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Temecula Winemaker Roundtable: Fun Facts About… Red Wine Blends

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Red wine blends are increasingly popular in the US, though they’ve long been the standard for regions as famous as Bordeaux, the Southern Rhone and Tuscany. Why? Because winemakers appreciate the flexibility and control blending allows; they are able fine tune the final wine to bring out the best of each variety and use them to balance each other. Like a meal made with one ingredient or a song that features only one instrument, single variety wines are sometimes less interesting and harmonious than blends.

Red wine blends may be labeled a variety of ways. Some popular blends you may see in Temecula include “Meritage” or “Super Tuscan” wines, but wineries frequently give their blends proprietary names, such as Monte de Oro’s Synergy 65, Callaway’s Calliope Red or Wilson Creek’s Double Dog Red.  This is a fun way of making the wine more identifiable, but it also signifies that the winery has truly created a wine that is theirs and theirs alone, since no two blends are exactly alike!

*See below for more Temecula red blends.

 

Here are five fun facts about red wine blends!

Facts courtesy of The Daily NewsWikipedia, Wine.LoveToKnow
  1. Bordeaux blends: Red Bordeaux blends are generally made from a combination primarily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot.  They also often include Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.
  2. A red Meritage is a Bordeaux-style wine made in California that is a combination of at least two of six varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carmenère.
  3. A Super Tuscan originally served as reference to an Italian viticulture region. While some Super Tuscans are single varietal, most are blends primarily containing Sangiovese or Merlot, some are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and some even more unusual blends which might include Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
  4. GSM is a classic combination of three grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) from the southern Rhone Valley.  It is also referred to as a Southern Rhone blend.
  5. Rhone blends from France’s Rhone Valley can contain up to 22 varieties.  As the US has only 12 of those varietals planted, New World wines are most often a combination Syrah and Viognier blended with Mourvèdre, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, and perhaps Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc and Petite Sirah.


 

Looking for a great Temecula Valley red wine blend?  Check these wines out!

 

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Temecula Valley Winery Events for March

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

World of Wine Passport Event is Saturday and Sunday March 2 & 3.  Buy your tickets now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Temecula Valley winery events for March include Easter brunch, women & wine craft night, 15K race, food truck Friday, live music and entertainment, happy hours, cooking class, spa and overnight packages! Scroll down for all the details.


Bel Vino Winery

Wedding Expo

Saturday, March 9; 12:00p-4:00p; $5 – Includes personalized wine tastings, displayed and tray passes hors d’oeuvres.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Callaway Budbreak Celebration at Vu
Saturday, March 16 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm; $95 per person plus tax and gratuity; $85.50 plus tax and gratuity, wine club members
Join us for our first chef & winemaker dinner of the year. Our Winemaker, Craig Larson, and Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef, Michael Henry are collaborating to bring you a truly exquisite and unique wine & culinary feast. Tickets include a sparkling wine reception with Winemaker Craig Larson, a five-course meal paired with Callaway wine, and a special gift to commemorate the dinner.

This dinner has very limited seating; reservations are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001

Women & #WineWednesdays

Wednesday, March 27th: That’s My Glass

6:00pm to 8:00pm; $27 per person plus tax; $25 per person/wine club plus tax
At this month’s “Women & Wine” event visit with friends, decorate your own wine glass with special paints, bling and feathers.

Need some wine time with your girlfriends? Join us the last Wednesday of every month in our Reserve Room for “Women & Wine Wednesday” Visit with old friends, mingle with new ones, sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers. Each gathering will have a unique theme or craft to make & take home!

Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001

Easter Brunch At Meritage at Callaway
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Seatings from 11:00am to 2:00pm. $42.95 per adult, $18.95 for children 5-11; children under 4 are free. RSVP today at 951-587-8889.

You’re invited to experience a festive Springtime brunch at Meritage at Callaway. Enjoy a special brunch menu filled with a delectable assortment of unique culinary dishes and a few traditional selections.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

St. Patrick’s Day 15k Race

Sunday, March 17 – 9:00a

Race through country roads and vineyards as you wind your way to the finish line and a glass of green champagne in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! 21+ race entry includes a champagne tasting and a signature glass to keep. Then, spend the afternoon celebrating the Irish way at Cougar Vineyard and Winery with all day specials for race participants.

Limited to 200 people, so register today! For more information and to order tickets, click here.

 

Danza Del Sol Winery

Live Music – 1:00p-5:00p

Saturday, March 2 Michael LeClerc | Sunday, March 3 JD Priest | Saturday, March 9 Jeff Johnson | Saturday, March 16 Two Fish | Saturday, March 23 Steroflux | Saturday, March 30 Nathan Rivera

Food Truck Friday

Friday, March 29th at the Club House – Slow Cal BBQ, Serving 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Missy Andersen Performing 7 – 9:45 pm

Pre-Sale Tickets $8 per Wine Club Member and guests* | $12 General Public. Day of Event Tickets $10 per Wine Club Member and guest*

Call 951-302-6363 for tickets and more information. Limited seating available. This is a ticketed event. Wine sales as per regular business pricing. No outside food or alcohol permitted. Only bottles purchased during event are permitted *Pricing includes first glass of wine, not to be used towards food purchases. ** no refunds for this event

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

5:30p-8:30p; Free admission

March 1 – Cougrzz Acoustic | March 8 – Nathan Rivera | March 15 – Waylon Hicks | March 22 – Alaina Blair | March 29 – Fandango

Sunday Entertainment

1:00p-4:00p; Free Admission

March 3 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic | March 10 – Matthew Fagan | March 17 – Jimmy Patton | March 24 – Geoff Ryle

Art Class in the Vineyards

Wednesday, March 13; 11:00a-2:00p; Monti Lad. Call 760-967-7658 for more information

St. Patrick’s Day Event

Sunday, March 17; 10:00a-4:00p; Dress like a Leprechaun and receive 10% off all purchases.  Best dressed will win a prize. Enjoy green Sangria and Fighting Irish Paninis

Musical Wine Dinner – France- “Moulin Rouge”

Thursday, March 23; 6:30p-9:00p; $79 per person, plus service charge and sales tax. Call 951-506-1818 for more information

“At the Cross” Ballet Performance

Sunday, March 24; 3:00p and 4:00p. Free Admission

Easter Picnic & Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 31; 11:00a-2:00p; $25 per person, adults | $15 per person, kids

Includes lunch, entertainment, Easter egg hunt, visit by Easter Bunny and jumpy for kids. For reservations please call 951-506-1818

 

Falkner Winery

Easter Brunch at Pinnacle Restaurant

Sunday, March 31. Seatings from 10:00a-3:30p; $49.95 per person, plus tax; $44.95 per person, plus tax, wine club members. Children 3-10 are $19 plus tax, wine club members, $15, plus tax. Children under 3, free. Special Easter gifts will be given to all children upon arrival.

The brunch will consist of multiple food stations and be available for reservations from 10am to 3:30pm.  All food will be prepared by their award winning “Best Chef”, Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and his excellent staff.  As the name implies, Champagne will be part of the meal along with other beverage options including discounted wine by the glass. Live entertainment will also be provided.

Reservations should be made by calling 951-676-8232 ext. 1 or online here

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour

Saturday, March 9; 5:00p-8:00p. Appetizers, wine specials and wine cocktail drink specials

 

Leoness Cellars

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd– “World of Wine”

Friday 8th – 1:00-4:00 PM – “Wine 101”

Our host Tony will take you through a comprehensive tour and tasting explaining in detail our Grape Growing, Harvest, and Wine Making processes .

Wine Club Members: $55 per person (for two people) | Public: $95 per person. RSVP at hosts@leonesscellars.com or 951.302.7601 ext. 125

Wednesday 20th – 10:00AM-12:00 PM – “Body & Vines”

Journey within the life of the vine, through vibrant movement of the body.  Then wind down with an alfresco pairing of our refreshing wines, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses.

Wine Club Members: $30 per person (for two  people) | Public $35 per person. RSVP at hosts@leonesscellars.com or 951.302.7601 ext. 125

 


Monte de Oro

Monte De Oro’s Black Label Winemakers Dinner

Saturday March 23, 2013. Reception 6:30 PM | Dinner 7:00 PM.

Wine Club Members $125 per person; Non- Members  $140 per person. Price per person includes one bottle of reserve wine!

You are cordially invited to join us for a very special, intimate evening with Monte De Oro’s Winemaker and Managing Member. While indulging in several sensational black label reserve wines and tempting barrel samples, delight your senses with an amazing five-course wine and food experience designed to surprise and captivate your epicurean senses!

For more information, please call 951-491-6551 or email info@montedeoro.com.


 

Mount Palomar Winery

Wine & Unwind Friday Nights

Friday, March 15; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music by Finite Wisdom (Dance and Classic Rock) RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

Friday, March 22; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music by Lifetime Rocker (Classic Rock) RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

Friday, March 29; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music. RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class

Friday, March 29; 6:00p-9:00p; $65.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations by e-mail at vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com

Come to Oak Mountain Winery for a night of wine, food and fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef Michael Cragg teaches you how to make a gourmet meal.  You will learn to make (hands on!) and then eat a four course meal paired with Oak Mountain wine.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Divas in D’vines
Happy Hour 12-4/Dinner 5:30-9 – Call 951-587-9463 or click here today.

Vintage Vantage Menu
Mondays-Thursdays 11:30-3pm. Specially priced lunches at a low $9.99 for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 or visit here

Happy Hour
Mondays-Fridays – 4-5:30pm – ½ price wines, draft beer and a wide array of appetizers. Call 951-587-9463 or click here

Prime Rib Dinner Special starting at just $30
Fridays-Sundays Call 951-587-9463 or visit http://www.wineresort.com today.

Champagne Easter Celebration @ South Coast Winery Resort & Spa — Sunday, March 31st. Gather up your family and join us at South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant on Easter Sunday for a magically delicious Champagne Brunch. They will be pulling out all the stops to serve up a brunch designed to dazzle all ages. Easter egg hunts for children will be held every hour beginning at 11 AM. Prices vary based on selection. Reserve today and mark this day extra special! Call (951) 587-9463 ext. 7237

Lemongrass Ritual at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa Weekdays in March.

Encounter the healing qualities of the ancient art of warm stones and chakra centers. This 50 minute spa ritual commences with a soothing massage with richly infused butters and oils of Thai Lemongrass and ginger. Relax as the back is massaged with warm stones. Continue this healing ritual with the warm stones placed on the chakras of the heart and body to rebalance, unwind and soothe mind, body and spirit. Leave with a keepsake of the soothing oil. No black out or weekend dates. Good through March 1st– March 31st 2013.
Special price $105—(regularly $146) a $41 savings per person. Call 951-587-9463 or click here. Mention booking code: Lemongrass

Romantic Runaway Wedding Package
March on in to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa this month and let our expert wedding and event planners turn your wedding into an unforgettable wedding fantasy.

Just add in up to 40 of your closest friends and family and $2,100 (INCLUSIVE) and your dream wedding becomes a reality! Call 951-587-9463 for details or click here for more details.

March Girlfriends’ Retreat Package

  • One night stay in a Deluxe Queen Villa for 4
  • Boxed Lunch to be delivered to your room for 4
  • Five Wine Tasting tickets for 4
  • Vino Vinyasa class for 4
  • Complimentary Demi Cabana for 4 – Demi cabana available 8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm. Vino Vinyasa class to be taken during time frame of cabana rental only.
  • Pre-Selected Bottle of Wine
  • MENTION CODE: GIRL-GE

Package Price: Sun – Thurs $ 479/night – That’s just $119.75 pp with 4. Fri – Sat $ 50/night additional. Call 951-587-9463 for details or click here for more details.

 


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World of Wine Preview: Tickets On Sale Now for VIP Winemaker Dinner, Vineyard Tour & Breakfast, Special Overnight & Shuttle Packages

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Temecula Valley’s first passport event of 2013 is just one week away!

WORLD OF WINE WEEKEND IS MARCH 2-3.

Southern California food and wine-lovers who are looking to bundle their event tickets with a special VIP experience, a shuttle service, an overnight stay – or all of the above! – can choose from several World of Wine packages.

*New VIP packages for 2013! Tickets are limited, reserve today.

 

Saturday, March 2: WoW Passport PLUS Thornton Winemaker Dinner
Join veteran winemaker, David Vergari and winery owner Steve Thornton for a scrumptious four-course dinner perfectly paired with Thornton wines.

$179 for World of Wine 2-Day Passport Ticket + Dinner
*  Amuse-bouche; served with NV Thornton Blanc de Noirs
*  Individual tapas plate: fennel salami, garlic shrimp cannellini bean salad, saffron aioli; served with Thornton 2011 Chardonnay
*  Slow-braised boneless beef short ribs, creamy soft white cheddar polenta and spring vegetable ragout with an Estate Syrah demi-glace; served with 2010 Thornton Estate Syrah
*  Old-fashioned strawberry shortcake with a Cherry Caramel Kiss wine reduction; served with a Caramel Cherry Kiss!

Sunday, March 3: WoW Passport PLUS Cougar Winery Vineyard Tour and Breakfast
Join Cougar Winery for a behind the scenes “Ground to Glass” vineyard and winemaking tour with continental breakfast.

$114 for World of Wine 2-Day Passport Ticket + Vineyard Tour and Breakfast
*  Check in time is 8:45am
*  Tour starts promptly at 9am
*  Includes a glass of Cougar bubbly and continental breakfast

 

 

 

World of Wine shuttle and overnight packages

WoW + Ride Transportation Package
    • WoW + Ride packages are from $59-$189.  
    • Event guests can leave the driving to the professionals during World of Wine Weekend! Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle offers several packages, which include: passport event tickets, pick-up / drop-off, shuttle service to 9-10 wineries per day, wine and food samples at each winery stop, map of Temecula Valley and a souvenir glass.
    • Grapeline shuttles pick up at all local hotels and at Pechanga Casino for day-trippers. Guests who book these packages get to skip the check-in process at the TVWA.
    • Got event tickets and just need a ride?  Grapeline offers a 2-day shuttle, Saturday shuttle and Sunday shuttle during WoW weekend
    • World of Wine two-day tickets are $99 per person, so the $199 Weekend Package is a savings of about $10 — plus the added convenience of the friendly shuttle service.
    • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book
WoW + Stay Overnight at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
    • Package offered on Sunday, March 3 only
    • Price: from $289
    • Overnight Stay in Luxury Deluxe Villa
    • Two World of Wine Passport Tickets (Sunday Tickets Only)
    • Complementary Pre-Selected Bottle of South Coast Wine
    • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book
WoW + Stay Overnight at Temecula Creek Inn
  • Package offered on Sunday, March 3 only
  • Price: from $218
  • 1-night stay at Temecula Creek Inn1-day Passport to World of Wine event for two
  • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book

 

Temecula Valley wine country is an idyllic, easily-accessible, year-round wine destination where visitors can experience premium winemaking in a warm, welcoming atmosphere along with fine dining, stunning scenery and exciting events. Temecula Valley is only a 60 – 90 minute drive from all major Southern California cities.

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Wine Country Recipe: Provencal Roasted Chicken

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Provencal Roasted Chicken Recipe

Courtesy of Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Roasted chicken is the perfect comfort food. It’s easy to cook and yields delicious results. If you have an extra ten minutes, go ahead and marinate the chicken before roasting. Use an organic chicken if possible. Not only are they raised humanely, but they taste better too. Roasted chicken will eat well with just about anything. From a green salad and baguette to grilled vegetables or a creamy risotto, there’s no shortage of creative combinations to complete your main course.

Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken 3-4 lbs
2 tbsp olive oil
4 oz soft butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Fresh herbs: lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaf, marjoram
4 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
1 lemon, halved

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 F. Rinse chicken under cold running water. Pat dry and place in a roasting pan, breast side up.

2) Pierce the inside of each thigh with the tip of a knife, then stud a clove of garlic into the hole.

3) Season the cavity of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Place the cut lemon, remaining garlic and ¾ of the herbs (stems can be intact) inside the chicken cavity.

4) Chop the remaining herbs; incorporate the herbs w/ the butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, then rub over outside of the chicken and under the skin.

5) Tie the legs together to ensure that the bird cooks evenly.

6) Roast until the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees when meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, approximately 1 hour; cooking time will vary depending on your oven and size of the chicken.

7) Baste bird with the pan drippings every 15 minutes or so.

8) After the chicken is fully cooked, place on a platter to let rest for about 7-8 minutes.

9) For a quick sauce, deglaze the roasting pan with a generous splash of Callaway white wine and 2 cups of chicken broth or water. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan with a spatula to loosen the browned bits, then cook over medium-low heat until reduced by half. Slice or segment chicken and spoon sauce over to serve.

Suggested Wine Pairings: Callaway 2009 Special Selection Dolcetto & Callaway 2010 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Enjoy!

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Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association x Dress-Lace.com Show Stopper Maxi Lace Dress

Monday, February 18th, 2013

If you like show stopping dresses and love the Lady Gaga look, then look no further than this Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association x http://www.dress-lace.com show stopper maxi lace dress, one that has a long flowing skirt, but with a sheer mesh overlay design. The bodice is also very sexy and avant-garde, as it is a plunge bandeau neckline that goes past your breasts to the sternum. The lace trim scalloped hem is also a gothic look that will make a grand entrance. This dress fits tight and is definitely going to grab attention from everyone in the room. Hand washable only.

Some features of this show stopper maxi lace dress include:
Deep plunge neckline
Empire seam
Open back with zip closure
Machine wash
76% Viscose, 21% Nylon, 3% Elastane

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Miramonte Winery

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Miramonte Winery

 

The Story

Miramonte Winery is the passion project of Cane Vanderhoof, whose entrepreneurial spirit and love of wine led him to found this Temecula Valley winery in 2000. Located among the wineries on Rancho California Road, Miramonte is perched on a stunning hilltop overlooking the valley. The contemporary-chic tasting room, expansive patio and garden verandas offer an elegant and peaceful way to experience Southern California’s wine country.

Miramonte Winery is a dog-friendly winery, so bring your four-legged friends! And if wine tasting is not enough, sample one of the winery’s fabulous Food Boards (more details below) or enjoy live music entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10pm.

 

 

The Wines

Miramonte specializes in wines made from Rhone grape varieties, including their Provence-style Grenache rosé and Estate Syrah. Visitors can also look forward to sipping favorites like Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. Check out the Miramonte wine store here!

Miramonte Wines

Miramonte Wine

All of Miramonte’s wines are handcrafted by seasoned winemaker, Reinhard Schlassa, whose pedigree includes a lengthy stint at Oregon’s renowned Argyle Winery, where he made sparkling wines in the Methode Champenois style. UC Davis educated, he has made wine with many icons of the industry, on three continents, over a span of two decades.

The Miramonte vineyards are sustainably managed. Taking into account the climate and the soil, the team at Miramonte has chosen a natural approach to farming in order to protect the land and sustain the amazing cycle of life that exists in the vineyard.

Click here for more info on Miramonte Winery Wine Club!

 

Wine Tasting

Tastings are $12 for 6 tastes Monday through Friday, and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Bottled wines are $15-$40. Wines by the glass are $5-$12.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Miramonte offers chef-prepared artisan cheese, charcuterie and Mediterranean food boards for $15-$25.

When to Visit

Generally speaking, Monday through Thursday can be a quieter tasting experience with plenty of personal attention from the staff. If you’re looking for a little more energy, consider visiting Friday through Sunday. Peak hours are 2-6pm.

The Ultimate Winery Tour

Miramonte Winery tours take guests through the vineyard, the crush pad and the barrel cellar, offering VIP access to the incredible property. Tours are approximately 30 minutes, followed by a private, beautifully-appointed wine tasting on the amazing Starlight Veranda.

Monday thru Friday, $20

Wine tasting included
Available 12-5 PM, by appointment only.

Saturday & Sunday, $25

Wine tasting included
Regular Tours 12 PM & 2 PM, reservations required.

Tours Phone: (951) 506-5500 #108
Tours Email: tours@miramontewinery.com
*Private tours subject to available time slots.
 
Miramonte Winery Address:  33410 Rancho California Rd Temecula, CA 92591-4928
Phone #: (951) 506-5500
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday; 11am – 6pm. Friday & Saturday; 11am – 10pm
Website: miramontewinery.com

 

Miramonte Winery, Temecula Valley

 

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