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alg Oct 2, 2009 07:03 AM

I'll need 2 boxes of champagne grapes for a recipe in late October. Knowing they will probably be out of season by then, I was hoping to buy some now and freeze them. Has anyone seen any around? They're the very tiny grapes also known as Black Corinth. FWIW, I've already tried Russo's, Specialty, Sid Wainer, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Pemberton Farms, with no luck, and I've got a call into Wilson Farm in Lexington.

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    cpingenot Oct 2, 2009 07:45 AM

    It's not one of those things you could count on, but I got a couple of boxes of them a couple of weeks ago at Haymarket. I also saw some about the same time for a lot more at Formaggio.
    I've seen them from time to time at Arax market in Watertown, and you could ask them to keep their eyes out at the wholesale markets for you.

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      alg Oct 2, 2009 09:31 AM

      Thanks! Just bought the last pound at Formaggio! Just need 1 more pound...

    2. cassoulady Oct 2, 2009 07:56 AM

      russos always has them i think.

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        Allstonian Oct 2, 2009 07:59 AM

        The OP already said that they had no luck at Russo's. I've only occasionally seen them there myself.

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        treb Oct 2, 2009 08:36 AM

        Costco had them in August and early Sept., their season, really yummy but, they're long gone.

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          AGM_Cape_Cod Oct 2, 2009 09:42 AM

          Out of curiousity what is the recipe?

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            alg Oct 3, 2009 05:06 AM

            They're for a gelatin mold made with wine, which tastes better than it sounds :)

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            bear Oct 2, 2009 10:22 AM

            You can also check with Idylwilde Farm in Acton. They do sell them in-season, so it's worth a shot.

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              alg Oct 2, 2009 11:01 AM

              Sadly, they don't have them. Thanks for the tip, though!

            2. Chris VR Oct 2, 2009 05:39 PM

              This post has some great resources you could check:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/557884

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                alg Oct 3, 2009 05:05 AM

                Thanks, but the grapes I'm looking for are called champagne grapes because of their diminutive size - supposed to look like the bubbles in champagne - not because of their suitability for wine-making. Neat post, though, that has me considering making my own wine!

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                alg Oct 3, 2009 05:07 AM

                I think I'm all set with the champagne grapes. Thanks, all!

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