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Temecula Valley Winery named California Winery of the Year!

June 30th, 2016

winery-of-the-yearWe were so excited to learn that our very own, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, has once again been named California Winery of the Year for an unprecedented 4th time!

Sacramento has just released the results from the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wine competition, and Southern California Temecula Valley’s South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has been named the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year.

Records were broken this year at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition as South Coast Winery was the first and only winery in the competition’s history to be presented with a four-time championship, naming it the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year. South Coast Winery brought home the first California State Winery of the Year award to its Southern California Temecula Valley home in 2008 and then followed it up with a back-to-back win in 2009. It earned the top title in the California State competition again in 2013 and now celebrates its fourth win for 2016.
South Coast Winery Winery of The Year 2016

Dating back to 1854, the California State Wine Competition premieres only wines made with fruit grown in California; and there were 2,854 wines judged from 750 of the state’s top wineries during this year’s competition.

“South Coast Winery is truly honored to be bringing this recognition to Temecula Valley Wine Country, especially with only 13 years of wine production. This award is a reflection of the dedication and the collaboration between our soil and vines, the vineyard team and our talented winemakers. I’m humbled to be a part of it,” states Jim Carter, the owner/vintner for the Southern California winery resort.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Carter and the entire South Coast Winery team!

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July Winery Events

June 30th, 2016

fireworks-independence-day-4th-of-july-independence (1)With so much going on in Temecula Valley during July and throughout the summer, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick just one activity to experience. Enjoy the warm days, cooler nights – and air-conditioned wineries. Take in a summer concert or sign up for a cooking class; attend a live play or see a famous jazz artist.

Avensole Winery
Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace
Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public / July 1 –Seabaz / July 2 –Danielle Taylor / July 8 –James Wells / July 9 &15 –Harmony Road / July 16 –Tim Walsh / July 22 –James Wells / July 23 –Izon Eden / July 29 –Jim Bianchi / July 30 –Hunter Pea

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio
Saturday 1p-4p and Sunday 2p-5p / All free and open to the public / July 2 & 3 –Izon Eden / July 9 –Old School Band / July 10 –Lucky Daze / July 16 –Michael LeClerc / July 17 –Shultz & Hamilton / July 23 –Lucky Daze / July 24 –Danielle Taylor / July 30 –Old School Band / July 31 –Tim Cash

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents Hamlet
July 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 / Showtime starts at 7pm at Baily’s outdoor stage / Tickets: General Seating: Regular $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military $17, Season Ticket $20. Royal Table Seating: Regular $30, Season Ticket $27 / Baily Winery maintains booth serving wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks / For ticket information please log on to www.shakespeareinthevines.com

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

Bel Vino Winery
Red, White & BBQ
Sunday, July 3rd / 12pm to 4pm / Celebrate Independence Day at Bel Vino Winery / Available for purchase will be BBQ entrées that include hamburgers, BBQ ribs and chicken, Brauts, along with two sides, extras and dessert / Please RSVP at 951.676.6414 or email dayna@belvinowinery.com

Karaoke Night
Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday
12pm to 4pm / Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage / July 2 –The 80’s Brigade / July 3 – Kanan Road / July –Gin Piston / July 10 –The VIB / July 16 –Soul Fire / July 17 –Bill Watson / July 23 –Nathan James / July 24 –Kanan Road / July 30 –Gin Piston / July 31 –The VIB

Briar Rose
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
Live Music at the Courtyard Patio
Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Friday Night Delights at Meritage at Callaway
Start your weekend off at Meritage every Friday. We have it all, sunset, live music, sangria, savory bites, good vibes and more. Relax and chill with friends on our Vineyard Terrace with panoramic views of wine country / $15 regular / $10 industry / Price includes a glass of freshly made red or white sangria and choice of two farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Diamond / For more information please visit www.callawaywinery.com

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
Sunday Live Music
2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / 7/3 –James Holland / 7/10 –Don Brennan / 7/17 –Shaula Walko / 7/24 –James Holland / 7/31 –Aaron White

Friday Night Live Music
5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm / 7/1- Lindsey Carrier / 7/8 –Jeff Brinkman / 7/15 –Joshua Taylor / 7/22 –Jerry Gontang / 7/29 –Frankie and the Invisibles

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday
July 12 / 5:30pm -8:30am / Tuesday’s just got tastier! Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for tacos, burritos, and more! Live music and admission is free. Food, wine and selected beer will be available for purchase. Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only. Wine Club complimentary glass excluded from this event/ For more details visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Food Truck Friday
July 22 / 6:30pm-10:30pm / $7 -$8 / Join us for a fun night of food, Wine, Rhythm and Blues! Live music featuring Missy Andersen / For more details visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Live Music on the Patio
1:00-5:00pm / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for a Saturday afternoon of wine and great music / July 2 –Steroflux / July 9 –Hamilton & Shultz / July 16 –Tralian Rox / July 23 –Danielle Taylor / July 30 –Britt Doehring

Doffo Winery
Live Music on the Patio
Every Saturday in July / 1p-4p / Free to the public / July 2 –Martin Mancuso / July 9 –Camille Marsh / July 16 –Lucy Laforge / July 23 –Alex and the Band / July 30 –Tralian Roslyn

Europa Village
Movie in the Vines – Finding Nemo
July 21 / 7:00p – 9:30p / Free to the public / For more information on this event, please visit www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment
6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / July 9 –Kanan Road / July 22 – Boomer McClenn / July 29 –Blue Fish

Live Music every Sunday
1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / July 3 –Astra Kelly / July 10 –Jimmy Patton / July 17 –Danielle Taylor / July 24 –Luis Andre

Falkner Winery
16th Anniversary Celebration
July 2nd – 4th / 11p – 5p / Live music, yard games and tournaments! Wine raffles every hour – 1 ticket per tasting. 50% off case sales, restaurant special baby back ribs, taco bar and bbq.

Wine Appreciation Class
July 16 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person, $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP. $70 per person with lunch option / RSVP required at 951.676.8231 ext. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden
Every Sunday in June / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition

Leoness Cellars
Annual Wine & Vine Symposium
July 15 / 5p-7pm / Featuring Los Caballos Vineyard. Sip & learn with our expert panel as they take you through a cheese paired tasting of our exceptional Merlots and share insights into the farming and winemaking process. Our panel Gary Winder, Stage Ranch Founder & Leoness Co-Owner, Mike Rennie, Leoness Co-Owner, Tim Kramer, Winemaker, Pete Mousis, Associate Winemaker, Billy Bower, Director of Agriculture, Daragh Matheson, Chef & Directory of Culinary Operations / Pre-purchase tickets at $79, Wine Club Members $69. Limited availability on tickets so reserved now by calling 951.302.7601.

Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness
Every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

Live Music in the Barrel Room
Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free and open to the public.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Smoke & Vine: A Night of Cigars and Wine
July 24 / 6p – 8p / Tickets are $85 / $76.50 for Wine Club Members / Tickets include three course dinner, two cigars paired with Lorimar wines / Tickets are available in the tasting room or online at www.lorimarwinery.com

Live Music
Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public

Live Music Sunday
2p-5pm / Free to the public

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio
12:00-4:00pm / July 2 –Dustin Jake / July 9 –Sean Wiggins / July 16 –Michael SG / July 30 –JD Priest Free to the public

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance!
July 9 / 7p-10p / Come join the fun and celebrate our 30 year anniversary! Dance with the dynamic Live Remedy! Liver Remedy is a Souther California based band who love to play fun and energetic Country and Rock music. They always leave the fans wanting more! Local artists will also join us to display their incredible photography and paintings / Food and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment
Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Every Sunday 4p-7p / Free to the public / Friday, July 1st, JD Priest / Saturday, July 2nd, DevOcean / Sunday, July 3rd, The Counterfeits / Friday, July 8th, Ruben V- Latin & salsa music / Saturday, July 9th, Bluefish / Sunday, July 10th, Lindsey Carrier / Friday, July 15th, Mickie Arnett / Saturday, July 16th, Indica Roots/ Sunday, July 17th, Rhonda Parish & Vince Mendoza duo / Friday, July 22nd, Nathan James / Saturday, July 23rd, Midnight Satellites / Friday, July 29th, Big Truth Band / Saturday, July 30th, Tricia Freeman / Sunday, July 31st, Twofish / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Sounds of Sunday
1:00-5:00pm / Come, relax and end the weekend with a glass of wine and a Bistro entrée. Live music program every Sunday on our outdoor patio / For additional information please visit us at www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Murder…Without a Clue
July 15 / 7pm – 10pm / Catch a killer over cocktails in the Mount Palomar Winery barrel room! This interactive murder mystery event is hosted by the talented performers from Dainty Dames Events and includes a delectable 3 course meal, a glass of champagne, and a mystery to solve. Don’t miss it! / Tickets are $120++, $110++ for wine club members / Tickets and more online at www.MountPalomarWinery.com/MurderMysteryDinner

Paint Nite – Coco Caliente
July 17 / 1pm – 3pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!) / Tickets $45, includes supplies / More online at www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Upcoming-Events

Noise Pollution: The AC/DC Experience
July 22 / 6pm – 10pm / Live at Mount Palomar Winery
Playing all the hits such as: Back In Black • Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) • Highway To Hell • Thunderstruck • You Shook Me All Night Long • TNT • Hell’s Bells For Those About To Rock…and so many more! / Tickets $25, $30 at the door / Tickets online at Heyday.com

Ponte Family Estate Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! 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 / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn
Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour for specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Wine, Dine & Painting Class
July 24 / 10am-2pm / This exclusive package comes with three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu to redeem at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / $75 per person / $70 Wine Club / Purchase tickets online at SouthCoastwinery.com or call 951.587.9463 Ext. 5250

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Because you’ve got good taste…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.

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.

GrapeSeed Stretch
Yoga at the GrapeSeed Spa / Saturdays: 8am Harmonizing Hatha / Sundays: 8am Hot Yoga / Resorts Guests $10 / Non-guests $20 / Spa Members: Complimentary / Call to reserve at 951.587.9463 ext. 3513

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music
6pm-9pm / Free to public / July 1 –“ Jason Lohrke as Neil Diamond”- The Early Years / July 8 –Crimson Crow / July 15 – Little Lies Band with Big Truth / July 22 –“Mick Adams & the Stones – Rolling Stones Tribute Band” / July 29 –B.I.G. / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series
Al Jarreau / July 16 / 7pm / $85 Gen. Adm.; $160 GSP
Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown / July 23 / 7pm / $85 Gen. Adm.; $160 GSP
For reservations call 951.699.0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 129

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Prawn & Avocado Salad with Creamy Orange Chive Dressing

June 30th, 2016

timthumbThis zesty and colorful salad with lemony prawns and a bright tangy dressing is the essence of California living. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Pinot Grigio or Rosé.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoons sea salt

¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 pound prawns (about 24), peeled and deveined

¼ cup full fat plain yogurt

3 tablespoons minced chives

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced orange zest

2 teaspoons minced lemon zest

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon sea salt

6 handfuls mixed lettuce greens

3 navel oranges, peel and pith removed with a knife, cut into ½-inch dice

2 large avocados, halved and pitted, flesh cut into ½ inch dice

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the prawns and mix well.

Place a steam basket or rack in a large saucepan. Add water to a level not quite touching the steamer. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the prawns, cover and steam for 3 minutes.

Remove the prawns from pan and set them aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil with the yogurt, chives, mayonnaise, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest, lemon zest, sugar and ½ teaspoon salt.

To serve, place a handful of mixed greens on each plate.

Top each serving with diced orange and avocado pieces, and prawns.

Drizzle each salad with dressing.

Season with pepper and garnish with a lemon wedge

Suggested Pairings: 

Baily Winery ~ 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese – Fun, fruity and full of character.

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio – Soft candied aromas of honeysuckle, almonds and leche fruit.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese – A summery bouquet of rosy red fruit and flowers: strawberry, cherry, raspberry, rose petal and cherry blossom fill the nose and palate of this perfect warm weather wine.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio – This wine offers subtle notes of green apple, lemon and pear, with a crisp refreshing finish.

Recipe & photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California

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June Winery Events

June 1st, 2016

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Summertime kicks off with a number of exciting events at your favorite Temecula wineries.  From an awesome sounding Celebrity Chef Dinner, to multiple Father’s Day events, “movies in the vines” and everything in between, we’ve got you covered in June!

Avensole Winery
Painting in the Vines / June 14 / 1pm-4pm / Cost $49; 15% off for Wine Club Members / Explore your creative side as you paint a wine themed piece and sip Avensole wines.  Includes all materials and a glass of your favorite Avensole wine.

Father’s Day BBQ / June 19 / 11am to 5pm / This day should be all about dad! Treat your father to a memorable BBQ at Avensolde Winery. A glass of beer, explore wine or cocktail included in every Father’s BBQ entree purchase.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace
 / Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public / 6/3 James Wells / 6/4 Michael LeClerc / 6/11 Justin Shultz / 6/18- tba / 6/25 Tim Walsh

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio / Saturday 1p-4p and Sunday 2p-5p / All free and open to the public / 6/4 Mickie Arnett / 6/5 Brian Stodart / 6/11 funk Shui Planet / 6/12- tba / 6/19 Hunter Pea / 6/25 Mickie Arnett / 6/26 Funk Shui Planet

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines – Much Ado About Nothing / June 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 & 26 / Showtime starts at 7pm / Much Ado About Nothing stands tall as one of Shakespeare’s most popular and relevant comedies / Tickets: General Seating: Regular $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military $17, Season Ticket $20. Royal Table Seating: Regular $30, Season Ticket $27 / For ticket information please log on to www.shakespeareinthevines.com

Father’s Day Lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / June 19 / 11:30a- 3p / Regular Menu plus some Father’s Day special menu items / For more information please call 951.676.9463
Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday (closed June 5th) / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / / Live acoustic music on the patio

Bel Vino Winery
Cigar Dinner / June 25 / 6p-9p / 3 Cigars paired with 3-Course meal along with award-winning wines. Live Music for entertainment / Wine Club Member $59.95, Non-members $65.95 / RSVP by calling 951.676.6414 or visit www.belvinowinery.com

Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered.
Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-5:00pm / Free to the public

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
Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Live music at Meritage at Callaway / Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 7pm
All free and open to the public.

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
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm /

Doffo Winery
3rd Annual MotoDoffo Event for the Benefit of the Kurt Caselli Foundation / June 11 /
10am – 4pm / Tickets available at http://doffowines.com/caselli-16 or at the gate.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio / 1:00-5:00pm / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for a Saturday afternoon of wine and great music / June 4th – Michael SG / June 11th – Dustin Jake / June 18th – Rosewood & Rye / June 25th – JD Priest

Taco Tuesday / June 14 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Tuesdays Just Got Tastier!
Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for Tacos, Burritos, and More! Live music! / Admission is FREE! / Wine and selected beer for purchase. Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only. Wine Club complimentary glass excluded from this event.

Get Sauced! / June 26 / It’s Sunday Funday! / 3p-6p /Join us for a fun filled afternoon of food, wine, and culinary entertainment in our Club House! Cooking demo class, & small plates by The M Group, wine pairings by our educated staff, and recipes to take home and special wine discounts provided, and smiles by you!
– Menu –
• Smoked Tri-Tip with Blueberry Chutney SAUCE
• Bone-in Short Rib with Chipotle Bacon Peach BBQ SAUCE
• Grilled Fruit Kabob with Marshmallow Amaretto SAUCE
$60 per person | $54 Wine Club
All tickets are subject to 8% tax. Gratuity not included / Seating is Limited, and by RSVP Only! Call Kelly at (951) 302-6363 ext. 26 or purchase your tickets online at www.danzadelsolwinery.com/reservation-events

Europa Village
Movie in the Vines / June 16 / 7:30p-10:00p / Outdoor Screening of the movie “Chef” (Rated R). Please bring blankets / Food truck “That’s What Cheese Said” and Popcorn & Candy to be sold / Free with online RSVP. Please visit www.europavillage.com

International Music & Wine Dinner – “Tastes & Sounds of Europa” / June 23 / 6:00p-9:00p / 5 course dinner prepared by Chef Dean with a Spanish, French & Italian musical performance / $89 per person / Tickets may be purchased online at www.europavillage.com

Wine Education Class by Dr. Doug – Italian Theme / June 30 / 6:00p-8:00p / Wine Education class taught by our Level III Sommelier and food pairings / $29 per guest / Tickets purchased may be purchase online at www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / June 3- Big Truth / June 10- Abrakadabra / June 17- Blue Fish

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / June 5- Dustin Jake / June 12- Jimmy Patton / June 19- Astra Kelly / June 26- Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / June 18 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person, $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP. $70 per person with lunch option / RSVP required at 951.676.8231 ext. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday in June / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition /

Winemaker Dinner at the Pinnacle / June 25 / 6:00pm / Wine and appetizers in the vines; 5 course wine pairing dinner / $120 pp / RSVP required at 951.676.8231 ext. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinrey.com

Foot Path Winery
Food, Wine and Music / June 25 / 6:30p-9:00p / $30 per person / Musical entertainment by Jason Webber / Includes one glass of wine and finger food / For reservations and information please contact deanefoote@verizon.com or call 951.265.9951

Frangipani Winery
Father’s Day Cigar Dinner / June 18 / 5:30p-9:00p / $49 per person + tax; Wine Club Members $39 per person + tax / Celebrate Father’s Day at our Cigar Night with Casa Lovo cigars and food catered by Mad Mike’s American Gourmet sausages. Includes a glass of wine, dinner, cigar hand rolled at the event / Reservations are required by June 13th. Please contact the winery at 951.699.8845 to reserve.

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant / Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm.
Live Music in the Barrel Room / Sunday 1pm-4pm.
All Free & Open to the Public

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Movie in the Vines / June 27 / Three Amigos / Movie start at sunset. No cost for admission / Wine and food available for purchase.

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public / June 3- Bodie / June 4- Mrs. Jones Revenge / June 10- Mercedes Moore Band / June 11- Lifetime Rocker / June 17- Kanan Road / June 18- Mrs. Jones Revenge / June 25- Midnight Satellites
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public / June 5- Alaina Blair / June 12- JD Priest / June26- Al & Brad

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance! / June 25 / 7p-10p / Come join the fun and celebrate our 30 year anniversary! Dance with the dynamic Kepi Payne Project! This high-profile energy band will keep you on your feet all night long! They perform an electric variety of music from Jazz, Funk, R & B/Soul, Blues and Classic Rock! Local artists will also join us to display their incredible photography and paintings / Food and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7pm-10pm / Free to the public /
Friday, June 3 – Mercedes Moore; Old school soul, blues, R & B / Saturday, June 4 – Devocean; local reggae-rock and ska band / Friday, June 10 Ruben V; Latin & salsa music / Saturday, June 11 – Bluefish; big rock sounds from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s / Friday, June 17 – Mickie Arnett; 90’s rock and covers! / Saturday, June 18 – Missy Andersen; know as So. Cal’s top blue’s diva! / Friday, June 24 – Midnight Satellites; gutsy, modern rock performers / Saturday, June 25 – Nathan James; winner of the International Blues Challenge / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Sounds of Sunday / 1:00-5:00pm / Come, relax and end the weekend with a glass of wine and a Bistro entrée. Live music program every Sunday on our outdoor patio / For additional information please visit us at www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
Monte Carlo Night – Benefitting Cause Fur Paws / June 11 / 6p-9p / 100% of the money earned goes towards our furry friends diabetes treatments! $50 donation includes: play money and 1 glass of wine. Fun & prizes too! / Food, wine and beer available for purchase / For tickets call 951.699.9102 or email val1@causefurpaws.org

Mount Palomar Winery
Father’s Day BBQ / June 19 / 10:00a – 6:00p / Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day by treating him to an open air BBQ at the beautiful Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula. The special menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, salmon, sausages, hotdogs, and classic BBQ salads. Beer and wine will both be available.Reservations online at: www.MountPalomarWinery.com/FathersDay

Paint Nite / 1:00p – 3:00pm / June 5- Yellow Koi / June 19- Heady Hops / June 25- Pretty Petals / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!) You’ll leave with a beautiful painting at each session / Cost: $45 per person for each session / Tickets online at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Dead Man’s Party – A Tribute to Oingo Boingo / June 17 / 6:00 – 10:00 pm / Enjoy a beautiful evening in the vineyards under the stars at Mount Palomar Winery! Playing all the hits such as: Weird Science • Dead Man’s Party • Just Another Day • Good For Your Soul • Who Do You Want To Be • Private Life • Grey Matter • Stay * Only A Lad • No One Lives Forever • We Close Our Eyes • Goodbye Goodbye and so many more greats songs! / Tickets online at www.heyday.com / Preorder tickets $25, $30 day of show

Elizabeth Huett Live at Mount Palomar Winery / June 24 / 6:00p – 10:00p / Elizabeth Huett will showcase many country hits as well as her own songs from across the southland. Elizabeth Huett has toured the world in 22 countries, playing 216 shows as a backing vocalist for international superstar, Taylor Swift, and has just signed a major deal with Interscope records. She is also co-writer of Sara Evan’s “Put my Heart Down,” Evans’s single has been playing on country radio stations, such as local K-FROG/ Preorder tickets $25, $30 day of show / Log on to www.mountpalomarwinery.com

Ponte Family Estate Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! 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 / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour for specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Celebrity Chef Dinner / Friday, June 17 / 6pm-11pm / What do you get when you combine Southern California’s MasterChef with Master Winemakers? An award-winning seven-course wine and food paired pop-up dinner that is hot “off-the-grid”! Join us for the first ever pop-up dinner with Chef Claudia Sandoval winner of Season 6 MasterChef will be hosting a partnership with South Coast Winery. 7 course dinners perfectly paired with 7 award-winning wines plus a champagne cocktail hour and appetizer raw bar. You’ll even receive an autographed copy of “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico” as part of this magical adventure / Cost $195 / Packages are available including a luxurious overnight stay, but space is limited so reserve today: SaborYVinos.com

Wine, Dine & Painting Class / Sunday, June 26 / 10am-2pm / This exclusive package comes with three-hours instruction and supplies to pain your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu to redeem at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Cost $75 per person; $70 Wine Club / Purchase tickets online at SouthCoastWinery.com or cal 951.587.9463 Ext. 5250

Live Entertainment at the Vineyard Rose / Every Friday and Saturday in June / 6pm-9pm / Visit SouthCoastWinery.com/event for details.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Because you’ve got good taste…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.

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.

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music / 6pm-9pm / Free to public / June 3- Illegal Sveeds / June 10- Crimson Crow / June 17- Big Truth / June 24- Kanan Road / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series
Peter White, Paul Taylor, Euge Groove / Sunday, June 5th / 4:00pm / General Admission $75; Gourmet Supper Package $150 / Call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129 for reservations

Boney James / Saturday, June 11th / 7:00pm / General Admission $85; Gourmet Supper Package $160 / Call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129 for reservations

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall / Saturday, June 18th / 7:00pm / General Admission $95; Gourmet Supper Package $170 / Call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129 for reservations.

Photo courtesy of Josue Castro

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Wacky Weather Patterns & The Vineyards

June 1st, 2016

It was predicted to be an epic weather event of almost historic proportions but the highly anticipated El TVWGA--104Niño of winter 2015-2016 failed to materialize here in Southern California Wine Country.

Grape growers and winemakers alike were hoping that the record rainfall predicted with El Niño would bring much needed moisture to local vineyards. January did bring a few days of moisture but February turned up the heat with unusually high temperatures and March through May wasn’t much cooler.

According to recent news from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, the threat of El Niño has past. However, they do say to expect “La Niña” to influence our weather later this summer and through the winter, which means warmer temperatures and less than normal rainfall. Though, not exactly music to the ears of local vintners and growers, they are finding less water is producing smaller grapes with more concentrated sugar and more complex flavor.

Grapevines thrive in less-than-desirable conditions. Their roots reach deep to find water. In fact, according to the University of California Drought Management program, “In the production of wine grapes, it has long been recognized that water deficits can lead to improved fruit quality–especially in red wine varieties,” the hallmark of Temecula Valley Wine Country.

According to local vineyard owner and winemaker David Bradley of Vindemia Winery, “To grow grapes in Temecula Valley, we need snow in Colorado,” which, in turn will feed one of the Southwest’s main water sources, the Colorado River. News of recent snowstorms in the region is a hopeful sign for what could be a very dry period ahead for Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Bradley says with so many warm winters over the past few years, they “look for budbreak to be early” with “new harvest dates of July and August,” rather than the traditional September start.

Gus Vizgirda, Winemaker at Wilson Creek Winery, has been crafting wines and tending vines in the valley for decades and has kept meticulous records. After looking at a number of variables such as rainfall, daily high and low temperatures, grape tonnage and harvest times, he’s observed that, over the last 10 years or so, harvest is starting earlier and earlier, while the actually length of the crucial growing season is become shorter.

Other growers and winemakers have noticed a similar pattern and are taking steps to adapt to the effects of climate change. Last year, for example, local vineyards began to adjust their water usage, when supply was cut by 10% by the Rancho California Water District. Vineyards that didn’t comply faced stiff, and expensive, penalties.

“It is important to remember that while striving to regulate water applications, the overall health and well-being of the vine is paramount. Balancing the crop load, vine vigor and water uptake are all important facets of the grape quality that is yielded. We are in a new era of grape growing and water will always be part of the equation. How we use it certainly determines our wine quality and outcome,” states Jon McPherson, Master Winemaker for South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery.

One way to conserve water, said Craig Larson, winemaker for Callaway Vineyard & Winery, is “to constantly monitor the vineyards and water the vines for short, more frequent periods, to avoid over stressing the vines. Conditions can change rapidly.” Last harvest, Larson noted, it wasn’t uncommon to make a harvesting decision only to find, a few days later, that the grapes had already begun to dehydrate – something you didn’t see several years ago.

Proper and selective canopy management and monitoring nutrient requirements are key with these drier, warmer conditions and, adds Bradley, “Mulch, soil temperatures and pest health will also need greater attention.”

El Niño may not have delivered its expected downpours and who knows if La Niña will bring the dry conditions predicted. Whatever nature brings in the coming months, the growers and winemakers will adapt and accept the challenge, and continue to craft another stellar vintage in Temecula Valley.

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The Art of Wine Labels

June 1st, 2016

RenzoniWineLabelYou can’t judge a wine by its label—but a beautiful “cover” certainly can’t hurt. Temecula Valley wineries are putting just as much creativity and originality into their label designs as they are in their wines. And the results are inspiring.

Wine labels are the first thing that attracts a consumer when contemplating which wine to choose. Some first-time shoppers even choose a wine by the label–after all, the label builds the anticipation of what’s inside the bottle. It’s the quality of the wine itself that makes customers loyal fans.

Temecula Valley vintners are adorning their bottles with art that is not only beautiful, sometimes even fun, but often tells a sentimental story. The label of Lorimar Winery’s 2014 Chardonnay bears scenic photographs of the vineyard from which it came, in each of the four seasons. The images were taken by Temecula-based photographer Bodhi Smith, and the four-image work, called “Seasons of Del Oro,” is for sale on coasters and as an art piece at the winery.

Oak Mountain Winery’s Double Trouble 2013 Riesling has a bright blue label depicting Buddy and Bandit, the two beloved Queensland Heelers of vintners Valerie and Steve Andrews. The label is a watercolor painting by local artist Tamra Gerard. The artwork also can be found in “Winery Dogs of USA” book #3.

Robert Renzoni Winery’s 2013 Fiore di Fano, a Super Tuscan blend of estate-grown Cabernet, Sauvignon, Brunello Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, has special meaning to owner and winemaker Robert Renzoni. The classically styled painting that adorns the label was a gift from a special friend he met on a journey to his family’s hometown, Fano, Italy.

Wiens Winery’s Red Crowded is a red-wine blend so-named for the “crowd” of varietals in each vintage, such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Cabrenet Franc, Sangiovese and Syrah in the 2014. Red Crowded is one of a series, which also includes White Crowded and Pink Crowded (rosé) blends, fancifully designed featuring appropriately colored red, white and pink birds by local artist Kelly Vivanco. All three designs are available on posters and t-shirts.

Falkner Winery’s 2014 Risque Riesling is illustrated with a sleek black pump and tube of vibrant red lipstick in a classy nod to consumers, often women, according to owner Loretta  Falkner, who like a bit of sweetness in their white wine. Risque Riesling is part of Falkner’s sweet Seductive Series, which also includes a red blend and rosé.

South Coast Winery vintner Jim Carter commissioned artist Tamra Gerard to paint a portrait of his dear Aunt Ruby as she might have looked in the 1920s for his Ruby Cuvée. Both the label and the carefully crafted sparkling Syrah in the bottle are intended to capture the effervescent charm of Ruby Carter, who was always the belle of the ball. The art can be found on t-shirts, posters, coasters and magnets in South Coast’s gift shop.

Newly opened Fazeli Cellars pays homage to owner BJ Fazeli’s homeland with a series of wines named for acclaimed Persian poets. The 2012 Ferdowsi Cabernet Franc is named for Abu Ferdowsi, widely known as the most influential figure in Persian literature, and is designed by BJ’s daughter, Romy Fazeli. The artwork features a stylized grapevine symbolizing Fazeli’s “Our Roots Run Deep” motto.

These are just a few of the beautifully designed wine labels from Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Not only are the wines carefully and passionately crafted, so are the labels.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Red Curry Chicken

May 26th, 2016

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This recipe, provided to us by Jason Rivas, Executive Chef at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, looks absolutely fabulous!  Chef Rivas says “To set the record straight, curry is not a dish.  It is a collaboration of spices and ingredients composed into one dish. Curries will vary from region to region, person to person, and family to family; but the best thing about a curry is it constantly evolves.”  You’ll want to pair this with South Coast Winery’s 2014 Riesling.

Ingredients:

Red Curry Paste:

2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp paprika
4 tsp New Mexico Chili Powder
1 tsp black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 6 oz can tomato paste
6 each garlic cloves crushed
1 large knob of ginger, finely grated

Directions:
Place cumin, coriander, mustard, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper in a sauté pan.  Toast spices over a medium heat for about 1-2 min, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Toasting the spices will help to release flavors and will give a different dynamic to the spice.

Place the toasted spices in a spice grinder and grind to a powder.

In a medium size bowl mix everything together.  It should form a paste.

Chicken:

2 whole chickens
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Directions:
Split each chicken into four pieces: Cut down the middle of the chicken, breast side first,  then continue all the way down through the back bone. Cutting through the back bone will require some force. Place one hand on the front of the blade to help set the blade into the bone; then grip the handle tight and push down hard to cut through the bone.

Cut in between the breast and the leg to separate the two. Repeat for both chickens.

Rub all the chicken parts liberally with the curry paste, let set for minimum 4 hours, up to 24 hours.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and preheat your oven to 350. Add a touch of olive oil to the skillet, season the chicken with salt and pepper, then place skin side down. Cook for about 4 mins then flip over. Once the chicken has been flipped over, place the skillet in the oven. Cook for about 20-30 mins. (or until chicken is done).

Photo courtesy of The Culinary Chronicles

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Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame

April 29th, 2016

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The Temecula Valley Winegrowers were excited to introduce the first Hall of Fame inductees at the 33rd Annual Grape Day conference on April 21, 2016 at South Coast Winery in Temecula, California. The inductees honored were Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo, and John Moramarco.

“The recent passing of wine country pioneer Vince Cilurzo prompted the TVWA Board of Directors to consider ways we could honor his memory,” stated Phil Baily, TVWA Board member. “In discussing this, we realized that other pioneers should be recognized, most notably Audrey Cilurzo, because Vince and Audrey partnered in their accomplishments. John Moramorco was unquestionably the key leader of our rise in the 1960s and for the following thirty-plus years.”

Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first commercial wine grape vineyard in the Temecula Valley. They established Cilurzo Vineyard and Winery as one of the first wineries in the Temecula Valley. As husband and wife, they championed the growing of red wine grapes, most notably Petite Sirah. They offered help, encouragement and support to all the wineries that followed them.

John Moramarco planted one of the first commercial wine grape vineyards in the Temecula Valley in 1968 while working for Brookside Winery. In the late 1980s his efforts helped Riverside County create the citrus/vineyard zone which preserved agriculture and laid the foundation for the remarkable growth of wineries over the ensuing years. Moramarco also worked to mobilize Riverside County, the City of Temecula, State and Federal efforts to successfully combat the spread of Pierce’s Disease in Temecula Valley vineyards.

Future inductees will be chosen from submissions that meet specified criteria, which will be announced in the coming months.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Tacos de Carnitas with Salsa Verde

April 29th, 2016

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So, are you a traditionalist and think that tacos are best enjoyed with beer or margaritas?  Well, we’re here to tell you that you’d be missing out if you didn’t consider serving them with wine instead! In honor of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo and our featuring of rosé wine this season, we dare you to try one of Temecula Valley’s dry rosé wines with this yummy Mexican favorite!

Ingredients:
2 medium onions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 pounds boneless pork butt (shoulder), rind removed, cut into 2-inch cubes
Kosher salt
1 medium orange
6 cloves garlic, split in half
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick, broken into three or four pieces
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 medium tomatillos (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and split in half
2 jalapeño peppers, split in half lengthwise, stem removed
3 limes, cut into wedges
1 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta
24 corn tortillas

Directions:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 275 degrees. Cut one onion into fine dice and combine with cilantro. Refrigerate until needed. Split remaining onion into quarters. Set aside. Season pork chunks with 1 tablespoon salt and place in a 9 by 13 glass casserole dish. The pork should fill the dish with no spaces. Split orange into quarters and squeeze juice over pork. Nestle squeezed orange pieces into casserole. Add 2 onion quarters, 4 cloves garlic, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick to casserole. Nestle everything into an even layer. Pour vegetable oil over surface. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in oven. Cook until pork is fork tender, about 3 1/2 hours.

Set large fine-meshed strainer 1 quart liquid measure or bowl. Using tongs, remove orange peel, onion, garlic, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves from pork. Transfer pork and liquid to strainer. Let drain for 10 minutes. Transfer pork back to casserole. You should end up with about 1/2 cup liquid and 1/2 cup fat. Using a flat spoon or de-fatter, skim fat from surface and add back to pork. Shred pork into large chunks with fingers or two forks. Season to taste with salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Transfer remaining liquid to medium saucepot.

Add tomatillos, remaining 2 onion quarters, remaining 2 garlic cloves, and jalapeños to saucepot with strained pork liquid. Add water until it is about 1-inch below the top of the vegetables. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook until all vegetables are completely tender, about 10 minutes. Blend salsa with hand blender or in a stand-up blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

To serve: Place casserole dish with pork 4-inches under a high broiler and broil until brown and crisp on surface, about 6 minutes. Remove pork, stir with a spoon to expose new bits to heat, and broil again for 6 more minutes until crisp. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat tortillas. Preheat an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Working one tortilla at a time, dip tortilla in bowl filled with water. Transfer to hot skillet and cook until water evaporates from first side and tortilla is browned in spots, about 30 seconds. Flip and cook until dry, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer tortilla to a tortilla warmer, or wrap in a clean dish towel. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

To eat, stack two tortillas on top of each other. Add two to three tablespoons carnitas mixture to center. Top with salsa verde, chopped onions and cilantro, and queso fresco. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe courtesy of SeriousEats.com; photo courtesy of J. Kenji López-ALT

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May Winery Events

April 29th, 2016

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May is a big month for wine and dine celebrations! Mother’s Day, Cinco de’ Mayo, Memorial Day, weddings and spring birthdays…just to name a few!  Check out what’s happening in wine country this month!

Avensole Winery
Live Music /Free to the public / Shultz & Hamilton, May 1st 2-5pm / Lindsey Carrier, May 7th 3-6pm / Brian Stodart, May 8th 2-6pm / Brian Stodart, May 14th 3-6pm / Shultz & Hamilton, May 15th 2-5pm / Michael LeClerc, May 21st 3-6pm / Midnight Satellites, May 22nd 2-5pm / Hunter May, 28th 3-6pm / Shane Hall, May 29th 2-5pm

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Mother’s Day at Carol’s Restaurant / May 8 / 11:30am-3:00pm / $44.95 pp, children 12 and under $15.95, 5 yrs. and under are free / Includes choice of soft drink, iced tea, coffee, or tea / Reservations Only; credit card is necessary for reservations / For information and 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 / / 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.

Announcement: Carol’s Restaurant will be closed for vacation on May 23rd – June 5th

Bel Vino Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 8th / 9am-3pm / Buffet will consist of over 15 different breakfast and lunch offerings plus mimosas and non-alcoholic beverages. DJ music by DJ Austin. Wine and beer available at extra cost / $59.95 Adult, $54.95 Wine Club Member Adult, $22.95 Children 12 and under, $19.95 Wine Club Member Children 12 and under / Reservations are recommended. Please call 951.676.6414 to reserve.

Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered.
Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-5:00pm / Free / May 1-Michael SG Band / May 7- Kings of Rhythm / May 14- Steven Ybarra / May 15- Kanan Road / May 21- Gin Piston

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 accouterments. 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
Mother’s Day / May 8 / Wondering what to do for that special person in your life? Treat Mom to an enjoyable day wine tasting! Enjoy a glass of wine, share a meat and cheese platter, and finish with our triple chocolate Ghirardelli brownies all for only $45. What a great way to spend the day with Mom! Live music from 2-5p so plan on making a day with her. No reservation required.

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free / May 1st Smooth jazz, acoustical guitarist Will Sumner / May 15th Steel drum, island vibe Shaula Walko / May 22nd Acoustical guitarist Don Brennan / May 8th acoustical guitarist James Holland

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm / May 6th Pop/Rock/Tribute Kenny Hale / May 13th and May 27th Indie, Pop, Rock and R&B singer-songwriter Evan Diamond-Goldberg / May 20th Instrumental Rock and Roll Frankie and the Invisibles / May 29th acoustic melodies and jazzy grooves Britt Doehring

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio / 1:00-5:00pm / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for a Saturday afternoon of wine and great music /

Europa Village
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 8th / 12:00-3:00pm / Gourmet three-course champagne lunch prepared by Europa’s Chef Dean / Live music by Jimmy Patton / Adults $54, Children 12 and under $15 / Tickets can be purchased through www.europavillage.com or by calling Events Dept. at 951.695.7175

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / May 6th – Big Truth / May 13th – Kanan Road / May 27th – JD Priest
Live Music every Sunday at the Veranda / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / May 1st – X Panse / May 15th – Michael LeClerc / May 29th – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, May 21 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45pp; $40pp Connoisseur; $20pp VIP; $70pp with lunch option / Reservations required 951.676.8231 x.109

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition / May 1 – Jenga Fire / May 8 – Washer Toss / May 15 – Bean Bag (Cornhole) Toss / May 22 – Wine Pong / May 29 – Jenga Fire

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness
Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 5-8pm, Sunday 1-4pm

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7pm-10pm / Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Sounds of Sunday / 1:00-5:00pm / Come, relax and end the weekend with a glass of wine and a Bistro entrée. Live music program every Sunday on our outdoor patio / For additional information please visit us at www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch in The Cave / May 8 / 12:00-3:00pm / A wonderful brunch menu awaits you in The Cave. Brunch includes unlimited sparkling wine / $65 pp, Members $60. Children, ages 3-12 $24 (3yrs and under are free). Plus tax and 20% gratuity / For a complete menu please visit www.oakmountainwinery.com. For reservations and menu information call 951.699.9102 or email events@oakmountainwinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Wine Country Wiener Fest / May 1 / 11am-4pm / It’s time for the annual Wine Country Wiener Fest! Mount Palomar Winery is proud to host this yearly event to support local Dachshund rescue groups. The event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated! For more information about the event, go online to http://wienerfest.info/ Admission: Free to attend

Born Jovi – A tribute to Bon Jovi / May 6 / 6:00-10:00pm / Live concert at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula / Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Annata Bistro/Bar will be closing early at 5pm for the concert. / Tickets are online at heyday.com; $25 pre-order, $30 day of show.

Mother’s Day Special / May 7th & 8th / 11am-7:30pm / Mount Palomar Winery is running a special Mother’s Day menu, and we’re offering one free mimosa to any Moms with their Mother’s Day meal, all weekend May 7th & 8th / Full menu and reservations available online at MountPalomarWinery.com/MothersDay

Dionysus Dash 5k / May 15 / 8:15am / Time to run with the Greek god! The Dionysus Dash features music, food, fun, and of course, wine / Register online at http://www.dionysusdash.com/
Registration fee: $45 Optional lunch preorder: $12

Happy Hour ant Annata Bistro / Bar / 3:00-6:00pm / Wednesday – Friday (except for holiday & special events) / $2 off draft beer and starters, $3 off craft cocktails.

Ponte Family Estate Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! 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 / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour for specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Vineyard Rose / May 8th / 10am to 3pm / $65 per adult, includes Sparkling Wine Toast . $22 for Children 12 and under. Plux tax & gratuity / Reservations are limited and required. Call 951-587-9463 ext. 7230 / Visit SouthCoastWinery.com for full menu details.

Wine, Dine & Painting Class / May 22nd / 10am-2pm / This exclusive package comes with three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu to redeem at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant./ $75 per person; $70 Wine Club / Purchase tickets online at SouthCoastWinery.com or call 951.587.9463 Ext. 5250

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Because you’ve got good taste…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.

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.

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