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"When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine

is the drinking. "                      --- Alexis Lichine




Using the newly acquired tiller (purchased at the end of last season), Jeff readies the vineyard for the 2009 planting season.  There is activity on the vines planted last year.  "Bud Swell" is occurring, which means the vines made it through a long cold winter.



In under three hours, 42 people planted 600 grapevines in weather that was much improved over last year.  We learned that its best to pre-drill all holes the day before.  Our thanks goes out to Trent Schellhaass for working wonders with a Bobcat and 24" auger.



Mother nature struck Blue Star Vineyard as some of the vines planted last year showed damage from a frost on May 9th!   Fortunately, only upper leaves were affected and within the last two weeks most of the vines have fully recovered.  Pictures of the frost damage can be found in the web site photo gallery.







Our efforts, along with other vineyards in the area, are being noticed by the local media.  The following links will open a new window to articles found in the McHenry County Business Journal.  The paper reported on the growth of a cottage industry taking root here in Northern Illinois.  Click here for the article entitled, "The grapes of wealth".  Click here for the article entitled, "Rules put squeeze on Illinois wine industry".



The results are in and Jeff takes the top honor at the Illinois State Fair!  His Frontenac Gris won a Double Gold in the Fair's wine competition.  All told,  Jeff medaled with three wines totaling (1) Double Gold, (4) Silver, & (4) Bronze awards.  His wines were entered into Illinois & Indiana State Fairs, Winemaker International Competition, & Central Illinois Amateur Competition.



The vineyard is taking shape as the vines are trained onto the trellis system.  It's amazing how quickly they are growing.  Pictures of the vineyard can be found in the web site photo gallery.



Its harvest time throughout Northern Illinois vineyards.  At RowSchell Ridge Vineyard in Marengo, my son (David) and I helped harvest their first crop.  Don and Chris Schellhaass own the vineyard and were happy to let us take some of their grapes in exchange for helping.  Jeff is making wine from their LaCrescent grapes.  Pictures can be found in the web site photo gallery.



This month, at Blue Star Vineyard, we are busy prepping for next year.   New vineyard blocks are laid out and ready to go.  Also, getting posts set in the newly planted portions of the vineyard before winter was top priority.  Pictures can be found in the web site photo gallery.

 Last Update: 12/30/2014                                                                Copyright 2015. Blue Star Vineyard. All rights reserved.