In 2015 Mount Palomar Winery won 14 medals with 10 different wines in wine competitions. In fact, we won a medal in every single contest that we entered. This year, we plan on being just as successful, and we've already started winning - here are the first five medals that Mount Palomar Winery won in 2016:
2013 Castelletto Dolcetto: This is Mount Palomar Winery's first release of Dolcetto wine, and a bronze medal at the San Francisco Chronicle competition give it it's third win, including another bronze at the Toast of the Coast Wine Competition and a silver at the Riverside International Wine Competition. Dolcetto is a wonderfully deep varietal from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, and has a bright taste with currants and blackberry balanced by a firm tannin structure.
2014 Castelletto Cortese (Unreleased): Our 2014 Castelletto Cortese also picked up a bronze in the contest, making it a great follow up for our award winning 2013 Cortese. The 2014 Castelletto Cortese will be released later this year, for now we're still pouring our 2013 in the tasting room.
2014 Mount Palomar Sangiovese Rose (Unreleased) - the last of our bronze medals, our 2014 Sangiovese is a follow up to our top winner last year - 2013 Sangiovese Rose. It picked up three medals in wine competitions last year, and we're still pouring it in the tasting room. With a velvety mouth feel, it has tastes of rose, tangerine, apple, and buttered pear, and you can buy it online by clicking here now. The 2014 Sangiovese Rose will be released later this year.
Mount Palomar Limited Reserve Port - A serious fan favorite, Mount Palomar Port took a silver medal at the competition. Made using time-honored techniques, this Port is a blend of vintages that averaged about 6 years in the barrel. The length of time in barrel suggests that this Port should have a tawny nose, but it is in fact more reminiscent of a ruby Port.
Mount Palomar Solera Cream Sherry - The cream of the crop, our Solera Cream Sherry brought home the gold, proving once again that our outdoor Solera (the last one in the country, and possibly the last in the U.S.) produces a superior dessert wine. Mount Palomar Winery has been producing Solera Cream Sherry since 1978, using the traditional Palomino grape and patient aging of at least five years under the sun to create rich hazelnut and caramel flavors and a long, smooth finish. Customers have called our Sherry liquid gold, and the best Sherry they've ever tasted, and only ever regret not buying more.
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This year Mount Palomar Winery is participating in the Annual Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting! Saturday January 30th, from 10 am – 1 pm, ticket holders can come by for a barrel tasting and a food sample. For wine tasting you can try our 2012 Charbono and our 2015 Castelletto Cortese! For food samples, our chef Joseph Luna from our newly opened Annata Bistro/Bar has created two special dishes for the event: Split Pea Arancini with Basil Tomato Puree, and a Short Rib Slider with Crispy Spanish Onions. Ticket holders also receive 15% off all wines purchased during the event! Click here to buy online.
Ticket holders can explore wine and food not only here at Mount Palomar, but also at other Temecula Wineries. Participating wineries are available online by clicking here. You can buy tickets for the event by clicking here. Want to bring a designated driver? There’s a ticket for that! With a designated driver’s ticket, you’ll have access to the food samples at any participating Temecula Wineries, but not the wine.
Cheers to Danielle and Drew Nunes who were married on June 20, 2015. Thank you for sharing some of your amazing photos that captured such great moments of LOVE!
For more information about weddings about Mount Palomar Winery, you can get a wedding brochure online here.
2015 was a good year for Mount Palomar Winery. We had so many beautiful weddings, shipped so many delicious bottles of wine, and won 14 wine medals in wine competitions - in fact, we received a medal in every contest we entered. November was the last month that we sent a wine club shipment for 2015. Now that we’re getting ready for our first shipment in January 2016, we thought that we’d take the time to look back over our last shipment. Here are the wines we sent to members in November:
2013 Cinsaut Blush - Wine Club Exclusive and a New Release! Our 2013 Cinsaut Blush is a continued tradition of creating fine rose wines at Mount Palomar. Our Blush is slightly sweet, well balanced with natural fruit acids, and is easy a smooth, easy to drink wine.
2013 Dry Riesling – Award Winning Wine Club Exclusive! For the new 2013 Dry Riesling we chose to update and change the style of this wine to have no residual sweetness and include barrel aging. These efforts were rewarded by the wine being medaled just prior to release.
If you'd like to receive regular shipments of Mount Palomar Winery's white wines, you can join the wine club online here - http://bit.ly/mpwineclub Just select Estate Club white for four bottles every other month, or Villa Club white to receive two. Sign up by January 17th to receive the next shipment!
2014 Nouveau – Wine Club Exclusive and a New Release! Nouveaus, or Italian Novellos, represent the first wines to be released of a vintage. Made famous by the French Beaujolais, Nouveau wines are fermented differently than other red wines. These wines have the character of being lighter and brighter and emphasize the fruit elements. Nouveaus are not intended for extended aging so enjoy them early.
Bacchanova - Wine Club Exclusive and a New Release! At our 2015 Wine Club Blending Competition, this wine was deemed the best blend. This wine could easily fit into the Super Tuscan category. The wine has a wonderful and complex fragrance of cherry and strawberry with touches of rosemary and almond.
If you love red wine, and you'd like to receive regular shipments of Mount Palomar Winery's reds, you can join the wine club online here - http://bit.ly/mpwineclub Just select Estate Club red for four bottles every other month, or Villa Club red to receive two. If you love both red and white wines and want to receive a mixed shipment, choose Villa or Estate club mixed. Sign up by January 17th to receive the next shipment!
Mont Noir – 2 Bottles! Our Mount Noir is bottled at a smaller size than most of our wine bottles, so in order to avoid shortchanging any of our wine club members; we included two bottles of Mont Noir for Villa Club shipments and four bottles Estate club members. Dark with smoky scents of white pepper, mandarin orange and soft gardenia, Mont Noir feels thick in the mouth. Italian Plum and black cherry are prominent with hints of hazelnut and zesty Citroen. This is a dessert wine and great to sip and savor, but pairs well with soft cheeses, powdered pasties and chocolate.
Brut Sparkling Wine – Our Brut sparkling wine is a classic sparkling wine with a smooth texture, a light sweetness, and a refreshing, crisp finish. This wine is perfect for all toasts, celebrations, and special occasions.
If you are not a wine club member, you can still buy some of these wines through our online store, just click here! If you'd like to buy these wines at the discounted member price, or if you’d like access to our wine club exclusives, you can join the wine club online (just click here!) or by calling (951) 676-5047 ext. 12. If you only want to receive sweet wines, make sure to select Villa Club sweet or Estate Club sweet during checkout. Click here and sign up by January 17th to receive the next shipment!
P.S. - Our new restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar is officially opening 1/8/16! Come in between 4 and 8 pm and you'll get 50% off drinks and appetizers! Seating is limited, so click here to make a reservation or call 951.676.5047 ext 10.
Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula is opening a new restaurant, Annata Bistro/Bar on Friday, 1/8/16. Annata will feature a Mediterranean inspired menu developed by Chef Joseph Luna, including a diverse selection of small plates, pastas, and salads. Annata also has a full service bar and a new signature cocktail menu, along with beer on tap, and the Mount Palomar wines fans know and love. Opening day will have a special offer of ½ priced drinks and appetizers from 4-8 pm. Annata has floor to ceiling windows surrounding the dining area, giving diners a stunning view of the surrounding valley and rolling hills covered in citrus trees and vineyards. The newly built exterior patio will also be open to diners, and features the same old world styling as the winery itself. Outside dining areas are complete with statues, budding flowers, elegant fire pits, and space heaters. The restaurant and exterior patio will be added to the spaces available for private event bookings, joining the barrel room, outside terraces, and the Olive Garden. The full menu and hours are available online at www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Annata
Cheers to Tiffani & Emerald Argonza who were married on October 2, 2015! Such a fun and beautiful day with a huge bridal party to share it with! Congratulations to another Mount Palomar Winery favorite couple!
If you're interested in having your wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, Click Here to download our wedding brochure. You can also schedule a private tour by calling 951.676.5047 ext. 17 or emailing Lauren@mountpalomar.com. Click here to see more wedding photos.
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