Cheese Expo 2019

Bringing together a curated list of Top Cheesemakers and San Diego top breweries, coffee roasters, distillers, kombucha and cider makers, this one day Cheese Expo features unique one-off collaborations, educational presentations, demonstrations, and explorations with Cheesmakers from across America and some of our own, home-grown Liquid talents. 
The list of cheesemakers and distributors include: Beehive (Utah), Jasper Hill Farms (Vermont), Columbia (New York), Gruyere 1655 (Switzerland), Spring Brook (Vermont), Valley Ford (Northern California), Di Stefano (Los Angeles), Hook’s (Wisconsin), Central Coast (Paso Robles), and Cheesesmith (San Diego), Cypress Grove (Northern California), Venissimo Raclette Bar (San Diego), Isigny (France), Point Reyes Farmstead (Northern California), Marin French Cheese (Marin County), Stepladder Creamery (Cambria), and Laura Chenel (Northern California). 
Liquid Creators include: Boochcraft (Hard Kombucha), Fall Brewing (Beer), Mostra (Coffee), Modern Times (Beer), Pure Project (Beer), Societe (Beer), Pizza Port (Beer), Eppig (Beer), Vesper Vineyards (Wine), Alesmith (Beer), Bivouac Ciderworks (Cider), and Raging Cider & Meads (Cider & Mead).
Curds and Wine will also be participating!
There will also be an educational program including: Rachel Dutton Labs, Erik Fowler of White Labs, and Morgan Tenwick of Modern Times,Chris Townsend MacDonald of Filament.Science, SDSU, Queso Diego and many more.
We will also feature an Interactive Education Paddock with Goats, Lambs and a Heifer bringing the farm to the BRICK with Farmer and Cheese Maker Jack Ford of TAJ Farms.
Sun, May 19, 2019 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  VIP Session 1:30PM - 6:00PM
  General Admission Session 3:00PM - 6:00PM
@ The Brick 2863 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106 
General Admission or VIP tickets are available.  More information and links to purchase tickets are online here.
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Happy Holidays 2019 December
NINE Year Anniversary! November
Fresh Grape Delivery by West Coast Grapes Saturday October 19th October
Harvest 2019 September
The Calm Before Harvest August
Special Winexpert Summer Release Wines July
Queso Diego's 'Say Cheese' Contest at the San Diego County Fair June
Cheese Expo 2019 May
Getting Back to Basics April
Homemade Wine Contest at the San Diego County Fair March
For Your Special ValenWINE February
Cheers to 2019! January


Orange County Fair Home Wine Competition

The Orange County Wine Society, in conjunction with the OC Fair, has sponsored the OC Fair Home Wine Competition since 1976. This competition is open to all amateur home winemakers in California. It is one of the largest amateur home wine competitions in the USA. The judging is double blind and the scoring is based on a modified UC Davis 20 point scale. To ensure continuity in the valuation and scoring of the wines, they hold judging workshops prior to each year’s competition. 
The winemakers who enter the competition do so not just for the bragging rights of the awards but also to get feedback from the judges. Judges have some discretion. Some wines have faults and some do not. If a judge marks a wine lower for a characteristic that can be corrected, the winemaker can then make an adjustment to his/her wine prior to finishing and bottling. That is probably the most valuable feedback for the competition entrants. 
The competition is held in early June, entries are due in by May 27, 2019. Four Best of Show awards (for Red, White, Fruit and Dessert Wines) are announced the day of the competition with the remaining awards posted the next day. The ribbons (and sometimes medals) are mailed about 4-6 weeks later. 
Curds and Wine is a drop-off site if you choose to have your wines shipped when you register them. Please have entries to be shipped dropped off by Wednesday May 22nd


Queso Diego's 'Say Cheese' Contest at the San Diego County Fair

Queso Diego LogoQueso 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 June 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: Two entries per class (updated from last newsletter)
Recipe: Must submit completed recipe form found on the Home & Hobby One-Day Contest page at Recipes must be original, unpublished, named, and the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted to any other contests. Recipes must clearly list ALL ingredients with measurements, preparation instructions, cooking times, and number of servings.  All recipes become property of the San Diego County Fair. San Diego County Fair and Queso Diego -The San Diego Cheese Club reserves the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish and use any or all of the recipes including for publicity, promotion and/or advertising with no compensation. Winner names, images and statements may be published.
Judging Criteria: Flavor, Originality, & Appearance 

1 Fresh – (ex. Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chèvre, Queso fresco, Cottage cheese, Farmer's cheese, cheese curds)
2 Flavored soft- (ex. herbed/spiced Chévre, Ricotta, Mascarpone, etc.,) 
3 Flavored semi-hard/hard – (ex. sage Cheddar, caraway Gouda, saffron Manchego, aged Cabra al vino) 
4 Brined – (ex. Feta, Halloumi) 
5 Bloomy - any milk type - (ex. Camembert, Brie, double/triple crème, Bloomy goat, Valencay (please specify milk) 
6 Blue Mold - blue cheeses (any style with significant blue mold character) 
7 Semi-Soft/Washed Rind – (Munster, young Gouda, any washed rind cheese (please specify wash) 
8 Hard & American Style – (ex. Cheddar, aged Gouda, 'American Original’s': Colby, Jack, etc.; long- aged Pecorino, Parmesan, etc.) 
9 Other – smoked or unique style cheeses (e.g., Gjetost)

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


RJ Spagnols White Sangria - available in limited quantities!

White SangriaThis limited release Orchard Breezin' white wine features lively flavors of juicy peach, ripe apricot and fresh orange. Perfect for refreshing summer sipping!
Contact us to check availability and reserve yours for $82.95 at Curds and Wine