Harvest season is in full swing, and we have everything you need at Curds and Wine! We have a great selection of books to guide you through your winemaking as well as a very informative DVD that shows you how to use all of the equipment for harvest and crush. We also have a great selection of yeasts, fermentation supplies, and equipment rentals. We also have testing services available, as well as a pH meter available for free use, just bring in your sample!
Don't forget about our Harvest Online Special - order $100 or more in supplies from Curds and Wine online, get a free triple scale hydrometer (applies to online orders only, for in-store pick up or to be shipped). Enter one triple scale hydrometer in your shopping cart (item #123), then enter coupon code HARVEST2013CAW at checkout. One free hydrometer per $100 online order, does not apply to in-store purchases (but you can order online for in-store pick up with this special). Offer expires 10/31/13.
Harvest season is a holiday of its own for us, but it's also time to start thinking about your holiday gift-giving! Come in to Curds and Wine soon to start wines for holiday gifts. Some great options include our dessert wine kits, including ports, ice wine, and sherry.
We are here to help you get some fresh grapes for your home winemaking this harvest season. We will once again be a pick-up point for fresh grapes from West Coast Grapes, grape varietal availability and pricing is now online. Grapes are purchased directly through West Coast Grapes, we will be 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.
This year West Coast Grapes will deliver to Curds and Wine on Saturday September 28th, starting at 10 am. We will have a crusher/destemmer available to run these grapes through for a $25 processing fee for up to 500 lbs, another $10 fee for every additional 500 lbs. Please remember to bring containers that will fit in your vehicle to transport the must back home!
As a bonus to Curds and Wine customers, we will have a drawing for a free bucket of juice from West Coast Grapes! For every box of fresh grapes you purchase from West Coast Grapes to be picked up at Curds and Wine you will get one drawing entry. Please send us a copy of your purchase receipts for the drawing; the drawing will be held on Friday September 13th and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page and by Twitter. The winner will be notified by email so they can place their order for their bucket of choice out of the available buckets listed on the gift certificate you will be given (choice of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, barbera, sangiovese, zinfandel, syrah, chardonnay, pinot grigio, or sauvignon blanc juice). This bucket of juice will be brought to Curds and Wine with the fresh grape deliveries. Only submitted entries will be part of the drawing, West Coast Grapes will not be providing us with a list of customers.
We also have list of local growers, contact us for the current information. Please note, these grapes are not sold through Curds and Wine, you will need to make arrangements and payments directly with grower. Please check with the growers if they have a crusher/destemmer available, if you need to rent one from us please contact us as soon as you know your harvest date -- the crusher is very popular during harvest season and availability is not guaranteed without a reservation.
We also of course have all of your harvest supplies available a well as equipment rentals, such as pumps and presses. Please note: only grapes delivered from West Coast Grapes can be processed on site at Curds and Wine, all other processing must be done off site and equipment returned clean and in working order. We do not offer any winemaking on site with fresh grapes except our Hands-on Harvest and Grapes to Glass courses. These courses are sold out for 2013, but if you are interested in getting on the waiting list for Harvest 2014 please contact us.
If you are growing grapes locally and are interested in selling your grapes, please contact us so we can share your information with interested buyers!
We have all the equipment you need for this harvest season! From motorized crusher/destemmers to basket presses and bladder presses to bottling pumps and corkers, rentals offer you the right tools for the job without having to invest in expensive items. Contact us to reserve rental equipment as soon as you know you'll need it. Availability is limited and not guaranteed.
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:
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.
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.
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Tickets can be purchased at the shop or online in our catalog.