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5 Reasons to Visit Temecula Valley During the Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Your favorite Southern California wine region is getting busier by the year. What’s a loyal visitor to do? Here are 5 great reasons to visit Temecula Valley wine country on a weekday:

 

1.  10% Off Your Lunch.

Temecula wine country is home to 12 delicious eateries (and counting) and most of these restaurant spots are hot come Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are required and tables are at a premium. Why not dine Monday-Friday and take advantage of the region’s coupon page which offers 10% off your al fresco favorites; including Meritage at Callaway, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek, Cafe Champagne at Thornton and many more. Bon appetit!

Cafe Thornton, Thornton Winery

 

2.  No Lines. Anywhere.

Weekday visitors don’t miss waiting in line for anything in wine country. Forget lines to get into (or out of) the parking lot, waiting for the tasting room staff to come back with your next pour, putting your name in for a table or even the cue for the bathroom. Hello, weekday – goodbye, lines.

Miramonte Winery Patio

 

3. One-on-One Attention in the Tasting Rooms.

Weekends in any California wine country is always the most popular time to taste. But wine lovers come to the vineyards to experience what they can’t at home in their dining room: a personal, one-on-one experience. When the pace is slower at Temecula Valleys’ wineries, it’s common to strike up a conversation with the tasting room manager who ends up pulling in the winemaker from the barrel room to answer your random question about oak vs. stainless steel aging. On slower afternoons, your server might call the chef out of the kitchen to let you know what local farm your chicken came from. And there’s more time to bond in the tasting room with new friends over your shared love of good vino.

Damian Doffo, Doffo Winery

 

 

4.  Less Expensive Tastings, 2 for 1 Coupons and Happy Hours.

When it comes to wine tasting, the Monday through Thursday crowd can taste some of the same weekend wine flights for a little less. Indulge in weekday happy hours at favorites like South Coast, Danza del Sol and Ponte; and don’t forget your weekday 2 for 1 tasting coupons to a whole slew of top Temecula wineries.

 

5.  Great Hotel Rates.

Go ahead and spend the night on a Wednesday. Temecula hotels are eager for your mid-week business and they show it with their low weekday rates. Even though Temecula Valley is conveniently located near all major SoCal cities, after a day of touring and tasting, you’ll be safe and sound knowing your hotel room has already been booked – instead of having to gear up for a late-night drive home.

Ponte Vineyard Inn

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January Deals & Steals in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

Here are some of great specials and winery tours for January 2014!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

  • Check out The Vineyard Rose’s full menu for California Restaurant Month.
  • Festival of Wines is taking place Sunday, January 19-Saturday, January 25. Join South Coast in a week’s worth of special wine and food events, highlighting all that this Temecula wine resort has to offer.
  • A Toast to Teachers is offered daily – Teachers: come in with your school ID and buy a Tasting Ticket at regular price and South Coast will treat you to a Tasting of their signature Sparkling Wine Ruby Cuvee!
  • Behind the Scenes Winery Tour – Get up close and personal with the real workings of a winery with South Coast Winery’s Behind the Scenes Wine Tours.  It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stroll the vineyards and the winery where the magic begins. Weekday tours are held: Monday-Friday at 11am & 1pm. This $40 walking wine tour culminates with a private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a fun and informative Wine Concierge. Reservations strongly suggested: call 951.587.9463x 350

Ponte Family Estate

  • Weekday Winery Tours – The Vineyard Bus Tour provides a fascinating look at a working winery. Embark the 12-passenger electric bus and tour our 310 acre ranch. Learn about the grape growing philosophy as you taste three signature Ponte wines, next to the vineyards they come from. After returning visit our Winemaking Facilities and learn about the art and science of winemaking. Taste young wine right from the stainless steel tank or out of a giant oak cask. Monday-Friday 1pm Vineyard Bus Tours; $25 per guest

Callaway Winery

  • Weekday winery & vineyard tours - The winery tour offers guests a glimpse into the history of Callaway Vineyard and Winery and an informative look at the present vineyard management practices; see the time-honored techniques it takes to produce handcrafted wines while visiting the crush pad, fermentation cellars and barrel room. Early arrival is suggested as the tour size is limited to 30 people to ensure an enjoyable experience by all. No reservations are required. $5 per person; Weekdays – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

 

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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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55 Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula, CA

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“With a wonderful Winterfest window of 30 days and nights between November 29 and December 29, VisitTemecula.org is happy to share 55 Fun and Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Sunday-through-Thursday-night stays make for especially appealing experiences of Temecula Valley holiday spirit; Temecula hotels and resorts offer special, better-than-weekend nightly room rates.”

THERE’S SNOW IN TEMECULA!

*1-Catch the Magic Snow flurry at Promenade Temecula. [FRI and SAT nights, Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and SUN nights, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.]

*2-Watch the new Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights show at the California mission-revival style Temecula Civic Center in Old Town Temecula. [Debuts FRI night Nov. 29, 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.; thenTHU, FRI, and SAT nights, Nov. 30, and December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.]

*3-Play in tons of snow at Winter Wonderland by Pennypickle’s Workshop in Old Town Temecula. [FRI night, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS TO EXPERIENCE TOGETHER

*4-The Nutcracker Ballet with music by Tchaikovsky; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [FRI Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; SAT Nov. 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; WED Dec 18, 7 p.m.; THU Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; and SAT Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.]

*5-Christmas Carol: the Musical with the heartwarming story of Scrooge’s transformation; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [THU Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; SAT Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; SUN Dec. 8, 6 p.m.; WED/THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 11, 12, 13, and 14, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.]

*6-The Game’s Afoot with a Sherlock Holmes-style whodunit on a glittering December 1936 holiday weekend; Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery. [THU/FRI/SAT/SUN Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8; and THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 12, 13, and 14.]

 

CLASSIC HOLIDAY SPIRIT

*7-Lorimar Vineyard & Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: the holiday season begins at the Tuscan-style wine estate known for its fusion of wine, art, and music. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m.]

*8-South Coast Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Christmas carolers, a Nutcracker ballet performance, holiday movies, and tractor rides through the vineyards decked out with holiday lights. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*9-Christmas Carolers in vintage attire singing and strolling; South Coast Winery and Vineyard Rose restaurant. [Begins SUN night Dec. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; then FRI, SAT, and SUN nights, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*10-Christmas in the Air: women’s chorus sings baroque to gospel and sacred to secular; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [SAT night Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN night Dec. 8, 2 p.m.]

*11-Bel Vino Winery Jingle Mingle: holiday cheer including hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live entertainment. [SAT night Dec. 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

 

OLD-SCHOOL AND A LITTLE ECLECTIC

*12- Europa Village Winery Vivi Bene: antidote to Black Friday with strolling carolers, old-world bread pudding. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*13-Holiday Advent Calendars exhibit; Temecula Valley Museum, Old Town Temecula. [TUES-SAT, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; SUN, 1 to 4 p.m.]

NEW-SCHOOL AND ECLECTIC

*14-Monte de Oro Winery Black Friday:  hot air balloon glow and entertainment. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*15-Callaway Vineyard & Winery’s Barrel Tree Lighting: unique stacked-barrel lighting celebration; wine tasting for adults, Santa, and hot cocoa for children. [SUN afternoon and evening, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*16-Jingle and Mingle after-hours singles mixers; South Coast Winery’s new Wine Press Tasting Room. [THU nights, Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*17-Santa’s Electric Light Parade: illuminated floats, equestrians, and bands; Old Town Temecula. [FRI night December 6, 7 p.m.]

*18-Doffo Winery Holiday Polenta Party: wear your ugliest holiday sweater. [SAT afternoons December 7 and 14, 1 p.m.; reservations required]

*19-Terra Madre: holiday farm-to-plate celebration with heritage dishes of Spain, France, Italy; Europa Village Winery. [THU evening December 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*20-Christmas with Elvis and Friends: musical tribute to Elvis’ favorite time of year; Europa Village Winery. [THU night Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; SAT night Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; SUN evening Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.; tickets: Old Town Temecula Community Theater box office]

*21-Christmas Movie in the Vines: Christmas Vacation; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [MON Dec. 23, film starts at sunset]

 

VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS

*22-At Promenade Temecula. [FRI/SAT Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; MON/TUE/WED/THU, Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; then daily Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.]

*23-On Main Street, Old Town Temecula. [FRI Nov. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat/Sun, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, and 8, 1 to 5 p.m.; FRI Dec. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun Dec. 14, 15, and Sun Dec. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCES

*24-Horse-drawn trolley rides simulate sleigh rides through vineyards adorned with twinkling lights; Temecula Carriage Company. (Nightly; reservations required.)

*25-Horses dressed as reindeer (including Rudolph): trail rides and arena rides; Saddle Up Ranch. (Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reservations required.)

NEW TRADITION: THE BUCKET LIST HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE TO SHARE

*26-An ultimately memorable flight together in a hot air balloon over Temecula Valley Wine County; A Grape Escape can accommodate up to 14 people all in the same basket.

 

HOLIDAY SPA INDULGENCES

*27-GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery: seasonal specials like La Dolce Vita: lush, anti-oxidant rich, aromatic chocolate massage. 

*28-Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort & Casino: seasonal specials like Liquid Gold Facial, 24-Karat Gold Masque.

NIGHTTIME SITES TO SEE: HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND DÉCOR

*29-Old Town Temecula: along Old Town Front Street from the northern gateway arch to the southern gateway arch, more than 30,000 twinkling lights.

*30-Temecula Valley Wine Country: vineyards and wineries decked out for the holidays; Thornton, Europa Village, Lorimar, Ponte, and South Coast along Rancho California Road; Keyways on the De Portola Wine Trail.

*31-Pechanga Resort & Casino: remarkable holiday magic from the luminous hotel tower to the festive, porte-cochere.

 

SWIRL AND SAVOR: TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

*32-Wilson Creek Winery: limited Holiday Edition proprietary red blend of estate-grown Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc; available only in 1.5 liter magnums, autographed by The Wilsons, and ideal for entertaining; only available at the winery; wine tasting upon request.

*33-Ponte Family Estate winery: Temecula Valley estate, 2010 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel.

*34-Holiday Dinner at Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery: festive five-course wine-paired dinner. [THU evening Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., reservations required.]

 

SWIRL AND TASTE: OLD TOWN TEMECULA

*35-Fazeli Cellars: Yalda, heralding the shortest day and longest night traditionally celebrated as the Winter Solstice; Yalda is a propriety blend of Temecula Valley estate-grown Grenache, Shiraz, and Movedre.

*36-Lorimar Loft: 2008 Dolce Vita, a limited production, Temecula Valley port-style dessert wine.

 

SAVOR THE OLD TOWN TASTING TRAIL

*37-Temecula Olive Oil Company: fresh, 100% California, 100% extra-virgin, hand-blended, artisanal Temecula olive oil and balsamic vinegars at the complimentary-daily tasting bar; holiday favorites, fresh basil olive oil, pomegranate vinegar.

*38-Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants: vendor of herbs, spices, salts, blends, and loose teas; also sells hot and iced tea-to-go like Figgie Pudding, Snow Berry, Cinnamon Spice, and Winter Wonderland.

*39-Old Town Sweet Shop: purveyor of fresh chocolates, fudge, nut clusters, chocolate barks, chocolate-covered bacon; hand-scooped ice cream in flavors like peppermint.

*40-Holiday Taste of Old Town Temecula: restaurant samples, wine tasting discounts, goodie bags; tickets will be at Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants and The Bank Mexican Restaurant.[WED afternoon and evening Dec. 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

 

CULINARY CLASSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

*41-Cookies and Hot Cocoa: epicurean cooking demo and wine pairing; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [WED afternoon Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*42-Holiday Entertaining: with Café Champagne’s executive chef and sous chef; homemade eggnog, quick and easy appetizers, Christmas cupcakes; Thornton Winery. [SAT afternoon Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.]

 

TAKE A SPIN: OUTDOOR ICE SKATING

*43-Temecula on Ice: state-of-the-art ice rink, colorful lights, rental skates that are contemporary and comfortable; coolest place in Old Town Temecula! [Daily and nightly, December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.]

 

HOLIDAY TRADITION: NEW MOVIE PREMIERES

*44-Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson tells the story of how Disney’s classic, Mary Poppins, made it to the movie screen; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

*45-In The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug,Bilbo Baggins and Gandolf continue their Middle Earth journey and discover the deadly dragon Smaug; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

 

HOLIDAY DINING IN TEMECULA VALLEY

*46-Christmas Eve dining: Palumbo’s Ristorante, Old Town Temecula; authentic Italian cuisine with modern twists. [TUE Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*47-Christmas Eve dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*48-Christmas Eve dining: The Gambling Cowboy, Old Town Temecula; contemporary steaks, chops, seafood. [TUE Dec. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*49-Christmas Eve dining: Baily’s fine dining, Old Town Temecula; seasonal-December menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*50-Christmas Eve dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*51-Christmas Eve dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*52-Christmas dining: Café Champagne, Thornton Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 12 p.m. to  5  p.m., reservations required.]

*53-Christmas dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas prix-fixe menu. [WED Dec. 25, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*54-Christmas dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [WED Dec. 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*55-Christmas dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors, is online including complete daily Events Calendar at VistTemecula.org.

 

 

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Temecula Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) fun wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, California we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a viognier compliment a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a chardonnay; and light pinot grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Chardonnay; $18.00

Danza Del Sol Winery, 2011 Pinot Grigio; $21.56

Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier; $21.00

 

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar 2006 Sangiovese; $25.00

Leoness Cellars 2010 Zinfandel; $38.95

Doffo Vineyards 2011 Syrah; $49.00

 

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; $20.00

Monte De Oro Winery 2007 Merlot; $27.00

Wiens 2008 Reserve Tempranillo-Petite Sirah; $49.00

 

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with a sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Oak Mountain’s port has a nutty honeyed flavor to perfectly compliment the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie. And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Keyways Vineyard Winery 2012 Moscato; $19.00

Oak Mountain Winery Port; $29.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49

 

One Meal, One Wine

On a wine-buying budget? Or just looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2010 Chenin Blanc; $12.95

Miramonte Winery 2010 Grenache Rose; $17.50

Falkner Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $18.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 “80/20″ Cabernet/Shiraz Blend; $35.00 | 15% discount for a case

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Tickets Going Fast for Harvest Celebration Weekend, November 2 and 3

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Temecula Valley’s 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Weekend + Scarecrow Contest is November 2 and 3                 – and tickets are going fast!

Purchase your tickets to our final wine country passport event of the year here or call 800-801-9463.

-Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3; 10am-4:30pm

-$99 passport to sip and nosh at 30+ wineries

-Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country

-Sample new wines from the barrel that are not available to the public

-Overnight and “safe ride” packages available

About Harvest Celebration Weekend:

Temecula Valley wine country invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate this year’s wine grape harvest at the region’s Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend. This fall passport event is the last chance of the year to explore more than 30 wineries, sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn – all in one weekend.

Annual Scarecrow Contest:

Harvest Celebration attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite winery scarecrow creation via the postcard provided in person or via email at info@temeculawines.org. Votes can also be cast throughout November by “friending” the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association on Facebook and viewing the photo album “Scarecrow Contest 2013.”  Votes will be automatically entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the World of Wine Event in March and the winner will be contacted via email by December 15, 2013.

Event Details, Transportation and Hotel Packages:

WHAT: 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend, a two-day event offering ticketed guests a chance to visit more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour.

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3, from 10:00am – 4:30pm

WHERE: Temecula Valley Wine Country is just 60-90 minutes from Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. Exit I-15 at Rancho California Road and head east four miles.

TICKETS:  Two-Day Ticket – $99 | Sunday Only Ticket, Non-Resident – $79 | Sunday Only, Local Residents – $79 | Designated Driver (food only) – $69

Purchase tickets online here or call 800-801-9463.

TRANSPORTATION: Safe, chauffeured transportation available through Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle’s “Sip & Ride” package; includes a Harvest Passport ticket, souvenir glass, and pick-up / drop-off at multiple wineries. Visit www.gogrape.com/reservations for pricing and to book; or visit here for all transportation packages.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those who would like to stay the weekend, several wine country lodging partners will be offering special overnight packages, including: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, The Inn at Europa Village and Embassy Suites (in the city of Temecula); for more information on Temecula hotel packages, click here.

 

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Save the Date! Harvest Celebration Weekend, Nov 2 and 3 – Discounted Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Come join us for Temecula Valley’s final passport event of the year!

Harvest Celebration Weekend is November 2-3.

 

There’s just 10 days left to purchase tickets for $10 off! Now through 10/2.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association presents the 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration, on November 2 and 3, 2013.

  • Visit 30+ wineries over the course of two days
  • Sample perfectly paired gourmet food
  • Sip on tank and barrel tastings of future vintages
  • Taste finished bottled wine with the winemakers
  • 10am-4:30 Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets are $89 until Oct 2; $99 thereafter
  • Sunday-Only/Locals Tickets are $79

 

Each passport ticket comes with a souvenir logo wine glass, a winery map and a pairing menu listing the wines and foods offered at all participating Rancho California and De Portola Road wineries.

PLUS!  You can vote for the Best Winery Scarecrow for a chance to WIN 4 TICKETS to the next World of Wine Winter Barrel Tasting event on March 1 & 2, 2014.

Click Here to Purchase Your Harvest Passport Ticket Now or call 800.801.9463 to order your tickets by phone.  Tickets will sell out – so get yours today!

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Tickets Going Fast for Temecula Valley’s California Wine Month September Festivities

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The 9th Annual California Wine Month sparks a month-long vinous celebration across the Golden State, and Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite wine-lovers from San Diego to Los Angeles to explore and experience the Southland’s premier wine country in two unique ways. All 35 wineries will celebrate with a saver September SIP Passport and 4th annual CRUSH~A Wine & Culinary Showcase, the region’s signature wine and food event of the year, held at the elegant Callaway Winery.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!

CRUSH at Callaway Winery

 

Event Details

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

  • When:  Saturday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m.

  • Where:  Callaway Winery: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

  • What:  Upscale event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from 18 local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.

  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are on sale now here!

  • Packages:  Enjoy the brand-new Farm House Restaurant at the Temecula Creek Inn and book a tour with Grapeline Wine Tours to make the weekend even more special and safe.  Overnight package includes one-night stay and two tickets to CRUSH. For more info and to book, click here.

    Winemaker’s Roundtable

    Gourmet Food from 18 Local Restaurants

 

September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.
  • What:  Voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. Click here for details.

  • Tickets:  $35 per person for SIP Passport (a $60-80 value); tickets, various transportation and overnight packages are all available here.

  • Packages: Newly-renovated Temecula Creek Inn and the charming B&B, The Inn at Europa, offer discount Sip & Stay packages throughout September.  Additionally, visitors may book a Sip, Stay & Ride Packages with one of wine country’s trusted transportation partners, like Grapeline Wine Tours, Sunset Limo or West Coast Chauffeur.  For more details and to book, click here.

September is harvest season in Temecula Valley wine country

 

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Mid-Week Winery Specials for August

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Throughout summer, savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries? Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Estate Club Tasting Experience – Hosted by Winemaker/Owner Phil Baily

This VIP tasting experience is available to reserve beginning August 1. Thursday through Sunday, anytime between 11a-4p. Taste 5 red library wines from past vintages; bottles available for purchase. $20-$30 pp for groups of 12 or less. By Reservation Only – please call 951.972.9768.

is offering 10% off lunch in wine country through August 31. One coupon per person, per winery, per day. Valid Mon-Fri only. Not Valid on holidays or special events. Expires 08-31-13. Download the coupon here.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays
Wednesday, August 28 | 6p to 8p | Sample Callaway wine, enjoy light dinner, and create a wine cork coaster set. $35pp+ tax.  Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour at Frangipani Estate Winery Saturday, August 10 | 4p-7p. $5 wine cocktail drinks; no cover charge. Enjoy Mad Mike’s gourmet sausages and sandwiches.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Semi-Annual Gift Shop Sale
August 16 – 31, 2013. Over half of the Gift Shop Merchandise will be 25% – 40% off. For more information, call 951.694.6699 x104.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 

Villas
Up and Away Getaway Package:
One night for two in an oversized Villa or Suite, bottle of wine in the room + Hot Air Balloon Ride. Stay by August 31, 2013, and pay just:  $459 for hotel suite or deluxe villa, Sun-Thurs. $50 upgrade fee to premium view villa or Winemaker suite. Call 951-587-9463. MENTION CODE:  HotAir

Spa
Summer Goddess Extravaganza at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa
August 30 from 1-9p: a luxurious spa service, dinner and a Tahitian dancing class. $149 pp. Advance reservations are required. Reserve early by calling 951.587.9463 X7280 today or visit us online at WineResort.com today.

The Perfect 10
Celebrate South Coast Winery’s 10-year anniversary with this 50 minute spa ritual. Book now for only $109 pp (Reg $153 pp). Call 951-587-9463 X7280. Mention Code: The Perfect 10.

This special cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Valid 8/01/13 to 8/30/13

Thornton Winery

is offering 10% off lunch in wine country through August 31. One coupon per person, per winery, per day. Valid Sun-Fri only. Not valid on holidays or special events. Expires 08-31-13Download the coupon here.

 

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Mid-Week July Specials at Temecula Wineries

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Throughout summer, savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

Bel Vino Winery

Bel Vino offers several different tours daily from 11a-4p. Monday-Thursday promises easier reservations and less crowds for a truly intimate wine country experience.

Traditional Tour & Tasting Experience

A 45-minute guided tour lead by an expert wine host. Your host will guide you and your group in an interactive, educational, wine tasting which provides our guests with an in-depth knowledge of Bel Vino winery and their award-winning red wines. $19.95 per person.

Vine to Wine: Private Tour & Tasting Experience

In a private setting, guests to this 45-minute Temecula wine tour are shown the process that takes Bel Vino grapes from vine to wine. Following the tour, guests are offered a tasting that includes an informative introduction to wine appreciation and a sample of 8 Bel Vino wines, paired with an imported & domestic cheese display. Includes souvenir logo wine glass. This popular tour is $29.95 per person tour and books quickly.

Private Reserves Tasting

This 75-minute tour of Bel Vino takes guests on an exclusive private tour of the vineyards. Guests will also have the chance to explore several of the winery’s wedding venues, ending the tour with a tasting of limited production, reserve wines in the Bel Vino house. There you will be able to enjoy a private tasting and eat freshly prepared tapas made by Bel Vino’s Executive Chef. This tour includes a vineyard tour, rare tastings, dinner and a souvenir glass; begins at $49.95 per person.

For reservations, please call (951) 676-6414.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Need some wine time with your girlfriends? The next Women & Wine Wednesday event will take place on July 31 from 6p-8p Sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers while making a unique theme or craft to take home! On July 31, you can create your own olive oil, soap or vinegar bottle dispenser. $32 per person, plus tax.  $30 per person, plus tax; wine club. Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events.

Callaway also offers 10% off lunch at Meritage, Monday-Friday only. Grab that coupon here.

For reservations, please call (951) 676-4001.

 

Inn at Churon Winery

Located right in the heart of wine country, Inn at Churon Winery offers wine tasting and rooms with vineyard views.

Sunday through Friday, the Inn is offering 20% room bookings. Download the special coupon here.

Sunday through Thursday, guests may book the Rest & Relaxation Package for a savings of $110 compared to the weekend rates.

Winery hours: Sunday-Friday, 10a-4:30p.

For reservations, please call (951) 694-9070.

 

Maurice Car’rie Winery

One of the oldest and established wineries in Temecula Valley, Maurice Car’rie offers 2 for 1 tastings Monday-Friday only through July 31. Enjoy a variety of sparkling wine flavors, plus a charming gift shop and lunch cafe.

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Ponte Family Estate

Ponte Vineyard Inn is an oasis where every room has a vineyard view, and it’s just steps from Ponte Winery! Enjoy significantly reduced rates (nearly 30% less) if you book Sun-Thu so mid-week is the perfect time to escape to wine-country. Check-in, take in the views, enjoy lunch at The Restaurant at Ponte, shop and sip at Ponte Winery’s Tasting Room & Gourmet Marketplace, then kick off Happy Hour at the inn’s The Cellar Lounge from 4:00-7:00pm before having dinner at Bouquet. You’ll be refreshed, relaxed ready to finish off your workweek.

For reservations, please call (951) 587-6688.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Through July, South Coast is offering several mid-week specials and packages –

Vintage Vantage Menu at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and over; Mondays-Thursdays in July 11:30-3p. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy live entertainment each Thursday evening in July at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Start your day Up, Up and Away with a South Coast Winery Resort & Spa Villa & Hot Air Balloon Package, which includes:
•    One luxurious night for two in an oversized Villa or Suite tucked away in the vineyards
•    Bottle of pre-selected award winning wine in the room
•    Hot Air Balloon Ride for two (2) with California Dreamin’
•    Champagne Toast Continental Breakfast at Journey’s End

$380 Sunday thru Thursday (regularly $479) per night per couple

For details and reservations, please call 951-587-9463.

Check back next month for another round up of mid-week specials in Temecula Valley!

 

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