“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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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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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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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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Come celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day at Reyes Winery…

Come celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day at Reyes Winery…

We will be having a Vertical Tasting at Reyes Winery on
Saturday July 14th from 12pm-2pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. I start promptly at noon.

We will be serving our Muscats from 2011-2016 and Sweet Serenity, a dessert wine made from our 2009 Muscat. Sweet Serenity has won Gold & Best in Class in the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru and a bronze in the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine…

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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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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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Did you know Santa Clarita has Hard Cider?

Did you know Santa Clarita has Hard Cider?

And its right here at Reyes Winery!

By Beth Heiserman

 

For many years apple juice was considered apple cider which is unfiltered and unsweetened non alcoholic beverage.  There was no difference in the name, some states call it differently and to differentiate from processed apple juice and cider.  Some people call it soft or sweet cider. Then we have hard cider, which is fermented. Fresh cider is not filtered. Juice is filtered and pasteurized.

Cider will begin to become somewhat carbonated shortly after pressing and eventually become hard cider…

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Let’s celebrate Grenache

Let’s Celebrate Grenache
By Beth P. Heiserman



Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine varietal in the world. It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce. It ripens much later than most varietals. There are different types of Grenache; Noir, Blanc, Gris and Rose. It is mainly grown in France, Australia, Sardinia/Italy and the Central Valley of California. Most likely the grape originated from Spain during the period when the Aragon Crown ruled according to ampelographical evidence.The study of ampelography helps identify and classifies…

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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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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

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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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

thanksgiving

 

 

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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October is International Merlot Month!

Did you know Merlot was given a month to celebrate?

October is International Merlot Month!

By Beth Heiserman, Published October 2016

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Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine. The word Merlot has said to be a derivative of the word merle. In French, it means blackbird.  History tells us that one of the first wine labels with Merlot on it was in 1784 in Bordeaux, France. It is a very popular red grape that is generally planted around the world for blending. Merlot adds…

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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.
During filtration, which happens just prior to bottling, products like isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatin, egg whites and other materials are used.Read More

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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International Sauvignon Blanc Day

 

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Ren FrontDid you know that May 6 is International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

It started in New Zealand to help promote the wine. They produce over 70% of the worlds Sauvignon Blanc production.

The celebrations will kick off on May 6th this year in New Zealand, a country that owes much of its reputation to Sauvignon Blanc, and will continue across the globe following the sun with tastings planned around the world and eventually finishing 43 hours later at the organization’s headquarters in San Francisco. Celebrate by enjoying a glass of Sauvignon…

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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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Reyes 2011 Chardonnay Onion and Corn Bread

 

2011 ChardonnayReyes 2011 Chardonnay Onion and Corn Bread

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 Muscat 2011 Lemon Cake with Reyes Winery Muscat 2011 Blueberry Jam Filling and a Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat Butter Cream Frosting

 

Reyes Winery Muscat 2011 Lemon Cake with Reyes Winery Muscat 2011 Blueberry Jam Filling and a Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat Butter Cream Frosting

By Beth Heiserman

 

Ingredients for Cake

3 eggs

½ cup oil

½ cup Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat

½ cup water

¼ cup lemon juice

1 ½ cups of sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

½ tsp kosher salt

3 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cup of dried blueberries

Pam

 

Directions for Cake

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients; eggs, oil, Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat, water, lemon juice and sugar.
  4. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to…

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Reyes Chardonnay 2010 Mac N Cheese

Reyes Chardonnay 2010 Mac N Cheese

By Beth Heiserman

 

 

Ingredients

 

2 tbsp Butter

2 tbsp all purpose flour

1 cups nonfat milk

½ cup Reyes 2010 Chardonnay

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp white pepper

2 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp nutmeg

1 cups white cheddar cheese

1 cups jack cheese

1 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese

1 16oz packages of pasta

½ cup Panko breadcrumbs

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. Melt butter in large sauce pan.
  2. Whisk in flour until combined.
  3. Whisk milk until blended. Then cook for 5 minutes and slowly whisk in Reyes 2010 Chardonnay.
  4. Add mustard, pepper, salt and nutmeg. Continue to cook until thick.
  5. Add cheese slowly and continue to whisk…

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Reyes Muscat 2011 Meyer Lemon Muffins

 

Reyes Muscat 2011 Meyer Lemon Muffins

By Beth Heiserman

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups of all purpose flour

3½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp kosher sea salt

½ cup non fat milk

½ cup Reyes Muscat 2011

½ cup sugar

1 egg or 2 egg whites

½ cup oil

3 meyer lemon’s Zest

Pam

 

Directions

 

  1. Sift dry ingredients on bowl.
  2. Mix egg, sugar, milk, oil and Reyes Muscat 2011 in mixing bowl.
  3. When wet ingredients are combined, slowly incorporate the dry into the wet.
  4. Fold in zest to mixed ingredients.
  5. Spray Pam cooking spray into muffin tin.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20-25minutes.
  7. Cool and serve.

 

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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 Winery 2010 Chardonnay Scrambled Eggs and Chicken Sausage Hash

 

Reyes Winery 2010 Chardonnay Scrambled Eggs and Chicken Sausage Hash

By Beth Heiserman

 

Ingredients

2 lbs. Chicken apple sausage, out of the casing

2 apples, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

¼ cup of Reyes 2010 Chardonnay

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp kosher sea salt

2 tbsp butter or pam

 

 

5 eggs, mixed

2 tbsp butter or pam

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp kosher sea salt

¼ cup of parmesan cheese

Remainder of liquid after sausage hash is done

 

Directions

 

  1. In large frying pan, cooking over medium heat, brown the chicken apple sausage with butter.
  2. After 10 minutes, add the onions, salt and pepper; continue to brown slightly.
  3. When sausage is cooked, add  Reyes 2010…

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Blueberry Reyes Merlot 2010 Bread Pudding

Blueberry Reyes Merlot 2010 Bread Pudding

By Beth Heiserman

This recipe requires three steps: Bread, Custard, and Reyes Merlot Sauce.  You can make the entire recipe from scratch or you can purchase the bread already made.

Ingredients for bread

1 egg

1 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 ½ Tsp. kosher salt

3 cups bread flour

2 ½ Tsp. Bread machine yeast

 

 

Ingredients for custard

 

3 eggs

1/3 cup of sugar

1 ½ cups of non fat milk

½ cup of heavy whipping cream

1 Tbsp. cardamom

1 Tsp. vanilla
2 cups of fresh/dried blueberries (not frozen)

 

 

 

Ingredients for Reyes 2010 Merlot Blueberry sauce

 

21 Oz. can of blueberry pie filling

2 cups of Reyes…

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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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