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January Winery Events

December 21st, 2016

It’s the start of another new year and if you haven’t visited Temecula Valley Wine Country lately, now’s the time! Check out January’s calendar of events and make plans to visit us soon!

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting / Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / 2pm-3:30pm / Start off the New Year at Avensole Winery! 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 / Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 / 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.

Annual Barrel Tasting Event / Jan. 28 / 11am-4pm / Avensole Winery will be participating in this exciting day of wine tasting in Southern California Wine Country. Join us for wine samples, perfectly paired with delectable culinary creations / Cost varies; Tickets available through Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association www.temeculawines.org.

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.

Bel Vino Winery
Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.
Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

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 / 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

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
2nd Annual Cougar Meets Italy / January 25th and 26th / 6pm / EVENT WILL SELL OUT SOON! Our most successful event to date is around the corner. This is a professional wine judging event pairing Cougar wines with their counterparts from Italy. All attendees will also judge the wines for themselves. After the judging the results will be shared. Last January’s results were very exciting! This is a two day event. Wednesday is a showing of the Bottle Shock movie which this event is based upon. Movie starts at 6p. Cost is $10pp for a glass of wine and all the popcorn you can eat! The main event is Thursday which includes explanation of the judging process, wine judging, dinner, commemorative wineglass and live music from Don Brennan. Main event is $70pp Wine Club, $75pp Non-wine club. Main event plus movie night is $75pp Wine Club, $80pp Non-wine club. All prices do not include tax. Tax will be added at time of purchase / For tickets and information please log on to www.cougarvineyards.com

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to the public
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Europa Village
Cooking Demonstration / Jan. 17 / 11am & 1pm / Italian Themed cooking demonstration by our Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Includes three course lunch with wine pairings. $58 plus tax. Please contact (951) 695-7175 for tickets.

Murder Mystery Dinner / Jan. 21 or Jan 22 / 6pm – 8:30pm / “Murder in the Manor” – performance takes place in our Wine Cave during a gourmet dinner prepared by our Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Cost is $80 (Saturday) or $75 (Sunday). Please contact (951) 695-7175 for tickets.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / 1/8- Jimmy Patton, 1/15 -Danielle Taylor, 1/22 – Dustin Jake, 1/29 – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Prime Rib Weekend Specials in the Pinnacle Restaurant / Jan. 1st- 29th / 11:30-3:00 / 10 oz $32/ 16oz $40 / Make your reservation 951-676-8231 Option 4 / Check out all preparations on our website www.falknerwinery.com

Wine Appreciation Class / Jan. 21 / 10-12:30pm / 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

Sip N Paint Class / Jan. 26 / 6-8 pm / “Springtime in Paris” / $35 per person; $30 for wine club members with code “Falkner” / Includes all materials & Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle / Reservations are required. Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness Voted Best Winery Restaurant by USA Today! Every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

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

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / Jan. 13 & 20 / 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. For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

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

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Every Saturday / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music! / Check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for a schedule of performers.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / Friday line up: Jan. 06: Big Truth- High energy, Top 40 cover & dance band / Jan. 13: Ruben V- Latin & salsa music / Jan. 20: Mickie Arnett- 90’s rock and covers / Jan. 27: Tricia Freeman- Country, rock, and blues / Saturday line up: Jan. 07: JD Priest- Wildly soulful. All-American rock, incredibly popular local favorite / Jan. 14: Bluefish- Big rock sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s / Jan. 21: Missy Andersen- Known as a Southern California’s top blue’s diva / Jan. 28: Midnight Satellites- Gutsy, modern rock performers /For additional information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / Jan. 8, 14, 15, and 28 & Feb. 5 / 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!) / Cost: $45 /
Ticket at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery! / 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

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 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
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

Wiens Family Cellars
Wine Blending Experience / January 21st @ 6pm / Find your inner winemaker at our popular Wine Blending Experience event! Guided by our expert wine making staff, you’ll taste, evaluate, and blend selected varietals to create your own signature bottle of wine. Be prepared for a fun and educational night which includes the blending experience, your signature bottle of wine to take home, and appetizers / Cost $100 Regular $80 Wine Club / Purchase tickets www.wienscellars.com

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Ponte Winery’s Beverino Infused Apple Pot Pie

December 21st, 2016

These Beverino Infused Apple Pot Pies look amazing! Beverino actually means “easy to drink” in Italian. The wine’s subtle sweetness comes from a careful blend of several varieties (Ponte Winery’s best kept secret), all grown right here in Temecula.  We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a glass of it by pairing it with this scrumptious looking dessert.

Yield: 6 medium individual baking dishes

Apple Pot Pie Filling

Beverino, Cranberry & Currant Poaching Liquid Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups Ponte Beverino
⅓ cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
¾ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup dried currants
Zest of one orange

Method:

  1. Put wine and sugar in small saucepan with cinnamon sticks.
  2. Add the cranberries, currants, and orange zest.
  3. Cook on medium-low heat until poaching liquid is reduced by ⅓.
  4. Take off heat and set aside to cool.

Apple Filling Ingredients:

6 large granny smith apples, chopped into ½ inch cubes
⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Put the cubed apple in a large bowl. Stir the wine poached dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, sugar, flour and cinnamon into the cubed apples and stir with rubber spatula.
  2. Refrigerate overnight to allow apples to soak up the poaching wine flavor.

Puff Pastry Rounds

Method:

  1. Purchase puff pastry from freezer section of grocery store. Thaw the puff pastry. If the pastry won’t unfold, let thaw a little more. Remove one sheet and place on cutting board.
  2. Using your baking dish as a stencil, turn it upside down and set onto puff pastry in upper left corner. Run a sharp knife blade around the outside of the dish to create the top. Repeat. Use second puff pastry sheet if needed.
  3. Place the pot pie tops onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Take a small cookie cutter and cut a second hole in the center of the puff pastry. Place another piece of parchment on top of the puff tops. Place another cookie sheet on top of the parchment. This will stop the puff pastry from rising too high and ensure even and level finished tops.
  4. Bake in oven at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove top cookie sheet and top baking parchment. Egg-wash the puff pastry tops and sprinkle generously with raw sugar.
  5. Return the puff pastry tops to the oven and bake for 5-8 more minutes until golden brown. Store in airtight container until ready to assemble.

Assembling the Apple Pot Pie:

  1. Remove cinnamon sticks and fill the baking dishes to the top with Beverino apple filling.
  2. Take the left over juice from the filling and divide it evenly among the baking dishes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes until apple mix is bubbly and apples are tender. Leave foil on top of dishes and let rest until warm to the touch. Clean outside of baking dishes where juices have boiled over.
  4. Place one pre-baked puff pastry top on top of the baked apples. Place one scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the puff pastry in the center hole. Finely grate fresh nutmeg onto ice cream and garnish with one dried apple chip. Serve warm.

Dried Apple Chip Slices:

  1. Slice one unpeeled, whole granny smith apple on thin setting of mandolin cutter, or carefully slice apple into even thin slices. Dip lightly into simple syrup (which is mixture of ½ cup water and ½ cup of sugar brought to a boil and cooled).
  2. Place sweetened apple slices onto sprayed parchment or silicon mat. Bake at 225° until crispy. Test by peeling one apple slice from parchment or mat and place on counter top until cold. Taste for crispness. Return to oven until desired crispness. Finished crispy apple slices should be slightly golden brown

Recipe and photo courtesy of Ponte Winery

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Winter in Wine Country

December 20th, 2016

So, what exactly goes on in the vineyards when it’s winter time?  The annual growth cycle of Temecula Valley’s grapevines consummates in autumn with leaf fall followed by vine dormancy. After harvest, typically August-October in Temecula, the vine’s roots and trunk are busy storing carbohydrate reserves produced by photosynthesis in their leaves. Once the level of carbohydrates needed by the vine is reached, the leaves change from green to yellow and start to fall off the vines. Usually after the first frost, the vine enters its winter dormancy period. During this time, winemakers get a break from the bulk of their farm work as the vines sleep and start to prepare for the next wine season.

During this dormant period, according to Wiens Family Cellars winemaker Joe Wiens, the vines don’t need a lot of attention. Wiens puts on a little water to keep the roots moist and let them sleep. “We get to breathe a sigh of relief after the long hours of crush but have plenty of other things to keep us busy” says Wiens. Blending, barrel work, and bottling, in addition to brushing up on wine knowledge, new techniques, and attending winemaking seminars to continually improve are some of the things that keep him busy.

Nick Palumbo, winemaker and owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery shares: “Winter time is busy! The good news is it gets cold here in Temecula, so the vines go into dormancy and that gives us a chance to get caught up in the cellar after a long harvest season. That means topping barrels, assessing previous vintages and getting ready for bottling as well as general maintenance. Mulching is done if needed and pruning all needs to be done just after the holidays. Weed and pest control (gophers etc) as well as going through the irrigation system and getting that dialed in for the spring are all on the to do list. We also don’t forget to prep for much needed rain events. We need to make sure if and when we do get rain, it doesn’t erode our soils and farm roads. Winter is a good time for winemakers to take off the cellar boots, put on the farm boots, and get out in the quiet cold mornings alone and start making next years wine which will be hanging on the vines sooner than we think.”

At Danza del Sol Winery, Art Villareal, the winery’s winemaker, stays busy during winter processing wines from the recent harvest. This includes filtration, cold stabilizing, racking, and placing wine into barrels. “There is no downtime in winemaking. We are always processing wine from the previous harvest and preparing for the upcoming bottling season” says Villareal. As far as vineyard maintenance goes, Villereal says patience is key and waits for the vines to go dormant and then prunes them back. He also states Temecula is special as the winter keeps the vines asleep only as long as necessary and ensures a longer period of time to mature the clusters during the growing season.

With all the activity in the valley during the winter, a visit to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is an entertaining winter option. Many wineries offer behind the scenes tours where guests can see some of the winter viticulture and winemaking processes happen in person. While visiting, guests can stay at one of the many local inns, hotels, or resorts.

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Get Chilled in Temecula Valley Wine Country!

December 1st, 2016

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Everyone knows that the holidays can be particularly busy, stressful and rushed.  Why not come and join us in Temecula Valley Wine Country on December 15th to “chill” with us!  Several of our wineries are keeping their doors open late so that you can participate in the Temecula Chilled Holiday Shopping Night from 5:00p-7:00p.

Just one trip to your local wine country will get you all the gifts you need to give. Plus, you can sip while you shop! Our winery gift shops offer unique and charming wine-themed gifts, specialty food items, home decor – and of course, delicious wine.

During the Holiday Shopping Night, shop at select tasting rooms and enjoy holiday refreshments, carolers, carriage rides at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and more!  Participating wineries include: Bel Vino, Callaway, Danza del Sol, Foot Path, Monte De Oro, Mount Palomar, Ponte, South Coast and Wilson Creek.

To learn more about Temecula Chilled and all of the activities planned, please click here.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Maple Sugar-Ginger Roast Pork

December 1st, 2016

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This pork loin roast is marinated with a sweet-and-spicy combination of maple sugar, ginger and crushed red pepper; the sugar melts to form a luscious glaze as the meat roasts.  Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon for the perfect holiday meal!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, tied
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons maple sugar (see Note)
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Blood orange slices, red currants and sprigs of mint, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Using a small, sharp knife, make thin slits all over the pork loin roast and slip a garlic slice into each one. In a small bowl, mix the maple sugar with the ginger, salt, red pepper and olive oil. Rub the paste all over the pork, wrap it well in plastic and refrigerate overnight in a small roasting pan; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before roasting.

Preheat the oven to 450°. Roast the pork for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400° and roast the pork for about 35 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Discard the string and carve the pork into thin slices. Arrange on a platter, garnish with the orange slices, red currants and mint and serve.

Notes:

Maple sugar, made from reduced maple syrup, is available at specialty-food stores. Alternatively, use granulated brown sugar.

Suggested Pairings:

Bel Vino Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Oak aging softens and flavors the wine with notes of oak, vanilla and spice.

Carter Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 4 ~ Full bodied and velvety upon first taste, this is a supple wine with great varietal intensity.

Falkner Winery 2013 Syrah Rock Creek Vineyards ~Enjoy the wonderful red ruby color of this Syrah and the delicious flavors of plum and raspberry.

Hart Winery 2013 Syrah ~ This old-vine Syrah displays rich fruit, great depth and color, and a long, lingering finish.

Recipe and photo courtesy of foodandwine.com

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December Holiday Events in Wine Country

December 1st, 2016

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Avensole Winery
Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public.

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p /All free and open to the public.

Baily Vineyard & Winery
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.

Vertical Tastings at Baily Estate Tasting Room / Every Thursday-Sunday through December 24 / 11p-4pm / Your choice of a Cabernet Franc Port vertical tasting and food pairing $25pp or Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting of 5 vintages at the bar $20pp or a sit-down tasting with bread & cheese $30pp / For reservations and information please call Lisa at 951.972.9768

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

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Santa Comes to Callaway and Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration / December 15th / 4pm to 8pm / Free to the public / Enjoy hot cocoa for all and cookie decorating for the children. Santa will be arriving at 4pm with a mailbox so children may write letters to Santa. Callaway’s annual barrel tree lighting will begin at sundown. Spend the evening shopping and sipping wine with a 30% discount on wine and merchandise (excludes OPR and Library Wines).

Swirl, Sip & Learn / Every first and last Sunday of the month Callaway will be offering Wine Classes, 12pm, noon, $30 to $40 per person / Call 951.676.4001 to reserve a spot.

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Meritage / December 31st, 5pm to 8pm / $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Celebrate the New Year with a fabulous four-course meal and live music at Meritage. Chef Diamond has meticulously created a special farm-to-table, New Year’s Eve menu for your dining pleasure / For reservations call 951.587.8889

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 / Free to the public / Reservations suggested but not required for groups of 10 or more, Industry benefits even after 6p, two-for-one glasses of wine after 7p / Dec. 2nd Evan Diamond Goldberg ~ Local singer-songwriter / Dec. 9th Aaron White ~ folk, acoustic and blues / Dec. 16th Kenny Marquez ~ Returning to Cougar – local acoustical artist and rocker / Dec. 23rd Jeff Brinkman ~ Original acoustic singer-songwriter / Dec. 30th Britt Doehring ~ acoustic melodies and jazzy grooves

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / reservations suggested for groups of 10 or more / Dec. 4th James Holland ~ acoustical guitarist / Dec. 10th Will Sumner ~ Smooth jazz / Dec. 18th Don Brennan~ acoustical guitarist

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Europa Village
Cooking Class with Chef Dean Thomas / Dec. 3rd / Two classes offered: 11am and 1pm / $55 per person / French themed cooking class with our Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Class includes step-by-step lesson plan, cooking demonstration, take-home recipes, and a gourmet three-course lunch paired with Europa Village wines / For reservations please log on to www.europavillage.com

Live Friday Night Entertainment / 6pm-9pm / Free to the public.
Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public

Falkner Winery
Sip n Paint “Personalize It” / Dec. 1 / 6p-8p / Cost $35; $30 for Wine club members / Enjoy a personalize holiday painting you create on your own. Fee includes all supplies / Reserve at artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Sip & Shop / Dec. 11 / 4p-7p / Falkner invites you and your friends to shopping, wine & fun! Treat yourself, shop for the holidays & participate in our raffle. 20+ vendors will be available during this event and visit with Santa from 5:30p to 7:00pm / Wine will be available by the glass / Free to attend / For information please contact wineclub@falknerwinery.com.

‘Chilled’ Shopping Event / December 15th / 5-7pm / Holiday Shopping in Wine Country. Special wine and gift sales / www.TemeculaChilled.com

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness Voted Best Winery Restaurant by USA Today! Every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

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

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / December 9 & 16 / 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 $30**; Gen. Adm. $20** / **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
Tree Lighting Celebration / December 4th / 5pm / Come meet Santa, enjoy Christmas cookies, cocoa, mulled wine and more! – Select merchandise and wine sale

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

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

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Every Saturday / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music! / Check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for a schedule of performers.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Friday Line-up: 12/2- The Core- Eclectic, variety jazz /12/9 -Ruben V- Latin & salsa music / 12/16 – Mickie Arnett, 90’s rock and covers / 12/23- JD Priest- Wildly soulful / 12/30-Tom Solis,variety of pop, rock, country, contemporary, & Americana / Saturday Line-up: 12/3 – Indica Roots- Reggae, ska & rock band / 12/10 Bluefish- Big rock sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s / 12/17- Missy Andersen, top blue’s diva 12/21 Indica Roots- Reggae, ska & rock band/ Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery! / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12p-3p (times may vary) / Annata Bistro/Bar is hosting a live musical performance from 12 – 3 PM! Enjoy a craft cocktail while listening to a talented local performer on our beautiful outdoor patio. / For hours and reservations, go to http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata (hours are subject to change)

Tequila Tastings at Annata Bistro/Bar / December 3rd & 4th / 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting the first ever tequila tastings in Temecula in our on-site restaurant, Annata Bistro/Bar! 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 / Tickets: $22 at the door / RSVP at www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata

The Hollywoodland Murder / December 16th / 7:00p to 10:00p /The talented performers from Dainty Dames events are hosting another intriguing night of mystery at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California. Enjoy a delectable 3 course meal and a glass of champagne while hunting for a killer and solving the mystery. The story: The year is 1949, and YOU a member of Tinsel Town’s elite, are invited to the world premiere of “The Hollywoodland Murder”, which has stirred up some controversy. Critics claim it is an exploitation of the infamous murder of “The Black Dahlia,” only a few years since it shocked the nation. Unbeknownst to YOU and other premiere attendees, guests have entered a one of a kind hostage situation, as they innocently mingle & dine on a delectable 3 course meal. The Killer has arrived and carefully constructed a twisted game, where guests must work together by participating in various challenges and tests of wit to solve this murder mystery, before the body count grows! / For tickets: http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Murder-Mystery-Dinner

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / December 4th, 10th & 18th / 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM / 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

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

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

Football Specials in The Cellar Lounge / During NFL Football Games, during business hours Sunday, Monday and Thursday /Enjoy food and drink specials in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn during NFL games! Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying your favorite Ponte wine on tap. Visit our website for more information / Cost: No cover charge, food and drink specials $4 – $15.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards
Enjoy live music every Saturday & Sunday at Mama Rosa’s Trattoria / 1:00pm-4:00pm / Free to the public / For a schedule of performers and to view the restaurants menu, please visit www.robertrenzonivineyards.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Elegant Christmas Dinner / December 24 & 25 / 5:30 – 9:00 pm / Allow South Coast Winery Resort & Spa to Make your Christmas Dinner One to Remember at Vineyard Rose Restaurant Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Let our elves take care of you this year with Chef’s elegant 4-course Christmas Dinner with a single price, based on the entrée selected / Reservations are required so call today to reserve the best selection: 951.587.9463

Fa La La La La…. Let the magic begin / Nov. 27 through Dec. 24 / 6pm-9pm / We’ve deck our halls and have tuned our chords, now all that’s needed is for you. Enjoy the traditional and heartwarming songs from Christmas Carolers, dressed up in vintage attire Fridays through Sundays. Free to the public.

Jingle All The Way / Sunday’s in December / 2p-5p /Grab your favorite wine and then plan to meet up with Singer/Performer James Wells in the Vintner’s Garden at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa each Sunday afternoon.

All Wrapped Up For the Holidays / During the month of December, each time you spend $50 dollars on retail in the Gift Boutique at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, we will wrap it up for you in a gift basket. Basket must include retail items.

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.

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

Wiens Family Cellars
New Year’s Eve Dinner / December 31st / 8:00pm / Enjoy a seated dinner followed by hours of DJ dancing to send the year 2016 off in style. Start the night off with appetizers and complimentary glass of wine followed by a seated dinner and dessert bar. Dancing will begin after dinner and a glass of complimentary sparkling will be provided at midnight. Formal Attire Only / $100 Wine Club Members, $125 Regular admission / To purchase tickets and review dinner menu please log on to: http://www.wienscellars.com

Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Academy / Dec. 11 / 1p-3p / Holiday food & wine pairing in the Garden Terrace Room / Instructor: Greg Pennyroyal / Wine Club Members $40, Non-members $55 / Call to reserve 951.699.9463

Live Entertainment / 12p-4p / Free to the public / 12/3 JD Priest / 12/4 Jeff Tucker / 12/10 Smoothie Jones / 12/11 Tim Walsh / 12/17 Doug Laramie / 12/18 Funk Shui Planet / 12/31 Michael Le Clerc

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November Winery Events

November 1st, 2016

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There’s a chill in the air now and suddenly we’re planning holiday meals! Whether your holiday plans keep you close to home or off visiting relatives, plan to sneak in a trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country to stock up on your favorite wine, pick up holiday gifts or attend one of the great events going on in wine country!

Avensole Winery
Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public.

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p /All free and open to the public.

Baily Vineyard & Winery
30th Anniversary Celebration / Nov. 5 & 6 / 12:30p-3:30p / Celebrate 30 years at 3 locations! / Winery at Pauba Road: Wine tasting only $5, free BBQ, tank tasting, wines available by the glass & bottle, live entertainment, holiday wine sales and vintage photo display / Tasting room & Carol’s Restaurant on Rancho Cal. Rd.: Discounted wine tastings $10 (includes logo glass), complimentary food samples from Carol’s Restaurant, holiday wine sales, free glass of selected wines at Carol’s when you bring your purchase receipt from tasting room or winery, free gift for our doggie friends / Baily’s in Old Town: show your receipt of purchase from Tasting Room or Winery and receive free glass of selected wines.

Shakespeare in the Vines presents “The Lion in Winter” / Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 & 19 / 7:00pm-9:30pm / Join us for this Fall production that will be held at the indoor stage at Carol’s Restaurant / Advance tickets can be purchase at https://tickets.temeculatheater.org/?category=40
Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio

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

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm / Nov.5 –The J3’s / Nov.6 –Gin Piston / Nov.12 –Billy Watson / Nov.13 –Nathan James / Nov.19 –Soul Fire / Nov. 20 –Daring Greatly / Nov.26 –Michael SG / Nov.27 –Barry J. /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

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 / 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

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

Chapin Vineyards
Post Harvest Celebration & Dance / Nov. 4 / 5:30-10:00pm / For one night Chapin Winery becomes a classic Roadhouse; Jazz and standards will be played. Swing dance to the music of Sinatra, Bennett and Martin / $20 per guest, includes a glass of wine and incredible taco bar / Reservation required at 951.506.2935. Payment required at the time of reservation.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to the public / Nov. 4 –Jeff Brinkman / Nov. 11-Jason Witt / Nov. 18 –Evan Diamond-Goldberg / Nov. 25 –Frankie and the Invisibles
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / Nov. 6 –James Holland / Nov. 13 –Will Sumner / Nov. 20 –Don Brennan

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Europa Village
Vive Bene – Antidote to Black Friday / Nov. 25 / 10am – 8pm / Enjoy slow paced version of Black Friday at Europa. Special holiday items for everyone on your gift list. Additional 10% off retail items. Chef Dean’s goodies to be sold. Bring in 10 non-perishable items and receive an extra 5% off purchase. Strolling carolers and food tastings from 5pm to 8pm.

Live Friday Night Entertainment / Nov. 4 / 6pm-9pm / Crimson Crow will be performing on our outdoor veranda.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Nov. 6 Dustin Lake / Nov. 13 Jimmy Patton / Nov. 20 Luis Andre / Nov. 27 Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Sip N Paint Class “Paris Lovebirds” / November 3 / 6-p-8p / $45 per person / Includes all materials & a glass of wine. Additional wines available for purchase by glass or bottle / Reservations are required. Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / November 6 & 13 / 12p-3p / Lawn Game competition (starting at 1pm) & other limited lawn games / Taco Bar, Sangria, Luscitos, Beer

Veterans Day Weekend for Active & Retired Military / November 11th-13th / 10a-5p / Free Classic Wine Tasting , 15% off bottles & 20% off in the Pinnacle Restaurant for Active & Retired Military. Thank you for your service!

Wine Appreciation Class / November 19 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 pp / $40 Connoisseur; $20 VIP; $70 person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Black Friday Sales / November 25th-27th / 10p-5p / FREE taste of our Hot Lips with purchase of a tasting in the Tasting Room & discounts in the Gift Shop up to 33% off Select items!

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness Voted Best Winery Restaurant by USA Today! Every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

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

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / November 4th & 11th / 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 $30**; Gen. Adm. $20** / **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 /November 10 /6pm – 8pm /Attention cigar aficionados: Lorimar is bringing back Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine! It’s our second Cigar and Wine pairing event and tickets are on sale now / Tickets are $85/$76.50 WC – includes a three course dinner paired with Lorimar Wine, and cigars form Casa Lovo. Space is limited so get your tickets early! /Purchase Tickets at http://www.lorimarwinery.com/res-393459/Smoke-Vine-An-Evening-Of-Cigars-And-Wine-Nov.html

Black Friday Sales Event / November 25 / 9am – 9pm / Join us on Black Friday to Eat, Drink, and Shop! The winery will be opening early for $5 tastings from 9 am – 12 pm, Pairings Food Truck will be open at Noon, live music from 2 pm to close, and take advantage of the HUGE SALES that only happen once a year on Holiday & Gift Merchandise!

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

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

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Every Saturday / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music! / Check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for a schedule of performers.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Nov. 4, Cougrzz Rock / Nov. 5, Indica Roots / Nov. 11, Ruben V / Nov. 12, Alaina Blair / Nov. 18, Mickie Arnett / Nov. 19, Missy Andersen / Nov. 25, JD Priest /Nov. 26, Midnight Satellites/ Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / November 11 / 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!) / Cost: $45 /
Ticket at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery! / 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

Ponte Winery
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant
Gather at Bouquet Restaurant this Thanksgiving for an elegant feast featuring traditional favorites and delectable desserts. / Thursday, November 24 / 5p-9p / Reservations required / Price varies.

Black Friday Shopping Event
Stop by the Tasting Room on Black Friday for holiday shopping, live music by Jason Weber and hors d’oeuvres!  Wine Club members will receive 30% off wine and merchandise all day, and 35% off case purchases / Friday, November 25 / 10a-8p / Live music and hors d’oeuvres 5p-8p. / Free to attend.

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!

Football Specials in The Cellar Lounge / During NFL Football Games, during business hours Sunday, Monday and Thursday /Enjoy food and drink specials in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn during NFL games! Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying your favorite Ponte wine on tap. Visit our website for more information / Cost: No cover charge, food and drink specials $4 – $15.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Fall for a South Coast Winery Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving Feast at Vineyard Rose Restaurant / November 24 / 11:00 am – 9:00 pm / This menu is a festive and delicious 4-course dinner with a single price, based on the entrée selected plus 20% gratuity and 8% tax. Beverages are additional / Reservations are required so call today to reserve the best selection: 951.587.9463 ext. 350

Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony / November 27 / 6:00pm – 9:00 pm / It’s Santa’s official arrival to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kids of all ages are invited to take in the splendor of the resort’s decked-out halls and vineyards, lit up with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. Add in a tree lighting ceremony, holiday movies, tractor rides thru the vineyards, Christmas caroling, and select performances from the Nutcracker, by tiny ballerinas in-training from one of the region’s premiere dance academies, Murrieta Dance Project, plus so much more – all for FREE. Of course, there will be plenty of holiday cheer for purchase that evening too.

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 / Sunday, October 2, 16, 23, 30 / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden /October 2 & 23 – Diego Mondragon; October 16 & 30 – David Maldonado.

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

Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Monday – Friday through November 30. Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa Monday – Friday for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour and indulge in a 50-minute body-massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives. This total body recovery and hydration happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost: $99 / Reservation Information: Call 951-587-9463 Ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Thornton Winery
Thanksgiving Dinner / November 24 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm / Thanksgiving Plated Dinner –Three Course Meal – Choice of FOUR Starter Selection, Four Entrees and Delectable Desserts / $51.95 plus tax & gratuity; Children 12 Under – $19.95 plus tax & gratuity / For reservations call: (951) 699-0099

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wine & Words / November 9 / 6pm-8pm / Wiens Family Cellars very own book society! Every other month, Wiens will select a book and perfectly pair it one of their wines with it. In addition, they hold a themed meeting/party in which both the book and wine is discussed while enjoying themed appetizers. Ticket includes, book, bottle of wine, and entrance to the themed party / $79 per person ($63.20 Wine Club Members) /Purchase tickets here: www.wienscellars.com

Sale Ranch Sanctuary Fundraiser & Silent Auction / November 18 / 6pm-10pm / Featuring Urban Skies, The Keith Urban Experience. Wiens Family Cellars will host an exciting fundraiser and silent auction event for the benefit of Sale Ranch Sanctuary, a local animal rescue that rescues high risk and severely abused animals. Ticket includes dinner and live music with all proceeds going towards Sale Ranch Sanctuary / $100 per person / Purchase Tickets Here; www.saleranchsanctuary.org

Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Academy / November 13 / 1p-3p / Garden Terrace Room / Holiday Bubble Experience / Great Sparkling Wines of the World / Instructor: Mick Wilson / Wine Club $30 – Non-Members $40 / Reservations: 951-699-9463

Live Music Fridays & Saturdays: Click here for schedule

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It’s a Foodie Paradise!

November 1st, 2016

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Most guests who are new to our wine country don’t realize just how unique the Temecula Valley Wine Country really is. Although, there are several aspects that make us unique, our thriving culinary scene certainly stands out at the top of the list!  In fact, there are over 15 of our wineries that have restaurants or eateries on their property.  Top chefs from all over Southern California are taking up roots in Temecula Valley Wine Country and several Temecula winery restaurants have received national acclaim.

One such restaurant, The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars, was recently rated #1 Winery Restaurant by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice.  Also voted Best Restaurant of the IE (Inland Empire) for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, The Restaurant at Leoness features a variety of appetizers, colorful salads, unique flatbreads, and seasonal Chef Selections.

Additionally, The Restaurant at Ponte Winery was rated by OpenTable as one of the top 100 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining.  Their al fresco dining area is surrounded by vineyards and beautifully manicured gardens.

At Ponte Vineyard Inn, Bouquet Restaurant was recently awarded the TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence! Dine indoors or out in the fine dining setting located at the luxurious AAA Four Diamond Inn, surrounded by manicured Italian gardens with stunning views of the vineyard and our 1-acre pond. Or, if you’re just looking for a quick bite, the alluring and elegant underground Cellar Lounge is located on the basement level of the Inn and features signature cocktails, craft beer, gourmet entrées and small plates.

No stranger to winning awards, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant has been the winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past five years.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, pairing their seasonal menu expertly with their award-winning wines.

Be sure to visit one of our winery restaurants on your next visit to Temecula Valley, Southern California’s Wine Country.  You’ll be glad you did!

Additional award-winning Temecula Valley Winery Restaurants:

Avensole Restaurant & Marketplace –  As Temecula’s newest Wine Country restaurant, Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere.

Breezeway Grill at Lumiere Winery – Enjoy beautiful vineyard and mountain views from the patio of the Breezeway Grill.  Try the new peaches and ice cream dessert made with Lumiere’s Sauvignon Blanc.

Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery – Walking into Carol’s is somewhat like walking into a medieval or European castle. The menu features a variety of beautiful entrée salads, appetizers, sandwiches, fresh fish, steak, and pasta dishes.

Bel Vino Bistro -Bistro diners enjoy an upscale American menu with plates such as the seared albacore sandwich, delicious signature flatbreads, and fresh seasonal salads inspired by Chef Nathaniel Philips.

Meritage at Callaway Winery – Sitting high atop Temecula’s breathtaking wine country, Meritage at Callaway offers guests incredible panoramic views of the rolling hills and vineyards. Guests can enjoy a delightful array of fresh, farm-to-table meals, made from scratch.

Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Vineyard & Winery – Want a quick meal in the midst of wine tasting?  Look no further than Sangio’s Deli.  All Salads and Sandwiches are made to order with Boar’s Head quality products. Sliced meats and cheeses are also available.

Pinnacle at Falkner Winery – The Pinnacle offers great panoramic views, outstanding Mediterranean style food, and high quality service. Critics have consistently praised the food quality, customer service, and great ambiance at Pinnacle.

Baba Joon’s Kitchen at Fazeli Cellars – Baba Joon’s Kitchen provides a unique – and extensive – Mediterranean Persian fusion menu that results in a perfect wine pairing experience.

Flower Hill Bistro at Miramonte Winery – The bistro offers a variety of craft food items from the Fromage + Tomato, to the amazing Roasted Veggie flatbread, to the glorious Piri Piri Half Chicken.

Monte De Oro Bistro at Monte De Oro Winery – Offering casual lunch fare – seasonal salads, Panini’s, and pasta dishes along with delectable appetizers including meat & cheese plates, hummus, and seasonal snacks.

Annata Bistro at Mount Palomar Winery – Annata Bistro/Bar has a full service bar, handcrafted signature cocktail menu, beer on tap, all of the Mount Palomar Wines you know and love, and a Mediterranean inspired menu.

Cave Café at Oak Mountain Winery – With a focus on small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with creative flavor and presentation, head chef Eric Celaya offers a menu with the variety necessary to create snack plates, tapas, light meals, full Mediterranean-style dining, or even just an intimate dessert.

Mama Rosa’s Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Vineyards – Pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and pasta rule the menu here.  Guest favorites include tortellini stuffed with braised short ribs, Gorgonzola cream sauce, garlic and Prosecco, and a meatball sandwich layered with sauce, salami, chili oil and Provolone, baked and finished with basil and Parmigiano.

Café Champagne at Thornton Winery – A breathtaking entrance to the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Café Champagne’s elegance combines with “Contemporary Fusion Cuisine” to create a well-rounded flair for the total gourmet experience.

Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery – Dine al fresco among the vines and enjoy casual, yet tasteful items fill the menu with delicious appetizers, gorgeous salads, scrumptious sandwiches, and of course Creekside seasonally inspired specials.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Roasted Whole Turkey with Wild Rice and Kale Stuffing

November 1st, 2016

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Serves 10 to 15

Perfectly roasted and juicy, this maple-glazed turkey is served with a savory sweet combo of wild rice with hearty greens, pecans, and dried cranberries. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Zinfandel.

Ingredients:

1 (14-lb) turkey, giblets and neck removed from cavity, rinsed and patted dry

6 whole fresh sage leaves

2 cups chicken stock Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons maple syrup (for turkey glaze)

1 tablespoon unsalted melted butter (for turkey glaze)

For the stuffing:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup finely diced onion

1 cup finely diced celery

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

1 large bunch kale, stems and ribs removed, leaves roughly chopped

1½ cups pecan halves, roughly chopped

½ cup sweetened dried, cranberries

6 cups cooked wild rice blend (combination of wild rice and brown rice)

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F

Place the turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan.

Tie the ends of the turkey legs together with kitchen twine.

Gently push 3 sage leaves under the skin of each side of the breast.

Season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Pour the stock into the roasting pan and place it in the pre-heated oven. Reduce the heat to 325° F and roast the turkey for 2 hours.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and baste the turkey with pan juices. Cover just the breast with foil. Return to the oven and continue roasting for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven once again. Remove the foil and baste the turkey with pan juices. Cover the breast and roast for 20 minutes longer or until the internal temperature at the meaty part of the thigh registers at 165° F.

While the turkey is roasting prepare the stuffing (below)

When the turkey is fully cooked, remove the foil and baste one more time with the pan juices.

Untie the legs and fill the cavity with hot rice stuffing. You will have left over stuffing which can be served as a vegetarian side dish.

For the glaze, mix the maple syrup and melted butter in a small bowl. Brush the turkey with the glaze. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.

For the stuffing:

Heat the butter in a wide 5 to 6 quart pot over medium heat until it starts to sizzle.

Add the onion, celery and sage, and cook for 8 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high, toss in the kale and cook for 5 minutes or until the kale is tender.

Stir in the pecans, cranberries, rice, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Cook just until heated through.

Re-heat the stuffing before placing in the cavity of the turkey.

Recipe and photo provided by the Wine Institute of California

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Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

October 28th, 2016

Autumn table setting with pumpkins. Thanksgiving dinner and autumn decoration.

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, Southern California’s Wine Country, we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of light white wine complement a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a Chardonnay; and light Pinot Grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2012 Special Selection Chardonnay; $25.00

Danza Del Sol Winery 2015 Pinot Grigio; $28.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Monte De Oro Winery 2015 Nostimo; $23.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar Shorty’s Bistro Red; $20.00

Avensole 2012 Second Block Zinfandel; $60.95  (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Doffo Winery 2013 Syrah; $58.00

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30.00

Fazeli Cellars 2012 Khayyam; $58.00

Wiens Family Cellars 2014 Bare Knuckle Petite Sirah; $48.00

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with Ponte’s sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Or try the People’s Choice Blind Tasting award winner, Briar Rose’s Estate Riesling with your fruit tarts or pies.  And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Briar Rose 2013 Estate Riesling; $25.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Ponte Winery 2015 Moscato; $28.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49.00

One Meal, One Wine

Looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2015 Chenin Blanc; $20.95

Miramonte Winery 2014 Grenache Blanc; $28.95

Falkner Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; $24.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

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