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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Open by Appointment Only
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!