Happy Holidays 2014




Give a special gift this year - the gift of winemaking or cheesemaking from Curds and Wine!  We have some very Special Holiday Gift Certificates available for a limited time only - they are a great deal, get one for yourself for your New Years' resolution to try something new!  We also have some super Holiday Combination Specials (details below), or buy a ticket (or 2 or 3!) to our upcoming Cheesemaking Fundamentals classes.  We are also presenting free, live demonstrations of The Smoking Gun handheld smoker, an amazing gift for any cheesemaker in your life.  Or, give the ultimate gift to your favorite home winemaker - registration to the 2015 Winemaker Magazine Conference in Portland, Oregon.  More details below on all of these great gift ideas.    


Remember, you can always purchase gift certificates, class tickets, and items for shipping online any time - you can request gift wrapping or a special gift certificate format.  Have a very happy holiday season!


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Please note - Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Wednesday 12/24/14 and Thursday 12/25/14 for Christmas, and we will close early at 3 pm on Wednesday 12/31/14 and Thursday 1/1/15 for the New Years' Holiday.  Have a very safe and happy Holiday Season!

Holiday Special Winemaking Gift Certificates

snowsheepGive the most unique gift this year, the gift of winemaking! We have several Holiday Special Gift Certificates available that include everything to make 28-30 bottles of wine on site at Curds and Wine. All specials include the following:
  • Wine kit from selected list (based on price level)
  • Winemaking on site - includes: 30 basic corks, 6-bottle wine tote, and basic label printing for 30 bottles, plus winemaking on site services and shrink wraps
  • 30 new bottles

Winemaking Special #1: $200
Choice of wine kit from one of the following:
Winexpert Vintners Reserve
Winexpert Island Mist
Winexpert World Vineyard
RJ Spagnols Grand Cru/Grand Cru International
Winexpert Spéciale
RJ Spagnols Orchard Breezin’
RJ Spagnols
Vino del Vida
Any RJ Spagnols port-style wine

Winemaking Special #2: $225
Choice of wine kit from one of the following:
Winexpert Selection, EXCLUDING kits with grape packs
RJ Spagnols Cellar Classic, EXCLUDING Winery Series
RJ Spagnols Cru Select

Winemaking Special #3: $250
Choice of wine kit from one of the following:
Winexpert Selection kits with grape packs
Winexpert Selection Eclipse
RJ Spagnols Cellar Classic Winery Series
RJ Spagnols En Primeur

Purchase these Holiday Special Winemaking Gift Certificates at the shop or online any time! These gift certificates are only available in store through December 23, 2014 and online through December 25, 2014.


Featured New Item:  The Smoking Gun

Smoking cheese with the Smoking GunLooking for the ultimate gift for the cheesemaker in your life?  Get them The Smoking Gun to smoke their homemade cheeses with ease!  No elaborate set up required, simply place the item to be smoked in a baggie or container with a lid placed on loosely.  Add a small pinch of wood chips in the chamber, turn on The Smoking Gun and light the chips.  In 1-2 minutes your container will be filled with smoke; seal it for a few more minutes and voila! Home smoked goodness.  Hickory and Apple wood chips are included with The Smoking Gun, Classic Smokehouse chips set of 4 also including Cherry and Mesquite chips also available separately.  You can also save your oak chips from your home winemaking to use in The Smoking Gun for a great wine-smoke flavor!

Gift bowGet yours today at Curds and Wine!
The Smoking Gun $99.95
Classic Smokehouse Wood Chip set $29.95

Read Culture Magazine's article on the benefits of smoking cheeses here

Special Demonstration of The Smoking Gun at Curds and Wine

Join us at this live demonstration of The Smoking Gun to learn how easy and convenient it is to smoke your homemade cheeses - or anything else! - in just minutes. A variety of different wood smoking options are available, or you can easily tea-smoke anything as well! Sample the flavors of the different smokes to find your favorite. See how simple and convenient using The Smoking Gun is at Curds and Wine, a perfect gift for your favorite cheese maker this holiday season! This event is free but limited to 15 people, please RSVP online for the date you would like to attend:

Friday 12/12/14 at 1 pm
Sunday 12/14/14 at 11 am
Sunday 12/14/14 at 1 pm


Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in January 2015

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Join us at Curds and Wine to learn how easy and rewarding it is to make your own cheeses at home! In our Cheesemaking Fundamentals Class you will learn the fundamental processes behind fresh cheesemaking as well as the techniques for making pressed cheeses and aged cheeses such as cheddar, gouda, and camembert. We will make fromage blanc, ricotta, and queso fresco, and demonstrate the processes involved in making feta, swiss-style cheeses and mold-ripened cheeses such as camembert/brie-style and blue cheeses. We will have samples of the various styles of cheeses you can make at home from Venissimo, as well as other refreshments. Finally, you will receive a packet with a recipe booklet to make the cheeses from the class as well as basic supplies to get you started with your cheesemaking. You will also receive a 10% discount coupon.

Class size is limited to 18 participants. Ticket holders ONLY admitted to class.

Purchase tickets online:

Saturday January 24, 2015 from 1 - 3:30 pm

Thursday January 29, 2015 from 1 - 3:30 pm

Saturday January 31, 2015 from 1 - 3:30 pm


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

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 to 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 December 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


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

2015Conference-logo-with-Wi.jpgJoin 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. Save $100 when you register before March 1, 2015. 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 to wear!

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Holiday Combination Specials

We have several great specials at Curds and Wine for your holiday shopping! Buy combinations of items and get a special discount through December 23, 2014 (available in-store only): 
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  • Equipment kit 
  • Any wine kit (limit three) 
  • Mix-stir 
  • Wine thief 
--> 10% off when all of the above items purchased together 
can add floor corker and winemaking book but not required 
Cheesemaking combo
  • Any Cheesemaking book 
  • Cheese kit (Mozzarella or hard cheese) 
--> 10% off when all of the above items purchased together 
Can add cheese mold and cheese board or cheese tools, but not required 
Party pack combo
  • Cheese board 
  • Aerating wine pouring spout or HOST aerator 
  • Wine stopper 
  • Wine glass tags (1 pack any style) 
--> 10% off when all of the above items purchased together 
can add wine tote of choice and plate clips, but not required 
No other items will be discounted except those listed in the combination discounts; cannot be combined with other discounts. These offers are only available for in-store purchases.
Gifts for Everyone!
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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* Please note - Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Wednesday 12/24/14 and Thursday 12/25/14 for Christmas, and we will close early at 3 pm on Wednesday 12/31/14 and Thursday 1/1/15 for the New Years' Holiday. *