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Rosés: A Rise in Popularity!

Friday, April 29th, 2016

glasses-of-rose-wineAmerica has fallen in love with rosé wines, one of the fastest growing segments of the US wine market. Popularized in the South of France, rosé is now made in every major wine region around the world, including Southern California’s premier wine region, the Temecula Valley. As a matter of fact, wineries here have been making rosés for decades – Hart Winery made its first blush wine, a Rosé of Grenache, in 1980, the year the winery opened!

From sensuously sweet to classically dry to splendidly sparkling, Temecula Valley wineries deliver a myriad of styles to suit every palate and occasion.

Rosés are created by limiting the amount of time the skins of the grapes are left to sit with the colorless juice, often for only a few hours. This minimal skin contact creates a wide a range of shades, from pale salmon pink, to raspberry through to deeper strawberry hues. The grape variety will also influence the final tone. Thicker skinned varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Cinsault, lend a slightly deeper berry red to the finished wine, while those crafted from more delicate grapes, like Grenache, may have a paler, rose-petal tinge.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that lighter means leaner when it comes to aroma and taste! Paler wines may explode with just as many notes of strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, cranberry, ripe peach and deep citrus as their bolder-colored cousins.

According to Nielsen, sales of rosé wines priced over $11 are up a staggering 60%, accounting for .2% of all table wine, about the same size as the entire US market for the wines of Portugal or South Africa. One reason for the popularity of rosé, besides its easy-drinking, laid-back, relaxed vibe, is its versatility. It’s easy to sip on its own, at the beach or poolside, and it can be the perfect foil for food. No matter the occasion, you’ll find a Temecula Valley rosé that will prove the perfect compliment.

Sparkling rosé is always a wonderful way to start a gathering of any kind. Award-winning South Coast Winery produces four fabulous blush sparklers including their NV Blanc de Noir, a classic dry style, and the popular Ruby Cuveé with a touch of berry-filled sweetness. Not to be outdone, Thornton Winery has been creating sparkling wines for many years and features several sparkling rosés on its extensive list, as do Oak Mountain Winery, Wiens and Wilson Creek wineries. These high-quality blushing bubblies fall in the $19 to $38 price range.

The region of Provence, in the south of France, is the benchmark for traditional, dry, food-friendly rosé. That tradition is alive and well in Temecula, with many of the wineries emulating this classic style, priced at an average of $22.

Hart Winery has a delightful Rosé of Tempranillo, or venture next door and try Callaway Vineyard & Winery’s Rosé of Sangiovese – it’s won a bevy of awards since its initial 2008 vintage. Travel down Rancho California Road and sample Miramonte Winery’s Rosé, made from a blend of typical Mediterranean grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Oak Mountain Winery, on the DePortola Trail, produces several variations on the Rosé theme, including their multiple-award-winning 2013 River Rhodes Rosé made with 100% Syrah. Or enjoy a bottle of Vindemia Winery’s Vermeille Grenache 2013, a lovely single-varietal blush wine.

If you crave something sweet or off-dry, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Why not seek out Pink Crowded rosé at Wiens Famiy Cellars, an off-dry blend of Grenache, Zinfandel and Malbec. Or reach for White Zinfandel or White Merlot at Bel Vino, or relax in the gardens of Europa Village while sipping on a cool, refreshing glass of Garnacha Rosa?

Any of these choices would be stellar matches to a wide range of foods. Dry rosé is fantastic with flavorful appetizers such as tapenade, flatbreads, charcuterie platters, hummus, and soft cheeses like chèvre and brie. When it comes to main courses, pop the cork on another bottle of rosé and enjoy it with pizza, a variety of fish or poultry dishes, salads, light meats like pork or ham, or a good, juicy burger!

Off-dry styles are wonderful with firmer cheeses such as Parmesan and aged gouda. Or sample a sip with a strawberry and spinach salad!

And, of course, there’s always room for dessert, with a glass of sweet style rosé! Pair anything featuring berries, peaches, nectarines or spicy ginger with Irresistable Rosato from Falkner Winery (crafted from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) or Sara Bella White Cabernet Sauvignon from Maurice Car’rie Winery.

Temecula Valley vintners are bottling their rosé wines from the fantastic 2015 vintage now, in early 2016. These wines are made to be consumed fresh, upon release. So grab your beach blanket, fire up the grill or unfurl your finest white tablecloth and get ready for a superb sampling of refreshing, scintillating rosé’s from the wineries of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Vindemia Vineyard & Winery

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Story

Vindemia is a family-owned and operated winery, beautifully nestled on a Temecula hillside with the perfect blend of European style and Southern California casual. Visitors who venture through the valley-less-travelled on Calle Contento will find an estate with  spectacular views, masterful gardens, and a comfortable setting that all combine to create an unparalleled retreat.

Owners David and Gail Bradley have a unique perspective of their vineyard and the Temecula Valley – a view from above. Their company, California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures, offers a beautiful sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Temecula Wine Country. They also host guests in their bed & breakfast, La Vindemia.

 

The Wines

The winery produces handcrafted wines that comprise some of the best varietals grown in the Temecula Valley. Favorites include Vindemia’s popular “More Cow Bell” Zinfandel blend, as well as their Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux-style blend, Viognier, Rosé, and Syrah. Vindemia also has 100 olive trees, which the Bradley family harvests and presses for fresh, delicious olive oil. The wine and olive oil are available for sale to the public only at Vindemia Estate Winery.

New this month! Vindemia just released their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, priced at $20/bottle, and their 2012 Reggatta de Blanc Viognier Blend, available for $24/bottle.  They will be releasing their much-anticipated 2012 “More Cowbell” Zinfandel in July.

For a list of Vindemia’s current wine selections, click here.

 

Tasting Room

The Vindemia tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 11am-5pm. This off-the-beaten-path winery is located at 33133 Vista Del Monte Rd. Temecula, CA 92591.

At the top of each hour, visitors are invited to learn more about winemaking by exploring the vineyards or taking a tour with the winemakers.

Contact the winery directly at www.vindemia.com; or call 951-699-0601.

 

Vindemia is excited to share the plans for their new winery building, currently in its initial planning stages.

 

Latest news from Vindemia winery owner, Gail Bradley:

“We recently purchased an awesome new tractor and are running an Instagram/Facebook contest for anyone that wants to come visit our tasting room. We pay tribute to our “More Cowbell” wine on the tractor.  They just need to come by take a picture with the tractor and in the caption explain why they need more cowbell with the hashtags #Vindemia and #MoreCowbell. The winner gets a case of our infamous 2012 More Cowbell.”

 Stop by Vindemia Vineyard & Winery today!

 

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Vindemia Turkey Chili

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Few things are as warm and comforting as a bowl of chili, and this recipe from Vindemia Estate Winery uses lean turkey instead of beef for a healthier alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Another benefit of this hearty dish is that it’s generally better eaten the next day…or the next day after that! This turkey chili is the ideal, one-pot meal to make ahead for busy weeknights. All you have to do is reheat, and you’ve got a healthy, satisfying and delicious homemade meal in minutes. Enjoy!

Vindemia Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

Extra virgin olive oil

2 cups chopped red onion

4 garlic cloves, chopped fine

2.5 lbs lean ground turkey

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. white pepper

4 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1.5 tsp. cayenne pepper

Sea salt

1 roasted Poblano chili (peeled & diced)

2, 15-ounce cans whole tomatoes (cubed)

3 tbsp. Ibarra Mexican Chocolate with cinnamon

1, 15-ounce can kidney beans

2 , 15-ounce cans black beans

Thinly sliced smoked Gouda

Vindemia Grenache Rosé

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until light brown and tender; approximately 8-10 minutes.  Add garlic (be careful not to burn) and turkey and brown on medium to medium-low heat.  Add black pepper, white pepper, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper and sea salt.  Peel, slice and roast Poblano chili and add to pot.  Add cubed tomatoes, Ibarra Mexican Chocolate, a bit more olive oil and ½ glass of Vindemia Grenache Rosé.  Bring the chili to a slow boil for 4 minutes; then reduce heat.  Add kidney beans and black beans.

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour.  At 45 minutes, add thin sliced smoked Gouda.  After cooking, garnish with 3 olives, or olive leaves with red table grapes sliced in half.

Serve with Vindemia Grenache Rosé or Vindemia More Cowbell.

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TWVA Featured @ the LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

During Labor Day weekend,  the Los Angeles Times held its first Celebration of Food and Wine at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood, CA. The sun was shining, and food and wine lovers alike were out sampling the best of the best from the beverage and culinary worlds. We were lucky enough to be a featured winery at the event and were in great company in the VIP section with the finest in food and wine that Los Angeles has to offer. At our booth, we poured delectable wines from some of our member wineries including Briar Rose Winery, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Falkner WineryMonte de Oro Winery, Oak Mountain Winery, Stuart Cellars South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, and Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery.  We were happy to be greeted by Temecula Valley wine fans who have visited Temecula Wine County and were excited to see that we had come out to the event. The LA Times Celebration of Food & Wine was a huge success and we are glad to have been a part of it! Check out the slide show of our memories from the event below!

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