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October Winery Events

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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The long, exhausting days of harvest are coming to a close and cooler days are signaling the start of fall here in Temecula Valley Wine Country. It’s a great time to visit and take in events such as a Halloween party at Avensole Winery, Oktoberfest at Europa Village, a murder-mystery dinner at Oak Mountain Winery – and much more!

Avensole Winery
Halloween Party / October 30 / 11am-5pm / Blind trick or treat wine tasting. Guests will win special prizes each time they can guess the correct wine. Haunted water fountains and live music by Cougrzz Rock from 1pm-4pm / Open to the public. Reservations are available for private tables by calling 951.252.2003

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public.

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p /All free and open to the public.

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 / Live acoustic music on the patio

Bel Vino Winery
Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm / Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservations are not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

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

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / Oct. 2-Don Brennan / Oct.9-James Holland / Oct.16-Will Summer

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Oct. 7- Jeff Brinkman / Oct. 14- Jasmine Seek / Oct. 21- Lyndsey Carrier / Oct. 28- Evan Diamond-Goldberg / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm

Danza del Sol Winery
Get Sauced / October 2 / 3p-6p / Cooking demo class and small plates prepared by The M Group. Wine pairing, recipes and wine discounts / $60 pp; $54pp Wine Club Members / Tickets can be purchased at Danza del Sol Winery or by calling 951.302.6363 ext.26

Adios Taco Tuesday / October 11 / 5:30pm-8:30pm / Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for our last Taco Tuesday of the year for tacos, burritos and more! / Live Music / Admission is Free / Wine and selected beer available for purchase / Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only.

Food Truck Friday & 4th Annual Danza de la Muerte Halloween Party / October 28 / 5:30p-10:00pm / Join us in your best costumes, for a WICKED good time! / Devilicious Food Truck and God Save The Queen Food Truck; Music by DJ C2 Events and costume contest / $8.00* Pre-sale, $10.00* at the door; *plus tax. Includes one Spooky Cocktail per admission

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Europa Village
Oktoberfest –Hof Brau Boys / October 7 / 6p-10p / Annual Oktoberfest event to benefit “All From the Heart” non-profit organization. Six local breweries, food, games & more! / Tickets are $49 to general public. Military discount 30%. / Includes entry, commemorative glass, first beer, and dinner / Must be 21 and older only / For reservations log on to www.europavillage.com

Movie in the Vines ~ “Psycho” / October 27 / 6p-8p / An outdoor screening of Psycho (Filmed in 1960- Rated R) / Free with online RSVP / Food truck, popcorn, candy and wine available for purchase / Please bring blankets / For reservations log on to www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Oct. 21- Blue Fish / Oct. 28-Halloween Fright Night at Europa with Big Truth. Costume contests and more!

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Oct. 2- Cougrrz Rock Duo / Oct. 9- Jimmy Patton / Oct. 16- Sam & Stacy / Oct. 23- Luis Andre / Oct. 30- Joe Baldino.

Falkner Winery
Sip N Paint Class “Falling Leaves” / October 13 / 6p-8p / $45 pp. / Includes all materials and a glass of wine. Additional wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle / Reservations is required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Wine Appreciation Class / October 15 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $40 Connoisseur / $20 VIP; $70 per person with lunch option / Reservations required 951.676.8231, ext. 109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday in October / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

Live Music in the Barrel Room Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free and open to the public.

Lorenzi Estate Vineyards & Winery
David Maldonado CD Release Event / October 9 / 12p-4p / Emmy nominated, guitar maestro David Maldonado is one of the only living Flamenco/Spanish composers left worldwide / $50 pp. includes Paella and copy of the new CD included / RSVP required and paid in advance. Contact Julie Perez 619.405.1247; Julie@maldonadomusic.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Night of the Living Wine-O’s / October 28th at 6:00pm / Featuring costume contests, live music, DJ and more! Tickets are $10 and include a glass of ‘Spooky Sangria’. Tickets are pre-sale only, available at Lorimar locations, and online http://www.lorimarwinery.com/feat-event-157685/Night-Of-The-Living-Wineos.html

Spooky Movie in the Vines / October 24th / Starts at sunset at Lorimar’s vineyard lawn.

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Every Saturday / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music! / Check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for a schedule of performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance! / 7p-10p / Dance outside on the patio under the lights with our stellar line up of live bands. It’s a FREE concert! Great Music that will have you on your feet all night long! The whole family is invited! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun on the lawn. Food and our famous fresh baked Sourdough Brie bread and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase/ October 1st / Old School – this professional rock band is hi-energy fun that performs timeless songs with a raw twist / October 15th / Lifetime Rocker – LTR combines four amazing Temecula Valley musicians in an impressive performance of technical expertise, soulful sounds, and smooth harmonies / October 29th – Kepi Payne Project – this high-energy band performs an eclectic variety of music / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Every Sunday 4p-7p / October – Indica Roots / October 7- Ruben V / October 8- Bluefish / October 14- Mickie Arnett / October 15- Tralain / October 21- JD Priest / October 22- Alaina Blair / October 28- Nathan James / October 29- Tricia Freeman / Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Spanish Home Style Dinner Night / October 13 / 6:30p-9:30p / Family style meal service with platters of pasta, bowls of paella, roasted pork tenderloin, toasted marcona almonds, and dessert. Come eat with friends and family and meet new ones / Cost and reservation information – $38 ($32 for wine club members) including a glass of wine / Reservations strongly encouraged: www.montedeoro.com; click on Order Events.

Epicurean Delights Lunch / October 23 / 1p-3p / A hosted 3 course plated lunch with 7 wine pairings from Monte De Oro’s award winning wine collection. Meet Chef William Campbell and learn about the food and wine pairing creations he’s developed. Afterwards, enjoy 3 additional wine tastings in Monte De Oro’s tasting room / Cost and reservation information – $50 per person ($42 for wine club members). By reservation only; limited to 40 people. Please visit www.montedeoro.com; click on Order events.

Blind Syrah Tasting / October 21 / 7:00p-9:30p / A hosted blind tasting of 10 Syrah Wines from California accompanied by epicurean appetizers, tapas and dessert. Compare and contrast before the big unveiling over dessert. Educational, relaxing and fun. Bring your friends! / Cost and reservation information – $60 per person ($54 for wine club members). Reservation required. Please visit www.montedeoro.com; click on Order events.

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite Series / Pink Tree of Life – Oct. 2 / Beautiful Butterfly – Oct. 9 / I Wanna Wine You Up – Oct. 16 / Fall Pumpkin – Oct. 23 / Flower Skull – Oct. 30 / Time 1p-3p / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!) /
Cost: $45/ Tickets at: https://www.paintnite.com/events/1100055.html

Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis / October 23 / 3:00 pm / Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program. These walks raise funds for mission critical research and patient support programs, and help increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Our walks are family-friendly festivals held in more than 120 communities across the country with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support CCFA’s critical research, education, and patient support programs/
Cost: Donation / Register: www.cctakesteps.org/temecula

Live Music at Annata Bistro/Bar / Every Friday – Sunday through October, starts 10/7/16 / 5p-8p / Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar is hosting live music nights every Friday – Sunday for the month of October! A local musician or band will perform live in the restaurant for all diners from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, starting on October 7th. Annata Bistro/Bar will be serving our regular weekend menu as well as craft cocktails, beer on tap, and Mount Palomar wines / Free for diners / Reservations: www.mountpalomarwinery.com/annata

Oak Mountain Winery
Woofs & Purrs in the Vines / October 16th / 12p-4p / 100% of the money earned at this event goes to Cause Fur Paws organization and towards our furry friends diabetes treatments / Admission donation of $35 includes a logo glass, one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music / For tickets and info call 9561.699.9102 or email val1@causefurpaws.org.

Menu Mayhem – Recipe for Murder / October 28th / 6p-9p / A Taste for Wine and Murder. It’s a tour of California Wine Country with its peaceful vineyards and picturesque wineries. The annual wine-tasting festival is in full swing when the body of local vineyard owner, Barry Underwood, is found hidden beneath his wine cellar. Barry has been missing for six long years but with the discovery of his body comes a wealth of new clues to solve the mystery. It’s a vintage murder and you may be a suspect. Come Join us for a gourmet dinner wine and an evening you won’t soon forget / Call 951 699-9102 or email events@oakmountainwinery.com / Book Online www.oakmountainwinery.com/events.

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / 6p-9p / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

Football Specials in The Cellar Lounge / During NFL Football Games, during business hours Sunday, Monday and Thursday /Enjoy food and drink specials in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn during NFL games! Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying your favorite Ponte wine on tap. Visit our website for more information / Cost: No cover charge, food and drink specials $4 – $15.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Haunted Wine Tours / October 28 – 31 / Start and end time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm / From October 28 through October 31, South Coast Winery has paired up some of our best “Deliciously Haunted” wines with some Spook-Tacular & Goulish Foods. Please join our Haunted Wine Tour at 4:00pm for a 90 minute adventure. Limited space, reservations required, sorry no minors allowed costumes optional / Cost: $55.00 per person, $50 per person wine club / Reservation Information: Call to reserve today. (951) 587-9463

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today /Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / Sunday, October 2, 16, 23, 30 / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden /October 2 & 23 – Diego Mondragon; October 16 & 30 – David Maldonado.

Music Entertainment at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / Friday & Saturday evenings through October 29th / 6pm-9pm / Join us for live music entertainment in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / October 6, 15, 28 – Alex Guillen, Guitarist; October 8 – Michael Staff, Pianist; October 14, 22, 29 – David Reynolds, Pianist; October 21 – Greg Shibley, Guitarist / Cost: FREE / No reservations required but recommended for dinner. Please check out our events calendar on SouthCoastWinery.com for more details.

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Break-Up with Your Make-up – Jane Iredale at the Grapeseed Spa / October 8 / 11am-3pm / Your $30 consultation includes a 30 minute session and a glass of South Coast award winning wine. Even better, you may apply the $30 to your Jane Iredale purchase / $30 due when you make your appointment / Reservation Information: Limited Space – Book today! 951.587.9463 Ext. 3513
Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Monday – Friday through November 30. Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa Monday – Friday for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour and indulge in a 50-minute body-massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives. This total body recovery and hydration happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost: $99 / Reservation Information: Call 951-587-9463 Ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Monday-Friday through November 30. Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa Monday-Friday for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour and indulge in a 50-minute body massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives.  This total body recover and hyrdation happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award-winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost $99 / Reservation information: Call 951-587-9463 ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Thornton Winery
Sharon Ride Epilepsy Foundation Fundraiser / Oct. 9th / 7:00am when race starts / A 50 mile ride or 25 mile ride / Cost: $50 includes champagne brunch / For reservations call 649.296.0161

Friday Live Music / 6pm-9pm / $5 Cover fee / Oct. 7-Lifetime Rockers; Oct. 14-Crimson Crow; Oct. 21-Big Truth; Oct. 28-Kanan Road / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series Line-up:
Ottmar Liebert / Oct. 1st / 7pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
Spyro Gyra & Lee Ritenour / Oct. 2nd / 4pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
Brian Culbertson / Oct. 8th / SOLD OUT
Richard Elliot & Peter White / Oct. 16th / 4pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
For tickets and information please log on to www.thorntonwine.com

Wiens Family Cellars
Refugio Wine Paired Dinner / October 28 / 6:30pm-9:30pm / A Cabernet and Malbec lover’s delight! At this event we’ll showcase three vintages of our flagship Refugio Cabernet Sauvignon along with one vintage of our Refugio Malbec; each paired with a wonderful dish! During the event our wine making team will present each vintage and discuss some of the history, attributes of the wine, and how each vintage has aged throughout the years. If you find a particular vintage that you enjoy, each of these wines will be available for purchase on this one night only! Seating is limited to the first 160 guests so be sure you claim your spot before it is too late; these events always sell out/ Cost: $90.00 ($72.00 Wine Club) / For tickets please visit our Event page at www.wienscellars.com.

Wilson Creek Winery
Taste of Tahiti ~ Polynesian Dinner Show / October 9 / 5p-10p / Join us for an extravagant dinner gala under the stars! Dine on an array of seafood such as fresh clams, mussels and oysters, along with lamb and venison flown in directly from New Zealand. Live bands, Polynesian Revue, dancers and other entertainment from the islands of Raiatea, Huahine, Hawaii and New Zealand, will get your heart pumping. You will feel like you are right there on the islands! /For more information: www.tasteoftahiti.org /Adult Dinner: $79 Child Dinner (3-12) $40 / Add unlimited wines with dinner for additional $25 per person

Wine Academy / October 9 / 1p-3p / Top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. Harvest Experience 2; Tank and Barrel Tasting with Guz Vizgirda / Cost are $45 Non-members, Wine Club $30 / For reservations call 951.699.9463

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday, 12-4 pm – FREE to public /10/1 – JD Priest / 10/2 – Jeff Tucker / 10/8 – Smoothie Jones / 10/9 – Tim Walsh / 10/15 – Apryle Dalmacio/ 10/16 – Funk Shui Planet / 10/22 – Justin Bourdreaux / 10/23 Lindsey Carrier / 10/29 – Michael Le Clerc / 10/30 – Buzz Cam
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Welcome Peltzer Family Cellars!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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A big wine country welcome to our newest winery here in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country!  Peltzer Family Cellars, located just off Rancho California Rd, opened their cellars doors this week to celebrate a new chapter in the life of a deeply-rooted farming family.

The Peltzer Family has been farming for over a 100 years. It all started in 1913, when winery owner Charlie Peltzer’s great, great grandfather, Charles Peltzer, left Pretty Prairie, Kansas for Southern California to pursue the American Dream. The family put down their roots on a 20 acre citrus and dairy farm in Anaheim, where they cultivated their family business for the next 41 years. In 1954, the farm became a part of history, selling to the one and only, Walt Disney; and just like that, the family farm became the Happiest Place on Earth–Disneyland.

Charles and his son relocated the citrus farm where it not only grew, but flourished. Soon, the 3rd generation entered when Charles II (Charlie’s dad) joined his dad and grandfather to launch Peltzer’s Pine Tree Farm. Still running today, the farm has been bringing families together every holiday season for over 50 years. Following in his father’s footsteps, our very own Charlie (the third!) joined the family business, opening a pumpkin farm on one of his dad’s Pine Tree Farm locations.

Along came Carrie, Charlie’s wife, and the pumpkin business quickly became a family affair. Soon, with the addition of their two boys, (and future-farmers) Charlie (Charles IV) & Max, the Peltzers decided it was time to pursue our dream of raising their boys on their own family farm. In 2004, they moved onto 25 acres here in the Temecula Valley Wine Country and brought Peltzer’s Pumpkin Farm with them, continuing the tradition of bringing families together on the farm.

Now, their journey continues with the building of their dream winery in Temecula Valley, where they’ve been growing grapes for many years.

Come visit The Crush House; their unique tasting room that embodies Charlie’s roots in farming and Carrie’s passion for design. It’s the perfect place to enjoy what you love most: ­­quality time with friends and a great glass of wine!

40275 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591
951.888.2008
www.peltzerwinery.com

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Curried Butternut Squash Soup Shots

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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This modern shot-glass style serving puts a new spin on this traditional smooth and piquant autumn soup. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Wine Country Merlot or Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris.

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
4 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons curry powder, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups vegetable stock, warmed
1/3 cup heavy cream (extra for garnish)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl toss together the squash, onions, garlic, thyme, 1 tablespoon of the curry powder, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the squash mixture onto a baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes.

Discard the thyme sprig and pour the mixture into a blender along with the warmed stock and puree until smooth. (Do this in two batches). Pour the pureed soup into a medium saucepan simmer and stir in the remaining curry powder, and cumin.

Simmer the soup for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cream until fully combined.
Season with salt and pepper.

Serve by pouring soup into 24 small glasses or espresso cups. Garnish with a few drops of heavy cream. Makes 24, 2-ounce shots.

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Winery 2015 Special Selection Pinot Gris ~ Pairs with Shellfish; especially Scallops, Lobster and Prawns. Creamy pastas, pasta salad, grilled chicken or pork

Europa Village 2015 Estate Pinot Grigio ~ Aromas of nectarines and spring flowers with a subtle minerality in the background. Soft and gentle on the palate with a zesty and refreshing finish.

Leoness Cellars 2013 Vineyard Selection Merlot ~ Subtle nuances of tobacco and vanilla develop through a long, velvety finish.

Oak Mountain 2012 Merlot ~ Flavors of raspberry, blackberry, and plum with abundant smoky oak.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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September Winery Events

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Grape StompThe kids are back in school, the evenings are getting cooler, but things are just starting to heat up in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country!  September is always a special month in wine country; we’re in the middle of harvest and are celebrating California Wine Month ~ Temecula style.  It’s such a great time to visit! Here are some of the fun events the wineries are hosting this month.

Avensole Winery
Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public / 9/2 Harmony Road / 9/3 Izon Eden / 9/9 James Wells / 9/10 Danielle Taylor / 9/16 Jim Bianchi / 9/17 Tim Walsh / 9/23 James Wells / 9/24 Tim Cash / 9/30 Seabaz

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday 1p-4p and Sunday 2p-5p / All free and open to the public / 9/3 Michael LeClerc 1-4p / 9/4 Izon Eden 2-5p / 9/10 Hunter Pea 1-4p / 9/11 Old School Band 2-5p / 9/17 Izon Eden 1-4p / 9/18 Lucky Daze 2-5p / 9/24 Old School band 1-4p / 9/25 Danielle Taylor 2-5p

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents Equivocation / September 8, 9, 10,11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 & 24 / Showtime starts at 7pm at Baily’s outdoor stage / Tickets: General Seating: Regular $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military $17, Season Ticket $20. Royal Table Seating: Regular $30, Season Ticket $27 / Baily Winery maintains booth serving wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks / For ticket information please log on to www.shakespeareinthevines.com

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

Bel Vino Winery
Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm / Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Escape, The Ultimate Tribute to Journey Concert / Sept. 16 / 7pm-10pm / Doors open at 6:30pm / A concert under the stars! Sing and dance the night away with hit songs such as, Anyway You Want It, Separate Ways, Faithfully, Stone in Love and more / Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase / Legacy Wine Club Admission $20 / Regular Admission $25; $30 day of show / Purchase tickets at http://www.heyday.com/#!escape/geln8

Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservations are not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889
Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

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

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public /

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday / Sept. 20 / 5:30pm-8:30pm / Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for tacos, burritos and more! / Live Music / Admission is Free / Wine and selected beer available for purchase / Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only.

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Sept. 3 – Jeff Johnson / Sept. 10 – Vivien Gaines / Sept. 17 – Sean Wiggins

Doffo Winery
Marcelo’s 65th Birthday Celebration / Sept. 24 / 6pm / Join us in celebrating our founder’s birthday, Marcello Doffo! / Enjoy a southern BBQ dinner by Lucille’s and listen to live performances by Elvis (Pala Casino Elvis) / $65 per person plus the purchase of bottle of wine per couple / For more info and reservation please go to www.doffowines.com.

Live Music by Carlos Naranjo / Sept. 4 / 1pm – 4pm / Free to attend / Enjoy Carlos sing and play his guitar on our patio.

Europa Village
Movie in the Vines –“Lego Movie” / Sept. 8 / 7:00pm-9pm / Outdoor screening of Lego Movie on our lawn area / Free with online RSVP / Food truck, popcorn & candy available for purchase.

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Sept. 2 – Big Truth / Sept. 9 – Kanan Road / Sept. 16 – Blue Fish / Sept. 23 – Missy Anderson

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Sept. 4 – Luis Andre / Sept. 11 – Jimmy Patton / Sept. 18 – Danielle Taylor / Sept. 25 – Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Labor Day Weekend Concert / Sept. 2nd – 5th / 10am-5pm / Games, BBQ, and lunch specials. Live Music by Guilty Conscience, Sat., Sept. 3rd. Weekend lunch and Lobster Surf & Turf special in the Pinnacle Restaurant / Reservations requested at 951.676.8231, Option 4.

Wine Appreciation Class / Sept. 17 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $40 Connoisseur / $20 VIP; $70 per person with lunch option / Reservations required 951.676.8231, ext. 109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday in September / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition

Fazeli Cellars
Mobarak! Celebrate with Fazeli Cellars / Sept. 24 / 6pm-10pm / Mobarek! English translation is Congratulations! Come celebrate with Fazeli Cellars as we embark on our first harvest at the new winery / Delicious food, great wines and lots of dancing / 6p-7m is cocktail hour with unlimited sparkling wine, Persian fusion tray passed hors d’oeuvres, Persian food buffet and dessert table / Wine, beer, sangria and cocktails are available for purchase / Live entertainment and belly dancer / Hookah or Cigar Bar available in designated area from 8p-10p / Tickets $40 members, $50 non-members. Add $20 for Hookah or Cigar / For reservations visit www.fazelicellars.com

Hart Winery
Girls Night Out / Sept. 15 / 5pm-7pm / Enjoy wine, massages, and light appetizers / Wine Club $5 for a glass of wine, non-members $8 for a glass of wine.

Leoness Cellars
Harvest Celebration at Leoness / Sept. 30 / 6pm-10pm / Harvest is here again! The magical moment in the vineyards when we pick our grapes and celebrate the fruits of our labor! Join us for a celebration of harvest season. Enjoy wine and dinner, live entertainment and lawn games / $95 public / $85 members / For reservation log on to www.leonesscellars.com
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.
Live Music in the Barrel Room Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free and open to the public.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Back to the 80’s / Sept. 9 / 6pm-8:30pm / This fun evening includes your favorite glass of Masia wine, hot grilled hamburgers with side dishes and condiments / 80’s Retro Candy Bar / Best Dressed Contest, games & prizes. DJ Phaded Mike will be spinning the tunes! / Cost $18-$20 / Reservation required. Email Erica for reservations e.jennings@masiadelavinya.com or online at www.masiadelavinya.com/events

Live Music on the Patio / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music!

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance! / Sept. 3 / 7p-10p / Come join the fun and celebrate our 30 year anniversary! BIG TRUTH – a dynamic 5 piece variety, dance and party cover band that has performed over 350 shows in the 4 years they have played together. They offer versatility by covering a huge mix of music from classic and new rock favorites / Local artists will also join us to display their incredible photography and paintings / Food and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Every Sunday 4p-7p / Sept. 2 – Nathan James / Sept. 3 – Indica Roots / Sept. 4 – Alaina Blair / Sept. 9 – Ruben V / Sept. 10 – Bluefish / Sept. 11 – Terry Scheidt / Sept. 16 – Mickie Arnett / Sept. 17 – Missy Andersen / Sept. 18 – Lindsey Carrier / Sept. 23 – JD Priest / Sept. 24 – Midnight Satellites /Sept. 30 – Alaina Blair / Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Hot Havana Nights / Sept. 3 / 6:00pm-10:00pm / Salsa and Latin Dancing on Monte De Oro’s patio under the stars! Salsa instructions, Caribbean dancers, Cuban cuisine and award-winning wines; enjoy music by Ruben V & The Latin Sounds / $15 cover charge includes one glass of wine or sangria / For more information log on to www.montedeoro.com

Celebrating National Linguine Day / Sept. 15 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / Italian family style service with platters of pasta, bowls of Sunday sauce and meatballs, trays of lasagna, and dessert. Come eat with friends and family and meet new ones / $38 ($32 for wine club members), includes a glass of wine / Reservations strongly encouraged at www.montedeoro.com Click on Order Events.

Epicurean Delights Lunch / Sept. 18 / 1:00pm-3:00pm / A hosted three-course plated lunch with 7 wine pairings from Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine collection. Meet Chef William Campbell and learn about food and wine pairing creations he’s developed. Afterwards, enjoy 3 additional wine tastings in Monte De Oro’s tasting room / $50 per person ($42 for wine club members) Cover charge / Reservation only and limited to 40 people / To reserve please visit www.montedeoro.com and click on Order Events.

Sounds of Sunday / 1:00-5:00pm / Come, relax and end the weekend with a glass of wine and a Bistro entrée. Live music program every Sunday on our outdoor patio / For additional information please visit us at www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
Gourmet Winemaker Dinner in The Cave / Sept. 23 / 6pm-9pm / Join owner and winemaker, Steve Andrews, for a five-course dinner paired with wine for each course / For more information please visit www.oakmountainwinery.com events page or email events@oakmountainwinery.com/

Ponte Winery
Grape Stomp Festival / Sept. 25 / 4pm-9pm / Our 2016 harvest season is here, and with that comes our annual Grape Stomp Festival! Help us ring in autumn with the ultimate harvest season celebration. Everything is included for our guests: wine, a spectacular dinner, music, dancing and of course the grape stomp for our competitive guests! Find our more and purchase tickets online / Cost $89 for wine club members, $99 for non-members / Purchase tickets at shop.pontewinery.com

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour for specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Blessing of the Wines Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival / September 18 /4pm – 7pm / This is a fun-for-the-entire family “blessing” you don’t want to miss! Tickets include entrance to the festival, all-you-can-eat buffet, complimentary toast with the blessing, live musical entertainment, unlimited game play, PLUS the chance to win exciting prizes and everybody’s favorite: stomp those grapes. All ages welcome! / Cost: $55 Non Wine Club, $50 Wine Club, $15 Child (ages 4-12) / Reservation Information: Purchase tickets at store.wineresort.com. Separate ticket links to purchase Adult and Child tickets.

Wine, Dine and Painting / September 25th /10am-1pm /Take in the views and tap into your inner artist hosted by Wine + Vino’s Jill Roberts, then enjoy a fantastic lunch at the Vineyard Rose! This exclusive package comes with three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu to redeem at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Price includes 1 glass of wine with lunch. Wine can be purchased during painting class by the glass or bottle / Cost: $75 per person, $70 Wine Club / Reservation Information: You can purchase tickets online at SouthCoastWinery.com/shop or call 951-587-9463 Ext. 5250 for more information.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Because you’ve got good taste…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.

Chef’s Four Course Wine Down Wednesday Dinner / August 31 / 7pm / Vineyard Rose Restaurant’s Executive Chef Jason Rivas presents this exciting four-course, locally-sourced dining experience, with ultimate award-winning wine pairing with each course. Space is available for 40 people only and the first seating will begin promptly at 7 PM / Cost: 90++ per person / Reservation Information: Call 800.617.2819. All Sales are final. Chef reserves the right to substitute any item of like value without advance notice.

Music Entertainment at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / Friday & Saturday evenings through August 31st / 6pm-9pm / Join us for live music entertainment in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / Cost: FREE / No reservations required. Please check out our events calendar on SouthCoastWinery.com for more details.

Why Limit Happy to an Hour? / 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.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / September 11, September 25th / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden. Featuring live music by David Maldonado / Free to attend / No reservations required.

GrapeSeed Stretch / Yoga at the GrapeSeed Spa / Saturdays: 8am Harmonizing Hatha / Sundays: 8am Hot Yoga / Resorts Guests $10 / Non-guests $20 / Spa Members: Complimentary / Call to reserve at 951.587.9463 ext. 3513

Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Wednesday & Thursday through August 31 /2pm to 6pm / Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa on Wednesdays and Thursdays for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour, starting at 2pm, and indulge in a 50-minute body-massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives. This total body recovery and hydration happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost: $99 / Reservation Information: Call 951-587-9463 Ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music / 6pm-9pm / Free to public / Sept. 2 –Lifetime Rocker / Sept. 9 – Missy Anderson / Sept. 16 – Big Truth / Sept. 23 – Crimson Crow / Sept. 30 – Illegal Sveeds / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series:
Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler / Sept. 10 / 7pm / $85 Gen. Adm.; $160 GSP
Pat Metheny / Sept. 17 / 7pm / $95 Gen. Adm.; GSP – $170
Keiko Matsui, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Lington / Sept. 24 / 7pm / $75 Gen. Adm.; $150 GSP
For reservations call 951.699.0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 129

Vindemia Winery
Adult Happy Hour / September 2 / 5pm-8pm / Light snacks available but guests are encourage to bring a picnic / Fun ukulele singer, adult comedy / Free to attend / Normal tasting, glass and bottle prices.

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