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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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2012 Muscat

2012 Muscat, Estate Grown and Bottled

This is a limited production wine. It has notes of peaches and honey with a delicious tangerine finish. It’s remarkably delicious on its own. Pairs with: Spicy sesame chicken, Peach Stilton cheese, or a Peach galette with honey-infused goat cheese.

Price $: 24.00


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2012 Chardonnay

Our 2012 Estate Bottled Chardonnay

This un-oaked Chardonnay has luscious tropical aromas of orange blossom honey, grapefruit and pineapple. This wine has a crisp and refreshing mouth feel, medium body with some deep flavors and richness, and is definitely well balanced. Our Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation’s terroir truly shows its character with this wine.

Price $: 24.00


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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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2009 Merlot

2009 Merlot

2009 Reyes Winery Signature Merlot Estate Bottled, Sierra Pelona Valley

A wine with a lush velvety texture, enticingly robust, yet creamy and with a great nose. This wine abounds with the elegance of the fruit and a silky finish.

Price: $24.00


 

 

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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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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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2010 Merlot

2010 MerlotOur 2010 Estate Bottled Merlot is a smooth Medium-bodied wine with a flavor true to its grape origin and the aromas of black cherries. This wine won three medals, silver in 2012 Orange County Competition, a silver in the 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru, and a bronze in LA Int’l Wine and Spirits Competition. This wine is most notable for its attractive lingering bright fruit flavors of berries, cherries, plums, and a touch of cinnamon and toasted oak. This wine was kept in French…

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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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2011 Merlot

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2011 Reyes Winery California Merlot

Our 2011 Merlot is a soft medium bodied  Merlot has aromas of molasses, mocha and plums with notes of anise.  On the palate you get intense ripe plum, a soft balanced acidity, silky tannins and a lingering finish of spicy toasty oak.  The velvety ruby color and aromas will inspire anyone to have another glass.  It will pair well with duck or with a coffee-crusted pork roast with a Merlot au jus

Price: $22.00


 

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2011 Chardonnay

2011 ChardonnayOur 2011 Chardonnay is light and easy to drink. It exhibits unique tropical aromas with an exotic taste of guava and grapefruit. This wine can pair well with an Ambrosia salad, oysters, or it can be paired with a spicy Caribbean fish. Its pleasantly fruity flavors and good balance provide a pleasurable lingering finish. This Chardonnay makes any day feel like an escape to your tropical paradise.

Price $: 22.00


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2009 Rosa’s Choice Rose

2009 Rose

2009 Reyes Winery Estate Bottled Rosa’s Choice Rose, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation- SOLD OUT

This delicious rose is an excellent wine with many elements and great appeal. The blend is a clear salmon pink color, medium bodied with sweet berry flavors and hints of citrus, apple and spice. This wine is slightly sweet, fresh, well balanced, with a pleasantly crisp and enduring finish.
It entices you to drink it on the porch, in the backyard, anywhere. It is very approachable and very easy drinking; it…

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2010 Chardonnay

2010 2010 Reyes Winery Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation HAS SOLD OUT

This wine marked an important milestone for Reyes Winery as our inaugural white wine. Our Chardonnay starts with subtle hints of citrus, pear and peach elements. On the mid palate a balance of Pippen apples, subtle spices and just a hint of vanilla are detected. The finesse of this wine is found in the perfect proportion and intensity from the nose through the finish.
Our pioneer Chardonnay is sophisticated in nose and palate…

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2010 Muscat

2010 Muscat

2010 Reyes Winery Estate Bottled Muscat, Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation

Our especially small production of Muscat warranted the extra care placed on the vines in 2010.  This wine was meticulously crafted to enhance the delicate natural sweetness of the superb Muscat grape. This creation is fairly full-bodied with light acidy.

Ripe delightful aromas of orange peel and a hint of delicate spice add a pleasureable fine distinction to the background and a bit of complexity to the sweet orange flavors.


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