Happy 2017!

Curds and Wine has lots of fun events coming up to help you start out the year right!  We have a Mozzarella and Ricotta class, as well as our Cheesemaking Fundamentals classes.  We also have Vineyard Installation and Management seminars to help you grow your own grapes!  You can of course make wine or cider any time of the year on site with us, contact us to make an appointment.

Curds and Wine is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Fermentation Festival.  This year the festival will be held on Saturday February 4th downtown at the Waterfront park by the Embarcadero!  Get tickets and see all the festivities online here.

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Mozzarella and Ricotta Class Saturday January 28th at 1 pm

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Join us at Curds and Wine to learn how easy and rewarding it is to make your own fresh cheese at home! At this class you will learn the techniques for making mozzarella, ricotta, paneer and ricotta salata. You will receive a packet with basic supplies to get you started with your cheesemaking as well as recipes for the cheeses, plus a 10% discount on any purchase in the shop following the class.

 

This class is taught by Paul Savage, a patient and knowledgeable instructor having trained classes as diverse as troubleshooting technique at Microsoft support to hands on photography courses. He has been experimenting with home cheese making for many years, creating marvels such as 5 year old Gouda so nutty in flavor that no cracker was worthy of sharing its spotlight, as odd as green tea mozzarella - imagine a green tea latte flavor paired with tomato or melon - and as common as basil garlic ricotta used to make fresh gnocchi.  For only a few times a year Paul will be combining two of his talents: teaching and cheese making to help you find the joy he gets from crafting cheese at home.

 

Paul Savage

 

Purchase tickets for this class at the shop or online here

 

*A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket within 48 hours of the event; no refunds for cancellations less then 48 hours before event

 


Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes

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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 $75/person at the shop or online:

Saturday January 14, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm
Saturday March 11, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm

 

*A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket within 48 hours of the event; no refunds for cancellations less then 48 hours before event

 

*Read Caron Golden's review of our class online

 

 


Vineyard Installation and Management Seminars February 2017

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.  These seminars will give you all the basic information you need to plant and maintain your own grape vines. 

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

 

Seminars are $45 each, or take both for $75.  Each seminar is limited to 18 participants.  Purchase tickets at the shop or online:

Vineyard Installation - Saturday February 4, 2017 - $45
Vineyard Management -Saturday February 11, 2017 - $45
Both seminars - $75

* 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 event

 

Read more about Keith and Gabriella Wasser's Home Vineyard and their services

 

 

 


Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday February 25, 2017 at 1 pm

Group making wineJoin 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! 
 

 


Winexpert Limited Edition 2017 Releases

Winexpert Limited Edition 2017 release
Winexpert continues to raise the bar each year with its Limited Edition program and LE16 is no different. This year, in addition to sought after varietals and unique blends, Winexpert is thrilled to offer a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes. Done in an off-dry style, this is the must have wine of the year! 

If you already ordered the January releases we will contact you when they arrive at Curds and Wine.  If you did not preorder any of these kits, contact us to check availability.

January 2016 - Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley, Washington $167.95
Sitting at the same latitude as the Loire Valley, the cooler climate of Yakima Valley is perfect for Cabernet Franc grapes with 17 hours of summer sunshine per day (more than California).
Tasting Notes: Ripe raspberry and red currant notes with black pepper and fresh mint leaf notes. Solid tannin providing mouth feel and structure.
Food Pairings: Herb crusted lamb; Paprika-rich Goulash stew; Aged Cheddar
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak: Medium | ABV: 13%

January 2016 - Vermentino Tuscany, Italy $161.95
Located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which gives the area a warm Mediterranean climate. The terrain is quite hilly and these hills serve as a tempering affect on the summertime heat.
Tasting Notes: Expressively refreshing Peach, green apple and fresh lime. Hint of tarragon on the finish. Sip-worthy on its own. Quenching acidity
Food Pairings: Regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil; Fresh shellfish; Grilled chicken or turkey
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 12.5%

February 2016 - Milagro Valencia, Spain $167.95
Most vineyards are located inland; topography is mountainous which provides the grapes a much needed cool down in the evening.
Tasting Notes: Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal bring lush and hedonistic qualities. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offer body and structure Notes of black and red fruit, cherry cola, anise and white pepper. Powerful yet subtle mouth feel.
Food Pairings: Braised meats, rich sauces
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%

March 2016 - Blanc De Noir San Joaquin Valley, California $161.95
California's largest wine region. Agricultural haven and is known as the "food basket of the world." Deep fertile soils and cool Delta breeze
Tasting Notes: Blanc De Noir is a French term which means "white wine from dark grapes." No skin contact after pressing keeps color light and tannins at bay. Crabapple, white peach, grapefruit and hint of strawberry. 
Food Pairings: Sliced Ham; Grilled white fish; Eggs benedict
Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 13%

April 2016 - Grenache Cabernet Riverland, Australia $189.95
Woven around the Murray River with Mediterranean climate and long days of sunshine. Sun-kissed, vibrantly ripened grapes.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache; Black currant, cigar box, black cherry and raspberry. Warm spice rounds out the finish
Food Pairings: Protein-rich dishes like grilled steak Avoid spice or heat
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%

 


RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2017 Wine Kits - French Classics

Each year RJS Craft Winemaking offers home winemakers an exclusive selection of outstanding wine kits, developed to feature the best results from grape harvests around the world. Because these kits are special and unique, each 18-liter "RQ" kit comes with its own artfully designed labels and bottle dressings.

Due to the nature of these kits, they are only available in 'Restricted Quantities', and must be pre-ordered before they're available to ship.

The 2017 RQ Program, titled Le Château Noblesse, highlights the original noble grapes of France - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

These are classic French wines that remain true to their centuries-old heritage. For winemakers who know and appreciate the difference, this year’s RQ collection offers the opportunity to experience the pure essence of these varietals as expressed by their native French terroir.

The reds include RJS’s GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins for elevated structure, tannin, and age-worthiness, and are finished with French oak. Both reds and whites include varietal-specific yeast for optimizing color and bouquet.

Experience true nobility with elegance, grace, luxury and valor.

 

SOLD OUT!  January 2017 Release - L'Elegance Cabernet Sauvignon $174.95

Born of accidental breeding in 17th century France, L’âge d’Élégance has inherited its flawless balance of subtlety and daring from its wildly rich parentage. Complex and concentrated with spice notes, red fruit and vanilla on the nose. This is a rich, full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long finish.

February 2017 Release - Grace Chardonnay $154.95

Centuries old, cultivated by French monks, and named for the village of Chardonnay, L’âge de Grace is a wine that is both simple and regal. Densely textured with a steely minerality and creamy mouthfeel. This is an unoaked Chardonnay with notes of citrus, honey and melon on the palate, finishing with crisp green apples.

SOLD OUT!  March 2017 Release - Luxe Merlot $174.95

Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âge de Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft. Ruby red color with aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate.

April 2017 Release - Vaillance Sauvignon Blanc $154.95

Named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild, this valiant vine once grew wild in France. L’âge de la Vaillance is refreshingly crisp and dry. Pale lemon color with pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberries. This classic wine is dry yet invigorating, with flavors of citrus and grassy notes on the palate.


RJS RQ17

If you already ordered the January releases we will contact you when they arrive at Curds and Wine.  If you did not preorder any of these kits, contact us to check availability.