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How to Cure Black Olives at Home

The Black Olives have officially arrived and Stevie is excited! So excited in fact that he has shared his Black Olive Curing recipe.

See below for how to cure your black olives at home.

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Stevie’s Black Olive Curing Recipe:

  • Purchase your olives from Musto Wine Grape and Stevie “The Olive King”

  • Layer fresh black olives with pure sea salt or pickling salt (you don’t want your salt to have additions of iodine). You can use a glass jar or olive crate.

  • Each day, drain off the bitter water which is being released from the olives.

  • When they stop giving off the liquid, they are ready.

  • Rinse and then rub with oil and they are ready to eat.

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Pro Tip: You can then also add other flavors, such as garlic, chili pepper or lemon zest.

Interested in making your own green olives? Check out Musto’s Green Olive Infusion kits – 2.5lbs of green olives ready to be infused and consumed! Click here for more details –> https://wp.me/p9ZM5f-vZ

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More ways to Cure Olives at Home –> https://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Olives

Gift Guides for Winemakers and Wine Lovers

Below is our round up of our 2019 Wine Gift Guides!

Take a look and find something for your favorite wine lover and winemaker.

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Gift Certificate

Purchase a Musto Wine Grape Gift Certificate for any desired amount. We are sure your winemakers will put it toward their most desired items in the Spring and Fall winemaking seasons.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Gift-Certificate-25-50-100/

 

Top Gifts for Wine Lovers

Looking for gifts for your favorite winos? Check out our Top Gifts for Wine Lovers.

Link: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/11/top-gifts-for-wine-lovers/

 

Top Gifts for Winemakers Under $25.00

Looking for stocking stuffers for your favorite winemaker? We’ve got you covered!

Link: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/12/top-10-winemaker-gifts-under-25-00/

 

Top Gifts for Winemakers Under $50.00

Great gifts don’t have to be expensive.  Give your Winemaker something they will use every season. Maybe they’ll even give you some extra wine as a thank you 😉

Link: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/12/top-10-winemaker-gifts-under-50-00/

 

Top Gifts for Winemakers Under $100.00

Your winemaker works hard every harvest to create delicious wine for you! Why not give him something to upgrade his wine cellar?

Link: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/12/top-10-winemaker-gifts-under-100-00/

 

Holiday gifts for the winemaker in your

More gifts to check out!

Link: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/12/holiday-gift-guide-for-winemakers/

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.

Top 10 Winemaker Gifts Under $25.00

It’s gift giving season and we know sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect gift. Below is a list of our suggested gifts for your favorite winemakers!

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Bottle Brush

Cleaning bottles can be a pain, but the Bottle Brush makes this chore easier! For only $2.50 you can save your winemaker a lot of time!

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Brush-Bottle/

Airlock

Airlocks are one of the smallest, but one of the most important items a winemaker owns. They are small and mighty tools that help us know how the wine is fermenting, while keeping it protected. Winemakers can always use airlocks. Only $2.50 it makes for a great stocking stuffer or add on to your winemaker’s gift.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Airlock-Double-Bubble/

Corks

Corks keep your wine safe until you drink it (which is the best part). These are a great gift for any winemaker because they will always need a few extra on bottling day. Ranging in price from $20.00/100ct bag and up, we have all the corks your winemaker needs to safe keep their wine.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Racking-Bottling/Corks-Stoppers

Oak Chips

Oak chips are a great alternative to oak barrels. They are less expensive than an oak barrel but impart a similar flavor. If your winemaker can’t fit a barrel in their home winery this is a great close second. Ranging in price from $10.00 a bag and up, we have all of the oak styles your winemaker is searching for.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Barrel_Alternatives

Oak Flavoring Tube

Oak flavoring tubes pair perfectly with oak chips. These stainless steel tubes keep your aging vessel clean, while adding rich, oak flavors to your wine. Starting at $28.50 for a 6 gallon size, this is a great gift pack when coupled with a bag of oak chips.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Oak-Flavoring-Tube-56-Gal/

Wine Tumblers

Our new insulated wine tumblers are durable, ergonomic and versatile! They have a double wall stainless steel construction that maintains your drink’s temperature for up to 3 times longer, great for taking your hot or cold drinks on the go! Any winemaker would be excited to have these for tastings with friends. These are currently on sale for only $11.99, marked down from $14.99!

Link to product: http://bit.ly/Wine-Tumblers

Hydrometer

Hydrometers help your winemaker to keep track of fermentation. Another small, but mighty piece of equipment that is important and needed in every winemaker’s cellar. Only $10.00, this is a great stocking stuffer or add on to a winemaker’s basket of goodies.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Hydrometer-Triple-Scale/

Flashgum

Something that should be in every winemaker’s toolkit. We winemakers like to think of this as “pixie dust”. When used in wine it helps smooth out a wine’s mouthfeel and eliminate those harsh attributes that can come from a tough fermentation or if your wine is young. Only $7.99 for a 6 gallon batch this is a great go-to for winemakers.

Link to product:  http://www.juicegrape.com/Flashgum-R-Liquide-4oz/

Super Kleer

Super Kleer is one of the easiest ways to clarify your wine. Especially helpful for winemakers who create white wines, it helps large proteins and solids drop out of the wine with no hassle. A great $5.00 item to always have in the cellar, just in case.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Super-Kleer/

Wine Wheel

Writing up tasting notes? Having a wine tasting party? This wine wheel helps you find the words to describe your wine and on the back, has a list of wine faults and what to watch out for. Sometimes the most important thing for a winemaker is to recognize a fault early so they can correct it without impacting the wine quality. A great tool for any winemaker or wine lover – only $4.99!

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/wine-wheel/

BONUS GIFT IDEA

Gift Certificate

Purchase a Musto Wine Grape Gift Certificate for any desired amount. We are sure your winemakers will put it toward their most desired items in the Spring and Fall winemaking seasons.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Gift-Certificate-25-50-100/

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.

Top 10 Winemaker Gifts Under $100.00

It’s gift giving season and we know sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect gift. Below is a list of our suggested gifts for your favorite winemakers!

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Corker

For $65.00 the Portuguese Corker is a great gift for any winemaker! If you’re just starting out or you just need more people corking on the bottling line, the Portuguese corker is a great value.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Corker-Floor-Portuguese/

Glass Carboy

No matter the style of winemaking every winemaker needs a glass carboy. Carboys are used for fermentation, aging, and storage. Only $38.00 and you’ve got your winemaker a gift that will keep on giving.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Carboy-Glass-6-gal/

Demijohn

Used in the “Classico” method of winemaking. These not only are used for fermentation, storage, and aging, but they make a great display piece! Some even come with a spigot where you can draw a glass of wine out of. These range from $28.50 and up depending on the size. A great gift for any old world winemaker.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Containers/Demijohns

Bottles

Every winemaker needs bottles to display their masterpiece. Give the gift of bottles to a winemaker, and you never know, you might get something delicious in return.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Bottles_and_Jugs/Bottles

Bottler Tree

For anyone who has ever bottled wine you know it can be a long day. The bottle tree helps speed up the process and organizes the bottles before they are filled. The tree holds 81 bottles for only $38.50.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Bottle-Tree/

Bottle Rinser

This popular $20.00 item never goes out of style. This saves time and the winemaker’s sanity on bottling day.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Washer-Bottle-Avvinatore-Bottle-Rinser/

Rack & Fill Kit

A steal at $10.00, this Trew Brew Rack and Fill makes winemaker’s lives a lot easier when transfer wine from one container to the other.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Siphon-Trew-Brew-Rack-and-Fill-Kit/

Must Scoop

Ever had to shovel must? If you’ve helped your winemaker press you know how much must needs to get transferred into that press. This simple and affordable must scoop helps press day go a little faster for only $10.00.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Scoop-Must-Plastic/

Stainless Steel Oak Flavoring Tube

An oak flavoring tube saves your winemaker time, money, and the stress of working with an oak barrel. Yet, they are still able to impart the oak flavor they desire. Each oak flavoring tube can be filled with oak chips to impart oak flavor with easy clean up.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Oak-Flavoring-Tube-56-Gal/

All Juice Kit

The perfect winemaking kit! Experienced winemakers looking to compliment their skills will become instantly rewarded with the introduction of fresh grape must. With over 25 varieties sourced from all over the world, the Original AllJuice will instantly become a part of your cellar for only $99.99/pail.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Winemaking_Kits/Mosti_Mondiale/Original_All_Juice

BONUS Gift Idea!

Gift Certificate

Purchase a Musto Wine Grape Gift Certificate for any desired amount. We are sure your winemakers will put it toward their most desired items in the Spring and Fall winemaking seasons.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Gift-Certificate-25-50-100/

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.

Pasqual Musto’s Limoncello

Pat Musto aka “The Juice King’s” Limoncello Recipe

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My Grandfather is first generation Italian. He was given a delicious, authentic Limoncello recipe from his good friends in Bolognia. He and my Grandmother used to visit them when they were in Italy. There was a little restaurant where their friends knew the owner. It was one of their favorite places to eat in Italy. Every time they would visit, they would go there and have a great dinner. Once night, the owner sat down at their table and shared a bottle of Limoncello he made. My Grandfather liked it so much that the restaurant owner gave him the recipe.

It’s become a time honored tradition in our household to make Limoncello for family gatherings. I always enjoyed sipping on it and listening to my Grandfather talk about his travels and business stories. I hope you enjoy this recipe and enjoy time with those you love.

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Ingredients:

  • Large or medium sized clear bowl

  • Bottle of either grain alcohol or vodka

  • 12 large lemons

  • Potato peeler

  • Saran wrap

  • 6 cups of sugar

  • 6 cups of water

  • Cheese cloth

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Instructions:

  • Take 1/5 of grain alcohol or vodka and add to the zest of 12 large lemons. Use a potato peeler to get the best slices of lemon peel. Put saran wrap over glass bowl and let it sit on the counter for 1 week.

  • Take 6 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar and make a simple syrup. When the sugar is all melted and the liquid is melted, pour it into the bowl with the vodka and lemon peel. Let it sit for another week.

  • Strain it through cheese cloth, get the juice out of the lemon peel. Bottle it and put it in the freezer.

  • When you serve it, pour it right out of the freezer – it’s awesome with the ice flakes.

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This Recipe uses EVERYTING!

For example: Put the lemons in the ice cube tray and freeze them, and use them in your water. Or take a little of the lemon juice and peels after you squeezed the juice out, put it in the pitcher, with some ice cubes and make lemonade.

Don’t you just love “there was a little restaurant” stories? Do you have one? Share below, we’d love to hear about yours…

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Top 10 Winemaker Gifts Under $50.00

It’s gift giving season and we know sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect gift. Below is a list of our suggested gifts for your favorite winemakers!

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Bottles:

Every winemaker needs bottles to display their masterpiece. Give the gift of bottles to a winemaker, and you never know, you might get something delicious in return.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Bottles_and_Jugs/Bottles

pH Checker:

A great, easy to use and economical pH meter. pH is very important in winemaking and can be difficult to figure out depending the meter. This meter makes checking pH a breeze no matter how experienced the winemaker. For only $25.00 this is a great testing option.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/ph600-box-milwaukee/

All Grape Pack

100% pasteurized crushed and destemmed grapes as “Mother Nature” intended! A great way for your winemaker to punch up the body or tannins in their wine, no matter if they are using wine juice or a wine kit. Shelf stable, this $19.99 item is a great thing to have in every winemaker’s tool box.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Mosti-Mondiale-All-Grape-Pack/

Metabisulfite – WINY

The purest and high quality sulfite. The WINY product is a great sulfite addition pre-bottling. Only $12.00/kg, something not every winemaker would buy for themselves but should.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Potassium-Metabisulfite-Winy-1kg/

Winemaking Analytical Services

Musto offers a plethora of testing services for winemakers and their wines. Help your winemaker take advantage of the testing we have to offer! Ranging from $10.00 and up per test, this is a great gift for any winemaker. You never know when you’ll need some winemaking advice.

Link to products: http://www.juicegrape.com/categories/Analytical_Services

PVC Shrink Capsules

Help your winemaker dress up their bottles with colorful PVC Capsules. Only $10.00/100ct bag, these capsules make any homemade wine look like it belongs on the shelf at your favorite wine shop.

Link to products: http://www.juicegrape.com/Racking-Bottling

Auto Siphon

Ever had to siphon wine? If you have then you know that the auto siphon is a life saver! And if you haven’t siphoned wine before, believe us, this will help speed up the process with ease for only $15.00!

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Siphon-Auto-12in/

Winemaker Magazine Subscription:

Winemaker Magazine is the only winemaking publication your winemaker needs. Articles written by some of the Musto Crush Crew, as well as winemakers from Napa and Bordeaux, this magazine subscription is something we all look forward to each month.

Link to product: http://bit.ly/2XbKILK

Techniques in Home Winemaking Book

Daniel Pambianchi is one of our favorite writers! This is because his winemaking book is our favorite and we still use it to this day. We refer to this as the “home winemaker’s bible”. For only $21.95 this is a gift that keeps on giving.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Book-Techniques-in-Home-Winemaking/

Gift Certificate

Purchase a Musto Wine Grape Gift Certificate for any desired amount. We are sure your winemakers will put it toward their most desired items in the Spring and Fall winemaking seasons.

Link to product: http://www.juicegrape.com/Gift-Certificate-25-50-100/

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.

Holiday gifts for the winemaker in your life

Puzzled about what to get? This gift guide is here to help steer you toward finding that oh-so-perfect gift for your favorite fermenter. 

Help them perfect their craft by supporting their interest and investing in some fantastic fermentation-based gifting this holiday season!

For the traveling winemaker: Are they the kind of winemaker who is always bringing bottles for friends and family to try, even when flying or traveling far distances for the holidays? Make their life easier with a wine suitcase that can help them bring their wine to others, and in turn bring some of their purchased wine back safe and sound. They’ll thank you when they don’t have to deal with the potential of broken glass and spilled wine.

For the aspiring chemist: If they don’t already have one, a Vinmetrica that can test pH, TA, and SO2 is an amazing gift that will make their life a lot easier.

For the more serious chemist: If you’re really feeling generous, a Hanna titrator can be life changing! You’ll have to gauge how serious they are and how much time they spend testing their wines, and what they test. (Do you hear them talk about TA, YAN, and total SO2? If so, this may be reasonable. If not, maybe stick with one of these other gifts, at least this year.)

For the sommelier-type winemaker: A gift card to their favorite wine bar or wine shop. It’s rare to meet a winemaker who isn’t interested in trying new styles, regions, or winemakers they’ve heard about. Feed their curiosity by setting them up with a way to explore new wine territory by gifting them with the opportunity to do so.

For the picky winemaker: Let the gift-receiver choose whatever they would like with a A Musto Wine Grape gift certificate. One of the benefits of this is that they can either come in to shop around or if they’re out of state, just give us a call and place an order over the phone or through our website.

For the winemaker with the travel bug: A weekend getaway to their favorite wine region. This will let them talk and learn from some of their favorite producers, allowing them to bring back what they’ve learned to incorporate into their own winemaking!

For the literary winemaker: When winemakers have a question, they’ll oftentimes reach to books such as “Knowing and Making Wine” by Emily Peynaud and/or “Techniques in Home Winemaking” by Daniel Pambianchi. These reliable books serve as fantastic references for many questions that arise for both amateur and commercial winemakers.

Looking for some stocking stuffers? Think corkscrews, a decanter, aerator, refractometer, or custom labels for their wine bottles are always appreciated!

The Musto Crush Crew’s Holiday Wine Cocktail Recipes

It’s time to break out those cozy drinks by the fire!

The Musto Crush Crew loves a boozy cocktail and we wanted to share a few of our favorite holiday recipes. Try one, try all, or add your own spin to these delicious holiday drinks.

Mulled Wine

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Mulled wine has been called “The Winemaker’s Hot Toddy”. It delivers delicious wine flavors with a hint of spice. A great drink for the winter months.

Link to recipe: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2018/12/the-winemakers-hot-toddy-mulled-wine/

Autumn Sangria

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We tried a delicious fall Sangria recipe and it delivered! We loved it so much we are making it for our next winter party. Give it a try, Sangria isn’t just for the summer time.

Link to recipe: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/11/rose-autumn-sangria-recipe/

Coquito 

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A Latin spin on eggnog, we are obsessed with this creamy liquor drink. Notes of nutmeg and a little zing of rum will put you in the holiday spirit.

Link to recipe: http://blog.juicegrape.com/index.php/2019/11/coquito-recipe/

Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help! We are New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We can get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing for next fall!
Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Top Gifts for Wine Lovers!

Here are some of our top gift picks for the 2019 holiday season sure to bring cheer to all wine lover’s far and near!

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Insulated Wine Tumblers

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  • Keep your wine (or other drink of choice) at the perfect temperature with our new stainless steel insulated wine tumblers, with oh so relatable sayings on them!

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/Wine-Tumblers

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition

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  • Whether you are a newbie in the wine world or a seasoned professional, you’ll benefit from having all the information you need at your finger tips with Wine Folly’s Magnum Edition.

  • Link to product: https://amzn.to/34Zd2nq

Corkcicle Air

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  • The perfect tool for keeping your white wines chilled without ending up with a messy, water filled bucket when you’re done.

  • Link to product: https://amzn.to/32K8IXm

Sipski Shower Wine Glass Holder

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  • Because bathtubs and showers still aren’t wine glass friendly (get with the times, bath manufactures) this little tool will keep your glass safe while you relax with your soap and suds.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/33Oe19K

Glass Wine Saver Carafe

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  • Surpassing the abilities of most wine savers these days, this cleverly designed carafe includes a special float that sits on the surface of the wine so it never makes contact with the air, keeping it fresh for much longer.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2q0Eang

Stainless Steel Wine Chiller

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  • Thanks to double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel that also eliminates drippy condensation, this keeps your wine at a perfectly cool temperature for hours. No trips to the fridge or cooler needed!

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2ObVj58

Red Wine Stain Remover

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  • A stain remover that works like magic on spills of your favorite vintage, as well as berries, beets and more. Works on colorfast, washable fabrics and is best on stains that haven’t set in yet.

  • Link to product: http://bit.ly/2CEoqZB

BONUS GIFT IDEA

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Gift Certificate

 

We hope this helped check a few off your list! What are you hoping Santa brings you this year?

Questions? Still don’t know what to get your winemaker? Give us a call at 877-812-1137 or email sales@juicegrape.com to discuss the perfect gift for your winemaker.

 

Top Wine and Food Pairings for Thanksgiving

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We can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!

This year, harvest season flew right past us. Now it’s time for everyone to wine down 😉 and enjoy great food and wine with our families during the holiday season. To make things simple and easy, we’re providing you with our favorite wine pairings for your thanksgiving meals to help you spend less time roaming the aisles of the liquor store and more time laughing and making memories with your families.

Sauvignon Blanc:

Goes perfect with appetizers like salads and veggie platters. The flavors of apple and melon would be a great starter wine, while being both refreshing and not overly heavy before your Thanksgiving meal.

Riesling:

Same goes for Riesling, depending on if it is more on the sweet or dry side. The fruity flavors will go well with the other fruit flavors like cranberry sauce, and the crispness will also go well with the salads and veggies platters.

Pinot Noir:

A wine that can pair with most of the Thanksgiving dishes being passed around, from turkey to sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. The smooth flavors of plum, cherries and berries accompany these dishes perfectly.

Zinfandel:

Another wine that can pair with most of the Thanksgiving dishes being served. It provides more of a sweet plum or berry jam flavor with the added bonus of some notes of pepper. This is great for the heavier dishes where the sweet and spicy will balance out the richness of a casserole or creamy mashed potatoes.

We hope everyone has a yummy and safe Thanksgiving!

Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help! We are New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We can get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing for next fall! Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!