2017 Wine Education at the LA County Fair

2017 Wine Education at the LA County Fair

By Beth Heiserman

Last week, I attended a wine education class at the LA County Fair in Pomona for Award Winning Wines of Southern California. They presented our 2013 Syrah which won a silver award. I was so excited to be there and experience a class which I attend every year that had one of our wines. This was the first time we were included in this class or for that matter any class. As I waited in line, people kept…

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Celebrate one of the oldest wine varietals…Tempranillo

Celebrate one of the oldest wine varietals…Tempranillo

By Beth P. Heiserman

Tempranillo ripens earlier than other varietals. It grows around the world, but is mainly grown in the Rioja region of Spain. This varietal has been growing since Phoenicians settled in the Iberian Peninsula somewhere around 1000 BC when the wine trade was flourishing. The Phoenicians had created a widespread wine trading network around the Mediterranean Sea ports. It is possible that they started trading around 800 BC when they founded Carthage in 814 BC. They also founded Málaga,…

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Oso’s Farewell

This past Sunday August 27, 2017, I buried my friend, Oso. It was a very, very sad day for me and all of us who loved him. He was the gentle giant German Shepherd at the winery where he grew up and spent his life in the freedom of the vineyard.

I was on a hike with both Oso and Dante and stopped to meet someone. Oso was injured and we took him to the hospital in Newhall, where the vet informed me he was paralyzed and would not survive an operation,…

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Let’s celebrate Grenache

Let’s Celebrate Grenache
By Beth P. Heiserman



Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine varietal in the world. It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce. It ripens much later than most varietals. There are different types of Grenache; Noir, Blanc, Gris and Rose. It is mainly grown in France, Australia, Sardinia/Italy and the Central Valley of California. Most likely the grape originated from Spain during the period when the Aragon Crown ruled according to ampelographical evidence.The study of ampelography helps identify and classifies…

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Syrah or Shiraz?

Syrah or Shiraz?
By Beth P. Heiserman

When I first started at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, I remember trying the 2009 Syrah. It became my favorite instantly. It has such a great smokiness and is so fruit forward that I knew it would be perfect to pair with bison or lamb. I have paired this wine with everything from Sloppy Joes to a leg of lamb. Syrah is sometimes known as Shiraz. It is grown all over the world. Its dark skin…

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World Malbec Day!

Malbec is considered to be a thin-skinned purple grape that tends to be a full-bodied wine. Black cherry, plum, berries, mocha, molasses, leather and black pepper are some of the notes you will recognize. The aromas will vary based upon climate where it is grown. It has many names, but In Bordeaux, it’s known as Malbec. It is one of the six red Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carménère). When growing, it requires higher temperatures and elevations than Cabernet Sauvignon. Plus it doesn’t have a long…

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone is a ‘Little Bit Irish’

On St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone is a ‘Little Bit Irish’

by Beth P. Heiserman

Have you ever had an Irish wine? Many people are familiar with Irish whisky, beer and even Irish liqueurs. Who doesn’t love Irish crème liqueur and coffee? However, the Irish do make wine, too!

They grow varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and many others. They also produce apple and pear hard cider, and even mead (honey wine). The European Commission has now officially listed Ireland as a wine producing country. We know from history that in the 5th…

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50 Shades of pink!

50 Shades of pink!

What is a Rosé Wine?

From pink to fuchsia…and all the shades in between like blush, crepe, rouge,salmon or coral.

By Beth P. Heiserman
Published February 1, 2017

 

 

Rose wines, often called blush wines are wines normally made with red grapes but that have a much lighter color than red wine based upon the way the wine is created. It can be created a number of ways. There are three ways to make a rose; skin-contact, Saignée or blending.Read More

Did you ever wonder about the history of a corkscrew?

corkscrewDid you ever wonder about the history of a corkscrew?

by Beth P. Heiserman

Did you ever wonder what did people do to open a bottle of wine before cork screws? Since wine making has been around for 8000 years, you would think that efficient wine storage would have had more progression.  But then again most wine is still made the same way in some parts of the world. For many centuries, the winery would sell barrels to stores and the stores would bottle as they sold it.

Kenelm Digby…

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The perfect pairing for turkey dinner

The perfect pairing for turkey dinner

Ever wondered what should you serve with turkey?  Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

By Beth P. Heiserman

Published November 16, 2016

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Ever wondered what should you serve with turkey?  Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. There are plenty of white and red choices for everyone to love. Every dish can pair with a different wine. Here are some choices to choose from, from a dry Sauvignon Blanc to a sweet dessert wine…

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October is International Merlot Month!

Did you know Merlot was given a month to celebrate?

October is International Merlot Month!

By Beth Heiserman, Published October 2016

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Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine. The word Merlot has said to be a derivative of the word merle. In French, it means blackbird.  History tells us that one of the first wine labels with Merlot on it was in 1784 in Bordeaux, France. It is a very popular red grape that is generally planted around the world for blending. Merlot adds…

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Is Your Beverage Vegan?

Is Your Beverage Vegan?

With more emphasis on organic and vegan options winemakers are changing the way they make wine.

by Beth P. Heiserman

 

What do you know about your wine? Is it vegan? How can you find out?

Winemakers, brew masters and distillers may include animal by-products directly in their products, or use them during processing and filtration.
In the course of processing the product sometimes dairy, honey and other items are added.
During filtration, which happens just prior to bottling, products like isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatin, egg whites and other materials are used.Read More

Veraison, is the ripening stage before we harvest

Veraison

It is the ripening stage before we harvest

The grape cycle begins with bud break, generally in March or April. Flowering, and fruit set happens shortly after. Then followed in the summer by veraison which leads into harvesting. By Thanksgiving, we have the beautiful colors of fall. The leaves start to fall, which leads into dormancy in the month of December and January. We then prune in January.

IMG_5556Currently, we are in the veraison stage. This is the stage before harvest. After “fruit set”, the red grapes varietals…

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2016 Paella Day

 

IMG_1494Annually we have Paella Day at Reyes Winery. This year we are celebrating Father’s Day with Paella. We do a mixed version with chicken, pork, fish and vegetables. Robert started making paella in the 1980’s with his childhood friend in Miami. He has created this recipe we feature this coming Sunday June 19, 2016 by choosing things he likes.

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International Sauvignon Blanc Day

 

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Ren FrontDid you know that May 6 is International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

It started in New Zealand to help promote the wine. They produce over 70% of the worlds Sauvignon Blanc production.

The celebrations will kick off on May 6th this year in New Zealand, a country that owes much of its reputation to Sauvignon Blanc, and will continue across the globe following the sun with tastings planned around the world and eventually finishing 43 hours later at the organization’s headquarters in San Francisco. Celebrate by enjoying a glass of Sauvignon…

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Robert Reyes promotes 3rd Annual Wine Festival

IMG_2982Robert Reyes promotes 3rd Annual Sierra Pelona Wine Festival to benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of the Santa Clarita Valley on SCVtv on February 18, 2015 with Stacy Kupfer.

 

SCV Today, February 18, 2015

 

 

 

 

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March 21, 2015, 8am-12pm
Reyes Winery Charity Hike and Saturday Brunch $75

Robert Reyes, wine-maker and general manager, will guide you on a beginner, medium or advance level hike through the Sierra Pelona Mountains. You will have…

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Robert Reyes receives “Lifetime Achievement Award”

 

rw 12Each year the Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes prominent Latino-owned businesses and individuals based on their merits, success, and contributions to their communities.

The LA Journal gives out 5 business awards based on the size of the businesses, from small private to Large Public, plus an award for a Community Charitable Organization and finally their highest recognition, the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Robert Reyes was nominated this year as a candidate to receive an award.   Altogether, there were 45 nominees this year including all categories.  We are happy to report Robert Reyes…

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Evaluating Wine by Sight

 

 

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I previously discussed wine tasting surroundings and avoiding unwanted smells.  Your next step is to visually examine the wine; your glass should be about one-quarter full.

Look straight down into the glass, then hold the glass to the light, and finally, tilt the glass so the wine rolls toward the edge. This will allow you to see the wine’s complete color range.  I recommend you do this by placing your glass in front of a piece of white paper so you can see it more clearly, this will…

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How to taste and evaluate wine

 

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How to taste and evaluate wine

 

IMG_1046This is the first in a series of short informative articles about wine tasting and wine evaluation. I will be offering some simple suggestions to help you enjoy and evaluate wine. These are suggestions you can immediately use in your wine tasting journey. I want to simplify the process and make it a fun learning experience rather than giving you a rigid set of rules to abide by. After all, wine is to be enjoyed…

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Wine and Cheese Pairing

 

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I’m always amused when I go to events or to someone’s house and
they have a cheese course. I often see cheeses that don’t pair really well with certain wines.

Cheese is a lot like wine, they both have aromas, flavors and other
nuances that are very similar. Cheese is perfect either as a starter or a dessert course. Pick a wine like a Chardonnay, one that is a little herbal and slightly fruity like Reyes 2010 Chardonnay. This wine pairs well with a variety of cheeses such as goat cheese rolled in Lavender…

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2014 Award Winning Wines

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2014 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL Syrah, Estate Grown, Sierra Pelona Valley 2011

 

 

 

4 winners 20142014 LA International Wine Comp
SILVER MEDAL Port, Agua Dulce Delight, Sierra Pelona Valley
SILVER MEDAL Syrah, Estate Grown, Sierra Pelona Valley 2011
BRONZE MEDAL Dry Red Blend, Julia’s Blend, California 2011
BRONZE MEDAL Dessert Wine, Sweet Serenity, Muscat Sierra Pelona Valley 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 OC Fair
GOLD MEDAL  Dessert Wine, Agua Dulce Delight, Sierra Pelona Valley
BRONZE MEDAL Syrah, Estate Grown, Sierra Pelona Valley 2011
BRONZE MEDAL Proprietary Red, Robby’s Blend, California 2011
BRONZE…

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“Paella Day at Reyes Winery”

paellaWho will be joining me for “Paella Day at Reyes Winery”

Hosted by Le Chene and the Santa Clarita Wine Enthusiasts

May 17, 2014 at 1pm

$40 per person, purchase tickets at http://www.reyeswinery.com/events

It includes lunch, 2 glasses of wine, a tasting flight of 5 wines, and a tour of the vineyard.

latin neonCome and enjoy and afternoon and Reyes Winery enjoying Paella and listening to an amazing guitarist, The Latin Neon while sipping award winning wines.

 

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Third Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

logo 2015Third Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
The Third Annual Sierra Pelona Wine Festival will be
held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Reyes Winery, 10262 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.
Info: sierrapelonavintners.com or reyeswinery.com. The Third Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
is a showcase of Los Angeles County premier wine and spirit producers and culinary professionals.
The Festival will showcase nearly 150 wines from more than 80 vendors. In addition, guests will be
able to experience food, spirits and other products from fine…

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Reyes Winery unveiled Robert Reyes’ Newest Painting

gregOn July 13, 2013, Reyes Winery unveiled Robert Reyes’ newest painting, Pour to a Rose.  As guests arrived for this memorable event, they listened to relaxing live music played by the group “The Still Moving Project”.   All attendees tasted award-winning wines with cheeses and little desert bites in the Tasting Room.  Then off for a vineyard tour, where guests were able to view the grapes and see the current stage they are in, “verasion”. That is the period the grapes turn…

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Reyes’ UPCOMING EVENTS for April 2013

 

UPCOMING EVENTS for April 2013

Tasting Flight of 5 wines $7. Choose 5 wines to sample from the Reyes Winery Wine List.

Tour and Tasting Flight Special $22 per person includes, tasting flight of 5 wines to pair with chocolates, a Reyes Winery Glass, and a Winery tour. Tours at1 pm or 3pm.  Please purchase tickets in our tasting room on online at http://reyeswinery.com/events. ($27 value)

Tasting Flight and Reyes Winery Glass Special $12. Choose 5 wines to sample from the Reyes Winery Wine List and take home a Reyes Winery Glass to enjoy at home with a Reyes Wine….

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Agua Dulce has it all – hiking, lunch, tasting, and touring at the Reyes Winery.

 

gary coonPlease enjoy the newest article about us. Gary joined Robert Reyes and many others for our 7 mile hike this past Saturday. Check out our events page for the next hike.

Agua Dulce has it all – hiking, lunch, tasting, and touring at the Reyes Winery.
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2013 Reyes Budbreak

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Here is a fun and interesting wine fact…Budbreak, the first stage of growth for the vine, requires 50F temperatures to begin. Our chardonnay the buds have started to break. Come visit us this week and see the chardonnay vines, then taste our newest release 2011 Zinfandel.

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1st Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival-press release

 

 

 

logo_reyes_festival1st Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival Promises the Perfect Combination of Wine, Food, Music, Art & Philanthropy

 

 

 

 

MARCH 14 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) – Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association will hold its 1st Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce.  Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital*. Guests will receive a complimentary commemorative tasting glass and plate, a specialty gift bag, and free parking. …

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Reyes 2011 Muscat Green Beans

 

 

Reyes 2011 Muscat Green Beans

By Beth Heiserman

 

Ingredients

 

6oz green beans, cleaned and trimmed

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

¼ cup Reyes 2011 Muscat

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. Heat large sauté or frying pan with lid.
  2. Spray Pam on pan.
  3. When pan is hot, put green beans in pan. Add salt and lemon pepper. Cook till they have some color.
  4. Add Reyes 2011 Muscat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve.

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Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

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Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

April 20, 2013

11am-4pm

Tickets are now available for purchase at

 http://reyeswinery.com/spv-winefestival

 

We have general admission tickets and hike tickets are available. We have released a few more VIP tickets; purchase them before we sell out.  Below are the benefits for the ticket holder of each type of ticket we are offering.

Benefits of general admission ticket holders are a specialty event glass, specialty gift bag, Wine and food sampling and free parking. Prepaid general admission tickets are $65.00 and…

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Reyes 2011 Chardonnay Onion and Corn Bread

 

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By Beth Heiserman

 

This is a bread machine recipe. It will make 1 ½ lb loaf.

 

 

Ingredients

 

½ cup Reyes 2011 Chardonnay

½ cup water

¼ cup olive oil

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 tsp kosher sea salt

1 tsp seasoned pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp sugar

1 cup corn flour, preferably yellow

2 ¼ cups bread flour

2 tsp bread machine yeast

 

¼ cup sautéed onions, chopped

¼ cup fresh or frozen corn

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. In a small frying pan, heat the pan and spray pam.
  2. Sauté chopped onions until they start…

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February Events

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Friday February 8, 2013 11am-5pm.   Starting this date, we will now be open on Fridays. Please join us today for a sale of our Reyes Muscat 2011, which has been replaced by our “SOLD OUT” 2010 Reyes Muscat. Each bottle will be on sale for this day only for $11 each.
Thursday February 14, 2013.  We will be open from 11am-5pm. Reyes Winery will have a sale today.
Friday February 15, 2013, 11am-5pm.  Last chance to purchase Reyes Winery’s Rosa’s Choice Rose’. $30.00 per person includes tasting flight…

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