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So Cal Wine TV – Tour Maurice Car’rie Winery

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Join Gus Vizgirda, winemaker at Maurice Car’rie Winery, for a Temecula Wine Country tour. Maurice Car’rie is one othe oldest Temecula wineries, and offers a great craft fair on the weekends.

Maurice Car’rie Tasting Room hours: 10am-5pm daily; 951.676.1711; 34225 Rancho California Road,
92592

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Temecula Wine Country Valentine’s Day Happenings Part 2

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Wine & Romance Sweepstakes!

Visit our Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of tickets to World of Wine weekend, March 5 & 6! Post your love story of wine and romance to our wall between now and Valentine’s Day to be entered into the drawing.  Winner will be announced via Facebook on February 15

Whether you’re in love or looking for love, Temecula Wine Country has something for you this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a gourmet dinner, find your perfect pairing at a single’s event, escape to a private villa, and more! Our member wineries look forward to making this Valentine’s Day weekend unforgettable!

Ponte Family Estate- 2011 Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12th; 7:00 pm

$95 per person, $86 for Wine Club Member

Join us on Saturday, February 12th as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Ponte style!  Our Vineyard Pavilion will be transformed into a breathtaking and romantic setting for you to woo your loved one.  Enjoy a champagne reception with butler-passed hors d’oeurves, a delectable four-course dinner prepared by our own Executive Chef, your favorite Ponte wines, live entertainment and a portrait studio for you to capture the evening. Check out the menu and purchase your tickets today!

Ponte Family Estate- Perfect Pairings, A Single’s Event
Sunday, February 13th; 4pm-7pm
$50 per person / $40 for Wine Club Members

Are you a wine savvy, busy, single professional who is looking for love? Then come to Ponte on Sunday, February 13th for our first ever singles event. Enjoy live entertainment, tray passed hors d’ouevres and a selection of your favorite Ponte wines while mingling with wine savvy people looking for love. Who knows…you might just find your perfect pairing! Purchase your tickets today!

Ponte Family Estate- Elopement/Vow Renewal, Say “I Do” (Again)
February 1st – 28th
$800 per couple

This February, celebrate your love by renewing your vows during the most romantic month of the year! The enchanting Vineyard Garden will be transformed into a wedding ceremony wonderland for couples wishing to renew their vows. You won’t need to worry about a thing, a licensed Officiant will be there when you say “I do”, the Bride and Groom Cottages are yours before the ceremony, and lunch for two at The Restaurant at Ponte is included.

Not married yet? An Elopement Package is also available. To book your romantic Valentine’s experience today, please contact Karon Cartwright at (951) 694-9444.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
February 14, 2011; 8:00pm

This Valentine’s Day bring your love to the Vineyard Rose restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa for a truly spectacular pairing of fine wine, great food and, of course, ROMANCE. Simply sit back and enjoy the moment as our talented team of staff members and “cupids” take care of the rest. The evening can be enjoyed with or without a specially selected bottle of South Coast Winery Wine per couple.  Perfectly priced at just $95++ pp with wine and $75++ pp without wine.  Check out the menu and reserve now by calling:  951-587-9463 Ext.7237.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Escape to a Private Villa

Tucked away in the vineyards of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL: Weekday Sun-Thur $169; Valid 2/13-17 Only

Includes:
-Overnight Stay in Luxury Deluxe Villa with Jacuzzi, Fireplace, and Private Patio -Scrumptious Mimosa Breakfast for Two -Comp Bottle of Wine in Room
-Tasting Flight for Two -Discount Passport Booklet filled with property freebies and discounts

Call 951.587.9463 & MENTION CODE: LOVE or click here to make your reservation.

Don’t forget to contact the “romance-ationists” to inquire about special “amour” add-ons such as Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Rose Petals, Sparkling Wine, or reserve a special evening dinner at our Vineyard Rose restaurant.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Grapeseed Spa,  Couples Romantic Total Decadence Package

Save $40 on this decadent delight: a 50-minute couples aromatherapy massage with champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Priced at $105 per person.

Pair this treatment with an express mani or pedi for just $25 per person. Reserve Your Vintage Spa Escape Today!  951.587.9463 Ext. 7280

* Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Expires 2/28/12. Offer Code: DECADENCE

Thornton Winery- Romantic Rendezvous
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 7:00pm

$85/person (plus tax & tip)

Check out the menu and make your reservations reservations online or by calling (951) 699-0099.

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard- Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12th  and Monday, February 14th; 7:00pm

Come and join us for a romantic five course Valentine’s dinner complete with wine pairings! Enjoy live music and Shakespeare in the Vines will be presenting the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.  $99 per person; $90 per person Wine Club Members (tax & gratuity not included) Reservations Required: 951.699.9463.

Wiens Family Cellars- Valentine’s Day Picnic Challenge
Monday, February 14, 2011; 1oam-5pm

Guests are encouraged to bring their sweethearts along with delicious food & decor.  Awards will be given for “Most Creative Picnic,” “Most Elaborate Picnic,” “Most Gourmet Picnic” – handed out by winemaker Doug Wiens.  Taking place on the winery lawn.

Come out to Temecula Wine Country to make this Valentine’s Day weekend one to put down in the books!

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Temecula Wine Country Valentine’s Day Happenings Part 1

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning your special day! Whether you’re looking to have a romantic dinner for two, enjoy an intimate weekend getaway or dance the night away, Temecula Wine Country has something for everyone. Check out all of the Valentine’s Day events our member wineries have planned especially for you and yours!

California Dreamin’ Hot Air Balloon Rides – Special Valentine Balloon Ride and Bottle
Sunday and Monday, February 13 and 14

Float in a cloud of romance as the sun rises over wine country and then enjoy mimosas back on the ground at Vindemia Winery.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, every couple will be presented with a bottle of 2005 Vindemia Syrah as a memento to remember their visit. $158 per person; Reservations required 1-800-373-3359

Callaway Vineyard & Winery- Vino d’ Amore Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 6:00pm-9:00pm

$90.00 per person; Legacy Club Members price $81.00 per person (Prices are per person, plus tax)

Romance is in the air at Callaway! To celebrate couples in love and the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the annual Vino d’ Amore Valentine’s Dinner will be held in our romantic, candlelit Barrel Room where intimate tables for two await you and your loved one. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and a scrumptious served dinner perfectly paired with award-winning Callaway wine. Check out the menu and purchase your tickets here!

Callaway Vineyard & Winery- Valentine’s Long Weekend at Meritage Restaurant
Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14
Lunch hours: 11am-4pm daily
Dinner Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday and Saturday evening
$35.00 per person, plus service charge and sales tax. Not valid with coupons or any other offer; Reservations not accepted for groups under 8.

Meritage is the perfect spot for Valentines! With it’s heated, terraced patio overlooking rolling hills of vineyards and snow-capped mountains, it makes the perfect dining spot for couples. Join us for lunch or dinner Valentine’s weekend for a special Valentine’s prix-fixe dinner. Check out the menu and call (951) 587-8889 for more information.

Falkner Winery- Pinnacle Restaurant Valentine’s Wine Dinners
February 12th-14th

$79/person plus tax and gratuity; $69/person for Wine Club Members

The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery will host romantic evenings with Valentine’s Wine Dinners in their award winning restaurant in Temecula. The dinners will be wonderful four course meals with individual wine pairings of the Falkner’s best wines in this panoramic, hill-top location. All dinner seatings will offer the same great food, sparkling wines, entertainment, and first class service. All food will be prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot who was recently voted “Best Chef” by readers of Inland Empire magazine for the second year in a row. Seatings for these wonderful and memorable events will be at 7pm on Sunday the 13th and Monday the 14th and 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Saturday the 12th. The dinners on Saturday at 8:30pm and 7pm on Sunday and Monday will be preceded by a 30 minute Champagne Reception for those that arrive early.

Check out the menu and to make reservations, call 951-676-8231 x1 or or make them online under the Restaurant Reservation tab.

Falkner Winery- Pinnacle Restaurant Valentine’s Wine Lunch Special
February 11th-14th

Come enjoy the Valentine’s Lunch Special in the Pinnacle Restaurant.  For $55 plus tax and gratuity for two people, diners will be able to have either one shared appetizer or salad for two; a choice of individual entrees such as Sweet Soy Glazed Seared Ahi served over Ginger Sautéed Spinach and Baby Carrots or Chicken Penne Pasta served with Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic, Shallots, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and a White Grilled Chicken Sauce; and dessert of a shared Cheesecake or Molten Chocolate Cake.  Also included will be a non-alcoholic beverage per person.  Selected wines will be offered as an option with the Special at $5/glass.  This special will be available in addition to the normal menu so make reservations soon.  Diners will enjoy the wonderful and romantic Valentine hilltop ambiance of the Pinnacle.  Call the winery at 951-676-8231 ext 1 for reservations or make them online under the Restaurant Reservation tab.

Keyways Vineyards and Winery – Cupid’s Walk, A Romantic Winery Tour
Monday, February 14; 3-4pm
$17/person
An affordable activity for lovers. Includes wine tasting, chocolate fondue, souvenir glass, & live music. Purchase your tickets here. Reservations required (951) 302-7888.

Keyways Vineyard & Winery- That’s Amore!
Saturday February 12th, 2011; 6:30 – 9:30pm

4 Course Romantic Valentines Dinner and World Class Live Entertainment
Members: $89 plus Tax & Gratuity
Non-Members: $99 plus Tax & Gratuity

21+ Only Please. Purchase tickets here.

Lorimar Winery- Valentine’s Party
February 12th; 6pm – 9pm

Amore, The Day of Love, Saint Valentines Day… This day is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards… here at Lorimar Winery, we would like to toast our love to you by offering a complimentary glass of Sparkling wine! Light Appetizers and classic tunes and love songs will be performed by Kenny Marquez.

Lorimar Winery- Wine & Art Series

Entire month of February

Heather Van Gaale, a versatile photographer based in Southern California, is bringing a taste of her work to Old Town Temecula. Heather splits her time between Temecula, where she does commissioned portraits of children, families, women & weddings, and Los Angeles, where she  rubs shoulders with celebrities and captures the latest fashions on film and is the photographer at a production company, Rock & Rodeo. Her work will be featured at Lorimar Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room during the month of February with a special “Meet the Artist” reception on February 19th at 6pm.  Call 951.240.5177.

Miramonte Winery- Valentine: An Intimate Affair
February 14, 2011; 6:30pm

$95 for wine club, $115 for non-club. Elevated cocktail attire, please.

After a three year hiatus, our most popular event ever—Valentine—is back. Shimmering candlelight. Four courses of elegant cuisine. Alluring wines. Live classical guitar. The evening is hosted by Cane Vanderhoof, and each course is presented by Chef Volker. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable Valentine celebration!
Seating is limited. For reservations, please call (951) 506-5500 #105.

Mount Palomar Winery- Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two
Saturday – February 12, 2011 & Sunday – February 13, 2011

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, by spending it with someone special at Mount Palomar Winery. At our Dinner for Two event you will be impressed with our romantic and unique venue. You will be served a four course meal and a glass of your favorite wine that is sure to please the pallet and leave you with a very memorable experience.

Reservations will be scheduled from 12:30 – 8:30 pm
$75 per couple ($60 for Wine Club Members)
– Includes a four course meal for two and a glass of wine per person.

RSVP TODAY- online, by calling  951-676-5047 x112 or email sarab@mountpalomar.com. Pre-payment and pre-ordering is required to attend the event.
When you RSVP, please have both guests select from the menu.

Oak Mountain Winery- Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 6:00pm – 9:00pm

$75.00 Wine Club Member, $85.00 Non Member (plus tax & 20% gratuity)

Join Chef Michael Cragg and Oak Mountain’s Winemaker Steve Andrews and his wife Valerie for a special Winemaker Dinner. Chef Michael from the Ritz Carlton, is pulling out all the stops for this Filet Mignon dinner paired with Oak Mountain wines. Check out the menu and reserve today! Reservations required (non refundable 3 days prior to event). For tickets, call 951 699-9102 or email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Be sure to check back for Part 2 of the special events and we look forward to seeing you this Valentine’s Day in Temecula Wine Country.

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So Cal Wine TV – Tour Palumbo Family Winery

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Take a ride with Nick Palumbo as he shows you around his family-run winery in our latest episode of So Cal Wine TV.  Visit www.palumbowines.com for more info on the winery & stop in for a tasting today!

Tasting Room Hours

Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Weekdays by appointment 951.676.7900

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January Events in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, January 7th, 2011

January marks the beginning of an exciting year here in Temecula Wine Country! To kick the new year off right, our member wineries have planned plenty of fun and exciting activities and events especially for you. From wine and art shows, cooking classes and wine seminars to wine and food pairing classes, you are sure to have an enjoyable time. Don’t forget that January is also California Restaurant Month, so take advantage of all the special lunch and dinner packages our member wineries have created here. Take a look below for the special events set for this month!

Lorimar Winery- Wine & Art Show Series
January 1st – 31st
Emerging artist, Sara Shawger is bringing a taste to Santa Fe New Mexico to Old Town Temecula.  Sara’s collection of introspective paintings and abstract drawings will be featured at Lorimar Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room during the month of January with a special “Meet the Artist” reception on January 22nd from 6pm to 9pm.  Call 951.240.5177.

Oak Mountain Winery- Cooking Class
January 14, 2011
Chef Michael Cragg of Temecula Catering teaches you to make a gourmet meal!  A complete hands-on experience, with all materials provided. Check out the menu here. To make a reservation, please email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951.699.9102.

Oak Mountain Winery- White Elephant Party
January 15, 2011
Bring those unwanted wrapped gifts for the White Elephant gift exchange. Tickets are $10 for Wine club members and $15 for Non-Members. Price includes a ticket for the White Elephant exchange, a glass of wine, all you can eat potato soup & rolls. Come by for a great evening by the fire! To make a reservation, please call 951.699.9102 or email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Leonesse Cellars- 3rd Sunday Concert
January 16, 2011
Cozy in for a heart-warming glass of wine and music at Leonesse Cellars 3rd Sunday Concert.  From 1pm to 5pm, enjoy the music of the Vineyard Troubadour with special guest artist, Steven Kinsey.

Callaway Winery- Wine Seminar “A Taste of Winter”
January 22, 2011
A Taste of Winter is the first in a series of four seminars with Callaway’s winemaker, Craig Larson.  Journey through various topics of winemaking including hands on instruction on vineyard management, the harvest and crush processes, fermentation, barrel aging and even how to taste, serve and store wines.  For reservations, call 951.676.4001.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Wild Women of Wine Country Cooking Class
January 29, 2011
Join South Coast Winery for cooking and wine the Wild Women Way!  Just $35 gives you the opportunity to be a part of this special day.  Best of all, proceeds benefit a local community charity.  Audience participation encouraged; sense of humor required!  Call 951-587-9463 X7210 to reserve your place today.

Thornton Winery- ABC’s from Grape to Glass
January 29, 2011
Meet winemaker, David Vergari for a foray into the fun world of wine.  Learn about the passion and experience their new winemaker is bringing to the bottle. Call 951.699.0099 for information and reservations.

We look forward to seeing you this month in Temecula Wine Country!

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Restaurant Month Deals in Temecula Wine Country

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Celebrate California Restaurant Month – Temecula Style!

Introducing California Restaurant Month, a statewide celebration of special savings traditionally offered this time of year. To commemorate, some of our members have created special lunch or dinner packages for you to enjoy. These offers are valid any day of the week from January 1 through January 31, 2010 only.

  • Callaway Winery’s Meritage Restaurant will be offering Tapas & Tasting to tantilize your taste buds. Enjoy two tapas pairied with Callaway’s award winning wine for only $20! Two tapas too many? They are also offering a tapa and wine pairing for only $11 per person. Reservations are recommended! Call 951.676.4001 for information and reservations.
  • At Falkner Winery’s The Pinnacle Restaurant celebrate CA Restaurant Month with a special lunch offering consisting of a choice of appetizer, entrée, and non-alcoholic beverage for only $20 per person. Some of the menu options include Fresh Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto; Chef Gianni’s popular Mushroom Trio Soup, Poblano Beef Sandwich with pepper-jack cheese; and Salmon Borghese consisting of pan-sautéed salmon filets served over saffron Orzo rice Pilaf topped with a fresh tomato white truffle oil sauce. If you have not had the opportunity to visit this beautiful hill-top restaurant located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country, then January may be the month to do so. Make reservations by calling 951-676-8231 x1 or online under Restaurant Reservations.
  • South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant has created some very special lunch and dinner options at very special prices for your enjoyment Sundays through Thursdays during the month of January. Enjoy a two course lunch for only $15 per person and a three course dinner for only $30 per person. Guest can chose from their Vineyard Rose Chicken Caesar Salad, Tuna & Garden Melt or the Beef Dip Sandwich and the soup of the day for lunch and a dessert for lunch. For Dinner, guest may order a soup of the day or one of two salads followed by an entree like their yummy Capellini Pomodoro, Double Cut Bone-In Pork Chop or Lemon-Oregano Roast Shelton Farms Chicken. Offer Valid Sundays thru Thursdays in January ONLY
  • The Restaurant at Ponte Family Estate has created a prix-fixe lunch or dinner menu just for California Wine Month.
    • $15 Prix-Fixe Lunch (Two Courses): Farmer’s Salad with local baby greens, avocado, goat cheese, tomato, onion, cucumber; followed by Rigatoni pasta with Duck Bolognese and shaved Pecorino
    • $25 Prix-Fixe Dinner (Three Courses): Farmer’s Salad with local baby greens, avocado, goat cheese, tomato, onion, cucumber; Bistro Filet featuring Bistro cut top sirloin, pommes Aligot, baby vegetables and a red wine jus; and Chocolate Whoopee pie with a cold glass of milk
  • The Creekside Grill at Wilson Creek is offering a Choose Your Own appetizer and creek specialty which will be served with your choice of a non-alcoholic beverage for only $22.  Appetizer Selections Include :  Greek Calamari, Fried Mozzarella Burrata, Hummus or Rosie’s Homemade soup.  Creek Speciality Selections Include:  Duck Leg Confit, Pan Roasted Wild Mahi Mahi, Braised Veal Short Rib or Gnocchi.
  • The famed Cafe Champagne at Thornton Winery is offering a lunch special for just $15, which includes Sausage Linguini and a Chocolate Fudge Brownie.  Their dinner special includes Chicken Asparagus Risotto with Tomato Confit and shaved Parmesan and is followed with house-made Tirimisu for dessert.  All Thornton wines by the bottle are being offered at 50% off.

In addition to special prix-fixe menus, all Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association winery members will be offering a complimentary tasting Monday-Thursday to any service industry employee (bartenders, servers, sommeliers, etc.) when they present a business card or pay stub from their restaurant. This special offer is to celebrate California Restaurant Month and to encourage the hard-working men and women in the restaurant business to come out to Temecula and enjoy a flight – free of charge!

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