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Temecula Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) fun wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, California we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a viognier compliment a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a chardonnay; and light pinot grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Chardonnay; $18.00

Danza Del Sol Winery, 2011 Pinot Grigio; $21.56

Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier; $21.00

 

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar 2006 Sangiovese; $25.00

Leoness Cellars 2010 Zinfandel; $38.95

Doffo Vineyards 2011 Syrah; $49.00

 

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; $20.00

Monte De Oro Winery 2007 Merlot; $27.00

Wiens 2008 Reserve Tempranillo-Petite Sirah; $49.00

 

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with a sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Oak Mountain’s port has a nutty honeyed flavor to perfectly compliment the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie. And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Keyways Vineyard Winery 2012 Moscato; $19.00

Oak Mountain Winery Port; $29.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49

 

One Meal, One Wine

On a wine-buying budget? Or just looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2010 Chenin Blanc; $12.95

Miramonte Winery 2010 Grenache Rose; $17.50

Falkner Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $18.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 “80/20” Cabernet/Shiraz Blend; $35.00 | 15% discount for a case

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November Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

There is so much happening in Temecula Valley in the Fall. In November, we can look forward to the holidays coming up! Enjoy the cool air outdoors or cozy up inside a tasting room. Listen to some live music and drink to your heart’s desire. Temecula Valley is loaded with wine experiences this month, so don’t miss out!

Harvest Celebration Weekend, November 2 and 3

Temecula Valley’s 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Weekend + Scarecrow Contest is November 2 and 3 – and tickets are going fast!

Purchase your tickets to our final wine country passport event of the year here or call 800-801-9463.

  • Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3; 10a-4:30p
  • $99 passport to sip and nosh at 35 wineries
  • Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country
  • Sample new wines from the barrel that are not available to the public
  • Overnight and “safe ride” packages available

 

 

Winery Events

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!
  • Live entertainment, doggie menus, treats and prizes.

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 Winery

Women & Wine Wednesday

  • November 20 / 6p to 8p/ $35 pp / $32 pp members
  • Callaway wines & light dinner
  • Make your own Wine Cork tree ornament.
  • Reservations & pre-payment required Call: 951-676-4001.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Dia De Paella & Wine Festival

  • November 9 / 11:00a-5:00p / $75 pp; $65 pp wine club
  • Paella tastings, wine tastings, grape stomp
  • Music by Melissa Miro Quesada and Latin Sol Band
  • Click here for tickets and more info

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

6:00p-9:00p / Free admission

  • November 1 – Cougrzz
  • November 8 – Barstow Prophets
  • November 15 – Radical Pie
  • November 22 – Alaina Blair

Sunday Entertainment

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

  • November 10 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic

Veteran’s Day Event

  • Monday, November 11 / 1:00p-4:00p
  • FREE performance by 2nd Hand Brass Band

Musical Wine DinnerInternational – “Amuse Bouche”

  • Thursday, November 14 / 6:30p-9:00p / $85pp
  • 4-course wine paired dinner w/ entertainment
  • Call 951-216-3380 for tickets

Wine Education Class #2

  • Friday, November 15 / 4:30p-6:00p / $15pp
  • Call 951-216-3380 for reservations

Vive Bene – Antidote to Black Friday

  • Friday, November 29 / 5:00p-8:00p / Free
  • Live holiday entertainment and shopping event

 

Frangipani Winery

Dia De Paella & Wine Festival

  • November 9 / 11:00a-5:00p / $75 pp; $65 pp member
  • Paella tastings, wine tastings, grape stomp
  • Music by Melissa Miro Quesada & Latin Sol Band
  • Click here for tickets and more info

 

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: 951-302-7888

 

Leoness Cellars

Live Entertainment

  • Fridays & Sundays
  • November 1 – Tim Cash
  • November 3- Melissa Musika
  • November 8- Dave Cho
  • November 10 – Leo Gosselin
  • November 15 – Peter Lehr
  • November 17 – Bill Fedak
  • November 22 – Jessie Smith
  • November 24 – Desert Rose
  • November 29 – Schultz & Hamilton

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • November 16 / 6:30p / $106 + tax / members $96 + tax
  • 5 course wine paired dinner
  • Call 951-302-7601 ext. 150

 

Lorimar Winery

Birds of a Feather Epicurean Cooking Demo & Wine Pairing

  • November 6 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp / members $20 pp
  • Beer Can Chicken, Turkey Dumpling Soup and More!
  • Email events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Movie in the Vines / The Big Lebowski

  • Monday, November 25 / 6:00p

Black Friday Shopping Event

  • Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1 / All day

 

Live Music in Wine Country

  • Fridays-Sundays
  • November 1 – Alien Bees
  • November 2 – Shoot 4 Tuezday
  • November 3 – Master Splinter and the Shredders Unplugged
  • November 8 – Shultz & Hamilton
  • November 9 – Oceans of Sand
  • November 10 – Tim Cash
  • November 15 – Bluefish
  • November 16 – Rhandi & Associates
  • November 17 – Buzz Campbell
  • November 22- Sharifa and the Good Thing
  • November 23- Donna Jones
  • November 24 – Izon Eden
  • November 29 – Big Truth
  • November 30 – Mercedes Moore Band

 

Live Music in Old Town

  • November 2 / 6:00p-9:00p – Jason Weber
  • November 9 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • November 16 – Soupster
  • November 23 – Donna Jones
  • November 30 – Missy Andersen

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class

  • Friday, November 8 / 6p-9p / $65 pp
  • Catering’s Chef Michael Cragg is the instructor
  • For menu and more details, click here.

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • Friday, November 15 / 6:00p-9:00 / $95 pp / $85 pp member
  • Featuring Chef Michael, from the Ritz Carlton
  • Call 951-699-9102 or by e-mail to vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.
  • Tickets are also available online by clicking here.

Shop Till You Drop

  • Friday, November 29 / 6:00p-9:00p
  • Enjoy live music, food and wine while you shop
  • For more information, call 951-699-9102.

 

Ponte Winery

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant

  • Thursday, November 28 / 4:30p-8:30p
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant
  • Reservations are required by calling (951) 676-7898.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Happiest Hours: 

  • WINOS – Women In Need Of Serenity
  • Every Monday through Thursday between 11:30am & 2:30pm
  • $2 off appetizers and half-priced mimosas, sangria and wines.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Vintage Vantage

  • Need a mid-week boost?
  • Mon – Thur 11:30a to 3p
  • Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and up.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Sunday’s Divas in D’Vines

  • From 12-3pm every Sunday during football season
  • Ladies enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria and wine.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Marvelous Mondays

  • From 5:30p to 9p each week.
  • Enjoy half-priced bottles of select featured wines with purchase of 2 entrees.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Wine Down Wednesdays

  • Enjoy live music w/ pianist Blecie Hopkins
  • Half-priced select appetizers
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Thursday Night Mixers

  • Wine Press Tasting Room
  • Thursday Nights 6:00p to 9:00p / $10
  • Click here for more details.

Thanksgiving Feast

  • November 28 from 11a – 9p.
  • Chef’s specialty four-course Thanksgiving Day Menus
  • Call 951-491-8077 or visit here for details.

 

Thornton Winery

Harvest Cooking Class

  • Saturday, November 16 / 2:30p / $70 pp inclusive
  • Learn to make a Salad, Soup, “Candied” Pork Chop & more
  • Reservations required: 951-699-0099.

Thanksgiving Menu

  • Thursday, November 28 / 12:00p-5:00p
  • $51.95 pp / $19.95 pp for children 12 and under
  • Call: 951-699-0099. For menu info, click here.

 

Vindemia Vineyard & Winery

Wine & Music Wine Tasting Workshop & Dinner

  • November 2 / 5:15p-10:30p
  • Concert provided by the Cello Goblin
  • Dinner is included.
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Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey Paired with Chardonnay

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Courtesy of Oak Mountain Winery, Temecula Valley CA

Serves: 12-20
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
Pair with a bottle of Oak Mountain Winery’s 2012 Chardonnay

Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey

Ingredients:

 

For the turkey:

Fresh or frozen turkey – giblets removed

8 quarts of water

2 cups of Kosher salt

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup Temecula or local honey

 

For the rub:

4 teaspoons of ground black pepper

10 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of fresh thyme and sage

2 lemons

4 tablespoons of Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil

 

Directions:

Rinse turkey with running water and remove neck and giblets. Prepare brine by mixing honey, water, and salt in a large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken stock and stir. Line stock pot or use a brining bag and place turkey inside. Cover with brine and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hrs.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey from brine. Pat dry.  Place turkey on roasting pan, breast side up. Cover wings with foil.

Squeeze lemon into turkey cavity. Add thyme, sage, and squeezed lemons inside cavity. Coat inside and outside of turkey with Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil  and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil gives a lovely crispness and flavor to the skin of this juicy holiday turkey.

Insert oven thermometer into thigh or breast. Loosely cover with foil and cook until thermometer reaches 160 degrees, remove foil and cook until thermometer reaches 170 degrees.  Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Enjoy!

For more Temecula wine country recipes, click here.

 

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Temecula Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The Story

Founded by entrepreneur and savvy businessman Ely Reeves Callaway Jr., Callaway Vineyard & Winery has been a Temecula Valley wine country institution for 40 years.  After extensive research in the late 1960s, Ely decided to plant his roots in Southern California’s South Coast AVA to take advantage of the “Rainbow Gap,” the gap between the mountains that allows Pacific Ocean air into Temecula Valley, creating a vine-friendly climate consisting of cool nights and warm days.

The Callaway vineyards were planted in 1969 and by the early 1970s, they were one of a handful of Temecula wineries producing and selling wine. Many say that Ely Callaway helped put Temecula on the map as a serious wine producing region. Now privately owned, the winery property was purchased by the Lin family of San Diego in late 2005. Callaway Vineyard & Winery wines are only available at the winery and are not available in any retail stores.

 

The Wines


Still one of the region’s largest wineries, Callaway proudly makes wine only from Temecula Valley fruit. The winery currently grows seven different grapes across 220 acres. The estate vineyards are planted with Syrah, Zinfandel, Viognier, Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes; additional acreage is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes.

Callaway’s Special Selection wines are high quality, limited productions that best exemplify the Callaway legacy. These wines are meant to be accessible, food-friendly and fun!

The brand’s “Winemaker’s Reserve” wines are aged longer to develop more complexity in the bottle. Chosen barrel by barrel for richness and depth, these wines are typically bigger and bolder to satisfy the seasoned wine lover.

To shop for Callaway wine online, click here.

 

 

The Tasting Room

Renovated in 2012, the stunning Callaway tasting room is enclosed by glass windows and surrounded by rolling-hill vineyards. The Callaway tasting experience operates on a grand scale, offering daily tastings, automated wine tasting stations, patio wine flights and winery production tours daily.

The tasting room is open daily from 10am-5pm | 951.676.4001

Wine Tastings
Daily from 10am-5pm
Tasting include 4-6 tastes from different tasting menu options for $10.

Wine Flights
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Enjoy the wine flights on our terrace while relaxing and taking in breathtaking views of Temecula’s wine country.

Winery Tours
$5 per person
Weekdays – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm | 
Saturdays – 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm | 
Sundays – 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Callaway’s online visitor center offers more details to help plan your visit.

 

The Restaurant

Meritage Restaurant at Callaway is a top dining spot in Temecula wine country for an al fresco lunch or dinner. Chef Michael Henry focuses on crafting seasonal California-Mediterranean cuisine and is proud to source from neighboring farms, butchers and other Southern California artisans. The restaurant livens up every weekend with Live Music Fridays and Sangria Sundays!

Open daily
Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday – Sunday 11am-8pm
951.587.8889

View the restaurant menu. | Make a reservation.

 

Callaway Events

Callaway is especially proud to offer a fabulous winery space for large wine country weddings and private events all year round. Check the events calendar for all the details on the winery’s upcoming holiday events.

 

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Tickets Going Fast for Harvest Celebration Weekend, November 2 and 3

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Temecula Valley’s 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Weekend + Scarecrow Contest is November 2 and 3                 – and tickets are going fast!

Purchase your tickets to our final wine country passport event of the year here or call 800-801-9463.

-Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3; 10am-4:30pm

-$99 passport to sip and nosh at 30+ wineries

-Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country

-Sample new wines from the barrel that are not available to the public

-Overnight and “safe ride” packages available

About Harvest Celebration Weekend:

Temecula Valley wine country invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate this year’s wine grape harvest at the region’s Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend. This fall passport event is the last chance of the year to explore more than 30 wineries, sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn – all in one weekend.

Annual Scarecrow Contest:

Harvest Celebration attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite winery scarecrow creation via the postcard provided in person or via email at info@temeculawines.org. Votes can also be cast throughout November by “friending” the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association on Facebook and viewing the photo album “Scarecrow Contest 2013.”  Votes will be automatically entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the World of Wine Event in March and the winner will be contacted via email by December 15, 2013.

Event Details, Transportation and Hotel Packages:

WHAT: 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, a two-day event offering ticketed guests a chance to visit more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour.

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3, 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 | Sunday Only Ticket, Non-Resident – $79 | Sunday Only, Local Residents – $79 | Designated Driver (food only) – $69

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; or visit here for all transportation packages.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those who would like to stay the weekend, several wine country lodging partners will be offering special overnight packages, including: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, The Inn at Europa Village and Embassy Suites (in the city of Temecula); for more information on Temecula hotel packages, click here.

 

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