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August Winery Events

July 23rd, 2015

shutterstock_152965781_ReviseThere’s still plenty of summer left to experience all the fun events in Temecula Valley Wine Country. From evening concerts, to wine and cheese pairing events, we’ve got something to offer for everyone. Check out our August event calendar and plan to visit soon!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Shakespeare in the Vines at Baily Winery
Twelfth Night ~ A Romantic Comedy / August 13-16, 20-23, and 27-29 / Showtime 7:30p / Price $22, Seniors, Military and Students $17 / For tickets visit www.ShakespeareInTheVines.org

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in August / 11:30a-2:30p / Live music on patio / Half price Sangiovese, Sangiovese Sangria and special menu items

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p / Tours and vertical tasting of library wines. Sit down with bread and cheese plate; $30 (Reservations required 24 hours in advance) / Bar Tasting; $20. Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

Cigar Dinner
Featuring Casa Lovo Cigars / Saturday, August 29 / 6:30p- 9:30pm / Featuring a 3 course dinner paired with wine and hand rolled cigars / $59.95 pp plus tax and gratuity / $54.95pp plus tax and gratuity for Wine Club Members / Call 951.676.6414 or visit our website www.belvinowinery.com for reservations.

Live Music
12pm – 4pm / August 1- Gino & the Lone Gunman / August 2 – JD Priest / August 8 – Crimson Crow / August 9 – Kenny Hale / August 15 – Bad Chemistry / August 16- Kings of Rhythm / August 22- Doug’s Band / August 23- Shameless / August 29- Maestro and the Liberation Posse / August 30- Michael LeClerc

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into the Sunset
First Friday of each month starting August 7 / Open until 10pm / Music and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Reservations required; call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival
August 1 / 6:00p-9:00p / Grab a bunch of your family and friends and head to Callaway for a fun for the entire family Grape Stomp! Face painting, live music, dancing and of course a Grape Stomping Contest! Tickets include entrance, glass of wine, entertainment, and mixed grill buffet / $60pp, $54pp Wine Club *plus tax, $30 for children 12 years and younger. Children 3 and under are free / Reservations 951.676.4001 or book online at www.callawaywinery.com

Happiest Hours
Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway. 20% all tapas, $2 off wine by the glass, 20% off bottles of Callaway wines and available domestic, import and craft beers.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage at Callaway from 4pm-8pm in the main dining room. Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm. No cover charge and no reservations required.

Danza del Sol Winery

Perfect Pairings – Wine and Cheese Class
Thursday, August 20 / 6:30p – 8:30p / Join us in the Barrel Room as the cheese monger from Temecula Valley Cheese Company guides you through a tasting of five Danza del Sol wines, four artisan cheese pairings and one gourmet chocolate. Space is limited / $35 pp; $31.50 Wine Club members / RSVP to Kelly Hefley 951.302.6363 ext. 26 / k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

Taco Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 11 & 25 / 5:30p- 8:30p / Join us On the Patio for Live Music, Tacos, Tamales and more! Danza del Sol Winery will be open late, serving our award-winning wines to complement an amazing selection of authentic Mexican food, lively music and wonderful people! / Free event with food and beverage for purchase.

Taste of Main Street in Encinitas
Tuesday, August 18 / 5:30p – 8:30pm / Danza del Sol winery will be pouring their award-winning wines at this off-site ticketed event open to the public / $35pp / Tickets can be purchased at www.encinitas101.com

Live Music on the Patio
Saturdays in August – FREE / 1:00p-5:00p/ August 1 – TwoFish / August 8 – Rachael Stark / August 15 – Tony Suraci / 12:00p-5:00pm n the Clubhouse Vince Mendoza For Wine Club Members Only / August 22 – JD Priest / August 29 – Stereoflux

Europa Village

La Tomatina Festival
August 23 / 4:00p-7:00pm / $35 pp / Includes live entertainment, light meal, commemorative t-shirt and tomato fight / Call 951.216.3880 to reserve and information

The Altos Murder Mystery Dinner
August 15 / 6:30p / $70pp / Includes a glass of Sangria, three course dinner and performance / Call 951.216.3380 to reserve and information

The Altos Murder Mystery Dinner
August 16 / 6:30p / $60pp / Includes a glass of Sangria, three course dinner and performance / Call 951.216.3380 to reserve and information

Live Music
Fridays from 6:00p-9:00p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p / Free / August 2- Kelly Moore / August 7- Night Rider / August 9- Jimmy Patton / August 14- Josh Green / August 16- Tom Bray / August 21- Mrs. Jones Revenge / August 23- James Well / August 28- Crimson Crow / August 30- Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery

Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, August 15 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45pp; $40pp Connoisseur; $20pp VIP; $70pp with lunch / Reservations required 951.676.8231 x.109

FREE Concerts
Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 /Dancing, Sangria, Beer, BBQ in the yard garden

Foot Path Winery

Food, Wine & Music
Saturday, August 29 / 6:30p-9:00p / $20 pp / Includes a glass of wine / RSVP to 951.265.9951 or email deanefoote@verizon.net

Leoness Cellars

Harvest Celebration
August 28 / 6:00p – 10pm / Join us for a night of grape tasting and wine drinking. Enjoy dinner & dancing to celebrate the harvest season; 21+ only event / $95Non-members; $85 Members / Purchase tickets online www.leonesscellars.com/winery-events
Or call 951-302-7601 ext.1

Music in The Restaurant at Leoness
Every Friday / 5:00p-8:00p / Free to the public
Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Team Ponte Training Runs/Walks through the Vineyard
August – November 11 / Wednesday nights at 5:45p / This is a great way to get in shape, walk or run. Learn about Team Ponte and meet new people. Join us! Meet in front of the Ponte Winery Tasting Room. Run or walk a 3-mile route through our beautiful vineyard; feeling good? Do it twice! / Free to attend

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
Sunday, August 2 / 12:00p-4:00p / Chini & Cambreros, Latin influence guitar duo
The Reserve Room will host a variety of live musical artists the first Sunday of each month in 2015. *The Reserve Room is a tasting room for wine club members only. Join the Wine Club and enjoy complimentary tastings in our exclusive venue.

Oak Mountain Winery

2nd Annual Canine Carnival
August 15 / 12:00p -4:00p / 100% of proceeds goes directly to the Animals of ATS / Free Admission / For more information email info@animaltownsanctuary.org
Cruisers and Critters / August 1 / 12:00p-5:00p / Come join us with your well behaved leashed pooch for live music, food truck and wine / Free Admission

Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in August / 1:00p-5:00p

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Winemakers’ Dinner
 August 1 / 6:00p / Get up close and personal with our chefs and winemakers for a spectacular pairing of foods and wines designed to delight and tantalize the palate. This is the last Winemakers’ Dinner for the year and is limited in size / Reserve now by calling 800.539.1375
Bridal Open House / August 16 / 4:00p-8:00p / Experience Vineyard Romance in one of our many unique locations / Call 866.994.6379 ext. 5285 for details

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p / Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts. PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too! Visit www.WineResort.com to view menus and find out more.

Wine Wednesdays at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
6:00p-9:00p / Wednesday nights just got even better at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant as award winning pianist, Blessie Isaac-Hopkins, takes the helm behind our elegant grand piano. This world traveler and life-long student of music has performed internationally over the course of her career at many high-end hotels and resorts, including the Peninsula, Regent, Westin, Hilton and Shangri-la Hotel and now you can enjoy her music at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Reserve today for an unforgettable Wednesday evening with fine wines, delicious food and live music between the hours of 6:30p to 9:00p. Call 951.587.9463

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p / Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday. $40pp / $35pp Wine Club Member. Get up close and personal as you learn more about our spectacular Southern California winery with a behind-the-scenes tour. From vineyards to crush pad, each tour concludes with a specially prepared wine and food pairing. 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. Call 800-539-1375 Ext. 350 to reserve your spot today.

Summer Wine Series
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, 6p-8p / Join us for extended hours in the Tasting Room Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this summer! $30 ticket gives you access after hours from 6:00p-8:00p and includes a bottle of South Coast wine to take home. Call 951.587.9463 ext. 7261 for more information.

Yoga Classes at Grapeseed Spa
Sunday 9a-10a, Monday 10:30a-11:30a / $12 per class / Yoga mat, towels and water provided. Call 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 to reserve your session.

Get Movin’ & Groovin’ to the Grapeseed Spa
August 13 / 7:00p-9:00p / Meet up with your spa friends and enjoy live entertainment on the veranda this summer. Best of all, it’s free, but reservations are required. Award winning wines and appetizers are available for purchase. Call to book today 951.587.9463 ext. 3513.

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / August 7- Life Time Rocker / August 14- Mrs. Jones Revenge / August 21- Mor Sol / August 28- Entouraj / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Saturday, August 1- Michael McDonald / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $95 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $170 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, August 8 – Melissa Etheridge / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $105 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $180 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table

Saturday, August 9 – Chris Isaak / 6:00p / General Admission tickets – $95 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $170 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, August 15 – Al Jarraeau, Keiko Matsui / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $75 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $150 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, August 22 – Macy Gray, Larry Graham / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, August 29 – Kenny G / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $170 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Wilson Creek Winery

Country Concert Series

Jana Kramer & Jamie Lynn Spears, Alaina Blair – The Next Women of Country 2015
Sunday, August 9 / 7:00p / Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to dance! Come on out to Wilson Creek Winery and enjoy award-winning wine and electrifying performances – these girls will have you mesmerized. Portion of proceeds benefitting All From the Heart, a non-profit organization providing support to our troops, veterans and their families / General $50, Reserved $70, Orchestra $90 / www.wilsoncreekwinery.com for reservations

Craig Morgan
Sunday, August 30 / 7:00p / Com on over and enjoy the sounds of award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Craig Morgan, perform in concert live at Wilson Creek Winery / General $50, Reserved $70, Orchestra $90 / www.wilsoncreekwinery.com for reservations
Live Entertainment / Saturdays & Sundays in July /12p-4p / August 1- JD Priest / August 2- Michael LeClerc / August 9- Mark Norris / August 15- Joachim Nordeson / August 16- Astra Kelly / August 22- Billy Watson / August 23- Ruben Gonzales / August 29- JD Priest / August 30- Rod Frias

Wiens Family Cellars

Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 14 / 6:00pm – 10:00pm / Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Concert. This is an outdoor event – dress accordingly / General Admission: $45 VIP: $95 VIP Table of 4: $395 VIP Table of 10: $950 Food available for purchase – No outside food or beverage allowed / For tickets please log on to: http://goldencrownproductions.com/tickets/

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Mid-Week Wine Tasting Guide

July 22nd, 2015

For many, summer vacation is quickly coming to an end.  But, how about squeezing in one more little get-a-way before the dog days of summer are over?

Whether you can get away overnight, or just want to take a day trip, a mid-week visit to Temecula Valley Wine Country should prove to be a relaxing and enjoyable break.

There are many advantages to visiting wine country during the week.  Much less busy weekdays are the perfect opportunity to allow yourself time to enjoy our 30+ member wineries’ offerings.  At a slower pace, you’ll be able to enjoy more one-on-one time with the knowledgeable wine servers (or even the winemakers and/or winery owners themselves if you’re lucky) at each of your stops.

In addition, the tasting prices tend to be lower during the week than on the weekends and some wineries even offer two-for-one wine tasting coupons and additional discounts if you’re tasting during the week.  And, if we haven’t convinced you yet….there’s no waiting in line to dine at our wonderful wine country restaurants that are very busy on the weekends. If you’d like to spend the night you’ll be pleased with the selection of hotels and their reduced mid-week rates.  Hotels in the area are generally booked months in advance on the weekends.

You may want to visit in September, as we’re celebrating California Wine Month with a special weekday SIP Passport.  This passport allows you to visit any four wineries of your choice for $40.  Visit our website at www.temeculawines.org to purchase your passport.

While we’d love to see you at any time here in Temecula Valley Wine Country, give us a try on a Wednesday sometime….we think you’ll be glad you did!

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream ~ Crisp & Refreshing White Wines

July 21st, 2015

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When you think of summer, does your palette scream for red wine or does white wine consume your thoughts?  Around here, we’re celebrating summer with crisp and refreshing white wines.  Since the weather is hot, we tend to prefer eating lighter foods, cold dishes and main course salads; which complement white wines.

From Chardonnays with flavors of green apple, citrus, pineapple and papaya to Pinot Grigios with fresh pear, melon and citrus notes, the possibilities are endless.  Perhaps, try a Chenin Blanc with its floral aromas and apple and pear flavors, or for those of you who prefer wines of the sweeter persuasion, a Gewurztraminer may suit you just fine.  And, let’s not forget about the ultimate in a refreshing beverage…a glass (or two) of sparkling wine!

Whether lunching by the pool, or barbecuing with friends, white wines perfectly pair with many summer eats.  Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc both pair well with chicken, shellfish and pasta, while Pinot Grigio would be perfect with a spicy Chinese food dish or a antipasto plate.  Pair that Gewurztraminer with a light and healthy chicken salad and your sparkling, well, we just like to pair that with anything!

Here are some suggestions for your table:

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Chenin Blanc – This light and slightly sweet Chenin Blanc is rich in floral aromas reminiscent of honeysuckle.

Ponte Family Estate Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – Medium bodied wine with the aroma of pear, melon and lemon.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2013 Gewurztraminer -This vintage is lightly sweet, with a solid acidity and exotic floral scents of rose and lychee fruit.

Wilson Creek Winery ~ Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine – Light and refreshing, and very fun. Great in Mimosas! A fun party sparkling wine.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Citrus White Wine Spritzer

July 17th, 2015

Summer is the perfect time to sit back, relax and sip a cool and refreshing drink.  Beat the heat and try this yummy white wine spritzer at your next summertime gathering.  Of course, no spritzer would be the same without your favorite Temecula Valley Pinot Grigio!

Ingredients:

2 lemons, zested
2 small oranges, zested (or 1 large orange, zested)
1 bottle Pinot Grigio wine
3 cups sparkling water

Directions:

In a small bowl, toss the citrus zests together. Divide the zest mixture among an empty ice cube tray, top with water and freeze for 3 to 5 hours.

In a large pitcher, combine the wine with the sparkling water and the citrus zest ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis and the Food Network

Try one of these excellent Temecula Valley Pinot Grigio’s in your spritzer:

Cougar Vineyard & Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – 100% Pinot Grigio

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio –  Intense aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, white peach, and juicy pears with notes of citrus. The sweetness of the bright melon flavors balances nicely with the crisp acidity.

Ponte Vineyard & Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – “Grigio”, meaning gray in Italian, describes the grayish hue of these grapes as they grow on the vine. This crisp, white wine can be enjoyed by the fireplace with your next hearty meal.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio “Julia’s Vineyard” – Fragrant and mildly floral with subtle notes of green apple, lemon and pear, with a crisp refreshing finish.

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Behind the Vine: Harvest Predictions

July 1st, 2015

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During a recent conversation with one of our winemakers we had to laugh when he said “there are only three things certain in life: death, taxes and Harvest!”  That’s true…Harvest IS looming.  For months, we’ve been hearing predictions, and even some friendly wagers among our winemakers, on just when we should expect for harvest season to start.

Generally, wine harvest season takes place for about 2 months because wine grapes ripen at different times. We normally see harvest August through October.  But, in recent years, harvest has come early for most varietals due to mild winter and spring seasons and dry, hot summer months.

So, are we on track for another early Harvest?  The season definitely started with an early bud break, but we did have a longer, cooler spring than expected, so things did slow down a bit. And, following tradition the past few summers, we’ve experienced some monsoonal-type thunderstorms in the afternoons bringing much needed rain.  So what does all this mean for the start of harvest?  It’s really anyone’s guess.

But, one thing’s for sure….”Squeezin’ Season” as we lovingly refer to it around here, is just around the corner.  It’s a perfect time to visit wine country; not only are the vineyards beautiful with all that ripening fruit, but there’s a lot of activity going on in the vineyards and in the winery cellars.  And, if you’re lucky, you may get to experience part of what wine grape harvesting is all about!

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July Winery Events

July 1st, 2015

flag-fireworksAhhhh….summer is finally here! There’s something about more daylight hours, the smell of dinner cooking on the grill and spending lazy Sundays by the pool.

Our wineries traditionally celebrate summer with outdoor concerts, movies in the vines and special wine dinners. Wine country has a plethora of summer events to choose from….so head on out and cool down with a nice glass of wine!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in July / 11:30a-3:00p / Live music, mulled wine, cheese fondue, 1/2 price Sangiovese

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch! Live acoustic entertainment.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p / Tours and vertical tasting of library wines. Sit down with bread and cheese plate; $30 (Reservations required 24 hours in advance) / Bar Tasting; $20. Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Happiest Hours
Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! Friday and Sunday from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway. 20% all tapas, $2 off wine by the glass, 20% off bottles of Callaway wines and available domestic, import and craft beers.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage at Callaway from 4pm-8pm in the main dining room. Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm. No cover charge and no reservations required.

Live Music Fridays
Every Friday from 5:00p-8:00p / July 3 – Jessie Smith / 7/5 – Al & Brad Spencer / 7/10 – Vini Contreas / July 11 – Mickie Arnett / July 12 – Robin Adler, Dave Blackburn & John Quint / 7/17 – Buzz Campbell / 7/19 – R.O.C. Duo / 7/24 – Nathan Rivera / 7/26 – Sal & Brennan

Legacy Winemakers Dinner
Friday, July 17 / 6:30p-9:30p / $120 per person, plus tax / $110.00 per person, plus tax for Wine Club / Legacy Winemaker’s Dinner offers an elegant, intimate tasting experience. Enjoy five delectable courses, each paired with wine from our winemaker and gourmet cuisine from our Culinary Chef. This is an exclusive, limited-seating event. Reservations required by calling 951-676-4001.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music
Every Friday evening / 5:00p-8:00p / Come enjoy live music at Cougar Winery. The deli is also open later until 7:00p. For musician schedule, visit www.cougarvineyards.com.

4th of July Special
Saturday, July 4 / 11a-6:00p / What says Happy 4th of July better than a hot dog (or better yet, a Mad Mike’s Gourmet Snap Dog) and a beverage. Enjoy with a side of coleslaw and paired with a glass of our wine or a glass of Black Market Beer, all for $14 per person. For our wine club members, enjoy yours for $12 per person.

Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music on the Patio
Saturdays in July / 1:00p-5:00p / July 4 – Jeff Johnson & Kerry Gatz duo / July 11 – Vini Contreas / July 18 – Jeff Johnson / July 25 – Stereoflux

Get Sauced
Sunday, July 26 / 3:00p-6:30p / Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, wine and culinary entertainment from in our Clubhouse / $60 per person / $54 per person, wine club.

Europa Village

Live Music
Fridays from 6:00p-9:00p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p / July 3 – Big Truth & Little Lies Band / July 5 – Jimmy Patton / July 10 – Crimson Crow / July 12 – Jimmy Patton / July 17 – Niteriders / July 19 – James Wells / July 24 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / July 26 – Joe Baldino / July 31 – Buzz Campbell

Falkner Winery

Falkner Winery’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
Friday-Sunday, July 3-5 / 11a-5p / Wine raffles every hour! 1 ticket per tasting. 50% off case sales, restaurant specials – Fresh Maine Lobster Duo / BBQ in yard garden with “hot wing” special 12p-3p Saturday & Sunday

Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, July 18 / 10:00a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $40 per person, Connoisseur & Crush Clubs / $20 per person, VIP Club / $70 per person with lunch. / Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 xt. 109

Live Music
Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / July 4 – Danielle Taylor / July 5 – Guilty Conscience Band / July 12 – Guilty Conscience Band / July 19 – Guilty Conscience Band / July 26 – Guilty Conscience Band

Foot Path Winery

Food, Wine & Music
Saturday, July 25 / 6:30p-9:00p / $20 per person / Includes a glass of wine

Leoness Cellars

Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness
Fridays 5:00p-8:00p & Sundays 1:00p-4:00p / July 3 – Dustin Jake / July 5 – Michael SG / July 10 – Jessie Smith / July 12 – Inbar Horowitz / July 17 – Darius Lux / July 19 – Peter Torres / July 24 – Desert Rose / July 26 – Vivien Gaines Duo / July 31 – Shultz

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Summer Bonfire Saturday Nights
Every Saturday night through October / 6:00p-10:00p / No admission price / Live music, mechanical bull rides, along with wine. Supervised children with their families are welcome to attend.

Lorimar Winery

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p

Lorimar Luau
Friday, July 17 / 6:00p-9:00p / Lei greeters, Hawaiian buffet, Hula dancers and more! / $55 per person, plus tax / Ticket includes: entrance to the event, participation in all event activities, dinner and our signature Lorimai Tai.

Movie in the Vines – Goonies
Monday, July 27 / 6:00p; movie starts at sunset / “Pairings” mobile kitchen will be available! No outside food allowed.

Monte De Oro Winery

“Sounds of Sunday”
Live music on the patio
Sundays in July / 1:00p-5:00p

Mount Palomar Winery

“Vintage Halen” Concert – A tribute to Van Halen with Laser Show!
Friday, July 24/ 6:00p-10:00p / $25 per ticket (pre-sale) $30 at the door / Contact Robert Walker at 760-716-6295 or heyday@heyday.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in July / 1:00p-5:00p

Stolzle Extreme Glass Tasting
Saturday, July 18 / 6:00p-9:00p / The tasting, located in our Cave Reserve Room, will include the 2014 Fume Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, 2012 Tempranillo and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon tasted in 4 Stolzle Crystal glasses. You will be tasting small plates paired specifically to the wines and the four crystal glasses are yours to keep following the event. / $65 per person / $60 per person, wine club. For reservations, contact 951-699-9102 or email events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Oak Mountain Winery University
Bubbles 101 – We want to burst your bubble with our champagne class / Oak Mountain Winery’s Sparkling Wine Class will have you taste three of our handcrafted sparkling wines made and bottled here in Temecula.

Blending Reds – Create, bottle and label your very own blend / In our Blending Class, you get to be the Winemaker!

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101 / Our beginners class for Wine Tasters. This is a good class to take if this is your first visit to a winery and want to know the basics of wine tasting. You will taste three wines paired with delicious gourmet cheeses and dark chocolate toffee.

Rhone Wine Class 201 / Our second, more advanced class after taking Wine Tasting 101 is our Rhone Wine Tasting Class 201. Learn how these grapes are grown here in the valley and how wine is made, while tasting varietals from different areas in the Rhone region of France.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201 / You will learn how these grapes are grown and how they are harvested and processed, while tasting Oak Mountain wines from different areas in the Bordeaux region of France.

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Team Ponte Training Runs/Walks Through the Vineyard
June 24 – November 11 / Wednesday nights at 5:45p / This is a great way to get in shape, walk or run. Learn about Team Ponte and meet new people. Join us! Meet in front of the Ponte Winery Tasting Room. Run or walk a 3-mile route through our beautiful vineyard; feeling good? Do it twice!

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
Sunday, July 5 / 12:00p-4:00p
The Reserve Room will host a variety of live musical artists the first Sunday of each month in 2015. *The Reserve Room is a tasting room for wine club members only. Join the Wine Club and enjoy complimentary tastings in our exclusive venue.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Patriotic Pairings at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Saturday, July 4 – Thursday, July 9 / 5:30p-9:00p / 3-course dinner includes one paired glass of Award Winning South Coast Wine. / $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p / Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts. PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too! Visit www.WineResort.com to view menus and find out more.

Wine Wednesdays at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
6:00p-9:00p / Wednesday nights just got even better at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant as award winning pianist, Blessie Isaac-Hopkins, takes the helm behind our elegant grand piano.  Reserve today for an unforgettable Wednesday evening with fine wines, delicious food and live music between the hours of 6:30p to 9:00p. Call 951.587.9463

Vintner Vault Thursdays
Every Thursday is Couples Day at South Coast Winery’s Vintner’s Vault Tasting Room. Bring your spouse, your loved-one, your partner, your friend and treat yourself to a wine tasting experience for two. / Couples Tasting: $20 wine tasting for two people. Includes two keepsake South Coast Winery wine glasses with your paid tasting.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p / Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday. Get up close and personal as you learn more about our spectacular Southern California winery with a behind-the-scenes tour. From vineyards to crush pad, each tour concludes with a specially prepared wine and food pairing. 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. Call 800-539-1375 Ext. 350 to reserve your spot today.

Summer Wine Series
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, 6p-8p / Join us for extended hours in the Tasting Room Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this summer! $30 ticket gives you access after hours from 6:00p-8:00p and includes a bottle of South Coast wine to take home. Call 951.587.9463 ext. 7261 for more information.

Yoga Classes at Grapeseed Spa
Sunday 9a-10a, Monday 10:30a-11:30a / $12 per class / Yoga mat, towels and water provided. Call 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 to reserve your session.

Get Movin’ & Groovin’ to the Grapeseed Spa
Thursday, July 16 / 7:00p-9:00p / Meet up with your spa friends and enjoy live entertainment on the veranda this summer. Best of all, it’s free, but reservations are required. Award winning wines and appetizers are available for purchase. Call to book today 951.587.9463 ext. 3513.

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
6:00p-9:00p / July 3 – Crimson Crow / July 10 – Neil Diamond Review / July 17 – Mor Sol / July 24 Big Truth / July 31 – Mrs. Jones Revenge

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Sunday, July 12 – Dave Koz / 6:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, July 25 – Jeffrey Osborne and Gerald Albright / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table

Wilson Creek Winery

“Wine Academy” ~ Riedel Vinum Glassware Seminar
Saturday, July 11 / 11a-1p / Our top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. Fee includes a set of four Reidel glasses (valued at $158) to take home with you! / $85 per person / $75 per person, wine club

DSB in Concert, A Journey Tribute Band
Sunday, July 19 7p-10p / Enjoy a concert under the stars in wine country. If you like the music of Journey, this is where you need to be! “This band of world-class musicians remains true to Journey’s musical legacy and delivers the nostalgic concert experience that will keep you belivin’ / $35 per person; $30 per person for wine club. To purchase tickets, visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Live Entertainment
Saturdays & Sundays in July /12p-4p

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Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak Filled with Prosciutto, Fontina and Basil with Cabernet-Shallot Reduction

June 22nd, 2015

Flank Steak

There’s nothing better than grilling in the summer….well actually, there IS something better.  Summer grilling with wine!  This recipe perfectly pairs the two.  You may want to try it with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet for your 4th of July BBQ.

Ingredients:

4 shallots, coarsely chopped
1 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet
1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds flank steak, butterflied
Salt and pepper
1/4 -pound thinly sliced prosciutto
1/4 -pound thinly sliced fontina cheese
14 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Cabernet-Shallot Reduction, recipe follows

Directions:

Whisk together shallots, wine and olive oil in a large baking dish. Add the steak and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Heat grill to high.

Remove the steak from the marinade and blot with paper towels. Lay on a flat surface, cut side up, and season with salt and pepper. Cover the surface with the prosciutto slices, then top with the cheese and a layer of basil leaves. Starting with the side facing you, tightly roll up the steak around the filling. Using kitchen string, tie the roll in 4 or 5 places.

Brush the outside of the steak with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steak over high heat until browned all over, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the steak 4 times as it cooks. Move the meat away from the direct heat and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 125 degrees F for medium-rare. Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain into ½-inch thick slices and drizzle with the Cabernet-Shallot Reduction.

Cabernet-Shallot Reduction Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 bottle Cabernet wine
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Salt
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan on the grates of the grill over high heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the wine and peppercorns, bring to a boil and cook until thickened and reduced to 1 cup. Strain the mixture into a bowl and season with salt, to taste, and honey.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay and FoodNetwork.com

Suggested Wine Pairings:

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Aromas of cherry and vanilla compliment a very bright and fruity flavor profile with a hint of black currant.

Foot Path Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Medium bodied, Best Served With: Cheeses/ Pizza, Red Meat & Chicken

Frangipani Estate Winery ~ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bright cherry, sage, and licorice.

Miramonte Winery ~ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bright cherry and blackberry notes, accented with sweet, toasted cedar nuances, and a thin line of fresh mocha.

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5 Fun Things to do in Temecula Valley wine country this weekend!

June 18th, 2015

funIt’s Father’s Day weekend, so treat him right with a day in wine country.  There’s lots going on, from music to food, entertainment to education.  You pick!  The only rule is – you MUST have fun!

Crawfish Boil
When: Fri, June 19, 6p
Where: Wilson Creek Winery
It’s back! Join us for a traditional Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil. Savor some fabulous wines and feast on crawfish with all the fixin’s while enjoying the sounds of “Shades of J” rockin blues. / $49.95 per person / $39.95 per person, wine club

Wine Appreciation Class
When: Sat, June 20, 10a
Where: Falkner Winery
Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $70 per person with lunch. / Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 xt. 109

Moto Barrel Room Tours
When: Sun, June 21, 11a – 2p
Where: Doffo Winery
Showcasing over 100 vintage motorcycles and scooters from classic manufacturers like Ducati, Honda, CZ, Vespa and more, the Moto Barrel Room is open for free tours on Thursdays and Sundays

Father’s Day “Bacon and Syrah” Dinner
When: Sun, June 21, 6p
Where: Wiens Family Cellars
$85 per person / $68 per person, wine club / Celebrate Father’s day in style with a vertical tasting of four past Syrahs along with perfectly paired bacon dishes.

Champagne Jazz Concert Series ~ Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy
When: Sun, June 21, 4p
Where: Thornton Winery
General Admission tickets – $65 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $140 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table

 

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5 Fun Things to do in Temecula Valley wine country this weekend!

June 12th, 2015

funOak Mountain Winery University
When: Sat, June 13, 10am – 2pm
Where: Oak Mountain Winery

$45 per student; $35 for wine club members. Classes run for 90 minutes.
All classes include a tour of the grounds and a $5 gift code to be used at our online store. To sign up, call or text 951-880-8840 or e-mail to events@oakmount​ainwinery.com

 Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
When: Sat, June 13, 11am – 8pm
Where: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

For those who truly love to dine, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s culinary team offers a front row seat into their world with a special “Chef’s Table Dinner”.

 Summer Bonfire Nights at Longshadow Ranch Winery
When: Sat, June 13, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Free admission.  Live music, mechanical bull rides, along with wine. Supervised children with their families are welcome to attend.

Shakespeare in the Vines: Julius Ceasar
When: Sat, June 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Baily Winery

Visit www.shakespeare​inthevines.org for pricing information and reservations or call 951-402-7488

 Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol
When: Sat, June 13, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Danza del Sol Winery

Entertainment by Rosewood & Rye

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What’s all the fuss about an AVA?

June 11th, 2015

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Temecula Valley, South Coast or California.  They all work for wines produced here in the Temecula Valley, which just happens to be one of 230 American Viticultural Areas in the United States.

AVA’s as they’re often referred to, are designated winegrape growing regions that have been determined as “distinguishable by geographic features, within specific boundaries” that are defined by the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), an arm of the US Department of the Treasury, which oversees the wine industry at the federal level.  The TTB defines AVA’s at the request of wineries who combine forces and want to be recognized and distinguished from the larger AVA (in our case, South Coast and/or California).  Petitioners must provide evidence that the proposed AVA is locally or nationally known, provide evidence that its boundaries are legitimate and that its growing conditions such as climate, soil, elevation and other physical features distinguish it from it’s larger counterpart(s).

The Temecula Valley AVA was established on November 23, 1984.  While most recognize the east side of the Interstate 15 as Temecula Valley Wine Country, the AVA’s vastness may surprise you!  AVA’s usually use distinguishable geographic boundaries, like mountains, rivers and creeks to define their areas, and the Temecula Valley AVA is no different.  It’s Northern most point is located where the Santa Rosa Land Grant boundary meets the Eastern most point of the Cleveland National Forest boundary.  It follows Southwesterly along that boundary until it reaches the San Diego County line, where it continues Southeasterly along the Riverside/San Diego County lines.  There, it converges with the many Land Grants that were established years ago and wrangles it’s way along – even including some of – the Pechanga Indian Reservation.  Following mountain ranges, crossing Hwy 79 and trailing the many creeks in the region, it traverses along to Buck Road and all the way to Orange Street in Wildomar before heading back up through Murrieta’s La Cresta area to the Santa Rosa’s.  Ya’ learn something new every day, huh?

Now, the next rule is, if you see Temecula Valley on a wine label, 85% of the grapes used to make that wine, have to be grown here.  So now that you’re in the know, be on the look-out.  Oh, and drink Temecula Valley!

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