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Get to Know… Baily Winery

Thursday, August 29th, 2013















The Story

Baily Winery is one of Temecula’s oldest wineries, founded in 1986. Owner and winemaker Phil Baily has produced hand-crafted premium vintage wines for over 25 years, and all made from grapes grown on his property in the Temecula Valley.  Their wine-making philosophy is simple: Baily makes wines that they personally like to drink. Their grapes grow on 28 acres of land across four different locations in Temecula Valley.

The Wines

Baily makes and sells all the Temecula Valley favorites including Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and plenty of classic red blends, such as Meritage. For the full list of Baily wines, visit the wine store.


The Vineyards

Mother’s Vineyard

The first acre of Mother’s Vineyard was planted by the Baily family on Mother’s Day in 1982. Expanded in 1983, it now comprises five and one-half acres, all planted to the Riesling variety. The grapes have the classic apricot flavor prized in Riesling.

Berenda Vineyard

Planted primarily to Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon (five and one-half acres), Cabernet Franc (two acres), Merlot (two acres), Sauvignon Blanc (two acres) and Semillon (one acre), this vineyard was planted in 1968 and purchased by the Baily family in 1994. In 2005, one and one-half acres of Malbec and two and one-half acres of Sangiovese were planted.

La Serena Vineyard

Comprised of one and one-half acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Sauvignon Blanc, these grapevines are the ones you see at the visitor center. Grown on sandy/clay soil, they produce wines with exceptionally fruity varietal aromas.

Los Amantes Vineyard

Planted by Phil & Carol’s son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Kim, this vineyard has two acres of Chardonnay and two acres of Muscat Blanc. The soil is decomposed granite and well-drained, producing grapes with intense varietal aroma.


The Tasting Room

  • 33440 La Serena Way (Corner of Rancho California Road) in the heart of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.
  • Open from 11 to 5 daily, 10 to 5 on Saturdays
  • Call 951-676-WINE (9463)
  • $10 per person weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays
  • Taste any 6 different wines, (no restrictions) – click here for the tasting menu.


New! Private Estate Club Tasting

Private tasting experiences for up to 12 people are now available at the new exclusive Estate Club located at the production facility, hosted by owner and winemaker Phil Baily. This appointment-only experience features a library tasting with personal attention conducted in a beautifully appointed, intimate setting.  Included is a tour of the production facility at one of the few wineries in this Region where every bottle of wine is estate grown and bottled.

Appointment Only – call 951.676.9463 for availability.
Price $40 per person. Payment is due in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. No shared tastings.


Carol’s Restaurant

Carol’s is a much-loved wine country restaurant located on the Baily winery property.  The perfect lunch spot in wine country, Carol’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating.  Recently, they have introduced a full dinner menu, available on Saturday evenings. If you’re a dog-lover, be sure to stop by every Sunday for Carol’s “Dog Day Sundays” to enjoy live music and special treats.

Open for lunch Thursday & Friday, 11am-2:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm | Open Saturday nights for dinner from 5-8:30pm

Lunch menu | Dinner menu



September Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


Don’t miss out on Temecula Valley’s once-a-year SIP Passport and annual wine & food showcase CRUSH – tickets are on sale now and going fast!  See below for all the details —

September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.

  • What:  Discount voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. See TemeculaWines.org for details.

  • Tickets:  $35 per person for SIP Passport (a $60-80 value); tickets, various transportation and overnight packages are all available here!

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

  • When:  Saturday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m.

  • Where:  Callaway Winery: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

  • What:  Upscale gala event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from 18 local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.

  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets and overnight packages are on sale now here!


September Winery Events

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s

  • Every Saturday 5:00p-8:00p
  • Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!  Live acoustic entertainment.

NEW! Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

  • Thursday-Sunday 11:00a-2:30p
  • Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.


Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays

  • September 25 6pm to 8pm, $35 pp, plus tax.  $32 pp, plus tax; wine club.
  • Visit with friends while decorating your own Halloween Wine Bottle Vase.
  • Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Eat, Drink, Stomp

  • Saturday; September 28 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • $79 pp / $69 Wine Club / $35/$30 for children 12 years old and younger. Children under 3 are free
  • Al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties & sangria

Live Music Fridays

  • Every Friday in September; Menu prices range from $6 to $23.
  • Wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert w/ recording artist Vini Contreas

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway

  • Every Sunday in September. No reservations required.
  • Lounge opens at 4p, with food available at 5p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm.  


Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music in the Barrel Room on Saturdays & Sundays

  • Sunday, September 1- Will Sumner
  • Saturday, September 7 – Chapman Stick Touchboard by Leo Gosselin
  • Sunday, September 8 – Don Brennan
  • Saturday, September 14 – Don Brennan
  • Sunday, September 15 – Leo Gosselin
  • Saturday, September 21 – Will Sumner
  • Sunday, September 22 – Steel drum, island vibe by Shaula Walko
  • Saturday, September 28 – Shaula Walso
  • Sunday, September 29 – Don Brennan

Europa Village

  • Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission / September 6 – Lindsey Carrier / September 13 – Radical Pie / September 20 – Cougrzz
  • Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / September 1 – Geoff Ryle  / September 8 – Jimmy Patton / September 15 – Matthew Fagan / September 22 – Leo Gosselin / September 29 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic
  • Comedy Night / Friday, September 13 / 7:30p / $15 per person- includes glass of wine (plus service charge and sales tax / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • La Tomatina Festival – Tomato Fight / Sunday, September 15 / 3:00p-7:00p / $49 per person / Tomato fight, live entertainment, food and souvenir t-shirt. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • Musical Wine Dinner – Italy – “Bella Notte” / Thursday, September 19 / 6:309-9:00p / $79 per person / 4-course wine paired meal with entertainment. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets. 


Falkner Winery

Free Jazz Sundays

  • Every Sunday in September 12:00p-3:00p.
  • Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe


VIP Vertical Tasting

  • September 21 10:30am to 12:30p
  • $45pp + tax; $35pp + tax members; 8 Cabernet Sauvignon wines.


Wine Appreciation Class

  • September 7 10:30a-2:30p.
  • Includes lunch, $65 pp +tax; members $60 pp + tax, VIP Club Members $20 pp+tax.
  • Call the winery at 951-676-8231 xt. 109 for reservations.


Frangipani Estate Winery

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

  • September 5, 5:30p-7:30p, $20 pp
  • Includes 5 wine and chocolate pairings.  RSVP required by September 3, e-mail sales@chickswithbark.com


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 pp; Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888


Leoness Cellars

Annual Grape Stomp

  • September 22, 6:00p-9:30p, $89 pp; $79 pp members
  • Includes Surf & Turf Buffet, 1 glass of wine, stomping, live music and dancing!
  • Reservations are required by e-mail to reservations@leonesscellars.com or by calling 951-302-7601 ext. 150.


Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

5p-8p Fridays & Saturdays / 2:00p-5:00p Sundays

  • September 1 – American Made
  • September 6 – Schultz & Hamilton
  • September 7 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 8 – Donna Jones
  • September 13 – Tim Cash
  • September 14 – TBD
  • September 15 – Izon Eden
  • September 20- Izon Eden
  • September 21- Big Truth
  • September 22 – Michael LeClerc
  • September 27 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 28 – Knight Wing
  • September 29 – Bill Magee

Live Music in Old Town

  • Saturday, September 7  6:00p-9:00p – Chuck Wyle
  • Saturday, September 21 / 6:00p-9:00p – Tim Cash

Epicurean Demonstration ~ Pasta & Sauce

  • September 4 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp / $20 pp, wine club
  • Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarywinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 1046

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • September 7 / 6:30p-9:00p / $75 pp / $65 pp, wine club
  • Reservations required.  To purchase tickets, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Saturday, September 21 / 4:00p-8:00p / $65 pp / $55 pp, wine club / $30 for 21 and under
  • Tickets include dinner. Purchase tickets in tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Movie in the Vines ~ Bottle Shock

  • Monday, September 23
  • Concessions and wine bar open at 6:00p / Movie begins at sunset.


Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music

  • Sunday, September 8 / 2:00p-6:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Grape Stomp

  • Sunday, September 22 / 11:00a-5:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

5150 ~ A Tribute to Van Halen, the Sammy Hagar Years

  • Friday, September 27 7:00p
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com


South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Blessing of the Wines Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 / 4:00p-7:00p / Adults: $55 / $50 Club / Children: $15
  • B.B.Q., face painting, tractor rides, live music, dancing, and  grape stomping contests!
  • Reservations Required; Buy your tickets now by calling  951-587-9463 X7210 or click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p
  • Wine Club Members, enjoy the tour for just $35 per person.   Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.
  • Don’t miss our Spooky Behind the Scenes Tours scheduled for October 26 thru 31st 4:30 to 5:30 – reservations A MUST

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

  • Mon-Fri, 4:00p-5:30p (Wednesdays, enjoy a live piano bar from 6:00p-9:00p).


Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

  • Saturday, September 14 / 7:00p – BWB ~ Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
  • Sunday, September 15 / 4:00p – Boz Scaggs
  • Sunday, September 22 / 4:00p – George Benson & Jessy J.

Live Music

  • September 1 – Diego Mondragon Duo
  • September 6 – Reggie Vision Valentine
  • September 7 – Vanessa Rogers
  • September 8 – Missy Anderson
  • September 13 – Big Truth
  • September 20 – Missy Anderson
  • September 21 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 27 – Mercedes Moore Band
  • September 28 – Master Splinter Acoustic
  • September 29 – Mark Renk



September Grape Stomps in Temecula Wine Country

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

In case you still didn’t know: September = Harvest Season all over California – and Temecula Valley is no exception.

To celebrate, several Temecula wineries throw annual grape stomps and early fall festivals for guests and wine-lovers all over Southern California!

Grape Stomping Festival at Ponte
Sunday, Sept. 29
Ponte Winery doesn’t merely give guests a chance to mash some small juicy orbs during their annual Grape Stomping Festival; they plan a full-on dinner buffet and day around the event. So figure you’ll have some sustenance awaiting you after you put in all of those strenuous minutes in the barrel; $95 per person. Ponte Family Estate is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-694-8855 or visit pontewinery.com.

Sip, Savor, Stomp at Wilson Creek
5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13
Sip on award-winning Wilson Creek wines, dine on a harvest buffet and stomp on grapes with your bare feet. The fun-filled evening will begin with a hayride to Merlot Mesa for a wine and cheese reception, followed by live music, grape stomping, and more. Tickets are $85 for general admission, $65 for wine club members, and $78 for guests of wine club members. Wilson Creek Winery is at 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-699-9463 or visit wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Annual Grape Stomp at Leoness
6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22
Wine, food, live music, dancing and a lot of grape stomping. Menu includes Surf & Turf buffet featuring tri-tip and lobster tails and one glass of wine. Tickets are $89 per person, $79 for wine club members. Leonesse Cellars is 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula. Call 951-302-7601, Ext. 150 or visit leonesscellars.com.

Eat Drink Stomp at Callaway
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Before dinner at Callaway Winery, get your heart rate up and grab your favorite partner for the grape stomp competitions and then dance the night away to live music on the courtyard. There will be a full al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties prepared by Executive Chef Michael Henry and the team at Meritage at Callaway. Tickets are $79 per person, $69 for wine club members, $35 for children 12 years old and younger, children under 3 are free. Callaway Winery is at 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Call 951-676-4001, 800-472-2377 or visit callawaywinery.com.

Blessing of the Wines, Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at South Coast
All day, Sept. 22
Celebration is in the air, and this one fun-for-the-entire family “blessing” you won’t want to miss. There’s a barbecue, face painting, tractor rides through the vineyards, live musical entertainment by Latin Jazz violinist Diego Mondragon, and his band, Savio Jazz, and of course, grape stomping contests. Tickets ($55 general admission, $50 for members, $15 for kids) include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food, plus the chance to win prizes. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-587-9463 or visit wineresort.com.

5th annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at Lorimar
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21

Lorimar Winery invites the public to this event featuring grape stomping, costume contest, live music and more, including $5 vineyard hay rides. Tickets include Dinner (served at 5 p.m.), dessert, and two drink tickets. Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Wine Club members, $30 for age 20 and younger. Lorimar Winery is at 39990 Anza Road, Temecula. Call (951) 694-6699 or visit lorimarwinery.com.

For daily harvest updates and lots of grape-picking action, tune in to our Facebook page!

*Info sourced from NBC’s Worth the Drive and Press Enterprise Blog




Tickets Going Fast for Temecula Valley’s California Wine Month September Festivities

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The 9th Annual California Wine Month sparks a month-long vinous celebration across the Golden State, and Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite wine-lovers from San Diego to Los Angeles to explore and experience the Southland’s premier wine country in two unique ways. All 35 wineries will celebrate with a saver September SIP Passport and 4th annual CRUSH~A Wine & Culinary Showcase, the region’s signature wine and food event of the year, held at the elegant Callaway Winery.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!

CRUSH at Callaway Winery


Event Details

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

  • When:  Saturday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m.

  • Where:  Callaway Winery: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

  • What:  Upscale event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from 18 local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.

  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are on sale now here!

  • Packages:  Enjoy the brand-new Farm House Restaurant at the Temecula Creek Inn and book a tour with Grapeline Wine Tours to make the weekend even more special and safe.  Overnight package includes one-night stay and two tickets to CRUSH. For more info and to book, click here.

    Winemaker’s Roundtable

    Gourmet Food from 18 Local Restaurants


September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.
  • What:  Voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. Click here for details.

  • Tickets:  $35 per person for SIP Passport (a $60-80 value); tickets, various transportation and overnight packages are all available here.

  • Packages: Newly-renovated Temecula Creek Inn and the charming B&B, The Inn at Europa, offer discount Sip & Stay packages throughout September.  Additionally, visitors may book a Sip, Stay & Ride Packages with one of wine country’s trusted transportation partners, like Grapeline Wine Tours, Sunset Limo or West Coast Chauffeur.  For more details and to book, click here.

September is harvest season in Temecula Valley wine country



Two Temecula Winemakers Make the Top 100 in US

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Exciting news! Two of Temecula Valley’s most prolific winemakers have been included in the “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers” list, recently compiled by IntoWine.com.

Here are the highlights on the celebrated Temecula Valley winemakers, Joe Hart (Hart Winery) and Jon McPherson (South Coast Winery)by Michael Cervin

80-Joe Hart. Quiet and unassuming, Hart Winery is an earlier pioneer of the Temecula Valley, outside of San Diego, and Hart was only the fourth person to start a winery here. He has spent over 30 years as a champion for the Temecula wine region. Hart Winery capitalizes on the soils and climate at 1,500 feet above sea level to produce the premium varietals like Merlot, Fume´ Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Rose´, Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.”

67-Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery in Temecula oversees a dizzying portfolio of red, white, sweet and sparkling wines, helping to elevate the image of the Temecula wine region and Southern California. Named California Winery of the Year for three years by the California State Fair, he has affected the perception of Southern California winemaking, and in the process has become one of the regions most awarded, and popular wineries in Temecula.

Check out IntoWine.com’s full list of Top 100 Most Influential US Winemakers here.

About the list – “This list is all about winemakers, those currently making wine here in America – not the great ones who have come before, but folks who make wines you can find now. There are some 7,000 bonded wineries in the U.S., and there’s a lot of forgettable wine being made. And in a world of homogenization of wine styles and a sense that our domestic wine industry is not legitimate without a French or Italian flair, we desire to promote regional flavor profiles of all American wine craftspeople. There are names here you’ll know and recognize, and names you never heard of but everyone on this list is influencing the public, fellow winemakers and the media in large and small ways.” – Michael Cervin, wine writer

IntoWine.com is a comprehensive site for the wine enthusiast, with sections on wine regions, varietals, wine recommendations, wine storage, wine & food pairings and much more.

















Pictures sourced from John Hunneman, Press-Enterprise: http://blog.pe.com/2013/07/29/temecula-two-local-winemakers-among-the-u-s-s-most-influential/



Wine Country Recipe: Pecan-Crusted Halibut with Papaya Salsa

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Courtesy of Wilson Creek Winery, here’s a new recipe from The Creekside Grill’s Executive Chef Steve Stawinski. This light fish dish pairs well with Wilson Creek Winery’s 2012 Roussanne.



2 – 7 ounce halibut portions

Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

2 large eggs

2 cups pecan halves, crumbled either by hand or in a food processor

Kosher salt and white or black pepper

1.5 oz canola oil



1 ripe Hawaiian papaya

1 medium, ripe Roma tomato

1 small red onion

1/2 jalapeno

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice



Peel the papaya and cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Dice the papaya into 1/2” cubes and put into a bowl. Cut the tomato in half lengthwise and squeeze out the seeds. Cut into 1/4” cubes and add to the bowl. Peel and dice the red onion and add to the bowl. Chop the jalapeno and add to the bowl along with the cilantro. Add the lime juice and stir to combine. Let sit for at least 20 minutes to marry the flavors together.



Whisk eggs in medium bowl to scramble. Season the halibut with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shake off extra. Place in the egg and coat thoroughly then coat with pecans. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet. Cook halibut in the pan over medium heat until golden. Turn the halibut over and continue to cook until second side is golden and fish is cooked through. Remove from the pan and rest on a clean kitchen or paper towel for 3 minutes.

Serve topped with the Papaya salsa. Enjoy!


Did you know?

Creekside Grille has a gluten-free menu! Not only does the restaurant staff work hard to give you excellent food and epic service, they genuinely care about your well-being. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder triggered by consuming the gluten protein. (According to the National Foundation for Celieac Awareness, NFCA). People who are sensitive to gluten (found in wheat, barley & rye) or who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease have the opportunity to enjoy a delectable lunch with friends and family while wine tasting at Wilson Creek. All of their wines are gluten-free too — cheers!

Super tasty gluten-free dishes include Roasted Shelton Chicken, Summer Succotash with Rosemary Roasting Jus.

View the complete summer menu here: www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/restaurant



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