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Temecula Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Bel Vino Winery!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story

Temecula Valley wine fans should be familiar with Bel Vino Winery, which sits high atop Rancho California Road. New in name, this mid-size winery was formally Stuart Cellars! Bel Vino offers a full line of quality varietals and vintages, including their exclusive Stuart Cellars premium label, popular with the Southern California wine enthusiast. This charming winery lives on a picturesque hill overlooking the valley; it offers a delightful venue for an intimate wine country wedding and boasts an expansive lawn, which plays host to a variety of summer events and concerts.

The Wines

Bel Vino Winery is known for offering unique and exciting red varietals, such as:

  • Lagrein
  • Malbec
  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah
  • Petite Verdot

 

Other suggested wines to taste include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.  View Bel Vino’s full wine list here.

For maximum flavor, aroma and texture, all Bel Vino red wines are unfiltered.  The winery is proud to use French and American oak barrels for the best wood influences in aging.

 

Upcoming Events


Hilltop Summertime BBQ:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, June 30, 2012


Bel Vino’s annual Barbecue event starts at twilight and finishes under the stars at the Winery’s outdoor concert venue. International award winning Chef Jorge Alvarado will directly oversee the preparation of this lavish barbecue and wine feast.
Barbecue preparation starts with the best cuts of beef, pork and chicken. Each type of meat gets its own exotic and flavorful marinade treatment and then is wrapped in either agave or banana leaves. All meats are smoked 12 hours over barrel and grape wood and served with roasted pistachio, habañera salsa and escabeche onions.
The meal is generously complemented with a fresh vegetable & fruit station, a grilled vegetable station, a dessert station and two glasses of premium Bel Vino wines, with your choice of red or white.
As night falls, take to the dance floor with the sounds of “Shoot for Tuezday” covering the best in rock n’ roll from the 1960s through today.
Advance reservation are required. Please call 951.676.6414, email info@belvinowinery.com or see a Bel Vino Winery representative.
   

Futures Barrel Tasting:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, July 28, 2012


Sample straight from the barrels at the only futures tasting event in the Temecula Valley. Each featured barrel is joined with a special food pairing to enhance the food and wine relationship. Enjoy remarkable discounts on your favorite wines, ready 6 to 12 months after the event. Advance reservations required.

Harvest Clam Bake:
6:30 – 10:00 P.M. Saturday, October 13, 2012


Celebrate cooler temperatures and fine wines paired with decadent seafood at Bel Vino’s annual Harvest Clam Bake. During this signature event, all guests will be offered special pricing on select Stuart Cellars varietals. Advance reservations required.

Ongoing EventsTapas & Wine Pairings


Every Saturday & Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Just $12.95 plus wine tasting, no reservations required.

Wine Tasting
Open seven days per week, 10am – 5pm.
$10 for a flight of six tastes

Address & Contact Info
33515 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92591

General Inquiries
Phone: (951) 676-6414

Visit the Website
BelVinoWinery.com

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February Winery Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It’s February- the month of love- and there are endless ways to share a romantic experience with the your sweetheart in Temecula Valley Wine Country. From a festive hoe-down to a relaxing massage; dancing to romantic dinners, there’s something for everyone!

Mount Palomar Winery:
“Passionate Pairings”-  4 course dinner with wine parings in the barrel room. Friday and Saturday February 10th & 11th. Dinner begins at 6 pm. $85 per person. Ticket includes admittance in to Intoxication (explained below)

“Intoxication” – A Night of Dancing at the Red Door Lounge- Friday and Saturday February 10th & 11th. 8:30 -11:30 pm. Open to the public – $10 cover at the door
For more informattion and tickets, go to http://www.mountpalomar.com/ValentinesDay

Thornton Winery:
Romantic Rendezvous- a four course dinner with wine pairings. Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012, 7 PM
$85 plus tax & tip. Reservations:  951-699-0099

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery:
Valentine’s Hoe Down- Grab your honey and come on over! Dancing, mechanical bull rides and the Newlywed game! Also, a sneak peak at the new barrel room and a flight tasting. February 11th from 7-11pm. General admission $20 per person; Wine Club $15 per person
Reservations required- please rsvp by February 9, 2012 to 951-587-6221 or susan@longshadowranchwinery.com

South Coast Winery and Resort:
“A Month of Love” overnight stay packages. Chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, hot-air balloon rides, spa treatments and roses, oh my! There are so many to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect package for two of you, and the best part is, these specials are available all month from February 1- 29th! For a complete list and pricing, visit www.wineresort.com/resort-events/resort-specials.

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Tuesday, February 14
5:30pm- 9pm
Treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner celebration in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Award-winning Chef Mike Terry will serve up a special romantic gourmet menu as guests enjoy an intimate evening in the dining room or terrace overlooking the surrounding vineyards. Valentines Day menu can be found
online at SouthCoastWinery.com Call the Vineyard Rose Restaurant at (866) 994-6379 ext. 2 for pricing, menu and to make a reservation.

Decadence Massage Package at the GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery
Entire month of February
Package Price: $105 per person
Grab your loved ones and friends and create a world of tranquility and relaxation with the Decadence Massage Package at the GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery. The Decadence Massage Package includes a 50-minute massage in one of our custom single or couples treatment rooms, followed by a complimentary glass of our award winning sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries, served on our veranda overlooking Mount Palomar. The Decadence Massage Package also includes a spa day pass so one can enjoy all the GrapeSeed Spa has to offer, like a heated outdoor saltwater pool, alfresco whirlpools, private steam rooms, saunas and state-of-the-art fitness center.. Call the GrapeSeedSpa at (866) 994-6379 ext. 7280 to make a reservation. Valid February 1st – February 29th. *Black out dates apply.

Bel Vino Winery:

Bel Vino Superbowl Sunday: Watch the New York Giants battle the New England Patriots on five 60 inch throughout the winery! Nosh on fantastic game-day menu items such as Grilled Steakhouse Sliders, Mini Taquitos, Roasted Potatoes, Buffalo Wings and a Chips & Salsa Bar. $14.95/person (beverages not included in price). Must be 21 years or older.Please call 951-676-6414 to purchase tickets.

Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner: Treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dining experience in the Bel Vino Barrel Room. Enjoy an ultimate five-course dinner, each served with a premium Stuart Cellars wine. Our international award-winning chef, Jorge Alvarado, presents a gourmet Mediterranean menu prepared with flavorful Latin influences. Adding to the ambiance,a multi-talented acoustic duo from the Mark Sage Band will fill the room with romantic
melodies. February 14; 6:30-9:30pm. $80.00 per person; $70.00 per person, wine club. Reservations required. Please call 951.676.6414

Wilson Creek Winery:


On Saturday, February 11, enjoy an intimate, candlelit 4 course dinner in the Barrel Room. Live piano music and a bottle of champagne is included. Two seatings: 5:30pm and 8:00pm. Regular  $140.00;  Wine Club $126.00. If you’d like to celebrate on Valentine’s Day, visit Wilson Creek February 14th for a a romantic 4 course dinner and an evening of dancing in the Ballroom. Reservations start at 7:00pm. Price is per couple and includes a bottle of champagne.Regular  $140.00;  Wine Club $126.00. For reservations, please call 951.699.9463.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery


Be Mine: Valentine’s Dinner at Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Saturday, February 11
6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Barrel Room
$160 per couple/ Wine Club Members $144 – inclusive
Join us for a candle-lit dinner in our rustic, elegant, and romantic Barrel Room. Enjoy a four-course meal created by Meritage at Callaway’s Executive Chef Mike Henry each course paired with a Winemaker’s Reserve or Special Selection Callaway wine. Dance
and dine while listening to live music. Reservations are required. Reserve online at www.callawaywinery.com or call 951.676.4001.

Romance Found at Meritage at Callaway
Saturday, February 11th & Wednesday, February 14th
Seatings available at 5:30pm and 7:30pm
$75.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Enjoy a romantic dinner this Valentine’s at Meritage at Callaway. On Saturday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 14th, Chef Mike Henry will offer guests a special Valentine’s Prix Fixe dinner menu with seating at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. A rose presentation greets every lady that will be joining us each evening. Once seated, an amuse bouche, or small bite, will be brought to the table paired with a glass of Callaway Special Selection 2008 Bella Blanc. A Prix Fixe menu selection then awaits you. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 951-587-8889 or online at www.callawaywinery.com under Meritage at Callaway’s page. Vegetarian selections available.

Wine Lover’s Tasting for Two
February 11-14
Offered from 10am to 4pm
$25 per couple
Reservations Suggested
Bring your Valentine to Temecula’s first winery to celebrate your love and enjoy this Wine Lover’s Tasting for Two. Hosted in the tasting room at Callaway Vineyard & Winery the celebration begins as each couple is greeted with a single red rose and samples of our Bella Rose sparkling wine. Next, you choose to taste two additional passionate pink rosesor two romantic red wines from our Wine Lover’s Tasting Menu. The grand finale: our zin-fully delicious ruby Port served with a pair of decadent chocolate dipped strawberries. Two souvenir tasting glasses are included to commemorate this special occasion.

Ponte Family Estate
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Tuesday, February 14
7:00pm-10:00pm
$95 per person, $86 Wine Club
Join as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Ponte style! The winery will be transformed into a romantic setting for you to woo your loved one. Enjoy a sparkling Moscato greeting, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a delectable four-course dinner prepared by our executive chef and paired with some of our favorite Ponte Wines. Live entertainment and dancing to top it off! Reservations required. Book online at www.pontewinery.com or by calling 951.694.8855

Falkner Winery
Valentine Wine Dinners
Sunday, February 12 & Tuesday, February 14
7:00pm
$79 per person, $69 per person Wine Club
Join Falkner Winery for a romantic Valentine’s Dinner in their award-winning restaurant in Temecula. Enjoy a wonderful four course dinner with individual wine pairings and entertainment.Reservations are required. Book online at www.falknerwinery.com or call 951.676.8231 ext.

Valentine Lunch Specials at Pinnacle Restaurant
11:30am-3:30pm
Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14
For $55 plus tax and gratuity for two people, diners can choose either one shared appetizer or salad for two, a choice of individual entrees and a shared dessert of either New York Style 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 per glass. For reservations, book online at www.falknerwinery.com or call 951.676.8231 ext. 1

Oak Mountain Winery
Valentine’s Day Dinner & Swing Dance Lessons
Tuesday, February 14
6:00pm-9:00pm
$70.00 per person, Wine club $65.00 per person
Chef Michael, from the Ritz Carlton, is pulling out all the stops for this romantic steak dinner at Oak Mountain. For reservations, please call 951-699-9102.

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Eco-Friendly Wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of wine making.  Take a closer look at the environmentally friendly and sustainable practices of the wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country !

Stuart Cellars Winery

Planting:
Stuart Cellars Winery practices natural and organic planting process by using a natural soil amendment, pumice instead of chemicals. This results in better plant growth and health for the grapes. To keep away unwanted pests from the delicious grapes, organic insecticides are used. A centralized water irrigation system that goes directly to the base of the vines is used. This eliminates transpo-evaporation of the water by 33%!

Buildings:
One of the onsite buildings is completely solar powered! Stuart Cellars winery also produces all of their own power via a natural gas generator, which is the cleanest burning fuel in the United States!

 

Ponte Family Estate Winery

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Ponte Family Estate Winery has been one of the sustainable winery leaders in the Southern California Wine Country. Since the winery was built, Ponte Family Estate Winery has recycled glass, cardboard cases, office paper and more. Ponte has also made efforts to reduce waste and their use of water and electricity.

Education:

A huge part of Ponte Family Estate Winery’s efforts is geared towards influencing guests, members and associates to reduce their individual footprint so that together, people can discover new ways to have a positive effect on our world today as well as for future generations.

Green Restaurant:

This award winning restaurant creates salads from local Farmer’s Markets.  Poultry and meats come from sustainable farms such as Snake River and Shelton Farms and all seafood selections are on the Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, ensuring that it is safe and sustainable.  Kitchen waste is also composted and added to vineyard soil.

 

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard

Energy and Fuel:
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard is  working with a company on recycling their kitchen oil by converting it all into bio-diesel fuel!

*Keep an eye out for their documentary highlighting the process and how this kitchen grease is recycled into fuel for school buses.

Water Usage:
A new water treatment system that will collect their grey water (used water) and put it through a clarification process that will be then used for landscape (grass) irrigation is currently being installed.

Composting:
Compost/green waste is applied from time to time to increase the amount of organic material in their soils (mostly decomposed granite).This adds to the organic material on the top layers of the soil which in turn helps to increase the nutrients available in the vines.

Eating Locally:
Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Creekside Restaurant utilizes organic local produce offering vegetarian and vegan friendly options. Eating locally reduces waste since fuel is not wasting in efforts to transport the food.

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Holiday Wines Guide

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Now that the holiday season has arrived, serve your guests the best bottles from Temecula Wine Country.  This season, Inland Empire residents can support their So Cal community by shopping for their holiday meals locally and serving wine from the vineyards in their own backyard!

WINE GUIDE

Sparkling for cocktail hour:

  • Danza Del SolBlanc de Blanc Chardonnay, $28.95 – A deliciously dry brut, made in the Mèthode Champenoise method.  Hand your guests a glass as they walk in the door and they’ll look forward to a festive evening!
  • Thornton WineryNV Cuvee Rouge, $26 – A uniquely creative Cuvee that brings Syrah and Grenache together, with each variety partially fermented on the skins to develop color, then quickly pressed before the wines became too tannic or over-extracted. The result is a sparkling with a beautiful ruby color and a bouquet bursting with aromas of strawberry, plum and raspberry.
  • Wilson Creek WineryAlmond Champagne, $16.95 – This always-popular sparkler is lovely on it’s own and mixes well with that gourmet cheese and fruit plate.

Light starts for soups & salads:

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery2009 Viogner “Buon Vicino”, $18 is a unique white wine choice that will get your guests talking.  Bright honey and    floral nose with a huge, soft mouth feel and a truly crisp, dry finish with hints of mineral and stone.
  • Miramonte Winery2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley, Huis Vineyard, $24.95 boasts wild flower and cut grass aromas, fresh lime, orange, and red grapefruit flavors. Crisp, lean, and well-structured, everyone appreciates the perfect Sav Blanc to accompany their fall salad.
  • Stuart Cellars Winery2006 Malbec, $35 – This tasty drinkable red will prepare the palate for the heartier main course.  The nose has distinct fruity aromas of blueberry, lingonberry, strawberry, and red roses.  Heralded as the national grape of Argentina, Stuart is one of few Temecula wineries that grow this trendy varietal.

Bold main courses:

  • Hart Winery2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Ridge Vineyard, $36 – This full-bodied, intensely flavored wine was produced from a unique vineyard in the Temecula AVA, sited on a 2400-foot elevation ridge nearly within view of the Pacific Ocean; swept by cooling ocean breezes, with red volcanic soils from which thousands of volcanic rocks were removed before planting. Structured for lengthy aging and backed with European oak, this is truly a benchmark Cabernet.  Very limited: only 123 cases were bottled!  Silver Medal, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.
  • Mount Palomar WineryCastelletto 2006 Sangiovese, $24 – Aged in a mixture of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 28 months.  Full-bodied, yet doesn’t get in the way of your rich entree.
  • Ponte Family Estate2006 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel Magnum, $39.95 -This scrumptious Zin is full of blackberry and currant flavors, perfect for enjoying with holiday fare such as prime rib and baked ham.  Plus, the Magnum size is always impressive for entertaining!

Dessert-worthy picks:

  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery2009 Special Selection Muscat Canelli, $18, Round out your holiday meal with a luscious, tropical fruit salad.  Pineapple, melon, jasmine, and cherry blossom lead to the silken palate of mango, kumquat, blood orange and earthy allspice.
  • Keyways Vineyard & WinerySimply Roussanne 2009, $26 – Refresh the palate with this off-dry white made with 100% Roussanne grapes.  It retains the similar rich and delicate flavors characteristic of this French grape, but with a creamier texture and a mellow sweetness that compliments Grandma’s pumpkin pie just right.
  • Robert Renzoni VineyardsParadiso Port, $48 – a perfect pairing with chocolate anything!  Aged in small French oak barrels for thirty-six months, this Italian port offers a silky, rich finish. The elegant black bottle affixed with the Renzoni family crest makes a beautiful holiday gift for that special wine-lover.

FOOD TIPS

Your one-stop (outdoor) shop:

Temecula Farmer’s Market:
Corner of 6th & Front St. in Old Town Temecula
Phone: 760-728-7343
Sat: 8:00am-12:30pm

Have the farm come to you! Sign-up to get a big bag of produce to pick-up at convenient local spots:

Inland Empire CSA
http://www.inlandempirecsa.com/

Support your family-owned artisanal market, while they support the local agriculture:

Delaneys Hundred Mile Market
http://delaneyshundredmilemarket.blogspot.com/

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