Grape Harvest 2017

Time to Make Wine

The time has arrived!  We are bringing California to you.  We have the list of grapes that will be available to make wine at home from fresh California grapes. Things will be a little different this year as far as timing and pricing. The processing of this years harvest will span over 2 weekends starting September 9th and ending September 16th, which is based on when the specific varietals will be delivered.  We will still processing the grapes here at the store and you are welcome to use the stores equipment for a Rental fee of $35.00 for use of the distemer and grape press

Call the store or stop in to order your grapes or for more information.

847-816-7055

The varietals are as follows:

 

ALICANTE-ALICANTE BOUCHET
is a red-fleshed grape that must be blended with other varieties. Even though the wine is very intense in color, the wine has very little acid and actually is light in body. A little Alicante in any blend will add some nice color.
BARBERA
is a grape that has a high level of natural acid but low tannins when fully ripe. Its wine can be intense but with medium bouquet and flavor. Blending Barbera with Petite Sirah or other high tannin wines could make a truly great wine.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
with its remarkable concentration of tannins, pigments and flavor pigments it will produce deeply colored rigorous wines whose bouquet will only improve with age. For a wine that will mature sooner, do some blending with varieties with lower tannins and maybe a little more fruit.
CABERNET FRANC
wine is typically light to medium bodied with more fruit flavors and less tannins than a Cabernet Sauvignon. It will, therefore, mature earlier. It is great for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties.
CARIGNANE
is another variety that should be blended. It has good acidity, tannins, and color but lacks flavor and charm. It is great to blend with stronger flavored varieties like a Syrah or Zinfandel to make a little lighter smoother wine.
GRENACHE
is used mainly for blending and the making of Rose and Blush Wines in California. If it is blended with a variety that has good color, it can produce a fruity, spicy, medium-bodied wine. The grapes usually have high sugar and Grenache can strengthen a wine with potential low alcohol.
MERLOT
is a medium acid wine that is soft and mild and is easy to drink when it is young. Color can range dark to light red. A great blender for the stronger flavored high acid and high tannin varieties.
ZINFANDEL
 makes a dry, sturdy vigorous red wine. The wine usually has a great fruity bouquet with medium acid. A blend with Petit Sirah is just excellent. White Zinfandel is made from the low sugared early harvest Zinfandels.
MUSCAT (OF ALEXANDER)
is the common Muscat grape that is readily available. It makes a strong wine, sometimes sweet, with a strong Muscat bouquet and flavor.
THOMPSON SEEDLESS
grapes are mainly used for raisins or table grapes. For wine making it should be blended with other white varieties. It can be blended with red varieties to make a Rose.

Prices for 36 lb Box

Varietal

Cost

Varietal

Cost

Cabernet Sauvignon

$43.00

Grenache

$36.00

Cabernet Franc

$39.00

Zinfandel

$43.00

Cariganane

$35.00

Thompson Seedless

$33.00

Muscat

$35.00

Barbera

$38.00

Merlot

$39.00

Sangiovese

$39.00

New This Year Juice Buckets!
All the work has been done for your!  Just pick up your bucket, test, and add yeast.

 6 Gallon Juice Bucket Prices

Varietal

Cost

Varietal

Cost

Cabernet Sauvignon

$58.00

Sangiovese

$54.00

Burgundy

$51.00

Muscat

$45.00

Merlot

$51.00

Barbera

$50.00

Chianti

$51.00

Ruby Cabernet

$53.00

Old Vine Zinfandel

$55.00

Alicante

$54.00

 

 

For more information call or email the store at www.info@perfectbrewsupply.com

847-816-7055

 

Not all varietals are available.

Some Great Blends

BURGUNDY TYPES

66% Old Vine Zinfandel – 16% Carignane – 16% Petit Sirah
66% Petit Sirah – 33% Pinot Noir
66% Sirah or Petit Sirah – 17% Zinfandel – 17% Alicante
66% Old Vine Zinfandel – 33% Alicante
75% Cabernet Sauvignon – 25% Merlot
60% Cabernet Sauvignon – 40% Sangiovese —- Tuscany Blend
40% Cabernet Sauvignon – 30% Sangiovese – 30% Merlot —- Super Tuscany Blend
75% Cabernet Sauvignon – 25% Cabernet Franc
65% Cabernet Sauvignon – 15% Cabernet Franc – 15% Malbec – 5% Petit Verdot
66% Alicante – 16% Barbera – 16% Zinfandel
50% Zinfandel – 20% Carignane – 15% Petit Sirah – 15% Grenache
66% Ruby Cabernet – 33% Alicante
55% Cabernet – 40% Zinfandel – 5% Barbera
80% Cabernet – 20% Barbera
50% Alicante – 50% Petit Sirah

CLARET TYPES

75% Zinfandel – 25% Carignane
75% Merlot – 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
66% Sangiovese – 16% Alicante – 16% Zinfandel
25% Cabernet Sauvignon – 75% Sangiovese —- Tuscany Blend
15% Cabernet Sauvignon – 70% Sangiovese – 15% Merlot —- Super Tuscany Blend
40% Sangiovese – 40% Primitive (Zinfandel) -20% Carignane
33% Grenache – 33% Sangiovese – 33% Alicante
16% Grenache – 34% Carignane – 34% Zinfandel – 16%Alicante
50% Alicante – 50% Grenache

ROSE TYPES

Most grapes except a Syrah, Petit Sirah and Alicante can be blended together to make a Rose. Just leave the crush on the skins for one to two days and press out lightly. A 100 % Grenache or Sangiovese left just one day on the skins after crushing makes an excellent Rose.

WHITE WINES

All white grapes can be blended. Just try to mix the varieties with a high acid with a variety that has low acid.