Archive for May, 2014

Temecula June Winery Events

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Summer has arrived in Temecula Valley, CA! Join us for seasonal events, tasty meals and of course, to celebrate Father’s Day. Our wineries are offering mid-week activities along with weekend shindigs which will quickly fill your calendar.  See what Temecula wines will be winning your heart this month!


Baily Vineyard & Winery

Fundraiser for Great Oak High School
Sunday, June 8 / 5:00p-9:00p / $20 pp
Buffet dinner, dessert and lemonade. Wine is $5
The Spirit of Great Oak Marching Band, Color Guard, Drum Line & Jazz Ensemble.
Deadline to buy tickets is June 5th, call Terry at 951-795-1716.

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

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

Live Music
Saturdays 11a-3p; Sundays 12p-4p
June 1 – Bruce G
June 7 – MorSol
June 8 – Jason Weeber
June 14 – Jason Weeber
June 15 – Rum Soaked Raisons
June 21 – Michael LeClerc
June 22 – JD Priest
June 28 – Radical Pie
June 29 – Crimson Crow

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset
Friday, June 6 / 5:30p-9:00
Sunsets and live music by Buzz Campbell
Food items available for purchase.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5pm-8:00pm
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required. No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria & live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Cougar Winery

“Mix it Up” Blending Party
June 8 / 6:30p-8:30p / $30 pp; Wine Club $25 pp; Barrel Club $20 pp
Blending event + appetizers and attendees receive 10% off red wines.
Compete in best blend competition
All RSVP’s must be in writing.
RSVP to events@cougarvineyards.com. Call 951-491-0825 for any questions.

Father’s Day Wine & Sausage Pairing
June 15 / 11:00a-6:00p / $18 pp / $12 pp members
Enjoy 3 handcrafted wines with Mad Mike’s Sausages.
Call 951-491-0825 ext. 2 or e-mail events@cougarvineyards.com

Falkner Winery

Sunday Concerts & BBQ
Every Sunday in June from 12:00p-3:00p.
No reservations necessary.

The “Crush Club” Reveal Launch Party & Luscious Lips Contest
Saturday, June 7 / 11:00a-3:00p
Free to attend, $10 entry into contest
Release of hot new wine collection: “The Crush Club”.
RSVP today!

Frangipani Estate Winery

Cigar Night
Friday, June 6 / 6:30p-9:00p / $55 pp; $50 members
Buffet style dinner, cigar and glass of wine.
Reservations required by June 2nd by calling the winery at 951-699-8845

Father’s Day BBQ
Sunday, June 15 / 11:00a-3:00p /
$39 pp w/ meal & cigar
$29 pp w/ meal & no cigar
$22 pp for children w/ meal

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Desperado – A Tribute to the Eagles!
Friday, June 27 / 6:00p-10:00p /
$25 pp + 2 drink minimum. Wahoo’s catering.
For more information, click here

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in June / 1:00p-5:00p

Oak Mountain Winery University
2014 Spring Semester Classes /
$15 per student; $12 for wine club members.
Classes run for one hour. To sign up, call or text 951-880-8840

Bubbles 101
Sparkling Wine Class
You will be served 3 sparkling wines paired with artisanal cheeses.
Learn fun facts about sparkling wines & champagne.

Blending Reds
Create, bottle and label your very own blend
In our Blending Class, you get to be the Winemaker!
Ooption to bottle your custom blend for an additional $29.

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101
Beginners class for Wine Tasters
Basics of wine tasting
Sample eight infused Avocado Oils and Balsamic Vinegars

Rhone Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown here & how wine is made
Taste varietals from different areas in the Rhone region of France.
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown, harvested & processed
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
We recommend that you have taken Wine Tasting 101 class prior to this course.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Custom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines
For 2-8 guests, $135 pp
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & 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?
Wine Press Tasting Room with new extended hours just for you
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm/ $10 pp
Click here for more details.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery

Live Music
Complimentary Live Music on Weekends
Fridays 6:00p-9:00p / Saturdays 1:00p-4:00p / Sundays 12:30p-3:30p

BBQ Cooking Class
Saturday, June 7 / 2:30p-4:30p / $70 pp
Join Executive Chef Jeff D. Massey and learn his secrets on the BBQ.
Take-home recipes will allow you to recreate these delightful foods later
Make your reservation today- For Reservations Call: (951) 699-0099

Summer Concert Series
George Benson / Saturday, June 14 / 7:00p /
General Admission $95 pp / Gourmet Supper $170 pp

Lee Ritenour & Spyro Gyra / Saturday, June 21 / 7:00p
General Admission $70 pp / Gourmet Supper $145 pp

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, June 27 / 7:00p / $125 pp plus tax and tip
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

Wiens Family Cellars

Syrah Bacon Dinner
Friday, June 13 & Sunday, June 15 / 6:00p
$62.50 pp / $50.00 pp, member
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend w/ tasting of 4 Syrahs along w/ bacon dishes.
For reservations, click here

Wilson Creek Winery

Crawfish Boil & Blues
Friday, June 13 / 7:00p-10:00p / $49.95 pp / $39.95 pp member
Traditional Louisiana style Crawfish Boil & Blues.
Boil crawfish and “blues” it up with the Nathan James Band!
For reservations, click here


Big Dreamers: David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In the fourth installment of our continuing blog series “Big Dreamers,” we sat down with Temecula Valley veteran David Bradley who knows the vineyard landscape better than anyone else – from the air.  Long-time hot air balloon pilot and talented winemaker, David landed in Temecula Valley in 1985 and operates two successful enterprises on the same property. Learn about his story as a boutique California winemaker and balloon enthusiast below.
















Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they’ve come from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.

Interview with Winery Owner and Winemaker David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

1.    What were you doing before owning and operating your winery?

I was introduced to the world of hot air balloons in 1977. In 1985, my wife Gail & I moved to California and started California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures in the world’s most perfect weather. The next year we began flying in Temecula, CA, over wine country. There were eight wineries and one was for sale. I just didn’t have the money.

2.      What inspired you to want to buy a winery and what were the circumstances around choosing Temecula Valley, CA?

The winery started out just as a vineyard. If we owned a vineyard in a great location we could launch the balloons from the site and bring our guests back to the vineyard for breakfast. One day, I landed at this super-cool Provence-styled villa in the valley and was greeted by the owner. She was very nice and I asked if I could land here and visit again. The second time, I asked if she would ever sell her home. Four years later, I got a call asking if I would be interested in purchasing the house and winery site. That’s how Vindemia started.

3.      What were your expectations of the winemaker lifestyle at the beginning?  Were they way off or right on?

Winemaking is a contagious chess game pitting hopeful players against Mother Nature.  The truth to the myth is, 50 days each fall season with no sleep, 2:00am start times and mumbling pH, TA figures while recounting Brix over and over. You begin to feel like a pawn.

4.      People might think winemaking is glamorous.  Would you like to set them straight?

Winemaking is like all the arts – the project is never perfect. Sometimes it’s what’s not done that best finishes the structure; and the results haunt you, both good and bad.

5.      What is your least favorite thing about running a winery?  What is your most favorite – the reason you get up in the morning?

Least favorite is guests mistaking us as glamorous and missing the invitation to land on the farm and share in the pleasure of the fruit. And, the reason to get up… to see if Mother Nature moved her knight!

To learn more about California’s Big Dreamers, click here!



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LAWineFest + Temecula Wines

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The 9th Annual LAWineFest is this weekend!

Happening May 31 and June 1 at Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios. With hundreds of wines, craft brews and spirits on offer, the weekend-long festival is a relaxed, welcoming setting for people to explore the world of wine and more, alongside cool L.A. food trucks, live bands and handcrafted goods. LAWineFest proudly supports local organizations while serving as the Southland’s signature celebration of wine, beer, spirits and food.

Temecula Valley wines will be featured in their very own booth!  The region is proudly pouring:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery: Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Miramonte Winery: Tempranillo
Lorimar Winery: Trio – Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Mourvedre
Hart Winery: Syrah

Falkner Winery: Sauvignon Blanc
Cougar Vineyard & Winery: Vermentino
Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery: Regatta de Blanc

Wiens Family Cellars: Sparkling Amour De L’Orange
South Coast Winery: Sparkling Pinot Grigio

Be sure to stop by the Temecula Wines booth to sample all your favorites and try something new!


Summer Concerts in Temecula Wine Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Summer is just around the corner, which means plenty of live music entertainment in Southern California’s wine country! So many Temecula Valley wineries have beautiful outdoor concert venues. Wineries are kicking off their summer concert series now through September. Whether you love jazz, rock or blues paired with your wine, Temecula Valley Wine Country has you covered.

Below is a short list of fabulous winery concerts and be sure to check out our event calendar, which is regularly updated throughout the summer!

Lorimar Winery, Temecula, CA
June 1, 2014
The Mercedes Moore Band is about to bring their sizzling, foot tapping, dance floor moving sound to Southern California. Led by the powerful, sultry and affecting voice of Mercedes Moore, this band will take any local venue by storm.


Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CA
June 8, 2014 
Relax and enjoy live entertainment every weekend in Temecula Valley Wine Country. On June 8, listen to the beautiful sounds of Buzz Campbell at the popular Wilson Creek Winery venue.


Falkner Winery, Temecula, CA
July 20, 2014
Join Falkner Winery for their free Spring/Summer Music and BBQ Series. Guests can purchase BBQ paired with the famous Luscious Lips Sangria. A veteran of the Southern California music scene, Jason Weber has been playing the saxophone for over 30 years. Don’t miss it!


Thornton Winery, Temecula CA  
August 24, 2014

Enjoy the music of Al Jarreau & Vincent Ingala at the beautiful Thornton Winery. General admission seating is available in rows of concert-style seats, as well as a limited number of small tables for four on a first-come-first-served basis.


Wine Country Recipe: Penne with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Pancetta

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Recipe provided by Thornton Winery













1-12 oz. package penne pasta, cooked in boiling salt water
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2 – 3/4″ cubes
2 – 3 cups cleaned baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
6 oz. pancetta, cooked crisp and drained
1/4 – 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. fresh sage
Optional: red pepper flakes, fresh grated parmesan cheese


In a large sauté pan, gently sauté the butternut squash and garlic in the butter and olive oil, being careful not to scorch or burn, about five minutes. Add the chicken stock, parsley and sage and cook an additional five minutes. Add spinach and cooked penne pasta and toss gently until spinach has wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among six plates or bowls. Garnish with optional red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

Serve with Thornton 2011 Estate Syrah


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