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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/

In Season Now: apples, artichokes, green beans, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, citrus, eggplant, potatoes, corn, pomegranates, persimmons, winter squash, turnips, pears, yams, spinach, kale

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Fall Weddings in Temecula Wine Country

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Are you planning a fall wedding?  Are you a wine lover?  Why not have a wine country wedding and create an unforgettable experience for your family and friends?  For lucky Southern California bride and grooms, there are many wonderful choices available – all with a beautiful vineyard setting!

Falkner Winery

Falkner winery is a very popular Temecula wedding location with their fine restaurant, The Pinnacle – which is perched high above grounds overlooking the entire valley – and their perfect ceremony site located directly in the middle of the vineyard.  Their wedding planners offer you a very special, custom-designed private atmosphere with owner involvement and personalized service.

Wiens Family Cellars

If you are a foodie and appreciate beautiful wine and carefully crafted cuisine prepared from local ingredients, Wiens Family Cellars is the perfect place for your romantic fall wedding. Enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and the rich textures of a winery setting. Celebrate your special day with unforgettable food and wine in their fully enclosed event pavilion, outdoor patio, or intimate barrel room.

South Coast Winery & Resort

As the largest resort in Temecula Valley, South Coast Winery offers unparalleled multi-tiered packages, which include spa treatments, classic ceremony and fine-dining reception options, and always 5-star service.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Nestled between rolling hills of vineyards, Callaway Vineyard & Winery is the perfect location for you to celebrate your special day.  This famous winery hosts four distinctively different venues for your wedding.  Whether you are looking for the charm of a lawn wedding, an intimate vineyard escape or a rustic candlelit barrel room, this winery will not only meet, but surpass your fall wedding day dreams.

Ponte Family Estate

The spectacular natural surroundings of Temecula Wine Country, the lush gardens and grounds, and the tranquil, romantic ambiance make Ponte the perfect place for your Autumn wedding. Treat yourself and invite your family and friends for a memorable experience which includes amenities like the Bride and Groom’s Cottage, the Vineyard Garden and Pavillion, and the fabulous Smokehouse Restaurant.

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