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Regenerating the Future: How High School Students are Leading the Way with Regenerative Agriculture – Meet the Regeneration Generation

Posted on April 21, 2023 in Giving Back

There seems to be a barrage of negative environmental news lately, such as the alarming rate of losing a species on Earth every 10 minutes. Additionally, there is an estimation that only about 40 to 60 harvests are left while our current agricultural systems can provide a sustainable food supply. Unfortunately, there are little to no prospects for technological fixes such as genetically modified organisms and agricultural chemistry, which, despite their promises, have actually greatly accelerated the degradation of our life-supporting biological systems.

It would be easy to understand an attitude of apathy from young people based on tThe highly degraded commons of our life supporting ecosystems and a functional worldview that we have handed them, after the mildest climate and the great potential of human intellectual achievement in the history of mankind.


The birth of the Regenerative Agriculture Club

It would be easy to understand but not what you would find if you went into the Temecula Valley High School and other schools in our region. What you would find his students who in 2019 got together with supportive and innovative faculty members Megan Mahan and Toby Brandon and started a Regenerative Agriculture Club. While other students were working on their thespian, musical, or athletic abilities, these students decided to work on regenerating the future for all.

In 2019 students from the Temecula Valley High School got together with supportive faculty members and administration and said that they wanted to start learning about the concepts of regenerative agriculture which not only include the regeneration of basic life supporting biological systems but also includes all elements of the Eco, the whole house which includes biology, economics, politics, and social and organizational theory. The students soon realized that the best method of learning is hands on application, and the best application is in your own backyard. They looked to the hillside behind the Temecula Valley High School,  which had been largely abandoned except for an infamously challenging cross country field trail through the disrupted soils that no longer even supported natives plant or animal species. They envisioned an the evolving learning laboratory in their backyard where they could see the application of regenerative principles develop over time in person and share with their fellow students.


Students Transform Abandoned Hillside into Thriving Regenerative Laboratory

These students, with assistance and guidance from high school Science faculty members Meghan Manion and Tobey Brannon, developed a concept for the hillside project. They reached out to industry professionals to develop this hillside regenerative agricultural learning laboratory. The students recruited assistance from Greg Pennyroyal, Professor of Viticulture at Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC), Vineyard Manager,  and practitioner of regenerative viticulture at Wilson Creek Winery. Additionally, they sought help from, Tom Curry, regenerative olive Grove manager and local food entrepreneur, and Leah Di Bernardo, founder and owner of EAT marketplace, a farm to table restaurant, and champion of high nutrient density food and public health in our region.

During the 2020 school year, the students began conducting biological surveys investigating regulatory and technical aspects of developing their hillside regenerative outdoor laboratory project. They also began to gather institutional, political, and fiscal support for their proposal. Over the next two years, the students developed a systematic approach to learning what is necessary for a project of this scale, including the invaluable life skill of tenacity. They overcame numerous financial, bureaucratic, and technical barriers that any major project encounters, and did not let anyone interfere with their dreams.


Regenerative Agriculture Club Achievements

The Regenerative Agriculture Club has over 100 members, and  has been featured on an ABC News segment. They have organized several fundraisers, and had a high level meeting with the staff of MSJC College, including with John Kemp and leading technical experts from Advancing Eco Agriculture. The club has received funding from the Specialized Secondary Program grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The high school now has an approved curriculum for a regenerative agriculture high school science program and is coordinating with the development of a program offering an AS degree in regenerative System theory for entrepreneurs and social change, and Regenerative Agriculture.

During Spring Break in May 2023, the land clearing was finished, and irrigation and infrastructure systems are being installed with the direct involvement of the students, who are involved in all aspects of this project. 

A basic tenant of systems theory-based ecological science is that nature constantly innovates, launches, reevaluates, and re-innovates. This is the essence of an organizational theory called Agile Management, which like many things we “discover” are actually just processes of nature we have wisely learned to adopt. The organization and execution of this project follows this basic environmental principle and will be constantly adapting,  learning, and improving. The founding members of the regenerative AG club are also evolving and learning. They have all been accepted to Berkeley or Davis to study environmental sciences. Their acceptance is largely credited to their innovative work on the regenerative AG hillside project.


Inspiring the Regeneration Generation
It is unfortunate that locally we do not yet have the local higher educational resources in place to keep some of these most promising students in our local community. However, such resources are being developed at MSJC, and the students have all expressed an interest in coming back and continuing their work on this regenerative journey. The primary indicator of success of any community or organization on a regenerative journey is a shift in mindset. A shift from the ego competitive mindset to the ego cooperative mindset which is in tune with reality. That is why the world responds so well to it. The success of this program should also be inspiring to our mindset to not get caught in the pessimistic response to our current degenerative direction but to be supportive and optimistic of this regeneration generation that is inspired, optimistic, smart, and effective in regenerating our future. 

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9 Reasons Why the Temecula Valley is the Best Wine Country

Posted on April 19, 2023 in Lifestyle

 

 
As one of the largest wineries in the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Wilson Creek Winery is proud to be part of a region that produces some of the best wines in California. With rolling vineyards and breathtaking views, it’s easy to see why the Temecula Valley Wine Country is one of the top wine destinations in the United States. But there are many more reasons why the Temecula Valley Wine Country is the best place for wine lovers, and today we’ll explore 9 of those reasons.
 
1. With 45 wineries to choose from
The Temecula Valley is known for its remarkable terroir, climate, and quality wines. With more than 45 wineries in the area, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a sweet dessert wine or a crisp white, you’ll find something that suits your taste buds at every turn.
 
You can tour some of the larger vineyards and get an inside look at the production process or visit smaller boutique wineries for a more intimate experience. With so many options, there’s sure to be something to please any wine enthusiast. The unique terroir of the valley allows for the production of exceptional Temecula wines that truly capture the flavor and essence of the region.
 
2. Ideal Climate
The climate in the Temecula Valley provides the perfect conditions for producing terroir-driven wines, with a balance of bright fruit aromas and soft tannins. The warm days and cool nights provide this is due to the extended daylight hours in the summer and the cold winter nights that slow down the growth of the vines and deepen their flavor profiles. The Temecula Valley has many microclimates which allow winemakers to choose grapes that are best suited to particular sites. As a result, there is a wide range of wine styles available from the region, each with its own unique characteristics. The diverse soils in the Temecula Valley also contribute to the terroir, offering wines with a broad spectrum of flavors and aromas. The wineries in the area are also doing a great job of producing high-quality Temecula wines, taking full advantage of the exceptional terroir and utilizing sustainable practices to ensure their vineyards remain healthy. This dedication to quality has led to some truly remarkable wines coming out of this region, with bright, expressive flavors that offer something for everyone.
 
3. The soil is rich and fertile
 
The Temecula Valley has soil that is ideal for growing grapes and producing amazing wines. It is filled with rich, well-drained, clay soils that retain moisture and provide drainage for the vines. These soils help to create the terroir of the Temecula Valley: a unique combination of soil, climate, and topography that creates a distinct flavor profile in the wines. The soils in the Temecula Valley also give the grapes their signature flavor and complexity. With soils like these, it’s no wonder why Temecula wines are some of the best.
 
4. Long history of viticulture
Temecula is home to some of California’s oldest vineyards and is known for producing high-quality wines that express the distinct terroir of the region. The local soils are packed with nutrients, giving them an intense flavor profile. The nearby mountains protect the vineyards from coastal winds and strong ocean air, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and develop intense flavors. In the late 1990s, Wilson Creek Winery was established to take advantage of the region’s potential, and since then, it has become one of the largest wineries in the valley.
 
5. Experienced and approachable winemakers and viticulturists
 
The Temecula Valley is home to some of the most talented and experienced winemakers and viticulturists in the country. They are passionate about producing some of the finest wines in California and beyond. The valley’s experienced winemakers and viticulturists are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft and they take great pride in the production of their wine. They take the time to understand your individual tastes, so that they can produce a unique wine that perfectly suits you.

 In addition to their knowledge and experience, they are also very approachable, friendly, and willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Their commitment to customer service is second to none. From helping you pick out the perfect bottle to offering tasting room experiences, you will be sure to leave with an unforgettable experience. Meet the Wilson Creek Winemakers.

 
6. The wines are of exceptional quality
 
The Temecula Valley has a long-standing history of quality winemaking which has earned it the reputation as one of California’s premier winegrowing regions. From award-winning reds to crisp and refreshing whites, there is something for every palette. Enjoy a bottle of Temecula Valley wine and discover why it is considered to be one of California’s finest viticultural regions.

At Wilson Creek Winery, we are proud to say that many of our wines have achieved ratings of 90+ with Wine Enthusiast Magazine. You can find some of those wines on our website. These exceptional ratings are a testament to the quality of our wines and their unique terroir. Whether you’re looking for a bold Malbec or a sweet white like our Golden Jubilee, you can be sure that a bottle from Wilson Creek Winery will provide an unforgettable experience.

 
7. Wide variety of wine tasting experiences
 
Whether you’re looking to have a wine tasting experience with a view, take a guided tour, or simply taste the offerings in a more intimate setting like our Library, there are plenty of options in the Temecula Valley. Whether you’re an experienced wine connoisseur or just getting your feet wet in the world of wine, you’re sure to find a wine tasting experience that suits your style. And don’t forget, Wilson Creek also offers activities like live entertainment, wine blending, private corporate events, and special intimate events, to larger events like concerts featuring national headliners.

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8. Beautiful and scenic 

With its rolling vineyards, stunning mountains, and crystal-clear blue skies, it’s no wonder the Temecula Valley has become a popular destination for wine lovers. A great way to experience the beauty of the region is by taking a side car tour through the vineyards. You can take in all the stunning views, rolling hills, and lush greenery while enjoying a glass of your favorite Temecula Valley wine. For a truly unique experience, you can also join Grape Escape and take a hot air balloon ride over the valley and get a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking landscape below. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of hiking trails throughout the region where you can explore the area and take in some beautiful scenery. No matter how you choose to explore the Temecula Valley, you’re sure to find plenty of breathtaking views and amazing experiences.
 
9. The people are friendly and welcoming
 
At Wilson Creek Winery, we are proud to be a part of the Temecula Valley wine region. With over 45 wineries to choose from, a rich and fertile soil, and a climate that is perfect for growing grapes, we can confidently say that the wines produced in this area are some of the finest in the world. 
 
Wilson Creek is known for its hospitality and locals that make it a great place to visit. From the tasting room staff, restaurant servers, and the landscapers, everyone has a story to share and loves to tell it. It’s not just the locals that are friendly, though; the tourists that come to the area feel welcome, too. Everyone seems to get along in this vibrant and inviting region of Southern California. Whether you’re looking for advice on which wineries to visit or just want to chat about the local culture, you’ll be sure to get a warm welcome from everyone. At Wilson Creek Winery, we take hospitality seriously. We strive to provide a great experience for our visitors and it shows. 
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How to Store Wine at Home: A Guide to Keeping Your Favorite Wilson Creek Wines Fresh and Flavorful!

Posted on March 30, 2023 in Wine 101

Wine is a delicate beverage that requires proper storage to preserve its quality, taste, and aroma. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you know how important it is to store your wine correctly. We will discuss everything you need to know to properly store your favorite wines at home.

Is It Necessary to Have a Wine Refrigerator?

A wine refrigerator is not a necessity, but it can significantly improve the quality of your wine. A wine refrigerator allows you to store your wine at a consistent temperature and humidity level, which is crucial for preserving its flavor and aroma. It also protects the wine from light and vibrations, which can alter its taste and aroma. However, if you do not have a wine refrigerator, you can still store your wine in a cool, dark, and stable environment.

What is The perfect temperature to store white wine?

The perfect temperature to store white wine is between 45°F to 50°F (7°C to 10°C). This temperature range is ideal for preserving the delicate flavors and aromas of white wine. If you store white wine at a higher temperature, it may lose its acidity and freshness. On the other hand, if you store it at a lower temperature, it may lose its aroma and flavor. Therefore, it’s essential to keep white wine at the right temperature to ensure it stays fresh and delicious.

What is The perfect temperature to store red wine?

The perfect temperature to store red wine is between 55°F to 65°F (12°C to 18°C). This temperature range allows red wine to age properly, developing more complex flavors and aromas over time. If you store red wine in a place that is too cold, the flavors and aromas will be muted, and the wine may taste flat. On the other hand, if you store it at a higher temperature, it may age too quickly, leading to a loss of flavor and aroma.

Do the Bottles Have to be Stored in a Certain Position?

Yes, the position of the wine bottles can affect the quality of the wine. Wine bottles should be stored horizontally, so the wine is in contact with the cork. Storing wine horizontally helps keep the cork moist, which prevents it from drying out and allowing air to enter the bottle. If air enters the bottle, it can cause the wine to oxidize and spoil, leading to a sour or vinegar-like taste.

How Long Can You Store Wine?

The length of time you can store wine depends on the type of wine and how it is stored. Generally, most red wines can be stored for up to five years, while white wines should be consumed within two to three years. However, some wines can be stored for much longer, such as high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blends, which can age for up to 20 years or more. It is important to note that not all wines are meant to be aged, and some are best consumed young.

Can wine expire?

Yes, wine can expire. The expiration of wine is determined by its age and storage conditions. If you store wine in a warm or humid environment, it may expire more quickly than if you store it in a cool, dark, and dry place. Once wine expires, it may have an off-taste and smell, making it undrinkable. When wine is exposed to oxygen, it can start to oxidize, leading to a loss of flavor and aroma. Additionally, if wine is stored in a warm or humid environment, it can spoil quickly. To prevent wine from going bad, store it in a cool, dark, and dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Can wine freeze?

Yes, wine can freeze. When wine freezes, the water in the wine expands, which can cause the bottle to break. Additionally, freezing wine can alter its flavor and aroma. Therefore, it’s essential to keep wine at a consistent temperature above freezing to ensure it stays in its best condition.

How are European Wines Different from United States Wines When It Comes to Aging?

European wines and United States wines have different styles and characteristics when it comes to aging. In general, European wines are known for their ability to age well, while United States wines are typically meant to be consumed young. This is due to several factors, including the differences in climate, soil, and winemaking techniques.

European wines, particularly those from France and Italy, are typically made from grapes grown in cooler climates, resulting in higher acidity and tannin levels. These higher levels of acidity and tannins help the wine to age well, developing complex flavors and aromas over time. In addition, many European wines are aged in oak barrels, which can add further complexity to the wine.

In contrast, United States wines are often made from grapes grown in warmer climates, resulting in lower acidity and tannin levels. These wines are typically more fruit-forward and are meant to be consumed young, without the need for aging. However, there are exceptions, particularly with high-quality California Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-style blends, which can age well for several years.

In conclusion, properly storing wine at home is crucial for preserving its quality and flavor. By storing wine at the perfect temperature and in the correct position, you can help to ensure that it remains enjoyable for years to come. Additionally, understanding the different characteristics of European and United States wines can help you to determine how long to age your wine and when it is best to consume it.

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Best St. Patrick’s Day Wines

Posted on March 10, 2023 in Lifestyle

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, many of us are looking forward to indulging in traditional Irish dishes and raising a glass to celebrate. While many of us may immediately think of beer when we think of St. Patrick’s Day, wine can also be an excellent choice for those looking to switch it up. If you’re looking for the perfect wines to accompany your St. Patrick’s Day feast, look no further. Here are our top St. Patrick’s Day wine recommendations:

 

Pinot Grigio

If you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing white wine to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day, we recommend Wilson Creek’s 2020 Pinot Grigio, for lighter fare like Irish soda bread or potato soup. This wine has a crisp and refreshing taste with notes of pear, melon, honeysuckle, and a hint of oak. The bright acidity and crisp dryness of the Pinot Grigio pairs perfectly with the saltiness of the soup and complements the bread.

Petite Sirah

When it comes to pairing wine with hearty meat dishes like corned beef and cabbage, we suggest reaching for our 2019 Petite Sirah. This wine boasts a rich and full-bodied flavor profile with notes of dark fruit and chocolate, making it the perfect complement to savory meat dishes. The tannins in this wine will help cut through the richness of the meat and balance out the flavors of the dish.

Peach Bellini Sparkling Wine

For a festive twist on your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we recommend our Peach Bellini flavored sparkling wine. This wine is perfect for toasting on St. Patrick’s Day and has a light, effervescent quality that makes it a refreshing choice. This wine has a sweet and fruity taste with a hint of peach, making it a perfect match for Irish cream desserts or fruit salads. The effervescence of the sparkling wine will also help cut through the richness of these dishes.

In addition to enjoying great food and wine on St. Patrick’s Day, there are also plenty of fun activities to pair with your wine. Try hosting a wine tasting party with friends, complete with blind tastings and food pairings. Alternatively, take a stroll through a local vineyard or winery and enjoy a guided tour and tasting. Finally, consider hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party, complete with festive decorations, Irish-inspired cuisine, and plenty of wine.

Overall, wine is a great addition to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty meat dish or indulging in lighter fare, there’s a wine out there to enhance your dining experience. Come visit us at Wilson Creek Winery to pick up your perfect St. Patrick’s Day wines and raise a glass to the luck of the Irish. Sláinte!

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The Big Game Pairings

Posted on February 10, 2023 in Wine & Food

 

Who is ready for some Football?!?

We definitely are, AND we have the Big Game Pairings to prove it!

Now, we know you all have been working so hard on the those New Year’s Resolutions and have been eating healthy, but let’s be honest with ourselves… we will ALL be benching those resolutions come Sunday! Super Bowl is the time to indulge in all of those delicious party foods and pair them with some of your favorite Wilson Creek Wines! So grab your favorite bottle, follow our pairing suggestions and watch the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs go head to head!

 

Along with the smorgasbord of food, don’t forget to treat yourself to a variety of wines too. Trust me the wine will not go to waste!

At kickoff, start with a mouth-watering plate of loaded nachos! The diverse flavors in these nachos will pair great with the soft and fruity flavors of our 2019 Tempranillo. If you’re more of an French Onion Dip person we have you covered! The sweet French oak aromas of our 2021 “Yes Dear” Chardonnay pair great with the caramelized onions in the dip. It wouldn’t be Super Bowl if there wasn’t a tray of buffalo wings out on the table! When it comes to something bold and spicy it is always a good idea to pair it with something light and on the sweeter side. That’s why we HIGHLY suggest pairing this fan favorite appetizer with a chilled glass of our White Cabernet.

During the game, the main dishes are usually passed around. As soon as those pulled pork sliders come out, pour yourself a glass of our 2020 Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel. The smokiness on the nose will compliment your favorite BBQ sauce. Another crowd pleaser is a piping hot pizza. This classic dish of melted cheese and various toppings calls for a red wine that will have you going back for another slice…and glass! We suggest pairing your favorite pizza with our 2020 GSM.

Towards the end of the game while you’re (hopefully) doing your victory dance don’t forget the dessert! You can’t go wrong with a classic platter of chocolate chip cookies. This is the perfect time to pop open a bottle of our award winning Almond Sparkling! The rich chocolate in the cookies pairs great with natural almond flavor of our most popular sparkling wine. Plus it’s time to celebrate another successful Super Bowl Sunday! 

Everyone have a safe and fun time!

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