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Bastille Day

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Bastille Day

Vive le 14 juillet!
Long live the 14th of July!

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789.  As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence signaled the start of the American Revolution, in France the invasion of the Bastille began the Great Revolution.  Although the Bastille held only seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the raid was a symbol of liberty and the start of the fight against oppression for all French citizens.  Today, the day is commemorated with much merry making, revelry and of course, wine drinking!

As we Americans tend to do, it seems only appropriate to join in the celebration, which gives us cause to celebrate everything French, oui?  And since almost all of the most famous grape varieties originated in France or became famous through French expression, we think toasting to our fellow red, white and blue’rs should be done in the French spirit, non?

The diversity of French wine is due in large part to the country’s wide range of climates – just like ours in California.  It’s cooler in the north, warm and dry in the Rhone Valley to the south; there’s coastal effects and all sorts of continental and Mediterranean influences throughout the land.  And like us in the Temecula Valley, whether you’re a lover of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc – or you’re more a devotee of Bourdeaux or Rhone style blended wines, there’s a little something for everyone.

So, we say Santé!  And add a warm merci beaucomp to the French!

Click here for some great French varietals, Temecula Style!

Ponte Family Estate Winery
2013 Pas Doux
Newly released, Pas Doux, means “not sweet” in French.  A full bodied, bone dry rosé wine with a honeysuckle aroma and and wonderful flavors of pear, guava, grapefruit and lemon zest.  A staple of the French table!

Doffo Winery
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark rich garnet in color; opulent flavors of dark red cherries and cassis on the palate.  Soft and subtle with a long, lingering finish with a hint of smoke and cocoa.

Falkner Winery
2010 Meritage ~ Bourdeaux style
A  full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby red in color, rich in flavors such as black cherry, blueberry and pepper with well integrated tannins.

Palumbo Family Winery
2011 Meritage “Tre Fratelli”
A traditional blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc; toasted vanilla and caramel nose with black cherry and plum fruit finish.  Oh yeah, and if you happen to stop by Palumbo Family Winery today, it just happens to be Nick’s birthday, too!


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.


Wine Country Recipe: California-Style Clam Bake

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

California-Style Clam Bake

(Courtesy of The California Wine Institute)

Serves 4 as a main course, serves 8 as an appetizer

No matter where you are in the world, this garlic-infused California-style clambake recipe will bring the spirit of The Golden State to you.  Celebrate California Wine Month this September with this light and classic seafood dish, which can be served as an appetizer or a main dish.

Pair with California Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé.  *See below for Temecula wine suggestions!


3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
4 shallots, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup (240ml) California Sauvignon Blanc or other crisp white wine
1 cup (240ml) chicken stock
2 pounds (900g) mussels
2 pounds (900g) clams
1 tablespoons (15ml) parsley, finely chopped


– In a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, shallots and garlic.

– Sauté for 1 minute or until the vegetables are slightly browned.

– Add the wine and chicken stock.

– Bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add the mussels and clams and steam for 7 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the pot several times.

-Remove from heat and pour mussel and clams into a large serving dish.

– Garnish with parsley.

– Serve immediately, accompanied by a fresh, rustic-style bread.

Image courtesy of Madaket Home

Pair with one of your local Temecula Valley wines!  Look for crisp and dry wines with a hint of effervescence —

Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2010 Fume Blanc

South Coast Winery Pinot Noir Rosé Sparking

Callaway Vineyard & Winery Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay





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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