Eat Your Veggies & Drink Your Fruit

Happy National Fruit Cocktail Day Everyone! Many of us have childhood memories of a dish of fruit cocktail served regularly with a meal… which now doesn’t sound so appetizing. I think we can all agree we prefer fresh fruit and as an adult, and alcohol is included. To celebrate this super fun day we are bringing you enough fun fruit cocktails to count as all of your fruit servings for today!

For starters, our fun fruit inspired Sparkling Wines are a great way to celebrate all on their own! Just add some fresh or frozen fruits to any of these sparkling wines for an easy and fun drinking cocktail!

Peach Bellini Sparkling, Orange Mimosa Sparkling, Coconut Sparkling, Sangria Sparkling (currently $10 all month for Wine Club), and our NEWEST Yuzu Lemon Sparkling Wine.

PS Rosie Wilson loves mixing the Peach and Orange Sparkling together!

 

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT INTO A WINE SLUSHY…. (WHO DOESN’T?!)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour your bottle of wine into a gallon ziplock bag set inside a dish then freeze overnight… wine doesn’t freeze solid so don’t be concerned if yours is a little slushy 😉
  2. Slice up 1 cup chopped fruit of your choice.. strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pineapple.
  3. Add wine and fruit to a blender, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 

NOW LET’S MOVE ONTO SOME WHITE SANGRIA!

  1. Bottle of White Cabernet or Riesling
  2. 1/2 cup Peach Sparkling
  3. 1/4 cup Orange Sparkling
  4. 1 orange sliced
  5. 1 lemon sliced
  6. 1 cup sliced strawberries
  7. 1 cup raspberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix together all of the liquid ingredients.
  2. Add in the fruit.  Let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or up to 10 hours (unless wine was previously chilled)
  3. Serve cold.

 

FINISH OFF WITH A RED SUMMER SANGRIA!

  1. 2 bottles red wine, Barbera-Mourvedre or VS Cabernet Zinfandel
  2. 2 cups strawberries
  3. 20 oz can pineapple, including juice (chunks or slices)
  4. 2 cups cranberry juice
  5. 1 cup fresh blueberries
  6. 2 large oranges, sliced into wedges (remove seeds)
  7. 1 lemon sliced into wedges (remove seeds)
  8. 1 lime sliced into wedges (remove seeds)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large 4 quart pitcher, pour the wine, strawberries, pineapples with their juice, and cranberry juice – mix well.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the orange, lemon and lime wedges and toss in the wedges when done. Toss blueberries, stir.
  3. Place sangria in fridge for several hours or overnight. When ready, pour over glass filled with ice, garnish with fresh berries and or fruit wedge. Enjoy!

 

– CHEERS

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Peach Cobbler Cocktail

We had to share this Peach Cobbler Cocktail for two reasons! National Peach Cobbler Day is on Saturday, recognizing the delicious dessert that originated during the 19th century! BONUS our Peach Sparkling is ONLY $10 right now for Wine Club Members! How perfect is that?! Grab a couple bottles and enjoy the weekend!

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Make your Brown Sugar Mixture. Mix a small amount of brown sugar, cinnamon, and crushed graham crackers and set aside.
2. Blend all ingredients except brown sugar mixture in blender until smooth.
3. Dip rim of glass with water.
4. Dip glass rim in the brown sugar mixture.
5. Pour in drink mixture.
6. Garnish with a sliced peach.

~ Go On. Celebrate!

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Wineritas Anyone?!

How perfect is it that National Margarita Day is on a Friday?! This recipe is so easy and so delicious, let’s make it a good one and keep this recipe going all weekend long!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Golden Jubilee
6oz Frozen Limeade Concentrate
1/2 cup Orange Juice
3 cups ice
limes wedges
orange slices

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Blend wine, limeade and orange juice until well combined
2. Slowly add in ice and blend to a slushy consistency
3. Rub margarita glass with lime and dust with salt
4. Fill each glass and garnish with orange and lime slices

Happy National Margarita Day!

– Cheers!

10 Things Golden Retrievers Can Teach Us About Wine Tasting

  1. People, people, people! Goldens light up and smile when they see people. A day wine tasting is about the connections with friends and family, not just good wine. So, like a golden, love others unconditionally and, if need be, quickly forgive a friend if they get mad at you (a wet kiss is optional).
  2. Sniff, lick and move on: Drink the kind of wines you like. Be alright with that. If someone wants you to drink something totally different, maybe give it a lick/taste and then kindly decline. To give our retriever some medicine we put a small pill in her dinner. She would eat everything and leave just the pill in the bowl. Now THAT is a good palate.
  3. Take short sniffs. Why do dogs do this? We humans take big, long sniffs. Dog’s noses have 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. We have about 6 million. Try taking 2-3 quick sniffs of a glass of wine and see if you can detect more aromas. You’d be surprised.
  4. Take a nap. Could this be the secret of contentment for dogs? After a busy day of wine tasting, a nap can recharge your batteries. A recent study says a 20-30-minute nap is the perfect length.
  5. Drink water: Dogs seem to lap up a lot of water. When you drink wine, the rule of thumb is to drink a 12-ounce bottle of water for every glass of wine. You will enjoy the day (and the next morning) much more when you are hydrated.
  6. Lie down in the shade when you can. There’s something about finding a spot of grass in the cool shade. Don’t rush from place to place. Maybe just chill out at one location for a bit.
  7. Wear your dog tags. Bring your I.D. to each place. Don’t leave your wallet or purse in the car (break-ins happen). And if you drank too much and get lost, someone can check your “tags” and call someone for you.
  8. Let someone feed you. When wine tasting, enjoy a lunch at a nearby restaurant. Let someone do the cooking and serve you!
  9. Don’t drive. Dogs love to be a passenger. If you have been drinking, get an Uber or have a designated driver. This way you don’t end up in the dog pound. If you are the passenger, maybe stick your head out the window a little bit. Why not?
  10. Leave your worries at home for the day: Dogs aren’t anxious about tomorrow, or what they will eat, or where they will sleep. Dogs exist in the now.
  11. Don’t just go to the inside of tasting rooms. Walk through a vineyard and look at the vines, the soil, the birds. Take it all in. Breathe. Chasing rabbits or digging for gophers is optional.

– Mick Wilson

Rosé Cotton Candy Cocktail

Ladies we have the perfect cocktail to enjoy with your Galentines’! So Fun & So Delicious!

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Bottle of Vodka

Bottle of Rosé Sparkling Wine

Lemons

Pink Cotton Candy

Edible Glitter

Ice

Shaker

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill 1/4 of the Shaker with Ice

Pour 1 shot of Vodka and a Half shot of Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice in the Shaker.

SHAKE IT UP!

Pour vodka / lemon mix into the Champagne Flute (not the ice)

Add some Cotton Candy Fluff to the top of your flute

Sprinkle edible glitter on the Cotton Candy

Pour the Rosé Sparkling over the Cotton Candy until your glass is full!

Cheers and Enjoy!

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Cherry Heart Pies

These Cherry Heart Pies are such a fun and easy Valentine’s Day Dessert for your sweetheart or to even pass out as Valentine’s! We’ve also paired these with some of our wines at the bottom so let’s get to it!

CHERRY HEART PIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 11 oz Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • White Sparkling Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using a 3 to 4″ heart shaped cookie cutter, you should get 8-10 pies from 1 box of crusts.
  3. Cut as many shapes as you can get rerolling scraps as needed.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Mix together egg and milk to make an egg wash.
  6. Place half of the hearts on prepared pan(s).
  7. Use egg wash to wet the edges of the hearts.
  8. Place a small amount of the pie filling in the center of each.
  9. Make a small x cut in the center of the remaining half of the hearts.
  • Place an x heart on top of each filled heart and press and crimp edges.
  • Brush sealed pie with egg wash and dust with sparkling sugar.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes until crust is browned.
  • Allow to cool.

White Wine Pairing: 2017 Moscato

Red Wine Pairing: Barbera-Mourvedre

Also starting February 1st our Valentine’s Special is back! Purchase a bottle of Rosé Sparkling Wine & Decadencia for a great price of only $30!!

Storing Wine At Home

Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way of storing your wine! Wine is a very delicate thing that can easily be turned into vinegar… ew no thank you!

So you want to save your wine for a special occasion or a rainy day, here are the do’s and don’ts of storing wine at home.

Temperature control is super important. At the correct temp between 50 – 58 degrees your wines will be happily resting for as long as you’d like. If you don’t have a cool and dark wine nook or wine fridge, you can always keep them in your closet. Attics, garages, and above the washing machine are all off limits. Don’t keep your wine in the kitchen unless you have a wine fridge (away from the dishwasher). We say this because too much temperature fluctuation can cause your wine to become cooked and also speed up the aging process.

You always want to store bottles on their sides. If they are screw cap then you don’t have to worry about that, because the purpose is to keep the cork from drying out. If the cork gets dried out, too much air can get into the bottle and lead to oxidization. Once wine oxidizes there’s nothing you can really do to save it.

Follow these tips and you’ll never have to worry about your wine going bad, whether you’re opening a bottle for tonight’s dinner, next week, or a few years down the line.

Cheers!

 

 

 

Wineos for Rhinos!

Wilson Creek is happy to contribute to the efforts of a great organization like the Global Conservation Force.

Global Conservation Force (GCF) is dedicated to saving wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservations efforts.

We have the unique opportunity to help save and protect the last 67 Javan Rhino. Global Conservation Force is partnering with the Ujung Kulon National Park Authority and Friends of Rhino Foundation to help protect the Javan Rhino. The goal of the project is to create secure conditions for the marine and terrestrial biodiversity in and around Ujung Kulon National Park. The formation and implementation of a marine protection unit (MPU) will help deter illegal fishing, coral fishes poaching, rhino, and bird poachers and protect sea turtle nesting sites. 

 

GIVING BACK AND HAVING FUN

Help support the Global Conservation Force at our amazing Scottsdale, Arizona Concert with Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s on February 16 with open wine bar and light bites!

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GCF will have a booth with fun stuff to purchase and support in saving wildlife from extinction!

This is a FREE Wine Club Event, Join Wine Club and Reserve at 951-252-8523 or email wineclub@wilsoncreekwinery.com

For more information on Global Conservation Force, visit their website at www.globalconservationforce.org.

Wilson Creek Winery is dedicated to helping our community here in Temecula Valley, as well as communities around the world.

The Most Memorable Wedding

They say a wedding coordinator is one of the most stressful jobs out there, but it could also be the most rewarding. CancertStageCeremony

On Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from a desperate bride who just lost her wedding venue in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire. She was scheduled to get married the very next day when she found out it had been cancelled. Her and her fiancé had 235 guests that all made the trip out to celebrate their wedding weekend, and several of them flew in from Portugal. BallroomStage

     Unfortunately, our venue was fully committed on Saturday, but they were able to inform all of their vendors and guests that the wedding will be held at Wilson Creek Winery on Sunday instead. Our amazing chef was able to put together a menu and get a rush order of food for 235 people in the matter of minutes while our event captain secured enough staff on a holiday weekend to make this whole day happen. The bride and groom were beyond grateful for our Wilson Creek Family who made a wedding of this caliber happen on one day’s notice. BallroomTables

     I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out, and I owe it all to our amazing team at Wilson Creek Winery. Thank you everyone who played a part in today. It was definitely the most memorable wedding I have ever been a part of, and it’s days like these that make me realize just how special my job really is. ♥️ 

This story was shared from Jenae Keys, one of our amazing Events Sales Managers!

 

Have The Most Wonderful Party Of The Year

As the Hostess with the Mostess…Its beginning to feel like fall and the good news is there’s still time to plan an unforgettable Holiday event at Wilson creek Winery.

Hurry up as the most desirable dates are filling up!

Time is of the Essence

The closer we get to the Holiday season, the less likely we will be able to find flexibility in choosing an event date that works best for all of your attendees. I’ve noticed an uptick in demand over the first two weeks in December, so I recommend planning as soon as possible to ensure your spot at Wilson Creek Winery where “Our home is your home.” If you are a wine club member or an active Military Member we offer a discount on your event!  We have amazing venues for any size party. Our beautiful Ballroom, lovely barrel room, stunning upper room, and a quaint Garden View Terrace Room.

Make Time to Customize

To me, the most important reason to get the ball rolling is to allow sufficient time for customization, that way the date of your event is attended by all, if not most of your employees. In addition to the basics, and if timing permits, you can further customize this year’s party by having custom labels made on our outstanding sparkling wine or sumptuous reds or whites.

Keep it Relaxed

Planners can make holiday parties fun and unique without over thinking it. The elements that matter most to your guests are good food, good wine and beer, music , and of course good company.

If a formal and elegant event isn’t what you are looking for, perhaps grape stomping or a scavenger hunt through the winery, a simple s’mores party by our fire pits or of course a happy wine hour with ugly sweaters and white elephant gifts. These are more relaxed functions that allow interaction and attendees have a great time with their colleagues and peers.

Think Local Entertainment

Let our staff give you some great names of local artists or DJS that frequent Wilson Creek Winery. They will know the ins and outs of the property and what works well with our noise ordinance. I think you’ll find the local entertainment at reasonable costs compared to other options. Strolling Carolers, Photo Booths, or Magicians can really pick up the company fun as well.

Tis’ the Season for Giving

If you choose to go with a more casual affair, it can be more cost effective, allowing your company to make a charitable component. I recommend getting attendees involved in giving back. Maybe providing a silent auction that supports a local community organization, or encouraging employees to donate canned foods to a local food bank to be entered into a raffle or a giveaway.

Consider Accommodations

When planning an evening party, I highly recommend accommodation options for attendees. We happen to have the lovely Wilson Creek Manor located across the street from Wilson Creek Winery and it is a 12,000 square foot Mansion that supports 9 rooms and sleeps 27 guests. It has a lovely gourmet kitchen, and a stunning backyard fit for a King. For pre-party fun or after party wind down the Manor offers a game room and a large living room area with a beautiful bar that for a few dollars more, Wilson Creek Winery can stock that with all of your company holiday favorite wines! PS we have some amazing Hot Rates for the Manor right now that you want to take advantage of!!

We hope to be a part of your Unique Holiday Celebrations this year!

Please Call 951-699-9463 and ask for Events!

Go on Celebrate!!!

With a Smile,

Abby R Trybulski

Guest Relations Manager