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Temecula April Winery Events

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Spring has sprung and the wineries are also preparing for some fun seasonal events that will get you partying in floppy hats and pastel colors. Come socialize, taste some wine, and see for yourself what everyone is talking about!

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Easter Egg Hunt for Doggies
Sunday, April 20 / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch and an egg hunt

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p
Tours and vertical tasting of Boudreaux reds
Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Wine Down at Bel Vino with Live Music
Every Saturday and Sundays for live entertainment! 12:00p-4:00p
April 5-Bruce Glover
April 6- JD Priest
April 12-Shoot 4 Tuezdays
April 13-Mor Sol
April 19 – The Counterfeits
April 26 – The “B” Players
April 27 – Tim Cash

Briar Rose Winery
Friday Night Sunset
April 18 / 5:30p-9:00
Sunset and live music by Buzz Campbell while enjoying food and wine.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.
Seating is limited.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5p-8:00p
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required. No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria & live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Falkner Winery
Spring/Summer Music, Sangria and BBQ Series
12:00p-3:00p /Sundays from April through October
Free music and guest can purchase BBQ & Luscious Lips Sangria!
Kick off series with featured artist Jason Weber.

Easter Champagne Brunch
Sunday, April 20 / 10:00a-3:30p /
Champagne brunch, live music & Mediterranean style food
pecial Easter gifts will be given to all children
$49.95+ pp/ Members & guests $44.95+, Children 3-10 are $19+ (wine club $15+)
Free for children under 3.

Leoness Cellars
Pre-Harvest Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, April 5 / 6:30p
5 course wine paired dinner featuring guest Chef Michael Cragg
$106 + tax pp / $96 + tax pp, Wine Club
For reservations call 951-302-7601 ext. 150 or e-mail reservations@leonesscellars.com

Live Music
Fridays / The Restaurant at Leoness / 5:00p-8:00p

Live Music
Sundays / Patio at Leoness Cellars / 1:00p-4:00p

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Night
Sat April 19 / 6:00p-10:00p
Live music, dancing, wine, mechanical bull rides
No admission / parking fee / reservations required for parties of 12+

Lorimar Winery
Epicurean Demonstration – “Molecular Gastronomy”
Wed April 2 / 4:00p-6:00p
Join Chef Patrick for the interactive cooking demo
$25+tax pp / Members $20+tax pp.
Purchase tickets in the tasting room, email events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 xt. 4.

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p
April 4 – Shultz & Hamilton
April 5 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
April 6 – Steven Ybarra
April 11 – Cougrzz Rock
April 12 – Missy Anderson
April 13 – David & Olivia
April 18 – Guilty Conscience
April 19 – Oceans of Sand
April 25 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
April 26 – TBD
April 27 – Sal and Brennan

Laugh Your Glass Off – Comedy Show
Thur April 24 / 7:00p-10:00p /
Night of comedy
General admission in the Barrel Room $35 pp / $30 members
MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY
Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104

Movie in the Vines
Mon April 28
Indiana Jones; Raiders of the Lost Arc
Wine bar & concession stand will be open at 6:00p
Film begins at sunset. Bring your own beach chair or blanket!

Mount Palomar Winery
Live Music
Complimentary music on patio! 1:00p-4:00p
April 5 – The Barstow Prophets
April 6 – Mariner
April 12 – Harmony Road
April 13 – Bodie
April 19 – Joachim Nordensson
April 26 – Danielle Taylor
April 27 – 3 Blind Mice

Bottles “n” Brushes
Thursday, April 24 / 1:00p-4:00p
Painting class with wine

Oak Mountain Winery
Sizzlin’ Saturday
Sat April 19 / 5:00p-9:00p/ $1.00 admission
Join us for tasty American/Mexican fusion from Chubbys.

Pet Fair
Sun April 6 / 11:00a-5:00p /Free admission
Join local rescues and vendors at the Oak Mountain Winery Pet Fair.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Earth Day Wine Tours
April 21-25 / 3:00p
Hands-on introduction with the sustainable winegrowing standards of California’s State Winery of the Year.
Explore our vineyards with 90-minute guided tour
$50 pp/ $45 Club but space is limited and reservations are a must.
Visit WineResort.com or call now to reserve your place 800-539-1375.

Elegant Wine Country Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 20 / 10:00a-3:00p
Brunch fare at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vineyard Rose restaurant
Kids enjoy Easter egg hunts and meet the Easter Bunny.
Cost is just $60 Adults/$22 Children.
Reservations are limited and required.
Visit WineResort.com for complete menu or call now to reserve: 951-491-8077

Go Green with Va Va Verde
April 1-30, 2014 / 105 pp
50-minute full body ‘therapeutic’ massage
Receive a $20 spa voucher towards any $85+ spa treatment on return
Book by calling 800-539-1375.

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Ccustom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines
For 2-8 guests, $135 pp
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

“Happiest” Days of the Week
Mon-Fri 4:00p-5:30p / “Happy Hour”
Discounted appetizers, local draft beers and South Coast wines.
Happy Hour with dinner in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant.
Visit WineResort.com or call 800-539-1375 today.

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery
Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, April 25 / 7:00p / $125 pp
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

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March Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Spring is almost upon us, which means more green! It’s great news for Temecula Valley since March signals bud break in the vineyards. There are also some new exciting events happening, and whether you’re a wine expert or beginner, there’s something for everyone. St. Patrick’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. Why not visit Temecula, CA where you can enjoy live entertainment, green sparkling wine and festive food! It’s a great way to welcome the springtime air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p
Tours and vertical tasting of Boudreaux reds
Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Wine Down at Bel Vino with Live Music
Every Saturday and Sundays/ 12:00p-4:00p
March 1-Bruce Glover
March 2- Dominic Rocha
March 8-All In
March 9-JD Priest
March 15 – The Counterfits
March 16 – Bruce Glover
March 22 – Michael LeClerc
March 23 – Jason Weber
March 29 – Shoot 4 Tuezday
March 30 – Jim Fargo

Briar Rose Winery
Friday Night Sunset
Friday, March 21 / 5:30p-9:00
Live music by Buzz Campbell
Call 951-308-1098 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5p-8:00p
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required.  No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria &  live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
2nd Annual Temecula St. Patrick’s Day 15k
Sunday, March 16 / 9:00a
Race through country roads & finish w/ a glass of green sparking wine
21+ – includes a sparking wine tasting & glass to keep.
For tickets and to register, click here

Falkner Winery
Wine  Appreciation Class
Saturday, March 15 / 10:30a-2:30p
$65 pp; Members $60 pp; VIP Members $20 pp
For both wine novices and experts, 3+ hour class.
For registration, please call 951-676-8231 ext. 109.
For more information click here

Mount Palomar Winery
Laughs for Pawz
Saturday, March 8 / 11:00a-10:00p
Beginning at 11:00a, with a FREE Comedy Faire & featuring Laughs for Pawz
The Show at 7:00pm / $55 includes food, a fabulous show and after party.

Live Music
1:00p-4:00p
March 15 – Harmony Road
March 16 – Mariner
March 22 – The Barstow Prophets
March 23 – Dylan Jakobsen

Brides Against Breast Cancer Bridal Show, Gown Sale and Wine Tasting Event!
March 30 / Hundreds of designer and couture wedding gowns
Gowns range from $99-$3900, sizes 4-18.
Area’s top wedding vendors & enter exciting give-a-ways while supporting a great cause.

Oak Mountain Winery
Pet Fair
Sunday, March 2 / 11:00a-5:00p / Free admission
A furry fiesta every first Sunday of the month.
Adopt a dog, find a dog trainer, dog communicator, natural pet food & apparel.
Collection of dog wines available for tasting or purchase.

St. Patty’s Sizzlin Saturday
Saturday, March 15 / 5:00p-9:00p / Admission: $1
Tickets available on Caves of Oak Mountain’s Facebook page
Corned beef melts & Irish fries from Devilicious.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
“SHOW US YOUR BEADS” Fat Tuesday Tastings
Tuesday, March 4 / 10:00a-6:00p
In the Vintner’s Vault Tasting Room- sips and off-the-charts samples
Bring 3 Mardi Gras beaded necklaces & get a $5 off a tasting ticket!

Intimate Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, March 22 /$150 pp inclusive
Dynamic 7-course dinner
Limited in size so once they are sold out, they are gone.
Call 951.587.9463 or click here.

Blessing of the Vines Wine & Music Festival
Sunday, March 30 / 4:00p-7:00p
Kids can join in the fun w/ plenty of games & activities.
Louie Cruiz Beltran & his Latin Jazz Trio will perform
For tickets call 951.587.9463 or click here.

Go Green with Va Va Verde
Available March 1-31 /for discount of $105 pp
50-min full body ‘therapeutic’ massage
Receive a $20 spa voucher for one $85+ spa treatment on your return visit.
Book now 951.587.9463

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Ccustom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines
For 2-8 guests, $135 pp
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm.
Regular price $15; Thur Evenings $10. Click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery
1st Annual “Grains & Grapes” Event
Saturday, March 8 / 6:30p /
Thornton Winery pairs up with Refuge Brewery
Meet and greet with:

  • Winemaker David Vergari,
  • Brewmaster Curt Kucera
  • Executive Chef Jeff D. Massey
  • President Steve Thornton

Hors d’oeuvres & a three course meal.
For reservations, please call 951-699-0099

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, March 28 / 7:00p / $125 pp
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

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February Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

Love is always in the air in Temecula Valley, CA. This month, your local wineries have especially amorous offerings set against the backdrop of the most beautiful vineyards in Southern California. Check out the top romantic events in Temecula Valley wine country and see what February fun is in store for you!

Europa Village Winery

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Valentine’s Lunch at Carol’s  
Feb 14, 11:30a-2:30p $25 pp / Live Music
Reservations required & credit card necessary for reservations.
Call 951-676-9243.

Valentine’s Dinner at Carol’s
Feb 14 / 6:00p-9:00p / $75 pp / Live music
Reservations required & credit card necessary for reservations.
Call 951-676-9243.

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch

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

 

Bel Vino Winery

Wine Down at Bel Vino with Live Music
Every Saturday & occasional Sundays / 12:00p-4:00p
Feb 1-Never Easy
Feb 8-Michael LeClerc
Feb 15-JD Priest
Feb 22-Lazy Susan

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Valentine’s Dinner at Meritage at Callaway
Feb 14 / 4:00p seating: $60 pp; 6:00p & 7:30p seatings: $80 pp
Four-course gourmet dinner & live music
For reservations, call 951-587-8889.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Sangria, Tapas Specials and Live Music from 5:00p-7:00p

 

Churon Winery

Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 6:00p-9:00p / $163.80 per couple inclusive

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Super Chili Bowl
Feb 2 / 3:00p-8:30p / Enter Cougar’s Super Chili Bowl!
Pricing: Competitors $10pp, wine club $20pp, non wine club $25pp
Call 951-491-0825

 

Europa Village
Friday Night “Live”
Live music w/ free admission / 5:30p-8:30p
Feb 7 – Anastasia Genes
Feb 21 – Alex Frizos
Feb 28 – Desert Rose

Sunday Afternoon Entertainment
Feb 9 – Leo Gosselin
Feb 16 – Johny Ray Price
Feb 23 – TBD
Valentine’s Day Dinner Play – “Immortal Beloved”
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 6:00p / Tickets (table of 8) $99 pp; Club $89.10 pp
Tickets (table of 2) – $125 pp; Club $112.50 pp.
4-course gourmet dinner / For tickets, click here

 

Falkner Winery

Wine Appreciation Class
Feb 8 / 10:30a-2:30p / $65 pp / Members $60 pp / VIP $20 pp
3+ hour class includes lunch
Call 951-676-8231 ext. 109 or click here

Valentine’s Weekend Lunch
Feb 14 – Feb 16 / $55 pp, plus tax and gratuity
For menu info please click here

Valentine’s Weekend Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 5:30p-9:00p
4 course wine paired dinner w/ live music
$79  pp / $74 pp Member / $69 pp VIP
For info, click here

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Friday, Feb 14 / 6:30p / $79 pp
4 course wine paired dinner / live music
Call today for reservations! 951-699-8845

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour
Every Mon and Fri at 12:00p / Sat & Sun at 10:00a & 1:00p
$29 pp/ Reservations required zat 951-302-7888

 

Leoness Winery

Great Gatsby Dinner Dance
Feb 14 / 6:30p-10:00p / 20’s attire contest
5 piece band, duo entree plated meal, glass of wine
$105pp members and $115pp retail

Lorimar Vineyards

Valentine’s Day
Live Music from 6 – 9 pm
SPECIAL OFFERS:
2 Become 1 Deal 
Select Glasses and Bottles will be available at 2 for 1 prices
- A Night for 2 -
Only $50
Includes: 1 Bottle of Grenache Sparkling, 2 Stoltz champagne glasses
2 chocolate covered strawberries, and 1 supreme pizza
*Special Date Night seating will be available in Wine Country

 

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Urban Skies – A tribute to Keith Urban
Feb 1 / 6:00p-10:00p
Taco bar for purchase / 2 drink min purchase
Reservation required or 760-716-6295 / 951-587-6221

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 & Feb 15 / 5:00p-9:00p / $75 pp / $70 pp club
3 course dinner & wine w/ Sangiovese & champagne
Call 951-676-5047 ext. 118 for reservations or click here

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Wine Blending Party
Feb 1 / 6:00p-9:00p / $45 pp; $40 pp members
Two hours blending and tasting as you craft your very own wine!
Menu by Bushfire Grill.

Cooking Class and Wine Pairing Night
Feb 7 / 6:00p-9:00p / $65 pp
A night of food, fun and wine!

 

Ponte Family Estate

Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 / 6:30p-10:00p / $95 pp, $85.50 pp members
Sparkling wine reception, 4-course dinner and dancing.
To purchase your tickets call 951-694-9444 or visit here.
Romance Package here.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Mon-Thur / 11:30a-2:30p
Half price Mimosas, Sangria and glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p /
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over.
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week.
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm.
Regular price $15; Thur Evenings $10. Click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p /
$40 pp walking wine tour / Members $35 pp.
Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Hearts and Chocolate Wine Club Pick Up Party at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Feb 9 11:30-5:30p in Grand Ballroom
Wine Club Members
Featured films to be announced.
Free admission for Wine Club member & up to 4 additional guests.
Reservations Required. Call 800-539-1375 X7210 today.

Delight in a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant

Feb 14
5:30 to 9p
Fine wine, great food, seductive music & romance
Reservations Required; reserve early for best selection
800-539-1375 Ext 7237.

“El Presidente” – Exclusive Wine Club Service
Feb 17th
11:30 a to 5:30 p
For Wine Club Members
Bring along up to 4 friends for a really good day.

Champagne & Chocolate Celebration at the GrapeSeed Spa
Daily in Month of Feb/ 8a to 6p Mon – Thur 8 a to 7 p Fri – Sun
50-minute service
Topped off with chocolate truffles & a glass champagne
Call 800.539.1375 ext. 3
BOOKING CODE: CHAMPAGNE & CHOCOLATE

 

Thornton Winery
Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Feb 28 / 7:00p / $150 pp inclusive
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Seating is limited to 10 people, reservations required
Call 951-699-0099.

Valentine’s Romantic Rendezvous
Feb 14 / 7:00p
For reservations, please call 951-699-0099

 

Wilson Creek Winery
Valentine’s Dinner
Feb 14 / 7:00p-10:00p / $80 pp; $72 pp member
5-course dinner in the Champagne Ballroom.
Complimentary bottle of champagne
Reservations required by calling 951-699-9463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons to Visit Temecula Valley During the Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Your favorite Southern California wine region is getting busier by the year. What’s a loyal visitor to do? Here are 5 great reasons to visit Temecula Valley wine country on a weekday:

 

1.  10% Off Your Lunch.

Temecula wine country is home to 12 delicious eateries (and counting) and most of these restaurant spots are hot come Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are required and tables are at a premium. Why not dine Monday-Friday and take advantage of the region’s coupon page which offers 10% off your al fresco favorites; including Meritage at Callaway, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek, Cafe Champagne at Thornton and many more. Bon appetit!

Cafe Thornton, Thornton Winery

 

2.  No Lines. Anywhere.

Weekday visitors don’t miss waiting in line for anything in wine country. Forget lines to get into (or out of) the parking lot, waiting for the tasting room staff to come back with your next pour, putting your name in for a table or even the cue for the bathroom. Hello, weekday – goodbye, lines.

Miramonte Winery Patio

 

3. One-on-One Attention in the Tasting Rooms.

Weekends in any California wine country is always the most popular time to taste. But wine lovers come to the vineyards to experience what they can’t at home in their dining room: a personal, one-on-one experience. When the pace is slower at Temecula Valleys’ wineries, it’s common to strike up a conversation with the tasting room manager who ends up pulling in the winemaker from the barrel room to answer your random question about oak vs. stainless steel aging. On slower afternoons, your server might call the chef out of the kitchen to let you know what local farm your chicken came from. And there’s more time to bond in the tasting room with new friends over your shared love of good vino.

Damian Doffo, Doffo Winery

 

 

4.  Less Expensive Tastings, 2 for 1 Coupons and Happy Hours.

When it comes to wine tasting, the Monday through Thursday crowd can taste some of the same weekend wine flights for a little less. Indulge in weekday happy hours at favorites like South Coast, Danza del Sol and Ponte; and don’t forget your weekday 2 for 1 tasting coupons to a whole slew of top Temecula wineries.

 

5.  Great Hotel Rates.

Go ahead and spend the night on a Wednesday. Temecula hotels are eager for your mid-week business and they show it with their low weekday rates. Even though Temecula Valley is conveniently located near all major SoCal cities, after a day of touring and tasting, you’ll be safe and sound knowing your hotel room has already been booked – instead of having to gear up for a late-night drive home.

Ponte Vineyard Inn

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January Deals & Steals in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

Here are some of great specials and winery tours for January 2014!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

  • Check out The Vineyard Rose’s full menu for California Restaurant Month.
  • Festival of Wines is taking place Sunday, January 19-Saturday, January 25. Join South Coast in a week’s worth of special wine and food events, highlighting all that this Temecula wine resort has to offer.
  • A Toast to Teachers is offered daily – Teachers: come in with your school ID and buy a Tasting Ticket at regular price and South Coast will treat you to a Tasting of their signature Sparkling Wine Ruby Cuvee!
  • Behind the Scenes Winery Tour – Get up close and personal with the real workings of a winery with South Coast Winery’s Behind the Scenes Wine Tours.  It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stroll the vineyards and the winery where the magic begins. Weekday tours are held: Monday-Friday at 11am & 1pm. This $40 walking wine tour culminates with a private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a fun and informative Wine Concierge. Reservations strongly suggested: call 951.587.9463x 350

Ponte Family Estate

  • Weekday Winery Tours – The Vineyard Bus Tour provides a fascinating look at a working winery. Embark the 12-passenger electric bus and tour our 310 acre ranch. Learn about the grape growing philosophy as you taste three signature Ponte wines, next to the vineyards they come from. After returning visit our Winemaking Facilities and learn about the art and science of winemaking. Taste young wine right from the stainless steel tank or out of a giant oak cask. Monday-Friday 1pm Vineyard Bus Tours; $25 per guest

Callaway Winery

  • Weekday winery & vineyard tours - The winery tour offers guests a glimpse into the history of Callaway Vineyard and Winery and an informative look at the present vineyard management practices; see the time-honored techniques it takes to produce handcrafted wines while visiting the crush pad, fermentation cellars and barrel room. Early arrival is suggested as the tour size is limited to 30 people to ensure an enjoyable experience by all. No reservations are required. $5 per person; Weekdays – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

 

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January Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your to lunch!  Live acoustic entertainment.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

  • Thursday-Sunday 11:00a-2:30p
  • Library Boudreaux reds
  • Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

  • 5:30p-8:30p Free

Cooking Demonstration Event

  • Saturday, January 11 / 11:30a-1:30p
  • $45 per person / Click here for more details.

 

“Trouble at the Tropicabana” Murder Mystery Dinner

  • Saturday January 25  6:30p-9:00p
  • $70.80 pp / 3-course dinner and performance
  • Click here for more details.
  • Sunday January 26 6:30p-9:00p
  • $58.80 per person / 3-course dinner and performance
  • Click here for more details.

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

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

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music

  • Saturday, January 18 / 6:00p-9:00p

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

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

  • Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Half price Mimosas, Sangria and wines
  • $2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

 

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

  • Every Sunday during football season12p to 3p
  • Half priced mimosas, sangria & signature Spumante Diamante.
  • Call 951-587-9463 x 2

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu

  • Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p
  • Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Ages 55 and over
  • Call 951-587-9463 x 2

 

Marvelous Mondays

  • Mondays 5:30p to 9p each week.
  • Half-priced bottles of select wines with any 2 entrees
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

 

Wine Down Wednesdays

  • At Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Live music half-priced appetizers with any 2 entrees
  • Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

 

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p
  • $40 pp / $35 members
  • Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

 

Relaxing Winter Retreat

  • 8a to 6p Monday – Thursday  / 8a to 7p Friday – Sunday
  • Seasonal warm stone back massage
  • ‘Cashmere heat sugar scrub,’ with a glass of wine.
  • Regular price $155 – special price $99
  • Call:  951.587.9463 or click here.
  • Available Mondays thru Sundays thru January 31, 2014.

 

Bridal Open House

  • Sunday, January 19 / 10:00a-4:00p / Free
  • Tour of resort in full wedding décor
  • Call 866.994.6379 X7214 for details or click here.

 

Tasteful Break to that New Year’s Resolution at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

  • Monday, January 20 10:00a-6:00p
  • Taste the premier wines with this one-day only offer.
  • All Tastings: Buy One Get One Free!

 

Vintage Wine and Cheese Soiree

  • Friday, January 24
  • Private Reserve Wine Flight Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon
  • With cheese pairings
  • $60 for two.  Call 866.994.6379

 

Sip / Save / Shop

  • Saturday, January 25 / 10:00a-6:00p
  • Shop at Gift Shoppe and get complimentary Sparkling Wine
  • 15% discount on your purchases.
  • Call 866.994.6379 for details or click here.

 

Thornton Winery


Chef’s Counter Dinner

  • Friday, January 17 / 7:00p
  • Dine one-on-one as the chef prepares five-course meal
  • Seating is limited to 10 people
  • $125 pp + tax/tip
  • Call 951-699-0099 for reservations.

 

Super Bowl Munchies Cooking Class

  • Saturday, January 25 / 2:30p
  • $70 pp, inclusive
  • Learn to make appetizers for your Super Bowl Party!
  • Call 951-699-0099 for reservations.

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili

Courtesy of Ponte Family Estate Winery

Serves 6-8

Kick off the New Year with this quick and healthy chicken chili recipe. The perfect weekday meal, this hearty low-fat stew is a snap to put together and tastes even better if made the day before. Cook low and slow for a simmered braised result; or stir everything together and serve – either way, it’ll satisfy. When it comes to chili, delicious toppings are almost as important as the dish itself! Grated cheddar cheese, greek yogurt (doubles as sour cream) and minced scallions are a great trio. Or get creative with black olives, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Don’t forget the best part: the Temecula wine pairing from our good friends at Ponte Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 3-5 cans stewed tomatoes (can be different styles), drained
  • 4-5 cans of beans (kidney, black-mix it up!)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can of corn (optional)
  • 2 celery sticks (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

In a large crock pot, combine stewed tomatoes, onion, garlic and chili seasoning. Add beans, tomato paste and chicken breasts (if chicken is frozen, thaw first). Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. Once done, shred chicken by mashing with a potato masher or use two forks to shred meat.  Set out various bowls of shredded cheese, sour cream or greek yogurt and scallions to garnish on top.

This makes quite a lot of chili but you can freeze any leftovers and have dinner made for a few nights. This chili recipe pairs well with Ponte Winery’s 2010 Malbec, which is a medium to full bodied red wine with aromas of blackberry, plum, and black pepper. But remember, you can pair this recipe with whatever Ponte wine is your personal favorite!

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Temecula’s World of Wine Early Bird Tickets: $10 Off Thru February 1

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

World of Wines Barrel Tasting Weekend is Temecula Valley’s first regional tasting event of 2014, taking place March 1 & 2.

The “World of Wine” theme demonstrates the fact that the Temecula-South Coast AVA successfully grows varietals from all over the world. The WoW event is passport style, where hundreds of ticket-holders armed with a glass and a map can enjoy a self-guided tour through wine country. Over the course of the weekend, Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries offer special tastes of newly released, unreleased and barrel samplings of great Temecula wines, along with tasty tidbits and live music.

To promote and celebrate sustainability, participating wineries will have fun competing in the Best Winery Cork Art Contest, where the winning winery will receive a $500 donation to their favorite Southern California charity and the winning guest voter will be awarded four tickets to the region’s next big passport event.

2014 World of Wine Event Details



WHAT: 23rd Annual “World of Wine” Winter Barrel Tasting Weekend

WHEN: March 1 – 2, 10am to 4:30pm

WHERE: Temecula Valley wine country; 60-90 mins from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs

HOW: Self-guided passport event, where guests can visit 35 member wineries at their own pace; winery map and souvenir tasting glass provided for each guests to keep. Plus gourmet food pairings, live music and fun contests!

TICKETS:

  • 2-Day Tickets: $89 Early Bird (through Feb 1); $99 thereafter.
  • Sunday-Only 

Tickets: $79.
  • Local residents of Temecula/Murrieta, 2-Day Tickets: $79.
  • Designated Driver (food only) Tickets: $69.

 

Call (800) 801-9463 for tickets by phone or purchase online here! Shuttle and limo transportation and overnight packages also available at participating wine country hotels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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55 Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula, CA

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“With a wonderful Winterfest window of 30 days and nights between November 29 and December 29, VisitTemecula.org is happy to share 55 Fun and Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Sunday-through-Thursday-night stays make for especially appealing experiences of Temecula Valley holiday spirit; Temecula hotels and resorts offer special, better-than-weekend nightly room rates.”

THERE’S SNOW IN TEMECULA!

*1-Catch the Magic Snow flurry at Promenade Temecula. [FRI and SAT nights, Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and SUN nights, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.]

*2-Watch the new Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights show at the California mission-revival style Temecula Civic Center in Old Town Temecula. [Debuts FRI night Nov. 29, 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.; thenTHU, FRI, and SAT nights, Nov. 30, and December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.]

*3-Play in tons of snow at Winter Wonderland by Pennypickle’s Workshop in Old Town Temecula. [FRI night, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS TO EXPERIENCE TOGETHER

*4-The Nutcracker Ballet with music by Tchaikovsky; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [FRI Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; SAT Nov. 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; WED Dec 18, 7 p.m.; THU Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; and SAT Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.]

*5-Christmas Carol: the Musical with the heartwarming story of Scrooge’s transformation; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [THU Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; SAT Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; SUN Dec. 8, 6 p.m.; WED/THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 11, 12, 13, and 14, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.]

*6-The Game’s Afoot with a Sherlock Holmes-style whodunit on a glittering December 1936 holiday weekend; Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery. [THU/FRI/SAT/SUN Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8; and THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 12, 13, and 14.]

 

CLASSIC HOLIDAY SPIRIT

*7-Lorimar Vineyard & Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: the holiday season begins at the Tuscan-style wine estate known for its fusion of wine, art, and music. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m.]

*8-South Coast Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Christmas carolers, a Nutcracker ballet performance, holiday movies, and tractor rides through the vineyards decked out with holiday lights. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*9-Christmas Carolers in vintage attire singing and strolling; South Coast Winery and Vineyard Rose restaurant. [Begins SUN night Dec. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; then FRI, SAT, and SUN nights, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*10-Christmas in the Air: women’s chorus sings baroque to gospel and sacred to secular; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [SAT night Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN night Dec. 8, 2 p.m.]

*11-Bel Vino Winery Jingle Mingle: holiday cheer including hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live entertainment. [SAT night Dec. 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

 

OLD-SCHOOL AND A LITTLE ECLECTIC

*12- Europa Village Winery Vivi Bene: antidote to Black Friday with strolling carolers, old-world bread pudding. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*13-Holiday Advent Calendars exhibit; Temecula Valley Museum, Old Town Temecula. [TUES-SAT, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; SUN, 1 to 4 p.m.]

NEW-SCHOOL AND ECLECTIC

*14-Monte de Oro Winery Black Friday:  hot air balloon glow and entertainment. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*15-Callaway Vineyard & Winery’s Barrel Tree Lighting: unique stacked-barrel lighting celebration; wine tasting for adults, Santa, and hot cocoa for children. [SUN afternoon and evening, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*16-Jingle and Mingle after-hours singles mixers; South Coast Winery’s new Wine Press Tasting Room. [THU nights, Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*17-Santa’s Electric Light Parade: illuminated floats, equestrians, and bands; Old Town Temecula. [FRI night December 6, 7 p.m.]

*18-Doffo Winery Holiday Polenta Party: wear your ugliest holiday sweater. [SAT afternoons December 7 and 14, 1 p.m.; reservations required]

*19-Terra Madre: holiday farm-to-plate celebration with heritage dishes of Spain, France, Italy; Europa Village Winery. [THU evening December 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*20-Christmas with Elvis and Friends: musical tribute to Elvis’ favorite time of year; Europa Village Winery. [THU night Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; SAT night Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; SUN evening Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.; tickets: Old Town Temecula Community Theater box office]

*21-Christmas Movie in the Vines: Christmas Vacation; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [MON Dec. 23, film starts at sunset]

 

VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS

*22-At Promenade Temecula. [FRI/SAT Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; MON/TUE/WED/THU, Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; then daily Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.]

*23-On Main Street, Old Town Temecula. [FRI Nov. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat/Sun, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, and 8, 1 to 5 p.m.; FRI Dec. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun Dec. 14, 15, and Sun Dec. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCES

*24-Horse-drawn trolley rides simulate sleigh rides through vineyards adorned with twinkling lights; Temecula Carriage Company. (Nightly; reservations required.)

*25-Horses dressed as reindeer (including Rudolph): trail rides and arena rides; Saddle Up Ranch. (Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reservations required.)

NEW TRADITION: THE BUCKET LIST HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE TO SHARE

*26-An ultimately memorable flight together in a hot air balloon over Temecula Valley Wine County; A Grape Escape can accommodate up to 14 people all in the same basket.

 

HOLIDAY SPA INDULGENCES

*27-GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery: seasonal specials like La Dolce Vita: lush, anti-oxidant rich, aromatic chocolate massage. 

*28-Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort & Casino: seasonal specials like Liquid Gold Facial, 24-Karat Gold Masque.

NIGHTTIME SITES TO SEE: HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND DÉCOR

*29-Old Town Temecula: along Old Town Front Street from the northern gateway arch to the southern gateway arch, more than 30,000 twinkling lights.

*30-Temecula Valley Wine Country: vineyards and wineries decked out for the holidays; Thornton, Europa Village, Lorimar, Ponte, and South Coast along Rancho California Road; Keyways on the De Portola Wine Trail.

*31-Pechanga Resort & Casino: remarkable holiday magic from the luminous hotel tower to the festive, porte-cochere.

 

SWIRL AND SAVOR: TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

*32-Wilson Creek Winery: limited Holiday Edition proprietary red blend of estate-grown Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc; available only in 1.5 liter magnums, autographed by The Wilsons, and ideal for entertaining; only available at the winery; wine tasting upon request.

*33-Ponte Family Estate winery: Temecula Valley estate, 2010 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel.

*34-Holiday Dinner at Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery: festive five-course wine-paired dinner. [THU evening Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., reservations required.]

 

SWIRL AND TASTE: OLD TOWN TEMECULA

*35-Fazeli Cellars: Yalda, heralding the shortest day and longest night traditionally celebrated as the Winter Solstice; Yalda is a propriety blend of Temecula Valley estate-grown Grenache, Shiraz, and Movedre.

*36-Lorimar Loft: 2008 Dolce Vita, a limited production, Temecula Valley port-style dessert wine.

 

SAVOR THE OLD TOWN TASTING TRAIL

*37-Temecula Olive Oil Company: fresh, 100% California, 100% extra-virgin, hand-blended, artisanal Temecula olive oil and balsamic vinegars at the complimentary-daily tasting bar; holiday favorites, fresh basil olive oil, pomegranate vinegar.

*38-Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants: vendor of herbs, spices, salts, blends, and loose teas; also sells hot and iced tea-to-go like Figgie Pudding, Snow Berry, Cinnamon Spice, and Winter Wonderland.

*39-Old Town Sweet Shop: purveyor of fresh chocolates, fudge, nut clusters, chocolate barks, chocolate-covered bacon; hand-scooped ice cream in flavors like peppermint.

*40-Holiday Taste of Old Town Temecula: restaurant samples, wine tasting discounts, goodie bags; tickets will be at Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants and The Bank Mexican Restaurant.[WED afternoon and evening Dec. 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

 

CULINARY CLASSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

*41-Cookies and Hot Cocoa: epicurean cooking demo and wine pairing; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [WED afternoon Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*42-Holiday Entertaining: with Café Champagne’s executive chef and sous chef; homemade eggnog, quick and easy appetizers, Christmas cupcakes; Thornton Winery. [SAT afternoon Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.]

 

TAKE A SPIN: OUTDOOR ICE SKATING

*43-Temecula on Ice: state-of-the-art ice rink, colorful lights, rental skates that are contemporary and comfortable; coolest place in Old Town Temecula! [Daily and nightly, December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.]

 

HOLIDAY TRADITION: NEW MOVIE PREMIERES

*44-Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson tells the story of how Disney’s classic, Mary Poppins, made it to the movie screen; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

*45-In The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug,Bilbo Baggins and Gandolf continue their Middle Earth journey and discover the deadly dragon Smaug; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

 

HOLIDAY DINING IN TEMECULA VALLEY

*46-Christmas Eve dining: Palumbo’s Ristorante, Old Town Temecula; authentic Italian cuisine with modern twists. [TUE Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*47-Christmas Eve dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*48-Christmas Eve dining: The Gambling Cowboy, Old Town Temecula; contemporary steaks, chops, seafood. [TUE Dec. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*49-Christmas Eve dining: Baily’s fine dining, Old Town Temecula; seasonal-December menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*50-Christmas Eve dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*51-Christmas Eve dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*52-Christmas dining: Café Champagne, Thornton Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 12 p.m. to  5  p.m., reservations required.]

*53-Christmas dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas prix-fixe menu. [WED Dec. 25, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*54-Christmas dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [WED Dec. 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*55-Christmas dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors, is online including complete daily Events Calendar at VistTemecula.org.

 

 

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Temecula Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) fun wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, California we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a viognier compliment a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a chardonnay; and light pinot grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Chardonnay; $18.00

Danza Del Sol Winery, 2011 Pinot Grigio; $21.56

Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier; $21.00

 

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar 2006 Sangiovese; $25.00

Leoness Cellars 2010 Zinfandel; $38.95

Doffo Vineyards 2011 Syrah; $49.00

 

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; $20.00

Monte De Oro Winery 2007 Merlot; $27.00

Wiens 2008 Reserve Tempranillo-Petite Sirah; $49.00

 

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with a sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Oak Mountain’s port has a nutty honeyed flavor to perfectly compliment the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie. And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Keyways Vineyard Winery 2012 Moscato; $19.00

Oak Mountain Winery Port; $29.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49

 

One Meal, One Wine

On a wine-buying budget? Or just looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2010 Chenin Blanc; $12.95

Miramonte Winery 2010 Grenache Rose; $17.50

Falkner Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $18.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 “80/20″ Cabernet/Shiraz Blend; $35.00 | 15% discount for a case

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