2011 Reyes Muscat Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

2011 Reyes Muscat Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

By Beth P. Heiserman

My mother and grandmother always made casserole when I was growing up. Brunch at grandma’s was always fun. I always looked forwarded to spending time with my grandparents. This is one of my favorites that I love to share when I cater the monthly hike and brunch at Reyes Winery. Sometimes I add hatch chiles when they are in season or even sometimes red pepper pesto which I did for this past hike. Many people adored…

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Sixth Annual Sierra Pelona Vintners Wine Festival

This past Saturday, April 21, Reyes Winery held the sixth annual Sierra Pelona Vintners Wine Festival which benefited the Zonta club of Santa Clarita Valley. We had over 700 people in attendance that came from All over Southern California.

This year’s event we had 34 local wineries from the Santa Clarita Valley to the antelope Valley area. We also had three breweries, a Cider maker and spirits. There was also plenty of nonalcoholic beverages. We had Honu Coffee from Newhall and assorted Pepsi products. Aquafina and Pepsi or one of our sponsors again this year. We also had many other…

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The First stage of a growth of a vine

The First stage of a growth of a vine

by Beth Heiserman

“Bud break”…what is that?It is the initiation of growth from the bud. It is the first stage of the growth of a vine. When it starts, dormancy is over. Then Flowering starts approximately 60 days later, and then the fruit will set, fourth is veraison and finally harvest.

 

Every year after harvest all the plants go dormant. We generally need at least 45 days of 54° weather every year to have a good harvest the following year. Generally,…

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Cork Taint, one of the “Wine Faults”

Cork Taint, one of the “Wine Faults”

By Beth Heiserman

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine and as you are opening the bottle, get a whiff of something you aren’t sure what it is? Last week, I was opening a bottle of wine and as I removed the cork, an odor like no other was coming from the bottle. It smelled like a wet dog! I took a small sip to make sure, and then I knew the bottle had “Cork Taint”. I put the…

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Viognier… the Other White Wine!

Viognier… the Other White Wine!

by Beth Heiserman

Viognier is white wine varietal from the Rhône Valley in France. Officially, it is the only white grape allowed in the region. It is also grown around the world, such as Australia, North and South America. We brought in our 2016 Viognier from Lake LA. That is approximately 50 miles north east of Santa Clarita. It is my favorite white varietal.

Viognier is a full bodied white wine that is full of aromatics like peaches, tangerines, violets and minerality. Generally, it is not aged in oak because the exposure to…

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Why do we use Oak Barrels for wine?

Why do we use Oak Barrels for wine?

By Beth Heiserman
Over 2000 years ago, a Greek historian, documented that wood barrels were used for wine in ancient Mesopotamia.  I have mentioned before, in my article about “Orange Wines” that approximately 6000 years ago, wine was aged and stored in clay pots called Qvevri.  Then eventually besides the clay, people started to use wood. Wood was lighter than clay when traveling. As the Romans were expanding their empire, they brought wine with them.

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The Myth Behind the Title of a ‘Reserve Wine’

The Myth Behind the Title of a ‘Reserve Wine’

by Beth Heiserman

Many people think that there are certain descriptive words that people look for on a winery’s label, like reserve, estate grown, single vineyard, old vine, etc. This past week, I had someone ask what our “reserve wines” were.

In the U.S., “reserve” doesn’t theoretically mean anything. When applying for label approval from the TTB (Tax and Trade Bureau) in our country, reserve is nothing more than a brand…

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Tasting Room Etiquette

any years ago, I went to Concannon Winery in Livermore, CA. They are known for their Petite Sirah. My father knew Jim Concannon. I stayed up there for two weeks to learn more about wine. He taught me from Wine Tasting Etiquette to wine pairing. I enjoyed my trip so much; it is something I will never forget. I remember walking through a courtyard with him, asking him what do Petite Sirah grapes taste like compared to the actual wine. He reached up above up on an…

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Did you know Santa Clarita has Hard Cider?

Did you know Santa Clarita has Hard Cider?

And its right here at Reyes Winery!

By Beth Heiserman

 

For many years apple juice was considered apple cider which is unfiltered and unsweetened non alcoholic beverage.  There was no difference in the name, some states call it differently and to differentiate from processed apple juice and cider.  Some people call it soft or sweet cider. Then we have hard cider, which is fermented. Fresh cider is not filtered. Juice is filtered and pasteurized.

Cider will begin to become somewhat carbonated shortly after pressing and eventually become hard cider…

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San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition “Double Gold” Tour Part 2

San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition “Double Gold” Tour

Part 2

By Beth Heiserman

Last week, was the second leg of a 6 six-city tour for the “Double Gold” medal tour with the San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition.  Last Tuesday, I went to Manhattan to Quality Italian Steakhouse on 57th street to the “Double Gold” Tasting event. I am excited to meet the media from New York.  I love to share that we are the only winery here from Los Angeles County especially because we…

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SF International Wine and Spirits “Double Gold” Tour

SF International Wine and Spirits “Double Gold” Tour

by Beth Heiserman

 

Last week, was the first leg of a 6 six-city tour for the “Double Gold” medal tour with the San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition.  I will be traveling to New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the next few weeks. Plus the wine will travel on to Portland and Chicago without me.  I was in San Francisco pouring our 2012 Syrah. This was our second Double Gold Medal. The 2011 Syrah won two years ago…

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Table Grapes vs Wine Grapes

Table Grapes vs Wine Grapes

Is there a difference?

By Beth Heiserman

Many people have asked me in the tasting room or during a tour the difference between wine grapes and table grapes…Is there a difference? I have even heard is there a chemical reaction that converts grapes into a varietal of wine. At first I didn’t understand the question. I actually had that question twice in one day. I asked them to elaborate; they thought all grapes were the same and that we add some chemicals to crate the varietal of wine. No, we don’t….

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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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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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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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