Archive for May, 2013

Mid-Week Summer Specials at Temecula Valley Wineries

Friday, May 31st, 2013

June is here! Graduations, Father’s Day, the return of long summer days — what more reason do you need to visit Temecula Valley wine country? Savvy travelers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!










Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Callaway is the place to be every Friday in June! Enjoy wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert while swaying to the sounds of recording artist Vini Contreas.

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

Every Monday and Friday, this lovely De Portola Trail winery offers a 2 1/2 hour Winemaking Tour & Tasting Class. From 1pm-3:30pm; reservations are required. Click here to learn more!

Leoness Cellars

This cool property always has a lot going on! Leoness continues it’s Wine 101 series on June 14 from 11am-2pm. $90 per person; $55 per person, wine club. This comprehensive wine tour exploring all elements of grape growing, wine production and wine tasting while enjoying Leoness Cellars’ award-winning wines with an artisan cheese and chocolate pairing.  For reservations, call 951-302-7601 ext. 125 or e-mail hosts@leonesscellars.com

Miramonte Winery

This well-known Rancho California Road winery is new and improved following an extensive renovation, and is showing off the property by offering exciting behind-the-scenes tours daily.

Harvest Tour – $20
Tour & tasting.  6 wines included.
11 AM, reservations required.
For reservations, please call  (951) 506-5500 #108

Winemaker’s Tour – Spring Promo $25 (reg. $75)
Tour, tasting, wine appreciation w/ food pairing. 10 wines included.
11 AM, 12 PM & 2:30 PM, reservations required.
For reservations, please call  (951) 506-5500 #108

Mount Palomar Winery

One of the Temecula Valley’s first wineries, Mount Palomar is famed for its hilltop location and 360-degree views. Check it out for less on “2 for 1” Tuesdays! Download the coupon here!

Ponte Family Estate

Monday-Friday, Ponte Winery offers their popular tasting flight for just $15 per person ($5 off the weekend price.)  In addition to tastings, the Cellar Lounge (located next door to the winery at the Ponte Vineyard Inn) offers an extended Happy Hour Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Drop by for special promotions on full-bar drinks and mouthwatering appetizers. Click here for the happy hour menu.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
South Coast offers their signature Happy Hour every weekday in the beautiful Vineyard Rose Lounge, 4pm to 5:30pm. Monday through Friday, come by and enjoy draft beer plus $3 off each glass of select South Coast Wines and deliciously discounted appetizers. Available only in the Vineyard Rose Lounge. Click here for the happy hour menu.

Want to book a weekday spa date? Click here for a 10% off mid-week spa treatments at The Grapeseed Spa.

Check back next month for another round up of mid-week specials in Temecula Valley!


Temecula Valley June Winery Events and Father’s Day Events

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

June in Southern California brings summer BBQs, Father’s Day events and much more.  See below for Temecula Valley’s June winery events!


Baily Winery

Saturday Knight’s at Carol’s – Live local musicians will be featured every Saturday night along with a new, more casual dinner menu featuring flatbread pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes, and appetizers. Hours: 5p to 8:30p on the vineyard patio or in the European inspired Bacchus Hall. Local wines and micro-brewed beers as well as wine cocktails will be offered, plus two local beers on tap. Reservations recommended, dancing shoes optional. For more info, please contact Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery: 951-676-9243.

Dog Day Sundays click here for more details!


Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Live Music Fridays – Every Friday in June; enjoy wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert while swaying to the sounds of singer/songwriter recording artist Vini Contreas.

Women & Wine Wednesdays – Wednesday, June 26, 6pm to 8pm; Need some wine time with your girlfriends? Join us for “Women & Wine Wednesday.” Visit with old friends, mingle with new ones, sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers. June ~Simply Charming~At this month’s “Women & Wine” event visit with friends while creating your own Letter Perfect wine charm. Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway – Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Special menu available beginning at 4:00p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm. No reservations required. Visit our website for more information. Schedule: June 2 – Tapas buffet and seasonal offerings / June 9 – Tapas buffet and seasonal offerings / June 16 -Father’s Day Buffet / June 23 – Burger Night / June 30 – Pig Roast from Cook Pigs Farms, Julian, CA


Churon Winery

Temecula Wine Country Bridal Expo – Saturday, June 8 – 10:00a-4:00p / Free Admission; Meet florists, taste cakes, sample foods, get make up tips, learn latest trends, order bridesmaid’s gifts, speak with photographers, sample champagne, get discounts and much, much more!


Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Father’s Day Special – Sunday, June 16 – All Day; Wine tasting for two plus your choice of two sandwiches or salads OR one large meat and cheese platter; all for just $24!  Plus, 15% off wine bottle sales.  Celebrate Dad’s day Cougar Winery-style!


Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 5:30p-8:30p / Free admission / June 7 – B-Side / June 14 – Fandango / June 21 – Cougrzz / June 28 – Radical Pie

Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / June 2 – Jimmy Patton / June 9 – Alex Drizos  / June 16 – Jim Gentry / June 23 – Matthew Fagan / June 30 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic

Bocce Ball Tournaments / Sundays, June 2 & 23 / 2:00p / $10 entry fee; call 951-506-1818 for questions and reservations.

Croquet Tournaments / Sundays, June 9 & 30 / 2:00p / $10 entry fee; call 951-506-1818 for questions and reservations.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare / Thursday, June 13 / Saturday, June 15 / Sunday, June 16 / Thursday, June 20 / Saturday, June 22 / Sunday, June 23 / Thursday, June 27 /  Saturday, June 29 / 7:00p / Tickets range from $15-$28 per person; visit www.shakespeareinthevines.org for more information.


Falkner Winery

VIP Vertical Tasting – Saturday, June 1 / 10:30am to 12:30p / The cost for the tasting is $50/person plus tax; $40/person plus tax for Food & Wine Club members; Falkner Winery is pleased to announce its next VIP Vertical Tasting will be on June 1 and focus on our Meritage-Bordeaux style wines. For those who are not familiar with the term “vertical tasting”, it means tasting multiple vintages of the same wine from the same producer. The next tasting session will focus on eight (8) vintages of the Falkner Meritage blend.

Father’s Day Lunch Special – Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16; a special lunch for two for only $55, plus tax and gratuity.  Dad and a guest will be treated to a shared salad, individual entrees, shared dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage.  Glasses of wine will be available at $5/glass.  Or, if Dad wants to eat outside and enjoy our free jazz, order him the Grilled Prime Center Cut Sirloin freshly prepared from the BBQ on Father’s Day.  For only $17, this wonderful steak will be prepared to order and comes with 2 side dishes.  For reservations and more information, please call 951-676-8231 ext.1 or click here


Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour – Saturday, June 15 / 4:00p-7:00p; Special wine cocktail menu and discounted glass of sangria.

Father’s Day BBQ – Sunday, June 16 / 5:00p-8:00p / $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity / Advance reservations required by June 12th.  Call 951-699-8845 for reservations.


Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour – Every Monday and Friday at 12:00p / Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p / $29 per person; Includes 2 1/2 hours with a wine specialist in our vineyard, production facility and barrel room with at least 12 wine tastings (including tank & barrel tastings) and food and wine pairing with gourmet cheeses and meats. Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

Summer Kick-Off BBQ and Concert – Saturday, June 15 / 4:30p-9:30p / $55 per person for dinner and concert; Kick off your summer with Keyways and The Highway Man Show featuring Tony Suraci.  Reservations required by calling 951-302-7888 or by visiting here.

Father’s Day Specials – Sunday, June 16 / all day / Spend Father’s Day with Keyways.  Enjoy a cigar (for purchase) and a glass of Keyways wine at a discount while relaxing and listening to live music by Jackie Bristow.


Leoness Cellars

Joe Sample Concert – Sunday, June 9 / 4:30p-7:30p / $49 per person; Pioneer of contemporary jazz piano, Platinum selling recording artist and co-founder of the Jazz Crusaders, Joe Sample will enchant guests during his intimate, unplugged-style show. / Reservations required by calling 951-302-7601 ext. 150 or by e-mailing reservations@leonesscellars.com

Wine 101 – Friday, June 14 / 11:00a-2:00p / $90 per person / $55 per person, wine club; Comprehensive wine tour exploring all elements of grape growing, wine production and wine tasting while enjoying our award winning wines with an artisan cheese and chocolate pairing.  For reservations, call 951-302-7601 ext. 125 or e-mail hosts@leonesscellars.com

Body & Vine – Wednesday, June 19 / 10:00a-12:00p / $40 per person / $35 per person, wine club; Journey within the life of the vine through vibrant movement of the body.  After, relax with an al fresco pairing of our refreshing wines, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses.  Call 951-302-7601 ext. 125 or e-mail hosts@leonesscellars.com

Annual Leoness BBQ – Sunday, June 23 / 5:00p-8:00p / $69 per person / $59 per person, wine club / $9.99 per person, children under 12; Join owners, production and management for our Annual BBQ.  The weather is heating up, vines are lush and evenings longer creating the ideal setting for an evening of friends, food & festivities.  Call 951-302-7601 ext. 150 or e-mail reservations@leonesscellars.com for reservations.

Painting in the Vines – Wednesday, June 26 / 4:00p-6:00p / $50 per person / $42.50 per person, wine club; Create a majestic painting expressing your senses while enjoying our award winning wines, with artisan cheese and our picturesque views.

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Desperado- An Eagles Tribute! – Friday, June 14 / 6:00p-10:00p / Tickets and info available here

Reggae Fest – Friday, June 28 / 6:00p-10:00p / Tickets and info available here

Lorimar Winery

Epicurean Cooking Demonstration – “The Perfect Picnic” – Wednesday, June 5 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 per person, plus tax / $20 per person, plus tax, wine club members; Once a month, Lorimar Winery will be holding an entertaining and interactive cooking demonstration incorporating the unique items from our very own Epicurean display located in our gift shop.  Take your cooking to the next level with great items such as spicy marinades, gourmet compotes, robust aioli, infused oils and more!  Join us this month for “The Perfect Picnic” – Great picnic pairings that you don’t want to miss!  Admission entitles you to tastings of demoed food & our recommended wine pairing.  Along with exclusive prices on wine and gift shop items.  Get your tickets by e-mailing events@lorimarwinery.com, calling 951-694-6699 ext. 104 or going to the wine country tasting room!

Father’s Day Grill Master Competition – Sunday, June 17 / 2:00p-5:00p / $30 per person, plus tax / $25 per person, plus tax, wine club / $20 per person, plus tax, children (includes soda instead of wine); You be the judge!  This Father’s Day bring your Dad to Lorimar’s Grill Masters Competition.  Judge 4 talented contestents while they fight for the trophy and bragging rights of being awarded title of Lorimar Winery’s 2013 Grill Master! Ticket price includes a sample from all 4 contestants grills, 2 sides, 1 glass of wine and live music by The Mercedes Moore Band. To purchase tickets, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104

Movie in the Vines – “Dirty Dancing” – Monday, June 24 / movie begins at sunset (approximately 8:30p) / Wine Bar and Concession stand will open at 6:00p / Bring your own beach chair or blanket.  No RSVP necessary / No outside wine or alcohol permitted / This film is rated PG-13 / Films are subject to change without notice.


Monte De Oro Winery

Annual Breakfast with the Balloons – Friday and Saturday, June 1 & 2 / 6:30a – Coffee reception / 7:00a-9:30a – Breakfast / $34.95 per person / $28.95 per person, wine club members / $14.95 per person, children 3-12.


Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music – Saturday, June 1 / 3:00p-7:00p

Valley Young Professionals Poker Tournament – Saturday, June 8 / 6:00p-11:00p / Click here for ticket information.

Father’s Day at Shorty’s Bistro – Sunday, June 16 / 11:00a-5:00p


Ponte Family Estate Winery

Father’s Day BBQ Cookout – Sunday, June 16 / 11:00a-6:00p / Join us at The Restaurant at Ponte for Father’s Day.  They will be serving their regular menu, with a BBQ special for Father’s Day.  Reservations highly recommended by calling 951-694-8855.


South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Texaco Country Showdown After Party & Concert – Saturday, June 29 / Gates open at 5:30pm; What do Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw all have in common? Their careers all started with Texaco Country Showdown! 2013 promises to unveil several new all stars and you can be part of its history!  South Coast Winery Resort & Spa teamed up with GO COUNTRY 105 FM to bring you this ultimate Texaco Country Showdown AFTER PARTY!  Get up close and personal with this year’s finalists for a concert and celebration of unparalleled magic.  Ticket are on sale here or call 866.994.6379


Thornton Winery

BBQ Cooking Class – Saturday, June 8 / 2:30p / $70 per person

Wine & Cheese Class – Sunday, June 9 / 1:00p-2:00p / $45 per person / $40.50 per person, wine club; Sample four power matches with cheese and Thornton’s white and red wines.

Live Music at Cafe Champagne – Fridays, June 7 & 28 / 6:00p-9:00p / Sundays, June 9 & 30 / 12:30p-3:30p The first and last Fridays of the month we are spicing things up with some live music.  We have also added selected Sunday afternoon’s.  No cover.  Artists include: Missy Anderson, Michael Leclerc and Jackie Bristow.

Champagne Jazz Series – Hiroshima & Vincent Ingala / Sunday, June 2 / 4:00p; Michael McDonald / Friday, June 14 / 7:30p; David Sanborn & Bob James / Saturday, June 15 / 7:00p; Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with special guests Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot / Sunday, June 23 / 4:00p; Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy / Saturday, June 29 / 7:00p


Wiens Family Cellars

Summer Concert Series – Big Country with Mike Peters – Friday, June 28 / 6:00p-10:00p / Tickets start at $45 per person / Concert series at Wiens Cellars outdoor amphitheater.  Live music, food, great wine, tons of fun! Tickets can be purchased here


Wilson Creek Winery

Cigar Night 
Sunday, June 9 / 6:30p-9:30p / $140 per person / $90 per person, wine club / $110 per person, guests of wine club members. Leave your worries behind and join us for an evening of cigars and live music, fine wine and a luscious five-course wine paired dinner. Reservations required.


Get to Know… South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The Story

Owner Jim Carter

In the mid-90s, inspired by the movie “A Walk in the Clouds,” entrepreneur and developer, Jim Carter, fell in love with Temecula Valley and opened South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. South Coast has grown into the largest and one of the most celebrated wineries in all of Southern California and is now celebrating a decade of success this June 2013!

To mark this occasion, South Coast Winery has many special 10–year activities planned throughout the summer, including luxurious getaway and entertainment offerings at the resort. In addition, the popular winery is offering a limited-release, 10-year anniversary wine that will include an artisanal blend of the “best of the best” red varietals grown on the winery’s 600+ acres of sustainable Southern California vineyards.

10-year anniversary festivities will culminate on June 29, 2013, as Go Country 105 FM shines the country music spotlight on South Coast Winery for an After-Party Concert, with top contenders from this summer’s nationwide Texaco Country Music Showdown Competition. Tickets are on sale now at WineResort.com.

The Wines

Offering an incredible selection of wines from unique sparkling rosés to red blends and everything in between, South Coast’s award-winning lineup is always impressive. From its deep, dark reds to crisp whites, a visit to this Rancho California Road winery pleases all wine enthusiasts. Looking for a perfect June bottle? Try everyone’s favorite summer sipper, NV South Coast Winery California Girl White Table Wine.

Shop South Coast’s online wine store here!

Winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores

Tasting Room & Winery

The tasting room is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm. Visit Monday – Friday for $5 off the weekend tasting flight — it’s just $15 for 5 tastes, souvenir wine glass included ($20 on weekends). Check out Happy Hour food and drink specials, too!

More tasting room info available here!


Grapeseed Spa

Open seven days a week, The Grapeseed Spa at South Coast is the only full-service spa in Temecula Valley wine country. Offering innovative wine-based treatments, spa cuisine, state-of-the-art fitness center, private and group yoga + wine classes and couples treatments, The Grapeseed Spa is legendary. Learn more here or call 951-587-9463 to book an appointment.


Vineyard Rose Restaurant

The Vineyard Rose Restaurant is one of the only fine dining restaurants in wine country, offering the freshest locally-grown ingredients and paired with South Coast’s award-winning wines. The elegant Tuscan-inspired dining room, bar and terrace create the perfect setting for any occasion. Learn more here or call 866-994-6379

Check out exclusive shots below of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s new three-storey all-suite hotel! Just opened in March 2013, this boutique property features 50 spacious guest suites, offering up to 850 square feet of wine country luxury. Each suite comes complete with a fireplace, soothing tub, and peaceful lanai deck nestled amongst the vineyards.

New hotel!

Opened March 2013









Wine Country Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Easy Lemon-Dill Sauce and Asparagus

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Grilled Salmon with Easy Lemon-Dill Sauce and Asparagus

Recipe Courtesy of Wilson Creek Winery

Perfect for warm summer nights, this weekday meal is simple, quick and balanced. It has a lightness and lemony tang that refreshes and doesn’t weigh down the palate.

Pair this dish with…

While Wilson Creek pairs this with their Family Reserve Syrah, if you’re looking for a white – try a Sauvignon Blanc! Top choices include Callaway’s 2010 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc or Falkner’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.


2.5 lbs. fresh wild salmon fillets or steaks
1 lb. fresh asparagus
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons of fresh dill
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon


Prepare a charcoal or gas-fired grill. If using a charcoal grill, group hot coals on one side of the grill base. Chop dill.  Remove woody end of asparagus by cutting off last inch of the stalk or snapping at the base. Season salmon generously on both sides with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place asparagus onto a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle asparagus with olive oil and juice from half the lemon, and turn with tongs to coat evenly. Place salmon directly over hot coals or on lowest shelf of charcoal grill for 2 minutes to sear, then move to a higher shelf (gas grill) or across from the coals (charcoal grill). Add asparagus with salmon on the grill and cook covered for about 10 minutes (five minutes on each side, depending on thickness of salmon.) For best results, do not cook past medium.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add sour cream, dill, paprika, salt & pepper and juice from 1/2 lemon and mix thoroughly. After salmon and asparagus have been removed from the grill and cooled slightly, pour lemon-dill sauce over salmon as well as over asparagus if desired, and garnish with fresh lemon and dill sprigs.

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