Archive for May, 2011

So Cal Wine TV- Foot Path Winery

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Join Christine and  Deane Foote, owners of Foot Path Winery,  for a tour of this family owned and operated winery. Located just minutes away from downtown Temecula, Foot Path Winery is also an organic farm that produces a variety of fruits available throughout the year. To learn more, please visit  Foot Path Winery.

Foot Path Winery Tasting Room hours: 12pm-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on weekends; reservations available for parties of six or more; (951) 265-9951; 36650 Glen Oaks Road, Temecula, CA 92592


Breaking News & Chef-of-the-Month Recipe– Spring at Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Exciting news from the Temecula Valley Wine Country restaurant scene:  Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery, known for great wine country luncheons for the past ten years, is now open for dinner on Saturday evenings. Seating in the candlelit, European-inspired Bacchus Hall and the vineyard patio is available from 5pm- 8:30pm. Appetizers, wine, beer, and wine cocktails are offered from 3pm- 5pm between lunch and dinner hours. Entertainment will be provided by singer and guitarist Chuck Sacayan, so be sure to check it out! In the meantime, here’s one of Carol’s springtime recipes:

Meyer Lemon Mousse

¼ cup butter

3 eggs

¾ cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice

½ cup sugar

1 cup whipping cream

Lemon zest

Melt butter and cool.  Whisk lemon juice and sugar in top of double boiler.  Add in eggs one at a time, drizzle in butter.  Cook about eight-ten minutes until thickened.  Strain and refrigerate until chilled.  Whip cream and gently fold into chilled lemon mixture. Spoon or pipe into serving cups or glasses. Garnish with lemon zest, whipped cream and fresh berries if you wish.

Reservations recommended. Please call (951) 676-9243. For more information, please visit Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery.

* Baily Winery is located at 33440 La Serena Way at the corner of Rancho California Road.


Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival- June 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2011

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011


One of the valley’s most exciting events is returning! Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, June 3-5, has an array of fun-filled activities for the entire family at Lake Skinner! For wine lovers, there will be food and wine pairings from the best Temecula Valley chefs. Kids will enjoy a fair with rock climbing, a petting zoo and more! Find our more information about this fabulous festival below.

GATES OPEN: 5pm FRIDAY, balloon rides start at 6am SATURDAY and SUNDAY

HOURS: 5 pm- 10pm Friday, balloon rides start at 6am-10pm Saturday and 6am- 6pm Sunday

GENERAL ADMISSION: INCLUDES GENERAL ADMISSION TO ALL CONCERTS: Friday is $22 for adults, $5 for youth ages seven-12 and FREE for children ages six and under; Saturday is $25 for adults, $5 for  youth ages seven-12 and  FREE for children ages 6 and under; Sunday is $17 adults, $5 for youth ages seven-12 and FREE for children ages 6 and under. Weekend Combo is $50 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday entrance tickets only. (More detailed information is listed under Tickets).

WINE and BEER: The hours of wine tasting are 5pm-9pm on Friday, 10am- 9pm on Saturday, 10am- 5pm on Sunday. Wine tasting is an additional charge and you may purchase six tastes and a souvenir glass for $15.  Beer garden and beer for sale.

ALCOHOL TICKET SALES: These may be purchased by the glass from booths located in the main stage area or in the wine garden area.  Hours are 5pm-8:30pm on Friday, 10am-8:30 pm on Saturday and 10am-4:30pm on Sunday. One beverage ticket is $2.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES/COOLERS: No alcoholic beverages or glass containers will be allowed into the Festival. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold at the event. Beer and wine WILL NOT be sold to anyone under the age of 21. Please bring a valid photo I.D. to purchase beer and wine.


ANIMALS: Animals are NOT allowed in the Festival Area and SHOULD NOT be left in vehicles.

SUNDAY ONLY: Active Military Discount is $10; Must show Military ID.

PARKING: Autos are $5. Buses and Motor Homes are $10; NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.

ENTERTAINMENT: Cost is included in the price of admission. Look for special information regarding ticket packages for main stage entertainment located in close proximity to the Main Stage. Please go to the section on Entertainment for the details!

*Directions: The Lake Skinner address is 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester, CA 92596. From Interstate 15, exit EAST on Rancho California Road or Winchester Road. Watch for directional signs to Lake Skinner which is approximately 10 miles east of I-15. If you have exited on Rancho California Road, you will go through the beautiful Temecula Wine County and the lake is located just past the wine country.



Eco-Friendly Wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of wine making.  Take a closer look at the environmentally friendly and sustainable practices of the wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country !

Stuart Cellars Winery

Stuart Cellars Winery practices natural and organic planting process by using a natural soil amendment, pumice instead of chemicals. This results in better plant growth and health for the grapes. To keep away unwanted pests from the delicious grapes, organic insecticides are used. A centralized water irrigation system that goes directly to the base of the vines is used. This eliminates transpo-evaporation of the water by 33%!

One of the onsite buildings is completely solar powered! Stuart Cellars winery also produces all of their own power via a natural gas generator, which is the cleanest burning fuel in the United States!


Ponte Family Estate Winery

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Ponte Family Estate Winery has been one of the sustainable winery leaders in the Southern California Wine Country. Since the winery was built, Ponte Family Estate Winery has recycled glass, cardboard cases, office paper and more. Ponte has also made efforts to reduce waste and their use of water and electricity.


A huge part of Ponte Family Estate Winery’s efforts is geared towards influencing guests, members and associates to reduce their individual footprint so that together, people can discover new ways to have a positive effect on our world today as well as for future generations.

Green Restaurant:

This award winning restaurant creates salads from local Farmer’s Markets.  Poultry and meats come from sustainable farms such as Snake River and Shelton Farms and all seafood selections are on the Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, ensuring that it is safe and sustainable.  Kitchen waste is also composted and added to vineyard soil.


Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard

Energy and Fuel:
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard is  working with a company on recycling their kitchen oil by converting it all into bio-diesel fuel!

*Keep an eye out for their documentary highlighting the process and how this kitchen grease is recycled into fuel for school buses.

Water Usage:
A new water treatment system that will collect their grey water (used water) and put it through a clarification process that will be then used for landscape (grass) irrigation is currently being installed.

Compost/green waste is applied from time to time to increase the amount of organic material in their soils (mostly decomposed granite).This adds to the organic material on the top layers of the soil which in turn helps to increase the nutrients available in the vines.

Eating Locally:
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Creekside Restaurant utilizes organic local produce offering vegetarian and vegan friendly options. Eating locally reduces waste since fuel is not wasting in efforts to transport the food.

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