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Dad.  Ask him when Mom says no!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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After decades of discussion (as is most always the case in government!), President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of an actual Father’s Day back in 1916, followed shortly by President Calvin Coolidge supporting the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924 to, “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”.  After a protracted struggle of over four decades, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

Father’s Day undoubtedly brings up fond memories for most, whether it’s for something your Dad did, for something he said, or for that one thing he never, ever mentioned that you know he could have!  So how do we repay him for all the things he’s done?  First of all, resist the temptation to take the easy road; he has enough ties and coffee mugs.  What about giving the gift of time? Here’s a few, fun times you can share with Dad, right here in wine country.  Check it out!

Baily Vineyard & Winery Father’s Day Specials at Carol’s Restaurant
Falkner Winery – Father’s Day Lunch Specials and Free Concert
Frangipani Estate Winery – Father’s Day Lunch
Thornton Winery – Champagne Jazz Concert Series – Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy
Wiens Family Cellars – Father’s Day Bacon & Syrah Dinner
Wilson Creek Winery – Father’s Day Brunch

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June Winery Events

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Girls-with-wine

The weather is warming up, school’s just about out and we’re dusting off our backyard grills in preparation for summer get-togethers. If your summer plans include spending some time in Temecula Valley Wine Country or if you’re local and plan on entertaining out-of-town guests, be sure to check out some of the great events being hosted by our wineries.

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in June; / 11:30a-3:00p / Live music, mulled wine, cheese fondue, 1/2 price Sangiovese

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch! Live acoustic entertainment.

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

Father’s Day at Carol’s Restaurant
Sunday, June 21 / 11:00a / Menu specials for Dad!

Shakespeare in the Vines presents: Julius Ceasar
June 11-27 / Visit www.shakespeareinthevines.org for pricing information and reservations or call 951-402-7488.

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

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage at Callaway from 4pm-8pm in the main dining room. Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm. No cover charge and no reservations required.

Live Music Fridays
Every Friday from 5:00p-8:00p

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Father’s Day Special at Cougar Winery
Sunday, June 21 / Take care of Dad by taking him out for what he wants, you know he deserves it!  Mad Mike’s Gourmet Sausage with a choice of toppings served with a side of coleslaw and paired with a glass of our wine or a glass of Black Market Beer for $14 per person.  For our wine club members, enjoy yours for $12 per person.

Live Music
Every Friday evening / 5:00p-8:00p / Come enjoy live music at Cougar Winery. The deli is also open later until 7:00p. For musician schedule, visit www.cougarvineyards.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio
Saturdays in June / 1:00p-5:00p / June 6 – James Wells / June 13 – Rosewood & Rye / June 20 – JD Priest / June 27 – Tralain Rox

Europa Village
Live Music
Fridays from 5:30p-8:30p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p / June 5 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge / June 7 – Danielle Taylor / June 12 – Nite Riders / June 14 – Jimmy Patton / June 19 – Barstow Prophets / June 21 – Dustin Jake / June 26 – Kanan Road / June 28 – Joe Baldino

Music & Wine Pairing Dinner – “Bella Notte”
Thursday, June 25 / 6:30p-9:00p / $85 per person / $75.60 per person, wine club / Buy tickets in the tasting room or online at www.europavillage.com.

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, June 20 / 10:00a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $70 per person with lunch. / Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 xt. 109

Father’s Day Lunch
Sunday, June 21 / 12p-3p / $55 for two, plus tax and gratuity (includes a salad, two entrees, dessert to share and non-alcoholic beverages) / Dancing, sangria, beer and BBQ in the yard garden. Reservations required by calling 951-676-8231 ext. 1

Live Music / Sundays 12:00p-3:00p / June 7 – Guilty Conscience Band / June 14 – Harmony Road/ June 28 – Guilty Conscience Band

Frangipani Estate Winery
Father’s Day Lunch
Sunday, June 21 / 11:00a-3:00p / Enjoy the breathtaking views of our estate vineyard, while you enjoy lunch and a glass of wine on our winery hilltop patio overlooking the vineyard. Menu includes Bourbon Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket, Caribbean Jerk BBQ Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, Garden Salad and Fresh Baked Dinner Roll/ $29 per person, plus tax. Reservations are required by June 17th by calling 951-699-8845.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Summer Bonfire Saturday Nights
Every Saturday night through October / 6:00p-10:00p / No admission price / Live music, mechanical bull rides, along with wine. Supervised children with their families are welcome to attend.

Lorimar Winery
Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p

Summer Art Show
June 5, 6,7 – all day / Join us for a special art show of summer-inspired art by some of the nation’s top artists. Entry is free.

“Dueling Pianos”
Thursday, June 25 / 6:00p / Join us for a night of music and fun with Dueling Pianos! $10 gets you in with a glass of sangria. Tickets available online at www.lorimarwinery.com.

Movie in the Vines – Bridesmaids
Monday, June 29 / 6:00p; movie starts at sunset / “Pairings” mobile kitchen will be available! No outside food allowed.

Mount Palomar Winery
Bottles “n” Brushes Painting Class with Wine
June 11 and June 28 / 12:00-3:00p (June 28 class is 1:00p-4:00p)/ $45 per person – includes a glass of wine! (Discount given for multiple guests) / To sign up or for more information, please contact Dorothy Hawthorne at 951-302-3088 or bottlesnbrushestemecula@gmail.com.

“Heart to Heart” Concert – A tribute to HEART
Friday, June 12/ 6:00p-10:00p / $25 per ticket (pre-sale) $30 at the door / Contact Robert Walker at 760-716-6295 or heyday@heyday.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Learn to Paint Event
Sunday, June 14 / 1:00p-4:00p / Includes all art supplies, hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Reservations are required by calling 951-699-9102 or by email to events@oakmountainwinery.com.

Wine Blending Party in the Cave
Saturday, June 27 / 6:00p-9:00p / $65 per person; $60 per person, Wine Club / Sample three different red wine varietals and learn what differentiates them from one another.  Then, blend and taste as you craft your very own wine!  Includes a family-style dinner with a glass of wine.  Reservations are required by calling 951-699-9102 or by email to events@oakmountainwinery.com.

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

Oak Mountain Winery University
Bubbles 101 – We want to burst your bubble with our champagne class.

Blending Reds – Create, bottle and label your very own blend.

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101 – Our beginners class for Wine Tasters. This is a good class to take if this is your first visit to a winery and want to know the basics of wine tasting.

Rhone Wine Class 201 – Our second, more advanced class after taking Wine Tasting 101 is our Rhone Wine Tasting Class 201.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201  – You will learn how these grapes are grown and how they are harvested and processed, while tasting Oak Mountain wines from different areas in the Bordeaux region of France.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Frankie Ballard Concert
Sunday, June 7 / 6p-10p / South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and K-FROG are proud to announce country artist Frankie Ballard will be performing live and in person on Sunday, June 7th for another sold-out Rhythm on the Vine Concert. Doors open at 6pm. Get your tickets today. JUST ANNOUNCED: LOCASH added to line up. They’ve played at the Grand Ole Opry, rocked it at NYC’s Times Square, and now LOCASH will be opening the Frankie Ballard Concert on June 7th at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Tickets start at just $50, so visit www.wineresort.com for concert details and to reserve your seat, or call 800-539-1375 today.

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
For those who truly love to dine, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s culinary team offers a front row seat into their world with a special “Chef’s Table Dinner”. Whether it’s a special celebration or an intimate affair, our Chef’s Table dinner for 2 to 8 guests will define the art of fine cuisine with a memorable evening of food and wine for only $135 per person. Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

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.

Wine Wednesdays at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
6:00p-9:00p / Wednesday nights just got even better at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant as award winning pianist, Blessie Isaac-Hopkins, takes the helm behind our elegant grand piano.

Vintner Vault Thursdays
Every Thursday is Couples Day at South Coast Winery’s Vintner’s Vault Tasting Room. Bring your spouse, your loved-one, your partner, your friend and treat yourself to a wine tasting experience for two. / Couples Tasting: $20 wine tasting for two people. Includes two keepsake South Coast Winery wine glasses with your paid tasting

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

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday. 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.

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music
6:00p-9:00p / June 5 – Mor Sol / June 12 – Oceans of Sand / June 19 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / June 20 (Saturday) – Fleetwood Mac Tribute / June 26 – Lifetime Rocker

Champagne Jazz Concert Series
Saturday, June 6 – Bobby Caldwell & The Rippingtons / 7:00p / General Admission tickets – $75 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $150 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)
Sunday, June 21 – Spyro Gyra & Acoustic Alchemy / 4:00p / General Admission tickets – $65 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $140 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table
Sunday, June 28 – America / 4:00p / General Admission tickets – $85 / Gourmet Supper tickets – $160 (3 course meal, concert ticket & assigned table)

Wiens Family Cellars
Father’s Day “Bacon and Syrah” Dinner
Sunday, June 21 / 6:00p / $85 per person / $68 per person, wine club / Celebrate Father’s day in style with a vertical tasting of four past Syrahs along with perfectly paired bacon dishes.

Wilson Creek Winery
“Wine Academy” ~ Wine and Cheese, A Divine Pairing
Sunday, June 7 / 1p-3p / Our top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. / $40 per person / $30 per person, wine club

Crawfish Boil
Friday, June 19 / 6p-9p / It’s back! Join us for a traditional Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil. Savor fabulous wines and feast on crawfish with all the fixin’s while enjoying the sounds of “Shades of J” rockin blues. / $49.95 per person / $39.95 per person, wine club

Father’s Day Brunch
Sunday, June 21/ 10:00a-3:00p / Surprise Dad with a Father’s Day brunch buffet in wine country! Play some bocce ball and listen to live music while enjoying a fantastic Father’s Day themed brunch. Brunch buffet: General $49.95 per person; Wine Club $44.95 / Brunch buffet with Sparkling wine – General $59.95; Wine Club $53.95

Live Entertainment
Saturdays & Sundays in June /12p-4p / June 6 – JD Priest / June 7 – Michael LeClerc / June 13 – Smoothie Jones / June 14 – Billy Watson / June 20 – Mark Norris / June 21 – Astra Kelly / June 27 – JD Priest / June 28 – Rod Frias

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Wine Country!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

TheMothers Day 2 ancient Greeks paid annual homage to Cybele, the mother figure of their gods, the Romans dedicated an annual spring festival to the mother of their gods, and in 16th century England, a celebration called “Mothering Sunday” was inaugurated — a Sunday set aside for visiting one’s mother.  When President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill back in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day”, he dedicated the day “to the best mother in the world, your mother.”

Show your Mom how special she is!  Lunch, brunch, dinner – or just a day of wine tasting – is surely one way to get on her good side.  And remember, you’re the reason she drinks wine in the first place…

Here’s just a few ideas for spending Mother’s Day in Temecula Valley Wine Country:

If brunch suits your fancy, you’ve got lots of options!  Try Carol’s at Baily Winery; 11a-3p, Bel Vino Winery; 9a-3p, Danza del Sol Winery; 10a or 1p, Doffo Winery; 10a or 12:30p, Frangipani Winery; 11a-3p, Monte de Oro Winery; 10a or 12:30p, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa; 10a – 3p, Thornton Winery; 11a-4p, Wiens Family Cellars; 11a-1p, Wilson Creek Winery; 10a-3p.

Lunch and Dinner will both be served at Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Vineyard & Winery from 10a-8p.

And if you’ve always wanted to Learn To Paint, Oak Mountain Winery is offering a fun alternative to the usual at 1p.

All of our wineries will be open and ready to see you.  Happy Mothers Day, all!

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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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Dream Big ~ Jim Carter, South Coast Winery

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with a Temecula Valley winery owner. You’ll learn where they came from, why they chose Temecula – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous life of a winery owner.

 

Jim and Dawn Carter, owners

Jim and Dawn Carter, owners

Today, we’re sitting down with Jim Carter, owner of South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, at the winery’s restaurant, Vineyard Rose. Never one to sit still for long, the energetic father of 13, grandfather to 27 and great-grandfather to 4 is a man on a mission!

South Coast Winery opened in 2001 and has grown exponentially since then, was that always part of the vision?
I knew what I wanted to build way before I started construction.  I’d visited wine regions throughout the state and knew that ultimately I wanted to have a place where people would want to come and stay amongst the vineyards. We built in phases, starting with the production side and the tasting room.  Phase 2 was the villas, phase 3 the Vineyard Rose restaurant, phase 4 the conference center and finished off with phase 5, the Grapeseed Spa. I think there was about 10 or 11 wineries when I started.  Who knew it was going to develop as quickly as it did?

But that really wasn’t what I had in mind when I bought my first Temecula vineyard property back in 1981.  I wanted to grow grapes. And I planted a lot of them beginning back in 1995 on a 400 acre piece of property that I’d purchased years before up along the east side of Mount Palomar. It’s a spectacular vineyard we named Wild Horse Peak and it produces some fabulous grapes.  My kids and I would spend weekends and summers up there digging and planting.  I just fell in love with the farming side.  The winery is the vehicle that allows me to be a grape grower.

The winery has quite an extensive menu of wines, was that also part of the plan?
We just kept planting to see which clonal varietals grew well here and we ended up liking pretty much everything we grew.  So we’re in a unique position in that we can now make a wine that suits just about anyone’s palate.  There’s a wine for everyone – and I want to make sure that visitors can discover what they love right here in our tasting room.  

So what’s next?
Carter Estate Winery and Resort.  The first phase of our family’s next adventure is set to open in January.  It’s a completely different concept from this winery.  Our production will be quite limited.  We sourced the fruit for these bottlings from some of our best vineyard blocks and have used the best barrels on the market to hand craft 4-5 different wines that we’ll be releasing under the Carter Estate label.  And we’re also really excited to announce that we’ll be showcasing some new “methode champenoise”, traditional style sparkling wines over there too.  We’re really anxious to share these small lot wines that we’ve been bottling and cellaring for awhile now.  

And we’re also breaking ground on a winery/brew pub in the Texas hill country, just outside of Austin in a town called Johnson City.  

Sounds like crazy talk to me! Do you ever sleep?  What keeps you awake at night?
I have a good life.  About the only think that keeps me awake is praying for rain! We sure need us a good rainy winter.

 

 

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Dream Big ~ John Thornton, Thornton Winery

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with a Temecula Valley winery owner. You’ll learn where they came from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous life of a winery owner.

The Thornton Family l-r:  Steve, Sally and John

The Thornton Family
l-r: Steve, Sally and John

Our ongoing series this month features John Thornton, of Thornton Winery, one of the valley’s “first”, which opened for business way back in 1988.  Learn why, after almost 30 years, “Mr. T”, as he’s lovingly known to us, still lives and breathes wine.

Why – or how on earth! – did you get into the wine business? And why was Temecula your chosen region?
Well, Sally and I used to travel extensively on business and everywhere we’d visit, we’d try to eat and drink local.  We loved the social aspect of food and wine together.  We thought, “Hey, we can start our own place and offer food and wine and it’ll be easy.” Boy, were we WRONG!  At the time, Ely Callaway was marketing Temecula as the perfect place to make wine and although the area had a small wine industry, we did some research and it did appear to be a “natural” fit for a wine country and poised for growth.

Running a small family winery – even one that’s been around for awhile like Thornton has – must present a unique set of challenges. What keeps you up at night? And what gets you up in the morning?
I think some of the same things that keep most business owners up at night; but for us it’s how to sell our wine, what wines to make, how to keep our customers happy, cash flow….but Steve works this part of the business, so I sleep pretty darn good!  What gets me up in the morning?  I get excited about the challenges in the business actually.  Challenges can be opportunities and we can take a challenge and turn it into something positive.

What do you MOST love about the wine industry?
What I love most about the wine industry is the people.  There are some of the nicest and most genuine people in this industry.  Another thing about this industry that is so great is sharing food and wine with friends;  it’s a wonderful thing.  You add music to that, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

Speaking of music, Champagne Jazz has been a staple in the music industry – and at Thornton – for almost 30 (!) years. Are you proud with its effect on our little wine country?
When we started Champagne Jazz, we never expected it to be what it is today.  It’s had a long life and it’s taken years and a lot of hard work to formulate.  It’s a continuous challenge to combine a food, wine and musical experience that will appeal to a broad audience.  We’re really proud that we’re bringing in some of the best jazz performers in the world.

Cafe Champagne was THE first restaurant in wine country. That must present its own unique opportunities and challenges?
Our biggest challenge was learning the food business.  It’s a tough business.  You’ve got to do a lot of research and make sure that you’ve got what people want.  You’ve got to come up with menus that appeal to customers and you’ve got to make the prices competitive in order to bring the people in.  The restaurant was originally “high-end”, but it’s now more casual.  Steve’s been teaching me that it isn’t always about what I want!  The customer is always right.  We’ve got to listen to them, try to pair the food and wine well, and make them happy.  We’ve got a lot more competition with our neighbors now, and while this is inevitable, it just keeps us planning and adapting.  We’re watching the valley get better and better and it’s exciting to watch!

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Temecula Valley Eateries Strut Their Stuff at CRUSH 2014

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We know you’ve got a crush on Temecula Valley wines, but how about all the good eats that are available in and around our wine country?

Wiens outside

Guests to the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association’s 5th Annual CRUSH – A Wine and Culinary Extravaganza – held at Wiens Family Cellars this coming Saturday, September 13, 2014, will be able to partake in some fabulous foods to accompany a tasting of almost 100 award-winning Temecula Valley wines.

Do classic Chicken Caprese sandwiches sound yummy? Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Winery will be serving them! How about Tuscan Braised Chicken Osso Bucco from Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery? Bruschetta Murrieta from The Mill in Murrieta? Or how about some Shrimp and Grits from the folks at Cork Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn?

Heart of House Catering is serving up Prime Rib, La Bella Vita is offering a trio of goodies and Temecula Olive Oil Company will be offering a lovely array of oils and vinegars. Baily’s Old Town is serving open-face Sloppy Joe’s, Meritage at Callaway has a duo of Chicken Pate and Veal Truffle Sausage. The Pinnacle at Falkner is serving their famous Mediterranean Orzo Pasta with Grilled Octopus, MDO Bistro’s offering is Pulled Pork Tacos and Temecula Catering has prepared a Smoked Salmon Mousse in Squid Ink.

Bushfire Grill and Crow’s Pass Farms will be firing up their grills – and for dessert, there’s a “hole” lotta yum from Nothing Bundt Cakes, fabulous sorbets from Nice, Ice, Baby! and a sweet surprise that includes Cinsault Port from the Restaurant at Leoness.

Our host winery, Wiens Family Cellars is pairing their wines with Vineyard Gourmet Catering, who is serving up a couple of winery favorites: a Smoked Salmon Roulade and Prime Flank Steak with Potato and Peppers.

Come join in on the fun! Limited tickets are still available.

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February and Valentine’s Day Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

What could be more romantic than a February escape to Southern California’s wine country? Our Temecula wineries are pulling out all the stops for wine-lovers looking for an easy idyllic getaway. Choose from a variety of amorous entertainment including dinner theater, art and wine tasting classes and winery tours – plus overnight hotel packages, lunch specials, wine-pairing dinners, spa treatments – and so much more!

See below for all the details…

 

Baily Winery

Valentine Lovers Lunch

Thursday, February 14

11:30a-2:30p; 3 courses, $25 per person

Call (951) 676-9463 for reservations

Valentine Dinner

Thursday, February 14

5:00p-8:30p; 4 courses, $50 per person

Live music by Fandango

Call (951) 676-9463 for reservations

Dog Day Sundays

11:30a-3:00p

Bring your pooch to lunch in Wine Country.  Special dog menu, gift items and dog treats

 

Bel Vino Winery

Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner

Thursday, February 14

6:30p-9:30p; $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity | $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity – Wine Club

Reservations required by calling (951) 676-6414

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting

Saturdays in February

2:00p; $30 per person

Reservations recommended by calling (951) 676-4001

Behind the scenes tour and tasting.

Vino d’ Amore Valentine’s Dinner

Saturday, February 9

6:30p-9:30p; $216 per couple (inclusive) | $195 per couple – Wine Club (inclusive)

Reservations required.  Click here for reservations or call (951) 676-4001

Enjoy a sparkling wine reception, live entertainment and a delectable dinner perfectly paired with award-winning Callaway wine.

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner at Meritage at Callaway

Thursday, February 14

5:30p & 7:30p seating only; $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Treat your loved one to an incredible wine paired dinner complete with a rose for the ladies and a scrumptious dessert for two.

Reservations required, please call (951) 587-8889

Cupid’s Flight Wine Tasting

February 9, 10 & 14 at 12p, 2p & 4p; February 11, 12, 13, 15 at 2p

$25 per person, inclusive | $22.50 for Wine Club

Enjoy relaxing with your loved one while sipping on wonderful wines and enjoying the spectacular view from our hilltop winery.  To make it extra special, we are including a fruit and cheese plate and chocolate dipped strawberries for two.

Reservations required.  Click here for more reservations or call (951) 676-4001

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

5th Annual Super Chili Bowl Chili Competition

Sunday, February 3

3:00p (competitors much arrive at or before 2:15p to drop off entry) | $10 Competitors only | $20 Wine Club | $25 Non-Wine Club

Includes chili tasting, food and wine or beer; Prices increase by $5 the day of the event

Must pay in advance to reserve competitor spots.  Spots are limited.  Call (951) 491-0825 for reservations or more information.

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

February 1, 8, 15, 22

5:30p-8:30p; Complimentary live music

Art Class in the Vineyards with Monti Ladd

Wednesday, February 6

11:00a-2:00p

Valentine’s Dinner – “Love Letters”

6:00p-9:00p

Tickets: $85.00 pp, Societe Members: $76.50 pp (plus service charge and sales tax)
Premium Tickets (intimate table for two): $105.00 pp,
Societe Members: $94.50 pp (plus service charge and sales tax)

Europa Village presents a special Valentine’s Day dinner play “Love Letters.” A. R. Gurney’s timeless play is bittersweet and deeply moving touching the audience with its tears, smiles and laughter. Enjoy a 4-course gourmet wine paired dinner, prepared by Europa Village’s own award winning executive chef Dean Thomas


Shakespeare In The Vines – “Mary Stuart”

Friday, February 15
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17

Friday, February 22
Saturday, February 23
Sunday, February 24
7:00 pm

Two Queens, One Throne, No Mercy
Mary Stuart probes themes of political corruption and religious conflict as it dramatizes the struggle of Mary, Queen of Scots, to gain her freedom from Queen Elizabeth I after eighteen years of imprisonment. In this thrilling story, Schiller mixes historical fact with a dramatic imagined meeting of the two queens amidst espionage, attempted assassinations, prison breaks, lost love, and a tragic crisis which confronts both women with impossibly difficult decisions about their claim to the throne. The play chronicles the last three days and the beheading of Mary Stuart.

Paint & Palate Event – Celebrating Renoir’s Birthday

Thursday, February 28

6:00p-9:00p; $35 per person

Call (760) 500-0383 for more information

 

 

Falkner Winery

Valentine’s Lunch Specials at Pinnacle Restaurant

From February 9 through February 17

$55 per couple, plus tax and gratuity; Wine specials also available

Reservations suggested: Please call (951) 676-8231 ext, 1 or online here

Valentine’s Dinner

Thursday, February 14

6:30p; $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity

VIP Food & Wine Members – $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity | Food & Wine Club Members – $74 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Reservations required: please call (951) 676-8231

A wonderful four course meal with individual wine pairings of Falkner’s best wines in this panoramic, hill-top location. Live entertainment and first class service.

VIP Vertical Tasting

Saturday, February 2

10:30a-12:30p; $40 per person, plus tax | $30 per person, plus tax – Food & Wine Club Members

To make reservations, contact Holly at 951-676-8231 ext. 109 or email at wineclub@falknerwinery.com

This vertical tasting will focus on (8) different vintages of Falkner Merlot.

 

Frangipani Winery

Karaoke Night

Friday, February 1

6:00p-10:00p

Happy Hour Fun with Live Music

Saturday, February 9

5:00p-8:00p; Special wine cocktail menu

Valentine’s Day Wine Paired Dinner

Thursday, February 14 & Friday, February 15

7:00p-10:00p; $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity | Live entertainment with “Sinatra & Friends”

RSVP by February 10 by calling (951) 699-8845

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

“Wine Is My Valentine” Event

Thursday, February 14

6:30p-9:30p; $35 per person | $25 per person, wine club

Live music, appetizers, 1 specialty drink and special Valentine’s Day wine prices

 

Leoness Cellars

“Wine 101”

Friday, February 8

1:00p-4:00p; $55 per person (for two people), Wine Club | $95 per person, Public

Our host Tony will take you through a comprehensive Tour and Tasting explaining in detail our Grape Growing, Harvest and Wine Making processes.

RSVP at hosts@leonesscellars.com or (951) 302-7601 ext. 125

Valentine’s “Dinner Theater Event”

Thursday, February 14

6:30p-9:30p; $98 per person, plus tax – Wine Club members | $108 per person, plus tax – Non Wine Club

If you are arranging a romantic night out or perhaps even an engagement, plan to join us for an amazing evening of intrigue with our Dinner Theater Presentation. Enjoy delicious food, wine and some amazing entertainment at our annual dinner theater.

RSVP at reservations@leonesscellars.com or (951) 302-7601 ext. 150

 

Lorimar Winery (Wine Country location)

Live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.   Click here for times and artist information

Epicurean Food Demonstration

Wednesday, February 6

4p-7p; $20 per person

An entertaining and interactive cooking demonstration incorporating the unique items from our very own Epicurean display located in our gift shop.  Admission entitles you to tastings of demoed food from the gift shop, wine pairing and exclusive prices on wine and select gift shop items.

Valentine’s Dinner

Thursday, February 14

6:30p-9:30p; $90 per person, plus tax | $80 per person, plus tax – Wine Club

Call for reservations: (951) 694-6699 ext. 104 or by e-mail at events@lorimarwinery.com

3 course dinner with wine pairing and live music.

 

Monte De Oro Winery

3rd Annual Valentine’s Dinner

Thursday, February 14

7:00p; $120 per couple, plus tax and gratuity – wine club | $140 per couple, plus tax and gratuity – non-wine club

Includes champagne toast, four course meal and wine pairing with each course, live music & dancing.

Reservations required by calling (951) 491-6551 ext. 101 or click here

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Saturday, February 9

Extended hours from 6p-9p with live music by Dayton Borders, food and wine

Wine Blending Party – Valentine’s Day After Celebration

Friday, February 15

6:00p-9:00p; $95 per person | $90 per person, Wine Club

Sample three different red wine varietals and learn with differentiates them from one another.  You’ll want to take careful notes because the next two hours you’ll spend blending and tasting as you craft your own wine.  Four course dinner and a glass of wine included.

Reservations required by calling (951) 699-9102 or by e-mail to vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

 

Ponte Winery

Annual Valentine’s Dinner

Thursday, February 14

6:30p-10:00p; $95 per person | $86 per person, Wine Club

6:30p-7:00p – Sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres butler passed at door

7:00p-10:00p – 4 course dinner, live music and dancing.

Reservations required.  Click here for more information and reservations.

 

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

Live music Sundays

2p-5p; Closed Super Bowl Sunday – February 3

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Romantic Runaway Wedding Package

Let South Coast Winery’s expert cupids and event planners turn your short-term wedding into an unforgettable wedding fantasy.  Just add in up to 40 of your closest friends and family and $2,100 (inclusive) and your dream wedding becomes a reality!  Includes the ceremony location, 2 night stay for the Bride and Groom (the night before and the night of the wedding), Officiate, wedding cake, bouquet for bride/boutonniere for groom and sparkling wine for toast (1 glass per guest)

Call (866) 994-6379 ext. 7214 for more information or to book your special event.

Wine Lovers Package

Includes: Stay in Deluxe Luxury Villa tucked away in the Vineyards, Rose petals, Chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine, Ultimate wine tour and cheese pairing for two, Specially selected bottle of South Coast Winery wine in room, Mimosa breakfast for two, Discount passport booklet

Sunday-Thursday – $369 | Friday-Saturday – $419

To reserve, call (866) 994-6379

Love Package
Includes: Overnight stay in Deluxe Luxury Villa tucked away in the Vineyards, Trailing rose petals, Specially Selected bottle of South Coast Winery wine in room, Discount passport booklet

Sunday-Thursday – $199 | Friday-Saturday – $249

For more information or to reserve, call (866) 994-6379

Vineyard Rose Restaurant

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner

Thursday, February 14

Seatings between 5:30p-9:30p; $95 per person with wine, plus tax and gratuity | $75 per person without wine, plus tax and gratuity

This Valentine’s Day bring your true love to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for a truly spectacular pairing of fine wine, great food, and of course, ROMANCE!  Then simply sit back and enjoy music by David Maldonado as our talented team of staff members and “cupids” take care of the rest.

To RSVP, please call (951) 587-9463 ext. 7237

Grapeseed Spa

Total Decadence Special

This limited time Total Decadence Package includes 50-minute upper body Warm-Stone Relaxation Massage with rich emollients of May Cheng Oil and body butter, a Vanilla Peppermint Foot Massage, a Sugar-Kissed Hand Treatment. Finish with an award winning glass of sparkling wine and truffles to share as you snuggle up in an oversized chaise lounge on the spa’s spacious veranda overlooking Mount Palomar.

Special Price $119 (regular price: $162)

For reservations, call (866) 994-6379 | Booking code: Valentine.  Not valid with any other discounts, promotions or offers.  Available Feb 10 though 17, 2013 only.

Lemongrass Ritual

Encounter the healing qualities of the ancient art of warm stones and chakra centers.  This 50 minute spa ritual commences with richly infused butters and oils of Thai Lemongrass and ginger.  Relax as the back is massaged with warm stones.  Continue this healing ritual with the warm stones placed on the chakras of the heart and body to rebalance, unwind and soothe mind, body and spirit.  Leave your heart and soul thoroughly nourished, while a keepsake gift of the soothing oil is packaged to take home with you.

Special Price $105 (regular price: $145)

For reservations, call (866) 994-6379 | Booking code: Lemongrass. Not valid with any other discounts, promotions or offers.  Available February 1 through March 31, 2013.

 

Thornton Winery

Romantic Rendezvous

Thursday, February 14

7:00p

$90 per person, plus tax and gratuity; Four course wine-paired dinner.

Reservations required: Call (951) 699-0099.

Valentine’s Day at Café Champagne

Seatings from 5:00p-9:00p

Special Valentine’s Menu $9-$42

Reservations recommended by calling (951) 699-0099

Art of Winetasting Workshop

Saturday, February 16

5:30p-6:30p

Champagne Class; $35 per person | $31.50 wine club members

Reservations required: Call (951) 699-0099.

 

Temecula Valley wine country is an idyllic, easily-accessible, year-round wine destination where visitors can experience premium winemaking in a warm, welcoming atmosphere along with fine dining, stunning scenery and exciting events.

 

 

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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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