We have a few extra special Limited Edition Ports available from Winexpert and RJ Spagnols, including toasted Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Raspberry, Caramel, Coffee, and White Chocolate. Contact us if you are interested in any of these outstanding ports to make for holiday gifts , and let us know if you would like to set up an appointment to make it on site with us at Curds and Wine.
Congratulations to Mike Perrone for winning a free bucket of juice from West Coast Grapes in our drawing! We had an excellent delivery day, we hope you'll join us next year to try your hand at making wine from fresh grapes. Contact us if you are interested in signing up for our 2014 Hands-on Harvest or Grapes to Glass courses.
*American Cheese Month discount cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
New Cheese Molds in Stock at Curds and Wine
A little inspiration for American Cheese Month - three new cheese molds are available at Curds and Wine: Baby Gouda, square mold (for taleggio), and rectangular mold (great for feta blocks!). Order online and save 10% through the month of October with the coupon code CHEESEMONTH2013!
Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in November
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, gouda, and camembert. We will make fromage blanc, ricotta, and queso fresco, and demonstrate the processes involved in making feta, swiss-style cheeses and mold-ripened cheeses such as camembert/brie-style and blue 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. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Ticket holders ONLY admitted to class.
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Wine Kit Techniques Class Saturday October 26th for 1 - 4 pm, $45/person
Take your winemaking to a new level! While wine kits are very reliable and straightforward, there are many things you can do to create an entirely different wine with the same kit. Join us to learn tips and techniques to make your wine kits unique! We will cover:
Wine kit basics
Aging to perfection
Sur Lie aging/Battonage
Preparing wines for competitions
Limit 12 participants. Must be 21 or over to participate. Paid participants ONLY admitted to class. Light snacks from Venissimo will be served. No refunds on tickets.
Free Winemakers' Seminar: Getting Ready for Crush - Sunday October 20th at 1 pm
In association with San Diego Amateur Winemakers' Society, Curds and Wine will be hosting bi-monthly home winemakers' seminars. These seminars are held every even numbered month on the third weekend at 1 pm. 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. This month Lum will discuss "Wine Faults".
These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP online here.
2013/2014 Limited Edition Wine Kit Preorders
RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity and Winexpert Limited edition wine kits for 2014 have been announced! We will be taking pre-orders online or at the shop for these amazing wine kits; we do require prepayment to reserve your wine kit. Be sure to reserve yours -- they sell out every year!