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Here in the Yakima Valley there are lots of people with a small plot of fruit trees and/or grapes. These small plots are usually not large enough to sell the fruit commercial, but they are perfect for making homemade cider or wine. Using fresh grapes to press your own wine can be a fun and challenging experience. But as you take your first sip, it can be very rewarding. At Yakima Press Company, they design and manufacture fruit presses for both the beginning and advanced home brewers. So whether you are going to produce a few gallons of juice or wine, or a larger batch, Yakima Press is sure to have a grape or apple press to meet your needs. The Villager Wine Press is a grape press that will inspire. If you are looking to produce a small  to medium batch of homemade wine, then this is the wine press for you.

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A small but very effective wine press from Jaffrey Manufacturing is their table model. It is small in size, which makes it easier to manage and store. The cast iron arm and screw will have no problems crushing your grapes into juice. When pressing grapes for fresh juice or when making wine you should crush the grapes prior to pressing, but it is not required. Just as if you were pressing apples (which must be ground up into pumace), the more crushing you do on the front end will yield more juice on the back end. If you are interested in dabbling in pressing grapes, but don’t have an interest in producing a large volume, then the Jaffrey Table Wine Press is the fruit press for you.

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Like Ice Wines, Ice Cider is now beginning to make its mark within the Cider world. Eden Ice Cider company has been working with US regulators and is now one of the first, if not the first, licensed producer of Ice Cider’s in the United States. The process of making Ice Cider and Wine starts with pressing frozen fruit, called Cryoextraction. It sounds like many producers also press fresh apples and grapes, then freeze the cider or juice to arrive at a similar destination. Either way the sugars are concentrated during the freezing process, thus driving a higher alcohol content, which makes this beverage a “wine” rather than a cider. You can check out Eden’s Website at www.edenicecider.com .

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If you are interested in making homemade grape juice, then a small grape press is a necessity. Jaffrey manufacturing has built a small yet very stable wine press that fit’s on top of your table. You can then easily crush your grapes to yield some wonderful fresh grape juice. If you are interested in making your own wines, this press is great for smaller batches, but can become time consuming if you are looking to press a large volume of juice.

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Last week marked the beginning of this year’s grape harvest. From the Wahluke Slope in Mattawa to the Walla Walla Valley, grapes are being harvesting. Most varieties of grapes that are harvested first are Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, and Merlot. According to an article from Wine Press Northwest, the grapes are about 9 days ahead of last year. This is more in line with normal vintage. If you are looking for more information on Yakima Valley or Washington Wines, or are interested in making homemade wines, visit www.thefruitpress.com. They have two varieties of Wine Presses for sale.

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Sales of Washington State wines have increased 9.1% by value over the past year. This data is from a recent Nielson report for the period of July 2008 to July 2009. The 9.1% growth figure is twice as much as total wine sales, which say a 4.7% increase by value. Sales by volume is also up by 6.4% which is almost 3 times as large as overall wine sales by volume which grew by 2.4% over the same time period. Washington State contains over 32,000 acres of planted grapes with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Reisling, Merlot, and Syrah leading the way as far as total acres planted.

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The Weston wine press is a great value for the quality of material and construction of the press. Weston makes a ratchet style press, so there is no cross arm to support the screw, rather the screw is anchored at the base of the press through the middle of the press where the fruit tub is placed. This is a great press for grapes and other soft fruits, but I don’t think it’s best suited if you are making cider with apples. It can be difficult to line the tub with a mesh bag, although you could use cheesecloth. But for grapes, the Weston wine press is great as the grapes don’t have as much pulp and excess materials to be filtered out when pressed. You can easily find the Weston Grape press for under $300 as well, which makes it affordable.

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The Weston Wine Press is perfect for the family looking to make homemade wines or grape juice. The Weston Wine Press is a ratchet type press. To work the Press you load your grapes into the press, preferably with a nylon or cheesecloth filtering bag, and then place the wood blocks on top of the grapes. You then begin the ratchet down the wood blocks putting pressure on the grapes. The grape juice will begin to flow out of the bottom of the fruit press when enough pressure is applied. The Weston Fruit Press is a great addition to any home and  can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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The Yakima Valley is the wine country of Washington State. Yakima Valley Wine Country has over 60 wineries located in this area and was the first appelation established in the state. The city of Yakima has also seen a lot of activity surrounding wineries lately. The downtown area is home to a number of tasting rooms and restaurants serving local wines. The climate in the Yakima area is perfect for growing grapes, with lots of sun and a drier climate than the western side of the state. A number of varieties of grapes flourish in the Yakima Valley including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Reisling, Cabernet Franc, Gerwurtztraminer, and others. During the summer you will find many activities at the wineries in the Yakima Valley, along with all the other fruit growers that share the same Valley. If you are a hobbyist and would like to grow your own grapes or make your own wine, the Yakima Valley has all the tools you need to get started including classes at the community college and suppliers to get your hobby started. If you are interested in pressing wines, you will find many wine press products as well.

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Our new website http://www.thefruitpress.com is now live! Our site was developed to bring our customers the best apple cider and wine presses from accross the globe. We currently have the Original Jaffrey Cider Press as well as Weston brand presses. Our intent is to continue to add quality fruit presses from other manufacturers.
We serve both individuals and families that are interested in making homemade apple cider and homemade wines. We believe pressing fruit is not only a healthy alternative to food products loaded with artificial flavors and preservatives, but it is also fun and promotes a quality family activity. Of course it all starts with the apples and grapes, so be sure you have quality fruit when pressing for cider, wines or juices.

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