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Wine Country Recipe: Salt and Pepper Skirt Steak, Courtesy of Doffo Winery

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Salt and Pepper Grilled Skirt Steak

Recipe courtesy of Doffo Winery in Temecula Valley, CA

Skirt steak is a flavorful cut of beef so you don’t need to do much before throwing it on a hot grill. Just a simple marinade followed by a healthy salt and pepper seasoning will do the trick. Serve with roasted spring veggies or salad greens and a generous side of garlicky chimichurri sauce. Purchase Doffo’s famous chimichurri sauce here!

Makes 6 Servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


For the marinade:

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
2 lbs beef skirt steak
1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt to taste


In a large mixing bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and whisk together thoroughly. Add the skirt steak, and toss in the marinade until all the pieces are coated evenly. Cover the bowl and let sit, at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Remove skirt steak from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Cook about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare on a very hot, preheated outdoor grill, or on a grill pan indoors. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Be sure to slice against the grain for the best results.

Pair this dish with Doffo Private Reserve 2010 Malbec.


Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Miramonte Winery

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Miramonte Winery


The Story

Miramonte Winery is the passion project of Cane Vanderhoof, whose entrepreneurial spirit and love of wine led him to found this Temecula Valley winery in 2000. Located among the wineries on Rancho California Road, Miramonte is perched on a stunning hilltop overlooking the valley. The contemporary-chic tasting room, expansive patio and garden verandas offer an elegant and peaceful way to experience Southern California’s wine country.

Miramonte Winery is a dog-friendly winery, so bring your four-legged friends! And if wine tasting is not enough, sample one of the winery’s fabulous Food Boards (more details below) or enjoy live music entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10pm.



The Wines

Miramonte specializes in wines made from Rhone grape varieties, including their Provence-style Grenache rosé and Estate Syrah. Visitors can also look forward to sipping favorites like Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. Check out the Miramonte wine store here!

Miramonte Wines

Miramonte Wine

All of Miramonte’s wines are handcrafted by seasoned winemaker, Reinhard Schlassa, whose pedigree includes a lengthy stint at Oregon’s renowned Argyle Winery, where he made sparkling wines in the Methode Champenois style. UC Davis educated, he has made wine with many icons of the industry, on three continents, over a span of two decades.

The Miramonte vineyards are sustainably managed. Taking into account the climate and the soil, the team at Miramonte has chosen a natural approach to farming in order to protect the land and sustain the amazing cycle of life that exists in the vineyard.

Click here for more info on Miramonte Winery Wine Club!


Wine Tasting

Tastings are $12 for 6 tastes Monday through Friday, and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays.


Bottled wines are $15-$40. Wines by the glass are $5-$12.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Miramonte offers chef-prepared artisan cheese, charcuterie and Mediterranean food boards for $15-$25.

When to Visit

Generally speaking, Monday through Thursday can be a quieter tasting experience with plenty of personal attention from the staff. If you’re looking for a little more energy, consider visiting Friday through Sunday. Peak hours are 2-6pm.

The Ultimate Winery Tour

Miramonte Winery tours take guests through the vineyard, the crush pad and the barrel cellar, offering VIP access to the incredible property. Tours are approximately 30 minutes, followed by a private, beautifully-appointed wine tasting on the amazing Starlight Veranda.

Monday thru Friday, $20

Wine tasting included
Available 12-5 PM, by appointment only.

Saturday & Sunday, $25

Wine tasting included
Regular Tours 12 PM & 2 PM, reservations required.

Tours Phone: (951) 506-5500 #108
Tours Email: tours@miramontewinery.com
*Private tours subject to available time slots.
Miramonte Winery Address:  33410 Rancho California Rd Temecula, CA 92591-4928
Phone #: (951) 506-5500
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday; 11am – 6pm. Friday & Saturday; 11am – 10pm
Website: miramontewinery.com


Miramonte Winery, Temecula Valley



Temecula Wines Win Big at Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

This just in!  Temecula Valley brings home multiple medals from the 73rd Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition! Nearly 3,300 wines were entered, tasted by a 72-member panel comprised of international judges.


Judged in May 2012, there were many strong contenders, varietals and price ranges represented. For 73 years, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States.


The competition is the platform for an extensive wine education program available to the nearly 1.5 million visitors at the annual L.A. County Fair. With the L.A. International Wine & Spirits Competition committed to educating the public about wine, the Fair’s wine education program features industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting as well as wine and food pairings.


Congratulations to Best in Class winners Van Roekel and South Coast Winery for their Viognier and Riesling, respectively.

Full list of Temecula winery winners are below —


DANZA DEL SOL WINERY    www.danzadelsolwinery.com

  • BRONZE MEDAL  Gewurztraminer, California 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL  Viognier, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL  Syrah, Temecula Valley 2009


HART WINERY    www.hartfamilywinery.com

  • BRONZE MEDAL: Zinfandel, Huis Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2010


KEYWAYS VINEYARD & WINERY    www.keywayswine.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Viognier, Estate Reserve, Temecula Valley 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Moscato, California 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Riesling, California 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Late Harvest Roussanne, Dessert Roussanne, Temecula Valley
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Charbono, California 2008


MAURICE CARRIE WINERY    www.mauricecarriewinery.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sweet White Blend, Heather’s Mist, Temecula Valley
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Riesling, Temecula Valley 2011


VAN ROEKEL WINERY    www.mauricecarriewinery.com

  • BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL – 91 Points   Viognier, Estate, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Zinfandel, Estate, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sparkling Raspberry, Raspberry, California


MONTE DE ORO WINERY    www.montedeoro.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Zinfandel, Estate Grown, Galway Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • SILVER MEDAL    Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown, DePortola Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Merlot, Estate Grown, DePortola Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Syrah, Estate Grown, Reserve, Temecula Valley 2007


VINDEMIA WINERY    www.vindemia.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Syrah, Estate, Temecula 2009


WILSON CREEK WINERY    www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

  • GOLD MEDAL – 90 Points    Red Sparkling, Cuvee Rouge, Temecula Valley


SOUTH COAST WINERY    www.southcoastwinery.com

  • BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL – 97 Points    Riesling, Temecula Valley 2011
  • GOLD MEDAL – 93 Points Sauvignon Blanc, Musque Clone, Temecula Valley 2011
  • GOLD MEDAL – 92 Points Sweet Red Blend, Romanza, South Coast
  • GOLD MEDAL – 90 Points  Brut, Temecula Valley
  • SILVER MEDAL – Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Blanc, Temecula Valley 2008 Sparkling Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley Port, Black Jack Port, South Coast Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Temecula Valley Muscat Canelli, Temecula Valley 2011 Sparkling Syrah, Ruby Cuvee, Temecula Valley Extra Dry, Temecula Valley Rhone Style White Blend, GVR, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL – Sparkling Muscat, Spumante Diamante, California Rose, Merlot, South Coast 2011 Portuguese Style Red Blend, Penrose, Carter Estate, South Coast 2009 Chardonnay, Wild Horse Peak, South Coast 2009 Rose, Tempranillo, Carter Estate Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2011 Merlot, Wild Horse Peak, South Coast 2007 Late Harvest Riesling, Temecula Valley 2009


See all the winners from the LA International Wine Competition here!



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