Another Year of Wine and Cheese


Another year of fun things to do at Curds and Wine!  Sign up for Vineyard Installation and Management seminars to learn how to grow your own grapes, or keep it simple making wine on site with us any time of year - now including fruit wines.  We also have several dates available for our popular Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes, though they are filling up fast!  Consider joining us in Santa Rosa, CA in May for the Winemaker Magazine Conference, one of the best conferences you will ever attend.  Curds and Wine is a sponsor again this year - let us know if you register and we'll give you a free Curds and Wine t-shirt!

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.

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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 January 9, 2016 - $45

Vineyard Management - Saturday February 28, 2016 - $45

Both seminars - $75


Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in 2016

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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! 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 - SOLD OUT! Contact us to get on the waiting list

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



Winexpert Limited Edition 2016

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.


If you preordered the January release we will contact you as soon as they arrive at Curds and Wine.  If you did not preorder these amazing kits, contact us to check availability.


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 check availability!  If you did preorder we will email you when the kits arrive at Curds and Wine.


Happy Holidays 2016 December
Six Year Anniversary! November
Holiday Wine and Cheese October
Harvest 2016 September
What's New at Curds and Wine August
Declare YOUR Independence! July
See you at the Fair! June
Wine on the Vine May
Share the Joy of Homemade Wine and Cheese April
Get Your Wine Competition Entries Ready! March
Love Making Your Own Wine and Cheese February
Another Year of Wine and Cheese January

New Items:  Vintner's Best Fruit Wine Bases

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Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine Bases are all natural and made with real fruit juice!  These fruit wine bases are crafted from the same formulations used by commercial wineries. Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine Bases make five gallons of high quality fruit wine at 10% ABV. Extremely easy and convenient to make, requiring no PH adjustments and no acid adjustments. Simply dilute one gallon of Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine Base with four gallons of water, pitch a fruit wine yeast of your choice and stir!

Benefits Include:

  • All-natural fruit juice
  • acid adjustments are unnecessary
  • Shelf stable for up to one year
  • No refrigeration necessary
  • Scalable to any batch size
  • 6-8 weeks to finished product
  • Pre-blended - no straining out fruit pieces
  • Re-sealable jug with tamper resistant seal

Vintner's Best® Fruit Wine Bases are available for purchase to make at home or make on site at Curds and Wine, any time of year!  Contact us to make an appointment to start your fruit wines with us.  Each gallon of concentrate is $42.95 and makes up to 5 gallons of finished wine.


2016 WineMaker Magazine Internation Amateur Wine Competition - entries due by 3/11/16

ENTER YOUR BEST HOMEMADE WINES IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST COMPETITION FOR HOBBY WINEMAKERS! Year after year the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the largest of its kind in the world. Entries were received from 49 American states, 6 Canadian provinces and 10 different countries for the 2015 competition resulting in a total of 2,825 wines entered. Send in your best wines by March 11, 2016 to get valuable feedback from our experienced judges and see how your wines stack up against your fellow winemakers. All entrants will receive their judging notes back along with a list of the medal-winning wines. And you might even win a medal or two!

2016 Wine Competition Logo

Entry guidelines and forms can be found in WineMaker magazine or click here to download the 2015 entry form and competition rules & regulations.

Here are some key competition dates for 2015:
Wine entries need to be delivered to the Vermont offices at Battenkill Communications • 5515 Main St. • Manchester Center, Vermont 05255 by: March 11, 2016
Wines will be judged in Vermont: April 15-17, 2016
Results first announced at WineMaker Magazine Conference in Santa Rosa, CA (Results will be posted on and mailed out soon after): May 22, 2016

Don't forget to list Curds and Wine as your retailer and U-Vint on your entry form.  Contact us if you would like for us to ship your entries!


Join us at the 2016 WineMaker Magazine Conference in Santa Rosa, 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.