Declare YOUR Independence!


Declare your independence -- make your OWN wine and cheese!  Many people don't realize that several wineries across the country - even in other countries - use wine kits to make wine to sell.  Wine kit companies source only the best grapes to process, even for the value-priced kits.  The resulting wines have won multiple awards at several amateur winemaking competitions, including Winemaker Magazine competition (the world's largest amateur competition), California State Fair, Orange County Fair, and San Diego County Fair. Quality plus convenience of being able to make wine any time of year make wine kits a great option to start making your own wine at home or on site at Curds and Wine.
Homemade cheese can be very simple and quick, though some cheeses do take more time and diligence.  We have everything you need to get started making your own cheeses, including a Mozzarella and Ricotta kit (make either one in less than an hour!), cheesemaking books, and all the other ingredients and hardware you need.  Our staff is knowledgeable and helpful.  Come by, call or email us any time with your questions - we are here to help!


Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Sunday July 3rd - have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!
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Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes 2-part Seminar Series

Batch-B-at-innoculationJoin us at Curds and Wine for a two-part seminar series introducing you to making wine from fresh grapes. In these seminars, we will go through preparation for harvest, steps involved in making wine from fresh grapes, and finishing wine. We will also demonstrate how to use equipment needed for winemaking. 
The series of classes is $75/person for series of 2 classes, no refunds if any classes are missed. Maximum 20 participants for these classes, you must be 21 or over to participate. This course is a seminar series with live demonstrations, but we will not be making wine in this class; fresh grapes or frozen must can be purchased separately and made at home. 
Outline -- Series of 2 classes: 
Seminar #1: Preparation for harvest and fermentation, 1 - 4 pm 
Saturday 7/9/16 
Optimal brix and acid levels 
Equipment and ingredients you will need 
Primary fermentation schedule 
When and How to press 
Malolactic fermentation: initiating or preventing 
Seminar #2: Finishing fermentations and pressing, 1 - 4 pm 
Saturday 8/6/16 
Fermentations finished, ready for aging 
Managing sulfites 
Carboys, steel tanks, kegs, and barrels 
Oak : hands-on oak trials 
Clarifying wine 
Blending Common wine flaws and their treatments 
Bottling: bottles, corks, finishing 
* 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


Large Equipment for Harvest 2016

motorized crusherWe have a very limited selection of large equipment for sale this year, 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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Winexpert Limited Edition Port Kits for Preorder

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.  
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 
Dark chocolate and cool peppermint blend seamlessly with the rich coffee notes and dark fruit. $116.95 each 
Rich and velvety notes of dark berry with a hint of moist sponge cake enveloped in decadent cocoa. $116.95 each
Available now for preorder, these kits will be released around August so they will be ready for holiday enjoyment and gift-giving.  Contact us to reserve your kit!

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RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits Preorders

These 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. Pre-order yours today!

VANILLA FIG (NEW) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Contact us to reserve your RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits!

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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

Pink Moscato is Back for a Limited Time!

Pink MoscatoLight and refreshing on the palate with flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry and cherry, this special wine kit was a smash hit last summer.  Limited quantities are available, contact us to reserve your Winexpert Pink Moscato kit for $89.95.