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February Winery Events

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Love is always in the air in Temecula Valley! This month, your local wineries have especially amorous offerings set against the backdrop of the most beautiful vineyards in Southern California.

Avensole Winery
Valentines Couples Dinner / February 9 & 10 / 11am-9pm / $150 per couple / Indulge your senses with a romantic prix-fixe Valentines menu, created especially for the occasion. Enjoy an enchanting evening on our beautiful outdoor terrace, where the scene is set for romance with live entertainment and an unforgettable gourmet four course culinary delight for two. Dinner includes one glass of Explore wine or beer per person / Please call our Concierge to make reservations: 951-252-2003 x301

Valentines Couples Dinner / February 11 & 14 / 11am-8pm / $150 per couple / Indulge your senses with a romantic prix-fixe Valentines menu, created especially for the occasion. Enjoy an enchanting evening on our beautiful outdoor terrace, where the scene is set for romance with live entertainment and an unforgettable gourmet four course culinary delight for two. Dinner includes one glass of Explore wine or beer per person / Please call our Concierge to make reservations: 951-252-2003 x301

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

Briar Rose Winery
Taste of Enchantment Valentine’s Dinner / February 14 / 6:30pm / Enjoy an elegant four-course dinner prepared by Chef Rivas at Briar Rose Winery / Cost: $220 per couple all-inclusive / To book your reservation visit: chefjrivas.com and click reservations / For additional questions, text or call Jakota Rivas at 858-740-7503

Baily Winery
Valentine Candlelight Tasting for 2 / February 10 & 11 / 11:30am-3:30pm / Seating’s every hour / $35 per person / Special Cabernet Franc and Port tasting. Charcuterie and chocolate plate for two / Seating is extremely limited. Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road Call today for reservations at 951.972.9768

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
Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner / February 14 / 6:00 to 9:00 pm / Guests are greeted with a glass of champagne and an amuse bouche. Dinner includes 4 courses of savory dishes paired with our award- winning wine. Check-in beginning at 5:30 pm / Reservations Required – Please call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com for reservations / $99.95 per person for Wine Club Members / $124.95 per person for non-members – Prices include tax & gratuity.

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
Valentine’s Dinner / February 14 / Seating’s 5-5:30 & 7-7:30 / Share a romantic dinner with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Meritage at Callaway. Executive Chef Josh Diamond is offering guests an enchanting, four course dining experience, while enjoying a live performance by Danielle Taylor / Cost: $85 non-members, $76.50 members, per person, plus tax and gratuity. For Reservations Call: 951.587.8889

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
11th Annual Super Chili Bowl / February 4 / 3:00-8:00pm / All of you aspiring and talented cooks start working on your awesome chili!  Chili competition kicks off at 3pm.  Only 10 competitors allowed and last year’s winner, Myrna, will be defending her title!  Is your chili better than hers? Join us for food, wine, beer & good times.  Pricing includes chili tasting, snacks, wine or beer. Price increases $5 day of event. / Competitors $15, Wine Club $25, Non-Wine Club $30 / No need to arrive early the day of, you can pick out your reserved table for every 4-6 tickets you purchase / This is an adult event, 21 and older only please. Email events@cougarvineyards.com to select your table. Please inquire regarding official rules for competitors.

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

Valentine’s Dinner / February 14 / 6:30pm / $115.00 – $125.00 / Create a truly memorable Valentine’s Day experience with Danza del Sol Winery! The evening begins with a sparkling wine reception in our Barrel Room and is followed by a tantalizing 3-course dinner in our Club House. Chef Volker Lutz expertly prepared the menu and each course is paired with a spectacular Danza del Sol Wine. Live jazz music from Stephen Vaughan / For reservations please visit our website at www.danzadelsolwinery.com. One king table for seating; private seating not available.

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:00pm / 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 – Lovestruck / February 3 and 4 / 6pm in our Italian Wine Cave / Tickets: $80, Société $72 /Join us for an evening of mystery and intrigue. You will need to keep your eyes and ears open, because someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the play, and it’s up to you to guess who-done-it! Performance will take place during a gourmet dinner prepared by Europa’s Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / For reservations please visit our website www.europavillage.com

L’Amore Valentine’s Dinner / February 14 / Tickets: $125 / Société $112.50 / Treat your sweetheart to an evening of romance and wine, all things lovely and divine at our Valentine’s Day Dinner L’Amore at Europa. Enjoy an intimate candlelight 5-course gourmet dinner paired with Europa Village wines, prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas. Musical performance by Annette Wiles, Harpist from the Heart / For reservations please visit our website www.europavillage.com

 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
Valentine Lunch Specials
/ February 9 to 14 / 11:30-3pm / Valentine Lunch Special for 2 in the Pinnacle Restaurant / $59 for Two + tax (normal menu available) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4.

Wine Appreciation Class / February 17 / 10-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “Drying Flowers” / February 22 / 6:30 -8:30 pm / $35 per person.  Includes all materials. Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members do receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Valentine’s Dinner in the Pinnacle Restaurant / February 14 / 5:30-9:30pm / $119+tax per person ($109+tax wine club) Early Bird Seating at 5:30pm $99+ tax per person ($89+tax wine club) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Guilty Conscience Duo / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4

Fazeli Cellars
Valentine’s Dinner / February 10 and 14 / Doors open at 6:30pm & Dinner starts at 6:45pm / Champagne Greeting & Live Music. 4 Course Dinner and Wine Pairing / $100 Members, $120 Non-Members / Purchase Tickets Here http://shop.fazelicellars.com/reservation-events

Salsa Night / February 23 / Doors open at 6:30 with a 45-minute salsa lesson / $10 Members, $15 Non-Members / Price include a glass of sangria / Special food menu items, wine, beer and sangria available for purchase / Purchase Tickets Here http://shop.fazelicellars.com/reservation-events

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.

Leoness Cellars
A Black + White Night / February 14 / 5pm -9:30pm / 3-course dinner $100, add 3 select wines for $25. 5-course dinner $130, add 5 Select wines for $35 / By Reservation Only / For menu options and additional questions please contact – membership@leonesscellars.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Valentine’s in the Vines /
February 14 7:00pm / Four course dinner with wine pairings and live music / Cost$75 / $67.50 WW / Vow renewal will be available for married couples! Visit www.lorimarwinery.com for menu details and to get tickets.

Académie Du Vin: Wine + Cheese / February 22 / 6:00pm / Wine and cheese pairing class with Sommelier Penny Delgado and Cheesemonger Stasha New. Learn about red wine varietals and fermentation in this exclusive session / Tickets are $55/$50 WC / Visit www.lorimarwinery.com for menu details and to get tickets.

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
Valentine Dinner / February 9 / 5:30-8:30pm / Champagne Reception and 3-course dinner with wine / Live Guitarist played by Vince Mendoza while fine dining in our Vintner’s Lounge / Wine club member – $100.00 per person* Guest – $110.00 per person* *Tax & Gratuity not included / Reservations required, email e.jennings@masiadelavinya.com or with your server in our tasting room. Space is limited, reserve early to ensure your spot!

Friday Nights @ Masia / 5pm to 8pm / Free to attend / Join us in the Vintner’s Lounge & Patio for live music from a variety of talented musicians every Friday starting at 5pm.

Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 4pm / 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

Maurice Car’rie 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 / 6:00p-9:00p / Free to the public / No reservations required / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Valentine’s Day Dinner
/ February 14 and February 16th / 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM / There is nothing more romantic than a Valentine’s Day Dinner in Temecula wine country. We are celebrating at Annata Bistro/Bar with two beautiful evenings featuring an exclusive holiday menu and delicious craft cocktails. Dinner includes a five-course meal, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, 20% off all drinks, including craft cocktails. Dinners are prepaid via credit card and cost $100 per person, $85 for wine club members / By reservation only at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Valentines-Day

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / February 3, 4, 10 & 17 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm / Tickets $45 /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!). Use the coupon code CREATE30 to save $15! / Reserve at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Oak Mountain Winery

Valentine’s Dinner / February 10 / 6p-9pm / Oak Mountain Winery is offering two 3-course dinner menus: Lobster & Filet $150 per couple or Lambchops with rosemary hibiscus jam $120 per couple / For additional information and reservations please call 951 699-9102 or email events@oakmountainwinery.com

Ponte Winery
Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Restaurant at Ponte
/ February 14 / 5:00-8:00pm / Cost: $8 & up Join us at The Restaurant at Ponte for a romantic, al fresco Valentine’s Day Dinner. Enjoy live music on our scenic patio as you and your Valentine dine from an extensive menu of winter cuisine. View menu here.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant / February 14 / 6:00-9:00pm / Cost: Prix-Fixe menu, $95 per guest / Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love with an upscale, five-course, prix-fixe dinner prepared by our chefs at Ponte Vineyard Inn. Dine in our romantic, quiet dining room near a crackling fire, or al fresco on our intimate, heated courtyard. Cheers! View menu here. Reservations required: 951-676-7898

Super Bowl Sunday in The Cellar Lounge / February 4 / Game time 3:30pm / Cost: Menu Items $13 & up / Head to The Cellar Lounge to catch the big game on the big screen! Enjoy a delicious Gameday Menu, as well as draft brews, signature cocktails and Ponte wine on tap. View menu here.

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 / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

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 & Cupcake Pairing Tour / Every Friday & Sunday in February + Valentine’s Day / Begins at 3:00pm / Valentine’s Day just got sweeter! Every Friday and Sunday in February + Valentine’s Day, come join us for the ultimate Wine and Cupcake Pairing. Before you indulge, you will have a chance to take a tour and go behind-the-scenes of our working winery / Cost: $60 | $50 Wine Club / Reservation Information: Purchase your tickets at SouthCoastWinery.com

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant / February 14 / 5:30pm – 9:00pm / Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with that special someone! Let us host you for a romantic 4-course prix fixe dinner in The Vineyard Rose Restaurant complete with a pre-selected bottle of South Coast wine per couple / $125 per person / Reservation Information: Reservations required on OpenTable.com

Wild Horse Peak Reserved Tastings / 10:00am – 6:00pm / Reap the benefits of wine tasting at South Coast Winery with our new bar set up with exclusive Wild Horse Peak wine tastings for our guests to try / Included with tasting ticket purchase / Reservation Information: No reservations required.

Winter Warmup at GrapeSeed Spa / Available February 1-28, 2018 / *Available Monday-Friday only / Start the New Year with a 50-minute Warm Stone Massage or 50-minute Epicuren Facial. Includes lunch & a glass of bubbly poolside / Cost: $115 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

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
Café Champagne Valentine Dinner / February 14 / 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm /Valentine’s Plated Dinner: Four Appetizer Choices – Choose One appetizer. Four Entrée Choices – Choose One entrée. Three Dessert Choices – Choose One Dessert / Cost: $82.00 plus tax and tip / Reservations: Call (951) 699-0099

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
Valentine’s Day Dinner / February 14 / 6-9pm / Delight in a romantic 4-course dinner with vineyard views / $150 per couple (includes a bottle of sparkling wine). Reservations required at 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): $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / 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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Baked Pears with Coconut Chocolate Crumble

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Want to surprise that special someone with a yummy Valentine’s treat?  This recipe looks perfect for the occasion!

Delicate and fragrant, these baked pears have a sweet crunchy topping laced with coconut and chocolate. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sparkling Rosé or Dessert Wine.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

6 Bosc pears (about 2 pounds), peeled, quartered, cored and cut lengthwise into ½ inch slices

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ cup water

1½ cups sweetened flaked (dried) coconut

1 cup all purpose flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted cold butter, cut into small cubes

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F

Mix the 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Toss the pears with the lemon juice in a large bowl.

Add the cinnamon mixture and toss again.

Spread pear slices evenly into a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish and drizzle with the water.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until pears are tender.

While the pears are baking, make the crumble.

Mix the coconut, 1 cup flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl.

Using your fingers, pinch the butter into the coconut mixture to form a slightly damp coarse mix with pea-size crumbles.

Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. (Can be baked in the oven with the pears).

Remove the crumble from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate evenly over the crumble and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

To serve, divide pear slices among 6 dessert plates and top each serving with a spoonful of crumble.

Top with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese

Carter Estate Winery ~ 2014 Brut Sparkling

Hart Family Winery ~ 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese – Platinum Medal Winner; 2018 Winemaker’s Challenge Wine Competition

Thornton Winery ~ Non-Vintage Blanc De Noir

 

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Filet Mignons with Blue Cheese Butter and Cranberry Zinfandel Sauce Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

These tender filet mignon steaks are napped with a rosemary-infused red wine reduction and topped with a luxurious compound butter, making this dish worthy of any celebration. Pair with your favorite Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 large heads garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 ounces blue cheese, room temperature

Sauce:
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup plus 2 cups red Zinfandel wine
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth
1 (2-inch) sprig rosemary

Smashed potatoes:
2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
Salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup roasted garlic puree
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steaks:
6 filet mignons, each about 6 ounces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided

Directions:

Roast the garlic:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel away the outer layers from the garlic head, leaving the cloves intact. Slice about 1/4-inch from the tops of each garlic head. Arrange, cut-side up, on a large piece of foil. Lightly drizzle with the oil, then fold the foil up around the garlic and seal. Bake the garlic in the oven until the garlic is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove and cool to the touch, then squeeze the garlic into a bowl, and mash with a fork to form a paste. There should be about 1/2 cup.

Make the compound butter:
Mash the butter, cheese, and 1 teaspoon of the roasted garlic paste in a small bowl to blend. Place the butter on a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a cylinder about 3-inches in length. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator 10 minutes before serving and cut into 6 equal disks.

Prepare the sauce:
Combine the cranberries and 1/4 cup Zinfandel in a small bowl.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the 2 cups Zinfandel, the broth, and rosemary. Boil the sauce until reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Strain the sauce into a bowl through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the solids. Drain the cranberries and add to the sauce; discard the soaking liquid.

Prepare the potatoes:
While the sauce is reducing, place the potatoes and 1 teaspoon salt in a pot and cover with cold water. Boil until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the sour cream, roasted garlic, butter, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt and mash the potatoes with a potato masher until well blended. Keep warm.

Cook the filet mignons:
Season the filet mignons with salt and pepper. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange the meat in the skillet and cook to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to warm serving plates and top each steak with a knob of compound butter.

Pour the reserved wine sauce into the same skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons butter until smooth and remove from the heat.

Spoon the sauce around the steaks. Serve with the garlic smashed potatoes.

Suggested pairings:

Carter Estate Winery & Resort 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 4

Danza Del Sol Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Doffo Winery 2014 Zinfandel

Ponte Winery 2015 Zinfandel

Recipe & photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Temecula Valley Wine Country Celebrates 50 Years!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Vincenzo & Audrey Cilurzo

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

The first commercial vineyard in Temecula Valley was established in 1968 by Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo.

Since then, the region has grown into a bustling wine tourism destination, with more than 50 licensed wineries, 70 growers, lodging, dining and entertainment among the vines, and more than 5000 domestic and international wine awards.

The theme for the 50th Anniversary is “The People, Passion and Perseverance,” underscoring wine country’s history, while highlighting the entrepreneurs who pour their hearts into growing quality grapes and making premium wines year after year. The theme will be woven into all events and programming throughout 2018, culminating in a vineyard celebration dinner in association with California Wine Month, harvest and the annual CRUSH event, Temecula Valley’s signature wine and culinary showcase. Stay tuned for more information on www.temeculawines.org. 

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Get to Know Merlot!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Considered one of the most food-friendly and approachable wines on the planet, Merlot surged to popularity in the United States in the 1990s. Now wine-lovers can find great Merlot and delicious Merlot blends from all over the world – from South America to France to Italy to right here in Temecula Valley, California.

Here are five fun facts about Merlot!

Sourced from Snooth/Wikipedia

1) Did you know the word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird” in French? The name was thought to have been given either because of the grape’s beautiful blue-black color, or blackbird’s fondness for grapes.

2) Merlot’s flavor profile fluctuates within the sweetness spectrum. Cooler climates bring out hints of berries, plum, and even tobacco. Merlot grown in hotter climates might mimic flavors found in fruitcake or chocolate.

3) A bit about Merlot blends: When Merlot first arrived in California, it mostly sold as single varietal bottlings (100% Merlot) until winemakers began blending it with other red grapes in the French Bordeaux tradition. Now, California’s Meritage wines are a signature of the state and always include Merlot as one of the essential blending grapes.

4) Merlot is so popular because of the grape’s ability to please all palates. Wines can range from very fruity simple wines to more serious, barrel-aged bottles.

5) Merlot has a high sugar content and low acidity, which makes it a very food-friendly wine, able to be paired with a variety of dishes. For example, Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with grilled meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots go well with salmon, mushroom-based dishes and greens. Light-bodied Merlots pair well with shellfish like prawns or scallops, especially if wrapped in bacon or prosciutto.

Looking for a great bottle of Temecula Valley Merlot?  Check these out:

Baily Winery 2012 Merlot

Bel Vino Winery 2013 Merlot

Falkner Winery 2013 Merlot

Leoness Cellars 2014 Vineyard Selection Merlot

Oak Mountain Winery 2013 Merlot

 

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Mulled Wine

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Spiced mulled wine is a winter favorite — warm, flavorful, and always so comforting!  And, it’s incredibly easy to make.  We’re definitely going to give this recipe a try over the holidays.

Ingredients:

1 (750 ml) bottle of dry Temecula Valley red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup brandy (optional)
1/4 cup honey or sugar
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil — you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.

Recipe courtesy of www.gimmesomeoven.com 

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December Winery Events

Friday, December 1st, 2017

This December, eat, drink and be merry in Temecula Valley!

Who can resist a visit to wine country for the holidays? Come enjoy Christmas extravaganzas, exclusive New Year’s Eve parties, sleigh rides through the vineyards, thousands of holiday lights on display – and many more affordable festivities!

Avensole Winery
Painting in the Vines / December 15 / 1:00-4:00pm / Create your own masterpiece under the guidance of professional artist Bonnie Rinier, whose fool-proof painting method will ensure that even novices end the day with a gorgeous watercolor painting to take home / $49 per person, includes all supplies and a glass of wine / $41.65 Wine Club price / Must purchase tickets in advance: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-390489/Painting-In-The-Vines.html

Holiday Happy Hour / November 24 through December 31 / 3:00-6:00pm in the Restaurant Bar / Enjoy a special Holiday Happy Hour menu with cuisine and cocktail specials for the holidays, including seasonal sangria, mulled wine, and dessert cocktails / For more information please visit www.avensolewinery.com

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
Vintage Port & Food Pairing / Available Thursday-Sunday from December 1st – 30th at Baily Estate Tasting Room / 11am-4pm / A rare opportunity to taste all the award-winning Baily Ports; 2003, 2006, 2009 vintages / Includes food pairing plate of fruit, cheese, walnuts and chocolate / $25 per person. 12 seats open every hour / Reservation is required 24 hrs. in advance with credit card. Please call Lisa at 951-972-9768

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. *Closed November 24 thru 26th.
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 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
Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration / December 14 / 5:30 to 8:00pm / Free / Join for our annual Wine Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration! Bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, Christmas carolers, discounts on wine, gifts and more. Experience Christmas in wine country with us.

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

Chapin Family Vineyards
Live Music at Chapin / Every Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm / Please check our Facebook page for a list of scheduled performers. Free to the public.

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
Holiday Wine Dinner / December 10 / 5pm – 8pm / $68 Members, $72 Guests (plus tax) / Enjoy an evening celebrating the holidays with owner, Bob Olson & winemaker, Art Villarreal! Listen to live jazz music from Stephen Vaughan, while you enjoy an amazing wine paired dinner prepared by Chef Volker Lutz / RSVP to Kelly -k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com, 951-302-6363 x26 or online at danzadelsolwinery.com/reservations-events

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 – Girls Night Out / Saturday, December 9 / 6:00pm / $80 pp / Join us for an evening of mystery and intrigue. You will need to keep your eyes and ears open, because someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the play, and it’s up to you to guess who-done-it! Performance will take place during a gourmet dinner prepared by Europa’s Executive Chef, Dean Thomas / For reservations please visit https://shop.europavillage.com/events/Murder-Mystery-Dinner—Girls–Night-Out-Dec09

Murder Mystery Dinner – Girls Night Out / Sunday, December 10 / 6:00pm / $75 pp / Join us for an evening of mystery and intrigue. You will need to keep your eyes and ears open, because someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the play, and it’s up to you to guess who-done-it! Performance will take place during a gourmet dinner prepared by Europa’s Executive Chef, Dean Thomas /For reservations please visit https://shop.europavillage.com/events/Murder-Mystery-Dinner—Girls–Night-Out-Dec10

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
Big Truth Band at Falkner Winery / December 15 / 7:00-11:00pm / Public event; Friday night in the Pinnacle Restaurant. Enjoy FREE live music! Food, Wine, Beer, Dancing / Adults only 21+ and over / RSVP on our Facebook events page.

Sip N Shop & SANTA Family Event / December 16 / 12:00-7:00pm / Free to attend / Photos with SANTA (4-7pm), Caroling, Photo booth, Food, Wine, Hot Chocolate available from 4-7pm. 20 + Vendors! Holiday items, handmade goodies, Scentsy, Jewelry, Lipsense and more!! Please check out our Facebook events page for more information.

Sip N Paint Class “Snowman Love” / December 20 / 6:00 -8:00pm / $35 per person. Includes all materials / Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members do receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Foot Path Winery
Tamale Making Classes at Foot Path Winery / December 9 and December 16 / 10:00 am / For those of you who wish to know the art of the Tamale come join us in one of the instructions classes held at Foot Path Winery. Two classes will be held, December 9th for Chicken Tamales (Green)and December 16th for Pork Tamales (Red). Learn masa, sauce, meat and corn husk preparation. And most of all, where to purchase your ingredients for the tamales. Recipes and instruction information will be handed out at each class based on subject matter. Lunch will be provided as well as drinks. In addition, there will be sampling of either green or red tamales / Class cost is $30 any you will take home a dozen tamales prepared that day! Class size is limited to 20 people; based on the quantity of people we will either have teams of 4 or 5. Call – 951-764-1849 Chris or Email – deanefoote@verizon.net to reserve a spot / You can secure your spot, on the line, by sending in the class fee by December 2, 2017. Call and reserve your spot on the assembly line…dancing is not required.

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / December 29 / Doors Open at 6:30pm / Cost is $10 Members / $15 Non-Members / Admission includes 45 Minute Salsa Lesson and a glass of Sangria / Food and drinks available for purchase / Purchase Tickets Here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390102/Salsa-Night-122917.html

New Year’s Eve at Fazeli / December 31 / Come dressed to kill or as your favorite Bond character
Ticket Option #1 @ 7:00pm / $120 / $100 Member includes champagne greeting, 3-course meal and wine pairing with live entertainment, plus DJ & dancing, late night mash-tini bar and midnight champagne.
Ticket Option #2 @ 9:30pm / $55 / $45 Member includes champagne greeting, DJ & dancing, late night mash-tini bar and midnight champagne.
For reservations and to purchase your tickets please visit: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390073/New-Years-Eve.html

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.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
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
Holiday Sip & Shop / December 2 / 11am – 5pm tasting open – Shopping from 12pm-4pm / Free admission / Sip on your favorite Masia wine while shopping on the patio. 10 local vendors, food truck and live music.

Friday Nights @ Masia / December 1 through January 5, 2018 / 4pm to 7pm / Free to attend / Join us in the Vintner’s Lounge & Patio for Friday Nights!

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 / 6:00p-9:00p / 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
A Rockabilly Holiday! Live in the Barrel Room / December 1 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting an amazing evening of classic Rockabilly songs! Gino and the Lone Gunmen are performing live in our beautiful barrel room, playing classics by Elvis, The Stray Cats, Buddy Holly, and swingin’ Holiday Hits such as: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas, and many more! / For tickets please go to: https://www.heyday.com/shows-tickets

Paint Nites in the Barrel Room / December 3 & 4 from 1-4pm, December 16 & 23 at 12-2pm and 4-6pm / 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!) / Cost: $45 – save $15 with the coupon code CREATE30 / For tickets please go to: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Ponte Winery
Last Chance Shopping Night at Ponte Winery / December 20 / 10am-8pm / Join us after-hours to stock up on wine for your seasonal festivities, and to shop for last minute holiday gifts. Enjoy live music beginning at 5:00 p.m. / Free to attend / Wine Club Members receive 25% off wine and merchandise, and 30% or more off case purchases.

New Year’s Eve Dinner in The Reserve Room / December 31 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / Make plans to join us this holiday season as The Restaurant at Ponte hosts a New Year’s Eve Dinner to remember! Dine from a festive special menu in our intimate Reserve Room at Ponte Winery. Seating is limited; please call 951.252.1770 or email restaurant@pontewinery.com for reservations.

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:30pm / 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.

Midnight Toast in The Cellar Lounge / December 31 / 12:00pm-12:30am / Ring in the New Year in The Cellar Lounge… Join us for a festive evening and a midnight toast! Enjoy small bites, craft brews, signature cocktails and wine on tap. Cheers to 2018! / Cost: Menu Items $6 & Up.

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 / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Gameday Specials in The Cellar Lounge / 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 / Sunday, Monday and Thursdays during NFL games broadcast during business hours / Cost: Menu Items $13 & Up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

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
Tree Lighting & Snow Festival / December 3 / 5:00pm-8:00pm / Free Admission* / Bring your holiday cheer and don’t forget your snow gear! Join us South Coast Winery’s Annual Tree Lighting & Snow Festival. This fun for the whole family event will include a real snow play area, face painting, sleigh rides, Santa, food, live entertainment and more! South Coast Winery is proud to be an official Toys for Tots drop-off location. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate at the festival / *Tickets will be available to purchase inside the festival for food/beverage/events.

Start the Day at GrapeSeed Spa / Monday-Friday, December 1st – December 23rd / Start your day at South Coast Winery with this special spa package! This package comes complete with: 50-minute aromatic Swedish massage or gorgeous GrapeSeed Facial, mimosa, pastry or fruit & yogurt parfait / Cost: $115 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731. Valid Monday-Thursday, December 1st – December 23rd, 2017 before 1:00pm. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Sunday Sip at GrapeSeed Spa / Sundays only; December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018 / Your choice of a 50-minute Gorgeous Grapeseed Facial or South Coast Classic Massage plus wine tasting for one at South Coast Winery or Carter Estate Winery / Cost: $104 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731

Neroli Escape at GrapeSeed Spa / December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018* / Escape to the lush vineyards at The Grapeseed Spa and enjoy a glass of award winning wine, appetizer, and a 50-minute South Coast Classic Pedicure or manicure to revive your spirit / Cost: $55 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731 / *Not available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Blackout Dates: 12/25. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Wine, Dine and Painting / December 3 / 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 Members | $75 Non-Wine Club / Reservation Information: Purchase at SouthCoastWinery.com 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: 3:00pm – 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.

Wilson Creek Winery
New Year’s Eve Dinner / December 31 / 6:30-9:00pm / $100 ($90 wine club) /Join us for a New Year’s Eve Dinner experience in our brand new exclusive Upper Room. Enjoy a 4-course dinner with wine pairings designed exclusively for this event by Executive Chef Steve Stawinski. Sip on a glass of reserve wine while listening to the beautiful acoustical guitar entertainment. We will celebrate 2018 with an East Coast ball drop at 9 pm / For reservations please visit https://shop.wilsoncreekwinery.com/RESERVE.AMS

New Year’s Eve Dancing / December 31 / 9pm – Midnight / $59 ($53 wine club) / Put on your dance shoes and bring in the new year at our high energy, Vegas style dance club in the gorgeous Wilson Creek Champagne Ballroom. The event will be complete with a hosted bar, late night snacks, and desserts to top off the night. Bring in the new year with a west coast ball drop at midnight / For reservations please visit https://shop.wilsoncreekwinery.com/RESERVE.AMS

New Year’s Eve DINNER + DANCING / December 31 / 6:30pm – Midnight / $139 ($125 wine club) Dinner or Dancing? Why not Join us for both? Come and bring in the new year with an amazing Upper Room dinner experience paired with high energy dancing to end the night. Enjoy a 4-course dinner with wine pairings designed exclusively for this event by Executive Chef Steve Stawinski. Sip on a glass of reserve wine while listening to the beautiful acoustical guitar entertainment. Then put on your dance shoes and bring in the new year at our high energy, Vegas style dance club in the gorgeous Wilson Creek ballroom. The event will include a hosted bar, late night snacks and desserts and to top off the night, a west coast ball drop at midnight / For reservations please visit https://shop.wilsoncreekwinery.com/RESERVE.AMS

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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November Winery Events

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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

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.

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 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. *Closed November 24 thru 26th.

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
Endeavor Concert / November 4 / Doors open at 6pm – 10:00pm / Endeavor will be playing songs from the 70’s featuring Rush, the Beatles and the Eagles / General Admission $25 pp. Wine Club$15 pp.VIP Tables (Seat 8) $150 each table / For reservation please contact Ashley by phone or email at (951)428-2358 or ashley@belvinowinery.com.

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
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

Chapin Family Vineyards
Live Music at Chapin / Every Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm / Please check our Facebook page for a list of scheduled performers. Free to the public.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Cougar Craft – Cork Trees / November 29 / 4:00p – 6:00p / Join us for a 2nd evening of Wine, Snacks & Cork Crafting. We’ll be creating Cougar Trees! / $15 Wine Club Members; Pre-Paid $18 for general public / $20 The Night of the Event (if spots are still open) / This price includes a glass of wine from our regular wine list, light snacks and supplies for 1 Cork Tree. Another fun night to Sip, Nibble & Craft away! / Reserve your spot, this will sell out! Please visit http://www.cougarvineyards.com/temecula-wine-country-events, call or come in TODAY!
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
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
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
Veterans Day Specials and Sales / November 10-12 / 10a -5p / Special sales for active duty and retired military. Free Classic Wine Tasting (Nov 1st-13th) and 15% off in our tasting room / Lunch Specials at The Pinnacle Restaurant.

Sip N Paint Class “More Wine Deer” / November 16 / 6p -8p / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wines available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members do receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / November 18 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

BLACK FRIDAY SALES! / November 24 / 10a -5p / No reservation needed! Everything will be on sale!

Fazeli Cellars
Dinner & Cabaret / November 12 / 6p -9p / $40 Members / $45 Non-Members / Enjoy Indian, Persian, and Lebanese Dishes along with Bollywood, Persian, Egyptian, and Tribal Fusion Dancers! / Purchase Tickets Here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-389984/Dinner-And-Cabaret.html

Salsa Night / November 17 / Doors Open at 6:30pm / $10 Members / $15 Non-Members / Admission includes 45 Minute Salsa Lesson and a glass of Sangria / Food and Drinks available for purchase / Purchase Tickets Here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390001/Salsa-Night-111717.html

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.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
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
Masquerade Winemaker’s Dinner / November 11 / 7:00pm-10:00pm / $ 93pp / Join us for an extravagant evening as we celebrate the end of harvest masquerade style! We will be featuring a sensational 5 course dinner, paired with our award-winning wines. Costumes optional, masks required! For reservations and information please visit www.montedeoro.com

Zinfandel Blind Tasting / November 18 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / $60 pp / Join us for a celebration of one of Monte De Oro’s flagship varietals: Zinfandel. We will be sampling over ten different offerings from various California wineries, including Temecula, Napa Valley, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc. / For reservations and information please visit www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food and Wine Series / November 19th / 12:00pm-2:00pm / $50 pp / 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! / For reservations and information 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 Nites – Art and Wine in The Barrel Room! / November 25 at 12pm & 4pm; November 26 at 1pm / Cost: $45 – save $15 with the coupon code CREATE30! / 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!) / For Tickets: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Ponte Winery
Thanksgiving at Bouquet Restaurant / November 23 / Seating begins at 4:00p / $52 per guest / Join us at Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn as we celebrate Thanksgiving! Gather your friends and family for an elegant autumn feast with traditional favorites and delectable desserts / Reservations required: 951-676-7898 / To view menu please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Thanksgiving Special in The Cellar Lounge / November 23 / 12:00p – 9:00p / Menu items $7 and up / Join us in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal filled with friends, family and fun. Enjoy holiday fare and the big game in a casual setting. No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.

Black Friday at Ponte Winery / November 24 / 10:00a – 8:00p / Live Music and Hors d’ Oeuvres from 5:00p – 8:00p / Stop by the Tasting Room at Ponte on Black Friday to kick off your holiday shopping! Stock up on wine, gifts, gourmet foods, home and holiday décor and more. Wine Club Members save 30% on all wine and merchandise, 35% on cases of wine and 40% on two or more cases of wine. Savings begin at 10 a.m.! / Free to attend, $20 to taste.

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:30pm / 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 / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Gameday Specials in The Cellar Lounge / 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 / Sunday, Monday and Thursdays during NFL games broadcast during business hours / Cost: Menu Items $13 & Up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

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
Thanksgiving at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant / November 23 / Brunch: 8:00am – 3:30pm; Dinner: 5:30pm-9:00pm / Brunch & Dinner menu will include delicious Traditional Thanksgiving meal and much more of our Chef’s delicious homemade plates. Meal prices vary between brunch & dinner / Reservations required please call 951.587.9463 / For more information please visit 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 – 11:00am / 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

Autumn Attunement at GrapeSeed Spa / Monday-Thursday from November 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 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731 / Blackout Date: November 23rd. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
Sunday Sip at GrapeSeed Spa / Sundays only; starting November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018 / Your choice of a 50-minute Gorgeous Grapeseed Facial or South Coast Classic Massage plus wine tasting for one at South Coast Winery or Carter Estate Winery / Cost: $104 / Reservation Information: Call to book today! 877.552.1731 / Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Neroli Escape at GrapeSeed Spa / November 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018 / *Not available on Wednesdays and Thursdays / Escape to the lush vineyards at The Grapeseed Spa and enjoy a glass of award winning wine, appetizer, and a 50-minute South Coast Classic Pedicure or manicure to revive your spirit / Cost: $55 / Call to book today! 877.552.1731 / Blackout Dates: 11/23, 12/25. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Deck the Halls Shopping Event at GrapeSeed Spa / November 17 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / All are cordially invited to attend the stylish Deck the Halls event at the GrapeSeed Spa. Enjoy raffles with fantastic spa prizes, and wine whilst shopping at this social extravaganza. Also, be one of the first to sign up for some incredible spa package promotions that can only be enjoyed by attending this event and can be redeemed during the holiday season / Cost: $10 per person / Reservation Information: Call 951.587.9463 Ext. 7280 to reserve your place today! $10 per person will be charged at the time of reservation to secure your spot.

Thornton Winery
Thanksgiving at Thornton / November 23 / 12:00p – 5:00p / Choose and enjoy selections from a three-course menu at Cafe Champagne restaurant / Cost $54.95 pp plus tax and gratuity. $19.95 plus tax and gratuity for children 12 and under / Call for reservations or online at Open Table. 951.699.0099 or 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 www.thorntonwine.com or call 951.699.0099. Reservations are a must for dinner table.

Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Country Music Awards / November 5 / 6pm-9pm / Come see Berlin perform with awards presented to the finalists of the 2017 WCMA in each of the following categories: Acoustic, Pop, Singer Songwriter, Country, Rock, Cover, Instrumental, Youth (under 18), People’s Choice, Christian, and Misc. There will be a Red Carpet event with celebrity judges and live performances. Award presentations to be followed by a concert headlined by Berlin. In support of Temecula Education Foundation & Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation. For tickets and additional information, visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com and click on the WCMA Berlin icon on the homepage.

The Wallflowers Concert / November 12 / 6pm-10pm / General Admission $55 / Come see The Wallflowers perform at Wilson Creek Winery, presented by Golden Crown Productions. With hit singles in “One Headlight,” “6th Avenue Heartbreak” and “Three Marlenas,” the Grammy-winning LP sold more than 4 million copies and made Jakob Dylan an overnight star in his own right. This concert is in Support of Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation & Wounded Warrior Project. For tickets, pricing and additional information, visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com and click on The Wallflowers icon on the homepage.

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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White Wine and Cider Brined Roasted Turkey with Swiss Chard, Sausage, Apple, and Dried Plum Stuffing

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A fruity cider and white wine steeped brine is key to this moist and flavorful turkey. Begin the brining process 2 days before roasting. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Merlot.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

A fruity cider and white wine steeped brine is key to this moist and flavorful turkey. Begin the brining process 2 days before roasting. Pair with California Chardonnay or Merlot.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

Brine:
8 cups water
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 small yellow onion, quartered
4 garlic cloves
3 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle white wine

1 (12 to 14 pound) turkey, neck and giblets removed
1 small yellow onion, quartered
1/2 lemon, halved
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch sage
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Brine and air-dry the turkey:
Bring the water, salt, sugar, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns to boil in a large pot, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove from the heat, add the cider and wine, and cool to room temperature. Place the turkey, breast-side up in a large container. Pour the brine over the turkey, adding more cold water, as needed, to cover. Refrigerate the turkey for 24 hours, turning the turkey once or twice in the brine.

Remove the turkey from the brine, discard the brine, and pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and refrigerate, uncovered, at least 8 hours or overnight to allow the skin to thoroughly dry out. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting.

Roast the turkey:
Heat the oven to 350°F.
Loosely stuff the turkey cavity with the onion, lemon, thyme, and sage. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Roast the turkey in the oven, about 15 minutes per pound, or until the juices run clear when pierced at the thickest part of the thigh. Baste the turkey with the melted butter at first, and then the pan juices every 20 to 30 minutes. If the breast browns before the turkey is fully cooked, loosely cover with foil.

Remove the turkey from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Loosely cover with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving. Serve with Swiss Chard Stuffing (see below).

Swiss Chard, Sausage, Apple, and Dried Plum Stuffing:
12 ounces pitted dried California plums, about 20, halved
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (1-pound) loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled
2 Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, chopped
8 green Swiss chard leaves, about 12 ounces, ends trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chicken stock

Directions:

Combine the pitted dried plums and wine in a small bowl. Let stand while you prepare the stuffing.

Heat the oven to 400°F. Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Toss the bread with 1/4 cup oil and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the oven until light golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and cool.

Decrease the oven temperature to 350°F. Heat the 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Do not discard the fat from the skillet.

To the same skillet, add the apples and onion and sauté over medium heat until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add the chard and cook until the leaves wilt, about 5 more minutes. Stir in the dried plums and wine, the butter, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add to the sausage, then add the bread and chicken stock; stir to thoroughly combine.

Pour the dressing into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until brown and crisp on top, about 30 more minutes.

 

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California 

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Holiday Wine Pairing Guide

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Mom’s stuffing, Aunt Nancy’s cranberry sauce and your sister’s sweet potatoes.  Menu: done!  But what about the wine?  Choosing a bottle (or two!) of wine to bring to the holiday table can be tricky.  Appealing to not only your menu, but to a cross-section of practiced palates and novice wine drinkers may seem challenging.  But don’t stress out over one of the simplest tasks of the holiday season. Make it simple.  Any wine you enjoy is a good wine!

One certainly doesn’t need to look to others to rate, score or direct you to make a particular wine choice. Bring a wine you’re familiar with to the table.  Chances are it’ll be just fine – and maybe even sublime!

First and foremost, don’t worry about pairing with the herbaceous, the tart or the sweet accompaniments to your turkey, ham or prime rib.  It’s much simpler to match the wine to the main protein dish.  Here’s a few tried and true varietal selections for some classic holiday main dishes:

Wines to Serve with Ham
Ham just begs for a something lightly sweet.  Look for wines with a touch of residual sugar like a Baily Vineyard & Winery Riesling or a Maurice Car’rie Winery Gewurztraminer.  Both are lighter in style, a bit lower in alcohol and still offer plenty of food-friendly acidity and crowd-pleasing palate appeal.  If you’re looking for an easy to pair red, go for a lighter style like Tempranillo.  Great examples can be found at both Robert Renzoni Vineyard & Winery and at Danza del Sol Winery.

Wines to Serve with Turkey
Although an array of whites work perfectly well, Sauvignon Blanc is an all-time, hands-down favorite pick that holds up well to turkey – and all it’s side dishes. Temecula Valley provides the perfect playground for growing this varietal, so you’ll find many great examples of it here.  Beautifully aromatic offerings from the musqué clone can be found at Hart Winery and at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Soft red varietals like Syrah also make suitable partners; you can find some fabulous ones at Falkner Winery and Leoness Cellars.

Wines to Serve with Prime Rib
White wines will have a hard time keeping up with the likes of Prime Rib, but there are so many reds to choose from that make impressive cohorts, you’re sure to find one you’ll all enjoy.  Choose an affable Cabernet Sauvignon from Callaway Vineyard & Winery, a food friendly Italian varietal like Montepulciano or Sangiovese from Cougar Vineyard & Winery or an amazing Super Tuscan blend, Due Rossi, from Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.

Happy Holidays!

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