Wishing You a Wine and Cheese Filled Holiday Season


Curds and Wine has lots of great specials for your holiday gift giving!  Check out our very special Holiday Special Winemaking and Cider Making Gift Certificates - the perfect gift for the wine/cider lover in your life!  New this year - we have cider making equipment and ingredient kits, plus a very special holiday combination discount (see details below).  You can also give the gift of classes - purchase tickets for Vineyard Installation and Maintenance Seminars or Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in 2016.  You can also give gift certificates for dollar amounts to cover the cost of a class ticket or other items if you aren't sure what to choose.  Give your favorite winemaker the ultimate gift - registration to the 2016 Winemaker Magazine Conference in Sonoma - and get a free Curds and Wine t-shirt!  (Let us know if you sign up for the conference)  And don't forget The Smoking Gun - perfect for that special cheese maker, or anyone that loves to cook.

Cider kits make great gifts!  Cheese kits  
Fun Gifts for Wine Lovers!
Please note - Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Thursday 12/24/15 and Friday 12/25/15 as well as Thursday 12/31/15 and Friday 1/1/16.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
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Holiday Special Winemaking and

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 winemaking 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

New this year - Cider Making Holiday Special Gift Certificate: $100


  • Cider House Select kit of choice
  • Cider making on site
  • Brand new beer bottles (12 ounce or 24 ounce) for batch
  • crown caps and personalized labels
Purchase these Holiday Special Winemaking or Cider making Gift Certificates at the shop or online any time! These gift certificates are only available in store through December 23, 2015 and online through December 25, 2015.


Holiday Combination Specials for In-Store Purchases

Holiday Special packages - Combination purchase discounts available through 12/23/15 in-store only


Winemaking combo:

• Equipment kit Holiday wine kits

• Any wine kit (limit three)

• wine thief
* 10% off when all of the above items purchased together

- can add floor corker and winemaking book but not required

- No additional items will be discounted


Mini Winemaking Combo:

• One Gallon Winemaking equipment set

• One Gallon Wine kit (limit 3)

* 10% off when all of the above items purchased together

- can add winemaking book but not required

- No additional items will be discounted


Cider Making combo:

• Cider Holiday Cider kitsEquipment kit

• Any Cider kit (limit three)

• 2 lbs Corn Sugar (required for each kit)
* 10% off when all of the above items purchased together

- can add beer bottles, cider crown caps, and cider making book but not required

- No additional items will be discounted


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.

- No additional items will be discounted


Winexpert Limited Edition 2016 Announced - preorder by December 4th

Every year Winexpert™ selects the best grapes to make into special Limited Edition release wines.  This year, Winexpert™ has sourced superior quality juice from Italy, California and Australia to bring you five impressive wines that will be a welcome addition to your cellar. Featuring unique blends and sought after varietals, the LE15 collection offers something for every palate.


January 2016 releases:

Barbera (Piedmont, Italy) - $163.95

Pinot Grigio Verduzzo (Veneto, Italy) - $157.95


February 2016 release:

Mosaic Red (Paso Robles, California) - $163.95


March 2016 release:

Gewürztraminer Verdelho Muscat (Murray Darling, Australia) - $157.95


April 2016 release:

Fourtitude with Grape Skins (Riverland, Australia) - $188.95


*Preorder your Winexpert Limited Edition wine kits from Curds and Wine by Friday December 4, 2015.  Don't miss out on these amazing wines!




RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2015/2016

Unmask the celebration

Each year, RJ Spagnols Craft Winemaking releases special wines kits specifically chosen to feature the best of the world's harvest. These kits are only available in 'Restricted Quantities' and must be pre-ordered before their release.  The 2016 Restricted Quantities program – A Festival of Festivals – are inspired by local celebrations that take place in four of the world’s most famous wine regions. It is our hope that by making and enjoying these wines, we will inspire you to create your own festivities.


December 2015 release - Tjungu - blend of Australian Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec $174.95

January 2016 release - Carrusel - Argentinian Chardonnay & Viognier $156.95

February 2016 release - La Batalla - Spanish Tempranillo, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon $174.95

March 2016 release - Carnevale - Italy Pinot Grigio & Sauvignon Blanc $ 156.95


2016 RJS RQ bottles



Preorders for these exceptional wines are already in, but we ordered a few extra - contact us today to reserve yours!



Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in 2016

Stirring curds

Join us at Curds and Wine to learn how easy and rewarding it is to make your own cheeses at home! At this 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 on any purchase in the shop following the class.


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


Purchase tickets online:

Saturday February 6, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Thursday February 11, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Saturday February 13, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Saturday March 5, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Thursday March 10, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Saturday March 12, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm


*Read Caron Golden's review of our class online



Vineyard Installation and Management Seminars 2016

Interested in planting your own vineyard, or have one but not sure how to take care of your vines? Curds and Wine will be hosting Vineyard Installation and Management Seminars led by Keith Wasser, local vineyard owner featured on an episode of "A Growing Passion" on KPBS. Keith will give you all the basic information you need to plant and maintain your own grape vines.

 Diggin post holes

Vineyard Installation seminar will cover:
- Site location
- Row spacing
- Selecting grape vines
- Installing irrigation
- Costs

Vineyard Management seminar will cover:
- Pruning
- Spraying
- Canopy management
- Nutrient application
- Irrigation
Pruned vines
Seminars are $45 each, or take both for $75. Each seminar is limited to 18 participants. Paid participants only admitted to seminar.  Purchase tickets at the shop or online:

Vineyard Installation - Saturday February 7, 2015 - $45

Vineyard Management - Saturday February 28, 2015 - $45

Both seminars - $75

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Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday 12/5/15 at 1 pm

Join 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
Adding grapes to wine juice
Looking for a special holiday gift? Bring your favorite winemaker-to-be to the demonstration and surprise them with a Holiday Special Winemaking Gift Certificate!


Free Winemakers' Seminar: Filtration, Stabilization and Bottling Saturday 12/19/15 at 1 pm

Lum at festivalIn 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 weekend 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 "Filtration, Stabilization and Bottling".

These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP online here.


Join us at the 2016 WineMaker Magazine Conference in Sonoma, California May 19 - 22

Join fellow hobby winemakers from across North America in the Sonoma County wine country for four days packed with seminars and special events to help you make your own great wine. Save $100 when you register before March 1, 2016. Don't wait - All previous conferences on the west coast sold out early!2016_WineMaker_Conference_Logo 2
Your Conference Registration includes:
  • 24 Big Seminars - Classes Friday 5/20/16 and Saturday 5/21/16 on winemaking techniques, grape growing & more!
  • 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 Kenwood Vineyards’ Senior Winemaker Pat Henderson on Saturday and listen to our magazine columnists debate different winemaking topics Friday.
  • Admission to Friday night Wine Share & Tasting Party - ere’s 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 Sonoma County wineries and California home winemaking clubs will be pouring wines to sample and we’ll have local 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 2016 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.

Two days, Thursday, May 19 and Sunday, May 22, will feature selection of small-class, hands-ons winemaking boot camps plus separate winery tours of Sonoma Country and Napa Valley. Click here for more information on our tours and boot camps.

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

*Curds and Wine is a sponsor of the conference for 2016.  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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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.


Store hours:
CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays
Wednesday thru Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
or by appointment
**CLOSED Thursday 12/24/15 and Friday 12/25/15 as well as Thursday 12/31/15 and Friday 1/1/16

Phone: (858) 384-6566

We are located at 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, with easy access from I-805:
Take the Clairemont Mesa Blvd exit East
Turn left at the first light for Shawline Street
Turn right into the second driveway behind Arby’s
Curds and Wine will be directly in front of you at 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
For Handicapped parking, turn left and then right to park at the side of the building; handicapped access available through this side of the building.

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