If you're buying frozen, they should be crushed and destemed. Otherwise, you're getting a 36lb box of whole grape clusters. If you do purchase from Washington Winemakers, they have a crusher/destemer available to use on pickup day. So you could just show up with buckets or Brutes and fill them there. Some of the local wineries may also offer crush/destem as an option. I know the Viognier that @mainshipfred and I bought last year was already crushed and destemmed when picked up.So naive question, when one gets grapes, have they been crushed? I've got a press and can test sugar, etc.
Brehm frozen grapes are crushed. If you want to pick up fresh grapes from Brehm you can have them crushed and destemmed into your container at the pickup point (and take a % subtraction in the weight for stems) or you can take the whole grapes. If you take the whole grapes you need a grape transport permit from the state.So naive question, when one gets grapes, have they been crushed? I've got a press and can test sugar, etc.
We no longer use this particular vineyard located in Livermore and have switched to one closer to the center of the Ruby Hill region. New crusher/destemmer.I cannot recommend these guys. I ordered a bucket of cabernet sauvignon from them this past spring. It consisted of shredded grapes, stems and leaves. It looked like they filled a bucket from the trash. I tried making wine from it anyway, but it tastes like stems and leaves.
I just received a bucket of Pinot noir grapes and upon inspection, looks like I was shiped already pressed grapes with stems and seeds. Pitched my yeast 3 days ago and have almost no juice— no cap yet fermentation is definitely happening. The quality of the must is subpar to that of winegrapesdirect.com and will be contacting you for a full refund.We no longer use this particular vineyard located in Livermore and have switched to one closer to the center of the Ruby Hill region. New crusher/destemmer.
If you message us, we can send you a free bucket this year to validate the change. Sorry for your experience!