I've been making wine from imported Italian grapes the past couple of years, but managed to secure some English Pinot Noir grapes for this years wine making. I will be picking them up on the day of harvest so will be nice and fresh - never really sure how long the Italian grapes have been hanging around since harvesting, but probably a good week. I'm getting 250kg (550 of your pounds), the main reason I am upscaling so much from last year is I want to make a variety of wines and with slightly different approaches to see what works best, basically doing trials. Not cheap as the grapes go for £2,000/tonne - about $1.12/lb, not sure how that compares to what you pay over here? The majority of Pinot Noir over here tends to go into sparkling and Rose wine as sugar/acid balance suits these styles of wines. To a lesser extent Red wine is also made, but the quality can be variable, although in hot years you can get some really good Red here (like in the 2018 vintage). My plan is to make 8 individual 23L (5 gallon) batches as follows: Red 1 - RC212 Red 2 - BM45 Red 3 - RC212, extended time on lees Red 4 - RC212, extended maceration Rose 1 - 71B Rose 2 - ICV-D47 Pet Nat Rose 1 - 71B Pet Nat Rose 2 - ICV-D47 The grapes for all batches will be cold soaked together for 2-5 days (depending on day of harvest) at 2-5Deg C (35-40F). The Rose and Pet Nat will all be pressed immediately prior to fermenting in glass carboys. Reds will be fermented on the skins (possibly with the addition of the discarded Rose skins) in buckets/tanks. All ferments will be temperature controlled with a DIY glycol system (and kept at relatively low fermentation temperatures) with a combination of Cool Zone jackets (for the carboys) and chiller coils for the Reds. Will add some more details and photos when I get underway - unlikely to be harvesting the grapes till 3rd week October. If anyone has any other thoughts on how I'm going about the trials or any For now, just a pic of my Saint Laurent grapes growing in the garden which I also intend to do a very small wine batch from, expect to pick in 2 weeks.