2018 California Grapes and Juice \ Italian Juice

Updated 10/19/18  (Note: refresh this page each time you visit to make sure you are seeing the latest copy)

Grapes and Juice Delivery Info

Ordering Deadline: The Deadline has passed.   The order has arrived

Expected Delivery Day:  Delivered

Expected Time: Delivered

Please call the store or stop in to order grapes or juice (Grapes cannot be ordered Online)

231 Lamp and Lantern Village
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Grape descriptions are below.

2018 Pricing 

You can get on the email notification list by calling the store (636)230-8277 or emailing info@wineandbeermaking.com

Fresh Grapes

California Grape Order Form 2018

Fresh grapes in 36 lb Lugs

Deposit of $30/box – Non Refundable. Credit card deposits will be charged at time of ordering

Mr Wizard in Winemaker Magazine says it takes about 85 to 90 lbs of grapes to make 5 gallons of wine. This varies by variety, juiciness of the grapes, how hard you press, etc.

Juice Pails

California Grape Juice 6 Gallon Pails Pricing 

Deposit of $30/pail – Non Refundable. Credit card deposits will be charged at time of ordering

Italian Grape Juice 6 Gallon Pails Pricing

Deposit of $40/pail – Non Refundable. Credit card deposits will be charged at time of ordering


Grapes will be handled on a preorder basis only and will be available for pickup at the store only. They are highly perishable and cannot be reshipped. Grapes are expected to be available mid to late September this year but the actual date depends (literally) on the weather in California.

Orders will be taken on a first come first served basis should a variety sell out or when filling orders for multiple shipments of a variety.  Not all varieties are available every year.

We have no refrigeration at the store for grapes and they must be picked up the day they arrive as their quality suffers the longer they sit at room temperature. You will be kept informed as to where the grapes are and when they will arrive.

Prices include shipping the grapes  by refrigerated truck and are estimated, which mean if they are significantly different the price will change. We have tried to be conservative in the estimate, and don’t expect they will differ, but they are subject to change!

A deposit is required for each box/pail due at time of ordering. Balance due at time of pickup. The store’s crusher/destemmer will be made available free of charge the day of pickup to anyone who purchases grapes through us.

Red Grape Varieties

ALICANTE-ALICANTE BOUCHET – is a red-fleshed grape that must be blended with other varieties. Even though the wine is very intense in color, the wine has very little acid and actually is light in body. A little Alicante in any blend will add some nice color.

BARBERA – is a grape that has a high level of natural acid but low tannins when fully ripe. Its wine can be intense but with medium bouquet and flavor. Blending Barbera with Petite Sirah or other high tannin wines could make a truly great wine.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON – with its remarkable concentration of tannins, pigments and flavor pigments it will produce deeply colored rigorous wines whose bouquet will only improve with age. For a wine that will mature sooner, do some blending with varieties with lower tannins and maybe a little more fruit.

CABERNET FRANC – wine is typically light to medium bodied with more fruit flavors and less tannins than a Cabernet Sauvignon. It will, therefore, mature earlier. It is great for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties.

CARIGNANE – is another variety that should be blended. It has good acidity, tannins, and color but lacks flavor and charm. It is great to blend with stronger flavored varieties like a Syrah or Zinfandel to make a little lighter smoother wine.

CARNELIAN – grape is a variety that was developed from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, and Grenache. The wine has some of the characteristics of all these grapes. It produces a fine red wine.

GRENACHE – is used mainly for blending and the making of Rose and Blush Wines in California. If it is blended with a variety that has good color, it can produce a fruity, spicy, medium-bodied wine. The grapes usually have high sugar and Grenache can strengthen a wine with potential low alcohol.

MERLOT – is a medium acid wine that is soft and mild and is easy to drink when it is young. Color can range dark to light red. A great blender for the stronger flavored high acid and high tannin varieties.

MISSION – is the first variety planted in California. It usually has high sugar and low acid. The grape must be blended to attain any color. It is a great grape to help make a sweet wine.

PETIT SIRAH – produces a wine that is long-lived and deep colored with lots of tannin. It is a dry wine that has a very distinctive, recognizable flavor. A little Petit Sirah in any wine will add flavor, body and color to the wine.

PINOT NOIR – produces a fine wine with a pleasant fruitiness that has lower levels of tannin and color. The grapes are so versatile that they are also used to make champagne.

RUBY CABERNET – grapes were developed as a combination of Carignane and Cabernet Sauvignon. It produces a fine varietal wine.

SANGIOVESE or BRUNELLO – grapes form the basis for Chianti wines. The wines have noticeable tannins and acidity with just fair color. The riper grapes produce a wine that has great plum flavors and leathery texture.

SIRAH-SHIRAZ – is a wine that is spicy and leathery with smooth tannins and subtle texture. It can be drunk when it is young or it can be aged. It is a great grape to blend with the Cabernets.

VALDEPINA or TEMPRANILLO – grapes are thick skinned and capable of making a deep colored long lasting wine with low acid. Great to blend with a more flavorful variety.

ZINFANDEL or PRIMITIVO – makes a dry, sturdy vigorous red wine. The wine usually has a great fruity bouquet with medium acid. A blend with Petit Sirah is just excellent. White Zinfandel is made from the low sugared early harvest Zinfandels.

White Varieties

CHARDONNAY – wine is the largest selling white wine. It makes a dry and fruity white wine with good bouquet. At good sugar levels the variety may be low in acid so a little blending with a high acid white is recommended. It is a great wine for aging in oak barrels.

CHENIN BLANC – is the most versatile grape variety. It is capable of producing some of the finest sweet wines, a pleasant dry varietal and a basis for many sparkling wines. It has good acid. A blend with a little Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is excellent.

FRENCH COLUMBARD – makes a neutral flavored light white wine that can be made into a varietal because of its high acid. That high acid makes it a good blender

MALAGA – is a late maturing grape with medium sugar and low acid. It makes a dry, light wine. It should be blended for balance.

MALVASIA BIANCA – makes a tangy wine with a real substance and character. It has a slight Muscat flavor. As a varietal, a little sweetness is desired. It is great blended with Muscat Canelli, Palomino, or Trebbiano.

MUSCAT (OF ALEXANDER) – is the common Muscat grape that is readily available. It makes a strong wine, sometimes sweet, with a strong Muscat bouquet and flavor.

MUSCAT CANELLI – makes a wine with a concentration of fine Muscat grape flavor, light in body with a nice bouquet. It can be a dry, but you will enjoy the wine a lot more, if it is made slightly sweet. In Italy it is used as the basis for Asti Spumante.

PALOMINO is a grape that is usually low in sugar and acid. Since the wine can oxidize easily, the Palomino is used quite often to make sherry. For dry wines it is a good blender for other varieties that have high sugar and acid.

PINOT GRIGIO – grapes are grayish blue to brownish pink. They produce a very light, crisp, white wine with mild flavors that is getting very popular worldwide.

SAUVIGNON BLANC – makes both a great dry and sweet varietal wine. It is light and racy with a piercing, easily recognizable, aroma. It is a great blender with Semillon and Chenin Blanc.

THOMPSON SEEDLESS – grapes are mainly used for raisins or table grapes. For wine making it should be blended with other white varieties. It can be blended with red varieties to make a Rose.

UGNI BLAND-ST. EMELION-TREBBIANO – grapes are planted world wide so extensively that it probably produces more wine than any other grape. As a varietal, its wine is light, white, and crisp, with good acid but not much flavor. It is a very good blender.

VIOGNIER – makes a floral and spicy white wine, medium to full-bodied and very fruity. The wine has deep yellow color and is low in acid. It should be made as a varietal. It can be drunk at a very young age.