Wine Club News “EXTENDED FAMILY” October/November 2004 WILSON CREEK WINERY & VINEYARDS Issue 20 “Fine Wines & Quality Times!” Michael (Bill’s brother-in-law) inspecting the grapes. Benny at the destemmer, which, uh, destems the grapes. Winemaker, Mike Calabro, working with the destemmer. READY OR NOT... I talked with my brother, Bill Wilson, about his experiences with the very recent crush. He worked his tail off crushing over 150 tons of grapes, twelve different varietals, over a six week process (starting in early August). The volume picked was down this year due to a heat wave that hit us in March. The early heat wave didn't allow for proper "berry set;" so when winds and rain came, the berries were knocked off. Although the volume was down, the quality of the 2004 harvest should be intense, because more energy from the vine went to less grapes. So fewer grapes, but more intense fruit (a good thing for YOU!). I now quote Bill: "The word 'Crush' takes on two meanings...'crush' is breaking the skins of the grapes; but it also means that when the grapes are ready to be picked, they ARE READY whether you are or not. So you are crushed under the finality of the long-term repercussions of your decisions during that critical time period. Above & right: Assistant Winemaker, Benny Rodriguez, at the large wine press. Above: Bill Wilson on task. Left: Bill , Rusty (of A Grape Escape Hot Air Balloons) and Mike testing the sugar content of a recently pressed Mike Calabro testing the sugar cabernet. content of cabernet juice. When crush comes, it comes fast and heavy. It is a 'time crush' as well as a 'grape crush.' It's an incredible sense of accomplishment to not only bring in the grapes but to change those beautiful grapes into premium wine that will become the future and ultimate history of Wilson Creek to share with you, our Extended Family. We say that 'good wine is grown in the vineyard.' You are starting the wine at the very beginning, in the vineyard, and then enjoying the work of a whole year in the vineyard. At crush, you pick the harvest, then massage, nurture, and love the fruits of your labor for months and even years until it goes into the bottle -- caring for it like your own children. The joy of winemaking just like parenting - comes when others (like the Wine Club) say they 'love your children.' Crush is like a hurricane. We do not want to take lightly the recent devastation of the hurricanes, but it does make for a relevant analogy about the intensity of crush. Like a hurricane, crush is unpredictable. You know it's coming, but you don't know exactly when. You can prepare for it as much as possible; but when it hits, you have to be flexible and think on your feet. Crisis after crisis will arise; you just deal with each one as they come at you. There are down times. A • W ILSON C REEK W INERY & V INEYARDS chance to rest. However, rest is like the eye of the hurricane. When you are resting, you just know more is coming. The aftermath of crush is awesome, so the constant clean-up is just that, constant. In short, you never know exactly when it will hit or how hard. You can be ready; but when it hits, it is all hands on deck. If you are not ready, it will devastate you. If you are prepared and flexible, you can ride it out and come out a survivor... or in this case, come out with tired bodies but great wine." A special thanks to our winemaker, Mike Calabro, our new assistant winemaker, Benny Rodriguez, and our incredible crew who worked long, hard hours. A special thanks to my brother, Bill Wilson, who not only bore the pressure on his shoulders but got involved in every part of the process... literally "hands-on" management (but the hands are stained purple). As a family, we are all very proud of him, especially me, his bro. During my conversation with Bill, he talked about certain word pictures that helped me (and hopefully you) get the feel of crush: purple hands, not very glamorous, multiple early morning pots Left: Wine Club members posing in the back barrel room for the newsletter. “WINE IS CONSTANT PROOF THAT GOD LOVES US AND LOVES “EXTENDED FAMILY” WINE CLUB TO SEE US HAPPY.” - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FAMILY OF ANGELS! Here is the photo we had taken at the Angels Game with the Mayor of Anaheim, Curt Pringle. Curt is a personal friend of the family and has helped us access many of the tourism companies in Anaheim and Orange County to help boost our local economy, as well as helping theirs. of coffee, steam cleaning stainless steel tanks, hot days, steamy cleanup, pumping wine to multiple locations, testing and re-testing, last minute rush for our pickers, adrenaline and caffeine, cleaning and re-cleaning, more coffee, forklifts rushing everywhere, organized chaos, the wonderful smell of fermenting grape juice, the bubbly sound of fermenting juice, enjoying a cold beer after a long day and a job well done. As Bill says, "it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine." Left: Libby Johns, Rosie Wilson, Deanna Wilson and Bill Wilson tasting to determine levels of oakiness in Merlot. We really do "wine by committee" or in this case "wine-nepotism." Left: A Wine Club couple getting in the act by "pushing down the cap" of some Merlot right after we destemmed it. The cap (skins) needs to interact with the juice. They’re enjoying the old fashioned way of doing it. We have machines (shown on page one) that do it now, but this small lot had to be done by hand. our o t s t e k c N two ti & H a rv e s t I W O T ENTER Stomp e p a r G ual 5th Ann our tickets to o ! w t l r a fo v is Festi s contest k ebie Chili Coo online Fre The next Grape Stomp and dress ad y, arvest Part your email r site. r H l te a n u E n n ! u A ber 16th ction of o REE e to s c " s O ie n b o e Off b Fre (2) F "Wine Clu to receive TWO y! e th r e d n u enter toda nce a o h s c , a n o u ti o y ra This gives this fun-filled celeb to S TICKET Online FREEBIE Contest Winner To the September Sunset Jazz in the Vines is... JENNIFER BOOK Jennifer Book's name was drawn in our monthly Wine Club drawing in September; and once her husband returned from his fishing tournament, they were our honored guests at the Sunset Jazz in the Vines show on September 18! Jennifer has been a member since August '03 and joined us for a night of rockin' to the smooth jazz tunes of Marion Meadows and Chris Standring! Below: Rosie Wilson pouring champagne. Above: Jeff Kashiwa mingling with “Extended Family” members. VIP Receptions ...Where Club Members meet the Artists while sipping champagne and her per Dee , e e k k o o Our b right) Todd (on husband lub members C are Wine d the concert. de n e tt a and Jeff Kashiwa with Wine Club members at the VIP reception. Best of all, these good times were for a good cause. Proceeds from this year's Sunset Jazz in the Vines Season raised $5,000 to benefit children with autism! Rubbing elbows with Bob Baldwin. Hope Hope To To See See You You Next Next Year! Year! USS REAGAN USS REAGAN, SAN DIEGO Left: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sails through the Straits of Magellan on its way to the Pacific Ocean. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier is underway, circumnavigating South America in transit to its new homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo) Left: Naval Air Station North Island, July 23, 2004 - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors man the rails as they arrive at their new homeport of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego. While in transit, the ship visited the ports of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile and Callao, Peru. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrived in its new homeport after participating in exercises in support of Summer Pulse 2004 with South American Naval forces. (U.S. Navy photo) EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – Meet Suzy! You may not recognize the picture of this smiling face, but perhaps you'll recognize that sparkling personality you hear on the phone each time you dial in for the latest and greatest information going on here at Wilson Creek! Suzy is our Office Assistant, and let it be known to all that she's an invaluable asset to each and every one of us. Be sure to give her a big ol' "howdy" the next time you call in! Suzy MILITARY CUSTOM LABEL UPDATE We are proud to label some of our premium wine for two Navy ships. We are making custom labels for the men and women aboard the USS SHREVEPORT. We are also designing a label for the newest aircraft carrier the USS RONALD REAGAN (recently welcomed to San Diego). The officers onboard these ships use these classy labels (and great wine may I add!) for their own personal use (they buy it out of pocket). The Commanding Officer uses the custom labeled wine as gifts to dignitaries and also for formal dinners with foreign powers at ports when deployed. It is an honor to bottle wine for the Navy as well as having our name represented around the globe. What Goes“Good” With Wine? "What Goes 'Good' With Wine?" is a new column where various members of the Wilson family will take turns sharing activities, hobbies, and items that enhance the wine-drinking experience. Be sure to watch this article closely, as it will be sure to include fun information and discount opportunities on topics, such as cigars, desserts, golf, vacations, sporting events and many other things that pair nicely with red, white, and sparkling wines. This first editorial comes from Rosie and Gerry's son-in-law, Craig Johns, about two topics near and dear to his heart: "The first item dear to my heart is golf, and the second one is gourmet cuisine. I was in the "golf business" up until about 10 years ago. I was a PGA Apprentice and spent my time teaching golf lessons, coordinating golf tournaments, and selling nice golf apparel for a few private country clubs. I was introduced to many fine things during my years in the golf business. Of course, I need to mention my wife, Libby, as the highlight of all fine things that I was introduced to while in the golf business. You can read her column (Ask Libby) and find out why chardonnay goes with everything. Since Libby and I moved to Temecula, we have become friends with many people in both the golf and food and beverage industries. One of the gentlemen we have become friends with is Mark Stevens. Mark is a PGA Professional and is currently the VP of Operations of CSC golf. CSC owns and operates two local Golf Courses that have restaurants on their respective properties. The two golf courses are Redhawk Golf Club and Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club. Best of all, Mark would like to extend to our Wine Club members a discount to both properties for golf tee times in the amount of approximately 15% off anytime golf play with your extended family membership card from now through the end of the year. We would also like to announce the partnership of Wilson Creek Winery and Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club in presenting 'The Almond Champagne Brunch.' This brunch will be held every Sunday starting in November 2004 in the Clubhouse at The Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club in Temecula. The hours will be 10am-2pm. The newly hired, well-respected Chef Ramon Garcia has put together a fantastic menu featuring fine culinary creations presented in food stations, including selections from around the globe. You can expect new and different varieties of seafood, meats, breakfast specialties, and mouthwatering desserts each week. You will have Wilson Creek 'Almond Champagne' poured in your bottomless glass by itself or as a mimosa throughout your dining experience. The Wilson Creek Winery Almond Champagne as well as other WCW premium wines will be available for purchase at the golf shop at Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club." How about that for the first edition of the "What Goes ‘Good’ With Wine" featured article? So golf yourself silly and enjoy some Wilson Creek Wine at either clubhouse. Enjoy the fine culinary creations of Chef Ramon Garcia and a bottomless glass of the famous "Almond Champagne." Membership has its rewards! Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club 41687 Temeku Drive Temecula, CA 92591 Phone: 951.694.9998 Toll Free: 800.839.9949 www.temekuhills.com Redhawk Golf Club 45100 Redhawk Parkway Temecula, CA 92592 Phone: 951.302.3850 Toll Free: 800.451.4295 www.redhawkgolfcourse.com Results are in – Size really does matter if you're trying to enhance your experience!!! (We're talking the size of stemware, of course!) If you have an extra ten dollars lying around, try this experiment! (Don't worry, this is a "family" publication, so what we're suggesting is clean.) Go buy yourself a ten-dollar bottle of red wine. Then pour some into any old goblet and some into a proper tulip-shaped crystal Bordeaux glass. Taste. I guarantee you'll think you're drinking two different wines. While we don't recommend this practice too frequently, it is important to keep in mind that your stemware is extremely helpful to improving your wine experience and can make even the most unremarkable wine taste more refined. PLUS the finest wines we send your way are all but wasted if you drink them out of coffee mugs or, horror of all horrors, poolside plastic. The key is to get the needed function out of your stemware without breaking the bank, so read on for some helpful hints: Believe it or not, the best wine glass is very plain! But no matter what you hear, ladies and gentlemen, SIZE DOES MATTER! In fact, the most important thing about a wine glass is its size-the bigger, the better it is for capturing the wine vapors and funneling them to your nose. Make sure your stemware is colorless and tulip-shaped, with a stem and a very thin lip. The thin rim of a tulip-shaped glass allows the wine to freely flow to your lips, so you can experience a concentration and collection of your wine's aroma, then allows the wine to smoothly stream onto the most sensitive areas of your tongue. Above all, make sure the stemware you select has no tinting and is made of none other than crystal! Crystal has a rougher surface than glass, on a microscopic level, and helps wine release its aromas as you drink. A thick-rimmed glass will accentuate a wine's flaws. Of course, with crystal's porous surface, you'll need to keep it clean, because it will absorb any kitchen smells, musty cupboard aromas, even your dish soap. Never just take a glass from the cabinet and pour wine into it. Just before serving, always rewash your stemware ASKLibby Q. Dear Libby, I am quite unsure about box wine. What are your thoughts on box wine? Signed, Curious A. Dear Curious, As far as box wine goes, here are some ideas. First empty the contents of the box. Can be used as a great drain cleaner! 1. Use the box to transport fine bottles of wine. Cut the top off and decorate it for the appropriate occasion. 2. Makes a great piñata. Simply cut the dispenser out and fill the box with candy. Tape it up, find a place to hang it and take a whack. 3. How about a nice disposable trash can. Cut the top off and put a small trash bag or grocery bag inside. Handy for RV's, cars, boats or any small area. in very hot, sudsy water and rinse it over and over again. Polish with a lint-free cloth, laundered without fabric softener (which leaves an invisible film). Then stick your nose in the glass and inhale -- you should either smell nothing or wash it again. Some experts even recommend that new glasses be soaked for 24 hours in vinegar and thoroughly cleaned before their first use in order to remove surface lead residue from the manufacturer. BTW: Because of crystal's porous surface, do not store wine in a lead glass decanter or (as if you'd ever attempt this) drink wine left in a glass overnight. So for the record, “Extended Family” members, here are a few reasons for substantiating the claim that "size really does matter!" 1. Make sure the stemware you select fits your hand. The size of stem is important, because it should allow you to hold the glass by the stem without warming the wine with your body heat. (Only brandy snifters don't have stems, and that's because you want the brandy to be warmed by your hand.) 2. A respectable arsenal of stemware includes four glasses: a white wine glass, two types of red wine glasses (commonly called Bordeaux and Burgundy), and a champagne flute. a. The white wine glass is small in order to prevent the rapid warming that would occur in a vessel with more surface area. b. The Bordeaux glass (which is also appropriate for other hearty red wines, like Cabernet and Merlot) is larger, which allows for more development of the bouquet. c. The Burgundy glass is the largest of any stemware and is to be used for wines such as pinot noir and other delicate varieties that are so subtle that they need a huge area in which to gather their aromas d. The Champagne flute should be long, thin and tall to allow for the proper development of bubbles. 4. Use it as a costume for Halloween (Frankenstein's head). If you aren't dressing up, then cut the top off the box, decorate it, and use it to put all of your treats to hand out to the kids. Have fun! Q. Dear Libby, My husband and I have been invited to our friends' house warming party. My husband always complains about being hungry because they serve extremely small portions or just a few "foofy" appetizers. What wine should we bring as a gift? Signed, Growling Stomach A. Dear Growling Stomach, It would be a great idea to have your husband eat a sandwich or a small meal before leaving for the party. When you are at your friends' house, your husband will be able to enjoy the fancy but few appetizers as well as the company! For their gift, you KNOW you can't go wrong with a bottle of Wilson Creek's Estate Chardonnay. Or with your 40% wine club case discount, why don't you just order a case of Almond Champagne with a private label for your friends? You can have a picture of their new house printed on it in full color. Trust me, they will be thrilled! Enjoy! T HIS HIS S HIPMENT HIPMENT’ SS F E AT U R E WINES 2003 ESTATE CHARDONNAY Chardonnay is the queen of white wine, and her majesty displays her royalty with style in this 2003 Chardonnay. This exceptional Chardonnay is fruity, yet not too dry. It is lightly oaked to give it added complexity, yet it retains fruity flavors and provides a clean finish. Serve it slightly chilled. Grown in our hillside vineyard we named after our mom (Rosemary's Vineyard), it is right behind their house on the hill. Pretty cool to have a vineyard named after you, huh? Hey, why not name vineyards after Wine Club members? Hmmm... Bob White's Vineyard, Vince's Vines, Emily's Estate. Or while we're brainstorming, how about having one vine named after you? Just thinking out loud. Email us with even more wacky suggestions or just email us to let us know we're being silly. 2002 MOURVÈDRE Mourvèdre is now becoming "hip." It is referred to by Wine Spectator as the "most fashionable" grape in California. In Spain, where it is called "Monastrell," Mourvèdre (moo-VEH-druh) is second in prominence only to Grenache. In Southern France, Provence, and California it is currently enjoying a huge resurgence of popularity. Mourvedre is a grape originally grown in the south of France and tends to exhibit qualities relative to the area where it is grown. It is a varietal that thrives in warm, dry climates because of its propensity to bud and ripen much later than most other wine grapes. We find that the sandy, well-draining soil gives a rich, dark cherry component with good structure and mouthfeel. The aromas are complex and rich, with ripe blackberry and jammy red fruits like cherry and strawberry dominating. The flavors are rich cherry with hints of chocolate and a firm acid structure. Side notes of smoky, spicy, oak-barrel aroma with a floral note of violets give this wine a great deal of character. G IVE IVE T HE HE G IFT IFT THAT HAT Keeps On Giving... As you know, the Holiday Gift-Giving Season is fast approaching. Now's the time to reserve your No-Fail Gift Selections for your friends, family and/or business associates! Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards offers a two-bottle gift wine assortment (one hand-picked red and one hand-picked white), which we send out every other month from you!!! These gift memberships are offered in six-month and twelve-month increments. Packages come with a special Members Only newsletter, complete with information about the wines, wine education, exciting "Extended Family" stories, recipes; up to 25% off purchases of our award wining wines; VIP tours; complimentary tastings; concierge services; seminars and invitations to special events and exclusive members-only activities. Orders for these great holiday gifts are being taken now, so we urge you to CALL US TODAY at (951)699-9463. In fact, in the spirit of the upcoming gift-giving holiday season, if you call in to place your holiday gift orders by October 30, we'll give you a gift for your thoughtfulness. TWO COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLES of Private Label Almond Champagne for each VIP Gift you purchase! 6-Month VIP Gift: Two bottles of ultra-premium wine delivered to your friend or business associate's office or front door every other month for six months. The cost to continually show these important people that they are on your mind (for a full six months) is just $135 (plus tax in CA). 12-Month Grand VIP Gift: Two bottles of ultra-premium wine delivered to your friend or business associate's office or front door every other month for a full year. The cost to continually show these important people that they are on your mind (for a full twelve months) is just $270 (plus tax in CA). PRICE OF THIS SHIPMENT 2002 Mourvedre Wine Club Price $27.95 $22.36 2003 Estate Chardonnay Wine Club Price $17.95 $14.36 Total Retail Price $45.90 Total Wine Club Price (20% off) $36.72 YOU ASKED FOR IT, AND IT’S FINALLY HERE – AN EXCLUSIVE “All Reds” WINE CLUB, THAT IS! Plus applicable shipping and taxes. Applications still being accepted. What Rosie’s got cookin’– Betsy Huntingdon (member since April 2003) sent us a great brownie recipe to enjoy with Almond Joys!!! Here's to Good Health, Champagne and Chocolate!! Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Brownies 1 c rolled oats 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 c packed brown sugar 1/2 c applesauce 1/3 c canola oil 1/2 c 1% milk 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1tsp almond extract 1/2 c chopped pecans 1/2 c chocolate chips 1) Preheat the oven to 350 F and oil an 8x8 baking pan. 2) In the food processor blend the oats until powder-fine. Transfer oat flour to large mixing bowl. Add the cocoa, baking powder, and salt - mix together. 3) In the food processor, blend the brown sugar, applesauce, and oil. Add the milk and extracts and pulse to blend. Add the wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir. Add the pecans and chocolate chips. Pour batter into pan. 4) Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely - enjoy with Almond Champagne and a dash of Chocolate Port and maybe even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Kathi Eggers (member since June 2001) submitted a delicious Almond Champagne Punch recipe, which has been a highlight of her family's gatherings for years! With the holidays fast approaching, we're sure this little recipe will be a keeper for your family gatherings too. Lively's Champagne Punch 2 large cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 large can frozen lemonade, thawed 2 quarts giner ale 2 bottles Wilson Creek Almond Champagne 1 pint vodka (optional) 5 pounds ice cubes Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Float orange slices on top. Serves 20 Now, both Kathi and Besty will each receive a FREE bottle of Almond Champagne for their recipes. Remember, we still love the idea of putting together a Wilson Creek "Extended Family" cookbook, so keep your recipes coming! PLUS, if your recipe is printed in our newsletter, you'll receive a FREE bottle of Almond Champagne, too. Of course, all of your fellow "Extended Family" Wine Club members get to benefit from all your wonderful shared recipes! Shhhhhhhh! WILSON CREEK WINERY PART OF BIRTHDAY PLOYS!!! On a recent Saturday, two very clever - yet thoughtful - husbands used a visit to Wilson Creek Winery as the "perfect ploy" to get their wives out of the house so preparations for Surprise Birthday parties could get under way at their homes. Member Marty Staszak brought his lovely wife, Teresa, and her parents and children in ostensibly for a day of Wine Tasting. Marty shared the secret that Teresa's relatives were flying in from across the country to be a part of the big surprise! Marty and Teresa have been part of our “Extended Family” since February 2004. Members Bruce and Christine Holland came in allegedly to pick up their Will Call shipment. Unbeknownst to Christine, friends and family were gathering at their home to celebrate Christine's special day! Bruce and Christine have been part of our Extended Family since December of 2002. Following up after the big events, we found that both ladies were totally surprised. We were just happy to be a part, however small, of their wonderful birthday celebrations! Cheers to all involved! Two other very special birthdays were celebrated recently right here in the lower gardens at Wilson Creek on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Jim and Linda Church (Extended Family members since July 2001), wrote in to share about their delightful afternoon and to thank us for helping to make the birthday celebrations even more special. "All in all, it was a wonderfully delightful day, thanks to all of your family and staff. Every visit or event we have attended as Wine Club members has recalled our reason for joining the Wine Club in the first place. Each has been more pleasant than the last. We are very happy to be members of the Extended Family." Raving Fan Contest Calling all members – We want you... Not only do we want you, but we want you to be a RAVING FAN! We’ve charged our staff with the assignment of “creating raving fans,” and this is where you come in! We want your feedback! If you have had an exceptional experience or were treated particularly wonderfully, which has caused you to become a Raving Fan, let us know the staff member who made you feel that way and the date of your visit! You’ll both win!! You’ll receive a FREE bottle of Almond for taking the time to share your experience with us, and the employee who left you feeling that way could get a little something special, too! We've received a few comments since our first announcement of this contest, and these members are already enjoying their FREE Almond Champagne, so email us your feedback today at [email protected]! WINE CLUB Members’Feedback Stephanie DeSimone writes... "I just wanted you to know how wonderful it is that you are doing a label for USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Our family has a very special tie to Her. Our daughter was baptized on the TR in 2002. She is a 9/11 Baby, as my late husband was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11. I was three months pregnant with Allie. I wanted to fullfill her father's wish of having his child baptized on a ship. He was a Commander in the Navy and had served aboard the TR for five years. He truly loved the TR. The United States Navy did everything they could to see that I could fulfill this dream of my late husband. It was a wonderful day! I remarried, another Naval Officer, and that has brought us to the Temecula area. He is the CO for the 1st Medical Battalion at Camp Pendleton and is currently deployed in Iraq. The great news is that he will be returning home this Sunday (7/18) to open arms! We can't wait to see him! Paul and I are members of your Wine Club and love visiting your winery... it always feels like home. I know he is looking forward to doing some wine tasting when he returns, so we will see you soon! It is truly great to see how much you support our troops and our Navy!" EDITOR NOTE: We had the distinct privilege of personally presenting the DeSimone's with their very own bottle of our Syrah, containing the USS Roosevelt customized label, on their visit recently. Jeff and Andrea Miller write... "Dear Wilson Creek Family: Thank you so very much for the wedding present. The Almond Champagne will be treasured (as it always is). We've enjoyed being a part of the "Extended Family" over the past year. Thanks again." Erik & Heather Singer write... "Dear Wilson Creek Staff: Thank you so much for the bottle of Almond Champagne! It has already been enjoyed! It was great Wine Club Information WINE CLUB GLASSES Remember, those nice Wine Club glasses stay at the winery after you use them for your FREE tastings. They can be purchased for $9.95 each. FREE PERSONALIZED LABEL FOR REFERRING A FRIEND Remember, you get a FREE bottle of Champagne with a personalized label on it with each person you refer to the Wine Club. Just have them write your name on the application when they sign up, so we can ship the FREE Champagne to you. EMAIL We now have the ability to send out emails to our members notifying you when your wines have shipped or if they're waiting here for pick up! Plus, timing - I had just realized that we only had one bottle left! It was so thoughtful of you and very much appreciated. Our move was a little better, knowing that Wilson Creek would still be part of our lives. Thanks so much!" Mike & Debbi write... "Gerry: We visited your winery today, our favorite, and I wanted to thank you so much for taking the time to find us a bottle of the Petite Syrah that we so enjoy. It is always a pleasure to come and visit your winery and staff. All of you make us feel like family, and it is why we so enjoy our time there. Please find a way to continue this wine - I love it!!!!!" Rafael and Denise Rubio write... "My husband and I are Wine Club members. We have two young children with Autism. We finally got an evening away to come to a concert at Wilson Creek. To our very pleasant surprise, the concert was given to benefit children with Autism!! You just won over our loyalty. Keep up the good work!" Gail Benoit writes... "Dear Family: Just a note to let you know what part of your extended family has been up to. Recently I went up to San Francisco to attend my son's (Chad Savage) gallery opening, which included his Photo on Metal artwork, live music, the whole works. He also was the producer of the event, which featured a local caricature well known on the SF streets. Of course, a proud mom needs to provide the very best for such an occasion. What else but your Almond Champagne. What a hit it made with the young and old! (I hope it didn't overshadow the show.) Thanks for providing the ideal celebratory refreshment to a very special occasion. See you soon." Sandra writes... "Dear Wilson Creek Winery: This was our first concert at Wilson Creek. We have been enjoying the shows at <other local winery> for the past six years. We had such a wonderful time at Wilson that you will be seeing us again and again and again. <The other local winery> is great, but you offer something different and awesome. Thank you again." having your email address on file ensures you receive our occasional emails with special releases and events and shop on-line with your member discount. Simply send us your email address, and we'll keep you informed. Don't worry. We will not abuse it, and we will not SPAM or sell the address to a list. Family members don't do that to other family members, right? UPDATE YOUR CARD INFORMATION To keep the good wine rolling your way, please call us when your card is near expiring or when any other account information will soon change. Call, email, fax, send smoke signals, or write us. Thanks! SEND US YOUR WINERY TALES We're always looking for member feedback! So if you have some tales to share of your adventures at Wilson Creek, email them to us. If we include your tale as part of our Member Feedback section of the newsletter, you get a FREE bottle of Champagne! We’d love to hear from you! Call (951) 699-WINE, visit our web site at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com, or email us at [email protected] 35960 Rancho California Road • Temecula, CA 92591 • (951) 699-9463 • Fax: (951) 695-9463 Wilson Creek Winery WILSON CREEK 5TH ANNUAL HARVEST PARTY, GRAPE STOMP & CHILI COOK OFF Saturday, October 16, 3:00-9:00 PM Join us for our 5th Annual Harvest Party! If you've attended any of our previous Harvest Parties, you know they are BIG and BOLD (like our reds) and tons of FUN (like some of our whites)!!! So don't be blue, call today to make your reservations to join in our celebration! With old-fashioned grape stomping, activities for the kids, live entertainment with T.B.A., BBQ and the best chili in all of Temecula, we're sure you'll agree there's something special for all ages! Proceeds benefit the Rotary of Temecula. Wine Club Ticket Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door Age 13-20 $15 (includes BBQ) Kids 12 and under $10 (includes hot dog, chips, cookie and soda) CIGAR NIGHT AT WILSON CREEK Member Exclusive! Saturday, November 13, 6:30 PM Back by popular demand! Members can bring up to 4 guests. BOTH men and women are welcome! Enjoy fine food, two hand-rolled premium cigars and receive a cigar cutter FREE. Event begins at 6:30 PM, and the cost is just $85 per person. Reservations required. Very limited seating. Temecula Valley Winegrower's Association Event: HARVEST WINE CELEBRATION November 20 & 21, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM each day The perfect way to celebrate the harvest. Travel from winery to winery on your own, sampling the winemaker's favorite wines. Enjoy delicious samples of perfectly matched foods as you converse with owner and winemakers. Appropriate for all levels of wine knowledge. Tickets: $70.00 per person/ $50.00 designated drivers (no wine). Call for Reservations: 951-699-6586 or go to www.temeculawines.org Back By Popular Demand! IT'S TNT -- THURSDAY NIGHT TAPAS! Thursday, December 2 Wine Club Members and their guests are invited to join us in the Tasting Room from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM for an intimate, relaxing evening with Spanish style appetizers and soft Flamenco guitar. Yes, it's a time for you to unwind, relax, enjoy great food and wine, and, of course, the company of your extended family members! PLUS you'll have the opportunity do some private holiday shopping while you're here without the crowds! Cost is just $35. Reservations required. Call 951-699-9463 Wilson Creek 6th Annual NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA “Enchantment under the sea” Friday, December 31, 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM Always a sell out; always spectacular! Plans are underway to make this year's event even better than the last! So call now if you'd like reservations FIRST ANNUAL WINE CLUB to the area's New Year's Eve Gala of All Galas, “Enchantment under the sea”! November 12-19 Wine Club Ticket Price: $150/person Join Gerry and Rosie Wilson in yet another adventure – one they Call for Reservations: 951-699-9463 hope to share with you – our valued “Extended Family Wine Club” members: a seven-day, all inclusive CRUISE to the Mexican Riviera on the all suite/all balcony Radisson Seven Seas Mariner! Cr Limited space is still available, so if you’re in need of a little adventure Mexic uise the an Riv iera w or simply wishing to rekindle the romance in your life, we hope you’ll join G ith Call C e r ry & Ros them on this very special member-cruise as they visit the ports of Cabo San Lucas, arrie C ie — o ta of M today Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. Not only that, but arrangements have been aboard for your W ontrose Tra ine Clu vel th e R made so that Wilson Creek Wine Club members receive complimentary adisso n Seve b Special n 1 S eas suite upgrades – saving you as much as $200 off your double occupancy 800-30 1-9673 Mariner. reservation! Add that to the $100 per person same-as-cash ship coupon, complimentary members’ exclusive cocktail party with crew, a free members-only pirate ship excursion and so much more, and we think you’ll agree, this is the trip of a lifetime! Call today and indulge in this delightful treat. 951-699-9463 LUXURY WINE CRUISE! JOIN US! For More Event Information Call The Winery Today @ 951-699-WINE (9463) LIVE M UT LLS O E S T N E THIS EV EAR! Y Y R E V E – S OUT S I M T DON’ DAY! CALL TO U ELEGAN SIC! T WINE, C DINNER HAMPA GNE & BEER 6TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31TH 7 PM - 1AM • Champagne Reception & Hors d’ oeuvres • Impressive Gourmet Sit-down Dinner (vegetarian entree available) Paired Exclusively With Wilson Creek Wines & Distinguished Desserts • Premium Wine, Champagne & Draught Beer Throughout The Evening • Live Entertainment & Dancing With The Popular Y.N.T. • Black Tie Optional WINE CLUB PRICE $150/PERSON (Regularly $175/person) I-15 i [ I-215 i Wilson Creek Rancho California Road 7 miles East of Interstate 15 LIMITED SEATING – CALL 9 51-699-WINE TODAY!
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