Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Wines Guide

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Now that the holiday season has arrived, serve your guests the best bottles from Temecula Wine Country.  This season, Inland Empire residents can support their So Cal community by shopping for their holiday meals locally and serving wine from the vineyards in their own backyard!


Sparkling for cocktail hour:

  • Danza Del SolBlanc de Blanc Chardonnay, $28.95 – A deliciously dry brut, made in the Mèthode Champenoise method.  Hand your guests a glass as they walk in the door and they’ll look forward to a festive evening!
  • Thornton WineryNV Cuvee Rouge, $26 – A uniquely creative Cuvee that brings Syrah and Grenache together, with each variety partially fermented on the skins to develop color, then quickly pressed before the wines became too tannic or over-extracted. The result is a sparkling with a beautiful ruby color and a bouquet bursting with aromas of strawberry, plum and raspberry.
  • Wilson Creek WineryAlmond Champagne, $16.95 – This always-popular sparkler is lovely on it’s own and mixes well with that gourmet cheese and fruit plate.

Light starts for soups & salads:

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery2009 Viogner “Buon Vicino”, $18 is a unique white wine choice that will get your guests talking.  Bright honey and    floral nose with a huge, soft mouth feel and a truly crisp, dry finish with hints of mineral and stone.
  • Miramonte Winery2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley, Huis Vineyard, $24.95 boasts wild flower and cut grass aromas, fresh lime, orange, and red grapefruit flavors. Crisp, lean, and well-structured, everyone appreciates the perfect Sav Blanc to accompany their fall salad.
  • Stuart Cellars Winery2006 Malbec, $35 – This tasty drinkable red will prepare the palate for the heartier main course.  The nose has distinct fruity aromas of blueberry, lingonberry, strawberry, and red roses.  Heralded as the national grape of Argentina, Stuart is one of few Temecula wineries that grow this trendy varietal.

Bold main courses:

  • Hart Winery2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Ridge Vineyard, $36 – This full-bodied, intensely flavored wine was produced from a unique vineyard in the Temecula AVA, sited on a 2400-foot elevation ridge nearly within view of the Pacific Ocean; swept by cooling ocean breezes, with red volcanic soils from which thousands of volcanic rocks were removed before planting. Structured for lengthy aging and backed with European oak, this is truly a benchmark Cabernet.  Very limited: only 123 cases were bottled!  Silver Medal, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.
  • Mount Palomar WineryCastelletto 2006 Sangiovese, $24 – Aged in a mixture of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 28 months.  Full-bodied, yet doesn’t get in the way of your rich entree.
  • Ponte Family Estate2006 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel Magnum, $39.95 -This scrumptious Zin is full of blackberry and currant flavors, perfect for enjoying with holiday fare such as prime rib and baked ham.  Plus, the Magnum size is always impressive for entertaining!

Dessert-worthy picks:

  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery2009 Special Selection Muscat Canelli, $18, Round out your holiday meal with a luscious, tropical fruit salad.  Pineapple, melon, jasmine, and cherry blossom lead to the silken palate of mango, kumquat, blood orange and earthy allspice.
  • Keyways Vineyard & WinerySimply Roussanne 2009, $26 – Refresh the palate with this off-dry white made with 100% Roussanne grapes.  It retains the similar rich and delicate flavors characteristic of this French grape, but with a creamier texture and a mellow sweetness that compliments Grandma’s pumpkin pie just right.
  • Robert Renzoni VineyardsParadiso Port, $48 – a perfect pairing with chocolate anything!  Aged in small French oak barrels for thirty-six months, this Italian port offers a silky, rich finish. The elegant black bottle affixed with the Renzoni family crest makes a beautiful holiday gift for that special wine-lover.


Your one-stop (outdoor) shop:

Temecula Farmer’s Market:
Corner of 6th & Front St. in Old Town Temecula
Phone: 760-728-7343
Sat: 8:00am-12:30pm

Have the farm come to you! Sign-up to get a big bag of produce to pick-up at convenient local spots:

Inland Empire CSA

Support your family-owned artisanal market, while they support the local agriculture:

Delaneys Hundred Mile Market

In Season Now: apples, artichokes, green beans, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, citrus, eggplant, potatoes, corn, pomegranates, persimmons, winter squash, turnips, pears, yams, spinach, kale


So Cal Wine TV: Visit Falkner Winery!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Come along with us on a virtual tour of the award-winning Falkner Winery to see what all the buzz is about!

Founded in 2000 by Ray and Loretta Falker, the winery produces premium, quality wines from grapes that are grown on the estate for you to enjoy. Whilst sipping on a glass of one of Falkner’s delicious wines such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, or Merlot, you can look out to a beautiful view of the entire Temecula Valley. Falkner Winery not only offers delectable wines, but also has a spacious tasting room, the Pinnacle Restaurant, with its unparalleled view of the vineyards, tours and wine appreciation classes, a fantastic gift shop offering unique gifts and products, as well as stunning wedding and banquet facilities.

The winery and tasting room are open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm. The Pinnacle is open from 11:30am-3:30pm Monday through Thursday, as well as 11:30am-2:30pm Friday through Sunday. Reservations can be online or by calling 951-676-8231 x1.


Temecula Wine Country on the radio!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

So Cal travel expert, Francoise Rhodes of Traveling with Francoise, came out to Temecula Wine Country for the Harvest Celebration Weekend and interviewed several representatives from the region — including South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vindemia/California Dreamin’, Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle, winemaker Mike Tingley from Danza Del Sol, and our own Peggy Evans from the TVWA.

Click on this audio link and enjoy the show!


November Scarecrow Contest!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

For the fantastic Harvest Celebration held last weekend, participating wineries designed scarecrows for the first-ever November Scarecrow contest! All this month, visitors to wine country or to our Facebook page will have the chance to participate in a drawing to win four tickets to our upcoming World of Wine (March 5 and 6, 2011), a semi-annual two day barrel tasting event. All you have to do is submit your vote!

Check out as many winery scarecrows as you can and forward your vote for “The Best Scarecrow” to us via email. If you can’t make it out to Temecula Valley Wine Country before the end of the month, simply visit the TVWA Facebook page and check out the November Scarecrow Contest album containing pictures of the scarecrows from over 20 wineries. After you check out the photos, comment on your favorite to vote for it! Voting ends on November 30, 2010, and the drawing for the WoW ticket winner will take place on December 1, 2010. The winning winery will be announced on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 and all winners will be notified immediately.

To place your vote, please comment on your favorite photo in the November Scarecrow Contest photo album on Facebook! You can only vote once, so chose wisely.

Here’s a few scarecrows below for your enjoyment …


So Cal Wine TV – Visit Leonesse Cellars!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Leonesse Cellars was founded in 2003 by Mike Rennie and Gary Winder. Combined, they have nearly fifty years of agriculture and grape-growing experience in the Temecula Valley.  Check out Mike and winemaker Tim Kramer as they share their knowledge of which varietals are the best for region, what makes “The Perfect Wine Experience” and what “leonesse” actually means…

Visit this popular winery, open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm

Visit leonessecellars.com to learn more or call 951.302.7601


Harvest Celebration Live Entertainment

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Our 20th Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend is just a few days away! Join us for a fun-filled food and wine adventure at over 30 Member Wineries! There is plenty to see and do at the Harvest Celebration. While you’re enjoying scrumptious food and wine samplings at each stop, check out the live entertainment offered by some of the Member Wineries throughout the weekend:

Cougar Vineyard and Winery
November 6th and 7th; 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy live music from folk rock, indie, and americana singer Jacqui Forman.

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery
November 6th; 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Come by for the barrel tasting weekend after party!

Lorimar Winery
November 6th; 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Check out Jason Weber (Sax/Jazz) at the Live @ Lorimar musical series!

Oak Mountain Winery
Enjoy live music in the Pavilion!
November 6th; 1:00pm – 5:00pm- Jimmy Blaze – Classic Rock
November 7th; 1:00pm – 5:00pm- Smooth Sax by Norm

Robert Renzoni Vineyards
November 6th and 7th
Live musical performance by Kenny Marquez at the Harvest Barrel Celebration Weekend!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets to this fantastic event happening this Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2010 from 10:00am – 4:30pm, there’s still time!

2 Day Tickets purchased October 1st thru November 6, 2010- $99.00
Sunday Only Ticket; Non-Resident- $79.00
Local Resident/Sunday Only (Temecula/Murrieta Local Residents)- $69.00
Designated Driver Food Only Ticket (Wine Tasting Not Included)- $59.00

After deciding which ticket option is best for you, order your tickets here. We look forward to seeing you at the 20th Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend!

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