Keyways Vineyard Winery

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today’s Winery is located in Temcecula, California

Keyways Vineyard Winery

Keyways Winery Entrance

If you are looking for a winery that has a social calendar that would rival any socialite, and great tasting wines to boot.  Then this is the winery for you.

I enjoyed that this winery was a tad off the beaten path.  There were no larges busses taking up tons of parking spaces and there are not hordes of people. The staff is friendly and is able to really speak to you one on one, letting you know all the ins and outs of their particular wines and about the stunning winery itself.

The wine tasting area at Keyways is beautiful (my picture does not do it justice).  The bar top is made of onyx.  It has a charming early California style decor.

Keyways tasting bar

The casual seating area is perfect to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. If you book ahead you can have a wine tasting in their private wine room.

Keyways lounge area

The gazebo area is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon catching up with friends or making new ones.Keyways winery gazaboI want to have a dinner party beyond the trellis in front of the fountain among the vineyard.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Keyways fountain

One of my favorite things I saw was the poster for the yoga class held at the winery on Saturday mornings.  Who wouldn’t show up for yoga class knowing there would be a mimosa waiting for you at the end of class?  Now that’s a brilliant idea!

Keyways yoga saturdays

Take a look at the Event Calendar where there is always something happening!

Keyways vineyard corks

Keyways Vineyard Winery

37338 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592

Phone Number ~ 1-877-KEYWAYS

www.keywayswine.com

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today’s winery is…

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

Robert Renzoni

Would you like to be transported to Italy without the long plane ride?  From the moment Handsome and I drove onto the 12 acre estate of the Robert Renzoni Vineyard, somehow we were no longer in Temecula, California, but on the picturesque grounds of a spectacular winery in Italy.

Take the lovely walk under the beautiful trellis entwined with Wisteria vines welcoming you to the Tuscan Estate where you will be greeted by a lovely fountain.

Robert Renzoni fountain

When you walk in to the entrance of the recently completed Tuscan Villa tasting room you immediately feel like you are among friends.  It’s comfortable and relax atmosphere makes you want to stay all day.

Robert Renzoni tasting room

This is truly a winery you can hang out all day, a little bocce ball game at the court, perhaps?

Robert Renzoni Bocce Ball Court

Or just enjoy a glass or two of wine under one of the trellis gazing out at the spectacular view.

Robert Renzoni trellis

Don’t forget to take a short walk up the hill directly behind the tasting room for a breathtaking view of Temecula Valley.  During harvest time you can even sample the grapes in this area, with permission of course.  Check with the staff or the Robert Renzoni website for all the activities happening all year long.

Robert Renzoni fountain in vineyard

The Renzoni Crest dates back to the 16th Century, to find out more about this crest and the wonderful family it belongs to click here.

Robert Renzoni crest

Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery

A Family Tradition Since 1886

37350 De Portola Road, Temecula, California, 92592

951.302.8466
 

Until Next time…

Robert Renzoni Grazie

Miramonte Winery

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Todays winery is located in the Southern California wine county of Temecula Valley.

Miramonte Winery

Miramonte Winery

This impressive boutique winery is located high upon a hilltop.

As soon as we walked outside of the winery, we were greeted by Mojo.  Mojo is Miramonte’s young Labradoodle.  Mojo hung out with us while Handsome and I toured the stunning grounds.  Miramonte is 100% dog friendly.

Miramonte dog Mojo

The garden area is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine.  Mojo was showing us the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the grounds, I think she knew some secret spots.

Miramonte garden area

The veranda seating area is the prime place to catch the sunset and then stay around for their live music/wine events every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10 PM.  Check here for a calendar of events.

Miramonte outdoor seating area

Although the winery does not allow you to bring your own food on the premises, they do offer chef prepared appetizers for purchase on the weekend.Miramonte views

I loved the relaxing feel of this winery.

Miramonte Winery

33410 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

             Phone Number ~ (951) 506-5500

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today, we are back in Temecula Valley wine country to visit…

Callaway Vineyard and Winery 

Callaway vineyard and winery

With all the wineries Handsome and I have visited lately, up and down the California Coast, Callaway was the first winery we have seen with these self-serve wine dispensers.  We were told by employees that sometimes it get very busy when buses of wine tours come to visit, so they made the decision to put in these self serve machines to elevate the wait.  When you walk in, you buy a token and when you want a tasting you just put your token in the machine with the wine you would like to try.

Callaway self serve wine machines

They also have a wine tasting bar with an outstanding view of the valley.  Their Bordeaux blend was one of my favorites Reds on this trip through Temecula’s wineries.

Their wine tasting staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and the Callaway legacy.  Did you know in 1969 the first of Callaway’s vines were planted in Temecula?  And, Callaway Winery and the famous golf club “Big Bertha” by Callaway, the number one golf company in the world were both the brain child of Ely Callaway.

Right beyond the tasting area was this glass enclosed dining room.  The view from this room was spectacular.  I would love to have an occasion to have a dinner party here.  The picture does not do this room justice!

Callaway private dining room

At the entrance of the winery there is a gift shop (like most wineries).  This gift shop had unique items many of which I wanted to purchase!

Callaway black bottle wine

There are many places to sit outside and enjoy the panoramic view but, my favorite place on the property was a tucked away patio area covered by my favorite vine, the Passiflora also know as the Passion Vine.  It received it’s name due to the numbers of it’s various flower parts, Spanish missionaries adopted this unique flower as a symbol of the last days of Jesus, especially his crucifixion (you didn’t know you were going to get a history lesson today, did you?).  For more info about this beautiful flower click here.

Callaway passion vine

Callaway Vineyard and Winery

32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591 951.676.4001

Europa Village

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today, we are visiting a winery in the Southern California wine area of Temecula.

Europa Village

Europa Village Sign

It was almost two years ago to the day, Handsome and I arrived here in the wee hours of the morning, it was still pitch black outside.  We were meeting our pilot to soar over Temecula in a hot air balloon, and Europa Village was the beginning of our extraordinary day drifting above the clouds.  It was nice to be going back to do some wine tasting this time.

Europa Village tasting area

The wine tasting room has one of the smaller bar areas we encountered throughout our wine tasting tour. There are many delightful gift items to browse through and purchase in the tasting room.  One of the staff members told us that in the near future there are plans to expand the tasting room.  We really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the wine tasting area.

Europa Village wine

The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and happy to discuss the European-style varietal grapes that are planted across their 30 + acres of land.

Europa Village grounds

There is several outdoor seating areas amidst the lovely gardens.  When you sit under the covered patio area, the lower part of the vineyard is right next to you.  It is easy to lose track of time and where you are in this beautiful location.

Europa Village glass

I love receiving this wine glass as a memento from our wine tasting.  Whenever I drink out of it now, I immediately go back to the wonderful times Handsome and I have shared at Europa Village.

Europa Village grapes

I am always amazed looking at grapes on the vine, then thinking of the long processes winemakers endure while producing that beautiful glass of wine.

Europa Village Arch

The entrance into Europa Village gardens and wine tasting area.

Europa Village

33475 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591

951.506.1818

 

St. Supery

It’s Winery Wednesday

Today’s winery brings us to the charming Napa Valley city of Rutherford.

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery

St. Supery wines

St. Supery wines ELU wines (

I loved going to St. Supery, it’s newly renovated tasting room is bright and hip.  You know you are not at tasting room just like the one you just left 10 minutes ago.  It has a young feel to it, from the moment you walk in the door.  A beautiful piece of bright orange art greets you at the entrance.

St. Supery entrance art

As you stroll up to the tasting counter you have already been greeted by several of the staff who are friendly and welcoming. They are excited to share their love of wines with you.

St. Supery wine tasting area

They also have gift items that I could not resist buying, like this jam.

St. Supery jams

One of my favorite places in the tasting room was the back room area.  It was a little more private and displayed bottles and bottles of their delicious wine.  I love that all their wines are estate grown, produced and bottled on site at this family winery.

St. Supery wines roomOne of my favorite photos I photographed is this black and white I took of the back wine tasting room.

St. Supery wines black and whiteTheir outdoor seating at the entrance to their tasting room made me feel like I was sitting in a French cafe.

St. Supery outdoor

I love this wall of greenery. It totally transports you to another place in time.  The colors were changing on the leaves…it is stunning.

St. Supery entrance

 

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery

8440 St. Helena highway, Rutherford, CA 94573

707.963.4507

 

Lemon Scones

Lemon scones on a plate

The very first time I tried a scone, I was living in England.  I was staying at a bed & breakfast, I ended up staying so long the owners used me as their live in babysitter from time to time.  Their home is also the first place I ever encountered a ghost (I will have to tell you about that at another time).

Back to the lemon scones…

 On the weekends, when most of their guests stayed (other than the British football team that was living there, as well (again, a story for another time) the lady of the house would make fresh baked scones for all her guests to enjoy.  The scones were a bit more cake-like than the other scones I have ever tasted since. After a few weeks, I also started helping her in the kitchen.  I had my own motive, I wanted that recipe.  She was happy to pass it along to me In exchange for my help in the kitchen.

Sadly, I never did get that recipe, and I have searched for a more cake-like scone, to no avail.

Here is what I have come up with…

Lemon Scones flour and butterCombine dry ingredients with the cold butter until the mixture resembles small crumbs.

Lemon Scones making batterAdd in the buttermilk.

Lemon Scones pre-oven Form dough into a disk and cut wedges about 3/4 of the way down the dough.

Lemon Scones bakedBake until golden brown.

Lemon Scones 1 piece Top with glaze.

Lemon Scones
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup refined sugar
  • 1 stick cold butter cut up into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon corse salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • raw sugar for sprinkling
  • FOR GLAZE
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl combine, flour, sugar, baking power, salt and butter. Use a pastry cutter until the mixture looks like small crumbs.
  4. Add buttermilk, vanilla, slightly beaten egg, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Turn mixture onto a floured surface and shape dough into a 6 inch flat disc. Transfer to the baking sheet.
  6. Cut wedges into the dough, making sure not to cut all the way through the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the top with the raw sugar.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes until the tops are golden brown and a tooth pick poked in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. FOR GLAZE:
  11. Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth.
  12. Drizzle over scones.

Enjoy!

Roasted Garlic

Have you ever tasted the sweet flavor of Roasted Garlic?

Chances are if you have been to a Italian restaurant you have tried it, maybe without even knowing it! Roasted garlic adds a delicious flavor to soups, stews, and roasts.  Add it to mash potatoes and it will taste like you are at a five star restaurant.  Add it to mayo and you have roasted garlic aioli.Roasted garlic cloveIt so easy to make and the roasted garlic adds such a depth of flavor to whatever you are cooking.

And here’s how easy it is to make…

Roasted garlic clove choppedChop off the top portion of the garlic head to expose the cloves inside.  Place head on a piece of aluminum foil.

Roasted garlic with olive oilPour about a tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the exposed garlic cloves.Roasted Garlic in foil

Wrap the entire garlic head up in the foil and place on a baking sheet.  Bake in the oven until the garlic cloves become soft and caramelized.

Roasted Garlic

Wait until the clove is cool enough to handle and enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Sometimes, if the stars align perfectly and I have a piece of freshly baked bread hanging around in my kitchen, I take the slightly warm roasted garlic and spread it directly on the piece of bread.  It is just like a little piece of heaven!

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Roasted Garlic
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Ingredients
  • I or more garlic heads
  • Olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Trim about ¼ inch off the top of the head of garlic, exposing the garlic cloves.
  3. Place garlic head on a piece of foil.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the exposed cloves.
  5. Wrap the head completely in the foil and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes (depending on the size of the garlic heads) or until the cloves are soft when pierced with a small knife.
  7. Let cool until easy to handle.
  8. Press the garlic cloves out of it's paper sleeves.
  9. Use right away or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or frozen up to 6 months.

 Roasted Garlic head

Enjoy!

Peju Winery

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Our 8th winery on the tour brings us to…

PEJU

  When you first drive onto the property you are greeted by an embrace of Sycamore Trees which gently bend in the direction of the wind.  Peju winery is located in one of the most unique buildings located in Napa Valley.  The tower of the building is 50 ft. high.  The building is surrounded by several fountains, gardens, and a reflective pool.  You will walk through a metal sculpture that reminds me of a bottle of wine, as you enter onto the property from the parking area.

Peju Winery metal sculpture

One of the many water features located on the grounds.  It is lovely to walk by this fountain as you enter the winery.

Peju Winery fountain

The entrance door to the winery is hand carved and depicts a scene from Greek mythology.  Inside the tasting room the tile floor has been imported from Turkey.

Peju Winery

Don’t you just love this beautiful garden gate?  The garden grounds are a vision of Tony Peju (his life long hobby) and are maintained by Herta Peju.  Chances are, you will see Herta planting and pruning the garden on a daily basis.

Peju Winery garden gate

I fell in love with this outdoor entaining area located amongst the vineyards.  I would love to have dinner at sunset there.

Peju Winery outdoor seating

Many wine barrels were outside as the winery was in the midst of the harvest.  The very nice staff member allowed Handsome and I to go in the back of the winery where the harvest process was happening.

 I was so enthralled by the process I forget to take pictures!

Peju Winery barrel

One of my favorite wines at Peju was, Liana, Orange Muscat.  I just love dessert wines and this one was especially yummy.  I really loved the hint of orange and ginger.  A perfect dessert wine to enjoy with some after dinner cheeses and fruit!

Peju Winery sign

Peju

8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573

800.446.7358

Sequoia Grove

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today’s winery makes you feel like you are in the Sequoia National Forest,

but you are really at…

Sequoia Grove Winery

Sequoia Grove Winery vineyard in Rutherford, CA

From the moment you drive on the property of Sequoia Grove Winery you feel like you are transported to the Sequoia National Forrest.  The statuesque trees are such a presence when you arrive on the property.

Sequoia Grove Winery located in Rutherford, CA

The tasting room is located in a 110 year old barn, surrounded by a beautiful large grove of sequoia trees that have been growing for more than a century.  The barn is nestled within the grove of trees.Sequoia Grove Winery tasting room (1 of 1)The tasting bar, made of redwood is the perfect place to taste Sequoia Grove’s wide selection of wines in a casual friendly atmosphere.  This tasting area was once a hay barn and later on it was the hub of operations for the winery before it became the wineries tasting room.

Sequoia Grove Winery Barrel in tasting room

This huge wine barrel is located in the tasting room.

Sequoia Grove Winery Fountain

Enjoy this private seating area with a glass of wine listening to the soft sounds of the flowing fountain.  It is the perfect place to enjoy the cool breezes of Napa Valley with friends and delicious wine.

Sequoia Grove Winery vineyards

A small view of their 24 acre Estate Vineyard.

Sequoia Grove Winery vineyard fountain (

The fountain located right outside the tasting room door.

Sequoia Grove

8338 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford (Napa), California 94558

707.944.2945

Hours ~ Daily 10:30 am – 5:00 pm (except major holidays)

No appointment necessary

Please check out their website for further information at:

www.sequoiagrove.com