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Temecula Spring Wines and Special Sparklers for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

May is a big month for wine and dine celebrations! Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, weddings and spring birthdays… So what Temecula Valley wines perform best in these lovely pre-summer months? And what’s the best seasonal fare to pair them with?

*Reminder tip! Get the most balanced flavor from your bottle by using the simple 15 minute rule for serving all wine: Pull whites and rosés out of the fridge 15 minutes before drinking; put reds in the fridge for 15 minutes before drinking.

 

Spring Whites: Crisp Vermentino and Floral Viognier-Rousanne Blend

Try some unique whites this spring and give your family something to talk about at the next picnic. How about…

Of Spanish-Mediterranean origin, Vermentino is often a grape used in white-wine blending. Relatively low in alcohol with crisp acids, Cougar Winery offers their 100% 2013 Vermentino for $17. Serve this white alongside grilled spring vegetables like asparagus, artichokes and charred green onions.

Palumbo Family Vineyards’ Brezza di Mare Viognier-Rousanne is a Rhone-style blend (meaning in the style of the Rhone wine region in the South of France) which sells for $19.95. Made up of 75% Viognier and 25% Rousanne, this food-friendly white blend has a minerality that goes nicely with fresh seafood (think chilled mussels and shrimp) or a charcuterie platter if you’re having a weekend get-together.

 

Spring Reds: Fruity Merlot and Spicy Tempranillo

Lighten up with some easy-drinking reds, perfect for a spring day or evening. We recommend…

Leoness Cellars focuses on sustainable practices in the vineyards and it shows in their wines. Try the fruit-forward 2010 Vineyard Selection Merlot, $55. This bottle is a great stand-alone drinker and has a high likelihood of being consumed before the food is finished cooking. But if you must pair it with your meal, serve with a medium-rare pork loin with cherry compote or a spring pasta tossed with early-season tomatoes, asparagus and caramelized spring onions.

Miramonte Winery offers an excellent quality 2010 Tempranillo for $38.95. Technically a blend (80% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault), this Spanish red pairs well with cooked meats hot off the grill, like lamb chops and brats served with a side of grilled peppers and onions.

 

Special Wines for Mother’s Day: Sparklers and Spring Three-Packs

Think ahead and pop into one of these Temecula wineries for mom’s perfect brunch beverage. Our favorites…

For special toasts to mom, there’s nothing like a sparkler. But first, some background. What’s the difference between champagne and spumante? Well, it begins with the country of origin. For a sparkling wine to be officially designated as “Champagne” it must be made in the Champagne region of northeast France. Spumante (also known as Asti Spumante) is a sparkling white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, made from Muscat Bianco grapes.

Champagne and spumante are crafted differently as well. Unlike Champagne, Asti is not made sparkling through the use of secondary fermentation in the bottle but rather through a single tank fermentation utilizing the Charmat method. While Champagne can land anywhere on the scale between sec (sweet) or brut (dry), Spumante tends to be on the sweeter side; another well-known version is Moscato d’Asti.

Ponte Estate offers two California bubblies: the popular Moscato and the beautiful Rose Spumante. Moscato – by itself or in a Mimosa with fresh OJ or tangerine juice – pairs perfectly with your Sunday Mother’s Day brunch (think Quiche Lorraine and fruit.) Its gentle bubbles will tickle your taste buds with mellow flavors of apricot and nectarine. Even better, pick up Ponte’s Sparkling Wine Trio for $92 (or $69 wine club sale.) You’ll get a bottle of Moscato 2012, Rose Spumante 2012 and Vernaccia Nera 2011.  This sparkling trio will certainly keep glasses filled throughout your Mother’s Day celebrations.

Another top winery choice for that special Mother’s Day bottle is South Coast Winery, which makes a variety of unique California sparkling wines like Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Grigio Sparkling and Spumante Diamonte. Pair these with your favorite brunch items – eggs benedict, french toast with strawberries and even a ham & cheese melt topped with powdered sugar (ala Monte Carlo.) And send mom home with a bottle, too.

Last but not least, Leoness Cellars has put together a hand-selected spring three pack for your Mother’s Day picnic: White Merlot, Grenache and Melange de Blanc. The White Merlot is a lovely pink hue, bursting with berry flavors. Melange de Blanc is a Rhone-style white wine blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne and pairs perfectly with seafood, soft french cheese and seasonal fruit like fresh strawberries. The Grenache is a soft and supple medium-bodied red (a warm-climate alternative to Pinot Noir) that matches the flavor of barbecued meats and light pasta salad. Remember to serve all three of these wines cool.

 

Happy Spring & Happy Mother’s Day from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili

Courtesy of Ponte Family Estate Winery

Serves 6-8

Kick off the New Year with this quick and healthy chicken chili recipe. The perfect weekday meal, this hearty low-fat stew is a snap to put together and tastes even better if made the day before. Cook low and slow for a simmered braised result; or stir everything together and serve – either way, it’ll satisfy. When it comes to chili, delicious toppings are almost as important as the dish itself! Grated cheddar cheese, greek yogurt (doubles as sour cream) and minced scallions are a great trio. Or get creative with black olives, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Don’t forget the best part: the Temecula wine pairing from our good friends at Ponte Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 3-5 cans stewed tomatoes (can be different styles), drained
  • 4-5 cans of beans (kidney, black-mix it up!)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can of corn (optional)
  • 2 celery sticks (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

In a large crock pot, combine stewed tomatoes, onion, garlic and chili seasoning. Add beans, tomato paste and chicken breasts (if chicken is frozen, thaw first). Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. Once done, shred chicken by mashing with a potato masher or use two forks to shred meat.  Set out various bowls of shredded cheese, sour cream or greek yogurt and scallions to garnish on top.

This makes quite a lot of chili but you can freeze any leftovers and have dinner made for a few nights. This chili recipe pairs well with Ponte Winery’s 2010 Malbec, which is a medium to full bodied red wine with aromas of blackberry, plum, and black pepper. But remember, you can pair this recipe with whatever Ponte wine is your personal favorite!

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Ponte Family Estate

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Story

Located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country, Ponte Family Estate offers guests a “day in the country,” with its spacious rustic-style tasting room, al fresco dining, and extensive marketplace gift shop nestled within more than 300 acres of vineyard. The 60-room, mission-style Ponte Vineyard Inn is an ideal wine-country hotel for visitors to enjoy a “stay in the country.” Ponte Family Estate offers an approachable, memorable experience that welcomes both new and experienced wine lovers. Visitors can enjoy tours of the winemaking process, participate in special events like the Annual Grape Stomp Festival, or work with the winery’s event planners to create an exceptional wine country wedding or other special event. With its picturesque setting, approachable wines, farm-fresh cuisine, upscale lodging and array of activities, Ponte Family Estate is one of the most sought-after and complete wine destinations in Southern California.

The Wines

As a boutique California winery producing about 1500 cases a year for each varietal, Ponte focuses on quality rather than quantity. Ponte wines feature crowd-pleasing single varietals like Moscato and Pinot Grigio; plus their friendly signature blends, like Super T, Beverino and “Angry Wife” Red. Popular Ponte white wine blends include the “Isabel” and “Juliet” lines. Plenty of choices for the sweet wine lover, too! Ponte fans love the pretty Rosé Spumante and the many Late Harvest varietals, which pair well with a cheese plate or dessert. For a special holiday host gift, consider giving the Ponte Holiday Magnum or a Zinfandel Port.

To shop the Ponte wine store online, click here.

 

The Tasting Room, Marketplace and Winery Tours

Ponte’s tasting room is open daily from 10am-5pm. Tasting includes 6 wine tastings and a Ponte wine glass.

Mon – Fri $15 per person
Sat – Sun $20 per person

Located in the expansive country-style tasting room, the Ponte Marketplace is one of the best in the valley. Guests love to sip wine while shopping 3,500 square feet of fabulous and unique gifts. There are charming wine accessories, home accents and delicious specialty foods on sale every day.

Ponte Winery offers one-hour vineyard and winery tours seven days a week. Jump on board their new 12-passenger electric bus and tour the 310 acre ranch while learning about Ponte’s grape-growing philosophy. Taste three signature Ponte wines, right next to the vineyards they come from. Visit the winery facilities to learn about the art and science of winemaking. The tour ends with sample tastes from stainless steel tanks and giant oak casks.

Monday – Friday
1:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
11:00 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m.

Vineyard Bus Tours are:
$25 per guest

Have a question? Please call 951-694-8855.


Dining at Ponte: Bouquet, The Cellar Lounge and The Restaurant at Ponte

Ponte offers more dining options than most other Temecula Valley wineries. The Restaurant at Ponte has been voted one of the top 50 best outdoor restaurants by OpenTable. This al fresco lunchtime eatery offers upscale California cuisine with Mediterranean flavors seven days a week. Dinner can enjoy the new Bouquet and The Cellar Lounge located next-door at the Ponte Vineyard Inn.  The chefs at Ponte Estate focus on locally-sourced ingredients and artisan recipes.

Learn more about restaurant choices at Ponte Family Estate here.

 

Ponte Holiday Events and Ponte Vineyard Inn Packages

Cyber Monday Special: Sunday-Thursday bookings at Ponte Vineyard Inn made on Cyber Monday, December 2 will be priced 30% off regular rates. Subject to availability; stay should take place between Cyber Monday and the end of 2014. Blackout dates include all holidays.

Holiday Shopping Sundays: Ponte Winery’s festively decorated Tasting Room and Marketplace offers a carefully curated selection of gourmet delicacies, elegant housewares, cookbooks and wine. Guests are invited to shop while sipping hot cocoa and listening to holiday music under twinkling lights. Wine tastings are available for purchase. Sunday, December 15th and 22nd 10:00am-5:00pm.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Package: The winery’s popular Restaurant at Ponte will be serving their full menu with specials in the winery’s stunning Barrel Room. Reservations accepted from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, on December 31st. For reservations, call (951) 252-1770. In addition, there will be a special seating for dinner at Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn with a prix fixe menu and wine pairings. Please contact Ponte Vineyard Inn at 951-587-8855 for tickets. After dinner, guests are invited to take the short walk via a designated path to neighboring Wiens Family Cellars for their vintage Las Vegas-themed New Year’s Eve Celebration, hosted by The King himself, Elvis Presley. Those who book rooms at Ponte Vineyard Inn will enjoy exclusive access to The Cellar Lounge, a complimentary bottle of Ponte Winery Moscato, a complimentary Bloody Mary at Bouquet the next morning and a 1:00pm late check-out.

To book a room at Ponte Vineyard Inn, call (951) 587-6688  or visit www.pontevineyardinn.com. To purchase tickets to the Wiens Family Cellars new Year’s Eve Celebration, please contact the winery at (888) 989-4367.

Ponte Family Estate is located at 35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula CA 92591 | www.pontevineyardinn.com | 951-694-8855

 

 

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Temecula Wineries Pour at San Diego Wine and Food Festival (Nov 20-24)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

10th Annual Classic is November 20-24, 2013

Join the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association at The Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 23 as they pour from some the region’s best wineries, including:

  • Maurice Car’rie Winery
  • Europa Village
  • Wiens Family Cellars

 

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 20-24, 2013, and this year is bigger and better than ever.  Celebrate 10 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.  Join over 200 wineries (including Temecula’s Falkner, Oak Mountain, Keyways, Ponte, Callaway, Monte de Oro and Wilson Creek,) breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest birthday bash on the West Coast.

Click here for the list of events and to purchase tickets.

See you there!

 

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September Grape Stomps in Temecula Wine Country

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

In case you still didn’t know: September = Harvest Season all over California – and Temecula Valley is no exception.

To celebrate, several Temecula wineries throw annual grape stomps and early fall festivals for guests and wine-lovers all over Southern California!

Grape Stomping Festival at Ponte
Sunday, Sept. 29
Ponte Winery doesn’t merely give guests a chance to mash some small juicy orbs during their annual Grape Stomping Festival; they plan a full-on dinner buffet and day around the event. So figure you’ll have some sustenance awaiting you after you put in all of those strenuous minutes in the barrel; $95 per person. Ponte Family Estate is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-694-8855 or visit pontewinery.com.

Sip, Savor, Stomp at Wilson Creek
5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13
Sip on award-winning Wilson Creek wines, dine on a harvest buffet and stomp on grapes with your bare feet. The fun-filled evening will begin with a hayride to Merlot Mesa for a wine and cheese reception, followed by live music, grape stomping, and more. Tickets are $85 for general admission, $65 for wine club members, and $78 for guests of wine club members. Wilson Creek Winery is at 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-699-9463 or visit wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Annual Grape Stomp at Leoness
6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22
Wine, food, live music, dancing and a lot of grape stomping. Menu includes Surf & Turf buffet featuring tri-tip and lobster tails and one glass of wine. Tickets are $89 per person, $79 for wine club members. Leonesse Cellars is 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula. Call 951-302-7601, Ext. 150 or visit leonesscellars.com.

Eat Drink Stomp at Callaway
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Before dinner at Callaway Winery, get your heart rate up and grab your favorite partner for the grape stomp competitions and then dance the night away to live music on the courtyard. There will be a full al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties prepared by Executive Chef Michael Henry and the team at Meritage at Callaway. Tickets are $79 per person, $69 for wine club members, $35 for children 12 years old and younger, children under 3 are free. Callaway Winery is at 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Call 951-676-4001, 800-472-2377 or visit callawaywinery.com.

Blessing of the Wines, Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at South Coast
All day, Sept. 22
Celebration is in the air, and this one fun-for-the-entire family “blessing” you won’t want to miss. There’s a barbecue, face painting, tractor rides through the vineyards, live musical entertainment by Latin Jazz violinist Diego Mondragon, and his band, Savio Jazz, and of course, grape stomping contests. Tickets ($55 general admission, $50 for members, $15 for kids) include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food, plus the chance to win prizes. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-587-9463 or visit wineresort.com.

5th annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at Lorimar
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21

Lorimar Winery invites the public to this event featuring grape stomping, costume contest, live music and more, including $5 vineyard hay rides. Tickets include Dinner (served at 5 p.m.), dessert, and two drink tickets. Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Wine Club members, $30 for age 20 and younger. Lorimar Winery is at 39990 Anza Road, Temecula. Call (951) 694-6699 or visit lorimarwinery.com.

For daily harvest updates and lots of grape-picking action, tune in to our Facebook page!

*Info sourced from NBC’s Worth the Drive and Press Enterprise Blog

 

 

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Mid-Week July Specials at Temecula Wineries

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Throughout summer, savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

Bel Vino Winery

Bel Vino offers several different tours daily from 11a-4p. Monday-Thursday promises easier reservations and less crowds for a truly intimate wine country experience.

Traditional Tour & Tasting Experience

A 45-minute guided tour lead by an expert wine host. Your host will guide you and your group in an interactive, educational, wine tasting which provides our guests with an in-depth knowledge of Bel Vino winery and their award-winning red wines. $19.95 per person.

Vine to Wine: Private Tour & Tasting Experience

In a private setting, guests to this 45-minute Temecula wine tour are shown the process that takes Bel Vino grapes from vine to wine. Following the tour, guests are offered a tasting that includes an informative introduction to wine appreciation and a sample of 8 Bel Vino wines, paired with an imported & domestic cheese display. Includes souvenir logo wine glass. This popular tour is $29.95 per person tour and books quickly.

Private Reserves Tasting

This 75-minute tour of Bel Vino takes guests on an exclusive private tour of the vineyards. Guests will also have the chance to explore several of the winery’s wedding venues, ending the tour with a tasting of limited production, reserve wines in the Bel Vino house. There you will be able to enjoy a private tasting and eat freshly prepared tapas made by Bel Vino’s Executive Chef. This tour includes a vineyard tour, rare tastings, dinner and a souvenir glass; begins at $49.95 per person.

For reservations, please call (951) 676-6414.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Need some wine time with your girlfriends? The next Women & Wine Wednesday event will take place on July 31 from 6p-8p Sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers while making a unique theme or craft to take home! On July 31, you can create your own olive oil, soap or vinegar bottle dispenser. $32 per person, plus tax.  $30 per person, plus tax; wine club. Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events.

Callaway also offers 10% off lunch at Meritage, Monday-Friday only. Grab that coupon here.

For reservations, please call (951) 676-4001.

 

Inn at Churon Winery

Located right in the heart of wine country, Inn at Churon Winery offers wine tasting and rooms with vineyard views.

Sunday through Friday, the Inn is offering 20% room bookings. Download the special coupon here.

Sunday through Thursday, guests may book the Rest & Relaxation Package for a savings of $110 compared to the weekend rates.

Winery hours: Sunday-Friday, 10a-4:30p.

For reservations, please call (951) 694-9070.

 

Maurice Car’rie Winery

One of the oldest and established wineries in Temecula Valley, Maurice Car’rie offers 2 for 1 tastings Monday-Friday only through July 31. Enjoy a variety of sparkling wine flavors, plus a charming gift shop and lunch cafe.

Download that coupon here.

 

Ponte Family Estate

Ponte Vineyard Inn is an oasis where every room has a vineyard view, and it’s just steps from Ponte Winery! Enjoy significantly reduced rates (nearly 30% less) if you book Sun-Thu so mid-week is the perfect time to escape to wine-country. Check-in, take in the views, enjoy lunch at The Restaurant at Ponte, shop and sip at Ponte Winery’s Tasting Room & Gourmet Marketplace, then kick off Happy Hour at the inn’s The Cellar Lounge from 4:00-7:00pm before having dinner at Bouquet. You’ll be refreshed, relaxed ready to finish off your workweek.

For reservations, please call (951) 587-6688.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Through July, South Coast is offering several mid-week specials and packages —

Vintage Vantage Menu at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and over; Mondays-Thursdays in July 11:30-3p. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy live entertainment each Thursday evening in July at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Start your day Up, Up and Away with a South Coast Winery Resort & Spa Villa & Hot Air Balloon Package, which includes:
•    One luxurious night for two in an oversized Villa or Suite tucked away in the vineyards
•    Bottle of pre-selected award winning wine in the room
•    Hot Air Balloon Ride for two (2) with California Dreamin’
•    Champagne Toast Continental Breakfast at Journey’s End

$380 Sunday thru Thursday (regularly $479) per night per couple

For details and reservations, please call 951-587-9463.

Check back next month for another round up of mid-week specials in Temecula Valley!

 

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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!

pipesmagazine.com

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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Reminder: Temecula Restaurants Need Your Vote Before November 30!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Do you love Temecula winery restaurants?

Then vote for them now!

 

Several Temecula wineries have been nominated in the People’s Voice: Epicurean Awards on the popular online wine magazine, Snooth.com!

Now through November 30, you have the chance to vote on your favorite food and wine pairings in eight great categories.

Each vote enters you in a drawing to win a $1200 set of gourmet cookware!

All you have to do is click here to vote for all the categories.

Nominated Temecula Wineries:

 

And don’t forget to share the the link to your voting page with your friends! http://snth.me/XW34ey

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Wine Country Recipe: BBQ Burgers from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Simple Grilled Burgers with Ponte’s Secret Sauce

Ponte Family Estate is well-loved for their delicious al fresco restaurant so we asked them for a great grill recipe for summer. Here’s an interesting twist on an American classic – the cheeseburger.  And the best part about this burger recipe is it’s simplicity. This is an easy dish to prep and grill with the family for 4th of July weekend.  Pair with a light white wine – and sparkling lemonade for the kids!

Make the burgers using classic ingredients:

  • Ground beef (medium) or turkey patties (well-done)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Cheddar cheese (1-2 slices)
  • A bun, lightly grilled
  • Special Sauce (see below)

 

Measure the following ingredients by taste to make the special sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Mild curry spice
  • Dash of salt

 

*Pair with Ponte Winery’s Isabel 2010, a light and delicate summer white.

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