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Discussions on art of barrel-making and the advantages and the use of American Oak barrels at the winery.
Eloquent description of the challenges of pioneering the modern wine industry in the late 1960s and 1970s and establishing European vinifera grapes on the shore of Lake Erie with Tim Hubbard. His experiments blending Cabernet Sauvignon, his spiritual values towards winemaking, and his personal satisfaction of doing meaningful work are explained.
Commentary on what makes Lake Erie wines unique.
Winery announces new bottlings of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and character of each vintage highlighted.
Excelsior Champagne: Chardonnay (1986), Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (1988)
Cabernet Sauvignon: 1989
Pinot Noir: 1989
Covered Bridge: Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Underridge White
The passing of Dr. Konstantin Frank, “the pioneer of vinifera growers in the East” is announced. Arnie shares some of his Dr. Frank stories.
New white oak barrels crafted from trees on Markko’s property are incorporated into the wine production process. The barrels are expected to produce “a more delicate and subtle flavor than oak found from other regions.”
Kinkopf’s Old Mill Winery in Geneva opens.
Character of each vintage highlighted.
New Releases: 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1983 Chardonnay, 1984 Riesling, and Ohio’s first commercial bottling of a Pinot Noir.
Cabernet Sauvignon: 1979-1983
Pinot Noir: 1983
Covered Bridge: Picnic White and Picnic Red
Dr. Konstantin Frank's pioneering efforts with vinifera grape vines are praised by Governor Hugh Carey.
Citation from Governor Hugh L. Carey on Dr. Konstantin Frank's success cultivating European grape varieties in the state of New York.
Due to increase of demand, the price of Markko Vineyard wine increases. Concerns of shortages are addressed.
Discussion on how Ohio wine industry leaders worked successfully with legislators on two pieces of legislation that have long-term benefits for the industry.
List of recent wine awards received.
Riesling Lot 012 and 014 released. Both are a dry, kabinett style, a light type of Reisling made from fully ripened grapes from the main harvest. Lot 014 has some residual sugar.