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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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November Winery Events

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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There’s a chill in the air and suddenly we’re planning holiday meals!  Whether your holiday plans keep you close to home or off visiting relatives, plan to sneak in a trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country to stock up on your favorite wine, pick up holiday gifts at one of the wineries’ shopping nights or attend one of the great events going on in wine country!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays in November; / 11:30a-3:00p / Live music, mulled wine, cheese fondue, 1/2 price Sangiovese

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 Meritage.  Sit down with bread and cheese plate; $30 (Reservations required 24 hours in advance) / Bar Tasting; $20.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset
Friday, November 7 / 5:30p-9:00 / Experience amazing sunsets and live music by Buzz Campbell while enjoying fabulous food and wine.  Food items available for purchase.  Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.  Seating is limited.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prime Rib Fridays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Friday / 5pm-8:00pm / Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 per person!  Choose from soup and salad, a scrumptious Prime rib entree and finish with a house made Crème Brulee for two! Enjoy live music.  No reservations required.

Happiest Hours
Friday and Sunday from 3:00p-6:00p in the lounge at Meritage at Callaway.  20% all tapas, $2 off wine by the glass, 20% off bottles of Callaway wines and available domestic, import and craft beers.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday / 4pm-8pm / Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views.  Live music from local musicians begins at 6pm.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Sip & Shop Black Friday Event
“Black Friday”, November 28th / 6:00p-8:00p / Vendors selling crafts and live music.  Discounts on wine.

Danza del Sol Winery

Live Music On the Patio
Saturdays in November – November 1 – Fandango / November 8 – JD Priest / November 15 -Nathan Rivera/ November 22 – Two Fish

Get Sauced – Wobble Till You Gobble
Sunday, November 8 / 3:00p-5:30p / Cooking demo, class & small plates.  Wine pairings and recipes to take home. / $55 per person / $49.50 wine club.  All tickets are subject to 8% tax.  Reserve today by calling (951) 302-6363 ext. 26

Sip & Swirl – On Canvas Paint Class
Art + Vino with Jill Roberts / Sunday, November 16 / 1:00p-4:30p / $60 per class for non-members / $54 per class for members.  All tickets are subject to 8% tax.

Black Friday Shopping
Friday, November 28 / 11:00a-8:00p

Europa Village

Live Music
Fridays from 5:30p-8:30p and Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p / November 2 – Jimmy Patton / November 7 – Niteriders / November 9 – Apryle Dalmacio / November 14 – Big Truth & Little Lies / November 16 – Jimmy Patton / November 21 – Missy Andersen / November 23 – Dustin Jake / November 30 – Bryan McManus

Comedy Night
Friday, November 14 / 7:30-8:30p / $15 per person / $13.50 Societe Members / Call for tickets 951-216-3880

Antidote to Black Friday – Vivi Bene
Friday, November 28 / 5:00p-8:00p / Free Admission / Escape the crowds and come to Europa Village for a relaxed shopping experience.  Sip wine while you make your holiday purchases.  Discounts on wine and specials on our retail items.

Falkner Winery

Veterans Day at Falkner Winery
Tuesday, November 11 / 11:00a-5:00p / All active duty and veterans get a FREE, Classic Tasting!  (I.D. is required)

Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, November 15 / 10:00a-12:30p / $45 per person

Lorimar Winery

Wine Blending Party
Wednesday, November 5 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 (+tax) per person; $20 (+tax) per person, wine club. You get to be winemaker for a day with a full educational seminar and in depth analysis of key varietals to make the perfect blended wines.  Tickets on sale here or by calling 951-694-6699.

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p / November 1  – Big Truth / November 2 – Master Splinter and the Shredders / November 7 – Missy Anderson / November 8 – Craig Broombaugh / November 9 – Brad Spencer Duo/ November 14 – Michael SG / November 15 – Cougarzz Rock / November 16 – Master Splinter and the Shredders / November 21 – Oceans of Sand / November 22 – Lifetime Rockers / November 23- Missy Anderson / November 28 – Kanan Road / November 29 – Mrs. Jones Revenge / November 30 – Michael LeClerc

Movie in the Vines
Monday, November 24 / 6:00p / Featuring: Amelie  $1 Admission – Includes small bag of popcorn!  Wine Bar and Concession stand will open at 6 pm. Bring your own beach chair or blanket!

Black Friday Sale
November 28-30

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 30 /  Begin your holidays with Lorimar Winery at 6:00p.

Miramonte Winery

Live Music
7:00p-10:00p / Complimentary live music; no reservations needed / November 1 – JD Priest / November 7 – Mercedes Moore / November 8 – Billy Watson / November 14 – Blue Fish / November 15 / Missy Andersen / November 21 – Incendio / November 22 – Nathan James / November 28 – TBD / November 29 – Shoot 4 Tuezday

Oak Mountain Winery

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

After Dark Open
Saturday, November 15 / 5:00p-9:00p / Live music, food truck, beer & wine. / $1.00 reservation per person.

Holiday Open House (Black Friday Sale)
Friday, November 28 / 5:00p-8:00p / live music by Buzz Campbell, wine and specials.

Oak Mountain Winery University
Bubbles 101 – Oak Mountain Winery’s Sparkling Wine Class will have you taste three of our handcrafted sparkling wines made and bottled here in Temecula.

Blending Reds – Create, bottle and label your very own blend

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101 – Our beginners class for Wine Tasters.

Rhone Wine Class 201  – Our second, more advanced class after taking Wine Tasting 101 is our Rhone Wine Tasting Class 201.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201 – You will learn how these grapes are grown and how they are harvested and processed, while tasting Oak Mountain wines from different areas in the Bordeaux region of France.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

Black Friday Shopping Day
11:00a-8:00p / 20% off wine & gift shop items, some exclusions apply.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
The Vineyard Rose Chefs create a custom five-course menu just for you. Our expert Winemakers then pair each course with our award winning wines to heighten the dining experience to another level. Whether it’s a special celebration or an intimate affair, our Chef’s Table dinner for 2 to 8 guests will define the art of fine cuisine with a memorable evening of food and wine for only $135 per person. Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p / Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts.  PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too!   Click here to view menus and find out more.

Wine Wednesdays at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
6:00p-9:00p  / Reserve today for an unforgettable Wednesday evening with fine wines, delicious food and live music between the hours of 6:30p to 9:00p. Call 951.587.9463

Touchdown Sundays
Sundays in November /  Ladies receive half-priced tasting privileges in the Vintner Vault Sundays during football season and the Vineyard Rose Restaurant offers Sunday Funday from 12 noon to 3:30 pm during football season with specially priced appetizers and half-priced Sangria Mimosa’s and select South Coast Wines.   Call 951.587.9463 or visit us online here to find out more.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
We’re making football Sundays a day for the ladies. Join us every Sunday during football season from 12 noon to 3pm in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria and our signature Spumante Diamante. Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p / Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant for those aged 55 and over. Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Thursday, November 27 / 11:00a-9:00p / The Master Chefs and Winemakers of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose Restaurant are ready to treat you and your entire family to a special four-course gourmet feast this Thanksgiving Day. By Reservation only and cost is based on entree selection.  Call now to reserve your place 951.491.8077 or visit us online here to find out more.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 30 / 6:00p / Join Santa as he arrives this evening bringing with him one of his best little elves and a lot of good ol’ fashioned fun for FREE.  In addition to Santa, guests enjoy:  the tree lighting ceremony, holiday movie ELF on big screen, tractor rides through the vineyards, Christmas caroling, and so much more.  Call 951.587.9463 or visit us online at here to find out more.

Be sure to visit us Friday through Sunday evenings, beginning November 30th and enjoy strolling Christmas Carolers dressed up in Vintage attire. 5:30p-9:00p. Free to the public.

 

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Summertime! And the livin’ is easy…

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


Barbecues are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the day with Dad.  And all that grillin’ just screams for a good red wine.  But if you’re thinking it’s too warm for red, think again!  With these few tips, finding the perfect summer sip won’t have to put your love of red on hold.

  • Chill out!  Pop your bottle of red wine in the fridge for about 30 mins – or in an ice chest for about half that – and you’ll be amazed at how much more refreshing it will taste.
  • No or Low Oak wines are generally fresher and fruitier.
  • Low to Moderate Alcohol levels usually equate to lower tannin levels for a wine that won’t weigh you down.
  • Light to Medium bodied wines tend to be easy on the palate, bright and light.

So, whether you’re in the backyard or on the beach – serving burgers and brats, or steak and grilled veggies – there’s tons of options for pairing your favorite Temecula Valley wine with whatever you’re serving up.

If the mainstay is red meat, a spicy Zinfandel or Syrah would be perfect.  If you’re looking for a more mellow choice, a fruit forward Merlot always works; it’s also great with chicken, pork chops or fish.  If your fave is a Cabernet, go ahead and drink what  you like.  But try not to shortchange your options.  Go for a nice red blend for the best of all worlds.  And don’t forget about a blush wine; there’s nothing a nice dry rosé can’t do for spicy ribs and coleslaw – or a plate of spicy hot wings!

A  few Temecula Valley wine suggestions for your next barbecue:

Baily Winery ~ Rosé of Sangiovese: fun, fruity and full of character
Miramonte Winery ~ GSM Rosé: gently honeyed melon, tropical fruits, delicate berries

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ Big Fred’s Red: ripe blueberry and black cherry, hints of caramel
Maurice Car’rie Winery ~ Cody’s Crush: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah blend

Danza del Sol Winery ~ Grenache:  the color is light, but the aromas are bright
Oak Mountain Winery ~ Merlot: berry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, and abundant smokey oak

 

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November Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

There is so much happening in Temecula Valley in the Fall. In November, we can look forward to the holidays coming up! Enjoy the cool air outdoors or cozy up inside a tasting room. Listen to some live music and drink to your heart’s desire. Temecula Valley is loaded with wine experiences this month, so don’t miss out!

Harvest Celebration Weekend, November 2 and 3

Temecula Valley’s 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Weekend + Scarecrow Contest is November 2 and 3 – and tickets are going fast!

Purchase your tickets to our final wine country passport event of the year here or call 800-801-9463.

  • Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3; 10a-4:30p
  • $99 passport to sip and nosh at 35 wineries
  • Two-day weekend event gives plenty of time to explore wine country
  • Sample new wines from the barrel that are not available to the public
  • Overnight and “safe ride” packages available

 

 

Winery Events

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!
  • Live entertainment, doggie menus, treats and prizes.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

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

Callaway Winery

Women & Wine Wednesday

  • November 20 / 6p to 8p/ $35 pp / $32 pp members
  • Callaway wines & light dinner
  • Make your own Wine Cork tree ornament.
  • Reservations & pre-payment required Call: 951-676-4001.

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Dia De Paella & Wine Festival

  • November 9 / 11:00a-5:00p / $75 pp; $65 pp wine club
  • Paella tastings, wine tastings, grape stomp
  • Music by Melissa Miro Quesada and Latin Sol Band
  • Click here for tickets and more info

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

6:00p-9:00p / Free admission

  • November 1 – Cougrzz
  • November 8 – Barstow Prophets
  • November 15 – Radical Pie
  • November 22 – Alaina Blair

Sunday Entertainment

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

  • November 10 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic

Veteran’s Day Event

  • Monday, November 11 / 1:00p-4:00p
  • FREE performance by 2nd Hand Brass Band

Musical Wine DinnerInternational – “Amuse Bouche”

  • Thursday, November 14 / 6:30p-9:00p / $85pp
  • 4-course wine paired dinner w/ entertainment
  • Call 951-216-3380 for tickets

Wine Education Class #2

  • Friday, November 15 / 4:30p-6:00p / $15pp
  • Call 951-216-3380 for reservations

Vive Bene – Antidote to Black Friday

  • Friday, November 29 / 5:00p-8:00p / Free
  • Live holiday entertainment and shopping event

 

Frangipani Winery

Dia De Paella & Wine Festival

  • November 9 / 11:00a-5:00p / $75 pp; $65 pp member
  • Paella tastings, wine tastings, grape stomp
  • Music by Melissa Miro Quesada & Latin Sol Band
  • Click here for tickets and more info

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

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

 

Leoness Cellars

Live Entertainment

  • Fridays & Sundays
  • November 1 – Tim Cash
  • November 3- Melissa Musika
  • November 8- Dave Cho
  • November 10 – Leo Gosselin
  • November 15 – Peter Lehr
  • November 17 – Bill Fedak
  • November 22 – Jessie Smith
  • November 24 – Desert Rose
  • November 29 – Schultz & Hamilton

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • November 16 / 6:30p / $106 + tax / members $96 + tax
  • 5 course wine paired dinner
  • Call 951-302-7601 ext. 150

 

Lorimar Winery

Birds of a Feather Epicurean Cooking Demo & Wine Pairing

  • November 6 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp / members $20 pp
  • Beer Can Chicken, Turkey Dumpling Soup and More!
  • Email events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Movie in the Vines / The Big Lebowski

  • Monday, November 25 / 6:00p

Black Friday Shopping Event

  • Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1 / All day

 

Live Music in Wine Country

  • Fridays-Sundays
  • November 1 – Alien Bees
  • November 2 – Shoot 4 Tuezday
  • November 3 – Master Splinter and the Shredders Unplugged
  • November 8 – Shultz & Hamilton
  • November 9 – Oceans of Sand
  • November 10 – Tim Cash
  • November 15 – Bluefish
  • November 16 – Rhandi & Associates
  • November 17 – Buzz Campbell
  • November 22- Sharifa and the Good Thing
  • November 23- Donna Jones
  • November 24 – Izon Eden
  • November 29 – Big Truth
  • November 30 – Mercedes Moore Band

 

Live Music in Old Town

  • November 2 / 6:00p-9:00p – Jason Weber
  • November 9 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • November 16 – Soupster
  • November 23 – Donna Jones
  • November 30 – Missy Andersen

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class

  • Friday, November 8 / 6p-9p / $65 pp
  • Catering’s Chef Michael Cragg is the instructor
  • For menu and more details, click here.

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • Friday, November 15 / 6:00p-9:00 / $95 pp / $85 pp member
  • Featuring Chef Michael, from the Ritz Carlton
  • Call 951-699-9102 or by e-mail to vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.
  • Tickets are also available online by clicking here.

Shop Till You Drop

  • Friday, November 29 / 6:00p-9:00p
  • Enjoy live music, food and wine while you shop
  • For more information, call 951-699-9102.

 

Ponte Winery

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant

  • Thursday, November 28 / 4:30p-8:30p
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant
  • Reservations are required by calling (951) 676-7898.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Happiest Hours: 

  • WINOS – Women In Need Of Serenity
  • Every Monday through Thursday between 11:30am & 2:30pm
  • $2 off appetizers and half-priced mimosas, sangria and wines.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Vintage Vantage

  • Need a mid-week boost?
  • Mon – Thur 11:30a to 3p
  • Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and up.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Sunday’s Divas in D’Vines

  • From 12-3pm every Sunday during football season
  • Ladies enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria and wine.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Marvelous Mondays

  • From 5:30p to 9p each week.
  • Enjoy half-priced bottles of select featured wines with purchase of 2 entrees.
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Wine Down Wednesdays

  • Enjoy live music w/ pianist Blecie Hopkins
  • Half-priced select appetizers
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Thursday Night Mixers

  • Wine Press Tasting Room
  • Thursday Nights 6:00p to 9:00p / $10
  • Click here for more details.

Thanksgiving Feast

  • November 28 from 11a – 9p.
  • Chef’s specialty four-course Thanksgiving Day Menus
  • Call 951-491-8077 or visit here for details.

 

Thornton Winery

Harvest Cooking Class

  • Saturday, November 16 / 2:30p / $70 pp inclusive
  • Learn to make a Salad, Soup, “Candied” Pork Chop & more
  • Reservations required: 951-699-0099.

Thanksgiving Menu

  • Thursday, November 28 / 12:00p-5:00p
  • $51.95 pp / $19.95 pp for children 12 and under
  • Call: 951-699-0099. For menu info, click here.

 

Vindemia Vineyard & Winery

Wine & Music Wine Tasting Workshop & Dinner

  • November 2 / 5:15p-10:30p
  • Concert provided by the Cello Goblin
  • Dinner is included.
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October Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Come to Temecula wine country this October to experience amazing fall events, outdoor concerts, tastings and of course – Halloween parties!  See below for a list of top October winery events —

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.
  • October 5 – Waylon Hicks Project
  • October 12 – Paradygm Shift
  • October 19 – Nite Owls
  • October 26 – Halloween Dance Party

Dog Day Sundays

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

NEW! Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

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

Dog Day Sunday for Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild

  • Sunday, October 20 12:00p-3:00p
  • Silent Auction, Raffle and Specialty Vendors.
  • Bring your well mannered, dolled up doggies in costume, prizes for best dog costumes

 

Bel Vino Winery

11th Annual Clambake

  • Saturday, October 12 6:30p-10:00p
  • Call (951) 676-6414 for reservations.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays October 30 6pm to 8pm

  • October ~ Fall Dining ~ At this month’s event:
    • Visit with friends while creating napkin rings for Fall. $35 pp+tax. $32 pp+tax-wine club.
    • Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Harvest Dinner featuring Winemaker Craig Larson and Executive Chef Michael Henry

  • Saturday, October 26  6:30p-9:30p  $120 pp+tax / $108 pp+tax-member
  • Wine reception with winemaker Craig Larson
  • 5-course meal paired with Callaway wine.
  • Reservations are required call 951-676-4001

Live Music Fridays at Meritage at Callaway

  • 6:00p-8:00p

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway

  • Sangria, Tapas Specials & Live Music from 5:00p-7:00p

 

Danza del Sol Winery

  • Friday, October 11  6:00p-8:00p $45pp / $40.50pp wine club
  • Cooking demo, small plates by The M Group, wine pairings & special wine discounts provided.
  • RSVP Only! Call Kelly at (951) 302-6363 ext. 26

Danza del La Muerte Halloween Party

  • Wednesday, October 23  5:00p-9:45p
  • Food, live music provided by Missy Anderson and a costume contest
  • $12 pp+tax / $10 p/member + guest + tax / $8 industry / inter-winery.

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission

  • October 4 – Soul & Jazz Infusion
  • October 11 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge
  • October 18 – Finite Wisdom
  • October 25 – Lifetime Rocker

Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission

  • October 6 – Britt Doehring
  • October 13 – Michael Sierras
  • October 20 – Melissa
  • October 27 – Geoff Ryle

Wine Education Class

  • Friday, October 11 / 4:30p-6:00p / $40 pp 3 consecutive classes
  • Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.

Paint & Palate Event, Celebrating Picasso’s Birthday

  • Thursday, October 17 / 11:00a-2:00p / $35 pp

 

Doffo Winery

Classy Thunderbird Cars

  • Sat Oct 19, 1:30p
  • Enjoy these amazing cars w/ glass of Doffo Wine in the Moto-Barrel Room
  • Free entry
  • Cheese plates: Prosciutto, Salame, Cheese, Olives and Chimichurri

 

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

  • Every Monday and Friday at 12:00p
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p
  • $29 pp; Includes 2 1/2 hours with a wine specialist with at least 12 wine tastings
  • Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

 

Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

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

    • October 4 – X-Ray Cats
    • October 5 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
    • October 6 – Mercedes Moore Band
    • October 11 – Big Truth
    • October 12 – Bill Magee
    • October 13 – Knight Wing
    • October 14 – Brent Buffan and the Ride
    • October 19 – Michael Le Clerc
    • October 20 – Brent Buffan
    • October 25- Michael Le Clerc
    • October 26- Mercedes Moore Band
    • October 27 – Danielle Tayor

Live Music in Old Town

  • October 5 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 12 – Tim Cash
  • October 19 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 26 – Mark Renk

Epicurean Demonstration-Squash Soup, Pumpkin Seeds, Spagetti Squash, and more!

  • Wednesday, October 2 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp+tax / $20 pp+tax, club
  • Admission entitles you to taste all demoed food, recommended wine pairing & a recipe card to take home.
  • Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarywinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 1046

Scary Movie in the Vines

  • Monday, October 21
  • Concessions and wine bar open at 6:00p
  • Film begins at 8:00p. Bring your own beach chair or blanket.

The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Saturday, October 26 / 5:00p-8:00p
  • Carve your own pumpkin for a chance to win some GREAT prizes!
  • We provide the pumpkins and the tools. Costumes are encouraged!

Halloween Party – Night of the Living Wine-O’s

  • Thursday, October 31 / 7:00p-11p
  • Wine specials, karaoke, live music and more!
  • $10 cover – Gets you a glass of Spooky Sangria and a pass at our Taco Bar.
  • Dress to thrill!! Compete for best costume and wine great prizes.

 

Monte De Oro Winery

Masquerade Winemakers Dinner – Wine Club Member

  • Friday, October 18th 2013, 6:30p
  • Celebrate the end of Harvest & Halloween New Orleans’ Style
  • 5-course meal paiews w/ new wine releases
  • Costumes optional – masks required (until we eat!)

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music Featuring ABACUS

  • 2:00p to 6:00p  Sun, Oct 6, 2013
  • Venue: Mount Palomar Winery
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Oktoberfest

  • 10:00a to 7:00p Sun, Oct 20, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Halloween Spooky Spectacular

  • 6:00p to 10:00p Fri, Oct 25, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 ext118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Live Music Featuring ABACUS

  • 2:00p to 6:00p Sun, Oct 27, 2013
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Lauren Shields 951-676-5047 x118, weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Oak Mountain Winery

Woofs & Purrs in the Vines

  • Sunday, October 13 / 12:00p-4:00p
  • $35 donation: receive a logo glass with glass of wine, lunch & live music.
  • Help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)

  • Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Half price Mimosas, Spumante Diamante Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Group Therapy & Sangria
  • Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines

  • Every Sunday during football season 12pm – 3pm in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
  • Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

9th Annual Wild Women of Wine Country ~ Susan G. Komen – IE Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Registration begins at 10:00a
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
  • Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and enter the outrageous PINK shoe contest!
  • For Reservations, please call: 951.587.9463 x7210 or online here

Wine Country Concert Under the Stars with K-FROG FM

  • Friday, October 11 / Gates Open at 6p
  • With singer/songwriter Matt Rogers and his band
  • Fresh grilled food, award winning wines, and prizes
  • Cost is $20/GA and $25pp VIP Tickets with Meet & Greet .
  • For reservations, please call: 951.587.9463

Haunted Winemakers Dinner

  • Saturday, October 19 / 6pm Check-in / $100pp / $95pp Wine Club
  • Haunted Winemakers Dinner comes complete with:
  • “Ghoulish”4-course menu
  • “Chilling” libations raised up from the dark shadows of our Wine Cellars
  • “Spooktacular” musical entertainment & Tarot card readings “Goose Bumps” and costumes optional
  • Reservations are required. Call: 951.587.9463

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp/$35 member
  • Stroll the vineyards & the winery where the magic begins
  • Walking wine tour w/ private, plated wine & cheese pairing with Wine Concierge.
  • Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Haunted Wine Tours

  • Offered daily: October 26 thru October 31 Only – 4:30-5:30p, Cost is just $45/$40 club
  • Behind the Scenes Wine Tour with a Spooky Twist.
  • Music and special lighting heighten the senses for this private, limited time wine pairing.
  • Reserve early by calling 951-587-WINE X7262

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

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

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

  • Sunday, October 6 / 4:00p – Jesse Cook – $65 pp; $130 pp gourmet supper package
  • Sunday, October 13 / 4:00p – Keiko Matsui -$65 pp; $130 pp gourmet supper package
  • Sunday, October 20 / 4:00p – Brian Culbertson – $75 pp; $140 pp gourmet supper package

Live Music
Fridays 6p-9p / Saturdays 1p-4p

  • October 4 – Michael Le Clerc
  • October 5 – Lady Truth
  • October 11 – Brent Buffan and the Ride
  • October 12 – Master Splinter Acoustic
  • October 18 – Oceans of Sand
  • October 19 – Soupster
  • October 25 – Sahaifa and the Good Thing
  • October 26 – David and Olivia
  • October 27 – David and Olivia (12:30p-4:00p)

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Class

  • Saturday, October 12 / 3:00p-4:30p / $35 pp, inclusive
  • Sous Chef Sara Costello will demonstrate basic techniques for creating cupcakes
  • Reservations required by calling (951) 699-0099.
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Tickets Going Fast for Temecula Valley’s California Wine Month September Festivities

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The 9th Annual California Wine Month sparks a month-long vinous celebration across the Golden State, and Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite wine-lovers from San Diego to Los Angeles to explore and experience the Southland’s premier wine country in two unique ways. All 35 wineries will celebrate with a saver September SIP Passport and 4th annual CRUSH~A Wine & Culinary Showcase, the region’s signature wine and food event of the year, held at the elegant Callaway Winery.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!

CRUSH at Callaway Winery

 

Event Details

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

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

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

  • What:  Upscale event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from 18 local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.

  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are on sale now here!

  • Packages:  Enjoy the brand-new Farm House Restaurant at the Temecula Creek Inn and book a tour with Grapeline Wine Tours to make the weekend even more special and safe.  Overnight package includes one-night stay and two tickets to CRUSH. For more info and to book, click here.

    Winemaker’s Roundtable

    Gourmet Food from 18 Local Restaurants

 

September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.
  • What:  Voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. Click here for details.

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

  • Packages: Newly-renovated Temecula Creek Inn and the charming B&B, The Inn at Europa, offer discount Sip & Stay packages throughout September.  Additionally, visitors may book a Sip, Stay & Ride Packages with one of wine country’s trusted transportation partners, like Grapeline Wine Tours, Sunset Limo or West Coast Chauffeur.  For more details and to book, click here.

September is harvest season in Temecula Valley wine country

 

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“Uncorked” Event at La Jolla Westfield Event, June 29th

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for Westfield UTC’s first annual event – Uncorked – taking place on Saturday, June 29th. Temecula Valley is the official sponsor of the wine walk. Taste dozens of popular wines from 12 different Temecula Valley wineries paired with tasty bites from Westfield UTC’s finest restaurants: Seasons 52, Eureka Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer, Tender Greens and Fixtures Living’s own, Sam the Cooking Guy. The wine tasting stations will be operating from 4-7pm and concluding with a live sunset concert in Palm Plaza at 7pm featuring Michelle Branch and the music of Brandon & Leah.

Tickets are only $10 advance/$15 at the door.  All proceeds go to the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Buy your tickets here!

 

Participating Temecula Valley Wineries and the wines that will be poured include —

  1. Lorimar Winery: Estate Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Granache Sparkling Wine
  2. Europa Village: Viognier, Grenache Rose, Syrah, En Vie Blanc
  3. Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery: ’12 Viognier, ’10 Sangiovese
  4. Keyways Winery: Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Mataro, Valley Cuvee Du Nord
  5. Falkner Winery: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Rosato-Rose; 2008 Amante-Super Tuscan; and 2008 Meritage-Bordeaux Blend
  6. Monte De Oro Winery: 2007 Syrah, 2009 Zinfandel, 2012 Nostimo White Wine
  7. Callaway Vineyard & Winery: 2010 Chardonnay WR, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon SS, 2011 Gewurztraminer SS and Belle Rose Sparkling
  8. Vindemia Estate Winery:  2006 Commonwealth Bordeaux Blend
  9. Miramonte Winery: Estate Syrah; Bin 380 (Rhone Blend); Chardonnay
  10. Maurice Car’rie/Van Roekel: Maurice Carrie Sauvignon Blanc, Maurice Carrie Tempranillo, Van Roekel Grenache Rose
  11. Thornton Winery:  Thornton Non-Vintage Brut Champagne, 2012 Chardonnay, and the 2010 Thorny’s Coat Red
  12. Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard: Almond Champagne, Decadencia, Roussanne, Double Dog
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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Miramonte Winery

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Miramonte Winery

 

The Story

Miramonte Winery is the passion project of Cane Vanderhoof, whose entrepreneurial spirit and love of wine led him to found this Temecula Valley winery in 2000. Located among the wineries on Rancho California Road, Miramonte is perched on a stunning hilltop overlooking the valley. The contemporary-chic tasting room, expansive patio and garden verandas offer an elegant and peaceful way to experience Southern California’s wine country.

Miramonte Winery is a dog-friendly winery, so bring your four-legged friends! And if wine tasting is not enough, sample one of the winery’s fabulous Food Boards (more details below) or enjoy live music entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10pm.

 

 

The Wines

Miramonte specializes in wines made from Rhone grape varieties, including their Provence-style Grenache rosé and Estate Syrah. Visitors can also look forward to sipping favorites like Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. Check out the Miramonte wine store here!

Miramonte Wines

Miramonte Wine

All of Miramonte’s wines are handcrafted by seasoned winemaker, Reinhard Schlassa, whose pedigree includes a lengthy stint at Oregon’s renowned Argyle Winery, where he made sparkling wines in the Methode Champenois style. UC Davis educated, he has made wine with many icons of the industry, on three continents, over a span of two decades.

The Miramonte vineyards are sustainably managed. Taking into account the climate and the soil, the team at Miramonte has chosen a natural approach to farming in order to protect the land and sustain the amazing cycle of life that exists in the vineyard.

Click here for more info on Miramonte Winery Wine Club!

 

Wine Tasting

Tastings are $12 for 6 tastes Monday through Friday, and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Bottled wines are $15-$40. Wines by the glass are $5-$12.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Miramonte offers chef-prepared artisan cheese, charcuterie and Mediterranean food boards for $15-$25.

When to Visit

Generally speaking, Monday through Thursday can be a quieter tasting experience with plenty of personal attention from the staff. If you’re looking for a little more energy, consider visiting Friday through Sunday. Peak hours are 2-6pm.

The Ultimate Winery Tour

Miramonte Winery tours take guests through the vineyard, the crush pad and the barrel cellar, offering VIP access to the incredible property. Tours are approximately 30 minutes, followed by a private, beautifully-appointed wine tasting on the amazing Starlight Veranda.

Monday thru Friday, $20

Wine tasting included
Available 12-5 PM, by appointment only.

Saturday & Sunday, $25

Wine tasting included
Regular Tours 12 PM & 2 PM, reservations required.

Tours Phone: (951) 506-5500 #108
Tours Email: tours@miramontewinery.com
*Private tours subject to available time slots.
 
Miramonte Winery Address:  33410 Rancho California Rd Temecula, CA 92591-4928
Phone #: (951) 506-5500
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday; 11am – 6pm. Friday & Saturday; 11am – 10pm
Website: miramontewinery.com

 

Miramonte Winery, Temecula Valley

 

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October Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s harvest season in Southern California’s wine country!  If you’re looking for a unique and exciting party, now’s the perfect time to take a trip to Temecula Valley.  See below for details on Oktoberfests, grape stomps, live concerts, Halloween fun, cooking classes, and much more.  Autumn is truly a time to celebrate in our region and we hope you can join us soon!

 

Baily Winery

Carol’s Restaurant “Saturday Knights”

Featuring live music throughout October.  Come out and see the Mark Johnson Trio on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine or micro brewed beer from local brewery, Black Market Brewery, along with dinner or a snack. Reservations recommended by calling (951) 676-9243.

“Dog Day Sunday” at Carol’s Restaurant

Sunday, October 21

1:00p-4:00p

Bring your well mannered, dolled up doggies for a fun afternoon of music, food, wine, prizes and special guests.  Allen Riedel, author of Best Hikes with Dogs in Southern California will be available to sign copies of his book, meet Max the Golden Retriever, Idyllwild’s 1st Mayor, step into the mobile dog studio for a special photo and enter your dog into the costume contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the cutest, scariest, silliest, most glamorous and most handsome doggies.

A Wine Country Hot Dog bar featuring world famous Pink’s Hot Dogs, along with all of the fixings, will be available for purchase. Humans without dogs are also welcome.

Call Carol’s Restaurant for reservations at (951) 676-9243.

 

Bel Vino Winery

10th Annual Harvest Clam Bake

Saturday, October 13

6:30p-10:00p

$75 per person; $65 Wine Club

Additional $25 for live Maine Lobster

Celebrate fine wines with traditional clambake seafoods, served outdoors with breathtaking views of Temecula Valley Wine Country.  The event will be held at Bel Vino’s outdoor concert venue and will also feature the live music of Shoot 4 Tuezday.

Reservations are required by e-mailing amber@belvinowinery.com or by calling (951) 676-6414.

 

Briar Rose Winery

Cooking Demonstration

Friday, October 12

6:00p-7:00p

$55 per person

As a student and guest, you will enjoy a three-course meal prepared with fine Briar Rose wines.  You will learn to prepare easy meals with an authentic wine country style.  Enjoy a Celery, Parsley & Prosciutto Salad, Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara with Homemade Pasta and Creme Brulee.  All participants will receive printed recipe cards, a sampling of the food prepared and fine Briar Rose wine.

Class is limited to 30 participants.  RSVP is required by October 2 by calling (951) 308-1098.

Starting on October 6- Live entertainment and music on Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm  

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Grape Stomp & Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 14

4:00p-7:00p

$50 per person; $45 per person wine club

Children 4-12, $15 per person

Children 3 & under, free

Grab your family and friends and head out to Callaway Winery for their fun-for-the-entire family grape stomp and harvest celebration!  Savor a festive harvest buffet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Mike Henry.  Bring the kids; we’ll have face painting, live music, dancing, and of course, grape stomping contests!  Tickets include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food and wine specials.

Call (951) 676-4001 or click here for reservations.

Dia De Los Muertos Cooking Class

Thursday, October 18

6:30p-8:30p

$50 per person; $45 per person wine club

Learn to create traditional Dia de Los Muertos dishes from Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef Mike Henry.

Reservations required and limited class space available.  Call (951) 676-4001 for reservations and more information.

Winemaker Moonlight Dinner

Saturday, October 27

6:30pm-9:30pm

$120 per person; $108 per person wine club

Join Callaway as they celebrate the end of harvest with a special winemaker dinner.  Their winemaker, Craig Larson, and Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef, Mike Henry, are collaborating to bring you a truly exquisite and unique culinary feast.  Tickets include a sparkling wine reception with winemaker Craig Larson, a 5 course menu with each course paired with a Callaway wine, and a special gift to commemorate the dinner.

Seating is limited!  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (951) 676-4001.

 

Doffo Winery

The Moto Barrel Room is open for free tours on Thursdays and Sundays from 11:00a-2:00p.

 

Europa Village

Complimentary Live Music

6:30p-9:30p

Friday, October 5 – Rachael Stark

Friday, October 12 – Little Lies Band

Friday, October 19 – The Marie Alcantar Band

1:00p-4:00p

Sunday, October 7 – Jim Gentry

Sunday, October 14 – Leo Gosselin

Sunday, October 21 – Matthew Fagan

Monti – Art Class

Wednesday, October 10

11:00a-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Paint & Palate

Thursday, October 11

For more information, please call 951-216-3380 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Friday, October 12

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Saturday, October 13

2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Saturday, October 13

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Sunday, October 14

2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

“History of America Abridged”

Sunday, October 14

7:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Brighton / Michelle’s Place – Luncheon & Fashion Show

Wednesday, October 17

12:00p-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Musical Wine Dinner – Italy

Thursday, October 18

6:30p-9:00p

$79 per person (plus service charge and sales tax)

Monti – Art Class

Wednesday, October 24

11:00a-2:00p

For reservations and more information, please call 760-967-7658 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

Paint & Palate

Thursday, October 25

For more information, please call 951-216-3380 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

 

Falkner Winery

Free Jazz on Sundays

Performances will be 3 hours beginning at noon and going until 3:00pm and will be held in their outside lawn area adjacent to the tasting room.   As the name indicates, every Sunday afternoon live jazz performances will be available to winery customers at no charge and with no reservations required. Chairs and tables will be provided for the audience.  Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass or bottle are available for each performance.

Wine Appreciation Class

Saturday, October 13

10:30a-1:30p

$65 per person, plus tax; $60 per person, plus tax Connoisseur Club Members; $20 per person, plus tax VIP members.

A single, all encompassing class conducted by Assistant Winemaker and in-house sommelier, George Myers.  This class is great for both wine novices and experts in a single, 3 hour class.  Includes lunch.

Class sizes are limited, so please call in advance to make a reservation.  Contact the winery at (951) 676-8231 xt. 109

VIP Vertical Tasting

Saturday, October 20

10:30a-12:00p

$40 per person, plus tax; $30 per person, plus tax for Food & Wine Club members

The tasting will focus on eight (8) vintages of the Falkner Amante-Super Tuscan.  This special tasting will be conducted by the in-house sommelier, George Myers, in the VIP room of the Pinnacle Restaurant. Vintages will include the 2000 through 2007.

Space is limited; to make reservations, contact Holly at (951) 676-8231 ext. 109 or e-mail wineclub@falknerwinery.com

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

Live music every Saturday & Sunday in October

1:30p-5:30p

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Saturday, October 6

7:30p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Sunday, October 7

2:00p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Saturday, October 20

7:30p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

Sunday, October 21

2:00p

$20 per person; $15 per person wine club

 

Leoness Cellars

Live music every Sunday on the patio

2:00p-5:00p

 

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Saturday, October 27

Spooktacular!  Live music, costumes, trick or treat in the foggy vineyards, mechanical bull rides

Buy one wine tasting, get one 1/2 price; weekdays and before 2:00p on Saturdays and Sundays.

Live music every Saturday night in October, 6pm-10pm

 

Lorimar Winery (Old Town)

“Hallowine”

Friday, October 26

6:00-9:00p

Get in tune with your inner carving skills at Lorimar’s Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Compete in carving your own pumpkin for a chance to wine some GREAT prizes.  Drink specials running all night and costumes are encouraged!

 

Lorimar Winery (Wine Country)

4th Annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 6

3:00p-8:00p

$65 per person; $55 wine club

$45 (ages 13-20)

$15 (under 13)

Live music by the Bayou Brothers, grape stomping, dancing, BBQ dinner, wine, sangria, horse drawn hay rides.

“Hallowine” Happy Hour & Pumpkin Carving Contest

Thursday, October 25

5:00p-7:00p

Wine down over some Spooky Sangria and compete in the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Wine specials and great prizes!

“Night of the Walking Wine-O’s”

Sunday, October 28

5:00p-10:00p

$10 cover gets you a glass of Spooky Sangria and Taco Bar.  Wine specials running all night.  Karaoke, live music under the moon, and DJ.  Dress to thrill!  Compete for best costume and win great prizes!  See you there, if you dare!

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Wine & Unwind Friday’s at Shorty’s Bistro

Complimentary music every Friday in October

6:00p-9:00p

It’s time to Wine & Unwind!  Mount Palomar Winery is happy to welcome you on Friday nights to get your weekend started smoothly.  All you can eat ribs and two tasty side dishes for $19.99.  Full restaurant menu available as well.  Don’t miss out; space is very limited.  Reserve your table now and make sure you don’t miss the best Friday night event in Temecula.

RSVP online here or call (951) 676-5047

Why RSVP you ask?  Because the first 10 RSVP’s get their first glass of wine on us, and who doesn’t like free wine!

Oktoberfest!

Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28

11:30a-5:00p

Wear your Lederhosen & celebrate Oktoberfest Mount Palomar Style!  German food, beer on tap, music & fun! Bring your German beer stein and receive your first 12oz beer on us!  Best beer stein contest.  Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest – Best Costume Contest

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, October 27

7:30p

For more information, please call the Black Swan Theatre at (951) 696-9800 or click here for details.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 28

2:00p

For more information, please call the Black Swan Theatre at (951) 696-9800 or click here for details.

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Cooking Class with Chef Michael Cragg

Friday, October 5

6:00p-9:00p

$65.00 per person (tax & gratuity not included)

Reservations by e-mail at vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or by calling 951-699-9102.

Hands-on cooking classes make preparing a new meal fun and easy.  You will learn to make and then eat a five course meal with paired Oak Mountain wine.  Bring a group of friends for a Girl’s night out or make it a date night.

Woofs & Purrs in the Vines, presented by Cause for Paws, Inc.

Sunday, October 7

12:00p-4:00p

$35 per person, donation

Join Oak Mountain Winery for some fun and help raise money for medical expenses to be used for the treatment of our furry companions.  Admission includes a logo glass, one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music.

Please RSVP to val1@causefurpaws.org.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wild Women of Wine Country Luncheon & Fashion Show

Monday, October 8

10:00a-2:00p
Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure – IE

October is breast cancer awareness month, and we couldn’t think of a better time to show we care than by hosting this special fun-filled day at South Coast Winery featuring Chef’s celebratory harvest lunch, fashion show by PRVCY, live and silent auction and dynamic entertainment. Enter to wine our Pink Shoe Contest from the following categories:
1. Sassy Stilettos & Pumps;
2. Fabulous Flats & Flipflops;
3. Big Girl Boots;
4. The Fuzzy Slipper

This event sells out each and every year, so call to reserve today: 951-587-9463 Ext 7210

“Fall into Spectacular” Spa Escape Package

$439

Includes mid-week overnight stay in deluxe luxury villa with jacuzzi tub, fireplace and private patio, a pre-selected bottle of SCW wine in room upon arrival, (2) 50 minute spa treatments (a choice of a SCC Massage or Grapeseed Facial) and a 2:00p late check-out.

Call now to reserve: (866) 994-6379

Terms/Conditions: Based on double occupancy and availability. Resort fee and occupancy tax not included. Valid Sun-Thur nights only and cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, or discounts. Wine/Passport valid one per stay within 7 days period. Not valid for future or group reservations. 72 hour cancellation policy enforced. Subject to availability and blackout dates. Spa reservations subject to availability and must be booked in advance.

October’s Special at the GrapeSeed Spa: La Dolce Vita

After years of chocolate being seen as a ‘vice,’ the GrapeSeed Spa has some great ‘advice’. Chocolate has redeemed itself as the new skin therapy.

Enjoy the miracles of antioxidants found in chocolate with this customized rich aromatic massage. Top this amazing package off with Autumn Glow, an express facial that includes a 30% pumpkin enzyme peel that leaves the skin vibrant and glowing. Finish with a complimentary chocolate shot glass brimful with our award winning Black Jack Port.

Book Now For Only $155 per person. (Regular Value $230)

Advance reservations required: 951-587-9463

MENTION OFFER CODE: Dolce Vita
Terms and conditions: This special cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Expires November 30,2012

VINEYARD ROSE RESTAURANT:

Come celebrate Fall in the Vineyard Rose with stunning décor, new fall inspired dishes and these special events held each week:

– Happy Hour: Mon. through Fri. 4:00-5:30

– Live & In Person: Greg Shibley every Wednesday evening in Oct. on the Grand Veranda

– Half Price Bottles of selected wine on Monday evenings with purchase of entrée

– Divas in D’Vines: Don’t miss this relieving alternative to Sunday Football. Ladies, join us every Sunday in the Vineyard Rose Lounge between the hours of 12 Noon to 4 PM, for a special happy hour. Delight in a variety of drink specials, discounted food and live entertainment.

GIFT SHOPPE & TASTING ROOM:

Spooktacularly Delicious: Check out this Haunted Behind-The-Scenes Wine Tour!
Week of October 26 – 31 ONLY!
4:30pm ; $45 per person

South Coast Winery has paired up with the “ghouls and goblins” from its Vineyard Rose Restaurant and its Winery, enhancing the ‘original’ Behind-the-Scenes Tour and adding a “Spook-tacular” Tour at 4:30 PM each day for one week only. Starting out in the vineyards, then the proceeding to the haunted halls of the winery, one never knows who or what will appear before you to serve up the wines for tour participants and just how it will be delivered. The tour concludes in the winery’s cellar, tucked away in the private Carter Reserve Room, for more haunted happenings. Music and special lighting heighten the senses for this private, limited time wine pairing.

Space is limited; advance reservations required: 951-587-9463

While you’re here, be sure to stop by the Gift Shoppe early this month to discover our unique, one-of-a-kind witches and decorative pumpkins for your shopping pleasure!

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5 Fun Facts About…Grenache

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Grenache (pronounced gren-aash) is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world!  Primarily featured in Rhone-style blends, it’s a star in the famous trio of GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.)  The reason why Grenache is so valued in wine blends is because it brings body and fruitiness without the added tannins.

Grenache grapes

The characteristic notes of Grenache are berry fruit such as raspberries and strawberries.  Grenache-based wines can develop complex and intense notes flavors including  black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices, and roasted nuts.

 

 

Here are five fabulous facts about this blending master! 

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia.
    1. France and Spain are Grenache’s largest principal wine regions, followed by Australia and the United States.
    2. Rosé grenaches are often characterized by their strawberry and cream notes, like this South Coast Winery award-winner; $14.
    3. Grenache vines bud early and require a long growing season in order to fully ripen. This grape is often one of the last to be harvested, often ripening weeks after Cabernet Sauvignon.  It thrives in warm, dry conditions – like Temecula Valley!
    4. The long ripening process = high levels of sugar, which means Grenache-based wines are capable of substantial alcohol levels, often at least 15%.
    5. Grenache blanc is the light-skinned cousin to Grenache – and a very important white grape variety in France, planted fourth after Chardonnay, Semillion, and Ugni blanc.

 

Interested in tasting Grenache in action?  Check these Temecula Valley wineries off your list for fall – and order your holiday wines early.  Grenache is a classic light red that pairs perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey.

 

In the chorus of Rhone varieties, Grenache rarely gets to perform solo… The grape often appeals to winegrowers because of it’s workhorse-like productivity in early years of the life of the vine.  But it may appeal to consumers, particularly as the vine ages, because of wines light in tannin that can have a faint sweetness and high degree of alcohol. Even though the day of our tasting was still warm, it strikes me now as an excellent transitional red as the weather has cooled.” – Dr. Vino.com

Grenache vineyards in Temecula Valley.
Photo courtesy of Who, What, Where, Wine.

 

 

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