2010 California Harvest
The grapes are
“sugaring up” in California but about two weeks behind schedule. The
cool but very good growing season has slowed development... but the
weather is now great and ripening is proceeding at a rational pace.
Later varieties such
as Cabernet Sauvignon and
Petite Sirah in cooler areas may
be pushing the limits of the grape shipping season. You may wish to
contact Mac MacDonald or
Louis Giannetti toward the
September to get an update.
Look for more
balanced white grapes under these conditions and exceptional early
reds. If the weather holds, the late reds could potentially be great.
As in the past,
especially for the fresh grapes, you may wish to consider alternatives
to your first choice in case it is not available.
Fresh Grapes and Juices
this year, we are featuring
Albarino with origins in Northern
Spain and Portugal; this grape displays good acidity and aromatics
with excellent body while its thick skin
stands up well during shipping. As well, we will
have the more traditional varieties from the Lodi AVA -
and Pinot Grigio.
red grapes are also familiar to
customers. These include your favourites from
and Merlot to
Pinot Noir and
Zinfandel but also
Tempranillo. As well, we are featuring
Central Valley Touriga National and
Brehm Vineyards -
Inventory Sale -
considered as the best grapes and juices available to the home wine
maker, Peter Brehm has been in the business for over 30 years. The
prices we offer on his products are the best anywhere outside of
This year we have a
special offering of Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon from the 2007 Vintage. These pails were
processed by Brehm Vineyards and have been frozen since harvest. Due to
a bankruptcy, these grapes have become available at this greatly reduced price of $125 per pail. The
Rancho Sarco Vineyard,
which these grapes are sourced, is located in the Coombsville region
of Napa just down the hill from the Caldwell Vineyard.
Peter’s own 2009
White Salmon Chardonnay and
Pinot Noir are available
$99 and $125 respectively. These grapes are of
excellent quality. More information about them, including videos, can
be found on the
Brehm Vineyards website.
As we have said many
times before, many years of freezing do not reduce quality of frozen
must and juices. If you are not convinced, come see us on Saturday,
September 18, 2010 and we will change your mind.
Try Before You Buy: Information Day
18, 10:00 am – 3:00pm
question or in need of some guidance as to what to buy this
year? We will be on hand this day with some previous vintage
Come on out
and talk about winemaking even if you only want to drop off an
order form or visit Preston Street. Of course we are always
happy when people visit the Preston Hardware Showroom....
Brehm Vineyards -
website is worth exploring if you
haven’t already. These are the best grapes that the
home winemaker can access, so you pay the same prices
that the wineries do.... but the results are amazing.
These frozen musts and juices are recommended for
have been fortunate to negotiate good opening
prices for Brehm Vineyards
Harvest 2010 frozen juices and musts and
we are are taking orders for the usual early January 2010
delivery. There are many excellent choices of
frozen musts and juices again this year and you can
follow the progress of Harvest 2010 via
web site with up-to-the-minute information on grape
sugars, acids and prime factors at picking.
This year, the Brehm
Vineyards team are not picking in
quantities that were previously the norm and many
varietals types may not be available later as the season
progresses. We have tried to ensure the varietals and quantities
of musts and juices you, our PrestonWine.ca winemakers
traditionally order BUT THIS YEAR, YOU SHOULD ORDER EARLY
TO ENSURE YOUR REQUIREMENTS ARE MET!
Don't Miss la Vendemmia - 25 September
Luigi Giannetti and
Mac MacDonald will be conducting
workshops on Saturday, 25 September 2010, beginning at 11:00am and
2:00pm. These workshops are in conjunction with
Ottawa's annual week-long
Vendemmia Festival on
Preston Street. The workshops will address a general look at
winemaking as well as some history of home winemaking in Canada. These
events are free but participants must register through the
Preston Street Events website.
Other Grapes and Juices
we pride ourselves in providing all price ranges for all
budgets and we also provide consultations... so if you have
any winemaking questions, please ask. We encourage you to come down or phone to ask
about other grapes and juices availability.
order your fresh grapes early
as we cannot guarantee
that all varieties will be available on time
for shipping or that there will be
sufficient interest in all varieties to
justify a shipment. If this is the case, we
will endeavor to meet your needs through
suggesting alternatives from our large
roster of grapes and juices.
Thank you for your patronage and keep checking our
site for evolving information on the Ottawa wine grape and juice scene.
In vino veritas,