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2022 California Blend #25 (Bordeaux Blend – 60% Cab, 20% Mer, 10% CF, 5% PV, 5% Mal)

$275.00

California Bordeaux Blend – 60% Cab, 20% Mer, 10% CF, 5% PV, 5% Mal

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Winemaking to make a barrel of California Wine. Fall is the harvest season for grapes in the Northern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from wine country in California for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience. This wine is a Bordeaux Blend – 60% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot,

Schedule – This is a 9-month process that includes four hands-on sessions

Session #1 – Crushing – will occur in October 2022 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #2 – Pressing – will occur in October 2022 (7 days after the Crushing) on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #3 – Racking – will occur in February 2023 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #4 – Bottling – will occur in May 2023 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case* of your own handcrafted California Bordeaux (12 bottles)!

*Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out.

2022 California Blend #26 (Super Tuscan, 65% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah)

$275.00

California Super Tuscan – 65% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Winemaking to make a barrel of California Wine. Fall is the harvest season for grapes in the Northern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from wine country in California for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience. This wine is a California Super Tuscan Blend – 65% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah

Schedule – This is a 9-month process that includes four hands-on sessions

Session #1 – Crushing – will occur in October 2022 on a Sunday (TBD) at 6 PM
Session #2 – Pressing – will occur in October 2022 (7 days after the Crushing) on a Sunday (TBD) at 6 PM
Session #3 – Racking – will occur in February 2023 on a Sunday (TBD) at 6 PM
Session #4 – Bottling – will occur in May 2023 on a Sunday (TBD) at 6 PM

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case of your own handcrafted California Super Tuscan (12 bottles)!

*** Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out ***

2022 California Prisoner Blend #27 (45% Zinfandel, 25% Cabernet, 10% Syrah, 15% Petite Syrah, 5% Grenache)

$275.00

California Prisoner Blend – 45% Zinfandel, 25% Cabernet, 15% Syrah, 10% Petite Syrah, 5% Grenache

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Winemaking to make a barrel of California Wine. Fall is the harvest season for grapes in the Northern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from wine country in California for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience. This wine is a California blend inspired by the famous Prisoner blend of wine. It is a favorite & often a winner of note at our annual Bacchus Awards.

Schedule – This is a 9-month process that includes four hands-on sessions

Session #1 – Crushing – will occur in October 2021 on a Wednesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #2 – Pressing – will occur in October 2021 (7 days after the Crushing) on a Wednesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #3 – Racking – will occur in February 2022 on a Wednesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #4 – Bottling – will occur in May 2022 on a Wednesday (TBD) at 7 PM

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case of your own handcrafted California Prisoner-style wine (12 bottles)!

*** Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out ***

2022 California Varietal #24 (100% Old Vine Zinfandel)

$275.00

California 100% Old Vine Zinfandel

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Winemaking to make a barrel of California Wine. Fall is the harvest season for grapes in the Northern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from wine country in California for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience. This wine is 100% Old Vine Zinfandel from grapevines 50 years old or greater.

Schedule – This is a 9-month process that includes four hands-on sessions

Session #1 – Crushing – will occur in October 2022 on a Tuesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #2 – Pressing – will occur in October 2022 (7 days after the Crushing) on a Tuesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #3 – Racking – will occur in February 2023 on a Tuesday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #4 – Bottling – will occur in May 2023 on a Tuesday (TBD) at 7 PM

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case* of your own handcrafted California Old Vine Zinfandel (12 bottles)!

*** Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out ***

2022 Chilean Blend #23 (80% Malbec, 20% Merlot)

$275.00

Chilean Red Blend – 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Wine to make a barrel of Chilean Wine. Spring is the harvest season for grapes in the southern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from the other side of the globe for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience. This is a Chilean Red Blend – 80% Malbec, 30% Merlot.

Schedule – This is a 9-month process
A Tuesday at 7 pm in May of 2022 we start with the grape crushing. (Starting date is subject to change due to the unpredictability of the harvest)
A Tuesday at 7 pm in May of 2022 will be the pressing.
A Tuesday at 7 pm in November of 2022 will be the racking.
A Tuesday at 7 pm in February of 2023 will be the bottling & labeling.

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case* of your Chilean Wine. (12 bottles)!

*Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out.

2022 South African Social Barrel #22 (100% Cabernet Sauvignon)

$275.00

South African 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Join us for a very social & educational experience at Grape Expectations School of Winemaking to make a barrel of South African Wine. Spring is the harvest season for grapes in the southern hemisphere. Your grapes make a journey from the other side of the globe for you to enjoy in a fun, social, & delicious winemaking experience.

Schedule – This is a 9-month process that includes four hands-on sessions
Session #1 – Crushing – will occur in May 2022 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #2 – Pressing – will occur in May 2022 (7 days after the Crushing) on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #3 – Racking – will occur in October 2022 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM
Session #4 – Bottling – will occur in February/March 2023 on a Thursday (TBD) at 7 PM

You will ‘graduate’ the winemaking sessions with a greater knowledge of wine, new friends, and, of course, one case* of your own handcrafted South African Cabernet (12 bottles)!

*** Additional cases may be available for purchase if additional inventory is available when you sign-up & check out ***

Winemaking Gift Certificate 2022 for the Fall Season

$275.00

Give the Ultimate Wine-Lovers gift…the Gift of a Winemaking Experience! 

Buy the Ultimate Wine Lovers Gift and you will receive a certificate that will entitle the holder to a full session of winemaking at Grape Expectations School of WInemaking in 2022. There are 2 seasons that the certificate holder may redeem to enroll in their winemaking experience: Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. The holder will come to the winery 4 times over 9 months to participate in the making of a barrel of red wine. They will:

  1. Learn how wine is made
  2. Participate in 4 hands-on sessions
  3. Produce 240 bottles of wine from their barrel of which 12 (1 case) will be theirs to keep

When do the sessions start?

Fall Season

From late September to October, grapes from California wine country will arrive at the Wine School. If the certificate holder chooses the Fall Season, several California Barrels will be available to enroll in for winemaking fun. The first 2 winemaking sessions, the Crush & the Press, will happen precisely 1 week apart. The next session, Racking, will take place in February of 2023. The final session, Bottling the wine, will complete the experience in May of 2023. (Exact dates are subject to change due to unpredictable grape harvest schedules)

Guidance & Mentoring

The certificate holder will receive detailed information on how to redeem the certificate, invitations to winemaking open houses where they may meet winemaking experts, get a preview course on what to expect when winemaking, and taste wines made at the wine school to help them decide on when they would like to make wine & what kind of wines they prefer.

 

Winemaking Gift Certificate 2022 for the Spring Season

$275.00

Give the Ultimate Wine-Lovers gift…the Gift of a Winemaking Experience! 

Buy the Ultimate Wine Lovers Gift and you will receive a certificate that will entitle the holder to a full session of winemaking at Grape Expectations School of WInemaking in 2022. There are 2 seasons that the certificate holder may redeem to enroll in their winemaking experience: Spring 2021 or Fall 2022. The holder will come to the winery 4 times over 9 months to participate in the making of a barrel of red wine. They will:

  1. Learn how wine is made
  2. Participate in 4 hands-on sessions
  3. Produce 240 bottles of wine from their barrel of which 12 (1 case) will be theirs to keep

When do the sessions start?

Spring Season

In May of 2022, grapes from Chile and South Africa will arrive at Grape Expectations School of winemaking. If the certificate holder chooses the Spring Season, both a Chilean and a South African Barrel will be available to enroll in for winemaking fun. The first 2 winemaking sessions, the Crush & the Press, will happen exactly 1 week apart. The next session, Racking, will take place in November of 2022. The final session, Bottling the wine, will complete the experience in February of 2023. (Exact dates are subject to change due to unpredictable grape harvest schedules)

Guidance & Mentoring

The certificate holder will receive detailed information on how to redeem the certificate, invitations to winemaking open houses where they may meet winemaking experts, get a preview course on what to expect when winemaking, and taste wines made at the wine school to help them decide on when they would like to make wine & what kind of wines they prefer.