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Summertime! And the livin’ is easy…

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


Barbecues are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the day with Dad.  And all that grillin’ just screams for a good red wine.  But if you’re thinking it’s too warm for red, think again!  With these few tips, finding the perfect summer sip won’t have to put your love of red on hold.

  • Chill out!  Pop your bottle of red wine in the fridge for about 30 mins – or in an ice chest for about half that – and you’ll be amazed at how much more refreshing it will taste.
  • No or Low Oak wines are generally fresher and fruitier.
  • Low to Moderate Alcohol levels usually equate to lower tannin levels for a wine that won’t weigh you down.
  • Light to Medium bodied wines tend to be easy on the palate, bright and light.

So, whether you’re in the backyard or on the beach – serving burgers and brats, or steak and grilled veggies – there’s tons of options for pairing your favorite Temecula Valley wine with whatever you’re serving up.

If the mainstay is red meat, a spicy Zinfandel or Syrah would be perfect.  If you’re looking for a more mellow choice, a fruit forward Merlot always works; it’s also great with chicken, pork chops or fish.  If your fave is a Cabernet, go ahead and drink what  you like.  But try not to shortchange your options.  Go for a nice red blend for the best of all worlds.  And don’t forget about a blush wine; there’s nothing a nice dry rosé can’t do for spicy ribs and coleslaw – or a plate of spicy hot wings!

A  few Temecula Valley wine suggestions for your next barbecue:

Baily Winery ~ Rosé of Sangiovese: fun, fruity and full of character
Miramonte Winery ~ GSM Rosé: gently honeyed melon, tropical fruits, delicate berries

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ Big Fred’s Red: ripe blueberry and black cherry, hints of caramel
Maurice Car’rie Winery ~ Cody’s Crush: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah blend

Danza del Sol Winery ~ Grenache:  the color is light, but the aromas are bright
Oak Mountain Winery ~ Merlot: berry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, and abundant smokey oak

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel Wineries

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The Story

Most folks familiar with Temecula Valley have visited the Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel wineries, nestled amidst the rolling hills of Southern California’s wine country. The winery was founded in 1986 and designed in the style of a Victorian farmhouse. The 46 acres of vineyards were among the first established in the region back in 1968.

Owner Maurice Van Roekel, along with Winemaker Gus Vizgirda, handcraft 14 different varietals and focus on wines that are ready to drink at a fairly early age. Over the years, the two wineries have garnered hundreds of awards and accolades in prestigious competitions in California and beyond. The Maurice Car’rie tasting room is a great gathering place to relax and catch up with friends.  Both wineries offer a warm and friendly atmosphere filled with a wide array of charming wine gifts available for purchase.

 

 

The Maurice Car’rie winery estate is well-known in Temecula Valley Wine Country for its lovely picnic grounds and famous Baked Brie & Sourdough Bread (baked on weekends only and available unbaked every day.) Pair it with a signature bottle of Maurice Car’rie California Champagne and you’ve got a yourself a party, al fresco style.

The Wines

Gus Vizgirda is the longtime winemaker for both Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel Winery. (For a special interview with Gus, click here!)

If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, then Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel wineries are your one-stop shop.  Their flavored sparklers are very popular with wine-lovers of all ages – raspberry, peach, pomegranate, and pineapple top the list. Wine lovers searching for more traditional varietals won’t be disappointed as favorites such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are also available. Shop for wine online here.

 

Interested in joining their wine club? See below for the December wine club schedule:

 Wine Club December Selections

Maurice Car’rie Winemaker’s:
1 – Pomegranate Sparkling Wine
2 – Chardonnay
3 – Heather’s Mist
Maurice Car’rie Reds:
1 – Merlot
2 – Cody’s Crush
3 – Port
Maurice Car’rie Whites:
1 – Pineapple Sparkling Wine
2 – Chenin Blanc
3 – Chardonnay
Van Roekel Winemaker’s:
1 – Gewurztraminer
2 – Peach Sparkling Wine
3 – Raspberry Sparkling Wine
Van Roekel Reds:
1 – Grenache
2 – Merlot
3 – Zinfandel
Van Roekel Whites:
1 – Gewurztraminer
2 – Viognier
3 – Pinot Gris

Winery Events – Maurice Car’rie Arts and Crafts Fair

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard and Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM. Located on the front picnic grounds, craft vendors sell handmade wares like jewelry, paintings, and ceramics every week, along with fun fashion items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses. Folks love to spend their Saturday or Sunday browsing at the fair and at the extensive gift shop, followed by a bottle of great wine with a fresh picnic lunch from Maurice’s Kitchen.

 

 Wine Tasting

Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel are open for wine tasting every day from 10am to 5pm. They are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Wine bar tastings are $10 for five tastes and a logo wine glass; champagne/sparkling wine tastings are $10 for four tastes and a logo champagne flute.

For $18 you can purchase a Dual Pass which gives you the Wine Bar Tastings (5 at Maurice Car’rie and 5 at Van Roekel) or the Champagne Tastings (4 at Maurice Car’rie and 4 at Van Roekel) at both Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel. What a deal!

Maurice’s Kitchen is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11-4.

 

Maurice Car’rie
34225 Rancho California Rd. | Temecula, CA 92591
Tel 951-676-1711 | Fax 951-676-8397
Get Directions | www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Van Roekel Winery
34567 Rancho California Rd. | Temecula, CA 92591
Tel 951-699-6961 | Fax 951-676-8397
Get Directions | www.vanroekelwinery.com

 

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