Wine on the Vine


You can make wine any time of year, at home or at Curds and Wine, with wine kits.  While the wine kits make excellent, tasty, award-winning wines, growing your own grapes and making wine from fresh grapes can be quite rewarding - though a lot more work!  We can teach you all the basics for installing and managing your own vineyard in our upcoming seminars.  We also have our annual 2-part seminar series to teach you the basics of making wine from fresh grapes - like harvest season, these seminars only come around once a year, so don't miss out!  Several people that have taken our seminar series have become bonded winemakers, and in fact one of our past participants scored 92 and 94 points for his Pinot Noirs in Wine Enthusiast!

Though we do not make wine on site with fresh grapes (with the exception of our Grapes to Glass course, contact us if you are interested) we do have all of the supplies you will need as well as equipment rentals.  Harvest 2016 is only a few months away, start preparing now!

Picking Grapes

Vineyard Installation and Management Seminars

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.

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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 prior to 48 hours of the event; no refunds within 48 hours of event


Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes 2-part Seminar Series

Batch-B-at-innoculationJoin 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, 1 - 4 pm 
Choice of dates: Saturday 6/11/16, Saturday 6/18/16, or Saturday 7/9/16 
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, 1 - 4 pm 
Choice of dates:Saturday 7/23/16, Saturday 7/30/16, or Saturday 8/6/16 
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


Winexpert Limited Edition Port Kits for Preorder

Even if you are not a fan of ports or dessert wines, you'll love these port-style wines from Winexpert!  Super tasty, these wines have won multiple awards at home winemaking contests and make great holiday gifts.  
A customer favorite for several years!  Warm cherries and plums are supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry and luscious chocolate. $116.95 each 
Dark chocolate and cool peppermint blend seamlessly with the rich coffee notes and dark fruit. $116.95 each 
Rich and velvety notes of dark berry with a hint of moist sponge cake enveloped in decadent cocoa. $116.95 each
Available now for preorder, these kits will be released around August so they will be ready for holiday enjoyment and gift-giving.  Contact us to reserve your kit!


RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits Preorders

These Dessert Wines bring unique and distinctive wines that are perfect for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cru Specialty has a wine to please every palate! These wines are available exclusively for the holiday season with estimated delivery in September. Pre-order yours today!

VANILLA FIG (NEW) Christmas in a glass! Dark berry and dried fruit aromas complemented by baking spices and vanilla bean. Very complex on the palate with dried fruit, vanilla flavors and spice notes coming through on the finish.

RASPBERRY MOCHA This ruby red wine is a must for any dessert lover. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee blended with ripe juicy raspberry jam draw you in. Sweet on the palate with nuances of cocoa powder and coffee balances perfectly with hints of tangy acidity from the raspberry. The perfect wine to indulge in this holiday season.

BLACK FOREST Bursting with rich aromas of red and dark cherry, this full-flavored Port style also has a hint of dark chocolate fused with plum and toasted oak on the nose. Rich and sweet on the palate with an enjoyable warm finish, this dessert in a bottle is an irresistible complement to your holiday festivities.

TOASTED CARAMEL Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied red wine combines a rich caramel aroma with the robust flavors of red fruit. The buttery caramel notes give this wine a roundness and texture on the palate that is perfectly balanced with rich toasted notes on the finish.

COFFEE Energize your senses with this comforting flavor experience! Dating back to the 15th century, coffee has been enjoyed worldwide as an invigorating elixir. Typical of medium roast coffee, aromas of toffee, burnt marshmallow and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingering notes of vanilla. Our Coffee Dessert Wine is a wonderful end to any meal, paired with dessert or enjoyed on its own.

Contact us to reserve your RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits!

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Homemade Cheese Contest at the San Diego County Fair Friday June 24th

The Homemade Cheese contest at the San Diego County Fair is a One-Day Contest again this year, being held on Friday June 24th.  This contest is open to amateurs only, unless otherwise stated. No pre-registration required -- bring your prepared cheese(s) and the typed or printed recipe form found online at, Home & Hobby page under "One-Day Contests". Deliver entries between opening time of the Fair and 12:45 pm on Friday June 24, 2016 to the Home & Hobby area located on the 2nd floor, west end of the Grandstand. Judging starts at 1:00 pm and once the judging process starts, no late entries will be accepted . Your entry and entry contest form will admit you to the Fair FREE. All contest judging begins at 1:00pm. Exhibitors must personally deliver their entries. More information online here.


New Item - Wine Journal

Wine JournalNow in stock at Curds and Wine, just in time to start preparing for Harvest 2016 - This journal has been designed uniquely for wine makers with enough space to log over 70 wine recipes. Everything you need is at your fingertips. From batch information to tasting notes, you can easily look at the recipe while sipping your creation.

The Wine Journal is not just a wine logbook, it also has several useful extras:
*Yeast Strains Chart
*Unit Conversion Table
*Wine Color Reference
*Alcohol By Volume Reference Chart
*Glassware Reference Chart
*Bottle Reference
*Wine Label Breakdown
*Space for 70+ recipes
*Pen Holder

The Wine Journal is made with split leather – the closest material to real leather and it has a really nice feel to it, besides the antique look. It’s the perfect place for your wine recipes!

Get yours today at Curds and Wine for $27.90

glasses and wine colors in wine journal