We have a general instruction sheet for making wine from fresh red or white wine grapes with a basic shopping list available at the store to help you get set up for the season: Making Red Wine From Fresh Grapes and Making White Wine from Fresh Grapes.
Before you pick any grapes: Wine grapes should be between 21-24 brix optimally, pH 3.5-3.7 for red grapes or 3.2-3.4 for white grapes or rosé style reds. Birds and other critters will start eating your grapes at least 2-3 weeks before you should harvest! Invest in some good netting, bee netting is preferred. Just because your grapes turned red does NOT mean they are ready to harvest - sugar and acid levels are optimal around 6-8 weeks after color change (veraison) starts.
Please note: I am no longer renting any equipment.
West Coast Grapes will no longer deliver fresh grapes or juice buckets to Curds and Wine, all grapes and juice will go to San Diego Cold Storage. Please contact West Coast Grapes for more information.