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The Merry, Merry Month of May!

Monday, April 27th, 2015

May 25 _Natl Wine DayMay has so many national “wine days”, we can eat, drink and be merry all month long!  Along with Chardonnay, a familiar favorite, it’s a great excuse for you to try a couple of the lesser-known varietals like Muscat Canelli and Sauvignon Blanc – all of which grow well here in the Temecula Valley.

First up on the calendar is #MoscatoDay, which falls on May 9th.  The day was introduced here in the US by Gallo Family Vineyards back in 2012 to celebrate the rising popularity and sky-rocketing sales of the varietal.  If you know nothing about Moscato (or Muscat/Muscat Canelli), it originated in the Piedmont region of Italy where it’s a favorite due to its sweetness, lightness and affordability – and is popular as a sparkling wine. You’ll find Moscato table wines in white, red or rosé styles, and they make an especially delicious dessert wine.  With it’s bouquet of peach, honey and citrus, a delicate sweetness and fresh acidity, it’s perfect served with a plate of fresh cheeses.

Try the Muscat Canelli from Leoness Cellars or Lorimar Winery; or the Moscato from Ponte Family Estate Winery.

May 15th is #InternationalSauvignonBlancDay.  Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, the grape is also widely planted throughout New Zealand – and grows with ease here in the Temecula Valley.  An acidic wine that displays a citrus-y, grapefruit-like quality, it’s a pleasing choice for a warm summer day. A very versatile vino, Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with shell fish, grilled vegetables (even asparagus!) and cheeses.  It’s the perfect picnic wine!

A few faves include those from:  Europa Village , Maurice Car’rie Winery or Monte de Oro Winery.

And then there’s the day to pay homage to the old standby, Chardonnay, on #ChardonnayDay, May 21st.  The world’s most planted white wine grape varietal is enjoyed by fans all over the world.  Generally dry to medium-dry with pear, apple, tropical or citrus fruit flavors, Chardonnay is grown in virtually every wine-producing region.  Crisp and fresh with little to no oak aging, or creamy and buttery with extensive oak aging, there’s a Chardonnay out there that will make just about anyone smile!

Can’t live without Chardonnay’s are available at: Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Oak Mountain Winery and Thornton Winery.

Finishing out the month is #NationalWineDay, which is celebrated on May 25.  Not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day which is held in February, National Wine Day is actually just another lame excuse for us wine lovers to drink wine.  Because for wine lovers, everyday is wine day, right?  Cheers!

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Five Fun Facts About… Moscato

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Moscato, Muscatel, Muscat… what’s the difference between them? Just the names, actually.  Rather than just being one grape, Muscat includes a family of grapes in a range of colors (from white to brown, or to near black.)  For instance, Moscato is the Italian name and Muscatel the Spanish.

Here in the U.S., Moscato is making its mark and has become the hot wine of the moment. Some would say sweet versions of Moscato are ideal for the American sweet tooth; it’s also an easy wine for the new wine drinker to love.

For a perfect spring day, pack a picnic with a chilled bottle of Temecula Valley Moscato and pair it with good cheese, buttery crackers and seasonal fruit. Salud!

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Here are Five Fun Facts About Moscato

1.  Muscat is the only fine wine grape that doubles as a table grape.

2.  Twitter currently buzzes with an average of 250 tweets an hour about people drinking their Moscato.

3.  In addition to Moscato, Muscatel and Muscat, this common white variety is also known as Muscadel, Muscat Blanc and Muscat Canelli.

4.  Virtually all pink Moscatos gain their hue from a splash of red wine, not skin contact.

5.  The breadth and number of varieties of Muscat suggest that it is perhaps the oldest domesticated grape variety, and there are theories that most families within the Vitis vinifera grape variety are descended from the Muscat variety.

Looking for a great bottle of Moscato wine in Temecula Valley?

Check these wines out!

 

Article sources:
Wikipedia, Muscat
WineIntro.com
Michigan University
Broker-wine.com
RoBeRt Haynes-Peterson/HawaiiBevGuide

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Mulled Wine, Courtesy of Ponte Family Estate Winery

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Blog post courtesy of Ponte Family Estate Winery in Temecula Valley.

Mulled wine, with its sweet scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, is a festive way to celebrate the holiday season. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “mulled wine” is just a simple combination of red wine with a variety of spices, most commonly the ones listed above.

This warm and spicy drink is popular worldwide and versions of it can be found in many countries. Scandanavia’s  Glogg contains cardamom, ginger and bitter orange. The French call their mulled wine vin chaud, which features lemon, while Romanians add apples to their vin fiert. In Bulgaria, greyano vino is seasoned with peppercorns while South Brazil’s vinho quente gets its extra kick from the addition of cachaça. As you can see, the combination of warm, red wine and spices, fruit or herbs is a tradition all over the world.

A modern American take on a mulling spice mix could include cinnamon, cloves, allspice berries and orange rind.

To make it, simmer 4 cups of red wine (whatever kind you like; I used Cabernet Sauvignon), 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of the mulling spices for about 20 minutes. Remove the spices and serve.

You can serve mulled wine in wine glasses, Irish coffee glasses, even coffee mugs, and you can garnish with all kinds of things, such as cinnamon sticks, orange or lemon wheels, apple slices, even mini candy canes. And for you Californians who are still battling the heat, there is an option for you, too: just chill the finished wine and serve over ice.

For more great food and wine recipes from Temecula Valley wine country, visit Ponte’s blog.

A toast to the holidays from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

 

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Get to Know… Ponte Family Estate

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ponte Family Estate is an experience that shouldn’t be missed during a getaway to Temecula Valley wine country.  And with the opening of the brand-new Ponte Vineyard Inn in May, everyone can enjoy their experience in Temecula Valley a little bit longer.

The Story

Claudio Ponte planted vineyards in 1984 and opened the popular winery in 2003.  Ponte Family Estate includes The Restaurant at Ponte, tasting room and marketplace, vineyards, wedding/event spaces and the latest addition, the Ponte Vineyard Inn.  Guests are invited to wine, dine and stay, all while enjoying friendly service and hospitality.

The Ponte Vineyard Inn – opening its doors in May!

Ponte Family Estate welcomes visitors to its 60-room boutique, wine country hotel on May 4, which is located next-door to the winery and each room as a vineyard-view.   Book a package today and enjoy an overnight stay in Southern California’s wine country.

The Restaurants

The Restaurant at Ponte is headed by the experienced Chef Vincent Logan.  This al fresco venue prides itself on sourcing local ingredients, serving natural and sustainable meats and fish and providing top-notch service.  A great place for Mother’s Day – or anytime!

The Restaurant at Ponte Dining Hours:
Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
(951) 252-1770

For more information on dining at Ponte, please click here.

Within The Ponte Vineyard Inn, there will be the exciting addition of two new restaurants, open to all visitors:  Bouquet and The Cellar Lounge.

Bouquet offers a “sharing and pairing” menu and is conveniently located in the lobby of the hotel with both indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant also serves continental breakfast Monday thru Friday and sit-down breakfast service Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is served from 11:30am to 3pm on weekends only. Dinner served 6pm to 9pm daily.

The Cellar Lounge is located in the basement of the hotel and offers a variety of small plates and entrees in a cool, rustic setting.  The Cellar Lounge boasts the only full bar in wine country and a carefully selected list of locally produced wines. Dinner served 5-10pm daily.

For more information on the new restaurants at The Ponte Vineyard Inn, please click here.

The Wines

Ponte Family Estate offers an approachable, memorable tasting experience that welcomes both new and experienced wine lovers with the mantra, “If you like it, it’s good wine!”™

  • Classics – single varietals like Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay
  • Blends – the best combinations go into Graciela, Super T, Meritage, and the Angry Wife lines
  • Sweet – Juliet, Isabel, and Beverino are top favorites
  • Sparkling & Fortified – Moscato, Rose Spumante, Port are perfect for dessert in wine country

The Ponte Winery Wine Club offers incredible VIP service and exciting perks for members all year-round.

Tasting

Flights include 6 wine tastings and a Ponte souvenir wine glass:
Mon – Fri $12 per person
Sat – Sun $20 per person
Open daily from 10am-5pm

Address & Phone Number
35053 Rancho California Road 92591
(951) 694-8855
(877) 314-wine

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Temecula Wine Country Valentine’s Day Happenings Part 2

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Wine & Romance Sweepstakes!

Visit our Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of tickets to World of Wine weekend, March 5 & 6! Post your love story of wine and romance to our wall between now and Valentine’s Day to be entered into the drawing.  Winner will be announced via Facebook on February 15

Whether you’re in love or looking for love, Temecula Wine Country has something for you this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a gourmet dinner, find your perfect pairing at a single’s event, escape to a private villa, and more! Our member wineries look forward to making this Valentine’s Day weekend unforgettable!

Ponte Family Estate- 2011 Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12th; 7:00 pm

$95 per person, $86 for Wine Club Member

Join us on Saturday, February 12th as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Ponte style!  Our Vineyard Pavilion will be transformed into a breathtaking and romantic setting for you to woo your loved one.  Enjoy a champagne reception with butler-passed hors d’oeurves, a delectable four-course dinner prepared by our own Executive Chef, your favorite Ponte wines, live entertainment and a portrait studio for you to capture the evening. Check out the menu and purchase your tickets today!

Ponte Family Estate- Perfect Pairings, A Single’s Event
Sunday, February 13th; 4pm-7pm
$50 per person / $40 for Wine Club Members

Are you a wine savvy, busy, single professional who is looking for love? Then come to Ponte on Sunday, February 13th for our first ever singles event. Enjoy live entertainment, tray passed hors d’ouevres and a selection of your favorite Ponte wines while mingling with wine savvy people looking for love. Who knows…you might just find your perfect pairing! Purchase your tickets today!

Ponte Family Estate- Elopement/Vow Renewal, Say “I Do” (Again)
February 1st – 28th
$800 per couple

This February, celebrate your love by renewing your vows during the most romantic month of the year! The enchanting Vineyard Garden will be transformed into a wedding ceremony wonderland for couples wishing to renew their vows. You won’t need to worry about a thing, a licensed Officiant will be there when you say “I do”, the Bride and Groom Cottages are yours before the ceremony, and lunch for two at The Restaurant at Ponte is included.

Not married yet? An Elopement Package is also available. To book your romantic Valentine’s experience today, please contact Karon Cartwright at (951) 694-9444.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
February 14, 2011; 8:00pm

This Valentine’s Day bring your love to the Vineyard Rose restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa for a truly spectacular pairing of fine wine, great food and, of course, ROMANCE. Simply sit back and enjoy the moment as our talented team of staff members and “cupids” take care of the rest. The evening can be enjoyed with or without a specially selected bottle of South Coast Winery Wine per couple.  Perfectly priced at just $95++ pp with wine and $75++ pp without wine.  Check out the menu and reserve now by calling:  951-587-9463 Ext.7237.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Escape to a Private Villa

Tucked away in the vineyards of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL: Weekday Sun-Thur $169; Valid 2/13-17 Only

Includes:
-Overnight Stay in Luxury Deluxe Villa with Jacuzzi, Fireplace, and Private Patio -Scrumptious Mimosa Breakfast for Two -Comp Bottle of Wine in Room
-Tasting Flight for Two -Discount Passport Booklet filled with property freebies and discounts

Call 951.587.9463 & MENTION CODE: LOVE or click here to make your reservation.

Don’t forget to contact the “romance-ationists” to inquire about special “amour” add-ons such as Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Rose Petals, Sparkling Wine, or reserve a special evening dinner at our Vineyard Rose restaurant.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Grapeseed Spa,  Couples Romantic Total Decadence Package

Save $40 on this decadent delight: a 50-minute couples aromatherapy massage with champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Priced at $105 per person.

Pair this treatment with an express mani or pedi for just $25 per person. Reserve Your Vintage Spa Escape Today!  951.587.9463 Ext. 7280

* Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Expires 2/28/12. Offer Code: DECADENCE

Thornton Winery- Romantic Rendezvous
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 7:00pm

$85/person (plus tax & tip)

Check out the menu and make your reservations reservations online or by calling (951) 699-0099.

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard- Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12th  and Monday, February 14th; 7:00pm

Come and join us for a romantic five course Valentine’s dinner complete with wine pairings! Enjoy live music and Shakespeare in the Vines will be presenting the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.  $99 per person; $90 per person Wine Club Members (tax & gratuity not included) Reservations Required: 951.699.9463.

Wiens Family Cellars- Valentine’s Day Picnic Challenge
Monday, February 14, 2011; 1oam-5pm

Guests are encouraged to bring their sweethearts along with delicious food & decor.  Awards will be given for “Most Creative Picnic,” “Most Elaborate Picnic,” “Most Gourmet Picnic” – handed out by winemaker Doug Wiens.  Taking place on the winery lawn.

Come out to Temecula Wine Country to make this Valentine’s Day weekend one to put down in the books!

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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/

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