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January’s “California Restaurant Month” Features Temecula Winery Restaurant Deals

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If saving bucks while eating out is important to you in the new year, then you must take advantage of the much-anticipated California Restaurant Month specials taking place across the Golden State. Started by Visit California to promote new eateries and great dining deals throughout the month of January, many California cities and regions have annually embraced the designation and Temecula is one of the most celebrated in the state.

Are your favorite winery restaurants offering dining deals in January? Check out the list below!

For more information on Temecula Valley’s Restaurant Month, visit the official website here; or call 951-491-6085.

Learn about California Restaurant Month across the state here! California Restaurant Month is packed with great restaurants, chefs, chef interviews, and great contests with great prizes.

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Monte de Oro

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

The Story

“Vines, Wine, Peo­ple” – that was the prin­ci­ple when a group of wine-loving investors from across Amer­ica, South Africa and the United King­dom got together to found Monte De Oro Win­ery in 2002. This beautiful Rancho California winery and vineyard uses a com­bi­na­tion of 21st cen­tutry inno­va­tion and centuries-old tra­di­tion in an environmentally-responsible approach to grow­ing its grapes and mak­ing qual­ity Temecula wine.

 

The Wines

Monte de Oro produces wines true to the vari­etal and regional characteristics of Temecula Valley. The winery grows more than a dozen different grape varietals, including Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot, Viog­nier, Zin­fan­del, Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay, Sauvi­gnon Blanc, and Mus­cat Canelli; along with Tem­pranillo, Petite Ver­dot, Mal­bec, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Mourve­dre, and Cinsault.

Monte de Oro owns and operates four Temecula vineyards: Vista del Monte, DePortola, Galway and a newer forth vineyard. In all, Monte De Oro Win­ery has a total of 72 acres of vine­yards and are proud to harvest estate-grown grapes for wine production.

Sixty-six per­cent of Monte De Oro’s grapes are red and thirty-four percent white. This pro­vides a broad array of qual­ity wines for Monte De Oro Win­ery while also reflect­ing the founding group’s per­sonal wine preference.

To learn more about Monte de Oro wines, visit the online wine store here.

 

Sustainable Grape-Growing

Monte De Oro is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able grape-growing and wine-making, from the vineyards to the winery facility. Instead of rely­ing on the high energy con­sump­tion required for an above-ground wine bar­rel facil­ity, Monte De Oro exca­vated a 9,000 sq. ft. base­ment below ground, to uti­lize the nat­ural envi­ron­ment and aes­thet­ics of the build­ing struc­ture in order to main­tain a proper, con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture and con­stant humid­ity. This dra­mat­i­cally reduces the need for elec­tric­ity needed in an above-ground facility.

To cap­i­tal­ize on the sunny locale, Monte De Oro has also made plans to incor­po­rate into its site design (park­ing lot and even­tual crush pad) instal­la­tion of solar pan­els to allow for solar-generated elec­tric­ity in the near future.

 

The Tasting Room

The tasting room at Monte de Oro has a sophis­ti­cated and ele­gant ambiance. Visitors can enjoy the view of the bar­rel cel­lar from above through the glass-floored tast­ing room; and the 180 degree panoramic view of Temec­ula Wine Coun­try from the out­side patio.

Stan­dard Tast­ing — 6 Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $12
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $14

Black Label Tast­ing — 6 Stan­dard Tastes plus 3 Black Label Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $18
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $20

The tast­ing room is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm. For more information on tastings and tours, click here.

 

Events

Monte de Oro Winery always offers unique and exciting winery events! Click here for their full events calendar.

 

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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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Temecula Winemaker Roundtable: Fun Facts About… Red Wine Blends

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Red wine blends are increasingly popular in the US, though they’ve long been the standard for regions as famous as Bordeaux, the Southern Rhone and Tuscany. Why? Because winemakers appreciate the flexibility and control blending allows; they are able fine tune the final wine to bring out the best of each variety and use them to balance each other. Like a meal made with one ingredient or a song that features only one instrument, single variety wines are sometimes less interesting and harmonious than blends.

Red wine blends may be labeled a variety of ways. Some popular blends you may see in Temecula include “Meritage” or “Super Tuscan” wines, but wineries frequently give their blends proprietary names, such as Monte de Oro’s Synergy 65, Callaway’s Calliope Red or Wilson Creek’s Double Dog Red.  This is a fun way of making the wine more identifiable, but it also signifies that the winery has truly created a wine that is theirs and theirs alone, since no two blends are exactly alike!

*See below for more Temecula red blends.

 

Here are five fun facts about red wine blends!

Facts courtesy of The Daily NewsWikipedia, Wine.LoveToKnow
  1. Bordeaux blends: Red Bordeaux blends are generally made from a combination primarily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot.  They also often include Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.
  2. A red Meritage is a Bordeaux-style wine made in California that is a combination of at least two of six varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carmenère.
  3. A Super Tuscan originally served as reference to an Italian viticulture region. While some Super Tuscans are single varietal, most are blends primarily containing Sangiovese or Merlot, some are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and some even more unusual blends which might include Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
  4. GSM is a classic combination of three grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) from the southern Rhone Valley.  It is also referred to as a Southern Rhone blend.
  5. Rhone blends from France’s Rhone Valley can contain up to 22 varieties.  As the US has only 12 of those varietals planted, New World wines are most often a combination Syrah and Viognier blended with Mourvèdre, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, and perhaps Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc and Petite Sirah.


 

Looking for a great Temecula Valley red wine blend?  Check these wines out!

 

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Welcome Monte De Oro Winery!

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Temecula Wine Country has a new addition to the family – and this one is hard to miss!  Spanning 21,000 square feet and featuring an 11,500 square foot Barrel Cellar holding up to 900 barrels, Monte De Oro Winery was christened on November 5, 2009 and celebrated its public grand opening January 2010.

The Main Tasting Room is certainly an impressive sight, equipped with two tasting bars, flat-screen televisions, and a beautiful gift shop.  The show-stopping element is the ingenious glass floor which shows off the barrel cellar below.

The tasting room leads to a 10,500 square foot outdoor patio, which provides breath-taking panoramic views of  Temecula Valley vineyards.  Complemented by a reflective water pool and cascading waterfalls, this elegant area will play host to our very special California Wine Month Event on September 17th: The Temecula Valley Wine and Culinary Showcase.  Tickets on sale NOW!

Monte De Oro grape varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, Grenache, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli and Viognier.  Several of these wines have already been awarded by competitions in San Francisco, Long Beach, and the California State Fair!

When you’re in the mood for an amazing wine experience, stop by Monte De Oro and give them a warm welcome!

Monte De Oro Winery

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

www.montedeoro.com

35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

Please contact 951.491.6551 for more details

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