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The Women of Wine Country

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Wine Institute of California estimates that between 15-20% of California winemakers are women, which is an increase of 5-10% from the early 1990’s. According to the Gallup Poll’s Annual Consumption Habits Poll, 52% of women consumers say they drink wine more often than any other beverage compared to only 20% of men so it makes sense this historically male dominated field is becoming an appealing option for women. Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is no exception. Talented women like Olivia Bue, winemaker at Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery, Valerie Andrews owner of Temecula Hills Winery and Oak Mountain Winery, and Cindy Palumbo owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery achieve success while raising families, giving back to the community, and inspiring other women in the industry.

Olivia Bue, winemaker for Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Winery, first got into wine through family. “I grew up in Encinitas, surrounded by a family who loved wine. Uncorking bottles was always in the equation at every family gathering; wine was our conduit to laughter and love. Around the age of 16, a close family friend who had enrolled at the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology told me about the program and experience. The moment I received my acceptance letter I made an easy decision to pack my bags and head up to Davis,” says Bue. She is undaunted by the physical labor and long hours, motivated by those who doubted her or judged her because she is young and female.

Bue advises women interested in entering the winemaking field to taste wine as much a possible, discuss wines with others, take classes and be patient. “Winemaking is such an art,” says Bue. “Yes, there is a lot of heavy manual labor and endless hours during harvest, but taking the time to understand your region’s complexities is something that takes time and a love of the art. Any gender can accomplish that!” Bue is especially passionate about Temecula Valley wines. “The more wines I taste outside of Temecula Valley, the more confident and proud I become of our region’s path. We are going in such a strong direction forward and I continue to be impressed at the quality of wines being made in Temecula Valley.”

Valerie Andrews, co-owner and co-founder of Oak Mountain Winery and Temecula Hills Winery, got her start in Temecula back in 1999 when she and her husband, Steve, moved to a 10-acre ranch just on the edge of Temecula’s wine country. They built Temecula Hills Winery on the property, which opened in 2001, and then Oak Mountain Winery on a separate property which opened in 2005. The vines were hand-planted by Valerie, Steve and their children in 2000. Now in her second decade of her wine career, Valerie is deeply loved by the community and consumers and admired and respected by her colleagues.

In addition to operating the wineries, Valerie’s community involvement runs deep. She balances her time running the day-to-day business operations at both wineries as well as serving on the board for the De Portola Wine Trail and on the hospitality committee for the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Valerie also founded Cause Fur Paws, a non-profit organization whose mission is assisting animals with diabetes and helping senior citizens with companion pets. Cause Fur Paws Inc., helps low income pet owners pay for 100% of their medical needs. Dog labeled wines and hand crafted cork tiaras can be found at Oak Mountain Winery with proceeds going to help local animals in need. In addition, Oak Mountain is the site of numerous dog events and charity fundraisers throughout the year.

Co-owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery, Cindy Palumbo has been in the valley since 1994. She first started at Callaway and Hart wineries with Joe Hart and John Moramarco. Now co-owner of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery, a 13 acre, 2500- case-per-year winery, with her husband Nick Palumbo, Cindy is very active in all aspects of the business. They are committed to small-lot, handcrafted wines from varieties grown on the property. She has also been instrumental in implementing sustainable farming and has helped to create more than just a winery but a “whole farm approach” to their agricultural activities believing that a winery should first and foremost be considered an agricultural entity. She is very active in the community and donates both time and money to local charities, including Big Hearts for Little Hearts of Temecula Valley, as well as the proceeds from her children’s books, the Farm Boy Series. The series is a collection of entertaining children’s books that teach about sustainable farming. In addition to working full time at the winery and authoring children’s books, Cindy has been deeply involved with teaching children to farm in a sustainable manner through a local 4-H program.

Whether by virtue of their family wine ties, passion, or drive, Bue, Andrews, and Palumbo are producing some of the valley’s best wines all while serving as pillars of leadership in Temecula Valley’s wine and farming community. These women are paving the way for future women winemakers and winery owners in Temecula Valley.

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Top Wines Paired with Top Aphrodisiac Foods

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit by going one step beyond the chocolate and wine pairings so prevalent this time of year – aphrodisiac pairings. The popular wine destination shows the diversity and versatility of the region’s wines through suggested pairings with certain foods believed to be libido-enhancing.

“One of the things that makes Temecula Valley so special is the number of different grape varieties we can grow successfully here, thanks to our Mediterranean-like climate, as well as the broad spectrum of wine styles we produce. This makes experimenting with food pairings – even the most challenging ones – really exciting,” said Devin Parr, Wine Country Marketing Director for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. “We thought it would be fun to throw around some ideas about which Temecula Valley wines might go with foods rumored to be natural aphrodisiacs, given that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Jury is still out on whether or not the foods actually work, but we had a lot of fun coming up with the list of pairings.”

Oysters + 2016 Hart Winery Arneis

Although the science behind this mollusk’s libido-boosting properties is murky at best, Oysters are one of the foods most commonly thought to have aphrodisiac effects. This is thought to be because they contain zinc, which is necessary to produce testosterone, as well as amino acids and serotonin, which enhance the body’s response to pleasure. Pair these briny bivalves with a crisp, mineral driven white, like Hart Winery’s 2016 Arneis.

Avocado + Thornton Winery Brut Reserve Natural NV

Avocado’s reputation for being an aphrodisiac dates back to the Aztecs, who believed in it so much that they prohibited virginal women from leaving the house while they were being harvested. Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, which boosts the immune system and helps give skin a youthful appearance, perhaps making us look more attractive to the objects of our affection. Pair a bowl of rich, creamy guacamole with something bright, bubbly and capable of cutting through the fattiness of the avocado, like Thornton Winery’s zero dosage Brut Reserve Natural Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. For extra oomph, sprinkle on some maca powder, whose libido-driving powers have been more firmly established in science.

Chili Peppers + 2015 Baily Rosé of Sangiovese

Chili peppers are known to stimulate endorphins, speed up heart rate and increase sweat production, all similar to what we undergo when we are getting in the mood. Spicy dishes can be tough to pair with wine. Stick to a wine with some acid, which can soften extremes in richness, fat or spice, as well as some fruitiness or residual sugar, which can help temper spicy heat. Try Baily’s easy-drinking, slightly off-dry Rosé of Sangiovese.

Coffee + 2012 Fazeli Cellars Shiraz

Much like chili peppers, coffee is a stimulant that increases heart rate and blood flow, contributing to feelings of an enhanced libido. Since an actual cup of coffee is one of wine’s worst enemies, try something like coffee-rubbed brisket paired with a complex, juicy red like Fazeli Cellars’ 2012 Shiraz, which also just received 92 points in the Wine Enthusiast.

Chocolate + 2008 Leoness Cellars Cinsaut Dessert Wine

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and probably for good reason. Chocolate is thought to boost passion levels through phenethylamine, the stimulant that is released in the brain when we fall in love, and tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, a brain chemical associated with elevated moods and arousal. Choose a dopamine-spiking dark chocolate and pair it with something sweet and luscious, like Leoness Cellars’ 2008 port-style dessert wine of Cinsaut grapes.

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Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of light white wine complement a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a Chardonnay; and light Pinot Grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2012 Special Selection Chardonnay; $25.00

Danza Del Sol Winery 2015 Pinot Grigio; $28.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Monte De Oro Winery 2015 Nostimo; $23.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

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

Mount Palomar Shorty’s Bistro Red; $20.00

Avensole 2012 Second Block Zinfandel; $60.95  (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Doffo Winery 2013 Syrah; $58.00

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

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

Baily Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; $30.00

Fazeli Cellars 2012 Khayyam; $58.00

Wiens Family Cellars 2014 Bare Knuckle Petite Sirah; $48.00

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with Ponte’s sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Or try the People’s Choice Blind Tasting award winner, Briar Rose’s Estate Riesling with your fruit tarts or pies.  And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Briar Rose 2013 Estate Riesling; $25.00 (1st Annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting Award Winner)

Ponte Winery 2015 Moscato; $28.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49.00

One Meal, One Wine

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

Maurice Car’rie 2015 Chenin Blanc; $20.95

Miramonte Winery 2014 Grenache Blanc; $28.95

Falkner Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; $24.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

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October Winery Events

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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The long, exhausting days of harvest are coming to a close and cooler days are signaling the start of fall here in Temecula Valley Wine Country. It’s a great time to visit and take in events such as a Halloween party at Avensole Winery, Oktoberfest at Europa Village, a murder-mystery dinner at Oak Mountain Winery – and much more!

Avensole Winery
Halloween Party / October 30 / 11am-5pm / Blind trick or treat wine tasting. Guests will win special prizes each time they can guess the correct wine. Haunted water fountains and live music by Cougrzz Rock from 1pm-4pm / Open to the public. Reservations are available for private tables by calling 951.252.2003

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public.

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p /All free and open to the public.

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Dog Day Sundays / Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio

Bel Vino Winery
Karaoke Night / Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm / Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservations are not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

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

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

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

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
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / Oct. 2-Don Brennan / Oct.9-James Holland / Oct.16-Will Summer

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Oct. 7- Jeff Brinkman / Oct. 14- Jasmine Seek / Oct. 21- Lyndsey Carrier / Oct. 28- Evan Diamond-Goldberg / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm

Danza del Sol Winery
Get Sauced / October 2 / 3p-6p / Cooking demo class and small plates prepared by The M Group. Wine pairing, recipes and wine discounts / $60 pp; $54pp Wine Club Members / Tickets can be purchased at Danza del Sol Winery or by calling 951.302.6363 ext.26

Adios Taco Tuesday / October 11 / 5:30pm-8:30pm / Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for our last Taco Tuesday of the year for tacos, burritos and more! / Live Music / Admission is Free / Wine and selected beer available for purchase / Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only.

Food Truck Friday & 4th Annual Danza de la Muerte Halloween Party / October 28 / 5:30p-10:00pm / Join us in your best costumes, for a WICKED good time! / Devilicious Food Truck and God Save The Queen Food Truck; Music by DJ C2 Events and costume contest / $8.00* Pre-sale, $10.00* at the door; *plus tax. Includes one Spooky Cocktail per admission

Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for a schedule of performers.

Europa Village
Oktoberfest –Hof Brau Boys / October 7 / 6p-10p / Annual Oktoberfest event to benefit “All From the Heart” non-profit organization. Six local breweries, food, games & more! / Tickets are $49 to general public. Military discount 30%. / Includes entry, commemorative glass, first beer, and dinner / Must be 21 and older only / For reservations log on to www.europavillage.com

Movie in the Vines ~ “Psycho” / October 27 / 6p-8p / An outdoor screening of Psycho (Filmed in 1960- Rated R) / Free with online RSVP / Food truck, popcorn, candy and wine available for purchase / Please bring blankets / For reservations log on to www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Oct. 21- Blue Fish / Oct. 28-Halloween Fright Night at Europa with Big Truth. Costume contests and more!

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / Oct. 2- Cougrrz Rock Duo / Oct. 9- Jimmy Patton / Oct. 16- Sam & Stacy / Oct. 23- Luis Andre / Oct. 30- Joe Baldino.

Falkner Winery
Sip N Paint Class “Falling Leaves” / October 13 / 6p-8p / $45 pp. / Includes all materials and a glass of wine. Additional wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle / Reservations is required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Wine Appreciation Class / October 15 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person / $40 Connoisseur / $20 VIP; $70 per person with lunch option / Reservations required 951.676.8231, ext. 109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday in October / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition

Leoness Cellars
Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

Live Music in the Barrel Room Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free and open to the public.

Lorenzi Estate Vineyards & Winery
David Maldonado CD Release Event / October 9 / 12p-4p / Emmy nominated, guitar maestro David Maldonado is one of the only living Flamenco/Spanish composers left worldwide / $50 pp. includes Paella and copy of the new CD included / RSVP required and paid in advance. Contact Julie Perez 619.405.1247; Julie@maldonadomusic.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Night of the Living Wine-O’s / October 28th at 6:00pm / Featuring costume contests, live music, DJ and more! Tickets are $10 and include a glass of ‘Spooky Sangria’. Tickets are pre-sale only, available at Lorimar locations, and online http://www.lorimarwinery.com/feat-event-157685/Night-Of-The-Living-Wineos.html

Spooky Movie in the Vines / October 24th / Starts at sunset at Lorimar’s vineyard lawn.

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

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio / Every Saturday / 12:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Enjoy great wine and live music! / Check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for a schedule of performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance! / 7p-10p / Dance outside on the patio under the lights with our stellar line up of live bands. It’s a FREE concert! Great Music that will have you on your feet all night long! The whole family is invited! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun on the lawn. Food and our famous fresh baked Sourdough Brie bread and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase/ October 1st / Old School – this professional rock band is hi-energy fun that performs timeless songs with a raw twist / October 15th / Lifetime Rocker – LTR combines four amazing Temecula Valley musicians in an impressive performance of technical expertise, soulful sounds, and smooth harmonies / October 29th – Kepi Payne Project – this high-energy band performs an eclectic variety of music / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Every Sunday 4p-7p / October – Indica Roots / October 7- Ruben V / October 8- Bluefish / October 14- Mickie Arnett / October 15- Tralain / October 21- JD Priest / October 22- Alaina Blair / October 28- Nathan James / October 29- Tricia Freeman / Free to the public / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Spanish Home Style Dinner Night / October 13 / 6:30p-9:30p / Family style meal service with platters of pasta, bowls of paella, roasted pork tenderloin, toasted marcona almonds, and dessert. Come eat with friends and family and meet new ones / Cost and reservation information – $38 ($32 for wine club members) including a glass of wine / Reservations strongly encouraged: www.montedeoro.com; click on Order Events.

Epicurean Delights Lunch / October 23 / 1p-3p / A hosted 3 course plated lunch with 7 wine pairings from Monte De Oro’s award winning wine collection. Meet Chef William Campbell and learn about the food and wine pairing creations he’s developed. Afterwards, enjoy 3 additional wine tastings in Monte De Oro’s tasting room / Cost and reservation information – $50 per person ($42 for wine club members). By reservation only; limited to 40 people. Please visit www.montedeoro.com; click on Order events.

Blind Syrah Tasting / October 21 / 7:00p-9:30p / A hosted blind tasting of 10 Syrah Wines from California accompanied by epicurean appetizers, tapas and dessert. Compare and contrast before the big unveiling over dessert. Educational, relaxing and fun. Bring your friends! / Cost and reservation information – $60 per person ($54 for wine club members). Reservation required. Please visit www.montedeoro.com; click on Order events.

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite Series / Pink Tree of Life – Oct. 2 / Beautiful Butterfly – Oct. 9 / I Wanna Wine You Up – Oct. 16 / Fall Pumpkin – Oct. 23 / Flower Skull – Oct. 30 / Time 1p-3p / 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/ Tickets at: https://www.paintnite.com/events/1100055.html

Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis / October 23 / 3:00 pm / Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program. These walks raise funds for mission critical research and patient support programs, and help increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Our walks are family-friendly festivals held in more than 120 communities across the country with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support CCFA’s critical research, education, and patient support programs/
Cost: Donation / Register: www.cctakesteps.org/temecula

Live Music at Annata Bistro/Bar / Every Friday – Sunday through October, starts 10/7/16 / 5p-8p / Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar is hosting live music nights every Friday – Sunday for the month of October! A local musician or band will perform live in the restaurant for all diners from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, starting on October 7th. Annata Bistro/Bar will be serving our regular weekend menu as well as craft cocktails, beer on tap, and Mount Palomar wines / Free for diners / Reservations: www.mountpalomarwinery.com/annata

Oak Mountain Winery
Woofs & Purrs in the Vines / October 16th / 12p-4p / 100% of the money earned at this event goes to Cause Fur Paws organization and towards our furry friends diabetes treatments / Admission donation of $35 includes a logo glass, one glass of wine, catered lunch and live music / For tickets and info call 9561.699.9102 or email val1@causefurpaws.org.

Menu Mayhem – Recipe for Murder / October 28th / 6p-9p / A Taste for Wine and Murder. It’s a tour of California Wine Country with its peaceful vineyards and picturesque wineries. The annual wine-tasting festival is in full swing when the body of local vineyard owner, Barry Underwood, is found hidden beneath his wine cellar. Barry has been missing for six long years but with the discovery of his body comes a wealth of new clues to solve the mystery. It’s a vintage murder and you may be a suspect. Come Join us for a gourmet dinner wine and an evening you won’t soon forget / Call 951 699-9102 or email events@oakmountainwinery.com / Book Online www.oakmountainwinery.com/events.

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / 6p-9p / 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-7pm / 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, wine and more!

Football Specials in The Cellar Lounge / During NFL Football Games, during business hours Sunday, Monday and Thursday /Enjoy food and drink specials in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn during NFL games! Watch the game on the big screen while enjoying your favorite Ponte wine on tap. Visit our website for more information / Cost: No cover charge, food and drink specials $4 – $15.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Haunted Wine Tours / October 28 – 31 / Start and end time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm / From October 28 through October 31, South Coast Winery has paired up some of our best “Deliciously Haunted” wines with some Spook-Tacular & Goulish Foods. Please join our Haunted Wine Tour at 4:00pm for a 90 minute adventure. Limited space, reservations required, sorry no minors allowed costumes optional / Cost: $55.00 per person, $50 per person wine club / Reservation Information: Call to reserve today. (951) 587-9463

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 / Sunday, October 2, 16, 23, 30 / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden /October 2 & 23 – Diego Mondragon; October 16 & 30 – David Maldonado.

Music Entertainment at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / Friday & Saturday evenings through October 29th / 6pm-9pm / Join us for live music entertainment in our Vineyard Rose Restaurant lounge / October 6, 15, 28 – Alex Guillen, Guitarist; October 8 – Michael Staff, Pianist; October 14, 22, 29 – David Reynolds, Pianist; October 21 – Greg Shibley, Guitarist / Cost: FREE / No reservations required but recommended for dinner. Please check out our events calendar on SouthCoastWinery.com for more details.

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

Break-Up with Your Make-up – Jane Iredale at the Grapeseed Spa / October 8 / 11am-3pm / Your $30 consultation includes a 30 minute session and a glass of South Coast award winning wine. Even better, you may apply the $30 to your Jane Iredale purchase / $30 due when you make your appointment / Reservation Information: Limited Space – Book today! 951.587.9463 Ext. 3513
Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Monday – Friday through November 30. Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa Monday – Friday for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour and indulge in a 50-minute body-massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives. This total body recovery and hydration happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost: $99 / Reservation Information: Call 951-587-9463 Ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Happy Hour at the GrapeSeed Spa / Available Monday-Friday through November 30. Gather your girlfriends and head to the GrapeSeed Spa Monday-Friday for their Wine & Dandy Happy Hour and indulge in a 50-minute body massage cocktail, which includes a powerhouse collection of vegetable and fruit actives.  This total body recover and hyrdation happy hour isn’t served anywhere else! Get even happier with an award-winning glass of wine and spa access / Cost $99 / Reservation information: Call 951-587-9463 ext. 3513 to make your reservations today.

Thornton Winery
Sharon Ride Epilepsy Foundation Fundraiser / Oct. 9th / 7:00am when race starts / A 50 mile ride or 25 mile ride / Cost: $50 includes champagne brunch / For reservations call 649.296.0161

Friday Live Music / 6pm-9pm / $5 Cover fee / Oct. 7-Lifetime Rockers; Oct. 14-Crimson Crow; Oct. 21-Big Truth; Oct. 28-Kanan Road / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series Line-up:
Ottmar Liebert / Oct. 1st / 7pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
Spyro Gyra & Lee Ritenour / Oct. 2nd / 4pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
Brian Culbertson / Oct. 8th / SOLD OUT
Richard Elliot & Peter White / Oct. 16th / 4pm / Cost: Gen. Adm. $75, GSP $150
For tickets and information please log on to www.thorntonwine.com

Wiens Family Cellars
Refugio Wine Paired Dinner / October 28 / 6:30pm-9:30pm / A Cabernet and Malbec lover’s delight! At this event we’ll showcase three vintages of our flagship Refugio Cabernet Sauvignon along with one vintage of our Refugio Malbec; each paired with a wonderful dish! During the event our wine making team will present each vintage and discuss some of the history, attributes of the wine, and how each vintage has aged throughout the years. If you find a particular vintage that you enjoy, each of these wines will be available for purchase on this one night only! Seating is limited to the first 160 guests so be sure you claim your spot before it is too late; these events always sell out/ Cost: $90.00 ($72.00 Wine Club) / For tickets please visit our Event page at www.wienscellars.com.

Wilson Creek Winery
Taste of Tahiti ~ Polynesian Dinner Show / October 9 / 5p-10p / Join us for an extravagant dinner gala under the stars! Dine on an array of seafood such as fresh clams, mussels and oysters, along with lamb and venison flown in directly from New Zealand. Live bands, Polynesian Revue, dancers and other entertainment from the islands of Raiatea, Huahine, Hawaii and New Zealand, will get your heart pumping. You will feel like you are right there on the islands! /For more information: www.tasteoftahiti.org /Adult Dinner: $79 Child Dinner (3-12) $40 / Add unlimited wines with dinner for additional $25 per person

Wine Academy / October 9 / 1p-3p / Top notch winery instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. Harvest Experience 2; Tank and Barrel Tasting with Guz Vizgirda / Cost are $45 Non-members, Wine Club $30 / For reservations call 951.699.9463

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday, 12-4 pm – FREE to public /10/1 – JD Priest / 10/2 – Jeff Tucker / 10/8 – Smoothie Jones / 10/9 – Tim Walsh / 10/15 – Apryle Dalmacio/ 10/16 – Funk Shui Planet / 10/22 – Justin Bourdreaux / 10/23 Lindsey Carrier / 10/29 – Michael Le Clerc / 10/30 – Buzz Cam
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Welcome Peltzer Family Cellars!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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A big wine country welcome to our newest winery here in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country!  Peltzer Family Cellars, located just off Rancho California Rd, opened their cellars doors this week to celebrate a new chapter in the life of a deeply-rooted farming family.

The Peltzer Family has been farming for over a 100 years. It all started in 1913, when winery owner Charlie Peltzer’s great, great grandfather, Charles Peltzer, left Pretty Prairie, Kansas for Southern California to pursue the American Dream. The family put down their roots on a 20 acre citrus and dairy farm in Anaheim, where they cultivated their family business for the next 41 years. In 1954, the farm became a part of history, selling to the one and only, Walt Disney; and just like that, the family farm became the Happiest Place on Earth–Disneyland.

Charles and his son relocated the citrus farm where it not only grew, but flourished. Soon, the 3rd generation entered when Charles II (Charlie’s dad) joined his dad and grandfather to launch Peltzer’s Pine Tree Farm. Still running today, the farm has been bringing families together every holiday season for over 50 years. Following in his father’s footsteps, our very own Charlie (the third!) joined the family business, opening a pumpkin farm on one of his dad’s Pine Tree Farm locations.

Along came Carrie, Charlie’s wife, and the pumpkin business quickly became a family affair. Soon, with the addition of their two boys, (and future-farmers) Charlie (Charles IV) & Max, the Peltzers decided it was time to pursue our dream of raising their boys on their own family farm. In 2004, they moved onto 25 acres here in the Temecula Valley Wine Country and brought Peltzer’s Pumpkin Farm with them, continuing the tradition of bringing families together on the farm.

Now, their journey continues with the building of their dream winery in Temecula Valley, where they’ve been growing grapes for many years.

Come visit The Crush House; their unique tasting room that embodies Charlie’s roots in farming and Carrie’s passion for design. It’s the perfect place to enjoy what you love most: ­­quality time with friends and a great glass of wine!

40275 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591
951.888.2008
www.peltzerwinery.com

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Summer Whites for Every Palate

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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There are few better ways to cool off on a sunny summer day than with a cold, crisp glass of white wine. This season, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country invites wine lovers to sip their way through the region’s stunning whites. With so many delectable selections—from those made from lesser-known varieties to unique blends—Temecula Valley vintners offers a refreshing bottle to suit every palate.

Viognier: This darling of the wine world is widely produced in the region, and is a great alternative to Chardonnay because of its traditionally rich, luscious mouth-feel.

South Coast Winery Viognier 2015, $20: An aromatic peach and nectarine bouquet with a rich, velvety finish, from the winery that just was just named the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year for the fourth time. No other winery has received the coveted “Golden Bear” four times in the history of the competition.

Van Roekel Estate Viognier 2014 (Maurice Car’rie Winery), $22: This award-winning, estate-grown Viognier boasts notes of apricot and Asian pear, with hints of citrus blossom.

Sauvignon Blanc: Always a warm-weather favorite, this aromatic varietal grows well in Temecula Valley terroir. Many local wineries offer bright, fruit-forward bottlings perfect for picnics and outdoor dining.

Monte De Oro Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $19: Made from 100% estate-grown fruit, this wine was selected as the white dinner wine for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards. Citrus and tropical fruits round out this well-balanced summer sipper.

Oak Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $21: Succulent melon and grapefruit mingle together in this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. A light influence of French Oak adds unexpected complexity.

And now, for something completely different: Temecula Valley has a huge selection of lesser-known French, Italian, Spanish and even Portuguese varieties. Summer is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone and discover a new favorite.

Palumbo Grenache Blanc 2014, $28: Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave it 91 points, describing it as “texturally grippy and tense, with flavors of yellow pear, lemon rinds and ever-so slight stone fruit, with tongue-tingling acidity deep into the finish.”

Ponte Vineyards Vermentino 2015, $31: This native Italian grape finds great expression in Temecula Valley. Notes of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and apricot give way to a crisp, refreshing, food-friendly finish.

A little from column A, a little from column B: Temecula Valley offers not only stellar red blends, but some fantastic proprietary white blends as well.

Mount Palomar Shorty’s Bistro White NV, $19: This unusual, award-winning blend of Palomino (a grape commonly used in making sherry), Cinsaut (a red grape) and Viognier is bright and easy-drinking, with notes of pineapple, peach and honeysuckle.

Robert Renzoni Cantata 2015, $22: This blend of 60% Pinot Grigio and 40% Viognier offers a crisp bouquet of apple and pear on the nose with a hint of pineapple on the finish.

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Summer Wine Pairing Guide

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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Ah, the sizzle of summer is upon us. Whether you’re spending your hot summer days and long summer nights relaxing at the beach, chowing down at a backyard barbecue, or picnicking in the park under a shady oak tree, these cool and crisp whites, rosés and sparkling wines will please every palate. All of these wines can be purchased online or in the tasting rooms, so choose your favorites this week! Here’s our guide to beating the heat in the most delicious way:

Whites
Lorimar Winery 2014 Chardonnay – Crisp, tart green apple, Bartlett pears and honey suckle with a medium length finish.
Monte de Oro 2014 Pinot Gris –Wine opens up with peach and apricot flavors couples with pears, lemon/lime, guava and kiwi accents.
Briar Rose Winery Citronier– Aromas of exotic fruit with a brilliant lemon flavor. Sure to bring a smile to every summer celebration

Rosés
Oak Mountain Winery 2015 White Merlot – Sweet cherry and raspberry aromas characterize this wine. Soft, round, juicy cherry and berry flavors form structure and a full, rich texture.
Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2014 La Rosa (Rosé of Sangiovese) –Light strawberry citrus flavors are layered with hints of cranberry, passion & tropical fruit, and a hint of pink grapefruit.
Falkner Winery 2014 Irresistible Rosato –This semi-dry white wine tastes of ripe pear, cinnamon, apple pie, and spice.

Sparklers
Wilson Creek Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine –Light and refreshing, and very fun. Great in Mimosas! A fun party sparkling wine.
Maurice Car’rie & Van Roekel Winery Pomegranate Sparkling Wine– This lively refreshing California Sparkling Wine is bursting with refreshing flavors of pomegranate – a perfect accompaniment to your summer picnic basket.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa Pinot Grigio Sparkling – Finished as a “Brut” this is a Pinot Grigio with wonderful nuances of pears and apples, a touch of tropical fruitiness and crisp acidity.

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Temecula Valley Winery named California Winery of the Year!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

winery-of-the-yearWe were so excited to learn that our very own, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, has once again been named California Winery of the Year for an unprecedented 4th time!

Sacramento has just released the results from the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wine competition, and Southern California Temecula Valley’s South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has been named the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year.

Records were broken this year at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition as South Coast Winery was the first and only winery in the competition’s history to be presented with a four-time championship, naming it the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year. South Coast Winery brought home the first California State Winery of the Year award to its Southern California Temecula Valley home in 2008 and then followed it up with a back-to-back win in 2009. It earned the top title in the California State competition again in 2013 and now celebrates its fourth win for 2016.
South Coast Winery Winery of The Year 2016

Dating back to 1854, the California State Wine Competition premieres only wines made with fruit grown in California; and there were 2,854 wines judged from 750 of the state’s top wineries during this year’s competition.

“South Coast Winery is truly honored to be bringing this recognition to Temecula Valley Wine Country, especially with only 13 years of wine production. This award is a reflection of the dedication and the collaboration between our soil and vines, the vineyard team and our talented winemakers. I’m humbled to be a part of it,” states Jim Carter, the owner/vintner for the Southern California winery resort.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Carter and the entire South Coast Winery team!

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July Winery Events

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

fireworks-independence-day-4th-of-july-independence (1)With so much going on in Temecula Valley during July and throughout the summer, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick just one activity to experience. Enjoy the warm days, cooler nights – and air-conditioned wineries. Take in a summer concert or sign up for a cooking class; attend a live play or see a famous jazz artist.

Avensole Winery
Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace
Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / All free and open to the public / July 1 –Seabaz / July 2 –Danielle Taylor / July 8 –James Wells / July 9 &15 –Harmony Road / July 16 –Tim Walsh / July 22 –James Wells / July 23 –Izon Eden / July 29 –Jim Bianchi / July 30 –Hunter Pea

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio
Saturday 1p-4p and Sunday 2p-5p / All free and open to the public / July 2 & 3 –Izon Eden / July 9 –Old School Band / July 10 –Lucky Daze / July 16 –Michael LeClerc / July 17 –Shultz & Hamilton / July 23 –Lucky Daze / July 24 –Danielle Taylor / July 30 –Old School Band / July 31 –Tim Cash

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents Hamlet
July 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 / Showtime starts at 7pm at Baily’s outdoor stage / Tickets: General Seating: Regular $22, Seniors 55+, Students, Military $17, Season Ticket $20. Royal Table Seating: Regular $30, Season Ticket $27 / Baily Winery maintains booth serving wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks / For ticket information please log on to www.shakespeareinthevines.com

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / / Live acoustic music on the patio

Bel Vino Winery
Red, White & BBQ
Sunday, July 3rd / 12pm to 4pm / Celebrate Independence Day at Bel Vino Winery / Available for purchase will be BBQ entrées that include hamburgers, BBQ ribs and chicken, Brauts, along with two sides, extras and dessert / Please RSVP at 951.676.6414 or email dayna@belvinowinery.com

Karaoke Night
Every Friday 6p-9p / Free admission / Karaoke every Friday night at Bel Vino Winery in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday
12pm to 4pm / Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage / July 2 –The 80’s Brigade / July 3 – Kanan Road / July –Gin Piston / July 10 –The VIB / July 16 –Soul Fire / July 17 –Bill Watson / July 23 –Nathan James / July 24 –Kanan Road / July 30 –Gin Piston / July 31 –The VIB

Briar Rose
Sip Into the Sunset
First Friday of each month / Open until 10pm / Live music from 6p-9m and wine under the stars in our enchanted garden or tasting room / Purchase a glass of wine or a bottle / Outside food allowed at these events only / Reservations required; call 951.308.1098

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Live Music at the Courtyard Patio
Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Friday Night Delights at Meritage at Callaway
Start your weekend off at Meritage every Friday. We have it all, sunset, live music, sangria, savory bites, good vibes and more. Relax and chill with friends on our Vineyard Terrace with panoramic views of wine country / $15 regular / $10 industry / Price includes a glass of freshly made red or white sangria and choice of two farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Diamond / For more information please visit www.callawaywinery.com

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
Sunday Live Music
2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / 7/3 –James Holland / 7/10 –Don Brennan / 7/17 –Shaula Walko / 7/24 –James Holland / 7/31 –Aaron White

Friday Night Live Music
5pm-8pm / Free to attend / Happy Hour 2 for 1 glasses of wine from 7-8pm / Industry and Wine Club benefits honored / Deli is open until 7pm / 7/1- Lindsey Carrier / 7/8 –Jeff Brinkman / 7/15 –Joshua Taylor / 7/22 –Jerry Gontang / 7/29 –Frankie and the Invisibles

Danza del Sol Winery
Taco Tuesday
July 12 / 5:30pm -8:30am / Tuesday’s just got tastier! Join us on the Tasting Room Patio for tacos, burritos, and more! Live music and admission is free. Food, wine and selected beer will be available for purchase. Wine club discounts apply to bottle purchases only. Wine Club complimentary glass excluded from this event/ For more details visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Food Truck Friday
July 22 / 6:30pm-10:30pm / $7 -$8 / Join us for a fun night of food, Wine, Rhythm and Blues! Live music featuring Missy Andersen / For more details visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Live Music on the Patio
1:00-5:00pm / Grab your friends and head over to Danza del Sol for a Saturday afternoon of wine and great music / July 2 –Steroflux / July 9 –Hamilton & Shultz / July 16 –Tralian Rox / July 23 –Danielle Taylor / July 30 –Britt Doehring

Doffo Winery
Live Music on the Patio
Every Saturday in July / 1p-4p / Free to the public / July 2 –Martin Mancuso / July 9 –Camille Marsh / July 16 –Lucy Laforge / July 23 –Alex and the Band / July 30 –Tralian Roslyn

Europa Village
Movie in the Vines – Finding Nemo
July 21 / 7:00p – 9:30p / Free to the public / For more information on this event, please visit www.europavillage.com

Friday Night Entertainment
6:00-9:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / July 9 –Kanan Road / July 22 – Boomer McClenn / July 29 –Blue Fish

Live Music every Sunday
1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / July 3 –Astra Kelly / July 10 –Jimmy Patton / July 17 –Danielle Taylor / July 24 –Luis Andre

Falkner Winery
16th Anniversary Celebration
July 2nd – 4th / 11p – 5p / Live music, yard games and tournaments! Wine raffles every hour – 1 ticket per tasting. 50% off case sales, restaurant special baby back ribs, taco bar and bbq.

Wine Appreciation Class
July 16 / 10a-12:30p / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person, $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP. $70 per person with lunch option / RSVP required at 951.676.8231 ext. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Funday, Sunday in the Yard Garden
Every Sunday in June / 12:00-3:00pm / Game Competition starts at 1pm as well as other limited availability lawn games. Taco bar, carafes of sangria, and beer will be available for purchase / Must be present to register prior to 1:00 pm for the game competition

Leoness Cellars
Annual Wine & Vine Symposium
July 15 / 5p-7pm / Featuring Los Caballos Vineyard. Sip & learn with our expert panel as they take you through a cheese paired tasting of our exceptional Merlots and share insights into the farming and winemaking process. Our panel Gary Winder, Stage Ranch Founder & Leoness Co-Owner, Mike Rennie, Leoness Co-Owner, Tim Kramer, Winemaker, Pete Mousis, Associate Winemaker, Billy Bower, Director of Agriculture, Daragh Matheson, Chef & Directory of Culinary Operations / Pre-purchase tickets at $79, Wine Club Members $69. Limited availability on tickets so reserved now by calling 951.302.7601.

Live Music in The Restaurant at Leoness
Every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 5-8pm / Free and open to the public.

Live Music in the Barrel Room
Sunday 1pm-4pm / Free and open to the public.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Smoke & Vine: A Night of Cigars and Wine
July 24 / 6p – 8p / Tickets are $85 / $76.50 for Wine Club Members / Tickets include three course dinner, two cigars paired with Lorimar wines / Tickets are available in the tasting room or online at www.lorimarwinery.com

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

Live Music Sunday
2p-5pm / Free to the public

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio
12:00-4:00pm / July 2 –Dustin Jake / July 9 –Sean Wiggins / July 16 –Michael SG / July 30 –JD Priest Free to the public

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Let’s Dance!
July 9 / 7p-10p / Come join the fun and celebrate our 30 year anniversary! Dance with the dynamic Live Remedy! Liver Remedy is a Souther California based band who love to play fun and energetic Country and Rock music. They always leave the fans wanting more! Local artists will also join us to display their incredible photography and paintings / Food and award-winning Maurice Car’rie wines will available for purchase / No cover charge for the public / For additional information call 951.676.1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment
Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Every Sunday 4p-7p / Free to the public / Friday, July 1st, JD Priest / Saturday, July 2nd, DevOcean / Sunday, July 3rd, The Counterfeits / Friday, July 8th, Ruben V- Latin & salsa music / Saturday, July 9th, Bluefish / Sunday, July 10th, Lindsey Carrier / Friday, July 15th, Mickie Arnett / Saturday, July 16th, Indica Roots/ Sunday, July 17th, Rhonda Parish & Vince Mendoza duo / Friday, July 22nd, Nathan James / Saturday, July 23rd, Midnight Satellites / Friday, July 29th, Big Truth Band / Saturday, July 30th, Tricia Freeman / Sunday, July 31st, Twofish / No reservations required. For more information please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Sounds of Sunday
1:00-5:00pm / Come, relax and end the weekend with a glass of wine and a Bistro entrée. Live music program every Sunday on our outdoor patio / For additional information please visit us at www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Murder…Without a Clue
July 15 / 7pm – 10pm / Catch a killer over cocktails in the Mount Palomar Winery barrel room! This interactive murder mystery event is hosted by the talented performers from Dainty Dames Events and includes a delectable 3 course meal, a glass of champagne, and a mystery to solve. Don’t miss it! / Tickets are $120++, $110++ for wine club members / Tickets and more online at www.MountPalomarWinery.com/MurderMysteryDinner

Paint Nite – Coco Caliente
July 17 / 1pm – 3pm / 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!) / Tickets $45, includes supplies / More online at www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Upcoming-Events

Noise Pollution: The AC/DC Experience
July 22 / 6pm – 10pm / Live at Mount Palomar Winery
Playing all the hits such as: Back In Black • Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) • Highway To Hell • Thunderstruck • You Shook Me All Night Long • TNT • Hell’s Bells For Those About To Rock…and so many more! / Tickets $25, $30 at the door / Tickets online at Heyday.com

Ponte Family Estate Winery
Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday / 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-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour for specials on craft beer, flatbreads, wine and more!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Chef’s Wine-Down Wednesday Food & Wine Paired Dinner / July 20 / First seating at 7pm / Vineyard Rose Restaurant’s Executive Chef Jason Rivas presents this exciting four-course, locally-sourced dining experience, with ultimate award-winning wine pairing with each course. Space is available for 40 people only and the first seating will begin promptly at 7 PM. $90++ per person / Reservations required. Call 951.587.9463 Ext. 7226 /All sales are final.

Wine, Dine & Painting Class
July 24 / 10am-2pm / This exclusive package comes with three-hour instruction and supplies to paint your masterpiece, and follows with a select lunch menu to redeem at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant / $75 per person / $70 Wine Club / Purchase tickets online at SouthCoastwinery.com or call 951.587.9463 Ext. 5250

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours
Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Because you’ve got good taste…Get up close and personal as you learn more about our spectacular Southern California winery with a behind-the-scenes tour. From vineyards to crush pad, each tour concludes with a specially prepared wine and food pairing. 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. Call 800-539-1375 Ext. 350 to reserve your spot today.

Happy Hours at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday-Friday 3:00p-5:30p Join us in the Vineyard Rose Lounge for reduced priced selected appetizers, award winning select glasses of South Coast wines and local drafts. PLUS corkage fees are waived for any South Coast Winery wine bottles brought in to the Vineyard Rose Restaurant and consumed while dining on Wednesdays too! / Visit www.WineResort.com to view menus and find out more.

GrapeSeed Stretch
Yoga at the GrapeSeed Spa / Saturdays: 8am Harmonizing Hatha / Sundays: 8am Hot Yoga / Resorts Guests $10 / Non-guests $20 / Spa Members: Complimentary / Call to reserve at 951.587.9463 ext. 3513

Thornton Winery
Friday Live Music
6pm-9pm / Free to public / July 1 –“ Jason Lohrke as Neil Diamond”- The Early Years / July 8 –Crimson Crow / July 15 – Little Lies Band with Big Truth / July 22 –“Mick Adams & the Stones – Rolling Stones Tribute Band” / July 29 –B.I.G. / Call (951) 699-0099 to reserve a table!

Jazz Concert Series
Al Jarreau / July 16 / 7pm / $85 Gen. Adm.; $160 GSP
Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown / July 23 / 7pm / $85 Gen. Adm.; $160 GSP
For reservations call 951.699.0099 ext. 3127 or ext. 129

Wilson Creek Winery

Doors Tribute Band Concert – Wild Child / July 8 / Doors open at 6pm/ $35 / An Amazing Doors Recreation Live in Temecula Wine Country Live re-creation of a 1960’s Doors concert right here in Temecula Valley Wine Country. With over 20 solid years of world tour experience, Dave Brock’s Doors Experience has flourished in the competitive L.A. Music Scene faithfully re-creating a live Doors Concert on stage. The music and voice is painstakingly reproduced to give the essence of Jim Morrison live on stage / Purchase online at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Wine Academy – Portugal Wines / July 10 / 1 pm – 3pm / Instructor: Mick Wilson
$45 non members; $30 members / Please call to make reservations: 951-699-9463

Weekend Entertainment / 12p -4p / Free to the public / July 2 – JD Priest / July 3 – Anthony Suraci / July 9 – Smoothie Jones / July 10 – Buzz Campbell / July 16 – Dustin Jake / July 17 – Jeff Tucket / July 23 – Anthony Suraci / July 24 – Justin Bourdreaux / July 30 – Michael LeClerc / July 31 – Lindsey Carrier

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Prawn & Avocado Salad with Creamy Orange Chive Dressing

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

timthumbThis zesty and colorful salad with lemony prawns and a bright tangy dressing is the essence of California living. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Pinot Grigio or Rosé.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoons sea salt

¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 pound prawns (about 24), peeled and deveined

¼ cup full fat plain yogurt

3 tablespoons minced chives

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced orange zest

2 teaspoons minced lemon zest

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon sea salt

6 handfuls mixed lettuce greens

3 navel oranges, peel and pith removed with a knife, cut into ½-inch dice

2 large avocados, halved and pitted, flesh cut into ½ inch dice

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the prawns and mix well.

Place a steam basket or rack in a large saucepan. Add water to a level not quite touching the steamer. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the prawns, cover and steam for 3 minutes.

Remove the prawns from pan and set them aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil with the yogurt, chives, mayonnaise, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest, lemon zest, sugar and ½ teaspoon salt.

To serve, place a handful of mixed greens on each plate.

Top each serving with diced orange and avocado pieces, and prawns.

Drizzle each salad with dressing.

Season with pepper and garnish with a lemon wedge

Suggested Pairings: 

Baily Winery ~ 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese – Fun, fruity and full of character.

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio – Soft candied aromas of honeysuckle, almonds and leche fruit.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese – A summery bouquet of rosy red fruit and flowers: strawberry, cherry, raspberry, rose petal and cherry blossom fill the nose and palate of this perfect warm weather wine.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio – This wine offers subtle notes of green apple, lemon and pear, with a crisp refreshing finish.

Recipe & photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California

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