Enter Your Award-Winning Wines

Homemade Wine Competitions are open!  Enter your homemade wines in these upcoming contests:

Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition
Year after year the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the largest of its kind in the world. Entries were received from all 50 American states, 6 Canadian provinces and as far as away as the Philippines and Croatia for the 2016 competition resulting in a total of 2,981 wines entered. Send in your best wines by March 3, 2017 to get valuable feedback from 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! Entry guidelines and forms can be found online here

California State Fair Home Wine Contest
The California State Fair Home Wine Competition supports and promotes winemaking as a home craft and is designed to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of the amateur winemaker. The competition provides an opportunity for these wines to be judged in an organized and professional manner while delivering impartial evaluation feedback, and to recognize talent of the successful home winemaker. 
Key dates:
February 13 -- Online entries OPEN
February 13 -- Drop off and Ship to sites OPEN
March 15 -- Online entries CLOSED
March 15 -- Drop off and Ship to sites CLOSED

April 8 -- Judging
June 3 -- Awards Ceremony
New this year:  Award ribbons will not be automatically sent to winners, you will have to order and pay for them separately.
Entry information can be found online here

San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Contest
Amateur winemakers can compete for medals and ribbons in the 2017 San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine competitive exhibit.
New this year:  Only one (1) bottle of wine is required for submission, as the awards ceremony and exhibitor tasting will be on the evening after the morning judging. Easier parking and entrance into the Tasting Award Ceremony.  If you cannot personally deliver your entry, your designee must deliver your entry and pick up your Fair passes and tasting tickets. You must authorize in writing this person is picking up passes and tickets, and that letter must be surrendered at the time of delivery.
Key dates:
Deadline for Online Entry Registration is Wednesday, March 29.
Delivery of Entries: Wednesday, April 12, Noon - 7 :00pm. Deliver to the Fairgrounds. Access is through Solana Gate off Via de la Valle.
Award Ceremony and Exhibitor Tasting: Saturday, April 22 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, at Surfside Race Place at the San Diego County Fair. Only ticket holders will be admitted. Anyone under age 21 will not be permitted at this event - No Exceptions!
Entry information can be found online here
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Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes

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 $75/person at the shop or online:

Saturday March 11, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm

​Saturday March 25, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm

​Saturday April 1, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm

These are our last Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes until November!


*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



Free Home Winemaking Seminar with Lum Eisenman Saturday March 18th 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* (except May). 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 through these links:

3/18/17 - Equipment and Facilities
4/15/17 - Must Adjustments
*5/27/17 - Wine Filtration and Bottling
6/17/17 - Common Wine Faults


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 March 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 - very limited quantities are available!

SOLD OUT!  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%

SOLD OUT!  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%

SOLD OUT!  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.


If you already ordered the March 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 - very limited quantities are available!