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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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Win $4000 in Cash + Prizes – Enter Temecula Valley’s Video Contest!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Are you a SoCal wine-lover who loves making videos for fun?  Why not turn that fun into profit?  For the first time ever, Temecula Valley is launching a summer-long Video Contest!  Amateur and pro filmmakers alike are invited to submit a short video demonstrating that “Temecula Valley is Southern California’s wine country.”  The grand prize is worth $4,000 and includes a wine country weekend for two, plus $2500 in cash!

Contest entry period is Friday, June 1 to Friday, August 31, 2012.

So grab your iPhone, FlipCam or old fashioned video camera and head to Temecula for a weekend of wine tasting and shooting; or if you can’t visit this summer, we’ve created an album of photos that you can use to create your video on iMovie, Adobe or an easy online editor like VideoToolBox.com!

The videos themes are as follows —

  • Temecula Valley wine country is the only major wine region in Southern California
  • Temecula Valley is an easy 60-90 minute drive from SoCal’s major metropolitan areas (Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Orange County and the Inland Empire)
  • Temecula Valley is a fun, must-see destination with 35 wineries, 12 winery restaurants, great hotels and lodging, and stunning vineyards surrounded by mountains
  • Temecula Valley is home to a wide variety of award-winning wines for any palate

Participants can find complete contest rules and instructions at www.TemeculaWines.org/VideoContest beginning June 1, 2012. Video submissions must be original work and can use still images from TVWA’s online image archive, found at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzzuCUC.

Voting takes place September 1-30, 2012. Online voting will determine the top five finalists; participants can share their entries via Facebook and Twitter to encourage friends and family to vote for them a maximum of once per day throughout the voting period. The grand prize winner and runner-up will be determined by a panel of TVWA marketing experts. Winners will be announced October 1, 2012. Prizes are as follows:

  • Runner-up – Two tickets to the 2012 Harvest Celebration Weekend, plus dinner for two at Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Winery.
  • Honorable Mention – Three honorable mention winners will receive a pair of tickets to the 2012 Harvest Celebration Weekend.
Transportation is not included except as indicated; non-cash prizes are not redeemable for cash.

We’re looking for fun and enthusiasm more than perfection – so, don’t be shy!   YOU could be the lucky winner of this incredible opportunity!  Please share this post with your friends!  Have fun and good luck!

 

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Winemaker’s Rountable: Five Facts About… Pinot Grigio

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sometimes spritzy, always easy, Pinot Grigio is certainly a favorite white wine for spring. With its warm days and cool nights, Temecula is an ideal spot to grow Pinot Grigio, which requires plenty of sunshine to develop the vibrant apple and melon flavors for which it is known. And everyone enjoys drinking it, especially when paired with a chunk of aged Gouda cheese, Marcona almonds and dried apricots, a grilled salmon salad with a healthy squeeze of lemon, or a nice bowl of penne tossed with spring vegetables and butter.

Below are five fun facts on this Old World varietal, plus some suggestions on where to pick up an affordable bottle at one of your local Temecucla Valley wineries.

  1. Pinot Gris (French) and Pinot Grigio (Italian) refer same grape – just different countries and different styles.
  2. Very closely related to the Pinot Noir grape, the grape normally has a grayish-blue skin, accounting for its name – gris meaning “grey” in French; pinot comes from the French word “pine cone,” which could have been given to it because the grapes grow in pine cone-shaped clusters.
  3. The first American Pinot Gris vines were planted in Oregon in 1966 by David Lett from Eyrie Vineyards.
  4. Pinot Gris grows well in the Central and South coastal areas of California. The Pinot Gris from California is often called Pinot Grigio because of its similarity in style to the wine of Italy.
  5. Pinot gris is considered an “early to market wine” – which means it can be bottled and out on the market within 4–12 weeks after fermentation.  This white can be opened and consumed young.


Temecula Valley wine country Pinot Grigios to try:

 

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