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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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Holiday Wines Guide

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Now that the holiday season has arrived, serve your guests the best bottles from Temecula Wine Country.  This season, Inland Empire residents can support their So Cal community by shopping for their holiday meals locally and serving wine from the vineyards in their own backyard!

WINE GUIDE

Sparkling for cocktail hour:

  • Danza Del SolBlanc de Blanc Chardonnay, $28.95 – A deliciously dry brut, made in the Mèthode Champenoise method.  Hand your guests a glass as they walk in the door and they’ll look forward to a festive evening!
  • Thornton WineryNV Cuvee Rouge, $26 – A uniquely creative Cuvee that brings Syrah and Grenache together, with each variety partially fermented on the skins to develop color, then quickly pressed before the wines became too tannic or over-extracted. The result is a sparkling with a beautiful ruby color and a bouquet bursting with aromas of strawberry, plum and raspberry.
  • Wilson Creek WineryAlmond Champagne, $16.95 – This always-popular sparkler is lovely on it’s own and mixes well with that gourmet cheese and fruit plate.

Light starts for soups & salads:

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery2009 Viogner “Buon Vicino”, $18 is a unique white wine choice that will get your guests talking.  Bright honey and    floral nose with a huge, soft mouth feel and a truly crisp, dry finish with hints of mineral and stone.
  • Miramonte Winery2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley, Huis Vineyard, $24.95 boasts wild flower and cut grass aromas, fresh lime, orange, and red grapefruit flavors. Crisp, lean, and well-structured, everyone appreciates the perfect Sav Blanc to accompany their fall salad.
  • Stuart Cellars Winery2006 Malbec, $35 – This tasty drinkable red will prepare the palate for the heartier main course.  The nose has distinct fruity aromas of blueberry, lingonberry, strawberry, and red roses.  Heralded as the national grape of Argentina, Stuart is one of few Temecula wineries that grow this trendy varietal.

Bold main courses:

  • Hart Winery2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Ridge Vineyard, $36 – This full-bodied, intensely flavored wine was produced from a unique vineyard in the Temecula AVA, sited on a 2400-foot elevation ridge nearly within view of the Pacific Ocean; swept by cooling ocean breezes, with red volcanic soils from which thousands of volcanic rocks were removed before planting. Structured for lengthy aging and backed with European oak, this is truly a benchmark Cabernet.  Very limited: only 123 cases were bottled!  Silver Medal, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.
  • Mount Palomar WineryCastelletto 2006 Sangiovese, $24 – Aged in a mixture of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 28 months.  Full-bodied, yet doesn’t get in the way of your rich entree.
  • Ponte Family Estate2006 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel Magnum, $39.95 -This scrumptious Zin is full of blackberry and currant flavors, perfect for enjoying with holiday fare such as prime rib and baked ham.  Plus, the Magnum size is always impressive for entertaining!

Dessert-worthy picks:

  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery2009 Special Selection Muscat Canelli, $18, Round out your holiday meal with a luscious, tropical fruit salad.  Pineapple, melon, jasmine, and cherry blossom lead to the silken palate of mango, kumquat, blood orange and earthy allspice.
  • Keyways Vineyard & WinerySimply Roussanne 2009, $26 – Refresh the palate with this off-dry white made with 100% Roussanne grapes.  It retains the similar rich and delicate flavors characteristic of this French grape, but with a creamier texture and a mellow sweetness that compliments Grandma’s pumpkin pie just right.
  • Robert Renzoni VineyardsParadiso Port, $48 – a perfect pairing with chocolate anything!  Aged in small French oak barrels for thirty-six months, this Italian port offers a silky, rich finish. The elegant black bottle affixed with the Renzoni family crest makes a beautiful holiday gift for that special wine-lover.

FOOD TIPS

Your one-stop (outdoor) shop:

Temecula Farmer’s Market:
Corner of 6th & Front St. in Old Town Temecula
Phone: 760-728-7343
Sat: 8:00am-12:30pm

Have the farm come to you! Sign-up to get a big bag of produce to pick-up at convenient local spots:

Inland Empire CSA
http://www.inlandempirecsa.com/

Support your family-owned artisanal market, while they support the local agriculture:

Delaneys Hundred Mile Market
http://delaneyshundredmilemarket.blogspot.com/

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