August Newsletter: Harvest 2020 Update

27th Jul 2020

curds-and-wine-logo COVID19 style

As the pandemic continues, Curds and Wine continues to be closed with appointment-only pick up for online orders.  As such, I will not be offering equipment rentals or in-house wine chemistry testing.  I will still have all of the fermentation supplies, yeast and hardware you need in our online catalog.  I also have a few wine presses for sale, but not any crusher/destemmers or tanks this year.  If you need help finding specific items, please contact me and I will do my best to help you get everything you need.

If you are looking for grapes to purchase, I keep a list of people interested in purchasing grapes, and as people contact me that are selling grapes I send out that information to the list.  If you would like to be on the list or have grapes to sell let me know!  You can also find local grapes for sale hereWest Coast Grapes will no longer deliver to Curds and Wine, but will still bring quality grapes to San Diego at San Diego Cold Storage.  Contact them directly to purchase, sign up for their email list to be notified when this year's grapes are online for sale.  Many of my customers, as well as myself, have made wine from their fresh grapes and juice buckets and have been very pleased with the results, and have won many medals!

Check out our Harvest Supplies & Equipment page for a quick guide to making wine from white or red grapes.

Winexpert "Fiero" Primitivo Summer Limited Release

Fiero 2020 releaseA lush Primitivo loaded with flavors of dark berries, cherry and plum, with accents of warm baking spice and dried fruit character. Juicy ripe fruit is perfectly balanced with racy acidity and fine-grained tannins for a smooth rounded finish. 

ABV: 14% | 

BODY: Medium-Full | 

OAK: Medium | 


REGION: Salento, Italy 


Contact us to check availability, we have a very limited amount.

Summer Cider Sale - 25% off all Cider Kits Currently in Stock!

Hard Ciders on saleLooking for something fun for summer sipping?  Cider House Kits are easy and tasty - one week from bucket to bottle, after 3-4 weeks bottling conditioning they are ready to drink!  As of publication we have the following kits available (regular price shown):

Cider House Select Apple Cider Kit $49.50

Cider House Select Spiced Apple Cider Kit $49.95

Cider House Select Cherry Cider Kit (2) $49.95

Cider House Select Mango Peach Cider Kit $54.95

Cider House Select Pear Cider Kit $49.95

Cider House Select Pineapple Cider Kit (2) $55.95

Sale pricing applies only to in-stock kits, while supplies last. Order your kit online with links above for purchase with curb side pick up, use coupon code "CIDER25OFF2020" to get sale price.

You will also need 2 pounds of corn sugar for brewing, plus either carbonation drops or priming sugar (one pack of either one) for bottling.  Don't forget crown caps and beer bottles as well - these need to be in bottles that can withstand pressure after carbonation in the bottle.  Each batch makes 6 gallons finished hard cider, which yields about 60 - 12 ounce bottles or 35 - 22 ounce bottles (3 cases of either one).

Need hardware?  Here's a quick list:

Brewing Bucket and Lid

Airlock - Econo-lock or Twin Bubble


Siphon and tubing

Bottling wand

Beer Bottle Capper


Siphon clamp to hold on bucket

Siphon shut off clamp

Order supplies online to be shipped to you or for scheduled in-store pick up - you will be contacted to set a date and time to pick up in store at the back door.

2020 Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition Delayed Again to End of August

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition is still on, but the actual judging will be postponed again until August 21-23. A local COVID outbreak here in our Vermont county has resulted in the closing down of the event facilities we were scheduled to use to judge the 2,500+ wine entries. By mid-September judging notes on your wine and any awards you may have won this year will hopefully be mailed out. Stay safe and be well!


Open by Appointment Only

I will continue to bring you the home winemaking and cheesemaking supplies you need.  We are in process of updating our website and online catalog, in the meantime if you need assistance finding anything to order online please do not hesitate to contact me. Shipping or curbside pick up is available; if you prefer to pick up, please note we will schedule a date and time for you to pick up - please do not order online for in store pick up and assume you can go directly to the shop for pick up.  The shop is not currently open and likely will not be most of the year except by appointment, but I do want to work with you to help you get what you need. 
I will keep basic supplies in stock, but will transition our wine kits to a request/preorder only system.  I do have several kits currently in stock, please contact me for our current inventory list or to request kits to preorder.