Curds and Wine will be CLOSED May 19 - 22 for Winemaker magazine conference. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope to see some of you at the conference, it's going to be amazing!
Time to make your summer wines!
Although we often get "May Gray" here in San Diego, summer is near. Gray Days are great days to come in to Curds and Wine and make your own wines for summer! We have several great selections that will be ready to drink as soon as the sun comes out. Choose a lovely pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or chardonnay to sip on those lazy, sunny afternoons. Perhaps you prefer a lovely rosé -- we have a white merlot that is slightly sweet, and a perfectly dry Spanish rosé. And, for those great summer barbeques, we have syrah and zinfandel kits that are ready to drink in just 3 to 6 months -- sooner if you have a wine aerator like the Vinturi (available at Curds and Wine)!
Vintner's Value Program: earn free winemaking at Curds and Wine!
What better way to get started on your summer wines that with our Vintner's Value Program! For every 4 vintning fees you purchase, you get a 5th vintning on site for free! All customers are retroactively entered into the program, pick up your Vintner's Value Card at your next visit.
Don't forget to enter your wines in the San Diego County Fair homemade wine competition!
It's time to enter YOUR homemade wines in the San Diego County Fair homemade wine competition! Here are the upcoming deadlines for entering:
May 18, 2011 Entry Deadline (Online Only) 11:59pm
May 24, 2011 Entry Delivery 12:00pm - 8:00pm
June 18, 2011 Award ceremony and exhibitor tasting 12:30pm
Entry fee is $10 per wine, and you must submit 2 (750 mL) bottles of wine. The best part of entering the San Diego County Fair wine competition is that you get 2 complimentary tickets to the Fair AND access to the awards ceremony, where you can meet the other contestants and get to try everyone's wines! It's a great time, lots of fun, food, and wine. I won a silver medal and Best of Class in 2010 with a white kit wine, and several other medal-winning entries were wine kits as well.
There is also a label design competition! There is no fee for entering this competition. For more information and links for entering, check out the San Diego County Fair Wine competition page. If you win a medal with a wine kit, let us know! We would like to showcase all of our winning customers.
Cheesemaking Fundamentals class Tuesday May 3rd, 1 - 3:30 pm, $50 per person
What's better to go with your homemade summer wines than great fresh homemade cheeses?! 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 and camembert. We will make fromage blanc, ricotta, and queso fresco, and demonstrate the processes involved in making feta, swiss-style cheeses and camembert/brie-style 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. The fee for this class is $50 per person, and class size is limited to 12 participants.
Special Winemaking Demonstration: Disgorging Sparkling Wines, Sunday May 15th at 1 pm
Have you ever wondered how those bubbles get in your sparkling wine? Join us at Curds and Wine for a very special winemaking demonstration. We will talk about how sparkling wines are made, then show you one of the most dramatic processes in this winemaking -- disgorging the sediment from the riddled wine.
This is a free demonstration. Please RSVP for this event here.
Limited Edition Wine Kits
We still have a few limited edition wine kits in stock -- but not many! If you forgot to sign up for these AMAZING wine kits, there are a few extra ordered, but they will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested, please email us or call us at the store to check availability.