Hunt Country Wine FAQs

  1. How many glasses of wine does a bottle normally serve?
  2. I am having friends over for dinner. How much wine do we need?
  3. How long will wine last once I open the bottle?
  4. How many varieties of grapes do you grow?
  5. Do you have a signature wine?
  6. Do you grow all the grapes you make into wine?
  7. How many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine?
  8. Please explain the Sweetness Scale on your wine labels and website.
  9. How many bottles or cases of wine do you produce?
  10. How long have you been making wine?
  11. When do you harvest your grapes?
  12. Do you pick the grapes by machine or by hand?
  13. When do you bottle your wines?
  14. How sweet is Vidal Blanc Ice Wine?

How many glasses of wine does a bottle normally serve?

The rule of thumb is FIVE glasses per bottle (but this does depend on the size of your wine glasses). Standard wine glasses hold about a 4- to 6-ounce serving.                                                                 

    Bottle Volume Serving Size Approx. Number of Glasses
Red, White, Blush & Sparkling Wines      
  Standard bottle 750mL (25.4 oz)

4 to 6 oz

5
  Magnum 1.5L (50.8 oz) 4 to 6 oz 10
Before- & After-Dinner Wines      
  Late Harvest Vignoles and
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
375mL (12.7 oz) 2 to 3 oz 5
  Cream Sherry & Ruby Port

500mL (16.9 oz)

3 to 4 oz 5

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I am having friends over for dinner. How much wine do we need?

This question can be tricky, even if you know your friends’ preferences fairly well!  People who enjoy wine can drink a glass prior to dinner, and often another glass with dinner, maybe even two for a longer meal. So one-half of standard 750mL bottle per person is a reasonable rule of thumb.

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How long will wine last once I open the bottle?

Here’s a rough guide:

  Recommended time between opening and finishing a bottle
Sparkling wine:  Chardonnay Champagne 0 days (drink up!)
Dry wines:   Alchemy, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Classic Red, Dry Riesling, Meritage, Pearl, Pinot Gris

1 day 

Semi-dry wines:  Cayuga White, Hunter's Red,
Semi-Dry Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Valvin Muscat
3 days
Semi-sweet wines:  Dolce di Moscato, Vignoles, Foxy Lady Red, Foxy Lady White, Foxy Lady Blush, Sweet Gus 5 days

Sweet (dessert) wines:
     Late Harvest Vignoles
     Vidal Blanc Ice Wine    

1 week
2 weeks

Fortified wines:
     Ruby Port
     Cream Sherry

3 weeks
4 weeks

A tough question to answer precisely, because several factors influence how long wine will last:

  • the wine’s sugar content (sweet wines last longer)
  • the alcohol content of the wine (strong wines last longer)
  • the quantity of wine left in the bottle (fuller bottles last longer)
  • the temperature at which the wine is stored (wines kept cool last longer, but careful not to freeze!)
  • whether you use a wine pump (pumping removes air, lengthening the time shown above)

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How many varieties of grapes do you grow?

We grow 14 varieties of grapes, including Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, 8 French-American varieties and 3 native American varieties.

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Do you have a signature wine?

We were the first producers of genuine ice wine in the United States.  Our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine helped us achieve a national reputation and remains our signature wine.

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Do you grow all the grapes you make into wine?

We grow about 50 acres of grapes. We use about 75% of these grapes to produce our own wines, and sell the rest to other wineries and producers.

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How many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine?

About 2½ lbs. of grapes (for a regular 750mL bottle).

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Please explain the Sweetness Scale on your wine labels and website.

We recently added a qualitative scale to our website and wine labels to help customers understand the approximate sweetness of a particular wine.   

 


The true perception of sweetness we experience depends on many factors, including the residual sugar of the wine; the amount and type of acidity; the amount of tannin; the nature of foods consumed before or along with the wine; etc. (The demarcation between Dry and Semi-Dry on the scale is about 1.0% RS, and between Semi-Dry and Semi-Sweet about 3.0% RS, but again, the rating of each wine on this scale depends on several factors.)

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How many bottles or cases of wine do you produce?

We produce about 11,000 cases (approx. 130,000 bottles) of wine annually.

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How long have you been making wine?

Art & Joyce Hunt received their farm winery license in 1981 and released their first vintage in 1982. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2011.

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When do you harvest your grapes?

We normally start harvesting in mid-September and finish by late October.  We do not pick every day in this period; we choose the best moment for each variety. 

Grapes destined for Late Harvest wines are normally picked in late October to early November after experiencing a couple of light frosts. Those for Ice Wine are left to freeze on the vine and are picked by hand at 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit, usually in late November or December.

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Do you pick the grapes by machine or by hand?

The answer is both! We pick about two-thirds of our grapes with a 1973 vintage harvester and a 4-man crew. Our native European grapes (Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc) are picked by hand.  Our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine grapes are also picked by hand, in early winter, at 10-15 degrees, with gloved hands and cold fingers!

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When do you bottle your wines?

We bottle the vast majority of our wines in spring and summer. We bottle only occasionally in winter and very rarely in fall, as we are extremely busy with harvest.

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How sweet is Vidal Blanc Ice Wine?

Our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine is an intensely sweet wine of great complexity, with apricot and honey aromas. The perception of sweetness depends not only on the amount of sugar in the wine, but also on the level of natural acidity, the amount of alcohol, the types of flavors, and on the nature of food consumed before or with the wine. It also depends on our expectations. Strawberry preserves are about 60% sugar, more than twice as sweet as Ice Wine, but the natural sweetness is balanced by tartness.  It tastes as we expect...we just enjoy it. So it is with our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, once you know its luscious sweetness and exotic flavors!

Residual Sugar Common Foods & Beverages Hunt Country wines
< 1%   Alchemy, Cabernet Franc and other dry reds;
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and other dry whites
1-3%   Semi-Dry Riesling, Valvin Muscat and
other semi-dry whites;  Hunter's Red
3-5%   Vignoles
5-6% Gatorade G2 Foxy Lady wines; Sweet Gus
9-12% Colas & many other soft drinks Late Harvest Vignoles; Ruby Port
13-16% Orange juice, apple juice, etc. Cream Sherry
20-30% Sherbets Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
30-40% Sweetened cereals  
40-70% Chocolate and candies  
60-70% Jams & preserves; maple syrup  

 

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