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Dream Big ~ Jim Carter, South Coast Winery

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with a Temecula Valley winery owner. You’ll learn where they came from, why they chose Temecula – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous life of a winery owner.

 

Jim and Dawn Carter, owners

Jim and Dawn Carter, owners

Today, we’re sitting down with Jim Carter, owner of South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, at the winery’s restaurant, Vineyard Rose. Never one to sit still for long, the energetic father of 13, grandfather to 27 and great-grandfather to 4 is a man on a mission!

South Coast Winery opened in 2001 and has grown exponentially since then, was that always part of the vision?
I knew what I wanted to build way before I started construction.  I’d visited wine regions throughout the state and knew that ultimately I wanted to have a place where people would want to come and stay amongst the vineyards. We built in phases, starting with the production side and the tasting room.  Phase 2 was the villas, phase 3 the Vineyard Rose restaurant, phase 4 the conference center and finished off with phase 5, the Grapeseed Spa. I think there was about 10 or 11 wineries when I started.  Who knew it was going to develop as quickly as it did?

But that really wasn’t what I had in mind when I bought my first Temecula vineyard property back in 1981.  I wanted to grow grapes. And I planted a lot of them beginning back in 1995 on a 400 acre piece of property that I’d purchased years before up along the east side of Mount Palomar. It’s a spectacular vineyard we named Wild Horse Peak and it produces some fabulous grapes.  My kids and I would spend weekends and summers up there digging and planting.  I just fell in love with the farming side.  The winery is the vehicle that allows me to be a grape grower.

The winery has quite an extensive menu of wines, was that also part of the plan?
We just kept planting to see which clonal varietals grew well here and we ended up liking pretty much everything we grew.  So we’re in a unique position in that we can now make a wine that suits just about anyone’s palate.  There’s a wine for everyone – and I want to make sure that visitors can discover what they love right here in our tasting room.  

So what’s next?
Carter Estate Winery and Resort.  The first phase of our family’s next adventure is set to open in January.  It’s a completely different concept from this winery.  Our production will be quite limited.  We sourced the fruit for these bottlings from some of our best vineyard blocks and have used the best barrels on the market to hand craft 4-5 different wines that we’ll be releasing under the Carter Estate label.  And we’re also really excited to announce that we’ll be showcasing some new “methode champenoise”, traditional style sparkling wines over there too.  We’re really anxious to share these small lot wines that we’ve been bottling and cellaring for awhile now.  

And we’re also breaking ground on a winery/brew pub in the Texas hill country, just outside of Austin in a town called Johnson City.  

Sounds like crazy talk to me! Do you ever sleep?  What keeps you awake at night?
I have a good life.  About the only think that keeps me awake is praying for rain! We sure need us a good rainy winter.

 

 

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Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect and give thanks to all who make our lives better by just being in them!  To all of our supportive member wineries and their staff, all of our growers, our affiliate members and our entire family of partners – and to You – our treasured guests (without whom we wouldn’t exist!), please accept our humble thanks.

If there are any out there who would give thanks to NOT have to cook, you can thank both South Coast Winery and Thornton Winery for doing it for you.  Both are accepting reservations for turkey day dinner now.  Trust me, they’re better at this than most of us!  And if you need a good nights rest after all the over-indulging, Wilson Creek Manor is offering some fantastic rates for which you’ll be truly thankful.

The day after Thanksgiving, aka, Black Friday, bring your family and friends out for a day in wine country.  All of our wineries will be open for the entire weekend – and many are offering once a year discounts on some fabulous wine for the holidays.  Special Black Friday sales events are going on at Cougar, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Leoness, Lorimar, Oak Mountain, Ponte and Robert Renzoni wineries.  I mean, really!  Where else can you taste before you buy, but at a winery?

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Wine Country Recipe: Osso Bucco de Pollo

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Osso Bucco De Pollo

Recipe courtesy of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, The Vineyard Rose Restaurant

 

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 5 green and 5 black olives roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 chicken drumsticks small and frenched (3 ounces each)
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

 

Instructions

  1. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, chicken broth, carrot, celery, onion, thyme, olives, 1 teaspoon garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Snuggle the chicken drums into the vegetable mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low until the chicken and vegetables are tender, about 4 hours.
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken drums to a serving dish. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  5. With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining teaspoon of garlic, chile flake and chopped parsley.
  7. Stir half the parsley mixture into the vegetables.
  8. Top the chicken with the vegetables and remaining parsley mixture and serve.

 

Serve with your choice of South Coast wine:
2009 South Coast Winery Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 South Coast Winery Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyard Syrah

 

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