What to do with concord grapes?

If you have a TON, a steamer/juicer, and the ability to can, you can make grape juice and grape jelly. I just made both, and the jelly is like crack.
Here is a basic, and very rough, recipe.
Grape juice:
Concord grapes
sugar
water
Fill bottom of steamer/juicer with some water. Fill steamer basket with grapes. Pour a little sugar on top (I’d say about 1/2 cup) so that grapes will pop and juices will flow. Place steamer/juicer on stove and set stove to high. Allow water to boil and grapes to juice. Fill jars with juice, according to whatever canning method you prefer and to however your juicer/steamer works.
Grape Jelly
3 cups grape juice
3 cups sugar
1 packet certo liquid pectin.
Place grape juice and sugar in LARGE, TALL stock pot (this stuff boils very high, so I would try an 8 qt pot if you have one). Bring to boil. Boil for about 3 minutes. Add pectin, and bring to boil again. Fill jars according to your preferred canning method. Let cool. Eat/Inhale. If too runny, place sealed cans in boiling hot water path for 5 minutes.

Container Grown Grapes: Tips For Planting Grapevines In Pots

If you don’t have the space or soil for a traditional garden, containers are a great alternative. And grapes, believe it or not, handle container life very well. Keep reading to learn more about how to grow grapes in a container.

Tips for Planting Grapevines in Pots

Can grapes be grown in containers? Yes, they can. In fact, the care of container grown grapes isn’t at all complicated. There are, however, a few things you need to know beforehand to make growing a grapevine in a pot an easier, more successful endeavor.

Growing a grapevine in a pot requires some specific materials. First, you need to pick your container. Black or dark colored plastic pots heat up in the sun and can cause your grapevine’s roots to get too hot. Wooden containers are a good alternative. If you have to use dark plastic, try to arrange your container so that it stays in the shade but your vine is in the sun. Your container should also be a minimum of 15 gallons.

The next thing you need is a good trellis. This can be any shape or material you like, as long as it’s strong and will last. As your grapevine grows (and it will grow for many years), it will have to hold up a lot of material.

Grapevines are typically grown from cuttings. The best time to plant your cutting is early autumn.

Put stones or styrofoam in the bottom of your container for drainage, then add soil and a layer of mulch. Grapes will grow in nearly any type of soil, but they prefer moist silt loam. They need virtually no fertilizer, but if you choose to feed them, use a fertilizer low in nitrogen.

Maintaining Your Container Grown Grapes

Allow your vine to grow freely until the first frost. This gives it time to establish a good root system. After this, prune the new growth way back so that only two buds remain. Buds are little pimple-like protrusions on the trunk. The pruning may seem drastic, but in the spring each of these buds will grow into a new branch.

Grapevines take some time and effort before payoff, and container grown grapes are no different. You won’t actually see any grapes until the second full year of growth. The first year is for training the vine to follow your trellis with tying and pruning.

Because of the size restrictions of a container, you should keep only one or two branches growing from your central trunk. Also, prune away any runners that creep away from the trellis. Especially with limited roots, a smaller vine makes for higher quality grapes.

How To Grow Grapes In Containers

What you will need to start

To grow grapes in containers, pick an expansive and tough container that can bolster this vivacious vine. A 15-20 gallon pot that is no less than 16-18 inches deep and 18-24 inches wide is adequate. However, start with a smaller pot and after that repot the plant in a bigger one.

The best alternative is to go to a garden center and request an assortment that can grow well in pots and in your climate. Picking an assortment that is resistant to diseases and can grow well in your zone is most essential. Nonetheless, you can grow any assortment in a container yet growing a dwarf grape cultivar like “pixie” can spare you from the bother of preparing a grape vine in a pot.

The best time to plant grapevine is spring or early summer, planting on this time encourages the plant to grow all season without the exposure to frost. In any case, if you live in an frost free hot tropical atmosphere the best time for planting grape vine is in the winter.

How to start

Pick an area that is bright, warm and dry. If your spot gets shade in an evening the grapes will still do well, however no less than 6 hours of sunlight is required. Abstain from keeping the plant in wet, shady and less windy spot with less or no air circulation, since it advances fungal diseases and grapevine requires good air circulation around it.

Support and training

Grapevine needs training and support to grow. When you grow grapes in a container, it is best to select a tall lightweight trellis, wood or plastic. A grape vine becomes long and needs help, it will be great if you have an arbor or pergola like structure. Other than that, there are numerous different procedures to prepare the grape vine.

Prepare the vine on a stake or something like a fan trellis. You can likewise support the vine on a stake with the assistance of “Umbrella Kniffen Training Method”. Developing grapes in pots by the standard vine training technique on a general trellis is very simple.

Soil and water

Try not to utilize overwhelming garden soil. Rather, utilize a light potting mix that is free, rich in organic matter and above all drains well. Water frequently and profoundly to keep the soil a bit wet however be careful not to overwater. Saturated, soggy soil can be inconvenient to the plant.

Fertilization – Side dress the plant occasionally with matured excrement or fertilizer. In the first year, you can fertilize the plant with a general purpose fertilizer in spring and summer. From the following year, begin to prepare the plant with the fertilizer that is low in nitrogen yet high in potassium and phosphorus from the spring when bloom buds show up.

How to care for the grapevines in containers

Mulching – You can mulch in the pot with pine bark, compost or with pebbles to prevent excessive water evaporation from the soil and to protect roots from temperature fluctuations.

Overwintering – In climates with harsh winters, you have to protect the plant. For this, you’ll need to remove the dormant grapevine from its support and start to keep it indoors in warm space. Also, reduce watering and avoid the application of any fertilizer during this period.

Pollination – When growing grapes in containers you must know most grape varieties are self-fertile and produce fruits on their own. However, shaking the plant gently at the time of flowering results in better yield.

Pruning – During the first few months after planting until the end of the growing season, do not prune the plant and allow it to grow freely to let the plant establish well in a pot and allow it to develop a strong root system. Grapevine woods that are more than two years old do not produce fruits so you’ll have to remove all the old branches.

Prune the growth in late winter to early spring during the dormancy so that only two buds will remain. Buds are little protrusions on the trunk. This heavy pruning may seem too much to do but in the spring and summer, each of these buds will grow into a new branch.

Dedicate the first year for training the vine to follow your trellis or stack with pruning and tying. Due to the limited space of the container, try to keep only 1 or 2 branches growing from the main trunk. Also, prune away any runners that creep away from the trellis.

The most important pruning will be one that you will perform in late winter when the plant shed its leaves, it is the one on which the fruiting depends. You will need to do the summer pruning too. Though it should have to be light and unobtrusive, just pinching and pruning.

Diseases and Pests

In diseases, fungal diseases like black spot and powdery mildew, especially in dry and warm weather are possible. In pests, keep an eye on common garden insects like aphids. Japanese beetles, moths, caterpillars can also be a problem.

Source: balconygardenweb.com

How to grow grapes in containers

Grape vines do surprisingly well in pots. They’re adaptable plants and, properly maintained, require relatively little space. Likely because of the huge wine-growing industry, a massive range of varieties for both cold and temperate regions are available. If you want to grow grapes in containers, then I highly recommend you do. They’re perennial, so there’s no need to re-pot every year and yields can be high.

Grapes are also a good candidate for indoor growing. If you have a greenhouse or particularly bright window, they are a good choice.

Variety selection is everything! General care tips (as outlined in this article) are consistent across climates, but it’s vital you get off to a good start by picking the right kind of vine (bare-root or potted). Pruning is the other main concern. While the growth of grape vines in pots won’t be as vigorous as plants in the ground, pruning practices are essentially the same. There will just be less to do and a few slight variations.

Factsheet

Sprouting time: NA
Time from sowing to harvest: 5 – 6 months (Vine)
Size of pot: Large
Difficulty of growing in pots? Medium – Difficult.

Sowing and harvesting calendar

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow (✓)
Harvest

Potting soil tips

  • If you can find a loam-based compost like John Innings No. 3 then use it. Add extra grit for drainage (1/3 grit for most Mediterranean plants is usually a good idea).
  • Alternatively, any potting mix is fine. Just remember to add 1/3 grit for drainage! If you don’t intend to feed through the growing season, add a few handfuls of slow-release fertiliser. Because they’re hungry plants, it’s better to liquid feed on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.
  • I know I bang on a lot about drainage. But with perennials that are going to be living in the same pot for years it’s even more essential. Soil structure will break down over time, so it’s important to add a long-lasting amendment like grit or composted bark.

Sowing and planting

  • Pay attention to variety selection. With grapes, there are lots of varieties to choose from – tailor your pick accordingly. I’ve included some varieties that are great for pots below, but you should be clear about what flavour you want. There are cold-hardy varieties, varieties for wine, for eating, compact-sized and so on. Pick accordingly!
  • Plant the vine from late autumn to late spring. The earlier the better. Give it the sunniest, most sheltered spot possible.

Canes like to be supported though it’s not strictly necessary.

  • The young vine should be trained up a central support (bamboo canes are fine) and will benefit from a little trellis support against a wall if it’s available (though this isn’t entirely necessary).
  • Sometimes you can buy more mature plants that have already been trained. If they’re available (keep an eye on the big seed websites) then you might want to think about this.

Growing tips

  • Fertilise regularly with a balanced NPK fertiliser (either weekly or bi-monthly) and a micronutrient feed like liquid seaweed.
  • One of the real keys to success with container growing in general is to adapt your feeding schedule to the growing phases of your plants. With grapes, consider feeding with a high phosphorous fertiliser (which is responsible for bloom development) once fruit starts to appear. (This isn’t necessary and is only for those who want to provide their vines with a little extra TLC).

The idea behind limiting the fruit a vine produces is that it will focus its energy into the remaining fruit.

  • It’s important to keep the plant well-watered in the first few years after planting. Once established, the need to water in dry spells (though still required) becomes less urgent.
  • Grapes prefer full sun so give them the best spot you can. Providing lots of light (above any other factor) is the key to good harvests.

  • Grape vines are very attractive plants, especially when grown against a wall or fence for support.
  • In year 3: allow three bunches of grapes to ripen. In year 4, allow five by snipping off other flowers. After this, you can experiment with more (or fewer) bunches.
  • Mulch the top of your pots by removing the top 3-4 inches of potting mix and adding new compost (preferably) or nutrient-rich potting mix every couple of years.

Pruning and training

Pruning grape vines can seem a little tricky and there are a few different options. There are two widespread methods of pruning grapes: the Guyot (cane) and the cordon (spur) method. It’s difficult to verbally describe the difference between the two. Check out the excellent video below to get a clear idea (actually watch it, it’s a really good explanation).

Essentially, the Guyot method involves cutting back to the top of the main trunk every year, while the cordon method involves cultivating “arms” that support numerous stems which are cut back after each season. Because pots can only sustain so much growth you want to opt for a type of cane (Guyot) pruning method called Umbrella Kniffen. This will likely result in optimum harvests.

Pruning in the first few years will focus on establishing the plant. In pots you should aim to establish one main vine (1st year) that will act as the central trunk. After planting, cut back the central vine so that you have about three buds left on the main stem.

Allow the vine buds to develop to no more than 12 inches and select strongest, tying it to a central stake. Snip off the others. During the first season, your job is to let this central vine develop as much as possible while snipping off any side growth.

When it gets to your desired height, simply snip off the top. It might take you another season to achieve this. The video below is a good example.

After this initial pruning phase new shoots will grow from the top of the trunk. Leave these to grow but remove any that emerge lower down.

At the end of the season you will have one central stem and several fruiting canes. Now you can pick two side stems (pots will struggle to support more fruit) and get rid of the rest, except for two canes which will act as renewal spurs (that will become the season after next’s fruiting canes). Cut the renewal canes down to two buds. So you’re left with two fruiting canes and two renewal spurs. Simple!

The video below offers an excellent example of umbrella trellis pruning:

One last point. In the first two years, snip of all the flowers. The idea is to encourage your new vine to put all its energy into getting well-established in its new home.

Here’s another practical video showing the difference between cane and spur pruning if you’re interested:

Harvesting

  • Taste is the best test of ripeness!
  • Late summer to early/mid autumn is the usual time for harvesting.
  • Towards the end of summer, you may want to remove leaves that are shielding the grapes to allow sunlight to reach them.

Pests and problems

  • Wasps can be a nightmare, as can birds. The best remedy is netting but it can be a hassle to cover entire plants. Wrapping individual bunches is often the best remedy.

  • Downy mildew, signified by white, powdery fungal growth, can often be remedied by increasing air circulation through selective pruning of leaves and shoots.
  • Grey mould may be a sign of underwatering.

Good grape varieties for pots

The key thing to remember is to get a self-pollinating variety. The majority of grapes are self-fertile, but it’s worth checking, especially if you’re only growing one plant.

I haven’t yet come across any container-specific varieties. The best method is to go for vines that are on the shorter side and don’t have a huge spread. Pots will constrain growth to a degree. Here are some suggestions:

Good varieties for US growers include:

  • Somerset Seedless – Medium-sized grapes with a strawberry-like flavour. Height (up to 70 inches) and spread are both reasonable.
  • Hope Seedless – A green grape vine that’s particularly high-yielding. Low height but spread can be broader.
  • Mars Seedless – A purple grape that’s on the shorter side. Good pest resistance.

Good varieties for UK growers include:

  • Boskoop Glory – A vine that is very well-suited to UK growing conditions. They’re very tasty, early cropping and have good height and spread for containers.
  • Flame – A pink grape that’s suitable for containers. It will do well in conservatories and greenhouses.
  • Dornfelder – A German variety that grows well in the UK.

In the kitchen

  • Grape jam is always a great option. I prefer the recipes that use natural pectin alternatives (like lemon juice). Check out this wonderfully simple recipe.

More Resources

There’s so much good information about grapes on the web. Just remember that you need to adapt to pots!

  • Growing grapes in a small space (Pallen Smith)
  • Grape training methods (Wine Folly)
  • Grape variety selection (Wine Maker)

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!

Have you tried growing grapes in containers? Leave a comment below and let me know how it went!

Image credits: Steph L; Vercoquin; Kate Ter Haar; Mark Shirley.

Now that vineyards across the Northern Hemisphere have transformed from scraggly fields to wild cascades of green, it seems like sweet grapes should be poking out at any minute, right?

Not quite.

First, grapevines enter the flowering phase, a nerve-wracking period for grape growers and winemakers alike, since the tiniest disruptions to barely-there flowers can mean a sad vintage. Even before summer heat waves, pesky bugs, or early rains start wreaking havoc on a vineyard, flowering literally puts grapes on the bunches, determining just how many sweet berries have a chance to survive the season and end up in a bottle near you.

Unlike Washington D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms, or the apple and pear blooms that cover swaths of the Pacific Northwest each spring, grapevines do a more subtle dance to pollinate their tiny flowers.

After spring’s initial bud break, vines go on a rapid vegetative growth spree – often growing up to an inch per day – and their leafy tendrils expand wildly. About a month after this leafy invasion(and two to three months after initial bud break) the flowering frenzy begins underneath the vine’s massive leaves.

Hidden beneath the vine’s leafy canopy flowering begins with the development of tiny green spheres known as a “calyptras.” Called caps for short, these miniature green balls encircle the delicate, pollen-carrying parts of the flower. At this point, the vines look like they’re covered with grape bunches that have been hit by a shrink ray, but these mini-bunches simply serve as a convenient protective package for future grapes.

When the vine is ready, the caps bursts open with a pop to reveal the bare basics of a flower: a pistil and several pollen-carrying stamen. There’s no fluffy, colorful flower petals here – just off-white strings smaller than your pinky nail.

Over a few weeks, pollen from the stamen is gently transferred to the pistil, and little by little each flower is pollinated. Slowly, the petals from the cap fall to the ground along with bits of pollen.

Once pollinated, each flower gives way to a tiny, hard green berry the size of a small pea. Each green pea eventually ripens into the grapes we know and love, but a multitude of weather factors can disrupt this fragile process and taint an entire year’s work.

As I write this, ominous clouds are rolling across Northern California, carrying enough rain and wind to completely disrupt the flowering process. Because grape blossoms aren’t protected by flower petals once open, strong winds (like those that often accompany early summer thunderstorms) can shake the pollen from vines, preventing some flowers from pollinating. Strong rains, hail, and frost present similar risks to disrupting this delicate pollination process. Unlike other phases of the grape cycle, where winemakers may be able to give themselves options in the event of inclement weather, flowering only happens once and at the complete discretion of the vine. Poor weather and incomplete pollination leads to shatter, or bunches that are only develop to be half or 2/3 full.

Fewer grapes, or poorly developed berries (known in the biz as poor fruit set) means fewer chances at making a great wine, and no chance of a bumper crop. So while you’ll never see a perfect, fragrant, colorful bloom in a vineyard, if you do see something that resembles a flower, definitely don’t pick it. Just wait, and then drink it.

In the world of grape growing and vineyard management, the abundant fall harvest is generally what springs to mind. But the stages leading up to this yearly bounty are crucial factors to success. Grape flowers, or grape “flowering” in vineyard manager parlance, arrive in late spring, 40-80 days after bud break, depending on the temperatures and rain. To make their welcomed appearance, grape flowers need average daily temperatures to stay between 59-68 degrees Fahrenheit, generally sometime in May in Sonoma County. It’s during this stage of a grape’s lifecycle that pollination and fertilization occurs, with the results ultimately producing a cluster. To learn more about how spring weather influences bloom and fruit set, watch this fruit set video.

For fertilization to occur, unlike many other plants, the bees don’t have to buzz in the vineyards. Grapevines are hermaphroditic – they possess both male and female parts so, barring weather issues or pest invasions, grape flowers can transform into berries all by themselves. Read more about this process and the geeky science behind flowering.

What Can Affect a Grape Flower?

Every vineyard manager wants an even fruit set, defined as when the fertilized flowers develop into a grape and then into picture-perfect clusters. But if the delicate grape flowers are exposed to rain, wind or cold temperatures, the dream of a beauty-pageant cluster can be dashed. Low temperatures can freeze the flowers or a heavy rain can wash them off. This unwanted result is called “shatter,” meaning the cluster grows without the ideal, tight shape with the berries differing in size. While this variation thankfully doesn’t affect the quality of the berries, it definitely affects their quantity. This article offers a photo gallery of various fruit sets and what a shattered cluster looks like.

Once the tiny berries appear, we begin our leaf pulling or thinning practice. This crucial activity allows for increased air movement within the vine’s canopy, as well as helps manage light penetration through the vines. The breezes help keep non-beneficial pests at bay and the dappled light helps prevent sunburned grapes which can negatively affect a wine’s flavor. To learn more about our leaf thinning program here at Jordan, watch this video: Leaf Vineyards to Prepare Grapevines for Ripening.

With the right practices and if Mother Nature cooperates, grapevines thrive, especially in the temperate and normally predictable weather of California. We’re fortunate to grow vineyards here but we pay a lot of attention to everything to maintain the highest quality standards. We know it shows in the bottle.

Wet, warm spring weather throughout April and May delayed flowering, or bloom, in our vineyards by two weeks. (While rainfall during spring was unseasonably high, overall rainfall levels for the year were ample and welcomed after several drought years.) When the warm weather finally arrived in early June, both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon clusters bloomed at the same time (see video), which is a rare occurrence because Russian River Valley—home to our Chardonnay grapes—is about 15 degrees cooler than our Bordeaux variety vineyards in Alexander Valley.

Good weather is critical for a quality, and mostly importantly, even fruit set. Once the warm temperatures arrived, fruit set happened quickly this year, and that excelerated pace contributed to the most desirable situation in certain areas: a homogenous, uniform crop. (Grape berries consistent within the cluster make much better wine.) The warm weather also ensured very little shatter occurred in our estate vineyards. Minimal shatter of the grape clusters also means uniform berries within the cluster and ultimately consistent flavor of grapes within a cluster.

We did have some gusty winds early June, which did affect bloom. Strong winds cause a higher instance of shoot loss. We thin the grapevines of their shoots, but we prefer to decide which shoots we’d like to remove.

All of these factors—the uniform clusters we desire coupled with the rainy spring and windy conditions during bloom—will certainly make 2010 a unique, yet challenging growing season that has the potential of being a great vintage with the right vineyard management practices (and ideal weather during harvest).

Next we’ll begin shoot positioning of the vines in preparation for veraison.

Curious about this critical part of the growing season where berries begin to form and grow? Watch the above video and send us your questions.

What are the health benefits of grapes?

Share on PinterestGrapes, and especially red grapes, contain resveratrol, a compound that may have various health benefits.

A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduced risk of various conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

Like other fruits and vegetables, grapes are a good source of fiber and water.

Antioxidants and other nutrients in grapes may make them particularly healthful, although more research is needed to confirm some of their benefits.

Here are some of the ways in which the nutrients in grapes may boost health.

1) Cancer

Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. These are thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. One of these is resveratrol. It is found in the skins of red grapes.

Laboratory studies have suggested that resveratrol may be able to slow or prevent the growth of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach, breast, colon, skin cancer, and leukemia.

Resveratrol is also present in red wine. Few studies have looked at the association between red wine and cancer risk in humans, but it has been shown that high intakes of alcohol on a consistent basis can increase the risk of cancer. Moderation is key.

A moderate intake of alcohol is defined by The Dietary Guidelines for Americans as up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men.

Another natural anti-inflammatory that occurs in grapes is the flavonoid quercetin. Studies have suggested that this, too, may help prevent or slow cancer growth.

2) Heart health

Animal studies have indicated that quercetin and resveratrol may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and protect against the damage caused by low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol.

These studies have mostly used doses of these flavonoids far higher than those usually consumed by humans.

The polyphenols in grapes, such as resveratrol, are thought to have antioxidant, lipid-lowering, and anti-inflammatory actions that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). They may achieve this by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure and the risk of irregular heart rhythms.

Grapes contain fiber and potassium, both of which support heart health. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends increasing potassium intake while decreasing sodium consumption to improve blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

A study of data for 12,267 adults in the United States has shown that the more sodium people consume in relation to their potassium intake, the higher the risk of all-cause mortality.

A high potassium intake has been associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, and preservation of bone mineral density.

3) Blood pressure

Increasing potassium intake may help reduce the negative effects of too much sodium in the diet.

Grapes have a high potassium content. This suggests they can help reduce the effects of sodium in people with high blood pressure.

Fiber is important for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, including heart health and blood pressure. Grapes are a good source of fiber.

4) Constipation

Grapes contain water and fiber. These can help people stay hydrated, keep bowel movements regular, and reduce the risk of constipation.

5) Allergies

Because of the anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin, some suggest that consuming grapes may help to alleviate symptoms of allergies, including runny nose, watery eyes, and hives.

However, no human studies have been done to prove this theory.

6) Diabetes

In 2013, results of a study published in the BMJ suggested that certain fruits, but not juices, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults.

During the study, which involved 187,382 participants and lasted 22 years, 6.5 percent of the participants developed diabetes.

However, those who consumed three servings a week of blueberries, grapes, raisins, apples, or pears had a 7-percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with those who did not.

The relatively high level of sugar found in grapes leads some people to ask whether they are safe for people with diabetes to eat.

The American Diabetes Association encourages people to consume grapes and other fruits, as long as the carbohydrate amount is counted as part of their meal plan.

The vitamins, minerals, and fiber in grapes make them a healthful way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

7) Diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy

Some studies have indicated that resveratrol may protect against diabetic neuropathy, which affects nerve function. Scientists believe this may be due to the neuroprotective effects of this compound.

Animal studies have indicated that resveratrol may also protect against retinopathy, which can severely affect vision.

Diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy can result when diabetes is poorly controlled.

8) Eye health

Grapes contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help maintain eye health. They are thought to neutralize unstable molecules known as free radicals. In this way, they may reduce oxidative stress and damage to the retina, and help prevent cataracts and other conditions.

Laboratory tests have suggested that resveratrol may protect against various eye problems, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, and others.

However, it remains unclear exactly how it works, and how it might be beneficial to humans.

9) Acne

Results of an in vitro study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy claims that resveratrol could help treat acne, especially if used with benzoyl peroxide as a topical treatment.

10) Other conditions

Other health issues that resveratrol may help with include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • blood glucose control
  • osteoarthritis
  • boosting the immune system

However, some studies have questioned whether resveratrol can benefit humans in these ways. More evidence is needed.


Chilled … Over Salad. Add chilled grapes to your favorite low-fat chicken, seafood, or pasta salad for a refreshing twist on your old favorites!
Grapes & Veggies. Grapes have enough sweetness to pass around so toss some in with your favorite veggies and enjoy a unique taste experience.
Recipe: 3-Bean Salad with Grapes
French Toast á la … Grape? Yes indeed. Make French toast with whole wheat bread, cinnamon, and egg whites. Top with sliced grapes and little bit of maple syrup! It’s delicious!
A New Kabob. Entertaining? Try our Fruit Kabobs with Sweet Yogurt Dip. It’s a quick and easy snack both kids and adults will love.
Grapes & Cheese. Cubed cheese, whole wheat crackers and sweet grapes are a snack-time favorite!
100% Pure Goodness. Great straight up or on the rocks, 100% grape juice is the perfect way to start your day or to cool down a summer night. Always in season, 100% grape juice fits any occasion and is a healthy soda-substitute for the kids!
Kid-Friendly Fun. Slice honeydew into 6-8 slices. Hollow out some of the melon (but no all of it) and add cottage cheese and grapes in the center. Let the kids help you fill them up!
The Fruit Salad Staple. Rinse and slice fresh grapes and all of your favorite fruits together for a simple treat anytime of the day!
Pop a Few. Grapes are a quick, easy and portable snack. Pack some up for school, work or as the perfect on-the-road snack for the kids. Just rinse and enjoy! They are delicious as is.
Grapes & Grains. For a great chilled side dish with plenty of color and crunch, try our Grapes and Grains.
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The question gets asked so many times that Daniel McBurnie doesn’t even want to answer it anymore. Instead, when the origin of his band’s name comes up, the Good for Grapes singer just hands the phone over to guitarist Graham Gomez.

It turns out that the name was an accident. But whatever the reason for it—and we’ll get to that in a bit—the fruity alliteration hasn’t hurt the group.

Barely two years old, with most of its members just out of high school (recently added drummer Blair Hansen, at 22, is the oldest), Good for Grapes is now well past its early days of busking for change on the streets of Victoria. The Surrey folksters have won top honours in two battle-of-the-bands-type competitions, have appeared on Canada’s Got Talent, and are in the midst of a month-long tour of western Canadian venues and music festivals.

The group even has devoted followers who, at shows, perform an enthusiastic, ritualistic foot-stomp in Good for Grapes’ honour.

“It began as a dance move,” says McBurnie, reached on tour in Red Deer, Alberta. “We started with a very loyal fan base, and they all caught on to this thing. We’d like to take credit for it, but it was the people at our concerts that just started doing this raging stomp move.”

With that kind of reaction, the band’s rose-coloured, strummy sound must be connecting with audiences. Musical references to au courant acts don’t hurt, either; Seattle’s Fleet Foxes are present in the recorded-in-an-empty-mansion vocals of “Skipping Stone”, and British act Mumford & Sons’ pubby folk runs through “Oh Dear”. (Both tracks can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page.)

But though Good for Grapes falls into the same general Pacific Northwest folk-pop category as fellow locals Hey Ocean! and Said the Whale, the group was different enough to stand out at the Rogers Battle of the Bands, which it won in late 2010.

“We went in with absolutely zero expectations,” says McBurnie. “We didn’t think a lot of these kids would take to the folk sound. We just wanted to play a show. I remember there being a lot of rock bands. It was kind of a shock when we won.”

McBurnie says there was more diversity in Good for Grapes’ next triumph, in Supernova’s Band on the Run to the U.K. Though they came in first in that 2011 competition as well, the group chose a week of recording over the intended prize, a slot at a music festival in London.

Says McBurnie, “We were told, ‘Listen, you guys can do that if you want. Or, instead of spending one day and doing one show there, you can come to Toronto for five days and record and do a showcase for all these industry reps.’ ”

The group opted for the latter—“the better career move”, says McBurnie—and recorded some songs that were finished in Vancouver. (Earlier this year, Good for Grapes also appeared on a few episodes of Canada’s Got Talent, but withdrew before the semifinals. “I’m not sure how much I can really say about that,” says McBurnie. “We decided not to go on with it.” Magician Vladimir the Great replaced them.)

The next step, naturally, is a full-length, which McBurnie says the septet—which also includes Alexa Unwin (piano, vocals), Robert Hardie (bass, vocals), Sean MacKeigan (accordion), and Jesse Brook (trombone, trumpet, flute)—will record later this year. Good for Grapes hopes to release the album, a follow-up to its self-released 2011 EP, on an independent label.

“In our experience of self-promoting, there’s a lot to being in a band nowadays, with all the networking,” says McBurnie. “In theory, you can find money and fund your own album. A label, though, really takes on a lot of the load. They’ll get you on the radio, they’ll help you design artwork.”

And that pretty much sums up the Good for Grapes story so far—except, that is, for the name. Which, from what Gomez tells us, sounds like it came about simply enough.

Planning to busk in Victoria, the four pals who would form the core of the band—Unwin, Gomez, McBurnie, and Hardie—started practising on the ferry deck. A crowd gathered; instantly won over, people demanded a name. After some awkward glances, someone recalled what Gomez had said earlier on the boat when he’d declined Unwin’s offer of a snack: “No, thanks, I’m good for grapes.”

And that is how you name a folk-pop band.

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