Winemaking Season 2016
Juice and Grapes will be in beginning September 6, 2016 with more varieties arriving daily. Call to reserve special varieties. We look forward to seeing you once again this year.
Mike and Joe are back from their trip to California...
All the grapes look very good this year. Most red and white varieties have good color and sugar. Since the grapes have matured earlier this year due to California’s hot summer most of the grapes will be picked and packed over the next three weeks. The crop yields are a little lighter this year and availability is tightened by recent large winery purchases; some wineries buying up whole fields to fill their tanks. Labor cost in California has also increased, so grape prices will be higher by $2-$6 on almost all varieties. Freight costs are down a little, but not enough to cover the increase on the grapes. However, juice prices are about the same as we have contracted prices through this year.
The grapes we have selected on out trip are excellent and won’t disappoint. We look forward to this year’s season and will do whatever we can to help you make great wine. Stop by to taste the rare wine grape we carry, Black Muscot. We’ve carried a small amount in the past, but this year we have secured more to keep up with demand. Also, don’t forget to come to our new wine making showroom in Plainville right next to our tomato warehouse. Come in the rear entrance for grapes and juice and the front for all wine making equipment and supplies.
Here's what Joe had to say...
The major focus on this year’s trip to California was labor issues. Many of the wine grape harvesters are dealing with labor shortages and increased labor wages. The increase in minimum wage and lack of workers has resulted in an increased price in wine grapes. It is becoming more difficult for many of the wine grape growers to keep up with increased costs. We have already seen many acres of wine grapes uprooted and taken out in order to make room for other more profitable crops or even for commercial or residential development.
As far as the quality of the grapes, it looks like we may have one of the best years upon us this season.
The weather conditions in the past few weeks have been ideal. The cool mornings along with warm days allows the grape to mature and acquire the necessary sugar to yield a nice glass of wine.
As always, we have selected some outstanding grapes this year and we recommend to place your
An Introduction to Winemaking & Hands on Demonstration Class
Held every season. The class will be taught by Rich Loomis, co-owner of Brew and Wine Hobby of East Hartford, CT. This class will cover the basics of quality homemade winemaking. You will also learn how to use a wine press in a hands-on demonstration using fresh, in-stock wine grapes! A tour of our facility will be given and wine grape sampling will be available for all in stock varieties. Topics will include: Crushing and Destemming, Pressing, Fermentation, Sanitizing, Racking, Winemaking Process, and Wine Kits. There is a minimal fee and class limit of 25 people. Call 860-793-2700 for more information.
This years class will be held on September 16, 2016 from 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Southington Italian Festival 2016
Thanks for visiting us at the Southington Italian Festival. Northeast Produce is a major sponsor of the festival. It was great to see our existing customers and meet new customers as well. If you missed us this year please plan on stopping by next year. We always have exclusive festival deals on a selection of our wine making accessories.
Congratulations to our Guess the Corks Winners!! There were 296 in the container. Everyone who entered the raffle will be added to our mailing list and will receive a postcard with the anticipated date of our first shipment of wine grapes and juice!
The winner of the $100 gift certificate is Bruce of Southington with a guess of 301
The winners of the $50 gift certificate are Sandra of Southington with a guess of 302 corks and Lory of Southington with a guess 289.
A big Congratulation to the winners of the Northeast Produce Sponsored wine tasting as well.
Are you a retailer, winery, or wine club member? If so, give us a call to discuss pricing.
If you aren’t already making wine come visit us at any three of our locations and we’ll show you the best way to get started. You can start making wine for under $8.00 per bottle!