Professional Label Printing from Noontime Labels

Curds and Wine is now partnering with Noontime Labels for professional label printing.  If you make wine on site with us, you can either have us print your labels on site or have them printed by Noontime Labels - either printing option is included with your vintning fee!  If you are not making wine on site with us you can still order professionally printed labels from Noontime Labels through Curds and Wine, or you can also just get a label design from them to have the labels printed elsewhere.  Contact us to send us a design for printing or for more information on pricing and turn around time; expect at least 2 week lead time from order to labels arriving at Curds and Wine.
Noontime Labels offers several designs including some labels with interesting shapes; you can load your own text and even your own images as you desire.  The labels are self-stick and water proof, with great color resolution.  You also have the option of permanent or removable adhesive for easy bottle recycling.
We have some samples of labels printed by Noontime Labels at the shop for you to check out.  You can also order directly from Noontime Labels, anytime - sign up for their newsletter for new design releases and printing specials!
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Have a Cheesy October! October
Harvest 2017 September
Getting Ready to Crush August
Wine Chemistry Testing July
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Cheese and Wine Make Everything Fine! April
Enter Your Award-Winning Wines March
Little Ol' Wine Lovers You! February
Happy 2017! January

Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday June 10th at 1 pm

Starting wine kit with grapesJoin 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! 


Free Home Winemaking Seminar with Lum Eisenman Saturday June 17th at 1 pm

Lum at festival

Curds and Wine will be hosting free home winemakers' seminars every month from February through June on the third Saturday at 1 pm, this month is the last installment of the series. 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.


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

6/17/17 - Common Wine Faults


Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes 2-part Seminar Series in July

Pressing gushing zin

Join 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

Choice of dates: Saturday 7/8/17 or Saturday 7/15/17 from 1 - 4 pm

  • 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

Choice of dates: Saturday 7/22/17 or 7/29/17 from 1 - 4 pm

  • 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


Purchase tickets online here


Queso Diego’s Cheesemakers Rodeo Contest at the San Diego County Fair Saturday July 1, 2017

Queso Diego is sponsoring the Homemade Cheese contest this year at the San Diego County Fair!  This contest will once again be a One-Day Home & Hobby Contest, no pre-registration or entry fees are required. Bring your prepared item and the typed or printed recipe form found online here. We will no longer accept other types of recipe forms. No exceptions! Deliver entries between opening time of the Fair and 12:45pm on Saturday July 1st to Home & Hobby exhibit located on the 2nd floor, west end of the Grandstand. Judging starts at 1:00pm and once the judging process starts, no late entries will be accepted. Your entry and entry contest form will admit you into the Fair for FREE. Exhibitors must personally deliver their entries.

Limit: One entry per class
Judging Criteria: Flavor, Originality, & Appearance

1 - Fresh (cheese curds, chevre, Mascarpone, mozzarella, Queso fresco, cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese, ricotta)
2 - Brined (feta, domiati, halloumi)
3 - Bloomy Cow (brie, Camembert, Triple Crème)
4 - Bloomy Goat (chevre styles both bloomy & ash rinded)
5 - Blue Mold (Cambazola, Roquefort, Danish Blue, Stilton)
6 - Soft/Semi-Soft (aged) (Gouda, Munster)
7 - Cheddar & American Style (Cheddar, Dry Jack, Monterey Jack, Muenster, Colby)
8 - Hard (aged) (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano)
9 - Flavored Cheeses, Butter & Cultured Dairy Products (Yogurt, Crème Fraiche)
10 - Open (smoked, washed rind, cheese spreads, anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere)

Best Of Show: Custom crafted cheese table runner and inscribed cheese board
1st Place winners in each class will receive: A subscription to Culture Magazine (The Word on Cheese).
2nd Place winners in each class will receive: A Cheese Making Book.
3rd Place winners in each class will receive: A Cheese mold and/or accessories.

Full details and entry forms can be found online here.

2015 homemade cheese contest


San Diego Amateur Winemaking Society (SDAWS) Meeting Saturday June 17th at 12 pm

sdaws-logoSan Diego Amateur Winemaking Society (SDAWS) has been on hiatus for about a year, but is planning to get back on track!  Meetings will now be held on the third Saturday of even numbered months (formerly odd numbered months).  Meeting information will be posted at and on the SDAWS Facebook page.

This month the group will meet at 12 pm at Domaine Artefact in Ramona.  This will be the first meeting in a long time, so we are asking to hold off on bringing wine; you might want to bring a chair and a snack dish to share. Mark and Lynn La Chapelle have so kindly offered to host this meeting, there will be wine available at this event from Domaine Artefact.  Mark will also be the guest speaker there.  Please let everybody know that is interested about the meeting.


Exploring Wine and Cheese in Germany

Escherndorf wine region in FranconiaCurds and Wine was closed for several days in May as we explored the Franconian wine region in Germany.  We met winemakers in Escherndorf, a lovely village on the river Main in Franconia, an area in lower Bavaria in Germany.  The climate in this area is typically very cool, though in recent years temperatures are higher than normal.  Because of the typically cool climate most wine grapes produced here are crisp whites, including Riesling and Muller-Thurgau, as well as less known varietals such as Bacchus and Rieslander.  Some red varietals are also produced here, mainly Pinot Noir (known as Spätburgander) but also Domina and Dornfelder - these red wines are light bodied and fruit-forward.  However, due to the warming temperatures wines are becoming more robust with better ripening conditions.

Gnarly old vines in Eschendorf    vineyards are planted on very steep slopes   Domina in Bocksbottel
We also visited Waltmann Maitre Affineur in Erlangen.  They age literally tons of cheeses of all kinds for sale in their shop as well as for restaurants throughout the country in the basement of their shop as well as in a cave in a local mountain.  The cheese case at the shop was stunning and mouthwatering!
cheese case at Waltmann   cheese case at Waltmann    cheese case at Waltmann

You can read more about our wine and cheese exploration on our Facebook page.  Prost!