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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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International Picnic Day is June 18th

May 28th, 2015

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Picnics and wine go hand-in-hand.  Which wine makes for the perfect picnic wine, you ask? One of the favorite summer wine choices of the French is rosé.  And with summer coming, it could be a favorite of yours, too.  Made from a wide variety of grapes, rosés can be made still, semi sparkling or sparkling.

Don’t be fooled by the color!  Barely there apricot or a richly hued blush, rosé wines run the gamut in shades, but don’t go thinking that they’re all sweet! Their sugar levels are extensive as well; from bone-dry Provencal style rosé to sweet white zinfandels and blushes.  Rosés are made in just about every winegrape-growing region – and there’s lots to choose from here in the Temecula Valley wine country.   So make sure to include one in your picnic basket!  It will pair perfectly with light summery salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Try out one of these great Temecula Valley rosés:

Baily Winery ~ 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese – Fun, fruity and full of character.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery - 2012 Rosé of Sangiovese – Pairs with most foods; a perfect picnic wine.

Miramonte Winery ~ 2014 Rosé – Racy strawberry and candied watermelon notes, a beautiful melon and peach laden mid-palate, and long sensual finish of rose petals and flavors sugar-dusted citrus.

Thornton Winery ~ 2013 Rosé – You’ll enjoy the strawberry/black cherry and lemon-citrus aromas as well as its surprising palate weight and richness.

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Dad.  Ask him when Mom says no!

May 28th, 2015

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After decades of discussion (as is most always the case in government!), President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of an actual Father’s Day back in 1916, followed shortly by President Calvin Coolidge supporting the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924 to, “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”.  After a protracted struggle of over four decades, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

Father’s Day undoubtedly brings up fond memories for most, whether it’s for something your Dad did, for something he said, or for that one thing he never, ever mentioned that you know he could have!  So how do we repay him for all the things he’s done?  First of all, resist the temptation to take the easy road; he has enough ties and coffee mugs.  What about giving the gift of time? Here’s a few, fun times you can share with Dad, right here in wine country.  Check it out!

Baily Vineyard & Winery - Father’s Day Specials at Carol’s Restaurant
Falkner Winery – Father’s Day Lunch Specials and Free Concert
Frangipani Estate Winery – Father’s Day Lunch
Thornton Winery - Champagne Jazz Concert Series – Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy
Wiens Family Cellars - Father’s Day Bacon & Syrah Dinner
Wilson Creek Winery - Father’s Day Brunch

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June Winery Events

May 28th, 2015

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The weather is warming up, school’s just about out and we’re dusting off our backyard grills in preparation for summer get-togethers. If your summer plans include spending some time in Temecula Valley Wine Country or if you’re local and plan on entertaining out-of-town guests, be sure to check out some of the great events being hosted by our wineries.

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in June; / 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.

Father’s Day at Carol’s Restaurant
Sunday, June 21 / 11:00a / Menu specials for Dad!

Shakespeare in the Vines presents: Julius Ceasar
June 11-27 / Visit www.shakespeareinthevines.org for pricing information and reservations or call 951-402-7488.

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

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Father’s Day Special at Cougar Winery
Sunday, June 21 / Take care of Dad by taking him out for what he wants, you know he deserves it!  Mad Mike’s Gourmet Sausage with a choice of toppings served with a side of coleslaw and paired with a glass of our wine or a glass of Black Market Beer for $14 per person.  For our wine club members, enjoy yours for $12 per person.

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.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio
Saturdays in June / 1:00p-5:00p / June 6 – James Wells / June 13 – Rosewood & Rye / June 20 – JD Priest / June 27 – Tralain Rox

Europa Village
Live Music
Fridays from 5:30p-8:30p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p / June 5 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge / June 7 – Danielle Taylor / June 12 – Nite Riders / June 14 – Jimmy Patton / June 19 – Barstow Prophets / June 21 – Dustin Jake / June 26 – Kanan Road / June 28 – Joe Baldino

Music & Wine Pairing Dinner – “Bella Notte”
Thursday, June 25 / 6:30p-9:00p / $85 per person / $75.60 per person, wine club / Buy tickets in the tasting room or online at www.europavillage.com.

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, June 20 / 10:00a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $70 per person with lunch. / Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 xt. 109

Father’s Day Lunch
Sunday, June 21 / 12p-3p / $55 for two, plus tax and gratuity (includes a salad, two entrees, dessert to share and non-alcoholic beverages) / Dancing, sangria, beer and BBQ in the yard garden. Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 ext. 1

Live Music / Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / June 7 – Guilty Conscience Band / June 14 – Harmony Road/ June 28 – Guilty Conscience Band

Frangipani Estate Winery
Father’s Day Lunch
Sunday, June 21 / 11:00a-3:00p / Enjoy the breathtaking views of our estate vineyard, while you enjoy lunch and a glass of wine on our winery hilltop patio overlooking the vineyard. Menu includes Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket, Caribbean Jerk BBQ Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, Garden Salad and Fresh Baked Dinner Roll/ $29 per person, plus tax. Reservations are required by June 17th by calling 951-699-8845.

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

Summer Art Show
June 5, 6,7 – all day / Join us for a special art show of summer-inspired art by some of the nation’s top artists. Entry is free.

“Dueling Pianos”
Thursday, June 25 / 6:00p / Join us for a night of music and fun with Dueling Pianos! $10 gets you in with a glass of sangria. Tickets available online at www.lorimarwinery.com.

Movie in the Vines – Bridesmaids
Monday, June 29 / 6:00p; movie starts at sunset / “Pairings” mobile kitchen will be available! No outside food allowed.

Mount Palomar Winery
Bottles “n” Brushes Painting Class with Wine
June 11 and June 28 / 12:00-3:00p (June 28 class is 1:00p-4:00p)/ $45 per person – includes a glass of wine! (Discount given for multiple guests) / To sign up or for more information, please contact Dorothy Hawthorne at 951-302-3088 or bottlesnbrushestemecula@gmail.com.

“Heart to Heart” Concert – A tribute to HEART
Friday, June 12/ 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

Learn to Paint Event
Sunday, June 14 / 1:00p-4:00p / Includes all art supplies, hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Reservations are required by calling 951-699-9102 or by email to events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Wine Blending Party in the Cave
Saturday, June 27 / 6:00p-9:00p / $65 per person; $60 per person, Wine Club / Sample three different red wine varietals and learn what differentiates them from one another.  Then, blend and taste as you craft your very own wine!  Includes a family-style dinner with a glass of wine.  Reservations are required by calling 951-699-9102 or by email to events@oakmountainwinery.com.

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

Oak Mountain Winery University
Bubbles 101 – We want to burst your bubble with our champagne class.

Blending Reds – Create, bottle and label your very own blend.

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.

Rhone Wine Class 201 – Our second, more advanced class after taking Wine Tasting 101 is our Rhone Wine Tasting Class 201.

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.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Frankie Ballard Concert
Sunday, June 7 / 6p-10p / South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and K-FROG are proud to announce country artist Frankie Ballard will be performing live and in person on Sunday, June 7th for another sold-out Rhythm on the Vine Concert. Doors open at 6pm. Get your tickets today. JUST ANNOUNCED: LOCASH added to line up. They’ve played at the Grand Ole Opry, rocked it at NYC’s Times Square, and now LOCASH will be opening the Frankie Ballard Concert on June 7th at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Tickets start at just $50, so visit www.wineresort.com for concert details and to reserve your seat, or call 800-539-1375 today.

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
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”. Whether it’s a special celebration or an intimate affair, our Chef’s Table dinner for 2 to 8 guests will define the art of fine cuisine with a memorable evening of food and wine for only $135 per person. Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table 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.

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.

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. 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.

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music
6:00p-9:00p / June 5 – Mor Sol / June 12 – Oceans of Sand / June 19 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / June 20 (Saturday) – Fleetwood Mac Tribute / June 26 – Lifetime Rocker

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Saturday, June 6 – Bobby Caldwell & The Rippingtons / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $75 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $150 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)
Sunday, June 21 – Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy / 4:00p / General Admission tickets – $65 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $140 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table
Sunday, June 28 – America / 4:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Wiens Family Cellars
Father’s Day “Bacon and Syrah” Dinner
Sunday, June 21 / 6:00p / $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.

Wilson Creek Winery
“Wine Academy” ~ Wine and Cheese, A Divine Pairing
Sunday, June 7 / 1p-3p / Our top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. / $40 per person / $30 per person, wine club

Crawfish Boil
Friday, June 19 / 6p-9p / It’s back! Join us for a traditional Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil. Savor 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

Father’s Day Brunch
Sunday, June 21/ 10:00a-3:00p / Surprise Dad with a Father’s Day brunch buffet in wine country! Play some bocce ball and listen to live music while enjoying a fantastic Father’s Day themed brunch. Brunch buffet: General $49.95 per person; Wine Club $44.95 / Brunch buffet with Sparkling wine – General $59.95; Wine Club $53.95

Live Entertainment
Saturdays & Sundays in June /12p-4p / June 6 – JD Priest / June 7 – Michael LeClerc / June 13 – Smoothie Jones / June 14 – Billy Watson / June 20 – Mark Norris / June 21 – Astra Kelly / June 27 – JD Priest / June 28 – Rod Frias

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Garlic Prawns with Warm Cucumber and Ginger Salad

May 26th, 2015

APRIL_GARLIC_PRAWNS_1_FINAL_p_c-California-Wine-InstituteRed pepper flakes add a hint of heat to this light and zesty salad. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Ingredients:

2 cups salad greens
2 teaspoons sesame oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
8 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 pound medium prawns, shelled and deveined
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 cucumbers peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced into ¼-inch-thick half-rounds
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges

Directions:

Put the salad greens in a large bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to mix. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the prawns and red pepper flakes; cook and stir for about 3 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through. Season with salt.

Scrape the shrimp and garlic into a bowl and set aside.

Using the same skillet, heat the 1 remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the ginger; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the cucumber and soy sauce and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top each with a quarter of the cucumbers, followed by a quarter of the shrimp. Squeeze the juice of one lime wedge over each salad and garnish with a second lime wedge.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings:

Cougar Vineyard & Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – Nice mid-palate balance with a short, clean finish.

Hart Winery ~ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish.

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.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – A cornucopia of flavors and aromas: sweet kiwi and lime, gooseberries, pears, passion fruit and wild flowers.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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May Winery Events

April 30th, 2015

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May is filled with some pretty special days; Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Chardonnay Day and even National Wine Day! Plenty of reasons to celebrate in Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in May; / 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.

Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 11:00a-3:00p / $59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity / $19.95 per person, children 12 and under, children 5 and under are free. / Includes champagne, soft drinks, coffee or tea. / Reservations and credit card are necessary. 24 hour cancellation notice. Call 951-676-9243 for reservations. Dogs welcome on Mother’s Day; especially mother dogs.

Blending Event
Saturday, May 23 / 1:00p / Be a winemaker for a day! Create your own unique Meritage blend with guided direction from Winemaker, Phil Baily. Selected wines to blend are the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc which will have just been taken out of barrels after 30 months aging. / $100 per person, plus tax. Includes a bottle of Baily’s Library 2007 Meritage ($80 value). / Reservations must be made in advance with a credit card. Call 951-972-9768 for reservations.

Shakespeare in the Vines: Elizabethan Masquerade Feast & Silent Auction
Saturday, May 16 / 6:00p / Includes wine, champagne, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, 4-course Prime Rib or vegetarian dinner and masks. / Visit www.shakespeareinthevines.org for pricing information and reservations or call 951-402-7488.

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music
Saturdays & Sundays in May / 12:00p-4:00p / May 2 – Michael SG / May 3 – Sam & Stacy / May 9 – Kenny Hale / May 10 – Crimson Crow / May 16 – Michael LeClerc / May 17 – Shameless / May 23 – All In May 24 – Dominic Rocha / May 30 – Michael SG / May 31 – J.A.D.E.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 9:00a-3:00p / Brunch buffet will consist of over 15 different food offerings, including an omelet station, Croix Madam Eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, smoked ham and so much more! Sparkling wine, mimosas and non-alcoholic beverages are included; wine and beer are also available for an extra charge. Live music and a free gift for Mom! / $59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity / $54.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for wine club members / $10.95 & $22.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for kids 12 and under.

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.

Wine Flight Fridays
EVERY Friday beginning at 3pm
Travel around the world with us and experience a different wine region every month. Savor and compare the varietals that best represent a particular region paired with a special selection of Tapas typical of that region. This month, enjoy a wine flight of 3 wines from South America for $15.

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

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.

Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music on the Patio
Saturdays in May / 1:00p-5:00p / May 2 – Rachael Stark / May 9 – Jeff Johnson / May 16 – Tony Suraci May 23 – StereoFlux / May 30 – Desert Rose

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 10:00a-12:00p or 1:00p-3:00p / Make this Mother’s Day special with a delicious menu and unlimited sparkling wine to celebrate the ladies we love! / $75 per person, plus tax / $67.50 per person, wine club members / Children 3-12 are $24 per person, plus tax. / Reservations are necessary by calling 951-302-6363 ext. 26 or by email at k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

Sip & Swirl
Sunday, May 17 / 1:00p-4:30p / Sip & Swirl on Canvas, featuring Art & Vino with Jill Roberts / Class includes one glass of Danza del Sol wine per adult, plus assorted cheese and fruit tray served at intermission, and all art supplies. Class size limited to 30 people. All classes must be reserved in advance and are subject to availability. / $60 per person, plus tax; $54 per person, plus tax for wine club members. For more information, call (951) 302-6363 ext. 26.

Get “Sauced”
Sunday, May 31 / 3:00p-6:30p / Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, wine and culinary entertainment in our clubhouse! $60 per person, plus tax; $54 per person for wine club members.

Doffo Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 10:00a-2:00p / $35 per person; $25 per person for children or non-drinkers.

Kurt Caselli Foundation Charity Event
Saturday, May 30 / 10:00a-6:00p / $10 per person / Live music, food, vendors and motorcycle demos.

Europa Village

Live Music
Fridays from 5:30p-8:30p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p

Mother’s Day Lunch
Sunday, May 10 / 11:00a / $45 per person; $40.50 for wine club members / $15 per person, children 12 & under’ $13.50 for wine club members. / Gourmet three-course Sparkling Wine Lunch and live music.

Falkner Winery

Mother’s Day Sparkling Wine Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 10:00a-4:00p / $69.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity; $59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for wine club members / Children (3-10) $29.50 per person, plus tax and gratuity; $24.95 per person, plus tax for wine club members. / Live entertainment / Reservations are required by calling 951-676-8231 ext. 1 or make a reservation request online at www.falknerwinery.com.

Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, May 16 / 10:00a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $70 per person with lunch. / Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 xt. 109

Club Vine at the Pinnacle
Thursday, May 21 / 6:00p-10:00p / Reserve the date for a fun evening event with DJ, dancing, food wine and more! Open to Wine Club, Industry and public. Free cover or $30 (2) for reserved table.

Live Music / Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / May 3 – Guilty Conscience Band / May 10 – Guilty Conscience Band / May 17 – Guilty Conscience Band / May 24 – Danielle Taylor / May 31 – Danielle Taylor

Frangipani Estate Winery

Mother’s Day Lunch
Sunday, May 10 / 11:00a-3:00p / Enjoy the breathtaking views of our estate vineyard, while you enjoy a boxed lunch and a glass of wine on our winery hilltop patio overlooking the vineyard. Lunch includes a choice of sandwich pasta salad & homemade brownie. / $22 per person. Reservations are required by May 6th by calling 951-699-8845.

Leoness Cellars

Wine & Vine Symposium – Experience Syrah in a New Way
Friday, May 8 / 4:00p-6:30 / Sip along with our team of expert farmers, winemakers and Master Sommelier, Eddie Osterland, as they share their anecdotes and insights into wine production – from seedling to bottle. Tasting & discussing a variety of exclusive Leoness Syrahs not available in our tasting room. / Pre-purchase tickets online: $45 members, $49 non-members; www.leonesscellars.com

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

Wine Blending Party
Wednesday, May 6 / 4p-6p / $25 per person/$20 for wine club / Join us for a hands on wine blending experience!  You get to be winemaker for the day with a full educational seminar and in depth analysis of key varietals to make the perfect blended wine.  Visit www.lorimarwinery.com for more information and tickets.

Mother’s Day at Lorimar
Sunday, May 10 / All Day / Laurie Morvan Band from 2p-5p / $25 mimosa flights for Mom.  No reservations required.

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Lorimar!
Saturday, May 16 / All day / Live music, wine specials, sweet treats, photo booth and more!

Monte De Oro Winery

Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters – Live Concert
Saturday, May 2 / Doors open at 6:30p; Opening Band at 7:00p
General Admission: $55

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10 / 10:00a and 12:30p seatings / See website for member and non-member pricing and more information.

Breakfast with the Balloons
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 / 7:00a / See website for more information.

Mount Palomar Winery

Wine Country Wiener Fest
Sunday, May 3 / 110:00a-4:00p / For more information, please contact Jim Richardson at 951-532-5415 or jrrichardson@raytheon.com

Bottles “n” Brushes Painting Class with Wine
May 7 and May 30 / 11:00a-2:00p (May 30 class is 12:00p-3:00p)/ $45 per person – includes a glass of wine! (Discount given for multiple guests) / To sign up or for more information, please contact Dorothy Hawthorne at 951-302-3088 or doughawthorne@verizon.net.

IDOLOZED: A tribute to Billy Idol
Friday, May 22/ 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 May / 1:00p-5:00p

Mother’s Day Learn to Paint Event
Sunday, May 10 / 1:00p-4:30p / Learn to paint while sipping wine with Jill Roberts. Includes all art supplies, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and step-by-step instruction (no experience necessary) and your painting to take home. / $60 per person; $54 per person for wine club. Book your seats at www.oakmountainwinery.com.

Wine Blending Party in the Cave
Saturday, May 16 / 6:00p-9:00p / Sample three different red wine varietals and learn what differentiates them from one another. You’ll want to take careful notes because the next two hours, you’ll be blending and tasting as you craft your own wine! Includes a family-style dinner and a glass of wine. If you’d like to bottle your creation and take it home, the staff will fill your bottle, cork and capsule it with a custom label for $29. / Reservations are required by calling 951-699-9102 or emailing events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Cooking Class
Friday, May 29 / 6:00p-9:00p / Spend the evening at Oak Mountain Winery for a night of wine, food and fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef teaches you how to make a gourmet meal. You’ll learn to make (hands on) and then eat a four-course meal. / $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. / For reservations, please contact the winery at 951-699-9102.

Oak Mountain Winery University
Bubbles 101 – We want to burst your bubble with our champagne class
Blending Reds – Create, bottle and label your very own blend
Wine Tasting for Dummies 101 / Our beginners class for Wine Tasters.
Rhone Wine Class 201 / Our second, more advanced class after taking Wine Tasting 101 is our Rhone Wine Tasting Class 201.
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.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
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”. The Vineyard Rose Chefs create a custom five-course menu just for you. Our expert Winemakers then pair each course with our award winning wines to heighten the dining experience to another level. Whether it’s a special celebration or an intimate affair, our Chef’s Table dinner for 2 to 8 guests will define the art of fine cuisine with a memorable evening of food and wine for only $135 per person. Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table 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. 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. 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.

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
6:00p-9:00p / May 1 – Heart of Rock & Roll – Huey Lewis Tribute / May 8 – Black Hat Patsy / May 15 Mor Sol / May 22 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / May 29 – Big Truth

Mother’s Day Buffet
Sunday, May 10 / 11:00a-4:00p / $62.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity / $22.95 plus tax and gratuity for children under 12.

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Saturday, May 2 – Brian Culbertson with Elan Trotman / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Saturday, May 16 – Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers with Nick Colionne / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $75 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $150 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table

Saturday, May 30 – Jazz Attack featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White & Euge Groove / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Wine Country!

April 28th, 2015

TheMothers Day 2 ancient Greeks paid annual homage to Cybele, the mother figure of their gods, the Romans dedicated an annual spring festival to the mother of their gods, and in 16th century England, a celebration called “Mothering Sunday” was inaugurated — a Sunday set aside for visiting one’s mother.  When President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill back in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day”, he dedicated the day “to the best mother in the world, your mother.”

Show your Mom how special she is!  Lunch, brunch, dinner – or just a day of wine tasting – is surely one way to get on her good side.  And remember, you’re the reason she drinks wine in the first place…

Here’s just a few ideas for spending Mother’s Day in Temecula Valley Wine Country:

If brunch suits your fancy, you’ve got lots of options!  Try Carol’s at Baily Winery; 11a-3p, Bel Vino Winery; 9a-3p, Danza del Sol Winery; 10a or 1p, Doffo Winery; 10a or 12:30p, Frangipani Winery; 11a-3p, Monte de Oro Winery; 10a or 12:30p, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa; 10a – 3p, Thornton Winery; 11a-4p, Wiens Family Cellars; 11a-1p, Wilson Creek Winery; 10a-3p.

Lunch and Dinner will both be served at Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Vineyard & Winery from 10a-8p.

And if you’ve always wanted to Learn To Paint, Oak Mountain Winery is offering a fun alternative to the usual at 1p.

All of our wineries will be open and ready to see you.  Happy Mothers Day, all!

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