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October Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s harvest season in Southern California’s wine country!  If you’re looking for a unique and exciting party, now’s the perfect time to take a trip to Temecula Valley.  See below for details on Oktoberfests, grape stomps, live concerts, Halloween fun, cooking classes, and much more.  Autumn is truly a time to celebrate in our region and we hope you can join us soon!

 

Baily Winery

Carol’s Restaurant “Saturday Knights”

Featuring live music throughout October.  Come out and see the Mark Johnson Trio on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine or micro brewed beer from local brewery, Black Market Brewery, along with dinner or a snack. Reservations recommended by calling (951) 676-9243.

“Dog Day Sunday” at Carol’s Restaurant

Sunday, October 21

1:00p-4:00p

Bring your well mannered, dolled up doggies for a fun afternoon of music, food, wine, prizes and special guests.  Allen Riedel, author of Best Hikes with Dogs in Southern California will be available to sign copies of his book, meet Max the Golden Retriever, Idyllwild’s 1st Mayor, step into the mobile dog studio for a special photo and enter your dog into the costume contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the cutest, scariest, silliest, most glamorous and most handsome doggies.

A Wine Country Hot Dog bar featuring world famous Pink’s Hot Dogs, along with all of the fixings, will be available for purchase. Humans without dogs are also welcome.

Call Carol’s Restaurant for reservations at (951) 676-9243.

 

Bel Vino Winery

10th Annual Harvest Clam Bake

Saturday, October 13

6:30p-10:00p

$75 per person; $65 Wine Club

Additional $25 for live Maine Lobster

Celebrate fine wines with traditional clambake seafoods, served outdoors with breathtaking views of Temecula Valley Wine Country.  The event will be held at Bel Vino’s outdoor concert venue and will also feature the live music of Shoot 4 Tuezday.

Reservations are required by e-mailing amber@belvinowinery.com or by calling (951) 676-6414.

 

Briar Rose Winery

Cooking Demonstration

Friday, October 12

6:00p-7:00p

$55 per person

As a student and guest, you will enjoy a three-course meal prepared with fine Briar Rose wines.  You will learn to prepare easy meals with an authentic wine country style.  Enjoy a Celery, Parsley & Prosciutto Salad, Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara with Homemade Pasta and Creme Brulee.  All participants will receive printed recipe cards, a sampling of the food prepared and fine Briar Rose wine.

Class is limited to 30 participants.  RSVP is required by October 2 by calling (951) 308-1098.

Starting on October 6- Live entertainment and music on Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm  

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Grape Stomp & Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 14

4:00p-7:00p

$50 per person; $45 per person wine club

Children 4-12, $15 per person

Children 3 & under, free

Grab your family and friends and head out to Callaway Winery for their fun-for-the-entire family grape stomp and harvest celebration!  Savor a festive harvest buffet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Mike Henry.  Bring the kids; we’ll have face painting, live music, dancing, and of course, grape stomping contests!  Tickets include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food and wine specials.

Call (951) 676-4001 or click here for reservations.

Dia De Los Muertos Cooking Class

Thursday, October 18

6:30p-8:30p

$50 per person; $45 per person wine club

Learn to create traditional Dia de Los Muertos dishes from Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef Mike Henry.

Reservations required and limited class space available.  Call (951) 676-4001 for reservations and more information.

Winemaker Moonlight Dinner

Saturday, October 27

6:30pm-9:30pm

$120 per person; $108 per person wine club

Join Callaway as they celebrate the end of harvest with a special winemaker dinner.  Their winemaker, Craig Larson, and Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef, Mike Henry, are collaborating to bring you a truly exquisite and unique culinary feast.  Tickets include a sparkling wine reception with winemaker Craig Larson, a 5 course menu with each course paired with a Callaway wine, and a special gift to commemorate the dinner.

Seating is limited!  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (951) 676-4001.

 

Doffo Winery

The Moto Barrel Room is open for free tours on Thursdays and Sundays from 11:00a-2:00p.

 

Europa Village

Complimentary Live Music

6:30p-9:30p

Friday, October 5 – Rachael Stark

Friday, October 12 – Little Lies Band

Friday, October 19 – The Marie Alcantar Band

1:00p-4:00p

Sunday, October 7 – Jim Gentry

Sunday, October 14 – Leo Gosselin

Sunday, October 21 – Matthew Fagan

Monti – Art Class

Wednesday, October 10

11:00a-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Paint & Palate

Thursday, October 11

For more information, please call 951-216-3380 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Friday, October 12

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Saturday, October 13

2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Saturday, October 13

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Sunday, October 14

2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Sunday, October 14

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Brighton / Michelle’s Place – Luncheon & Fashion Show

Wednesday, October 17

12:00p-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Musical Wine Dinner – Italy

Thursday, October 18

6:30p-9:00p

$79 per person (plus service charge and sales tax)

Monti – Art Class

Wednesday, October 24

11:00a-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Paint & Palate

Thursday, October 25

For more information, 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.

Wine Appreciation Class

Saturday, October 13

10:30a-1:30p

$65 per person, plus tax; $60 per person, plus tax Connoisseur Club Members; $20 per person, plus tax VIP members.

A single, all encompassing class conducted by Assistant Winemaker and in-house sommelier, George Myers.  This class is great for both wine novices and experts in a single, 3 hour class.  Includes lunch.

Class sizes are limited, so please call in advance to make a reservation.  Contact the winery at (951) 676-8231 xt. 109

VIP Vertical Tasting

Saturday, October 20

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 (8) vintages of the Falkner Amante-Super Tuscan.  This special tasting will be conducted by the in-house sommelier, George Myers, in the VIP room of the Pinnacle Restaurant. Vintages will include the 2000 through 2007.

Space is limited; to make reservations, contact Holly at (951) 676-8231 ext. 109 or e-mail wineclub@falknerwinery.com

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

Live music every Saturday & Sunday in October

1:30p-5:30p

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Saturday, October 6

7:30p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Sunday, October 7

2:00p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Saturday, October 20

7:30p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Sunday, October 21

2:00p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

 

Leoness Cellars

Live music every Sunday on the patio

2:00p-5:00p

 

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Saturday, October 27

Spooktacular!  Live music, costumes, trick or treat in the foggy vineyards, mechanical bull rides

Buy one wine tasting, get one 1/2 price; weekdays and before 2:00p on Saturdays and Sundays.

Live music every Saturday night in October, 6pm-10pm

 

Lorimar Winery (Old Town)

“Hallowine”

Friday, October 26

6:00-9:00p

Get in tune with your inner carving skills at Lorimar’s Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Compete in carving your own pumpkin for a chance to wine some GREAT prizes.  Drink specials running all night and costumes are encouraged!

 

Lorimar Winery (Wine Country)

4th Annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 6

3:00p-8:00p

$65 per person; $55 wine club

$45 (ages 13-20)

$15 (under 13)

Live music by the Bayou Brothers, grape stomping, dancing, BBQ dinner, wine, sangria, horse drawn hay rides.

“Hallowine” Happy Hour & Pumpkin Carving Contest

Thursday, October 25

5:00p-7:00p

Wine down over some Spooky Sangria and compete in the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Wine specials and great prizes!

“Night of the Walking Wine-O’s”

Sunday, October 28

5:00p-10:00p

$10 cover gets you a glass of Spooky Sangria and Taco Bar.  Wine specials running all night.  Karaoke, live music under the moon, and DJ.  Dress to thrill!  Compete for best costume and win great prizes!  See you there, if you dare!

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Wine & Unwind Friday’s at Shorty’s Bistro

Complimentary music every Friday in October

6:00p-9:00p

It’s time to Wine & Unwind!  Mount Palomar Winery is happy to welcome you on Friday nights to get your weekend started smoothly.  All you can eat ribs and two tasty side dishes for $19.99.  Full restaurant menu available as well.  Don’t miss out; space is very limited.  Reserve your table now and make sure you don’t miss the best Friday night event in Temecula.

RSVP online here or call (951) 676-5047

Why RSVP you ask?  Because the first 10 RSVP’s get their first glass of wine on us, and who doesn’t like free wine!

Oktoberfest!

Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28

11:30a-5:00p

Wear your Lederhosen & celebrate Oktoberfest Mount Palomar Style!  German food, beer on tap, music & fun! Bring your German beer stein and receive your first 12oz beer on us!  Best beer stein contest.  Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest – Best Costume Contest

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, October 27

7:30p

For more information, please call the Black Swan Theatre at (951) 696-9800 or click here for details.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 28

2:00p

For more information, please call the Black Swan Theatre at (951) 696-9800 or click here for details.

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class with Chef Michael Cragg

Friday, October 5

6:00p-9:00p

$65.00 per person (tax & gratuity not included)

Reservations by e-mail at vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or by calling 951-699-9102.

Hands-on cooking classes make preparing a new meal fun and easy.  You will learn to make and then eat a five course meal with paired Oak Mountain wine.  Bring a group of friends for a Girl’s night out or make it a date night.

Woofs & Purrs in the Vines, presented by Cause for Paws, Inc.

Sunday, October 7

12:00p-4:00p

$35 per person, donation

Join Oak Mountain Winery for some fun and help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions.  Admission includes a logo glass, one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music.

Please RSVP to val1@causefurpaws.org.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wild Women of Wine Country Luncheon & Fashion Show

Monday, October 8

10:00a-2:00p
Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure – IE

October is breast cancer awareness month, and we couldn’t think of a better time to show we care than by hosting this special fun-filled day at South Coast Winery featuring Chef’s celebratory harvest lunch, fashion show by PRVCY, live and silent auction and dynamic entertainment. Enter to wine our Pink Shoe Contest from the following categories:
1. Sassy Stilettos & Pumps;
2. Fabulous Flats & Flipflops;
3. Big Girl Boots;
4. The Fuzzy Slipper

This event sells out each and every year, so call to reserve today: 951-587-9463 Ext 7210

“Fall into Spectacular” Spa Escape Package

$439

Includes mid-week overnight stay in deluxe luxury villa with jacuzzi tub, fireplace and private patio, a pre-selected bottle of SCW wine in room upon arrival, (2) 50 minute spa treatments (a choice of a SCC Massage or Grapeseed Facial) and a 2:00p late check-out.

Call now to reserve: (866) 994-6379

Terms/Conditions: Based on double occupancy and availability. Resort fee and occupancy tax not included. Valid Sun-Thur nights only and cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, or discounts. Wine/Passport valid one per stay within 7 days period. Not valid for future or group reservations. 72 hour cancellation policy enforced. Subject to availability and blackout dates. Spa reservations subject to availability and must be booked in advance.

October’s Special at the GrapeSeed Spa: La Dolce Vita

After years of chocolate being seen as a ‘vice,’ the GrapeSeed Spa has some great ‘advice’. Chocolate has redeemed itself as the new skin therapy.

Enjoy the miracles of antioxidants found in chocolate with this customized rich aromatic massage. Top this amazing package off with Autumn Glow, an express facial that includes a 30% pumpkin enzyme peel that leaves the skin vibrant and glowing. Finish with a complimentary chocolate shot glass brimful with our award winning Black Jack Port.

Book Now For Only $155 per person. (Regular Value $230)

Advance reservations required: 951-587-9463

MENTION OFFER CODE: Dolce Vita
Terms and conditions: This special cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Expires November 30,2012

VINEYARD ROSE RESTAURANT:

Come celebrate Fall in the Vineyard Rose with stunning décor, new fall inspired dishes and these special events held each week:

– Happy Hour: Mon. through Fri. 4:00-5:30

– Live & In Person: Greg Shibley every Wednesday evening in Oct. on the Grand Veranda

– Half Price Bottles of selected wine on Monday evenings with purchase of entrée

– Divas in D’Vines: Don’t miss this relieving alternative to Sunday Football. Ladies, join us every Sunday in the Vineyard Rose Lounge between the hours of 12 Noon to 4 PM, for a special happy hour. Delight in a variety of drink specials, discounted food and live entertainment.

GIFT SHOPPE & TASTING ROOM:

Spooktacularly Delicious: Check out this Haunted Behind-The-Scenes Wine Tour!
Week of October 26 – 31 ONLY!
4:30pm ; $45 per person

South Coast Winery has paired up with the “ghouls and goblins” from its Vineyard Rose Restaurant and its Winery, enhancing the ‘original’ Behind-the-Scenes Tour and adding a “Spook-tacular” Tour at 4:30 PM each day for one week only. Starting out in the vineyards, then the proceeding to the haunted halls of the winery, one never knows who or what will appear before you to serve up the wines for tour participants and just how it will be delivered. The tour concludes in the winery’s cellar, tucked away in the private Carter Reserve Room, for more haunted happenings. Music and special lighting heighten the senses for this private, limited time wine pairing.

Space is limited; advance reservations required: 951-587-9463

While you’re here, be sure to stop by the Gift Shoppe early this month to discover our unique, one-of-a-kind witches and decorative pumpkins for your shopping pleasure!

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Wine Country Recipes: Perfect Wine & Food Pairings for California Wine Month

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In honor of California Wine Month, we’ve rounded up this year’s best recipes and pairings from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

What is a Perfect Pairing?

Truth be told, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pairing! The old adage, “white wine with fish and red wine with meat” isn’t always a tried-and-true method of pairing wine. We say have fun with it and play with pairings to discover how different wines can bring out the subtle nuances of flavors in a food.

For those who aren’t as adventurous, we’ve paired up Temecula wines with some of our favorite wine country recipes provided by our member wineries.

We hope you enjoy creating these “perfectly” paired recipes in your own home, while popping the cork on one of our beautiful Temecula Valley wines.

Here are a few of our favorite gourmet recipes from Temecula Valley wineries perfectly paired with Temecula Valley wine —

Cocktails & Appetizers

Syrah Sunset Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Syrah
  • 2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar Ice
  • chilled 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced

 

Directions – In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice, and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, place ice in six 16-ounce glasses. Add 2/3 cup of the lime juice mixture to each glass. Pouring along side of glass, slowly add 1/2 cup wine. Thread nectarine slices on skewers and add to glasses.

*Try with some spectacular Syrah from Doffo, Falkner, Foot Path, Lorimar, Masia de Yabar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, South Coast’s Wild Horse Peak or Van Roekel.

Oak Mountain Winery Marinated Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 blocks (8 oz each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup Oak Mountain Tuscan Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Pear Pomegranate Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • Toasted sliced French Bread or assorted crackers

 

Directions:
Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4” slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices and sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6” long blocks of cheese; place in 13 X 9” dish.
Combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt & pepper and pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Longshadow Ranch Winery 2009 White Feather Chardonnay
  • Lumiere Winery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monte De Oro Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Oak Mountain Winery 2011 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel Winery 2011 Chenin Blanc

 

Thornton Winery Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh peeled garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • salt & pepper

 

Directions:
Melt butter in a large soup pan. Add onion and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add cubed butternut squash. Cook 1-2 minutes.
Cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 30-45 minutes or until squash is soft.
Blend soup, strain and then return to pot. Season with Thai curry paste and salt and pepper as needed.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Falkner Winery 2009 Viognier
  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 Viognier
  • “Buon Vicino” Thornton Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel 2010 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Featuring Main Courses & Desserts!

 

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know…Wiens Family Cellars

Friday, September 21st, 2012

 

The Story

After decades in the beverage and hospitality industries, the Wiens family opened their doors to their first winery in the farm country of nearby Sacramento in 2001, then moved on to open their popular Temecula Valley winery in 2006.

“We have a large and tightly-knit family with a broad range of talents, all contributing to the success of our business,” says Doug Wiens.  “We enjoy the company of friends, good food, and fine wines. Our winery was built to be oriented around a relaxed, friendly, and rural lifestyle.

Our goal is to create a place where people feel right at home – part of our family.”

 

The Wines

Doug says the family mission is “to make the highest quality wine and provide it at a reasonable price. The winery seal contains the words Quality, Family, and Integrity.  We stand firmly by those three words as our guiding principles.”

Wiens’ slogan is “Famous for Big Reds!”  Indeed, Wiens offers an array of favorites from Zinfandel to Cab to Syrah, plus plenty of delicious blends with memorable names like Perspective, Crowded, and Obscura. Wiens is also one of the only area wineries to offer a Pinot Noir.

Not to be missed, Wiens Family Cellars pours a variety of whites and dessert wines, too.  At the tasting bar, guests will enjoy both white blends and single varietals like Chardonnay and Viognier (the floral grape is a hit in Temecula Valley!)  If you’re celebrating in wine country, be sure to buy a bottle of Amour de L’Orange – their festive sparkler has a citrus twist.

 

Wine Tasting Info

Tasting Fees: 6 Tastes for $15
Group Reservations
2 for 1 Temecula Wine Tasting Coupon

Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Taste in the Cellar Room

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tasting fee: $30

Seated tasting in our exclusive Cellar Room which includes a flight of Reserve and limited red wines. You will share this experience with other wine enthusiasts in a working production cellar environment. Guests 21 and over please.

Reservations required please call (951)694-9892

Taste in the Barrel Room (for Wine Club Members)

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm*
The Barrel Room is reserved for Wine Club Members.

*Unless reserved for a special event.

Address:
35055 Via Del Ponte – Map
Temecula, CA 92592

Website: www.wienscellars.com

Phone: 951.694.9892
Toll Free: 888.98.WIENS

Festivals & Events

Yoga in the Vines – Saturdays at 7am & 8am; $15

WiensFest is October 7

Click here for more concerts and events year-round!

 

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5 Fun Facts About…Grenache

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Grenache (pronounced gren-aash) is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world!  Primarily featured in Rhone-style blends, it’s a star in the famous trio of GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.)  The reason why Grenache is so valued in wine blends is because it brings body and fruitiness without the added tannins.

Grenache grapes

The characteristic notes of Grenache are berry fruit such as raspberries and strawberries.  Grenache-based wines can develop complex and intense notes flavors including  black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices, and roasted nuts.

 

 

Here are five fabulous facts about this blending master! 

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia.
    1. France and Spain are Grenache’s largest principal wine regions, followed by Australia and the United States.
    2. Rosé grenaches are often characterized by their strawberry and cream notes, like this South Coast Winery award-winner; $14.
    3. Grenache vines bud early and require a long growing season in order to fully ripen. This grape is often one of the last to be harvested, often ripening weeks after Cabernet Sauvignon.  It thrives in warm, dry conditions – like Temecula Valley!
    4. The long ripening process = high levels of sugar, which means Grenache-based wines are capable of substantial alcohol levels, often at least 15%.
    5. Grenache blanc is the light-skinned cousin to Grenache – and a very important white grape variety in France, planted fourth after Chardonnay, Semillion, and Ugni blanc.

 

Interested in tasting Grenache in action?  Check these Temecula Valley wineries off your list for fall – and order your holiday wines early.  Grenache is a classic light red that pairs perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey.

 

In the chorus of Rhone varieties, Grenache rarely gets to perform solo… The grape often appeals to winegrowers because of it’s workhorse-like productivity in early years of the life of the vine.  But it may appeal to consumers, particularly as the vine ages, because of wines light in tannin that can have a faint sweetness and high degree of alcohol. Even though the day of our tasting was still warm, it strikes me now as an excellent transitional red as the weather has cooled.” – Dr. Vino.com

Grenache vineyards in Temecula Valley.
Photo courtesy of Who, What, Where, Wine.

 

 

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Save the Date! Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend – Nov 3 & 4, 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Temecula Valley wine country invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate this year’s wine grape harvest at the region’s 22nd Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend. The two-day event is a chance to explore 35 member wineries, sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn.

  • Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4; 10am-4:30pm
  • $99 passport to sip and nosh at 35 wineries
  • Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country
  • Sample new, still-in-the-tank wines not available to the public
  • Overnight and “safe ride” packages available
  • Order tickets through Sept 30 and save $10

 

WHAT: 22nd  Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, a two-day event offering ticketed guests a chance to visit 35 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour.

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, from 10:00am – 4:30pm

WHERE: Temecula Valley Wine Country is just 60-90 minutes from Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. Exit I-15 at Rancho California Road and head east four miles.

TICKETS:  Two-Day Ticket – $99 ($89 before Sept 30)

Sunday Only Ticket, Non-Resident – $79

Sunday Only, Local Residents – $69

Designated Driver (food only) – $59

Purchase tickets online here or call 800-801-9463.

TRANSPORTATION: Safe, chauffeured transportation available through Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle’s “Sip & Ride” package; includes a Harvest Passport ticket, souvenir glass, and pick-up / drop-off at multiple wineries. Visit www.gogrape.com/reservations for pricing and to book.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those who would like to stay the weekend, several wine country lodging partners will be offering special overnight packages; for more information please visit temeculawines.org/events (click on Wanna Stay.)

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