Enter Your Homemade Wines for Competition

Entries are due this month for several big homemade wine contests! 
 
* San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Contest - register online by Wednesday March 21, 2018; awards ceremony Sunday April 15, 2018.  See more details below!
 
Orange County Fair Home Wine Competition - online entries must be submitted by May 21, 2018; all wines must be received by May 26, 2018.  Curds and Wine is a drop off site for entries to be shipped (shipping charges will be applied when you register online).  More information and registration is online here.

* California State Fair Home Wine Competition - Entries due by March 14, 2018; awards ceremony June 2, 2018, any unclaimed awards will be mailed out after June 24, 2018.  More details and online registration available here.
 
Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition - entries due at the Vermont office by March 16, 2018 (it takes about one week to ship there from San Diego), awards Saturday May 19, 2018 at the 11th annual conference in San Diego!  See more details below.
 
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2018 Homemade Wine Contest at the San Diego County Fair

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Get your homemade wines ready for the 2018 San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Contest! The awards ceremony will be held before the actual fair opens, on Sunday April 15, 2018 from 3-5 pm. Register online by Wednesday March 21, entry drop off is Tuesday April 10th. Find entry forms and more details online here

 

Registration is only accepted online. Processing fees are non-refundable.

 

What’s New: This year you will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to the Toast of the Coast Wine Festival to be held at the Fair on June 9, 2018.

 

Key dates:

  • Entry Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 21. All entry registration must be submitted online by 11:59pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Entry Office extended hours to 7:00pm on March 21. Enter your information carefully and proofread to ensure accuracy for exhibit labels. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Entry Processing Fee: $20.00 per entry.
  • Delivery of Entries: Tuesday, April 10, Noon - 7:00pm.
  • Judging: Closed Session, Saturday April 14.
  • Awards Ceremony and Exhibitor Tasting: Sunday, April 15 from 3:00pm - 5 :00pm, at the Fairgrounds. The location will be sent via email after the online registration deadline
  • Results Released by: Sunday, April 29.

One note for wine kit entries:  For any kit blends, just write “Proprietary Kit” for the percentages.

 

Good luck to everyone, we hope to see MANY of you there!

 

Walkers Best of Class 2015 SD fair  Brandan at SD Fair 2015  SD Fair Wine awards

 


Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition

2018_Wine_Competition_LogoEnter your best 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 all 50 American states, 6 Canadian provinces and 7 countries represented for the 2017 competition resulting in a total of 2,497 wines entered.

Send in your best wines by March 16, 2018 to get valuable feedback from our experienced judges and see how your wines stack up against your fellow winemakers.  Don't forget to list Curds and Wine as your Retailer and U-Vint if you made your wine with us!  All entrants will receive their judging notes back. And you might even win a medal or two! Entry guidelines and forms can be found in WineMaker magazine or online here.

We encourage you to enter this prestigious competition, and attend the Awards dinner!  Remember, awards dinner tickets are separate from conference registration.  You can also purchase awards dinner tickets even if you are not attending the conference - sign up here!

 


Winemaker Magazine 2018 Conference in SAN DIEGO!  May 17 - 20, 2018

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Save the date for the annual WineMaker Conference located in beautiful San Diego, California - May 17-20, 2018. Curds and Wine is a proud sponsor of the conference for 2018!  

Full Conference registration includes:
  • Admission to the conference's full schedule of seminars 
  • Two Continental Breakfasts 
  • Two Lunches with Keynote Addresses 
  • Admission to Friday Night Wine Tasting Party 
  • Admission to Sponsor Exhibits 
  • Conference Welcome Bag with Binder Containing Seminar Presentations 
  • One Year (6 issues) Subscription/Renewal to WineMaker magazine
Registration is now open online hereRemember, awards dinner tickets are separate from your conference registration.  You can also purchase awards dinner tickets without attending the conference - sign up here Let us know if you are attending the conference and we will give you a FREE Curds and Wine t-shirt AND a wine glass lanyard!

The San Diego conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Diego. Make online reservations here at a special discounted WineMaker Magazine attendee rate using code "WMC" or "Winemaker Conference" if calling in.  

Conference details are available online here.  Several bootcamps are available Thursday May 17th and Sunday May 20.  If you have a vineyard we highly recommend Wes Hagen's Backyard Grape Growing Boot Camp

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Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes at Curds and Wine

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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.  This is our last cheese class until November!

 

Purchase tickets $75/person at the shop or online:

Saturday March 24, 2018 from 1 - 4 pm

 

* 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

 


Winexpert's "Forza" now available year-round!

ForzaWinexpert has brought back "Forza", the Big Red Limited Release from 2015.  This wine kit was a huge hit and sold out fast - and now it's here to stay!

The Region: Veneto, Italy Located in Northeast Italy, just north of Venice. The Veneto stretches across most of the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. The Veneto is known to experience hot summers and cool winters, and thanks to its proximity to the sea, less extreme weather than other Northeastern regions. Silty, sandy soil prevails throughout the Veneto, with influences of clay and calcareous debris. The Veneto produces the most wine in volume in Northeast Italy. 

The Wine: Deep ruby color with aromas of plum, smoke and spice. Rich flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and cedar with lingering oak and a firm, long finish. A blend of Corvina, Sangiovese and Barbera.

Food Pairing: Forza pairs wonderfully with braised meats and rich risottos. Avoid foods with spicy heat which will be amplified by the high alcohol. Choose a dish that is of equal weight so that it is not overpowered by the fullness of the wine. 

Style: Bold Red 
Body: Full 
Oak: Heavy 
Sweetness: Dry 
Alcohol: 16%
Includes Grape Skin Pack
 
Available at Curds and Wine for $189.95 - contact us today to reserve one or make your own on site!

 


Winexpert 2018 Release Limited Edition Wine Kits

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Winexpert LE17 (released in 2018) collection is a welcome showcase of popular varietals and unique blends. This vintage collection offers something to appeal to every wine lover. Fruit driven, spicy, floral or herbaceous; whatever your preference, these wines will awaken your palate.

Petit Ruby Cabernet - Riverland, Australia (January 2018)  $159.95 - SOLD OUT!
In the Lower Murray oasis of south Australia you will find the Riverland. Spanning across Victoria and New South Wales, and basking in the continental climate, bountiful vineyards ripen during the sunny dry days of the season, while the Murray River winds through this unofficial “super zone” providing much needed irrigation. A true gem, Petit Ruby Cabernet is a blend of Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. The Ruby Cabernet takes the best qualities of its parents, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, creating a structured, robust wine with soft tannins, while the Petit Verdot brings intriguing flavors of dark berries and vanilla. Elegant fruit flavors of currant, juicy plum and dark berries complemented by notes of spicy ground black pepper with hints of herb and vanilla, make this medium-full bodied wine a delight to enjoy with grilled meats. Try it with succulent rib eye steak for a wonderful weekend treat, or barbecue burgers for an equally delicious pairing. Having an Italian night and want to switch up the wine? Petit Ruby Cabernet is delicious with classics like meat lover’s pizza and spaghetti Bolognese.

Chardonnay Chenin Blanc - Rawsonville, South Africa (January 2018)  $153.95
Permeating the white wine world, Chardonnay is refreshing to layer with lesser known varietals like Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s signature white. Grapes from the Rawsonville region, a small picturesque wine growing and farming community on the eastern flanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Western Cape province, make up this blend. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers to the vineyards creating a fruit driven white wine with a high but pleasant natural acidity. The thin-skinned grapes soak in rays of sunshine to ripen and are carefully picked at just the right time to leave a crisp and bright juice. Carrying distinct cultivar characteristics, tropical fruit aromas marry with baked apple citrus zest and juicy peach. On the palate, the buttery complexity of Chardonnay is complemented by Chenin Blanc's tart acidity to make a beautifully balanced wine. Delicious to sip on its own or to enjoy with food, this is a crowd-pleasing and unique addition to any cellar. Enjoy with a variety of seafood dishes like grilled shellfish or salmon fish cakes. If feeling decadent, try chicken poached in a butter sauce, as the wine’s bright acidity and fruity character will complement the richness of the sauce wonderfully.

Merlot - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (February 2018)  $159.95
Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand. The diverse volcanic earth varies between gravel, sand and clay offering an ideal environment for the vineyards flooding the hillsides and banks along the five rivers winding through the landscape. Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful climate offers lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions year round. The result is a region that produces some of the finest wines in the country and Merlot contributes to this well-earned reputation. This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasing to the palate. The Merlot grapes thrive in a long growing season, with flavors concentrating as the fruit develops. Ripe fruit with spice and soft tannins take precedence in this Merlot. The lingering finish brings dark oaky spice, as well as hints of mocha and licorice. Treat yourself and enjoy with slow cooked beef and lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco. Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on crostini drizzled with balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine. Looking for a cheese to pair? Try Gouda or smoked cheddar.

Milagro Blanco - La Mancha, Spain (March 2018 )  $153.95
Muscat, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful on their own but sing when blended together. Muscat is fruity and crisp, Verdejo has mineral and citrus notes, and Sauvignon Blanc is herbaceous with pleasing acidity. When married, their unique elements create an off-dry, soft, refreshing, fruit-forward wine with a bright bouquet and a complex finish. Milagro Blanco carries notes of passion fruit and white flower on the nose, and is supported by juicy melon, peach, fresh lime and grass with a hint of honey on the palate. La Mancha is steeped in history and is believed to have been producing wine since the Roman empire. A challenging place to grow grapes, the region is found in hot and dry central Spain, south east of Madrid where the rivers provide much needed water. Hard working vines planted in water - absorbing limestone and chalk subsoil produce grapes that boast concentrated flavors that burst on the palate. The fruity and floral character of this white wine pairs exquisitely with moderately spiced Szechuan, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Lighter meats like chicken and white fish with green salad dressed in light vinaigrette are natural matches for a fresh, tantalizing meal.

Negroamaro with grape skins - Apulia, Italy (April 2018)  $184.95
Apulia (or Puglia in native Italian) - delightful wine, delicious food and stunning sun-soaked landscapes The Mediterranean Sea graces the region’s vineyards with cooling winds maintaining ideal temperatures for growing. Sunny, warm and dry with some of the most fertile soil in Italy, the area offers the perfect environment for ripening grapes as well as olive trees and wheat fields that coexist with vineyards in this agricultural centre. Negroamaro is richly jewel hued, full bodied and a classic varietal in Apulia. Mild hints of wood and spice on the nose play with fruity notes for a complex aroma. On the palate, ripe berry is complemented by ground baking spice and silky tannins with a long finish. Negroamaro is hearty, versatile and evokes feelings of the beauty of its home. This wine couples well with many cuisines, but Italian, of course, is a flawless pairing. Choose an antipasto with spicy elements like salami or pepper marinated vegetable s like eggplant. A simple but delicious peperonata can be enjoyed with crusty bread or as a side to roasted and grilled meat.

As preorders arrive we will contact you; if you did not preorder any of these kits but are interested, contact us to check availability.

 


RJ Spagnols 2018 Restricted Quantity Wine Kits

Each year RJ Spangols RQ wines are released to great anticipation and excitement. Many of the best go on to win awards in winemaking competitions. Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection: Australian Shiraz Viognier, Chilean Carménère, Spanish Tempranillo, and German Riesling.

These distinguished wines set a gold standard for elegance, ageability and finesse—a true celebration of excellence in craft winemaking.

 

Triump - Australian Shiraz/Viognier (January 2018) $164.95 - SOLD OUT!   Australia Shiraz Viognier is stylish yet refined.  It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper.

features:

Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212

Oak: American and Hungarian

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Dried

food pairings: Bison burgers, Lamb kebabs, Meat pie, Sharp Cheddar cheese

Prestige - Chilean Carmenere (February 2018) $164.95:  Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavors of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.

features: 

Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212 

Oak: American 

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Crushed

food pairings: Cabbage rolls, Pork or beef tacos, Meatballs, Pepper Jack cheese

Eminence - Spanish Tempranillo (March 2018) $164.95:  Sourced from native Spain, Tempranillo adds panache to any cellar. It skillfully balances fresh berries with savory notes of pepper and smoke.

features: 

Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212 

Oak: American and Hungarian 

GenuWine Winery Grape Skins: Dried

food pairings: Pepperoni pizza, Burritos, Grilled flank steak, Manchego cheese

Virtue - German Riesling (April 2018) $154.95 - SOLD OUT!: From renowned German vineyards, this Riesling is captivating and complex. Crisp flavors of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.

features: 

Yeast: QA23 

Optional sweetening blend

food pairings: Pad Thai, German sausages, Shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese

 

As preorders arrive we will contact you to pick up your kits.  We only get a limited amount of these kits each year - ​contact us to check available quantities if you did not preorder!