Archive for February, 2011

Tour Cougar Vineyards in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Meet Rick and Jennifer Buffington, owners/winemakers of Cougar Vineyard & Winery. Their loyal fan club and fun Italian varietals makes Cougar a standout winery to visit in Temecula Valley Wine Country!

Gift shop and gourmet deli; live music on Saturday & Sunday from 2-5pm.  Tasting room open daily, 11am-6pm

Wine club, special events, group tours, private & group tastings, picnic area; weddings facilities coming soon.

(951) 491-0825; 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, 92592


Tickets Available for World of Wine 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

World of Wine 2011

March 5 and 6 from 10am to 4:30pm

It’s WoW time! Once again, the wineries of the Temecula Valley open their cellar doors for guests to enjoy a bevy of wines at our annual two day barrel tasting event. Old world wine varietals created in new world, Temecula style, will WoW ticket holders!

You’ll enjoy a self-guided wine country tour that will take you to 30+ wineries, each of whom will be offering varietal wines from barrel, tank or bottle. The wines will be paired with scrumptious food samplings which exemplify the perfect marriage of food and wine. Ticket holders will receive a map of the Temecula Valley, a passport which allows a visit to each participating winery and a souvenir glass.

This whirlwind, two day event is a sure sell-out, so please order your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited to guests 21 years and over. Event held rain or shine.

Event Details:

  • Two day tickets $99 per person
  • All tickets are will-call and are available for pick-up 9:30am-1:00 pm ONLY on either day
  • Guests will be notified via email as to their pick-up location. Local, Sunday Only and Designated Driver tickets are also available at a discounted price

Click here to order your tickets now.

Wanna Sip and Shuttle? NEW THIS YEAR! WoW Grapeline Shuttle Package INCLUDES your WoW Passport! Package Includes:

  • Your choice of one or two day tickets to the World of Wine Weekend PLUS one or two day Shuttle service      
  • All-Weekend WoW = $179 per person
  • Sunday Only WoW = $109 per person

NOTE: Guests save an additional $5 per person booking the complete package over booking separately.

Wanna Sip and Stay? Try the Sip & Stay Package at Embassy Suites! Receive a two day passport to WoW with your two night stay. Includes a complimentary evening Manager’s Reception with drinks and light snacks at the hotel, and a cooked-to-order breakfast. The package is an additional $49.50 per person – please enter the correct number of adults when booking.

Please call 951.676.5656 direct for additional information.


Tour Doffo Winery in Temecula Wine Country, California

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Follow Marcelo Doffo as he shows you around the smallest winery in Temecula Wine Country. His old-world passion and family history shines through as he makes excellent boutique wine in limited batches. To learn more, visit Doffo Winery.

Tasting Room Hours: Friday-Sunday and Holidays 10 am-5 pm; 951.676.6989; doffowines@verizon.net; 36083 Summitville Temecula CA, 92592


Valentine’s Day Recipe & Video from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Rose  Spumante Truffles Recipe

1 ¼ cup milk chocolate, melted

½ cup Rose Spumante

¼ cup heavy cream

2 cups milk chocolate

1 1/8 cups cocoa powder

4 1/8 cups powdered sugar


1. Combine melted chocolate and wine.

2. Boil heavy cream and pour over chocolate and wine mixture. Stir slowly with a spoon or rubber spatula, until the mixture comes together. Chill in refrigerator over night.

3. Scoop the set ganache with a melon baller and freeze.

4. When frozen roll into a round sphere. Freeze again.

5. Sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar, reserve for dipping.

6. Melt second amount of chocolate. Dip frozen truffle lightly and drop onto parchment paper.

7. When chocolate has set, dip truffles again and immediately drop coated truffles into cocoa powder and sugar mixture. Let sit in mixture for one hour.

8. Sift out truffles from mixture and serve.

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