2016 Fruit & Price List

*Harvest dates are estimates-may be a little earlier or later, depending on the year*

***White grape season is usually over by the first of September***

 

Concord: Reddish purple grape.  Red wine: dry, semi-sweet or sweet. Harvest: juice, jams, jellies-late Aug thru Oct.; Wine-Sept thru Oct.

                Handpicked $0.55 pound

                Machine picked $0.50 pound (comes out smashed--machine “shakes” the berries off the vine)

**Machine picked wknd: Sept. 10 & 11.  Depends if the grape will be at the correct sugar/acid levels for wine making-- May be delayed one weekend. Time: 8am-Noon for pickup. 

                                Plentiful quantities

 

Niagara: White grape. White wine: sweet & semi-sweet.  Also for jelly or juice. Harvest: Mid Aug.

                                $0.60 pound

                                Plentiful quantity ***Over by Sept 1-15

 

Cayuga: White grape. White wine: dry to semi dry. Harvest: Aug 10-20.

                                $0.65 pound

                                Plentiful quantity ***Over by Sept 1

 

St. Vincent: Deep purple grape. Red wine: dry, semi-sweet & sweet. Harvest: Mid Sept.

                        $0.65 pound

                        Plentiful quantity

 

Rougeon: Black grape. Red wine or can be blended to a blush: dry, semi-sweet. Harvest: Early to mid Sept.

                                $0.65 pound

                                Limited quantity

 

MO Riesling: White grape. White wine: sweet & semi-sweet. Harvest: Early-Mid Sept.

                                $0.65 pound

                                Limited quantity

 

Norton: Black grape. Red wine: usually dry. Harvest: Oct 1.

                                $0.85 pound

                                Limited quantity

 

Caco: Red grape: Red, blush, or white wine: sweet or semi-sweet. Also for jelly or juice. Harvest: Early-Mid Sept.

                                $0.65 pound

                                Limited quantity

 

Catawba: Red grape. Red, blush, or white wine: sweet & semi-sweet. Also for jelly or juice. Harvest: Mid Oct.

                                $0.65 pound

                                Plentiful quantity

 

Stark Star: Red grape. Red wine: dry, semi-sweet & sweet. Harvest: Mid to late Oct.

                                $0.65 pound

                                 Plentiful quantityType your paragraph here.

Hello from St. James’ (Rosati) Grape & Wine Country,

I have to tell you all, grape season has snuck up on me like a little kid sneakin’ into the cookie jar!  Mike & I have moved (most of our stuff) into his dad’s place (it’s not completely remodeled yet, but liveable J), so please note the new mailing & email address—everything else is the same….thank goodness!  All this change is not good for finding things, such as the plastic tote labelled “Jody’s Shorts,” “Mike’s Shorts,” “Jody’s Tanks & 4M Shirts,” or the numerous grape lugs I had to move to find the “Grapestand books.”  That was a fun one! Mike gave up asking where I “thought” things were after a couple of days & started saying, “when you run across…” as I looked at him & laughed.  Give us a few years, we will still be saying to one another, “when you run across…” & laughing because there is still no order to the chaos!

Last year’s crop was awesome, so it only stands to reason that this year it would only be average to below average. There is three contributing factors to this: 1. Mostly caused by no rain in the fall of 2015 when the bunches were forming in the buds which produces this years crop; 2. We had 8 inches of rain in the 10 days during bloom (knocked the blooms off) this spring so they didn’t set well; 3. We had 3 years of bumper or near bumper crop years in a row.  This is just God’s way of giving the plants the necessary rest they require to keep producing for many years to come! The one thing we do have to look forward to is the berry size should be above average due to the 6+ inches of rain we received over 4th of July weekend and the flavor should be exceptional! 

Please keep in mind, due to the smaller crop this season supplies will be limited and there will probably not be excess at harvest time, so be prompt about getting your poundage and orders called in or emailed to me.  I don’t want anyone to be disappointed when all I have left is Concords or nothing at all J.

As always, we have enclosed a list of varieties offered, prices, and the approximate times they ripen.  Please notice that some varieties have been added to the list this year—MO Riesling and Caco.  Some of our varieties are very limited, approximately 200 pounds or less, such as Vidal and Chambourcin.  Also, if there is a variety that is not on the list that you would like, let us know and Mike may be able to find it for you, but he will not know if they are available until harvest time and can not guarantee them for you.  You may begin to place your orders by phone or email and we’re on Facebook under 4M Vineyards & Farms.  If you place your order by phone please call the house/grapestand number (573-265-3340) and leave a message on the answering machine or the best time to catch us inside is between 8pm and 11pm.  Right now is hay season so Mike and I will be in the hay field and will not have anything to write your order down on if you call our cell phones.  

We also have a web page now with all the information on it, so you can check us out at www.4mvineyardsandfarms.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!  This year, the stand will be open August thru October (Depends on ripening and when the crop is done. It will be a short season.) with a wide variety of home-made jellies, jams, breads, and grape pie along with antiques, collectables, and an assortment of other goodies. We will still be carrying wine making supplies.  We will also still have plastic 30 & 55 gallon barrels with lids ($25) for pre-fermenting or whatever you choose to use them for along with 4 gallon square buckets with lids (no bales)($4) J.

 

Have a Grape Day!

Mike, Jody & JD

   Rippelmeyer

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