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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What is Port Wine?

What is Port Wine?

by Beth P Heiserman

Port is a Portuguese fortified wine which must be made in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. It is generally consumed as a dessert wine, since it can be very sweet and decadent. There are several types of Port; red, white, rosé and an aged style called Tawny Port. Plus there are dry and semi-dry varieties. Fortified wines may be produced anywhere in the world, but only can be labeled “Port” from Portugal.

Ruby port is the inexpensive and most widely produced type of port. After…

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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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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

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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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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Evaluating Wine by Sight

 

 

IMG_1046Evaluating Wine by Sight                                                             

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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Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving

The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, & laughter. Choosing the perfect wines to serve during your special gatherings can be nerve-racking. This year, relax, set the worries aside and follow these recommendations for these sure-to-please Holiday Food & Wine Pairings. Let these fine wine recommendations help you plan your holidays stress free.

What to Pour First?

Whether you are the host or a holiday guest selecting a bottle to bring to the party, there is no better way to jump-start the evening than with a bottle of a lighter wine! No need to be uneasy about which wine…

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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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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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