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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Monte de Oro

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

The Story

“Vines, Wine, Peo­ple” – that was the prin­ci­ple when a group of wine-loving investors from across Amer­ica, South Africa and the United King­dom got together to found Monte De Oro Win­ery in 2002. This beautiful Rancho California winery and vineyard uses a com­bi­na­tion of 21st cen­tutry inno­va­tion and centuries-old tra­di­tion in an environmentally-responsible approach to grow­ing its grapes and mak­ing qual­ity Temecula wine.

 

The Wines

Monte de Oro produces wines true to the vari­etal and regional characteristics of Temecula Valley. The winery grows more than a dozen different grape varietals, including Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot, Viog­nier, Zin­fan­del, Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay, Sauvi­gnon Blanc, and Mus­cat Canelli; along with Tem­pranillo, Petite Ver­dot, Mal­bec, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Mourve­dre, and Cinsault.

Monte de Oro owns and operates four Temecula vineyards: Vista del Monte, DePortola, Galway and a newer forth vineyard. In all, Monte De Oro Win­ery has a total of 72 acres of vine­yards and are proud to harvest estate-grown grapes for wine production.

Sixty-six per­cent of Monte De Oro’s grapes are red and thirty-four percent white. This pro­vides a broad array of qual­ity wines for Monte De Oro Win­ery while also reflect­ing the founding group’s per­sonal wine preference.

To learn more about Monte de Oro wines, visit the online wine store here.

 

Sustainable Grape-Growing

Monte De Oro is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able grape-growing and wine-making, from the vineyards to the winery facility. Instead of rely­ing on the high energy con­sump­tion required for an above-ground wine bar­rel facil­ity, Monte De Oro exca­vated a 9,000 sq. ft. base­ment below ground, to uti­lize the nat­ural envi­ron­ment and aes­thet­ics of the build­ing struc­ture in order to main­tain a proper, con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture and con­stant humid­ity. This dra­mat­i­cally reduces the need for elec­tric­ity needed in an above-ground facility.

To cap­i­tal­ize on the sunny locale, Monte De Oro has also made plans to incor­po­rate into its site design (park­ing lot and even­tual crush pad) instal­la­tion of solar pan­els to allow for solar-generated elec­tric­ity in the near future.

 

The Tasting Room

The tasting room at Monte de Oro has a sophis­ti­cated and ele­gant ambiance. Visitors can enjoy the view of the bar­rel cel­lar from above through the glass-floored tast­ing room; and the 180 degree panoramic view of Temec­ula Wine Coun­try from the out­side patio.

Stan­dard Tast­ing — 6 Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $12
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $14

Black Label Tast­ing — 6 Stan­dard Tastes plus 3 Black Label Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $18
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $20

The tast­ing room is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm. For more information on tastings and tours, click here.

 

Events

Monte de Oro Winery always offers unique and exciting winery events! Click here for their full events calendar.

 

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Get to Know… Baily Winery

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story

Baily Winery is one of Temecula’s oldest wineries, founded in 1986. Owner and winemaker Phil Baily has produced hand-crafted premium vintage wines for over 25 years, and all made from grapes grown on his property in the Temecula Valley.  Their wine-making philosophy is simple: Baily makes wines that they personally like to drink. Their grapes grow on 28 acres of land across four different locations in Temecula Valley.

The Wines

Baily makes and sells all the Temecula Valley favorites including Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and plenty of classic red blends, such as Meritage. For the full list of Baily wines, visit the wine store.

 

The Vineyards

Mother’s Vineyard

The first acre of Mother’s Vineyard was planted by the Baily family on Mother’s Day in 1982. Expanded in 1983, it now comprises five and one-half acres, all planted to the Riesling variety. The grapes have the classic apricot flavor prized in Riesling.

Berenda Vineyard

Planted primarily to Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon (five and one-half acres), Cabernet Franc (two acres), Merlot (two acres), Sauvignon Blanc (two acres) and Semillon (one acre), this vineyard was planted in 1968 and purchased by the Baily family in 1994. In 2005, one and one-half acres of Malbec and two and one-half acres of Sangiovese were planted.

La Serena Vineyard

Comprised of one and one-half acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Sauvignon Blanc, these grapevines are the ones you see at the visitor center. Grown on sandy/clay soil, they produce wines with exceptionally fruity varietal aromas.

Los Amantes Vineyard

Planted by Phil & Carol’s son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Kim, this vineyard has two acres of Chardonnay and two acres of Muscat Blanc. The soil is decomposed granite and well-drained, producing grapes with intense varietal aroma.

 

The Tasting Room

  • 33440 La Serena Way (Corner of Rancho California Road) in the heart of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.
  • Open from 11 to 5 daily, 10 to 5 on Saturdays
  • Call 951-676-WINE (9463)
  • $10 per person weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays
  • Taste any 6 different wines, (no restrictions) – click here for the tasting menu.

 

New! Private Estate Club Tasting

Private tasting experiences for up to 12 people are now available at the new exclusive Estate Club located at the production facility, hosted by owner and winemaker Phil Baily. This appointment-only experience features a library tasting with personal attention conducted in a beautifully appointed, intimate setting.  Included is a tour of the production facility at one of the few wineries in this Region where every bottle of wine is estate grown and bottled.

Appointment Only – call 951.676.9463 for availability.
Price $40 per person. Payment is due in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. No shared tastings.

 

Carol’s Restaurant

Carol’s is a much-loved wine country restaurant located on the Baily winery property.  The perfect lunch spot in wine country, Carol’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating.  Recently, they have introduced a full dinner menu, available on Saturday evenings. If you’re a dog-lover, be sure to stop by every Sunday for Carol’s “Dog Day Sundays” to enjoy live music and special treats.

Open for lunch Thursday & Friday, 11am-2:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm | Open Saturday nights for dinner from 5-8:30pm

Lunch menu | Dinner menu

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Oak Mountain Winery

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Story

Located on the De Portola Trail in Temecula Valley, Oak Mountain Winery has one of the best views in wine country!  Sip al fresco on the Vista Pavilion and take in the picturesque hillsides of vineyards and surrounding mountains. Owners Steve and Valerie Andrews are at Oak Mountain almost every weekend pouring wine for their visitors.

In addition to a beautiful outdoor pavilion, large tasting room and rolling vineyards, the Andrews are currently building an underground wine cave! Wine caves naturally provide both high humidity and cool temperatures, ideal for storing and aging. Construction of the 10,000 sq ft cave is set to be complete in December.

 

The Wines

Oak Mountain’s hillside vineyards are planted to the classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. They have also slipped in some unique varietals, such as Counoise.

Oak Mountain’s best sellers include 2010 Estate Sangiovese Brunello, Raspberry Champagne, 2010 For Pete’s Sake Red and 2008 Petite Verdot.

For the full list of Oak Mountain wines, click here.

The Tasting Room

The tasting room and barrel room are both open 11am-5pm, daily.  The festive gift shop features locally grown and hand-crafted avocado oils and balsamic vinegars; many flavors are available for purchase online here.

Address:
36522 Via Verde
Temecula, CA. 92592
Phone: 951-699-9102

Wine Tasting Classes

Oak Mountain proudly offers a fun line-up of wine tasting classes, including:

  • Champagne 101 Class
  • Wine Blending Class
  • Wine Class for Dummies
  • Rhone Wine Class
  • Bordeaux Wine Class

Reservations required for all classes. Please contact Patty, Oak Mountain Winery Sommelier at 951-880-8840 or 951-699-9102 or email: events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Events

In addition to offering weddings and classes, Oak Mountain offers live music every weekend in the Vista Pavilion – check out the events calendar for all the details!

Upcoming Events

  • July 27th, 6-9p: Enjoy live music and wine by the glass or bottle
  • Doggie Date Night – Saturday, August 24th, 6-9p | Club Members: $35 | Non Members: $40 | Non ticketed guests $10 cover charge includes admittance and one glass of wine and live music plus dinner for your canine companion by Dog Park Café: Choice of dog park chicken pot pie or hot doggie in a blanket
    Human dinner by Rusticos: caesar salad, chicken picatta, macaroni & cheese, garlic bread | accompanied by one glass of wine
    A portion of the sales will be donated to Cause For Paws 501c3 non-profit
    Reservations required: please call, 951-699-9102
  • Woofs & Purrs in the Vines – October 13th, 12-4p | Help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions. We are Cause For Paws, a 501C3 non-profit group dedicated to helping animals with diabetes. Admission $35 donation | receive a logo glass with one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music

 

Come join us for some fun!

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Vindemia Vineyard & Winery

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Story

Vindemia is a family-owned and operated winery, beautifully nestled on a Temecula hillside with the perfect blend of European style and Southern California casual. Visitors who venture through the valley-less-travelled on Calle Contento will find an estate with  spectacular views, masterful gardens, and a comfortable setting that all combine to create an unparalleled retreat.

Owners David and Gail Bradley have a unique perspective of their vineyard and the Temecula Valley – a view from above. Their company, California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures, offers a beautiful sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Temecula Wine Country. They also host guests in their bed & breakfast, La Vindemia.

 

The Wines

The winery produces handcrafted wines that comprise some of the best varietals grown in the Temecula Valley. Favorites include Vindemia’s popular “More Cow Bell” Zinfandel blend, as well as their Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux-style blend, Viognier, Rosé, and Syrah. Vindemia also has 100 olive trees, which the Bradley family harvests and presses for fresh, delicious olive oil. The wine and olive oil are available for sale to the public only at Vindemia Estate Winery.

New this month! Vindemia just released their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, priced at $20/bottle, and their 2012 Reggatta de Blanc Viognier Blend, available for $24/bottle.  They will be releasing their much-anticipated 2012 “More Cowbell” Zinfandel in July.

For a list of Vindemia’s current wine selections, click here.

 

Tasting Room

The Vindemia tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 11am-5pm. This off-the-beaten-path winery is located at 33133 Vista Del Monte Rd. Temecula, CA 92591.

At the top of each hour, visitors are invited to learn more about winemaking by exploring the vineyards or taking a tour with the winemakers.

Contact the winery directly at www.vindemia.com; or call 951-699-0601.

 

Vindemia is excited to share the plans for their new winery building, currently in its initial planning stages.

 

Latest news from Vindemia winery owner, Gail Bradley:

“We recently purchased an awesome new tractor and are running an Instagram/Facebook contest for anyone that wants to come visit our tasting room. We pay tribute to our “More Cowbell” wine on the tractor.  They just need to come by take a picture with the tractor and in the caption explain why they need more cowbell with the hashtags #Vindemia and #MoreCowbell. The winner gets a case of our infamous 2012 More Cowbell.”

 Stop by Vindemia Vineyard & Winery today!

 

 

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Get to Know… South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The Story

Owner Jim Carter

In the mid-90s, inspired by the movie “A Walk in the Clouds,” entrepreneur and developer, Jim Carter, fell in love with Temecula Valley and opened South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. South Coast has grown into the largest and one of the most celebrated wineries in all of Southern California and is now celebrating a decade of success this June 2013!

To mark this occasion, South Coast Winery has many special 10–year activities planned throughout the summer, including luxurious getaway and entertainment offerings at the resort. In addition, the popular winery is offering a limited-release, 10-year anniversary wine that will include an artisanal blend of the “best of the best” red varietals grown on the winery’s 600+ acres of sustainable Southern California vineyards.

10-year anniversary festivities will culminate on June 29, 2013, as Go Country 105 FM shines the country music spotlight on South Coast Winery for an After-Party Concert, with top contenders from this summer’s nationwide Texaco Country Music Showdown Competition. Tickets are on sale now at WineResort.com.

The Wines

Offering an incredible selection of wines from unique sparkling rosés to red blends and everything in between, South Coast’s award-winning lineup is always impressive. From its deep, dark reds to crisp whites, a visit to this Rancho California Road winery pleases all wine enthusiasts. Looking for a perfect June bottle? Try everyone’s favorite summer sipper, NV South Coast Winery California Girl White Table Wine.

Shop South Coast’s online wine store here!

Winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores

Tasting Room & Winery

The tasting room is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm. Visit Monday – Friday for $5 off the weekend tasting flight — it’s just $15 for 5 tastes, souvenir wine glass included ($20 on weekends). Check out Happy Hour food and drink specials, too!

More tasting room info available here!

 

Grapeseed Spa

Open seven days a week, The Grapeseed Spa at South Coast is the only full-service spa in Temecula Valley wine country. Offering innovative wine-based treatments, spa cuisine, state-of-the-art fitness center, private and group yoga + wine classes and couples treatments, The Grapeseed Spa is legendary. Learn more here or call 951-587-9463 to book an appointment.

 

Vineyard Rose Restaurant

The Vineyard Rose Restaurant is one of the only fine dining restaurants in wine country, offering the freshest locally-grown ingredients and paired with South Coast’s award-winning wines. The elegant Tuscan-inspired dining room, bar and terrace create the perfect setting for any occasion. Learn more here or call 866-994-6379

Check out exclusive shots below of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s new three-storey all-suite hotel! Just opened in March 2013, this boutique property features 50 spacious guest suites, offering up to 850 square feet of wine country luxury. Each suite comes complete with a fireplace, soothing tub, and peaceful lanai deck nestled amongst the vineyards.

New hotel!

Opened March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Temecula Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Wilson Creek Winery

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Story

When the Wilson family acquired a 20-acre Temecula vineyard in 1996, their intentions were simply to build a family business producing great Temecula wines. 17 years later, Wilson Creek Winery is among the top-visited Temecula Valley wineries and the entire Wilson family can still be found on property every day welcoming loyal visitors and newcomers alike.  Winery guests feel the warm energy and personal touch of Wilson Creek the moment they step into the expansive tasting room or sit down for a great wine country meal at The Creekside Grille restaurant. Meet the whole Wilson family here!

Wilson Creek offers locally-sourced California cuisine at their al fresco restaurant. Their picturesque property features an outdoor pavilion, gazebo and beautiful picnic spots overlooking the vineyards. Inside the winery, guests can browse the charming gift shop and visitor center. Wilson Creek is also known for hosting dreamy wine country weddings and fabulous special events.

The Wines

“Great winemakers, much like great chefs, have a vision for the taste, smell, and ultimately the enjoyment of delicious wine.” says Etienne Cowper, Wilson Creek’s master winemaker, resident enologist and all-around wine expert.

Etienne is involved in the entire winery process from planting to picking. He has over 25 years of history in making award-winning wines, including a 16-year stretch at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula; in addition, he’s worked with La Vina Winery in New Mexico and honed his expertise alongside famous Napa Valley winemaker, Jed Steel from Kendall Jackson Winery. Southern California wine enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by and meet Etienne—he always loves to chat about Wilson Creek wines.

Wilson Creek’s Almond Champagne is perhaps the best known of the wines offered by this Temecula winery, but they also boast dozens of unique and popular wines for taste and purchase, from sauvignon blanc and viognier to zinfandel and port. Shop all Wilson Creek wines here.

Looking to buy Wilson Creek wines at a store or restaurant venue outside of Temecula? Click here. And be sure to check out Wilson Creek’s Wine Club, which offers VIP privileges all year round.

The Tasting Room

The tasting room is open from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Tasting fee is $15 per person weekdays and $20 per person Saturday, Sunday & holidays.

Wine tasting tours are $20; available weekends only. Wine club members taste free along with 3 guests. Join today.

Click here for a 2-for-1 Wilson Creek tasting coupon.

The Winery Restaurant – Creekside Grille

One of the best al fresco restaurants in Temecula Valley wine country is The Creekside Grille.

Restaurant hours: Monday-Friday, 11am – 4 pm | Saturday; 11am -5 pm | Sunday; 10am – 3pm. Open 7 days a week.

The Creekside Grille menu changes every season – take a look! All Wilson Creek wines are offered during dining, a perfect opportunity to do some customized wine and food pairing with friends and family.

New! Bubble Brunch Buffet – every Sunday from 10am-2pm at The Creekside Grille. Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations. Buffet Prices: $29.95 per person • $26.95 Wine Club; Children 3 – 12: $12.95 | Buffet and Unlimited Champagne: $37.95 per person • $34.15 Wine Club

For reservations call: 951.693.9463 or visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/restaurant

Events

May 10 – Pato Banton Reggae Concert
June 9 – Cigar Night
June 14 – Michael Lington & Bill Champlin Jazz Concert
July 21 – Gloriana Country Concert
August 23 – Parrotheads – jimmy buffet tribute concert
See Full Events Calendar

Latest News!

New Spring Menu
Expansion in tasting room
New Sparkling Sangria
 
Wilson Creek Winery address:
35960 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
951.699.WINE (9463) | info@wilsoncreekwinery.com
 
 
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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Story

Located off the beaten path on Barksdale Circle, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing handcrafted wines from estate-grown grapes that proprietor Nick Palumbo believes are ideally suited to Temecula Valley. The 13-acre family-run winery is often described as “boutique,” but Nick favors the term “artisanal” to describe the involvement and passion that goes into their daily operations, from the vineyards to the tasting room.

 

The Wines

For Nick – a grape grower and winemaker who is both an artist and a cultivator – it’s all about the wine… beginning with the vineyards. The family’s 13 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese; they recently planted a block of Viognier and Syrah on a neighboring property to expand their wine portfolio.

Specializing in full-bodied reds, Palumbo winery offers both single-varietal bottlings as well as a few special blends, like the popular Meritage, “Tre Fratelli” and the Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, which help round out the wine list and showcase the versatility and depth of quality for which Palumbo wines are known.  “I believe there are only two basic ingredients in making fine wines: the fruit itself and the barrel it’s aged in,” Nick is fond of saying.

Nick and his wife-and-partner-in-crime, Cindy, live on the winery property, which makes their vineyards as much a part of the family as their four children. This intimacy with their vineyards has given the pair a “sixth sense” that enables them to intuit what the vines need, how the fruit is developing, and what will ultimately be required in the cellar to produce stellar wines. The family is also invested in their estate for the long haul, practicing sustainable farming as a member of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, which they believe will protect the viability of their vineyards for generations to come.

Click here for the tasting room wine line-up!

 

The Tasting Room

Tasting Room Hours: Open daily from 11am – 5pm

Tasting Options: Standard Tasting $10 | Includes 5 wines

Mini-Tour and Tasting $25
Get out of the tasting room and into the cellar to learn what makes Palumbo winery so special. A member of the Palumbo family will guide you through the “Dirt to Bottle” process touching on all aspects of production, from their sustainable farming practices to the art of hands-on winemaking. Standard tasting and logo glass included. Tours available by appointment.

Barrel Tasting, Tour and Lunch with the Winemaker $125
This VIP tasting experience is the ultimate way to discover the stylistic influence of winemaker, Nick Palumbo, as well as the natural influence of Temecula Valley terroir. Guests will be taken on a tour of the estate vineyards followed by a private barrel tasting. To top off the experience, guests will enjoy a special wine pairing and gourmet picnic lunch with Nick on the Palumbo patio overlooking the vineyard. Four-person minimum with 48-hours advance reservation required.

 
Palumbo Family Vineyards address and contact information:
40150 Barksdale Circle Temecula, CA 92591 | 951.676.7900
info@palumbowines.com | wineclub@palumbowines.com

 

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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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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The Story

Cougar Vineyard & Winery is one of Temecula Valley’s smaller boutique wineries, producing approximately 4500 cases per year. Owners and winemakers Rick & Jennifer Buffington are passionate wine-lovers; they have been making wine for 20 years and are known for their hands-on approach to every aspect of the winery operations.

Italian varietals are Cougar’s specialty.  In addition to unique wines and fun-loving staff, this popular wine tasting stop also hosts cool events and boasts a devoted wine club following.

Cougar Winery & Vineyard, Temecula Valley

The Wines

Cougar produces reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines so there’s a wine to suit every palate. Rick & Jennifer love to introduce rare and unique Mediterranean grapes to the Temecula wine scene. Cougar proudly offers lesser-known Italian varietals like Vermentino, Montepulciano and Brachetto. The latter was just recognized as a grape varietal in the United States and Cougar Vineyards is one of only two commercial wineries that are growing it. Visit Cougar’s wine store here!

Cougar Wines from Temecula Valley, CA

 

Wine Tasting

The Cougar Winery tasting room is open 7 days a week from 11-6pm.

Tasting Room Pricing:

  • $10 for 6 tastes
  • $15 for 6 tastes + logo glass
  • $22 for 6 reds-only tastes (available Friday-Sunday)

 

Vineyard tours and wine production tours are available Friday-Monday. Call to reserve your spot at 951-491-0825 or visit www.cougarvineyards.com.

Cougar Winery & Vineyards address: 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592

 

Exciting news for spring 2013!

Cougar Winery announces their new tasting room and eatery, Sangio’s Deli – opening in early spring 2013! The addition of another food stop on De Portola Road promises to provide hungry wine-lovers with even more options to fill up between sips.

Get the latest news by visiting the Cougar blog. Make sure to say hi to black labs Monte and Mocha on your next visit to Cougar Winery & Vineyards!

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Cougar Winery Olive Tree, Temecula Valley

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Baily Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Story

Baily Vineyard & Winery was established in 1986 by Phil and Carol Baily with the goal of producing excellent wine from their own grapes to be sold primarily out of the winery. Specializing in Bordeaux varietals, Phil and Carol handle all aspects of the winery, from vineyard maintenance to customized blending to creating the delicious menu at their popular restaurant.

The Wines

The Bailys have been making wine in Temecula Valley for 26 years. They are proud to be an estate-bottled winery, which means that all the grapes are grown in the same vineyard and made by the same winemaker – Phil himself! Baily wines offer a depth and consistency that appeal to the advanced wine enthusiast. A trip to the tasting room gives visitors a chance to try all their favorite varietals – from Chardonnay and Riesling to Cabernet and Merlot; plus some fantastic blends! Meritage is their flagship blend and features Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Fans of white blends should be sure to taste the Montage.

Check out their wine store here!

Wine Tasting

  • Open from 11 to 5 daily, 10 to 5 on Saturdays
  • $10 per person – weekdays, weekends and holidays
  • Taste any 6 different wines (no restrictions)

 

New! Private Library Wine Tasting

Baily Winery now offers private tastings for up to 12 people at the exclusive Estate Club located on Pauba Road. This VIP experience features a vertical tasting and private tour of the winemaking facility. Private tastings are personally hosted by Phil Baily. Baily is one of the few Temecula wineries that has built an inventory of vintages dating back to 2003. Vertical tastings highlight the changes in a particular grape over time.  Currently, Baily Winery vertical tastings feature 5 years of Merlot, 5 years of Cabernet, and 5 years of their Meritage blend.

Private tastings are by appointment only.  Please call 951.676.9463 for availability.
Introductory price is $25 (reg $40.) Please see website for more details.

Carol’s Restaurant

A popular stop for lunch, Carol’s Restaurant offers delicious California and Mediterranean fare.

Open Thur & Fri 11:30-2pm; Sat & Sun 11:30-3pm. Al fresco dining is available. For reservations, please call 951-676-9243.

Baily Winery address & phone number: 33440 La Serena Way (Corner of Rancho California Road) | 951-676-WINE (9463) | www.bailywinery.com

 

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