The smell of pine trees, sound of carolers and taste of gingerbread all signal the holidays, and Temecula wine country has so many ways to help you celebrate, you’ll be reveling all month long! So whip out your calendar, dust off that party dress and get ready to ring in the holidays with any one of these festive events.
Bel Vino Winery (formerly Stuart Cellars)
December 16th- 6-9pm
Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party: Join Bel Vino in the Barrel Room for an evening of holiday cheer with family and friends. Meet & mingle with the new winery owners as they share their visions for the coming year. Enjoy live entertainment and special holiday promotions. Includes tray passed hors
d’oeuvres, one glass of wine and one glass of port served with ice cream.$25 per person, wine club; $30 per person, non members. Limited tickets available-reservations required. Please call 951.676.6414.
Briar Rose Winery
December 3- 5:30-8:30pm
Candlelight Concert: Celebrate the most festive time of the year with a joyful holiday Candlelight Concert with the magnificent violinist, David Wilson. The spirit of the season will fill the air as this romantic concert under the stars kicks off your holidays. The evening will also include a horse
drawn carriage ride through the vineyards in a Cinderella carriage and a candlelight dinner. Proceeds will benefit the Oak Grove Center for the Arts. $75 per person. Reservations are required by calling 951.308.1098. Seating is limited.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery
December 3rd- 5-11pm
Rainbows to Wishes Concert Tour, Featuring the 4019′s, THE BASH with special guest Nina Markert: Sophie Lawler, age 4, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma. To ensure she receives the best of treatment, her parents have been by her side constantly. Although privately insured, funds being raised are being used to offset medial, travel and general expenses to give her the best outcome possible for a long life. Proceeds from this event will support Sophie Lawler. Guests may purchase tickets through HeyDay Productions (www.heyday.com)
December 8- 6-9pm
Luck in the New Year’s Cooking Class: Join us as we celebrate winter’s wonderful bounty and delight. Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef, Michael Henry, will prepare classic dishes that can be used for your New Year’s Celebrations and get-togethers. $45 per person (plus service charge & tax); $40.50 Legacy Club members (plus service charge & tax). Class is limited to 30 guests. Reservations required. Buy tickets here.
December 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17- doors open at 6pm; play starts at 7pm.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) – A Holiday Play: Written by Michael Carleton, John Alvarez and Jim Fitzgerald, three actors decide that rather than perform “A Christmas Carol” once again, they’ll retell Every OTHER Christmas Story Ever Told where they take holiday cheer to the extreme with a fast and furious look at the holiday classics and traditions we all remember. From Tiny Tim, Frosty and Rudolph to the Grinch and It’s A Wonderful Life, no holiday icon is spared in this whirlwind tour de farce of hilarious holiday merriment. Doors open at 6:00. Buy tickets here. Special matinee performance on Dec. 17 at 2:30 PM. The Annual Callaway Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is on opening night- Dec 9
December 17- 11am
Austen Tea, Tapas, & Wine: Jane Austen comes to Callaway Winery! In celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday, Christmas, the 200th Anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and the kick off of the opening of The Classical Theater Series Season 2012, Inland Valley Conservatory is pleased to announce the “Regency Period Tea,” We begin at 11:00am with an exhibition by Mission Hills Croquet Club. You can learn to play if you like and watch their top level player demonstrate his amazing tricks. This is not your backyard game folks! Our delightful hosts, Callaway Winery are serving up a Regency inspired menu, paired with their award winning wines. Special Guest Speaker, Doctor Laura Brodian Freas, founder of the Regency Society in San Francisco Bay Area will provide a lecture and rousing session of Regency Ballroom Dance in the beautiful Barrel Room. Dancers of all levels are welcome. There will also be a reproduction of Jane Austen’s Regency clothing as illustrated in the Friendship Book/Album of James Stanier Clarke on display. Shhhh! Unconfirmed rumors suggest that Jane Austen herself may be among the many guests in attendance! Get your tickets at Callaway or Inland Valley Conservatory (951) 696-9800, $45 for the event from 11:00am to 2:00pm (wine is an additional cost).
Following this event there is a special matinee of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” at 3:00pm. Performance by Shakespeare In the Vines. Tickets are available at SITV.org for the matinee.
Frangipani Estate Winery
December 9, 10, 16 & 17- 7:00p
Forever Plaid – Plaid Tidings: Plaid Tidings…the sequel to Forever Plaid…brings back the 4 Plaids with a new mission of spreading holiday joy through song styling of Perry Como and other great crooners of the late 1950′s. Filled with the classic music and comedy of Forever Plaid, this is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and leave with a smile on your face. $19 per person or $25 per person to include wine tasting. For more information, call (951) 699-8845.
Special Tasting Room Hours
November 26th-December 17th
Friday & Saturday 11a-8p
Saturday evenings; November 26th – December 17th 4p-6p
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
Daily, 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.
December 2 – 6-9pm
Shopping Night: Shop, Sip, Dance and Dine: An incredible opportunity for you to shop your heart out while you sip on your favorite wine, enjoy delicious food and live entertainment. $35/person; to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 951.699.8896 ext 101.
December 18- 2-5pm
3rd Sunday Concert Series –Hosted by the Vineyard Troubadour. Acoustic artist TBD. For more information, call (951) 302-7601.
Canned Food Drive: Help us fill the shelves of the local Temecula Community Pantry by bringing in 5 or more canned goods during your next visit to the winery. We’ll be offering discounts in the Tasting Room or Restaurant for anyone who makes a donation.
South Coast Resort Spa & Winery
December 24 & 25, 5-10pm
Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Celebrations: Add a touch of sparkle to this year’s holiday festivities and experience a South Coast Winery Christmas tradition first hand. We’re rolling out the red carpet with special menu creations and phenomenal wine pairings at our resort’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Spirits are sure to soar as you relax and let our staff attend to every detail. Reserve early for best seating: 951-587-9463 Ext. 7237
December 31, 8pm
New York, New York New Year’s Eve Gala: Ring in 2012 East Coast Style with your family and friends at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa! Villa packages are also available. $195 per person; buy tickets here, or call 866-994-6379 ext 1.
December 25- 12 – 5pm
Cafe Champagne Christmas Dinner: Enjoy a festive, multi-course dinner to celebrate the holiday. $49.95 plus tax and tip; 12 and under $19.95 and children under 5 eat free. For Reservations, please call (951) 699-0088
December 31- 7:30pm- 12:30am
Magical New Year’s Eve Gala: Celebrate with an elegant, three-course meal while being entertained by The Great Raguxi and The Mark Sage Band. $150/person; purchase tickets here.
Wilson Creek Winery
November 30- 7-10pm
Illusions and Laughter in Temecula Wine Country – A Fundraiser for “Friends of Jim Herrman”: Jim was in a dirt motorcycle accident in August and broke his neck and back and has suffered very serious debilitating injuries. His left leg is totally paralyzed and he has no feeling from his belly button to either toe. Comedy and Magic Night will raise money to help fund house modifications. One of their needs is a concrete pad in the parking area so Jim can get in and out of his vehicle and transfer via a wheelchair to the front door. Includes: Top Rated Regional Comedians & Magicians and 2 drink tickets (please bring cash for extra drinks and raffle tickets – no food available)Register before November 15: $50 per person
$60 per person after November 15, $65 per person at the door. 100% of the proceeds to benefit “Friends of Jim Herrmann” fund. To purchase tickets: www.temeculacomedy.com, for Information please contact: Craig Johns at 951.972.2906 www.temeculacomedy.com
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
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!
December 31- 7pm-12:30am
Roaring 20′s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Guys and Dolls, get your fedoras and flappers ready as we celebrate the New Year in style. The annual Wilson Creek New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is back with a Roaring 1920′s Speakeasy theme. Kick up your heels and dance the night away to the swingin’ big band sounds of Big Lucky. Enjoy a 3 course dinner, party favors, a midnight champagne toast and much, much more. An unforgettable theme for an unforgettable evening! $160 per person; $145 per person for wine club members. For reservations call 951.699.9463 or purchase online at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com