TEMECULA, CA 03/01/16- Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula is pleased to announce our first two wedding awards of the year: our third win in the Knot’s Best of Weddings Awards, and our first win in WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards! Both awards are from highly prominent and nationally known wedding resources that focus on finding the “best of the best” for quality and professionalism. These honors are based off of the millions of reviews written by real customers. These awards put us in the top 5% of WeddingWire’s international base of 400,000 wedding vendors, and in the top 2% of the Knot’s 250,000. We’re proud to have hosted so many beautiful weddings and to have received so many exceptional reviews from our customers.
Mount Palomar Winery is the perfect stage for creating unforgettable memories as you celebrate your new life together. From the first steps up our grand staircase, to walking through our Italian-inspired terraces and gardens, you will be transported to an “old world” destination of true romance. As you continue your journey to our hill-top wedding venues, you will find yourself surrounded by Temecula Valley’s picturesque mountains and lush vineyards, infusing every moment with beauty, charm, and elegance.
For wedding photos and package pricing, go to http://www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Weddings-Events/Wedding-Packages, and for a private tour of our wedding venues, call 951.676.5047 ext 17.
February 21st, 2016 - Mount Palomar Winery hosted our annual wine blending contest. Thank you to everyone who came out - the teams had a great time learning all about wine blending and creating a new blend all of their own. The blend that they made will be released later this year, last year's winner "Bacchanova" is available to Wine Club members in the tasting room or at www.MountPalomarWinery.com Congratulations to our winning team, we'll see you next year!
Our winning wine blending team - congratulations!
The team that came up with the winning name for our new blend!
Our annual blending competition is a wine club exclusive event, so f you want to participate in next year's wine blending competition, click here to join the wine club online!
Annata Bistro/Bar at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula features one of the only full service bars in Temecula wine country. If you're looking for the perfect cocktail for a girls night out, try The Carol, featuring fresh basil and strawberries.
Fresh basil, grown on the property
Topped with a bruleed strawberry
Enjoy The Carol for $3 off during Happy Hour at Annata Bistro/Bar, Friday - Sunday from 4 - 8. Click here to view the full hours and the food menu online!
Mount Palomar Winery opened our Solera in 1974, and created our first Solera Cream Sherry in 1978. What differentiates our Solera Cream Sherry from other Sherry, even Spanish Sherry, is our use of a traditional outdoor Solera system and top quality, traditional grapes. Our Sherry is made with two kinds of grapes: the classic Palomino, and Pedro Ximenez. Pedro Ximenez is used to make the finest quality Sherry in Spain, but is not commonly grown or used in California. Our technique is also unique, much of the Sherry produced today is baked, which is not inherently bad, but it creates a flavor that is full and coarse compared to the delicate, smooth, floral Sherry produced in a Solera. A Solera is an old world throw back that is rarely used, even in Spain, and we can say for sure that we use the last outdoor Solera in California, and possibly the last one in the United States. The slow Solera process produces a deep, rich flavor of caramel and hazelnuts, with a long, smooth finish, and aromas of hazelnuts and almonds. In our Solera, barrels of Sherry are set outdoors in the California sun, caramelizing the wine to give it a deep, rich flavor. The wine is moved through a series of barrels on stairs, mixing with wine from previous years, adding depth and complexity. That’s what makes it so consistently delicious – there’s 41 year old Sherry in the bottle, so the wine itself is full of history.
Another thing that makes our Sherry unique is the fact that it’s made in America, but it’s called Sherry. The term Sherry has protected status, and only wines produced in a specific area of Spain and made with Spanish grown grapes can be called Sherry, except for ours. We have such a long history of producing Sherry, and still use our classic recipe and techniques, so we’ve been grandfathered in and still get to use the name. Our Wine Maker, James Rutherford, has a long family history of producing Sherry, too. He’s related to George Yount, the first permanent settler in Napa Valley and the first person to plant grapes there. One of the first wines that he produced was a Sherry, made from Mission grapes.
Our Sherry has 18% alcohol by volume, and 12% residual sugar. The best way to enjoy it may be just to drink it straight in a traditional Sherry glass. It’s smaller than a wine glass, more like a brandy glass, and holding the bowl of the glass in the palm of your hand will warm it and help release the fragrances. It is definitely a sweet dessert wine, and it’s a wonderful accompaniment with shortbread cookies or baklava, or mixed with hot coffee, cream and brown sugar for an after dinner pick-me-up.
Other Sherry facts: The Amontillado referred to in the Cask of Amontillado is referring to a specific kind of Sherry. Sherry has a long production history in California that can be traced back to the California Missions. They used Mission grapes to produce a kind of Sherry called “Angelica”, named for the city of Los Angeles. Sherry, considered a classic Spanish drink, was actually introduced to Spain by the Moors of North Africa. The Grape Varietal Pedro Ximenez came to Spain from the Canary Islands, but is probably also a Moorish varietal.
You can buy our Solera Cream Sherry online here - http://bit.ly/mpcreamsherry
Want to give our Sherry a try? You can get 2 for 1 wine tastings Monday - Thursdays by printing our coupon, online here - http://bit.ly/2for1taste
We just love dessert stations here at Mount Palomar Winery! Such a fun treat for all your guests!
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If you're interested in having a wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, click here to go to our wedding page and download our wedding brochure!
Cheers to Capt. Glenn & Mrs. Vivianne CruzCancel! This Mount Palomar Winery couple was married in 2012 and have been wine club members since 2010! As you can see, they always are having a good time here at Mount Palomar Winery! Thank you for sharing this photo with us and continuing your membership!
If you're interested in having your wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, you can download our wedding brochure by filling out this form online - http://bit.ly/mpweddingbrochure
Our Wine Club Members already know about our first round of new releases for 2016, they received a notice weeks before anyone else! That's one of the many benefits of the wine club. For non club members, you can try out these two fantastic wines with a two for one wine tasting Monday - Thursday! Click here to get the coupon. Here are our first two new releases:
Muscato di Amore is a very popular wine that was produced only once at Mount Palomar nine years ago. The 2014 vintage of this blend of Muscat varietals is scented with pear, lychee, white peach and honey suckle. The feel in the mouth is velvety. Our Muscato di Amore has bright tastes of star fruit, lychee, and peach with a touch of honey. This wine pairs well with poultry, pork and white fish. You can buy it online at: http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/product/2014-Muscato-di-Amore
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has rich scents of currants, plum and hot chocolate balanced with the varietals signature character of subdued sweet pepper. The wine is medium bodied and full in the mouth with a smooth finish. The tastes are of plum, sweet nutmeg complimented by light oak elements. This wine pairs well with rich red meat dishes. You can buy it online at: http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/product/2011-Cabernet-Sauvignon
Wine club members always get the first bottles of new releases, if you want to be the first to know, click here to join the wine club online, or call 951.676.5047
The 2016 Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting Event was an absolute blast, thank you to everyone who came out to Mount Palomar Winery!
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Photos courtesy Natalie Ivelisse http://ivelissephotography.com/
Cheers to Amy & Kyle Woody who were married on September 12, 2015. Thank you for sharing these captured moments with us! Cheers to another Mount Palomar Winery favorite couple!
If you'd like to find out more about weddings at Mount Palomar Winery, you can download our wedding brochure at www.MountPalomarWinery.com
Cheers to Beth & Stephen Price who were married on October 11, 2015 - thank you for sharing these moments, you can see the LOVE!
If you'd like more information about hosting a beautiful winery wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, click here to go to our wedding brochure page.