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Mac’s January Tip

The January 5th LCBO Vintages release may be of interest to those who purchase Montsant (Spain) frozen must.

Sola Fred 2017 (DO Montsant) is a 100% Carignane varietal from the region and has been receiving very good reviews. Its LCBO number is 636258 and its price $17.00.

I have made the Carignane in the past and found it to be very well balanced with pronounced acidity, which is a feature of Carignane not usually found in our business. (This is NOT your father's Central Valley Carignane.)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Mac MacDonald and
PrestonWine Team

(dated 2019-01-05)


*  Great Vintage Wishes for Harvest 2019 *


We're part of the Preston Hardware Family....

Preston Hardware, located at 248 Preston Street, Ottawa, in the heart of Little Italy, is Canada’s largest Independent hardware store. The store was founded in 1945 and has been a family business since that time, selling winemaking supplies and in more recent decades fresh and frozen wine grapes and juices under the  banner.  

From September to December, PrestonWine offers a large selection of grapes and juices from California, Washington State and, more recently, Spain. Our premium grape selection is centered on Lodi California - the “Bread Basket” of grape production in that state. Virtually every other wine region in that state uses Lodi fruit to a maximum of 20% in their wines. The hillsides of Amador County and El Dorado County are also offered as premium fresh grape choices for the home winemaker.

On the frozen must and juice side, we offer each year popular grape varieties from Spain and occasionally pails from Brehm Vineyards based in White Salmon, Washington. Brehm Vineyards is considered the top source for frozen grapes and juices and they access fruit mainly from Colombia Gorge, Washington, as well as Sonoma and Napa Valley, California.

Of course, we also offer other popular priced fresh grapes and juices from California’s Central Valley as well as wine supplies and equipment.

We at wish you and your winemaking partners a  Great Vintage New Year.

in vino veritas,

Mac MacDonald and
PrestonWine Team

(dated 2019-01-05)



Field sorting Zinfandel at Noma Ranch (Lodi)
(crtsy: LoCa: The Wines of Lodi, CA)


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Enjoy your readings,
Mac MacDonald
your Team

(updated 2018-09-04)

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