Great review of Thousand Islands Winery Marquette by David and Leah Valvo of Wineforecaster.com appearing on Syracuse.com. The 2014 Marquette is an estate cold-hardy grape grown and produced at Thousand Islands Winery. An offspring of Pinot Noir, this medium-bodied wine is lightly aged in French and Hungarian Oak. It offers a cherry aroma while presenting flavors of blackberry and pepper, finishing with well-rounded tannins.
Marquette is an inter-specific hybrid red wine grape variety. It was developed at the University of Minnesota, and is a cross between two other hybrids, MN 1094 and Ravat 262. Marquette was introduced in 2006. Marquette is a cousin of Frontenac and grandson of Pinot noir. It originated from a cross of MN 1094, a complex hybrid of V. riparia, V. vinifera, and other Vitis species, with Ravat 262. Viticulturally, Marquette is outstanding. Resistance to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot has been very good. Its open, orderly growth habit makes vine canopy management efficient.
Grape information and image supplied by the University of Minnesota. For more information about Marquette and other cold-hardy grapes visit their website page at www.mnhardy.umn.edu.
In a continued effort to service our customers nation-wide, Thousand Islands Winery® has now obtained a Direct-to-Consumer Shipping license for Pennsylvania.
In June of this year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1690 into law allowing consumers to have up to 36 cases of wine per year, per winery delivered to their homes from out-of-state wineries. The legislation went into effect August 8, 2016.
For more than 80 years, Pennsylvania wine and spirits sales have been controlled by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, with consumer choice limited to the brands carried by the state. Governor Wolf said in statement before signing the bill. "As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania to ensure convenience and satisfaction for customers."
Thanks to this recent change, Thousand Islands Winery® fans can now purchase and enjoy their favorite wine in the comfort of their own home!
As Summer draws to an end, Fall harvest and production are in full swing. The addition of the Gregoir Harvester, a.k.a. "the Grape-O-Nator", in 2015 cut harvest time in half and allows the Winery production team more time to create the wine selections you have come to know and love. The production process includes harvesting, crushing and pressing, maceration, fermentation, clarification, aging and bottling.
The 2016 Summer weather conditions were hot and dry! Drought conditions pushed many vineyards to their breaking point. Thousand Islands Winery®, with the knowledge and skills set of its amazing production team, was able to not only survive the drought but, produce a healthy and bountiful harvest this year. With the recent growth is sales, the Winery can waste not one moment to meet the growing needs of its ever expanding customer base.
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Summer is has arrived at Thousand Islands Winery and everyone is busy with tastings, festivals, markets, bus tours, weddings, bridal & wedding showers, anniversary parties and other on-site events. Traditionally, Summer is the busiest time of year for the Winery and, the 2015 tourist season has not disappointed.
Its been a record year so far and the Winery staff has had a great time welcoming back old friends and introducing new customers to our selection of 23 wines and New York’s favorite Summer treat, TIW wine slushies.
Weather conditions are crucial to a successful season at Thousand Islands Winery and, Northern New York’s weather is challenging us once again this year. Mother nature threw local viticulture a punch with several late frosts at the end of May. Due to our location near the St. Lawrence River and early morning efforts by the Winery crew, the TIW vineyards were able to escape relatively unscathed. Then, just as Summer arrived, so did the rains. A total of 5.71 inches of rain fell, making this June the fourth wettest since 1949. However, thanks to plentiful sunshine between the rainstorms, Thousand Islands Winery’s 2015 harvest will be bountiful. The grapes are currently pea size and continue to develop.
Thousand Islands Winery’s Summer event schedule featured some new options. At Lobster Bake 2015, guests enjoyed an all-you-can-eat BBQ, steamed clams, and lobster while listening to live music by The Bad Husbands Club. The Tasting Room also featured several Sip & Paint classes and 2 comedy shows in the Winery Loft .