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November Winery Events

Friday, October 30th, 2015

OAC147-2Fall is an exciting time in wine country.  The leaves are changing, the weather’s getting cooler and the wineries are beginning to prepare for the holidays.  For our U.S. military active duty and veteran friends, be sure to head out to Temecula Valley Wine Country on Veterans Day for wine tasting specials. And for guests planning to visit towards the end of the month, be sure to check out the Thanksgiving dinner events, Black Friday specials and tree lighting events!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Doggie costume contest on Nov. 1st / Live acoustic music on the patio.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p / Tours and vertical tasting of library wines.  Sit down with bread and cheese plate; $30 (Reservations required 24 hours in advance) / Bar Tasting; $20.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Sunday 11am-3pm

Briar Rose

Sip Into the Sunset / First Friday of each month / Open until 10pm / Music and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Reservations required; call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Live Music at the Winery / 1pm – 4pm / No charge / Enjoy live music in the main tasting room / Nov. 7- Dave Reynolds / Nov. 14 – Michael LeClerc / Nov. 21 – JD Priest / Nov. 28 – Dave Reynolds.

Happiest Hours / Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway / Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time! 20% all tapas, 20% off bottles of Callaway wines and available domestic, import and craft beers.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway / Every Sunday at Meritage at Callaway / 4pm-8pm/ Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views in our main dining room.  Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm / No cover charge / Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort

Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Friday Nights After-Hours / 6pm-9pm / Summer may be “falling away’ but Friday Nights at the all-new Carter Estate Winery and Resort Tasting Room are guaranteed to keep things HEATED with Friday Night After Hours! All are welcome – from first time sippers to worldly wine tippers. Wine by the glass and live musical entertainment make a perfect pairing. The only thing missing is YOU!

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm /.

Sunday Afternoon Live Music / 2pm- 5pm

 

Doffo Winery

Live Music on the Patio / 1pm-4pm / Free
Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music on the Patio / Saturdays from 1pm-5pm / Free / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for an afternoon of wine and great music

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 6pm-9pm / Free / Live music on Veranda; Food Truck / Nov. 6 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / Nov. 13 – Missy Andersen / Nov. 20 – Big Truth /

Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Nov. 1 & 8 – Jimmy Patton / Nov. 15 – Kelly Moore / Nov. 22 – Michael Edon / Nov. 29 – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery

Veteran’s Day Free Classic Tasting / Complimentary tasting for all military. Must have military ID / 4 tastes offered and 15% off all bottle sales. Lunch special in the Pinnacle Restaurant for all veterans.

Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, Nov. 17 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45pp; $40pp Connoisseur; $20pp VIP; $70pp with lunch / Reservations required 951.676.8231 x.109

Black Friday Sales / Nov. 27 / 10am – 5pm / Sales TBD

Leoness Cellars

Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness / Every Friday 5pm-8pm / Every Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free to the public

Live Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Annual Tree Lighting / Nov. 29 / Begins at 6pm / Begin your holiday season with Lorimar Winery! Come meet Santa, enjoy Christmas cookies, cocoa, mulled wine and more! / www.lorimarwinery.com

Movies in the Vines / Nov. 30 / Begins at sunset / The Hangover / Bring blanket and chairs for our monthly Movie in the Vines! / No outside food permitted.

Monte De Oro Winery

Masquerade Wine Dinner / Nov. 7 / Reception starts at 7:00pm; Dinner 7:30pm / $90 pp; $76 for wine club members / New Orleans style masquerade with 6 course meal in our main tasting room. Mask required (up to dinner time); costumes optional / Seating is limited. Reservations required visit www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Bark Friday Sale / Nov. 27 / 5pm-8pm / No cover charge / Bring your leashed dogs and enjoy live music, wine, beer, food and vendors.

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

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Wine Country Half Marathon / Nov. 21 / 7am-Noon / Join Team Ponte and contribute to a great cause! Race benefits Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. Race begins at Ponte Winery and ends at Wilson Creek, where there will be a Wine and Music Festival at the Finish Line! / Cost $80 / www.pontewinery.com

Team Ponte Training Runs/Walks through the Vineyard
Every Wednesday nights at 5:45p through mid-November / Ponte associates, wine club members and members of the community come out to Ponte Winery to train for the upcoming Wine Country Half-Marathon, which will be held on November 21st. The group runs, walks and/or strolls a clearly marked 3.1 mile loop through Ponte Family Estate’s vineyards. Meet in front of the Ponte Winery Tasting Room porch/parking lot / Free to attend

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant / Nov. 26 / 5pm – 9pm / $28 pp / Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Feast Featuring all the trimmings. Reservations are highly encouraged at www.pontevineyardinn.com

Live NFL on the Big Screen / Every Thursday, Sunday and Monday throughout the 2015 NFL season / The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Free to attend.

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
First Sunday of the month/ 12:00p-4:00p / The Lookouts, Classic Rock / The Reserve Room will host a variety of live musical artists the first Sunday of each month in 2015.  *The Reserve Room is a tasting room for wine club members only.  Join the Wine Club and enjoy complimentary tastings in our exclusive venue.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Autumn Escape Spa Special / Take time to relax this fall with decadent spa treatments, pumpkin spice, and the warmth of treatments that are sure to renew the mind, body, and spirit  / Call for various offers and pricing and book today: 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 / Special ends November 30, 2015.

Get movin’ & Groovin’ to the Grapeseed Spa this fall / Nov. 6th / 7pm-9pm /. Meet up with your spa friends and enjoy live entertainment. Best of all, it’s all fee, but reservations are required / Award-winning wines and appetizers available for purchase / Call to book today! 951.587.9463 ext. 3513.

Wine, Dine and Painting Al Fresco / Nov. 15th / 10am-1pm (painting portion 10am-12pm) / Take in the views and tap into your inner artist, then enjoy a fantastic lunch at the Vineyard Rose. This exclusive package comes with two-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu and glass of wine to enjoy / Wine can be purchased during painting class by the glass or bottle / To purchase tickets call 951.587.9463 ext. 5250 or visit southcoastwinery.com

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Nov. 26th / 12pm- 9pm / The menu is a 4 course meal with a single price based on the entrée selected. Beverages, tax and 18% gratuity are additional / Reservations are limited and required / Call 951.491.8077

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony / Nov. 29th / 6pm-9pm / Wines have been toasted; halls have been decked, Santa is scheduled, the only thing missing is you. Be our guest at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p / Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts.  PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too!  / Visit www.WineResort.com to view menus and find out more.

Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p / Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday.  $40pp / $35pp Wine Club Member. Get up close and personal as you learn more about our spectacular Southern California winery with a behind-the-scenes tour.  From vineyards to crush pad, each tour concludes with a specially prepared wine and food pairing. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.   Call 800-539-1375 Ext. 350 to reserve your spot today.

Yoga Classes at Grapeseed Spa
Sunday 9a-10a / $12 per class / Yoga mat, towels and water provided.  Call 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 to reserve your session.

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Wilson Creek Winery

2015 Late Harvest Festival / Sunday, Nov. 1 / 6pm to 9:30pm / Join us as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year – Harvest! Experience an amazing harvest festival with a seasonally inspired buffet, live entertainment, grape stomping, wagon rides, a pumpkin carving contest (with prizes) and barrel tastings / Regular admission $85; Wine Club members $76.50 / Reservations at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Wine Academy Class / Pinot Noir Experience / Nov. 14 / 11am, 1pm to 3pm / Taste great Pinot from different world regions. Our top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting.  / Wine Club $25; Non-members $35 / Call Wine Club to reserve your spot 951.699.9463

Live Entertainment / Free / 12p-4pm / Nov. 7- JD Priest / Nov. 8- Vito Gambino / Nov. 14- Smoothie Jones / Nov. 15- Astra Kelly / Nov. 21- Joachim Nordensson / Nov. 22- Ruben Gonzalez / Nov.28- JD Priest / Nov. 29- Rod Firas.

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Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Guide

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

thanksgiving-wine-horizWho’s as obsessed with Thanksgiving as we are?  The turkey, the trimmings, the pumpkin pie and the WINE!

This is the time of year we get the most questions about wine pairings.  While there is no “right” or “wrong” wine to pair with your feast, there are a few varietals that, if paired with your favorite dishes, will send your taste buds into sensory overload.  We’re reprising this “oldie but goodie” Thanksgiving wine guide and have updated it with some suggested pairings to try this year.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a Viognier complement a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a Chardonnay; and a light Pinot Grigio will pair well with your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery – 2011 Chardonnay; $30.00

Danza Del Sol Winery – 2014 Pinot Grigio; $28.00

Briar Rose Winery – 2014 Estate Viognier; $25.00

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffing 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!

Cougar Vineyard & Winery – 2012 Sangiovese; $31.00

Leoness Cellars – 2012 Zinfandel; $39.00

Doffo Winery – 2010 Syrah; $52.00

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 Vineyard & Winery – 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30.00

Monte De Oro Winery – 2010 Merlot; $32.00

Wiens Family Cellars – 2013 Tempranillo; $42.00

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 complement the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie.

Oak Mountain Winery – Port; $28.00

Miramonte Winery – 2014 Moscato; $25.95

Robert Renzoni – Paradiso Port; $49.00

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 three, 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 Vineyard & Winery – 2012 Chenin Blanc; $19.95

Falkner Winery – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc; $19.95

South Coast Winery – Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Cavatelli with Spicy Winter Squash

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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This pasta dish looks delish!  Utilize winter squash such as butternut, hubbard or pumpkin squash for this healthy, hearty vegetarian quick dish.  Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sangiovese.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

2 pounds butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 pounds cavatelli or small shells

3/4 cup freshly grated caciocavallo, pecorino or Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic and onion are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and thyme, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the cavatelli to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add the cavatelli to the squash mixture in the skillet, then stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and toss gently to combine. Add the 3/4 cup of caciocavallo, season with salt and pepper and stir gently; add a little more pasta water if necessary. Serve the pasta right away, passing more cheese at the table.  Pairs well with Sangiovese.

Suggested Pairings:

Danza Del Sol Winery ~ 2011 Sangiovese – Wild berry and tart cherry aromas have a hint of sweet pipe tobacco. Flavors of plum and mulberry are deepened with a note of black tea.

Frangipani Estate Winery ~ 2012 Estate Sangiovese – A 100% Sangiovese with aromas and tastes of black cherry, black currant, mulberry, plum fruit.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2012 Sangiovese – Subtle aromas of toffee and fresh berries with distinctive notes of cherry and raspberry. A hint of vanilla adds a lingering soft finish.

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2013 Sangiovese – Bright notes of mineral and red licorice transition into a concentrated core of spiced plum and chocolate cake riding over soft, yet substantial tannins.

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali / Food & Wine

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Perfect Pairings: Pumpkin & Wine

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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October….it’s the time of year we’re dragging the kids to the neighborhood pumpkin patch, decorating the house for fall and for some of us, already thinking about all of the yummy pumpkin recipes we want to make.  From pumpkin soup, to pumpkin pie and everything in between, we’ve got a wine that will pair with it!  Here are some tips for pairing wines with your favorite pumpkin dishes.

When the cold weather returns, there’s nothing better than a nice, big, bowl of soup.  This time of year, pumpkin soup is a good choice.  We’d most likely pair our soup with Chardonnay, Viognier and even Gewürztraminer. For you red lovers, try a Cabernet or Merlot.  Try these: South Coast Winery 2011 Chardonnay Sans Chêne, Thornton Winery 2013 Viognier, Maurice Car’rie 2013 Gewürztraminer, Frangipani Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lorimar Winery 2012 Allegro Merlot.

Pumpkin Risotto would pair well with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc.  You may want to eat the whole bowl of risotto by itself (and we wouldn’t blame you), but it makes for a great side dish with roasted chicken too.  Try these: Hart Winery 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Ponte Family Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Grigio, Maurice Car’rie Winery 2012 Chenin Blanc.

And, for our personal favorite….Pumpkin Pie.  There are endless possibilities here.  A Riesling or Muscat would be amazing.  Better yet, get in the holiday celebrating mood and pop open a bottle of bubbly to enjoy with your pie. Try these: Miramonte Winery 2014 Riesling, Europa Village 2014 Bolero Estate Muscat Canelli, Wilson Creek Winery Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine.

As you can see, although pumpkin dishes seem hard to pair wine with, there really are a lot of possibilities.  Enjoy pumpkin season, all!

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October Winery Events

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Although Fall is here, there’s still plenty of abundant sunshine here in Temecula Valley!  That means that there’s still time to enjoy wine tasting on the patio of your favorite Temecula Winery, take in a concert or attend a winemaker dinner.  There are lots of fun and unique events going on in October.  Take a look!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Shakespeare in the Vines at Baily Winery
Charley’s Aunt / Oct. 1, 2 & 3 / Showtime 7:30p / Price $22, Seniors, Military and Students $17 / For tickets visit www.ShakespeareInTheVines.org or call 951.402.7488

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in October / 11:30a-2:30p / Live music on patio / Half price Sangiovese, Sangiovese Sangria and special menu items

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p / Tours and vertical tasting of library wines.  Sit down with bread and cheese plate; $30 (Reservations required 24 hours in advance) / Bar Tasting; $20.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

3 Cigars, 3 wines, 3 Course Dinner / Saturday, Oct. 3 / 6:30pm -9:30pm / $55.95 Wine Club Members / $60.95 for non-members / Relish a gourmet dinner, accompanied by custom cigars hand rolled on-site*, and complemented with Bel Vino’s lush wines. Experience the incredible Temecula Valley nighttime views from the hilltop heights of Bel Vino Winery while enjoying wine pairing, cigar rolling and seminar and listening to cool DJ music. *Cigars: 3 from Casa Lovo, hand rolled on-site by Mrs. Lovo / Reservations required: phone 951.676.6414 or info@belvinowinery.com

Live Music / Saturday 12pm – 4pm / Oct. 3 – Michael LeClerc / Oct. 10 – All In / Oct. 17 – JD Priest / Oct. 24 – Kenny Hale / Oct. 31 – Ginger Cowgirl & The Silver Spurs / Sunday 11am-3pm / Oct. 4 – Shoot 4 Tuezday / Oct. 11 – Sam & Stacy / Oct. 18 – Kings of Rhythm / Oct. 25 – DOSE / Nov. 1 – Shoot 4 Tuezday

Briar Rose

Sip Into the Sunset / First Friday of each month starting August 7 / Open until 10pm / Music and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Reservations required; call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Happiest Hours
Grab your friends and join us for a marvelous time!  Friday’s from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway.  20% all tapas, $2 off wine by the glass, 20% off bottles of Callaway wines and available domestic, import and craft beers.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage at Callaway from 4pm-8pm in the main dining room.  Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views.  Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm. No cover charge. Reservations for parties of 5 or more are required.

October Entertainment Schedule; Oct. 2 – Harmony Road / Oct. 3 – Taylor Tickner / Oct. 4 – Al & Brad / Oct. 9 – Diego Mondragon / Oct. 10 – Natalie Brooks / Oct. 11 – Robin Adler*Dave Blackburn*John Quint / Oct. 16 Astra Kelly / Oct. 17 – Mickey Arnett / Oct 18 – R.O.C. Duo / Oct. 23 – Buzz Campbell / Oct. 24 – Taylor Tickner / Oct. 25 Robin Adler*Dave Blackburn*John Quint  / Oct. 30 – Astra Kelly / Oct. 31 – Diego Mondragon

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Wine by the glass or bottle purchase available / Deli is open until 7pm / Oct. 2 – Frankie & The Invisibles / Oct. 9 – Britt Doehring / Oct. 23 – Kelly Moore / Oct. 30 – Michael Thomas.

Sunday Afternoon Live Music / 2pm- 5pm

Doffo Winery

City of Hope Fundraiser/ Saturday, Oct. 17 / 10am-4pm / $10 fee / Live music and food vendors / Sponsored by Super Bike Corsa and Doffo Winery

Live Music on the Patio / 1pm-4pm / Free

Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music on the Patio / Saturdays from 1pm-5pm / Free / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for an afternoon of wine and great music / Oct. 10 – Astra Kelly / Oct. 17 – Michael SG / Oct. 24 – Fandango / Oct. 31 – Vivien Gaines

PERFECT PAIRINGS – Wine and Cheese Class / Thursday, Oct. 15 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm / $35 pp; $31.50 wine club members / Join us in the Barrel Room as the cheese monger from Temecula Valley Cheese Company guides you through a tasting of five Danza del Sol wines, four artisan cheese pairings and one gourmet chocolate / Limited Space / RSVP to Kelly Hefley 951.302.6363 ext. 26 or k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

GET SAUCED – Best of the Wurst / Sunday, Oct. 18 / 3:00pm to 6:30pm / $60 pp; $54 wine club members / Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food, wine, and culinary entertainment in our Club House. Cooking demo class and small plates by The M Group. Wine pairings by our educated staff, recipes to take home and special wine discounts provided / Limited Space / RSVP to Kelly Hefley 951.302.6363 ext. 26 or k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

3rd Annual Danza de la Muerte – Halloween Party / Friday, Oct. 30 / 5:30p to 10:00pm / Tickets $8 pp pre-sale / $10 pp at the door / $7 pp – Inter-winery / Price includes one Spooky Sparkling Cocktail per admission / Food can be purchased from Devilicious Food Truck, music by DJ Mike Carroll from C2 Events, S’mores Bar, Photo Booth and Costume Contest / RSVP to Kelly Hefley 951.302.6363 ext. 26 or k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

Europa Village

Oktoberfest – Hof Brau Boys / Friday, Oct. 2 / 6pm-9pm / $15 admission / Beer tasting from four breweries, games, raffles, auction /  For tickets and additional information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 951.695.7175

Cooking Demonstration Event – Hashbrowns / Saturday, Oct. 17 / 11am-1pm / $45 / Cooking demonstration with Executive Chef Dean / For tickets and additional information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 951.695.7175

Movies in the Vines / Thursday, Oct. 22 / 7pm-9pm / Outdoor viewing of “Beetlejuice” on 15’ screen / Free with online RSVP / For tickets and additional information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 951.695.7175

Friday Night Entertainment / 5:30pm-8:30pm / Free / Live music on Veranda; Food Truck / Oct. 19 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / Oct. 16 – Bar Stow Prophets / Oct. 23 – Crimson Crow / Oct. 30 – Blue Fish; Costume Contest  6pm to 9pm

Live Music every Sunday/ 1pm- 4pm / Free / Live music on Veranda / Oct. 25 – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery

Wine Appreciation Class / Saturday, October 17 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45pp; $40pp Connoisseur; $20pp VIP; $70pp with lunch / Reservations required 951.676.8231 x.109

FREE Concert / Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / /Dancing, Sangria, Beer, BBQ in the yard garden / 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 – Guilty Conscience Band.

Leoness Cellars

Live Music at The Restaurant at Leoness / Every Friday 5pm-8pm / Every Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free to the public / Oct. 2 – Astra Kelly / Oct. 4 – Inbar Horowitz / Oct. 9 – Malissa & Jerod / Oct.11 – Dustin Jake / Oct. 16 – Michael LeClerc / Oct. 18 – Vince Mendoza / Oct. 23 – Frank Alves / Oct. 25 – Michael SG / Oct. 30 – Shultz

Live Music in the Barrel Room / Every Sunday / 1:00p-4:00p / Free to the public / Oct. 3 – Todd Ashley / Oct. 10 – Malissa & Jerod / Oct. 17 – Tim Cash / Oct. 24 – Tim Moyer / Oct. 31 – Joel Reese

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Thriller Halloween Party / October 30 / 6pm- 10pm / $8 in advance; $10 at the door / Costume contest, spooky sangria and more! See you there if you dare. / Tickets online www.LorimarWinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery

Wang Chung Live Concert / Thursday, October 1 / 6pm-10pm / An intimate evening with Wang Chung! One of the most successful bands of the 80’s playing the songs they made popular! / Tickets start at $30 and are available online at http://bit.ly/wangchungtix.

Dionysus Dash / Sunday, October 4 / 8:15am / A 5K run through the beautiful vineyards of Mount Palomar Winery. This event is for novice and avid runners, wine tasters and Greek walkers. Event includes wine tasting, music and awards / Ticket $49.99 and are available online at http://bit.ly/dionysusdash

Oak Mountain Winery

Cause Fur Paws / October 18 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm / $35 Admission / Includes logo glass, one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music / 100% of the  money earned goes towards our furry friends diabetes treatments!

Menu Mayhem – Recipe for Murder / The Cave at Oak Mountain / October 31 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / $65pp; $60 Club Member / You and your guests are members of the audience for a taping of the local cable access channel’s most popular cooking show, “The Chicken Friar,” hosted by Brother Dominick Vobiscum. But it seems that there’s a lot more cookin’ “behind the scenes” than in front of the camera. In fact, before the evening is over the entrée just might include a big helping of MURDER!  Come join us for a gourmet dinner prepared by our own Chef Steve; includes 2 glasses of wine and an evening you won’t forget / Reservations required; events@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951.699.9102/ Book online at www.oakmountainwinery.com/events.

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

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Team Ponte Training Runs/Walks through the Vineyard
Every Wednesday nights at 5:45p through mid-November / Ponte associates, wine club members and members of the community come out to Ponte Winery to train for the upcoming Wine Country Half-Marathon, which will be held on November 21st. The group runs, walks and/or strolls a clearly marked 3.1 mile loop through Ponte Family Estate’s vineyards. Meet in front of the Ponte Winery Tasting Room porch/parking lot / Free to attend

Live NFL on the Big Screen / Every Thursday, Sunday and Monday throughout the 2015 NFL season / The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Free to attend.

First Sundays – Live Music in the Reserve Room*
Sunday, October 4th / 12:00p-4:00p / Brian Stodart; Alternative Contemporary / The Reserve Room will host a variety of live musical artists the first Sunday of each month in 2015.  *The Reserve Room is a tasting room for wine club members only.  Join the Wine Club and enjoy complimentary tastings in our exclusive venue.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p / Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts.  PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too!   Visit www.WineResort.com to view menus and find out more.

Wine Wednesdays at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
6:00p-9:00p / Wednesday nights just got even better at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant as award winning pianist, Blessie Isaac-Hopkins, takes the helm behind our elegant grand piano.  This world traveler and life-long student of music has performed internationally over the course of her career at many high-end hotels and resorts, including the Peninsula, Regent, Westin, Hilton and Shangri-la Hotel and now you can enjoy her music at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Reserve today for an unforgettable Wednesday evening with fine wines, delicious food and live music between the hours of 6:30p to 9:00p. Call 951.587.9463

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p / Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday.  $40pp / $35pp Wine Club Member. Get up close and personal as you learn more about our spectacular Southern California winery with a behind-the-scenes tour.  From vineyards to crush pad, each tour concludes with a specially prepared wine and food pairing. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.   Call 800-539-1375 Ext. 350 to reserve your spot today.

Summer Wine Series
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, 6p-8p / Join us for extended hours in the Tasting Room Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this summer!  $30 ticket gives you access after hours from 6:00p-8:00p and includes a bottle of South Coast wine to take home.  Call 951.587.9463 ext. 7261 for more information.

Yoga Classes at Grapeseed Spa
Sunday 9a-10a, Monday 10:30a-11:30a / $12 per class / Yoga mat, towels and water provided.  Call 951.587.9463 ext. 3513 to reserve your session.

Get Movin’ & Groovin’ to the Grapeseed Spa
October / 7:00p-9:00p / Meet up with your spa friends and enjoy live entertainment on the veranda this summer.  Best of all, it’s free, but reservations are required. Award winning wines and appetizers are available for purchase.  Call to book today 951.587.9463 ext. 3513.

Thornton Winery

Friday Live Music
Wine Specials, Live Music, Food Specials, and Dinner Menu / 6:00p-9:00p / October 2 – Ry Bradley; Country Western/ October 9 – Mor Sol / October 16 – Black Hat Patsy / October 23 – The Neil Diamond Review / October 30 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / No Cover Charge. Seating Available at Courtyard, Covered Patio & Café / Reservations suggested, call 951.699.0099

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Saturday, October 10th – Jesse Cook / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $65 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $140 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Sunday, October 18th  – Jazz Attack w/ Richard Elliot, Peter White and Euge Groove / 4:00p / General Admission tickets – $75 Open seating / Gourmet Supper tickets – $150 SOLD OUT (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Chef’s Counter / Friday, October 30th / 7:00pm / Admission $125 plus tax & gratuity / Reservations a must! Seating is limited to 8 people.

Wilson Creek Winery

Easton Corbin Concert with Special guest Lauren Alaina / Sunday, Oct. 4 / 6pm to 9pm / Join us for a fantastic evening among the stars with incredible performances by two of country music’s hot artists! / Orchestra $90; wine club $81 / Reserve $70; wine club $63 / General $50; wine club $45 / For tickets log on to www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Taste of Tahiti’s Extravagant Polynesian Dinner Show / Saturday, Oct. 10 / 5:30pm to 10pm / Sharing and combining cultures together through food, music, dance and people. Feast on a fabulous dinner, specially prepared with fresh Ahi flown in from Tahiti. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian show with performances my Mele’uahne, Puahi dancers and Papena! / Dinner ticket $75 adult; $37.50 child / VIP Dinner ticket $135 adult; $67.50 child / For tickets log on to www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Riesling Experience: Wines of the Rhine and World Class Rieslings / Sunday, Oct. 11 / 11am, 1pm to 3pm / Wine Club $25; Non-members $35 / Call Wine Club to reserve your spot 951.699.9463.

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Temecula Valley Winery Owners Tell All! Their “Family Favorites.”

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Have you ever wondered which wine is a “family favorite” at your favorite Temecula Valley winery?  We have too…so, we decided to ask a few of our winery owners which of their wines is their favorite….and, why.  Of course, we knew that asking them this question would be much like asking parents of multiple children which is their favorite, but we thought we’d give it a whirl!

Nick Palumbo, owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery says that he and wife Cindy’s fave is the “Tre Fratelli” Meritage blend.  As Nick tells it, not only is this wine consistently very good, but it’s got sentimental value for the Palumbo Family as well.  It is one of the first blended wines they produced in 2002 when Palumbo Winery opened and takes its name “three brothers” from the 3 boys of the Palumbo Family. The current release 2012, is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

The Lin Family, owners of Callaway Vineyard & Winery, have a brand new favorite wine. They challenged their winemaker, Craig Larson, to pull out all the stops and “do whatever it took, with no cost restrictions” to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects their dedication and passion to bring the best quality wine in all of Temecula Valley and California.  What came of this challenge is the OPR, the Owner’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which the Lins believe has captured the very essence of everything they envisioned.

Over at Oak Mountain Winery, owners Steve and Valerie Andrews’ favorite is their Tenacious.  This wine is a Syrah-heavy Rhone blend named after Valerie’s mother who passed away over 25 years ago.  Val says “my mother, Arlene was tenacious in everything she did, and she did plenty.  Her license plate on her car was Ten8shs.  Whether she was working in the family liquor store, volunteering at the hospital, battling cancer or just being a great mom and friend, she was tenacious.  My parents introduced the wine industry to Steve and I, and look what happened!  Sorry to say, the wine is so good we drank it all…but a new vintage is coming soon.”

Monte De Oro Winery’s Ken Zignorski is passionate about their Syrah.  For him, it’s all about how well it pairs with food. Ken says “I like pairing the Syrah with a nice ribeye steak or tri-tip on the grill.  It’s got a full-bodied, mellow and a nice, lasting finish for me.  And, I think that Syrah is one of those grapes that really demonstrates Temecula Valley’s capabilities as a wine region.”

Rick & Jennifer Buffington, owners of Cougar Vineyard & Winery, lists Aglianico as their family favorite.  A black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, it originated in Greece and was brought to the south of Italy by Greek settlers. Although it’s not a popular wine amongst the Temecula wineries, it is one that the Buffington family is proud to offer since it isn’t widely available and is very unique.  They appreciate the wine’s complexity, high acidity, firm tannins, rich flavor and its ability to pair well with food.  Plus….it only gets better with age!

At Briar Rose Winery, owners Les & Dorian Linkogle didn’t hesitate when it came to their favorite wine.  Sacrament is a rare and historic Mission Wine.  The Mission Wine is made from the Mission Grape planted by Father Junipero Serra to use for the Sacrament of Communion as he established 9 California missions from 1769-1782.  These Mission Grapes, also known as the Heritage Grape of the State of California, were planted along the El Camino Real by the Founder of California Missions.

Well, it’s safe to say that our owners love their Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends!  So, what is your favorite Temecula Valley wine….and why??

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