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California Restaurant Month, Temecula Wine Country Style!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

California Restaurant Month – Splurge, Savor and Save

CA Restaurant Month

Outdoor cafes and bistros, ultra-fresh ingredients, innovative chefs—sample the best of Temecula Valley wine country’s incredible culinary scene throughout January during California Restaurant Month.  Enjoy unforgettable dining experiences at several of our winery restaurants where you’ll find incredible pre-fixe and specialty menu items all month long.

Taste the Place we call home by mentioning California Restaurant Month at any of the below winery restaurants to receive special discounts!

Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery
32720 Rancho California Road
www.CallawayWinery.com

Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery
33440 La Serena Way
www.BailyWinery.com

Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery
40620 Calle Contento
www.FalknerWinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
35820 Rancho California Road
www.MonteDeOro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
33820 Rancho California Road
www.MountPalomar.com

Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
34843 Rancho California Road
www.SouthCoastWinery.com

Thornton Winery
32575 Rancho California Road
www.ThorntonWine.com

Creekside Grill – Wilson Creek Winery
35960 Rancho California Road
www.WilsonCreekWinery.com

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January’s “California Restaurant Month” Features Temecula Winery Restaurant Deals

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If saving bucks while eating out is important to you in the new year, then you must take advantage of the much-anticipated California Restaurant Month specials taking place across the Golden State. Started by Visit California to promote new eateries and great dining deals throughout the month of January, many California cities and regions have annually embraced the designation and Temecula is one of the most celebrated in the state.

Are your favorite winery restaurants offering dining deals in January? Check out the list below!

For more information on Temecula Valley’s Restaurant Month, visit the official website here; or call 951-491-6085.

Learn about California Restaurant Month across the state here! California Restaurant Month is packed with great restaurants, chefs, chef interviews, and great contests with great prizes.

 

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Temecula Valley Wine Country Celebrates California Restaurant Month!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

 Some content courtesy of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Food and wine-lovers are invited to experience California Restaurant Month in Temecula Valley with special prix fixe/fixed-price lunch and dinner menus and other promotions at participating winery restaurants now through January 31. A perfect opportunity to enjoy Temecula wines where they’re made, along with food created especially to pair with them.

“This is the unique opportunity-of-the-year to taste the quality wine country cuisine that Temecula Valley’s talented chefs are cooking up at especially attractive prices,” encourages Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

What has attracted top chefs from all over Southern California to take up roots in Temecula Valley wine country? A local chef explains, ‘I love the bounty of farms, ranches and vineyards we have here. The weather is perfect, the food is fresh, the wine is handcrafted and the locals are welcoming!’

January is an excellent time to visit the 35+ wineries in Temecula Valley. Less-busy weekdays promise the potential for conversations with the chefs and winemakers.

Throughout this month, the following Temecula Valley wineries are offering delicious prix-fixe menus and special pricing! It’s the perfect time to dine in wine country. Click on each restaurant below for more details…


Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards

Enjoy seasonal ingredients and award-winning wines in the relaxed alfresco dining room; 951.699.9463

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Chef Mike Henry uses local and organic Ingredients to produce tapas, salads and entreés with a Mediterranean flair; 951.676.4001

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

The Pinnacle at Falkner Winery

The Pinnacle offers great panoramic views of the vineyards, outstanding food and quality service; 951.676.8231

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

Shorty’s Bistro at Mount Palomar Winery

Sit down to a diverse array of Mediterranean-inspired dishes from sandwiches and gyros to stone-oven pizzas; 951.676.5047

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

Cafe Champagne at Thornton Winery

Country French elegance combines with “Contemporary Fusion Cuisine” to create a well-rounded flair for the total gourmet experience; 951.699.0088

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Delight your palate with contemporary California wine country cuisine in an elegant Tuscan-style setting; 951.587.WINE [9463]

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

MDO Bistro at Monte De Oro

Enjoy Californian contemporary cuisine with fantastic vineyard views at MDO Wine Bar & Bistro; 951.491.6551

Click here for California Restaurant Month menu & pricing!

 

Plus! On Sunday, January 20th, The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle’s popular “Vineyard Picnic Wine-Tasting Tour” will feature bonus ‘foodie’ presentations by locally-acclaimed chefs. Grapeline’s Vineyard Picnic Tour includes an informative winemaking tour, wine tasting at 4 unique wineries, and a gourmet picnic lunch in a scenic wine-country setting.

 

About California Restaurant Month

California Restaurant Month is a promotional initiative created by Visit California designed to encourage post-holiday, January travel to the Golden State, and to continue to position the state as the top culinary destination.

For more details, including City of Temecula restaurant menus and promotions, please see RestaurantMonth.org/Restaurants.

 

 

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Temecula Valley Wine Country Restaurants

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

January is California Restaurant Month, so we’d like to take this opportunity to preview the month-long event by highlighting the bounty of restaurants right here in Temecula Valley Wine Country. In case you needed another reason to visit beautiful Temecula Wine Country, here are eight more mouthwatering ways to get the most out of your wine country experience!

The Restaurant at Ponte: Recognized as a top 50 restaurant for outdoor dining in the US by OpenTable, the Restaurant at Ponte serves a wide selection of Farmers’ Market salads, grape-wood fired pizzas, fresh pasta dishes, natural beef, sustainable seafood and homemade desserts. Chef Vincent Logan’s seasonally-driven menu uses only what is fresh and available at that time of year. Share a bottle of Ponte wine with friends over the Butcher’s Platter– the Chef’s selection of cured meats, olives, mustards and capers, or treat yourself to the Lobster Macaroni made with three cheeses and topped with herbed breadcrumbs. Whether you decide on one of Ponte’s signature wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood options or the Chocolate Blackout Cake, you’ll always have a delicious experience at The Restaurant at Ponte.

The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars: Chef Daragh Matheson crafts Italian and French provincial cuisine for this 3,800 square foot restaurant overlooking the vineyards at Lenoness Cellars. Hailing from Ireland, Chef Daragh is a classically trained chef who has worked in some of the world’s top restaurants, including the Michelin-named Whites on Green in Dublin. Guest favorites include the Mac ‘n Cheese with Truffle Oil, Hand-cut French Fries Topped with Crispy Bacon and Parmesan,  and Rack of Lamb with Tomato and Mint Sauce. Next time you’re in the mood to be swept away on a wine and culinary experience, try The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars.

The Pinnacle at Falkner Winery: Voted 2010 Best Restaurant and Best Chef by readers of Inland Empire Magazine, The Pinnacle offers Mediterranean-style cuisine and outstanding service, in addition to Falkner wines. Appetizers include Fresh Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto, Ancho Spiced Shrimp and Avocado, and the Trio of Mushroom Soup. For heartier appetites, the Baked Chicken Cannelloni, topped with alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese, is the perfect choice to satisfy that craving for comfort food. For California Restaurant Month in January, Chef Gianni Ciciliot will be offering The Winemaker’s Pasta- fresh pasta tossed with jumbo shrimp and fresh herbs- for only $15.00.

Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Winery: Executive Chef Michael Henry creates diverse, seasonal menus that accentuate Callaway’s long history of fine Temecula wine. Having worked at many top fine dining establishments, including a stint at Cesar’s in Atlantic City for Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Chef Michael focuses on freshness and seasonality for the menu at Meritage. Share a variety of tapas (small plates) like Crispy Steak Fries with Parmesan, Parsley & Peppercorn Aioli, Ceviche “Mixto” with Ahi, Octopus, Clams, Mussels & Blue Crab and Asparagus Risotto Fritters with Gorgonzola & Roasted Garlic Cream with a group. The Kobe Beef Cheese Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, Provolone, Peppercorn Aioli & Fries and Spaghettini & Carlsbad Manila Clams & Mussels with an Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Fennel & Baby Tomato Sauce are both popular entrees that can be enjoyed while looking out onto Callaway’s gorgeous vineyards. In January, for California Restaurant Month, guests will have the opportunity to order a Roasted Pork Belly or Grilled Jumbo Shrimp Kebob with taste of paired wines for just $20.

Carole’s Restaurant at Baily Vineyard and Winery: Carole’s Restaurant menu incorporates local produce, fruits and herbs, honey, olive oil, and estate grown produce. Nosh on some Mushroom Drops- Crimini mushrooms stuffed with basil and sundried tomato cream cheese- while trying to decide between the Duet of Raviolis, the Tri-Tip Skewers with Gorgonzola Butter, the BBQ Pork Loin Sandwich and the other mouthwatering offerings on Carole’s entree menu.  Sit near the fireplace, enjoy live music every Saturday and Sunday and finish off your meal with a glass of Baily’s 2006 Vintage Port. What an amazing evening!

Shorty’s Bistro at Mount Palomar Winery: Shorty’s Bistro’s Mediterranean inspired appetizers, sandwiches, homemade soups, freshly made hummus, stone oven pizzas, delicious entrees and elegant desserts make it an ideal choice for wine country guests looking for variety.  Meat-lovers would be thrilled with the Braciole Beef Baguette, a sandwich of seasoned roast beef, charred tomato, whole grain mustard, gouda, lettuce and onion while vegetarians can delight in The Quattro Fromaggio, a stonebaked pizza topped with mozzarella, cheddar, monterey jack, feta and parmesan cheese with fresh rosemary and extra virgin olive oil. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Shorty’s is opened for dinner, and the eclectic menu features a Sweet Onion & Chicken Tart, Seared Salmon with Sofrito and Tri Tip Roast with Portabella Mushroom. Mark your calendars for January’s California Restaurant Month, since Shorty’s will be offering Scallops and Shrimp Skewers Over Risotto, served with wine and cheesecake for a set price of only $30.

Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery and Spa: Vineyard Rose offers wine country visitors a taste of Southern California with a hint of Tuscany. Start your day off with a delicious breakfast (served Monday through Friday from 7:00-10:45am) of Rolling Hills Bananas Foster Pancakes, Country Biscuits With Sausage Gravy or a California Spa Omelette. The lunch menu has something for everyone, with items ranging from Coconut Shrimp all the way to Lamb Osso Buco. Planning a romantic dinner? The Vineyard Rose Restaurant not only offers the ambiance, but dishes like Gnocchi al Fresco and Butter Poached Scallops will help set the mood for a meal to remember.

Café Champagne at Thornton Winery prides itself on its “Contemporary Fusion Cuisine,” which has won the Gold Award for Contemporary Cuisine for eleven consecutive years from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. The Vineyard Tapas Plate, comprised of Tuscan Salami, Garlic Herb Shrimp, Marinated Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato, Olives, Goat Cheese Spread and Cracker Bread pairs perfectly with Thornton’s 2010 Tempranillo, while the Baby Spinach and Honey Roasted Pear Salad goes well with Thornton’s 2010 Mouvedre. Dinner entrees such as the Butter Poached Lobster Panini and the Pan Roasted Maple Glazed Salmon are two of the many reasons why Café Champagne was granted 5 stars for contemporary cuisine from the Southern California Restaurant Writers.

 

Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery: Executive Chef Steve Stawinski brings 20 years of experience to the newest member of the Temecula Valley Wine Country restaurants. The Fall menu features a California Cheese Plate, Red Curry Pumpkin Dip in addition to an array of salads and sandwiches. When owner Mick Wilson discovered an allergy to gluten, he had Chef Steve develop a gluten free menu, which includes Flatbread with Zinfandel Soaked Dried Cherries, Creekside Garden Rosemary, Fresh Mozzarella, CA Olive Oil and Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar and a Creekside Burger served on a gluten free bun. Surrounded by the lush 30 year old Cabernet grapevines, herb garden and flower-filled baskets, the view and ambiance set the scene for an enjoyable day in the wine country.

Anyone hungry yet? Contact any one (or all) of these fine, wine country restaurants to check hours of operation, seasonal menu items and special offers. Make your reservation today!

 

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January Events in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, January 7th, 2011

January marks the beginning of an exciting year here in Temecula Wine Country! To kick the new year off right, our member wineries have planned plenty of fun and exciting activities and events especially for you. From wine and art shows, cooking classes and wine seminars to wine and food pairing classes, you are sure to have an enjoyable time. Don’t forget that January is also California Restaurant Month, so take advantage of all the special lunch and dinner packages our member wineries have created here. Take a look below for the special events set for this month!

Lorimar Winery- Wine & Art Show Series
January 1st – 31st
Emerging artist, Sara Shawger is bringing a taste to Santa Fe New Mexico to Old Town Temecula.  Sara’s collection of introspective paintings and abstract drawings will be featured at Lorimar Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room during the month of January with a special “Meet the Artist” reception on January 22nd from 6pm to 9pm.  Call 951.240.5177.

Oak Mountain Winery- Cooking Class
January 14, 2011
Chef Michael Cragg of Temecula Catering teaches you to make a gourmet meal!  A complete hands-on experience, with all materials provided. Check out the menu here. To make a reservation, please email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951.699.9102.

Oak Mountain Winery- White Elephant Party
January 15, 2011
Bring those unwanted wrapped gifts for the White Elephant gift exchange. Tickets are $10 for Wine club members and $15 for Non-Members. Price includes a ticket for the White Elephant exchange, a glass of wine, all you can eat potato soup & rolls. Come by for a great evening by the fire! To make a reservation, please call 951.699.9102 or email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Leonesse Cellars- 3rd Sunday Concert
January 16, 2011
Cozy in for a heart-warming glass of wine and music at Leonesse Cellars 3rd Sunday Concert.  From 1pm to 5pm, enjoy the music of the Vineyard Troubadour with special guest artist, Steven Kinsey.

Callaway Winery- Wine Seminar “A Taste of Winter”
January 22, 2011
A Taste of Winter is the first in a series of four seminars with Callaway’s winemaker, Craig Larson.  Journey through various topics of winemaking including hands on instruction on vineyard management, the harvest and crush processes, fermentation, barrel aging and even how to taste, serve and store wines.  For reservations, call 951.676.4001.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa- Wild Women of Wine Country Cooking Class
January 29, 2011
Join South Coast Winery for cooking and wine the Wild Women Way!  Just $35 gives you the opportunity to be a part of this special day.  Best of all, proceeds benefit a local community charity.  Audience participation encouraged; sense of humor required!  Call 951-587-9463 X7210 to reserve your place today.

Thornton Winery- ABC’s from Grape to Glass
January 29, 2011
Meet winemaker, David Vergari for a foray into the fun world of wine.  Learn about the passion and experience their new winemaker is bringing to the bottle. Call 951.699.0099 for information and reservations.

We look forward to seeing you this month in Temecula Wine Country!

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