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These are "YOU-PICK" grapes only.  No machine harvested grapes, no pre-picked grapes.  You pick only the grapes you want directly off the vines.

There is no minimum amount of grapes that you must buy and no pre-commitment to purchase grapes.

The best way you know that you are getting good grapes is to see them on the vine and taste them before you pick and purchase.

When do we pick?:  Usually on Saturday and/or Sunday, in the early morning, please don’t be late.  Picks start at the meeting place usually at 6:30am or 7:00am.  We are usually done by 9:00 to 10:00am. 

 

My emails anouncing the "picks" will indicate the date, day, time and place to meet.  You do not need to reserve a space.  Just show up on time for the pick.


It helps if you send me a short email in advance telling me you'll be at a pick.  Tell me what varietal(s) and how many pounds you want.

All these vineyards have easy access. You will be able to drive your car/truck near the grapes.

 

Some pick dates are week days.  If you can only make it on a weekday send me an email and let me know what dates and I'll see if I can set up a pick for you (mimimum of 300#).

 

There will be more than one pick date. Harvest will take place over 8 to 12 weeks depending on the weather and how fast each vineyard ripens and is ready to pick.  In 2014/15 we did more than 20 picks each year.

  

I will be driving a Silver 06 Pontiac Vibe.  My dog, Gentleman Jake,
will most likely be with me.


My cell # is (925) XXX-XXXX (I'll give it to you at harvest time)

 

There will be a crusher/destemmer available for your use for a small fee (usually $20).  You can crush and destem your grapes and take the must home in your fermenter.

 

Please Do...

 

Bring 5 gallon buckets for picking (food grade is best). We count the buckets and calculate the weight based on the bucket count. A 5 gallon bucket full of grapes weighs 25 to 28 pounds.  We charge you for 25 lbs of grapes per 5 gallon bucket.

blue 5 gal, white 6 gal.


Blue bucket 5 gallon,  White bucket 6 gallon
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Bring fermentors/trash cans/(whatever) to dump your 5 gallon buckets full of grapes into for the trip to the cursher/destemmer (not far away) or to haul your grapes home.

32 gallon fermentor

 
32 gallon fermentor


Don't expect us to furnish anything that you need or forgot to bring. If you didn't bring it with you, it ain't there.

 

Bring your 5 gallon buckets, fermentor, trash cans, gloves, cutter, hat, boots, food, water, S02, dry ice, (wine?) whatever you need to pick and haul the grapes, or must, back home with you.

 

There are no facilities at most vineyard sites at all. Bring everything you need.

 

Bring money, CASH ONLY, small bills. No Checks or Credit Cards and I don't make change.

 

Please Do Not...

 

Do Not bring 6 gallon buckets or other size containers for picking.  Bring ONLY 5 Gallon Buckets, one per picker, and a larger container to place your picked grapes into (fermentor or trash can).

 

Do not bring kids, the dog, grandma (unless she's a picker), picnic lunch to enjoy with the family, etc.  These are working vineyards.  Our job is to get in, get the grapes, and get out. 

 

We would love for you to make a day of it in the vineyards with your family, but we are not set up for that.  I suggest that after the pick you go to a local park for family recreation.  Thanks for understanding.

 

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Got questions or comments?  Email me at


info@calwinebroker.com

 

 

I'll see you at the pick.

 

Michael
CalWineBroker 

 

Did you know...

Mourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominación de origens of Spain, California and Washington State and the Australian regions of South Australia and New South Wales. In addition to making red varietal wines, Mourvèdre is a prominent component in "GSM" (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) blends. The variety is also used to make rosé and port-style fortified wines.[1]

Mourvèdre tends to produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol. The style of wine produced from the grapes varies greatly according to where it is produced, but according to wine expert Jancis Robinson Mourvèdre wines often have wild game and/or earthy notes to them, with soft red fruit flavors.[2] According to wine expert Oz Clarke, young Mourvèdre can come across as faulted due to the reductive, sulfur notes and "farmyard-y" flavors that some wines can exhibit before those flavors mellow with age.[3]

The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring "its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water" meaning that it needs very warm weather, a low leaf-to-fruit ratio but adequate water or irrigation to produce intensely flavored fruit that is not overly jammy or herbaceous.[3] The vines' susceptibility to many viticultural hazards such as powdery and downy mildew as well as overly vigorous foliage can present additional problems for vine growers.[1]