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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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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Is Your Beverage Vegan?

Is Your Beverage Vegan?

With more emphasis on organic and vegan options winemakers are changing the way they make wine.

by Beth P. Heiserman

 

What do you know about your wine? Is it vegan? How can you find out?

Winemakers, brew masters and distillers may include animal by-products directly in their products, or use them during processing and filtration.
In the course of processing the product sometimes dairy, honey and other items are added.
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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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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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Evaluating Wine by Sight

 

 

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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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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

Coming Soon


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Wine and Cheese Pairing

 

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I’m always amused when I go to events or to someone’s house and
they have a cheese course. I often see cheeses that don’t pair really well with certain wines.

Cheese is a lot like wine, they both have aromas, flavors and other
nuances that are very similar. Cheese is perfect either as a starter or a dessert course. Pick a wine like a Chardonnay, one that is a little herbal and slightly fruity like Reyes 2010 Chardonnay. This wine pairs well with a variety of cheeses such as goat cheese rolled in Lavender…

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“Paella Day at Reyes Winery”

paellaWho will be joining me for “Paella Day at Reyes Winery”

Hosted by Le Chene and the Santa Clarita Wine Enthusiasts

May 17, 2014 at 1pm

$40 per person, purchase tickets at http://www.reyeswinery.com/events

It includes lunch, 2 glasses of wine, a tasting flight of 5 wines, and a tour of the vineyard.

latin neonCome and enjoy and afternoon and Reyes Winery enjoying Paella and listening to an amazing guitarist, The Latin Neon while sipping award winning wines.

 

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Reyes’ UPCOMING EVENTS for April 2013

 

UPCOMING EVENTS for April 2013

Tasting Flight of 5 wines $7. Choose 5 wines to sample from the Reyes Winery Wine List.

Tour and Tasting Flight Special $22 per person includes, tasting flight of 5 wines to pair with chocolates, a Reyes Winery Glass, and a Winery tour. Tours at1 pm or 3pm.  Please purchase tickets in our tasting room on online at http://reyeswinery.com/events. ($27 value)

Tasting Flight and Reyes Winery Glass Special $12. Choose 5 wines to sample from the Reyes Winery Wine List and take home a Reyes Winery Glass to enjoy at home with a Reyes Wine….

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Reyes 2011 Muscat Green Beans

 

 

Reyes 2011 Muscat Green Beans

By Beth Heiserman

 

Ingredients

 

6oz green beans, cleaned and trimmed

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

¼ cup Reyes 2011 Muscat

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. Heat large sauté or frying pan with lid.
  2. Spray Pam on pan.
  3. When pan is hot, put green beans in pan. Add salt and lemon pepper. Cook till they have some color.
  4. Add Reyes 2011 Muscat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve.

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Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

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Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

April 20, 2013

11am-4pm

Tickets are now available for purchase at

 http://reyeswinery.com/spv-winefestival

 

We have general admission tickets and hike tickets are available. We have released a few more VIP tickets; purchase them before we sell out.  Below are the benefits for the ticket holder of each type of ticket we are offering.

Benefits of general admission ticket holders are a specialty event glass, specialty gift bag, Wine and food sampling and free parking. Prepaid general admission tickets are $65.00 and…

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Reyes 2011 Chardonnay Onion and Corn Bread

 

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By Beth Heiserman

 

This is a bread machine recipe. It will make 1 ½ lb loaf.

 

 

Ingredients

 

½ cup Reyes 2011 Chardonnay

½ cup water

¼ cup olive oil

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 tsp kosher sea salt

1 tsp seasoned pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp sugar

1 cup corn flour, preferably yellow

2 ¼ cups bread flour

2 tsp bread machine yeast

 

¼ cup sautéed onions, chopped

¼ cup fresh or frozen corn

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. In a small frying pan, heat the pan and spray pam.
  2. Sauté chopped onions until they start…

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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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Reyes Chardonnay 2010 Peach Lavender Jam

 

Reyes Chardonnay 2010 Peach Lavender Jam

 

Ingredients

6 peaches, chopped into small pieces

6 cups of sugar

1 tbsp of lavender in a tea ball

1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin

1/3 cup of Reyes Chardonnay 2010

 

Directions

 

  1. Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
  2. When sugar starts to melt and sides of pot, looks like it is a caramel color; add peaches, lavender and pectin.
  3. When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
  4. When the back of the spoon looks like it is sticking to the back. (Take a finger and go down the back of the spoon, if you…

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Reyes Muscat 2010 sold out

Reyes Winery is almost SOLD OUT of  Reyes Muscat 2010. We will have our regular price of $15 per bottle available until January 19. Starting January 20, it will be available for $24 per bottle until we are sold out. There is very limited quantity available, buy our Reyes Muscat 2010 while you can. You can purchase our wine in the newly renovated tasting room.  It is open weekends from 11am-5pm. You can also purchase our award-winning wines on the website at http://reyeswinery.com/ouronlinestore.

Reyes Winery will have one last event for the disappearing Reyes Muscat 2010, don’t miss this special…

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First Press Release for Our Wine Festival

Reyes Winery To Host Inaugural Sierra Pelona Valley Annual Wine Festival

 

Los Angeles County (December 20, 2012) – The First Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival will be held Saturday January 26, 2013 from 11am to 4pm at Reyes Winery  approximately 45 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.  In attendance at this inaugural event will be the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners, local winemakers and other wineries and breweries from all across southern California.  They will gather to celebrate Sierra Pelona Valley’s recently granted AVA by showcasing their award winning wines and officially taking their place as one of…

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Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Spicy Cranberry Sauce with Reyes Winery 2010 Merlot Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups Reyes Winery 2010 Merlot
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

1 Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cranberries and fresh ginger; stir until cranberries begin to burst, 3-5 minutes.

2 Add wine and brown sugar; boil until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes.

3 Add crystallized ginger, cardamom and cinnamon.

Serve sauce cold or warm.

Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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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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Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder that November 17-21, Reyes 2010 Chardonnay will be 15% off the regular price. We will have special holiday hours during November.

Monday November 19 thru Wednesday November 21 from 1pm-4pm.Thanksgiving

 

Friday November 23, 11am-4pm. Come and see our Black Friday Specials…They will be amazing!

 

Sunday December 9, 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Merlot Day Special includes one bottle of our multi-award winner Merlot 2010, winery and gallery tour, chocolate and cheeses to pair, tasting flight 7 wines. $35.00 per person. Please sign up by going to our…

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Eve’s Wine 101 article on our wine and cheese event.

Eve Visits Our Latest Winery Tasting Room: Reyes Winery

 

During one of the last warm days in October we took a beautiful drive through a long winding road that led us to a new winery about 30 minutes from our home in Newhall. The exterior of the winery was decorated with an expansive fountain framed by an equally expansive view of vines on three sides; on the fourth side was the winery tasting room situated between the winery itself and a modest home. Had we viewed the winery from above, we would have seen vines in all four directions, with…

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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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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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