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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know…Masia de Yabar Winery

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

One of Temecula Valley’s younger wineries, Masia de Yabar invites guests into their tasting room as one would invite friends into their home- after all, “La Masia,” roughly translated,  means “manor house!”

The story:

Owner Wilmer Yabar is a native of Peru with ancestors in Spain, and knew wine was in his blood from an early age. When his brother married an Argentinian woman, the brothers decided to purchase land in San Juan, Argentina’s second largest wine region, but being a resident of Riverside, Wilmer felt he needed something closer to fulfill his wine making desire. He and his wife, Sylvia purchased land in Temecula wine country in 2008, and Masia de Yabar Winery was born.

The wines:

Masia de Yabar Winery is the only winery on the De Portola Wine Trail that specializes in Spanish wines. The winery offers a new line of wines from their property in Argentina called “Viñas de Yabar”- 2010 Torrontes, 2010 Malbec and 2010 Malbec Rose. Wines made in Temecula include the 2008 Viognier, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Tempranillo and Zinfandel, with some of the wines being made from grapes imported from Argentina.

Tastings:

The Masia de Yabar tasting room is open Sunday-Friday from 11:00am-5:00pm; Saturdays from 11:00am-6:00pm. The winery also offers live music – Latin jazz, Spanish guitar- and Spanish sangria in addition to their usual tasting offerings every weekend from 1:30pm-4:30pm.

Masia de Yabar Winery
39788 Camino Arroyo Seco
Temecula, CA 92592

 

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Winemaker’s Roundtable: Five Facts About Tempranillo

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

As we head toward cooler temperatures and heartier fare, we’re partial to bold reds to warm us up and stand up to big flavors. Tempranillo is a great choice if you’re in the mood for a more intense red wine with hints of berries and plums.

 

 

  1. Tempranillo is a thick-skinned, black grape also known as the “noble grape” in its native Spain. The grape was brought to America, possibly as seeds, with the Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th century.
  2. Tempranillo came to California bearing the name Valdepenas.
  3. The Tempranillo grape is the main ingredient in Spanish Rioja and is often used in other blends due to its low acidity.
  4. Beef, lamb and sheep’s milk cheese such as manchego are all ideal to pair with Tempranillo. Of course, traditonal Spanish tapas are always a great choice to serve this wine.
  5. Many of our wineries produce this beautiful, powerful red which is the perfect wine for rich, holiday dishes. If you’re a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon but have never tried Tempranillo, here are a few to get you started: Masia de Yabar, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, and Frangipani Winery.
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