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Don’t Forget Temecula!


With almost all of California’s vineyards up in the northern end of the state, it’s easy to forget what’s happening wine-wise in Southern California.  It’s easy to forget Temecula.

This vibrant wine region is just an hour north of San Diego, and it has the balmy Mediterranean climate so perfect for Rhone varietals.  You might think it would be too hot for decent grape growing, but there are several factors that make its climate moderate.  Two gaps in the coastal mountains allow cool, moist marine air to drift in.   Also, situated at 1,500 to 2,500 feet above sea level, Temecula is surrounded by mountains ranging from 2,000 to 11,000 feet high. Cold air collects between the peaks and flows down into the valley at night, setting the stage for great acidity in Temecula’s wines.

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What Makes A Successful Winemaker Dinner?

lobster bisque

Have you ever been to a Winemaker Dinner?

A winery will team up with a local chef or restaurant to create special meal to show off their wines.

Ed Skupien, Vice President of Frank Family Vineyards in Napa, was telling us about a recent Frank Family Vineyards event at Johnnie’s restaurant in Chico, California:

They did a lobster bisque with butter poached lobster in a puff pastry to pair with Frank Family 2012 Carneros Chardonnay. It was sublime.

You know when a chef nails a pairing as soon as they bring the food to the table.

People are talking and all of a sudden, it gets quiet. They’re so into the wine and the food.

That’s what happened.

Sounds like success! Sorry we missed it.

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A Toast to the Vineyards


     We love hearing or reading something that gives us chills about wine.  That happened for us in the movie Sideways (yep, it’s one of our favs) when Miles’ love interest, Maya (who wanted to become a viticulturist) started talking about vineyards…

 …I like to think about the life of wine…How it’s a living thing.  I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained.  I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes … I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive…

A toast … to the all the vineyards dotting California wine country!