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Moscato ~ The Perfect Spring Wine

March 30th, 2017

Moscato, Muscatel, Muscat… what’s the difference between them? Just the names, actually. Rather than just being one grape, Muscat includes a family of grapes in a range of colors (from white to brown, or to near black.) For instance, Moscato is the Italian name and Muscatel the Spanish.

Here in the U.S., Moscato is making its mark and has become the hot wine of the moment. Some would say sweet versions of Moscato are ideal for the American sweet tooth; it’s also an easy wine for the new wine drinker to love.

For a perfect spring day, pack a picnic with a chilled bottle of Temecula Valley Moscato and pair it with good cheese, buttery crackers and seasonal fruit.

Here are five fun facts about Moscato:

1. Muscat is the only fine wine grape that doubles as a table grape.

2. Twitter buzzes with an average of 250 tweets an hour about people drinking their Moscato.

3. In addition to Moscato, Muscatel and Muscat, this common white variety is also known as Muscadel, Muscat Blanc and Muscat Canelli.

4. Virtually all pink Moscatos gain their hue from a splash of red wine, not skin contact.

5. The breadth and number of varieties of Muscat suggest that it is perhaps the oldest domesticated grape variety, and there are theories that most families within the Vitis vinifera grape variety are descended from the Muscat variety.

Some Temecula Valley Moscatos and Muscat Canelli’s to try:

Avensole Winery – 2014 Muscat Canelli
Callaway Vineyard & Winery – 2016 Special Selection Muscat Canelli
Europa Village – 2015 Estate Muscat Canelli
Leoness Cellars – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Maurice Car’rie Vineyards & Winery – 2015 Moscato
Monte De Oro Winery – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Oak Mountain Winery – 2016 Muscat Canelli
Ponte Winery – 2016 Moscato
Robert Renzoni Vineyards – 2015 Moscato
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Thornton Winery – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Wilson Creek Winery – 2016 Muscat Canelli

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April Winery Events

March 28th, 2017

Spring has sprung and our local wineries are throwing plenty of fun April events to celebrate! So stop by your favorite winery to taste some great newly released wine, listen to music, learn a new craft and socialize with your fellow wine enthusiasts.

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 2pm-4pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our vineyards. Avensole Winery boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, combined with the newest amenities, and has become the destination for wine lovers. Conclude this tour with a culinary treat pairing 7 Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by our wine experts / Cost: $75 / Reservations required. Please call 951-252-2003 x305 to make a reservation.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Dog Day Sundays / Special Doggie Easter Egg hunt on April 16th / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails 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. For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

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
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Europa Village
Easter Sunday Lunch / April 16 / 12pm – 3pm / Three-course lunch with egg hunt / Live music, face painting, jolly jump & Easter Bunny / $45 for adults, $17 Children under 10 / For reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com

Andalusia Region Professional Cooking Class / April 17 / 12:00pm and 2:00pm / A three-course wine-paired gourmet lunch with our Executive Chef Dean Thomas in our Italian Wine Cave / $58 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / April 15 / 10am – 12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / Cost: $45 pp.; $40 Connoisseur; $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Easter Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / April 16 / 10:00-3:30pm / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / $54.95+/person (Wine Club $49.95+/person) Children (3-10) $24.00+/child (Wine Club $19.00+/child) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Carlos Naranjo

Sip N Paint Class “Girls Day Out” / April 27 / 6 pm – 8 pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Legacy at Fazeli Cellars / Every Friday evening of each month / 6p-10p / 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and live entertainment / Cost: $99.99 Non-member couple, $79.99 Member / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / Starts April 15 / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October. Families are welcome and admission is free. No outside beverages or coolers allowed.

Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / April 28 / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm) / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $35**; Gen. Adm. $25** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Springtime Fun in the Vineyard / April 9 / 4pm -6pm / Free admission / We are celebrating the start of a new season in the vines! All ages welcome, Pancake Dinner, Wine Cocktails and Pairings Food Truck will have a special menu / Visit www.lorimarwinery.com for details and to RSVP

Laugh Your Glass Off Comedy Show / April 27 / 6pm-9pm / General Admission $20, Wine Club $18 / Space is limited. Tickets available www.lorimarwinery.com.

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Saturday Live Music / April 8 & 9 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

30th Annual “Run Through the Vineyard” / April 29 / Registration 6-7am, Race times: (5K-7:30) (10K- 7:45) (2K 8am) This event is a fund raiser sponsored by the Temecula Rotary. Contact Frank Appice, Race Chairman 949-632-5667 The race is located at the Maurice Carrie Winery, 34225 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
The Latin Corner / April 1 / 7pm-10pm / Featuring Ruben V and the Latin Sounds. Join us for live music and dancing. Food and wine will be available for purchase / $20 pp. includes one glass of wine / For more information please visit www.montedeoro.com

Blind Cab Tasting / April 8 / 6pm-8pm / Join us for our Cabernet Sauvignon Blind Tasting event, featuring at least 10 wines poured, epicurean appetizer, cheese and dessert Pairings! / Cost is $50-60 reservations online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Home-style Dinner / April 13 / 6pm-7pm / Come dine with family & friends, and make new ones! Dinner and dessert, served family-style, with a glass of wine included / Cost: $32-38 reservations made online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Epicurean Lunch / April 23 / 1pm-3:00pm / Culinary creations paired with 7 award winning wines, in an intimate setting. Enjoy 3 additional wines in our tasting room after lunch / Cost: $42-50 Reservations made online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / April 7 / 1:00p – 3:00p / 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 at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery_133232

Wine Country Wiener Fest / April 9 / 11:00a – 4:00p / The Temecula Valley Dachshund Club proudly presents the 8th Annual Wine Country Wiener Fest! Enjoy family friendly games, raffles & door prizes, and the annual “Dexter’s Derby” Dachshund races while supporting local Dachshund rescues. Spaces are still available for local vendors and the Dachshund races, be sure to sign up before they sell out! Admission is free, more information at http://www.wienerfest.info/

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Intimate Evening in the Vines, benefiting Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services / April 27 / This unique progressive dinner and entertainment event commences at Pechanga Resort and Casino, where guests are taken via VIP transportation to Ponte Winery for wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and live music in the Barrel Room. Next, guests will enjoy a farm fresh dinner, wine and live music at Peltzer Winery. The evening will conclude at Pechanga Resort and Casino for dessert and a private comedy show / Cost is $200 per guest / For tickets and information please log on to http://4kidsfirst.org/an-intimate-evening/

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy live music while dining at The Restaurant at Ponte Winery / Free to attend / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / 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 specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. 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.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3:30pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Thornton Winery
Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night in April / 6pm-9pm / Cost: $10.00 per person for general admission “Concert Style Seating” / Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.thorntonwine.com or in person at the winery! / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers.

Vindemia Vineyard & Winery
Earth Day Vineyard Tour at Vindemia Vineyard and Winery / April 22 / 11:30 & 1:30
No reservation needed / Join our Vineyard expert for a stroll through our vineyard to learn more about our sustainable farming practices, including natural ground cover, pesticide-free pest control, water conservation, and much more. Following the tour, visitors are invited to enjoy a wine tasting on our outdoor Terrace. We will be offering a special Earth Day discount on select bottle purchases.
Complimentary vineyard tour. $20 for wine tasting.

Wiens Family Cellars
Yoga Flow in the Vineyards / April 20 / 10am -12pm / Enjoy 45 minutes of a beautiful yoga flow, an intense thought provoking workshop designed to teach specific ways to truly reduce stress and focus on physical and mental alignment, flowed by a delicious wine tasting. Open to anyone ages 21+ whether you have done yoga or not / Cost is $39 / Purchase tickets: www.mindbodycomplete.com

Kindred Spirits for EQUU8 Annual Gala / April 22 / 5pm -10pm / Dress in your cocktail best and enjoy an evening of entertainment by The Shift, auction, presentation, full course dinner, and amazing wine. 100% of proceeds from the event will go to support EQUU8’s sustainability for 2017 and beyond / Cost is $75 before April 1st $100 after April 1st / Purchase tickets at www.equu8.org

Wilson Creek Winery
Easter Brunch Sunday / April 16th / 10am – 3pm / Enjoy live entertainment, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and our annual Petting Zoo! / Buffet + unlimited Sparkling Wine $64.95 / Buffet Only $58.95
Children $14.95

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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Primitivo Braised Short Ribs

March 28th, 2017

When our friends over at Wiens Family Cellars suggested that their 2014 Primitivo and short ribs go together like peanut butter and jelly, we were intrigued!  We figured we’d try it ourselves with this amazing short rib recipe and see if they were right.  Sure enough, their Primitivo most definitely is a “Short Rib Stunner.”  Why don’t you try for yourselves?

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ribs and brown on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a plate, then add the garlic and stir until softened but not brown, about 1 minute. Carefully pour in the wine, bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 1 cup. Add the ribs and any juices they have released back to the pot along with the stock. Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer, then cover the pot and transfer it to the oven, to braise, until the meat easily falls off the bone, about 3 hours.

Transfer the ribs to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Strain the braising liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Simmer the liquid, skimming fat as necessary, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if necessary. Transfer the ribs and sauce to a serving dish and serve.

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March Winery Events

March 1st, 2017

Spring is just around the corner, which means everyone is looking forward to bud break in the vineyards. With all of the recent rain, the vineyards are lush and green with cover crops, and the surrounding mountains full of snow.  It’s such a beautiful time in wine country!  Come for a visit and take in one of the winery events.

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 2pm-4pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our vineyards. Avensole Winery boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, combined with the newest amenities, and has become the destination for wine lovers. Conclude this tour with a culinary treat pairing 7 Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by our wine experts / Cost: $75 / Reservations required. Please call 951-252-2003 x305 to make a reservation.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents I Hate Hamlet Comedy Show / March 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 & 11 / Doors open at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm / All performances are staged inside the opulent Carol’s Restaurant / For tickets and information email info@shakespeareinthevines.org or call 951.402.7488 (please do not call the restaurant for ticket questions).

Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 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
Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails 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. For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889
Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

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
St. Patrick’s Day 5k and 15k / March 19th / 8am / Come get green with us! Registration for the race is now open: http://sandyfeetevents.com/temecula-st-patricks-day-15K /Green Sparkling at the end of the race and two for one winetasting for all runners. Brought to you by Sandy Feet Events. Register today! 15k ranges $45-$55 and 5k $35-$45.

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Europa Village
Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / March 18 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP is required 951-676-8231 ext. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com.

Sip N Paint Class “Wine” / March 30 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / $35 per person. Includes all materials & Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts. Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Fazeli Cellars
Mad Hatter Party / March 11 / 6:00pm / Back by popular demand! This year the food will be plentiful and even more fabulous! We will greet you with Champagne, then follow us down the rabbit hole for a tray passed tasting experience of (5) canapes paired with (5) wines. Dinner will continue with fun and unique food stations. And don’t forget to save room for our famous dessert table! But remember Embracing the chaos is a state of mind! So if dressing up isn’t your thing, just wear a hat! We will be giving prizes for Best Wonderland Character, Best Hat, Best Couple, Best Group, and Have You Gone Completely Mad? Prizes include wine and a one year membership to our new Embrace the Chaos wine club! Get ready to DINE, DRINK, and DANCE the night away at Fazeli Cellars!!!/ $79.99 Non-members; $69.99 Members / For reservations please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Salsa Night with Salsafama / March 25 / 7p-10p / A 45-minute free lesson (no partner required) followed by dancing, dancing, dancing. Glass of Sangria with entrance / Cost: $15.00/Non-member; $10 Member / Food and beverage available for purchase / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Legacy at Fazeli Cellars / Every Friday evening of each month / 6p-10p / 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and live entertainment / Cost: $99.99 Non-member couple, $79.99 Member / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Frangipani Winery
Cigar Sunday / March 12 / 1pm-5pm; Paella cooking at 2pm, Music from 1pm-4pm / Cigar rolling by Casa Lovo Cigars, Paella cooking by Tropical BBQ. Sausage tasting by Mad Mike / Live music by Mariella Riat / Cost: $30 pp for Wine Club members, $35 for Non-members / Reservations required by March 7th. Please call the winery at 951.699.8845 or email frangipaniwine@aol.com

Leoness Cellars
Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Winemaker’s Dinner / March 30 / 6 pm – 10 pm / Formal attire / Four-Course, Wine Paired Dinner / $100 Wine Club; $110 Guests / For reservations please visit http://www.leonesscellars.com/event-398046/The-Phantom-Of-The-Opera-Winemakers-Dinner.html.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / March 17 & 31 / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm) / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $35**; Gen. Adm. $25** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine / March 10 / 6:00 pm / Attention Cigar Aficionados: Join us for an evening of cigars, wine and dinner on the Vineyard Lawn / $85 Reg.; $76.50 Wine Club / Tickets on sale now http://www.lorimarwinery.com/feat-event-157992/Smoke-Vine-An-Evening-Of-Cigars-And-Wine.html

Dueling Pianos / March 30 / 6:00 pm / A fun evening on the Sunset Patio with entertainment and wine! Pairings will open at 5pm for early dinner / $20 Reg.; $18 Wine Club (includes one glass of sangria) / Tickets on sale soon at www.lorimarwinery.com

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

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public / Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Live Music / March 10 / 6PM to 9 PM / “BIG TRUTH” and the “SCHOOL OF ROCK”. NO Cover, open to the general public. This first live music event of the season will surely get you on your feet and on the dance floor.

Live Music / March 25 / 6 PM to 9 PM / KESTON BARKER (vocals, guitar) formally with the Busboys ‘The Boys are Back in Town”. BERNIE PERSHEY (drums). BRAD CUMMINGS (bass). No Cover, open to the public.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Bridal Showcase / March 19 / 2:00pm—6:00pm / Love is in the air at Mount Palomar Winery! Join us for a Bridal & Event Showcase in the barrel room. Brides & grooms – enter to win raffle prizes from our vendors! / Free Admission / RSVP for a special wine tasting during the event! / For reservations please visit http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Weddings-/-Events/Bridal-Expo

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / March 5, 12, 18 and 26 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm / 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!) / For tickets: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Live Music / Every Saturday and Sunday / 1pm-4pm / Local musician will perform live on our beautiful outdoor patio. You can enjoy a craft cocktail, a draft beer, a glass of wine and the Mediterranean inspired men at Annata Bistro/Bar along with the show / Free entertainment / For more information please visit www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Annata

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy live music while dining at The Restaurant at Ponte Winery / Free to attend / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / 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 specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. 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.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today /Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Thornton Winery
Our “29th Annual Champagne Jazz” schedule, to be released the second week of March!
Easter Sunday Buffet Reservations now being taken!

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wines & Words Society / March 8th / 6:00pm-8pm / Wiens Wine & Words Society is Wiens Family Cellars very own book club with a special twist. Every other month a great book is perfectly paired with one of their wines. In addition, a themed meeting/party in which you discuss both the wine and book while enjoying themed appetizers and of course the selected wine is included! / $77 Regular; $61.60 Wine Club / For reservations please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-396857/March-Wiens-Wines-Words.html.

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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Wine for St. Patrick’s Day!?

March 1st, 2017

So, if you’re a wine lover, how do you survive a holiday that is clearly for beer drinkers?  Many of our winemakers tell us that wine drinkers are the best beer drinkers because it takes a lot of good beer to make a good wine.

But, today’s your lucky day!  When good ole’ St. Paddy’s day rolls around, you can wear that cheesy green hat, be forced to eat corned beef and cabbage AND have your wine….yes, wine.

Here are some of our favorite picks to raise a glass and cheer Saint Patrick.

If you’re looking for that “Pot of Gold”, why not stick with bubbly?  Try Monte De Oro’s 2015 Bolle De Oro which took home a Double Gold at the 2016 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

If you’re serving corned beef and cabbage, how about trying South Coast Winery’s 2013 Wild Horse Peak Zinfandel, or if you really want to get creative, serve Hart Winery’s 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese.

Or, if you feel like standing in solidarity with your beer drinking friends, drink Wiens Family Cellars’ bold 2014 Bare Knuckle Petite Sirah in a beer mug!

Whatever wine you choose to drink on St. Patrick’s Day, have the confidence of a lepercaun!  Those beer drinkers just might start to wonder what they’re missing out on.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Crispy Chicken Thighs with Sweet Citrus Soy Sauce

March 1st, 2017

This crispy, sweet and tangy chicken is a perfect main dish any night of the week. The sauce sounds amazing and should pair well with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

2 teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), bone-in, skin on

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 green onions, cut into thin rounds

½ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Mix the sesame oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Add the chicken thighs and turn them to coat with the sesame oil mixture. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Heat a large, heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

Add the chicken thighs skin side down and cook for 8 minutes.

Turn the thighs skin side up and place the skillet in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the thighs to a serving platter. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

While the chicken is resting, prepare the sauce.

Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the green onion and cook stir for 1 minute or until lightly browned.

Add the orange juice, chicken stock, soy sauce, honey, lime juice and orange zest.

Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 4 minutes.

To serve, divide the sauce among 4 plates and place a chicken thigh on top.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California.  

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Sour Cream

February 1st, 2017

Enjoy the classic combination of dark chocolate and tart, sweet berries in a tender, buttery crust. You’ll want to pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sparkling Wine or Late Harvest Zinfandel.

Serves 8

Ingredients:
1½ cups pastry flour
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg yolk
1½ cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup sour cream
6 ounces dark chocolate (about 60% cacao), chopped into small pieces
3/4 cup  heavy cream

Directions:
To make the crust, mix the flour and salt together in a medium bowl.

Mix the butter, cream, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and egg yolk in a small bowl. Stir the butter mixture into the flour just until blended.

Transfer the dough to a 10-inch nonstick tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan.Use a fork to prick holes in the bottom and sides of the crust and put the pan in the freezer for 25 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Take the crust from the freezer. Press a piece of foil tightly against the bottom and up and over the sides of the crust (to prevent the dough from puffing up while cooking).

Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let the crust cool completely.

To make the filling (up to 3 hours before serving), mix and partially crush the raspberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Stir the sour cream into the raspberries and return the bowl to the refrigerator.

Place the chocolate in a small bowl.

Bring the heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes.Whisk until the mixture is smooth and glossy.

Spread the raspberry mixture evenly into the tart shell.

Spread the chocolate cream evenly over the raspberry mixture.

Chill for 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan and transfer to a serving platter.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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February Winery Events

February 1st, 2017

Avensole Winery
Valentine Couples Dinner at the Restaurant / February 10-14, 2017 / 11:00a-8:00p / Indulge your senses with a romantic prix fixe Valentine’s menu created especially for the occasion. Enjoy an enchanting evening on our beautiful outdoor terrace, where the scene is set for romance with live entertainment and an unforgettable gourmet four-course culinary delight for two / Includes one glass of Explore wine or beer per person. Special cocktail for the weekend: P.S. I Love You Martini / Cost: $150 per couple / Please call our concierge to make your reservations: 951.252.2003 ext. 301.

Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 2pm-4pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our vineyards. Avensole Winery boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, combined with the newest amenities, and has become the destination for wine lovers. Conclude this tour with a culinary treat pairing 7 Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by our wine experts / Cost: $75 / Reservations required. Please call 951-252-2003 x305 to make a reservation.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere.  The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public.  Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Valentine’s Day Lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / February 10, 11 & 12 / 11:30a-3:00p / Enjoy a 3-course Valentine’s special lunch menu. Live Music by Chuck Sacayan on Saturday and Sandii Castleberry on Sunday / $29.95 per person plus tax and gratuity / Please call for reservations at 951676.9243

A Valentine Candlelight tasting for 2 / Feb. 10, 11 & 12 / 11:30a-3:30p with seating’s every hour at Baily Estate Tasting Room / Special Cabernet Sauvignon and Port tasting, charcuterie and chocolate plate for two / Cost: $35 per person / Seating is extremely limited so reserve today. Call 951.972.9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Sweetheart Dinner / February 14th / 6:00 to 9:00 pm / Treat your valentine to an evening of romance filled with exquisite wines, five course meal and wine pairing, dancing and as our gift to you a bottle of Prima Port / Cost:  $85 per person for Wine Club Members, $99.95 per person for non-members / For reservations please call 951-676-6414 for reservations, visit www.belvinowinery.com, or visit the winery to purchase tickets.

Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails 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.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Valentine’s Dinner at Meritage / February 14th / Seatings at 5-5:30, 7-7:30, 9-9:30 / This is a gourmet four course, prix fixe menu served with an Amuse Bouche and a long stemmed rose. Featuring Live Music / $75.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included / The menu can be viewed online at www.callawaywinery.com. For Reservations call 951.587.8889

 Cupid’s Flight Couples Wine Tasting / February 11th through 14th / 10:30am – 5:00pmach person may choose from a trio of wines to sample, 2 oz of each,  which also includes  chocolate covered strawberries and a long stemmed rose (roses are available while supplies last)

Chocolate covered strawberries can be purchased additionally, in a serving of 6, for $20.00. Long stemmed roses can be purchased for $5.00 each / $37.50 per couple/ $30 for wine club members / Purchases can be made in the gift shop, or by calling 951.676.4001. No reservations required.

Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservations are not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

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
10th Annual Super Chili Bowl / February 5 /  2pm-8pm / Calling all Super Chili Cooks!  It’s time to show off your best dish!  Only 10 competitors each year for the coveted Top Chili Cook title!  Sign up soon as these spots go quick.  Chili competition kicks off at 3pm.  Wine club attendees are $25, Non-wine club $30.  All paid parties of 4 -6 can reserve the location of their table!  Please let us know your group name and desired location!  Tables are on a first come basis but there’s not a bad seat in the house. Price includes chili tasting, food and wine or beer.  Price increases by $5 day of the event / Email events@cougarvineyards.com  or Call 951-767-8398 for more information. 

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public

Danza del Sol Winery
Get Sauced / February 12th / 3:00 PM / GET SAUCED!! for Valentine’s. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, wine, and culinary entertainment in our Club House! / Price: $58.60 – $65.00 / Please visit us at www.danzadelsolwinery.com for reservations and information.

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Feb. 4 – Sean Wiggins / Feb. 11- Tim Apple / Feb. 18- JD Priest / Feb. 19- Two Fish / Feb. 25- Tony Suraci / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Europa Village
International Languages of Love / Feb. 11 / 4pm & 6pm / We invite you to “taste” with your ears, and then with all your five senses, as we take you a multi-sensory journey of live music, wine, and cuisine from France, Spain and Italy. Tasting is 90 minutes in length / $79 per person. Please call (951) 695-7175, ext. 207 or visit our website www.europavillage.com for tickets.

L’Amore at Europa / Feb. 14 / 6pm – 8pm / Europa Village presents an intimate candlelight 5-course gourmet dinner paired with Europa’s fine wines. Dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Dean Thomas. $125 per person. Please call (951) 695-7175, ext. 207 or visit our website www.europavillage.com for tickets.

 Wine Education Class – Italian Wines / Feb. 19 / 11am & 2pm / Hosted by our in-house sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman, you will learn about six Italian wines Europa offers with a light food pairing / $35 per person. Two classes available at 11am and 2pm / Please call (951) 695-7175, ext. 207 or visit our website www.europavillage.com for tickets.

 Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / 2/5 – Astra Kelly / 2/12 – Jimmy Patton / 2/19- Sebastian Sidi / 2/26- Joe Baldino.

Falkner Winery        
Valentine’s Lunch at the Pinnacle / February 11 through February 14th / Valentine Lunch Special for 2 in the Pinnacle Restaurant / Cost: $59 for Two + + (normal menu also available)  Extended Sat hours 11:30-4:30. Sun-Tues 11:30- 3:30 / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 or online at www.falknerwinery.com.

Valentine’s Dinner in the Pinnacle Restaurant / February 14th / 5:30-9:30pm / Early seating 5:30 $99++ ($89++ Wine Club) Regular seating $115+ tax per person ($104+tax wine club) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Live Entertainment provided by Jeff Johnson / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 or online at www.falknerwinery.com.

Sip N Paint Class “Wine” / February 16th-Couples (or Individual) / 6-8 pm / Includes all materials & Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle / $35 per person or $60 per couple / Reservations are required. Please log on to Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com.

Wine Appreciation Class / February 18th / 10am -12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Fazeli Cellars
Fazeli’s First Valentines Dinner / Feb. 11th & Feb. 12th / Begins at 6:00pm / Come enjoy champagne upon your arrival and enjoy an elegant 5 course meal paired with wine and specialty drinks. Enjoy a strawberry and chocolate fountain, dessert bites and coffee to finish off this romantic evening. Enchanting music will be performed by Diego Mondragon / Limited space available so pick your Valentine date soon! / Cost: $120 Non-members, $100 club members / For reservations please visit www.fazelicellars.com.

Vintners Musical Showcase / February 18 / 6p-10p / Variety of up and coming musicians – Food, wine and beer available for purchase / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Salsa Night with Salsafama / Saturday, February 25 / 7p-10p / A 45-minute free lesson (no partner required) followed by dancing, dancing, dancing.  Glass of Sangria with entrance / Cost: $15.00/non member – $10/member / Food and beverage available for purchase / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Legacy at Fazeli Cellars / Every Friday evening of each month / 6p-10p / 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and live entertainment / Cost: $99.99/non member couple, $79.99/member / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Leoness Cellars
A Midwinter’s Dream Dinner / February 14 / 5p to close / Four-course, wine-paired dinner for two with limited reservation available. Dine in The Restaurant at Leoness with a special pre-fixed menu for two, specially paired with your favorite Leoness Cellars wines / Cost, menu information and reservation: $100 per person. Reservations can be made on our website: http://www.leonesscellars.com/The-Restaurant

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / Feb. 10 & 17 / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)  / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $35**; Gen. Adm. $25** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Valentine’s Day Brunch / February 12 / 10:00am – 12:30pm /  Celebrate ‘Love Day’ a little early with mimosas, brunch and more/ Tickets are $35/person, $25/under 21 / Tickets available online at www.lorimarwinery.com. Space is limited!

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Feb. 4 – Astra Kelly / Feb.11- Fandango / Feb.18- Tralian Rox / Feb. 25- Dustin Jake/ Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / Friday line up: Feb. 3rd, JD Priest- Wildly soulful. All-American rock, incredibly popular local favorite! February 10th, Ruben V- Latin & salsa music! /Feb. 17th, Mickie Arnett- 90’s rock and covers! / Feb. 24th,  Alaina Blair- Country/pop with some rock and soul! / Saturday line up: Feb. 4th, Midnight Satellites- Gutsy, modern rock performers. Big sound! / Feb. 11th, Bluefish- Big rock sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s! / Feb.  18th, Missy Andersen- Known as a Southern California’s top blue’s diva! / Feb. 25th, The Core- Eclectic variety of jazz, rock, pop, & soul! /For additional information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / Feb. 5, 11, 12, 18, 25 /1:00p – 3:00p / 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: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Valentine’s Day in Annata Bistro/Bar / Feb. 14 / 4:00p – 9:00p / There is nothing more romantic than a four course meal, a glass of sparkling wine, and a stunning view of the Temecula Valley. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar and enjoy a beautiful evening in Temecula Wine Country. We’re offering an exclusive menu only available for Valentine’s day, including an appetizer, soup or a salad, your choice of four delectable entrees, and a delicious dessert / Reservations at: https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Valentines-Day

Oak Mountain Winery
Valentine’s Dinner / Feb. 11 / 6:00pm / Enjoy an elegant four-course dinner at The Cave / Cost: $90 for pp., $85 for Club members / Reservations is required. Please log on to www.oakmountainwinery.com to view a full menu and to reserve or call 951.699.9102

Ponte Winery
Valentine’s Day at The Restaurant at Ponte / February 14 / 5:00p-8:00p / Join us at The Restaurant at Ponte on Valentine’s Day for live music and a romantic dinner featuring a special menu / Cost: Entrées range in price from $21 – $135 / Reservations required: 951-252-1770.

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy live music while dining at The Restaurant at Ponte Winery / Free to attend / Visit www.pontewinery.com for more information.

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 specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Wine, Dine and Painting / February 5 / 10:00 – 1:00pm / Wine, Dine and Painting Class hosted by Jill Roberts of Art + Vino, the original and most popular Art and Painting class in the Temecula Valley! Take in the views and tap into your inner Picasso, then enjoy a fantastic lunch at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant! This package comes with two-three hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu and glass of wine to enjoy at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Cost: $70 Wine Club | $75 Non Wine Club / Reservation Information: Purchase online or call Wine Club at 951-587-9463 Ext. 5250

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Vineyard Rose / February 14 / 5:30 – 9:00pm / Treat your sweetheart to a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner in The Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Chef Jason Rivas will serve up a special gourmet menu as guests enjoy an intimate evening in the dining room overlooking the surrounding vineyards. Please visit our website to view our 5-course dinner menu / Cost: $125pp – includes a specially selected South Coast bottle of wine / Call (951) 491-8077 for reservations. 

Bridal Showcase / February 26 / 10:00am – 3:00pm / You’re invited to our Bridal Showcase South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Enjoy our Award Winning Sparkling Wine and delectable hors d’oeuvres; envision yourself on your wedding day in our romantic locations. Wedding Specials and promotions will be offered for weddings booked on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 only. Space is limited, signed contracts and nonrefundable deposits must be submitted to receive special offers. Meet with our Exclusive Vendors as they offer complimentary expert wedding advice, décor ideas and day-of discounts / Cost: FREE / Reservation Information: RSVP to 951-587-9463 Ext. 7275

Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. 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.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today /Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Indulgent at GrapeSeed Spa / Through February 28th / Now you can enjoy an ancient method of relaxation with a four handed tandem massage. Energy, balance, and relaxation are heightened with the choreographed massage that ignites complete euphoria. Our Indulgent Package Includes: 50-Minute Tandem Massage, Poolside Lunch, Glass of South Coast Wine / Cost: $239 / Call our GrapeSeed Spa to book today! (877) 552-1731 .Service cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Available February 1st through 28th, 2017.

#RoséAllDay / Every Sunday in February / 5:00pm – 6:30pm / Gather your friends for GrapeSeed Spa’s popular Vino Vinyasa class. Our talented yoga instructor will lead you on an amazing 80 minute journey focusing on chakras within. This session features four of our most popular Rosé wines! / Cost: $30 / Call our GrapeSeed Spato book today! (877) 552-1731. Service cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Available February 1st through February 28, 2017.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Thornton Winery
Valentine’s Dinner at Café Champagne / February 14 / 5:00p – 9:00p / 4-course meal, music and your Valentine will receive a rose. / Cost: $82.95 / For reservations please call 951.699.0099.

Vindemia Winery
Valentine’s Wine & Cheese Tasting / Offered February 10th – 20th / 11am-5pm / Calling all red wine lovers! Join us at Vindemia Winery for a special Valentine’s wine and cheese pairing in our romantic outdoor tasting room and scenic patio. Our high-quality wines and incredible views are sure to make the occasion memorable / $20 for 5 tastes with cheese pairings, bread, and olive oil / No appointment needed.

Wiens Family Cellars
Reserve Zinfandel & Chocolate Dinner / Feb. 10 / 6:30pm-9:30pm / The ultimate wine and chocolate lover’s dinner! Each chocolate infused course is perfectly paired with a vintage Zinfandel to create a pairing that is pure ecstasy! Romantic candlelight, beautiful décor, and great company make this the ideal Valentine’s date night. In addition, we will have bottles of the vintage Zinfandels, only available at the dinner for purchase to take home / Cost: $100 Regular $80 Wine Club / Purchase tickets www.wienscellars.com

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Creekside Grille / February 14 / Accepting reservations between 6-7:30pm / T your sweetheart to a fabulous and delicious 4-course dinner including a long stem rose and a bottle of Sparkling Wine surrounded by a romantic view and live entertainment /$120 per couple + tax/gratuity / For reservations Call 951-699-9463.

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The Women of Wine Country

January 31st, 2017

The Wine Institute of California estimates that between 15-20% of California winemakers are women, which is an increase of 5-10% from the early 1990’s. According to the Gallup Poll’s Annual Consumption Habits Poll, 52% of women consumers say they drink wine more often than any other beverage compared to only 20% of men so it makes sense this historically male dominated field is becoming an appealing option for women. Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is no exception. Talented women like Olivia Bue, winemaker at Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery, Valerie Andrews owner of Temecula Hills Winery and Oak Mountain Winery, and Cindy Palumbo owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery achieve success while raising families, giving back to the community, and inspiring other women in the industry.

Olivia Bue, winemaker for Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery, first got into wine through family. “I grew up in Encinitas, surrounded by a family who loved wine. Uncorking bottles was always in the equation at every family gathering; wine was our conduit to laughter and love. Around the age of 16, a close family friend who had enrolled at the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology told me about the program and experience. The moment I received my acceptance letter I made an easy decision to pack my bags and head up to Davis,” says Bue. She is undaunted by the physical labor and long hours, motivated by those who doubted her or judged her because she is young and female.

Bue advises women interested in entering the winemaking field to taste wine as much a possible, discuss wines with others, take classes and be patient. “Winemaking is such an art,” says Bue. “Yes, there is a lot of heavy manual labor and endless hours during harvest, but taking the time to understand your region’s complexities is something that takes time and a love of the art. Any gender can accomplish that!” Bue is especially passionate about Temecula Valley wines. “The more wines I taste outside of Temecula Valley, the more confident and proud I become of our region’s path. We are going in such a strong direction forward and I continue to be impressed at the quality of wines being made in Temecula Valley.”

Valerie Andrews, co-owner and co-founder of Oak Mountain Winery and Temecula Hills Winery, got her start in Temecula back in 1999 when she and her husband, Steve, moved to a 10-acre ranch just on the edge of Temecula’s wine country. They built Temecula Hills Winery on the property, which opened in 2001, and then Oak Mountain Winery on a separate property which opened in 2005. The vines were hand-planted by Valerie, Steve and their children in 2000. Now in her second decade of her wine career, Valerie is deeply loved by the community and consumers and admired and respected by her colleagues.

In addition to operating the wineries, Valerie’s community involvement runs deep. She balances her time running the day-to-day business operations at both wineries as well as serving on the board for the De Portola Wine Trail and on the hospitality committee for the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Valerie also founded Cause Fur Paws, a non-profit organization whose mission is assisting animals with diabetes and helping senior citizens with companion pets. Cause Fur Paws Inc., helps low income pet owners pay for 100% of their medical needs. Dog labeled wines and hand crafted cork tiaras can be found at Oak Mountain Winery with proceeds going to help local animals in need. In addition, Oak Mountain is the site of numerous dog events and charity fundraisers throughout the year.

Co-owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery, Cindy Palumbo has been in the valley since 1994. She first started at Callaway and Hart wineries with Joe Hart and John Moramarco. Now co-owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery, a 13 acre, 2500- case-per-year winery, with her husband Nick Palumbo, Cindy is very active in all aspects of the business. They are committed to small-lot, handcrafted wines from varieties grown on the property. She has also been instrumental in implementing sustainable farming and has helped to create more than just a winery but a “whole farm approach” to their agricultural activities believing that a winery should first and foremost be considered an agricultural entity. She is very active in the community and donates both time and money to local charities, including Big Hearts for Little Hearts of Temecula Valley, as well as the proceeds from her children’s books, the Farm Boy Series. The series is a collection of entertaining children’s books that teach about sustainable farming. In addition to working full time at the winery and authoring children’s books, Cindy has been deeply involved with teaching children to farm in a sustainable manner through a local 4-H program.

Whether by virtue of their family wine ties, passion, or drive, Bue, Andrews, and Palumbo are producing some of the valley’s best wines all while serving as pillars of leadership in Temecula Valley’s wine and farming community. These women are paving the way for future women winemakers and winery owners in Temecula Valley.

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Top Wines Paired with Top Aphrodisiac Foods

January 31st, 2017

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit by going one step beyond the chocolate and wine pairings so prevalent this time of year – aphrodisiac pairings. The popular wine destination shows the diversity and versatility of the region’s wines through suggested pairings with certain foods believed to be libido-enhancing.

“One of the things that makes Temecula Valley so special is the number of different grape varieties we can grow successfully here, thanks to our Mediterranean-like climate, as well as the broad spectrum of wine styles we produce. This makes experimenting with food pairings – even the most challenging ones – really exciting,” said Devin Parr, Wine Country Marketing Director for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. “We thought it would be fun to throw around some ideas about which Temecula Valley wines might go with foods rumored to be natural aphrodisiacs, given that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Jury is still out on whether or not the foods actually work, but we had a lot of fun coming up with the list of pairings.”

Oysters + 2016 Hart Winery Arneis

Although the science behind this mollusk’s libido-boosting properties is murky at best, Oysters are one of the foods most commonly thought to have aphrodisiac effects. This is thought to be because they contain zinc, which is necessary to produce testosterone, as well as amino acids and serotonin, which enhance the body’s response to pleasure. Pair these briny bivalves with a crisp, mineral driven white, like Hart Winery’s 2016 Arneis.

Avocado + Thornton Winery Brut Reserve Natural NV

Avocado’s reputation for being an aphrodisiac dates back to the Aztecs, who believed in it so much that they prohibited virginal women from leaving the house while they were being harvested. Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, which boosts the immune system and helps give skin a youthful appearance, perhaps making us look more attractive to the objects of our affection. Pair a bowl of rich, creamy guacamole with something bright, bubbly and capable of cutting through the fattiness of the avocado, like Thornton Winery’s zero dosage Brut Reserve Natural Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. For extra oomph, sprinkle on some maca powder, whose libido-driving powers have been more firmly established in science.

Chili Peppers + 2015 Baily Rosé of Sangiovese

Chili peppers are known to stimulate endorphins, speed up heart rate and increase sweat production, all similar to what we undergo when we are getting in the mood. Spicy dishes can be tough to pair with wine. Stick to a wine with some acid, which can soften extremes in richness, fat or spice, as well as some fruitiness or residual sugar, which can help temper spicy heat. Try Baily’s easy-drinking, slightly off-dry Rosé of Sangiovese.

Coffee + 2012 Fazeli Cellars Shiraz

Much like chili peppers, coffee is a stimulant that increases heart rate and blood flow, contributing to feelings of an enhanced libido. Since an actual cup of coffee is one of wine’s worst enemies, try something like coffee-rubbed brisket paired with a complex, juicy red like Fazeli Cellars’ 2012 Shiraz, which also just received 92 points in the Wine Enthusiast.

Chocolate + 2008 Leoness Cellars Cinsaut Dessert Wine

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and probably for good reason. Chocolate is thought to boost passion levels through phenethylamine, the stimulant that is released in the brain when we fall in love, and tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, a brain chemical associated with elevated moods and arousal. Choose a dopamine-spiking dark chocolate and pair it with something sweet and luscious, like Leoness Cellars’ 2008 port-style dessert wine of Cinsaut grapes.

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