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July Pick Up Party

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Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's Time to Pick Up Wine and Party!

Pick up your July Shipment and join us for a fun time of wine, food, music and friends at Temecula Valley Cheese Company.  There will be great wine (of course), yummy appetizers and live music from Slow Traffic.

 Date: Saturday July 18

Time: 4pm - 7pm

Location: Temecula Valley Cheese Co, Old Town Temecula.

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Happening in June @ Woodworth

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Published: Friday, June 12, 2015

Happening in the Vineyards...







'May Grey' slipped right into 'June Gloom' seamlessly this year.  Up until this week it's been wet and cool in the mornings.  This week, however, we're looking at hot and dry all day every day. 







As you can see, the grapes are set and it looks good for the 2015 vintage.  The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are going into veraison .  If you look close at the picture on the right, you can see the Pinot starting to turn red.  We finished netting to keep the birds away and, so far, haven't seen many bees, so yea!







We've got golf ball size avocados on the trees and this week we had the helicopter out to spray for thrips.  So this is the time of year that we just wait and watch everything grow and hope for the best.



Latest Competition Results...

We've had some great competition results so far this year.  As you know (or maybe not know), we haven't had a Merlot varietal since 2009.  It was great.  We finally were able to produce another and we released our 2012 Merlot last month.  We just won a Gold Medal (scoring a 92!) at the LA International Wine Competition, one of the largest.  Merlot is one of the best food pairing wines, so I hope you get a chance to try it soon. 

As a note, the Reserve Wild Bandit won a Silver and the new 2012 Black Dog won a Bronze at this same competition.

We also just found out that our 2012 Pinot Noir has again won a Gold Medal at the 13th annual Pinot Shootout.  There were 497 Pinots from all over the world in the competition.  Not only did we win a Gold, we were in the top 40 wines invited to pour at the Pinot Summit in July.

if you are a Pinot lover, and haven't tried our 2012, or have tried it and liked it, you may want order some or pick some up.  We are selling out really quickly this year.  It looks like we only have another month or so of supply.


Avocado Basics & What Wine Goes With Guacamole?

Its summer and 4th of July is coming up. That means hot dogs and hamburgers, but it also means guacamole and chips. Demand for Avocados has really increased over the last ten years, probably from the popularity of guacamole. For many years it was something exotic that you only had when you came to the Southwest.

Avocados came to California in 1871 and to this day about 90% of the US crop is grown here. Gary and I grow Haas avocados, which is the type most usually found in grocery stores. Haas are very creamy and have a higher oil content than other varieties.

The cool thing about growing or buying avocados is that they don't ripen on the tree. That gives a lot of flexibility to when you pick, and flexibility on choosing ripeness in the store. You can buy ripe avocados in the store to use now, or buy less ripe to use a few days or a week later. They will ripen on the counter in a few days and then you put them in the refrigerator to hold them. If you need to speed ripen, put them in a paper bag with an apple.

Since its guacamole season, the question is how to pair wine. Purists will say that guacamole only goes with margaritas or beer, but that's not quite true. Natalie MacLean (author of Red, White and Drunk All Over) says the following: "I put them in a category I call Green Wine Stalkers because their natural compounds don't marry well with many wine styles." She suggest a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio . The acidity of those wines will cut through the sweet fattiness of the avocado. Herc's Field Blend would be perfect because of its crisp acidity and citrusy notes.

Now that you know what wine to pour, it's important to have a great guacamole recipe. The best place to find recipes for avocados, especially guacamole, is Try the Roasted Corn Guacamole or the Margarita Guacamole.  They have chefs from all over coming up with some yummy things. Remember, California avocados are the best. 


This Wine is Corked!

A couple of weeks ago we had some people over and I opened a bottle of our 2012 Pinot. It was not good, in fact, really bad. It really surprised us. It's been a long time since we have opened a 'corked' bottle of wine. It was particularly disturbing because it was one of ours. We opened a second bottle and it was fine. How does this happen?

A corked wine does not mean a wine that has tiny particles of cork floating around in the glass. Corked wine is a term for a wine that has become contaminated with cork taint.

Cork taint is not simply the taste of a cork. It is caused by the presence of a chemical compound called TCA (trichloroanisole). TCA is formed when natural fungi (of which many reside in cork) come in contact with certain chlorides found in bleaches and other winery sanitation / sterilization products.

While unpleasant to taste, cork taint is not harmful to humans. Corked wines smell and taste of damp, soggy, wet or rotten cardboard. Cork taint dulls the fruit in a wine, renders it lackluster and cuts the finish. Sometimes it is barely noticeable and other times it knock your socks off the moment you open the bottle.

(Wine Folly)

It occurs naturally in cork. It used to be that 8-10% of bottles of wine were 'corked'. Today several advanced QA/QC procedures and treatments are in place to render cork less susceptible to developing cork taint. But it can still happen. Now it's more like 2 - 3%.

The fact that it doesn't occur much doesn't make it less disturbing when you find it. If you open a bottle and think its 'corked', take it back (or send it back if you are at a restaurant). It's common enough that there should be no questions. The chances are that the next bottle is just fine.


July Pick Up Party...

It's time for members to pick up their July shipments.  Join us for wine, appetizers, live music and friends in Old Town Temecula.  In fact, make an evening of it and try out one of the great new restaurants after you pick up your wine.  Slow Traffic will be playing some great country rock music and we've got some yummy appetizers planned, so don't miss this fun time! 


Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: 4pm - 7pm

Place: Temecula Valley Cheese Co, Old Town Temecula






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April @ Woodworth Vineyards

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Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In the Vineyards...

Lots happening in the vineyards and groves in April. 

 I've been selling these gorgeous King Protea to the local florists for Starbucks money.  The bees have arrived and are busy pollinating the trees and messing up the windows.





The vineyards are looking great.  We have a new process to combat powdery mildew and so far, so good.  The vines are way ahead of the valley and it looks like we have a great fruit set.





It's harvest time for the avocados.  We can also see the little 2016 avocados starting to form.  Harvest was light this year, but looking pretty good so far for next year.












New Releases...

We've been sold out of some of our most popular reds for several months and I'm happy to say that they are now available.,  I'm really excited that after several years we have a new 2012 Merlot.  Our last Merlot was a 2009, released in 2012 and sold out in 2013.

Merlot is one of my favorite wines, so give me a minute while I wax poetic. 

Merlot is a very seductive wine. It relies on finesse, not power. You can enjoy the flavors and aromas of red fruit (cherry, raspberry) instead of the black fruit flavors of Cabernet. It's delicate balance and structure is what makes Merlot one of the best food wines.

Our 2012 Estate Grown, single vineyard Merlot has lovely flavors and aromas of cherry and raspberries. You will also find some herbal hints and notes of black licorice with good acidity and a nice finish.

A little Merlot trivia for your next wine social:

1) France has the most Merlot planted, almost 250k acres. Italy is the number two producer and the US is third.

 2) China drinks the most Merlot, in fact, they drink the most red wine in the world, but they often mix it with Coke or Sprite to make it taste better.

Our 2012 Black Dog is a yummy blend of 55% Syrah, 30% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  You will find flavors and aromas of blackberry and black currant with notes of lavender, black licorice and olive.  It has a nice acidity and a silky finish.

Our Reserve Wild Bandit is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Pinot Noir.  You will find flavors and aromas of blackberry and black cherry fruit.  There are black licorice notes and hints of tobacco with firm tannins and a lengthy finish. 

You can find these new wines online at or at

Ask for them at Crush & Brew 


It's a floor wax and a dessert topping ...

Well, not quite, but pretty close. It turns out the wine has a variety of other uses besides drinking. Here are a few examples. (Again, just a little trivia for your next wine social)

Fabric dye - We all know that spilled red wine is very hard to clean, so it can be used as a dye. Heat the wine to simmering in a big pot on the stove, add the fabric, stir with a wooden spoon for 10 minutes and then cool and rinse. Results are a little unpredictable, however.

Skin softener - The antioxidants that make red wine a healthy drink is also beneficial when applied to skin. Use red wine as a toner and it will help smooth and refine skin thanks to the acidity.

Fruit and vegetable cleaner - Wine can be used as a natural cleaner. The alcohol dissolves impurities on the fruit's surface and has been shown to kill several pathogens like Salmonella and E.coli.

Glass cleaner - Spoiled white wine works like a charm on dirty glass. Add a few tablespoons to a spray bottle of water and use on windows and mirrors.

Remove grease stains - Pour leftover white wine onto grease and oil stains on garage floors and driveways. The alcohol and acidity will help them dissipate.

Use wine to clean wine - If you spill red wine on the carpet flood it with white wine and then blot it up immediately with a towel.

Run your car - Prince Charles uses wine to fuel his Aston Martin. He converted his car to run on biofuel made from surplus wine.

Of course, the best use of wine is to have a glass with a group of friends. (Source:


Blessing of the Vines...

The Blessing of the Vines is just one month from now.  Don't wait to get your tickets, we always sell out. 

Date: Sunday, May 17 

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Location: Woodworth Vineyards, De Luz

Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-Members



Tastings at Woodworth...

It's spring and the weather is gorgeous.  It's time to think about wine tasting.  If you live in Southern California, or are going to be visiting, schedule a tasting at our vineyards in beautiful De Luz.  Tasting times are available 7 days a week from 11 am to 3 pm.  Walk through the vineyards, enjoy the views and enjoy a selection of Woodworth wines paired with artisan cheese.  Gift certificates for tastings are also available.


They all had a great time and so will you!











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Your Invitation to Blessing of the Vines

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Published: Monday, March 02, 2015

It's time for the annual Blessing of the Vines...


Join us for this fun annual event  and help us kick off the 2015 vintage with an afternoon of wine, food, music and friends. 

Date: Sunday, May 17

Time: 2-5pm

Location: Woodworth Vineyards, De Luz

Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-Members



We're sorry, but we are sold out for this year's event











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Happening Now at Woodworth

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Published: Sunday, March 01, 2015

In the Vineyards...

A lot has happened here in the Vineyards since the December Newsletter.  We've had several wild weather swings.   From snow and freezing temperatures at New Years to  85 degrees in late January, all the plants are confused.  It's cooled down a little to more normal temperatures and we've got rain today (Thank God!).

Here is a look at the road leading to our place on New Year's Eve.  This is the second time it's snowed here in the last 15 years.  We didn't get much in the vineyards, just a dusting, these pictures were taken about 2 miles from us.  The grapes were fine, but we had a lot of friends lose a lot of avocados.







We pruned the vineyard around the 2nd week of January.  It's always exciting to think a new vintage year is starting.  With the drought, the bees and mildew, 2014 was a tough year.  So, we're looking forward to a fresh start to  2015.







The warm weather we had at the end of January and the first part of February has caused the vines to push early.  In fact we are about a month early.  The pictures above were taken the 2nd week of January and the pictures below were taken in mid February.  Amazing!







We planted Leucadendron and Protea about 4 years ago.  We've been harvesting the Leucadendron every February/March since the first year we planted.  This is the first year, however, that the Protea has bloomed.  So, we get to harvest that this year too.  Woo Hoo!








Sensory Evaluation of Wine...

This is sort of a long winded way of saying 'Wine Tasting'.  At the beginning of the year there are a lot of wine competitions, so how wines are tasted and judged is on my mind.  It's always interesting to see how the same wine can do very well in one competition and not so well in another.  Despite efforts to get some commonality in terminology and grading methods, the sensory evaluation of wine is still a very subjective thing.

Basically, there are four elements of tasting:

- Appearance "in glass"

- The aroma of the wine

- "in mouth" sensations

- "finish" (aftertaste)





These are combined to arrive at the following:

- Complexity and character

- Potential (suitability for aging or drinking)

- Possible faults 


 The way to make wine evaluation less subjective is to taste  and compare multiple wines. To ensure impartial judgment of a wine, it should be served blind - that is, without the taster(s) having seen the label or bottle shape. Sometimes the wine is even served in a black wine glass to mask the color of the wine. A taster's judgment can be prejudiced by knowing details of a wine, such as geographic origin, price, reputation, color, etc. 

There have been some really fun studies showing that the power of suggestion has a profound impact on perception.  If someone is told that a wine is expensive, they are more likely like the wine more.  If you serve the same wine in two glasses and tell the taster that one is from a well known region (say Napa) and the other is from a lesser known region (like Temecula), the taster will inevitably rate the one supposedly from Napa higher.  It's just human nature.


 Our Pinot Noir would have never won any Gold Medals if the judges had known ahead of time that it was from the Temecula Valley appellation, and that's completely understandable. After all, Southern California is not known for Pinot.  A few years ago when we won our first Gold at an international Pinot competition, one newspaper called it a 'Bottle Shock' moment for Temecula.  I love that quote because I love the movie. 

If you haven't seen it, you need to rent it.  It's the true story of how California won a blind tasting against the French in 1976.  It's wonderful and demonstrates perfectly the powers of perception.  Here's the clip.


2012 Pinot Noir Released...

Our 2012 Pinot Noir has just been released and, as usual, our favorite chef Patrick Bartlett has developed a wonderful recipe to pair with this wine.  Here are Patrick's notes:

The award-winning Woodworth Pinot Noir continues to astound with classic French and American notes of earth and fruit co-mingling to offer beautiful mid-weight balance.  This extraordinary wine is the ideal complement to the duck's exotic spices.  The bright cherries cut through the spice and richness of the meat, each bite is as explosive and expressive as the first.

You've got to love that!

To get the recipe with all the pictures and instructions use this link:

Five Spice Duck Confit Legs


March Wine Club Pick Up...

It's time for the March shipment to the Wine Club.  If you normally have your wine shipped, it will be going out this week.  If you normally pick it up, it will be available beginning Friday, March 6 at Crush & Brew in Old Town. 

Since we won't be having a regular Pick Up Party, if you come in to pick up any time in March (beginning on the 6th) we will treat you to one of Crush & Brew's great cheese plates to go with your complementary wine.  So, come in, have a glass of wine, enjoy a cheese plate and take home your wine club shipment.  While you are there, check out Crush & Brew's updated menu.


Blessing of the Vines...

It's springtime and that means it almost time for our annual Blessing of the Vines.  This is my favorite time of the year, so make plans to come and share it with us.

Date: Sunday, May 17

Time: 2-5pm

Location: De Luz Vineyard

Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-Members 

Don't miss this fun event.  There will be great wine, food, live music and friends.

Get your tickets early at Blessing of the Vines


Woof Notes...


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