June 2021 Newsletter: This Time It's Personal

29th May 2021

Thanks to SCIENCE the world is starting to open up again! Please get your vaccine if you have not, it protects you and me and is the only hope to slow the virus down. Curds and Wine is still currently only open for back door pick up by appointment on select days until mid to late August, I have some things to deal with off site until then. Thanks to everyone that has been patient and flexible and supported me this past year!


Updates to On Site Services

I am no longer offering wine chemistry testing,  I recommend Vinmetrica for wine chemistry analysis. I am also no longer offering equipment rentals. I “know a guy” that will rent out a crusher/destemmer including delivery and pick up with a 2-day minimum, contact me for his information. If you want to rent out equipment please let me know and I will pass on your information to interested parties.

I have very limited equipment for sale this year, currently I have the following new equipment for sale (used equipment sold out):

Winemaking on site is starting back up very slowly with very limited availability starting in mid to late August. If you are interested please contact me and I will put you on the list to contact as soon as that opens back up. If you want any specific wine kits please include that in your message, I am keeping limited inventory in stock.  Please note that I can get Winexpert kits in more reliably than RJ Spagnols.


Hungarian Medium Toast Barrels - Limited Supply

BarrelsI have a very limited supply of 13 gallon ($350 each) or 32 gallon ($450 each)Hungarian Medium Toast oak barrels from Vadai in stock.  Contact me if you are interested!


RJ Spagnols Specialty Dessert Wine Kit Pre-orders

RJ Spagnols Seasonal Release Specialty Dessert wines are back! Get yours at Curds and Wine for $116.95 per kit.

RETURNING FAVORITE -- White Chocolate Port

Honey-colored, sweet, and creamy, this decadent dessert wine boasts a rich, fruity nose with hints of toasted hazelnut and vanilla on the palate, perfectly balanced by velvety smooth white chocolate.

Black Forest Port

Bursting with rich aromas of red and dark cherry, this full-flavoured dessert wine style also has a hint of dark chocolate fused with plum and toasted oak on the nose.

Coffee Port

Typical of medium roast coffee, aroma of toffee, burnt marshmallow, and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingring notes of vanilla.

Raspberry Mocha Port

Ruby red with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee blended with ripe, juicy raspberry jam. Sweet on the palate with nuances of cocoa powder and coffee balance perfectly with hints of tangy acidity from the raspberry.

Toasted Caramel Port

Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied dessert wine combines 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.

Please contact me to pre-order before June 14th or to check availability.  VERY limited quantities will be available!

RJS Cru Specialty


Open by Appointment Only

Curds and Wine is currently only open for back door pick up of online orders by appointment on select days or shipping of online orders. 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 I will get in touch to 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 to pick up. 


The shop is not currently open for walk in shopping, only pick up of online orders will be available for at least a few more months. I will keep basic supplies in stock, but out of stock wine kits will be available on a request/preorder only system. I do have several kits currently in stock, please contact me for my current inventory list or to request kits to preorder. 

New Winemaking on Site is on hold indefinitely. If you have a wine waiting to be bottled I will be contacting you to make arrangements for bottling in order of when kits were started.  If you have a Holiday Special Winemaking Gift Certificate from 2019 please contact me.

I appreciate your patience and support during this time!