Lost Oak Winery is Tall in Texas!!

The 2017 Tall in Texas award was presented to Lost Oak Winery on Saturday night in Grapevine.  The award honors wineries with a leadership role in the dedication to, support of, and promotion of the Texas wine industry.   Congratulations to all the great folks at Lost Oak Winery!  We love working with you and appreciate all that you do to support us as growers.

Malbec Harvest delayed

malbec clusters

We have conferred with the winemakers at Lost Oak Winery and decided to let the Malbec hang awhile longer in the hopes that the cooler weather will encourage further ripening.  If they make progress we might harvest next weekend or if the weather stays dry we may leave them longer.  We’ll keep you posted as things progress.  

Another benefit to waiting – more free time for the holiday weekend :0

Big Harvest on Saturday August 26 2017

Howdy everybody, we have great news – Gene and Jim have pronounced our Cabernet Franc ready to pick so we will harvest this Saturday (August 26). 

We will begin at first light (about 7:00 am) and will go until the grapes are all picked or it gets too hot.

“It’s the big one, Elizabeth”  (guess that’s a giveaway of my age, if you recognize the quote you don’t have to admit it).  We’re estimating that there are 10,000 lbs (yes, ten thousand pounds) so if you can pick for the whole morning or even just part of it come on over, we appreciate any help!

A headcount is helpful for food prep (some home baked goodies are planned).   If you can let me know if you can make it that would be appreciated, but come no matter what if it works for you!

We have harvest shears here for you to use.  Many folks sit on an overturned bucket but you can bring a chair or stool if you prefer.  You do not have to carry the full buckets, just fill them and leave them in the row.   The vines are not prickly so you don’t have to wear long sleeves/pants unless you prefer to for sun protection, and a hat is a good idea.  There are some fire ants in a few spots so shoes/socks are usually better than sandals but choice of footwear is up to you.   We will have water, Gatorade, and food available as well as sunscreen and bug spray (we haven’t needed it but it never hurts to be prepared).

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c5TvefWpBAy

Harvest Report and Wine Info

This morning with the help of our wonderful volunteers we harvested 1,059 lbs of Malvasia Bianca and 773 lbs of Vermentino.  We had plenty of help so we were done well before the heat of the day which is always good for the workers and the grapes 🙂

On July 23 we harvested 7,263 lbs of Sauvignon Blanc which is less than last season but the grapes made LOTS of juice and Gene (owner of Lost Oak Winery) told me that he tasted it today and ‘it is to die for’ – hurray!  Many thanks to all of you who were able to help with that harvest.

We have 3 varieties still to be harvested:  Cabernet Franc (the ‘biggie’), Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Cabernet Franc will probably be next, it is ripening well and could be ready by next weekend (August 26).  We are estimating 9,000 lbs so it will be a busy day :0

Wine information:

It typically takes about a year for the white wines to be released (meaning they are available for purchase) and longer for the red wines since they are aged in barrels before bottling.

The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has been bottled and should be available shortly.  It was entered in the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition and received a Bronze Medal.   Lost Oak Winery posted a few days ago that the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is on sale, so if you liked it and want more you can get a deal.

The Malvasia Bianca and Vermentino are usually used in a white blend that has wonderful fruity aromas and taste.  In 2014 it was called Quintet and in 2015 it was called Quartet.  For those who tend to like sweeter wines it’s usually a good choice even though it isn’t technically a sweet wine.  I don’t know if the 2015 is still available at Lost Oak since it tends to be popular.  I haven’t heard what the 2016 blend will be called or if it’s been bottled – I’ll find out.

The 2015 Cabernet Franc won a bronze medal in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, so that’s two years in a row (the 2014 vintage also received a bronze).  It also won a gold medal at the Texas International Wine Competition. Good news/bad news – it’s sold out.  The 2016 Cabernet Franc is still in barrels and will be bottled this fall.  Those who have tasted it from the barrel have said that it is the best yet – full and smooth.  We’ll let you know when it is bottled and released.

Our Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from 2016 will likely be part of red blend that will be bottled this fall.  This works well for the winery since they are not large quantities and blends are a great way to combine varietals with different characteristics and end up with a great wine (Bordeaux blends, GSM for instance).

Harvest on Sat Aug 19 2017

For those of you who are interested in picking we will be harvesting the Vermentino and Malvasia Bianca this coming Saturday (August 19).  We will begin at first light (about 7:00 am) and will go until the grapes are all picked or it gets too hot.  If you can pick for the whole morning or even just part of it come on over, we appreciate any help!

We should be able to start picking by 7:00 am but feel free to join us whenever you can.  We will pick until we’re done or until it gets too hot – hopefully by lunchtime depending on how many folks we have.

We have harvest shears here for you to use.  Many folks sit on an overturned bucket but you can bring a chair or stool if you prefer.  You do not have to carry the full buckets, just fill them and leave them in the row.   The vines are not prickly so you don’t have to wear long sleeves/pants unless you prefer to for sun protection, and a hat is a good idea.  There are some fire ants in a few spots so shoes/socks are usually better than sandals but choice of footwear is up to you.   We will have water, Gatorade, and food available as well as sunscreen and bug spray (we haven’t needed it but it never hurts to be prepared).

A headcount is helpful so if you could let me know if you can make it that would be appreciated 🙂