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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!



Winery Spotlight: Get To Know…Longshadow Ranch Winery & Vineyard

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The story:

Longshadow Ranch Winery & Vineyard has been a favorite of Temecula Valley wine country visitors for a decade.  This family-owned operation offers fine wines, live entertainment on weekends, carriage rides through the vineyards, and friendly service with a smile.  The winery is solely operated by the Brodersen family comprised of John, Susan and their three young children – along with great help from their excellent staff.

This winery offers some unique activities like a horse-drawn carriage that takes guests on wine tasting trips through the vineyards, led by their team of massive Belgian Draft Horses.  Folks are welcome to come down to the ranch and visit the horses in their petting zoo.  The winery also features a concert stage and expansive lawn where visitors can catch national acts throughout the summer and live music on on any given weekend.  Wine club members can attend many of these events free of charge.

The wines:

Longshadow Winery proudly offers a variety of friendly and accessible reds and whites.  Check out the Outlaw Red Gunslinger’s Reserve, the 2008 Estate Vineyard Syrah, and the 2009 White Feather Chardonnay.  They also offer Italian and Spanish varietals like the 2008 Estate Sangiovese and 2008 Tempranillo, plus popular dessert wines such as their Ponderosa Port, perfect for special occasions.  Longshadow wines are available for purchase at the winery and through their online wine shop.


Wine flights are $15 each, includes 5 premium wines and logo glass
Tasting room hours: Mon – Thur 11 am – 5; Fri 12 – 5 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am – 5 pm

39847 Calle Contento, Temecula CA 92591; (951) 587-6221



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