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Claudio's Column

Claudio Ponte
March 10, 2021 | Claudio Ponte

Building BOTTAIA Winery

Ever since we build Bottaia Winery many Wine Club members have asked me to tell them the story of the winery. As I finished writing it, I realized that in fact, I had written an abridged manual with rules and lessons on how to build a winery. In other words, this blog can be seen two ways: For the curious, plenty of background on our original thinking about Bottaia and how we achieved it. And second, for those looking to enter the incredibly risky wine business, a manual “…for Dummies”, with some hard-earned lessons. Enjoy the reading and feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments…  Continue »


The BOTTAIA Journal

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Father's Day The BOTTAIA Way

This June, BOTTAIA Winery just might be the perfect one-stop-shopping spot for all the dads and father figures in your life. Whether you go with a relaxing day of tasting our wines in Temecula Wine Country alongside elegant charcuterie boards or book our Wine Blending Lab Experience, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a few fun, easy gift ideas for pops this year.  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Treat Mom to a Tasting in Temecula Wine Country

This Mother’s Day, why not treat the moms in your life to a fun day of tasting in Temecula Wine Country? Our knowledgable BOTTAIA Tasting Room staff are at the ready, standing by to help you spoil mom this year.  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Pairing BOTTAIA Sparklers

As another year winds down, what better way to embrace the cooler temperatures and long winter nights than by pairing simple, elegant hors d’oeuvres with sparkling wine?  Continue »

Learn Italian (Varietals)... with BOTTAIA

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro
September 12, 2021 | Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Rosé Spumante

Sparkling rosé can take a moment from mundane to effervescent, quite literally. Many of you may already be big fans of all things pink and sparkly, but for those of you who eschew the stuff for more serious heavy reds, we offer up a bit of info and pairing suggestions for the belle of the ball, BOTTAIA 2020 Rosé Spumante. Get ready to drink pink!  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Montepulciano

Italian varietals bring so much to the table and we feature them in our wines—both as single varietals and in our proprietary blends. In this installation of an ongoing series, join us as we delve into the nuances behind a selection of Italian grapes (“uva” in Italiano), grown at our property in the Temecula Valley AVA. Our 2017 Estate Montepulciano showcases true depth and balance. Aged in new oak barrels to capture the intensity of the varietal, this wine will continue to develop as time passes. Mediumbodied with a long, smooth finish, it’s become a favorite for those who enjoy Merlot and Bordeaux Blends. Traditionally grown in Italy, Montepulciano thrives right here in the Temecula Valley. The terroir (taste of a place) highlights the potential of this grape, offering up lush, fruit-driven wines. Read on to learn a bit about the Montepulciano grape. . . andiamo!  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Vermentino

Spring is in the air, so let’s take a look at our 2017 Estate Vermentino. A light-skinned grape found primarily in Liguria and Sardinia, Italy, Vermentino (vur-men-teeno) yields wines that are light, refreshing, and aromatic.  Continue »


Wine Pairings - The BOTTAIA Way

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Easy-breezy BOTTAIA Red Wine + Cheese Pairings for Spring

What better way to welcome spring than by combining your favorite BOTTAIA bottles with flavorful cheese, crisp breadsticks, and savory olives? Happy hour is about to get a lot happier with longer days and sunsets pushing back to 8 pm. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when pairing wine and food:  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro
February 24, 2022 | Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Easy-breezy BOTTAIA Wine + Cheese Pairings for Spring

With longer days and warmer weather on the way, it’s time to start planning fun, festive food and wine pairings that are best-enjoyed al fresco. What better way to keep it simple than by combining your favorite BOTTAIA bottles with an elegant cheese board?  Continue »