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May 5th is Cinco de Vino Day!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

cinco de mayoOh me, oh my, oh!  It’s Cinco de Vino!  Okay, so it’s really Cinco de Mayo, but come on!  Loving all things wine, what else are we gonna’ talk about?

Mexican food with wine, you say?  If you’ve never ventured into pairing wine with your favorite Mexican food, trust us.  It’s as fun as it is easy!

Let’s start with a little hint: alcohol intensifies the heat of chiles, and chiles intensify the alcohol, so choosing lower alcohol wines is the first step.  The second step is to choose those that are crisp with acidity.  They’re best suited to complement the complex flavors and spices of great Mexican cuisine.  And thirdly, always pair the wine with the sauce, not the protein. i.e., consider the ingredients in your dishes.  In general, red wines will work best with earthy chipotle, pasilla or adobo chile sauces – or if it’s all about that cheese!  White wines will work better with lime, citrus, tomatillo and cilantro or herbal sauces. Cinchy, huh?

Some particularly good white varietals to consider might include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, an Albarino – or even a dry Riesling.

Red wine lovers should try Tempranillo, Sangiovese or Malbec, a luscious Zinfandel or even a supple Syrah.

But, like we always say, wine guidelines and suggested pairings are just that – suggestions. The right wine for you is the one you like best!  We just recommend that if you’re entertaining, play it safe and have a couple of different options available.

There’s a Temecula Valley wine out there that will make your Mexican fiesta excelente and take your meal from tasty to sabroso!

Some Temecula Valley white wines to try:

Hart Winery “Two Vineyard Blend” Sauvignon Blanc
Cougar Winery 100% Pinot Grigio
Baily Winery dry Riesling
or Danza del Sol “Sabroso”, a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – perfect for dessert!

If you prefer reds, try:

Longshadow Ranch Estate Tempranillo
Frangipani Winery’s Estate Sangiovese
one of Doffo Winery’s many Malbecs
Lorenzi Winery “Zin City” Zinfandel
Falkner Winery “Rock Creek” Syrah

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Wine For The Holidays

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

holiday table
Grandma’s stuffing, Aunt Susie’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 Miramonte 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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Wine Country Recipe: Crab Stuffed Lettuce Wraps

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Recipe provided by Cougar Vineyard & Winery

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Here in Temecula Valley Wine Country, we’re still seeing the warm days of summer, along with cool, crisp evenings…..just the kind of weather that makes the grapes in the vineyard happy!  If you are looking for a light, refreshing dish to serve on a warm summer afternoon, look no further….we’ve got it for you!

Ingredients:

3 (6-ounce) tubs fresh lump crab meat
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley
Approximately 1 tablespoon hot sauce (per your taste)
Approximately 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (per your taste)
3 ribs celery from the heart with their greens, cut into chunks
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chunked
1 clove garlic, cracked from skin
1 medium yellow onion, cut into chunks
Coarse salt and black pepper
Oyster crackers, for garnish
1 large head iceberg lettuce, cut into 6 wedges

Place crab in a bowl and run fingers through it to check for pieces of shell.  Break up crab a bit with fingertips, but leave several large pieces.  Add chili sauce, lemon zest and juice, parsley, hot sauce and Worcestershire to the bowl and toss to combine.

In a food processor, process the chopped veggies into small bits by hitting pulse several times. Line a plate with a few sheets of paper towel.  Scrape veggies onto towel to remove liquids.  Transfer chopped celery, pepper, garlic and onions to the crab.  Stir to combine veggies and season the salad with coarse salt and pepper to taste.  Place crab salad in a serving bowl and top with crackers.  Surround the salad with lettuce “cups”.  Spoon the salad into the crunchy pieces of iceberg as you eat.

Pair with Cougar Vineyard & Winery “Bubbly”

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Temecula June Winery Events

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Summer has arrived in Temecula Valley, CA! Join us for seasonal events, tasty meals and of course, to celebrate Father’s Day. Our wineries are offering mid-week activities along with weekend shindigs which will quickly fill your calendar.  See what Temecula wines will be winning your heart this month!

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Fundraiser for Great Oak High School
Sunday, June 8 / 5:00p-9:00p / $20 pp
Buffet dinner, dessert and lemonade. Wine is $5
The Spirit of Great Oak Marching Band, Color Guard, Drum Line & Jazz Ensemble.
Deadline to buy tickets is June 5th, call Terry at 951-795-1716.

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

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p
Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.
Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music
Saturdays 11a-3p; Sundays 12p-4p
June 1 – Bruce G
June 7 – MorSol
June 8 – Jason Weeber
June 14 – Jason Weeber
June 15 – Rum Soaked Raisons
June 21 – Michael LeClerc
June 22 – JD Priest
June 28 – Radical Pie
June 29 – Crimson Crow

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset
Friday, June 6 / 5:30p-9:00
Sunsets and live music by Buzz Campbell
Food items available for purchase.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5pm-8:00pm
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required. No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria & live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Cougar Winery

“Mix it Up” Blending Party
June 8 / 6:30p-8:30p / $30 pp; Wine Club $25 pp; Barrel Club $20 pp
Blending event + appetizers and attendees receive 10% off red wines.
Compete in best blend competition
All RSVP’s must be in writing.
RSVP to events@cougarvineyards.com. Call 951-491-0825 for any questions.

Father’s Day Wine & Sausage Pairing
June 15 / 11:00a-6:00p / $18 pp / $12 pp members
Enjoy 3 handcrafted wines with Mad Mike’s Sausages.
Call 951-491-0825 ext. 2 or e-mail events@cougarvineyards.com

Falkner Winery

Sunday Concerts & BBQ
Every Sunday in June from 12:00p-3:00p.
No reservations necessary.

The “Crush Club” Reveal Launch Party & Luscious Lips Contest
Saturday, June 7 / 11:00a-3:00p
Free to attend, $10 entry into contest
Release of hot new wine collection: “The Crush Club”.
RSVP today!

Frangipani Estate Winery

Cigar Night
Friday, June 6 / 6:30p-9:00p / $55 pp; $50 members
Buffet style dinner, cigar and glass of wine.
Reservations required by June 2nd by calling the winery at 951-699-8845

Father’s Day BBQ
Sunday, June 15 / 11:00a-3:00p /
$39 pp w/ meal & cigar
$29 pp w/ meal & no cigar
$22 pp for children w/ meal

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Desperado – A Tribute to the Eagles!
Friday, June 27 / 6:00p-10:00p /
$25 pp + 2 drink minimum. Wahoo’s catering.
For more information, click here

Oak Mountain Winery

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

Oak Mountain Winery University
2014 Spring Semester Classes /
$15 per student; $12 for wine club members.
Classes run for one hour. To sign up, call or text 951-880-8840

Bubbles 101
Sparkling Wine Class
You will be served 3 sparkling wines paired with artisanal cheeses.
Learn fun facts about sparkling wines & champagne.

Blending Reds
Create, bottle and label your very own blend
In our Blending Class, you get to be the Winemaker!
Ooption to bottle your custom blend for an additional $29.

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101
Beginners class for Wine Tasters
Basics of wine tasting
Sample eight infused Avocado Oils and Balsamic Vinegars

Rhone Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown here & how wine is made
Taste varietals from different areas in the Rhone region of France.
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown, harvested & processed
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
We recommend that you have taken Wine Tasting 101 class prior to this course.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Custom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines
For 2-8 guests, $135 pp
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Wine Press Tasting Room with new extended hours just for you
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm/ $10 pp
Click here for more details.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery

Live Music
Complimentary Live Music on Weekends
Fridays 6:00p-9:00p / Saturdays 1:00p-4:00p / Sundays 12:30p-3:30p

BBQ Cooking Class
Saturday, June 7 / 2:30p-4:30p / $70 pp
Join Executive Chef Jeff D. Massey and learn his secrets on the BBQ.
Take-home recipes will allow you to recreate these delightful foods later
Make your reservation today- For Reservations Call: (951) 699-0099

Summer Concert Series
George Benson / Saturday, June 14 / 7:00p /
General Admission $95 pp / Gourmet Supper $170 pp

Lee Ritenour & Spyro Gyra / Saturday, June 21 / 7:00p
General Admission $70 pp / Gourmet Supper $145 pp

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, June 27 / 7:00p / $125 pp plus tax and tip
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

Wiens Family Cellars

Syrah Bacon Dinner
Friday, June 13 & Sunday, June 15 / 6:00p
$62.50 pp / $50.00 pp, member
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend w/ tasting of 4 Syrahs along w/ bacon dishes.
For reservations, click here

Wilson Creek Winery

Crawfish Boil & Blues
Friday, June 13 / 7:00p-10:00p / $49.95 pp / $39.95 pp member
Traditional Louisiana style Crawfish Boil & Blues.
Boil crawfish and “blues” it up with the Nathan James Band!
For reservations, click here

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Wine Country Recipe: Summer Cobb Salad with Easy Ranch Dressing

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Summer Cobb Salad with Simple Ranch Dressing

Recipe courtesy of Cougar Winery’s new Sangio’s Italian Delicheck out their menu here!

Pairs perfectly with Cougar Winery’s Montes Blush

Serves 1-2 people | Prep time: 20 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 large handfuls of spring mix
3 strips of bacon
3 oz pre-cooked turkey breast
1 hard boiled egg
1 handful of cherry tomatoes
3 oz blue cheese
3 oz kalamata olives
3 oz ranch dressing

Cook the bacon in a skillet on medium heat until crisp on both sides. Remove from skillet and lay out on paper towels to absorb the excess fat. Allow the bacon to cool. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Place the spring mix in a large salad bowl.

Compose the salad. Arrange the turkey, bacon, tomato, and sliced hard boiled egg decoratively over the greens and garnish the salad with the kalamata olives and the blue cheese.

Serve ranch dressing separately or toss in with the salad. Enjoy with a glass of Cougar Vineyard & Winery Sangio Rosso.

Easy Ranch Dressing

Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1 cup (real) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • buttermilk (as needed to desired consistency)

Optional Ingredients

  • white vinegar (to taste)
  • Worcestershire sauce, (to taste)
  • fresh dill (to taste)
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • paprika (to taste)
  • fresh oregano (to taste)
  • Tabasco (to taste)

Preparation Instructions

Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to ¼ teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.

In a bowl or a blender, combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving; thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.

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Temecula Valley Winery and Mother’s Day Events for May

Monday, April 29th, 2013

~ Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12 ~

Check out the fabulous events and exciting activities happening at our Temecula Valley wineries throughout May! Don’t miss Cinco de Mayo festivities, a fashion show luncheon, spa specials, winemaker tours, tons of live concerts and the best wine country brunches for Mother’s Day.

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch at Carol’s Restaurant
Sunday, May 12, 11:00am Seating/1:00am Seating. Includes champagne, soft drinks, coffee, or tea. $54.95 per person plus tax and gratuity | $19.95 Children 12 and under, children 5 and under free. Reservations necessary, credit card for reservation: 951- 676-9243.

New! Saturday Knight’s at Carol’s begins Saturday, May 4. Live local musicians will be featured every Saturday night along with a new, more casual dinner menu featuring flatbread pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes, and appetizers. Hours: 5p to 8:30p on the vineyard patio or in the European inspired Bacchus Hall. Local wines and micro-brewed beers as well as wine cocktails will be offered, plus two local beers on tap. Reservations recommended, dancing shoes optional. For more info, please contact Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery: 951-676-9243.

 

Bel Vino Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12 from 10:00a-2:00p
Includes live music by Mark Renk/ $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, Wine Club Members / $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, Non-Members/$25 per person plus tax and gratuity, children 3-12.


Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Mother’s Day Special
Wine tasting for two, two sandwiches or salads or a large meat and cheese platter for just $24!

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Mother’s Day at Meritage at Callaway
Sunday, May 12; 
11am-4:30pm. Join Meritage at Callaway this Mother’s Day for a relaxing lunch or dinner in 
beautiful Temecula Wine Country. Live music performed by local favorite, Ryan Dart, will begin at 2pm. Regular dinner menu available afterwards, last reservation at 7 pm. Reservations required by calling 951-587-8889.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Sunday, May 5; 12:00p-4:00p. Live music, Mexican food, beer, specialty wine drinks and wine tasting. Please call 951.491.0825 for more information.

 

Danza del Sol Winery

“Get Sauced”

Thursday, May 23; 6:00p-8:00p. 
$45 per person, plus tax | $40.50 per person, plus tax for wine club members
Cooking demo, class, and small plates by the M Group, wine pairings by our educated staff, recipes to take home, special wine discounts! Menu: Shrimp Sautéed w/Margarita Sauce (Tomatoes, Garlic & Basil), Carne Asada Lettuce Wraps w/ Pickled Jalapeno Sauce, Fresh Fruit Sauce w/Spiced Chocolate-Dipped Chips. Reservations are required. Call Kelly at 951-302-6363 ext. 26

 

Doffo Winery

Mother’s Day Special
Sunday, May 12. Complimentary cupcakes for all of the ladies coming for wine tasting. Call 951-676-6989 for more details.

 

Europa Village

Live Music; Complimentary
6:00p-9:00p
Friday, May 3 – Classic Rock Tribute | Friday, May 10 – Guilty Conscience | Friday, May 17 – Big Truth Band | Friday, May 24 – Abacus | Friday, May 31-Different Drum

1:00p-4:00p
Sunday, May 5 – Jim Gentry | Sunday, May 12 – Guilty Conscience | Sunday, May 19 – Geoff Ryle | Sunday, May 26 – Leo Gosselin

Cinco De Mayo
Sunday, May 5. Come dressed for Cinco De Mayo and receive 10% off purchases; Save $2 on Southwest Chicken Paninis

Rancho Damacitas – Cooking Demonstration
Tuesday, May 7
6:00p-8:30p
$85 per person for three events. For Tickets & Information Call Rancho Damacitas – 951-302-2317

Mother’s Day Luncheon
Sunday, May 12
 at 1:00p; $58 per person, plus service charge and sales tax. $25 per person, plus service charge and sales tax for children 11 and under. Wine club members are $52.50 per person, plus service charge and sales tax and $22.50 per person, plus service charge and sales tax for children 11 and under. Includes a gourmet three-course lunch, Sangria, and entertainment.

Mystery Dinner Theater
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19; 6:00p-10:00p. For reservations and more information, please call 1-888-383-3767 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Theater Foundation Gala Dinner
Monday, May 27; 
5:00pm. 
$85.00 per person. For reservations & questions call 951-541-2588

 

Falkner Winery
VIP Vertical Tasting


Saturday, May 4, 10:30am-12:30p. $50/person plus tax; $40/person plus tax for Food & Wine Club members. This tasting session will focus on eight (8) vintages of the Falkner Amante-Super Tuscan. *For those who are not familiar with the term “vertical tasting,” it means tasting multiple vintages of the same wine from the same producer.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Sunday, May 12; 10:00a-3:30p. $59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity | $49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity for Wine Club members | children 3-10 are $24.50, plus tax and gratuity | $19.95, plus tax and gratuity for Wine Club members. Children under 3 are free. All food will be prepared by their award winning Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and his excellent staff. Having been designated “Best Restaurant of the Inland Empire” six years in a row and “Best Chef” for 3 years by readers of Inland Empire magazine, this promises to be a spectacular and memorable event. Champagne will be part of the meal along with other beverage options. Plus live entertainment. Reservations should be made by calling the restaurant at 951-676-8231 ext. 1 or by visiting the website.

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch
10:00a-2:00p; 
$16.95 per person | $10.95 children 10 & under. Along with your brunch, enjoy a complimentary glass of specialty sparkling wine drinks. Advance reservations are required by calling the winery at 951-699-8845.

 

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 per person. Includes 2 1/2 hours with a wine specialist in our vineyard, production facility and barrel room with at least 12 wine tastings (including tank & barrel tastings) and food and wine pairing with gourmet cheeses and meats. Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888.

Wine Down Fridays
6:30p-9:30p. Live music by Michael Chain and discount wine by the glass and bottle.

Jill Roberts Art Class
Every Wednesday in May; 1:00p-4:00p; $50 per person. Come take an art class in the vineyard, conducted by Jill Roberts of Dorland Arts Colony – includes a glass of wine!

 

Leoness Cellars

Fashion Show & Luncheon
Thursday, May 9; 11:30a-2:30p. $58.00 per person, plus tax | $48 per person, plus tax. Includes lunch, a glass of wine, and a fabulous show with special show discounts and giveaways.

“Friends & Wine” Concert Series, hosted by Ronnie Laws and performance by Diane Schuur, two-time Grammy Winner with repeat performances at The White House and Carnegie Hall. Sunday, May 12th; 4:30p Showtime. Limited winery tour, VIP Seating, Private Meet & Greet and wine reception with Diane Schurr and Ronnie Laws. $89 per person, plus tax | VIP Seating with glass of wine is $69 per person, plus tax. | Open seating is $49 per person, plus tax. A portion of the proceeds will support music therapy for students with autism and placement of musical instruments in local Temecula Valley schools. Reservations required by e-mailing reservations@leonesscellars.com or by calling 951-302-7601 ext. 150.

 

Lorimar Winery

Mother’s Day Special
Sunday, May 12. On Mother’s Day, Lorimar Winery will be offering a glass of Grenache sparkling wine, as well as a chocolate covered strawberry.  There will also be a “Buy a bottle of wine for your Mom, because you are the reason she drinks” sale of 20% off all wine purchases. Call 951-694-6699 for more information.

 

Monte De Oro Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch at Monte De Oro
Sunday, May 12; Seating at 10:00a and 12:00p. $58.95 per person, adults | $48.95 per person, adult Wine Club members | $14.95 per person, children 3-12. Enjoy a gourmet brunch and toast Mom with Mimosas or champagne to say “thanks” for all that she does for you throughout the year. Includes unlimited champagne and a bottle of wine for each Mom. For reservations, call 951-491-6551.

 

Mount Palomar Winery 

Mount Palomar Winery, Shorty’s Bistro

Fridays in May; 5:00p-9:00p.Wine & Unwind- Friday Night Dinner, Wine Tasting and Live Music performed by Mark Sage Band. Questions contact Cristina Lagman 951-676-5047 x112. RSVP – http://www.mountpalomar.com/Events/Wine–Unwind-Friday-Nights

4th Annual Wine Country Wiener Fest

Sunday, May 511:00a-4:00p– Family-friendly games, local vendors & services, silent auction, raffles & door prizes. Food & Beverages and Adult Wine Tasting. “Dexter’s Derby” Dachshund Races! Mount Palomar Winery, Event Pavilion. For more info – www.wienerfest.info.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch w/ unlimited Champagne and Mimosas

Sunday, May 1211am, 1pm or 2pm Seatings. Mount Palomar Winery will be prepared to spoil your taste buds. This brunch offers up such goodies as Salmon drizzled with a lemon dill sauce, around the world cheese display and amazing carving and salad stations…plus much more to satisfy your every delight. Questions contact Cristina Lagman 951-676-5047 x112. RSVP – http://www.mountpalomar.com/MothersDay

 

Thornton Winery

Cafe Champagne’s Mother’s Day Buffet
Sunday, May 12; 12:00p-5:00p. $59.95 adults, $22.95 children (under 5 free). Reservations required by calling 951-699-0099.

Champagne Jazz Series

Saturday, May 4 – 7:00 pm: Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval. General Admission: $65; Gourmet Supper:$140 | Saturday, May 18 – 
7:00 pm. Peter White. General Admission: $75
; Gourmet Supper:$150

Live Music on the Patio, Complimentary

Friday, May 3rd; 6:00p – 9:00p: Big Truth | Sunday, May 5; 12:30p – 3:30p: Tim Walsh | Sunday, May 12; 12:30p-3:30p
: Diego Mondragon 
(Mother’s Day) | Sunday, May 26; 12:30p-3:30p: Mrs. Jones Revenge (Unplugged) | Friday, May 31 
6:00p – 9:00p| Master Splinters & Shredders

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch 
Sunday

Sunday May 12; 10:00a-4:00p. South Coast Winery celebrates mothers in grand style in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. This event sells out each year so reserve early for best selection. Call today: (951) 587-9463 ext. 7237

Mother’s Day Spa Package

Three treats in one at South Coast Winery Resort’s GrapeSeed Spa. Celebrate that special mother in your life with this exclusive treat now thru May only! We’ll pamper you with three body treatments wrapped into one dynamic spa service that include:

•    Delectable Exfoliating Sugar Back Scrub
•    Ultimate Back and Foot Massage
•    Fabulous sugar kissed hand treatment
•    Complete your treatment with a skin-tastic 25-minute facial including anti-stress oil and a pressure point facial massage.

Seal this delicious day with a chilled glass of sparkling wine and spa goodies to go. Visit www.WineResort.com for details or Call 951-587-9463. Book Now For Only $185 PP. (Original Price $240) Mention Code: Just Because… Spa reservations subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Expires May 30, 2013.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Wines of the Month Offerings:
SAVE 10% on these special monthly selections now:

  • May: 
2011 South Coast Winery Riesling, $14
  • 2011 South Coast Winery Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyard Merlot, $24

 

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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.

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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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Winemaker’s Rountable: Five Facts About… Pinot Grigio

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sometimes spritzy, always easy, Pinot Grigio is certainly a favorite white wine for spring. With its warm days and cool nights, Temecula is an ideal spot to grow Pinot Grigio, which requires plenty of sunshine to develop the vibrant apple and melon flavors for which it is known. And everyone enjoys drinking it, especially when paired with a chunk of aged Gouda cheese, Marcona almonds and dried apricots, a grilled salmon salad with a healthy squeeze of lemon, or a nice bowl of penne tossed with spring vegetables and butter.

Below are five fun facts on this Old World varietal, plus some suggestions on where to pick up an affordable bottle at one of your local Temecucla Valley wineries.

  1. Pinot Gris (French) and Pinot Grigio (Italian) refer same grape – just different countries and different styles.
  2. Very closely related to the Pinot Noir grape, the grape normally has a grayish-blue skin, accounting for its name – gris meaning “grey” in French; pinot comes from the French word “pine cone,” which could have been given to it because the grapes grow in pine cone-shaped clusters.
  3. The first American Pinot Gris vines were planted in Oregon in 1966 by David Lett from Eyrie Vineyards.
  4. Pinot Gris grows well in the Central and South coastal areas of California. The Pinot Gris from California is often called Pinot Grigio because of its similarity in style to the wine of Italy.
  5. Pinot gris is considered an “early to market wine” – which means it can be bottled and out on the market within 4–12 weeks after fermentation.  This white can be opened and consumed young.


Temecula Valley wine country Pinot Grigios to try:

 

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