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‘Cougar Meets Italy’ creates a night of fun for winery goers

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Day in the life of a vinter with Cougar Vineyard & Winery

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Making wine at Cougar Vineyard & Winery is a true passion

 http://myvalleynews.com/entertainment/making-wine-cougar-vineyard-winery-true-passion


TEMECULA: Dine in Wine Country on a budget

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Cougar Vineyard and Winery offers a boutique experience in Temecula Valley Wine Country

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Cougar Winery owners gain knowledge of Italian winemaking during trek through Italy

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A Short Piece of Italy

Italy 2016

05/17/16 - So we made it to Rome and survived the train to Milano. First dinner in Milano, of course Wine, Seafood and Pizza. 

 

05/18/16 - Neive

 

 05/19/16 - Barbaresco Dinner, nineteen2013 Barbaresco blind tastings and some great food to pair.  Our first Stickbreads!

Wine tasting with Carlos winemaker of Longoria

 

05/22 -

 

05/22/16 - Cantina Del Glicine Neive - Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco

05/24/16 - Braida Winery

05/25 - Lake Lugano Switerzland. Mt Bre

 

05/25 - Headed up to Mt Bre 2,000'. Not looking forward to this ride.

Made it. Nice view, now let's go.

 05/25 - Dinner with the extended Piconi family!  Nice view, sunset, company and of course great vino.

05/30 - Wine Cellar in San Gimignano

I think we should clean the press again before using it.

 

05/31 - Daniela Gattavecchi's Store in Montepulchiano

 

05/31 - Vineyard Tour with Daniela Gattavecchi

05/31 - Montepulchiano

Montepulchino

 05/31 - How far to Montepulchiano?

 05/31 - Contucci Wine Caves in Montepulchiano. Established 1008 - 2016

 

 Bottling in the caves, and I thought our winery was tight!

 


Cougar Vineyard & Winery - Jennifer


Happy New Year! December 31st 2014


Approval of Grape Variety Falanghina

Falanghina has been approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.

Temecula, California USA – WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 06, 2014

Falanghina is an native white grape of Italy. The origin of this grape is the Campania region of Italy in the area of Naples, Caserta, Avellino and Benevento. First described by l’Acerbi in 1825 and subsequently by Carlucci in Viala Vermorel 1909. Its name comes from the expansive canopy of the vine: “Falanghina” is a direct derivative of the Latin noun “falangae” which refers to the stakes used to support grape vines. There are two distinct biotypes: Falanghina Flegrea and Falanghina Beneventa: the biotype which UC Davis Foundation Plant Service received in 2000 from the MastroberadinoWinery of Atripaldi, Italy has been confirmed by Piero Mastroberadino to be the Beneventana selection from the Sannio area of Benevento,Italy.

Professional publications that names and identifies the variety is: Calo, A., Scienza,A., and Costacurta, A., Vitigni d’Italia , p. 218-219, Edagricole-Edizione della Calderini, Bologna, Italy (2001) and Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (2014) p. 279 – 282, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

In lieu of the recency of the finding of this grape in the U.S. , the commercial potential of Falanghina grown and produced in the United States can only be projected from the reviews and sales of wine based on this varietal made in Italy and imported into the United States. Italian producers are Feudi di San Gregorio; Terredoro di Paolo; DonnaChiara; Masroberadino; Terre de Vulcano; Villa Matilda

A list of wineries and vineyards in the United States that are currently growing and/or producing wine made from the Falanghina grape are: Cougar Vineyard & Winery Temecula, CA; Eusinus Vineyard Carlsbad, CA; Steve Viani Viani Vineyard Rancho Murietta Pilot Hill, Ca; Wrath Wines Soledad, CA .

Cougar Vineyard & Winery cougarvineyards.com
Temecula Valley AVA
39870 De Portola Road Temecula, CA 92592
1 (951) 491-0826


2014 Sangiovese Harvest And Crush


Approval of Grape Variety Brachetto

Brachetto has been approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.

Brachetto is an autochthonous grape of Italy. In 1877, Count Giovanni di Rovasenda listed the grape in his landmark Saggio di una ampelografia universale (Essay on Universal Ampelography).

The origin of this grape is the Piedmont region of Italy in the area of Acqui from which it gets the eponymous name Brachetto d’Acqui. A professional publication that names and identifies the variety is: Calo, A., Scienza,A., and Costacurta, A., Vitigni d’Italia , p. 218-219, Edagricole-Edizione della Calderini, Bologna, Italy (2001). Dr Anna Schneider CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Istituto di Virologia Vegetale Sezione di Grugliasco Torino), Italia has done considerable research on this grape and has advised that based on her DNA testing the Piedmont Brachetto is not the same as the French Brachet (aka: Braquet) which was indicated in Jancis Robinson’s wine grape desciription.

Pete Anderson owner of an Italian vine research vineyard Eusinus in Carlsbad CA discovered that this varietal had been received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Germplasm Repository at Geneva, NY in May 1969. Cuttings were presented by the Istituto Sperimentale Viticoltura, Conegliano Italia.The vines were later transferred to the National Clonal Germplasm Repository at Davis, CA. It is documented by the DVIT number 2906 and Plant Inventory number PI 342668. Cuttings from the DVIT 2906 vines were propagated in Eusinus for some 6 years. Samples of the Eusinus vines were submitted to the Foundation Plant Service at University of California Davis for DNA testing which reported: The Eusinus reference profile for Brachetto is based on matching profiles from Italian researchers, one annotated as Brachetto, the other as Brachetto (Acqui). The Eusinus sample also matches two samples of Brachetto, DVIT2906, from the National Clonal Germplasm Repository at Davis.

In lieu of the recency of the finding of this grape in the U.S. , the commercial potential of grown and produced in the United States can only be projected from the reviews and sales of wine based on this varietal made in Italy and imported into the United States. One such Italian producer is Banfi (Rosa Regale which is described as a rare, semi-dry, red sparkling wine). However, a list of wineries and vineyards in the United States that are currently growing and/or producing wine made from the Brachetto grape are: Cougar Vineyard & Winery 39870 De Portola Road Temecula, CA 92592 and Eusinus Vineyard 4870 Kelly Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery cougarvineyards.com
Temecula Valley AVA
39870 De Portola Road Temecula, CA 92592
1 (951) 491-0826


Approval of Grape Variety Lambrusca di Alessandria

Lambrusca di Alessandria has been approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.

Lambrusca di Alessandria is an autochthonous grape of Italy. It was first described and recognized by name by Count Giuseppe Nuvolone , Vice Director of Piedmont Agricultural Society , the Royal Academy of Agriculture where in 1798 he read his celebrated “Instructions for the Cultivation of Vines and the Best Method for Making and Storing Wine”. It is most likely native to the area of Alessandria and Pavia in Piedmont, Italy. The name Lambrusca or Lambrusco comes from Latin “labruscum” meaning fruit of the wild grape. There are many grape varietals with the word Lambrusco in their title. For instance, it is used to identify many grapes in the Emilia Romagna area of Italy which are used to produce a wine called Lambrusco. These Lambrusco grapes and Lambrusca di Alessandria are genetically different which was evidenced by Italus Hortus (Mar-Apr 2006) Lambruschi from Piedmont: historical investigations, fingerprinting and genetic relationships with other autochthonous Italian grapes [Vitis vinifera] J Torello, Marinoni D., Raimond, S., Boccacci P., Schneider, A.

Current findings indicate the first documented Lambrusca di Alessandria vine in the United States was in 1983 when donations were made to the National Clonal Germplasm Repository Davis, California by Bioletti, F. University of California andOlmo, H., University of California from the Vititculture Dept. vineyard location while under their care.

The vine samples (assumed to be Nebbiolo) submitted by Pete Anderson of Eusinus Vineyards to the Plant Identification Lab at University of California, Davis Foundation Plant Services for DNA analysis matched the Lambrusca di Alessandria reference profile of the NCGR collection. The lab director, GS Dangl, advised that the Lambrusco vine listed in the FPS registry is not Lambrusca di Alessandria. This was further confirmed by Dr. Anna Schneider CNR, Istituto di Virologia Vegetale Sezione di Grugliasco, Torino, Italy. who reported the profile perfectly matched the Lambrusca di Alessandria in her database.

The commercial potential of Lambrusca di Alessandria if based on the commercial sales and wine competition awards that were achieved by wine made from this grape when it was misidentified as Nebbiolo then the potential is exceptionally high. A list of wineries and vineyards in the United States that are currently growing and producing wine made from the newly identified Lambrusca di Alessandria grape are:

Cougar Vineyard & Winery cougarvineyards.com
Temecula Valley AVA
39870 De Portola Road Temecula, CA 92592
1 (951) 491-0825

Eusinus Vineyard 4870 Kelly Dr, Carlsbad, CA
San Diego County


Thass Kombucha - Yes we sell Reed's Kombucha at Cougar!


Leo

Leo Gosselin playing the rare stringed Chapman Stick Touchboard in our barrel room. Nice introduction showing our entrance, patio and tasting room. Hope you'll join us in the barrel room, enjoying a glass of wine and a snack listening to his incredible sounding instrument and music. Leo is a very talented musician!