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…
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…
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….
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,…
Did 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.
Did you know Merlot was given a month to celebrate?
October is International Merlot Month!
By Beth Heiserman, Published October 2016
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…
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 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 ½ Tsp. kosher salt
3 cups bread flour
2 ½ Tsp. Bread machine yeast
Ingredients for custard
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…
Spicy Cranberry Sauce with Reyes Winery 2010 Merlot Recipe
- 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
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Our 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…
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…