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Celebrating California Wine Month

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Although we never need a reason to raise a glass in celebration, we’re eagerly awaiting the return of California Wine Month.  This September marks the 11th consecutive year that California’s governor has proclaimed California Wine Month; in honor of our state’s contribution as the leading wine industry in the United States.

September is the perfect time to visit Temecula Valley Wine Country. We invite wine lovers to explore and experience our premiere wine country in two ways.  SIP your way through wine country with the SIP Passport; you pick which four of the 30+ wineries to visit and when to visit them throughout the month.  Or, experience each of our wineries at our region’s signature food and wine event, CRUSH!

Event Details:

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.

Tickets: $40 per person (Monday-Thursday); $50 per person (Friday-Sunday). For more information and tickets, click here.

6th Annual CRUSH ~  A Wine & Culinary Showcase

When: Saturday, September 19 from 7-10:00 p.m.

Where: Wiens Family Cellars, 35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA 92592

What: Upscale event bringing together 30+ Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from local chefs, caterers and restaurants and live entertainment to set the mood.

Tickets: All-inclusive tickets are $85 per person; VIP Tickets are $110 and include admittance to the pre-event exclusive winemaker tasting and reception, beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets are on sale now here!

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California Wine Month

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Knowing that California is celebrated for its scenic beauty and lifestyle – and in celebration of the upcoming California Wine Month in September – the Wine Institute recently shared “10 Reasons To Love California Wine”.

California Wine Month 2014

California Wine Month 2014

Actually, we can think of hundreds of reasons to love our wines, but see what Wine Institute has to say here!

You can celebrate California Wine Month, Temecula style all month long with SIP passports, which allow ticketholders to choose any four wineries to taste, any day, for just $40!  Or, join us for CRUSH, our annual wine and culinary showcase on September 13, 2014, at Wiens Family Cellars.  Either – or both – are great ways to celebrate Septembers’ California Wine Month and offer two additional reasons to love California wines.

 

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September Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

SEPTEMBER IS CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH!

Don’t miss out on Temecula Valley’s once-a-year SIP Passport and annual wine & food showcase CRUSH – tickets are on sale now and going fast!  See below for all the details —

September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.

  • What:  Discount voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. See TemeculaWines.org for details.

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

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 gala 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 and overnight packages are on sale now here!

 

September Winery Events

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s

  • Every Saturday 5:00p-8:00p
  • Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.

Dog Day Sundays

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

NEW! Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

  • Thursday-Sunday 11:00a-2:30p
  • Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays

  • September 25 6pm to 8pm, $35 pp, plus tax.  $32 pp, plus tax; wine club.
  • Visit with friends while decorating your own Halloween Wine Bottle Vase.
  • Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Eat, Drink, Stomp

  • Saturday; September 28 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • $79 pp / $69 Wine Club / $35/$30 for children 12 years old and younger. Children under 3 are free
  • Al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties & sangria

Live Music Fridays

  • Every Friday in September; Menu prices range from $6 to $23.
  • Wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert w/ recording artist Vini Contreas

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway

  • Every Sunday in September. No reservations required.
  • Lounge opens at 4p, with food available at 5p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm.  

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music in the Barrel Room on Saturdays & Sundays

  • Sunday, September 1- Will Sumner
  • Saturday, September 7 – Chapman Stick Touchboard by Leo Gosselin
  • Sunday, September 8 – Don Brennan
  • Saturday, September 14 – Don Brennan
  • Sunday, September 15 – Leo Gosselin
  • Saturday, September 21 – Will Sumner
  • Sunday, September 22 – Steel drum, island vibe by Shaula Walko
  • Saturday, September 28 – Shaula Walso
  • Sunday, September 29 – Don Brennan

Europa Village

  • Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission / September 6 – Lindsey Carrier / September 13 – Radical Pie / September 20 – Cougrzz
  • Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / September 1 – Geoff Ryle  / September 8 – Jimmy Patton / September 15 – Matthew Fagan / September 22 – Leo Gosselin / September 29 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic
  • Comedy Night / Friday, September 13 / 7:30p / $15 per person- includes glass of wine (plus service charge and sales tax / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • La Tomatina Festival – Tomato Fight / Sunday, September 15 / 3:00p-7:00p / $49 per person / Tomato fight, live entertainment, food and souvenir t-shirt. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • Musical Wine Dinner – Italy – “Bella Notte” / Thursday, September 19 / 6:309-9:00p / $79 per person / 4-course wine paired meal with entertainment. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets. 

 

Falkner Winery

Free Jazz Sundays

  • Every Sunday in September 12:00p-3:00p.
  • Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe

 

VIP Vertical Tasting

  • September 21 10:30am to 12:30p
  • $45pp + tax; $35pp + tax members; 8 Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

 

Wine Appreciation Class

  • September 7 10:30a-2:30p.
  • Includes lunch, $65 pp +tax; members $60 pp + tax, VIP Club Members $20 pp+tax.
  • Call the winery at 951-676-8231 xt. 109 for reservations.

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

  • September 5, 5:30p-7:30p, $20 pp
  • Includes 5 wine and chocolate pairings.  RSVP required by September 3, e-mail sales@chickswithbark.com

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

  • Every Monday and Friday at 12:00p
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p
  • $29 pp; Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

 

Leoness Cellars

Annual Grape Stomp

  • September 22, 6:00p-9:30p, $89 pp; $79 pp members
  • Includes Surf & Turf Buffet, 1 glass of wine, stomping, live music and dancing!
  • Reservations are required by e-mail to reservations@leonesscellars.com or by calling 951-302-7601 ext. 150.

 

Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

5p-8p Fridays & Saturdays / 2:00p-5:00p Sundays

  • September 1 – American Made
  • September 6 – Schultz & Hamilton
  • September 7 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 8 – Donna Jones
  • September 13 – Tim Cash
  • September 14 – TBD
  • September 15 – Izon Eden
  • September 20- Izon Eden
  • September 21- Big Truth
  • September 22 – Michael LeClerc
  • September 27 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 28 – Knight Wing
  • September 29 – Bill Magee

Live Music in Old Town

  • Saturday, September 7  6:00p-9:00p – Chuck Wyle
  • Saturday, September 21 / 6:00p-9:00p – Tim Cash

Epicurean Demonstration ~ Pasta & Sauce

  • September 4 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp / $20 pp, wine club
  • Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarywinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 1046

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • September 7 / 6:30p-9:00p / $75 pp / $65 pp, wine club
  • Reservations required.  To purchase tickets, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Saturday, September 21 / 4:00p-8:00p / $65 pp / $55 pp, wine club / $30 for 21 and under
  • Tickets include dinner. Purchase tickets in tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Movie in the Vines ~ Bottle Shock

  • Monday, September 23
  • Concessions and wine bar open at 6:00p / Movie begins at sunset.

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music

  • Sunday, September 8 / 2:00p-6:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Grape Stomp

  • Sunday, September 22 / 11:00a-5:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

5150 ~ A Tribute to Van Halen, the Sammy Hagar Years

  • Friday, September 27 7:00p
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Blessing of the Wines Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 / 4:00p-7:00p / Adults: $55 / $50 Club / Children: $15
  • B.B.Q., face painting, tractor rides, live music, dancing, and  grape stomping contests!
  • Reservations Required; Buy your tickets now by calling  951-587-9463 X7210 or click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p
  • Wine Club Members, enjoy the tour for just $35 per person.   Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.
  • Don’t miss our Spooky Behind the Scenes Tours scheduled for October 26 thru 31st 4:30 to 5:30 – reservations A MUST

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

  • Mon-Fri, 4:00p-5:30p (Wednesdays, enjoy a live piano bar from 6:00p-9:00p).

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

  • Saturday, September 14 / 7:00p – BWB ~ Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
  • Sunday, September 15 / 4:00p – Boz Scaggs
  • Sunday, September 22 / 4:00p – George Benson & Jessy J.

Live Music

  • September 1 – Diego Mondragon Duo
  • September 6 – Reggie Vision Valentine
  • September 7 – Vanessa Rogers
  • September 8 – Missy Anderson
  • September 13 – Big Truth
  • September 20 – Missy Anderson
  • September 21 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 27 – Mercedes Moore Band
  • September 28 – Master Splinter Acoustic
  • September 29 – Mark Renk

 

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September Grape Stomps in Temecula Wine Country

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

In case you still didn’t know: September = Harvest Season all over California – and Temecula Valley is no exception.

To celebrate, several Temecula wineries throw annual grape stomps and early fall festivals for guests and wine-lovers all over Southern California!

Grape Stomping Festival at Ponte
Sunday, Sept. 29
Ponte Winery doesn’t merely give guests a chance to mash some small juicy orbs during their annual Grape Stomping Festival; they plan a full-on dinner buffet and day around the event. So figure you’ll have some sustenance awaiting you after you put in all of those strenuous minutes in the barrel; $95 per person. Ponte Family Estate is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-694-8855 or visit pontewinery.com.

Sip, Savor, Stomp at Wilson Creek
5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13
Sip on award-winning Wilson Creek wines, dine on a harvest buffet and stomp on grapes with your bare feet. The fun-filled evening will begin with a hayride to Merlot Mesa for a wine and cheese reception, followed by live music, grape stomping, and more. Tickets are $85 for general admission, $65 for wine club members, and $78 for guests of wine club members. Wilson Creek Winery is at 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-699-9463 or visit wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Annual Grape Stomp at Leoness
6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22
Wine, food, live music, dancing and a lot of grape stomping. Menu includes Surf & Turf buffet featuring tri-tip and lobster tails and one glass of wine. Tickets are $89 per person, $79 for wine club members. Leonesse Cellars is 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula. Call 951-302-7601, Ext. 150 or visit leonesscellars.com.

Eat Drink Stomp at Callaway
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Before dinner at Callaway Winery, get your heart rate up and grab your favorite partner for the grape stomp competitions and then dance the night away to live music on the courtyard. There will be a full al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties prepared by Executive Chef Michael Henry and the team at Meritage at Callaway. Tickets are $79 per person, $69 for wine club members, $35 for children 12 years old and younger, children under 3 are free. Callaway Winery is at 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Call 951-676-4001, 800-472-2377 or visit callawaywinery.com.

Blessing of the Wines, Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at South Coast
All day, Sept. 22
Celebration is in the air, and this one fun-for-the-entire family “blessing” you won’t want to miss. There’s a barbecue, face painting, tractor rides through the vineyards, live musical entertainment by Latin Jazz violinist Diego Mondragon, and his band, Savio Jazz, and of course, grape stomping contests. Tickets ($55 general admission, $50 for members, $15 for kids) include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food, plus the chance to win prizes. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-587-9463 or visit wineresort.com.

5th annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at Lorimar
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21

Lorimar Winery invites the public to this event featuring grape stomping, costume contest, live music and more, including $5 vineyard hay rides. Tickets include Dinner (served at 5 p.m.), dessert, and two drink tickets. Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Wine Club members, $30 for age 20 and younger. Lorimar Winery is at 39990 Anza Road, Temecula. Call (951) 694-6699 or visit lorimarwinery.com.

For daily harvest updates and lots of grape-picking action, tune in to our Facebook page!

*Info sourced from NBC’s Worth the Drive and Press Enterprise Blog

 

 

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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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Save The Date! September’s California Wine Month Offers Sip Passport and CRUSH Tasting Event

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Did you know that September is California Wine Month?

Governor Jerry Brown’s endorsement of the 9th Annual California Wine Month sparks a month-long vinous celebration across the Golden State, and Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite fans to explore the Southland’s premier wine country in style. Those with a taste for adventure can take advantage of the Sip Passport, which visitors can exchange for a full tasting flight at any four wineries for just $35; or, to experience the best of Temecula’s wine, food and entertainment in one spectacular evening, guests can participate in CRUSH, the Valley’s annual gastronomic gala, to be held for a second year on Callaway Winery’s hilltop patio.

 

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.

  • Tickets:  $35 per person for Sip Passport; Sip & Stay packages offer discounts on overnight accommodations at participating wine country hotels.

  • Click here for details and to purchase your passport.

 

4th Annual CRUSH Gala

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

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

  • What:  Gala event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from more than a dozen local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.
  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; early bird tickets are $65 now through August 16; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting.

 

September is the perfect time to visit Temecula Valley wine country! Join us for California Wine Month!

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Wine Country Recipes: Perfect Wine & Food Pairings for California Wine Month

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In honor of California Wine Month, we’ve rounded up this year’s best recipes and pairings from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

What is a Perfect Pairing?

Truth be told, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pairing! The old adage, “white wine with fish and red wine with meat” isn’t always a tried-and-true method of pairing wine. We say have fun with it and play with pairings to discover how different wines can bring out the subtle nuances of flavors in a food.

For those who aren’t as adventurous, we’ve paired up Temecula wines with some of our favorite wine country recipes provided by our member wineries.

We hope you enjoy creating these “perfectly” paired recipes in your own home, while popping the cork on one of our beautiful Temecula Valley wines.

Here are a few of our favorite gourmet recipes from Temecula Valley wineries perfectly paired with Temecula Valley wine —

Cocktails & Appetizers

Syrah Sunset Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Syrah
  • 2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar Ice
  • chilled 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced

 

Directions – In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice, and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, place ice in six 16-ounce glasses. Add 2/3 cup of the lime juice mixture to each glass. Pouring along side of glass, slowly add 1/2 cup wine. Thread nectarine slices on skewers and add to glasses.

*Try with some spectacular Syrah from Doffo, Falkner, Foot Path, Lorimar, Masia de Yabar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, South Coast’s Wild Horse Peak or Van Roekel.

Oak Mountain Winery Marinated Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 blocks (8 oz each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup Oak Mountain Tuscan Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Pear Pomegranate Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • Toasted sliced French Bread or assorted crackers

 

Directions:
Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4” slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices and sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6” long blocks of cheese; place in 13 X 9” dish.
Combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt & pepper and pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Longshadow Ranch Winery 2009 White Feather Chardonnay
  • Lumiere Winery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monte De Oro Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Oak Mountain Winery 2011 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel Winery 2011 Chenin Blanc

 

Thornton Winery Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh peeled garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • salt & pepper

 

Directions:
Melt butter in a large soup pan. Add onion and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add cubed butternut squash. Cook 1-2 minutes.
Cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 30-45 minutes or until squash is soft.
Blend soup, strain and then return to pot. Season with Thai curry paste and salt and pepper as needed.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Falkner Winery 2009 Viognier
  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 Viognier
  • “Buon Vicino” Thornton Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel 2010 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Featuring Main Courses & Desserts!

 

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Chapin Family Vineyards

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Meet one of our newest Temecula Valley wineries!

The Story

The Chapin family has owned property in Southern California’s wine country since 1987 and began planting their first vineyards with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Verdot back in 2002.  By 2006, the first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon wine was released to local restaurants and the Chapin wine club.  Since then, additional vineyards have been planted with lesser-known Italian red grape varietals like Montepulciano and Aglianico – and Viognier, a popular French white that’s a Temecula Valley favorite.

The Chapin tasting room room opened in 2011 and offers beautiful vineyard views, fun events, and wine club membership.

The Wines

The Chapin Family believes in producing small lots of handcrafted wines, offering intense flavor with depth and balance that best represent the Temecula Valley Appellation.  They say that 80% of wine quality starts in the vineyard – to achieve that desired level of quality in all their wines, the Chapin team has implemented intense European methods of farming that encourage ripe and full-bodied wine grapes.

Wine Tasting Info

Chapin flights offer classic favorites like Merlot and Cabernet, along with Zinfandel and Montepulciano for variety.

$15 gets you a generous 7-taste flight.  Boar’s Head cheese & deli trays are available for snacking.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm; Address: 36084 Summitville St. Temecula Valley; Phone: 951-506-2935

For more information, visit their website at ChapinFamilyVineyards.com.

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Wine Country Recipe: California-Style Clam Bake

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

California-Style Clam Bake

(Courtesy of The California Wine Institute)

Serves 4 as a main course, serves 8 as an appetizer

No matter where you are in the world, this garlic-infused California-style clambake recipe will bring the spirit of The Golden State to you.  Celebrate California Wine Month this September with this light and classic seafood dish, which can be served as an appetizer or a main dish.

Pair with California Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé.  *See below for Temecula wine suggestions!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
4 shallots, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup (240ml) California Sauvignon Blanc or other crisp white wine
1 cup (240ml) chicken stock
2 pounds (900g) mussels
2 pounds (900g) clams
1 tablespoons (15ml) parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

– In a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, shallots and garlic.

– Sauté for 1 minute or until the vegetables are slightly browned.

– Add the wine and chicken stock.

– Bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add the mussels and clams and steam for 7 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the pot several times.

-Remove from heat and pour mussel and clams into a large serving dish.

– Garnish with parsley.

– Serve immediately, accompanied by a fresh, rustic-style bread.

Image courtesy of Madaket Home

Pair with one of your local Temecula Valley wines!  Look for crisp and dry wines with a hint of effervescence —

Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2010 Fume Blanc

South Coast Winery Pinot Noir Rosé Sparking

Callaway Vineyard & Winery Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay

 

 

 

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Wine & Food Pairing Tips for California Wine Month

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


10 CALIFORNIA WINE & FOOD PAIRING TIPS

•    When enjoying cheeses either before or after dinner, consider a California sparkling wine alongside. The effervescence will stimulate the palate in such a way that both the cheeses and the wine will soar.  For a festive and tasty flourish, serve fresh California pomegranates with the cheese and add a few arils, as pomegranate seeds are called, to each glass.  Suggested sparkler: Ponte Winery, Rose Spumante

•    Enjoy smoked fish—oysters, salmon, lox, trout, sturgeon and sablefish, for example—with California sparkling wine.  Suggested sparkler: Danza del Sol Winery, Espumosa Chardonnay Brut

•    California Sauvignon Blanc loves green vegetables of any kind, from artichokes and green beans to tender lettuces and zucchini.  It is also an excellent match with goat cheeses and fresh mozzarella.  Suggested Sav Blanc: Hart Family Vineyard, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

•    California Chardonnay and Viognier blossom with corn and carrots.  Serve with corn on the cob, corn chowder, creamy polenta topped with California Teleme cheese and corn salsa, corn or carrot risotto, oven-roasted carrots and carrot fritters.  Suggested white: Callaway Vineyard & Winery, 2009 Special Selection Viognier

•    California Pinot Noir, among the world’s most versatile wines, pairs well with a classic BLT as with wild Pacific King salmon on a bed of roasted winter squash.  Delicious with turkey, California Pinot Noir is an ideal Thanksgiving wine, as well.  Suggested Pinot: Wiens Family Cellars, 2009 Pinot Noir

•    California Merlot is delightful with blueberries.  Combine blueberries with wild rice, fresh or smoked turkey and a simple balsamic vinaigrette for a main course salad to enjoy with Merlot.  To enhance the match, add a little Merlot to the dressing.  Suggested Merlot: Mount Palomar Winery, 2006 Merlot

•    Defy the conventional wisdom that pairs fish with white wine and meat with red.  A robust California Chardonnay is wonderful with rare steak and prime rib and California Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect with halibut topped with a dollop of black olive butter or tapenade.  Suggested Chard: South Coast Winery, 2008 Reserve South Coast Chardonnay /  Suggested Cab:  Monte de Oro Winery, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

•    Enjoy California Syrah with classic Italian dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, polenta and stewed sausages and lasagna.  It is also excellent with grilled red meats and ripe backyard tomatoes and roasted sweet peppers.  Suggested Syrah: Europa Village, 2006 C’est La Vie Syrah

•    California Zinfandel is a perfect quaff with burgers, ribs, fajitas and chili but vegetarians will be thrilled to know it is also the best choice with lentils, especially when served with grilled Portobello mushrooms.  Suggested Zin: Doffo Vineyard & Winery, 2009 Syrah

•    For a simple, healthy and delicious dessert, combine seasonal fruits—such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums and peaches—with a little sugar and chill for a couple of hours, until natural juices collect in the bowl.  Add about a cup of California Rosé or Pinot Noir, toss and serve, or spoon over vanilla ice cream, with the wine alongside.  Suggested Rosé:  Leonesse Cellars, 2010 White Merlot

 

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