May Your Wine and Cheese Dreams Come True

Congratulations to everyone that won awards at the California State Fair and the San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine contests!

OC Fair Homemade Wine competition is currently accepting entries, due by May 22, 2017.  Curds and Wine was originally listed as a drop off point for entries, but we are not shipping entries to do our store closing for a week before the due date.  If you are entering wines in the OC Fair Homemade Wine competition please either ship your entries in yourself of take to a different drop off location.

Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Friday May 12, 2017 through Sunday May 22, 2017.  Any online orders posted during this time will not be processed until Wednesday May 24, 2017.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Friday May 12, 2017 through Sunday May 21, 2017 Reopening Wednesday May 24, 2017
Happy Holidays 2017! December
Seven Year Anniversary! November
Have a Cheesy October! October
Harvest 2017 September
Getting Ready to Crush August
Wine Chemistry Testing July
Professional Label Printing from Noontime Labels June
May Your Wine and Cheese Dreams Come True May
Cheese and Wine Make Everything Fine! April
Enter Your Award-Winning Wines March
Little Ol' Wine Lovers You! February
Happy 2017! January

Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday June 10th at 1 pm

Starting wine kit with grapesJoin 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! 


Free Home Winemaking Seminar with Lum Eisenman Saturday May 27th 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:

*5/27/17 - Wine Filtration and Bottling
6/17/17 - Common Wine Faults


Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes 2-part Seminar Series in July

Pressing gushing zin

Join 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

Choice of dates: Saturday 7/8/17 or Saturday 7/15/17 from 1 - 4 pm

  • 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

Choice of dates: Saturday 7/22/17 or 7/29/17 from 1 - 4 pm

  • 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


Purchase tickets online here


Two New Dry Rosés Now Available, Just in Time for Summer Sipping!

RJS Cru InternationalTwo new lovely dry rosés from RJ Spagnols are now available any time of year! 

The French Rosé from Grenache grapes is light and refreshing, very dry with nice fruit on a crisp, long finish.  $119.95 at Curds and Wine

En Primeur Winery Series
The Chilean Pinot Noir rosé is bursting with the aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, complimented by raspberries, rhubarb and floral notes. Juicy on the palate, it's exquisitely balanced with a luxuriously smooth mouthfeel.  $156.95 at Curds and Wine

Contact us to check availability of these kits or to set up an appointment to make your wines on site with us!


Queso Diego’s Cheesemakers Rodeo Contest at the San Diego County Fair Saturday July 1, 2017

Queso Diego is sponsoring the Homemade Cheese contest this year at the San Diego County Fair!  This contest will once again be a One-Day Home & Hobby Contest, no pre-registration or entry fees are required. Bring your prepared item and the typed or printed recipe form found online here. We will no longer accept other types of recipe forms. No exceptions! Deliver entries between opening time of the Fair and 12:45pm on Saturday July 1st to Home & Hobby exhibit located on the 2nd floor, west end of the Grandstand. Judging starts at 1:00pm and once the judging process starts, no late entries will be accepted. Your entry and entry contest form will admit you into the Fair for FREE. Exhibitors must personally deliver their entries.

Limit: One entry per class
Judging Criteria: Flavor, Originality, & Appearance

1 - Fresh (cheese curds, chevre, Mascarpone, mozzarella, Queso fresco, cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese, ricotta)
2 - Brined (feta, domiati, halloumi)
3 - Bloomy Cow (brie, Camembert, Triple Crème)
4 - Bloomy Goat (chevre styles both bloomy & ash rinded)
5 - Blue Mold (Cambazola, Roquefort, Danish Blue, Stilton)
6 - Soft/Semi-Soft (aged) (Gouda, Munster)
7 - Cheddar & American Style (Cheddar, Dry Jack, Monterey Jack, Muenster, Colby)
8 - Hard (aged) (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano)
9 - Flavored Cheeses, Butter & Cultured Dairy Products (Yogurt, Crème Fraiche)
10 - Open (smoked, washed rind, cheese spreads, anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere)

Best Of Show: Custom crafted cheese table runner and inscribed cheese board
1st Place winners in each class will receive: A subscription to Culture Magazine (The Word on Cheese).
2nd Place winners in each class will receive: A Cheese Making Book.
3rd Place winners in each class will receive: A Cheese mold and/or accessories.

Full details and entry forms can be found online here.

2015 homemade cheese contest