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At Grape Beginnings, you will be involved with the entire process of winemaking from crushing and pressing* fresh wine grapes (from select vineyards throughout California, Italy, Chile & Argentina) to watching the racking of barrels and, finally, bottling your wine with your own personalized label. There are no upgrade charges, or barrel charges, everything is included.*
Our staff of award-winning winemakers will guide you through the exciting process over 5 sessions and provide you with everything you need to produce your own private-label wines.
Experience the art and science of making your own wine
Access to some of the finest grapes from premier winemaking regions around the world . (Napa, Sonoma, Italy, Chile, Argentina)
5 wine making sessions over a 10 month period assisted by our experienced & award winning winemakers
Use of state of the art winery grade equipment & winemaking techniques
Varietal specific barrels ( read more about our Barrels)
Bottles, corks, and decorative caps in a variety of colors
Design your own Custom Wine label *
GETTING STARTED IS EASY
|Come Visit||Choose your Wine||Order your Grapes||Schedule your session|
Chilean Wines are made in late May and June
California Wines are made in late September to 1st week of November
(Prices do not include an ABC permit fees ($15 per wine maker) or Labels)
50% Due upon ordering, balance due at Crush session.
* 1/8 Barrel Shares are only offered as add-on wines for 1/4 barrel or more wine makers.
* Vineyard Series Argentina Malbec is available for South American Wines (Chile)
* Labels are $20 + $0.50 a label
WINE SERIES (Explained)
Signature Series (Compares to $20-$30 a bottle wines)
The is Grape Beginnings Signature Series wines. Starting at just $11.25 a bottle, these wines will impress. This is our primary series of wines, and what Grape Beginnings was founded on. Great wine at a reasonable price. Put your own private label on these bottles, and you will be proud to bring these to your friends house or out to your favorite BYOB restaurant. These wines are made from grapes from areas such as California Suisun Valley (just 2 miles form Napa), and the Sierra Foot Hills. (During Chilean wine making season these wines are made with grapes from the Maipo region of Chile)
Vineyard Series (Compares to $30-$40 a bottle wines)
When you want a special wine for Friday night, then step up from the Signature Series, and make our Vineyard Series wines. These wines start at only $12.50 a bottle and are made from some of the best AVA (American Viticultural Areas) regions in California. These wines are made from grapes from the California’s Russia River Valley, and Sonoma. When available we also source grapes from Italy for our Italian style wines.
Cellar Series (Compares to $50-$80+ a bottle wines)
Do you have a Wine Cellar? Do you enjoy top quality wines, but hate paying the high price?
Then our Cellar Series wine is for you. At $18.75 a bottle, these wines will server up well against just about anything! Grape Beginnings Cellar Series wines are made with the finest grapes sourced from the very best areas in the world, such as California’s’ Napa Valley, and Chiles Colchagua Valley. These wines are very special, and will be aged in select premium cooperage Barrels for 14 – 24+ months, producing a “Reserve” wine, that you will be proud to call your own, and server at any special dinner or event. We recommend cellar aging for 2-3 years.
Cellar Customers receive:
WINE MAKING PROCESS DETAILS
|Session #1 Selecting your Wine / Winery Experience
Come to one of our Winery Expereince Open Houses, and our Winemakers will assist you in making your selection (check our Event Calendar)
|Session #2 Crushing/De-stemming Chile Wines- June / California Wine – October
Your fresh ultra-premium wine grapes usually arrive between the 3rd week of September to the end of October (for the California & Italian grape season) or late April/early May (for the Chilean grape season) and are crushed and destemmed as a group using professional crusher/destemmer equipment just like the ones used at the giant wineries throughout the world. The “must” (crushed grapes) is pumped into a fermentor and inoculated with a specific yeast strains for the commencement of primary fermentation.
|Session #3 Pressing Chile Wines- June / California Wine – October
Approximately a week after the “crush” you will return to the winery to Press your Red grapes*. The barrel group will begin by transferring the “must” into one of our easy to use hydraulic presses where you will “press the juice” which is now un-aged wine, into a barrel. The transformation of grapes into wine continues as the aging and settling process now begins.
|Session #4- Racking Chile Wines- September / California Wine – March
After about 5 months, you will return to see the Racking Process. Racking is when the wine is pumped out of the barrel and into another container so the barrel can be cleaned. The “Lees”(or Sediment) is washed from the barrel and the Barrel is sanitized with Ultra Violet light and the wine is then reintroduced into the fresh barrel where the final aging process continues. Racking is typically done for California and Italian wines in February and March whereas Chilean wines are racked in July and August, depending on various conditions.
|Session #5- Bottling Chile Wines- March / California Wine – July – September
After another 5 months, you have finally reached the last step! It’s time to put your wine into bottles and adhere your own label. Now you can “kick back” and enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is a feeling of pride that comes from making your own “Private-Label wine”. A wine that you can open with friends or family and be sure that everyone will enjoy!
* There is no pressing for White Wines
|Cabernet Sauvignon||The “King of Red Wine”. Rich in color, intensely flavored, tannic wine with hints of mint, blackberry, and black current with spicy vanilla aromas.|
|Merlot||Classic grape of Bordeaux. Has soft tannins, low acid and matures quickly. Drinks well when young. One of our award winners!|
|Syrah||Also known as “Shiraz” in Australia, this grape will produce a dark, rich, full-bodies, wine with a chocolate aroma|
|Zinfandel||Yields an excellent red wine with dark color, characteristic spicy flavor and strong berry flavors that will stand up to extended oak aging. Pairs just as well with pizza as it does with grilled lamb.|
|Pinot Noir||Used in the famous Burgundy wines of France. It is considered to be one of the richest and most velvety wines in the world.|
|Petite Sirah||Produces a dark, dry, full-bodied, and tannic red with intense berry flavor. Currently getting a boost in popularity due to some California winemakers.|
|Margaux||A Cabernet and Merlot blend reminiscent of the Margaux region of France. Approx. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot|
|CabFandel||The concentrated, jammy flavors of Zinfandel provide much of the blend’s initial impression, while the structure and fullness of Cabernet Sauvignon give the wine its backbone and framework. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel.|
|CMS||A hint of sweetness, medium plus body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. Syrah / Cabernet / Merlot.|
|The Prisoner||Lovers of fruit-forward and jammy wines, will love this, however it has enough substance to please those who prefer more structured. It has flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit, soft, integrated tannins and a pleasant finish. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache|
|Velvet Red||Aromas of Cherry, Spice and Oak. Flavors of Plum, Berries and Cassis with a hint of Pepper. This finish leaves a long and lasting memory. Our 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is like Velvet on the tongue.|
|Tres Ce’Pages||Our most popular blend! 60% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. A combination of three world famous grapes. Typical Bordeaux Style Wine|
|Opus What?||Our take on one of California’s greatest wines. There are aromas of fresh blackberry, and chocolate, this age-worthy wine offers flavors of dark fruit highlighted by well integrated acidity.|
|”Sideways”||A must see wine enthusiast movie, and the basis of this St. Emillion style wine. Our version of Miles’ prized possession of the 1961 Chevel Blanc from the movie Sideways. Cabernet Franc /Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon.|
|CDP||Chateauneuf Du Pape “the Pope’s new castle” a great Souther Rhone style wine. Grenache/Syrah/Merlot/Carignane.|
|Family Recipe||Frank’s Barbera Blend. This is what you drink at Sunday dinners! A combination of 70-80% Barbera and 20-30% Petite Syrah|
|School House Red||Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Syrah & Merlot. A full bodied wine, with DEEP color, and great tannins. Award winning wine.|
|Caba Barbara||Layers of dark plums, grilled herbs and tobacco, all supported by fine, silky tannins. A blend of 60% Cabernet, 40 % Barbera|
|Super Rhone||Blending Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, results in a wonderful wine with dark ruby-violet color, and juicy, jammy blue/black fruits and raspberry on the nose. Smooth and ripe in the mouth a wine that can be enjoyed young, but will mature|
|Italian Style Wines|
|Chianti||The main component of Chianti is the Sangiovese grape which originated in Italy. It is a dry dinner wine that goes with well-seasoned foods. It goes well with pasta, pizza, chicken, red meat and cheese.|
|Montepulciano||It is typically a fruity, dry wine with soft tannins, and as such is often consumed young. It makes a beautifully deep ruby red wine that is clear and brilliant with purplish shades. Over time the wine turns to garnet red during its maturation.|
|Barolo||The “big” black-red wine of Italy’s Piedmont Region. 80% Nebbiolo and 20% Barbera. The blending of these grapes (which have opposite characteristics) produces a wine, which has fine taste balance but is still bold and powerful|
|Super Tuscan||40% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet, 20% Merlot. This wine seems to be “built for food”. This wine possess a good bit of acidity, the kind of acidity that clears the palate and makes you want to take another bite!|
|Sangiovese||Sangiovese originated in the Tuscany region of Italy where is was known as far back as the 16th century. When young Sangiovese can have fresh fruity flavors and when aged in barrels can take on tarry, oaky flavors. se and the dessert wine called “Dolce Nero”.|
|Brunello||Is a clone of Sangiovese and is one of the best known wines of Italy. It is often compared with Pinot Noir and has smooth tannins and ripe fruit driven character. It’s high tannin content and high acidity allows it to pair well with grilled meat and game|
|Amarone||This wine comes from the Italian word amaro (“bitter”), and may have a tartness as well as a sweet edge to the wine that can be explained in the concentrated sugars the grapes pick up during the drying process|
|Nuova Casa Del Papa||40% Barbara, 20% Alicante, 20% Nebbiolo, and 20% Sangiovese. Italian Red blend|
|Vino da Travola||(Italian Table Wine) Frank’s grandfathers secret recipe 25% Grenache, 25% Carignane, 25% Alicante, 25% Zinfandel|
|Chardonnay||One of the world’s great wine grapes. It is responsible for the white burgundies of France. Produces wines that are buttery, creamy, nutty & smoky.|
|Sauvignon Blanc||Extremely versatile grape, which can be vinified in a number of styles. Produces a wine with a citrus, gooseberry flavor and a herbaceous aroma. Award winning wine|
|Pino Grigio||Italian style white wine. Produces a crisp, light, dry wine. Pairs well with a variety of foods.|
|Riesling||A slightly less sweet Riesling then you normally find. “The Great White” grape originated in the Rhine region of Germany and is an aromatic displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity.|
|Fume Blanc||Barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc; Robert Mondavi originated this style. AWARD WINNING|
|Bordeaux Blanc||85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon. A charming easy drinking white Bordeaux revealing a wonderful selection of peach and citrus fruits.|
|Viognier||Known for its’ floral aromas, which are similar to Muscat and Riesling|
|Luna||Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio Blend|