Harvest 2019

Curds and Wine is here to help guide you in choosing the best yeasts for your fermentations, and we offer a wide variety of other ingredients from basic nutrients to enhancing enzyme preparations to make the best wines. We also have equipment for rent to crush and press your grape wines at home - contact us to reserve your equipment as soon as you estimate you will need it. We offer some basic in-house wine chemistry testing, but for more in-depth analysis our friends at Vinmetrica offer a wider array of tests
 
Curds and Wine has compiled a red wine making summary and basic shopping list to help you find everything you need for your fermentations.
 

Curds and Wine will be CLOSED  Wednesday August 28th and Thursday August 29th as well as Sunday September 1st and Sunday September 15th
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Cheese Expo 2019 May
Getting Back to Basics April
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Fresh Grape Delivery by West Coast Grapes Saturday October 19th

We will once again be a pick-up point for fresh grapes from West Coast Grapes. Delivery at Curds and Wine this year will be Saturday October 19th.  Pricing and availability are now online here.
 
Grapes from West Coast Grapes

Grapes are purchased directly  through  West Coast Grapes, we are a pick-up point only, no sales on site for these grapes! Please note, we cannot store these grapes, they will start spontaneously fermenting if you do not pick them up the day they arrive. You will NOT be called to be reminded to pick up your grapes, mark your calendars for the delivery date.  If you cannot pick up your grapes or juice buckets on delivery day have them delivered to San Diego Cold Storage (downtown) instead, that will be one of the delivery options on check out.  We do not appreciate being yelled at because YOU forgot to pick up your grapes.

 

Grapes are unloaded from the refrigerated trucks and stacked next to the order slips at the back North parking lot behind Curds and Wine.  We cannot give a specific time as orders will be pulled from the truck as they were loaded, but the truck should have most orders unloaded by 12 pm - please plan to spend a few hours as it takes time to unload the grapes from the truck.  Be sure to pick up your grapes before 4 pm that day.  Your patience and cooperation in getting all the orders out of the truck before grapes or buckets are taken is appreciated!

 

We are NOT crushing and destemming grapes on site this year!  If you need to rent a crusher/destemmer we only have 4 total for rent (2 manual and 2 motorized), contact us to reserve one if you need it as soon as possible.  We will take reservations based on the time stamps of the email requests we receive.

 


Harvest Equipment for Sale - Limited Inventory!

Motor Crusher destemmer
We have a very limited selection of new large equipment for sale, including motorized crusher/destemmers and stands (sold separately), basket presses, Hungarian oak barrels and stainless steel tanks - including a few 100 liter tanks and one larger 290 liter tank. We also have a few 5-spout gravity bottle fillers. 
 
We will not be able to get more larger equipment until next June!  Contact us to check availability.
 
100 liter variable capacity tanks

 


Double-Down Bourbon Barrel Red and White from RJ Spagnols

These unique Cru International Bourbon Barrel Style blends are about boosting bold flavor and richness in the wine. With a more intense set of aromas and flavors, be prepared to expect subtle and smooth bourbon, sweet and spicy notes, and overall southern charming character.
 
Double-Down Bourbon Barrel Red $129.95: Sweet vanilla, caramel, and toasty notes on the nose complimented by red fruit. The palate is smooth and juicy with a long oaky finish. Try it with grilled steak, BBQ ribs or hard cheeses like Parmigiano- Reggiano, Gouda and smoked cheddar.
Includes Genuwine Dried Grape Skins. Genuwine grape skins are crushed, whole grape skins, gently dried in a proprietary process that preserves their original color and fresh vineyard flavor. Fermentation on Genuwine dried grape skins enhances the color, flavor profile and bouquet of wine. Genuwine grape skins are easy to work with and consistently provide excellent results.
 
Double-Down Bourbon Barrel White $109.95Tropical fruit, vanilla, and toasty notes on the nose. The palate is full bodied with a long oaky finish. Pairs perfectly with crab mac and cheese, mushroom soup, seafood risotto, aged cheddar cheeses, and even buttery popcorn. 
 
Includes a Finishing Blend. The Finishing Blend allows the winemaker to tailor the wine to his or her taste. Exclude the Finishing Blend for a drier, lighter wine, or include it for enhanced sweetness and body.  
 
Oak: Heavy
Body: Full
Sweetness: Off-dry
 
Contact us to reserve yours, limited quantities available!  Previous Bourbon and Whisky style wines sold out fast.

Double Down BB

 


Winexpert Holiday Limited Release Dessert Wines for 2019

Winexpert is offering two new, unique dessert wines for the 2019 holiday season:
 
Sour Cherry Port - $114.95
Sour Cherry
Deep ruby in color with lovely sour cherry aromas.  The tart cherry flavor beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine.  A nice accompaniment for holiday chocolates!
 
Late Harvest Riesling - $114.95
Bright yellow color with notes of apricot, green apple and pear. Honey-like late harvest character balanced with brilliant acidity.  This wine could be lovely with added Peach Flavoring Extract (not included)!
Late Harvest Riesling
 

 


RJ Spagnols Cru Specialty Seasonal Release Dessert Wines

These Dessert Wines bring unique and distinctive wines that are perfect for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cru Specialty has a wine to please every palate! These wines are available exclusively for the holiday season. Start yours today so they are ready for holiday gift-giving! 
 
CREME BRULEE This full-bodied dessert wine features aromas of caramel, vanilla pods, and raisins with a subtle toasty character, like that of crème brûlée on the palate. Enjoy an intense mouthfeel that balances this wine’s decadent aromas. Pairs well with crème brûlée, fruit tart, and apple pie. $116.95 
 
RASPBERRY MOCHA This ruby red wine is a must for any dessert lover. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee blended with ripe juicy raspberry jam draw you in. Sweet on the palate with nuances of cocoa powder and coffee balances perfectly with hints of tangy acidity from the raspberry. The perfect wine to indulge in this holiday season. $116.95 
 
BLACK FOREST *Winemaker Magazine Competition Best of Show Wine 2019* Bursting with rich aromas of red and dark cherry, this full-flavored Port style also has a hint of dark chocolate fused with plum and toasted oak on the nose. Rich and sweet on the palate with an enjoyable warm finish, this dessert in a bottle is an irresistible complement to your holiday festivities. $116.95 
 
TOASTED CARAMEL Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied red wine combines a rich caramel aroma with the robust flavors of red fruit. The buttery caramel notes give this wine a roundness and texture on the palate that is perfectly balanced with rich toasted notes on the finish. $116.95 
 
COFFEE Energize your senses with this comforting flavor experience! Dating back to the 15th century, coffee has been enjoyed worldwide as an invigorating elixir. Typical of medium roast coffee, aromas of toffee, burnt marshmallow and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingering notes of vanilla. Our Coffee Dessert Wine is a wonderful end to any meal, paired with dessert or enjoyed on its own. $116.95 
 
Contact us to check availability of these RJ Spagnols Holiday Dessert Wine Kits
 
RJS Dessert wines 2019

 


RJ Spagnols Restricted Quantity 2020 Preorders

The year 2020 marks Restricted Quantities’ 20th anniversary of craft winemaking! To celebrate RJ Spagnols is releasing five wines that promise to be the Bee's Knees - aptly named after popular 1920’s common phrases, and not to outdo one another, each phrase carries a common meaning of being “the best of the best”.
 
January 2020 - Argentina Bonarda Syrah $184.95
Toast to the perfection of The Darb’s magnificent character, style and substance when you share the finery of this 2020 vintage. Subtle tannins and rich sophistication mingle throughout this gently layered Bonarda Syrah, truly marking it as the perfect blend. Plump red plum and blueberry underlined with smoky notes on the palate. Food Pairings: Margherita pizza; Spaghetti Bolognese; Braised pork 
Oak: Medium 
Body: Medium 
Sweetness: Dry
 
January 2020 - Spanish Macabeo $164.95
Uncork the brilliance of RQ’s Macabeo and celebrate the light and lively layers of The Caterpillar’s Kimono. With its soft floral fragrance and golden elegance, this rare vintage is one of RQ 2020’s finest white varietals — A brilliant beauty. A fresh and lively wine with hints of citrus, green apple, stone fruit, and soft floral notes. 
Food Pairings: Fish tacos; Roasted cauliflower; Phyllo-wrapped appetizers
Oak: Unoaked 
Body: Light 
Sweetness: Dry
 
February 2020 - Chile Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot $184.95
Hit all the high notes with this top shelf varietal. The Big Shot is the one to please any crowd and thrill every audience. Get carried away by the sultry allure and deep rich tones of ruby red with this jazzed RQ 2020 vintage — the big shot in our quintet of all-star varietals. Ripe blackcurrant and blackberry complemented by herbaceous, tobacco and spice. Food Pairings: Empanadas; Angus burgers; Grilled sausage 
Oak: Medium 
Body: Medium 
Sweetness: Dry
 
March 2020 - Australian Pinot Noir Shiraz $184.95
The Cat’s Meow: another crème de la crème of RQ’s 2020 premium collection. This magnificent vintage is the best of a Pinot Noir Shiraz. Discover heady spices in the layered, juicy nuances of this expertly blended wine. And raise a glass to the maven blend that celebrates all your glorious traditions and milestones. Juicy red and dark fruits on the nose and palate with a hint of spice on the finish. Food Pairings: Charcuterie; Goat cheese; Mushroom tarts 
Oak: Medium 
Body: Medium 
Sweetness: Dry
 
April 2020 - Spanish Rosé $164.95
Introducing The Deb, the darling of RQ 2020’s five-star wines. Celebrate a unique and captivating vintage with this fragrant, easy-drinking Spanish Rosé. There will never be a shortage of requests for this debutante wine’s youthful charm and delicate elegance. Its destined to make a grand entrance this coming season. Food Pairings: Bruschetta; Spring vegetable quiche; Strawberry spinach salad 
Oak: Unoaked 
Body: Medium 
Sweetness: Dry
 
Restricted Quantities usually sell out fast, be sure to contact us to reserve yoursDeadline for preorders is Sunday October 20, 2019.
 
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