Archive for November, 2016

November Winery Events

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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There’s a chill in the air now and suddenly we’re planning holiday meals! Whether your holiday plans keep you close to home or off visiting relatives, plan to sneak in a trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country to stock up on your favorite wine, pick up holiday gifts or attend one of the great events going on in wine country!

Avensole Winery
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
30th Anniversary Celebration / Nov. 5 & 6 / 12:30p-3:30p / Celebrate 30 years at 3 locations! / Winery at Pauba Road: Wine tasting only $5, free BBQ, tank tasting, wines available by the glass & bottle, live entertainment, holiday wine sales and vintage photo display / Tasting room & Carol’s Restaurant on Rancho Cal. Rd.: Discounted wine tastings $10 (includes logo glass), complimentary food samples from Carol’s Restaurant, holiday wine sales, free glass of selected wines at Carol’s when you bring your purchase receipt from tasting room or winery, free gift for our doggie friends / Baily’s in Old Town: show your receipt of purchase from Tasting Room or Winery and receive free glass of selected wines.

Shakespeare in the Vines presents “The Lion in Winter” / Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 & 19 / 7:00pm-9:30pm / Join us for this Fall production that will be held at the indoor stage at Carol’s Restaurant / Advance tickets can be purchase at https://tickets.temeculatheater.org/?category=40
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 / Nov.5 –The J3’s / Nov.6 –Gin Piston / Nov.12 –Billy Watson / Nov.13 –Nathan James / Nov.19 –Soul Fire / Nov. 20 –Daring Greatly / Nov.26 –Michael SG / Nov.27 –Barry J. /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

Chapin Vineyards
Post Harvest Celebration & Dance / Nov. 4 / 5:30-10:00pm / For one night Chapin Winery becomes a classic Roadhouse; Jazz and standards will be played. Swing dance to the music of Sinatra, Bennett and Martin / $20 per guest, includes a glass of wine and incredible taco bar / Reservation required at 951.506.2935. Payment required at the time of reservation.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to the public / Nov. 4 –Jeff Brinkman / Nov. 11-Jason Witt / Nov. 18 –Evan Diamond-Goldberg / Nov. 25 –Frankie and the Invisibles
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / Nov. 6 –James Holland / Nov. 13 –Will Sumner / Nov. 20 –Don Brennan

Danza del Sol Winery
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
Vive Bene – Antidote to Black Friday / Nov. 25 / 10am – 8pm / Enjoy slow paced version of Black Friday at Europa. Special holiday items for everyone on your gift list. Additional 10% off retail items. Chef Dean’s goodies to be sold. Bring in 10 non-perishable items and receive an extra 5% off purchase. Strolling carolers and food tastings from 5pm to 8pm.

Live Friday Night Entertainment / Nov. 4 / 6pm-9pm / Crimson Crow will be performing on our outdoor veranda.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Nov. 6 Dustin Lake / Nov. 13 Jimmy Patton / Nov. 20 Luis Andre / Nov. 27 Joe Baldino

Falkner Winery
Sip N Paint Class “Paris Lovebirds” / November 3 / 6-p-8p / $45 per person / Includes all materials & a glass of wine. Additional wines available for purchase by glass or bottle / Reservations are required. Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / November 6 & 13 / 12p-3p / Lawn Game competition (starting at 1pm) & other limited lawn games / Taco Bar, Sangria, Luscitos, Beer

Veterans Day Weekend for Active & Retired Military / November 11th-13th / 10a-5p / Free Classic Wine Tasting , 15% off bottles & 20% off in the Pinnacle Restaurant for Active & Retired Military. Thank you for your service!

Wine Appreciation Class / November 19 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 pp / $40 Connoisseur; $20 VIP; $70 person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Black Friday Sales / November 25th-27th / 10p-5p / FREE taste of our Hot Lips with purchase of a tasting in the Tasting Room & discounts in the Gift Shop up to 33% off Select items!

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness Voted Best Winery Restaurant by USA Today! 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.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / November 4th & 11th / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm) / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $30**; Gen. Adm. $20** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine /November 10 /6pm – 8pm /Attention cigar aficionados: Lorimar is bringing back Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine! It’s our second Cigar and Wine pairing event and tickets are on sale now / Tickets are $85/$76.50 WC – includes a three course dinner paired with Lorimar Wine, and cigars form Casa Lovo. Space is limited so get your tickets early! /Purchase Tickets at http://www.lorimarwinery.com/res-393459/Smoke-Vine-An-Evening-Of-Cigars-And-Wine-Nov.html

Black Friday Sales Event / November 25 / 9am – 9pm / Join us on Black Friday to Eat, Drink, and Shop! The winery will be opening early for $5 tastings from 9 am – 12 pm, Pairings Food Truck will be open at Noon, live music from 2 pm to close, and take advantage of the HUGE SALES that only happen once a year on Holiday & Gift Merchandise!

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.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Nov. 4, Cougrzz Rock / Nov. 5, Indica Roots / Nov. 11, Ruben V / Nov. 12, Alaina Blair / Nov. 18, Mickie Arnett / Nov. 19, Missy Andersen / Nov. 25, JD Priest /Nov. 26, Midnight Satellites/ Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / November 11 / 1:00p-3:00p / 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 /
Ticket at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery! / Every Saturday and Sunday / 1pm-4pm / Local musician will perform live on our beautiful outdoor patio. You can enjoy a craft cocktail, a draft beer, a glass of wine and the Mediterranean inspired men at Annata Bistro/Bar along with the show / Free entertainment / For more information please visit www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Annata

Ponte Winery
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant
Gather at Bouquet Restaurant this Thanksgiving for an elegant feast featuring traditional favorites and delectable desserts. / Thursday, November 24 / 5p-9p / Reservations required / Price varies.

Black Friday Shopping Event
Stop by the Tasting Room on Black Friday for holiday shopping, live music by Jason Weber and hors d’oeuvres!  Wine Club members will receive 30% off wine and merchandise all day, and 35% off case purchases / Friday, November 25 / 10a-8p / Live music and hors d’oeuvres 5p-8p. / Free to attend.

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 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
Fall for a South Coast Winery Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving Feast at Vineyard Rose Restaurant / November 24 / 11:00 am – 9:00 pm / This menu is a festive and delicious 4-course dinner with a single price, based on the entrée selected plus 20% gratuity and 8% tax. Beverages are additional / Reservations are required so call today to reserve the best selection: 951.587.9463 ext. 350

Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony / November 27 / 6:00pm – 9:00 pm / It’s Santa’s official arrival to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kids of all ages are invited to take in the splendor of the resort’s decked-out halls and vineyards, lit up with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. Add in a tree lighting ceremony, holiday movies, tractor rides thru the vineyards, Christmas caroling, and select performances from the Nutcracker, by tiny ballerinas in-training from one of the region’s premiere dance academies, Murrieta Dance Project, plus so much more – all for FREE. Of course, there will be plenty of holiday cheer for purchase that evening too.

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.

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

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.

Thornton Winery
Thanksgiving Dinner / November 24 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm / Thanksgiving Plated Dinner –Three Course Meal – Choice of FOUR Starter Selection, Four Entrees and Delectable Desserts / $51.95 plus tax & gratuity; Children 12 Under – $19.95 plus tax & gratuity / For reservations call: (951) 699-0099

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wine & Words / November 9 / 6pm-8pm / Wiens Family Cellars very own book society! Every other month, Wiens will select a book and perfectly pair it one of their wines with it. In addition, they hold a themed meeting/party in which both the book and wine is discussed while enjoying themed appetizers. Ticket includes, book, bottle of wine, and entrance to the themed party / $79 per person ($63.20 Wine Club Members) /Purchase tickets here: www.wienscellars.com

Sale Ranch Sanctuary Fundraiser & Silent Auction / November 18 / 6pm-10pm / Featuring Urban Skies, The Keith Urban Experience. Wiens Family Cellars will host an exciting fundraiser and silent auction event for the benefit of Sale Ranch Sanctuary, a local animal rescue that rescues high risk and severely abused animals. Ticket includes dinner and live music with all proceeds going towards Sale Ranch Sanctuary / $100 per person / Purchase Tickets Here; www.saleranchsanctuary.org

Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Academy / November 13 / 1p-3p / Garden Terrace Room / Holiday Bubble Experience / Great Sparkling Wines of the World / Instructor: Mick Wilson / Wine Club $30 – Non-Members $40 / Reservations: 951-699-9463

Live Music Fridays & Saturdays: Click here for schedule


It’s a Foodie Paradise!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016


Most guests who are new to our wine country don’t realize just how unique the Temecula Valley Wine Country really is. Although, there are several aspects that make us unique, our thriving culinary scene certainly stands out at the top of the list!  In fact, there are over 15 of our wineries that have restaurants or eateries on their property.  Top chefs from all over Southern California are taking up roots in Temecula Valley Wine Country and several Temecula winery restaurants have received national acclaim.

One such restaurant, The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars, was recently rated #1 Winery Restaurant by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice.  Also voted Best Restaurant of the IE (Inland Empire) for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, The Restaurant at Leoness features a variety of appetizers, colorful salads, unique flatbreads, and seasonal Chef Selections.

Additionally, The Restaurant at Ponte Winery was rated by OpenTable as one of the top 100 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining.  Their al fresco dining area is surrounded by vineyards and beautifully manicured gardens.

At Ponte Vineyard Inn, Bouquet Restaurant was recently awarded the TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence! Dine indoors or out in the fine dining setting located at the luxurious AAA Four Diamond Inn, surrounded by manicured Italian gardens with stunning views of the vineyard and our 1-acre pond. Or, if you’re just looking for a quick bite, the alluring and elegant underground Cellar Lounge is located on the basement level of the Inn and features signature cocktails, craft beer, gourmet entrées and small plates.

No stranger to winning awards, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant has been the winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past five years.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, pairing their seasonal menu expertly with their award-winning wines.

Be sure to visit one of our winery restaurants on your next visit to Temecula Valley, Southern California’s Wine Country.  You’ll be glad you did!

Additional award-winning Temecula Valley Winery Restaurants:

Avensole Restaurant & Marketplace –  As Temecula’s newest Wine Country restaurant, Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere.

Breezeway Grill at Lumiere Winery – Enjoy beautiful vineyard and mountain views from the patio of the Breezeway Grill.  Try the new peaches and ice cream dessert made with Lumiere’s Sauvignon Blanc.

Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery – Walking into Carol’s is somewhat like walking into a medieval or European castle. The menu features a variety of beautiful entrée salads, appetizers, sandwiches, fresh fish, steak, and pasta dishes.

Bel Vino Bistro -Bistro diners enjoy an upscale American menu with plates such as the seared albacore sandwich, delicious signature flatbreads, and fresh seasonal salads inspired by Chef Nathaniel Philips.

Meritage at Callaway Winery – Sitting high atop Temecula’s breathtaking wine country, Meritage at Callaway offers guests incredible panoramic views of the rolling hills and vineyards. Guests can enjoy a delightful array of fresh, farm-to-table meals, made from scratch.

Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Vineyard & Winery – Want a quick meal in the midst of wine tasting?  Look no further than Sangio’s Deli.  All Salads and Sandwiches are made to order with Boar’s Head quality products. Sliced meats and cheeses are also available.

Pinnacle at Falkner Winery – The Pinnacle offers great panoramic views, outstanding Mediterranean style food, and high quality service. Critics have consistently praised the food quality, customer service, and great ambiance at Pinnacle.

Baba Joon’s Kitchen at Fazeli Cellars – Baba Joon’s Kitchen provides a unique – and extensive – Mediterranean Persian fusion menu that results in a perfect wine pairing experience.

Flower Hill Bistro at Miramonte Winery – The bistro offers a variety of craft food items from the Fromage + Tomato, to the amazing Roasted Veggie flatbread, to the glorious Piri Piri Half Chicken.

Monte De Oro Bistro at Monte De Oro Winery – Offering casual lunch fare – seasonal salads, Panini’s, and pasta dishes along with delectable appetizers including meat & cheese plates, hummus, and seasonal snacks.

Annata Bistro at Mount Palomar Winery – Annata Bistro/Bar has a full service bar, handcrafted signature cocktail menu, beer on tap, all of the Mount Palomar Wines you know and love, and a Mediterranean inspired menu.

Cave Café at Oak Mountain Winery – With a focus on small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with creative flavor and presentation, head chef Eric Celaya offers a menu with the variety necessary to create snack plates, tapas, light meals, full Mediterranean-style dining, or even just an intimate dessert.

Mama Rosa’s Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Vineyards – Pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and pasta rule the menu here.  Guest favorites include tortellini stuffed with braised short ribs, Gorgonzola cream sauce, garlic and Prosecco, and a meatball sandwich layered with sauce, salami, chili oil and Provolone, baked and finished with basil and Parmigiano.

Café Champagne at Thornton Winery – A breathtaking entrance to the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Café Champagne’s elegance combines with “Contemporary Fusion Cuisine” to create a well-rounded flair for the total gourmet experience.

Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery – Dine al fresco among the vines and enjoy casual, yet tasteful items fill the menu with delicious appetizers, gorgeous salads, scrumptious sandwiches, and of course Creekside seasonally inspired specials.


Wine Country Recipe ~ Roasted Whole Turkey with Wild Rice and Kale Stuffing

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016


Serves 10 to 15

Perfectly roasted and juicy, this maple-glazed turkey is served with a savory sweet combo of wild rice with hearty greens, pecans, and dried cranberries. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Zinfandel.


1 (14-lb) turkey, giblets and neck removed from cavity, rinsed and patted dry

6 whole fresh sage leaves

2 cups chicken stock Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons maple syrup (for turkey glaze)

1 tablespoon unsalted melted butter (for turkey glaze)

For the stuffing:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup finely diced onion

1 cup finely diced celery

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

1 large bunch kale, stems and ribs removed, leaves roughly chopped

1½ cups pecan halves, roughly chopped

½ cup sweetened dried, cranberries

6 cups cooked wild rice blend (combination of wild rice and brown rice)

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 375° F

Place the turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan.

Tie the ends of the turkey legs together with kitchen twine.

Gently push 3 sage leaves under the skin of each side of the breast.

Season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Pour the stock into the roasting pan and place it in the pre-heated oven. Reduce the heat to 325° F and roast the turkey for 2 hours.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and baste the turkey with pan juices. Cover just the breast with foil. Return to the oven and continue roasting for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven once again. Remove the foil and baste the turkey with pan juices. Cover the breast and roast for 20 minutes longer or until the internal temperature at the meaty part of the thigh registers at 165° F.

While the turkey is roasting prepare the stuffing (below)

When the turkey is fully cooked, remove the foil and baste one more time with the pan juices.

Untie the legs and fill the cavity with hot rice stuffing. You will have left over stuffing which can be served as a vegetarian side dish.

For the glaze, mix the maple syrup and melted butter in a small bowl. Brush the turkey with the glaze. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.

For the stuffing:

Heat the butter in a wide 5 to 6 quart pot over medium heat until it starts to sizzle.

Add the onion, celery and sage, and cook for 8 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high, toss in the kale and cook for 5 minutes or until the kale is tender.

Stir in the pecans, cranberries, rice, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Cook just until heated through.

Re-heat the stuffing before placing in the cavity of the turkey.

Recipe and photo provided by the Wine Institute of California

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