Archive for May, 2010

Field2Fork/Slow Food Temecula Event

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

At the picturesque Leonesse Cellars Vineyard, passionate winemakers, chefs, and guests alike intermingled at the magnificent 3rd Annual Field2Fork Event, benefiting Slow Food Temecula. Local winery owners were on-hand, generously pouring their award-winning wines from Temecula Valley; participants included South Coast Winery, Ponte Family Estate Winery, Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery, Robert Renzoni Vineyards, Oak Mountain Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, Briar Rose Winery, and many others.
Slow Food Temecula President and Founder Chef Leah di Bernardo welcomed the 500+ guests with a rousing call to action that emphasiz ed the importance of the Field2Fork benefit to help raise money for healthy school lunches, both locally and nationwide. Chef Evan Kleinman, host of KCRW’s Good Food and President of the Los Angeles Slow Food chapter, spoke briefly about her role in the founding of Slow Food LA after she visited Italy and saw how Europe values fresh, local food; she made it her goal to bring those healthy values to California.

Gourmet chefs from Temecula Valley restaurants prepared seasonal produce, meats and fish that paired perfectly with the local vino.  Lovely Viogniers, Cab Franc, Bordeaux blends and Syrahs topped the list of approachable varietals.  Served with a slight chill to balance the warm valley breeze, these friendly wines were indeed crowd pleasers and many went back for seconds — and thirds!


Temecula Father’s Day

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

30+ wineries will treat fathers and families to live music, barbecue, special events and wine tasting, plus a free “comeback coupon” for Dad’s next visit

This Father’s Day, participating Temecula Valley wineries are offering a special Comeback Coupon to all dads who purchase a tasting flight at participating wineries. The coupon entitles Dad to return any time before next Father’s Day to enjoy a complimentary tasting flight of the area’s fantastic red, white, sparkling or sweet wines.

Participating wineries include: Baily Vineyard & Winery; Cougar Vineyards & Winery; Doffo Vineyard & Winery; Falkner Winery; Oak Mountain Winery; Stuart Cellars; Wilson Creek Winery; Briar Rose Winery; Danza del Sol Winery; Keyways Vineyard & Winery; Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery; Ponte Family Estate Winery; Vindemia Vineyards; and Wiens Family Cellars.

In addition, reservations for the following Father’s Day celebrations are currently available:

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa – Ultimate Father’s Day Package for just $375 includes:

  • Overnight Stay Luxury Villa with Fireplace and Jacuzzi Tub
  • Upon arrival receive a delicious Fruit and Cheese platter paired with bottle of chefs choice of SCW white wine
  • One round of golf at Redhawk Golf Course – including golf cart & greens
  • Special Menu Mimosa Breakfast for Two
  • Pre-Selected Bottle of Specially Selected SCW Wine
  • Two Free Tasting Flights

Mention Code: Father’s Day Package when you book. Space is limited; call for reservations (866) 994–6379.

Wilson Creek Winery – “Cigar Night” will be an evening of exclusive cigars from around the world, eclectic live fusion music and extraordinary wines paired with a sumptuous dinner. Sunday, June 13 from 5:30 to 10pm. Tickets include: welcome reception, cigars, wine, three-course dinner and dessert denouement. $100 each ($90 Wine Club); tickets at wilsoncreekwinery.com

Ponte Winery – Father’s Day Cookout at the Smokehouse Restaurant. Enjoy a “man-tastic” meal accompanied by live music at this vineyard-adjacent outdoor restaurant. New Executive Chef Clay L. Blake brings a farm-fresh philosophy to the kitchen and will be cooking up natural and sustainable meats like ribs, tri-tip and sausage. Wine Club Members can also enjoy tractor rides through the vineyards throughout the day. Sunday, June 20th 10:00am – 5:00pm, Reservations required: (951) 252-1770.

Cougar Vineyard and Winery – Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County fame will host an exclusive book signing at the winery and offer a special father’s day discount to purchase the book. Sunday, June 20 from 1-3pm. Reservations required; call (951) 491-0825.

Stuart Cellars Vineyard & Winery – Guests can enjoy a Hilltop BBQ with wine tasting, then dance the night away to live blues/rock music by Shari Puorto. Saturday, June 19 from 6:30 – 10pm. Tickets are $55 each, $45 for Wine Club members. Reservations required; call (951) 676-6414.


Why visit Temecula Valley wine country?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Bill Wilson, Wilson Creek WineryWhat makes Temecula Valley Wine Country so special? Wow, let me count the ways. First, I have to go on record saying I am very humbled and honored to be serving as the President of this dynamic organization for a second term. Sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I am doing as President — but I am doing it with all the gusto I got!

And this is the number one thing that makes Temecula Valley Wine Country so special — the passion and gusto of our people. I am very fortunate to work with so many great, talented people in Temecula Valley wine country, who are all striving to create a warm, friendly and exciting wine tasting experience for our visitors and local fans.

Every day, I am amazed by the improvements and growth I see around me at our Temecula wineries. New vineyards, new wineries (both grand and small), and a passion to continually produce better and better wines from quality wine grapes. The energy, excitement and passion that exuded by the winemakers, winery owners and hardworking staff that work and live in our Wine Country is highly contagious.

There are wonderful wines and beautiful wineries in every wine region, but the common bond that runs through the veins of the people of Temecula Valley is incredible. Why? It’s not so much about who we are as who we are not. You won’t find a a bunch of highly successful movie stars, media moguls, sports stars, rich dot-com retirees, or heirs to any empire. We are just a dedicated group of hard working folks who are following our passion for this crazy business of growing and producing the best wine we can possibly make.

More often than not, you will see owners throughout our Wine Country working in some capacity around their winery. In my case there are eight (yes eight!) family members actively involved and floating around Wilson Creek Winery. And don’t forget our hard working Golden Retrievers, who make everyone feel warm and welcome.  So, if you are looking for a chance to try some great wines, meet the people involved in making them, and discover something great in your own backyard,come visit us in Temecula Valley wine country! We are around.


Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Temecula Balloon and Wine FestivalFor 26 years, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival has been one of the valley’s most exciting events! Held at Lake Skinner the weekend of June 4-6, this year’s event will be one of the best yet with more than a dozen Temecula Valley wineries participating, including:

  • Briar Rose Winery
  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery
  • Churon Winery
  • Cougar Winery
  • Footeprint/Foot Path Winery
  • Leonesse Cellars
  • Lorimar Vineyard & Winery
  • Maurice Car’rie
  • Oak Mountain Winery
  • Robert Renzoni Vineyards
  • South Coast Winery
  • Stuart Cellars
  • Thornton Winery
  • Van Roekel Winery
  • Wiens Family Cellars
  • Wilson Creek Winery

This year, a tasting panel was brought together to identity wines that best reflect the region.  Additionally, the Balloon & Wine Festival Wine Competition helped further select the region’s best wines, which will be featured at the festival and made available to the public for tasting.


HOURS: Friday – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm., Saturday – 6:00 am to 11:00 pm., Sunday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

WINE TASTING: The hours of wine tasting are Friday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Wine tasting is an additional charge and you may purchase 6 tastes and a souvenir glass for $15.00.

ANIMALS: Animals are NOT allowed in the Festival Area and SHOULD NOT be left in vehicles.


Friday $22.00 adults; youth 7-12 $5.00 and children 6 and under FREE,  Saturday $25.00 adults, youth 7-12 $5.00 and children 6 and under FREE; Sunday $17.00 adults, youth 7-12 $5.00 and children 6 and under FREE. Weekend Combo  $50.00 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday entrance tickets only). More detailed information is listed under Tickets.

SUNDAY ONLY: Active Military Discount $10.00 – Must show Military ID.

PARKING: Autos – $5.00. Buses and Motor Homes $10.00; NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.

ENTERTAINMENT: Cost is included in the price of admission. Look for special information regarding ticket packages for main stage entertainment located in close proximity to the Main Stage. Please go to the section on Entertainment for the details!


Temecula Valley wines at LA WineFest

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Temecula Valley wineries

June is the month for wine events in Southern California! As you may know, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is coming up the weekend of June 5th. But Temecula wines will also be featured at another SoCal event — the LA WineFest! We are bringing some of our best wines to Los Angeles to show Angelenos the quality of wines being produced in their own backyard. Featured wineries include:

  • Stuart Cellars
  • Thornton Winery
  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery
  • Falkner Winery
  • Hart Winery
  • Ponte Family Estate Winery
  • Vindemia Estate Winery

LA WineFest 2010If you live in LA or want to be in the area that weekend, the festival will be at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Tickets are $65 each or $100 per couple at http://www.lawinefest.com. For anyone heading in from out of town, the Avalon Beverly Hills and Maison 140 hotels are offering special rate for LA WineFest guests.

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