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California Wine Month ~ Temecula Style!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

This September marks the 13th consecutive year that California’s governor has proclaimed California Wine Month; in honor of our state’s contribution as the leading wine industry in the United States.

September is the perfect time to visit Temecula Valley Wine Country. Besides the fact that it is our favorite month, we’ve got several events and promotions up our sleeves and we want you to celebrate with us!

Here are the highlights:

SIP Passport Program

When: Valid Monday through Friday the entire month of September (excluding the Labor Day holiday).

What: Passport for a full tasting flight at any five participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. Passport includes discounts on wine purchases, wine club memberships and dining.

Tickets: $45 per person. For more information and tickets, click here.

“CRUSH on Temecula Valley Wines”
Do you have a crush on Temecula wines?  Visit several participating local restaurants throughout the month of September that will feature a special flight of local wines for the month.  Snap a picture of yourself with the wine flight, tag the restaurant and #crushontemeculawines for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Click here for more information.

#TemeculaWineChallenge Social Media Contest
Do you love social media almost as much as you love Temecula wine?  Then this challenge is for you! The entire month of September, we’re inviting you to select a few “wine country challenges”, such as clinking glasses with a Temecula Valley winemaker, tasting a barrel sample, etc.  Then, snap a pic to post the evidence of your challenge and share with your fellow oenophiles on social media.  We’ll pick winners throughout the month….and again….there will be prizes! Click here for more information.

CRUSH ~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase
Although we never need a reason to raise a glass in celebration, we’ll be doing just that at our 8th annual CRUSH event.  CRUSH is Temecula Valley Wine Country’s signature event and is The ONE and ONLY event showcasing the wines of 30+ member wineries in one location! Winery and local restaurants will also be on hand to pair small bites with the wine.  Mix and mingle with winery owners and winemakers at this most anticipated walk-about tasting!

When: Saturday, September 30 – 7:30p-10:00p
Where: Monte De Oro Winery
Cost: Standard ticket – $89 / VIP ticket – $110

Click here for more information and tickets

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August Winery Events

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace every Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Mangia gourmet cheeses in a variety of flavors are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines in the Tasting Room / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents MacBeth / August 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 / Show time 7pm – 9:30pm / Directed by Wendy Johnson / General seating $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military, $17, Season Tickets, $20 / Royal Table Seating $30 regular, $27 Season ticket holders. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://shakespeareinthevines.org/ For more info call 866.653.8669

Exclusive complimentary tasting of Library Red wines at Baily Estate Tasting Room / August 19 / 11am-4pm / Meet owner and winemaker Phil Baily and enjoy a vertical tasting of his Cabernet Franc. Find out how wines age, become smoother, and develop more complex aromas. Parking is limited so reservations are recommended. No Limos or Busses allowed. Call Lisa at 951-972-9768 to reserve.

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.
Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
The Latin Corner / August 25 / 6p-10p / Free Admission / Music by Ruben V & The Latin Sounds. Salsa Dance Lesson by “Jesse & Bianca” from 6pm-7pm

Friday Nite Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / No Cover / Wine & Beer / Bel Vino Bistro open until 9 pm/ 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. For a list of scheduled performers please visit https://www.belvinowinery.com/events/

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
PUMP – Aerosmith Tribute / August 25 / Doors open at 6pm. Opening Band Begins at 7:00pm
Pump Starts at 8:00pm / Enjoy an evening under the stars listening to classic Aerosmith songs performed by PUMP, the ultimate tribute / Wine, Beer and Food available. No outside food or drink allowed. Limited Seating, Bring your own chairs / Ticketing Information: https://www.heyday.com/pump

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is 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, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

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
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday at Danza / August 8 & 22 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Join us this Summer for our Taco Tuesday nights! Meet us on the Tasting Room Patio for Tacos, Burritos, live music and more! Danza del Sol wine and selected beer available for purchase. Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only. Wine Club Complimentary glasses excluded / No reservations required.

Food Truck Friday / August 11 / 5:30pm- 10pm / Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate Summer with food, wine, and Missy Andersen! / Featuring Missy Andersen with Devilicious Food Truck and Italicus Gelato! / Beer and wine available for purchase. No outside food or alcohol permitted. No wine club complimentary glasses allowed. Wine Club discounts on bottles only. Only bottles purchased during event are permitted. This is not a dog friendly event. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend / Limited Tickets are available for this event! RSVP required. Pre-Sale tickets ONLINE for $8pp / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

SUNDAY FunDay at Danza Del Sol / August 27 / 12pm-5pm / Grab your friends and family and head to Danza del Sol winery for Sunday Funday! An afternoon of wine, food, and fun featuring Devilicious food truck, live music, and of course, award winning Danza Del Sol wine! / No reservations required.
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
Cooking Class / August 5 / 12:00pm / Professional Cooking Class with Three-Course Wine-Paired Gourmet Lunch with our Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Event is held in our Italian Wine Cave / Cost: $58 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Movie in the Vines / August 10 / 8pm / Join us for a movie in the vines featuring “Secret Life of Pets” (2016) Rated PG. Free to public / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Friday Night Entertainment / August 18 / 6pm-9pm / Featuring Big Truth; live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Free to public, optional food tickets $18 plus tax. Portion of proceeds to benefit Jacob’s House non-profit organization.

Comedy Magic Show / August 26 / 6pm / Interactive comedy magic show on our outdoor veranda. Ticket includes show, a glass of wine, and single course entrée / Cost $65 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / August 19 / 10am-12pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “Mermaid” / August 30 / 5:30pm -8pm / $35 per person. Includes all materials. Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Tours and Happy Hour 5:30- 6:30. Members do receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / August 5 / 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm / Doors open at 5:30 with a free 45 min. salsa lesson. No partner or experience needed / Admission fee is $10 wine club member & $15 non-member, plus tax; includes a glass of Sangria / Special Food Menu Items! Wine, Beer, Sangria available for purchase! / To purchase tickets, please visit our website at http://shop.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Foot Path Winery
Food, Wine and Music / August 19 / 6:30p to 9pm / Featuring Tim Cash on the guitar – Under the stars in front of the house / $25.00 per person, which includes the food and a glass of wine / Please call the winery to make reservations. 951-265-9951

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October / Free Admission / Come on by and bring the family out to enjoy Live Music with different artists each week along with our fine wines and craft brews, mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, full snack bar and tons of family fun! / No outside beverages or coolers allowed. Dinner available with RSVP ~ Menu varies but is usually ranch style faire. $8 to $10 approximately / Call or email for table reservations which is highly recommended (951) 587-6221 or info@longshadowranchwinery.com

Sundresses & Cowboy Boots / August 4 / Doors open at 6p / Annual Country Music Festival at Longshadow Winery. Featuring Kanan Road, Taylor Tickner, Ashley Zavala and Line Dancing with Nita Dancing DJ / Wine, beer and food available, must be 21+ to drink. 2 drink minimum / For tickets please visit www.heydey.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Laugh Your Glass Off, Comedy Show / August 3 / 6:00pm in the Barrel Room at Lorimar / Tickets are available at www.lorimarwinery.com / Cost is $20; $18 for Wine Club.

Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine / August 11 / 7:00pm on the Vineyard Lawn at Lorimar / Join us for a four-course dinner, paired with Lorimar wines and three cigars from Casa Lovo / Tickets are available at www.lorimarwinery.com / Cost is $8; $76.50 for Wine Club

Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Dessert & Wine Pairing / August 20 / 1pm-3pm / Dessert stations paired with our delicious Masia de la Vinya Wines! / Members: $13.00 | Guests: $16.00 / RSVP- To Erica at e.jennings@masiadelavinya.com or call 951-303-3860

Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Saturday Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy Concert / August 5 / 6:30p-10:00pm / Come enjoy a night of great music under the stars / General admission tickets available $55.00/$50.00 for WC members. Order tickets at www.montedeoro.com under Store & Event Tickets / Food and beverages available for purchase.

Warrant Concert / August 19 / 6:30p-10:00pm / American glam band featuring Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and Heaven / General admission tickets available $55.00/$50.00 for WC members. Order tickets at www.montedeoro.com under Store & Event Tickets / Food and beverages available for purchase.

Sounds of Sunday / Every Sunday / 1pm-5pm / Live music program on our outdoor patio. Come listen to local artists each Sunday afternoon while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and lunch. Free admission. For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
The Band that Fell to Earth: A David Bowie Tribute / August 11 / 6:00p- 9:00p / Based out of Los Angeles, California, the Band that Fell to Earth is performing live at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California. Enjoy the ultimate tribute to David Bowie / Tickets $25 online, $30 at the door. Two for one special for a limited time! / Get tickets at: https://www.heyday.com/bowieodyssey

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / August 13 & 27 /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!). Get 35% off with the coupon code
“PaintNiteHere” / Tickets $45 at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Murder Mystery Dinner / August 25 / 8:00p – 10:00p / The Dainty Dames are hosting another intriguing murder mystery event! “An Award to Die For” is a brand-new show, never hosted at Mount Palomar Winery. This interactive event live show gives you the chance to enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine while hunting for a killer and solving a mystery. Previous shows by the Dainty Dames at Mount Palomar have sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets! / Pricing: $120++ / Tickets at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Murder-Mystery-Dinner

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Ponte Movie Night for a Cause / August 10 / Lawn seating, concession stands and bar open at 6:30 p.m., Movie begins at 8:30pm / Join us at the winery after-hours for a feature presentation of Disney’s Moana to help us make a difference in the lives of local children and families. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the kid-friendly entertainment under the stars in our Vineyard Garden / Cost: Free to attend. Family-friendly fare, popcorn, sweets, beer and wine available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services and other deserving local charities / www.pontewinery.com

Ponte Grape Stomp 2017 / August 20 / Check-In begins at 3:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres & bar open at 4:00 p.m. | Competition begins at 5:00 p.m. / Ready, set, stomp! Join us for the ultimate harvest season celebration. The 15th Annual Ponte Grape Stomp will be an evening of food, fun and friendly competition! Cost: $108 for Wine Club Members, $120 for guests. Visit our website to see the event menu, and to purchase tickets / www.pontewinery.com

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented musicians / Entertainment is free while dining / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / 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-6pm / 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, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / 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. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

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 / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

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

Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00am / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country? South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Champagne Jazz Concert Series:
Spyro Gyro with Special Guest, Vincent Ingala / August 12 / 7:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $75 / Gourmet Supper Package $150
Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler / August 20 / 6:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $85 / Gourmet Supper Package $160
Ottmar Liebert / August 27 / 6:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $75 / Gourmet Supper Package $150
For Concert Reservations: www.thorntonwine.com or call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129

Eagles Tribute Band / August 25 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 Cover – General Admission / *Reservations: A must for dinner table / Call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129

Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wiens Family Cellars
Movie in the Vines / August 3 / 7:00pm-10:00pm / Join us for a presentation of the movie Babe and help support Sale Ranch Sanctuary, a local non-profit sanctuary offering forever homes to animals who have been neglected, abused or discarded. Bring your own chairs and blankets for open lawn seating and enjoy the movie outside under the stars. This event is an all ages event, so please feel free to bring the whole family / Tickets $10 (Includes Popcorn) / http://www.wienscellars.com/res-402126/Movie-Night-In-The-Vines.html

Summer Concert Series– The Alarm / August 11 / 6pm-10pm / Join us for our summer concert series with The Alarm! / General Admission: $55.00. VIP: $99.00. VIP Table of 4: $395.00. VIP Table of 10: $950.00 / http://goldencrownproductions.com/index.php/events/131-the-alarm-august-11th-wiens-family-cellars

Wilson Creek Winery
Sara Evans Concert / August 20 / Doors open at 6pm / Join us for a wine country concert at Wilson Creek Winery with the amazing, Sara Evans! And don’t miss opening band, Temecula Road! There’s nothing like fine music & fine wine in the summertime! / To purchase tickets, go to www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Fresh California Chopped Salad with Marinated Grilled Steak

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

When the temps are rising, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the kitchen. For a great entree salad, try this crunchy summer salad topped with grilled steak—marinated in Temecula Valley Zinfandel.  It gets its zing from a spicy-mustard vinaigrette. For the ultimate pairing, be sure to serve it with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel!

Ingredients:

1 cup Temecula Valley Zinfandel

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon ground cayenne

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 New York strip steak (about 14-ounces), 1-inch thick, trimmed of fat

2 large tomatoes, preferably different colors

3 cups chopped, romaine lettuce

1 cup sugar snap peas, stemmed and cut into three pieces

1 cup cooked corn kernels, cut off the cob and cooled

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more for serving

Directions:

Bring the wine and garlic to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Let cool.

Pour the mixture into a medium glass bowl and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, black peppercorns, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon of the dry mustard.

Add the steak and turn it to coat. Cover the steak and marinate it in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours, turning it once.

Preheat the grill to high heat.

Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry.

Grill the steak for 6 minutes on each side for rare to medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

Cut each tomato into eight wedges, and set aside.

Put the lettuce, snap peas and corn in a large bowl.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the spicy mustard in a small bowl with the vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and the remaining teaspoon of dry mustard.

Toss the lettuce mixture with the desired amount of vinaigrette.

Slice the steak across the grain into ½ inch strips.

Divide the salad among four plates, and top with tomato and steak slices.

Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings: 

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ Van Roekel 2013 Zinfandel

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2013 Wild Horse Peak Zinfandel

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2014 Reserve Zinfandel 

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2012 Wilson Creek Family Reserve Zinfandel


Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California.

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