Get Your Wine Competition Entries Ready!

Wine competition season is here again!  Entries are due for the Winemaker Magazine Amateur Wine Competition by March 11th, so don't delay!  Details and links are in an article below.

San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine competition entries are also due soon - wines must be registered online by Friday April 1st (no joke!); entries are submitted to the fair on Wednesday April 13th between noon and 7 pm.  Wines are judged in a closed session on Saturday April 23rd, then the awards ceremony will be held on Friday June 3rd at 7:30 pm (opening day of the fair, gates don't open until 4 pm).  Competition entry forms, details and other information are available online.  Don't forget, you get TWO entry tickets to the Fair and FOUR award ceremony tickets per person that enters; only ticket holders can attend the awards ceremony, where winners are announced and you can taste all the other wines submitted!
We will be CLOSED Sunday March 27th - Happy Easter!
Wine Bunny

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

Enter your 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.  Send your entries in soon so they arrive on time!  We are not accepting any more entries to ship, any entries dropped off with us have already been sent.


Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday 3/19/16 at 1 pm

Group making wine croppedJoin 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


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 March 5, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm - SOLD OUT! Contact us to get on the waiting list

Thursday March 10, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Saturday March 12, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm - SOLD OUT! Contact us to get on the waiting list

​Saturday April 9, 2016 from 1 - 4 pm

​Saturday April 16, 2016 from 1 - 4 pm


*A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket


*Read Caron Golden's review of our class online



Vineyard Installation and Management Seminars May 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 May 7, 2016 - $45

Vineyard Management - Saturday May 14, 2016 - $45

Both seminars - $75


*A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket for each seminar cancelled


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 March 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



Contact us today to check availability if you did not preorder!  If you did preorder any kits we will email you when the kits arrive at Curds and Wine.


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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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