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Facebook Sweepstakes for Callaway!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Sweepstakes Starts:  June 29, 2010 @ 12:25 pm Sweepstakes Ends:  July 06, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

You can enter to win lunch for two at the fabulous Meritage restaurant overlooking the vineyards at Callaway Vineyard & Winery in Temecula Valley. Plus, the winner and a guest will enjoy a full tasting flight at the winery’s beautiful tasting room. Expires December 31, 2010.

Need more details? Just go to the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association Facebook Page, click on the Sweepstakes tab and read all about it!

We will be announcing the winner on Wednesday, July 7th on Facebook and this blog – so make sure to check back to see if you’re the lucky winner!



Wine Pairing for the Fourth of July

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Getting ready for this weekend’s Fourth of July festivities? Don’t forget to pick up your wines to pair with your celebratory barbecue or picnic. Since Independence Day is all about great outdoor eats, focus on wine pairings that can stand up to grilled foods. Whether it’s steak, seafood, or veggies on the menu, we’ve got the perfect pairing. Here is a selection of award-winning summer wines that will cool you down as the day heats up and keep you going all night until the fireworks start!


For burgers, dogs, and lamb kabobs, go for the big reds:

With chicken, salmon, and other seafood, opt for the light whites:


Friendly rose’s and sparkling wines pair with everything from appetizers to dessert:


Order your wine today!


Summer Wine Country Recipe

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Here’s an upscale California chicken recipe from Executive Chef of Vineyard Rose Restaurant, Dean Thomas!

At South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, it’s all about wine and food, or as owner Jim Carter puts it, “Our talented Chefs’ unique experiences and skills allow us to better match our award-winning wines with exceptional Mediterranean-style food.”

Chef Dean adds, “This classic ‘grandmother-style’  comfort dish raises things a few levels, however the effort is worth the tastes. The duo coking methods for the light and the dark meat allow the excellent features of the Shelton Farms product to stand out. This is a local company, we are proud to feature on our evening Vineyard Rose menu.”

Shelton Farms Chicken Duo

1 free-range, organic chicken (2.5 lbs), cut into parts

1 oz. Neudske’s Applewood Bacon, diced

½ carrot, small oblique

½ celery, minced

2 tbls. of garlic, sliced thinly

1 shallot, sliced thinly

¼ pearl onion, whole (frozen is easiest)

¼ cup Sangiovese or similar red wine

1-3 tsp of flour

3 oz heavy cream

3/4 cup Roasted Reduced Chicken Stock


¼ lb (4 oz) Maitre de Butter

1 oz (2 tbls.) White Truffle Oil

Parsley oil and a fried carrot chip


  1. Season thighs/legs, tie together and place on a sheet plan.  Roast at 400 degrees until golden brown.
  2. Slowly sauté the diced bacon to golden; add the vegetables and sauté until translucent.  Deglaze the pan with red wine.  Dust with flour to thicken the sauce.
  3. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer, then add heavy cream.
  4. Pour sauce over thighs/legs and cover.  Place in 300 degree oven and braise until tender.
  5. Cook chicken breast to 165 degrees and plate with thighs/legs.
  6. Garnish with parsely oil and carrot chip.  Serve with Potato Boulengere and green beans.

Enjoy with your favorite Temecula red!


Temecula Wineries Win at International Competition!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Marking its 71st anniversary, the L.A. International Wine & Spirits Competition has evolved in name and scope to feature 3,200 wine entries from around the world, judged by 75 of the leading international wine experts.  This year, judges chose the best red and white wines of the competition based on price point and our local Temecula wines were praised in multiple categories – including several BEST IN CLASS honors!

Here’s a list of the awarded Temecula wineries:

Callaway Vineyard and Winery

  • BLUSH, PINK, ROSE WINE BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Rose, Special Selection, Temecula 2009
  • GOLD MEDAL Viognier, Special Selection, Temecula 2009
  • SILVER MEDAL Pinot Gris, Special Selection, Temecula 2009
  • BRONZE MEDAL Syrah, Winemaker’s Reserve, California 2007

Falkner Winery

  • SILVER MEDAL Rose, Estate, Rosato, Temecula Valley 2009
  • BRONZE MEDAL Riesling, Temecula Valley 2008

Hart Winery

  • SILVER MEDAL Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 2009
  • BRONZE MEDAL Mourvedre, Cruz Way Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL Sangiovese, Huis Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2007

Monte De Oro Winery (our newest association member!)

  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 2006
  • GOLD MEDAL Syrah, Reserve Estate, Vista Del Monte Vineyard Temecula Valley 2006
  • SILVER MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Blends, Synergy 65, Temecula Valley 2006
  • BRONZE MEDAL Syrah, Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 2007

Mount Palomar Winery

  • SILVER MEDAL Cortese, Castelletto, Temecula Valley 2008
  • SILVER MEDAL Bordeaux Blends, Meritage, Temecula Valley 2006
  • BRONZE MEDAL Merlot, Temecula Valley 2006

South Coast Winery (highlights)

  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Syrah, Carter Estate, South Coast 2007
  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Chardonnay, Sans Chene, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Rhone Style White Blends, GVR, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Sparkling Brut, Temecula Valley 
  • BEST OF CLASS GOLD MEDAL Viognier, Temecula Valley 2007
  • GOLD MEDAL Muscat, Temecula Valley 2009
  • GOLD MEDAL Petite Sirah, Wild Horse Peak, South Coast 2008

Wiens Family Cellars

  • SILVER MEDAL Syrah, Reserve, Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL Merlot, Reserve, California 2007 BRONZE MEDAL Petite Sirah, Reserve, Riverside County 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL Cabernet Sauvignon, Refugio, Artist Series Temecula Valley 2008

Vindemia Vineyards and Winery

  • GOLD MEDAL Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 2008
  • SILVER MEDAL Bordeaux Blends, Commonwealth, Temecula 2006


Congratulations to all the winners!  Keep showing off those masterful wine-making skills!


June Evenings in Wine Country

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

As Temecula Valley heats up for the summer, so does our Wine Country!  With numerous exciting evening affairs, the possibilities for affordable wining-and-dining are endless.  Many wineries are adding live music to the mix – and with that comes drinking and dancing, of course!  Here’s a hotlist of unique after-dark events that are happening at some of your favorite wineries this month:

Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery

The Blonde Gypsy’s – Saturday June 26, at 6:30 pm

Latcho and Andrea are European recording artists that perform Gypsy Rumba and Flamenco Guitar music and have recorded 8 albums and a DVD chronicling their career. Having preformed internationally, their wild, untamed Gypsy style has been compared to the Gypsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, Jesse Cook, Manitas de Plata and Willie and Lobo. Their music comes from the soul and goes to the heart of anyone that has had the opportunity to see them live.

Tickets are $35 for Wine Club members, $40 for Non Members & includes a gourmet box-dinner. On sale now! Contact Cindy at 951-676-7900 for tickets, For more info on the performers, please visit www.latchoandrea.com

Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard

Cigar Night – Sunday, June 13, 2010, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Wilson Creek is excited to have Cigar Night back by popular demand! Join them for an evening of exclusive cigars from around the world, eclectic live fusion music, and extraordinary wines paired with a sumptuous dinner.

General admission and VIP tickets on sale now!

Buy your tickets online NOW

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Live Music every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-9pm at Smokehouse Restaurant

June Music Calendar highlights:
June 11 – Brazilian flamenco guitarist Ron Freshman
June 12 – Jazz violinist Diego Mondragon
June 18 – Brazilian flamenco guitarist Ron Freshman
June 19 – Latin Jazz artist Joe Baldino
June 25 – Guitarist Brian Stodart
June 26 – Jazz Violinist Diego Mondragon

Oak Mountain Winery

The Saints of Jazz – June 11th & 18th from 6-9pm

Come on down to Oak Mountain Winery for two evenings of music, wine and appetizers.  The winery will have wine and beer available for purchase and an appetizer-and-wine pairing for $12.00, which includes 3 of each.  Oak Mountain’s Summer Friday Nights are perfect for grabbing a few friends and enjoying the breathtaking view of the valley.


Your Weekend Guide to Exciting Temecula Wine Events! June 4th – 6th

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

This first weekend in June is filled with multiple exciting events perfect for the wine enthusiast!  Whichever activity you choose, you’re guaranteed delicious wine and a fantastic time!

Wild Women of Wine Country 5K Walk/Run through the Vineyards

On June 5th at South Coast Winery and Resort,”Be the Difference You Envision” by participating in the Wild Women of Wine Country 5KWalk/Run from 7AM-11AM. 100% of proceeds going to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County and Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home.

Click HERE to Register! For your convenience, registration is also available by calling 951-587-9463 Ext. 7210.

Temecula Balloon And Wine Festival

After you exercise for charity, get ready to enjoy the 26th Annual Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival, a long-awaited Temecula Valley Tradition! 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

Please visit Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival for complete details and schedule of events!

LA WineFest

With a quick drive into the City of Angels, you will be rewarded with over 130 wines to taste from over 14 different countries at the 5th Annual LA WineFest in Hollywood, June 5th and 6th.  Be sure to visit the Temecula Valley Wine Association booth to taste some familiar and much-loved favorites, including

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

Tickets are $65 each or $100 per couple and can be purchased at lawinefest.com.  Guests can also partake in gourmet food trucks, spirits, education seminars, and much more!  If you choose to stay and enjoy both days, the Avalon Beverly Hills and Maison 140 hotels are offering special rates for LA WineFest guests.

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