Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes Crash Course Saturday August 22nd, 1-4 pm
Join us at Curds and Wine to learn the basics of making wine from fresh grapes! We will go through the processes involved, chemistry testing, and the equipment you will need, with demonstrations of the use of equipment commonly used for winemaking:
Purchase and processing of fresh grapes is not included; grapes must be purchased separately and wine made at home from fresh grapes. No wine is made in this class!
- Harvesting and crushing your grapes
- Pressing grapes
- Primary and secondary fermentations
- Wine analysis and adjustments
- Stabilizing and aging wine
- Review of equipment and ingredients needed for all processes
Must be 21 or over to participate. Paid Participants ONLY admitted to class.
$45/person, sign up online
or purchase tickets at the shop
Free Winemakers' Seminar: Must Adjustments - Saturday August 15th at 1 pm
In 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 weekendat 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, just in time for harvest season, Lum will give discuss "Must Adjustments".
These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP online here
Featured Wine Kit: Petit Verdot
Does your wine need a little blending to add color or depth? Make a Winexpert Selection Australian Petit Verdot
, a great blending wine or superb on its own! Best described as a 'Super Cabernet', this is a dark rich wine with wonderfully concentrated flavors of juicy blackberry and black currant, with smooth, gripping tannins and an elegant structure leading to a magnificent, boldly oaken finish. With intense fruit-forward character, this wine drinks well fairly early but will continue to grow in character over time.
New Product: ML Red Boost Malolactic Nutrient
ML RED BOOST
Red wine malolactic nutrient is designed to aid malolactic fermentations in high alcohol wines. Specific polyphenolics in red wines from high maturity grapes have an inhibitory effect on malolactic fermentations. To address this challenge Lallemand has formulated ML Red Boost. This malolactic bacteria nutrient is formulated from specific inactive yeast fractions which enhance the bacteria's resistance to high polyphenol levels. In additon, the availability of certain peptides and polysaccharides in ML Red Boost favor the health of the bacteria and can be effective in reducing the duration of the MLF.
To Use: Suspend in small amount of water or wine then add directly to the wine 24 hours before adding the malolactic bacteria. Add 5 grams per 6 gallons juice or 100 pounds of must.Order online
or purchase in store at Curds and Wine with all of your harvest needs
Large Equipment for Harvest 2015
Collaboration Kitchen - a fun, tasty way to support local charities
Once a month, Collaboration Kitchen
gathers at Catalina Offshore Products
, in partnership with Specialty Produce
, to bring chefs together with the local food community. The mission behind the event is to educate, promote and have fun – all while donating to a good cause. They invite guest chefs to come and cook several dishes of fresh seafood. Chefs cook for the live audience, you watch and learn a few things, see how it's cooked, then eat it all! Often they have a guest winery or brewery, a guest cheese company or a dessert company come in. Collaboration Kitchen is not a “cooking class” in the traditional sense, but more like a backyard gathering with friends who like to cook and eat – comfortably seated in the middle of a seafood processing plant!
Proceeds from ticket sales are given to various charities in our city. Collaboration Kitchen has now become THE underground dining place. Come join the fun!
To get the low-down on the next event and purchase tickets, you will need to "like" the Collaboration Kitchen
and/or Catalina Offshore Products
facebook page. It's an amazing event that benefits our community - you never know who will turn up there ;)
Wine Bottles for Recycling (Refilling) available at Schwaesdall Winery
Schwaesdall Winery has a large number of empty bottles available for people to take for recycling/refilling with your homemade wines. Please contact them directly if you would like to pick up some bottles and check availability:
17677 Rancho de Oro Drive
Ramona CA 92065
760-789-7542 Tasting Room
Curds and Wine is San Diego's Experience - Education - Entertainment headquarters for all of your winemaking and cheese making needs! We have all the supplies you need to make your own wine or cheese at home, and are here to help you out along the way. In addition, you can make your wine on site at Curds and Wine -- use our equipment, we'll clean up after each winemaking step and store your wine in a temperature-controlled environment until you are ready to bottle it. You can also make personalized labels for your wine or cheese and print it at the shop! In addition, we have winemaking equipment rentals available as well as wine chemistry testing, and cheesemaking classes. Check the website for the schedule.