October 2019 Newsletter: Fresh Grape Delivery by West Coast Grapes Saturday October 19th


We will once again be a pick-up point for fresh grapes from West Coast Grapes. Delivery at Curds and Wine this year will be Saturday October 19th.  Pricing and availability are now online here - last day to order is Friday October 4th!


Grapes from West Coast Grapes

Grapes are purchased directly  through  West Coast Grapes, we are a pick-up point only, no sales on site for these grapes! Please note, we cannot store these grapes, they will start spontaneously fermenting if you do not pick them up the day they arrive. You will NOT be called to be reminded to pick up your grapes, mark your calendars for the delivery date.  If you cannot pick up your grapes or juice buckets on delivery day have them delivered to San Diego Cold Storage (downtown) instead, that will be one of the delivery options on check out.  We do not appreciate being yelled at because YOU forgot to pick up your grapes.


Grapes are unloaded from the refrigerated trucks and stacked next to the order slips at the back North parking lot behind Curds and Wine.  We cannot give a specific time as orders will be pulled from the truck as they were loaded, but the truck should have most orders unloaded by 12 pm - please plan to spend a few hours as it takes time to unload the grapes from the truck.  Be sure to pick up your grapes before 4 pm that day.  Your patience and cooperation in getting all the orders out of the truck before grapes or buckets are taken is appreciated!


We are NOT crushing and destemming grapes on site this year!  If you need to rent a crusher/destemmer we only have 4 total for rent (2 manual and 2 motorized) and they are all currently already reserved, contact us to be put on the waiting list in case someone cancels or can get one back faster than expected.  You can also have fresh grapes delivered to San Diego Cold Storage to pick up later when the crushers are available for rent, but we cannot keep grapes cold at Curds and Wine!

Curds and Wine will close at 3 pm on Thursday October 31st. Have a safe and happy Halloween!



Winexpert 2020 Limited Edition Preorders

LE19 marks the 30th Anniversary of bringing exclusive, premium limited release wines to the home winemaking world. This year's selections were specially chosen for their outstanding varietals and exceptional quality. From the delicate and exotic Pecorino Pinot Grigio from Italy to the full-bodied, robust Red Pacific Quartet, these wines are sure to thrill and delight!


VALENCIA, SPAIN - Valencia, a sunny region located in the heart of Spain's east coast, is where one can find the Tempranillo grape. The Mediterranean climate of mild winters and very warm summers, combined with the gently sloping vineyards and permeable subsoils, creates the perfect growing conditions for this savory grape. Valencia is also home to the famous annual Las Fallas festival which welcomes the arrival of spring with fireworks, pyrotechnics and colourful, giant paper-mache figures. Every day during the festival at 2 pm, the city is filled with the sound of firecrackers, ultimately ending in the extraordinary finale called the Terremoto!

The Tempranillo grape's thick skin gives the wine a deep ruby color and moderate tannins. Medium-bodied and savory, Terremoto Tempranillo has flavors of cherry, dried fig and cedar, with hints of leather and spices. Whether you're celebrating a big occasion like your 30th anniversary, complete with fireworks, or just toasting the end of a workday, this wine is the perfect accompaniment. Pair with braised meats, chorizo sausage or roasted eggplant.




The Pecorino grapes are sourced from Abruzzo, Italy which is a mountainous region located along the Adriatic Sea. It is also home to the highest point on mainland Italy, Corno Grande. Veneto is located in northeast Italy and is the source region for the Pinot Grigio. The influence of the nearby Alps provides a cooler microclimate where fresh, crisp white wines flourish.

Pinot Grigio was originally established as Pinot Gris in Burgundy and although most famous in Alsace, France, made its way to Switzerland in the 1300s and eventually to Northern Italy where Pinot Grigio was born. Today it is Italy's most popular grape. Pecorino has a bit of a different history; thought to be extinct in the mid-20th century, it was rediscovered in the 1980s by a local producer who then took cuttings and propagated them resulting in this grape's resurgence. Blending Pinot Grigio, the most popular Italian white wine grape, with the lesser-known Pecorino grape results in a delicate white wine with high acidity, lemon, lime and honeysuckle flavors, and an elegant floral aroma. Pair with steamed mussels, seafood risotto and vegetarian spring rolls.




The Pacific Rim, encompassed by North and South America on one side and Australia on the other, has microclimates that match those from all over the world. From blazing sunshine to crisp mountain air, and with soils ranging from sandy loam to stony red clay to nearly pure limestone and everything in between, the range and variety provide the perfect terroir for almost any grape, especially those found in this charismatic red blend. PACIFIC QUARTET RED For our 30th anniversary, we've decided to put a spin on one of Winexpert's most popular Limited Releases ever, introducing Pacific Quartet Red! We've selected the most revered red varietals from the same regions that are featured in Pacific Quartet. Blending California Cab, Chilean Malbec, Australian Shiraz and Washington Merlot created the most delectable, full-bodied wine. The combination results in a well-structured, tannic wine with a bouquet of blackberry and cherry. The palate offers rich berry overtones w ith hints of currant and dark chocolate and a toasty oak finish. Pair with rich meat and bean stews, roasted leg of lamb with rosemary or aged cheddar.


YOLO WHITE (MARCH 2020) $159.95

YOLO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA - YOLO is commonly known as an acronym for 'You Only Live Once', however, the origin of the name Yolo County is believed to come from Native American descent. This county is situated at the northernmost region within the Central Valley in California. Because of the deep and fertile soils found here, Yolo County is largely known for its agriculture, mainly its tomato production. The marine effects from the nearby Sacramento River provide cooler temperatures and the fog that rolls in and out of the vineyards daily, combined with the coastal winds, make for ideal grape growing conditions. The climate contributes to the concentration of aromatic compounds found in the wines produced in this region. YOLO WHITE Fruit-forward and slightly off-dry, the palate on this wine is inviting and well-balanced. The Chardonnay contributes vibrant green apple and melon flavors. The floral aromatics come from the Muscat, and the Chenin Blanc completes the wine with citrus flavors and high acidity. Pair with mild curry dishes, baked ham, Brie and Camembert.


CAPE BLEND (APRIL 2020) $189.95

WORCESTER, SOUTH AFRICA - The Worcester region in South Africa is located approximately 100 kms from Cape Town, in the Breede River Valley. It is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and the Breede River runs through the valley on its way to the Indian Ocean. The hot climate and the protection provided by the mountains combine to provide perfect conditions for high-quality, fruitful wines. CAPE BLEND This exciting combination of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Grenache creates a wine that is truly outstanding and worthy of being a part of the 30th anniversary of LE! The dark berry flavours from the Cabernet Sauvignon balance nicely with the forward spiciness from the Shiraz. Pinotage, which is a grape varietal that is unique to South Africa, provides strong tannins and smoky, earthy characteristics while the Grenache contributes aromas of leather and licorice. Together these elements offer a complex, full-bodied wine that pairs well with roasted red meats seasoned with marinades or savory herbs and aged hard cheeses.


*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

Preorders are due by Sunday November 10, 2019 - Contact Us to reserve yours!

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RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2020 Preorders

The year 2020 marks Restricted Quantities’ 20th anniversary of craft winemaking! To celebrate RJ Spagnols is releasing five wines that promise to be the Bee's Knees - aptly named after popular 1920’s common phrases, and not to outdo one another, each phrase carries a common meaning of being “the best of the best”.


January 2020 - Argentina Bonarda Syrah $184.95

Toast to the perfection of The Darb’s magnificent character, style and substance when you share the finery of this 2020 vintage. Subtle tannins and rich sophistication mingle throughout this gently layered Bonarda Syrah, truly marking it as the perfect blend. Plump red plum and blueberry underlined with smoky notes on the palate. Food Pairings: Margherita pizza; Spaghetti Bolognese; Braised pork 

Oak: Medium 

Body: Medium 

Sweetness: Dry

January 2020 - Spanish Macabeo $164.95

Uncork the brilliance of RQ’s Macabeo and celebrate the light and lively layers of The Caterpillar’s Kimono. With its soft floral fragrance and golden elegance, this rare vintage is one of RQ 2020’s finest white varietals — A brilliant beauty. A fresh and lively wine with hints of citrus, green apple, stone fruit, and soft floral notes. 

Food Pairings: Fish tacos; Roasted cauliflower; Phyllo-wrapped appetizers

Oak: Unoaked 

Body: Light 

Sweetness: Dry

February 2020 - Chile Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot $184.95

Hit all the high notes with this top shelf varietal. The Big Shot is the one to please any crowd and thrill every audience. Get carried away by the sultry allure and deep rich tones of ruby red with this jazzed RQ 2020 vintage — the big shot in our quintet of all-star varietals. Ripe blackcurrant and blackberry complemented by herbaceous, tobacco and spice. Food Pairings: Empanadas; Angus burgers; Grilled sausage 

Oak: Medium 

Body: Medium 

Sweetness: Dry

March 2020 - Australian Pinot Noir Shiraz $184.95

The Cat’s Meow: another crème de la crème of RQ’s 2020 premium collection. This magnificent vintage is the best of a Pinot Noir Shiraz. Discover heady spices in the layered, juicy nuances of this expertly blended wine. And raise a glass to the maven blend that celebrates all your glorious traditions and milestones. Juicy red and dark fruits on the nose and palate with a hint of spice on the finish. Food Pairings: Charcuterie; Goat cheese; Mushroom tarts 

Oak: Medium 

Body: Medium 

Sweetness: Dry

April 2020 - Spanish Rosé $164.95

Introducing The Deb, the darling of RQ 2020’s five-star wines. Celebrate a unique and captivating vintage with this fragrant, easy-drinking Spanish Rosé. There will never be a shortage of requests for this debutante wine’s youthful charm and delicate elegance. Its destined to make a grand entrance this coming season. Food Pairings: Bruschetta; Spring vegetable quiche; Strawberry spinach salad 

Oak: Unoaked 

Body: Medium 

Sweetness: Dry

Restricted Quantities usually sell out fast, be sure to contact us to reserve yoursDeadline for preorders is Sunday October 20, 2019.


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Harvest Equipment for Sale - Limited Inventory!

We have a very limited selection of new large equipment for sale, including one manual crusher/destemmer and stainless steel stands (sold separately), basket and bladder presses - including new 20 liter bladder presses! - Hungarian oak barrels, and one 290 liter stainless steel variable capacity tank. We also have a one 5-spout gravity bottle filler. 

We will not be able to get more larger equipment until next June!  Contact us to check availability.

20 liter bladder press


Winexpert White Merlot is Back - Limited Quantities

Take Merlot. Make it a blush. Voila - a Merlot like you've never experienced! Fresh strawberries abound in the aromas and flavors of this medium-pink rose style wine, capped by a crisp finish that's slightly drier than a typical blush. Bright fruit and generous acidity make it a brilliant food pairing wine. Try it with salads, appetizers, fruits - even barbecue and spicy cuisine. 


Sweetness: OFF-DRY | Body: LIGHT-MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: NONE

This kit was a big hit and many of us were sad when it was discontinued - take advantage of this special release to give it a try if you have not yet!  Available in VERY limited quantities at Curds and Wine for $125.95 -- contact us to reserve yours!


Limited Release Winexpert Whisky Barrel Cabernet Syrah

Whisky Cabernet SyrahFollowing the popularity of Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot, Winexpert is releasing Whisky Barrel Cabernet Syrah for a limited time.  This ruby-colored wine has aromas of spicy black fruit and toasted oak.  Dark cherry, plum and blackberry flvors along with notes of wood spice and vanilla imparted from the whisky oak lead to a long, smooth finish.  Pair with grilled red meat or barbecue ribs.

Available at Curds and Wine for $165.95. Contact us to check availability and reserve yours - the Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot sold out fast!


Winexpert Holiday Limited Release Dessert Wines for 2019

Winexpert is offering two new, unique dessert wines for the 2019 holiday season:


Sour Cherry Port - $114.95

Sour Cherry

Deep ruby in color with lovely sour cherry aromas.  The tart cherry flavor beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine.  A nice accompaniment for holiday chocolates!

Late Harvest Riesling - $114.95

Bright yellow color with notes of apricot, green apple and pear. Honey-like late harvest character balanced with brilliant acidity.  This wine could be lovely with added Peach Flavoring Extract (not included)!

Late Harvest Riesling

Contact us to check availability and reserve yours!


RJ Spagnols Cru Specialty Seasonal Release Dessert Wines

These Dessert Wines bring unique and distinctive wines that are perfect for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cru Specialty has a wine to please every palate! These wines are available exclusively for the holiday season. Start yours today so they are ready for holiday gift-giving! 

CREME BRULEE This full-bodied dessert wine features aromas of caramel, vanilla pods, and raisins with a subtle toasty character, like that of crème brûlée on the palate. Enjoy an intense mouthfeel that balances this wine’s decadent aromas. Pairs well with crème brûlée, fruit tart, and apple pie. $116.95 

RASPBERRY MOCHA This ruby red wine is a must for any dessert lover. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee blended with ripe juicy raspberry jam draw you in. Sweet on the palate with nuances of cocoa powder and coffee balances perfectly with hints of tangy acidity from the raspberry. The perfect wine to indulge in this holiday season. $116.95 

BLACK FOREST *Winemaker Magazine Competition Best of Show Wine 2019* Bursting with rich aromas of red and dark cherry, this full-flavored Port style also has a hint of dark chocolate fused with plum and toasted oak on the nose. Rich and sweet on the palate with an enjoyable warm finish, this dessert in a bottle is an irresistible complement to your holiday festivities. $116.95 

TOASTED CARAMEL Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied red wine combines a rich caramel aroma with the robust flavors of red fruit. The buttery caramel notes give this wine a roundness and texture on the palate that is perfectly balanced with rich toasted notes on the finish. $116.95 

COFFEE Energize your senses with this comforting flavor experience! Dating back to the 15th century, coffee has been enjoyed worldwide as an invigorating elixir. Typical of medium roast coffee, aromas of toffee, burnt marshmallow and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingering notes of vanilla. Our Coffee Dessert Wine is a wonderful end to any meal, paired with dessert or enjoyed on its own. $116.95 

Contact us to check availability of these RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits

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