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Strawberry and Pear Phyllo Tarts

Monday, September 25th, 2017

There is just something so delicious about the correlation between food, wine and the seasons. Specifically speaking, a sweet Strawberry and Pear Phyllo tart, a glass of late harvest wine and a crisp autumn day. Savor the last few weeks of the strawberry and pear season by preparing this easy dessert. It pairs perfectly with Ponte Winery’s popular 2015 Late Harvest.

Ingredients:
12 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
3 T butter, melted
2 T brown sugar
½ T raw honey
1 tsp lemon zest

Filling:
¼ cup muddled strawberries
2 cup ripe pear slices
2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 T brown sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:
Roll up phyllo dough and cut into 1/4-in.-wide strips. Place strips in a large bowl; toss with butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and honey until coated. Divide strips into six portions; shape into bowl shapes by placing strips criss-cross in a muffin pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 5-7 minutes or until golden.

In a small saucepan, heat muddled strawberries, sliced strawberries, pear slices and 1 tablespoon brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Just before serving, spoon onto phyllo. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with Ponte Winery’s 2015 Late Harvest.

Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Ponte Winery

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October Winery Events

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace every Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Mangia gourmet cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines in the Tasting Room/ All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting; Meritage vertical, 6 vintages dating back to 2005 (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Temecula Valley Music Awards / October 7 / Red Carpet 5:30pm; Main event 6pm-10pm / 100% Non-Profit Supporting Music Education. Performances by Grammy award winners Will Champlin and Larry Mitchell, featuring artists Elvis Monroe, SHEA, Maddie Leigh and more… / Cost and reservation information: Pre-Sale $20 / $25 at the door. VIP Tables available with food and wine. Tickets/VIP tables available at www.tvma.org

Friday Nite Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / No Cover / Wine & Beer / Bel Vino Bistro open until 9 pm/ No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit https://www.belvinowinery.com/events/

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
The Keith Urban Experience: Urban Skies / October 13 / 6pm to 10pm / Urban Skies pays tribute to one of the most exciting and exhilarating performers in music today. URBAN SKIES is the next best thing to a Keith Urban show with seasoned musicians performing all the songs you know with the high energy excitement you’d expect from a Keith Urban concert / Cost and reservation information: $25.00 General Admission | $30.00 day of. VIP Tables available for 8. Purchase tickets at: www.heyday.com/urbanskies. No outside food or drink allowed.

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $30 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001
Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Danza de la Muerte 5th Annual Halloween Party / October 27 / 5:30pm-10:00pm / Join us in your best costumes, for a WICKED good time! Seoul Man Food Truck & Scugnizzi Neopolitan Pizza Truck. Music by DJ C² Events / Costume Contest / Presale: $8.00 plus tax – Includes one “winemaker’s choice wine” or beer / Ticket can be purchased online, at Danza del Sol Winery or by calling (951)302-6363 ext. 26

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Doffo Halloween Party / October 28 / 6:30pm -10pm / Join us on October 28th for a spooky good time at our Doffo Winery. Arrive ready to dance as DJ Johnny Herrera will be spinning some tunes, and be sure you dress up for our costume contest! / Tickets include entry to party and one glass of Doffo wine Cost: $55, Members $45 / For reservations please visit www.doffowines.com

Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
Oktoberfest / October 13 / 6pm-10pm / Celebrate Oktoberfest with us and support a great cause while you’re having fun! Enjoy beer from some of our local breweries, Europa Village Wine, German Food and Live Music! / Cost: $49. Active Military 30% off / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment / October 17 / 6pm-9pm / Featuring Crimson Crow; live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Free to public, optional food tickets $18 plus tax. Portion of proceeds to benefit Michelle’s Place non-profit organization.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / October 14 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / Cost: $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Frangipani Estate Winery
Halloween Party / October 27 / 6pm-10pm / Eat, Drink, & Be Scary / Cost and reservation information: $20 entry fee/$15 wine club. Includes 1 glass of wine and food. Wine Cocktail – $5 per glass, Wine & Candy Pairing, Costume Contest / RSVP by October 25 to 951-699-8845 or frangipaniwine@yahoo.com / Costumes are optional and please no face masks.

Fazeli Cellars
Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October / Free Admission / Come on by and bring the family out to enjoy Live Music with different artists each week along with our fine wines and craft brews, mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, full snack bar and tons of family fun! / No outside beverages or coolers allowed. Dinner available with RSVP ~ Menu varies but is usually ranch style faire. $8 to $10 approximately / Call or email for table reservations which is highly recommended (951) 587-6221 or info@longshadowranchwinery.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Halloween Bash: Night of the Living Wine-O’s / October 27 / 7:00pm – 11:00pm / Tickets are $18/$16 WC and pre-sale only. Admission includes a glass of Spooky Sangria. Be there….if you dare / For reservations please visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Hallo-Wine Party / October 28 / 5:30pm / Join us for our Hallo-Wine Party! Costume Contest, Wine and Treats! / Devilicious Food Truck and music by DJ Leon Ellis / Costume Contest – Prizes / Cost: Wine Club Member $12.00 Wine Club Guest: $15.00 / To RSVP Email wineclub@masiadelavinya.com

Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses. Open to the public, free admission

Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Salsa Night / October 21 / 6:30pm-10:00pm / 12-piece band Orquestro Banko and dancing. Glass of wine or sangria with admission, tapas for bottle service tables / Cost: $30 for GA, $70 for bottle service table / For tickets and reservations please visit www.montedeoro.com

Syrah Blind Tasting / October 28 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / Join us for a celebration of one of Monte De Oro’s flagship varietals: Syrah. We will be sampling over ten different offerings from various California wineries, including Temecula, Napa Valley, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc / Cost: $60 / For tickets and reservations please visit www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food and Wine Series / October 29 / 12:00pm-2:00pm / Our Signature Food & Wine Series is a culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients as they take you through a 5-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine. Seating is limited for this event and we anticipate a sell-out crowd! / Cost: $50 / For tickets and reservations please visit www.montedeoro.com

Sounds of Sunday / Every Sunday / 1pm-5pm / Live music program on our outdoor patio. Come listen to local artists each Sunday afternoon while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and lunch. Free admission. For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / Oct. 7, 8, 22 & 29 / 1:00pm- 3:00pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Get 35% off with the coupon code “PaintNiteHere” / Tickets $45 at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery / Sunday, Sept. 3, 17 & 24 / 1:00 – 4:00pm / Mount Palomar Winery is now hosting free live music Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! You can enjoy our delicious wine, premium tequila, draft beer, craft cocktails or dine at our on-site restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar while listening to amazingly talented musicians / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com / No tickets or reservations required, admission is free

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Oak Mountain Winery
Murder Mystery Dinner / October 27 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / Join us in the cave for an interactive, murder mystery 3-course dinner / 2-day advanced booking is required. Cost: $75.00; $70 for members / For reservations please email events@oakmountainwinery.com

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented musicians / Entertainment is free while dining / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Game day Specials in The Cellar Lounge / Every Thursday in October, during NFL games broadcasted during business hours / Head to The Cellar Lounge to catch NFL games on the big screen! Enjoy a delicious Gameday Menu, as well as draft brews, signature cocktails and Ponte wine on tap / Cost: Menu items $13 & up / Please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for more information.
Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Autumn Attunement at GrapeSeed Spa / Monday-Thursday, October 1st – November 30th / Delight in the ripeness of Autumn with our delicious Apple Orchard Antioxidant Facial. This service detoxifies and protects skin increasing healthy cellular turnover. Includes your choice of lunch poolside with a glass of South Coast wine / Cost: $120 / Valid Monday-Thursday, October 1-November 30th, 2017. Blackout Date: November 23rd. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts / www.southcoastwinery.com or call 877.552.1731.

Haunted Wine Tours / October 25th – 30th / Starting at 4:00pm / Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Wine Tour with a zombie twist! Space is limited. Reservations required / Cost: $55 per person/$50 Wine Club Call now to reserve: 951.587.9463 | SouthCoastWinery.com

Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.
Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Saturday -Sunday: 3:30pm -5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00pm / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country?  South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Champagne Jazz Concert Series:
Jeffrey Osborne & Mindi Abair and the Bone Shakers / October 7 / 7:00pm / Cost: General Admission $85.00, Gourmet Supper Package $160.00 / For reservations and information please visit www.thorntonwine.com

“Sharon’s Ride” Temecula Valley – Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego Fundraiser / October 8 / Race begins at 7:00am / Champagne Brunch at 9:30am to Noon / Cost: Cycling registration $50 each, Champagne Brunch Only $45 each / Pre-register @ www.sharonsride.org/temecula or register the day of at 6:15am.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – Friday Night Live / October 17 / 6pm – 9pm / Cover charge $10 / Reservations a must for a dinner table / For reservations and information please visit www.thorntonwine.com

Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wilson Creek Winery
Upper Room Grand Opening / October 14 / 12pm-5pm / For a more exclusive wine tasting, join us on the second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our new Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef / Cost: Grand Opening special price $35 / To make a reservation, visit http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Farm to Table Dinner / October 15 / 6pm-9pm / Join us for a culinary adventure. Wilson Creek’s farm-to-table experience features locally sources food prepared by Executive Chef Steve Stawinski and the culinary team, paired with award-winning wine. Immerse yourself in the beautiful Wilson Creek ballroom around tables hosted by our Winemaker, Vineyard Manager, culinary staff and local master gardeners. Come outfitted in your best “farmersonly.com” attire to win the best outfit contest! / Cost: $79.00 per person / Reserve your spot at https://shop.wilsoncreekwinery.com/reserve.ams

Harvest Fest / October 19 / 6pm-9:30pm / Celebrate harvest season with us! Join us for a fun-filled harvest festival complete with wine, grape stomping, a pumpkin carving contest and an ultimate harvest buffet with fresh ingredients. Top it off with a Wilson Creek Wine Country concert. A longtime favorite in the San Diego and Temecula music scene, Toni Suraci pays tribute to the original Highwaymen (Johnny cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson) with gifted vocals and 10-piece band / Cost: $69.00 per person / Reserve your spot at https://shop.wilsoncreekwinery.com/RESERVE.AMS

Big & Rich Concert / October 22 / Doors open at 6pm / Big & Rich performing live in beautiful wine country at Wilson Creek Winery! Join us for an evening under the stars with the award-winning country duo. Purchase your tickets at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com before they sell out! No tickets will be mailed – all reservations are online, you will receive an email confirmation. Please bring confirmation and ID with you to check-in the night of the event / Cost: General $60 / Orchestra $100 / First 3 Rows Guarantee $150.

Tyler Farr Concert / October 29 / Doors open at 6pm / Wilson Creek welcomes Tyler Farr! Join us for an evening of high energy and great music! Purchase your tickets at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com before they sell out! No tickets will be mailed – all reservations are online, you will receive an email confirmation. Please bring confirmation and ID with you to check-in the night of the event / Cost: General $60 / Orchestra $100 / VIP Room $200.

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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September Winery Events

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace every Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Mangia gourmet cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines in the Tasting Room/ All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents The Importance of Being Earnest / Sept 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 / Show time 7pm – 9:30pm / Directed by Chris Pittman / General seating $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military, $17, Season Tickets, $20 / Royal Table Seating $30 regular, $27 Season ticket holders. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://shakespeareinthevines.org/ For more info call 866.653.8669

Exclusive Complimentary tasting of Library Red wines at Baily Estate Tasting Room / Sept. 23 / 11am-5pm / Meet owner and winemaker Phil Baily and enjoy tastings of three aged library red wines in the barrel room! Taste wines from the tank and find out how the 2017 harvest is going! Special discounts on bottles and cases too! Reservations required call 951-972-9768 hours 11am – 4pm. Our address is 36150 Pauba Road. Parking is limited so reservations are recommended. No Limos or Busses allowed.

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Forever Endeavor Laser Light Show and Tribute Concert / Sept. 2 / 6pm-10pm / Bel Vino Winery Invites you to Join us for A Laser Light Show and Tribute Concert to Boston, The Eagles and Journey / General Admission-$25 per person, Wine Club-$15 per person, VIP Tables (Seat 8)-$150 ea. table /Tickets available for pre-purchase only. Please contact Ashley by phone or email ashley@belvinowinery.com, (951)428-2358

Escape a Tribute to Journey / Sept. 22 / 6pm-10pm / Laser show and Journey Tribute Band / Cost and reservation information may be found on https://www.heyday.com/escape
Friday Nite Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / No Cover / Wine & Beer / Bel Vino Bistro open until 9 pm/ No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit https://www.belvinowinery.com/events/

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
An Evening of Latin Tropical Jazz & Salsa Featuring La Cura / September 15 / 6pm to 10pm / $25.00, VIP Tables Available / Ticketing: https://www.heyday.com/lacura / No outside food or drink allowed.

Grape Stomp: Sip, Stomp & Play / September 23 / 6pm to 9pm / Grab a bunch of your family & friends and join us for this fun-for-the-entire-family grape stomp and harvest festival! Bring the kids! We’ll have face painting, live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-alike contest, and of course, grape stomping contests! Channel your inner Lucy and dress up for a chance to win prizes! Our Executive Chef is firing up the grill and serving up some hearty cuisine that’s perfect for keeping your energy up while you stomp and dance the night away! Get your tickets while you can, you won’t want to miss this! Tickets include: Admission to the event, one glass of Callaway wine, dinner, dancing, wine specials and grape stomping! View the menu online / $68.00 per person, $61.20 wine club price does not include tax / Ticketing: http://www.callawaywinery.com/res-402392/Sip-Stomp-Play-2017.html / No outside food or drink allowed

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accouterments. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Happy Fri-YaY! / Sept. 1 / Extended hours until 8pm / Harvest is here and we are extending our tasting room hours on Friday, September 1st until 8pm. Scugnizzi Neapolitan Pizza Truck will be here from 4-8pm and will have delicious food for purchase. Come dance the night away with live music by Brennen and Amanda. September wine club shipments will also be available for pick up.

Roll Out the Barrel / Sept. 3 / 11am-5pm / Join us down in the Barrel Room for wine tasting and sample wines selected by our winemaker, Art Villarreal right out of the barrel. Seoul Man Food Truck will have food available for purchase. Live music will be featured from 11:00am – 4:00pm. September wine club shipments available for pick up.

SUNDAY FunDay at Danza Del Sol / Sept. 24 / 1pm-5pm / Grab your friends and family and head to Danza del Sol winery for Sunday Funday! An afternoon of wine, food, and fun featuring Devilicious food truck (from 12p-4pm), live music, and of course, award winning Danza Del Sol wine! / No reservations required.

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
Wine Education Class – French / Sept. 10 / 2pm- 4pm / Let Europa’s Sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman take you on a journey through France, sampling Europa’s C’est la Vie French wines, and savor samples of fine food pairings prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas / Cost: $35 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment / Sept. 15 / 6pm-9pm / Featuring Blue Fish; live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Free to public, optional food tickets $18 plus tax. Portion of proceeds to benefit Fine Arts Foundation non-profit organization.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / Sept. 16 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Labor Day Weekend-Sales / Sept. 2-4 / Weekend lunch for 2 in the Pinnacle $59. Reservations required 951-676-8231 Option 4. Lawn Games, BBQ, Sangria, Specialty Drinks, Beer & Wine available. 50% off case sales (Limited wines) as well as 2 for 3 bottle sales (all wines) in the tasting room

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / September 9 / 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm / Doors open at 5:30 with a free 45 min. salsa lesson. No partner or experience needed / Admission fee is $10 wine club member & $15 non-member; includes a glass of Sangria / Special Food Menu Items! Wine, Beer, Sangria available for purchase! / To purchase tickets, please visit our website at http://shop.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October / Free Admission / Come on by and bring the family out to enjoy Live Music with different artists each week along with our fine wines and craft brews, mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, full snack bar and tons of family fun! / No outside beverages or coolers allowed. Dinner available with RSVP ~ Menu varies but is usually ranch style fare. $8 to $10 approximately / Call or email for table reservations which is highly recommended (951) 587-6221 or info@longshadowranchwinery.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival / September 10 / 3pm-7pm / Admission tickets include one glass of wine and all access pass to Grape Stomp activities, including live music, hay rides, face painting, lawn games, tractor photos and more / Cost: $35. $31.50 Wine Club Members / Dinner tickets are pre-sale only and sold separately / Reservations required. Check out all the details at www.lorimarwinery.com
Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses/Open to the public, free admission

Saturday Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required/For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Sounds of Sunday / Every Sunday / 1pm-5pm / Live music program on our outdoor patio. Come listen to local artists each Sunday afternoon while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and lunch. Free admission. For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Strangelove: The Ultimate Depeche Mode Experience / Sept. 8 / 6:00 – 10:00pm / Truly evocative of a Depeche Mode arena/stadium stage show; the scale of Strangelove’s theatrical stage production is unparalleled, save for the real article. Los Angeles based Strangelove delivers a career spanning, pitch perfect “best of” concert that transports the listener through time and touches on several key points in Depeche Mode’s illustrious career/ Cost: $25 online or $30 at the door. Purchase online at https://www.heyday.com/strangelove

Live Music at Mount Palomar Winery / Sunday, Sept. 3, 17 & 24 / 1:00 – 4:00pm / Mount Palomar Winery is now hosting free live music Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! You can enjoy our delicious wine, premium tequila, draft beer, craft cocktails or dine at our on-site restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar while listening to amazingly talented musicians / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com / No tickets or reservations required, admission is free

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Peltzer Winery
Live Music – Block Party / Sept. 1 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm / Featuring local wine, local food and local music by Old School the Band / RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/product-details/0478/91-Block-Party–Old-School-the-Band

Bridal Open / Sept. 17 / 1:00pm -3:00pm / Mingle with wedding vendors and get some wedding inspiration for your big day at the Peltzer Bridal Open / RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/product-details/0446/917-Bridal-Open

Live Music – Block Party / Sept. 22 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm / Featuring local wine, local food and local music by Little George Band / RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/product-details/0479/922-Block-Party–Little-George-Band

Anniversary Celebration / Sept. 29 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm / Come join us for wine, food trucks, photo ops, live music, sweet treats, and everyone’s favorite pig races! / RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/product-details/0521/929-Anniversary-Party

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented musicians / Entertainment is free while dining / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Bee Well Earth & Honey Renewal / Offered Monday-Thursday Sept.1-30 / 8am-6pm / Escape for a 50- minute Swedish massage treating your skin to a super serum made with resveratrol from winery grapes and blue agave leaf extract. Includes a golden honey foot treatment! Just for you – $105! Does your skin need some renewing from the summer sun? Add on an express renewal facial including a hydrating eye treatment for just $69 / Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Facial can only be added on, not independently booked / For reservations please call 877.552.1731

Blessing of the Wines/Grape Stomp Festival / September 17 / 5pm-9pm / Join us for our second “Blessing Event” of the year, Blessing of the Wines/Grape Stomp Festival! Enjoy live music by Guilty Conscience, a wine country buffet, photo booth, games, raffles, tractor rides and of course Grape Stomping! / For pricing and ticket information please visit at SouthCoastWinery.com.

CA Wine Month Mixed Wine Flight / Sept. 1-30 / Celebrate CA Wine Month all September long in The Vineyard Rose Restaurant! We have created the ultimate mixed wine flight so you can taste the best of both worlds. Our mixed wine flight includes a 2oz. pour of our South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc, South Coast Winery Tempranillo Rosé, Carter Estate Winery Penrose and Carter Estate Winery Brut Sparkling / Cost $16

Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Saturday -Sunday: 3:30pm -5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00am / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country? South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wine & Words Book Society / Sept. 13 / 6pm-8pm / Our very own book society with a special twist. Every other month, we will select a great book and perfectly pair one of our wines with it. In addition, we will hold a themed meeting/party in which we’ll discuss both the wine and book while enjoying themed appetizers and of course the selected wine! Make sure to get your package early enough to read the book and taste the wine before the next meeting. We want you to be part of the discussion! For pricing and tickets please visit: http://www.wienscellars.com/res-402816/September-Wiens-Wines-Words.html

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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#TemeculaWineChallenge Contest: Experience Southern California Wine Country to Win!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Mid-week is the best time to taste Temecula Valley wines, as your chances of getting a behind the scenes tour, meeting a winemaker, or snagging a barrel sample run high – you just have to ask! This California Wine Month, take your wine knowledge to the next level. From September 1-30, we invite you to explore Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country like a true wine photojournalist…and win a cool prize or two while you’re at it.

How it works:

Step 1: Pick your wine milestone from the list of 10 different challenges below.
Step 2: Take a pic. Make sure we can see the full experience.
Step 3: Post and tag. Post on Instagram & tag @temeculawines, #temeculawinechallenge #tastemidweek & #drinktemecula. Don’t forget to check in at the winery!

Here’s what we’re giving away:

Each week, we will give away (2) SIP Temecula Passports, good for 5 wine tasting flights at participating Temecula Valley wineries, Monday through Friday.

At the end of the contest, we will announce one grand prize winner from the month, who will receive (2) Reserve tickets to the People’s Choice Blind Tasting and Awards event on November 12, 2017.  This prize package includes a walk-around blind wine tasting and seat at the People’s Choice awards dinner including a 5-course tasting menu and wine pairings.

Don’t Forget: You can capture as many wine milestones as you like to up your chances of winning!

Instagram account must be public for your entry to be considered.

View full terms and conditions here: Terms and Conditions

Happy sipping!

Wine Challenges:
1. Take a selfie with a Temecula Valley winemaker
2. Taste a Temecula Valley wine made from a French grape
3. Convince tasting room staff to let you try a Temecula Valley barrel or tank sample
4. Taste a Temecula Valley Sangiovese
5. Document a delicious Temecula Valley food and wine pairing at one of our many wine country restaurants
6. Taste a Temecula Valley Syrah
7. Take a photo of wine grapes on the vine
8. Take a photo with tasting room staff
9. Taste a DRY (not sweet!) Temecula Valley sparkling wine (bonus if it’s made with the Methode Champenoise!)
10. Take a photo with one of the many vineyard dogs out in Temecula Valley wine country

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Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Tomato-Corn Salsa, Guacamole, and Lime

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Eating with your hands was never so delicious with these tostadas layered with a bright salsa, creamy guacamole, and spiced shrimp. Arrange the fixings family-style and let everyone assemble their own tostadas. Pair with Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.

Makes 8 tostadas; serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

Salsa:
1 cup fresh corn kernels cut from a cob or defrosted frozen corn
1 cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
2 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
1 green jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Guacamole:
2 ripe avocados
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped, about 1/4 cup
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon Mexican hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

Shrimp:
24 large shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
8 corn tostada shells
8 butter lettuce leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Mexican hot sauce
Lime wedges

Directions:

Combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Combine all of the guacamole ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork to blend.

Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (about 350°F). Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place in a bowl. Add the oil, cumin, cayenne, and salt and toss the shrimp to coat.

Arrange the shrimp on the grill grates over direct heat and grill until opaque through the centers, turning once or twice, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove and transfer to a plate.

To assemble the tostadas, spread a generous spoonful of guacamole on a corn tostada. Top with the lettuce, salsa, and shrimp. Garnish with cilantro and serve with hot sauce and lime wedges.

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2015 Special Selection Pinot Gris – Sun-ripened peaches, nectarine and honeydew melon aromas with hazelnut and a twist of lemon pie on the finish.

Hart Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc –  Citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish.

Lorimar Winery ~ 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Let the crisp, cool guava quench your thirst as fresh melon and lemongrass awaken your senses.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2016 Pinot Grigio “Julia’s Vineyard” – Fragrant and mildly floral with subtle notes of green apple, lemon and pear, with a crisp refreshing finish.

 

Recipe & photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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August Winery Events

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace every Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Mangia gourmet cheeses in a variety of flavors are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines in the Tasting Room / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents MacBeth / August 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 / Show time 7pm – 9:30pm / Directed by Wendy Johnson / General seating $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military, $17, Season Tickets, $20 / Royal Table Seating $30 regular, $27 Season ticket holders. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://shakespeareinthevines.org/ For more info call 866.653.8669

Exclusive complimentary tasting of Library Red wines at Baily Estate Tasting Room / August 19 / 11am-4pm / Meet owner and winemaker Phil Baily and enjoy a vertical tasting of his Cabernet Franc. Find out how wines age, become smoother, and develop more complex aromas. Parking is limited so reservations are recommended. No Limos or Busses allowed. Call Lisa at 951-972-9768 to reserve.

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.
Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
The Latin Corner / August 25 / 6p-10p / Free Admission / Music by Ruben V & The Latin Sounds. Salsa Dance Lesson by “Jesse & Bianca” from 6pm-7pm

Friday Nite Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / No Cover / Wine & Beer / Bel Vino Bistro open until 9 pm/ No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit https://www.belvinowinery.com/events/

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
PUMP – Aerosmith Tribute / August 25 / Doors open at 6pm. Opening Band Begins at 7:00pm
Pump Starts at 8:00pm / Enjoy an evening under the stars listening to classic Aerosmith songs performed by PUMP, the ultimate tribute / Wine, Beer and Food available. No outside food or drink allowed. Limited Seating, Bring your own chairs / Ticketing Information: https://www.heyday.com/pump

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday at Danza / August 8 & 22 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Join us this Summer for our Taco Tuesday nights! Meet us on the Tasting Room Patio for Tacos, Burritos, live music and more! Danza del Sol wine and selected beer available for purchase. Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only. Wine Club Complimentary glasses excluded / No reservations required.

Food Truck Friday / August 11 / 5:30pm- 10pm / Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate Summer with food, wine, and Missy Andersen! / Featuring Missy Andersen with Devilicious Food Truck and Italicus Gelato! / Beer and wine available for purchase. No outside food or alcohol permitted. No wine club complimentary glasses allowed. Wine Club discounts on bottles only. Only bottles purchased during event are permitted. This is not a dog friendly event. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend / Limited Tickets are available for this event! RSVP required. Pre-Sale tickets ONLINE for $8pp / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

SUNDAY FunDay at Danza Del Sol / August 27 / 12pm-5pm / Grab your friends and family and head to Danza del Sol winery for Sunday Funday! An afternoon of wine, food, and fun featuring Devilicious food truck, live music, and of course, award winning Danza Del Sol wine! / No reservations required.
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
Cooking Class / August 5 / 12:00pm / Professional Cooking Class with Three-Course Wine-Paired Gourmet Lunch with our Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Event is held in our Italian Wine Cave / Cost: $58 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Movie in the Vines / August 10 / 8pm / Join us for a movie in the vines featuring “Secret Life of Pets” (2016) Rated PG. Free to public / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Friday Night Entertainment / August 18 / 6pm-9pm / Featuring Big Truth; live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Free to public, optional food tickets $18 plus tax. Portion of proceeds to benefit Jacob’s House non-profit organization.

Comedy Magic Show / August 26 / 6pm / Interactive comedy magic show on our outdoor veranda. Ticket includes show, a glass of wine, and single course entrée / Cost $65 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com or call 1-888-383-8767

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / August 19 / 10am-12pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “Mermaid” / August 30 / 5:30pm -8pm / $35 per person. Includes all materials. Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Tours and Happy Hour 5:30- 6:30. Members do receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / August 5 / 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm / Doors open at 5:30 with a free 45 min. salsa lesson. No partner or experience needed / Admission fee is $10 wine club member & $15 non-member, plus tax; includes a glass of Sangria / Special Food Menu Items! Wine, Beer, Sangria available for purchase! / To purchase tickets, please visit our website at http://shop.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Foot Path Winery
Food, Wine and Music / August 19 / 6:30p to 9pm / Featuring Tim Cash on the guitar – Under the stars in front of the house / $25.00 per person, which includes the food and a glass of wine / Please call the winery to make reservations. 951-265-9951

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October / Free Admission / Come on by and bring the family out to enjoy Live Music with different artists each week along with our fine wines and craft brews, mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, full snack bar and tons of family fun! / No outside beverages or coolers allowed. Dinner available with RSVP ~ Menu varies but is usually ranch style faire. $8 to $10 approximately / Call or email for table reservations which is highly recommended (951) 587-6221 or info@longshadowranchwinery.com

Sundresses & Cowboy Boots / August 4 / Doors open at 6p / Annual Country Music Festival at Longshadow Winery. Featuring Kanan Road, Taylor Tickner, Ashley Zavala and Line Dancing with Nita Dancing DJ / Wine, beer and food available, must be 21+ to drink. 2 drink minimum / For tickets please visit www.heydey.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Laugh Your Glass Off, Comedy Show / August 3 / 6:00pm in the Barrel Room at Lorimar / Tickets are available at www.lorimarwinery.com / Cost is $20; $18 for Wine Club.

Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine / August 11 / 7:00pm on the Vineyard Lawn at Lorimar / Join us for a four-course dinner, paired with Lorimar wines and three cigars from Casa Lovo / Tickets are available at www.lorimarwinery.com / Cost is $8; $76.50 for Wine Club

Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Dessert & Wine Pairing / August 20 / 1pm-3pm / Dessert stations paired with our delicious Masia de la Vinya Wines! / Members: $13.00 | Guests: $16.00 / RSVP- To Erica at e.jennings@masiadelavinya.com or call 951-303-3860

Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Saturday Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy Concert / August 5 / 6:30p-10:00pm / Come enjoy a night of great music under the stars / General admission tickets available $55.00/$50.00 for WC members. Order tickets at www.montedeoro.com under Store & Event Tickets / Food and beverages available for purchase.

Warrant Concert / August 19 / 6:30p-10:00pm / American glam band featuring Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and Heaven / General admission tickets available $55.00/$50.00 for WC members. Order tickets at www.montedeoro.com under Store & Event Tickets / Food and beverages available for purchase.

Sounds of Sunday / Every Sunday / 1pm-5pm / Live music program on our outdoor patio. Come listen to local artists each Sunday afternoon while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and lunch. Free admission. For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
The Band that Fell to Earth: A David Bowie Tribute / August 11 / 6:00p- 9:00p / Based out of Los Angeles, California, the Band that Fell to Earth is performing live at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California. Enjoy the ultimate tribute to David Bowie / Tickets $25 online, $30 at the door. Two for one special for a limited time! / Get tickets at: https://www.heyday.com/bowieodyssey

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / August 13 & 27 /1:00p – 3:00p / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Get 35% off with the coupon code
“PaintNiteHere” / Tickets $45 at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Murder Mystery Dinner / August 25 / 8:00p – 10:00p / The Dainty Dames are hosting another intriguing murder mystery event! “An Award to Die For” is a brand-new show, never hosted at Mount Palomar Winery. This interactive event live show gives you the chance to enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine while hunting for a killer and solving a mystery. Previous shows by the Dainty Dames at Mount Palomar have sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets! / Pricing: $120++ / Tickets at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Murder-Mystery-Dinner

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Ponte Movie Night for a Cause / August 10 / Lawn seating, concession stands and bar open at 6:30 p.m., Movie begins at 8:30pm / Join us at the winery after-hours for a feature presentation of Disney’s Moana to help us make a difference in the lives of local children and families. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the kid-friendly entertainment under the stars in our Vineyard Garden / Cost: Free to attend. Family-friendly fare, popcorn, sweets, beer and wine available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services and other deserving local charities / www.pontewinery.com

Ponte Grape Stomp 2017 / August 20 / Check-In begins at 3:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres & bar open at 4:00 p.m. | Competition begins at 5:00 p.m. / Ready, set, stomp! Join us for the ultimate harvest season celebration. The 15th Annual Ponte Grape Stomp will be an evening of food, fun and friendly competition! Cost: $108 for Wine Club Members, $120 for guests. Visit our website to see the event menu, and to purchase tickets / www.pontewinery.com

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented musicians / Entertainment is free while dining / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3:30pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00am / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country? South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Champagne Jazz Concert Series:
Spyro Gyro with Special Guest, Vincent Ingala / August 12 / 7:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $75 / Gourmet Supper Package $150
Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler / August 20 / 6:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $85 / Gourmet Supper Package $160
Ottmar Liebert / August 27 / 6:00 pm
Gen. Adm. $75 / Gourmet Supper Package $150
For Concert Reservations: www.thorntonwine.com or call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129

Eagles Tribute Band / August 25 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 Cover – General Admission / *Reservations: A must for dinner table / Call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129

Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wiens Family Cellars
Movie in the Vines / August 3 / 7:00pm-10:00pm / Join us for a presentation of the movie Babe and help support Sale Ranch Sanctuary, a local non-profit sanctuary offering forever homes to animals who have been neglected, abused or discarded. Bring your own chairs and blankets for open lawn seating and enjoy the movie outside under the stars. This event is an all ages event, so please feel free to bring the whole family / Tickets $10 (Includes Popcorn) / http://www.wienscellars.com/res-402126/Movie-Night-In-The-Vines.html

Summer Concert Series– The Alarm / August 11 / 6pm-10pm / Join us for our summer concert series with The Alarm! / General Admission: $55.00. VIP: $99.00. VIP Table of 4: $395.00. VIP Table of 10: $950.00 / http://goldencrownproductions.com/index.php/events/131-the-alarm-august-11th-wiens-family-cellars

Wilson Creek Winery
Sara Evans Concert / August 20 / Doors open at 6pm / Join us for a wine country concert at Wilson Creek Winery with the amazing, Sara Evans! And don’t miss opening band, Temecula Road! There’s nothing like fine music & fine wine in the summertime! / To purchase tickets, go to www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Fresh California Chopped Salad with Marinated Grilled Steak

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

When the temps are rising, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the kitchen. For a great entree salad, try this crunchy summer salad topped with grilled steak—marinated in Temecula Valley Zinfandel.  It gets its zing from a spicy-mustard vinaigrette. For the ultimate pairing, be sure to serve it with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel!

Ingredients:

1 cup Temecula Valley Zinfandel

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon ground cayenne

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 New York strip steak (about 14-ounces), 1-inch thick, trimmed of fat

2 large tomatoes, preferably different colors

3 cups chopped, romaine lettuce

1 cup sugar snap peas, stemmed and cut into three pieces

1 cup cooked corn kernels, cut off the cob and cooled

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more for serving

Directions:

Bring the wine and garlic to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Let cool.

Pour the mixture into a medium glass bowl and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, black peppercorns, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon of the dry mustard.

Add the steak and turn it to coat. Cover the steak and marinate it in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours, turning it once.

Preheat the grill to high heat.

Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry.

Grill the steak for 6 minutes on each side for rare to medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

Cut each tomato into eight wedges, and set aside.

Put the lettuce, snap peas and corn in a large bowl.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the spicy mustard in a small bowl with the vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and the remaining teaspoon of dry mustard.

Toss the lettuce mixture with the desired amount of vinaigrette.

Slice the steak across the grain into ½ inch strips.

Divide the salad among four plates, and top with tomato and steak slices.

Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings: 

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ Van Roekel 2013 Zinfandel

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2013 Wild Horse Peak Zinfandel

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2014 Reserve Zinfandel 

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2012 Wilson Creek Family Reserve Zinfandel


Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California.

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July Winery Events

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Ahhh….summer!  Outdoor concerts and plays, luaus, and movies in the vines are just a few of the summertime offerings in Temecula Valley’s wine country. Whatever day you choose to visit, you’ll be sure to find something fun to do!

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Baily Winery / July 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 / Show time 7pm – 9:30pm / Directed by Daniel Baca / Set in a time when myths were current events, legends were history, and magic was real, A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to Ancient Greece where four days of adventure are compressed into a single night by magic! General seating $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military, $17, Season Tickets, $20 / Royal Table Seating $30 regular, $27 Season ticket holders. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://shakespeareinthevines.org/ For more info call 866.653.8669

Exclusive complimentary tasting of Library Red wines at Baily Estate Tasting Room / July 15 / 11am-5pm / Visit with winemaker Phil Baily and taste his 2003, 2004 and 2005 Meritage and find out how wines age, become smoother, and develop more complex aromas. Great sales on these and other Baily Library red wines. Parking is limited so reservations are recommended. No Limos or Busses allowed. Call Lisa at 951-972-9768 to reserve.

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.
Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889
Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 1pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1 barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary. For more information call 951.676.4001

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Wine, Dine and Painting at Carter Estate Winery / June 3 & July 8 / 11:00am – 2:00pm / Wine, Dine and Painting Class hosted by Jill Roberts of Art + Vino, the original and most popular Art and Painting class in the Temecula Valley! Take in the views and tap into your inner Picasso, then enjoy a fantastic lunch with wine. This package comes with two three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu and glass of wine to enjoy at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Cost: $70 Wine Club | $75 Non-Wine Club / Reservation Information: Purchase online at CarterEstateWinery.com or call Carter Estate Wine Club at 951-587-9463 Ext. 5250

Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday / July 11 & July 25 / 5:30pm-8:30pm / Enjoy tacos, burritos, nachos and wine on the patio while listening to live music by some of our local artists. No RSVP necessary.

Laugh Lounge / July 29 / 6:00-9:00pm / Dinner and comedy night. $36 for members/$42 for guests and non-members. VIP tables available. Buffet dinner prior to show by Chef Volker Lutz, wine available for purchase / Please RSVP online or call 951-3002-6363 x26

Sunday Funday / July 30 / Bring your friends and family out for a day of food (Devilicious Food Truck here from 12pm-4pm) and live music on the patio from 1pm-5pm

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Doffo Winery
Live Music every Saturday and Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village
Murder Mystery Dinner / July 8 / 6:00 pm on our outdoor Veranda / “Murder on the Oriental Rug” – Performance will take place during a gourmet dinner prepared by Europa’s own award-winning Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / $80 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Murder Mystery Dinner / July 9 / 6:00 pm on our outdoor Veranda / “Murder on the Oriental Rug” – Performance will take place during a gourmet dinner prepared by Europa’s own award-winning Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / $75 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Movie in the Vines / July 13 / 8:00pm / Join us for a movie in the vines featuring “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) Rated G / Free to public.

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Falkner Winery’s 17th Year Anniversary Celebration! / July 1st – 4th / 11-5pm / Includes Yard Games and Tournaments; Sunday 12-3pm / Wine raffles every hour! Huge Gift shop sales. 50% off wine by the case sales, Restaurant lunch special for 2- $59 BBQ on Saturday & Sunday from 12-3pm.

Sip N Paint Class “The River” / July 13 / 5:30 -9 pm $35 per person. Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Tours and Happy Hour 5:30- 6:30pm. Members may receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / July 15 / 10am-12:00pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge /$ 45/person, $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com.

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday from 12pm-3pm / Lawn Game competition “Cornhole” (starting at 1pm) Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drink, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / July 15 / 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm / Doors open at 5:30 with a free 45 min. salsa lesson. No partner or experience needed / Admission fee is $10 wine club member & $15 non-member; includes a glass of Sangria / Special Food Menu Items! Wine, Beer, Sangria available for purchase! / To purchase tickets, please visit our website at http://shop.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October. Families are welcome and admission is free. No outside beverages or coolers allowed.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Saturday Live Music Outdoors Under the Lights / June 10 & 24 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Polynesian Night Luau / July 29 / 6:30pm-10:00pm / Join us for an evening show, dancing and a Polynesian Buffett Dinner. Featuring the Kalama Brothers, Polynesian Dancers, Tahitian Drummers. And a Fire Dance followed by dancing outdoors on our patio / Cost and reservation information: Tickets $60. Wine Club members $50.00. Includes dinner and a glass of wine / Purchase tickets and make reservations at www.montedeoro.com

Sounds of Sunday / Every Sunday / 1pm-5pm / Live music program on our outdoor patio. Come listen to local artists each Sunday afternoon while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and lunch. Free admission. For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / July 9 & 30 / 1:00 – 3:00pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Get 35% off with the coupon code “PaintNiteHere” / Tickets $45 at: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Heartbeat City, a Tribute to The Cars Concert / July 14 / 6:00 – 9:00pm / Enjoy a live tribute the classic 80’s band The Cars! Performed live at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, the show includes famous hits by The Cars / Tickets $25 at https://www.heyday.com/heartbeatcity – 2 for 1 tickets available for a limited time!

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Peltzer Family Cellars
Live Music – Block Party / July 7 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / Featuring local wine, local food and local music by Endeavor / RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/merchandise/Events
Farm to Table Dinner / July 21 / 6:00pm-10:00pm / Featuring Peltzer wine, and music by “Those Guys” RSVP at http://peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net/merchandise/Events

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented musicians / Entertainment is free while dining / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Wine, Dine and Painting at South Coast Winery / June 25 / 10:00am – 1:00pm / Wine, Dine and Painting Class hosted by Jill Roberts of Art + Vino, the original and most popular Art and Painting class in the Temecula Valley! Take in the views and tap into your inner Picasso, then enjoy a fantastic lunch at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant! This package comes with two three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu and glass of wine to enjoy at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant / Cost: $70 Wine Club | $75 Non-Wine Club / Reservation Information: Purchase online or call Wine Club at 951-587-9463 Ext. 5250

Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant/ Monday – Friday / 3:30pm – 5:30pm /Join us in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge for appetizers, lite bites & pizzas / Reservation Information: Reservations Recommended. 951.587.9463 ext. 7230

Late Night Happy Hour at The Vineyard Rose / Fridays and Saturdays / 9:00 – 11:00am / Looking for something to do late night in Temecula Valley’s wine country? South Coast Winery’s Vineyard Rose restaurant now has late night happy hour! / Cost: View Happy Hour Menu at South CoastWinery.com / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – 951.491.8077

Thornton Winery
Champagne Jazz Concert Series:
Shiela E. / Saturday, July 8th / 7:00 pm
Cost: $85 General Admission, $160 Gourmet Supper Package
Chris Isaak / Saturday, July 15th / 7:00 pm
Cost: $105 General Admission, $180 Gourmet Supper Package
David Sanborn / Sunday, July 30th / 6:00 pm
Cost: $85 General Admission, $160 Gourmet Supper Package
For Concert Reservations: THORNTONWINE.COM or call (951) 699-0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 3129

Beach Boys Tribute Band / Friday, July 28 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 Cover – General Admission / *Reservations: A must for dinner table

Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night / 6pm-9pm / Free admission / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers at thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wine & Words Book Society / July 12 / 6:00pm / Wiens Wine & Words is our very own book society with a special twist. Every other month, we will select a great book and perfectly pair one of our wines with it. In addition, we will hold a themed meeting/party in which we’ll discuss both the wine and book while enjoying themed appetizers and of course the selected wine. For more information and reservations please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-400470/July-Wiens-Wines-Words.html

Sale Ranch Sanctuary’s “An Evening for the Animals” Fundraiser / July 22 / 6:00 pm / We are hosting an exciting fundraising and silent auction event for the benefit of the Sale Ranch Sanctuary. There will be a dinner and live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards the Sale Ranch Sanctuary For reservations please visit http://www.saleranchsanctuary.org/fundraiser-wiens-july-2017

Colin Hay (Men at Work) Concert / July 28 / 6:00pm / Part of our Summer Series. http://www.wienscellars.com/res-400470/July-Wiens-Wines-Words.html

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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Ginger-Cinnamon Honey Poached Citrus and Vanilla Ice Cream

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Summer is not the time to spend hours in the kitchen; not when sun, surf and sand call upon our heartstrings!  This sweet treat looks like just the perfect dessert to keep the kitchen cool on those hot summer days.  Be sure to pair with Ponte Winery’s 2015 Beverino Bianco!

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Segments of 2 grapefruit and 3 oranges
1 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
Fresh ginger, medium diced (from a 1” x ½” piece)
Chopped, toasted pistachios
Vanilla ice cream of your choosing

Directions:

Pour honey into a saucepan. Segment the citrus fruit over the saucepan so that the juices run into it and place fruit segments in saucepan. Heat honey and citrus over medium heat just until it comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes. Carefully remove the poached citrus segments and set aside in refrigerator until cold.

Place cinnamon sticks and chopped fresh ginger into honey. Return to heat and slow boil until reduced by half. Remove from heat, strain out the sticks and ginger and let honey syrup cool. To serve, place 3 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream in a bowl. Place some of the cold citrus segments on top. Drizzle with ginger-cinnamon honey and top with chopped pistachios. Enjoy immediately!


Recipe and photo courtesy of Ponte Winery

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2017 Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Temecula Valley vintners were excited to introduce the latest Hall of Fame inductees at the 34th Annual Grape Day conference held on April 13, 2017 at South Coast Winery in Temecula, California. The inductees honored were John Poole and Peter Poole.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame was introduced in 2016 by Phil Baily, owner of Baily Winery and member of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) Board of Directors. The first inductees into the Hall of Fame were Vince & Audrey Cilurzo and John Moramarco. At the time, Baily noted “The recent passing of wine country pioneer Vince Cilurzo prompted the TVWA Board of Directors to consider ways we could honor his memory. In discussing this, we realized that other pioneers should be recognized, most notably Audrey Cilurzo, because Vince and Audrey partnered in their accomplishments. John Moramarco was unquestionably the key leader of our rise in the 1960s and for the following thirty-plus years.”

Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first commercial wine grape vineyard in the Temecula Valley. They established Cilurzo Vineyard and Winery as one of the first wineries in the Temecula Valley. As husband and wife, they championed the growing of red wine grapes, most notably Petite Sirah. They offered help, encouragement and support to all the wineries that followed them.

John Moramarco planted one of the first commercial wine grape vineyards in the Temecula Valley in 1968 while working for Brookside Winery. In the late 1980s his efforts helped Riverside County create the citrus/vineyard zone which preserved agriculture and laid the foundation for the remarkable growth of wineries over the ensuing years. Moramarco also worked to mobilize Riverside County, the City of Temecula, State and Federal efforts to successfully combat the spread of Pierce’s Disease in Temecula Valley vineyards.

“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were similarly accomplished and well respected within Temecula Valley’s wine community and we’re very appreciative of their efforts on behalf of all of us,” stated Phil Baily.

John Poole purchased vineyard land in the Temecula Valley in 1969, establishing Long Valley Vineyards, which eventually grew to 165 planted acres. Additionally, he planted one of California’s earliest Syrah vineyards in 1974. John founded Mt. Palomar Winery in 1975; this was Temecula’s second winery. In 1978, he opened the first permanent tasting room and was the first to begin advertising the Temecula Valley as a tourist destination.

Peter Poole, John’s son, was a founding member of the South Coast Vintners Association, a predecessor of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. He served many years as the President and Board Member of the Vintners Association and its successor. Peter took over operation of Mt. Palomar Winery in 1985, making it the first winery in the Temecula Valley under second-generation leadership. For many years, he worked to improve viticulture and winemaking practices in the Valley. He was instrumental in the effort to change the official name of the American Viticulture Area (AVA) from Temecula to Temecula Valley. He pioneered the planting of Italian varieties in California, being the first to plant Cortese in California and Sangiovese in the Temecula Valley. When the area was under siege from the vine destroying Glassy-winged sharpshooter, Peter helped lead the successful fight against the pest and the spread of Pierce’s Disease in the Temecula Valley.

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