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Chef-of-the-Month Recipe with Wilson Creek’s Steve Stawinski

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Chef Steve Stawinski, Executive Chef of the Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery, has graciously shared a mouth-watering Mascarpone Cheesecake Torte recipe for you to enjoy! Voted one of Inland Empire’s Best Chef’s in 2009, Chef Steve creates seasonal dishes utilizing sustainable produce and seafood that complement the Creekside Grille’s excellent selection of wines.

Popular menu items include:

Heirloom Tomato Eggplant Ragout

Crispy Sablefish

Rack of Lamb

Rosemary Sage-Tartine

With both a regular and gluten-free menu, there is something delicious for everyone to enjoy! After a delightful meal at the Creekside Grille, try one of the decadent desserts paired with their famous Almond Champagne. You can even buy a bottle and bring it back home with you to pair with this scrumptious recipe!

Individual Mascarpone Cheesecake Torte with Walnut Crust, Poached Quince and Pomegranate Seeds

For the crust:

2 cup toasted walnut halves and pieces

1 cup light brown sugar

½  cup clarified butter

Finely mince the walnuts. Mix with the brown sugar and butter. Coat the inside of individual size spring form pans with cooking spray or shortening. Press about ½ inch of the walnut mixture into the bottom of each pan. Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Cool completely.

For the cheesecake:

20 oz. cream cheese

8 oz mascarpone cheese

¾ cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp salt

Cream together the cheeses and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time and mix until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the spring form pans over the walnut crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch. Let cool before removing from the pans.

For the poached quince:

4 quince, peeled, cored and diced

2 cup water

2 cup sugar

2 cup sweet white wine

1 vanilla bean

Bring water, wine, sugar and quince to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the quince is softened. Remove the quince from the liquid and reduce the liquid over high heat to syrup. Pour syrup over the quince and refrigerate.

For the pomegranate seeds:

3 large pomagranates, halved

Hold each half over a bowl while hitting the back with a large spoon to remove seeds.

To serve, spoon the quince and syrup onto the torte. Top liberally with pomegranate seeds.

Yields 10-12 individual desserts

Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery is open daily 11am-5pm.

To make a reservation, please click here to submit your request. A member of the Creekside Grille family will confirm your reservation shortly by phone and/or email.

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So Cal Wine TV: Ponte Family Estate Winery

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ponte Family Estate Winery awaits you in this short video tour!  Learn directly from the winemaker, chef, and professional tour guide as they share the highlights of this extremely popular winery.
Surrounded by 350 acres of vineyards and beautiful gardens, the facility offers guests the chance to sample and buy deliciously drinkable wines in it’s colorful tasting room, enjoy superb wine country cuisine in it’s award-winning Restaurant at Ponte, and tour the estate grounds and winery operations. The charming atmosphere makes it a picturesque location to hold a special event or even just to visit for the day to sample their friendly wine list.  Visit Ponte anytime for an unsurpassed wine country experience!

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20th Annual Harvest Celebration Reminder!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The 20th annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend is quickly approaching!  Join us for this fantastic event on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2010 from 10:00am – 4:30pm.  This two-day event gives ticketed guests the opportunity to over 30 Member wineries for a self-guided tour of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Delicious foods and wine samplings are offered at each stop as well as barrel and tank samples of finished and unfinished wines not yet available to the public.

WANT A RIDE?
Harvest Celebration Shuttle Service supplied separately by The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle

WANT A ROOM?
SUNDAY ONLY Package with South Coast Winery Resort and Spa
Includes: (2) Sunday Only tickets to the Harvest Celebration and an Overnight Sunday (11/07/10) Stay in a Deluxe Villa
Plus (2) complimentary Tasting Flights in the South Coast Winery Tasting Room, a complimentary bottle of Award Winning South Coast wine in room – and a Resort discount booklet to enjoy the rest of your stay.  All for $249! (dbl occupancy)

If you haven’t already ordered your tickets, this is a reminder to do so as soon as possible since this event does sell out early every year! Order your tickets here and we look forward to having a great time with you at the Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend!

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October Events in Temecula

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

October is an exciting month for Temecula Valley Wine County and there are plenty of fun events for you to take part in! Whether it be a Grape Stomp, Oktoberfest celebration, or Halloween  party, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Take a look below for some of the events that our member wineries have set for this month:

 

Lorimar Winery – Grape Stomp and Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 9th;  5pm – 9pm
$60 per person; $50 Wine Club and their guests
The FIRST annual “Grape Stomp & Harvest Fest” is soon to be a traditional favorite for Lorimar Winery, Wine Club Members and wine lovers alike! A fun-filled night of TASTING delicious Lorimar wines, FEASTING appetizers amongst the vines after an adventurous ride in a tractor-pulled hay ride, down-to-earth Wine Country buffet dinner back at the barn and then Grape STOMPING in your bare feet just like “I Love Lucy!” Live entertainment featuring the Bayou Brothers Band and of course lots of dancing. Call 951-240-5177 for tickets or check out the event webpage for more information.

Mount Palomar Winery- 4th Annual Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 9th & Sunday, October 10th; 11:00am-5:00pm
Location: 33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Join in a weekend of German music, food, beer and wine! Break out your lederhosen or dirndl, bring your German beer stein and join us for a festive weekend of food, fun and live Oom Pah Pah music on our patio. German entertainers Karl and Fritz (in their lederhosen) will provide the music and we’ll provide the food and fun. We’ll be serving homemade German bratwurst and potato salad, apple and cherry strudel, hot pretzels, Mount Palomar Riesling wine, and Beck’s Oktoberfest beer on tap. Bring your German Stein and your first glass of beer is FREE! There will be dance contests, daily prizes for Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest, best beer stein, and more!

 

 

Oak Mountain Winery- Winemaker’s Meal
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Experience a gourmet Winemaker’s Meal like no other at Oak Mountain Winery. Join Steve and Val Andrews and Chef Michael Allan Cragg [Ritz-Carlton] as they present a meal that is sure to please.  Chef Michael is pulling out all the stops for this gourmet fish meal that will be perfectly pair with Oak Mountain wines.  Enjoy a trio of sashimi, Waguu Beef, Glazed Halibut and a Sake Sorbet.  Seating is very limited.  Call 951.699.9102 for reservations or click here for more information.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Intimate Winemakers Dinner
October 23, 2010; 6pm-9pm
Enjoy an intimate Winemaker Dinner at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and celebrate the fruits of their labors.  Winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores will share their passion for great wine and quality times as guests indulge in some spectacular new releases and familiar favorites. Together with their amazing chef, the team has put together a mouth-watering five course meal of unparalleled delight.  Plus every couple leaves with an autographed bottle!  For more information, click here or call 951.587.9493 x7210.

Stuart Cellars- 8th Annual Harvest Clam Bake
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The 8th Annual Harvest Clam Bake at Stuart Cellars is always a crowd pleaser.  Enjoy an amazing dinner of grilled chicken, corn and vegetables, steamed littleneck clams and mussels and a yummy serving of clam chowder all while sipping on your favorite Stuart wine. Make your reservations soon by calling the winery at (951) 676-6414.

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery – Halloween Fest
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Trick or treat in the vineyards, wines and tastings, live music, dancing, costume contest, and free pumpkins for the kids to paint and carve! FREE admission.

 

Lorimar Winery- Halloween Party
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Join Lorimar Winery in their Old Town tasting room for a howling good time for their Halloween Party! Enjoy wine specials, live entertainment and enter to win their Costume Contest.  Entertainment and specials begin at 6pm. No reservations needed.

Monte de Oro Winery- 1st Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Tickets: $40, Available online here!
Join us for a scary good time featuring the showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live performances to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this cult classic. The evening will also include a costume contest and a “Time Warp” dance contest. Food, drinks and prizes round out this frighteningly fabulous good time. Don’t miss it! 21 and over only.

Thornton Winery- Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner
October 30, 2010; 7pm-10pm
Join Thornton Winery for their Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner! Eat, drink and dance the night away while guessing ‘who dunnit?” Dress to win prizes for Most Original, Best, Funniest and Scariest costumes! For additional information, click here or call 951.699.0099.

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of the events happening this month in Temecula Valley Wine Country!

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