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August Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Summer is going strong here in Temecula Valley with plenty of exciting food & wine events!  Live wine country entertainment, music concerts, winemaker dinners, wine tasting classes, and theater shows top the must-see list.  See below for this month’s winery events!

Bel Vino Winery

Comedy Show

Saturday, August 18

Call the winery at (951) 676-6414 for more details

 

Briar Rose Winery

Spaghetti Night at Briar Rose Winery

On Friday, August 17th, experience our amazing sunsets and live music while enjoying fabulous food and wine.

Sit back, relax, and let our staff take care of you.

Join us from 5:30pm-10:00pm

Space is limited so call to reserve your tickets now! Cost is $10.00 per person.

Call the winery at (951) 308-1098 for more details

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Grand Opening Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26

10:00a-5:00p

Open to the public

Specially priced wine tastings, tapas, live music, complimentary tours.

Happy Hour at Vu

Every Friday, beginning August 10th

5p-7:30p

Guests can enjoy the view from Vu; the new upper wine tasting deck at Callaway Winery.  Wine by the Glass and small plates will be available for purchase.  Live music.

Havana Silk Dog Association: SOCAL Dog Show

Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5

9:00a-1:00p

Open to the public

Shakespeare in the Vines presents: RICHARD III

August 9 (preview), 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25

7:30p

One of Shakespeare’s darkest and most thrilling plays.  Tickets available through SITV website at www.shakespeareinthevines.org. Food and wine available for purchase at the winery; no outside food available.

A Taste of Summer Seminar

Sunday, August 18

10:00a-12:30p

$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, clickhere


Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live complimentary music every Saturday & Sunday in August, 2:00p-5:00p


Europa Village

Live Music; Complimentary

6:30p-9:30p

Friday, August 3 – Cougrzz Rock

Friday, August 10 – Sean & Donna

Friday, August 17 – Unbridled & Free

Friday, August 24 – MorSol

Friday, August 31 – Alaina Blair

 1:00p-4:00p

Sunday, August 5 – Briit Doehring

Sunday, August 12 – The Sophistocados

Sunday, August 19 – Jimmy Patton

Sunday, August 26 – James Wells

Plein Air Painting Class

Wednesday, August 1

11:00a-2:00p

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

Sommelier Workshop #3 – Wine Geography – Old World

Tuesday, August 7

6:00p-7:30p

$49 per person

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

Gallery 8 Celebrity Art Show

Sunday, August 19

11a-3:00p

Open to the public; complimentary

Plein Air Painting Class

Wednesday, August 22

11:00a-2:00p

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

Musical Wine Dinner: Spanish

Saturday, August 25

6:30p-9:00p

$85 per person, plus service charge and tax

4-course Spanish 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.

VIP Vertical Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 25

10:30a-12:00p

$40 per person, plus tax; $30 per person, plus tax for Food & Wine Club members

The tasting will focus on eight vintages of the Falkner Meritage-Bordeaux style blend.  Vintages will include the 2000 through 2007.  In-house sommelier, George Myers, will explain how age affects wine flavor, the farming practices employed for each vintage, the winemaking techniques used on each, and finally, a taste comparison among all the selected wines.

For more details or to make reservations, please call Michelle at 951.676.8231 ext. 109 or e-mail wineclub@falknerwinery.com.

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Karaoke Nights

Fridays, August 10 & August 24

No cover charge or pay $10 for taco bar and 3 wine tastes

RSVP required by August 8 or August 22

Call (951) 699-8845 for reservations

Ladies Night

Saturday, August 11

6:00p-9:30p

$10 per person, includes 1 glass of wine and appetizers

Vendors showcase their products for shopping fun.  Mary Kay, Tupperware, Gigi Hill Handbags, Spa Escape Temecula, Originals by Deborah Jewelry, Demonstrations by local makeup artist.

Cigar Night

Saturday, August 18

6:30p-9:30p

$35 per person, includes food, 1 glass of wine and cigars.


Leoness Cellars

Live Music Sundays

Local and Regional Touring Artists – Every Sunday, 2-5pm  /  June 1st – October 31st

Join us every Sunday afternoon on the patio at Leoness Cellars for a variety of great wine sipping music and an enchanting vineyard view!

August

  • Sunday 5th  – Tim Cash – Lively Blues and Classic Rock
  • Sunday 12th – Dave and the Cousins – Hot Pop and Folk classics with tight harmonies
  • Sunday 19th – Vineyard Troubadour – Variety of “good times” country, pop and folk music
  • Sunday 26th – TBA

Lorimar Winery

Live@Lorimar

Experience the Temecula “Music Scene” at its finest with the fusion of wine, art and live music every weekend at both our Old Town Temecula and our Wine Country Estate locations.

Lorimar Old Town

Live Music Artists every Saturday night, 6:30 -9:30pm

Lorimar Wine Country

“Sippin Sundays” – Live Music Artists from 2-5pm

“Sunset Fridays” – Live Music Artists, from 5-8pm

 

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Sundresses and Cowboy Boots – Country Music Festival

Friday, August 3; 6:00p-10:00p.  $5 at www.heyday.com; $10 at the door or online day of show.

Featuring Kanan Road and The Painted Daizies.  Celebrating modern country artists such as Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and so many more!  Dinner available for purchase and a 2 drink minimum purchase is required.

Strangelove – Tribute to Depeche Mode

Friday, August 24; 6:00p-10:00p.  $20 at www.heyday.com; $25 at the door, day of show

Dinner and wine available for purchase.  Please note, there is a 2 drink minimum at this show.

Monte De Oro Winery

Friday Night Happy Hours at Monte De Oro

5:00p-8:30p; Complimentary music.  Food & wine available for purchase

  • Friday, August 3 – Jason Weber
  • Friday, August 17 – Nina Markert
  • Friday, August 24 – Waylon Hicks

Romantics / Missing Persons Concert

Saturday, August 4

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, preferred parking and reserved table seating): $105 per person. Wine Club, $100 per person

Click here for tickets

STEEL MAGNOLIA – Monte De Oro’s Summer Concert (Opening Band, David Rosales)

Friday, August 10

Doors open at 6:00p, concert starts at 8:00p

General Admission: $45 per person. Wine Club, $40 per person.

VIP Package (Includes preferred parking): $50 per person. Wine Club, $55 per person

Click here for tickets

Their bracing take of “Keep on Lovin’ You” broke through as the highest charting debut single by a co-ed duo in Billboard history and climbed all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard Country Charts.

Miramonte Winery

Complimentary Live Music

Shoot 4 Tuezday – Friday, August 3; 7:00p-10:00p

Buzz Campbell – Saturday, August 4; 7:00p-10:00p

Yeggi Watts – Sunday, August 5; 2:00p-5:00p

Billy Watson – Friday, August 10; 7:00p-10:00p

Kanan Road – Saturday, August 11; 7:00p-10:00p

Sister Speaks – Sunday, August 12; 2:00p-5:00p

JD Priest – Friday, August 17; 7:00p-10:00p

Missy Anderson – Saturday, August 18; 7:00p-10:00p

Two Fish – Sunday, August 19; 2:00p-5:00p

Nathan James – Friday, August 24; 7:00p-10:00p

4019’s – Saturday, August 25; 7:00p-10:00p

Bastos Moenho with Joe Vegas – Sunday, August 26; 2:00p-5:00p

Master Splinter and the Shredders – Friday, August 31; 7:00p-10:00p

South Coast Winery

Happy Hours Just Got Happier In August at South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant

Monday – Friday
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Enjoy wine specials, draft beers & appetizers!

For information please call (866) 994-6379 x 2

Prime Rib Weekend Special – South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in August

Feature Includes:
Prime Rib Roast:
King Cut $36
Queen Cut $30
Loaded Salt Baked Potato, Au Jus, Creamed Horseradish,
and Iceberg Wedge Salad
Winemaker Recommended Pairing – 2004 Wild Horse Peak Meritage

For Reservations please call: (951) 587-9463 x2

Live Music at Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Thursdays
5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Join us for Live Music every Thursday
night in the Vineyard
Rose Restaurant.

For Reservations please call: (951) 587-9463 x2

August Spa Special at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa

RELAX & REVIVE PACKAGE

Escape from the day-to-day and step into the best of all worlds with this Relax & Revive Package. Three body treatments – all wrapped up into one dynamic spa service that includes – delectable exfoliating sugar back scrub, warm stones, ulitmate back & foot massage, fabulous hand treatment. Followed by an express Rose facial and Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment. You emerge refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated.
Book Now For Only $179 Per Person (Regular Value $240 Per Person)

For Reservations please call: (951) 587-9463

This special cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Expires August 31st, 2012
MENTION CODE: R&R

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

RnR, featuring Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

Saturday, August 4 at 7:00p; $75 General Admission / $150 Dinner Tickets

Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

Soul of Summer, featuring Jonathan Butler & Warren Hill

Sunday, August 12 at 5:00p; $65 General Admission / $130 Dinner Tickets

Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

Dave Koz & BeBe Winans

Saturday, August 18 at 7:00p; $85 General Admission / $160 Dinner Tickets

Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

George Benson

Sunday, August 26 at 5:00p; $95 General Admission / $160 Dinner Tickets

Reservations are required.  Click here for reservations.

Sensory Evaluation of Wine

Saturday, August 23 at 5:30p-6:30p; $35 per person

Extend your wine vocabulary, and discover how your individual sense of smell and taste works together.

 

Wiens Family Cellars

Summer Concert Series – Lee Rocker.  Opening act, Casey Abrams from American Idol

Friday, August 24; doors open at 6:00p; concert starts at 7:00p

Ticket prices range from $45 to $900

Click here for tickets.

 

Wilson Creek Winery

Live Entertainment; Complimentary: 11a-4p

  • Saturday, August 4 – JD Priest
  • Sunday, August 5 – Buzz Campbell
  • Saturday, August 11 – JD Priest
  • Saturday, August 18 – Mark Norris
  • Sunday, August 19 – JD Priest
  • Saturday, August 25 – Tony Suraci
  • Sunday, August 26 – JD Priest

2k4Kids Dinner / Auction – Fundraiser

Friday, August 3

For more information, visit www.heatherdeanda.com/2k4kids/auction.htm

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Scallops and Risotto from South Coast Winery

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Butter Poached Scallops with Aged Gouda Risotto

Courtesy of The Vineyard Rose Restaurant

 

Scallops:

Scallops – as many as you desire

¾ lb butter

1 cup Viognier wine

½ bun of parsley

salt & pepper to taste

To make:

  1. Season scallops with salt and pepper in a hot skillet, about 2 minutes each side
  2. Put a roasting pan on the stove on low heat.  Add butter, wine and parsley.
  3. Wait for the butter to melt, add the scallops.  The heat should be real low, and the liquid should not be boiling but just under a simmer.
  4. Let soak for about 10 minutes

 

Risotto:

1 cup Arborio rice

2 ½ cup chicken broth

2 shallots

1 cup shredded Aged Gouda

1 tab of butter

½ bun of parsley, chopped

 To make:

  1. Chop shallots and sauté in large skillet with butter; cook shallots till they are nice and dark
  2. Add rice, stir and cook for about 1 minute; add half of the broth and reduce heat.
  3. Stir occasional, making sure the rice does not stick.  When all the stock is just about absorbed, add a little more stock and stir.  Repeat and continue till all the stock is used.  Cook till all the broth is just about absorbed, the rice should appear to be creamy and should be nice and tender.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in parsley and cheese.  Season to taste.

 

Assembly:

  1. Spoon a little risotto on to a plate.
  2. Place a couple of scallops per plate, and spoon just a touch of the butter over the top of the scallops.  Enjoy!

 

Pair it with Carter Estates Viognier a delightful summer wine!

 

The Vineyard Rose Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; located at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.

For reservations, please call 951.587.9463
or Click Here for online reservations.

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Lorimar Vineyard & Winery!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

The Story

Lorimar Vineyard & Winery is a dream come true for brothers-in-law Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield.  Their collective experiences in hospitality and music inspired a unique winery concept.  “We showcase our wines with a supporting cast of musical, culinary and visual arts, accompanied by a passionate staff for the complete winery experience that engages all of the senses!”  Well, that says it all.

Lorimar is proud to announce the newly-opened Tuscan-style winery in the middle of Temecula Valley wine country on north Anza Road.  Featuring live music and a revolving art gallery, the new tasting room expands upon the arts-related features of the Old Town tasting room.

From the adjoining orange groves and 22 acre estate vineyard to a spectacular view of the Santa Rosa and Palomar Mountains, the setting is perfect for creating inspiring wine country memories with wine tastings, tours, private events and weddings.

Both Lorimar tasting rooms provide a friendly and uniqu­­e environment to enjoy their premium wines. “There’s always something exciting going on…wine tasting events, music, wine specials and wine classes,” says Mark Manfield.  “We’ve created a warm and inspiring place for people to stop in, relax and enjoy great wines.” The knowledgeable and friendly staff is always willing to answer questions about wine, lead guests through a structured tasting or just pour guests a great glass of wine of their choice…they’ll even offer you a recommendation or two regarding some great places to eat, stay, or taste in Temecula Valley.

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The Wines­­

 

Lorimar Winery offers a popular variety of reds, whites, and sparkling wines – most named after music terms like Medley, Crescendo, and Duet.  There’s even a helpful page of wine tasting tips offered on their website for beginners.  For the current full list of Lorimar wines available for purchase, click here.

Events

 

Check out Lorimar’s extensive event calendar here!

  • Live @ Lorimar: Entertainment every Saturday, 6:30-9:30pm – Overlooking Main Street, Lorimar has a unique and ‘edgy’ feel perfect for innovative musicians. The venue offers an acoustic setting like no other and is the perfect place to hear great music from some of Southern California’s best up-and-coming musicians.  Their weekly tradition of live music on Saturday nights includes light appetizers, wine tasting and wines available for purchase by the glass and by the bottle.
  • Wine For Women – Every Thursday from 5-8 pm, women receive 20% off bottle purchases in the Old Town Tasting Room
  • Service Industry Night – Every Sunday from 6-8 pm, wine industry fokls receive 25% off bottle purchases in the Old Town Tasting Room
  • Trivia Night – Every Tuesday from 6-8 pm is Trivia Night in the Old Town Tasting Room

 

 

Wine Tasting Information

Old Town Location

Wine Tasting:

$10 per person for 5 tastes; the Souvenir wine glass is available for purchase for an additional charge.

 Hours:

Monday – Thursday:  Noon – 6 pm; Friday:  11 am – 9 pm; Saturday:  11 am – 10 pm; Sunday:  11 am – 6 pm

Address and Phone Number:

42031 Main Street; Temecula, CA 92590 / 951-240-5177

Wine Country Location

Wine Tasting:

Monday – Friday $14 per person for 6 tastes; Saturday & Sunday $18 per person for 6 tastes

Hours:

Mon-Th: 11am-5pm, Fri: 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm

Address & Phone Number:

40225 Berenda Road, 40000 Block of Anza Rd. Temecula, CA 92591 / 951-694-8866

 

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Winemaker’s Roundtable: Five Facts About… Zinfandel

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Shrouded in mystery and rich in history, the bold Zinfandel grape is a notorious and versatile red wine.  Red berry fruit flavors (think raspberry) predominate in wines from cooler areas; whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas.

Zinfandel pairs exceptionally well with outdoor-grilled steaks or chops, barbequed meats, rich bolognese sauce, or dark chocolate desserts.  Often more than other wines, a great Zinfandel experience motivates folks to become wine-lovers.

Here are five zinteresting facts about America’s heritage grape!

1.  Zinfandel’s origins used to be unknown, but its DNA can now be traced back to the specific combination of a Croation grape (Crljenak) and an Italian grape (Primativo.)

2.  Zinfandel made its way to California via The Gold Rush in the 1850’s.  Throughout the 20th century, California has been recognized as having the most exceptional regions for growing this hardy grape.

3.  Starting around 1980, Zin achieved widespread popularity in America as a slightly sweet blush wine. In fact, this popularity so outstripped all other forms, that many fans think that there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t!)

4.  Zinfandel is considered a chameleon.  It can be made light and fruity, much like French Beaujolais, or lively, complex and age worthy, like Cabernet or claret. It can also be made into big, ripe, high alcohol style wines that resemble Port.

5.  When Zinfandel wine ages, it sometimes tastes “hot” (predominantly alcoholic) and is often at its best within 3-5 years of its vintage.

 

On your next visit to Temecula wine country, be sure to order a bottle of Zinfandel at the following wineries —

 

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