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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Is there a difference between Cabernet and Cabernet Sauvignon?

  Is there a difference between Cabernet and Cabernet Sauvignon?

by Beth Heiserman

Sometimes Cabernet Sauvignon is referred to as just Cab, Cabernet, Cab Sauv and many other names. It is the same thing. There is no official grape called Cabernet. It is just a nick name like you might hear someone say Zin instead of Zinfandel.

There are grapes called Cabernet Franc, Ruby Cabernet, Cabernet Gris and a few more that aren’t cultivated anymore. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which are…

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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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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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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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Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Chocolate Pudding

Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Chocolate Pudding

By Beth Heiserman

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  •  ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup instant non-fat dry milk
  • ½  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  •  2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Directions

  1. Place cocoa, cornstarch, powdered sugar, nonfat dry milk and salt into bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Place dry mixture into a medium saucepan. Add Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, milk and heavy cream and whisk to combine.
  3. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil, continue to whisk gently.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes while continuing to whisk.
  5. Pour mixture…

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Cabernet

2009 Reyes Winery Signature Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation

This gold medal winner and “Best of Class” winner 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon boast extraordinary character with depth and poise. Influenced by the sophistication and character of Bordeaux’s wines, Reyes Winery Signature Cabernet Sauvignon showcases how conscientious attention to detail in vineyard management in our  Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation’s unique micro-climate results in hearty grapes with deep color and intense flavors.

Price: $26.00


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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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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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