Spring Breezes, Wine and Cheeses


Don't forget to enter your wines in the San Diego County Fair!  Friday April 3, 2015 is the deadline for online entry registration. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST). Enter online here
Delivery of wines is Wednesday April 8, 2015, Noon-7:00pm.  Friday June 5, 2015 is the Award Ceremony and Exhibitor Tasting at Surfside Race Place at the San Diego County Fair, 7:30 pm. Only ticket holders will be admitted. Anyone under age 21 will not be permitted at this event. No Exceptions!  More information and online entry can be found here. Good luck to everyone!
This year the Homemade Cheese contest at the San Diego County Fair is part of the Home & Hobby competitions and will be held on Saturday June 20, 2015. There are no pre-registration or fees required, and no limit on the number of entries.  Bring your prepared item and the typed or printed recipe form found online here.  Deliver entries between opening time of the Fair and 12:45pm on day of specified contest to the Home & Hobby area located on the 2nd floor, west end of the Grandstand. Judging starts at 1:00pm and once the judging process starts, no late entries will be accepted. Your entry and entry contest form will admit you to the Fair FREE!  Exhibitors must personally deliver their entries. No late entries will be accepted after judging begins.  Class types, details, and more information online here.

How to Change Your Wine Varietal Without Replanting: Grafting - Sunday April 19, 2015 at 1 pm

Pete Anderson will cover a description of the processes involved in grafting grape vines, from collecting the graft material to post graft care. He will give a live demonstration of two different methods at Curds and Wine.

$30/person, purchase tickets online here

Limited to 18 participants. Paid participants only admitted to seminar.

Pgraftingete Anderson has 17 years of wine growing experience in the San Diego area beginning in 1997 when he decided to plant grape vines on land next to his home and became part of the winemaking team at Witch Creek Winery. He took classes in viticulture and enology at U.C. Davis and also developed his winemaking skills locally at MiraCosta College under the direction of Lum Eisenman. He was an Associate Faculty member at MiraCosta College where he taught Vineyard Development and Management in their Horticulture Department. He also developed and conducted a viticulture seminar program at CSU San Marcos. His specialty is viteitaIiane, and for the past 15 years he’s been involved on an Italian Vine Project with internationally acclaimed wine grower CamiloMagoni who was the winemaker at L A Cetto Winery in Baja California for 49 years and now oversees Casa Magoni winery and Magoni Agricola where they are growing some 40 different Italian varieties. Pete is the Vice President for Winegrowing at Witch Creek Winery in Carlsbad and provides vineyard consultation services in his spare time. He is also a Garagiste winemaker making some 10 – 12 wines in his garage in Carlsbad including Limoncello.


Free Winemakers' Seminar: Facilities, Equipment and Sanitation Saturday April 18th at 1 pm

LumIn association with San Diego Amateur Winemakers' Society, Curds and Wine will be hosting bi-monthly home winemakers' seminars. These seminars are held every even numbered month on the third Saturday at 1 pm. Seminars are given by Lum Eisenman, a winemaking guru that we are lucky to have in the San Diego area. Lum will share his expertise on various winemaking techniques and issues. This month Lum will discuss "Facilities, Equipment and Sanitation".
These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP online here.


Taking Your Cidermaking To The Next Level - Free Seminar Sunday April 12, 2015

Stan SissonStan Sisson, partner in Julian CiderWorks, will present ways to take home cider making to a higher level. Stan will cover:
•Working with fresh juice: how and why this differs from using pasteurized commercial juice.
•To Sulfite or not: when and why do you need to sulfite your juice, and what your options are.
•Wild or cultured yeast: your fermentation options, and which ones might work best for you. How terroir can affect cider character.
•Blending, the Cidermakers craft: how to get the most out of your blending options.
•Apple and Pear cultivars: where to get them, and which should I use?
•Small-scale apple and pear grinding and pressing: some options for getting juice from your apples and pears, and DIY versions that may be of interest.
•Resources for hobby and small-scale commercial cidermakers: books and online information sources for those interested in making cider from fresh fruit.
•FAQs: a list of frequently asked questions, with answers, relevant to making cider from fresh fruit.

* Please RSVP for this seminar, limited to 18 people

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Limited Release Winexpert Australian Grenache Rose

2014-Australian-roseWinexpert's Limited Release rosés have always proven to be outstanding wines, perfectly balanced and refreshing - a perfect summer sipper.

This wine is a deep salmon color with spiced strawberry and Citrus aromas. Light to medium bodied with crisp hints of red cherry and fresh strawberry flavors with a refreshing finish. Enjoy with summer salads, turkey or beef burgers or grilled stuffed peppers. 
Only a limited quantity are available, contact us to reserve your kit for $119.95.


Enter the 39th Annual Orange County Homemade Wine Contest - entries due by May 16, 2015

The Orange County Wine Society, in conjunction with the Orange County Fair, is proud to sponsor the 39th annual OC Fair Wine Competition. This will be held on Saturday June 6, 2015 at the OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa. All amateur winemakers in California are invited to submit your wines for judging. Last year there were 627 entries from all parts of California.

Wine Entries are to be submitted On-Line. DEADLINE: Last day for entries is May 16, 2015. All wines must be entered online, dropped-off and shipped by that date.

Curds and Wine is a drop-off point for wine competition entries.  When you register your wines online choose "Curds and Wine" from the drop-down menu, you will be automatically charged for shipping from Curds and Wine to Orange County for judging.  Please be sure that your wines are correctly prepared and labelled before bringing to Curds and Wine for shipping!

More information is available at www.ocws.org.  In keeping with recent competitions, awards will not be announced the day of the event with the exception of the "BEST OF SHOW" awards. This is being done to allow for the Competition Reviewing Committee to verify the accuracy and consistency of recommended medals and scores. This insures the quality and standards of the competition are met. The awards, insignias and judging critique sheets will be mailed 3-4 weeks following the competition. Award ribbons will be given this year for Double-Gold, Gold, Silver & Bronze and Honorable Mention Awards. Engraved Plaques will also be given for the Best of Show in the White, Red, Fruit and Dessert categories The results will be posted within 48 hours following the competition on the Orange County Wine Society web site under Homewine Competition.


Join us at the 2015 Winemaker Magazine Conference in Portland, Oregon May 28-30

Join fellow hobby winemakers from across North America in the Pacific Northwest's famous Willamette Valley wine country for three days packed with seminars and special events to help you make your own great wine.  Don't wait - All previous conferences on the west coast sold out early!

Your Conference Registration includes:
  • 20 Big Seminars - Classes Friday 5/29/15 and Saturday 5/30/15 on winemaking techniques, grape growing & more!
  • New interactive workshops and special social events to trade ideas with fellow hobbyists.
  • Conference Binder - Each attendee will receive a binder packed with printouts of conference seminar presentation slides and room for note taking.
  • Four Group Interactive Workshops - Two interactive group workshops each day to get an in-depth learning experience to improve your winemaking.
  • Two Lunches with Keynote Addresses - Hear from Willamette Valley Vineyards' Jim Bernau on Saturday and winemaking tips from our magazine columnists on Friday.
  • Admission to Friday night Wine Share & Tasting Party - A great chance to share wines and ideas with hobbyists from across North America. Taste each other’s wines for feedback and fun. Plus, local Oregon wineries and Pacific Northwest home winemaking clubs will be pouring wines to sample and we’ll have regional foods and cheeses.
  • Admission to Sponsor Exhibits - Check out the latest winemaking equipment, products and supplies from leading vendors.
  • One-year Subscription to WineMaker Magazine Included with your conference registration, a $25 value!
Not included with registration is Admission to 2015 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Awards Dinner.  Find out first who the winners are in the largest amateur wine competition in the world. This awards dinner will unveil the top winners from the 2015 competition. Register for this dinner in addition to the conference this year.

There are also a variety of very special Boot Camps available for separate registration, including an insider's tour of Willamette Valley Wineries, Making Wine from Kits with the ever-entertaining and Ready-to-pour Tim Vall-knowing Tim Vandergrift, and many more!

Register for the conference, boot camps, and Saturday night Award Dinner online here.

*Curds and Wine is a sponsor of the conference for 2015.  If you are attending the conference please let us know and we'll give you a free Curds and Wine t-shirt for every full conference registration!

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Featured Item: Curd Cutter

curd cutterNew in stock at Curds and Wine, this food grade stainless steel curd cutter makes cutting curds a breeeze! Perfect for home cheese makers, makes perfect evenly shaped and sized curds, vertically and horizontally. We have tested this curd cutter and love the results!

Each individual section of the cutting blade is one square inch (25.4mm). Total length: 18in.(45.72cm). Cutting Blade size: 10in. x 4in. (25.4cm x 10cm).

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RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity and Winexpert Limited edition 2014/2015 releases

Year to year, no two grape crops are the same. So each year, RJ Spagnols and Winexpert offer home winemakers an exclusive selection of outstanding wine kits, developed to feature the best results from grape harvests around the world.  Due to the nature of these kits, they are only available in limited quantities.  Contact us hrefto check availability of these amazing wine kits, only a few extra are in stock if you did not preorder in November.  If you did preorder the April release wines we will contact you as soon as the kits arrive at Curds and Wine.
RJS RQ 2015
RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity:
December 2014 Release
South Africa Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc $138.95
Chile Cabernet Merlot $145.95

April 2015 Release
Spain Vino Blanco $138.95
Italy Aglianico $145.95
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Winexpert Limited Editions:
January 2015 Release
February 2015 Release
March 2015 Release
April 2015 Release

Cork Recycling - Bring us your used Corks!

wine corksBring in your used corks, we will pass them on to local businesses to recycle and reuse for art objects!