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February Winery Events

January 29th, 2016

valentines-wineFebruary is filled with some memorable dates; we can’t wait to see if the groundhog will see his shadow on February 2nd, and we’re busily planning our Valentine’s Day celebrations. But, did you know that February 18th is National Drink Wine Day? Can’t think of a better reason to visit Temecula Valley Wine Country this month!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Romantic Valentine Candlelight Tasting for 2 / Feb. 11th – 14th / 11:30am -3:30pm; Seating every hour / $35 pp / Special Cabernet Sauvignon and port tasting, charcuterie and chocolate plate for 2 / Seating is extremely limited, call today for reservation 951.972.9768 at Baily Estate Tasting Room.

Valentine’s Day Lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / Feb. 13th & 14th / 11:30am-3:30pm / Celebrate Valentine’s Day at lunch and forget the dinner crowd with a relaxing three course lunch. Live Music with Chuck Sacayan on Saturday John Malcolm Penn on Sunday / $29.95 pp. plus tax and gratuity / Reservations only with credit card / For reservations please call 951. 676.9243

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Doggie costume contest on Nov. 1st / 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

Karaoke Night / Every Saturday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Saturday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; Half off wine and beer and open kitchen.
Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Sunday 11am-3pm

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into the Sunset / First Friday of each month / Open until 10pm / Live music from 6p-9m and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Purchase a glass of wine or a bottle / Outside food allowed at these events only / Reservations required; call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Meritage Restaurant / Feb. 13th – 14th / Two seating’s each day, 5pm and 7:30pm / $150 per couple / Enjoy a 3-course wine-paired menu with roses for the ladies and live music / For reservations please visit www.callawaywinery.com

Sweetheart Flights / Feb. 13th & 14th / Couples wine tasting from 11am-4pm / $35 per couple /
Live Music at the Winery Tasting Room / 1pm – 4pm / No charge / Enjoy live music in the main tasting room /

Happiest Hours / Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway / Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! 20% all tapas, 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 / 4pm-8pm/ Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views in our main dining room. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm / No cover charge / Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

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

9TH Annual Super Chili Bowl / Feb. 7th / 3pm-8pm / Join us for chili tasting, food, wine, beer and football on the super BIG screen. Chili competition kicks off at 3pm. Only 10 competitors allowed. Official rules apply, must pay in advance to reserve competitor spots / $15 pp for competitors, $25 for wine club, $30 for non-wine club. Price increases by $5 the day of the event / For tickets please email wineclub@cougarvineyards.com or call 951.491.0825

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm

Sunday Afternoon Live Music / 2pm- 5pm

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 5:30p- 8:30p / Free / Live music in the Cave / Feb. 5th – Shoot for Tuesday / Feb. 12th – Two Fish / Feb. 19th – Apryle Dalmacio / Feb. 26th – Danielle Taylor

Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Feb. 7th – Bryan McManus / Feb. 14th- Jimmy Patton / Feb. 21st – Michael LeClerc / Feb. 28th – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery

Valentine’s Lunch Special for 2 at the Pinnacle Restaurant / Feb. 12 & 14th / $59 for two, plus tax / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Reservations required at 951.676.8231 option 4

Valentine’s Dinner at the Pinnacle Restaurant / Saturday, Feb. 13th, $99 plus tax per person; $89 plus tax for Wine Club / Sunday, Feb. 14th, $115 plus tax per person; $104 plus tax for Wine Club / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Classical pianist Thomas Reich / Reservations required at 951.676.8231 option 4

Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, Feb. 20th / 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.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Singles Mix & Mingle / Feb. 11th / 7pm-9pm / Lorimar Winery is hosting its first Single’s Mix & Mingle night. Join us for a night of fun and flirtation in Wine Country / Tickets include light appetizers and a glass of premium wine. Tickets are pre-sale only! / Cost is $15 / Call 951.694.6699 or visit our website at www.lorimarwinery.com

Valentines Day Brunch / Feb. 14th / 10am-1pm / Breakfast for two? Lorimar is hosting a breakfast buffet on the Sunset Patio, which will be exclusively for lovebirds! Breakfast starts at 10:00am and the Sunset Patio will remain exclusive until 1:00pm / $35 per person includes breakfast and mimosas. Wine Club members received 10% off ticket price / Call 951.694.6699 ext. 4 for tickets or visit our website at www.lorimarywinery.com

Leoness Cellars

Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness / Every Friday & Saturday from 5pm-8pm / Free to the public

Live Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday from 1p-4:00p / Free to the public

1963 Winemaker’s Soirée / Feb. 11th / 6pm – 10pm / Cocktail & hors d’oevres, 5 course wine paired dinner, big band entertainment. Come dressed in your 1960’s best! / $100, $90 Wine Club / Reserved seating, call for reservations 951.302.7601 ext.1

The Restaurant at Leoness / Extended Restaurant hours 11am – 8pm, Sunday, February 14th / Special Prefixed 4 course dinner menu being offered for February 14th only. Seasonal February menu will also be available / For menu information and reservations please call 951.302.7601 ext.1 or visit www.leonesscellars.com/Winery-Events

Miramonte Winery

Valentine, an intimate affair Dinner / Feb. 14th / 7pm-9pm / Our most popular dinner of the year! Hosted by Cane & Becky. Expect live musical accompaniment, endless shimmering candlelight, Dom Perignon Champagne reception, 3 courses of fine cuisine, and a remarkable, personalized etched wine commemorating your evening with us. Cane will present the wines of the evening, including barrel samples of the next vintage Opulente and Estate Syrah. It’s always an amazing night and we’d love for you to join us / Seating is very limited; tickets are $120pp for general public, $100pp for club members. Tickets are currently available to Wine Club only until Monday, and then the event is open to the public / Please visit www.miramontewinery.com to reserve.

Live Music & Entertainment / 7pm-10pm / Feb. 5th – Mercedes Moore / Feb. 6th- Devocean / Feb. 12th- Ruben V / Feb. 13th- Bluefish / Feb. 19th- Mickie Arnett / Feb. 20th- Nathan James / Feb. 26th- Midnight Satellites / Feb. 27th- JD Priest

Monte De Oro Winery

Syrah Blind Tasting / February 5th / Reception 6pm; Tasting at 6:30pm / Come taste, compare and contrast up to 10 different Syrah at Monte De Oro. Which one is from France? From Oregon, from Paso? From Temecula Valley? All wines hidden in brown bags – we open them at the end and see the results. / Price$58.00. Wine Club Members $52.00 / Includes 2 appetizer courses and a dessert course / Reservations required at www.montedeoro.com / Subject to minimum participation of 24 guests

Valentines Day Dinner / Feb. 13th and Feb. 14th / Doors open at 7pm. Dinner at 7:30pm / 2 seating’s available / Enjoy a special 5 course meal paired with Monte De Oro’s award-winning wines with your partner and accompanied with live music and dancing. / Price: $150 per couple/$140 for Wine Club members / Reservations strongly suggested at www.montedeoro.com

Divas Half Marathon / Saturday, February 20th. / Starts at 7:30am / Includes complimentary wine tasting / To register visit www.runlikeadiva.com

Mount Palomar Winery

5K Kiss Wine Run / Feb. 6th / 10am-1pm / The annual 5K Kiss Wine Run takes place in the beautiful vineyards of Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, CA on a scenic, point-to-point course. It starts on the hills of the beautiful Vineyards of Mount Palomar Winery and proceeds to continue on to more amazing views of their spectacular vineyards. You will have live performance by the 80z All Stars, as seen at Disneyland, motivating you to cross the finish line along with those tastings of wine that are waiting for you! Each finisher will receive a 5KHR Mount Palomar Winery Finishers commemorative stemless wine glass. There are also medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as best costume. Register online at http://www.5khr.com/5k-kiss-run

Valentine’s Day Dinner / February 13th and 14th / Enjoy a romantic, four course dinner for two at the newly opened Annata Bistro/Bar. Dinner includes an appetizer, soup or a salad, two entrees, and a dessert to share, plus a bottle of wine, for $120 per couple. Wine club members pay $100 per couple! The full menu and restaurant hours are available online at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata / Reservations only. Please call 951-676-5047 ext.10

Paint Nite / February 28th / Two hour class. Time TBA / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite invites you to create art over a glass of wine at Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and your sense of humor 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!).”Drink Creatively” in the Barrel Room (with our own bar…ooooh yeah) at Mt Palomar Winery / Online details at http://bit.ly/mppaintnites

Oak Mountain Winery

Grand Opening Weekend Tours at The Cave at Oak Mountain / Feb. 13th- 14th / Explorer Tour, $15 / 30 minutes duration / Start your adventure in the Main Tasting room followed by a tour of the grounds and our 10,000 sq. ft. underground wine Cave while sipping on three great wines / Foodie Tour, $55 / 45 minutes duration / Tour includes gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup from our Cave Café to enjoy after your tour and one bottle of any of our white wines / For information and reservations please call 951.699.9102

Valentine’s Day Dinner Celebration / Feb. 14th / 6pm-9pm / Join our owners, Steve & Valerie at Oak Mountain Winery for a Valentine’s Day celebration dinner. Enjoy great food, wine and music by Sterling Productions / $125 per person, plus tax; $110 per person, plus tax for Wine Club Members / For menu information and reservations please call 951.699.9102 or email susan@oakmountainwinery.com / Reservations are required; tickets are non-refundable 3 days prior to event date.

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

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Super Bowl Sunday in The Cellar / Feb. 7th / 3:30pm / Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, will air live NFL coverage of Super Bowl 50! / Free to attend.

Valentine’s Day Barrel Room Dinner / Feb. 14th / 5pm-8pm / Treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner in the Barrel Room this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a special menu of gourmet fare fit for two while dining to the sounds of live Spanish Guitar / Cost varies. For menu information and reservations please call 951.252.1770.

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
First Sunday of the month/ 12:00p-4:00p / The Lookouts, Classic Rock / 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.

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Pre-Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Vineyard Rose / Feb. 1-3rd, 8-10th, 15-17th / 5:30p-9:00p / $99 per couple, plus tax & gratuity / Celebrate the season of Love. It’s Valentine Month in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Why wait to celebrate? Say those 3 special words with a three courses. Includes one glass of select wine per person. / Reservations recommended. Call 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Vineyard Rose / Feb. 14th / 5:30-9:30pm / The Vineyard Rose Restaurant presents the 3rd Annual Wine & Dine your Valentine. Includes a bottle of South Coast wine per couple / $119 per person plus tax & gratuity / Reservations required. Please call 951.497.8077
Live entertainment at the Vineyard Rose / Friday and Saturday nights for the month of February / 6:00-9:00pm

Why Limit Happy to an Hour? / 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.

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.

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Wine & The Super Bowl? You Bet!

January 28th, 2016

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Sure, wine may not be the first image that comes to mind when planning your Super Bowl celebration, but we’d bet that we can convince you that it should be!  Of course, when it comes to wine, we sure have a hard time imagining any celebration without it.

Here are some game day staples and some of our wine pairing recommendations:

Hot Wings ~ Riesling makes a good choice here….it will temper some of the heat of the wings!
We’d suggest: Baily Winery 2011 Riesling,  Danza del Sol Winery 2014 Riesling or Mount Palomar Winery’s 2013 Riesling

Pizza ~ Mmmm….pizza!  How about trying a Barbera with that?
We’d suggest: Europa Village 2013 Estate BarberaHart Winery 2012 Barbera or Ponte Family Estate Winery’s 2013 Barbera.

7 Layer Dip ~ Our favorite pairing for foods with Mexican flavors?  Malbec!
We’d suggest: Carter Estate 2011 MalbecDoffo Winery 2013 Malbec or Foot Path Winery’s 2012 Malbec,

Burgers ~ Those of us in Southern California are lucky enough to be able to grill on most Super Bowl Sundays.  If you get that lucky, why not grill up a burger and enjoy with a hearty glass of Chardonnay?
We’d suggest: Oak Mountain Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Thornton Winery 2013 Chardonnay or Wilson Creek Winery’s  2014 “Yes Dear” Chardonnay

So, as you can see, wine and Super Bowl fare really are a match made in football heaven!

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Asian Pork Shoulder Stew with Anise

January 26th, 2016

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Fragrant anise adds a subtle sweetness to this warming stew. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Pinot Gris.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into 4 wedges
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
3½ cups chicken stock
1 whole star anise pod
1 large sweet potato (about 1½ pounds) peeled, cut into 1-inch-thick rounds, each cut into 4 wedges
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick rounds
3 tablespoons flour, mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water
soy sauce

Directions:

Heat the vegetable oil in a wide 5- to 6-quart pot over medium heat until hot but not smoking.

Add the pork and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger; cook and stir for 3 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and anise. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the potatoes and carrots. Uncover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the flour-and-water mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.

To serve, divide the stew among 4 to 6 bowls. Pass soy sauce at the table.

Suggested Pairings:

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – Aromas of honeysuckle and juicy pears with a hint of citrus lead into flavors of bright melon with a balanced, crisp acidity.

Leoness Cellars ~ 2013 Zinfandel – Rich and full-bodied, this wine offers aromas and flavors of sweet blackberry and plum with hints of spice and black licorice framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Zinfandel – Aromas of raspberry jam, Red Delicious apples and finishes off with toasted black pepper.

Monte De Oro Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Gris – Off-dry-to-dry, medium-bodied wine with a nice balance of acidity, alcohol and flavor.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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January Winery Events

December 23rd, 2015

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Last year, around this same time, we awoke to Temecula Valley Wine Country blanketed by a thin layer of snow. Although it does get cold in Temecula Valley, we rarely get snow! Plan your visit in January, check out some of the great events and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get lucky enough to experience a winter wonderland in wine country!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Doggie costume contest on Nov. 1st / 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 and information on current vertical wines: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Karaoke Night
Every Saturday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Saturday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; Half off wine and beer and open kitchen.
Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Sunday 11am-3pm

Briar Rose Winery
Sip Into the Sunset
First Friday of each month / 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
Live Music at the Winery
1pm – 4pm / No charge / Enjoy live music in the main tasting room

Happiest Hours
Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway / Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! 20% all tapas, 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 / 4pm-8pm/ Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views in our main dining room. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm / No cover charge / Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

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

Friday Nights After-Hours
6pm-9pm / Summer may be “falling away’ but Friday Nights at the all-new Carter Estate Winery and Resort Tasting Room are guaranteed to keep things HEATED with Friday Night After Hours! All are welcome – from first time sippers to worldly wine tippers. Wine by the glass and live musical entertainment make a perfect pairing. The only thing missing is YOU!

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Cougar meets Italy Wine Judging Event ~ The Preview
Wednesday, January 20th / 6pm-8pm / $10 per person / Two nights (Jan. 20 and Jan. 21) event price: $75/pp wine club, $80/ pp non-wine club / Wine Judging Event with entertainment, excellent wine and gourmet food. Includes a glass of Cougar wine, all you can eat gourmet popcorn / viewing of the Bottle Shock movie in the Barrel Room; the movie is a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the 1976 Judgment of Paris, as the event was called. The movie focuses on Chateau Montelena and the relationship between the father and son who run this Napa winery. It also touches on many of the other people who were involved in the Judgment of Paris. The movie is fun to watch and is loosely based on the facts surrounding the blind tasting in Paris.

Cougar meets Italy Wine Judging Event ~ The Main Event
Thursday, January 21st / 6pm-9pm / Price for the Wine Judging Event $70/pp wine club $75/pp non wine club / Two nights (Jan. 20 and Jan. 21) event price: $75/pp wine club, $80/ pp non-wine club / Limited to the first 50 attendees / Professional wine judging comparing Cougar wines with their Italian counterparts; Audience wine tasting and judging with the same wines; 4 Course “Food-Paired” dinner prepared by Francesca’s Italian Kitchen / Presentation of the wine judging results and special Cougar Logo Wineglass to commemorate the Event / Musical entertainment provided by Don Brennan / Limited to the First 50 Attendees / Advance payment and reservation required. Please RSVP with your Cougar wine server or email WineClub@CougarVineyards.com / This event will sell out!! Get your tickets today.

Friday Night Live Music
5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm

Sunday Afternoon Live Music
2pm- 5pm

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Saturdays from 1pm-5pm / Free / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for an afternoon of wine and great music

Europa Village
Murder Mystery – Holmes Sweet Homicide
Saturday, Jan. 30th / 6:30pm-8:00pm / $75 pp / “ An interactive comedy mystery spoof of Sherlock Holmes.” / Includes gourmet dinner by Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Murder Mystery – Holmes Sweet Homicide
Saturday, Jan. 31st / 6:30pm-8:00pm / $70 pp / “ An interactive comedy mystery spoof of Sherlock Holmes.” / Includes gourmet dinner by Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment
5:30p- 8:30p / Free / Live music in the Cave / Jan. 8th – Two Fish / Jan. 15th – Dustin Jake / Jan. 22nd – Luis Andre / Jan. 29th Danielle Taylor
Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Jan. 3rd – Michael LeClerc / Jan. 10th – Jimmy Patton / Jan. 17th – Bryan McManus / Jan. 24th – Tom Bray / Jan. 31st – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, Jan. 16th / 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.

Frangipani Winery
10th Year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, January 16th / 10am-6pm / Join us for discounts on wine bottle purchases and specials on wine tasting throughout the day.

Leoness Cellars
Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness

Every Friday 5pm-8pm / Every Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free to the public

Live Music in the Barrel Room
Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public

Monte De Oro Winery
Winter Bingo Night

Saturday, January 23rd / 7:00pm / Cost is $25 per person that includes ten Bingo games, one glass of wine and two Bingo game cards. Additional Bingo cards, food and refreshments available for purchase / Tickets can be purchased at www.montedeoro.com, online store and order events.

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite

Saturday, Jan. 2nd – Flight of the Fireflies / 1pm-4pm / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve
Paint Nite
Saturday, Jan. 9th – Love to the Moon / 1pm-4pm / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve
Paint Nite
Sunday, Jan. 10th – Winter Love Birds / 1pm-4pm / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve
Paint Night
Saturday, Jan. 30th – Coco Caliente / 1pm-4pm / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve
Paint Night
Sunday, Jan. 31st – Flight of the Fireflies / 1pm-4pm / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve.

Ponte Family Estate Winery
First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
First Sunday of the month/ 12:00p-4:00p / The Lookouts, Classic Rock / 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.

Live NFL on the Big Screen
Every Thursday, Sunday and Monday throughout the 2015 NFL season / The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Free to attend.

Oak Mountain Winery
Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in November / 1:00p-5:00p

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Marvelous Mondays at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Join us Monday evenings from 5:30p to 9:30p for specials at the restaurant featuring select premium wines at 50% off / Call 951.491.8077 to reserve today!

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.

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.

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

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Wiens Family Cellars
Wine Blending Party
Saturday, Jan. 23rd. / 6pm – 9pm / Be a winemaker for a day and blend your ideal wine. Wiens production staff will guide you through a part of the winemaking process that is essential for making great wine. This event will be as much fun as it is informative / Limited to 100 seats for this event/ Cost is $100 pp., $80 wine club members / For reservation and information please visit www.wienscellars.com.

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The History of Temecula Valley Wine Country

December 18th, 2015

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In the 1850s, Temecula became a stop on the stagecoach lines that were becoming the logistical route of choice in California. So popular was this route, a post office was set up in town which was a rare institution in California at the time. Settlement increased during the late 1860s as displaced Confederates moved West in the wake of the Civil War.

Because of the region’s isolation, Temecula retained many of its Native American, Spanish and Mexican customs and culture long after California was ceded to the United States. Throughout time, however, Native American lands were being purchased or seized and in 1875, the final blow was delivered when tribal nations signed a treaty relinquishing the remainder of their land in the Temecula Valley. A decade later, the Native Americans who remained were relocated to the Pechanga Reservation.

The railroad line boosted Temecula’s economy when the route was extended to the region in 1882. Unfortunately, the line was abandoned later that decade due to damage from incessant flooding. The major industries during these years were stone quarries, cattle and shipping. During the American Prohibition of the 20s and 30s, the Temecula Valley operated its share of bootlegging and speakeasies.

In 1904, Walter Vail arrived in Temecula and bought nearly 90,000 acres in the region. His family would do much to influence and shape the town during the first half of the 20th century. The Vail family’s biggest achievement was damming the Temecula River and creating Vail Lake in 1948.

In 1961 Mahlon Vail had been successfully operating the enormous Vail Cattle Ranch for nearly six decades. He was in his seventies and his health was failing. With no immediate heirs Vail began actively seeking a buyer for the ranch. One of those potential buyers contacted Richard Break, an experienced farm manager and broker from Fresno. The buyer wanted his professional opinion on the feasibility of growing citrus on the property. After reviewing temperature records for the Temecula area kept by the University of California at Riverside, Break became convinced that the climate and soil conditions in the valley were better suited for the growing of wine grapes.

In 1964 Vail successfully completed negotiations on the sale of the ranch to Kaiser Industries and Macco Realty, who together formed the Rancho California Development Corporation. Throughout 1965 the development company mapped out its plans for a “Master Planned Community.” The community would include commercial and industrial sites as well as residential and agricultural development. The campaign attracted the attention of a number of notables including then California Governor Ronald Reagan, who purchased a sizable portion of the Santa Rosa Plateau.

Another Hollywood couple who saw an opportunity to pursue a long-held dream of retiring to a sizable estate with a comfortable Mediterranean style adobe was Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo. In 1967 they purchased 40 acres of property down a long dirt road known as Long Valley Road (soon to become Rancho California Road). The Cilurzo’s established the first modern commercial vineyard in the Temecula Valley in 1968.

In 1974, the founding of Callaway Winery (by Ely Callaway, of golf fame) marked the beginning of large production winemaking in the Temecula Valley. Callaway, sold the winery in 1981 to Hiram Walker and Sons. John Poole opened Mount Palomar Winery in 1975, and in 1978 the Cilurzos opened another Temecula winery at a new site. Their original vineyard, Temecula’s oldest, is now owned by Maurice Carrie Winery. Today, there are over 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley.

Though Temecula became an incorporated city in 1989, the region officially became an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1984. Modern Temecula Wine Country is located east of the Rainbow Gap in Riverside County and the Temecula wine community has grown considerably since its humble beginnings.

Copy courtesy of The City of Temecula and Robert Renzoni Vineyards

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Beef Rib Roast with Horseradish Ricotta Cream

December 18th, 2015

DECEMBER_BEEF_RIB_ROAST_2_FINAL_p_c-California-Wine-InstituteThis succulent rib roast served with peppery herbed ricotta cheese sounds absolutely delicious and would be the perfect meal for a chilly Sunday night! You’ll want to pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Ingredients:

1 standing rib-eye roast with 4 rib bones (about 9 pounds) bones removed and tied to the body of the roast (ask the butcher to do this)
15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
½ cup extra-hot horseradish
3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Place the meat, bone-side down, in a 2- to 3-inch-deep roasting pan.
3. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and roast for 2 more hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 125°F at the center of the meat.
4. Remove the string and let the meat rest for 20 minutes before carving.
5. While the meat is resting, mix the ricotta with the horseradish, chives, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt.
6. To serve, slice the meat and serve each portion with a spoonful of ricotta.

 

Suggested Pairings: 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Wild Yeast Cabernet Sauvignon – Dried blueberries, dark cherry and small black currants with liberal lashings of baking spice.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2010 Oak Mountain Merlot – A soft nose, with flavors of raspberry, blackberry, and plum with abundant smoky oak.

Ponte Winery ~ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Hints of black currant, plum, cherry and oak.

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2011 Family Reserve Merlot – Firm yet subtle tannins play with the earthy fruit of plum and black currant, soft and supple and lingering finish.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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December Winery Events

December 1st, 2015

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Baily Vineyard & Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines / Hark the Harold! / Showing on December 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 13, 2015 / 7:00pm / Carols at Baily Winery / Fun, fresh and wildly entertaining “Hark, the Harold!” re-imagines The Christmas Carol as you have never seen before! / General seating $22; $17 Seniors 55+, Students & Military / Royal Table Seating $30 / / Purchase tickets at www.shakespeareinthevines.org

Early New Year’s Eve Dinner / December 31st / 5:30p to 8:30p / Live entertainment and four course dinner includes a glass of champagne at Carol’s Restaurant / $60 per person plus tax and gratuity / Reservation only; limited seating / For reservations and to view menu log on to www.bailywinery.com

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Doggie costume contest on Nov. 1st / 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
Karaoke Night / Every Saturday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Saturday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; Half off wine and beer and open kitchen.
Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Sunday 11am-3pm

Briar Rose
Sip Into the Sunset / First Friday of each month / Open until 10pm / Live Music from 6p-9p and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Purchase a glass or a bottle. Wine Club members: half off a glass of wine and 20% off a bottle / Outside food allowed on these events only /  For Information call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Live Music at the Winery / 1pm – 4pm / No charge / Enjoy live music in the main tasting room

Happiest Hours / Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway / Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! 20% all tapas, 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 / 4pm-8pm/ Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views in our main dining room. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm / No cover charge / Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

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

Friday Nights After-Hours / 6pm-9pm / Summer may be “falling away’ but Friday Nights at the all-new Carter Estate Winery and Resort Tasting Room are guaranteed to keep things HEATED with Friday Night After Hours! All are welcome – from first time sippers to worldly wine tippers. Wine by the glass and live musical entertainment make a perfect pairing. The only thing missing is YOU!

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Francesca’s Cooking Class / Wednesday, December 9 / 6p-9p / Cougar Bubbly Champagne reception in the Barrel Room followed by 3 course dinner / $50 due upon reservation; limited seating / RSVP at the winery with your wine server or email wineclub@CougarVineyards.com

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm /.

Sunday Afternoon Live Music / 2pm- 5pm

Doffo Winery
Toys for Tots Christmas donation tree will be available for guests who wish to donate gifts for a boy or girl ranging in age 0/3 to 12yrs. and up. The gift tags on the tree will provide information for the donation. Gifts will be distributed by Camp Pendelton Marines and deliver throughout Riverside County. Collection continues until December 20, 2015 at Doffo Winery.

Live Music on the Patio / 1pm-4pm / Free

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Saturdays from 1pm-5pm / Free / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for an afternoon of wine and great music

Europa Village
Friday Night Entertainment / 5:30p- 8:30p / Free / Live music in the Cave / Dec. 4th – Missy Andersen / Dec. 11th – Hit City Rockers / Dec. 18th – Danielle Taylor

Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Dec. 6th – James Wells / Dec. 13th – Jimmy Patton / Dec. 20th – Kelly Moore / Dec. 27th – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, Nov. 17 / 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.

Leoness Cellars
Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness
/ Every Friday 5pm-8pm / Every Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free to the public

Live Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Night / Dec. 11th -Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend / Dec. 18th –Naughty and Nice Wine Glasses / 6:30p – 8:30p / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve.

Paint Night
/ Dec. 13th –Just Chillin in the Snow! / Dec. 19th –Happy New Year! / 2:00p – 4:00p / $45 per person / Contact 760.413.5808 or www.paintnite.com to reserve.

Oak Mountain Winery
Live Music in the Pavilion

Every Saturday and Sunday in December / 1:00p-5:00p

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Last Chance Shopping Night / Thursday, December 17 / 5p-8p / Last chance to get the best deals of the year on wine and merchandise at Ponte Winery Tasting Room / Free to attend; must be a wine club member to receive discounts.

Christmas Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant / Friday, December 25 / 5p-9p / An elegant Christmas dinner awaits at Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Special evening menu and holiday specials; exact cost varies per dish / For reservation contact Bouquet Restaurant by phone at (951) 676-7898 or log on to www.pontevineyardinn.com

NYE Dinner in The Barrel Room / Thursday, December 31 / 5p-8p / What better way to enjoy your last meal of 2015 than in an authentic Winery Barrel Room? Join us for a special New Year’s Eve menu at The Restaurant at Ponte! / For reservation contact The Restaurant at Ponte by phone at (951) 252-1770 or log on to www.pontewinery.com.

NYE Celebration in The Cellar Lounge / Thursday, December 31 / 4p-1a / End 2015 with a bang in Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar! The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn is hosting a new Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music and a special midnight Moscato toast. Enjoy live music with Brian Stodart on keyboards / Free admission.

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
First Sunday of the month/ 12:00p-4:00p / The Lookouts, Classic Rock / 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.

Live NFL on the Big Screen / Every Thursday, Sunday and Monday throughout the 2015 NFL season / The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Free to attend.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Christmas Dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th / 5:30p – 9:30p / Four-course dinner is $50 per guest. Beverages, tax and gratuity are additional / Reservations required; call 951.491. 8077 to reserve today.
Marvelous Mondays at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Join us Monday evenings from 5:30p to 9:30p for specials at the restaurant featuring select premium wines at 50% off / Call 951.491.8077 to reserve today!

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.

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.

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

Thornton Winery
Holiday Cooking Class / Saturday, December 12 / 2:30p-4:30p / $75 inclusive / Call 951.699.0099 for reservations.

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Wiens Family Cellars
New Year’s Eve Night in the Big Apple / Thursday, December 31 / 8pm-1am / $65; $52 wine club / Join us for a night in the Big Apple! Start your evening in Central Park with a glass of bubbly and the city skyline. Then head over to dance the night away in Times Square complete with authentic NY faire (hot dog bar, pretzel bar, NY style pizza, etc.). Then celebrate at midnight and watch the ball drop! Tickets and seating are limited so be sure to order your tickets today! / Reservations www.wienscellars.com

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Holiday Gift Giving ~ Temecula Style!

December 1st, 2015

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Need that perfect holiday gift?? We’re sure that nothing would be appreciated more than a little something from Temecula Valley Wine Country! What could be better than sipping wine while shopping for everyone on your list? Our Temecula Valley winery gift shops offer unique and charming wine-themed gifts, specialty food, home decor and, of course, wine!

Not only does wine make the perfect gift for friends, neighbors and family, but it also makes for a great host gift or corporate gifts. You can purchase by the case for the best price!

Besides wine, wine club memberships make excellent gifts! Most Temecula wineries offer affordable wine club memberships with year-round benefits such as free wine tastings, VIP pricing on wine and special events, pick-up parties and more. If you’d prefer to shop online, many wineries offer the ability to sign up for wine clubs online. Of course, wine can also be purchased online and shipped to most states.

Or, perhaps, you’re just looking for wine for your holiday gathering. Many of our wineries offer festive white and red dessert wines, either late harvest or port-style. Some festive wine options include: South Coast Winery’s sparkling wine line, Thornton NV Cuvee Rouge, and Callaway’s Late Harvest Cabernet and dessert wines. Be sure to check out Wilson Creek Winery, which offers white, red, and sparkling wines with custom and personalized holiday labels.

Happy holidays from Temecula Valley Wine Country! We look forward to celebrating with you soon.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Carrots and Fresh Herbs

November 17th, 2015

Tuscan_Pork_hero-e07906d4-82d8-424e-aab5-b74cae86a3b4-0-472x310This flavorful roast can be served hot with roasted carrots and savory pan drippings or cold, thinly sliced for sandwiches. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast, tied, trimmed of excess fat and seasoned well with salt and pepper
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, minced
1 (2-inch) sprig of rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
6 fresh large sage leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
12 whole baby carrots, cleaned with stems removed
1/3 cup Temecula Valley Zinfandel

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 F (135 C).

Mix the herbs and garlic in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture evenly over the pork and into the crevices. Put the pork in a roasting pan. Roast uncovered for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss olive oil, carrots and shallots in a large bowl.

After 90 minutes, add the carrots and shallots to the pan and pour the Zinfandel over the pork. Cook for an additional 90 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice the pork and serve with carrots and drizzle with the pan juices.

Serves 4

Recipe Courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

Suggested Pairings:

Baily Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon –  Warm, rich tones with subtle, herbaceous qualities and a hint of mint.

Doffo Winery ~ 2013 Zinfandel – Full of black cherry jam, raspberry, black berry and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums and toasted oak.

Lorenzi Estate Vineyards & Winery ~ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Aged in New French oak for 18 months and expresses itself with a depth and complexity you should expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Van Roekel Estate Zinfandel –  Aromas of raspberry jam, Red Delicious apples and finishes off with toasted black pepper.

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November Winery Events

October 30th, 2015

OAC147-2Fall is an exciting time in wine country.  The leaves are changing, the weather’s getting cooler and the wineries are beginning to prepare for the holidays.  For our U.S. military active duty and veteran friends, be sure to head out to Temecula Valley Wine Country on Veterans Day for wine tasting specials. And for guests planning to visit towards the end of the month, be sure to check out the Thanksgiving dinner events, Black Friday specials and tree lighting events!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Doggie costume contest on Nov. 1st / 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

Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Sunday 11am-3pm

Briar Rose

Sip Into the Sunset / First Friday of each month / 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

Live Music at the Winery / 1pm – 4pm / No charge / Enjoy live music in the main tasting room / Nov. 7- Dave Reynolds / Nov. 14 – Michael LeClerc / Nov. 21 – JD Priest / Nov. 28 – Dave Reynolds.

Happiest Hours / Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway / Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! 20% all tapas, 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 / 4pm-8pm/ Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views in our main dining room.  Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm / No cover charge / Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

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

Friday Nights After-Hours / 6pm-9pm / Summer may be “falling away’ but Friday Nights at the all-new Carter Estate Winery and Resort Tasting Room are guaranteed to keep things HEATED with Friday Night After Hours! All are welcome – from first time sippers to worldly wine tippers. Wine by the glass and live musical entertainment make a perfect pairing. The only thing missing is YOU!

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm /.

Sunday Afternoon Live Music / 2pm- 5pm

 

Doffo Winery

Live Music on the Patio / 1pm-4pm / Free
Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music on the Patio / Saturdays from 1pm-5pm / Free / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for an afternoon of wine and great music

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 6pm-9pm / Free / Live music on Veranda; Food Truck / Nov. 6 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / Nov. 13 – Missy Andersen / Nov. 20 – Big Truth /

Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Nov. 1 & 8 – Jimmy Patton / Nov. 15 – Kelly Moore / Nov. 22 – Michael Edon / Nov. 29 – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery

Veteran’s Day Free Classic Tasting / Complimentary tasting for all military. Must have military ID / 4 tastes offered and 15% off all bottle sales. Lunch special in the Pinnacle Restaurant for all veterans.

Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, Nov. 17 / 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

Black Friday Sales / Nov. 27 / 10am – 5pm / Sales TBD

Leoness Cellars

Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness / Every Friday 5pm-8pm / Every Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free to the public

Live Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Annual Tree Lighting / Nov. 29 / Begins at 6pm / Begin your holiday season with Lorimar Winery! Come meet Santa, enjoy Christmas cookies, cocoa, mulled wine and more! / www.lorimarwinery.com

Movies in the Vines / Nov. 30 / Begins at sunset / The Hangover / Bring blanket and chairs for our monthly Movie in the Vines! / No outside food permitted.

Monte De Oro Winery

Masquerade Wine Dinner / Nov. 7 / Reception starts at 7:00pm; Dinner 7:30pm / $90 pp; $76 for wine club members / New Orleans style masquerade with 6 course meal in our main tasting room. Mask required (up to dinner time); costumes optional / Seating is limited. Reservations required visit www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Bark Friday Sale / Nov. 27 / 5pm-8pm / No cover charge / Bring your leashed dogs and enjoy live music, wine, beer, food and vendors.

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

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Wine Country Half Marathon / Nov. 21 / 7am-Noon / Join Team Ponte and contribute to a great cause! Race benefits Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. Race begins at Ponte Winery and ends at Wilson Creek, where there will be a Wine and Music Festival at the Finish Line! / Cost $80 / www.pontewinery.com

Team Ponte Training Runs/Walks through the Vineyard
Every Wednesday nights at 5:45p through mid-November / Ponte associates, wine club members and members of the community come out to Ponte Winery to train for the upcoming Wine Country Half-Marathon, which will be held on November 21st. The group runs, walks and/or strolls a clearly marked 3.1 mile loop through Ponte Family Estate’s vineyards. Meet in front of the Ponte Winery Tasting Room porch/parking lot / Free to attend

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant / Nov. 26 / 5pm – 9pm / $28 pp / Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Feast Featuring all the trimmings. Reservations are highly encouraged at www.pontevineyardinn.com

Live NFL on the Big Screen / Every Thursday, Sunday and Monday throughout the 2015 NFL season / The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Free to attend.

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
First Sunday of the month/ 12:00p-4:00p / The Lookouts, Classic Rock / 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

Autumn Escape Spa Special / Take time to relax this fall with decadent spa treatments, pumpkin spice, and the warmth of treatments that are sure to renew the mind, body, and spirit  / Call for various offers and pricing and book today: 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 / Special ends November 30, 2015.

Get movin’ & Groovin’ to the Grapeseed Spa this fall / Nov. 6th / 7pm-9pm /. Meet up with your spa friends and enjoy live entertainment. Best of all, it’s all fee, but reservations are required / Award-winning wines and appetizers available for purchase / Call to book today! 951.587.9463 ext. 3513.

Wine, Dine and Painting Al Fresco / Nov. 15th / 10am-1pm (painting portion 10am-12pm) / Take in the views and tap into your inner artist, then enjoy a fantastic lunch at the Vineyard Rose. This exclusive package comes with two-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu and glass of wine to enjoy / Wine can be purchased during painting class by the glass or bottle / To purchase tickets call 951.587.9463 ext. 5250 or visit southcoastwinery.com

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Nov. 26th / 12pm- 9pm / The menu is a 4 course meal with a single price based on the entrée selected. Beverages, tax and 18% gratuity are additional / Reservations are limited and required / Call 951.491.8077

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony / Nov. 29th / 6pm-9pm / Wines have been toasted; halls have been decked, Santa is scheduled, the only thing missing is you. Be our guest at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

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.

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.

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

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Wilson Creek Winery

2015 Late Harvest Festival / Sunday, Nov. 1 / 6pm to 9:30pm / Join us as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year – Harvest! Experience an amazing harvest festival with a seasonally inspired buffet, live entertainment, grape stomping, wagon rides, a pumpkin carving contest (with prizes) and barrel tastings / Regular admission $85; Wine Club members $76.50 / Reservations at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Wine Academy Class / Pinot Noir Experience / Nov. 14 / 11am, 1pm to 3pm / Taste great Pinot from different world regions. Our top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting.  / Wine Club $25; Non-members $35 / Call Wine Club to reserve your spot 951.699.9463

Live Entertainment / Free / 12p-4pm / Nov. 7- JD Priest / Nov. 8- Vito Gambino / Nov. 14- Smoothie Jones / Nov. 15- Astra Kelly / Nov. 21- Joachim Nordensson / Nov. 22- Ruben Gonzalez / Nov.28- JD Priest / Nov. 29- Rod Firas.

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