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Vine Talk: Verasion

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

 

Pinot Grigio 7_14

Leoness Cellars Pinot Grigio; July 3, 2014

Vine Talk:  Verasion

“I’ve never seen anything like it!”, says Mike Rennie, owner of Leoness Cellars and a long-time grower and vineyard manager here in the valley.  “Harvest is going to be the earliest I’ve ever seen!  We’re already seeing verasion in all of our white grape varietals – and in some of our red varietals. The sugar level in our Pinot Grigio this morning was 18%.  It’ll probably reach the 22% we look for and be ready for harvesting by mid to late July.  It’s just incredible!”

In vineyard speak, verasion is a term used to describe the changing of color in a grape cluster.  All grapes are green up this point, but as the ripening process evolves, the clusters will begin the process of turning into those recognizable hues of golds, pinks, reds and purples. The grapes at this stage are sour and immature, but during the next few weeks as the fruit matures, astringent malic acids turn into soft tartaric acids and the sugar levels begin to rise rapidly.

There’s lot of action in the vineyard during this time.  The leaf canopies are constantly being pruned to allow just the right amount of sunlight and air to circulate though the vines.  Clusters that are not ripening evenly will be dropped to allow those that are to uniformly mature.  Unlike table grapes, small berry clusters are what we’re looking for as they have a better skin to fruit ratio that ensures enhanced concentrations of flavor and structure.  And that’s a very important aspect for making quality wines!  We’ll be praying for warm and dry weather – at least through the harvest season – to allow for the long, slow ripening process that our winemakers love.

What actually triggers verasion remains a mystery, but we can be sure that Mother Nature holds all the cards!

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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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