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LAWineFest + Temecula Wines

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The 9th Annual LAWineFest is this weekend!

Happening May 31 and June 1 at Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios. With hundreds of wines, craft brews and spirits on offer, the weekend-long festival is a relaxed, welcoming setting for people to explore the world of wine and more, alongside cool L.A. food trucks, live bands and handcrafted goods. LAWineFest proudly supports local organizations while serving as the Southland’s signature celebration of wine, beer, spirits and food.

Temecula Valley wines will be featured in their very own booth!  The region is proudly pouring:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery: Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Miramonte Winery: Tempranillo
Lorimar Winery: Trio – Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Mourvedre
Hart Winery: Syrah

Falkner Winery: Sauvignon Blanc
Cougar Vineyard & Winery: Vermentino
Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery: Regatta de Blanc

Wiens Family Cellars: Sparkling Amour De L’Orange
South Coast Winery: Sparkling Pinot Grigio

Be sure to stop by the Temecula Wines booth to sample all your favorites and try something new!


Summer Concerts in Temecula Wine Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Summer is just around the corner, which means plenty of live music entertainment in Southern California’s wine country! So many Temecula Valley wineries have beautiful outdoor concert venues. Wineries are kicking off their summer concert series now through September. Whether you love jazz, rock or blues paired with your wine, Temecula Valley Wine Country has you covered.

Below is a short list of fabulous winery concerts and be sure to check out our event calendar, which is regularly updated throughout the summer!

Lorimar Winery, Temecula, CA
June 1, 2014
The Mercedes Moore Band is about to bring their sizzling, foot tapping, dance floor moving sound to Southern California. Led by the powerful, sultry and affecting voice of Mercedes Moore, this band will take any local venue by storm.


Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CA
June 8, 2014 
Relax and enjoy live entertainment every weekend in Temecula Valley Wine Country. On June 8, listen to the beautiful sounds of Buzz Campbell at the popular Wilson Creek Winery venue.


Falkner Winery, Temecula, CA
July 20, 2014
Join Falkner Winery for their free Spring/Summer Music and BBQ Series. Guests can purchase BBQ paired with the famous Luscious Lips Sangria. A veteran of the Southern California music scene, Jason Weber has been playing the saxophone for over 30 years. Don’t miss it!


Thornton Winery, Temecula CA  
August 24, 2014

Enjoy the music of Al Jarreau & Vincent Ingala at the beautiful Thornton Winery. General admission seating is available in rows of concert-style seats, as well as a limited number of small tables for four on a first-come-first-served basis.


Temecula Wineries Pour at San Diego Wine and Food Festival (Nov 20-24)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

10th Annual Classic is November 20-24, 2013

Join the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association at The Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 23 as they pour from some the region’s best wineries, including:

  • Maurice Car’rie Winery
  • Europa Village
  • Wiens Family Cellars


The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 20-24, 2013, and this year is bigger and better than ever.  Celebrate 10 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.  Join over 200 wineries (including Temecula’s Falkner, Oak Mountain, Keyways, Ponte, Callaway, Monte de Oro and Wilson Creek,) breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest birthday bash on the West Coast.

Click here for the list of events and to purchase tickets.

See you there!



July Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Friday, June 28th, 2013

With so much going on in Temecula Valley during July and throughout the summer, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick just one activity to experience.  In the summer, live music echos throughout the valley, giving wine country a lively cultural atmosphere. Enjoy the warm days, cooler nights – and air-conditioned wineries. Take in a summer concert or sign up for a cooking class; attend a live play or see a famous jazz artist.  Temecula Valley is full of special summertime & wine experiences.

See below for July Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s Every Saturday during dinner / 5:00p-8:00p / Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.  Check website and Facebook for schedules.

Dog Day Sundays Bring your well mannered pooches for lunch on the patio in wine country.

Briar Rose Winery

Saturday Night Sunset / Saturday, July 20 / 6p-9p / Experience our amazing sunsets and live music by Will Sumner while enjoying fabulous food and wine. Grate Gourmet Pizza Co. will be on-site selling pizzas and other food favorites available for purchase.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays / Wednesday, July 31 / 6pm to 8pm; Need some wine time with your girlfriends? Join us 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! / July ~ Oil & Vinegar.  At this month’s “Women & Wine” event visit with friends while creating your own olive oil, soap or vinegar bottle dispenser. $32 per person, plus tax.  $30 per person, plus tax; wine club. Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Live Music Fridays / Every Friday in July; Enjoy wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert while swaying to the sounds of singer/songwriter recording artist Vini Contreas as he performs a bit of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, classic rock and some of his own powerful original songs! Menu prices range from $6 to $23.

Fusion: Wine & Music / Every Saturday in July; Live music from 2p-5p.  Wine available by the glass or by the bottle.

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway / Every Sunday in July; Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Chef Michael Henry creates a unique menu every Sunday.  Lounge opens at 4p, with food available at 5p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm. No reservations required.


Europa Village

4th of July Picnic / Thursday, July 4 / 12:00p-5:00p / Entertainment & family fun games / Tickets: $25 adults, $10 children.  For reservations, call 951-216-3380

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission / July 5 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge / July 12 – Lifetime Rocker / July 19 – Barstow Prophets / July 26 – Finite

Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / July 7 – Matthew Fagan / July 14 – Geoff Ryle  / July 21 – Jimmy Patton / July 28 – Leo Gosselin

Henry IV / Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 / Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 / Sundays, July 14, 21 / 7:30p / Tickets: $15-28 / Click here for more information.

Craft Fair – Christmas in July / Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 / 10a-5p / Free Admittance

Magic / Hypnosis Show / Friday, July 26 / 7:30p / Tickets: $15 per person and include a glass of wine.  For reservations, call 951-216-3380.

Paint & Palate Painting Class / Sunday, July 28 / 11a-2p / Tickets: $35 / Enroll here.


Falkner Winery

13th Anniversary Event / Friday-Sunday, July 5-7 / 11a-5p / You are invited to a lively weekend that includes Jazz performances Saturday and Sunday, winery tours, huge sales, hourly raffles, outdoor barbeques, lunch specials in the Pinnacle Restaurant and other fun events.  Selected wines will be offered at up to 50% off case prices.  Selected gifts will also be on sale at up to 30% off.  As part of the event, the Pinnacle Restaurant will offer a great “Anniversary Special for 2” lunch.  This special meal provides 2 people a choice of shared appetizer, separate entrees, shared dessert and non-alcoholic beverage for only $55 plux tax and gratuity (glasses of wine with this special available at $5 per glass).

VIP Vertical Tasting Saturday, July 20 / 10:30am to 12:30p / The cost for the tasting is $45/person plus tax; $35/person plus tax for Food & Wine Club members; Falkner Winery is pleased to announce its next VIP Vertical Tasting will be on July 20 and focus on our Meritage-Bordeaux style wines. For those who are not familiar with the term “vertical tasting”, it means tasting multiple vintages of the same wine from the same producer. The next tasting session will focus on eight (8) vintages of the Falkner Meritage blend.

Wine Appreciation Class Saturday, July 13 / 10:30a-2:30p.  This very educational and fun class is all encompassing and conducted by our Assistant Winemaker and in-house sommelier George Myers.  This class is great for both wine novices and experts in a single, 3+ hour class.  The class includes lunch and costs $65 per person, plus tax; Connoisseur Club Members, $60 per person, plus tax and VIP Club Members $20 per person, plus tax.  Class sizes are limited, so register early!  Call the winery at 951-676-8231 xt. 109 for reservations.


Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour Saturday, July 13 / 4:00p-7:00p; Special wine cocktail menu and discounted glass of sangria.


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


Lorimar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music Dates and Event Dates

  • July 5, 2013
Izon Eden
  • July 6, 2013 | 
Mercedes Moore
 5 – 8p
  • July 6, 2013 | Old Town Open House – See the changes!  Come to the newly renovated “Lorimar Loft – Old Town” | 50% all glasses of wine purchases | Small bites | Live music from 6-9pm
  • July 7, 2013
 | John Foltz 
2p- 5p
  • July 10, 2013
 Entertaining and Interactive Cooking Demo: Gazpacho – Join Chef Patrick as he guides you to create a refreshing gazpacho soup! | 4-6p
  • July 12, 2013
 | Mrs. Jones Revenge 
  • July 13, 2013
 | JD Priest Band 
  • July 13, 2013
 | Painted Daizies 
  • July 14, 2013 | JD Priest Band 
  • July 15 – 31, 2013 | 
Christimas in July – 
All Christmas merchandise 50% off. Both Weekends during “Christmas in July,” 
we will be featuring *Sangria Snow Cones, local vendors, and much more…* Sangria snow cones are only available on the weekends
  • July 19, 2013 | Michael LeClerc 

July 20, 2013
 | Big Truth 

July 20, 2013 | John Foltz 

July 21, 2013
Izon Eden 

July 22, 2013
Movie in the Vines, 8p “Back to the Future”
  • July 25, 2013 | Laugh your Glass Off 7 – 10 pm | General Admission: $25 / $20 Wine Club Members | Join us for an evening of comedy as Lorimar Winery brings you 3 talented comedians
  • July 26, 2013 |
Big Truth 
July 27, 2013 | Shoot 4 Tuesday 

July 27, 2013 | 
Michael LeClerc 

July 28, 2013 | 
Izon Eden


Leoness Cellars

Ronnie Laws and Friends “In Concert” Saturday, July 20 / 7:00p / VIP Seating with Meet & Greet: $89 per person, plus tax; VIP Seating: $69 per person, plus tax; Open Seating: $49 per person, plus tax. / An original member of Earth Wine and Fire, Ronnie celebrates 50 years of Music Artistry from 1963 with Kenny Rogers to 2013 hosting his “Friends & Wine” concert series.  Ronnie Lawns brings his love for people and music along with special guests for a musical party under the stars! / Reservations: call 951-302-7601 ext. 150 or e-mail


Oak Mountain Winery

BBQ Cooking Class Presented by Pete’s Firehouse BBQ / Friday, July 12 / 6:30p-9:30p / $125 per person / Hands on cooking class will show you techniques to select, prepare, trim, season, cook and serve Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, St. Louis Style Pork Ribs, Beef Tri-Tip, Pork Shoulder and much more.  Enjoy a full BBQ meal with lots of extras.  Two glasses of wine included, compliments of Oak Mountain Winery.  All students will receive 2 bags of Pete’s Firehouse BBQ Spice Rubs and a bottle of Pete’s Firehouse BBQ Sauce.  Students will also receive a booklet with all of our cooking techniques, recipes, etc.  To sign up, call the winery at 951-699-9102.

Cooking Class Friday, July 26 / 6p-9p / $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity / Come to Oak Mountain Winery for a night of wine, food and fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef Michael teaches you how to make a gourmet meal.  His hands-on classes make preparing a new meal fun and easy.  You will learn to make (hands on) and then eat a four course meal paired with Oak Mountain wine.  Bring a group of friends for a Girl’s night out or make it a date night!  Reservations by e-mail to or by calling the winery at 951-699-9102.


South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Welcome Home Champagne Toast & Dessert with purchase of two entrees; offered daily in July to Active Duty Service Personnel returning from deployments. 
Reservations recommended.

Enjoy Live Entertainment each Thursday evening in July at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Vintage Vantage Menu at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant 
Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and over
 Mondays-Thursdays in July 11:30-3.  Reservations recommended.

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant; 
Mondays thru Fridays in July from 4-5:30p.

Prime Rib Dinner Specials at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
; Fridays thru Sundays in July.  Reservations strongly recommended.

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

Thornton Winery

Kenny G Saturday, July 6-7 / Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era.  $95 General Admission. Call for reservations: 951-699-0099.

Jazz Gets The Blues Saturday, July 27 at 7 pm / Featuring an all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, Jazz Gets the Blues blends blues classics with burnin’ chops, funky grooves and a high-energy performance that also includes new Blues renditions of other chart topping hits. Starring Jeff Golub, Nick Colionne and Brian Simpson. $65 General Admission.

Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler & Elan Trotman $75 General Admission / $150 Gourmet Supper.

Reservations: 951-699-0099.


Wiens Family Cellars

Summer Concert Series – The Fixx Saturday, July 20 / 6:00p-10:00p / Tickets start at $45 per person / Concert series at Wiens Cellars outdoor amphitheater.  Live music, food, great wine, tons of fun! Tickets can be purchased here.


Wilson Creek Winery

Gloriana – Country Concert Sunday, July 21 /  7:00p-10:00p / General Admission tickets: $45 / Gloriana is a country group composed of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert.  These three lifelong musicians joined together and quickly discovered a true bond and shared passion for crafting songs that featured soaring vocal harmonies.  The band’s breakthrough self-titled album, which featured the hit single “Wild at Heart”, earned the group the American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist in 2009 and the coveted ACM award for Top New Vocal Group in 2010!  A portion of the proceeds will go to PROJECT TOUCH – together our unity conquers homelessness. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.


Five Fun Facts About… Merlot

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Considered one of the most food-friendly and approachable wines on the planet, Merlot surged to popularity in the United States in the 1990s. Now wine-lovers can find great Merlot and delicious Merlot blends from all over the world – from South America to France to Italy to right here in Temecula Valley, California.

Here are five fun facts about Merlot!

Sourced from Snooth/Wikipedia
  1. Did you know the word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird” in French? The name was thought to have been given either because of the grape’s beautiful blue-black color, or blackbird’s fondness for grapes.
  2. Merlot’s flavor profile fluctuates within the sweetness spectrum. Cooler climates bring out hints of berries, plum, and even tobacco. Merlot grown in hotter climates might mimic flavors found in fruitcake or chocolate.
  3. A bit about Merlot blends: When Merlot first arrived in California, it mostly sold as single varietal bottlings (100% Merlot) until winemakers began blending it with other red grapes in the French Bordeaux tradition. Now, California’s Meritage wines are a signature of the state and always include Merlot as one of the essential blending grapes.
  4. Merlot is so popular because of the grape’s ability to please all palates. Wines can range from very fruity simple wines to more serious, barrel-aged bottles.
  5. Merlot has a high sugar content and low acidity, which makes it a very food-friendly wine, able to be paired with a variety of dishes. For example, Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with grilled meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots go well with salmon, mushroom-based dishes and greens. Light-bodied Merlots pair well with shellfish like prawns or scallops, especially if wrapped in bacon or prosciutto.


Looking for a great bottle of Temecula Valley MerlotCheck these wines out!



5 Fun Facts About… Riesling

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

You can taste the world in Riesling, from Germany to Australia, from New York State to Oregon to Southern California. “Riesling is a fascinating grape not only because it can provide such a broad range of wine styles to enjoy, but also because it allows wine-lovers to compare terroir and winemaking from around the globe.” – Gregory dal Piaz, wine writer.

Riesling grape cluster at Falkner Winery


Here are five facts about this beloved white wine: 

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia & Snooth
    1. A white grape originating in Germany’s Rhineland, Riesling’s origins date back to 1435, when a German count bought six wine vines – making it the first documented varietal sale.
    2. Considered one of the very best food-pairing wines, Riesling goes with a variety of dishes depending upon the level of sweetness and acidity.  It’s also famous for cooling off the palate during a spicy meal.
    3. Riesling is especially well-known for its ability to show a sense of place. Many areas in the old and new world have the climate and soil capable of producing complex Rieslings – like Austria, northern Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Finger Lakes, Washington State and Temecula, California.
    4. Seldom oaked, Riesling grapes can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling makes excellent dessert wines and is typically thought of in the US as a sweeter white wine. But that there are many “dry Rieslings” that are in fact very crisp and food-friendly, similar in body and style to a light, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
    5. The characteristics of quality Riesling are reminiscent of peaches or, when young, apples. It has a unique acidity, minerality, and fruit flavor with aromas of wet stones, smoke or even petroleum (a highly prized note in aged Riesling).
    6. Bonus! Riesling has universally low alcohol content.


Check out these delicious Temecula Riesling selections for your holiday table!

“Everyone should have at least one thrilling… riesling in their festive wine rack… off-dry rieslings… are perfect festive food wines.” December 2011, Jane MacQuitty, (UK)


credit: flicker/curtiskastner



So Cal Wine TV: Visit Falkner Winery!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Come along with us on a virtual tour of the award-winning Falkner Winery to see what all the buzz is about!

Founded in 2000 by Ray and Loretta Falker, the winery produces premium, quality wines from grapes that are grown on the estate for you to enjoy. Whilst sipping on a glass of one of Falkner’s delicious wines such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, or Merlot, you can look out to a beautiful view of the entire Temecula Valley. Falkner Winery not only offers delectable wines, but also has a spacious tasting room, the Pinnacle Restaurant, with its unparalleled view of the vineyards, tours and wine appreciation classes, a fantastic gift shop offering unique gifts and products, as well as stunning wedding and banquet facilities.

The winery and tasting room are open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm. The Pinnacle is open from 11:30am-3:30pm Monday through Thursday, as well as 11:30am-2:30pm Friday through Sunday. Reservations can be online or by calling 951-676-8231 x1.

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