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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Monte de Oro

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

The Story

“Vines, Wine, Peo­ple” – that was the prin­ci­ple when a group of wine-loving investors from across Amer­ica, South Africa and the United King­dom got together to found Monte De Oro Win­ery in 2002. This beautiful Rancho California winery and vineyard uses a com­bi­na­tion of 21st cen­tutry inno­va­tion and centuries-old tra­di­tion in an environmentally-responsible approach to grow­ing its grapes and mak­ing qual­ity Temecula wine.

 

The Wines

Monte de Oro produces wines true to the vari­etal and regional characteristics of Temecula Valley. The winery grows more than a dozen different grape varietals, including Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot, Viog­nier, Zin­fan­del, Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay, Sauvi­gnon Blanc, and Mus­cat Canelli; along with Tem­pranillo, Petite Ver­dot, Mal­bec, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Mourve­dre, and Cinsault.

Monte de Oro owns and operates four Temecula vineyards: Vista del Monte, DePortola, Galway and a newer forth vineyard. In all, Monte De Oro Win­ery has a total of 72 acres of vine­yards and are proud to harvest estate-grown grapes for wine production.

Sixty-six per­cent of Monte De Oro’s grapes are red and thirty-four percent white. This pro­vides a broad array of qual­ity wines for Monte De Oro Win­ery while also reflect­ing the founding group’s per­sonal wine preference.

To learn more about Monte de Oro wines, visit the online wine store here.

 

Sustainable Grape-Growing

Monte De Oro is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able grape-growing and wine-making, from the vineyards to the winery facility. Instead of rely­ing on the high energy con­sump­tion required for an above-ground wine bar­rel facil­ity, Monte De Oro exca­vated a 9,000 sq. ft. base­ment below ground, to uti­lize the nat­ural envi­ron­ment and aes­thet­ics of the build­ing struc­ture in order to main­tain a proper, con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture and con­stant humid­ity. This dra­mat­i­cally reduces the need for elec­tric­ity needed in an above-ground facility.

To cap­i­tal­ize on the sunny locale, Monte De Oro has also made plans to incor­po­rate into its site design (park­ing lot and even­tual crush pad) instal­la­tion of solar pan­els to allow for solar-generated elec­tric­ity in the near future.

 

The Tasting Room

The tasting room at Monte de Oro has a sophis­ti­cated and ele­gant ambiance. Visitors can enjoy the view of the bar­rel cel­lar from above through the glass-floored tast­ing room; and the 180 degree panoramic view of Temec­ula Wine Coun­try from the out­side patio.

Stan­dard Tast­ing — 6 Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $12
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $14

Black Label Tast­ing — 6 Stan­dard Tastes plus 3 Black Label Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $18
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $20

The tast­ing room is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm. For more information on tastings and tours, click here.

 

Events

Monte de Oro Winery always offers unique and exciting winery events! Click here for their full events calendar.

 

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October Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Come to Temecula wine country this October to experience amazing fall events, outdoor concerts, tastings and of course – Halloween parties!  See below for a list of top October winery events —

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s

  • Every Saturday during dinner 5:00p-8:00p
  • Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.
  • October 5 – Waylon Hicks Project
  • October 12 – Paradygm Shift
  • October 19 – Nite Owls
  • October 26 – Halloween Dance Party

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.

Dog Day Sunday for Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild

  • Sunday, October 20 12:00p-3:00p
  • Silent Auction, Raffle and Specialty Vendors.
  • Bring your well mannered, dolled up doggies in costume, prizes for best dog costumes

 

Bel Vino Winery

11th Annual Clambake

  • Saturday, October 12 6:30p-10:00p
  • Call (951) 676-6414 for reservations.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays October 30 6pm to 8pm

  • October ~ Fall Dining ~ At this month’s event:
    • Visit with friends while creating napkin rings for Fall. $35 pp+tax. $32 pp+tax-wine club.
    • Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Harvest Dinner featuring Winemaker Craig Larson and Executive Chef Michael Henry

  • Saturday, October 26  6:30p-9:30p  $120 pp+tax / $108 pp+tax-member
  • Wine reception with winemaker Craig Larson
  • 5-course meal paired with Callaway wine.
  • Reservations are required call 951-676-4001

Live Music Fridays at Meritage at Callaway

  • 6:00p-8:00p

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway

  • Sangria, Tapas Specials & Live Music from 5:00p-7:00p

 

Danza del Sol Winery

  • Friday, October 11  6:00p-8:00p $45pp / $40.50pp wine club
  • Cooking demo, small plates by The M Group, wine pairings & special wine discounts provided.
  • RSVP Only! Call Kelly at (951) 302-6363 ext. 26

Danza del La Muerte Halloween Party

  • Wednesday, October 23  5:00p-9:45p
  • Food, live music provided by Missy Anderson and a costume contest
  • $12 pp+tax / $10 p/member + guest + tax / $8 industry / inter-winery.

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission

  • October 4 – Soul & Jazz Infusion
  • October 11 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge
  • October 18 – Finite Wisdom
  • October 25 – Lifetime Rocker

Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission

  • October 6 – Britt Doehring
  • October 13 – Michael Sierras
  • October 20 – Melissa
  • October 27 – Geoff Ryle

Wine Education Class

  • Friday, October 11 / 4:30p-6:00p / $40 pp 3 consecutive classes
  • Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.

Paint & Palate Event, Celebrating Picasso’s Birthday

  • Thursday, October 17 / 11:00a-2:00p / $35 pp

 

Doffo Winery

Classy Thunderbird Cars

  • Sat Oct 19, 1:30p
  • Enjoy these amazing cars w/ glass of Doffo Wine in the Moto-Barrel Room
  • Free entry
  • Cheese plates: Prosciutto, Salame, Cheese, Olives and Chimichurri

 

 

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; Includes 2 1/2 hours with a wine specialist with at least 12 wine tastings
  • Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

 

Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

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

    • October 4 – X-Ray Cats
    • October 5 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
    • October 6 – Mercedes Moore Band
    • October 11 – Big Truth
    • October 12 – Bill Magee
    • October 13 – Knight Wing
    • October 14 – Brent Buffan and the Ride
    • October 19 – Michael Le Clerc
    • October 20 – Brent Buffan
    • October 25- Michael Le Clerc
    • October 26- Mercedes Moore Band
    • October 27 – Danielle Tayor

Live Music in Old Town

  • October 5 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 12 – Tim Cash
  • October 19 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 26 – Mark Renk

Epicurean Demonstration-Squash Soup, Pumpkin Seeds, Spagetti Squash, and more!

  • Wednesday, October 2 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp+tax / $20 pp+tax, club
  • Admission entitles you to taste all demoed food, recommended wine pairing & a recipe card to take home.
  • Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarywinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 1046

Scary Movie in the Vines

  • Monday, October 21
  • Concessions and wine bar open at 6:00p
  • Film begins at 8:00p. Bring your own beach chair or blanket.

The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Saturday, October 26 / 5:00p-8:00p
  • Carve your own pumpkin for a chance to win some GREAT prizes!
  • We provide the pumpkins and the tools. Costumes are encouraged!

Halloween Party – Night of the Living Wine-O’s

  • Thursday, October 31 / 7:00p-11p
  • Wine specials, karaoke, live music and more!
  • $10 cover – Gets you a glass of Spooky Sangria and a pass at our Taco Bar.
  • Dress to thrill!! Compete for best costume and wine great prizes.

 

Monte De Oro Winery

Masquerade Winemakers Dinner – Wine Club Member

  • Friday, October 18th 2013, 6:30p
  • Celebrate the end of Harvest & Halloween New Orleans’ Style
  • 5-course meal paiews w/ new wine releases
  • Costumes optional – masks required (until we eat!)

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music Featuring ABACUS

  • 2:00p to 6:00p  Sun, Oct 6, 2013
  • Venue: Mount Palomar Winery
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Oktoberfest

  • 10:00a to 7:00p Sun, Oct 20, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Halloween Spooky Spectacular

  • 6:00p to 10:00p Fri, Oct 25, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 ext118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Live Music Featuring ABACUS

  • 2:00p to 6:00p Sun, Oct 27, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Woofs & Purrs in the Vines

  • Sunday, October 13 / 12:00p-4:00p
  • $35 donation: receive a logo glass with glass of wine, lunch & live music.
  • Help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)

  • Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Half price Mimosas, Spumante Diamante Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Group Therapy & Sangria
  • Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines

  • Every Sunday during football season 12pm – 3pm in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
  • Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

9th Annual Wild Women of Wine Country ~ Susan G. Komen – IE Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Registration begins at 10:00a
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
  • Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and enter the outrageous PINK shoe contest!
  • For Reservations, please call: 951.587.9463 x7210 or online here

Wine Country Concert Under the Stars with K-FROG FM

  • Friday, October 11 / Gates Open at 6p
  • With singer/songwriter Matt Rogers and his band
  • Fresh grilled food, award winning wines, and prizes
  • Cost is $20/GA and $25pp VIP Tickets with Meet & Greet .
  • For reservations, please call: 951.587.9463

Haunted Winemakers Dinner

  • Saturday, October 19 / 6pm Check-in / $100pp / $95pp Wine Club
  • Haunted Winemakers Dinner comes complete with:
  • “Ghoulish”4-course menu
  • “Chilling” libations raised up from the dark shadows of our Wine Cellars
  • “Spooktacular” musical entertainment & Tarot card readings “Goose Bumps” and costumes optional
  • Reservations are required. Call: 951.587.9463

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp/$35 member
  • Stroll the vineyards & the winery where the magic begins
  • Walking wine tour w/ private, plated wine & cheese pairing with Wine Concierge.
  • Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Haunted Wine Tours

  • Offered daily: October 26 thru October 31 Only – 4:30-5:30p, Cost is just $45/$40 club
  • Behind the Scenes Wine Tour with a Spooky Twist.
  • Music and special lighting heighten the senses for this private, limited time wine pairing.
  • Reserve early by calling 951-587-WINE X7262

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

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

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

  • Sunday, October 6 / 4:00p – Jesse Cook – $65 pp; $130 pp gourmet supper package
  • Sunday, October 13 / 4:00p – Keiko Matsui -$65 pp; $130 pp gourmet supper package
  • Sunday, October 20 / 4:00p – Brian Culbertson – $75 pp; $140 pp gourmet supper package

Live Music
Fridays 6p-9p / Saturdays 1p-4p

  • October 4 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 5 – Lady Truth
  • October 11 – Brent Buffan and the Ride
  • October 12 – Master Splinter Acoustic
  • October 18 – Oceans of Sand
  • October 19 – Soupster
  • October 25 – Sahaifa and the Good Thing
  • October 26 – David and Olivia
  • October 27 – David and Olivia (12:30p-4:00p)

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Class

  • Saturday, October 12 / 3:00p-4:30p / $35 pp, inclusive
  • Sous Chef Sara Costello will demonstrate basic techniques for creating cupcakes
  • Reservations required by calling (951) 699-0099.
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Wine Country Recipe: Deep Dish Apple Tarte Tatin

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Recipe provided by Europa Village and The Inn at Europa Village Executive Chef Dean Thomas.

This seasonal dessert recipe is a fall classic in France, but is simple enough to put together on a weeknight – all you need are four ingredients!

Apple Tart Tatin

Ingredients:

3 each firm Granny Smith or Gala Apples

6 Tbsp sugar in the Raw

1/4 stick of butter (2 tbsp)

6 Tbsp pie dough or puff pastry dough

Vanilla bean ice cream (optional)

 

Method of Preparation:

Begin by peeling and coring the apples; cut the apples in half or quarters; place into either an individual large muffin pan or a 10-inch deep dish cake pan.  Top with the butter and sugar in the raw.  Cover with the dough and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until apples and sugar have caramelized.  Remove from the oven and cover the dough with a large size pan, immediately turn upside down and allow the tart to fall.  Allow to cool to room temperature and serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream or crème Anglaise.

Pair with Europa Village’s Bolero Cellars 2011 Muscat Canelli

 

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Save the Date! Harvest Celebration Weekend, Nov 2 and 3 – Discounted Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Come join us for Temecula Valley’s final passport event of the year!

Harvest Celebration Weekend is November 2-3.

 

There’s just 10 days left to purchase tickets for $10 off! Now through 10/2.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association presents the 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration, on November 2 and 3, 2013.

  • Visit 30+ wineries over the course of two days
  • Sample perfectly paired gourmet food
  • Sip on tank and barrel tastings of future vintages
  • Taste finished bottled wine with the winemakers
  • 10am-4:30 Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets are $89 until Oct 2; $99 thereafter
  • Sunday-Only/Locals Tickets are $79

 

Each passport ticket comes with a souvenir logo wine glass, a winery map and a pairing menu listing the wines and foods offered at all participating Rancho California and De Portola Road wineries.

PLUS!  You can vote for the Best Winery Scarecrow for a chance to WIN 4 TICKETS to the next World of Wine Winter Barrel Tasting event on March 1 & 2, 2014.

Click Here to Purchase Your Harvest Passport Ticket Now or call 800.801.9463 to order your tickets by phone.  Tickets will sell out – so get yours today!

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