Holiday Wine and Cheese

 

Time is running out to make wine to give as gifts or bring to holiday parties!  We have some very tasty port-style kits available, including several special flavored dessert wines from Winexpert and RJ Spagnols.  These kits can be finished in only 6 weeks!  We also have a lovely French Grenache Rosé as well as several white wine kits that would be ready for holiday enjoyment.  Make an appointment to get your holiday wines started with us at Curds and Wine!

Our Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes will be back soon - we have classes scheduled on Saturday November 12, 2016 and Saturday December 3, 2016.  Details and links to tickets are below - take a class and learn to make your own cheese to give as gifts, or sign up a friend as a gift that will keep giving!

There are some very special Limited release wines this year!  Winexpert has five super-special and difficult to find Limited Editions this year, and RJ Spagnols is offering four French Classics.  Be sure to send in your preorders for these exceptional wine kits, we only get a small quantity and when they're gone, they're gone!
 

Winexpert Limited Edition 2017 Releases - preorder by Friday December 2nd

Winexpert Limited Edition 2017 release
Winexpert continues to raise the bar each year with its Limited Edition program and LE16 is no different. This year, in addition to sought after varietals and unique blends, Winexpert is thrilled to offer a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes. Done in an off-dry style, this is the must have wine of the year! 

January 2016 - Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley, Washington $167.95
Sitting at the same latitude as the Loire Valley, the cooler climate of Yakima Valley is perfect for Cabernet Franc grapes with 17 hours of summer sunshine per day (more than California).
Tasting Notes: Ripe raspberry and red currant notes with black pepper and fresh mint leaf notes. Solid tannin providing mouth feel and structure.
Food Pairings: Herb crusted lamb; Paprika-rich Goulash stew; Aged Cheddar
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak: Medium | ABV: 13%

January 2016 - Vermentino Tuscany, Italy $161.95
Located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which gives the area a warm Mediterranean climate. The terrain is quite hilly and these hills serve as a tempering affect on the summertime heat.
Tasting Notes: Expressively refreshing Peach, green apple and fresh lime. Hint of tarragon on the finish. Sip-worthy on its own. Quenching acidity
Food Pairings: Regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil; Fresh shellfish; Grilled chicken or turkey
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 12.5%

February 2016 - Milagro Valencia, Spain $167.95
Most vineyards are located inland; topography is mountainous which provides the grapes a much needed cool down in the evening.
Tasting Notes: Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal bring lush and hedonistic qualities. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offer body and structure Notes of black and red fruit, cherry cola, anise and white pepper. Powerful yet subtle mouth feel.
Food Pairings: Braised meats, rich sauces
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%

March 2016 - Blanc De Noir San Joaquin Valley, California $161.95
California's largest wine region. Agricultural haven and is known as the "food basket of the world." Deep fertile soils and cool Delta breeze
Tasting Notes: Blanc De Noir is a French term which means "white wine from dark grapes." No skin contact after pressing keeps color light and tannins at bay. Crabapple, white peach, grapefruit and hint of strawberry. 
Food Pairings: Sliced Ham; Grilled white fish; Eggs benedict
Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 13%

April 2016 - Grenache Cabernet Riverland, Australia $189.95
Woven around the Murray River with Mediterranean climate and long days of sunshine. Sun-kissed, vibrantly ripened grapes.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache; Black currant, cigar box, black cherry and raspberry. Warm spice rounds out the finish
Food Pairings: Protein-rich dishes like grilled steak Avoid spice or heat
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%

All five of the offerings this year are exceptionally distinct and difficult to fine - don't miss out!  Contact us to reserve your Winexpert Limited Edition 2017, preorders are due by Friday December 2, 2016!

 


RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2017 Wine Kits - Preorder by October 9th

Each year RJS Craft Winemaking offers home winemakers an exclusive selection of outstanding wine kits, developed to feature the best results from grape harvests around the world. Because these kits are special and unique, each 18-liter "RQ" kit comes with its own artfully designed labels and bottle dressings.

Due to the nature of these kits, they are only available in 'Restricted Quantities', and must be pre-ordered before they're available to ship.

The 2017 RQ Program, titled Le Château Noblesse, highlights the original noble grapes of France - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

These are classic French wines that remain true to their centuries-old heritage. For winemakers who know and appreciate the difference, this year’s RQ collection offers the opportunity to experience the pure essence of these varietals as expressed by their native French terroir.

The reds include RJS’s GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins for elevated structure, tannin, and age-worthiness, and are finished with French oak. Both reds and whites include varietal-specific yeast for optimizing color and bouquet.

Experience true nobility with elegance, grace, luxury and valor.

January 2017 Release - L'Elegance Cabernet Sauvignon $174.95

Born of accidental breeding in 17th century France, L’âge d’Élégance has inherited its flawless balance of subtlety and daring from its wildly rich parentage. Complex and concentrated with spice notes, red fruit and vanilla on the nose. This is a rich, full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long finish.

February 2017 Release - Grace Chardonnay $154.95

Centuries old, cultivated by French monks, and named for the village of Chardonnay, L’âge de Grace is a wine that is both simple and regal. Densely textured with a steely minerality and creamy mouthfeel. This is an unoaked Chardonnay with notes of citrus, honey and melon on the palate, finishing with crisp green apples.

March 2017 Release - Luxe Merlot $174.95

Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âge de Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft. Ruby red color with aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate.

April 2017 Release - Vaillance Sauvignon Blanc $154.95

Named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild, this valiant vine once grew wild in France. L’âge de la Vaillance is refreshingly crisp and dry. Pale lemon color with pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberries. This classic wine is dry yet invigorating, with flavors of citrus and grassy notes on the palate.


RJS RQ17

**Preorders are due in at Curds and Wine by Sunday October 9, 2016. If you do not preorder these kits availability is not guaranteed when the kits are released in 2017.

 


Cheesemaking Fundamentals Classes in November and December

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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 $75/person at the shop or online:

Saturday November 12, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

Saturday December 3, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm

 

*A $30 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your ticket

 

*Read Caron Golden's review of our class online

 

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American Wine Society Homemade Wine Competition - Enter by October 22nd

The American Wine Society Amateur Winemakers Competition has been held annually for over 40 years.  American Wine Society (AWS) certified judges and industry winemakers 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.

Details and entry form can be found online here.  You do need to enter 2 bottles of wine per entry, to be shipped to Murrieta, CA.  The Award Winners will be announced at the 2016 AWS National Conference in Hilton Orange County, Cosa Mesa, CA. Winners will also be posted on the AWS website by December 15th.  You do not need to be a member to enter, or to attend the conference!  Good luck, and please let us know if you win any medals.  If you are interested in becoming a member and joining a local chapter, please let us know.

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