2013 Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes Seminar Series

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June 22, 2013 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Curds and Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

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Cost: $100 per person

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Educational     Wine    

Join us at Curds and Wine for a three-part seminar series introducing you to making wine from fresh grapes.  In these seminars, we will go through preparation for harvest, steps involved in making wine from fresh grapes, and finishing wine.  We will also demonstrate how to use equipment needed for winemaking.  The series of classes is $100/person for series of 3 classes, no refunds if any classes are missed.  This fee includes snacks and refreshments. 

Maximum 20 participants for these classes, you must be 21 or over to participate.  This course is a seminar series with live demonstrations, but we will not be making wine in this class; fresh grapes can be purchased separately and made at home.


Series of 3 classes:

Seminar #1: Preparation for harvest and fermentation, 1 - 3 pm
Choice of dates:  Saturday 6/8, 6/15, or 6/22


  • Optimal brix and TA at harvest
  •  Harvest day: Crushing/destemming, cold soak
  •  Equipment and supplies needed

Seminar #2: Finishing fermentations and pressing, 1 - 3 pm
Choice of dates:  Saturday 7/6, 7/13, or 7/20


  • Finishing primary; when to press and rack
  • Pressing wine: free run and press run, different methods, post-press steps
  • Secondary fermentations: initiating or preventing

Seminar #3: Aging, Fining, and more Aging, 1 - 3 pm
Choice of dates:  Saturday 8/3, 8/10, or 8/17


  • Carboys, flextanks, steel tanks, kegs, and barrels
  • Oak : hands-on oak trials
  • Clarifying wine:  hands-on fining tests, filtering
  • Blending
  • Bottling: bottles, corks, finishing, storing


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