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Temecula Winemaker Roundtable: Fun Facts About… Red Wine Blends

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Red wine blends are increasingly popular in the US, though they’ve long been the standard for regions as famous as Bordeaux, the Southern Rhone and Tuscany. Why? Because winemakers appreciate the flexibility and control blending allows; they are able fine tune the final wine to bring out the best of each variety and use them to balance each other. Like a meal made with one ingredient or a song that features only one instrument, single variety wines are sometimes less interesting and harmonious than blends.

Red wine blends may be labeled a variety of ways. Some popular blends you may see in Temecula include “Meritage” or “Super Tuscan” wines, but wineries frequently give their blends proprietary names, such as Monte de Oro’s Synergy 65, Callaway’s Calliope Red or Wilson Creek’s Double Dog Red.  This is a fun way of making the wine more identifiable, but it also signifies that the winery has truly created a wine that is theirs and theirs alone, since no two blends are exactly alike!

*See below for more Temecula red blends.

 

Here are five fun facts about red wine blends!

Facts courtesy of The Daily NewsWikipedia, Wine.LoveToKnow
  1. Bordeaux blends: Red Bordeaux blends are generally made from a combination primarily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot.  They also often include Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.
  2. A red Meritage is a Bordeaux-style wine made in California that is a combination of at least two of six varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carmenère.
  3. A Super Tuscan originally served as reference to an Italian viticulture region. While some Super Tuscans are single varietal, most are blends primarily containing Sangiovese or Merlot, some are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and some even more unusual blends which might include Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
  4. GSM is a classic combination of three grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) from the southern Rhone Valley.  It is also referred to as a Southern Rhone blend.
  5. Rhone blends from France’s Rhone Valley can contain up to 22 varieties.  As the US has only 12 of those varietals planted, New World wines are most often a combination Syrah and Viognier blended with Mourvèdre, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, and perhaps Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc and Petite Sirah.


 

Looking for a great Temecula Valley red wine blend?  Check these wines out!

 

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January Events in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, January 7th, 2011

January marks the beginning of an exciting year here in Temecula Wine Country! To kick the new year off right, our member wineries have planned plenty of fun and exciting activities and events especially for you. From wine and art shows, cooking classes and wine seminars to wine and food pairing classes, you are sure to have an enjoyable time. Don’t forget that January is also California Restaurant Month, so take advantage of all the special lunch and dinner packages our member wineries have created here. Take a look below for the special events set for this month!

Lorimar Winery- Wine & Art Show Series
January 1st – 31st
Emerging artist, Sara Shawger is bringing a taste to Santa Fe New Mexico to Old Town Temecula.  Sara’s collection of introspective paintings and abstract drawings will be featured at Lorimar Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room during the month of January with a special “Meet the Artist” reception on January 22nd from 6pm to 9pm.  Call 951.240.5177.

Oak Mountain Winery- Cooking Class
January 14, 2011
Chef Michael Cragg of Temecula Catering teaches you to make a gourmet meal!  A complete hands-on experience, with all materials provided. Check out the menu here. To make a reservation, please email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951.699.9102.

Oak Mountain Winery- White Elephant Party
January 15, 2011
Bring those unwanted wrapped gifts for the White Elephant gift exchange. Tickets are $10 for Wine club members and $15 for Non-Members. Price includes a ticket for the White Elephant exchange, a glass of wine, all you can eat potato soup & rolls. Come by for a great evening by the fire! To make a reservation, please call 951.699.9102 or email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Leonesse Cellars- 3rd Sunday Concert
January 16, 2011
Cozy in for a heart-warming glass of wine and music at Leonesse Cellars 3rd Sunday Concert.  From 1pm to 5pm, enjoy the music of the Vineyard Troubadour with special guest artist, Steven Kinsey.

Callaway Winery- Wine Seminar “A Taste of Winter”
January 22, 2011
A Taste of Winter is the first in a series of four seminars with Callaway’s winemaker, Craig Larson.  Journey through various topics of winemaking including hands on instruction on vineyard management, the harvest and crush processes, fermentation, barrel aging and even how to taste, serve and store wines.  For reservations, call 951.676.4001.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Wild Women of Wine Country Cooking Class
January 29, 2011
Join South Coast Winery for cooking and wine the Wild Women Way!  Just $35 gives you the opportunity to be a part of this special day.  Best of all, proceeds benefit a local community charity.  Audience participation encouraged; sense of humor required!  Call 951-587-9463 X7210 to reserve your place today.

Thornton Winery- ABC’s from Grape to Glass
January 29, 2011
Meet winemaker, David Vergari for a foray into the fun world of wine.  Learn about the passion and experience their new winemaker is bringing to the bottle. Call 951.699.0099 for information and reservations.

We look forward to seeing you this month in Temecula Wine Country!

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