Getting Ready to Crush

Harvest in San Diego County typically starts in August and goes through October or even November -- but only Nature determines when it's harvest time!  Every year slight changes in the weather - such as the drought we experienced the last several years, which pushed up harvest 6-8 weeks, or an unusually cool summer that can slow ripening - can significantly affect our harvest date.  Just remember, the grapes are ready when the grapes are ready, and you need to be ready!

Curds and Wine is here to help you with all of your post-harvest fermentation needs.  If you have never made wine from grapes before, our Basic Winemaking Crash Course will set you up with all the basic information you need for a successful fermentation to make outstanding wines - this is our last grape winemaking seminar for 2017!

If you don't grow your own grapes and are wondering where to get some, we keep a list of people interested in purchasing grapes and will send you information about any grapes for sale locally - please contact us if you would like to be on this list, or if you have grapes for sale.  We are not interested in any monetary benefit from grape sales, we just want to help buyers find growers.  Another great source of grapes from around the state of California is West Coast Grapes.  They delivery fresh grapes to Curds and Wine once a year - you order directly through their website, see below for more information.
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Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes Crash Course

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.

•  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 attend.  Paid participants ONLY admitted to seminar.

Purchase 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!

Purchase tickets at the shop or online here

* 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

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Fresh Grape Delivery from West Coast Grapes

We are here to help you get some fresh grapes for your home winemaking this harvest season!  We will once again be a pick-up point for fresh grapes from West Coast Grapes, pricing and availability is now online for 2017.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. 


The delivery date at Curds and Wine will be set soon, check our Facebook page and Harvest 2017 page for updates.


Grapes are unloaded from the refrigerated trucks and stacked next to the order slips at the back of 7188 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, in the same building as 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 11 am - please plan to spend a few hours as it takes time to unload the grapes from the truck.  Your patience and cooperation in getting all the orders out before grapes are taken is appreciated!


We will have a crusher/destemmer available to process these grapes for a $25 processing fee for up to 500 lbs, another $10 fee for every additional 500 lbs; crush tickets must be prepurchased at Curds and Wine or online before you take your grapes to get crushed.  We will have a crush list on delivery day, please check in with a Curds and Wine representative at the crushers to get on the list.  Please remember to bring containers that will fit in your vehicle to transport the must back home as the grapes arrive in open wooden or plastic boxes.

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Please note: only grapes delivered from West Coast Grapes can be processed on site at Curds and Wine, all other processing must be done off site and equipment returned clean and in working order.

Drawing for Free Bucket of Juice from West Coast Grapes

As a bonus to Curds and Wine customers, we will have a drawing for a free bucket of juice from West Coast Grapes! For every box of fresh grapes or bucket of juice you purchase from West Coast Grapes to be picked up at Curds and Wine you will get one drawing entry.

WCG juice bucket

Please send us a copy of your purchase receipts for the drawing;the drawing will be held a week before delivery (we will post the date once delivery is set) and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page and by Twitter. The winner will be notified by email so they can place their order for their bucket of choice out of the available buckets listed on the gift certificate you will be given (choice of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, barbera, sangiovese, zinfandel, syrah, chardonnay, pinot grigio, or sauvignon blanc juice). This bucket of juice will be brought to Curds and Wine with the fresh grape deliveries.


Only submitted entries will be part of the drawing, West Coast Grapes will not be providing us with a list of customers.  Send us your proof of purchase to enter the drawing.


Summer Blockbuster Red Special Release - Winexpert Eclipse "Nocturnal"

Nocturnal is a classic blend with an unusual moonlit twist. The grapes were plucked from the vines in the cool of the night when sugar levels are more stable and acid levels are better. This results in a wine with richer flavor and aromatics. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault deliver complex spicy aromas with fruity plum and black raspberry on the palate, balanced with earthy woodsmoke. The full body and lush tannins make the finish just long enough to savor all the nuances in this gorgeous wine.

Noctural WE 2017 summer red
The Region:
Blends reign supreme in Languedoc, a large coastal wine
region in the south of France which stretches from the Rhône
valley in the east to the Spanish border in the south west.
A wide variety of grapes grow well in the exquisite
Mediterranean climate and fertile soil.

The Wine:
A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault harvested under the moonlit sky to create a captivating palate of plum, black raspberry and woodsmoke.

Food Pairing:
Try gourmet burgers to complement the smokey flavors in the
wine or serve with a Cassoulet to match Nocturnal's
southern France origins. A well-marbled cut of red meat
makes for a more upscale pairing, but don't forget
the candlelight.

Style: Bold Red
Body: Full
Oak: Medium-Heavy
Sweetness: Dry
Alcohol: 14%
Like previous Summer red blend special releases, Nocturnal will be around longer than a Limited Edition kit, but will not be here forever. Get yours before they're gone - $189.95, contact us to check availabliity or reserve your kit.


Winexpert 2017 Limited Edition Dessert Wines

Winexpert 2017 dessert wines

Even if you are not a fan of ports or dessert wines, you'll love these port-style wines from Winexpert! Super tasty, these wines have won multiple awards at home winemaking contests and make great holiday gifts.


Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine

A customer favorite for several years! Warm cherries and plums are supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry and luscious chocolate. $116.95 each


Chocolate Caramel Dessert Wine

This perfectly indulgent dessert wine is both sweet and luxurious.  The velvety decadence of chocolate blends beautifully with rich, salted caramel. $116.95 each


​Toasted Marshmallow Dessert Wine (NEW!)

Treat yourself to new rich and smokey Toasted Marshmallow with smooth vanilla and decadent caramelized notes.

 $116.95 each


Available now for preorder, these kits will be released at the end of this month so they will be ready for holiday enjoyment and gift-giving. Contact us to reserve your kit!


RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wines

RJ Spagnols 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 with estimated delivery in September.

VANILLA FIG Christmas in a glass! Dark berry and dried fruit aromas complemented by baking spices and vanilla bean. Very complex on the palate with dried fruit, vanilla flavors and spice notes coming through on the finish.  This dessert wine kit was a big hit last year, get yours before they sell out! $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 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 preorder your RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits or check availability




Harvest Equipment, Rentals and Supplies

Curds and Wine is here to help guide you in choosing the best yeasts for your fermentations, and we offer a wide variety of other ingredients from basic nutrients to enhancing enzyme preparations to make the best wines. We also have equipment for rent to crush and press your grape wines - contact us to reserve your equipment as soon as you estimate you will need it.  We offer some basic in-house wine chemistry testing, but for more in-depth analysis our friends at Vinmetrica offer a wider array of tests - you can drop off your samples for Vinmetrica analyses at Curds and Wine.  Curds and Wine has compiled a red wine making summary and basic shopping list to help you find everything you need for your fermentations.

We also have a very limited selection of large equipment for sale, including manual or motorized crusher/destemmers and stands (sold separately), basket or bladder presses, and stainless steel tanks. We also have a few 3-spout and 5-spout gravity bottle fillers. 
Contact us if you are interested in purchasing any equipment - before they're all gone!

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San Diego Amateur Winemaking Society Meeting Saturday August 5th

sdaws-logo-300The August SDAWS meeting is set for Saturday 8/5/17, starting 12 pm until about 2 pm.The meeting will be held at Ramona Ranch Winery, 23578 CA-78, Ramona, CA 92065. Teri will be doing a presentation about the Ramona Valley AVA history. Micole will speak about wine making, current grape issues, and field some questions from us.

We cannot bring wine to this event. The winery will provide a tasting at the door, and tastings will be provided for $10.00. SDAWS is planning to have the quarterly meeting to follow at members' properties, so we can resume sharing our own wines. This meeting is set early in August to hopefully not conflict with anyone's harvest plans.

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