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HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! It’s too hot to do festivals this time of year but there is air-conditioning in the tasting room and, for hardier souls, we’ve got the fans going on the patio! AUGUST NEWSLETTER (PDF)

Women's Suffrage Weekend

August 22 & 23 We will celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment with 10% off on sales of our dry Chambourcin, Suffrage, and fabulous melodies by two women artists. Have a glass of wine and join these artists from 2 to 5 pm on the patio:
8/22: Marie Anderson on guitar
8/23: Singer Renee Ruth Peckham on keyboard

Labor Day Weekend

September 5-7 Mark summer’s end with a Labor Day Weekend full of music and events. From 2 to 5 pm every day, you’ll find:
9/5 John Tracy on guitar
9/6 Soft rock and blues with Ragtop
9/7 Paulo Franco on guitar
On September 6th, we will hold the Annual Blessing of the Harvest at 6:00 pm officiated by Rev. Debbie Powell of Nelson United Methodist Church.
On September 7th, weather permitting, we’ll conduct the first of two fall tastings in the vineyard at 1:30 pm. For $10 per person, enjoy tastes of our traditional menu of wines plus two we don’t usually offer in the tasting room – the 2010 Emancipation Merlot and 2012 Petit Manseng dessert wine, Alabaster.
Ben Marguiles at Democracy Vineyards

Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

In a hot dry July, the grapevines slow their growth and devote their energies to the developing fruit. This year was not a hot, dry July. Mild, wet weather led to continued vine and canopy growth, requiring additional hedging and leaf pulling, while the grass grew at breakneck speed. The beginning of July was the “lag phase” of grape berry development. The berries pause for about a week in their growth. This is the optimum time to estimate the size of the 2015 harvest. July also brought beginnings of veraison, the color change from green to red for our earlier varieties: Pinotage and Merlot.

In the winery, the final steps of preparing the 2014 reds for bottling happened this month. The final blend of Velvet Revolution was finalized, and barrels were pumped out into tanks to make that wine along with Suffrage and our new Petit Verdot varietal: Magna Carta. Additionally, stainless steel-aged Chambourcin was blended with some barrel-aged Chambourcin to create the blend for the 2014 Campaign. This wine is sweetened, so we held an interactive tasting and sweetening trial to arrive at the ideal residual sugar for the wine: 3.7%. Right before the bottling the wine is filtered to remove sediment. For the 2015 Red bottling date we plan on finishing 500 cases of wines.

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