Harvest 2021 - as COVID continues

19th Sep 2021

Please get your vaccine if you have not, as long as the virus has hosts to replicate in we will never get back to "normal". Even if you have a vaccine, we should all continue to wear facial coverings in large gatherings. Stay diligent and intelligent my friends! This thing is not over but is still rapidly evolving. 

I will no longer carry RJ Spangols wine kits, it has become impossible to get my orders from their supplier.  I will continue to carry Winexpert wine kits, please contact me if you have specific kit requests as I am not keeping a large inventory in stock.  I will also be carrying the VineCo Global Passport Limited Editions - see below!

I will no longer offer equipment rentals or chemistry testing at Curds and Wine.  Please contact me for contact information for others offering rental or crushing services.


Grapes and Harvest Supplies

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!  West 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.  I have all the basic supplies you need for making wine from grapes or other fruits this season.  You can always contact me with questions!


VineCo Global Passport Series Limited Edition Wine Kits

VineCo Passport 2022


Introducing VineCo Wine Kits!  Every year, VineCo's highly-anticipated Global Passport Series takes us on a new adventure to the most prominent well-respected wine regions—from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories. A range of classic varietals to charismatic blends, this limited release wine series celebrates creativity and insists on excellence. Available for a short time by reservation only, it's a one of a kind wine experience.

Italian Primitivo - release in December 2021

The Wine: As one of the first varietals to be harvested in Italy, Primitivo loosely translates to ‘early ripening’. It was given this name because every growth stage for the Primitivo grape happens early, starting from flowering through to color change. This full-bodied wine brings aromas of dark raspberry, black currant, and preserved cherry with hints of coffee and baking spice. It’s earthy, bold, and luscious character are complemented by round tannins and a smooth finish. 

The Region: The Puglia region which is known for its Primitivo wines. Located at the south-eastern tip of Italy or at the ‘heel of boot’, this sunny dry region is surrounded by water on all three sides. Cool breezes off the Mediterranean help regulate the temperatures in the vineyards offering ideal growing conditions for this grape. The region also produces half of Italy’s olive oil because of the warm and dry climate. 

The Food: Sausage with fennel and fire roasted tomatoes and peppers Eggplant parmesan Smoked gouda 

Sweetness: Dry 

Body: Full 

ABV: 13% Kit

Grillo Pinot Grigio - release in January 2022  

The Wine: A unique blend of Grillo and Pinot Grigio, this fruit-driven wine is a playful balance between freshness and body. Grillo (pronounced GREE-lo) originated in Sicily and is a more robust alternative to Pinot Grigio. It brings more body to this blend along with floral notes and hints of grapefruit. The Pinot Grigio keeps this wine crisp, offering bright acidity along with notes of cantaloupe and sweet pear on the palate. 

The Region: Sicily is the southernmost region in Italy and the largest island on the Mediterranean Sea. It is consistently blessed with bright sunshine, warm temperatures, moderate rainfall, and coastal breezes. This classic Mediterranean climate is described by Sicilian wine producers as a magical place to make wine thanks to the unique geography, climate, and cultural influence. 

The Food: Grilled Calamari with preserved lemon and fresh herbs Tomato and watermelon salad Fresh goat cheese 

Sweetness: Dry 

Body: Medium 

ABV: 12.5%

Tempranillo Bobal - release in February 2022

The Wine: Experience Spain with this juicy blend of Tempranillo and Bobal, two of the most widely planted varieties in Spain. Ripe fruits of dark cherry, strawberry and blackberry are complemented by notes of plum and fig preserve. Toasted oak brings hints of vanilla bean and baking spice. This medium bodied wine delivers freshness and balance with well- structured tannins and a long lingering finish. 

The Region: Manchuela is a large wine growing region in central Spain inland from Valencia and located in the valleys between two rivers, the Jucar and Cabriel. These valleys and the influences of the Mediterranean Sea make the climate relatively mild. The moist winds coming off the coast help to regulate the temperatures in the vineyards to ensure optimal growing conditions. Red grape varietals dominate the region with Bobal representing approximately 70% of the vines grown in the region. 

The Food: Paella with chorizo Grilled vegetable lasagna Manchego cheese 

Sweetness: Dry 

Body: Medium 

ABV: 13%

Cabernet Shiraz Montepulciano - release in March 2022

The Wine: A classic Australian blend with a twist. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are married with Montepulciano to create a complex and full-bodied wine. Dark fruits of blackberry and currant follow with notes of plum and preserved cherry. Firm but velvety tannins are met with a rich mouthfeel, with hints of black pepper, sweet red fruits, and baking spice. This is a playful blend bringing three classic varietals together, creating a wine with alluring texture and bold style. 

The Region: The Murray Darling region straddles the Murray River and covers a large area between northwest Victoria and western New South Wales. A hot and dry climate with extended hours of sunshine, low humidity and cool nights allows for the ideal ripening conditions. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz thrive in Australian soil producing some of the most iconic wines in the southern hemisphere. The region is now becoming known for alternative Italian varieties like Montepulciano because winemakers have realized those varietals perform extremely well in the warm climate. 

The Food: Grilled strip loin with a mushroom peppercorn sauce Garlic sauteed spinach Aged sharp cheddar 

Sweetness: Dry 

Body: Full 

ABV: 14%

Each kit is $185.95 at Curds and Wine.  Contact me to reserve yours today - very limited quantities will be available!


Winexpert Limited Edition 2022 Wine Kits

There's a reason the Winexpert Limited Edition™ collection is the most sought after craft winemaking kit. Every year this exceptional series explores the world's most distinguished wine growing regions, offering unique and exciting wines from classic varietals to exceptional blends. This annual showcase features hidden gems in limited quantities and is available by reservation only. It's a one-of-a-kind global adventure you don't want to miss.

PINOT NOIR SHIRAZ MURRAY DARLING, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 2022  $174.95

Well balanced with sour cherry and red fruit flavors, dark plum, blueberry and light spice. Juicy, vibrant, elegant and energetic with bright acidity. 

Sweetness: Dry Body: Medium Oak: Medium Alcohol: 13.5% 

MACABEO SAUVIGNON BLANC MANCHUELA, SPAIN - JANUARY 2022 $165.95

Complex and fresh with citrus, tropical fruit and white flower aromas. Green apple, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with accents of honeysuckle and grass. 

Sweetness: Dry Body: Medium Oak: None Alcohol: 13.0% 

MARSELAN LANGUEDOC, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 2022  $174.95

Flavors of blackberry, plum, black currant spice with well-rounded tannins. Smooth with balanced acidity. 

Sweetness: Dry Body: Medium-Full Oak: Medium Alcohol: 13.0%

TREBBIANO RIESLING PUGLIA & VENETO, ITALY - MARCH 2022  $165.95 

Lively and off-dry with flavors of yellow apple, white peach, melon and citrus. Fresh minerality. 

Sweetness: Off-Dry Body: Medium Oak: None Alcohol: 12.5% 

GRENACHE CARIGNAN MANCHUELA, SPAIN - APRIL 2022  $189.95

Black fruit, cherry, red berry, plum, spice, oak and licorice flavors. Rich velvety tannins with well-integrated oak and a long finish. 

Sweetness: Dry Body: Full Oak: Heavy Alcohol: 14.0%

Contact me to reserve yours today - very limited quantities will be available!


WE LE 2022




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 by appointment. I have basic supplies in stock, but out of stock wine kits will be available by request. I have some kits currently in stock, please contact me for my current inventory list or to request kits to preorder. 

I appreciate your patience and support during this time!