Archive for June, 2012

July Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

July is here and the weather isn’t the only thing beginning to heat up around the Temecula Valley. With everything from winemaking classes to live music, Temecula Valley wine country is a top destination for 4th of July activities. Here’s a list of this month’s best events at some of our favorite wineries.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

A Taste of Summer Seminar
Sunday, July 15
$88.50 per seminar
Legacy Club Member price – $79.65 per seminar
Prices are per person, plus tax

The summer seminar is all about fermentation and the winemaking process.  The day begins with a guided tour of our production facility followed by a visit to the lab where the winemaker will discuss some of the procedures and chemical analysis that are done and their effects on the final product.  We will offer a flight tasting of roses, so that you will learn how they are made, how they get their color and what styles and grape varieties can be used.  A casual boxed lunch and a glass of your favorite rose will finish off this seminar.

For reservations, click here

Europa Village

Live Music
Friday, July 6 – Radical Pie
Friday, July 13 – JourneyMan to benefit Camp del Corazon
Friday, July 20 – SoulJazz of Fortune
Friday, July 27 – Little Lies Band

Sunday, July 1 – Leo Gosselin
Sunday, July 8 – TBA
Sunday, July 15 – Jimmy Patton
Sunday, July 22 – Leo Gosselin

Sommelier Workshop #2 – Improving Tasting Skills
Tuesday, July 10
$49 per person

For reservations and more information, please call 951.216.3380 or e-mail events@europavillage.com.

Musical Wine Dinner: “Feria de Espana”
Thursday, July 19
$85 per person, plus service charge and tax
4-course Italian themed event

For more information and reservations, please call 951.216.3380 or e-mail events@europavillage.com.

Falkner Winery

Free Jazz on Sundays
Performances will be 3 hours beginning at noon and going until 3:00pm and will be held in their outside lawn area adjacent to the tasting room.   As the name indicates, every Sunday afternoon live jazz performances will be available to winery customers at no charge and with no reservations required. Chairs and tables will be provided for the audience.  Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass or bottle are available for each performance.

12th Anniversary Event
Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2

You are invited to a lively weekend that includes Jazz performances Saturday and Sunday, winery tours, a book signing, huge sales, hourly raffles, outdoor barbeques, lunch specials in their Pinnacle Restaurant, and other fun events.  In order to help make room for some new releases available that weekend, selected wines will be offered at up to 50% off case prices.  Complimentary jazz will be performed on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3pm and will feature the flamenco & Latin jazz group Sombra Quieta Trio on Saturday and saxophonist and recording artist Jason Weber performing on Sunday.

Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, July 14

For more details, please call the winery at 951.676.8231.

Frangipani Estate Winery

Cigar Night at Frangipani Estate Winery
Saturday, July 14th
$35 per person
Includes: Food, Glass of Wine and Cigar

Reservations required – Call Winery at 951-699-8845

Hart Winery

Sorrel Bistro Chef Dinner
Saturday, July 14
$85 Wine Club
$90 Guests
Reservations Required.  Please call the winery at 951.676.6300 for reservations.

Leoness Cellars

Summer Concert Series – Ronnie Laws with special guest Phillip Ingram
Saturday, July 21
7:30p Showtime
VIP Seating with a Glass of Wine – $59 per person
Select Seating – $39 per person

RSVP only: reservations@leonesscellars.com or 951.302.7601 ext. 114

Monte De Oro Winery

Friday Night Happy Hours at Monte De Oro
Each Friday in July
Complimentary music

Monte De Oro Pops Concert on the Patio
Sunday, July 1
Doors open at 6:00p, concert begins at 7:00p
General Admission: $25 per person ($20 per person for 55+ & Older or military)
VIP including BBQ Dinner & 1/2 bottle of wine: $45 per person ($40 per person for 55+ & Older or military)
An Independence Day concert featuring the 80 piece Coastal Communities Concert Band.  There will also be a Hot Air Balloon Glow and Ala Carte Old Fashioned American BBQ items available for purchase.

Big Bad VooDoo Daddy Concert
Saturday, July 28
Doors open at 6:00p, concert starts at 8:00p
General Admission: $55 per person. Wine Club, $50 per person.
VIP Dinner Package (Includes a 3 course dinner): $105 per person. Wine Club, $100 per person)

Mount Palomar Winery

Bistro Fridays
Friday, July 6
Live entertainment from Kenny Marquez

Oak Mountain Winery

Summer Cooking Class
Friday, July 13
$65.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Come to Oak Mountain Winery for a night of Wine, Food and Fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef Michael Cragg from the Ritz Carlton teaches you how to make a gourmet meal.  His hands-on classes make preparing a new meal fun and easy.  You will learn to make (hands on) and then eat a five-course meal paired with Oak Mountain wine.  Bring a group of friends for a Girl’s night out or make it a date night!

Reservations required; e-mail vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951.699.9102.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Rhythm on the Vine Artist Showcase, featuring D. Vincent Williams and Matt Stillwell with Special Guest Austin Hanks
Saturday, July 14
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $19.99

Go Country 105 FM and Rhythm on the Vine present country music stars D. Vincent Williams and Matt Stillwell with special guest Austin Hanks at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. As a chart-topping songwriter with undeniable talent, D. Vincent Williams is ready to take center stage. Matt Stillwell is a passionately engaging performer who can be rowdy and side-splittingly funny, making the audience laugh, cry and sing along. Austin Hanks has been playing country rock and rootsy blues his whole life, and the hit television show Sons of Anarchy recently used six of his songs. Click here for tickets or call (310) 476-2030.

Rhythm on the Vine Artist Showcase, featuring award winner Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorber Live in Concert
Friday, July 20
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $35
Rhythm on the Vine presents Kirk Whalum & Jeff Lorber LIVE in concert at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Grammy Award-Winning saxophonist, Kirk Whalum and trailblazing jazz keyboardist, Jeff Lorber are set to light up the winery stage with their unique fusion rhythms and some killer melodies. Click here for tickets or call (310) 476-2030.

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

Brian Culbertson and David Sanborn
Sunday, July 15
$85 General Admission
$132 Dinner Tickets
Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

Kenny G & Earl Klugh
Sunday, July 22
$125 General Admission
$190 Dinner Tickets
Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

Wiens Family Cellars

The Brewer Boys in Concert
Friday, July 20
Doors open at 5:30p; concert from 7:30p-9:00p
Ticket prices range from $18 to $48
Click here to register

Dream Big concert benefiting Oak Grove Center for Education, Treatment & the Arts

The English Beat Concert
Friday, July 27
Doors open at 5:30p; concert 7:00p
General Admission $45
Click here to register

Wilson Creek Winery

Garratt Wilkins & The Parrotheads Concert
Saturday, July 21
General Public: $30
Wine Club Members: $20 (limit 4)

The #1 Jimmy Buffet tribute band in the nation is back by popular demand! Sunset breeze, tropical fare, fun friends and fabulous summer wines all surrounded by the lush vines at Wilson Creek Winery. Can you think of a better way to enjoy a summer evening?

Click here for reservations.


Winemaker’s Roundtable: 5 Facts About… Syrah

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Que Syrah Syrah… one of the wine world’s most beloved and least understood grapes! Known in Australia as Shiraz and in France by the names of the various Rhone villages in which it features prominently in the local wines, Syrah is a versatile winegrape capable of standing alone or enhancing blends.

1. Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape! Known as Syrah in France (its country of origin) as well as in the rest of Europe and most of the United States, it is referred to as Shiraz in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada. The name “Shiraz” may have originated from ancient Persia.

2. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah, which is an entirely different grape (and not just a smaller version of Syrah grapes, as the name suggests); Petite Sirah is actually a hybrid grape variety created in 1880, which crossed Syrah with another grape variety called Peloursin.

3. Syrah wines typically yield flavors of blackberry, black or white pepper, espresso and, occasionally, olives or bacon.

4. Due to their concentrated flavors and high tannin content, many premium Syrah wines are at their best after some considerable bottle aging.

5. Popular in both single varietal or blended reds, Syrah appears in four major incarnations:

  • Single varietal Syrah or Shiraz.
  • Syrah blended with a small amount of Viognier (an aromatic white wine); this is the traditional style of Côte-Rôtie in France’s northern Rhône valley.
  • Syrah as a roughly equal blending component for Cabernet Sauvignon. This blend originated in Australia, so it is often known as Shiraz-Cabernet.
  • Syrah as a minor blending component for Grenache and Mourvèdre. This is the traditional style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape of southern Rhône, and in Australia this blend is often referred to as GSM (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre).


Explore this versatile grape yourself by trying one of the following Temecula Valley Syrahs!  Wine pairing suggestions include: grilled flank steak or lamb chops, antipasto or tapenade.





Temecula Wines Win Big at Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

This just in!  Temecula Valley brings home multiple medals from the 73rd Annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition! Nearly 3,300 wines were entered, tasted by a 72-member panel comprised of international judges.


Judged in May 2012, there were many strong contenders, varietals and price ranges represented. For 73 years, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States.


The competition is the platform for an extensive wine education program available to the nearly 1.5 million visitors at the annual L.A. County Fair. With the L.A. International Wine & Spirits Competition committed to educating the public about wine, the Fair’s wine education program features industry experts with extensive knowledge about wine growing and selection, wine tasting as well as wine and food pairings.


Congratulations to Best in Class winners Van Roekel and South Coast Winery for their Viognier and Riesling, respectively.

Full list of Temecula winery winners are below —


DANZA DEL SOL WINERY    www.danzadelsolwinery.com

  • BRONZE MEDAL  Gewurztraminer, California 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL  Viognier, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL  Syrah, Temecula Valley 2009


HART WINERY    www.hartfamilywinery.com

  • BRONZE MEDAL: Zinfandel, Huis Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2010


KEYWAYS VINEYARD & WINERY    www.keywayswine.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Viognier, Estate Reserve, Temecula Valley 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Moscato, California 2011
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Riesling, California 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Late Harvest Roussanne, Dessert Roussanne, Temecula Valley
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Charbono, California 2008


MAURICE CARRIE WINERY    www.mauricecarriewinery.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sweet White Blend, Heather’s Mist, Temecula Valley
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Riesling, Temecula Valley 2011


VAN ROEKEL WINERY    www.mauricecarriewinery.com

  • BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL – 91 Points   Viognier, Estate, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Zinfandel, Estate, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Sparkling Raspberry, Raspberry, California


MONTE DE ORO WINERY    www.montedeoro.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Zinfandel, Estate Grown, Galway Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • SILVER MEDAL    Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown, DePortola Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Merlot, Estate Grown, DePortola Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2008
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Estate Grown, Temecula Valley 2007
  • BRONZE MEDAL    Syrah, Estate Grown, Reserve, Temecula Valley 2007


VINDEMIA WINERY    www.vindemia.com

  • SILVER MEDAL    Syrah, Estate, Temecula 2009


WILSON CREEK WINERY    www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

  • GOLD MEDAL – 90 Points    Red Sparkling, Cuvee Rouge, Temecula Valley


SOUTH COAST WINERY    www.southcoastwinery.com

  • BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL – 97 Points    Riesling, Temecula Valley 2011
  • GOLD MEDAL – 93 Points Sauvignon Blanc, Musque Clone, Temecula Valley 2011
  • GOLD MEDAL – 92 Points Sweet Red Blend, Romanza, South Coast
  • GOLD MEDAL – 90 Points  Brut, Temecula Valley
  • SILVER MEDAL – Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Blanc, Temecula Valley 2008 Sparkling Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley Port, Black Jack Port, South Coast Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Temecula Valley Muscat Canelli, Temecula Valley 2011 Sparkling Syrah, Ruby Cuvee, Temecula Valley Extra Dry, Temecula Valley Rhone Style White Blend, GVR, Temecula Valley 2010
  • BRONZE MEDAL – Sparkling Muscat, Spumante Diamante, California Rose, Merlot, South Coast 2011 Portuguese Style Red Blend, Penrose, Carter Estate, South Coast 2009 Chardonnay, Wild Horse Peak, South Coast 2009 Rose, Tempranillo, Carter Estate Vineyard, Temecula Valley 2011 Merlot, Wild Horse Peak, South Coast 2007 Late Harvest Riesling, Temecula Valley 2009


See all the winners from the LA International Wine Competition here!




Wine Country Recipe: BBQ Burgers from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Simple Grilled Burgers with Ponte’s Secret Sauce

Ponte Family Estate is well-loved for their delicious al fresco restaurant so we asked them for a great grill recipe for summer. Here’s an interesting twist on an American classic – the cheeseburger.  And the best part about this burger recipe is it’s simplicity. This is an easy dish to prep and grill with the family for 4th of July weekend.  Pair with a light white wine – and sparkling lemonade for the kids!

Make the burgers using classic ingredients:

  • Ground beef (medium) or turkey patties (well-done)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Cheddar cheese (1-2 slices)
  • A bun, lightly grilled
  • Special Sauce (see below)


Measure the following ingredients by taste to make the special sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Mild curry spice
  • Dash of salt


*Pair with Ponte Winery’s Isabel 2010, a light and delicate summer white.


Temecula Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Bel Vino Winery!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012









The Story

Temecula Valley wine fans should be familiar with Bel Vino Winery, which sits high atop Rancho California Road. New in name, this mid-size winery was formally Stuart Cellars! Bel Vino offers a full line of quality varietals and vintages, including their exclusive Stuart Cellars premium label, popular with the Southern California wine enthusiast. This charming winery lives on a picturesque hill overlooking the valley; it offers a delightful venue for an intimate wine country wedding and boasts an expansive lawn, which plays host to a variety of summer events and concerts.

The Wines

Bel Vino Winery is known for offering unique and exciting red varietals, such as:

  • Lagrein
  • Malbec
  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah
  • Petite Verdot


Other suggested wines to taste include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.  View Bel Vino’s full wine list here.

For maximum flavor, aroma and texture, all Bel Vino red wines are unfiltered.  The winery is proud to use French and American oak barrels for the best wood influences in aging.


Upcoming Events

Hilltop Summertime BBQ:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bel Vino’s annual Barbecue event starts at twilight and finishes under the stars at the Winery’s outdoor concert venue. International award winning Chef Jorge Alvarado will directly oversee the preparation of this lavish barbecue and wine feast.
Barbecue preparation starts with the best cuts of beef, pork and chicken. Each type of meat gets its own exotic and flavorful marinade treatment and then is wrapped in either agave or banana leaves. All meats are smoked 12 hours over barrel and grape wood and served with roasted pistachio, habañera salsa and escabeche onions.
The meal is generously complemented with a fresh vegetable & fruit station, a grilled vegetable station, a dessert station and two glasses of premium Bel Vino wines, with your choice of red or white.
As night falls, take to the dance floor with the sounds of “Shoot for Tuezday” covering the best in rock n’ roll from the 1960s through today.
Advance reservation are required. Please call 951.676.6414, email info@belvinowinery.com or see a Bel Vino Winery representative.

Futures Barrel Tasting:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sample straight from the barrels at the only futures tasting event in the Temecula Valley. Each featured barrel is joined with a special food pairing to enhance the food and wine relationship. Enjoy remarkable discounts on your favorite wines, ready 6 to 12 months after the event. Advance reservations required.

Harvest Clam Bake:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, October 13, 2012

Celebrate cooler temperatures and fine wines paired with decadent seafood at Bel Vino’s annual Harvest Clam Bake. During this signature event, all guests will be offered special pricing on select Stuart Cellars varietals. Advance reservations required.

Ongoing EventsTapas & Wine Pairings

Every Saturday & Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Just $12.95 plus wine tasting, no reservations required.

Wine Tasting
Open seven days per week, 10am – 5pm.
$10 for a flight of six tastes

Address & Contact Info
33515 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92591

General Inquiries
Phone: (951) 676-6414

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