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February Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

Love is always in the air in Temecula Valley, CA. This month, your local wineries have especially amorous offerings set against the backdrop of the most beautiful vineyards in Southern California. Check out the top romantic events in Temecula Valley wine country and see what February fun is in store for you!

Europa Village Winery

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Valentine’s Lunch at Carol’s  
Feb 14, 11:30a-2:30p $25 pp / Live Music
Reservations required & credit card necessary for reservations.
Call 951-676-9243.

Valentine’s Dinner at Carol’s
Feb 14 / 6:00p-9:00p / $75 pp / Live music
Reservations required & credit card necessary for reservations.
Call 951-676-9243.

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch

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.

 

Bel Vino Winery

Wine Down at Bel Vino with Live Music
Every Saturday & occasional Sundays / 12:00p-4:00p
Feb 1-Never Easy
Feb 8-Michael LeClerc
Feb 15-JD Priest
Feb 22-Lazy Susan

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Valentine’s Dinner at Meritage at Callaway
Feb 14 / 4:00p seating: $60 pp; 6:00p & 7:30p seatings: $80 pp
Four-course gourmet dinner & live music
For reservations, call 951-587-8889.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Sangria, Tapas Specials and Live Music from 5:00p-7:00p

 

Churon Winery

Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 6:00p-9:00p / $163.80 per couple inclusive

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Super Chili Bowl
Feb 2 / 3:00p-8:30p / Enter Cougar’s Super Chili Bowl!
Pricing: Competitors $10pp, wine club $20pp, non wine club $25pp
Call 951-491-0825

 

Europa Village
Friday Night “Live”
Live music w/ free admission / 5:30p-8:30p
Feb 7 – Anastasia Genes
Feb 21 – Alex Frizos
Feb 28 – Desert Rose

Sunday Afternoon Entertainment
Feb 9 – Leo Gosselin
Feb 16 – Johny Ray Price
Feb 23 – TBD
Valentine’s Day Dinner Play – “Immortal Beloved”
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 6:00p / Tickets (table of 8) $99 pp; Club $89.10 pp
Tickets (table of 2) – $125 pp; Club $112.50 pp.
4-course gourmet dinner / For tickets, click here

 

Falkner Winery

Wine Appreciation Class
Feb 8 / 10:30a-2:30p / $65 pp / Members $60 pp / VIP $20 pp
3+ hour class includes lunch
Call 951-676-8231 ext. 109 or click here

Valentine’s Weekend Lunch
Feb 14 – Feb 16 / $55 pp, plus tax and gratuity
For menu info please click here

Valentine’s Weekend Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 5:30p-9:00p
4 course wine paired dinner w/ live music
$79  pp / $74 pp Member / $69 pp VIP
For info, click here

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Friday, Feb 14 / 6:30p / $79 pp
4 course wine paired dinner / live music
Call today for reservations! 951-699-8845

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour
Every Mon and Fri at 12:00p / Sat & Sun at 10:00a & 1:00p
$29 pp/ Reservations required zat 951-302-7888

 

Leoness Winery

Great Gatsby Dinner Dance
Feb 14 / 6:30p-10:00p / 20’s attire contest
5 piece band, duo entree plated meal, glass of wine
$105pp members and $115pp retail

Lorimar Vineyards

Valentine’s Day
Live Music from 6 – 9 pm
SPECIAL OFFERS:
2 Become 1 Deal 
Select Glasses and Bottles will be available at 2 for 1 prices
– A Night for 2 –
Only $50
Includes: 1 Bottle of Grenache Sparkling, 2 Stoltz champagne glasses
2 chocolate covered strawberries, and 1 supreme pizza
*Special Date Night seating will be available in Wine Country

 

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Urban Skies – A tribute to Keith Urban
Feb 1 / 6:00p-10:00p
Taco bar for purchase / 2 drink min purchase
Reservation required or 760-716-6295 / 951-587-6221

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 5:00p-9:00p / $75 pp / $70 pp club
3 course dinner & wine w/ Sangiovese & champagne
Call 951-676-5047 ext. 118 for reservations or click here

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Wine Blending Party
Feb 1 / 6:00p-9:00p / $45 pp; $40 pp members
Two hours blending and tasting as you craft your very own wine!
Menu by Bushfire Grill.

Cooking Class and Wine Pairing Night
Feb 7 / 6:00p-9:00p / $65 pp
A night of food, fun and wine!

 

Ponte Family Estate

Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 / 6:30p-10:00p / $95 pp, $85.50 pp members
Sparkling wine reception, 4-course dinner and dancing.
To purchase your tickets call 951-694-9444 or visit here.
Romance Package here.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Mon-Thur / 11:30a-2:30p
Half price Mimosas, Sangria and glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p /
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over.
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week.
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm.
Regular price $15; Thur Evenings $10. Click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p /
$40 pp walking wine tour / Members $35 pp.
Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Hearts and Chocolate Wine Club Pick Up Party at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Feb 9 11:30-5:30p in Grand Ballroom
Wine Club Members
Featured films to be announced.
Free admission for Wine Club member & up to 4 additional guests.
Reservations Required. Call 800-539-1375 X7210 today.

Delight in a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant

Feb 14
5:30 to 9p
Fine wine, great food, seductive music & romance
Reservations Required; reserve early for best selection
800-539-1375 Ext 7237.

“El Presidente” – Exclusive Wine Club Service
Feb 17th
11:30 a to 5:30 p
For Wine Club Members
Bring along up to 4 friends for a really good day.

Champagne & Chocolate Celebration at the GrapeSeed Spa
Daily in Month of Feb/ 8a to 6p Mon – Thur 8 a to 7 p Fri – Sun
50-minute service
Topped off with chocolate truffles & a glass champagne
Call 800.539.1375 ext. 3
BOOKING CODE: CHAMPAGNE & CHOCOLATE

 

Thornton Winery
Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Feb 28 / 7:00p / $150 pp inclusive
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Seating is limited to 10 people, reservations required
Call 951-699-0099.

Valentine’s Romantic Rendezvous
Feb 14 / 7:00p
For reservations, please call 951-699-0099

 

Wilson Creek Winery
Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 / 7:00p-10:00p / $80 pp; $72 pp member
5-course dinner in the Champagne Ballroom.
Complimentary bottle of champagne
Reservations required by calling 951-699-9463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Molten Chocolate Cake with Dessert Wine Pairing

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Valentine’s Day Molten Chocolate Cake

Recipe provided by Temecula Valley’s South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, The Vineyard Rose

Ingredients:

10 oz.  dark chocolate

1 stick butter

½ cup egg yolks (4)

1 cup egg whites (8)

4 oz. (1/2 cup) powdered sugar

Cordial

  • Dark chocolate 4 oz.
  • Cream 4 oz.
  • Maraschino cherries 1/4 c
  • Maraschino cherry juice 2 tb

 
Ice cream (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Melt chocolate and butter on a double boiler or in the microwave oven (cook and stir in 45 second intervals when using microwave).  Let cool.

2. When melted, stir in egg yolks very slowly while whisking.

3. In an electric mixer, whip egg whites till they begin to foam. Add sugar and whip egg whites until stiff peaks. (Be careful not to get fat of any kind mixed into the whites or they will not rise.)

4. When egg whites have doubled and formed stiffed picks, gently fold whites into the chocolate mix.

5. Grease a soufflé dish, fill the dish 3/4 full with mixture. Place the cordial sauce into the center of the mix. Bake at 400 for about 12 mins. The edges should be cooked and cakey, while the center nice and liquidy. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy. Garnish with mint, whipped cream or raspberries. Delicious when accompanied by ice cream.

 

Pair with South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Romanza – a sweet blend of Merlot, Muscat and Touriga Nacional; $18

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Doffo Winery

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Story

Nestled on the Northeast border of the Temecula Valley, CA sits Doffo Winery. Founded in 1997 by Marcelo Doffo, it is one of a few micro-boutique wineries in the region and the only one built around the former site of a Temecula historic landmark schoolhouse. Situated on 15 acres of rolling vineyards, the winery possesses a unique combination of old world values and warm family charm.  It is also home to MotoDoffo, the family’s private collection of over 100 racing and vintage motorcycles.

Famous for handcrafted reds, Doffo is focused on small lot, limited production wines made in the old world style. Reminiscent of their Italian/Argentine heritage, Doffo is the only winery in the region to feature an outdoor, wood-burning oven and grill where they often serve “The Parilla”, a delicious staple of the Argentine table, served with their own Chimichurri sauce and paired with exceptional Doffo wine.

The Wines

The unique micro-climate of Temecula Valley drives the characteristics of their wines and plays a distinct role in shaping the final result. Their collective experience, family traditions and farming techniques, combine with the terroir to create intensely flavored wines of complex structure, texture and bold, rich fruit.

Their philosophy has always been that good winemaking begins in the vineyard. They start by hand planting each vine and providing careful attention daily. They prune their vines and thin their grape clusters throughout the growing season to maximize fruit concentration and ensure the highest quality in the grapes. They also play classical music in the vineyard to soothe the grapes as they develop and mature.

To shop the Doffo wine store online, click here.

The Tasting Room, Marketplace and Winery Tours

Doffo Winery’s motto, “Enter as a stranger… leave as a friend,” starts the moment you enter their intimate tasting room, filled with warm-colored hues, vintage Ducati motorcycles, stylish art prints and hospitable staff. The Doffo family greets you with a warm welcome and are always excited to share their passion for great wine and vintage motorcycles with their guests.

Doffo winery’s tasting room is open daily from 10am-5pm and offers two tasting options. Standard Wine Tasting is $10 and includes 6 wines. Premium Tasting includes 5 of their premium wines; prices vary on availability, so check with the staff to see what premium selections are being offered for the day.

Doffo offers a variety of vineyard and winery tours to suit your taste and budget. Enjoy one or all of them; either way you’re sure to have a wonderful experience.

SIP AND TOUR

Take a vineyard tour aboard the Doffo Winery “Malbec Express” – an eco-friendly, Ferrari-style Bus. You will learn all about Doffo’s unique farming methods, why they play music in the vineyard, the different varietals, and visit Marcelo’s incredible motorcycle collection. The tour concludes with a Premium Tasting and cheese plate in the Moto-Barrel Room.

Weekdays: 11am and 2pm

Weekends: 10am / 12pm / 2pm / 4pm

Admission: $45/person

Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours

SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Visit Doffo and stroll the grounds of their beautiful boutique vineyard. This self-guided tour begins in their tasting room where you can pick up a tour brochure. It includes interesting facts and places on the Doffo property. There is no cost; just a few limitations and restrictions.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Admission: Free

MOTODOFFO MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION VIEWING

Visit Doffo for their wines, but stay for a tour of their vintage motorcycle and scooters. There is no cost for this tour. Simply check in at the tasting room and stroll to the MotoBarrel Room to view the MotoDoffo collection.

Hours: Thursday and Sunday 10am – Noon

Admission: Free

For information on any of these tours, please call ahead to 866-469-8466 or ask for more details in the tasting room.

 

Celebrate with Doffo

Whatever time of year or occasion, Doffo would be pleased to welcome you and your guests for private events in any or all of their four unique spaces. Their staff is ready to bring your event to life with music, the finest cuisine, great wine and tailor-made packages with options including traditional Tango Dancers and Argentinian Gauchos serving up a special feast.

Please visit their events page or contact them for more information about planning your special event with Doffo at 866.469.8466.

Doffo Winery
36083 Summitville
Temecula CA, 92592
Phone 951.676.6989
866.469.8466 |866-4myvino
Email: info@doffowines.com

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5 Reasons to Visit Temecula Valley During the Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Your favorite Southern California wine region is getting busier by the year. What’s a loyal visitor to do? Here are 5 great reasons to visit Temecula Valley wine country on a weekday:

 

1.  10% Off Your Lunch.

Temecula wine country is home to 12 delicious eateries (and counting) and most of these restaurant spots are hot come Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are required and tables are at a premium. Why not dine Monday-Friday and take advantage of the region’s coupon page which offers 10% off your al fresco favorites; including Meritage at Callaway, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek, Cafe Champagne at Thornton and many more. Bon appetit!

Cafe Thornton, Thornton Winery

 

2.  No Lines. Anywhere.

Weekday visitors don’t miss waiting in line for anything in wine country. Forget lines to get into (or out of) the parking lot, waiting for the tasting room staff to come back with your next pour, putting your name in for a table or even the cue for the bathroom. Hello, weekday – goodbye, lines.

Miramonte Winery Patio

 

3. One-on-One Attention in the Tasting Rooms.

Weekends in any California wine country is always the most popular time to taste. But wine lovers come to the vineyards to experience what they can’t at home in their dining room: a personal, one-on-one experience. When the pace is slower at Temecula Valleys’ wineries, it’s common to strike up a conversation with the tasting room manager who ends up pulling in the winemaker from the barrel room to answer your random question about oak vs. stainless steel aging. On slower afternoons, your server might call the chef out of the kitchen to let you know what local farm your chicken came from. And there’s more time to bond in the tasting room with new friends over your shared love of good vino.

Damian Doffo, Doffo Winery

 

 

4.  Less Expensive Tastings, 2 for 1 Coupons and Happy Hours.

When it comes to wine tasting, the Monday through Thursday crowd can taste some of the same weekend wine flights for a little less. Indulge in weekday happy hours at favorites like South Coast, Danza del Sol and Ponte; and don’t forget your weekday 2 for 1 tasting coupons to a whole slew of top Temecula wineries.

 

5.  Great Hotel Rates.

Go ahead and spend the night on a Wednesday. Temecula hotels are eager for your mid-week business and they show it with their low weekday rates. Even though Temecula Valley is conveniently located near all major SoCal cities, after a day of touring and tasting, you’ll be safe and sound knowing your hotel room has already been booked – instead of having to gear up for a late-night drive home.

Ponte Vineyard Inn

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