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Temecula Spring Wines and Special Sparklers for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

May is a big month for wine and dine celebrations! Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, weddings and spring birthdays… So what Temecula Valley wines perform best in these lovely pre-summer months? And what’s the best seasonal fare to pair them with?

*Reminder tip! Get the most balanced flavor from your bottle by using the simple 15 minute rule for serving all wine: Pull whites and rosés out of the fridge 15 minutes before drinking; put reds in the fridge for 15 minutes before drinking.

 

Spring Whites: Crisp Vermentino and Floral Viognier-Rousanne Blend

Try some unique whites this spring and give your family something to talk about at the next picnic. How about…

Of Spanish-Mediterranean origin, Vermentino is often a grape used in white-wine blending. Relatively low in alcohol with crisp acids, Cougar Winery offers their 100% 2013 Vermentino for $17. Serve this white alongside grilled spring vegetables like asparagus, artichokes and charred green onions.

Palumbo Family Vineyards’ Brezza di Mare Viognier-Rousanne is a Rhone-style blend (meaning in the style of the Rhone wine region in the South of France) which sells for $19.95. Made up of 75% Viognier and 25% Rousanne, this food-friendly white blend has a minerality that goes nicely with fresh seafood (think chilled mussels and shrimp) or a charcuterie platter if you’re having a weekend get-together.

 

Spring Reds: Fruity Merlot and Spicy Tempranillo

Lighten up with some easy-drinking reds, perfect for a spring day or evening. We recommend…

Leoness Cellars focuses on sustainable practices in the vineyards and it shows in their wines. Try the fruit-forward 2010 Vineyard Selection Merlot, $55. This bottle is a great stand-alone drinker and has a high likelihood of being consumed before the food is finished cooking. But if you must pair it with your meal, serve with a medium-rare pork loin with cherry compote or a spring pasta tossed with early-season tomatoes, asparagus and caramelized spring onions.

Miramonte Winery offers an excellent quality 2010 Tempranillo for $38.95. Technically a blend (80% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault), this Spanish red pairs well with cooked meats hot off the grill, like lamb chops and brats served with a side of grilled peppers and onions.

 

Special Wines for Mother’s Day: Sparklers and Spring Three-Packs

Think ahead and pop into one of these Temecula wineries for mom’s perfect brunch beverage. Our favorites…

For special toasts to mom, there’s nothing like a sparkler. But first, some background. What’s the difference between champagne and spumante? Well, it begins with the country of origin. For a sparkling wine to be officially designated as “Champagne” it must be made in the Champagne region of northeast France. Spumante (also known as Asti Spumante) is a sparkling white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, made from Muscat Bianco grapes.

Champagne and spumante are crafted differently as well. Unlike Champagne, Asti is not made sparkling through the use of secondary fermentation in the bottle but rather through a single tank fermentation utilizing the Charmat method. While Champagne can land anywhere on the scale between sec (sweet) or brut (dry), Spumante tends to be on the sweeter side; another well-known version is Moscato d’Asti.

Ponte Estate offers two California bubblies: the popular Moscato and the beautiful Rose Spumante. Moscato – by itself or in a Mimosa with fresh OJ or tangerine juice – pairs perfectly with your Sunday Mother’s Day brunch (think Quiche Lorraine and fruit.) Its gentle bubbles will tickle your taste buds with mellow flavors of apricot and nectarine. Even better, pick up Ponte’s Sparkling Wine Trio for $92 (or $69 wine club sale.) You’ll get a bottle of Moscato 2012, Rose Spumante 2012 and Vernaccia Nera 2011.  This sparkling trio will certainly keep glasses filled throughout your Mother’s Day celebrations.

Another top winery choice for that special Mother’s Day bottle is South Coast Winery, which makes a variety of unique California sparkling wines like Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Grigio Sparkling and Spumante Diamonte. Pair these with your favorite brunch items – eggs benedict, french toast with strawberries and even a ham & cheese melt topped with powdered sugar (ala Monte Carlo.) And send mom home with a bottle, too.

Last but not least, Leoness Cellars has put together a hand-selected spring three pack for your Mother’s Day picnic: White Merlot, Grenache and Melange de Blanc. The White Merlot is a lovely pink hue, bursting with berry flavors. Melange de Blanc is a Rhone-style white wine blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne and pairs perfectly with seafood, soft french cheese and seasonal fruit like fresh strawberries. The Grenache is a soft and supple medium-bodied red (a warm-climate alternative to Pinot Noir) that matches the flavor of barbecued meats and light pasta salad. Remember to serve all three of these wines cool.

 

Happy Spring & Happy Mother’s Day from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Temecula Wine Country Valentine’s Day Happenings Part 1

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning your special day! Whether you’re looking to have a romantic dinner for two, enjoy an intimate weekend getaway or dance the night away, Temecula Wine Country has something for everyone. Check out all of the Valentine’s Day events our member wineries have planned especially for you and yours!

California Dreamin’ Hot Air Balloon Rides – Special Valentine Balloon Ride and Bottle
Sunday and Monday, February 13 and 14

Float in a cloud of romance as the sun rises over wine country and then enjoy mimosas back on the ground at Vindemia Winery.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, every couple will be presented with a bottle of 2005 Vindemia Syrah as a memento to remember their visit. $158 per person; Reservations required 1-800-373-3359

Callaway Vineyard & Winery- Vino d’ Amore Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 6:00pm-9:00pm

$90.00 per person; Legacy Club Members price $81.00 per person (Prices are per person, plus tax)

Romance is in the air at Callaway! To celebrate couples in love and the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the annual Vino d’ Amore Valentine’s Dinner will be held in our romantic, candlelit Barrel Room where intimate tables for two await you and your loved one. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and a scrumptious served dinner perfectly paired with award-winning Callaway wine. Check out the menu and purchase your tickets here!

Callaway Vineyard & Winery- Valentine’s Long Weekend at Meritage Restaurant
Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14
Lunch hours: 11am-4pm daily
Dinner Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday and Saturday evening
$35.00 per person, plus service charge and sales tax. Not valid with coupons or any other offer; Reservations not accepted for groups under 8.

Meritage is the perfect spot for Valentines! With it’s heated, terraced patio overlooking rolling hills of vineyards and snow-capped mountains, it makes the perfect dining spot for couples. Join us for lunch or dinner Valentine’s weekend for a special Valentine’s prix-fixe dinner. Check out the menu and call (951) 587-8889 for more information.

Falkner Winery- Pinnacle Restaurant Valentine’s Wine Dinners
February 12th-14th

$79/person plus tax and gratuity; $69/person for Wine Club Members

The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery will host romantic evenings with Valentine’s Wine Dinners in their award winning restaurant in Temecula. The dinners will be wonderful four course meals with individual wine pairings of the Falkner’s best wines in this panoramic, hill-top location. All dinner seatings will offer the same great food, sparkling wines, entertainment, and first class service. All food will be prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot who was recently voted “Best Chef” by readers of Inland Empire magazine for the second year in a row. Seatings for these wonderful and memorable events will be at 7pm on Sunday the 13th and Monday the 14th and 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Saturday the 12th. The dinners on Saturday at 8:30pm and 7pm on Sunday and Monday will be preceded by a 30 minute Champagne Reception for those that arrive early.

Check out the menu and to make reservations, call 951-676-8231 x1 or or make them online under the Restaurant Reservation tab.

Falkner Winery- Pinnacle Restaurant Valentine’s Wine Lunch Special
February 11th-14th

Come enjoy the Valentine’s Lunch Special in the Pinnacle Restaurant.  For $55 plus tax and gratuity for two people, diners will be able to have either one shared appetizer or salad for two; a choice of individual entrees such as Sweet Soy Glazed Seared Ahi served over Ginger Sautéed Spinach and Baby Carrots or Chicken Penne Pasta served with Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic, Shallots, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and a White Grilled Chicken Sauce; and dessert of a shared Cheesecake or Molten Chocolate Cake.  Also included will be a non-alcoholic beverage per person.  Selected wines will be offered as an option with the Special at $5/glass.  This special will be available in addition to the normal menu so make reservations soon.  Diners will enjoy the wonderful and romantic Valentine hilltop ambiance of the Pinnacle.  Call the winery at 951-676-8231 ext 1 for reservations or make them online under the Restaurant Reservation tab.

Keyways Vineyards and Winery – Cupid’s Walk, A Romantic Winery Tour
Monday, February 14; 3-4pm
$17/person
An affordable activity for lovers. Includes wine tasting, chocolate fondue, souvenir glass, & live music. Purchase your tickets here. Reservations required (951) 302-7888.

Keyways Vineyard & Winery- That’s Amore!
Saturday February 12th, 2011; 6:30 – 9:30pm

4 Course Romantic Valentines Dinner and World Class Live Entertainment
Members: $89 plus Tax & Gratuity
Non-Members: $99 plus Tax & Gratuity

21+ Only Please. Purchase tickets here.

Lorimar Winery- Valentine’s Party
February 12th; 6pm – 9pm

Amore, The Day of Love, Saint Valentines Day… This day is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards… here at Lorimar Winery, we would like to toast our love to you by offering a complimentary glass of Sparkling wine! Light Appetizers and classic tunes and love songs will be performed by Kenny Marquez.

Lorimar Winery- Wine & Art Series

Entire month of February

Heather Van Gaale, a versatile photographer based in Southern California, is bringing a taste of her work to Old Town Temecula. Heather splits her time between Temecula, where she does commissioned portraits of children, families, women & weddings, and Los Angeles, where she  rubs shoulders with celebrities and captures the latest fashions on film and is the photographer at a production company, Rock & Rodeo. Her work will be featured at Lorimar Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room during the month of February with a special “Meet the Artist” reception on February 19th at 6pm.  Call 951.240.5177.

Miramonte Winery- Valentine: An Intimate Affair
February 14, 2011; 6:30pm

$95 for wine club, $115 for non-club. Elevated cocktail attire, please.

After a three year hiatus, our most popular event ever—Valentine—is back. Shimmering candlelight. Four courses of elegant cuisine. Alluring wines. Live classical guitar. The evening is hosted by Cane Vanderhoof, and each course is presented by Chef Volker. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable Valentine celebration!
Seating is limited. For reservations, please call (951) 506-5500 #105.

Mount Palomar Winery- Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two
Saturday – February 12, 2011 & Sunday – February 13, 2011

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, by spending it with someone special at Mount Palomar Winery. At our Dinner for Two event you will be impressed with our romantic and unique venue. You will be served a four course meal and a glass of your favorite wine that is sure to please the pallet and leave you with a very memorable experience.

Reservations will be scheduled from 12:30 – 8:30 pm
$75 per couple ($60 for Wine Club Members)
– Includes a four course meal for two and a glass of wine per person.

RSVP TODAY- online, by calling  951-676-5047 x112 or email sarab@mountpalomar.com. Pre-payment and pre-ordering is required to attend the event.
When you RSVP, please have both guests select from the menu.

Oak Mountain Winery- Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 6:00pm – 9:00pm

$75.00 Wine Club Member, $85.00 Non Member (plus tax & 20% gratuity)

Join Chef Michael Cragg and Oak Mountain’s Winemaker Steve Andrews and his wife Valerie for a special Winemaker Dinner. Chef Michael from the Ritz Carlton, is pulling out all the stops for this Filet Mignon dinner paired with Oak Mountain wines. Check out the menu and reserve today! Reservations required (non refundable 3 days prior to event). For tickets, call 951 699-9102 or email vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com.

Be sure to check back for Part 2 of the special events and we look forward to seeing you this Valentine’s Day in Temecula Wine Country.

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