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Stars, Stripes, and Bomb Pops

Posted on July 3, 2024 in Recipes

Dive into the ultimate summer refreshment with our Bomb Pop Sparkling Drink, a vibrant and playful drink that combines the tropical essence of our Coconut Sparkling, the crisp elegance of our Brut Sparkling, and the juicy sweetness of our Watermelon Sparkling. This delightful drink is taken to the next level with the addition of a classic Bomb Pop popsicle, adding a nostalgic touch and a burst of color for your Fourth of July Celebration! From backyard BBQs to dazzling fireworks shows lighting up the night sky there are so many ways to celebrate! Grab your favorite Wilson Creek Sparkling, add a festive Bomb Pop Popsicle, and cheers to celebrating our nation’s spirit in the most deliciously patriotic way possible!



  1. Grab your Sparkling Wine of choice (or combine all 3)
  2. Add the Bomb Pop Popsicle
  3. Stir
  4. Enjoy! As the popsicle melts it will add different flavors and keep your wine chilled.

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Ways to Expand Your Wine Knowledge

Posted on June 19, 2024 in Wine 101

Article by Mick Wilson

I often hear from members and guests that they desire to grow in their wine knowledge but don’t know how. So I thought I’d share some resources that have helped me.

The best starting point is the website winefolly.com. The best video to start is “How to Taste Wine like a Badass.” Then you can dive deeper into articles and videos on regions and varietals. There is also a solid book called “Wine Folly, Magnum Edition”.  It is worth it.

I love the phone app called Vivino. You simply take a photo of a wine label and it tells you the pricing and often has reviews of that wine. This is a good resource for seeing the value of wines you have as well as when you go shopping.

Some books I recommend are: “The Wine Lover’s Apprentice” by Kathlene Berhsad, “Cork Dork” by Bianca Busker, “A Hedonist in the Cellar” by Jay McInerney, “Wine Simple” by Aldo Sohm, and “Message in the Bottle: A Guide to Tasting Wine” by Tim Gaiser (who is a Master Sommelier). A classic is “The Wine Bible 3rd Edition” by Karen MacNeil. Whether you read it or not it looks impressive on your home coffee table or on a shelf for all to see. An even more impressive looking book (and also useful) is “The World Atlas of Wine” by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.

Of course the best way to learn about wine is to taste it, a lot of it. Take the Wine Academy classes at Wilson Creek, visit other wine regions and learn why those wines taste the way they do, and simply enjoy tasting wine with others here at Wilson Creek. Do a brown bag night at a home where you invite 4-5 people/couples and have them bring a particular Wilson Creek wine. It is always fun to learn from others. But remember, we all have different palates so the best wine is what YOU like.  

If I see you around the winery I’d love to sit down over a glass and answer any questions you might have. And I’d love to hear from you what you are learning and how you are growing in your enjoyment of wine!

-Mick Wilson

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Peach Cobbler with Whiskey Whipped Cream

Posted on June 17, 2024 in Recipes

We love a good summer dessert, especially in the Temecula heat! This mouthwatering Peach Cobbler is such a fun, easy dessert and so delicious. Top with our whiskey whipped cream and this will be your go-to summer dessert from now on! 

Pairs well with our Wilson Creek Moscato


  • 4 cups peeled sliced peaches
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk

for the whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Whiskey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well
  3.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Remove from the heat
  5. Put the butter in a 3 quart baking dish and place in oven to melt
  6. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping
  7. Pour mixture over melted butter
  8. Do not stir
  9. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup
  10. Batter will rise to top during baking
  11. Bake for 30-45 minutes

for the whipped cream

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer whip cream and sugar together until soft peaks form.
  2. Add whiskey and vanilla mix until combined.


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Grilling Greatness: Discovering the Ultimate BBQ Wine Pairings

Posted on June 14, 2024 in Wine & Food
Elevate Your BBQ Experience with Wilson Creek Wines
As the days get longer and the air fills with the aroma of smoldering charcoal and sunscreen, it can mean only one thing: barbecue season is here. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard gathering or attending a neighborhood cookout, pairing your favorite barbecue dishes with the perfect wine can elevate your culinary experience. Join us in exploring the art of pairing wine with BBQ food to enhance your summer dining!
Understanding BBQ Flavors
Before we delve into the world of wine pairing, let’s take a moment to appreciate the diverse flavors of barbecue. From tangy sauces and savory rubs to caramelized char and smoky undertones, BBQ offers a symphony of tastes and textures. Whether you’re indulging in succulent ribs, juicy burgers, or tender brisket, each dish brings its own unique blend of flavors that beg for the right wine companion.
Finding Harmony in Pairings
Pairing wine with barbecue is all about achieving balance. You want to find a wine that complements the richness of the food without overpowering it. Here are some classic BBQ dishes and the perfect Wilson Creek wines to match them:
  • Grilled Steak: For a classic steak off the grill, reach for a bold red wine like our 2019 Malbec. The soft tannins with notes of cedar and raspberry stand up well to the charred exterior and juicy interior of a perfectly grilled steak.
  • Barbecue Ribs: The sweetness and tanginess of barbecue sauce on ribs call for a special wine to balance the flavors. Our 2021 Syrah features luscious dark fruits, hints of black pepper, and a touch of smoky oak, perfectly complementing the richness of the ribs.
  • Pulled Pork: Pulled pork’s tender texture and smoky flavor pair wonderfully with a medium-bodied red wine such as our 2021 Reserve Merlot. With dark fruit flavors and subtle spice, this wine offers enough acidity to cut through the richness of the pork while enhancing its savory goodness.
  • Brisket: Whether your BBQ brisket leans towards a sweeter Kansas City style, a tangy Carolina style, or a spicy Texas style, our Cabernet Zinfandel can adapt due to its fruit-forward nature.
  • Grilled Chicken: For grilled chicken dishes, opt for a crisp and refreshing white wine like our famous White Cabernet. With bright acidity and aromas of peach and ripe strawberry, this wine provides a lovely contrast to the charred exterior of the chicken, making for a delightful pairing.
  • Vegetable Kabobs: Vegetarian barbecue options like vegetable kabobs deserve a wine that accentuates their vibrant flavors. Our crisp 2023 Pinot Grigio can complement the grilled vegetables without overpowering them. The delicate oak tannins and firm stone fruit on the back palate make this wine a refreshing and satisfying pairing for any vegetable medley.
Experimenting with Flavors
While these pairings serve as excellent starting points, don’t be afraid to experiment and trust your palate. BBQ is all about enjoying the moment and savoring the flavors of summer, so feel free to explore different wine varietals and flavor profiles to find the perfect match for your favorite barbecue dishes.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or enjoying our new menu at Courtyard Bar & Grille, the right wine can elevate your dining experience and create unforgettable moments with friends and family. So fire up the grill, uncork your favorite bottle, and savor the magic of pairing wine with BBQ food. Cheers to a summer filled with delicious flavors and delightful gatherings!

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Wilson Creek Moscow Mule

Posted on March 14, 2024 in Recipes

Wilson Creek’s Moscow Mule cocktail is a fun twist on an old favorite, easy to make and fun to drink!

The fun twist here from the classic Moscow Mule is the substitution of Jameson Whiskey instead of Tito’s Vodka and of course our beloved Brut Sparkling!

Serves:1 glass


  • 2 oz Jameson Whiskey
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • 3 oz Brut Sparkling
  • 1 Lime (cut in half)
  • Ice
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs


  1. Fill a glass or copper mug (if you have them these work best) almost full with ice.
  2. Pour in your Jameson, Brut, and Ginger Beer
  3. Squeeze 1/2 your fresh Lime Juice
  4. Add your Mint Springs
  5. Use the other half of the Lime to Garnish

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Discover the Allure of NV Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on March 7, 2024 in Wine 101
When it comes to exploring the world of wines, the Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon stands out as an intriguing and unique choice. Our Variant Series showcases the amazing array of possibilities when a craft winery can control all vineyard and cellar influence on wine from the vine to the bottle.  The poster child for variant behavior is turning a traditionally rich tannic dark red wine into a white wine while retaining the rich feel of classic Cabernet.
A True White Wine from a Classic Red Grape
The NV Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the artistry of winemaking. While most Cabernet Sauvignon wines are known for their deep red color and robust flavors, the White Cabernet Sauvignon defies convention by offering a refreshing and delicate white wine experience. This enchanting transformation is achieved through a meticulous process that extracts the grape’s juice without prolonged contact with the skins, where the color and tannins are primarily found.
Crafting the White Cabernet Sauvignon:
To create this unique white wine, the winemakers carefully crush the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and swiftly separate the juice from the skins, minimizing the absorption of color. This gentle extraction results in a pale golden hue that is both visually captivating and palate-pleasing. The subsequent fermentation and aging process further contribute to the wine’s crisp and vibrant character.
Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Sauvignon Blanc: Clarifying the Differences:
While the names might sound similar, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are distinct varietals that offer vastly different wine experiences.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: This red grape variety is renowned for producing bold, full-bodied red wines with rich flavors of dark fruit, cassis, and often accompanied by robust tannins. It’s a classic choice for red wine enthusiasts.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: On the other hand, Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that produces crisp, aromatic white wines. These wines are characterized by their zesty acidity, herbal notes, and often display flavors of citrus fruits, green apple, and sometimes tropical nuances.
Chill Out: Why White Cabernet Sauvignon Should be Served Chilled:
Serving the NV Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon chilled isn’t just a suggestion; it’s a key to unlocking the wine’s full potential. By embracing the practice of chilling, you can savor the wine’s refreshing acidity, delicate aromatics, and nuanced flavors.
Chilling the White Cabernet Sauvignon helps to preserve its delicate aromatics and maintain its crisp freshness. The wine’s floral and citrus notes, as well as its subtle nuances, are more pronounced when the wine is chilled. A lower temperature prevents the volatile compounds responsible for these scents from dissipating too quickly.  Serving it chilled accentuates this acidity, creating a well-balanced and lively palate. As the wine warms up in the glass, the acidity can mellow slightly, revealing more layers of flavor and complexity.
The Perfect Pairing to Elevate Your White Cabernet Experience
Not only a unique and captivating wine, our White Cabernet is also an excellent companion to a variety of dishes. Its delicate flavors, vibrant acidity, and subtle aromatics make it a versatile option for pairing with a range of foods. 
•  Seafood Delights: The crisp acidity and subtle fruitiness complement a wide array of seafood dishes. Try it with fresh oysters on the half shell, grilled shrimp, or ceviche. The wine’s delicate nature won’t overpower the flavors of the seafood.
•  Light Poultry Dishes: Whether it’s a roasted chicken with herbs or a turkey club sandwich, the gentle flavors and balanced acidity work well with the lighter profiles of poultry dishes. The wine’s acidity can cut through the richness of the meat.
•  Creamy Pasta Dishes: Cream-based pasta dishes, such as fettuccine Alfredo or a creamy mushroom risotto, find a perfect companion in the White Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine’s subtle citrus notes and refreshing acidity can balance out the richness of the creamy sauces.
•  Fresh Salads: Its herbal undertones and light body can complement a variety of salads, from mixed greens with goat cheese to a citrusy avocado salad.
•  Light Appetizers: Opt for light appetizers like bruschetta, goat cheese crostini, or smoked salmon canapés. 
•  Soft Cheeses: Pairing with soft and creamy cheeses like brie or camembert can create a harmonious blend of flavors. The wine’s acidity can help cut through the richness of the cheese, creating a balanced and enjoyable pairing.
•  Fresh Fruit Platters: For a refreshing treat, serve with a platter of fresh fruits such as sliced melons, peaches, and berries. The wine’s gentle aromatics and subtle sweetness can enhance the natural flavors of the fruits.
Our NV Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon is a true masterpiece that challenges conventional expectations and introduces a delightful white wine made from the beloved Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Its pale golden hue, refined flavors, and intriguing backstory make it a unique addition to any wine lover’s collection. Remember, whether you’re savoring a glass on a warm evening or pairing it with a gourmet meal, the White Cabernet Sauvignon promises an exceptional and memorable experience that showcases the artistry of winemaking.
Note: For an exquisite wine experience, visit Wilson Creek Winery to explore and purchase the NV Variant Series White Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Toast to Your Health: 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine in Moderation

Posted on January 11, 2024 in Lifestyle
For centuries, wine has been an integral part of cultures across the globe. From the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day connoisseurs, wine has been a beloved beverage enjoyed by all. But did you know that wine, when consumed in moderation, can actually be good for your health?

That’s right, folks! Wine is more than just a tasty treat. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation:

1. Boosts Heart Health:

Studies have shown that moderate consumption of wine can improve heart health by increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Red wine, in particular, contains antioxidants such as Resveratrol that can help prevent heart disease.

2. Reduces the Risk of Stroke:
Wine is said to have had blood-thinning properties that can reduce the risk of blood clots, which can cause a stroke. A glass of wine a day may just be able can help keep the stroke away!

3. Promotes Longevity:
People who consume wine in moderation have been found to live longer than those who abstain. It’s worth noting that red wine tends to contain more antioxidants than white wine, particularly the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes. A study conducted in France found that the Resveratrol in red wine can increase longevity by activating a protein that slows down the aging process. So, while both red and white wine can have health benefits, red wine may have more potent antioxidant properties.

4. Boosts Brain Function:
Wine has also been shown to improve cognitive function and memory. The antioxidants in wine can help protect the brain from damage and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Moderate wine consumption has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Resveratrol in red wine can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation in the body. White wine also contains polyphenols, which are plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These polyphenols can help protect against certain chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

A Toast to Health and Meaningful Connections

It’s not just about the wine itself, but also the social aspect of sharing a glass of wine with loved ones or friends. Research has shown that having strong social connections and meaningful relationships can contribute to a longer and healthier life.

When we share a glass of wine with others, we are not only enjoying a delicious beverage but also engaging in meaningful social interaction. Whether it’s catching up with old friends, sharing a romantic moment with a partner, or enjoying a family gathering, wine can help create and strengthen bonds between people.

Studies have found that people who have strong social connections and supportive relationships tend to have better physical and mental health, as well as a longer lifespan. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard researchers found that strong social ties can have as much of an impact on longevity as quitting smoking or losing weight.

Moderation is Key


Now, before you go uncorking that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s important to note that moderation is key. Too much of anything can be harmful, and wine is no exception. The recommended daily amount of wine is one glass for women and two for men. So, let’s raise a glass (in moderation, of course) to good health and a great glass of wine! Cheers!

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New Year’s Sparkler Recipe

Posted on December 20, 2023 in Recipes

Ring in the New Year with the perfect blend of sophistication and celebration by indulging in our exquisite New Year’s Sparkler cocktail created with our Rosé Sparkling Wine. Crafted to elevate your festive moments, this sparkling delight is the perfect cocktail for your New Year’s Eve bash. Cheers to a night of memories and the promise of new beginnings! Make your New Year’s Eve celebration unforgettable with the loveliest, tastiest sparkling cocktail – our New Year’s Sparkler.

  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve and garnish with raspberries.

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Sip, Savor, and Stay Warm: The Best Winter Wines to Enjoy

Posted on December 18, 2023 in Wine 101
Winter is upon us, and what better way to embrace the season than by indulging in some of the finest winter wines? Nestled in the heart of Southern California wine country, Wilson Creek offers a delightful selection of wines perfectly suited to elevate your winter experiences. Explore these exceptional wines, each carefully crafted to enhance the coziness of winter.
Wilson Creek Syrah: The King of Winter Reds
Wilson Creek’s Syrah is a majestic red wine that epitomizes the essence of winter. With its rich, deep color and a bouquet of blackcurrant, plum, and a subtle hint of oak, this wine is tailor-made for the season. Its firm tannins and full-bodied nature make it an ideal partner for hearty winter dishes. Picture a glass of Syrah paired with a succulent roast or a slow-cooked beef stew by the fireplace. It’s a royal treat for your palate.
Wilson Creek Malbec or our Special Limited Edition Malbec: An Argentine Warm Embrace 
Escape to the vineyards of Argentina with Wilson Creek’s Malbec, a winter-friendly red that will wrap you in warmth. This wine boasts flavors of ripe black fruits like blackberry and black cherry, accompanied by delicate notes of cocoa and spice. The plush texture and smooth finish make it the perfect comfort wine, whether you’re relaxing indoors or grilling up some winter BBQ. 
Wilson Creek “Yes Dear” Chardonnay: Comfort in a Glass 
For those who appreciate a well-rounded white wine during the colder months, Wilson Creek’s Chardonnay offers a creamy and luxurious experience. Aged with care, this Chardonnay delivers flavors of baked apple, vanilla, and a hint of buttered toast. It’s like a warm hug for your taste buds. Pair it with roasted chicken, creamy soups, or a decadent lobster bisque, and you’ve got the recipe for winter perfection.
Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Winter Magic 
The holiday season calls for something special, and Wilson Creek’s Almond Sparkling Wine delivers just that. This effervescent delight combines the elegance of sparkling wine with a subtle almond essence. Its crisp, refreshing bubbles make it a fantastic choice for festive gatherings and toasts. Serve it as an aperitif or alongside your favorite holiday desserts for a touch of sparkling magic.
Wilson Creek Decadencia: Sweet Winter Indulgence 
No winter wine list is complete without a touch of sweetness, and Decadencia is the ultimate indulgence. This dessert wine showcases flavors of dark chocolate and ripe berries, making it the perfect companion for your post-dinner cravings. Pour it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoy it with a platter of rich, creamy cheeses. Decadencia is your sweet escape in a glass.
As winter envelopes us in its chilly embrace, embrace the warmth and comfort of exquisite winter wines. Each bottle tells a story, and with every sip, you’ll create cherished memories that make the season truly special. Raise your glass to a season filled with great wine, cherished moments, and the joy of winter’s embrace. Cheers!

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Jingle Juice Recipe

Posted on December 11, 2023 in Recipes

Indulge in the festive spirit with our delightful Jingle Juice recipe – an effortlessly simple, irresistibly delicious, and stunning holiday punch! With just three key ingredients, this concoction is guaranteed to charm every palate. Cheers to holiday joy in a glass!


  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine Vodka, Rosé Sparkling, and Cherry 7-Up.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries. Enjoy!

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