Harvest 2014 Newsletter

HARVEST 2014.....

- California's drought continues... but grapes are good
- Montsant, Spain and Ed Hughes Niagara musts and juices are Back!

2014 Harvest and Market Conditions

This harvest is early and lighter than last year.  The early grapes at PrestonWine have shown good maturity and a smaller berry size.

California is in it's third year of severe drought and many farmers are not looking forward to next year unless there are significant rains this winter and a good snow pack in the High Sierras. Next year could pose problems for availability.

Market prices have not jelled therefore there has been a delay in issuing pricing.  Expect grapes that you normally buy to come in earlier than normal.  Because of the dry conditions nutrient deficiency may be a factor resulting in possible stuck fermentations.


Fresh Grapes


The Classico and Galo juices, our popular priced options at PrestonWine, are available and will be up to the end of the season.

Mosti Mondiale juices require a pre-order at the sales desk.


Premium Grapes

Once again, we offer alternatives to California Central Valley premium grapes.  This too requires a pre-order in many cases.  Consult the price list for options.

We will be shipping the popular Lodi Gold juices this year with a selection of your favourites.

We return to Niagara in 2014 with a limited offering of juices and musts from Ed Hughes' Vineyard. There is limited supply so early ordering will be necessary.


Winemaking Courses

Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn about winemaking or a seasoned veteran wanting a few new tips, we offer two courses this year.  The courses are designed so that winemakers at all levels can get something out of the presentations.

Each session will cost $35 which includes a $15 credit for grape or juice purchases.  Please register at the GRAPE SALES DESK prior to the seminar at 613 230 7166.

Saturday,  October 4, 2014  10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
White Wine Production
from Grapes and Juices


Saturday,  October 4, 2014     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
Red Wine Production
from Grapes and Juices

Frozen Musts and Juices
from Montsant, Spain

2013_cab_readyThese Old World mountain vineyards have provided us with excellent quality fruit in the past two years. We return to the same grapes at the same prices as last year.  Please note that pre-order is necessary and a $50  deposit per pail ordered is required.  We expect delivery the 3rd or 4th week of November.

Charles Fajgenbaum who imports these grapes will have an information session at Preston Hardware on Sunday morning, September 28 starting at 10:30 am.  Watch for pictures and reports from the Spanish Harvest prior to this session.

Please call Mac at 613-230-7166 if you have any questions.

In Vino Veritas,

Mac MacDonald and the PrestonWine Team

(updated 2013-09-20)

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