Label Design by Noontime Labels

Your label is a very important part of your finished wine, but sometimes coming up with a label design can be the most difficult part!  Our friends at Noontime Labels are here to help.  They not only offer label printing, but also label design for a nominal fee when ordered through Curds and Wine.  Several premade templates are available for you to personalize with your own text and images to get the perfect label.  You can have a design made for printing at Curds and Wine, or have your labels printed by Noontime.  Contact us for more information!

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Curds and Wine will close EARLY at 1 pm on Sunday April 15th -- see you at the San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Awards!


Happy Holidays 2018 December
Eight Year Anniversary! November
Fresh Grape Delivery by West Coast Grapes Saturday October 20th October
Harvest 2018 September
Winexpert Limited Release Bourbon Barrel Zin-Cab August
Cheers to Sunshine, Wine, and Cheese July
New Online Calendar for Scheduling Winemaking on Site June
Special Limited Release Summer Wines May
Label Design by Noontime Labels April
Enter Your Homemade Wines for Competition March
Share Your Love of Wine February
Making Winners in 2018 January

Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday May 5th at 1 pm

starting wineJoin us to see just how easy it is to make your own wine, at home or on site at Curds and Wine! We will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration, you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. This demonstration will take about 2 hours, and then you can start your own wine!

Please RSVP for this demonstration here


Winemaker Magazine 2018 Conference in SAN DIEGO!  May 17 - 20, 2018

Save the date for the annual WineMaker Conference located in beautiful San Diego, California - May 17-20, 2018. Curds and Wine is a proud sponsor of the conference for 2018!  

Full Conference registration includes:
  • Admission to the conference's full schedule of seminars 
  • Two Continental Breakfasts 
  • Two Lunches with Keynote Addresses 
  • Admission to Friday Night Wine Tasting Party 
  • Admission to Sponsor Exhibits 
  • Conference Welcome Bag with Binder Containing Seminar Presentations 
  • One Year (6 issues) Subscription/Renewal to WineMaker magazine
Registration is now open online hereRemember, awards dinner tickets are separate from your conference registration.  You can also purchase awards dinner tickets without attending the conference - sign up here Let us know if you are attending the conference and we will give you a FREE Curds and Wine t-shirt AND a wine glass lanyard!

The San Diego conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Diego. Make online reservations here at a special discounted WineMaker Magazine attendee rate using code "WMC" or "Winemaker Conference" if calling in.  

Conference details are available online here.  Several bootcamps are available Thursday May 17th and Sunday May 20.  If you have a vineyard we highly recommend Wes Hagen's Backyard Grape Growing Boot Camp

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Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes 2-part Seminar Series

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Join us at Curds and Wine for a two-part seminar series introducing you to making wine from fresh grapes. In these seminars, we will go through preparation for harvest, steps involved in making wine from fresh grapes, and finishing wine. We will also demonstrate how to use equipment needed for winemaking. The series of classes is $75/person for series of 2 classes, no refunds if any classes are missed.

Maximum 20 participants for these classes, you must be 21 or over to participate.


This course is a seminar series with live demonstrations, but we will not be making wine in this class; fresh grapes or frozen must can be purchased separately and made at home.


Outline - Series of 2 classes:


Seminar #1: Preparation for harvest and fermentation

Choice of dates: Saturday 6/16/18 or Saturday 6/23/18 from 1 - 4 pm

  • Optimal brix and acid levels
  • Equipment and ingredients you will need
  • Primary fermentation schedule
  • When and How to press
  • Malolactic fermentation: initiating or preventing

Seminar #2: Finishing fermentations and pressing

Choice of dates: Saturday 7/7/18 or 7/14/18 from 1 - 4 pm

  • Fermentations finished, ready for aging
  • Managing sulfites
  • Carboys, steel tanks, kegs, and barrels
  • Oak : hands-on oak trials
  • Clarifying wine
  • Blending
  • Common wine flaws and their treatments
  • Bottling: bottles, corks, finishing

* A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket prior to 48 hours of the event; no refunds within 48 hours of last first seminar


Purchase tickets online here


Grapes to Glass On-Site Winemaking from Fresh Grapes

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Here’s your chance to get your hands purple!  Curds and Wine will be hosting an exclusive, intensive Grapes to Glass Winemaking course.  This is not a custom crush, you will make your own wine from grapes delivered by West Coast Grapes and our gold-medal winning winemakers will lead you through the process.  This class will be limited to 15 winemaking groups total.  Please remember only winemakers and team members that have taken our Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes seminars are allowed to participate in this course.  The following criteria apply to participation in the class:

  • All participants must be 21 years of age or older
  • All participants must sign liability waiver
  • Class fee includes all ingredients, supplies, and use of equipment for making wine on site
  • You CANNOT participate if you would be unavailable (i.e., planning to travel at all or have major surgery or other major life events) between August and October; you or a team member MUST be present for all winemaking sessions
  • This course includes making wine from fresh juice or red wine grapes, but the production of rosé or white wine from grapes is not included in this course.

This Hands-on intensive series of classes that goes through basics of winemaking from grapes to bottle

  • Maximum 15 winemaking groups
  • Cost is $400/winemaker total, $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and balance of $200 due at first class
  • New participants that have not taken our Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes seminars are required to take these before grape delivery; this is a separate cost
  • Includes making your own wine from grapes delivered from West Coast Grapes on site at Curds and Wine, all equipment, ingredients, testing, and bottling (including personalized labels); does not include cost of grapes
  • Approximately 2 to 2 1/2 cases of wine per 100 lbs of grapes purchased produced in class, including personalized labels, bottles & corks
  • This class does not include grapes; grapes must be purchased separately from West Coast Grapes, 150 lbs maximum per fermentor.  Grapes from other sources cannot be made in this class.
  • You or a team member must be present when grapes are delivered, we cannot hold grapes for an extended period of time.
  • No refunds on deposits

This course costs $400/winemaker total, $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and balance of $200 due at first class; you can add up to 2 additional fermentors per group for $100 each for a maximum of 4 fermentors per group.  This cost does not include cost of grapes, grapes must be purchased separately from West Coast grapes - no other grapes can be brought in for this class.


Contact us if you are interested in participating in our 2018 Grapes to Glass course


Winexpert 2018 Release Limited Edition Wine Kits

Winexpert LE17 (released in 2018) collection is a welcome showcase of popular varietals and unique blends. This vintage collection offers something to appeal to every wine lover. Fruit driven, spicy, floral or herbaceous; whatever your preference, these wines will awaken your palate.

Petit Ruby Cabernet - Riverland, Australia (January 2018)  $159.95 - SOLD OUT!
In the Lower Murray oasis of south Australia you will find the Riverland. Spanning across Victoria and New South Wales, and basking in the continental climate, bountiful vineyards ripen during the sunny dry days of the season, while the Murray River winds through this unofficial “super zone” providing much needed irrigation. A true gem, Petit Ruby Cabernet is a blend of Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. The Ruby Cabernet takes the best qualities of its parents, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, creating a structured, robust wine with soft tannins, while the Petit Verdot brings intriguing flavors of dark berries and vanilla. Elegant fruit flavors of currant, juicy plum and dark berries complemented by notes of spicy ground black pepper with hints of herb and vanilla, make this medium-full bodied wine a delight to enjoy with grilled meats. Try it with succulent rib eye steak for a wonderful weekend treat, or barbecue burgers for an equally delicious pairing. Having an Italian night and want to switch up the wine? Petit Ruby Cabernet is delicious with classics like meat lover’s pizza and spaghetti Bolognese.

Chardonnay Chenin Blanc - Rawsonville, South Africa (January 2018)  $153.95
Permeating the white wine world, Chardonnay is refreshing to layer with lesser known varietals like Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s signature white. Grapes from the Rawsonville region, a small picturesque wine growing and farming community on the eastern flanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Western Cape province, make up this blend. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers to the vineyards creating a fruit driven white wine with a high but pleasant natural acidity. The thin-skinned grapes soak in rays of sunshine to ripen and are carefully picked at just the right time to leave a crisp and bright juice. Carrying distinct cultivar characteristics, tropical fruit aromas marry with baked apple citrus zest and juicy peach. On the palate, the buttery complexity of Chardonnay is complemented by Chenin Blanc's tart acidity to make a beautifully balanced wine. Delicious to sip on its own or to enjoy with food, this is a crowd-pleasing and unique addition to any cellar. Enjoy with a variety of seafood dishes like grilled shellfish or salmon fish cakes. If feeling decadent, try chicken poached in a butter sauce, as the wine’s bright acidity and fruity character will complement the richness of the sauce wonderfully.

Merlot - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (February 2018)  $159.95
Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand. The diverse volcanic earth varies between gravel, sand and clay offering an ideal environment for the vineyards flooding the hillsides and banks along the five rivers winding through the landscape. Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful climate offers lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions year round. The result is a region that produces some of the finest wines in the country and Merlot contributes to this well-earned reputation. This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasing to the palate. The Merlot grapes thrive in a long growing season, with flavors concentrating as the fruit develops. Ripe fruit with spice and soft tannins take precedence in this Merlot. The lingering finish brings dark oaky spice, as well as hints of mocha and licorice. Treat yourself and enjoy with slow cooked beef and lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco. Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on crostini drizzled with balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine. Looking for a cheese to pair? Try Gouda or smoked cheddar.

Milagro Blanco - La Mancha, Spain (March 2018 )  $153.95 - SOLD OUT!
Muscat, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful on their own but sing when blended together. Muscat is fruity and crisp, Verdejo has mineral and citrus notes, and Sauvignon Blanc is herbaceous with pleasing acidity. When married, their unique elements create an off-dry, soft, refreshing, fruit-forward wine with a bright bouquet and a complex finish. Milagro Blanco carries notes of passion fruit and white flower on the nose, and is supported by juicy melon, peach, fresh lime and grass with a hint of honey on the palate. La Mancha is steeped in history and is believed to have been producing wine since the Roman empire. A challenging place to grow grapes, the region is found in hot and dry central Spain, south east of Madrid where the rivers provide much needed water. Hard working vines planted in water - absorbing limestone and chalk subsoil produce grapes that boast concentrated flavors that burst on the palate. The fruity and floral character of this white wine pairs exquisitely with moderately spiced Szechuan, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Lighter meats like chicken and white fish with green salad dressed in light vinaigrette are natural matches for a fresh, tantalizing meal.

Negroamaro with grape skins - Apulia, Italy (April 2018)  $184.95 - SOLD OUT!
Apulia (or Puglia in native Italian) - delightful wine, delicious food and stunning sun-soaked landscapes The Mediterranean Sea graces the region’s vineyards with cooling winds maintaining ideal temperatures for growing. Sunny, warm and dry with some of the most fertile soil in Italy, the area offers the perfect environment for ripening grapes as well as olive trees and wheat fields that coexist with vineyards in this agricultural centre. Negroamaro is richly jewel hued, full bodied and a classic varietal in Apulia. Mild hints of wood and spice on the nose play with fruity notes for a complex aroma. On the palate, ripe berry is complemented by ground baking spice and silky tannins with a long finish. Negroamaro is hearty, versatile and evokes feelings of the beauty of its home. This wine couples well with many cuisines, but Italian, of course, is a flawless pairing. Choose an antipasto with spicy elements like salami or pepper marinated vegetable s like eggplant. A simple but delicious peperonata can be enjoyed with crusty bread or as a side to roasted and grilled meat.

As preorders arrive we will contact you; if you did not preorder any of these kits but are interested, contact us to check availability.


RJ Spagnols 2018 Restricted Quantity Wine Kits

Each year RJ Spangols RQ wines are released to great anticipation and excitement. Many of the best go on to win awards in winemaking competitions. Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection: Australian Shiraz Viognier, Chilean Carménère, Spanish Tempranillo, and German Riesling.

These distinguished wines set a gold standard for elegance, ageability and finesse—a true celebration of excellence in craft winemaking.


Triump - Australian Shiraz/Viognier (January 2018) $164.95 - SOLD OUT!   Australia Shiraz Viognier is stylish yet refined.  It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper.


Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212

Oak: American and Hungarian

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Dried

food pairings: Bison burgers, Lamb kebabs, Meat pie, Sharp Cheddar cheese


Prestige - Chilean Carmenere (February 2018) $164.95 - SOLD OUT!:  Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavors of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.


Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212 

Oak: American 

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Crushed

food pairings: Cabbage rolls, Pork or beef tacos, Meatballs, Pepper Jack cheese


Eminence - Spanish Tempranillo (March 2018) $164.95:  Sourced from native Spain, Tempranillo adds panache to any cellar. It skillfully balances fresh berries with savory notes of pepper and smoke.


Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212 

Oak: American and Hungarian 

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Dried

food pairings: Pepperoni pizza, Burritos, Grilled flank steak, Manchego cheese


Virtue - German Riesling (April 2018) $154.95 - SOLD OUT!: From renowned German vineyards, this Riesling is captivating and complex. Crisp flavors of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.


Yeast: QA23 

Optional sweetening blend

food pairings: Pad Thai, German sausages, Shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese


As preorders arrive we will contact you to pick up your kits.  We only get a limited amount of these kits each year - ​contact us to check available quantities if you did not preorder!