Harvest 2011 Newsletter

2011 Harvest & Market Conditions

With spring frosts and an uneven fruit set, California will be experiencing a lighter than normal crop this year.  It has also been generally a cooler than normal growing season with a one to three week delay in ripening for most areas.  Fresh grape customers may have to wait for the later varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Sirah.  We expect at this time that we will be selling grapes through the Thanksgiving weekend!

The decline in the US dollar has resulted in the backing-off of US wineries to purchase bulk wine from France and Italy for their needs.  The US is now the world's largest consumer of wine and the demand in recent years has required supplemental importing from those countries and Australia.  Australia's harvest was about normal but mildew and other problems will cause decreased production when the fermentation tanks are drained.  The result of all this is that Californian and other big US Wineries are shopping around for domestic grapes at a level unheard of in recent years.  The demand has resulted in higher prices and less availability.  Home winemakers will be looking mainly at a few dollars increase in case pricing.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding availability; we will still have a large selection of fresh grapes and juices on hand beyond what we have on our website

Order Forms

Each order form has an order deadline and customers are encouraged to let us know as soon as possible regarding what their needs are.  Given the tight grape situation we may not be able to accommodate all requests but we will do our best and offer alternatives where possible.

Niagara Grapes

We have been in contact with a quality Niagara grower who has Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Riesling for sale.  We would like expressions of interest from our customers whether we will pursue this option.  We will make a definite decision on September 17, 2011.

Brehm Vineyards

Generally considered as the best of commercial grapes in the market for home winemakers, is again offering Brehm Vineyards frozen musts and juices.  We are only one of two distributors in Canada (the other is in Vancouver) and we offer the full range of frozen musts and juices as described on their website.

This year we recommend the Carneros Sangiacomo Chardonnay which has experienced a $20 price drop.  Other new interesting grapes include Lake County Tempranillo and Sonoma Malbec.  These frozen pails will be delivered in early January 2012 and they require a $50 per pail deposit.

Organic Grapes

Those of you that are interested in organic grapes should take note that the Homewine Syrah juice meets the qualifications.  Check the order form for details.

We may also have the chance to import organic Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi. If you are interested, please call Mac at (613)230-7166 to discuss; the cost would likely be around $3-$4 per lug above the regular Lodi Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon  price.

Information Day
September 17, 2011

Have a question? In need of some guidance on what to buy this year?  We will be on hand at PrestonWine this day to answer your questions, discuss this years offerings and to try some previous vintages as a basis for discussion.

Stay tuned and check out our site for the most up-to-date wine grape information in the region....

... and have a Vintage Year!

In Vino Veritas
Mac MacDonald and the PrestonWine Team
09 September, 2011

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