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26
Jan

February ’16 Winemaker Notes

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Dear Frogtown Citizen: Just Saying I started these Notes on January 21, 2016, on my return flight to Dahlonega after ten days working at our California vineyards. I think it is appropriate to send Paso Robles (maybe the State of California) an invoice for services rendered. Four of the ten days I was in Paso […]

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03
Dec

September & December ’15 Winemaker Notes

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Dear Frogtown Citizen: 2015 Harvest Statistics Frogtown harvested 156 tons of fruit in 2015, selling 57 tons and retaining 99 tons for Frogtown 2015 wine production. Recent Weather Patterns of the Dahlonega Plateau The weather patterns for 2013 vintage, 2014 vintage and 2015 vintage have a common denominator – rain. The most rain received during […]

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01
May

May ’15, Winemaker Notes

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The Vineyard Weather: – Rainy, rainy, rather chilly spring. – Frogtown is experiencing a traditional, long spring as I write these Notes. – Difficult farming; what else is new? – Plentiful bud break; looking forward to setting a lot of fruit before we start shoot thinning and cluster thinning Frost Fighting: We were up two […]

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01
Feb

February ’15, Winemaker Notes

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Dear Frogtown Citizen: The Vineyard As I am composing these Winemaker Notes, the Frogtown’s vines are covered with ice. “Ice Vine,” not Ice Wine. Ice on vines is not a problem so long as the ice does not cause breaking or cracking damage to the shoots and arms. Not many long shoots remain at this […]

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08
Dec

December ’14 WINEMAKER NOTES

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Dear Frogtown Citizen: What is happening in Georgia? The vineyard. Cydney’s Grandmother, Lee, always said it is “good to complain because you never know who might be listening.” In my Notes of September 8, 2014, I stated: “as I write these Notes, we have had 7 days of rain. It is easy to be depressed, […]

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19
Mar

The wine is one of the most civilized things in the world

- Ernest Hemingway