If you've got Himrod
, and live in Portland (my hometown), yours will be ripe before mine â€“ in Yamhill Countyâ€™s "Wine Country." I actually spent most of the day in a vineyard talking grapes! Pretty nice, till the propane cannons start up! I just taste-test ours. In different locations of our yard they'll ripen at different times! Poorer soil, fewer leaves = earlier ripening; rich soil, dense leaves, later... Just pluck a berry. The good thing, or 'a' good thing about Himrod (a 'Sister grape' of Interlaken
) is they're green
, and the birds don't notice them! They also have loose clusters and are less prone to powdery mildew. And, they ripen early.
So you're thinking raisins? "Sunmade raisins
?" ...If they don't ferment! I'd consider yellowjeckets and hornets potential problems too, they love sweet
! I've never tried that, but then there's a lot of things I've not yet tried..
My Sister will occasionally freeze extra grapes, individually on a tray, then bag them. The 'individual' part takes space, but the bags compact well. They're great crunchy treats next
summer... I've pressed mine in an apple press, but lacking one would be a lot of work. Worse case, we take them to work / school and give them away to neighbors...
I suspect the wine process is online, but you'll still need to extract the fresh
juice. You can't cook it out and make wine. Got a big wooden barrel, clean feet, and one of those ruffley French dresses
Grapes are wonderfully resilient. I wouldn't hesitate (when they're ripe) hacking them high and getting them off the house, while doing your best to salvage the clusters. Grapes need heavy pruning ... I'm 3 years behind on mine... Grapes don't last long unrefrigerated. It doesnâ€™t look like I'm any help at all
! Just cut & gobble