What are your plans for the spring harvest?

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  1. Jan 15, 2019 #1

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    I'm still up in the air but chances are I'll be doing another SA Cab Sauv and maybe a small batch of Pinotage. As far a Chilean I'm really happy with the Merlot, Malbec and Carmenere from last year. I don't want to go too overboard though because I'm hoping to get a lot of local and quality west coast fruit come fall.
     
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    After seeing what your SA Cab is like already, I'm tempted to do one this spring. Schedules and available containers will dictate what I do.
     
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    Two or three kits. For me - Fresh grapes in the fall.
     
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    Jay's and Craigslist have containers, just incase you didn't know!
     
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    I did 300lbs of chilean Cab Sauv last may because they didn't have the carmenere available and the fruit looked great ( its still bulk aging and haven't tasted yet ) this year ill try for the carmenere again but will try the Cab again or what looks best at the time.
     
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    If you can get it I would highly recommend the SA Cab Sauv from Stellenbosch.
     
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    If I can get grapes and they aren’t too crazy expensive, probably enough for two carboys (200lbs) of Malbec, merlot, Cab, or whatever red is available. If no grapes or they’re unreasonably expensive, then probably just two Chardonnay buckets. I would rather be patient and save my money for fall harvest than waste a bunch on spring grapes if need be.
     
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  8. Feb 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM #8

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    When do the Chilean grapes typically start to become available? I’m in Pittsburgh if that matters.
     
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    Historically the end of April. Does CPF carry spring grapes? I know I liked the quality of the PV I got from them in the fall. My family is in Pleasant Hills and I got them while I was visiting.
     
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    Yes; I know that CFP has them and I have a question out to them to see when. Oddly their website has grapes listed as “February Arrival” which I thought was odd because I thought the Chilean grapes were April. Any idea what would be out in Feb? The website doesn’t specify what region they are from.
     
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    Naturally, they also list their California, Italy, Lanza, South Africa (you get the idea) grapes as "February Arrival." :slp
     
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    Maybe they are just trying to see who is awake :)
     
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    It's hard to say...I did 4 buckets in the fall and wont really get a handle on my results for months so my learning curve is where it is till then..I'm confident nothing has gone horribly wrong

    but I have a 500 dollar gift card to Corrados (local supplier) burning a hole in my pocket...may buy a small press and a demijohn for larger volume capacity and go with grapes they crush on site and you bring home in buckets...trying to work my way to a crusher destemmer with hopes I'll have acquired enough knowledge to make a good stab at fresh grapes by the fall..
     
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  14. Feb 12, 2019 at 12:58 PM #14

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    That's interesting, Gino Pinto doesn't have theirs listed yet and they are affiliated. I do know Obelix has fermented his grapes in Australia so February is possible I guess.
     

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