Winemaker Notes

February ’16 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | January 26 | Comments Off on February ’16 Winemaker Notes

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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September & December ’15 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | December 3 | Comments Off on September & December ’15 Winemaker Notes

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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May ’15, Winemaker Notes

Posted by | May 1 | Comments Off on May ’15, Winemaker Notes

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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February ’15, Winemaker Notes

Posted by | February 1 | Comments Off on February ’15, Winemaker Notes

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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December ’14 WINEMAKER NOTES

Posted by | December 8 | Comments Off on December ’14 WINEMAKER NOTES

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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SEPTEMBER ’14 WINEMAKER NOTES

Posted by | September 8 | Comments Off on SEPTEMBER ’14 WINEMAKER NOTES

Dear Frogtown Citizen: 2014 Critics Challenge International Results I have copied the following from the introductory comments by Robert Whitley on the results from the 2014 Critics Challenge: “There were many other scintillating performances, including a few that will likely surprise. Count Frogtown Cellars of Lumpkin County, Georgia, in the surprise category. Situated in Western […]

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May ’14 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | May 14 | Comments Off on May ’14 Winemaker Notes

Dear Frogtown Citizen: Vineyard Update In my February 12, 2014 Winemaker Notes, I reported a very cold winter and “Frogtown has experienced single digit temperatures, so vine death and bud necrosis is a possibility.” On January 7, 2014, Frogtown recorded a 2 Degree F temperature, and most significantly, the average 24-hour temperature on January 7, […]

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February ’14 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | February 12 | Comments Off on February ’14 Winemaker Notes

Dear Frogtown Citizen: Vineyard Update It has been cold this winter. I do not remember a North Georgia winter that has been this cold for quite a while. Not only have we experienced cold temperatures, for the first time in many years, we experienced significant snow conditions at the winery. As I write these Winemaker […]

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September ’13 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | September 29 | Comments Off on September ’13 Winemaker Notes

Dear Frogtown Citizen: National and International Recognition As difficult a year as this has been for farming grapes on Georgia’s Dahlonega Plateau (see topic immediately below), the national and international recognition Frogtown received has made 2013 a most extraordinary and rewarding year. At the beginning of this year, I had no idea that: (i) Frogtown […]

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May ’13 Winemaker Notes

Posted by | May 25 | Comments Off on May ’13 Winemaker Notes

Dear Frogtown Citizen Significant Development in Recognition of the High Quality of Frogtown Wines. Cydney and I are very proud to inform you, our Citizens, Frogtown has been designated a Superstar by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy in their new publication “American Wine” first published this year, 2013!!! Jancis Robinson is THE most respected internationally […]

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