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Golden State Sliders

These sliders bring together a tantalizing medley of meats and toppings, resulting in a bite-sized masterpiece that embodies the true essence of the Golden State. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


Patty Ingredients:

  • 1-pound (454g) medium ground beef
  • ½ pound (225g) lean ground beef
  • 1-pound (454g) ground turkey
  • A bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ – 1 cups (60-120g) breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) Worcestershire sauce


  • Arugula
  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Pickled red onions
  • 12 buns (recommend brioche)
  • Slices of aged sharp cheddar
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

Sauces, as desired:

  • Dijon
  • Ketchup
  • Aioli or mayonnaise


  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meats with the chopped parsley, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and ½ cup of breadcrumbs. If the texture feels too wet, add in more breadcrumbs until the patties feel like they’ll hold their shape.
  • Using hands, roll out into 10-12 even balls, using your mini buns as reference. Reminder! They will shrink a bit as they cook. Press lightly to form patties.
  • Place patties in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare your toppings.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the patties to your liking, adding the slices of cheese on top of the patties once they’ve been flipped. Toast your buns on the grill in the last minute or two before the burgers are done.
  • Remove from heat and place back into the mixing bowl if chilling to serve cold or place an even amount onto each plate and top with a spoon of goat cheese. Sprinkle fresh shredded basil overtop and serve.
  • Build with desired toppings and sauces and serve warm.

Suggested Wines:

Falkner Winery~ 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon – The wine has smooth flavors of blueberry and plum.

Chapin Winery ~ 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon This wine has aromas of blueberry, mocha, plum and vanilla.

Wiens Family Cellars~ 2019 Kriel Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine has aromas of black plum, nutmeg & baked vanilla bean

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


March Winery Events

Altisima Winery 

Altisima Under the Stars | March 1st | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Live music, specialty wine cocktails, extended restaurant hours and more! | 21+ only  

Wedding Meet & Greet | March 30th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Light bites, tasting and tour for prospective wedding/event clients  

Easter Brunch | March 31st | 10:00am – 4:00pm. | Enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Altisima! Brunch and lunch selections are available at Gaspar’s Restaurant for Easter, along with live music! Visit this link for reservation information:

Callaway Winery 

America’s Pub Quiz Trivia | March 6th | Trivia begins promptly at 6:00pm | Wine, beer and food available for purchase  

Boots After Dark | March 21st | 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. | Come learn to line dance and do some boot-scootin’! | Wine, beer and food available for purchase | Free Admission 

Easter Sunday | March 31st | Enjoy an eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday at Meritage at Callaway | For reservations: 

Churon Inn & Winery 

Shamrock Sparkle Special | March 17th | Stop by the tasting room all day for a special Green “Shamrock Sparkle” drink.  

Adult Easter Egg Hunt | March 31st | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Eggs will be filled with free drink vouchers, food vouchers, candy, discounts off merchandise, and a grand prize! 

Cougar Vineyards & Winery 

Yappy Hour | March 10th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet in the picnic area | Puppy adoptions, trainer, Sip-n-Shop, and live music.  

Easter Brunch | March 31st | Seatings at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. | $69.95/$59.95 wineclub, $19.95 13-under | $15 unlimited mimosas | Live music 2:00pm – 5:00pm |Tickets available on our webstore:

Doffo Winery 

Sunset Seafood Boil | Saturday, March 16th |  6:00pm | Feast on a Southern-style, fresh all-you-can-devour peel-and-eat shrimp, PEI mussels, crawfish, cajun sausage, corn, and potatoes – all perfectly paired with our Doffo Vermentino |  Tickets on our website:  

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Evening Mixer | Wednesday, March 20th |  5:30pm | Register Here: 

Falkner Winery 

Three2Seven events Sip ‘n Shop | March 9th |11:00am – 3:00pm 

Salsa Night with Salsafama | March 16th | 5:00pm – 10:00pm  

Fazeli Cellars 

Flights and Bites | March 16th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy live music with a full bar and our unique flights and bites menu 

Frangipani Winery 

St. Patrick’s Day | March 17th |12:00 – 5:00pm | $20 Frangipani Winery Members & $25 Non-Members plus tax includes food and one glass of wine | Reservations required by March 14 | Call winery at 951-699-8845 

Cool Jazz Music Night | March 20th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | $15.95 plus tax, Includes Dinner and ticket to event. Reservations Required Call 714-801-9235   

Sip and Shop Vendor Market presented by Tala Market | March 24th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm. | Enjoy Frangipani Estate Winery while shopping with local vendors, and entertainment from local performers.  

Easter Saturday Fun | March 30th | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Bunny on site for photos, Live Music, food available for purchase, crafts & fun for kids. 

Leoness Cellars 

All Wine Members Spring Dance | March 29th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm 

Lorimar Winery 

Laugh Your Glass Off | March 28th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ | $30 / $27 Wine Club / $24 Symphony Club 

Easter Brunch | March 31st | 11:00am & 2:00pm | Price varies by age  

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Masia & Danza Blind Tasting Experience | March 2nd | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Tickets: 

Karaoke Night | March 29th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy an evening of Karaoke on the patio, along with wine and food truck 

Easter Family Fun Day | March 31st | 11:00 am – 2:00pm | Easter egg hunt (while supplies last), drink specials, kiddie mocktails, food for purchase by Brew Boyz | Free event! 

Miramonte Winery 

Girls Day Out Spring Market | March 10th |11:00am – 2:00pm | Free event 

Oak Mountain Winery 

The Killer Dueling Pianos | March 14th | 6:00pm -10:00pm 

St Pattys Day Celebration with DJ | March 17th | Featured food items and specialty cocktail! 

Wild West Murder Mystery Dinner | March 23rd | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Tickets available on 
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Bridal Open | March 2nd | 21+ Only | For more information available at 

Trivia Night: Shrek | March 7th | Gather your swamp squad and unleash your inner ogre expertise. Don’t miss out on this Shrektacular fun! | 21+ Only | For more information available at  

Leprechaun Dash | March 17th  | It’s the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Dash through Peltzer Winery | All Ages | $35 for 21+ • $25 for under 21 | Tickets + Information are available at  

Easter Family Fun Day | March 24th | Enjoy a day full of face painting, gem panning, cooking decorating, bunny AND donkey photo ops, plus so much more! | All Ages | For more information available at 

Ponte Winery  

Spring Winemaker Dinner | March 16th | 5:00-9:00 pm 

South Coast Winery & Resort 
Girl’s Day Out Market | March 17th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Girls Day Out Market provides opportunities for small businesses to sell their products to our local community! | Come sip & shop 25 local businesses, live music, food, desserts, permanent jewelry, photo ops, and more! | Admission is Free 

EASTER The Vineyard Rose Restaurant | March 31st | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Enjoy an assortment of delicious appetizer displays, refreshing salads, delectable entrees aan omelet station, alongside a mouthwatering carving station as well as a decadent dessert display | Click here to view the full menu and book your reservation:  

EASTER in the South Coast Tasting Room | March 31st | Easter Sunday SCW will be hosting Mimosa Tastings with four (4) mimosas with a variety of flavors | $35.00 as well as special savings 25% off any (3) Bottle Purchase  

Thornton Winery 

Easter Sunday Buffet | March 31st | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Easter Sunday brunch buffet at Cafe Champagne Restaurant includes wine, live music, face painting and a balloon artist | Adults- $125 Children 10 & under $70 Club de vin $112.50 Reserve Club $106.25 | For menu and reservations visit: or call 951-699-0099. 

Vindemia Winery 

14th Anniversary Wine Club Reunion | March 2nd | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Complimentary to members and their +1s or +2s with some fun surprises in store! | Please email: to RSVP 

Wilson Creek Winery 

Can I Be Frank? Sinatra Tribute | March 6th | 2:30pm | Unwind and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in our Solera Patio performed by local vocalist Mike Vicari | No reservations needed.  

Easter Brunch Buffet | March 31st | 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm seating times | Enjoy an Easter Brunch Buffet inside the Champagne Ballroom | Brunch includes buffet, live music and unlimited sparkling wines | Make a reservation at 


Get to Know the New and Emerging Talent in Temecula Valley Winemaking

Shane Sevier, Vitagliano Winery & ActionWines

Shane Sevier’s winemaking journey began in 2010 at the young age of 18. By 2018, he had taken over winemaking at Vitagliano Winery, and, just last year, he launched his own company, ActionWines.

Shane’s foray into winemaking started when he was a busboy at Falkner Winery. “The winemaker Steve Hagata would always come in for lunch and I got to know him and his assistant winemaker George Meyers very well,” he says. This led to a lifelong passion. “I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for Steve Hagata and George Meyers.  They have become like family to me.”

He cherishes the breathtaking beauty of Temecula Wine Country and the supportive community that surrounds him. “I also love being able to craft something that people enjoy with friends and family and how it can bring people together to celebrate life in general!” When it comes to Temecula grapes, Shane is captivated by Muscat. “I love making a dry, crisp, and tropical wine with Muscat,” he says. “[It] has such an amazing nose and can offer great complexity if done right. It can be very versatile and is a beautiful grape.”  

Looking forward, he sees a bright and bustling future for Temecula, driven by a dedication to continuously elevating the quality of the region’s wines. “We have a community here that is trying to push the quality of our wines and striving to always improve and be better,” he says. “As time goes on and that catches more and more traction, Temecula will keep getting better and better. 

Nathan Zema, Mount Palomar Winery

Nathan Zema’s winemaking odyssey in Temecula Valley kicked off in 2006 at the age of 17, with a career spanning various roles including everything from events and tasting room hospitality to Jeep tours to operational management and, ultimately, wine production. “Each of these positions has deepened my understanding of the Valley’s distinctive farming and winemaking practices and our patrons’ evolving tastes and preferences,” he says. “Mentored by notable figures like Marshall Stuart and Enrique Ferro, I had the privilege of observing and contributing to the Valley’s evolution from a young age, watching as other winery owners embarked on their ventures.”  

For Nathan, the allure of winemaking in Temecula lies in the Valley’s stunning landscapes, tight-knit community, and unwavering commitment to quality. “[Through] its evolution over the years, the Valley has preserved its original, fun-loving community ethos,” he says.

He has a particular fondness for Petite Sirah, thanks to its intense, bold colors, depth, and intricate characteristics. It also carries personal significance for him. “It’s the first variety I worked on in the Valley, with my contribution, which led to a notable achievement – a double gold best-in-class,” he recalls.

Nathan sees a bright horizon for Temecula Valley winemaking. “I foresee immense opportunities for the younger generation to marry traditional winemaking methods with cutting-edge technological advancements,” he says. “This fusion is crucial in producing wines that are not just of superior quality but also embody the true essence of our region.”

Nadia Urquidez, Doffo Winery

Born in Ensenada and raised in the small town of San Vicente in Baja California, Mexico, Nadia Urquidez’s winemaking career started in 2011 at Doffo Winery, where she has been for nearly nine years. Her entry into winemaking was sparked by a friend’s call about a winery in need of her expertise in science. Thankfully her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry came in handy.

Nadia enjoys the diversity of grapes and the supportive winemaking community in Temecula Valley. When it comes to making wine, she has a special affinity for Cabernet Sauvignon. “I just love the way it is,” she says. “The maturation in the vine is perfect. During the fermentation process, it releases spectacular aromas that remind me of Mexican cuisine. And then it is a challenge because [if not produced correctly] it can have a lot of astringency and green notes… The most important thing is that people always expect a good Cabernet Sauvignon: big, round, and balanced.”

While Nadia remains optimistic about the future of winemaking, she is realistic about obstacles the wine industry faces in general. “It will be a challenge; first because of global warming,” she says. “Weather directly impacts the quality of the grapes. Also, young adults are choosing to drink less or choosing other types of beverages.”  

Kristina Filippi, Wilson Creek Winery

Kristina Filippi has 16 years of winemaking under her belt, with the last 2.5 at Wilson Creek Winery. Her journey began shortly after her 21st birthday when she fell in love with the winemaking process and industry, ultimately making her way to Temecula Valley. “The climate and weather can’t be matched, [plus] the beautiful scenery and wonderful people!”

While she admits that choosing a favorite grape to work with feels akin to picking a favorite child, she’s currently leaning toward Malbec, especially thrilled with the unique outcome of the 2023 vintage.

Kristina believes the future of winemaking in Temecula is bright, marked by creativity, innovation, and a collaborative spirit that is setting a new standard for the industry. “The quality of Temecula Valley wine improves each year, and the willingness of so many in our winemaking community to communicate, share knowledge, and help each other out is creating an environment that is truly valuable and unique,” she says.

Chris Johnson, Altísima Winery

Chris Johnson transitioned from a career as a paramedic to winemaking over 10 years ago, bringing his passion for wine to Altísima Winery in December 2020. “I have always been Intrigued with wine since I was a teenager [and] how the same variety could vary from winery to winery and region to region,” he says. “So, I decided to enroll in Washington State University’s extension Enology program. Over the next 3 years, I had the opportunity to learn from Enrique Ferro, Pete Mousis, and Tim Kramer. Being surrounded by the passion they all shared really shaped the winemaker I am today.” 

Chris relishes the year-round effort to craft exceptional wines in Temecula Valley, from vineyard maintenance to the bottling process. “I love working hard and showing a wine I’m proud of,” he says. When it comes to grapes, Tempranillo holds a special place in his heart for its blending potential and unique characteristics.

Looking ahead, Chris is optimistic about Temecula’s winemaking future, crediting some of the original wineries and winemakers for setting a high standard and fostering a culture of innovation and growth. “I’m excited to see how this new generation of winemakers can learn from the original winemakers and continue to push the standard every year,” he says.

Dakota Denton, Gershon Bachus Vintners

Dakota Denton has been crafting wines for 18 years, serving as the winemaker for Gershon Bachus Vintners for the last decade. His entry into the wine industry was somewhat accidental, starting at Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery at the age of 15. By the time he was 20, he had landed a full-time job in the cellar, where he came to love the process of winemaking.

Dakota treasures the camaraderie among Temecula’s winemakers and the quality of grapes that make his job a joy. “One of my favorite things about making wine in Temecula is that the people get to know the other winemakers and staff, and everyone is always so friendly,” he says. “Plus, the grapes we are growing in the Valley are amazing to work with which makes my job a little easier.” He has a particular fondness for Cabernet Franc, drawn to its berry aromas, hint of earthiness, and long, dry finish.

Dakota sees the future of Temecula winemaking leaning toward Spanish and Italian varieties, excited about the potential for these grapes in the Valley. “Which reminds me,” he says. “We have a great Sangiovese on the menu!”


Trio of Stuffed Peppers

If you’re looking for a party favorite that will appeal to all palates, look no further than this trio of peppers recipe. This recipe comes complete with a trio of different stuffing options: meat, vegetarian, and vegan. We suggest you pair it with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel!


Pepper Preparation

  • 8 jalapeno or poblano peppers halved and seeded
  • 8 sweet red banana pepper or 4 sweet red bell peppers halved and seeded
  • 8 yellow chile peppers or banana pepper peppers halved and seeded

Jalapeno or poblano pepper filling (Meat)

  • ½ lb (226.8g) ground spicy Italian or chorizo sausage
  • ¼ cup (25g) chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup (6g) cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup (60g) smoked Gouda shredded
  • 8 slices of bacon cut in half to make 16 smaller strips

Red banana or sweet red pepper filling (Vegetarian)

  • ¼ cup (30g) chopped asparagus
  • ¼ cup (60g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) chopped red onion
  • ½ cup (75g) feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons (5g) shredded basil
  • 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons (28g) extra virgin oil whisked together
  • 1 teaspoon (5.7g) sea salt
  • ½ cup (30g) breadcrumbs

Stuffed yellow chile or banana peppers filling (Vegan)

  • 1 cup (195g) cooked rice
  • ½ cup (85g) cooked black beans
  • ¼ cup (30g) corn kernels
  • ¼ cup (40g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons (15g) chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon (3g) chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) cumin
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5.7g) sea salt
  • ½ cup (30g) breadcrumbs


  • Jalapeno or poblano pepper filling (Meat)
  • Mix the cheese, onions, cilantro and ground sausage together.
  • Stuff each halved jalapeño with an equal amount of filling and wrap each one tightly with a slice of bacon.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet and bake in a preheat oven at 350°F degrees for 15 to 20 min or until filling and bacon are cooked.
  • Red banana or sweet red pepper filling (Vegetarian)
  • Combine all ingredients, except the feta cheese, into a bowl and mix thoroughly together.
  • Stuff the peppers with an equal amount of stuffing and top with crumbled feta cheese.
  • Bake in 350°F degrees oven for 7 to 10 min or until mixture is firm and cheese is melted and slighted browned.
  • Stuffed yellow chile or banana peppers filling (Vegan)
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly together.
  • Stuff each half pepper with an equal amount of filling and bake at 350°F for 7 to 10 min or until pepper is cooked.
  • An additional option is to top them with a vegan cheese of your choice before baking.

Suggested Wines:

Wilson Creek Winery~ 2020 Zinfandel – The wine is full of flavors of boysenberry and blackberry. 

Akash Winery ~ 2020 Zinfandel – This wine has aromas of blueberry crumble with notes of caramel, campfire smoke, and wild blackberry.

Danza del Sol ~ 2020 Zinfandel – This wine has aromas of blackberry, cinnamon spice, and dried date.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


February Winery Events

Akash Winery 

Yoga at Akash | Feb 11th | 9:00am | Bliss out on the patio with yoga at Akash | Available for purchase by non-members, classes are priced at $25 per person, and include a glass of wine after your session  

Valentine’s Day Pizza Making Class with Bocconcini Pizza Co. | Feb 14th | 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Yoga at Akash | Feb 24th | 9:00am | Bliss out on the patio with yoga at Akash | Available for purchase by non-members, classes are priced at $25 per person, and include a glass of wine after your session 

Baily Winery 

Intimate Vintage Port Tasting | February 3rd,4th,10th,11th | Intimate at the Estate Tasting Room of the 2003,2006,2009 vintage port accompanied by a delectable selection of cheese and chocolate | Brief history of Temecula Valley Wine Country and Baily Winery | Guests will take home a bottle of their favorite of the three signed by winemaker Phil Baily | $60 per person | Reservations required. Call  (951)972-9768.  

Callaway Winery 
Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe 4-Course Dinner | Feb 14th | $125 per person General Public | $110 per person Wine Club | For reservations call: 951-587-8889 or email:  

Churon Inn & Winery 

Valentines Day 5-course Food and Wine Pairing Dinner | Feb 14th | Live music included | Reservation times 5pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm | Tickets are on sale now at 

Doffo Winery 

Mini Vendor Market | Feb 3-4 | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Free and open to the public 

5 Course Valentine’s Dinner | Feb 14th | 6:00pm | Private Reserve Cabernet Vertical Tasting paired with courses prepared by Chef Jillian Fae with live violin performance | $159 per person / $149 non-members | Get tickets:  

Frangipani Winery 

Valentine’s Dinner | Feb 14th | 6:00pm check-in, dinner at 6:30pm. | Enjoy a romantic night out with your special Valentine with a 4-course dinner catered by Gourmet Your Way | $150 Couple plus tax includes dinner+one wine tasting upon arrival and one bottle of wine of your choice from our pre-selected wine list | Reservations required by Feb 10th. Call the winery at 951-699-8845 or visit to purchase tickets. 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Karaoke Night | Feb 23rd | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Join us for an evening of Karaoke on the patio, wine and food truck 

Oak Mountain Winery 

4 course Valentines Dinner | Feb 14th | 5:00 – 8:00pm | In the Cave Café | Tickets available for purchase:  

Anti-Valentines Party in the Vine Terrace | Feb 14th | 6:00 – 9:00pm | Stevie Nicks Illusion Fleetwood Mac cover band | Tickets available for purchase:  
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Peltzer Galentines | Feb 9th | 21+ Only | Tickets + Information are available at 

Love is Blind Flight | February 14th | Grab your boo this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a blind tasting! Y’all will receive 3 mystery wines with a sheet to figure out what they are | More information available at 

Turn Up the Heat Salsa Night | February 17th | Let’s spice things up in the Crush House for our Turn Up the Heat Salsa Night |  21+ Only | Tickets are available at 

The Killer Dueling Pianos | Feb 29th | Dancing? Encouraged. Singing along? Obviously. Attendance? A must. Join us at the Crush House for an interactive dueling piano performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos | Seating is first come, first served and is family style | 21+ Only | $55 each | Tickets are available at 

South Coast Winery & Resort 
Galentine’s Brunch | Feb 10-11 | Celebrate Galentine’s in The Vineyard Rose Restaurant for brunch with your girlfriends! | Specials will be offered in addition to our normal menus | Book your reservation now through  

Girl’s Day Out Market | Feb 18th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Come sip & shop 25 local businesses, live music, food, desserts, permanent jewelry, photo ops, and more | Admission is Free  

Wilson Creek Winery 
2024 Valentine’s Day Dinner | Feb 14th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Join us for a romantic evening for you and your special Valentine in our Champagne Ballroom. Enjoy an exclusive 4 course dinner and dessert designed by our Executive Chef | $150 per person | $135 per person (wine club members) | Reserve your tickets now and make this Valentine’s Day truly special with us | View menu &


From “Yes!” to “I Will!” to “I Do!” Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is the Perfect Destination for Love

In the heart of Southern California, nestled among rolling hills and whispering vines, lies not only a haven for wine lovers, but also a little slice of matrimonial paradise – Temecula Valley. Here, love isn’t just in the air; it’s in every sun-kissed grape, every glass of plush Syrah and juicy Sangiovese, and in the winding paths of each vineyard. This isn’t just a place where couples say “YES!” or “I do.” It’s where the clinking of glasses harmonizes with heartfelt vows, and cotton-candy-pink sunsets paint the perfect backdrop to start forever.

February is the season of love, so whether it’s a proposal or a wedding celebration you’re planning, or even just a romantic spot to share a glass or two of wine with your significant other you’re looking for, Temecula Valley has it all. Here’s a snapshot of some of the best wine country wedding offerings this Southern California wine destination offers.

Chapin Family Vineyards

Chapin Family Vineyards stands out with its intimate, dreamy vineyard setting. Laura Reyes, the talented event coordinator at this small, family owned and operated winery, knows just how to create the event of every bride and groom’s dreams. Her tailored approach emphasizes the customization of each wedding, ensuring a unique and deeply personal experience.

Top Wedding Wines: Guests love the robust Cabernet Sauvignon and the earthy Sangue Di Guida.

Danza del Sol Winery

Managed by wedding general manager Sari Swaim under Wedgewood Weddings, Danza de Sol offers customizable packages with a variety of wines. The sky is the limit on unique touches here – one particularly memorable event even included the option for guests to mark their wedding experience forever with an on-site tattoo artist during the cocktail hour.

Top Wedding Wines: Couples can’t go wrong with Danza del Sol’s Cabernet Franc, Espumosa sparkling wine, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Doffo Winery

This ultra-hip winery invites couples to celebrate their nuptials in Doffo’s one-of-a-kind venues. “From our piazza, which is surrounded by grapevines, to our MotoBarrel Room, with a vintage motorcycle collection, the sunset views and photo opportunities are spectacular,” says events manager Sarah Raymer. She also suggests the aptly named “Colina de Amore,” or “Hill of Love,” with its unobstructed, birds-eye view of the vineyard, as the ultimate romantic wine country spot for vows and proposals.

Top Wedding Wines: Doffo’s Paulina Sparkling is a great wine for toasting new love. Guests also rave about Doffo’s selection of red wines. If choosing just one is too tough, the winery offers a signature wine package, which features a full selection of 8 varieties sure to please the entire guest list.

Wilson Creek Winery

Known for its versatility in accommodating all types of weddings, this Temecula Valley staple is adept at handling both intimate – as few as ten people – and large-scale events for up to 500 guests. They also offer a proposal package to help hopeful lovebirds pop the big question. In fact, Wilson Creek is so nimble, they’ve been able to handle even the most urgent requests. “A few years ago, when wildfires hit Malibu, we had a couple come to us in frantic desperation,” Recalls vice president of marketing Wendy Holder. “Their venue was closed because of the fires. They contacted us on a Thursday, and we were able to accommodate their 150 guests that Saturday – two days later. They had the whole wedding here, from the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They commented that even though they had to change venues they were impressed at how we were able to provide the wedding of their dreams!

Top Wedding Wines: While many love their famous sweet Almond sparkling wine, Wilson Creek also offers a stunning lineup of delicious, dry bubblies, reds, and whites to choose from.

Avensole Winery

This picturesque winery offers an upscale, romantic vineyard ambiance, perfect for every season. No detail or personal touch is too much for Avensole’s seasoned events team. “Last Spring, we had a couple that incorporated their culture into every aspect of their wedding,” says director of marketing and hospitality, Sharon Cannon. “So much thought and detail went into this special day, which included things like a Chinese Lion Dance, outfit changes for both the bride and groom, and a private last dance.”

Top Wedding Wines: The Susan Sauvignon Blanc and Retaggio, a red blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lonsghadow Ranch

The ceremony lawn at Longshadow Ranch is flanked by acres of vineyards on gorgeous winery grounds. After making it official, guests can retire to the Reception Lodge, located just steps away. The venue is so picturesque, famous YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant tied the knot there in 2018.

Top Wedding Wines: Buttero, a white Sangiovese, and Wildfire Red, a Malbec-Syrah blend. 

Europa Village Wineries & Resorts

Couples can create their dream European wedding without ever leaving the United States at this trio of venues, inspired by the landscapes, architecture, and wines of Spain, Italy, and France. Ceremony and Instagram-worthy photo opp spots abound, including Il Terraza Vienza, La Piazza at Vienza, and La Sala da Ballo Tosana Ballroom. They also offer four different proposal packages – a picnic among the vines, an intimate dinner in the winery’s onsite wine cave, a Chef’s Table dining experience, or a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Temecula Valley.

Top Wedding Wines: Europa Village Prosecco or their Estate Garnacha.

Leoness Cellars

With its rolling vineyards, ivy-laden walls, and stunning views, this upscale winery provides a captivating setting for weddings. Wedding and events manager Melody Miller emphasizes their tailored approach to creating unforgettable events featuring culinary offerings, world class wines, and curated entertainment for up to 175 guests. The private ceremony lawn, with its panoramic vineyard views and distant mountains, sets the stage for a breathtaking exchange of vows. The celebration then moves to the Barrel Room, one of the largest in Wine Country, providing an elegant backdrop for receptions across all seasons.

Top Wedding Wines: Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are always top choices for wedding celebrations at Leoness.

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

This amenities-rich winery resort combines natural wine country splendor with refined elegance. The Rose Arbor ceremony site sits atop the Pinot Grigio vines, offering sweeping valley views, and an outdoor Courtyard reception area nestled among the vineyards. For larger events, they provide an outdoor space for up to 300 guests under twinkling lights, and the Barrel Room for spirited late-night after-parties. This scenic spot is also popular for proposals, with the Rose Arbor offering a quiet, picturesque setting. Engagements are often complemented with a visit to the Tasting Room for a toast, or a shared meal at the onsite Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Top Wedding Wines: Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Reference Chardonnay, and Group Therapy red blend.

These wineries make Temecula Valley a dream destination for weddings, blending the allure – and year-round sunshine! – of Southern California wine country with award-winning wines, exciting culinary offerings, and the unmistakably approachable vibe of Temecula Valley. Whether it’s a grand celebration or an intimate affair, Temecula’s wineries cater to every couple’s vision, ensuring that their special day is as timeless and unique as their love story.


January Winery Events

Akash Winery 

Laughs By The Glass | Jan 12th |  7:30pm (doors at 6:15pm) | Join our resident Pied Piper of Comedy, Frankie Marcos, for an all-star evening of standup comedy featuring Steve Furey, Dana Moon, and Gary Anderson | Come early and enjoy wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine before the show | Cost: $25 |  Tickets available here.  

Yoga at Akash | Jan 14th | 9 am | Bliss out on the patio with yoga | Available for purchase by non-members, classes are priced at $25 per person, and include a glass of wine after your session | Purchase tickets here 

Yoga at Akash | Jan 27th | 9 am | Bliss out on the patio with yoga | Available for purchase by non-members, classes are priced at $25 per person, and include a glass of wine after your session | Purchase tickets here 

Churon Inn & Winery 

Bridal Show | Jan 21st | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Get ready to be inspired by the latest wedding trends, mingle with top-notch vendors, and discover everything you need to plan your dream wedding | Free Admission  

Cougar Winery & Vineyards 

Yappy Hour | Jan 14th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet the trainer from Petsmart, dog adoptions and live music in the picnic area  

Doffo Winery 

Winter Winemaker Dinner | Jan 20th | 6:00pm-9:00pm | Warm up this Winter with a 5-course winemaker dinner featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared by renowned Temecula Chef Jillian Fae | Join winemakers Damian and Nadia for this intimate evening of fine wine and fine dining, with each course perfectly paired with a signature Doffo family wine – plus, an exclusive pour of Doffo Port from our Garbellotto cask and early access to our upcoming 2021 Zinfandel | Tickets are $119 ($109 Members) | Purchase tickets: 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

De-Shrubbing Party | Jan 28th | 10:00am – 12:00pm |  
$20 per person donating proceeds to Habitat for Humanity; includes lunch sandwich + salad or chips by Boards + Baskets PLUS 1 glass of wine, signed bottle of Brut by owners Ken & Tina Smith; must sign a waiver of liability and bring your own tools 

Peltzer Family Cellars 

Trivia Night: Taylor Swift | Jan 18th | Get ready to shake it off at our Taylor Swift Trivia Night! Test your Swiftie knowledge and join the fun! | All Ages | No Cover 


Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

This tangy, round-shaped loaf we know as San Francisco sourdough bread, brushed with garlic butter, stuffed with cheese, then baked until toasty is the golden melty goodness you didn’t know you needed. Sourdough bread certainly wasn’t invented in San Francisco—that’s a credit to ancient cultures of Egypt—but it became closely associated with the city during the California Gold Rush era when it was a staple of miners’ diets. Today, loaves are often hollowed out, filled with creamy clam chowder, and served to visitors. Some say the foggy climate gives San Francisco’s sourdough bread a special bounce, and others say it’s a specific local strain of yeast that gives the characteristic flavor. That bounce and flavor are notes that pair perfectly with a Temecula Valley Chardonnay.

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 30 minutesTotal Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 round or oval loaf of sourdough bread
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons/125 g) butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon (3 mL) salt, omit if using salted butter
  • 3 cups (700 g) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Special equipment: serrated bread knife, pastry brush is helpful but not required, aluminum foil


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter with garlic and salt if using. Remove from heat. Alternatively, you can melt the butter and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave oven.
  • Using a serrated bread knife, cut the bread into 1-inch (2 cm) slices, without cutting all the way through the bottom. Turn the bread a ¼-turn and cut the bread at 1-inch (2 cm) intervals to create small diamonds or squares, again, without cutting all the way through the bottom of the loaf of bread.
  • Brush the inside cut surfaces of the bread with the melted garlic butter. If you don’t have a pastry brush, you can simply drizzle the melted garlic butter with a small spoon. Reserve about 2 tablespoons (30 mL) for the top.
  • Using your fingers, stuff shredded cheese into the cut surfaces of the bread. The cheese does not have to fit inside perfectly.
  • Brush the top of the stuffed bread loaf with the remaining garlic butter. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake until the top of the bread gets toasted, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkled top of bread with chopped parsley. Serve immediately, with a lot of napkins.
  • Leftover Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread will keep tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or a zip-top bag in the refrigerator for three days.
  • Notes and Substitutions
  • Monterey Jack is our cheese of choice because—what else?—it originates from California! However, any meltable cheese like mozzarella or mild cheddar will work.
  • Make-ahead: You can make this Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread ahead by following the recipe through stuffing the cheese into the bread. Very tightly wrap the prepped Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread loaf and keep it in the refrigerator. When ready to make, remove from the refrigerator, unwrap, and let come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, about 15 minutes. Proceed baking as directed in the recipe.

Suggested Wines:

Maurice Car’rie/Ultimate Vineyards~ 2020 Chardonnay – The wine opens warmly on the nose with baked apple pie, with notes of honeyed toast and orange blossoms.

Ponte Winery ~ 2021 Chardonnay – This wine opens with aromas of luscious ripe peach mid-palate, citrus entry, and a beautiful pineapple finish.

Baily Winery ~ 2021 Chardonnay – This wine is smooth and crisp with a pleasing finish.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Want a Career in the Wine Business?

Entering the world of wine can be as intoxicating as the beverage itself, especially in the dynamic region of Temecula Valley, the heart and soul of Southern California’s wine scene. Known for its diverse grape varieties and robust hospitality offerings, not to mention its warm and welcoming spirit, Temecula Valley offers the perfect setting for aspiring wine professionals.

The journey into wine isn’t just about understanding varieties and vintages; it’s about immersing oneself in a culture that values tradition, innovation, and the intimate connection between the land, the glass and, most importantly, the consumer. The path to becoming a wine professional or a winemaker is as varied as the wines themselves, demanding a blend of knowledge, passion, and sensory acumen.

To demystify the process and offer an insider’s perspective, we caught up with those who have built careers in the Temecula Valley wine industry. We asked them what it took to get where they are today, and what advice they can share with others trying to break into the exciting world of wine. From the sun-kissed slopes of Temecula’s vineyards to the bustling wine-tasting rooms, their perspectives paint a picture of a community deeply connected by their shared passion for wine.

Here’s what they had to say.


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

KF: Apply for jobs at wineries! We are lucky to have so many great ones here in Temecula. My first wine job was in a tasting room after I turned 21, and it was a great opportunity for me to learn about wine and the industry.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

KF: Keep an open mind. Learn from every place and everyone that you work with. Don’t be afraid to speak up, get yourself into the conversation, step into the room. You may just have an idea or interesting perspective that could be helpful for the industry. 

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

KF: That I would actually be using math just as much as my high school algebra teachers said I would!


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

OB:  The best way to get started is to get an internship with a winery; possibly unpaid a few days a week just to get some experience under your belt.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

OB: Say goodbye to Fall trips, vacays and/or weddings!

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

OB: You’re never going to know it all in winemaking.


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

MV: There are so many different jobs in the wine industry so finding an entry level job in an area (wine business, agriculture, wine making) that you are interested in is a great way to get started. One thing that is great about working in the wine industry is that you often have a lot of exposure to other sides of the business, no matter where you are. The important thing would be to absorb as much information as you can and to not be afraid to take opportunities as they come up during your career. Even when I worked solely as a wine sales associate, if an opportunity came up where I could talk to someone in production, I always made the attempt to greet them and ask about the type of work they were doing. As my career progressed in the wine industry, I eventually decided to go to school for winemaking, and being exposed to so many different careers in the wine industry helped me make that decision. 

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

MV: A piece of advice that I would give to anyone starting a career in wine is that generally you will get what you give. This is a heavily passion-driven industry and I have always seen that those who gave it their all had the best opportunities in the future to either take on more responsibility or even be referred to a new position with glowing marks. There are plenty of days in production where I am tired and it feels like the work is piling on but taking the time to complete tasks properly, even if it means adding hours to your workday, has always yielded us the best results and even better tasting wine. 

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

MV: One piece of advice I wish I had received when I started in this field would be to make sure to put yourself out there more. So much of this industry is developing connections with others so attending community events and taking the time to visit other businesses is a great way to meet your fellow professionals. Investing in those relationships will not only help you grow within your own community but also may lead to new experiences in other areas as well.

TVWA: Got any helpful resources or educational materials for those trying to get into wine that you would like to share?

MV: There are quite few educational materials that I have used during my career some of my favorites would be: Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson; Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch; and Handbook of Enology by Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon et al. Besides that I would say looking on for internship opportunities or even new career opportunities would also be a good place to start. 


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

SC: The best way to get started at a winery would be to apply for weekend roles bar-backing, bussing, or, if you have knowledge and a great approach to sales, a serving role, and then work your way up.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

SC: There is not one person in the world that knows everything about wine, so do not be intimidated by the industry or some of the people within it.

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

SC: Dealing with the general public at a winery can be brutal, don’t take things too personally.  

TVWA: Got any helpful resources or educational materials for those trying to get into wine that you would like to share?

SC: Useful resources I’ve been lucky enough to have access to include WSET wine training, books like The Wine Bible, Wine Folly, Windows on the World, Wine for Normal People, The Oxford Companion to Wine, and people! Winemakers, Vineyard managers, wine enthusiasts, and wine journalists…


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

MR: Be open to taking any role in the industry. Be prepared to volunteer some of your time until you gain experience. Show your passion for the industry at every opportunity and don’t be afraid to meet new people and try new things.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

MR: Don’t think you know exactly what you want to do in the industry (winemaker, tasting room server, tour guide, manager, etc). Try a few things – even some that might not appeal to you at first. You may be surprised at what you find when you actually do the job.

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

MR: Be comfortable with knowing nothing and asking questions at every turn. There is a lot more complexity to this industry than meets the eye.

TVWA: Got any helpful resources or educational materials that you’d like to share for those just starting out?

MR: The Wine Bible, Oz and James Big Wine Adventure (tv show),,,


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

JH: Just get your foot in the door and work really hard.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

JH: I have been in 8 different positions at the winery. By being in all those roles, it made me very knowledgeable in all areas of the winery. This prepared me for the General Manager position because I have experienced so many aspects of our winery. I was very reliable and eager to learn more about wine and the wine industry, and I was always quick to volunteer when different opportunities came up. It helped me grow in knowledge and built my reputation into being a valued, well-rounded employee.

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

JH: How fun it is! I love working in this industry and with the people that are in it. It’s an amazing community. 

TVWA: Got any helpful resources or educational materials that you’d like to share for those just starting out?

JH: I read books, I talk with our winemaker and winemaking staff. I reach out to people that have been doing this longer than I have and get advice or ask questions that I may have. I have found that people are always happy to share what they have learned. This has proven to be a great resource.


TVWA: What do you think is the best way to get started in the wine business?

RB: Take it slow and make small batches from the best grapes you have access to. Make wine with as many people as you can that are more experienced than you and pick up what you like, drop what doesn’t work for you. Join a local winemaking group and, if you can’t find one, start one.

TVWA: What is one piece of advice you would share with someone who wanted to start a career in wine?

RB: When you’re ready to open for business, never ever have a wine that is sub-par. This is advice given to me when we were about to open from John Menghini of Menghini Winery in Julian. He said that the customers will not come back for 10+ years, even if it was a fluke.  Only serve your best to your customers.

TVWA: What is something you wish someone had told you about a career in wine?

RB: It’s not all wine production and growing grapes. There is a lot of reporting and paperwork, especially if you want to stay as an owner/winemaker.

TVWA: Got any helpful resources or educational materials that you’d like to share for those just starting out?

RB: Attend all of the local winemaking associations’ classes and also learning events at your local wineries. Seek out knowledgeable wine servers so that you can learn how their winery makes certain styles of wine. Learn by doing. Volunteer to help in the vineyards and production. I belonged to the Boeing Beer and Wine Organization while in Seattle, then the San Diego Amateur Winemakers Society before becoming a bonded winery. Both organizations had seasoned mentors and access to winemaking equipment for use or purchase.


Looking for That Perfect Gift? Look no Further!

It’s that time of the year again – a season of joy and happiness, filled with the anxiety of gifting your friends and loved ones the perfect gift! In addition to the absolute perfect gift – WINE – we’ve got a couple of other “out-of-the-box” ideas for you!

SIP Passport Program

The SIP Passport is a perfect gift for those seeking to explore a variety of wineries without breaking the bank. For only $75 per passport, one can enjoy a standard wine tasting at five wineries (from 20+ participating wineries), Monday through Friday, (excluding holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years). Each winery boasts an unique experience, from breathtaking views to award-winning wines. The best part? The passport has no expiration date, so they can be used whenever it’s convenient for the passport holder. Rather purchase the passport for yourself instead? That’s okay too! More information on the SIP Passport Program can be found HERE.

Annual Barrel Tasting Event

If your cherished friend or family member is seeking a grander adventure, the Annual Barrel Tasting is a must-attend event. They’ll enjoy unfinished barrel and tank wine samples, as well as finished and newly released wines at this once-a-year barrel tasting event. Wineries will perfectly pair delectable food samplings with their wine. There is something for everyone with over thirty wineries to choose from over the two-day event!

Purchase your Barrel Tasting Tickets HERE.

Gift-giving can be stressful, especially when you’re shopping for someone really special and are committed to finding the perfect present. We think that you can’t go wrong with either (or both) of these gift ideas. And if you REALLY want to show them how special they are, click HERE to shop for the perfect bottle of wine to include with their tickets.

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