Special Limited Release Summer Wines

Two amazing limited release Winexpert wine kits are available at Curds and Wine in VERY limited quantities:

Pacific Quartet -- The four grapes in this wine create a show-stopping blend with brilliant flavors of apple, stone fruit, lychee, rose petals and orange peel. Full-bodied yet supple, this off-dry wine with balancing acidity pairs perfectly with spicy and savory dishes. Blend of Muscat (Australia), Chenin Blanc (California), Gewürztraminer (Washington), Viognier (Chile)

This wine has been a Best of Show winner in multiple competitions in past years - don't miss out!  Available at Curds and Wine for $147.95
Pacific Quartet 2018

Pink Moscato
- It's back, the ever-popular Pink Moscato - but only for a limited time!  Light and refreshing on the palate with flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry and cherry.  Available at Curds and Wine for $94.95.

Pink Moscato Sip Smile Repeat

Contact us to reserve yours before they're gone!



Curds and Wine will close EARLY at 2 pm on Friday 5/18/18, opening LATE at 12 pm on Saturday 5/19/18 - Curds and Wine will be CLOSED Sunday 5/27/18
Happy Holidays 2018 December
Eight Year Anniversary! November
Fresh Grape Delivery by West Coast Grapes Saturday October 20th October
Harvest 2018 September
Winexpert Limited Release Bourbon Barrel Zin-Cab August
Cheers to Sunshine, Wine, and Cheese July
New Online Calendar for Scheduling Winemaking on Site June
Special Limited Release Summer Wines May
Label Design by Noontime Labels April
Enter Your Homemade Wines for Competition March
Share Your Love of Wine February
Making Winners in 2018 January

Free Winemaking Demonstration Saturday May 5th at 1 pm

starting wineJoin 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!

Please RSVP for this demonstration here


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

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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Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes 2-part Seminar Series

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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 6/16/18 or Saturday 6/23/18 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 7/7/18 or 7/14/18 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


Grapes to Glass On-Site Winemaking from Fresh Grapes

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Here’s your chance to get your hands purple!  Curds and Wine will be hosting an exclusive, intensive Grapes to Glass Winemaking course.  This is not a custom crush, you will make your own wine from grapes delivered by West Coast Grapes and our gold-medal winning winemakers will lead you through the process.  This class will be limited to 15 winemaking groups total.  Please remember only winemakers and team members that have taken our Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes seminars are allowed to participate in this course.  The following criteria apply to participation in the class:

  • All participants must be 21 years of age or older
  • All participants must sign liability waiver
  • Class fee includes all ingredients, supplies, and use of equipment for making wine on site
  • You CANNOT participate if you would be unavailable (i.e., planning to travel at all or have major surgery or other major life events) between August and October; you or a team member MUST be present for all winemaking sessions
  • This course includes making wine from fresh juice or red wine grapes, but the production of rosé or white wine from grapes is not included in this course.

This Hands-on intensive series of classes that goes through basics of winemaking from grapes to bottle

  • Maximum 15 winemaking groups
  • Cost is $400/winemaker total, $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and balance of $200 due at first class
  • New participants that have not taken our Basic Winemaking from Fresh or Frozen Grapes seminars are required to take these before grape delivery; this is a separate cost
  • Includes making your own wine from grapes delivered from West Coast Grapes on site at Curds and Wine, all equipment, ingredients, testing, and bottling (including personalized labels); does not include cost of grapes
  • Approximately 2 to 2 1/2 cases of wine per 100 lbs of grapes purchased produced in class, including personalized labels, bottles & corks
  • This class does not include grapes; grapes must be purchased separately from West Coast Grapes, 150 lbs maximum per fermentor.  Grapes from other sources cannot be made in this class.
  • You or a team member must be present when grapes are delivered, we cannot hold grapes for an extended period of time.
  • No refunds on deposits

This course costs $400/winemaker total, $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and balance of $200 due at first class; you can add up to 2 additional fermentors per group for $100 each for a maximum of 4 fermentors per group.  This cost does not include cost of grapes, grapes must be purchased separately from West Coast grapes - no other grapes can be brought in for this class.


Contact us if you are interested in participating in our 2018 Grapes to Glass course


Now in Stock at Curds and Wine - Sulfur Burner Cages and Disks

Sulfur burner disks stripBurning sulfur in solid form in dry barrels helps maintain the barrel between winemaking seasons by preventing contamination by microbes.  Sulfur burners to hold sulfur disks or pieces of sulfur strips are now available at Curds and Wine to make your maintenance routines much easier.


Homemade Cheese Contest at the San Diego County Fair Saturday June 30th

Queso Diego is once again sponsoring the 'Say Cheese' 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 - Open to include hard (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano), and flavored cheeses, plus as examples, smoked, washed rind, cheese spreads, butter, Creme Fraiche, yogurt and anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere)

- 1st Place: Prize worth $40
- 2nd Place: Prize worth $20
- 3rd Place: Prize worth $15
- Best of Show: Prize worth $75


Orange County Fair Home Wine Competition - Entries due by May 21st

OCWineSocietyLogoOrange 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.