The Perfect Pairing….wine and chocolate!

The Perfect Pairing….wine and chocolate!

by Beth Heiserman

 

For anyone who knows me, you know I love M&M’s and thought was my grandma’s fault. Every time, I go shopping at Target, I HAVE to peek at the seasonal flavors. I love to pair the flavors with notes from the wines. For instance, our 2009 Merlot paired well with the mint, the 2010 Merlot with the pumpkin pie and the 2011 Merlot with the coffee nut.

Reyes 2010 Merlot…

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2018 Merlot Vertical

This coming Saturday, October 13th, Reyes Winery is hosting a Merlot Vertical. You will get to pair our award-winning Merlot with a tasty treat along with education about Merlot and our wines. I will be pouring from the 2009 vintage through the 2012, plus the newly released 2013, the unreleased 2015 and finishing with the 2015 Rose of Merlot.

 

The 2009 vintage has sold out of the tasting room, but I saved 2 cases for this special day. It has won a gold medal at the 2011 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine…

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Come enjoy our newest release in October, the 2013 Merlot

Come enjoy our newest release in October

2013 Merlot

By Beth Heiserman

 

I had gone to a wine and spirit tasting and they had a cinnamon vodka. So…me and my inquisitive nature asks, what kind of cinnamon did they use? I did ask before I tried it. The response I got was, uh…there are different types? Yes, there are many different types of cinnamon. Not all cinnamon is the same, just like grapes. There are so many varietals of grapes.

True cinnamon comes from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri…

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What creates the color in a wine?

What creates the color in a wine?

by Beth Heiserman

 

Every weekend in the tasting room, we have guests from all over and I am asked an array of questions. This past weekend someone asked me what makes red wine…red? They asked if all wine starts out white and we add food coloring.   No, we don’t add anything. The coloring comes from the skin of the grape, well that is a red grape; like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Grenache. Each variety of grapes has a different shade of red. Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby, Merlot has…

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2011 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Strawberry Peppercorn Cobbler

2011 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Strawberry Peppercorn Cobbler

by Beth Heiserman

 

This past weekend, we hosted our quarterly member ship pick up party. Many of our guests have requested some of my recipes that have not yet been added to my blog, including my strawberry black peppercorn Cabernet cobbler.  Instead of having ice cream, It tastes amazing if you eat it with a little bit of brie or chèvre.  I pair this with our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Today I’m starting with dessert versus the salad or lunch course.  The first…

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Oxidation in Wine

Oxidation/Oxidative

by Beth Heiserman

Oxidation in wine is the most common wine fault. It is presence of oxygen and a catalyst is what makes the process to transpire. Oxidation can happen during different stages of winemaking through aging in a bottle. It can cause a loss of color, for instance the red wine will have a brownish tint. It reminds me of the color of a raisin. Sulfates are added to wine, to prevent this.

The Romans used sulfur dioxide in winemaking, they had discovered that burning candles inside empty…

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Cabernet Sauvignon and its relationship with Oak

Cabernet Sauvignon and its relationship with Oak

by Beth Heiserman

One of the most noted characters of Cabernet Sauvignon is its likeness for oak. You can ferment the wine in oak and during its aging period in the barrels it will acquire that oakiness we love.  During the ageing period in a barrel, the wine will soften so the tannins, will be less pronounced.

In a previous article I wrote about the history of wine barrels, I mentioned that around the 2nd century BCE that people realized that oak softens…

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Fruit Set, the third stage of an annual grape vine

Fruit Set, the third stage of an annual grape vine

By Beth Heiserman

The third stage of an annual grape vine is “fruit set”.  It follows flowering, when the fertilized flower begins to develop a seed and the grape berry to protect the seed. Every week I walk around the fields to see the progress of the grapes each season.  I was so impressed to see how the grapes are growing this year. Walking around the Cabernet Sauvignon…

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2011 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, the most popular red grape in the world!

Part 2

In the next couple of weeks, leading up to our Cabernet Sauvignon vertical on August 25th, I will be sharing some wonderful info about this popular varietal.  I will share each week a little something. There is so much to share about the fantastic grape that it’s too much for just one week.

Cabernet Sauvignon is considered to be one of the most popular wines.  America is the third most grown varietal around the…

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What is a blended wine?

What is a blended wine?

A mix of two or more wines…. not blended in a blender!

By Beth Heiserman

 

I was reading an article the other day about wine blends are their origins then I came across an article about blending wine in a blender.  Combining two or more wines makes each one better than they would be on their own. Sometimes wine varietals need other wines to help them have the complexity that a wine needs. Sometimes a wine can be flat and if you blend…

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Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

About 20 years ago, I remember being in the tasting room of Wente Winery during my internship and the tasting room manager was doing a wine pairing with me. He made beef jerky and paired it with their Cabernet Sauvignon. He also showed me a brownie mix they sold, that you add eggs, oil and Cabernet Sauvignon. I was sold! I have adapted this concept and made my own brownie recipe. Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon has a sweet aroma gives this fruity wine its huge popularity.  Raspberries, Cocoa and Blackberries…

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Petite Sirah, Syrah….are they the same or different?

Petite Sirah, Syrah….are they the same or different?

By Beth Heiserman

 

This past weekend, we had many people ask about Petite Sirah. Why are they spelled different? Is Petite Sirah a smaller grape, lighter on flavor? Many people had so many questions, that I thought I would elaborate about Petite Sirah. A few months ago, I mentioned a little about one of my learning experiences of wine and Petite Sirah.

It’s really called Durif. It’s grown mainly in Australia, California and France. In the past 30 years, its popularity has…

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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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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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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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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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2013 Malbec

2013 Malbec Reyes Winery

Tasting Notes: This limited edition wine has aromas of plum, currant, and tobacco. Tantalizing the palate with notes of plum, raisin, and a smidgeon of pepper. This Bordeaux varietal has medium tannins and is velvet in color with a silky finish.
Pairs with: Asian-Style braised short ribs or roasted pork tenderloin with a plum sauce will pair charmingly with this delectable wine.

Price: $26.00

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2011 Syrah

Our 2011 Estate Bottled Syrah is full-bodied, deep dark red, it has aromas of black raspberries, blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, black pepper and earth.

It is well balanced and has the roundness of a mature wine with well-integrated soft tannins and complexity. Black fruit, toasted oak, and pepper flavors with notes of dark chocolate come together seamlessly on the lengthy smooth finish of this wine.

A multi award winning Syrah. A double gold, gold, 2 silvers, and 2 bronzes. Plus this 2011 Syrah has received 97 and 92 points.

Price $: 27.00

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2009 Syrah

2009 Syrah

2009 Reyes Winery Signature Estate Bottled Syrah, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation

Our 2009 Syrah won two silver medals, one at the LA Int’l Wine and Spirits Competition and one in the Long Beach Grand Cru.  This wine is a deep dark color with luscious aromas of jasmine, blueberries and hints of pepper. This wine is creamy and gentle on the palate and sure to become a recurring favorite.

Price: $24.00


 

 

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2009 Merlot

2009 Merlot

2009 Reyes Winery Signature Merlot Estate Bottled, Sierra Pelona Valley

A wine with a lush velvety texture, enticingly robust, yet creamy and with a great nose. This wine abounds with the elegance of the fruit and a silky finish.

Price: $24.00


 

 

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

cab101Our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is our second “Estate Bottled” vintage. It won a silver medal  in the LA Int’l Wine and Spirits Competition 2012 and a Bronze in Orange County Competition.   This wine has been as well received as the prior vintage. This velvety and elegant wine has light to medium tannins and a very distinct Cabernet aroma. It is well rounded with excellent balance and intensity in the mid palate and a lingering finish. Replete with ripe sweet fruit flavors of black cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and a harmonious slightly nutty taste.

Price $:…

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2010 Syrah

2010 SyrahOur 2010 Estate Bottled Syrah is full-bodied, deep dark red, it has aromas of black raspberries, blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, black pepper and earth.

It is well balanced and has the roundness of a mature wine with well-integrated soft tannins and complexity. Black fruit, toasted oak, and pepper flavors with notes of dark chocolate come together seamlessly on the lengthy smooth finish of this wine.

This wine has won a Silver at the LA International Wine & Spirits Competition 2012 & San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, Bronze in San Francisco…

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2010 Merlot

2010 MerlotOur 2010 Estate Bottled Merlot is a smooth Medium-bodied wine with a flavor true to its grape origin and the aromas of black cherries. This wine won three medals, silver in 2012 Orange County Competition, a silver in the 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru, and a bronze in LA Int’l Wine and Spirits Competition. This wine is most notable for its attractive lingering bright fruit flavors of berries, cherries, plums, and a touch of cinnamon and toasted oak. This wine was kept in French…

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Reyes Winery Signature Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation

This velvety and elegant wine has light to medium tannins and a very distinct Cabernet aroma. This outstanding rich and luxurious wine exhibits flavors of intense dry strawberry with a hint of cracked black pepper, and finishes with soft and detailed tannins. It Pairs well with a pepper and garlic herb rib roast.

Price: $24.00


 

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2011 Merlot

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2011 Reyes Winery California Merlot

Our 2011 Merlot is a soft medium bodied  Merlot has aromas of molasses, mocha and plums with notes of anise.  On the palate you get intense ripe plum, a soft balanced acidity, silky tannins and a lingering finish of spicy toasty oak.  The velvety ruby color and aromas will inspire anyone to have another glass.  It will pair well with duck or with a coffee-crusted pork roast with a Merlot au jus

Price: $22.00


 

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