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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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  1. 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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    1. re: cpingenot

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

    2. russos always has them i think.

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      1. re: cassoulady

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

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

        1. Out of curiousity what is the recipe?

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          1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

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

          2. 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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            1. re: bear

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

            2. This post has some great resources you could check:

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

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              1. re: Chris VR

                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!

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