thursday – Sunday from noon until six.  We hope you’ll join us.  Cheers! 


Wowser, It's Sauser! September 25 2015

SauserSauser: An alcoholic beverage that is the product of fermented, freshly pressed grape juice, known as must.  Once yeast has been added, grapes begin to ferment rapidly. The sugar contained in the grapes is broken down into alcohol and carbon dioxide (glycolysis). As soon as an alcohol content of four percent has been reached, Sauser may be sold.

Harvest 2015 is in full swing, and we’re excited to offer a delicious sampling of this year’s vintage only one week after the grapes have been harvested! As fermentation begins quickly after processing the grapes, this delicious, slightly sweet, and somewhat carbonated style of wine will be available throughout the harvest season in our tasting room.  With a range of 5-9% ABV, these refreshing wines will provide you with a unique tasting experience, often limited to winemakers and their teams only.  Stop by our tasting room to taste the Sauser for free, or purchase a glass for only $6!

Iris’ International Interns September 23 2015

Harvest is here!  Not only is this an exciting time for our team as we start the process of transforming the harvested fruit into vintage 2015, but also because we welcome our annual international interns to the winery.  When our winemaker, Aaron Lieberman, started with Iris in 2008, he brought with him an international intern program that continues to this day.  Just prior to harvest each year, interns are selected from around the world through CAEP (Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs).  Due to the strong wine culture in other parts of the world, international students tend to be the majority of our interns through this program.  Typically, these students are graduates of an enology program at various universities around the world. 

Iris' International InternsOur participation in the program is not only beneficial to the interns, as they apply their skills learned in university in a hands-on environment, but is incredibly beneficial to our wine-making team.  We are able to keep up-to-date on the most recent science, research and techniques in wine-making, straight from the classroom experience at universities from around the world.  These interns are also familiar with which wine
styles are currently popular outside of our region, as well as current market conditions. International flair and a global perspective is another tremendous benefit to our team via this program.  In turn, we are able to provide real-world exposure to wine-making in order to complement the knowledge they gain in the classroom environment. Benjamin Ohly, from Germany, and Danny Wastivino, from Chile, are two of this year’s interns and, according to our Cellar Master Bruce Howard, are two of the best the we have had the privilege to work with.  We’ll profile both of these interns as we move through harvest season, as well as update our readers on the current harvest.  Until then - cheers!