What is the difference between cooking wine and wine you drink?

What is the difference between cooking wine and wine you drink?

By Beth P. Heiserman

 

This week, I had a customer ask is there a difference between a cooking a wine and wine that is called for in a recipe. The answer is yes and no. It depends upon the wine that is part of the recipe. But for the most part, the main difference is the quality of wine. Drinking wine is a much better quality. Cooking with a drinking wine will give you a better dish because…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Renaissance Les Deux Rois

2011 Renaissance Les Deux Rois

Accolades: Gold and rated 90 points- 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition
Bronze Medals – 2014 OC Fair has awarded this wine a Bronze and 2nd Prize for best label

Tasting Notes:  It has a rich ruby red color with aromas of plum, dark cherries and a hint of cocoa.
Winemakers Notes:  This is a blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The label depicts our family crest, which represents an extensive ancestral history. This is the first of several delicious wines Reyes Winery will…

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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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2011 Chardonnay

2011 ChardonnayOur 2011 Chardonnay is light and easy to drink. It exhibits unique tropical aromas with an exotic taste of guava and grapefruit. This wine can pair well with an Ambrosia salad, oysters, or it can be paired with a spicy Caribbean fish. Its pleasantly fruity flavors and good balance provide a pleasurable lingering finish. This Chardonnay makes any day feel like an escape to your tropical paradise.

Price $: 22.00


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