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Tartar Sauce and 2010 Reyes Syrah

Tartar Sauce and 2010 Reyes Syrah

By Beth P. Heiserman

Tartar sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce or what we usually categorize it as a condiment. I love to read about the history of things and all week I’ve been trying to figure out when tartar sauce became a condiment for fish rather than meat.

Tartar Sauce is named after the Tatar people. The Tatar’s originated in the 5th century from the nomadic Mongols in the Gobi Desert. The Golden Horde, which were Mongols until the 13th century brought Steak Tartare…

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Crab Cakes and 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay

This past week was my dad’s birthday, and every year I like to make him something special.  This year I made crab cakes and tartar sauce. I got up that morning and made him breakfast, lox eggs and onions. We then went to the cemetery to visit my mom and then for lunch we ended up having a scoop of ice cream.

I was going to serve avocado on the side and realized when we got home from our day that I forgot…

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Butternut Squash Chili and 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc

Butternut Squash Chili and

2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc

By Beth Heiserman

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and knowing that I want to share some of my favorite recipes. Today, I went to the market to get some things and noticed all the pumpkin items. I must say, I never understand why the markets have items for Thanksgiving 6 weeks before. Then again, I saw Christmas stuff this week too.

Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay goes well with butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. For this dish, I…

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Pumpkin Blueberry Bread and Reyes 2012 Merlot

Pumpkin Blueberry Bread and Reyes 2012 Merlot

This coming Saturday is my annual vertical Merlot tasting. I have been thinking today about what pairings I will have. Merlot is a medium bodied and low acidity wine that makes it easy to pair with many foods. It does pair well with lighter meats, like chicken and pork. The 2012 estate Merlot is an aromatic wine that has notes of blueberries and cedar. It is crimson in color with scrumptious notes of blueberries and spices. Being a well-balanced wine, its so enjoyable to have a glass by itself.

When I originally…

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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

by Beth Heiserman

Last week, I wrote about our 2010 Reyes Merlot and what pairs the best in my opinion. I have had many requests for this recipe. This is a great appetizer to serve at a Halloween party, Thanksgiving or even at any get-together. Every year, it seems pumpkin-spiced foods come out earlier and earlier. I must say, fall is my favorite season.

I have written many times about the 2010 Reyes Merlot. I feel this is the perfect wine to pair with pumpkin spice. Last year at the Merlot vertical, I paired a chocolate…

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Celebrate the Grape at Ladies Night!

I have been thinking what the meal should be for Ladies Night while I’ve been on my trip. Today we had an appetizer that reminded me of something that I thought would be delicious to share, a pumpkin ricotta tart with caramelized onions. I think this will be a perfecter starter to start the evening. Now, October is #MerlotMe month, so every course will pair with one of our award-winning Merlot’s. This will pair perfectly with our 2010 Merlot. It has notes of black cherries, blueberries and cinnamon. I love pairing…

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Paella Day at Reyes Winery

Annually we have Paella Day at Reyes Winery. This year we are celebrating Harvest with Paella. We do a mixed version with chicken, 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 Saturday September 28, by choosing things he likes.
Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain around the 19th century. Many people around the world have believed that it is the national dish…

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Celebrate #GrenacheDay at Reyes Winery this Weekend!

Grenache is one of the lightest red wine varietals, like Pinot Noir.  It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce. Our 2015 Grenache was sourced from Alonso Family Vineyards in Agua Dulce. This year, we brought Grenache in from Lake Los Angeles, which is about 37 miles north east of Reyes Winery. The climate there is similar to ours, but they have much more water than us. This varietal tends to be harvested later than most other grapes. This year was somewhat in the middle.

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Harvesting the 2017 Viognier

Harvesting the 2017 Viognier

by Beth Heiserman

A few weeks ago, my doctor put me on a special diet for 30 days. I’m not supposed to eat certain fruits and vegetables such as plums, apples, cauliflower, onions and several other things that I generally do eat.  I was also asked to remove wheat, lentils and kale. I will say when you must omit something it’s harder than you think it is. So, my meals lately have been a little different than I am used to. For instance, tonight ‘s…

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pairing

This past weekend, I opened a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon to see how it is developing. 2014, was a tough year for our grapes. We didn’t have a lot of water, which made the wine a bit astringent. If you follow me, you are aware that we have a Cabernet Vertical coming next week. I had someone ask me what type of petite bites I serve. Well, depending upon the wine and what is in season, from cheese to dessert and anything in-between.   Last year, the 2014 was paired with a dark…

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Our Newest Release, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon!

Our Newest Release, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon!

by Beth Heiserman

 

My annual vertical tasting is just right around the corner and spots are filling up fast.   This is a fun and educational event at Reyes Winery.   Every wine has a story and I have many to tell about each wine.

Our 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an interesting tale to tell.  When the time came last year to send wine for judging, this wine was not one on my list to be sent.   I hesitated because we only made such a small amount, only 48…

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Beef Stroganoff and 2012 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon

Recently, I purchased a pasta machine. It makes pasta in 5 minutes, then you just need to boil water that really takes longer than making the pasta itself.  This week, I decided to make pasta from scratch. Flour, water and an egg are the ingredients in this simple recipe. Yes, you can buy pasta and it will taste good, but making your own from scratch is the best. The one thing that is frustrating that cleaning up takes too long.  Yes, all the parts can go into the dishwasher, which is wonderful, but the cleaning process is very…

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Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend Cherry Jam

Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend Cherry Jam

By Beth Heiserman

I’m sure everybody has seen at the market how abundant and beautiful the cherries are this year. This week I decided to buy some cherries and make some jam. And of course, like always I always infuse wine into everything, Jams and jellies are no different. When I think of cherries there are a couple wines that come to mind, but the one that made me think the most this week because I haven’t used it in any recipe recently was 2014 Reyes Julia’s Blend. It is a…

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Heirloom tomatoes and Summer Squash Casserole

Heirloom Tomatoes and Summer Squash Casserole

by Beth Heiserman

A crisp cool and refreshing wine with a lighter dinner on a hot night. Most of us will agree, that when we get home from a long day at work during summer that sometimes we don’t feel like cooking. I tend to cook a few meals at one time and then enjoy them all week. I will say, I do have more of a challenge than others on reheating foods, since I don’t have a microwave at home. With this…

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What is the function of a punt on a bottle?

What is the function of a punt on a bottle?

by Beth Heiserman

This past weekend a customer had asked a question, what is a punt for? First, I will answer, what is a punt before I answer what is it used for. A punt is the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle. This is generally a topic that there has been no true explanation for its use or its history. I was taught it was from the mold.

More recently someone had told me they thought it…

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2019 June Wine Club Member Pick Up Party

2019 June Wine Club Member Pick Up Party

by Beth Heiserman

 

Its that time again for our members to have their quarterly choices and a lunch. Our wine club consists of four shipments are year. They are march, June, September and December. There is no fee to become a member, only a commitment that you will remain a member for at least four shipments. Every shipment you have an option of either having it shipped to you or picking it up at the winery. For instance, this weekend is our member pick up party which we offer…

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Port-style Wine Tasting Event

Port-style Wine Tasting Event

by Beth Heiserman

This coming Saturday, June 1, is our Port-style tasting.  We will be releasing our 12-year-old Aqua Dulce Delight. We have released two other Agua Dulce Delights. The first time was in 2011 and the second was in 2013. This is one remarkable dessert wine that is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the vintages of 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The first Release of the Aqua Dulce Delight was in 2011 and sold out over two years ago. I did save…

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Red, White and Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Red, White and Blueberry Quinoa Salad

by Beth Heiserman

 

This coming Saturday is our memorial weekend hike. Every month the brunch is seasonal. This week it is Red, white and Blue inspired.   First, I chose the food and then paired the wines. I will be featuring classic comfort foods with a twist and some of our favorite wines. Red, white and blue or I should say blueberry can be very inspirational.

I will have a “Red, White, and Blueberry Quinoa salad”. Quinoa is always a favorite when I serve it. Also, on the menu, are other brunch favorites…

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Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay Citrus Coffee Cake

Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay Citrus Coffee Cake

By Beth P. Heiserman

This coming Saturday, I have a white wine tasting event. I have been putting together what scrumptious treats I will be pairing with each wine. As I was thinking about Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay, and reading different articles about the history of Chardonnay, like most grapes for many years we assumed the history that the information available was accurate. Nowadays with DNA Fingerprinting, has allowed us to have an accurate history about many different varietals.  It is suggested now that Chardonnay is a hybrid…

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Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin Chocolate Brownie

Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin Chocolate Brownie

by Beth Heiserman

Like I mentioned in my article on Sauvignon Blanc last Friday, when I was at the farmers market last week I had come across the most tasty and delicious blood oranges. All week long I’ve been enjoying this juice. Yesterday I was reading articles on my phone and came across a recipe that I had to try.  It was an olive oil chocolate cake with blood oranges.  This is a vegan recipe.  Of course I did alter the recipe that I did see. I…

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Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day!

By Beth Heiserman

I’ve been in the mood for a green bean casserole. So, I went to the market the other day to get all the fixings that I would need. The first thing that I needed to put on my shopping list was celery to make cream of celery soup. Believe it or not they were out of celery. I had a very difficult time for a couple days finding a market that had celery. I went to another market and it was so…

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Is Moscato the same as Muscat?

Is Moscato the same as Muscat?

By Beth Heiserman

Every weekend, guests come to our tasting room and request Moscato instead of Muscat. Is there a difference, Yes! First, the name Muscato is Italian for Muscat. Muscat grapes are grown all around the world. Every country refers to the grape differently. In Italy it is Muscato D’Asti, Germany has Muskateller; while France, Australia and America have Muscat. France generally only uses the Muscat grape in fortified wines but can be found in sparkling and a still dry white wine depending upon the region. Germany grows predominately two…

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12-Year old Agua Dulce Delight and a Fig Goat Cheese Cake

Fig Goat Cheese Cake

By Beth P. Heiserman

In previous articles, I have mentioned about the history of a port-style wine, and single varietal ports, but not all the styles of a port-style wine. Solera is a process for different beverages like port wine. Some whiskeys can also be processed in this fashion.  It is a process of blending in such a way that the finished creation is a mixture of a port style wine from different vintages, with the average age that continues as every year, as a…

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Is Your Wine Gluten Free?

Is Your Wine Gluten Free?

By Beth Heiserman

Last week, I saw an article that caught my interest. Is wine gluten free?  And yes, there can be gluten found in wine, but it is insignificant amount. There are two ways it could be found in wine. One way are fining agents. Those are to remove the impurities and sediment in wine before bottling. We use bentonite, which is mineral based, wheat free and vegan.  Bentonite is used to absorb and remove what is not wanted in a glass of…

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Truffle Turkey with Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay

Truffle Turkey with Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay

By Beth P. Heiserman

I was out shopping for a gift the other day and came across this fabulous olive oil and vinegar shop. They had so many choices for me and then I saw the truffle oil and felt inspired. I do have white truffle Dijon mustard that I enjoy using too. A schmear on a sandwich or a dab to gravy adds such amazing flavor.

Truffle oil seems to be one of the new trendy foods. Most seasoned chefs don’t like to use truffle oil because it has…

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Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois Blackberry Serrano Jam

Reyes 2011 Les Deux Rois Blackberry Serrano Jam

By Beth Heiserman

 

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, I would say are the two most famous red wines. They are the kings of red wine. This week, I am sharing with you a favorite, 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Les Deux Rois. This is our “Two Kings” red wine blend. The two grapes make up this amazing and award-winning Bordeaux-style red blend. For hundreds of years, these two grapes are widely known around the world.

Cabernet Sauvignon classically provides the blend’s structure, with heavier tannins and more acidity than Merlot….

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2019 March Quarterly Shipment

2019 March Quarterly Shipment

by Beth Heiserman

Its that time again for our members to have their quarterly choices and a lunch. Our wine club consists of four shipments are year. They are march, June, September and December. There is no fee to become a member, only a commitment that you will remain a member for at least four shipments. Every shipment you have an option of either having it shipped to you or picking it up at the winery. For instance, next weekend is our member pick up…

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What effect can the rain can have on grapes?

What effect can the rain can have on grapes?

by Beth Heiserman

 

This past weekend, I was watching a movie about a couple falling in love at a vineyard. It was driving me crazy watching it because it had so many false facts about vineyard care. While I was watching this love story, I remembered that this was a sequel to another one that I remembered that had so many wrong facts that I looked up on their Facebook page and saw already thousands of people, commented what I…

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Reyes 2009 Syrah Leg of Lamb

Reyes 2009 Syrah Leg of Lamb

By Beth P. Heiserman

I am probably writing for the last time about the award-winning 2009 Syrah, since we only have a few cases left. This has been one of my favorites since I started to work at Reyes Winery. I thought I would focus this week on a Syrah again, since it is International Syrah Day on February 16th. Last year for our annual Winemaker Valentine’s Dinner, I prepared a leg of lamb and served it with the 2009 Syrah. Currently, I…

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All Wines get a holiday…February 16th is International Syrah Day!

All Wines get a holiday…February 16th is International Syrah Day!

By Beth Heiserman

February 14 is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day in various parts of the world. We have combined International Syrah Day and Valentines Day by having a winemaker dinner on the 15th & 16th of February. Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Reyes Winery.

What could be a more romantic way to celebrate your Valentine’s day than by bringing your loved one to Reyes Winery for a specially prepared wine pairing dinner? Every year, we have had a pink,…

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2013 Ryan’s Blend Food Pairing

2013 Ryan’s Blend Food Pairing

by Beth Heiserman

This past weekend someone asked me about why do wineries blend wine. Last July, I wrote an article about wine blends and I mentioned about 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 an acidic wine, it will create a blend that is balanced. By blending you…

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Food Pairings and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a very bold wine that has possibility to overpower some dishes. Depending upon the tannins as well as the oak notes can make a difference in food pairings. When Cabernet Sauvignon is young, as this wine is, its elements are at is peak.  As time goes on and the wine ages, it will smooth out, and the possibilities of food pairing will increase.

Cabernet Sauvignon’s that are higher in alcohol level do not pair well with spicy food. I remember doing a wine pairing event with other winemakers and…

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2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

by Beth Heiserman

Usually when I decide upon a topic to write about, I usually choose a wine first.  This week I chose the food before I decided upon what wine I would pair a dish with.

I was watching a cooking show the other day and they were making open faced roast beef sandwiches.   It reminded me when I was growing up, how much I enjoyed when my mom used to make these for me.  My mom used to make…

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Our newest release is our 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay

Our newest release is our 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay

by Beth Heiserman

It has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. Aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate and filled with notes of tangerines and quince. Enjoy chilled with grilled spicy salmon topped with a grapefruit salsa or a citrus salad. The other day, I bought kumquats and was remembering when I did my kumquat and habanero jam. That…

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2015 Oso’s Blend and the Red Blend Tasting Event

2015 Oso’s Blend and the Red Blend Tasting Event

by Beth Heiserman

 

Coming February 2nd, I am doing the first “Red Blend Tasting Event”. I have done many wine pairing events, but not a blend event. I have chosen specific Reyes Winery Blends for this educational yet fun food and wine pairing. Every wine has a story, and I love sharing each one of them with you. Its $15 per person and it includes a Reyes Winery 12oz glass to take home. Please make your reservations in our tasting room or online at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

Annual Bottling Part 2

In just a few weeks, we will be bottling many wines. Last week I mentioned our dessert wines that will be bottled. This week, I am sharing our Chardonnay wines. We will have 3, 2016 Amber Chardonnay, 2016 Renaissance Chardonnay and 2015 Emmie’s Blend (Chardonnay, Muscat & Albarino).

The first wine I am going to mention, is our 2016 Amber Chardonnay. Each vintage has become even more fantastic than the year before. This truly a remarkable wine that everyone must try. Five years ago, an article inspired us to…

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Annual Bottling Party

Annual Bottling Party

by Beth Heiserman

 

Someone asked me last week on a tour, its December, what are doing? There is always something happening at the vineyard all year long. Right now, we are preparing to bottle our 2016 & 2017 vintages. Every year we have an event at the vineyard for guests to see the bottling process. It will be January 5th from 12pm-4pm. Its $49 per person and it includes lunch, a glass of wine, a tour of the bottling line and you get to take home…

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2018 December Quarterly Choices

Just the other day, someone mentioned to me of all the things that I’ve written about I’ve never actually shared a little bit about Reyes Winery‘s wine club. It consists of four shipments are year. They are march, June, September and December. There is no fee to become a member, only a commitment that you will remain a member for at least four shipments. Every shipment you have an option of either having it shipped to you or picking it up at the winery. For instance, this weekend is…

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Our newest medals from the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

 

Our newest medals from the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

#ReyesWinery would like to thank the
San Francisco International Wine Competition
judges for this amazing recognition! We are so thrilled we won TWO more #DoubleGold Medals! It is now our 3rd & 4th!!!

The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in…

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Tired of Turkey?

Tired of Turkey?

By Beth P. Heiserman

 

I always have someone asking me can you drink red wine with fish…YES!  a red/pink fish can be paired with a red wine, like salmon or ahi tuna. I love having Zinfandel with salmon. Our 2013 Zinfandel has won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,   plus 87 points in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition,  and in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Plus a bronze in the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This California…

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What wines to pair for your family Thanksgiving dinner?

What wines to pair for your family Thanksgiving dinner?

by Beth Heiserman

Thanksgiving is around the corner and was creating my dinner menu with a wine list to match last night my dad. We were thinking what we wanted.  Of course, turkey.

Two years, my Thanksgiving article included my Chardonnay gravy recipe that I always do with my turkey. Turkey and gravy were a match made in heaven, but when you add wine, its paradise! When enjoying turkey, you can have a glass of the 2015 Amber Chardonnay or 2010…

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“ABC” …. Anything But Chardonnay!

“ABC” ….

Anything But Chardonnay!

Just the other day somebody made that comment “ABC”. I haven’t heard that expression in quite a while. If you haven’t heard of before it stands for “anything but Chardonnay”. Traditionally I am one of those people who don’t really enjoy Chardonnay, but I absolutely adore our 2015 Amber Chardonnay. This is a white wine made for red wine drinkers. I am a red wine drinker. I enjoy red by far more than whites even though I do love having a glass…

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International Merlot Day

November 7th is International Merlot Day!

For everyone that knows me, I love talking about Merlot.  Every wine has a holiday and of course Merlot gets a whole month and a day. You start to enjoy Merlot for the whole month of October and on November 7 we finish it with a bang.  #MerlotMe It’s one of those wines that needs a little bit of a push, but when you try it, you will love it. This Past weekend, I was pouring our 2015 Merlot at the Sunset in the Vineyard…

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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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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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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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