en-us Woodworth Vineyards. Temecula Valley Wine Country's newest vineyard and winery Located in De Luz California. http://www.woodworthwine.com/ December @ Woodworth Vineyards http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-99376/December-2014-Newsletter.html Happening in the Vineyards...

I am sorry for those of you who may have been caught at airports in bad weather, or stuck in the rain or snow on Thanksgiving, but here in De Luz it was 87 and sunny. 

The vines are finally going dormant and turning yellow.  The liquid amber and Japanese lantern trees are a beautiful brick red.  It's supposed to be rainy and cool this week, so that should bring in December nicely.













Bottling the 2013 Blanc de Blanc...

Many of you have followed the saga of getting our first sparkling wine made and released.  it was definitely a labor of love with lots of starts and re-starts, but the result was our wonderful Luna de Luz a Blanc de Noir.  We've decided to try again, this time with Chardonnay, for a Blanc de Blanc.  We just completed the first step in the traditional Method Champenoise process and started the second step.  Here are the steps for this labor intensive method:

1) Primary fermentation (the first fermentation after crush usually in tank),

2) Resting on Lees.  The wine is mixed with yeast again and bottled.  It is corked with a rubber stopper and crown cap.  It's then laid on it's side in a cold environment for up to 15 months. This is the secondary fermentation which creates the bubbles. 

3) Riddling.  This is where the wine is agitated over a period of time to get the yeast sediment into the bottle neck.,

4) Disgorgement.  The neck is frozen and the cap popped off along with the sediment.

5) Dosage.  A small amount of sweetning is added if wanted. And finally

6) Finally, the wine is corked, capped and labeled. 

Pete Mousis, one of our winemaers, was overseeing this first process and talks about the steps involved in making a sparkling.



Greater than the sum of it's parts...Blending

Wine blending is a physically simple task. You take different wines and mix them together.  What could be easier? Unfortunately, the law of unintended consequences can take over.

Winemakers blend for a variety of reasons. Different barrels of the same wine are routinely blended to even out oak or tannins. Different years of the same wine may be blended to improve the characteristics of the wine. Or, different varietals are blended to create entirely new wines with the best (and sometimes worst) characteristics of all the wines.

Once or twice a year Tim Kramer (consulting wine maker) and I meet together to determine the blends for our Sweet Sophie, Wild Bandit, Sidekick and Black Dog wines. It's my favorite thing. Tim brings out the beakers, glasses and dump buckets and we measure, mix and taste until we both believe we have the best version of what we are looking for.

Tim and I met a couple of weeks ago and had a great time blending the reds. There is a lot of math involved (Tim does this, not me) to figure out how much wine can be made based on the percentage blends. Here is what we came up with for our next wines.

Wild Bandit (non-vintage): 65/35, Syrah/Pinot

Sidekick (2012): 55/45, Merlot/Syrah

Black Dog (2012): 55/30/15, Syrah/Merlot/Cabernet

We will be blending them several months before bottling so that the flavors and characteristics can blend in barrel. Can't wait!


Great Thanksgiving Leftovers...

By now everyone is just about done with Thankgiving leftovers.  However, I thought I'd go ahead and share something with you that we tried last night...and it was great!  I got this from the Pioneer Woman cooking show last week and it sounded so easy I naturally had to try it.  It's a Thanksgiving Dinner Panini. 

Basically, take two pieces of your favorite bread and spread a little Dijon mustard on each.  Also add a slice of swiss cheese to each piece.  Then just put shredded turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing on one of the pieces of bread.  Top it off with some of your cold gravy.  Top this with the other piece of bread with the swiss cheese.  Carefully butter the bread and put it into a Panini press, George Foreman or in a frying pan (with a weight on it) and let it cook until the bread is browned and everything is warm and gooey.  It sounds ridiculous, but it turns out really good.  We had it with Pinot Noir.  So, if you have just one more meal to go from the leftovers, try this for something different.

If there is any leftover Pumpkin or Apple Pie try having a little Sweet Sophie with it. 


The Perfect Christmas Gift...

If you have friends, relatives, employees, or anyone you need to buy a gift for in Southern California, get them something that they will remember forever.  I'm talking about a gift certificate for a private Wine and Cheese pairing here at Woodworth Vineyards in De Luz.  It's only $15 per person. 

Gary and I will host your guests on a tour of the vineyards and they will enjoy five great Woodworth wines perfectly paired with  five artisan cheeses.  It's a unique gift that will be long remembered.

To schedule your own wine tasting or to purchase a gift certificate for tasting, use this link: Wine Tasting

Woof Notes...


We hope you enjoyed this month's Newsletter.  If so, please forward to a friend.  You can buy wine, join the wine club or schedule a Vineyard Wine Tasting at www.WoodworthWine.com.  Join us at www.Facebook.com/woodworthvineyards


We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Gary & Marlene

Woodworth Vineyards Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:00:00 PST
It's Time for the Winter Barrel Tasting http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-98340/Winter-Barrel-Tasting.html Winter Barrel Tasting...

 It's that time again for our annual Winter Barrel Tasting & Pick Up Party.

Date: Saturday, November 8

Time: 5 - 7 pm

Location: TVWM, 27495 Diaz Rd, Temecula, 92590


Come and join us for music, food and wine to kick off the holiday season.  We'll be tasting the 2012 reds in barrel along with other Woodworth wines.  We might even have some custom blends to try.

Hope to see you there!

RSVP for the Event Here



Woodworth Vineyards Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:00 PST
September 2014 @ Woodworth http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-98329/September-2014-Newsletter.html Happening In the Vineyards...







Well, this was not a great year for grapes.  It started with the very warm winter and no rain.  With the heat wave in Jan/Feb, we didn't really have a great fruit set to begin with.  We had a really bad problem with bees this year.  You can see from the picture on the left how bees can really destroy grape clusters.  The theory is that with the draught, the bees were desperate to find moisture...who knows?  Check out the picture on the right and you can see what squirrels can do to grapes.  All that is left are the stems. 

Farming is so fun! 









We, along with everyone else, were about a month early for picking.  We picked the Pinot in July and finished up the first of September.  As expected, given the bees, squirrels and poor fruit set to begin with, the yield was very low.  As an example we usually get 8-10 tons of Chardonnay and this year we got 1.5.  Oh well, with any luck what we got is really good.

Whenever you wake up to a helicopter in your front yard, you know it's going to be a fun day


We sprayed the avocados for thrips and some other type of wee beastie in August.  A couple of days ago we had a freak windstorm (50-60 mph) for about 10 minutes.  It was part of the tail end of one of the hurricanes that hit Baja.  At the end of that 10 minute storm we had 35+ avocado trees downed.  So this week we are focused on getting them pulled up and staked.








How to read a wine label...

Wine labels have lots of information. Some of it is critical to understand what's in the bottle and other stuff is just marketing.

There is a difference between wines made in America and those from other countries. The rules are different. In France, for instance, wines are identified by Appellation (region), not by a brand. So a 'Chablis' refers to the growing region and you won't see any mention of the type of grape. (It's Chardonnay. by the way)  Here you will have a brand name (Woodworth) and you need to identify the type of wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or White Table Wine, etc).

Let's focus on American requirements. The label has to contain the following information: Producer, Appellation, Alcohol Content, Government Warnings with Sulfite Notification, Net Contents.  Some of this is supposed to be on the front label.  Looking at our Pinot label, you'll see that all of that info is on what most people would consider the back. The TTB lets us designate the back label as the front label for approval purposes. Yea!

There are some interesting rules. For example, if you designate a specific AVA like Temecula Valley, then 85% of the grapes have to come from within that AVA. If a larger region like a state or country is designated, then only 75% has to come from the region.

You don't have to have a vintage date, but if you do and designate an AVA then 95 % of the grapes must be from that year.

So, if it says Chardonnay as the type of wine does that mean that it is 100% Chardonnay? No! In order to use a varietal name like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, etc., the wine must have at least 75% of that grape. So, it could be 25% of something else.

What do terms like 'Estate Bottled' or 'Reserve" mean? If you use the term 'Estate Bottled' then 100% of the wine has to be grown, crushed, fermented and bottled on the winery premises. 'Reserve' is more of a marketing term. It generally means that there is something special about the wine like better barrels, longer aging, something that sets it aside from the rest of the wines produced.

Lately, a couple of new terms have been coming up like 'single vineyard', 'sustainably grown', 'small batch production'. Again, these are primarily marketing terms to appeal to certain buyers. There are no government regulations to outline specifically what these mean.

I think that French labels are the most interesting.  They have very specific rules, and you can learn a lot from understanding their labels.  TheKitchen.com has a fun article about reading French labels.  If you would like to learn about reading a French label, here is a link you can use:  French Labels

So, next time you buy a bottle, take a close look at the label to see how much you can learn. 


Wine Tasting in the Vineyards...

We've been having wine tasting here at the De Luz vineyards by reservation for about a month now.  We've met so many great people and it's been really fun for us.  I thought I'd share some pictures.  If you are interested in scheduling a wine and cheese pairing, use this link:  Wine Tasting























Winter Barrel Tasting & Pick Up Party...

Date: Saturday, November 8

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: Production Center at TVWM, 27595 Diaz Rd, Temecula, 92590

Come and join us for music, food and wine...a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  Use this link to RSVP: Winter Barrel Tasting 



Great Recipes...

Our favorite chef and wine enthusiast, Patrick Bartlett, has developed some recipes for three of our recently released wines.  These are all wonderful. Hope you get a chance to try them.  Let me know! 

If you click on the recipe name, you will bring up the full recipe with instructions and pictures. 

 Pan Seared Halibut with Nectarine Tarragon Salsa

This fish and fruit salsa allows the off dry brightness and subtle fruit notes of Golden Maggie to shine without a hint of competition.  the salsa's tarragon bridges beautifully with the fennel scented risotto.



Grilled Black Pepper Sausages in Puff Pastry with Blueberry Ancho Chili Sauce

This beautiful blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet bursts with dark berries and spice.  This simple and rustic meal is a perfect match for Black Dog and can be served as a summer grill or a winter feast.  Try it with grilled vegetables.

Savory Clafoutis with Goat Cheese, Sage and Roasted Tomato

Herc's Field Blend is a light, crisp wine with subtle stone fruit and white flowers.  It pairs beautifully with the Clafoutis thanks to the harmony of the tangy goat cheese, subtle herbs and sweet tomatoes.


Woof Note...

Hope you enjoyed this month's Newsletter.  If so, please forward to someone you know.  If you received this from a friend and would like to join our mailing list, use this link:  Mailing List

You can read all about us, buy wine, reserve a tasting and join the club at www.WoodworthWine.com.  Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodworthvineyards


Woodworth Vineyards Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:00 PST
July Pick Up Party ~ Brats & Basses http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-96611/Brats-Basses.html Brats & Basses...

Join us for a very special July Pick Up Party

  Gary will be BBQ'ing brats and we will be featuring the Basses (and some Tenors) from the Temecula Valley Chorale.  This should be a really fun evening of food, wine, music and friends. 

We're asking for a $10 donation and all of the proceeds will go the Chorale in support of their outreach to talented local youth for vocal competitions and scholarships. 

(Temecula Valley Master Chorale - tax ID 33-0928024)


I'm sorry, but the July Pick Up Party is sold out. 


Woodworth Vineyards Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:00:00 PST
June @ Woodworth Vineyards http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-96553/June-2014-Newsletter.html Happening Now...

It's June and we have typical SoCal June weather.  Gloomy and grey in the morning and sunny in the afternoon.  All the flowers and trees are blooming, so there are lots of photo opportunities.







We finished picking avocados and it looks like we got a little over 100k lbs for the year.  Gary is already worried about having any fruit on the trees next year.  Most of the trees are so tall now that we have to use ladders to pick.














The Pinot Noir and the Pinot Gris are both in veraison.  This is when the berries begin to ripen, change color and to develop sugar.  It's also the time when the birds get interested.  So, we're netting this week.


The Perfect Summer Combo...

Nothing says summer like 'shrimp on the Barby' and Rose wine.  There are so many ways to make this combo work, but here are my two favorites.

Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Salad


   This salad pairs perfectly with Golden Maggie, our Rose of Pinot Noir.  We published this recipe last year on our blog.  It's wonderful and will wow your guests. 

The shrimp is grilled with brown sugar and a spicy Cajun rub, while the salad includes watermelon, cucumbers, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic vinegar dressing.  Check it out at:  Watermelon and Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp Boil

A Shrimp boil is great for a casual summer evening party.  Just spread your tables with newspaper and have plenty of napkins, butter, cocktail sauce and, of course, Golden Maggie.  Skip the plates and forks, just dig in with your fingers.


  • 2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 4 ears corn, husked and snapped in half
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)


Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves. Add the Old Bay, garlic and onion. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine

and add to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes to the pot and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, slice along the back of each shrimp through the shells; remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add to the pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl and are just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer the shrimp and vegetables with a slotted spoon or skimmer to a large platter, or if you are me, to the middle of a newspaper covered table.  Pour the Golden Maggie and dig in. 


It's Rose Wine Time....

It's hard to believe but even in this enlightened era, there are those that scoff at drinking a pink wine.  There is nothing better on a beautiful warm day than a glass of chilled Rose.  I prefer a dry Rose, but no matter what your preference, it is the sophisticated drink for the summer. 

Because Roses are served chilled, they are refreshing. They are also go with a variety of foods.   So, if you are opting for "surf 'n turf" a rosé can handle both the seafood and the steak in one fell sip. It's also a great picnic wine. It tends to have both a lighter body and more delicate flavors on the palate, so it is a great wine partner for a ham, chicken or roast beef sandwich, as well as a fruit, potato or egg salad. It can even handle a variety of chips and dips. Rosés are also the perfect guest for a backyard barbecue, pairing with hamburgers, hot dogs and even French fries and ketchup.

Here are a couple of interesting charts from 'Wine Folly'.  They can help you easily identify the Rose flavor characteristics you like from the color and the varietal.  Our Golden Maggie is made from 100% Pinot Noir and is considered a dry Rose.  It definitely has the 'fruity/floral' characteristics with aromas and flavors (and color) of raspberry and strawberry.   



July Pick Up Party ...

For information and to RSVP use this link:  BRATS & BASSES


Woodworth Uncorked...


If you are in Temecula on Thursday the 26th, come and join us at Crush & Brew.

  You don't need a reservation to come, but it will help us out if you let Candice know you are coming at Candice@TVWineryManagement.com

Summer White Sale...

Buy two bottles of Chardonnay, Golden Maggie or Sweet Sophie (any combo) and get 20% off.  This deal is available online only.  Free shipping for four or more bottles. 

Stock up for the summer!




Woof Notes...


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Woodworth Vineyards Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:00:00 PST
Wine Tasting at Woodworth http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-96242/Tastings-At-Woodworth.html Wine Tasting at Woodworth

 Make your reservation now for a unique tasting experience in beautiful De Luz.  Walk through the vineyards, enjoy the expansive views and taste five of Woodworth's award winning wines paired with selected artisan cheeses.













Tastings by Reservation for 4 or more people. $15/person for 5 wines paired with artisan cheese.  To check on availability and to make reservations, contact Marlene Woodworth at Marlene@WoodworthWine.com

In your note be sure and indicate the number of people, general timeframe and include your contact information.  In most cases we need at least one week's notice.

Hope to see you at Woodworth soon!

Woodworth Vineyards Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00:00 PST
May @ Woodworth Vineyards http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-95902/May-2014-Newsletter.html Happening in the Vineyards...

May in the vineyards is just beautiful.  As usual every day is a little different with fog one day and heat the next.  We've finished one round of picking for the Avocados and should finish them up next month. We are doing vine training and thinning in the vineyards.







You can see the new fruit set on the Pinot vine to the left.  If you look close right in the middle of the picture, you can see the little Avocado BB's forming on the tree for next year. 


Last Chance for Blessing of the Vines...

The Blessing of the Vines is next Sunday, the 18th.  You can still get tickets through Tuesday the 13th.  So, if you've been putting it off, now is the time.



Hercules (finally) has a wine!

Herc's Field Blend is a unique blend of Albarino, Pinot Gris and Viognier. The vines were grown in a single vineyard and then the fruit was harvested, crushed, fermented and aged together. You will find it is crisp and clean, with notes of green apple and melon. It is a great summer wine with a lovely, crisp finish. 

This is my current favorite wine.  It's so fresh and lovely.  We will be releasing it in June, just in time for the summer.

You've got to love the label!  We've gone vintage on Golden Maggie and Sweet Sophie too.  These will be released a little later this summer.









Fun Rating System for Wines....

Our good friend ,Patrick Bartlett, has come up with a fun way to rate wines.  Normally there is a numeric system 90+ is a Gold, 80-89 Silver, etc.  I think this approach is much more descriptive and really communicates the important information you really want your friends to know.

Isn't this better than trying to figure out if a 91 is really that much better than an 89?


Tastings at Woodworth Vineyards...

We are now offering tastings by reservation here at our vineyards in De Luz.  If you have 6 or more friends you'd like to bring up, we'll put together a tasting of six of our wines paired with some wonderful cheeses from Temecula Cheese Company for just $15/person.  The views of De Luz are wonderful from our deck and patio, and we'll work with you to put together a fun afternoon with a tour of the vineyard and some wonderful cheese and wine. 







For information and to schedule a tasting, contact me at WineLover@WoodworthWine.com


Great Wine Gadgets...

I'm kind of a gadget freak, so when I saw these, knew I had to pass them on.

You can enjoy your favorite wine without pulling the cork with the Coravin system...Read More

This is a wine bottle thermometer on a band that fits around the bottle ... Read More

I think that this Tankard Wine Glass is pretty cool looking, and hard to tip over...Read More

You've gotta love this!  A wine stopper memory stick ... Read More


Woof Notes...



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Woodworth Vineyards Fri, 9 May 2014 12:00:00 PST
Join Us for the Blessing of the Vines http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-94581/2014-Blessing-Of-The-Vines.html Blessing of the Vines..


I'm sorry, the 2014 Blessing of the Vines event is Sold Out.  Please keep us in mind for next year.


It's time again to kick off the 2014 vintage with good food, wine, music and friends.  Join us for the 2014 Blessing of the Vines.

  • Date: Sunday, May 18
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Location: Woodworth Vineyards in De Luz  (directions given at ticket purchase)
  • Cost: Members ~ $20.00, Non Members ~ $30.00

Get your tickets below!



















Woodworth Vineyards Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:00 PST
March @ Woodworth http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-94590/March-2014-Newsletter.html Happening in the Vineyards...

 Spring is here!  The vines are growing really fast and we did our initial spray for powdery mildew. The bees showed up one night last week and are busy pollinating the Avocados.  We finished harvesting Leucadendron and were able to pick our first bucket of Protea. 











The big thing that happened this month is that we grafted Pinot Noir on to 4 rows of Chardonnay.  Grafting is a really interesting process.  When we pruned in January, we saved some canes with buds.  They were kept in a cool environment in a box of sawdust.  We then cut off the Chardonnay vines at about 3 feet high and the buds were grafted on to the cut Chardonnay vines.  Here is a video that goes through the whole process.


Pinot, (And Other) Awards...

Gary and I had a great time at the 12th annual Pinot Summit in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago.  It was at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio...what a gorgeous place!  We came home with our Gold Medals and managed to surprise a lot of people that So Cal can grow good Pinot.  I had to make up a map to show where we are since no one could believe it.  Here are some pictures from the event.  Check out the view overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.






Since 2011, our little (very little) winery has won almost 70 medals in international competitions.  In 2013 &14 alone we have won 40 medals.  I think it's pretty amazing considering we only have 10 wines.  You gotta love that De Luz micro-climate.  If you are interested in seeing a list of the awards from the past few years, use this link:  MEDALS


Fromage Fort...

I recently had a dinner party and ended up with several different wedges of cheese left. Usually I just wrap them up and they eventually get eaten or thrown out. I ran across an article and recipe for Fromage Fort and it is the best!

Fromage Fort is translated as 'strong cheese' and it is a blend of whatever odds and ends of cheese you have with some wine, maybe some garlic, pepper and herbs…whatever you feel like. Softer cheese makes it creamy and harder cheeses can benefit from a pat of butter. You can age it for up to a week. You can spread your bread with Fromage Fort and put it under the broiler, or if it is soft, use it as a dip for breadsticks or crostini. The recipes are more like outlines, so basically you just wing it. My favorite way to cook.

Here is a recipe from 'Food and Wine' that you can use as a guideline. Again, just about anything goes. 

  • 1/2 pound cheese pieces
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Put about 1/2 pound of cheese pieces in the bowl of a food processor, add 1 garlic clove, about 1/4 cup of dry white wine and a big grinding of black pepper. Salt is usually not needed, but taste the mixture and add some if it is. Process for 30 seconds or so, until the mixture is creamy but not too soft, and then pack it into small containers. The fromage fort is ready to use now, either served cold or spread on bread and broiled for a few minutes. Broiling will brown the cheese and make it wonderfully fragrant.

Try your own version next time you are left with extra pieces of cheese.  The great news is it's great with a lot of different wines.


Blessing of the Vines...

 It's time for our 5th annual Blessing of the Vines.  Join us to kick off the 2014 vintage when we ask for a successful harvest and the safety of the workers.  Celebrate the new year with good food, wine, music and friends in beautiful De Luz.

  • Date: Sunday, May 18
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Location: Woodworth Vineyards, De Luz
  • Cost: $20 ~ Members, $30 ~ Non Members

To get your tickets use this link: BLESSING TICKETS


Woof Notes...

I'm resurrecting a Woof Note from a couple of years ago.  This always makes me smile.

How many dogs does it take to screw in a light bulb?


Hope you enjoyed this month's Newsletter.  If so, please forward to a friend. 

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Gary & Marlene


Woodworth Vineyards Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:00 PST
Happening Now at Woodworth ~ February 2014 http://www.woodworthwine.com/blogpost-93650/February-2014-Newsletter.html
February in the Vineyards...

We've been continuing to pick Leucadendron this month.  There was a big push for Valentines bouquets, but now we are waiting a week or two before we start picking  again.  







All of the vineyards have been pruned. 







Lorenzo, our resident pruning expert, shows us how it's done on the young, head pruned, Pinot Gris vines.

We are getting ready to graft some additional Pinot Noir onto some our Chardonnay vines.  We have too much Chardonnay and we need more Pinot.  In January, we took buds from our Pinot Noir vines and have been storing them in a cool place packed in sawdust.  This month, Gary stumped the Chardonnay vines that we are going to graft on to.  Next month, we will be grafting the buds onto the stumped vines.  It's a really interesting procedure, so I'll take lots of pictures for next month's Newsletter.

In the pictures below you can see the stumped vines and Gary and Isaura removing the Cordons from the wires (not easy!)









Drought in the Vineyards...

This has been a very unusual (and not in a good way) winter here in Southern California. We were sunny, warm and dry most of January and then after a brief one week cold spell, we are back in the 80's with no rain in sight.

We, along with the other vineyards in the area, have been irrigating our vines. We've never done this. We usually don't water the vines from November through March or so, but we've had less than 2" of rain since July.

So, we're sitting at mid-February and already have young shoots. Way too early. One of the real possibilities is that we suddenly get a cold spell when the shoots are young and vulnerable. That could really impact production for 2014.

There have been some interesting articles about the impact of California drought on wine production recently. Our local paper featured comments from some prominent viticulturists here in Temecula.

Here is a link to that article: Press Enterprise

There have also been many nationwide articles and newscasts about this issue. If you are interested in reading more, here are a couple of additional links:

EE News  and  CBS News

Woodworth Pinot Does it Again...

We were just notified that our not-yet-released 2011 Pinot Noir has won a Gold Medal at the Pinot Summit.  Not only did we win a Gold, but we are in the top 50 wineries and have been invited to pour at the Pinot Shootout on March 9 at the Presidio in San Francisco.  450 wineries submitted wines to this year's competition from all over the world.  This is the fourth year we've been in the medals.  We won Gold for our 2008 and 2010 Pinot Noirs and a Silver for the 2009 vintage. 

The other fun news is that our new 'Luna de Luz' Blanc de Noir also won a Gold Medal at this event.  Woo Hoo!


Yes You Can: A Pairing Guide...

Our son in law forwarded me an article last month about pairing wine with Girl Scout Cookies.  Since then I've seen various pairing articles, each with a little different spin.  Since these wonderful little cookies are not just for kids, I've provided my own spin to pairing. 

Thin Mints: There are two types of Thin Mints made today, but both combine a wafer, chocolate, and peppermint flavoring. To truly experience the mint & chocolate combination, however, don't reach for the milk - try our 2009 Syrah instead.

Samoas (Caramel deLites): Banyuls is a red dessert wine from Southwestern France, which pairs amazingly with the dark chocolate stripes on Samoas. For a Plan B, pick up a Port.  Sorry, we don't have one.  Another, more unusual, option would be to try pairing this with the 2011 Luna de Luz sparkling

Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties): You're going to see a trend here: when the cookie has chocolate, grab a bottle of red wine. Tagalongs are no different - find a fruity red wine like our 2010 Wild Bandit.  BTW, these are my favorite.

Trefoils (Shortbread): Light and refreshing, a Trefoil shortbread should be paired with our 2010 Pinot Noir or a sparkling like the 2011 Luna de Luz if the mood is right.

Lemonades: When snacking on these shortbread cookies with lemon-flavored icing, grab a 2012 Chardonnay

Thanks-A-Lot: Shortbread dipped in rich fudge. It's a tough one, as it combines the light shortbread with the chocolaty fudge, but I'll be enjoying mine with the 2010 Pinot Noir or 2010 Wild Bandit.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread: There is a lot of disagreement about what types of wine pair best with chocolate chip cookies in general. This one comes down to a matter of personal preference on white or red. You could either go with the 2008 Black Dog or the 2011 Luna de Luz

Savannah Smiles: These are a lemon-based cookie similar to the Lemonades but covered with powered sugar. Try the 2012 Sweet Sophie.

Cranberry Citrus Crisps: Both sweet and tangy because of the cranberry, a good match for these would be the 2012 Sweet Sophie or the 2012 Golden Maggie



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Unfortunately, we can only ship to California through Amazon.  But, if you live in California and want to try our wines, it is a great way to go.  Their shipping costs are way low.  In fact, if you buy 6 bottles or more, they will ship for $.01.  Yes, one penny! 

Give it a try.


March Pick Up and Other Important Events...

~ March Wine Club Pick Up

We won't be having a 'pick up party' per se in March.  However, the March shipment will be available at Crush & Brew beginning March 7.  Come in anytime during the month of March to pick up your wines and enjoy one of C&B's great Cheese Plates, on us, with your complementary wine.  If you come in on March 7 , Gary and I will be there enjoying the Rod Run Cruise and having dinner.  Gary's cool yellow truck should be parked in front.  We'll be leaving the next morning for the Pinot Shootout.

If you just can't make it to C&B in March, you can still pick up your wine up through June, but get it early if you can.  If your wine is shipped, it will go out sometime the first week of March.

~ Blessing of the Vines

The 5th annual Blessing of the vines will be held on Sunday, May 18.  Save that day in your calendar for a fun afternoon of wine, food, music and friends.  Help us start the 2014 vintage right, with a Blessing.  You'll be able to sign up beginning next month. 



~ Singles Mixer at Crush & Brew

Gary and I will be hosting a 'Singles Mixer' at Crush & Brew in June.  You may wonder , and rightly so, why we are doing a Singles Mixer when we've been married since the earth was cooling.  Well....we have several young singles in our Wine Club dept that think it's a great idea and want to run with it.  Who are we to stand in the way of potential true love?

It will be on a Thursday evening in June.  The date hasn't been finalized, but will be soon, so watch for it.  This could be where you meet 'the one'.  Then you can have Woodworth wine at your wedding!

~ July Pick Up Party

This year we are going to have a BBQ and Potluck party here at our vineyards in De Luz.  So, pencil in Saturday, July 19 for a fun afternoon with good BBQ, wine and live music.  It's a potluck too, so be prepared to bring your favorite summer dish.   


~ In the works

We are working with Temecula Cheese Co to schedule a Woodworth wine and cheese pairing evening.  I'd like to do it in April, so we'll keep you posted.  Also, this fall, we plan on a Harvest Dinner here in the vineyards.  Not sure I can get the tables in the vineyard like this, but it does look cool.  We'll send out information as soon as we finalize the dates.


Woof Notes...

This isn't our normal dog picture, but it's just so cute.  Gary and I went camping at the river with some friends last month.  These wild burros come to the road to have carrots fed to them.  This year there were several Mommy/Baby pairs along the road.  This silver pair were just wonderful looking and the Mom loved the carrots.

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