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Wine For The Holidays

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Grandma’s stuffing, Aunt Susie’s cranberry sauce and your sister’s sweet potatoes.  Menu: done!  But what about the wine?  Choosing a bottle (or two!) of wine to bring to the holiday table can be tricky.  Appealing to not only your menu, but to a cross-section of practiced palates and novice wine drinkers may seem challenging.  But don’t stress out over one of the simplest tasks of the holiday season. Make it simple.  Any wine you enjoy is a good wine!

One certainly doesn’t need to look to others to rate, score or direct you to make a particular wine choice.  Bring a wine you’re familiar with to the table.  Chances are it’ll be just fine – and maybe even sublime!

First and foremost, don’t worry about pairing with the herbaceous, the tart or the sweet accompaniments to your turkey, ham or prime rib.  It’s much simpler to match the wine to the main protein dish.  Here’s a few tried and true varietal selections for some classic holiday main dishes:

Wines to Serve with Ham
Ham just begs for a something lightly sweet.  Look for wines with a touch of residual sugar like a Baily Vineyard & Winery Riesling or a Maurice Car’rie Winery Gewurztraminer.  Both are lighter in style, a bit lower in alcohol and still offer plenty of food-friendly acidity and crowd-pleasing palate appeal.  If you’re looking for an easy to pair red, go for a lighter style like Tempranillo.  Great examples can be found at both Miramonte Winery and at Danza del Sol Winery.

Wines to Serve with Turkey
Although an array of whites work perfectly well, Sauvignon Blanc is an all-time, hands-down favorite pick that holds up well to turkey – and all it’s side dishes. Temecula Valley provides the perfect playground for growing this varietal, so you’ll find many great examples of it here.  Beautifully aromatic offerings from the musqué clone can be found at Hart Winery and at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Soft red varietals like Syrah also make suitable partners; you can find some fabulous ones at Falkner Winery and Leoness Cellars.

Wines to Serve with Prime Rib
White wines will have a hard time keeping up with the likes of Prime Rib, but there are so many reds to choose from that make impressive cohorts, you’re sure to find one you’ll all enjoy.  Choose an affable Cabernet Sauvignon from Callaway Vineyard & Winery, a food friendly Italian varietal like Montepulciano or Sangiovese from Cougar Vineyard & Winery or an amazing Super Tuscan blend, Due Rossi, from Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.

Happy Holidays!

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Temecula Valley Wines on the Road

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, you’ll find Temecula Valley wines at the 25th Annual Taste of Mainstreet in downtown Encinitas. Representing the Temecula Valley at various storefront “Sip Stops”, Baily, Callaway, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Falkner, Hart, Leoness, Monte De Oro, Vindemia and Wiens wineries will be pouring their award winning wines. Advance tickets are just $35, including food, wine and beer (for those 21+). Same day tickets (if available), will be $45. Click here for ticket information.

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And on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 4-7pm, you’ll find us at the Uncorked Wine Walk at Westfield UTC. Here you’ll savor wines from 12 Temecula Valley wineries including Bel Vino, Callaway, Falkner, Hart, Leoness, Lorimar, Maurice Car’rie, Oak Mountain, Palumbo, South Coast, Vindemia and Wilson Creek while tasting bites from UTC’s newest restaurants. Tickets are still available; purchase them here.

We hope to see you there!

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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Story

Located off the beaten path on Barksdale Circle, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing handcrafted wines from estate-grown grapes that proprietor Nick Palumbo believes are ideally suited to Temecula Valley. The 13-acre family-run winery is often described as “boutique,” but Nick favors the term “artisanal” to describe the involvement and passion that goes into their daily operations, from the vineyards to the tasting room.

 

The Wines

For Nick – a grape grower and winemaker who is both an artist and a cultivator – it’s all about the wine… beginning with the vineyards. The family’s 13 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese; they recently planted a block of Viognier and Syrah on a neighboring property to expand their wine portfolio.

Specializing in full-bodied reds, Palumbo winery offers both single-varietal bottlings as well as a few special blends, like the popular Meritage, “Tre Fratelli” and the Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, which help round out the wine list and showcase the versatility and depth of quality for which Palumbo wines are known.  “I believe there are only two basic ingredients in making fine wines: the fruit itself and the barrel it’s aged in,” Nick is fond of saying.

Nick and his wife-and-partner-in-crime, Cindy, live on the winery property, which makes their vineyards as much a part of the family as their four children. This intimacy with their vineyards has given the pair a “sixth sense” that enables them to intuit what the vines need, how the fruit is developing, and what will ultimately be required in the cellar to produce stellar wines. The family is also invested in their estate for the long haul, practicing sustainable farming as a member of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, which they believe will protect the viability of their vineyards for generations to come.

Click here for the tasting room wine line-up!

 

The Tasting Room

Tasting Room Hours: Open daily from 11am – 5pm

Tasting Options: Standard Tasting $10 | Includes 5 wines

Mini-Tour and Tasting $25
Get out of the tasting room and into the cellar to learn what makes Palumbo winery so special. A member of the Palumbo family will guide you through the “Dirt to Bottle” process touching on all aspects of production, from their sustainable farming practices to the art of hands-on winemaking. Standard tasting and logo glass included. Tours available by appointment.

Barrel Tasting, Tour and Lunch with the Winemaker $125
This VIP tasting experience is the ultimate way to discover the stylistic influence of winemaker, Nick Palumbo, as well as the natural influence of Temecula Valley terroir. Guests will be taken on a tour of the estate vineyards followed by a private barrel tasting. To top off the experience, guests will enjoy a special wine pairing and gourmet picnic lunch with Nick on the Palumbo patio overlooking the vineyard. Four-person minimum with 48-hours advance reservation required.

 
Palumbo Family Vineyards address and contact information:
40150 Barksdale Circle Temecula, CA 92591 | 951.676.7900
info@palumbowines.com | wineclub@palumbowines.com

 

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Save the Date! Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend – Nov 3 & 4, 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Temecula Valley wine country invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate this year’s wine grape harvest at the region’s 22nd Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend. The two-day event is a chance to explore 35 member wineries, sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn.

  • Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4; 10am-4:30pm
  • $99 passport to sip and nosh at 35 wineries
  • Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country
  • Sample new, still-in-the-tank wines not available to the public
  • Overnight and “safe ride” packages available
  • Order tickets through Sept 30 and save $10

 

WHAT: 22nd  Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, a two-day event offering ticketed guests a chance to visit 35 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour.

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, from 10:00am – 4:30pm

WHERE: Temecula Valley Wine Country is just 60-90 minutes from Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. Exit I-15 at Rancho California Road and head east four miles.

TICKETS:  Two-Day Ticket – $99 ($89 before Sept 30)

Sunday Only Ticket, Non-Resident – $79

Sunday Only, Local Residents – $69

Designated Driver (food only) – $59

Purchase tickets online here or call 800-801-9463.

TRANSPORTATION: Safe, chauffeured transportation available through Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle’s “Sip & Ride” package; includes a Harvest Passport ticket, souvenir glass, and pick-up / drop-off at multiple wineries. Visit www.gogrape.com/reservations for pricing and to book.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those who would like to stay the weekend, several wine country lodging partners will be offering special overnight packages; for more information please visit temeculawines.org/events (click on Wanna Stay.)

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5 Facts About…Wine Bottles

Friday, March 16th, 2012

This month’s “5 Facts About…” post isn’t about a varietal, but about what our favorite wines come in–the glass bottle! Although many of us may not think much about these vessels, the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association’s Enology Committee, led by Nicholas Palumbo and Jim Hart, make sure all the winegrowers in our region continue learning about every aspect of the wine making process to ensure we’re producing the best wine possible. Keeping up with changes, trends and improvements in the global glass industry is just one of the many topics discussed during their monthly Enological Roundtable, so we thought we’d share a few interesting facts about what an important role the bottle plays in the world of wine.

  1. The cavity at the base of a wine bottle helps out with aging sediment.
  2. Many wine producers are moving to make lighter bottles to help save glass.
  3. The color of wine bottles isn’t the only thing that’s green: California has one of the highest percentages of glass bottle recycling, reaching nearly 80%.
  4. All glass, including wine bottles, can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.
  5. “Boxed wine” has gotten a bad rap, thanks to decades of the “cheap stuff” being sold in bland cardboard containers. But these days, sommeliers and wine geeks are touting the advantages of The Box as an alternative storage vessel. Eco-types love it because it’s lighter and easier to recycle, wine pros like it because the bag inside the box collapses as you drink, keeping oxygen from spoiling the rest of the wine–and we like it because you can fit several bottles worth of wine in one box! Alas, nothing beats glass for romance and aesthetic appeal, so Temecula wineries won’t be making the switch any time soon.

 

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Values And Splurges: Wines For Every Thanksgiving Table

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

We’re officially past the halfway mark in October, which means Halloween will be here and gone in a flash. Before you can say “turkey,” you’ll find yourself staring face to face with the biggest food holiday of the year- Thanksgiving! There’s no need to panic- we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each dish on your Thanksgiving table so you’ll be way ahead of the curve. Just follow this simple guide and your friends and family will be thanking YOU for making their holiday meal extra special no matter what your budget.

Light appetizers:

Value: Stuart Cellars 2008 Pinot Grigio- $16.00

Splurge: Briar Rose Winery 2010 Estate Viognier- $25.00

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with light dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. A salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts or a lemony crab salad in endive leaves would be complimented by the white peach and floral notes of both wines.

Herbacious side dishes:

Value: Mount Palomar 2006 Sangiovese- $26.00

Splurge: Doffo Vineyards 2009 Syrah- $46.00

The bold, black fruit flavors of these reds pair especially well with stuffings and gravies featuring herbs such as sage, thyme and rosemary. Having an all-vegetarian Thanksgiving? Both wines are perfect for earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes as well.

Poultry, meats and heat

Value: Hart Family Winery 2007 Driveway Red- $20.00

Mid-range: Monte De Oro Winery 2007 Merlot- $28.00

Splurge: Weins 2008 Reserve Tempranillo-Petite Sirah- $49.00

Putting a Southwestern spin on your turkey this year? The dark fruit-spice in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your chile rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef- all three are bold enough to stand up to richer meat courses.

Dessert:

Value: Keyways Vineyard Winery 2010 Muscat Canelli- $19.00

Splurge: Oak Mountain Winery 2005 Vintners Reserve Port- $28.00

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine -at least we feel that way! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with Keyways’ Muscat Canelli, in which red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Oak Mountain’s port has a nutty honeyed flavor to perfectly compliment the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie.

One Meal, One Wine:

Maurice Car’rie 2010 Chenin Blanc- $12.95

Palumbo Family Vineywards & Winery 2009 Rosato Secco Rose- $18.00

Falkner Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc- $18.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee- $22.00

You’ve spent the better part of Thanksgiving cooking, setting the table and cleaning the house for guests, so perhaps you’re looking to simplify and serve one wine from start to finish.  Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink with appetizers all the way to dessert.

 

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Palumbo Pan Seared Filet with Two Cheese Grits

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

We’ve bid farewell to summer and said “hello!” the cooler breezes of the fall season which will soon be ushering in the holidays. With all the things we love about the season-  the slight chill in the air, sight of leaves turning orange and the scent of a wood-burning fireplace- comes the hearty, comforting foods that keep us warm and satisfied – like this Pan Seared Filet with Two Cheese Grits, courtesy of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.  The dynamic duo of cheddar and marscapone cheeses make these grits ultra creamy, and a beautifully seared filet of beef is a perfect match.  Paired with either the Palumbo Cabernet Sauvignon or 2008 Merlot-Syrah and you’re in for a four-star feast right in your own home!

Palumbo Pan Seared Filet with Two Cheese Grits



Ingredients:

  • 4 Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin) Thick Cut (2-3 in.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Quick Grits (1 box)
  • ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • Fresh Mushrooms (optional)

 

Filet:
Preheat oven to 400.  Coat both sides of steaks with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Preheat oven proof sauté pan and add steaks. Sear one side of filets till brown (approx. 2 minutes), then flip over and sear for 1 min. Place pan in preheated oven for 10 minutes for medium rare. (Shorten or lengthen time based on your cooked preference)

Grits

Follow recipe on box for 4 servings and at last minute stir cheese into grits. Set aside and keep warm.

Tip:  If grits get too thick, add a little milk and stir till smooth.

To serve, place large spoonful of grits on plate then set filet on top. Garnish with fresh chopped rosemary or thyme.

(Option: Sautéed Mushroom Garnish)

Remove cooked steaks from pan and set on plate to rest. Place pan on high heat.

Add red wine , beef stock and sliced mushrooms. Sauté to your liking and add to steaks.

 

 


 

 

 

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So Cal Wine TV – Tour Palumbo Family Winery

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Take a ride with Nick Palumbo as he shows you around his family-run winery in our latest episode of So Cal Wine TV.  Visit www.palumbowines.com for more info on the winery & stop in for a tasting today!

Tasting Room Hours

Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Weekdays by appointment 951.676.7900

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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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