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Wine Country Recipe ~ Homemade Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Arugula, and Fresh Mozzarella

April 27th, 2018

Caramelized figs, oozing cheese, salty prosciutto, and fresh arugula are a delightful combination of flavors and textures in this pizza. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Riesling or Rosé.

Makes two 10-inch pizzas

Ingredients:

Pizzas:
1 (1-pound) store-bought or homemade pizza dough
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves,
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
8 slices prosciutto, about 4 ounces, torn in half lengthwise
6 medium fresh California figs, quartered
2 ounces fresh arugula
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Make the pizzas:
Place a pizza stone on the lowest rack in the oven, and heat the oven to 475°F.

Divide the dough into 2 equal balls. Roll each ball out on a lightly floured work surface and transfer to a lightly floured pizza peel (or roll out on a piece of parchment paper). Lightly brush the dough with olive oil. Sprinkle the rosemary over each crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the rims. Arrange half of the mozzarella over each crust, sprinkle 2 tablespoons Parmesan over each pizza, and arrange the figs on top.

Slide the pizzas onto the baking stone (if using parchment, slide the parchment onto the baking stone). Bake the pizzas until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pizzas from the oven. Drape half of the prosciutto slices over each pizza and sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan over each pizza. Return to the pizzas to the oven, and cook until the prosciutto is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the pizzas from the oven and scatter half of the arugula over each pizza. Brush the crusts with olive oil, sprinkle a few drops of olive oil over the arugula, and garnish with black pepper. Cut the pizzas into wedges and serve immediately.

Suggested Pairings: 

Baily Winery ~ 2016 Riesling –  Enjoy this delicate, dry and fruity white with a slightly spicy meal, or poolside on a hot & sunny day!

Hart Winery ~ 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese – Lightly pink, near-dry, delicately scented and flavored Rose′ wine, very much in the dryer, food-friendly European style. Excellent with a wide range of foods, and a great summer sipper.

Mount Palomar Winery ~ 2015 Sangiovese Rosé – very fragrant with scents of strawberry, honeydew melon, white nectarine, and kiwi fruit. The taste is bright with strawberry, tangelo, watermelon, and hints of rosewater

Maurice Carr’ie Winery ~ 2016 Riesling – This semi-sweet Riesling is full of apple and apricot aromas. The palate is nicely balanced between crisp, fruity, acidity, and modest sweetness. Flavors of apricot, pear, peach, and pineapple develop in this rich wine.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Treat Mom This Mother’s Day!

April 27th, 2018

Show your Mom how special she is! Lunch, brunch, dinner – or just a day of wine tasting – is surely one way to get on her good side. There are plenty of options for a special day in Temecula Valley Wine Country!  Here are just a few:

Baily Winery
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / 11:00a-3:00p / Join us for a three-course lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / Cost: $49.95 per person, children 12 and under $15.95, 5 and under is free / Includes choice of soft drink, iced tea, coffee, or tea / By Reservation Only * Credit Card Necessary for Reservation. 24-hour cancellation notice required, or credit card will be charged $100 / For reservations call: 951-676-9243

Bel Vino Winery
“Mama’s Time to Wine” A Pre-Mother’s Day Comedy Event / May 10 / 11am-4pm / A comedy show featuring comedian Janice Remland. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the show, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour of the vineyards and shopping with our local vendors. Join us for laughs, wine, and shopping! Paid reservations required. For more information call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am -2pm / Celebrate your mom by treating her to our gourmet brunch featuring delectable items such as fresh baked scones, Cap’n Crunch French toast, lobster mac & cheese and chocolate bacon eclairs! A brunch is not complete without mimosas of course! Paid reservations required. Buffet brunch is $45 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for an additional $20 per person. For more information please call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Europa Village
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / Join us for a Gourmet Three-Course Champagne Lunch prepared by Europa Village’s Executive Chef Dean Thomas with Live Music by Jimmy Patton! / Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For reservations and additional information, please visit www.europavillage.com

Danza Del Sol Winery
Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar / May 13 / 11am – 4pm in the Club House / Its Mother’s Day, so “Party like a Mother” at our Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar with $5 Mimosas! Enjoy a relaxing day with mom while celebrating with mimosas, great wine, live music by Dustin Jake, and food for purchase from Chef’s Pantry! No RSVP required / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / May 13 / 10:00am-3:00pm / Entertainment provided by Desert Rose Duo / $72.95+/person (Wine Club $62.95+/person), Children (3-10) $30.50+/child (Wine Club $25.95+/child) / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com

Fazeli Cellars
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Seating at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm (75 per seating) / $59.95 Regular; $49.95 for Members / $19.95 Kids (12 and under) / $19.95 Bottomless Mimosa or Bellini / Treat Mom to a delicious buffet brunch with live music! Carving station, pasta station, omelet station and more! / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390493/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html

Leoness Cellars
“Spend the Day with Mumm”
/ May 13 / 11:30-6:00pm / Join us for a special “Spend the Day with Mumm” 4-course menu and dessert bar at The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars / Cost: Adults $60 Kids (age 11 and under) $20 / Includes sparkling white wine and strawberry sparkling cider / For more information or to make your reservation, email restaurant@leonesscellars.com or call (951) 302-7601 ext 4 / View our Adult and Kid’s Menus at leonesscellars.com/Winery-Events

Lorimar Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Two seating’s: 10a- 12p or 1:00p – 3:00p / Celebrate mom with Lorimar Winery and a special brunch buffet on the Sunset Patio. Live music, delicious wine, brunch and more! / Adults $45, Kids $22.50 (3-11). Includes one complimentary mimosa and ice cream from Mariposa. Additional Mimosas are $5 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 2 Seating Times: 1st 9:30am-11:30am, 2nd 12:30pm-2:30pm / General Admission: $65 / Wine Club: $55 / Children: $25 (Ages 3-10) / We’ll be serving a buffet-style brunch with several stations covering savory to sweet and everything in between (like Chicken & Waffle Skewers, an Eggs Benedict Station and a Donut Bar to name a few). An unlimited Mimosa Bar and a bottle of award winning Monte De Oro wine to take home for each mom in your group comes with your reservation as well! With all that, the panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country while relaxing on our patio with your loved ones is the quintessential cherry on top! / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Mother’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar / May 13 /11:00a- 8:00p / Celebrate Mom with a beautiful Mother’s Day meal at Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site bistro. We will be serving signature dining items from Annata Bistro/Bar along with brunch classics like crêpes and omelets. All Moms will receive one complimentary mimosa made with Mount Palomar Winery’s Brut Sparkling wine! / For Menu, pricing and reservations, please visit https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/MothersDay.

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 11am – 2pm / Enjoy breakfast and brunch items, dessert and drinks at the Cafe Cave at Oak Mountain Winery / Cost: $53, Members $48, Children 10 & under $20 / For reservations and to view full menu items, please call 951.699.9102 or online www.oakmountainwinery.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner / May 13 / Brunch 8am-3:30pm; Dinner 4:30pm-9pm / Make Mom’s day memorable by joining us for brunch and dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Brunch will be served from 8am to 3:30pm, then we move on to dinner service from 4:30pm to 9pm. Save the date so you don’t forget, it’s Sunday May 13th, call now for reservations! / Make your reservation online at https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/reserve or you can also reserve your table by calling 951-587-9463 ext. 7230

Thornton Winery
Mother’s Day Buffet / May 13 / 10:00am-4:00pm / $64.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 under 12 yrs., under 5 yrs. free / For complete buffet menu please visit our Cafe Champagne’s page at www.thorntonwine.com / For reservations, please call 951.699.0099.

Wiens Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Amour Brunch / May 13 / 11:00am / Treat Mom to a day in the French Countryside! Enjoy French inspired faire by Chef Volker, live music by the Taryn Donath Duo, a Mimosa bar with free-flowing Amour De L’Orange sparkling, photo booth, and a relaxing experience! / Cost: $75.00 – $93.75 / For reservations and information, please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-409026/Mothers-Day-Amour-Brunch-2018.html

Wilson Creek Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am-3pm / Our Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch is the perfect way to show your mom how much you love her! Make your reservation for a lovely brunch with amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, and spoiling your mom / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (WC); With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (WC); Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (WC) / For reservations please visit: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

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May Winery Events

April 27th, 2018

Spring has sprung and the buds are breaking in Temecula Valley Wine Country!  It’s such a beautiful time here in the valley and we invite you to join us and celebrate the season. There’s always much to do in wine country; check out some of the events being held this month.

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / 11:00a-3:00p / Join us for a three-course lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / Cost: $49.95 per person, children 12 and under $15.95, 5 and under is free / Includes choice of soft drink, iced tea, coffee, or tea/By Reservation Only * Credit Card Necessary for Reservation. 24-hour cancellation notice required, or credit card will be charged $100 / For reservations call: 951-676-9243

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Viva El Mariachi / May 5 / 6-10pm / A Mariachi concert to celebrate Cinco de Mayo featuring recording artist Hector Dominguez with special guests Mariachi Nuevo Tequila and Peter C. Torres / Doors open at 6:00pm, show starts at 7:00pm / For more information call 951-234-4279 or email hdproductions01@hotmail.com

“Mama’s Time to Wine” A Pre-Mother’s Day Comedy Event / May 10 / 11am-4pm / A comedy show featuring comedian Janice Remland. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the show, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour of the vineyards and shopping with our local vendors. Join us for laughs, wine, and shopping! Paid reservations required. For more information call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am -2pm / Celebrate your mom by treating her to our gourmet brunch featuring delectable items such as fresh baked scones, Cap’n Crunch French toast, lobster mac & cheese and chocolate bacon eclairs! A brunch is not complete without mimosas of course! Paid reservations required. Buffet brunch is $45 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for an additional $20 per person. For more information please call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage
/ 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert. Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Europa Village
Festa featuring Mrs. Jones Revenge / May 4 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Enjoy wine, food and live music by Mrs. Jones Revenge, benefiting Hospice of the Valley / Free admission; Food available for purchase at $18 / For more information please visit www.europavillage.com

Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / Join us for a Gourmet Three-Course Champagne Lunch prepared by Europa Village’s Executive Chef Dean Thomas with Live Music by Jimmy Patton! / Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For reservations and additional information, please visit www.europavillage.com

Danza del Sol Winery
Food Truck Friday / May 4 / 5:30pm – 10pm in the Club House / Price: $8.00; Adults Only / Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate with food, wine, and JD Priest and his Band! / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar / May 13 / 11am – 4pm in the Club House / Its Mother’s Day, so “Party like a Mother” at our Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar with $5 Mimosas! Enjoy a relaxing day with mom while celebrating with mimosas, great wine, live music by Dustin Jake, and food for purchase from Chef’s Pantry! No RSVP required / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / May 13 / 10:00am-3:00pm / Entertainment provided by Desert Rose Duo / $72.95+/person (Wine Club $62.95+/person), Children (3-10) $30.50+/child (Wine Club $25.95+/child) / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “Van Gogh Sunflowers” / May 16 / 6-8pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Wine Club Members receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / May 19 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP required, please call 951-676-8231 x.109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Fazeli Cellars
Cinco de Mayo Salsa Night! / May 5 / Doors open at 6:30pm with a 45-minute salsa lesson / Admission: $20; $15 for Members / Includes a glass of sangria. Cinco de Mayo Food Menu Items including Street Tacos! Wine, Beer, Sangria and our special Margarita cocktail available for purchase! / Purchase tickets here http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390494/Cinco-De-Mayo-Salsa-Night-5518.html

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Seating at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm (75 per seating) / $59.95 Regular; $49.95 for Members / $19.95 Kids (12 and under) / $19.95 Bottomless Mimosa or Bellini / Treat Mom to a delicious buffet brunch with live music! Carving station, pasta station, omelet station and more! / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390493/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html

Leoness Cellars
“Spend the Day with Mumm”
/ May 13 / 11:30-6:00pm / Join us for a special “Spend the Day with Mumm” 4-course menu and dessert bar at The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars / Cost: Adults $60 Kids (age 11 and under) $20 / Includes sparkling white wine and strawberry sparkling cider / For more information or to make your reservation, email restaurant@leonesscellars.com or call (951) 302-7601 ext 4 / View our Adult and Kid’s Menus at leonesscellars.com/Winery-Events

Lorimar Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch
/ May 13 / Two seating’s: 10a- 12p or 1:00p – 3:00p / Celebrate mom with Lorimar Winery and a special brunch buffet on the Sunset Patio. Live music, delicious wine, brunch and more! / Adults $45, Kids $22.50 (3-11). Includes one complimentary mimosa and ice cream from Mariposa. Additional Mimosas are $5 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Laugh Your Glass Off / May 24 / Pairings opens at 6:00pm, show starts at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Sip & Swirl Bottle Edition / Bottle Painting Art Class / May 19 / 1:00pm-4:00pm / Members $49.00/ Non-Members $52.00 /Relax, Sip & Swirl while creating your very own hand painted Wine Bottle! Includes 1 glass of Sparkling wine / Reservations required, please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses / Open to the public, free admission

Monte De Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 2 Seating Times: 1st 9:30am-11:30am, 2nd 12:30pm-2:30pm / General Admission: $65 / Wine Club: $55 / Children: $25 (Ages 3-10) / We’ll be serving a buffet-style brunch with several stations covering savory to sweet and everything in between (like Chicken & Waffle Skewers, an Eggs Benedict Station and a Donut Bar to name a few). An unlimited Mimosa Bar and a bottle of award winning Monte De Oro wine to take home for each mom in your group comes with your reservation as well! With all that, the panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country while relaxing on our patio with your loved ones is the quintessential cherry on top! / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food & Wine Lunch / May 20 / 12pm-2pm / General Admission: $55; Wine Club: $48 / A culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro, our food & wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and take you through a 5-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Mother’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar / May 13 /11:00a- 8:00p / Celebrate Mom with a beautiful Mother’s Day meal at Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site bistro. We will be serving signature dining items from Annata Bistro/Bar along with brunch classics like crêpes and omelets. All Moms will receive one complimentary mimosa made with Mount Palomar Winery’s Brut Sparkling wine! / For Menu, pricing and reservations, please visit https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/MothersDay.

Noise Pollution, An AC/DC Live Concert Tribute / May 18th / 6:00p – 10:00p / $25 pre-purchased, $30 day of the show / Playing all the hits such as: Thunderstruck • Highway to Hell • Back in Black • Hells Bells • Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) • You Shook Me All Night Long • T.N.T. • For Those About to Rock and many more! / Tickets at https://www.heyday.com/np

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 11am – 2pm / Enjoy breakfast and brunch items, dessert and drinks at the Cafe Cave at Oak Mountain Winery / Cost: $53, Members $48, Children 10 & under $20 / For reservations and to view full menu items, please call 951.699.9102 or online www.oakmountainwinery.com

The Great Beer Fundraiser / May 5 / 11am-5pm / Featuring Ironfire Brewing Company / Please join us in support of a staff worker who has been in the hospital two months due to a car accident. 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Jaime Valenzula’s Car Accident Relief Fun.

Palumbo Family Vineyard & Winery
Pop-Up Chef Dinner & Wine Pairing/ May 19 / 6:00 pm / $110 per person (gratuity not included) / 5-Course Menu Featuring Chef J Rivas creations / For reservation and to view the full menu, please go to https://palumbowines.worldsecuresystems.com/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=283859

Ponte Winery
Live Music at The Restaurant at Ponte / 5:30-8:30pm / Live music every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented local musicians. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770. For a schedule of performers, please visit www.pontewinery.com

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner / May 13 / Brunch 8am-3:30pm; Dinner 4:30pm-9pm / Make Mom’s day memorable by joining us for brunch and dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Brunch will be served from 8am to 3:30pm, then we move on to dinner service from 4:30pm to 9pm. Save the date so you don’t forget, it’s Sunday May 13th, call now for reservations! / Make your reservation online at https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/reserve or you can also reserve your table by calling 951-587-9463 ext. 7230

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Jazz Concert Series – Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore & Michael Lington / May 6 / 4:00pm / General Admission $75, Gourmet Supper Package $150 / For reservations please visit www.thorntonwine.com

Mother’s Day Buffet / May 13 / 10:00am-4:00pm / $64.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 under 12 yrs., under 5 yrs. free / For complete buffet menu please visit our Cafe Champagne’s page at www.thorntonwine.com / For reservations, please call 951.699.0099.

Santana Ways – Santana Tribute Band / May 25 / $10 Cover Fee / 6p-9p / Table reservation available and required. Must order dinner for a table! / Call: (951) 699-0099 for reservations and information.

Wiens Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Amour Brunch / May 13 / 11:00am / Treat Mom to a day in the French Countryside! Enjoy French inspired faire by Chef Volker, live music by the Taryn Donath Duo, a Mimosa bar with free-flowing Amour De L’Orange sparkling, photo booth, and a relaxing experience! / Cost: $75.00 – $93.75 / For reservations and information, please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-409026/Mothers-Day-Amour-Brunch-2018.html

An Evening for the Animals / May 19 / 6pm-10pm / Fundraiser to benefit Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary- Champagne Reception, Dinner, Auction, Live Music by Dustin Jake & Missy Anderson / Cost: $120 Per Person / For reservations please visit https://www.saleranchsanctuary.org/copy-of-fundraiser-wiens-family-cel

Wilson Creek Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch
/ May 13 / 10am-3pm / Our Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch is the perfect way to show your mom how much you love her! Make your reservation for a lovely brunch with amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, and spoiling your mom / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (WC); With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (WC); Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (WC) / For reservations please visit: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Upper Room Wine Pairing Experience / Thursday-Sunday / 11-3:30pm / For a more exclusive and elevated wine tasting experience, join us on our second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef. Reservations required at http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

 

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April Winery Events

March 29th, 2018

Spring has sprung and our local wineries are throwing plenty of fun April events to celebrate! So stop by your favorite winery to taste some great newly released wine, listen to music, learn a new craft and socialize with your fellow wine enthusiasts.

Avensole Winery
Easter Celebration at Avensole Restaurant / March 31 and April 1 / 11:00-6:00pm / An enticing prix-fixe three course menu (in addition to our regular menu) available Easter weekend! Courses starting with a choice of our beautiful Celebration Salad or luscious Loaded Baked Potato soup, followed by an herb crusted Rack of Lamb with Avensole Heritage wine reduction, and finish with the ultimate Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert / Cost: $65 per person; Reservations recommended by phone 951.252.2003 x 301 or online at http://avensolewinery.com/restaurant

Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt / April 1 / 1:00pm / 4th Annual event at Carol’s Restaurant; all dogs must be on leashes. Plastic eggs are filled with turkey hot dogs. Owners are responsible to make sure dogs do not eat plastic eggs. Carol’s Restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30am to 3:00pm with regular menu plus Easter Specials! Live music on the patio / Reservations strongly suggested / Call today 951.676.9243.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Europa Village
Easter Lunch / April 1 / 12pm – 3pm /Join us Easter Sunday for a delicious Lunch by Chef Dean, Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, a kids Jolly Jumper and live music by Jimmy Patton! Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Festa with Crimson Crow / April 6 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / “Enjoy wine, food and live music by Crimson Crow, benefiting Project T.O.U.C.H.! / Tickets: FREE Admission / Food Tickets: $18 / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767
Spanish Cooking Class / April 14 / 12:00pm / Tickets: $58; Société $52.20 / Chef Dean is breaking out the paella pans and making his house made Sangria Royale! Let Executive Chef & Certified Culinary Educator Dean Thomas take your cooking to the next level at his professional cooking class – “Valencia Region of Spain” / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Spanish Wine Education Class / April 22 / 12pm – 1:30pm / Tickets: $35; Société $31.50 / Let Europa’s Sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman take you on a journey through Spain, sampling Europa’s Bolero Cellars Spanish wines, and savor samples of fine food pairings prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Danza del Sol Winery
Laugh Lounge / April 6 / 7:30pm / Savor some tasty bites, served from 6:00 -7:15 pm by Southfork Catering, and then sit back and enjoy the show with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm Featuring Martin Atrushi with Mark Christopher Lawrence and Opening Act Brian Apprille / TICKETS $32 for members/$38 for guests / RSVP (951) 302-6363 X26 or k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Easter Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / April 1 / 10:00-3:00pm / $59.95+/person (Wine Club $54.95+/person) Children (3-10) $26.00+/child (Wine Club $21.00+/child) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Harmony Road Duo? Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4

Sip N Paint Class “Tuscan View / April 18/ 6:00-8:00pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts. Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / April 21 / 10:00-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday / 12:00-3:00pm / Lawn Game competition (starting at 1pm), Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, Cornhole and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drinks, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Library Wine Dinner / April 7 / 6:30 – 10:00 pm /Enjoy a 4-course meal paired with exclusive library wine / Doors open at 6:30 with a champagne greeting and live music / $140 Non-Member; $115 Members / *Limited Seating / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390371/Library-Wine-Dinner-4718.html

Gershon Bachus Vintners
Headbanger’s Ball / April 12 / 7:00-10:00pm / Fundraiser for Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center hosted by Mark Davies of Sterling Productions. Featuring Hell’s Kitchen Chefs demonstration and Pot luck judging. DJ extravaganza by Sterling Productions and guest DJ’s, Live performances by Brian Stodart & Ginger Sherling and much more / Bring an appetizer to be judged by Manda Palomino & Anthony Rodriguez from Hell’s Kitchen / 100% of your entrance fee of $20.00 OR MORE goes to Michelle’s Place. First glass of wine courtesy of Mark Davies and Jacque Davies Reality Rally Team. Gershon Bachus Vintners wine by the glass or by the bottle available for purchase thereafter. 10% of all sales will be donated to Michelle’s Place / For RSVP please contact mark@sterlingdj.com

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / April 8 / 1:00pm- 4:00pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Use the coupon code CREATE30 to save $15! / Tickets $45 / https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Wine Country Wienerfest / April 15 / 11:00am – 4:00pm / Admission is free /The Temecula Valley Dachshund club proudly presents the 9th Annual Wine Country Wiener Fest! Enjoy family friendly games, raffles & door prizes, and the annual “Dexter’s Derby” Dachshund races while supporting local Dachshund rescues. Spaces are still available for the vendors and the races, be sure to sign up before they sell out! / More at http://www.wienerfest.info

Murder Mystery Dinner – “An Award to Die For” / April 28 / Doors open at 5. Show starts at 6 / Price: $120++ / The Dainty Dames are hosting another intriguing murder mystery event live at Mount Palomar Winery! This interactive event live show gives you the chance to enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine while hunting for a killer and solving a mystery. Previous shows by the Dainty Dames at Mount Palomar have sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets! For reservations, please visit http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Mystery

Peltzer Winery
Donut Bar Pop-up / April 8 / 10am to 6pm / Peltzer winery is partnering with the Donut Bar in San Diego, they will be doing a pop-up shop here on property. Early bird tickets get you a mimosa and a first run choice at all the amazing donuts they make. For early bird tickets please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/165424147593015 Tickets $15

Ponte Winery
Easter Sunday at The Restaurant at Ponte / April 1 / 11:00am-5:00pm / Join us at The Restaurant at Ponte on Easter Sunday for a meal with family and friends. Enjoy dining al fresco from The Restaurant’s standard menu, as well as from a selection of Chef prepared Easter Specials. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770 / Cost: Menu Items $8 & Up | For reservations and to view menu please visit: https://www.pontewinery.com/restaurant

Easter Brunch Buffet at Bouquet Restaurant / April 1 / 10:00am – 3:30pm /Gather with family and friends at Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn for an Easter Brunch Buffet! Dine from an extensive offering of savory breakfast and brunch items, as well as a selection decadent pastries and desserts / Cost: $59 per Guest, $19 per Guest 12 & Under | For reservations please visit: https://www.pontevineyardinn.com/dining-bar/bouquet-restaurant/

Live Music at The Restaurant at Ponte / 5:30-8:30pm / Live music every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented local musicians. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770. For a schedule of performers, please visit www.pontewinery.com

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Easter Sunday Brunch / April 1 / 10:30am – 5:00pm / The Easter Bunny will be here, Face Painting and Live Music from 11:00am – 4:00pm / Adults $64.95, plus tax & gratuity, Children (6 -12 years) $19.95, plus tax & gratuity, Children 5 Under…FREE / Reservations are required please call (951) 699-0099

B.I.G. Soul, R&B, Jazz Music / April 6 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm / $10.00 Gen. Admission / Order tickets on our web site, www.thorntonwine.com or stop by the winery prior to concert and purchase in our Gift Shop or at Café Champagne / Reservations are required for a Table / Please call (951) 699-0099 * Must order dinner to reserve a table!

The Killer Dueling Pianos / April 27 / 7:30pm – 10:00pm / $10.00 Gen. Admission / Enjoy our Friday Night Live Music / Reservation and ticket sales at www.thorntonwine.com or stop by the winery prior to concert and purchase in our Gift Shop or at Café Champagne / Reservations are required for a Table / Please call (951) 699-0099 * Must order dinner to reserve a table!

Wilson Creek Winery
Easter Brunch / Sunday. April 1st / 10am-3pm / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (Wine Club). With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (Wine Club). Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (Wine Club) / Our Bubble Brunch on Easter is always hoppin’! Hurry and make your reservation for a lovely brunch with your family, amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, the Easter bunny, and a petting zoo! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

Upper Room Wine Pairing Experience / Thursday-Sunday / 11-3:30pm / For a more exclusive and elevated wine tasting experience, join us on our second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef. Reservations required at http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

De Portola Wine Trail
Big Red Fest / April 29 / 10am-5pm / Celebrate with the De Portola Wine Trail! Follow the trail and taste three red wines paired with gourmet food at 9 De Portola wineries and receive a logo glass! $59.99 early bird sale price (per person, plus tax) $69.99 after April 10th (per person, plus tax) Tickets & Information Online or Call deportolawinetrail.com 855.DWT.WINE

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April is Down to Earth Month

March 29th, 2018

April is California Wines: Down to Earth Month and an ideal time to check out earth-friendly California wines made with sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices.

Wineries around the state are celebrating Down to Earth Month throughout April with hands-on workshops, eco-tours, green-themed events, special offers and tastings of eco-friendly wines. Explore Temecula Valley Down to Earth Month events below and plan a visit just as our valley’s vineyards are coming alive with spring. Can’t make the trip? Open a bottle of your favorite Temecula wine and toast our commitment to green from grapes to glass.

Down to Earth Events:

Ponte Winery Vineyard Estate Tour
April 1-30, 2017
Time: Varies
Cost: $32-$85
Ponte Winery, Temecula, Riverside County
951/694-8855, info@pontewinery.com
Tour a sustainable, working winery by electric bus.

South Coast Winery Behind the Scenes Tour
April 1-30, 2017
Time: 1 pm and 3 pm
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, Riverside County
Cost: $45
951/587-9463
Our Behind the Scenes tour takes guests on a 60-minute walking tour from our Certified
California Sustainable vineyards to crush pad. Enjoy a 30-minute food and wine pairing.

South Coast Winery Blessing of the Vines
April 8, 2018
Time: 5-8 pm
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, Riverside County
Cost: Contact the winery, 951/587-9463
This fun event includes great wines, a buffet of farm-to-table locally-sourced food,
unlimited games with vine-based prizes and tours through the sustainable vineyards.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Moroccan Chicken with Roasted Lemons and Green Olives

March 29th, 2018

Meaty chicken thighs are braised and crisped in an aromatic broth infused with roasted citrus and North African spices. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 2 pounds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges, seeded
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cup chicken stock
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
20 pitted green olives

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, deep skillet with lid or Dutch-oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Brown the chicken, skin-side down, then flip and cook 2 minutes; transfer to a plate.

Add the lemons to the same skillet and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes; transfer to a separate plate.

Pour off the excess liquid from the skillet, add the onions and 1 tablespoon oil and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes, stirring frequently and stirring up any brown bits. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the cumin, coriander, paprika, ginger, and turmeric and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the stock, cinnamon stick, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then nestle the chicken, skin-side up, in the stock, making sure the skin is left exposed.

Cover the skillet, transfer to the oven, and bake 20 minutes. Remove the lid and scatter and tuck the lemons and olives around the chicken, leaving the chicken skin exposed. Continue to cook, uncovered, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the skin is golden and crispy, about 20 minutes.

Serve the chicken in shallow serving bowls with couscous.

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Vineayard & Winery ~ 2015 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc – Pairs with scallops, oysters, prawns white lighter textured fish and wine & cream pasta sauces.

Danza Del Sol Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – A mouthwatering balance of fresh fruit and acidity. Opens with aromas of white blossoms that lead to white peach, melon and ripe citrus. Flavors of crisp apple and lime.

Hart Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish. This alluring dry white wine is produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Hart Family Vineyard and Temecula Valley’s Huis Vineyard.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Succulent melon and grapefruit mingle together in this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. A light influence of French Oak rounds out this crisp, aromatic wine

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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March Winery Events

March 1st, 2018

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents “Baskerville” A Sherlock Holmes Mystery / March 3 / 7pm door open at 6pm / Cost $22 / Join the world’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful companion Doctor John Watson in their famous case / Bar service only for this event. Show ticket price does not include food or wine / To purchase your tickets, please visit: http://shakespeareinthevines.org

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Friday Nite Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / No Cover / Wine & Beer / Bel Vino Bistro open until 9 pm/ No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit https://www.belvinowinery.com/events/

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
St Patrick’s Day 5k & 15k / March 17 / 8:00 am /Saturday, race starts and ends at the winery / Check in is at 7am / Join us for the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K & 15K in beautiful Temecula! Race through country roads and vineyards and wind your way to the finish line where you will be awarded with a well-deserved glass of green bubbly! Race entry includes optional t-shirt, a glass of bubbly (21+), a collectible stemless flute, custom race bib, and the cutest succulent you’ve ever seen (in lieu of a medal because it’s green, get it!?). All ages welcome! This is a challenging, hilly course, so be prepared for an exhilarating morning! cost ranges from $35-$65 depending on which race and if wanting the tee shirt. Link on our Events page to register www.cougarvineyards.com

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:00pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
French Music and Wine Dinner/ March 29 / 6:00pm / Step back in time to 19th century Paris for an evening of French cuisine, wine and music of the Belle Époque era prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas / Tickets: $89/ Societe members $80.10 / For reservations, please visit www.europavillage.com

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / March 17 / 10:00-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 person; $40 Connoisseur; $20 VIP; $70 person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “He Is Risen” / March 22 / 6:00-9:00pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members do receive applicable discounts. Reservations are required online @Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Fazeli Cellars
Mad Hatter Tea Party at Fazeli! / March 10 / 6-9pm /We’re all mad here! Join us for our annual Mad Hatter Tea Party! / $20 Members / $25 Non-Members / Includes a glass of champagne, wine, beer and food available for purchase / To reserve please visit http://shop.fazelicellars.com/reservation-events

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Mom’s Night Off / March 7 / 6:00pm / Take the night off and spend it with Lorimar Winery! Featuring local vendors, food, activities, wine and more. Tickets are $10, including a specialty Lorimai-Tai. Check out more details at www.lorimarwinery.com, or call 951.694.6699

The Killer Dueling Pianos at Lorimar Winery / March 29/ 6pm / Tickets are $20, including a glass of sangria. Check out more details at www.lorimarwinery.com, or call 951.694.6699
Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public / Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public / Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Friday Nights @ Masia / 5pm to 8pm / Free to attend / Join us in the Vintner’s Lounge & Patio for live music from a variety of talented musicians every Friday starting at 5pm.
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 4pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Maurice Car’rie Saturday Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 6:00p-9:00p / Free to the public / No reservations required / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Punchlines & Wine! Live Comedy at Annata Bistro/Bar / March 3 / 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM / Tickets: $15 Pre-Purchase, $20 day of / Janice White Remland is Hawaii’s finest comedienne export. Her comedy career kicked off with improv more than 20 years ago. She’s a brilliant comic and a spectacular host. Her down to earth and keep it real style make her very easy to relate to and her audiences always love her. To order your tickets, please visit https://www.heyday.com/comedy

Paint Nite, Art & Wine in the Barrel Room / 3/4, 3/11, 3/17, 3/25 / 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Use the coupon code CREATE30 to save $15! Tickets $45. https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Ponte Winery
Live Music at The Restaurant at Ponte / 5:30-8:30pm / Live music every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented local musicians. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770. For a schedule of performers, please visit www.pontewinery.com

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
South Coast Winery Bridal Show 2018 / March 4 /12:00pm – 4:00pm /Don’t miss your chance to experience a taste of a Wine Country Wedding! Your $10 admission fee will include access to top industry vendors, tray passed appetizers, wine, and much more! Vendors from florists to DJ’s to planners will be in attendance to help jump start your wedding planning journey. South Coast will also be offering a 10% day of booking discount and your chance to win our exclusive raffle give away! /Cost: $10 / Purchase your tickets through our Online Store at SouthCoastWinery.com. Space is limited!
Advanced ticket purchase required, no tickets will be sold at the door. *Due to the limited size of the event, no refunds or exchanges will be given.

Wine, Dine & Painting / March 10 / 10:00am – 1:00pm / Cost: $75 | $70 Wine Club / Work one-on-one with Jill Roberts, internationally-known, award-winning artist, at one of our all-inclusive Wine, Dine & Paint classes, complete with: A three-hour guided Art+Vino painting class, painting supplies, aprons and canvas, Winemakers lunch at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant with a glass of wine / Reservation Information: Purchase tickets through our Online Store at SouthCoastWinery.com or call your Wine Club Concierge at 951.491.8506. Must be 21+ to attend. Weather permitting. Additional wines by the glass or bottle available for purchase. Location subject to change. Due to the limited size of the event, all sales are non-refundable/exchangeable.

Wild Horse Peak Reserved Tastings / 10:00am – 6:00pm / Reap the benefits of wine tasting at South Coast Winery with our new bar set up with exclusive Wild Horse Peak wine tastings for our guests to try / Included with tasting ticket purchase / Reservation Information: No reservations required.
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.
Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Saturday -Sunday: 3:30pm -5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230
Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00am / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country? South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wilson Creek Winery
Upper Room Wine Pairing Experience / Thursday-Sunday / 11-3:30pm / For a more exclusive and elevated wine tasting experience, join us on our second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef. Reservations required at http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Crab Cakes with Fennel, Watercress, and Blood Orange-Chive Aioli

March 1st, 2018

These crab cakes are fresh, delicate and lightly bound with baby shrimp, which amplify the crab’s natural sweetness. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley sparkling wine.

Makes about 12 cakes; serves 4 as a meal or 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients:

Crab Cakes:
1/2 pound cooked baby shrimp
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) plus 2 cups for dredging
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over to remove cartilage
1 small red jalapeño pepper, stemmed and seeded, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Aioli:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek-style whole milk yogurt
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice
2 teaspoons minced chives
1 teaspoon finely grated blood orange zest
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil for pan-frying

Salad:
1 large blood orange
1 medium fennel bulb, halved, very thinly sliced crosswise
1 bunch watercress, tough stems discarded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges

Directions:

In a food processor, pulse the shrimp to a coarse paste. Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl, add the 1/4 cup panko and the remaining crab cake ingredients. Gently mix to combine.

Pour 2 cups panko into a shallow bowl. With wet hands, gently form the crab into 2-inch patties, about 3/4-inch thick. Carefully turn the patties in the panko to lightly coat, place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a small bowl, whisk the aioli ingredients.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add about half of the crab cakes, without overcrowding the pan, and pan fry until golden brown on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining crab cakes. Keep warm while you assemble the salad.

Cut a slice off the tops and bottoms of the orange. Use a sharp knife to cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a bowl to catch the juices, slice out the orange segments from their membranes. Place the segments in a large bowl and squeeze as much juice as possible from the membranes into the bowl with the juices (there should be about 2 tablespoons).

Add the fennel and watercress to the oranges. Drizzle the juices and the olive oil over the salad, lightly season with salt and pepper, and gently toss. Mound the salad on 4 serving plates and garnish with the chopped chives. Arrange 3 crab cakes next to each salad and serve with lemon wedges and the aioli for dipping.

Suggested pairings: 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ Crisp acidity and delicate yeastiness are enveloped in a rich tropical fruit aroma.

Thornton Winery NV Brut ~ This Non-Vintage Brut is a blend of primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, giving the wine exciting, crisp fruit characters.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Celebrating 50 Years!

February 1st, 2018

Come celebrate with us! The 50th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year and there are multiple ways you can participate.

  • Submit your favorite Temecula Valley Wine Country memory and historic photo. We’ll share via social media and on our website.
  • Celebrate your 50th With Us! Do you have a 50th birthday or wedding anniversary in 2018? Visitors who show ID or documentation indicating a 50th milestone (e.g. anniversary or birthday) will be given a commemorative wine glass and wine bottle tote and gain access to various wine country perks at participating wineries throughout the year. Click here for participating wineries.
  • Plan to attend CRUSH, a Wine & Culinary Showcase on September 29, 2018 and upgrade your ticket to the 50th Anniversary package and receive 50th anniversary souvenirs.
  • Purchase a bottle (or a few) of Temecula Valley 50th Anniversary limited edition commemorative regional wine.
  • Special stay packages at select hotels to include wine tasting and hotel accommodations.
  • Souvenir merchandise available for purchase at the Visitor Center in Old Town Temecula.
  • Document your 2017 trip to Temecula on social media and use the hashtags #cheersto50years and #DrinkTemecula
  • Visit our website to see the timeline of Temecula Valley Wine Country,  historical photos and visitor and winery stories.
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Fun Facts About Late Harvest Wine

February 1st, 2018

Remember those small, lovely bottles you’ve seen in the dessert wine section of your favorite tasting room or wine store?

Many wine-lovers have yet to discover how delicious a late harvest wine can taste – especially when paired with cheese and honey, chocolate or a fruit-based dessert.

The perfect sweet dessert wine for Valentine’s Day, late harvest wine is simple to understand and easy to find here in Temecula Valley!

Here are some fun facts about late harvest wine:

  1. “Late harvest” refers to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual and picked later than normal. Late harvest grapes are often more similar to raisins, but have been naturally dehydrated while still on the vine.
  2. Late harvest wines are made around the world with almost every grape imaginable. Grapes like zinfandel and riesling are ideally suited to produce late harvest wine and are among the most popular.
  3. Grapes used for late harvest wines go through their full growth cycle and then some – becoming super sweet and losing acidity as they ripen.
  4. “Noble rot” is the term for the edible mold that causes grapes to lose nearly all of their water content. This natural process begins to take place in late September and can last until late October.
  5. Late harvest grapes are often hand-picked. Sometimes, the usable grapes from one vine may only produce enough juice for a single glass.

Suggested Late Harvest Wines:

Avensole Vineyard & Winery ~ 2015 Late Harvest Muscat Canelli
Doffo Winery ~ Lucca – Late Harvest Malbec
Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2016 Late Harvest Primitivo
Wilson Creek Winery ~ Late Harvest Malbec-Merlot

Facts courtesy of Snooth and Wikipedia

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