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Get ready for South Coast Winery and Resort’s Blessing of the Harvest and Grape Stomp Festival September 22, 2013. This family friendly event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is appropriate for all ages.
Now, we glance back as we look over a summer of record heat and threatened monsoons, as all wait to see the harvest brought in by award winning South Coast Winery.
In what has become an annual kick-off to the growing season in Temecula’s wine country, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa owner Jim Carter gathered with winemakers Javier Flores, Jon McPherson, vineyard manager Arturo Marquez and over 200 Temecula locals and wine club members for a celebration and spiritual blessing on Sunday, Apr. 21 at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.
“The vines just budded out; the blossoms (are) ready to set fruit. It’s that time of year when we give thanks for what is to come,” said Carter in a toast. “We’re pleased to have Student Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein bless the vines for 2013.”
The warm, spring air was filled with the jazz stylings of Louie Cruz Beltran, setting the tone for dancing, easy listening and wine sampling for the late afternoon gathering.
Beltran played a blend of American songbook jazz, as well as original salsa, mixing it up in what he called “music that’s good for the soul.”
The family-friendly event has been a part of Temecula’s wine country history for 10 years.
All in attendance were invited to take part in tractor rides through the vineyards for a sneak preview at the changes in wine country, South Coast-style.
Student Rabbi Sandy Rosenstein of Temple Beth Sholom of Temecula, offered traditional prayers over the now-greening vines in hopes for a bountiful harvest.
“Today’s prayers are ones that are said every weekday morning during prayer services in traditional synagogues all over the world for the growing plants and the earth. Also, a special prayer is said once a year for the trees and vines.”
Prayers were recited both in Hebrew and repeated in English for all to hear and understand.
Following Rabbi Rosenstein’s invocation and blessing, the vineyard workers, crowd, and winemakers joined in the joyous toast, followed by a resounding “Amen” and quite a few “Mazel Tov’s” from the well-attended crowd.
Blessing of the Vines 2013 (Courtesy of Ashley Ludwig):
The blessing folded neatly into tractor rides around the property, showcasing the acreage of South Coast’s Syrah, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat vineyards around the winery, as well as views of distant Mount Palomar where the White Horse vines are currently growing.
Whether from the blessing tradition or the skill of its winemakers, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has continued to grow and prosper in Temecula wine country.
This year, the popular winery has not only celebrated a decade of history, but over 1,800 medals and awards and grown by adding 50 suites to the new hotel tower.
“What’s most unique about wine is always looking at the harvest. Each bottle with a year reminds us of where we were, what we were doing and how much we have changed and grown,” said McPherson. “The vines are doing all the work now, as we’re getting the cellars ready for the harvest, and yet another great vintage that all will get to enjoy.”
To learn more, visit www.southcoastwinery.com.
To attend this fall’s Blessing of the Harvest at South Coast Winery and Resort, Sept. 22, 2013 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., visit: store.wineresort.com