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Dream Big ~ Oak Mountain Winery

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they came from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.

Steve and Val hard hat-ting it!

Steve and Val hard hat-ting it!

Our ongoing series this month features Steve and Valerie Andrews of Oak Mountain Winery. Val’s dad and uncle were in the gourmet wine business back in the 60’s, way before it was popular. And all it took was a wine tasting trip with Val’s dad for Steve to get bit by the winemaking bug.

Why (on earth!) did you get into the wine business?
Well, we were already in love with the wine industry.  We lived on 10 acres, so we just  decided to plant it and try our hands at making some. Next thing we knew, we had three wine barrels of some pretty awesome wine and we just decided it was time to open a winery so we could actually sell all this liquid gold. That was the beginning of our home winery, Windy Ridge Cellars (now Temecula Hills Winery) in 2001.

And why Temecula?
Well, we lived here – and the climate is great for growing grapes. After several years of operating out of our home winery, we purchased the property where we now have Oak Mountain Winery.  We’ve been open since 2005.

So what’s it really like running a family owned and operated winery?
If you don’t love what you do you will never succeed in running a winery. We work seven days a week; 10-12 hours a day. But we DO love it!

What is it you MOST love?
We love the people we meet, the other winery owners and the lifestyle we live. We love the continuing education we receive at seminars – and what we learn from talking to other winemakers and owners. We love that there’s endless opportunities that the winery can offer to our guests. It allows us to be creative in our label designs, our tours and special deals, and our parties and events. We make each of them our own. For us it’s a shared interest we both love to explore.

So, on the opposite side of that, what keeps you awake at night?
There are challenges with running a small family business. The mix of all of our family’s personalities – working together every day – it’s a challenge for sure. But we like challenges! And, it makes us happy almost all of the time.

And the Caves! What does it mean to have (almost!) completed a project of this magnitude? I mean, really! How lucky are we???
The caves. A huge insightful undertaking! Two years in planning and nine months of digging. We’re still looking at about three more months to finish up all the little details. There is nothing like this in Southern California. When you get the chance to tour our caves, we promise you that you’ll feel like you’re on a mini vacation to Europe; like being sent back in time. We’re so excited and proud to have the first mined cave in Southern California. We just can’t wait for it to be finished!

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Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey Paired with Chardonnay

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Courtesy of Oak Mountain Winery, Temecula Valley CA

Serves: 12-20
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
Pair with a bottle of Oak Mountain Winery’s 2012 Chardonnay

Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey

Ingredients:

 

For the turkey:

Fresh or frozen turkey – giblets removed

8 quarts of water

2 cups of Kosher salt

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup Temecula or local honey

 

For the rub:

4 teaspoons of ground black pepper

10 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of fresh thyme and sage

2 lemons

4 tablespoons of Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil

 

Directions:

Rinse turkey with running water and remove neck and giblets. Prepare brine by mixing honey, water, and salt in a large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken stock and stir. Line stock pot or use a brining bag and place turkey inside. Cover with brine and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hrs.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey from brine. Pat dry.  Place turkey on roasting pan, breast side up. Cover wings with foil.

Squeeze lemon into turkey cavity. Add thyme, sage, and squeezed lemons inside cavity. Coat inside and outside of turkey with Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil  and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil gives a lovely crispness and flavor to the skin of this juicy holiday turkey.

Insert oven thermometer into thigh or breast. Loosely cover with foil and cook until thermometer reaches 160 degrees, remove foil and cook until thermometer reaches 170 degrees.  Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Enjoy!

For more Temecula wine country recipes, click here.

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Oak Mountain Winery

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Story

Located on the De Portola Trail in Temecula Valley, Oak Mountain Winery has one of the best views in wine country!  Sip al fresco on the Vista Pavilion and take in the picturesque hillsides of vineyards and surrounding mountains. Owners Steve and Valerie Andrews are at Oak Mountain almost every weekend pouring wine for their visitors.

In addition to a beautiful outdoor pavilion, large tasting room and rolling vineyards, the Andrews are currently building an underground wine cave! Wine caves naturally provide both high humidity and cool temperatures, ideal for storing and aging. Construction of the 10,000 sq ft cave is set to be complete in December.

 

The Wines

Oak Mountain’s hillside vineyards are planted to the classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. They have also slipped in some unique varietals, such as Counoise.

Oak Mountain’s best sellers include 2010 Estate Sangiovese Brunello, Raspberry Champagne, 2010 For Pete’s Sake Red and 2008 Petite Verdot.

For the full list of Oak Mountain wines, click here.

The Tasting Room

The tasting room and barrel room are both open 11am-5pm, daily.  The festive gift shop features locally grown and hand-crafted avocado oils and balsamic vinegars; many flavors are available for purchase online here.

Address:
36522 Via Verde
Temecula, CA. 92592
Phone: 951-699-9102

Wine Tasting Classes

Oak Mountain proudly offers a fun line-up of wine tasting classes, including:

  • Champagne 101 Class
  • Wine Blending Class
  • Wine Class for Dummies
  • Rhone Wine Class
  • Bordeaux Wine Class

Reservations required for all classes. Please contact Patty, Oak Mountain Winery Sommelier at 951-880-8840 or 951-699-9102 or email: events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Events

In addition to offering weddings and classes, Oak Mountain offers live music every weekend in the Vista Pavilion – check out the events calendar for all the details!

Upcoming Events

  • July 27th, 6-9p: Enjoy live music and wine by the glass or bottle
  • Doggie Date Night – Saturday, August 24th, 6-9p | Club Members: $35 | Non Members: $40 | Non ticketed guests $10 cover charge includes admittance and one glass of wine and live music plus dinner for your canine companion by Dog Park Café: Choice of dog park chicken pot pie or hot doggie in a blanket
    Human dinner by Rusticos: caesar salad, chicken picatta, macaroni & cheese, garlic bread | accompanied by one glass of wine
    A portion of the sales will be donated to Cause For Paws 501c3 non-profit
    Reservations required: please call, 951-699-9102
  • Woofs & Purrs in the Vines – October 13th, 12-4p | Help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions. We are Cause For Paws, a 501C3 non-profit group dedicated to helping animals with diabetes. Admission $35 donation | receive a logo glass with one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music

 

Come join us for some fun!

 

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