Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes
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 18 participants. Ticket holders ONLY admitted to class.
Purchase tickets online:
Saturday November 7, 2015 from 1 - 4 pm
Thursday November 12, 2015 from 1 - 4 pm
Saturday November 14, 2015 from 1 - 4 pm
*Read Caron Golden's review of our class online
Free Winemakers' Seminar: Common Wine Faults - Saturday October 17th 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 weekendat 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 "Common Wine Faults
These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP online here
RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2015/2016 - Preorder by Sunday October 11th!
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American Wine Society Amateur Wine Competition - entries due October 23, 2015!
The American Wine Society Amateur Winemakers Competition
has been held annually for over 40 years. American Wine Society (AWS) certified judges score and critique submitted wines. AWS judges have completed a rigorous 3 year training program, supplemented by extensive hands-on experience and periodic recertification. These judges are often sought out and invited to participate in major US wine competitions. The same guidelines and evaluation techniques will be used for both the Commercial and Amateur competitions with one exception. Amateur winemakers will receive the actual scoring sheets and judges’ comments for each of their submitted wines. This insightful feedback usually includes suggestions for improvements, when needed, and is often found to be more valuable than winning an award medal.
All kit wines will be judged as a separate category in the same varietal groupings as non-kit wines. “Best In Show Kit Wine” will be awarded as well as “Best in Category”, e.g. Best Vinifera where at least 5 wines are entered. We believe this allows kit winemakers to compare their skills among their peer winemakers. This competition category will utilize the same judges and evaluation techniques as all other portions of the Amateur and Commercial competitions.
The 2015 Amateur Wine Competition
will be held on November 3-5, just prior to the 2015 AWS Conference at the Sheraton in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Deadline for entry is October 23, 2015; Delivery of wine is accepted between September 8 and October 23, 2015 to the designated address:
VWDC c/o PEARMUND
6190 Georgetown Road
Broad Run VA 20137
Competition Inquiries: Email
or Call: 814-935-2808Competition brochure including entry form and categories for entry available on the AWS website
Note: AWS Members pay $25/entry and Non-members pay $35/entry. Good luck!