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Holiday Wine Pairing Guide

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Mom’s stuffing, Aunt Nancy’s cranberry sauce and your sister’s sweet potatoes.  Menu: done!  But what about the wine?  Choosing a bottle (or two!) of wine to bring to the holiday table can be tricky.  Appealing to not only your menu, but to a cross-section of practiced palates and novice wine drinkers may seem challenging.  But don’t stress out over one of the simplest tasks of the holiday season. Make it simple.  Any wine you enjoy is a good wine!

One certainly doesn’t need to look to others to rate, score or direct you to make a particular wine choice. Bring a wine you’re familiar with to the table.  Chances are it’ll be just fine – and maybe even sublime!

First and foremost, don’t worry about pairing with the herbaceous, the tart or the sweet accompaniments to your turkey, ham or prime rib.  It’s much simpler to match the wine to the main protein dish.  Here’s a few tried and true varietal selections for some classic holiday main dishes:

Wines to Serve with Ham
Ham just begs for a something lightly sweet.  Look for wines with a touch of residual sugar like a Baily Vineyard & Winery Riesling or a Maurice Car’rie Winery Gewurztraminer.  Both are lighter in style, a bit lower in alcohol and still offer plenty of food-friendly acidity and crowd-pleasing palate appeal.  If you’re looking for an easy to pair red, go for a lighter style like Tempranillo.  Great examples can be found at both Robert Renzoni Vineyard & Winery and at Danza del Sol Winery.

Wines to Serve with Turkey
Although an array of whites work perfectly well, Sauvignon Blanc is an all-time, hands-down favorite pick that holds up well to turkey – and all it’s side dishes. Temecula Valley provides the perfect playground for growing this varietal, so you’ll find many great examples of it here.  Beautifully aromatic offerings from the musqué clone can be found at Hart Winery and at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Soft red varietals like Syrah also make suitable partners; you can find some fabulous ones at Falkner Winery and Leoness Cellars.

Wines to Serve with Prime Rib
White wines will have a hard time keeping up with the likes of Prime Rib, but there are so many reds to choose from that make impressive cohorts, you’re sure to find one you’ll all enjoy.  Choose an affable Cabernet Sauvignon from Callaway Vineyard & Winery, a food friendly Italian varietal like Montepulciano or Sangiovese from Cougar Vineyard & Winery or an amazing Super Tuscan blend, Due Rossi, from Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.

Happy Holidays!

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Mother’s Day in Temecula Wine Country!

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Spending the day in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country……well, we can’t think of a better gift for Mom this Mother’s Day!  We’ve got you covered with brunches and lunches and everything in between. Here’s a list of wineries celebrating all of the Mom’s out there:

Baily Winery
Mother’s Day lunch at Carol’s Restaurant /
May 14 / 3-course lunch from 11:00-3:00 / Menu and prices will be posted on our website on May 1st.  It will be reservation only, credit card necessary for reservation / For reservations call 951.676.9243 or visit www.Bailywinery.com

Bel Vino Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 14 / Two seating’s: 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30 / Set up on top of Bel Vino’s Hilltop Terrace, we will be hosting a bottomless mimosa brunch, to include an Egg Bar, Bagel Bar, Carving Station. Spring Salad, Chicken and Waffles, Assorted Desserts, Crab Cakes, Yogurt Parfaits, Fruit Varieties, Live Music and more! Wine and Beer Extra. Children 3 and under are free / $83.99 for non-members, $71.06 for Wine Club Members, $29.67 for children / Call 951-676-6414 to make reservation.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Mother’s Day Special Treat
/ May 14 / 11am-6pm / Join us for a Special Treat…Bubbly Peach Sangria Flute Floats! / $8 each; Logo flute INCLUDED. $4 each for Wine Club Members!  The first 25 guests to pre-pay will also receive a long stem rose for Mom!  Come by…call 951.767.8398…or email events@cougarvineyards.com to pre-pay.

Danza del Sol Winery
Mother May I GET SAUCED?!! / May 14 / 1:00p -4p / Treat Mom to a fun filled afternoon of food, wine, and culinary entertainment for Mother May I GET SAUCED?! / Price: $58.50 – $65.00 / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information and reservations.

Europa Village
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 14 / 12pm-3pm / Gourmet three-course champagne lunch prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Live music by Jimmy Patton / Tickets $54 per person, children 10 & under $17. Tickets available via website www.europavillage.com or calling Event Department (951) 695-7175.

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant
/ May 14 / 10am-3pm / For a full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com. Live Entertainment will be provided / Cost: $69.95+/person (Wine Club $59.95+/person) Children (3-10) $29.50+/child (Wine Club $24.95+/child) / Reservations required please call 951-676-8231 option 4.

Lorimar Vineyard & Winery
Treat Mom to a Special Champagne Brunch / May 14 / 10am or 12:30pm / Located on our Vineyard Lawn / $60 regular, $55 WC / Tickets available through www.lorimarwinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Mother’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar / May 13 and May 14 / 11:00am – 7:00pm / Celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend at Annata Bistro/Bar! All Moms receive one complimentary classic Mimosa on Mother’s Day weekend, plus we’re running a limited time Mother’s Day menu / For reservations and information please visit https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/MothersDay

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch in The Cave / May 14 / 11am-4pm / For a complete brunch menu please visit our Events page at www.oakmountainwinery.com / $39 pp., Members $30 plus tax, includes 1 glass new Release Wine. Children, ages 6-12 are $15 +tax – 5 years and under are free. Gratuity not included; no refunds within 24 hours / Reservations 951 699-9102, events@oakmountainwinery.com

Thornton Winery
Mother’s Day Buffet / May 14 / 11am-4pm / Cost: $62.95 plus tax & gratuity (Adults). $22.95 plus tax & gratuity. Child 12- 6 yrs. old $19.95 plus tax & gratuity. (5 years and under – FREE). Call for Reservations: (951) 699-0099

Wilson Creek Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 14 / 10am – 3pm /Enjoy live entertainment, our annual Petting Zoo, and a special bottle of wine to go home with mom! / Buffet + unlimited Sparkling Wine $64.95. Buffet Only $58.95. Children $14.95 / Reservations are required, online at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or by calling 951-699-9463.

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Temecula Valley Winery Events for March

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

World of Wine Passport Event is Saturday and Sunday March 2 & 3.  Buy your tickets now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Temecula Valley winery events for March include Easter brunch, women & wine craft night, 15K race, food truck Friday, live music and entertainment, happy hours, cooking class, spa and overnight packages! Scroll down for all the details.


Bel Vino Winery

Wedding Expo

Saturday, March 9; 12:00p-4:00p; $5 – Includes personalized wine tastings, displayed and tray passes hors d’oeuvres.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Callaway Budbreak Celebration at Vu
Saturday, March 16 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm; $95 per person plus tax and gratuity; $85.50 plus tax and gratuity, wine club members
Join us for our first chef & winemaker dinner of the year. Our Winemaker, Craig Larson, and Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef, Michael Henry are collaborating to bring you a truly exquisite and unique wine & culinary feast. Tickets include a sparkling wine reception with Winemaker Craig Larson, a five-course meal paired with Callaway wine, and a special gift to commemorate the dinner.

This dinner has very limited seating; reservations are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001

Women & #WineWednesdays

Wednesday, March 27th: That’s My Glass

6:00pm to 8:00pm; $27 per person plus tax; $25 per person/wine club plus tax
At this month’s “Women & Wine” event visit with friends, decorate your own wine glass with special paints, bling and feathers.

Need some wine time with your girlfriends? Join us the last Wednesday of every month in our Reserve Room for “Women & Wine Wednesday” Visit with old friends, mingle with new ones, sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers. Each gathering will have a unique theme or craft to make & take home!

Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001

Easter Brunch At Meritage at Callaway
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Seatings from 11:00am to 2:00pm. $42.95 per adult, $18.95 for children 5-11; children under 4 are free. RSVP today at 951-587-8889.

You’re invited to experience a festive Springtime brunch at Meritage at Callaway. Enjoy a special brunch menu filled with a delectable assortment of unique culinary dishes and a few traditional selections.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

St. Patrick’s Day 15k Race

Sunday, March 17 – 9:00a

Race through country roads and vineyards as you wind your way to the finish line and a glass of green champagne in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! 21+ race entry includes a champagne tasting and a signature glass to keep. Then, spend the afternoon celebrating the Irish way at Cougar Vineyard and Winery with all day specials for race participants.

Limited to 200 people, so register today! For more information and to order tickets, click here.

 

Danza Del Sol Winery

Live Music – 1:00p-5:00p

Saturday, March 2 Michael LeClerc | Sunday, March 3 JD Priest | Saturday, March 9 Jeff Johnson | Saturday, March 16 Two Fish | Saturday, March 23 Steroflux | Saturday, March 30 Nathan Rivera

Food Truck Friday

Friday, March 29th at the Club House – Slow Cal BBQ, Serving 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Missy Andersen Performing 7 – 9:45 pm

Pre-Sale Tickets $8 per Wine Club Member and guests* | $12 General Public. Day of Event Tickets $10 per Wine Club Member and guest*

Call 951-302-6363 for tickets and more information. Limited seating available. This is a ticketed event. Wine sales as per regular business pricing. No outside food or alcohol permitted. Only bottles purchased during event are permitted *Pricing includes first glass of wine, not to be used towards food purchases. ** no refunds for this event

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

5:30p-8:30p; Free admission

March 1 – Cougrzz Acoustic | March 8 – Nathan Rivera | March 15 – Waylon Hicks | March 22 – Alaina Blair | March 29 – Fandango

Sunday Entertainment

1:00p-4:00p; Free Admission

March 3 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic | March 10 – Matthew Fagan | March 17 – Jimmy Patton | March 24 – Geoff Ryle

Art Class in the Vineyards

Wednesday, March 13; 11:00a-2:00p; Monti Lad. Call 760-967-7658 for more information

St. Patrick’s Day Event

Sunday, March 17; 10:00a-4:00p; Dress like a Leprechaun and receive 10% off all purchases.  Best dressed will win a prize. Enjoy green Sangria and Fighting Irish Paninis

Musical Wine Dinner – France- “Moulin Rouge”

Thursday, March 23; 6:30p-9:00p; $79 per person, plus service charge and sales tax. Call 951-506-1818 for more information

“At the Cross” Ballet Performance

Sunday, March 24; 3:00p and 4:00p. Free Admission

Easter Picnic & Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 31; 11:00a-2:00p; $25 per person, adults | $15 per person, kids

Includes lunch, entertainment, Easter egg hunt, visit by Easter Bunny and jumpy for kids. For reservations please call 951-506-1818

 

Falkner Winery

Easter Brunch at Pinnacle Restaurant

Sunday, March 31. Seatings from 10:00a-3:30p; $49.95 per person, plus tax; $44.95 per person, plus tax, wine club members. Children 3-10 are $19 plus tax, wine club members, $15, plus tax. Children under 3, free. Special Easter gifts will be given to all children upon arrival.

The brunch will consist of multiple food stations and be available for reservations from 10am to 3:30pm.  All food will be prepared by their award winning “Best Chef”, Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and his excellent staff.  As the name implies, Champagne will be part of the meal along with other beverage options including discounted wine by the glass. Live entertainment will also be provided.

Reservations should be made by calling 951-676-8232 ext. 1 or online here

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour

Saturday, March 9; 5:00p-8:00p. Appetizers, wine specials and wine cocktail drink specials

 

Leoness Cellars

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd– “World of Wine”

Friday 8th – 1:00-4:00 PM – “Wine 101”

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

Wine Club Members: $55 per person (for two people) | Public: $95 per person. RSVP at hosts@leonesscellars.com or 951.302.7601 ext. 125

Wednesday 20th – 10:00AM-12:00 PM – “Body & Vines”

Journey within the life of the vine, through vibrant movement of the body.  Then wind down with an alfresco pairing of our refreshing wines, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses.

Wine Club Members: $30 per person (for two  people) | Public $35 per person. RSVP at hosts@leonesscellars.com or 951.302.7601 ext. 125

 


Monte de Oro

Monte De Oro’s Black Label Winemakers Dinner

Saturday March 23, 2013. Reception 6:30 PM | Dinner 7:00 PM.

Wine Club Members $125 per person; Non- Members  $140 per person. Price per person includes one bottle of reserve wine!

You are cordially invited to join us for a very special, intimate evening with Monte De Oro’s Winemaker and Managing Member. While indulging in several sensational black label reserve wines and tempting barrel samples, delight your senses with an amazing five-course wine and food experience designed to surprise and captivate your epicurean senses!

For more information, please call 951-491-6551 or email info@montedeoro.com.


 

Mount Palomar Winery

Wine & Unwind Friday Nights

Friday, March 15; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music by Finite Wisdom (Dance and Classic Rock) RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

Friday, March 22; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music by Lifetime Rocker (Classic Rock) RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

Friday, March 29; 6pm-10pm. Dinner reservations at Shorty’s Bistro with live music. RSVP: 951-676-5047 x112 or by visiting the website here

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class

Friday, March 29; 6:00p-9:00p; $65.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations by e-mail at vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com

Come to Oak Mountain Winery for a night of wine, food and fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef Michael Cragg teaches you how to make a gourmet meal.  You will learn to make (hands on!) and then eat a four course meal paired with Oak Mountain wine.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Divas in D’vines
Happy Hour 12-4/Dinner 5:30-9 – Call 951-587-9463 or click here today.

Vintage Vantage Menu
Mondays-Thursdays 11:30-3pm. Specially priced lunches at a low $9.99 for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 or visit here

Happy Hour
Mondays-Fridays – 4-5:30pm – ½ price wines, draft beer and a wide array of appetizers. Call 951-587-9463 or click here

Prime Rib Dinner Special starting at just $30
Fridays-Sundays Call 951-587-9463 or visit http://www.wineresort.com today.

Champagne Easter Celebration @ South Coast Winery Resort & Spa — Sunday, March 31st. Gather up your family and join us at South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant on Easter Sunday for a magically delicious Champagne Brunch. They will be pulling out all the stops to serve up a brunch designed to dazzle all ages. Easter egg hunts for children will be held every hour beginning at 11 AM. Prices vary based on selection. Reserve today and mark this day extra special! Call (951) 587-9463 ext. 7237

Lemongrass Ritual at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa Weekdays in March.

Encounter the healing qualities of the ancient art of warm stones and chakra centers. This 50 minute spa ritual commences with a soothing massage 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 with a keepsake of the soothing oil. No black out or weekend dates. Good through March 1st– March 31st 2013.
Special price $105—(regularly $146) a $41 savings per person. Call 951-587-9463 or click here. Mention booking code: Lemongrass

Romantic Runaway Wedding Package
March on in to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa this month and let our expert wedding and event planners turn your 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! Call 951-587-9463 for details or click here for more details.

March Girlfriends’ Retreat Package

  • One night stay in a Deluxe Queen Villa for 4
  • Boxed Lunch to be delivered to your room for 4
  • Five Wine Tasting tickets for 4
  • Vino Vinyasa class for 4
  • Complimentary Demi Cabana for 4 – Demi cabana available 8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm. Vino Vinyasa class to be taken during time frame of cabana rental only.
  • Pre-Selected Bottle of Wine
  • MENTION CODE: GIRL-GE

Package Price: Sun – Thurs $ 479/night – That’s just $119.75 pp with 4. Fri – Sat $ 50/night additional. Call 951-587-9463 for details or click here for more details.

 


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World of Wine Preview: Tickets On Sale Now for VIP Winemaker Dinner, Vineyard Tour & Breakfast, Special Overnight & Shuttle Packages

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Temecula Valley’s first passport event of 2013 is just one week away!

WORLD OF WINE WEEKEND IS MARCH 2-3.

Southern California food and wine-lovers who are looking to bundle their event tickets with a special VIP experience, a shuttle service, an overnight stay – or all of the above! – can choose from several World of Wine packages.

*New VIP packages for 2013! Tickets are limited, reserve today.

 

Saturday, March 2: WoW Passport PLUS Thornton Winemaker Dinner
Join veteran winemaker, David Vergari and winery owner Steve Thornton for a scrumptious four-course dinner perfectly paired with Thornton wines.

$179 for World of Wine 2-Day Passport Ticket + Dinner
*  Amuse-bouche; served with NV Thornton Blanc de Noirs
*  Individual tapas plate: fennel salami, garlic shrimp cannellini bean salad, saffron aioli; served with Thornton 2011 Chardonnay
*  Slow-braised boneless beef short ribs, creamy soft white cheddar polenta and spring vegetable ragout with an Estate Syrah demi-glace; served with 2010 Thornton Estate Syrah
*  Old-fashioned strawberry shortcake with a Cherry Caramel Kiss wine reduction; served with a Caramel Cherry Kiss!

Sunday, March 3: WoW Passport PLUS Cougar Winery Vineyard Tour and Breakfast
Join Cougar Winery for a behind the scenes “Ground to Glass” vineyard and winemaking tour with continental breakfast.

$114 for World of Wine 2-Day Passport Ticket + Vineyard Tour and Breakfast
*  Check in time is 8:45am
*  Tour starts promptly at 9am
*  Includes a glass of Cougar bubbly and continental breakfast

 

 

 

World of Wine shuttle and overnight packages

WoW + Ride Transportation Package
    • WoW + Ride packages are from $59-$189.  
    • Event guests can leave the driving to the professionals during World of Wine Weekend! Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle offers several packages, which include: passport event tickets, pick-up / drop-off, shuttle service to 9-10 wineries per day, wine and food samples at each winery stop, map of Temecula Valley and a souvenir glass.
    • Grapeline shuttles pick up at all local hotels and at Pechanga Casino for day-trippers. Guests who book these packages get to skip the check-in process at the TVWA.
    • Got event tickets and just need a ride?  Grapeline offers a 2-day shuttle, Saturday shuttle and Sunday shuttle during WoW weekend
    • World of Wine two-day tickets are $99 per person, so the $199 Weekend Package is a savings of about $10 — plus the added convenience of the friendly shuttle service.
    • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book
WoW + Stay Overnight at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
    • Package offered on Sunday, March 3 only
    • Price: from $289
    • Overnight Stay in Luxury Deluxe Villa
    • Two World of Wine Passport Tickets (Sunday Tickets Only)
    • Complementary Pre-Selected Bottle of South Coast Wine
    • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book
WoW + Stay Overnight at Temecula Creek Inn
  • Package offered on Sunday, March 3 only
  • Price: from $218
  • 1-night stay at Temecula Creek Inn1-day Passport to World of Wine event for two
  • Visit TemeculaWines.org/Events or call TVWA at 800.801.9463 to book

 

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. Temecula Valley is only a 60 – 90 minute drive from all major Southern California cities.

Temecula Valley Wine Country in Southern California

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The Story

Cougar Vineyard & Winery is one of Temecula Valley’s smaller boutique wineries, producing approximately 4500 cases per year. Owners and winemakers Rick & Jennifer Buffington are passionate wine-lovers; they have been making wine for 20 years and are known for their hands-on approach to every aspect of the winery operations.

Italian varietals are Cougar’s specialty.  In addition to unique wines and fun-loving staff, this popular wine tasting stop also hosts cool events and boasts a devoted wine club following.

Cougar Winery & Vineyard, Temecula Valley

The Wines

Cougar produces reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines so there’s a wine to suit every palate. Rick & Jennifer love to introduce rare and unique Mediterranean grapes to the Temecula wine scene. Cougar proudly offers lesser-known Italian varietals like Vermentino, Montepulciano and Brachetto. The latter was just recognized as a grape varietal in the United States and Cougar Vineyards is one of only two commercial wineries that are growing it. Visit Cougar’s wine store here!

Cougar Wines from Temecula Valley, CA

 

Wine Tasting

The Cougar Winery tasting room is open 7 days a week from 11-6pm.

Tasting Room Pricing:

  • $10 for 6 tastes
  • $15 for 6 tastes + logo glass
  • $22 for 6 reds-only tastes (available Friday-Sunday)

 

Vineyard tours and wine production tours are available Friday-Monday. Call to reserve your spot at 951-491-0825 or visit www.cougarvineyards.com.

Cougar Winery & Vineyards address: 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592

 

Exciting news for spring 2013!

Cougar Winery announces their new tasting room and eatery, Sangio’s Deli – opening in early spring 2013! The addition of another food stop on De Portola Road promises to provide hungry wine-lovers with even more options to fill up between sips.

Get the latest news by visiting the Cougar blog. Make sure to say hi to black labs Monte and Mocha on your next visit to Cougar Winery & Vineyards!

Monte & Mocha, Cougar Wine Dogs | HulsePhoto.com

Cougar Winery Olive Tree, Temecula Valley

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Wine Country Recipe: New York Steaks with Gorgonzola-Walnut “Butter”

Friday, December 14th, 2012

New York Steaks with Gorgonzola-Walnut “Butter”

…Paired with Cougar Meritage Red Wine

Courtesy of Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Serves 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

4 New York steaks
½ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the “butter”
8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, cut into small chunks
1 teaspoon white-wine or regular Worcestershire
2 teaspoons green peppercorns
¼ cup lightly toasted walnut halves
1 ½ tablespoons minced chives
6 drops Tabasco

How to make:

Place steaks in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, vinegar, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Marinate in refrigerator covered for 2 to 3 hours. Remove steaks from marinade when ready to grill.

To make “butter”, combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process for about a minute until mixed thoroughly. Can be refrigerated, but plan to serve at room temperature.

Prepare a hot fire and grill steaks for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked to desired doneness. Shortly after turning, slather a mound of Gorgonzola butter on steaks and allow it to melt slightly while the steaks finish cooking.

Serve with couscous and additional Gorgonzola butter.

Enjoy with a nice glass of Cougar Meritage!

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Wine Country Recipes Featured on Snooth.com – Vote for your favorites today!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Temecula Valley Receives Multiple Nominations for Snooth’s People’s Voice Awards: Epicurean Edition

Congratulations to several Temecula wineries for their nominations in multiple categories on the popular online wine magazine, Snooth.com!

Now through November 30, you have the chance to vote on your favorite food and wine pairings in eight great categories, with each vote entering you in a drawing to win an exceptional set of designer cookware. This $1200 set of gourmet cookware will make your kitchen the envy of all your friends, and all you have to do is click here for the categories.

 

Nominated Temecula Wineries Include:

 

*Vote now* through November 30, 2012.  The public votes on their favorite pairings, creating the ultimate menu just in time for the holidays.  The winning menu & wines will be featured on Snooth through the holiday season.

Share your vote with your friends!

  • Share the the link to your voting page (http://snth.me/XW34ey) via social media and email!
  • Tweet it to your followers using our hashtag #SnoothPVAEE!
  • Post it for your Facebook fans and tag us so we can like your post too!


 

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November Winery Events

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

There’s always fun and festive events going on in Temecula wine country, and November events include wine night, special sales, and Thanksgiving dinners. The only hard part is deciding which one of these to attend!

 

Briar Rose Winery

November 11th-13th

Teacher Appreciation Weekend: In honor of teachers, we’re including a special cupcake pairing just for you at a price of $15.  Enjoy a special wine and cupcake pairing off our Premium Library Collection menu (regularly priced at $25).  Reservations are required by calling 951.308.1098.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

November 26th

4th Annual Temecula Turkey Trot: 5k run- 8:45am / 10k run 8:30a m– Free wine tasting after the race for participants 21 and older.  100% of the money raised will provide funds to sustainable energy projects in east Africa.  Contact 619.537.9185 or TemeculaTurkeyTrot.com for more information.

NFL Football on the big screen every Sunday afternoon
Keyways Winery

Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm

Wine Down Fridays: Includes dinner and a glass of wine and cover charge for live entertainment. $15 Members; $25 non-Members. To make reservations, click here.

Saturday evenings; November 26th – December 17th 4-6pm

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides: You’ll be ushered through more than 100,000 twinkling led lights, which transform the vineyards into a Winter Wonderland! Tickets $5; 3 & under free on parents lap

Starting November 26th until Sold Out- 11a-8p

Christmas Tree Lot: These 6-8’ tall trees are being offered at $65-$75 for Keyways Wine Club Members and $75-$100 for the public.



Leoness Cellars

Sunday, November 20, 2-5pm

3rd Sunday Concert SeriesHosted by the Vineyard Troubadour

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Thursday, November 10th – 6-9pm

Cooking Class with Temecula CateringJoin Temecula Catering as they teach you to make a four course gourmet meal. Each course is paired with an Oak Mountain wine. Reservations required, call 951-699-9102 or email Valerie at vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Saturday, November 19th- 6-9pm

Secret Ingredient Chef Cook-Off

Friday, November 25th– 6:00p-9:00p

Black Friday Sale

 

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Friday, November 25th– 9:00a-5:00p

Black Friday Shopping Event: Public is welcome from 9am (we are opening an hour early) and Members only from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (like our normal shopping event only for members). Mimosas will be a tasting option from 9a-12p

 

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

Friday, November 25th- 11am-8pm

Black Friday: Extended hours for wine tasting and holiday shopping!

 

South Coast Resort Spa & Winery
Sundays, 12-3pm

Divas In D’Vines: Escape NFL Sundays and enjoy specially priced Diva Pedis, Massages and Facials at our GrapeSeed Spa.  Or enjoy happy hour on the Vineyard Rose Restaurant’s Grand Veranda with live entertainment, plus ½ off sangrias and mimosas with the purchase of a wide assortment of entrees.

Saturday, November 12th- 6pm: cocktails, 7-10pm dinner

Gold Winemakers Dinner: Experience gourmet bliss at an EXCUSIVE dinner celebrating five-star cuisine, coupled with a flavorsome showcase of South Coast Winery’s 2011 Gold Medal award-winning wines. $200 per couple. Ask for overnight Villa specials Reservations required; Call: 951-587-9463 x7210

Thursday, November 24th

Gourmet Family Thanksgiving Dinner: Let the South Coast Winery master chefs and winemakers treat you and your family to a special gourmet feast in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant, featuring scrumptious presentations of traditional Thanksgiving fare.  For menu and more information, visit SouthCoastWinery.com.

 

 

 

Thornton Winery

Saturday, November 12th– 7:00p

Winemaker Dinner: Executive Chef Steve Pickell and Winemaker David Vergari present an evening of food & wine perfection.$95 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Purchase tickets here.

Thursday, November 24th

Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday, November 19th– 2:30pm

Harvest Cooking Class with Executive Chef Steve Pickell: Appropriate for all levels of talent and interests, this interactive class features cooking demonstrations, take-home recipes and samples of each course. $70 (inclusive)

 

Wilson Creek Winery

Sundays in November- 10a-3p

Sunday Bubble Brunch: This scrumptious bubble brunch includes an amazing spread of seafood, freshly made waffles, omelets and a carving station.  Best of all, the Bubble Brunch includes delicious cocktails and desserts. $29.95 per person; wine club $26.95 per person; $37.95 per person; wine club $34.15 per person for unlimited sparkling wine. For reservations call: 951.693.9463

Beginning Black Friday, November 25th and every Thursday evening through December 22nd

Sip Savor & Shop ~ Extended Shopping Hours: Wilson Creek Winery’s tasting room will remain open until 9:00pm!

Thursday, November 24- 11a-4p

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Creekside Grille

Nov 1- Dec 24

Holiday Toy Drive

Bring joy to those less fortunate this holiday season.  Bring in a brand new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more and receive an extra taste with your tasting ticket and a complimentary appetizer with any purchase at Creekside Grille!

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There’s Music in the Air in Temecula Wine Country…

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


Temecula wine country offers beautiful vineyards, a never-ending selection of wines in addition to well-appointed tasting rooms, gift shops and restaurants, but what are those delightful sounds that always seem to fill air? It’s music! With many wineries showcasing both local and national talent, there’s something for the music lover in everyone. If the only tunes you’re hearing these days comes out of a pair of headphones, maybe it’s time to inject some much-needed energy into your repertoire by going to see a live performance! After all, what could be better than spending an evening sipping wine, watching the sun go down and relaxing while listening to talented and creative artists make music? Here are marvelously musical ways for you to get out there and see some incredible musicians:

Do the cool, Autumn breezes make you long for the warm air of summer? Be instantly transported to the tropics by steel drummer Shaula Walko, whose rhythms of the Caribbean will make you feel like breaking out your flip flops and dancing the night away. Cougar Vineyards will feature Walko as well as other performers during the month of October, and you can see these concerts free of charge with the purchase of a wine tasting. Go here for dates, times and other details.

Thornton Winery’s annual Champagne Jazz Series continues to provide a stellar lineup of nationally renowned contemporary jazz artists. Catch sexy sax sensation Candy Dulfer October 15. Dulfer made a splash on the international music scene in 1989 with her #1 hit, “Lily Was Here,” a collaboration with Eurythmics Dave Stewart, and has toured the world stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Prince, Marcus Miller, Beyonce, David Sanborn and countless others.  Don’t miss this very special evening- tickets are available here.

Need something a bit heavier? Shoot 4 Tuezday’s set list of classic and contemporary rock may be just what the doctor ordered. Miramonte Winery welcomes this 5-piece October 14, and lead singer Elisha Eddin’s sultry vocals are inspired by Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie and The Pretenders.  The winery also hosts an array of other artists, ranging from blues to alternative to soul, during the month of October. For a full schedule of performances, click here.

With so many live concerts and performances at most of Temecula’s wineries, there’s always a reason to get out, get down and catch some talented artists in some of the best settings around. Check out each winery’s website to get a full schedule of upcoming music events.

 

 

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Cougar Vineyard & Winery: Summer Recipe

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Provided by Cougar Vineyard & Winery owners Rick & Jennifer Buffington

*Pair with Cougar Vineyard & Winery Estate Sangiovese

Ingredients

Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-5

1/2 pound rotini or fusilli (corkscrew-shaped pastas)
1 garlic clove
1/2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 ounce (1/4 cup) sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), soaked in hot water for 5 minutes and drained well
1/4 pound smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 ounces canned garbanzos, drained and rinsed
1 1/4 ounces sliced hard salami, cut into julienne strips
5 to 10 bottled small pepperoncini (pickled Tuscan peppers)
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves, minced

Method

In a kettle of boiling salted water cook the rotini until it is tender and drain. Refresh the pasta under cold water and drain well.

In a blender blend the garlic, the mustard, the vinegars, the water, the oil, and salt, to taste, until the dressing is emulsified.

In a very large bowl toss the pasta well with the dressing and stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, the mozzarella, the garbanzos, the salami, the Tuscan peppers, the red pepper flakes, and the parsley.

Chill the salad, covered, for 1 hour. The salad may be made 2 days in advance and kept covered and chilled.

Enjoy!

Cougar Vineyards is located at 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA 92592

Open daily 11-6pm

951-491-0825

cougarvineyards.com

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