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Fall Update

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Wednesday October 05, 2011   -   By Larry

It was a great harvest this year.  It wasn't our best, but better than last year.  The hot weather really concentrated the sugars, so it should be a good vintage.  The yeast is almost done doing it's magic to convert sugar to alcohol.   ...

May Showers

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday May 21, 2011   -   By Larry

It's been a rather rainy and cool May.  The vines are looking good, but we've had to use fungicide rather early in the year.  We fertilized and are spraying for phylloxera as well.  It's all just general maintenance to ensure a healthy vineyard...

April Showers Bring Great Wines

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Sunday April 10, 2011   -   By Larry

After a long, nasty winter, spring has arrived.  We've had great weather for working in the vineyard the last few days.  The Catawba are starting to get their leaves.  This is a nervous time for us as we hope the temperatures stay above...

Marching Toward Spring

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday March 12, 2011   -   By Larry

Lots of pruning going on in the vineyard.  The Catawba had a lot of frost damage from 2008 to clean up.  We are definitely going to fertilize, boron and love these guys back to good health.  They should have a much better harvest if the weather...

Pruning Season

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Sunday February 20, 2011   -   By Larry

We survived the blizzard of 2011.  Seymour got sleet more than anything.  All the snow and sleet are gone and we are in the vineyard pruning.  The mechanical pruner is doing a great job.  It really speeds things up for us.   Our St....

Old Man Winter

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday January 22, 2011   -   By Larry

Old Man Winter is here and he seems to be staying for a spell.  The snow blanketing the vineyard is beautiful. We're testing out our newly created mechanical pruner.  The first trial looks great.  This will really help us manage the vineyard...

How To Improve Your Appearance

Blog: Rainbow Ranch Farms   -   Monday December 27, 2010   -   By Poly

How to Improve Your Appearance   originated by: Bicase , Nicole Willson , Jack Herrick , Anonymous ( see all )   Follow a healthy regime of skin care. There are many ways to keep...

December

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Friday December 10, 2010   -   By Larry

I have been a bit negligent in my blogging.  It's been a very busy late fall and early winter.  The new bottles from A Glass Container are wonderful!  We love them.  I am pondering getting some of their jars for home canning.  Jelly...

October Events

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday October 09, 2010   -   By Larry

The newly created pruner attachment for the tractor is completed and testing is underway.  This will really help with vineyard management.  We could even expand a bit since this will speed up the late winter/early spring pruning schedule.  The...

Cool Front Happiness

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Monday September 27, 2010   -   By Larry

The cool front yesterday made it feel like fall.  Woohoo!  The Virgina Creeper and Sumac are turning crimson.  The vineyard is starting to change to yellows and reds.  It is gorgeous.  The grape stomp is on October 2nd.  The...

September to Remember

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Monday September 13, 2010   -   By Larry

Harvest is still going strong.  We're down to Catawba, Vidal and St. Vincent.  We've had more orders than ever for our grapes.  We've taken what we need and selling the rest.  It's been great meeting some of the other wine makers in the...

Harvest Set to Begin

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Wednesday August 11, 2010   -   By Larry

August is here and so is harvest.  We will pick the noble Vignoles and the Traminette on Monday, August 16, 2010.  The Vignoles look to be the best harvest in years.  The vines are so loaded with clusters, they are pulling the trellis down...

July's Update

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday July 10, 2010   -   By Larry

July has arrived and the Frontenac are beginning to show verasion.  They are usually our first variety to harvest.  We should get enough this year to have Frontenac wine to sell soon (but not too soon).    The rain we got this past week...

June Happenings

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Sunday June 13, 2010   -   By Larry

May was wonderful.  Good rains, good weather and good events.  Maifest at OOVVDA was a success.  We also attended Spring Fling at Le Cave in Billings, Mo and Pierce City Arts Fest.  It was great to meet so many people interested in wine and...

May's Update

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Thursday May 06, 2010   -   By Larry

Wow!  April was so busy!  The pruning is pretty much done.  We participated in the Missouri Food and Wine Festival at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Mo.  We also participated in Maifest at OOVVDA Winery in Springfield, Mo.  We'll be...

March came in like a lamb.

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Monday March 08, 2010   -   By Larry

March came in with wonderful temperatures and great weather.  Hopefully it is "goodbye" to the below average temps.  We are trying some new pruning techniques, mostly due to being so behind schedule.  Hedge trimmers seem to do a great...

Valentines Day

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Thursday February 04, 2010   -   By Larry

Wow, what a winter so far.  Record cold the first week of January and then snow, and more snow... Yikes!  It is making it tough to get to the vineyard.  The ground is just saturated making it difficult for the truck.  We don't want to do...

Happy New Year!

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Saturday January 02, 2010   -   By Larry

Happy New Year!  We'll be on our winter schedule now that the holiday season is past.  Our hours will be 12 to 6 Wednesday to Sunday.  Closed on Monday and Tuesday. This is pruning season in the vineyard.  We usually start in February and...

Holiday Musings

Blog: Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery   -   Tuesday December 22, 2009   -   By Larry

The year 2009 is nearly at a close.  It has been 12 years since we began the endeavor into the grape and wine business. It will be our 6th year at the location on Highway 60.  It seems like yesterday when construction began on the wine cellar. ...

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