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August Winery Events

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents: Richard II / August 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 / Show starts at 7:30 pm/ Stage at an outdoor venue at beautiful Baily Winery / Tickets: General admission $22; $17 for Seniors 55+, Students and Military / For ticket sales and more information please visit: http://shakespeareinthevines.org

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768

Bel Vino Winery
Endeavor Classic Rock Laser Show / August 4 / 6:00pm-10:00pm / $25 General Admission; $15 Wine Club; $150 VIP table that seats 8 people / Tickets can be purchased at belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
NO DUH in Concert / August 17 / 6:00pm to 9:00pm / General Admission $28.00, Callaway Wine Club $25.20 / No Duh is not just the best tribute to No Doubt & Gwen Stefani, they’re one of the best tribute acts in the world. It’s not just great music, it’s a complete, high energy, audio-visual explosion! No Duh mixes the experience & energy of a live No Doubt concert with nostalgic visuals, styling’s & props of the No Doubt & Gwen Stefani videos, complete with costume changes & even some humor! Close your eyes or keep them open, you will feel like you are experiencing the real thing. It’s rare to see a tribute act excite an audience like this band! / Tickets can be purchased via phone (951) 676-4001, at the Callaway Tasting Rooms in Temecula and San Diego, or online: www.callawaywinery.com/res-408126/No-Duh.html

SIP, STOMP & PLAY Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival! / August 25 / 6:00pm to 9:00pm / $68.00 per person, Callaway Wine Club $61.20, Kids ages 4-11 $30.00 (price does not include tax) /Grab a bunch of your family and friends and join us for this fun-for-the-entire-family grape stomp and harvest festival! Bring the kids! We’ll have face painting, live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-alike contest and, of course, grape stomping contests! Channel your inner Lucy and dress up for a chance to win prizes! Our executive chef is serving up some hearty cuisine that’s perfect for keeping your energy up while you stomp and dance the night away! Get your tickets while you can, you won’t want to miss this event! Tickets include: Admission to the event, one glass of Callaway wine, dinner, dancing, wine specials and grape stomping! / Tickets can be purchased via phone (951) 676-4001, at the Callaway Tasting Rooms in Temecula and San Diego, or online: www.callawaywinery.com/res-408129/Sip-Stomp-Play-2018.html

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

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

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

Danza del Sol Winery
Laugh Lounge / August 3 / 6pm – 9pm / Join us for a night of laughs as we present Danza del Sol’s Laugh Lounge! Sip on some wine, savor some tasty bites, and grin as three comedians tickle your funny bone! Adults Only Please! / $32 Wine Club Members | $38 Member Guests. VIP Table – Reserved Seating for 4 Guests & a Bottle of Wine for the Table $160 Wine Club Members – VIP Table | $175 Member Guests / Call Kelly at (951) 302-6363 ext. 26

Food Truck Friday featuring Missy Andersen / August 24 / 5:30pm-10pm / Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate Summer with food, wine, and Missy Andersen! Free admission; VIP tables for 4 available with a bottle of wine beginning at $45 per table for members/$50 for non-members / Call Kelly at (951) 302-6363 ext. 26 to reserve your table!

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member / 1pm & 3pm Monday-Sunday / 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 seasonal accoutrements. Each pairing lasts approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / Reservations recommended Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Europa Village
Festa Europa Featuring Big Truth / August 3 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Enjoy wine, food and live music by Big Truth, benefiting Navy League of the United States Inland Empire! Tickets: Free Admission; Food Tickets: $18

Italian Cooking Class / August 11 / 12:00pm & 2:00pm / Tickets $58; Société $52.20 / Embark on a culinary adventure to the Piedmont region of Italy, led by Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator Dean Thomas. Discover what historical influences shaped the culture and cuisine of this region while savoring a three-course wine paired lunch

Movie in the Vines / August 16 / 6:00pm / Join us for a movie in the vines featuring “Under the Tuscan Sun” rated PG-13. Movie will begin approximately at 7:30 pm / Concession items available for purchase no outside food or drinks allowed

Italian Wine Education Class / August 26 / 12:00pm / Tickets $38; Société $34.20 / Let Europa’s Sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman take you on a journey through Italy, sampling Europa’s Vienza Italian wines, and savor samples of fine food pairings prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas

Falkner Winery
Sip N Paint Class “Summer Lanterns” / August 2 / 6:00-8:00 pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / August 18 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP is required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Fundraiser 4 Makayla in the Yard Garden / August 25 / 5:30-10:00pm / $20 donation for entry / All proceeds go to raising funds 4 Makayla for a Wheelchair Accessible Van / Wine and Sangria by the bottle/glass, beer, Food truck, raffles, silent auction / Live Music by The Barstow Prophets

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / August 11 / Doors Open at 6:30 with a 45-minute Salsa Lesson / Admission fee is $20 for non-members (plus tax) and $15 (plus tax) for Wine Club Members / Includes a glass of Sangria / No partner or experience needed! / Special Food Menu Items! Wine, Beer, Sangria available for purchase! / Purchase Tickets at http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390697/Salsa-Night-72118.html

Foot Path Winery
Food, Wine and Music / August 18 / 6:30pm- 9:00pm / Featuring Tim Cash on guitar / Cost is $30.00 per person which includes the food, music and a glass of wine / For reservations, call the winery at 951-265-9951

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Ladies Night at Lorimar / August 9 / 7:00pm / This one’s for you, ladies! Join us for a night of wine, vendors, karaoke, massages, activities and more. Tickets are $10 and include one glass of wine / Available now at www.lorimarwinery.com or calling us at 951.694.6699

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Wine Down Wednesday / August 1 / 5pm-7pm / Join us on the Vintner’s Lounge Patio for a tapas evening featuring Chef’s Pantry. Assorted tapas available for purchase $2.00 – $5.00. Wine by the glass and/or bottle available for purchase. Wine club complimentary glasses & tastings are not included. No reservations required.

Summer Luncheon featuring Audrey Cilurzo /August 18 / 12:30pm – 2:30pm / Price: $27.00 – $30.00 / Masia De La Vinya is honored to have Audrey Cilurzo speak at our very first luncheon. Audrey Cilurzo has been a part of our beautiful wine country for over 50 years and successfully opened one of Temecula’s first vineyards with her husband in 1967. Come enjoy a delicious lunch while Audrey shares a rich piece of Temecula Wine Country’s history. This is an experience you won’t want to miss!! / Salad, Fresh fruit, 2 sandwiches, assorted desserts with one glass of Masia wine included in ticket price / Members $27 • Non-Member’s $30 / To RSVP email wineclub@masiadelavinya.com or www.masiadelavinya.com/events

Monte De Oro Winery
Polynesian Night & Luau /August 18 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm / $60 Gen. Admission; $50 Wine Club / Mahalo, and welcome to Monte De Oro’s 2nd annual Luau! Join us for an island style evening featuring music, Polynesian Dancers, Tahitian Drummers, 3 Fire Dancers, a delicious spread (including a pig roast!) and Sangria!! / For reservations please visit www.montedeoro.com

Huey Lewis & The News Tribute Concert /August 25 / Doors Open @ 6:30pm / Join us for The Heart of Rock & Roll, A Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News! The Heart of Rock & Roll brings to life all the hits of the 80’s super group Huey Lewis & the News. “The Heart of Rock & Roll”, “I Want a New Drug”, “If This Is It” & “Heart & Soul” are just some of the hits from their 1984 multi-platinum album, Sports. And they’ll forever be remembered for their soundtrack contributions to the blockbuster film Back to the Future, which included the #1 hit, “The Power of Love.” / General Admission: $30 / VIP (Included Reserved Seating & Dinner Service): $65 / General Admission Wine Club: $25 / VIP Wine Club: $60 / For reservations please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / August 5 & 26 / 1:00pm-3:00pm / Tickets $45 / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Use the coupon code CREATE30 to save $15! / For tickets: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Appetite for Destruction, the Ultimate Guns N’ Roses Experience / August 8 / 6:00pm-10:00pm / Appetite for Destruction will deliver the definitive Guns N’ Roses Show live at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula! Performing all the hit singles, rock radio stables, and fan favorites, they are the ultimate lookalikes and soundalikes for the legendary band / Tickets: $25 Preorder, $35 day of event / For tickets: https://www.heyday.com/gnr

ESCAPE: The Journey Tribute / August 31/ 6:00pm-10:00pm / ESCAPE: The Journey Tribute faithfully re-captures the thrill generations of Journey fans remember. Like Journey, ESCAPE features 5 top California musicians who have performed live in nearly every state in the nation. Altogether, these five rockers from Los Angeles hold more ammunition to capture the look and sound of Journey beyond all other Journey tribute bands / Tickets: $25 Preorder, $35 day of event / For tickets: https://www.heyday.com/escape

Ponte Winery
Ponte Winery’s 2018 Grape Stomp / August 19 / 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. / We’re celebrating our 15 Year Anniversary at the Grape Stomp this year! Each ticket will include: Admission to the Grape Stomp event & competition (competition optional), 1 Bottle of Our Limited Production 15th Anniversary Red Wine (per guest), Drink Tickets (3 per guest) valid for Ponte wine and/or beer, Gourmet Dinner Buffet. Dinner will include a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, Mediterranean-inspired salads, savory entrées & sides, and delectable desserts. Check-in starts at 3:00 p.m., Hors d’oeuvres & bar open at 4:00 p.m. & the competition begins at 5:00 p.m. / General Admission: $125; Wine Club Price: $112.50 / For reservations please visit https://shop.pontewinery.com/res-408189/Grape-Stomp-2018-15-Year-Anniversary.html

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Wine, Dine & Paint / August 25 / 10:00am – 1:00pm / Cost: $75 | $70 Wine Club /Work one-on-one with Jill Roberts, internationally-known, award-winning artist, at one of our all-inclusive Wine, Dine & Paint classes, complete with: A three-hour guided Art+Vino painting class , Painting supplies, aprons and canvas, Winemakers lunch at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant with a glass of wine / Purchase tickets through our Online Store at SouthCoastWinery.com or call your Wine Club Concierge at 951.491.8506. Must be 21+ to attend. Weather permitting. Additional wines by the glass or bottle available for purchase. Location subject to change. Due to the limited size of the event, all sales are non-refundable/exchangeable.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / 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, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Jazz Concert Series
THE RIPPINGTONS, DAVID BENOIT & MARC ANTOINE / August 4 / 7:00pm /
General Admission $85. Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out

ROBERT CRAY BAND / August 5 / 6:00pm /
General Admission $85; Gourmet Supper Package $160

CHRIS BOTTI / August 11 / 7:00pm /
General Admission $105. Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out

NORMAN BROWN & BOBBY CALDWELL / August 18 / 7:00pm /
General Admission $85. Gourmet Supper Package $160

GEORGE BENSON / August 25 / 7:00pm /
General Admission $105. Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out

To purchase jazz tickets online, please visit www.thorntonwine.com or by calling the winery at 951.699.0099

Friday Live Music / B. I. G. / August 24 / 6:00p-9:00p / $10 Cover Fee / Reservations required for a Table. Call (951) 699-0099 *Must order dinner to reserve a table.
*Seats available for General Admission on first come basis.

Friday Live Music / Neil Diamond Tribute – Jason Lohrke / August 31 / 6:00p-9:00p / $10 Cover Fee Reservations required for a Table. Call (951) 699-0099 *Must order dinner to reserve a table.
*Seats available for General Admission on first come basis.

Wilson Creek Winery
Thompson Square Concert / Sunday August 19th / 6:00-10:00 pm / General Admission $60; Orchestra $100 / Thompson Square is an internationally renowned Country duo created by the husband-and-wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Since breaking out in 2010 with the 2X-PLATINUM #1 smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” the duo has gone on to score two Top 5 albums and romantic #1 hits in the U.S. and Australia. Thompson Square have released their third studio album, MASTERPIECE. Join us for some music & wine in the vines!
Purchase tickets at: https://www.purplepass.com/#173033/Wilson_Creek_Winery-Thompson_Square_-_Country_Concert-Wilson_Creek_Winery_and_Vineyards-August-19-2018.html

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday 10am-3pm / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

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50th Anniversary Commemorative Wine ~ Now Available!

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) today announced the launch of their 50th Anniversary commemorative wine, a blend of Temecula Valley Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre produced and bottled in Temecula Valley by Temecula Valley winemakers.

The collaborative effort was led by TVWA’s enology committee, made up of Jim Hart of Hart Winery, Phil Baily of Baily Winery and Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery. The team presented numerous possibilities for consideration, including a Bordeaux blend, a “Super Tuscan”-style blend and an offbeat concoction made up of Portuguese and other classic international grapes, before landing on the final product, a blend of 50% Syrah, 26% Grenache and 24% Mourvèdre.

“Temecula Valley’s Mediterranean climate makes it well-suited to grow a lot of different grape varieties, which made this a particularly interesting exercise,” said Jon McPherson, Master Winemaker at South Coast Winery and Carter Estate. “Making this wine allowed us to dig deeper on who we are as a region. What we concluded is that this diversity of offerings is what makes us unique. The 50th Anniversary wine is only one example of a blend of grapes that truly shine in Temecula Valley. The possibilities were actually endless.”

Located just 22 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Temecula Valley is bordered by valleys and coastal mountains ranging from 2,000 to 11,000 feet elevation. This creates a low-pressure area characterized by warm days, afternoon breezes and cool nights. Marine air is pulled into the Valley through two low-elevation points in the mountains – the Rainbow Gap and the Temecula Gorge — which allows wine grapes to develop full ripeness while maintaining desirable acidity levels.

“This wine is the perfect representation of our 50th Anniversary theme – the People, Passion and Perseverance of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” said Krista Chaich, TVWA Executive Director. “Our talented winemakers came together to lend their expertise and deep commitment to this Valley in order to craft a wine that is not just delicious now, but that will stand the test of time…as our region has done over the past 50 years and will continue to do for the next 50. We cannot wait to share this wine with consumers.”

Temecula Valley grows over two dozen grape varieties. In addition to the Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that make up the 50th Anniversary wine, those that especially thrive include common Italian varieties like Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Vermentino and Arneis; classic Bordelaise grapes like Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec; other Rhône Varieties like Viognier and Grenache Blanc; Spanish grapes like Tempranillo; and offbeat varieties like the Portuguese Touriga Nacional and Southern Italian Falanghina.

The 50th Anniversary wine will be available for purchase at special events and through Hart Winery. The wine will retail for $50 per 750 ml bottle. Special etched magnums will also be available for purchase.  There are limited quantities available!

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Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Cherry BBQ Sauce and Red Cabbage Citrus Slaw

Friday, June 29th, 2018

This looks like an amazing dish to serve for your 4th of July BBQ! Fresh cherries round out the smoky heat of a feisty barbecue sauce that glazes tender pork ribs as they crisp on the grill. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

Sauce:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound fresh California cherries, pitted, chopped
2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili pepper (or smoked Hungarian paprika)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Rub:
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 racks baby back ribs, each about 2 pounds, membranes removed

Slaw:
1/2 medium head red cabbage, finely shredded, about 4 cups
2 large carrots, coarsely grated
1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely grated with juices, about 1/2 cup
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Make the sauce:
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the jalapeño and garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 to 2 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the sauce to a food processor or blender, process until smooth and taste for seasoning.

Prepare the ribs:
In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients. Evenly coat the ribs with the rub. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-low heat (about 300°F). Grill the ribs, bone-side down over indirect heat, with the lid closed, until the meat is very tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. During the last 20 to 30 minutes of grilling time, baste the ribs with the glaze every 5 or 10 minutes. Remove the ribs from the grill and let rest 5 minutes, then cut into individual ribs for serving.

While the ribs are grilling, make the slaw:
Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss to thoroughly coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to develop.
Serve the ribs with the remaining sauce for dipping and the slaw.

Suggested Pairings:

Baily Winery ~ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon –  These grapes hail from the oldest vineyards in Temecula, planted in 1968. This wine offers warm, rich tones with subtle, herbaceous qualities and a hint of mint.

Doffo Winery ~2015 Zinfandel – Awarded 1st place at Temecula Valley People’s Choice Blind Tasting!

Leoness Cellars ~ 2015 Cellar Selection Zinfandel – This wine offers beautiful aromas and flavors of sweet blackberry and juicy plum, with hints of clove and black licorice framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Thornton Winery ~ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Very classic berry and pepper aromas came forth while subtle herbaeceous notes meld with the warm toasty aromas from the oak.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California

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5 Facts About Blended Wine

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Blended wines are some of our favorites because they are the most complex and interesting types of wine.  Here are the 5 facts you need to know about blends:

1. Difference between varietals and blends: A standard varietal like Malbec, Chardonnay etc., is made from the same type of grape. Sometimes winemakers will use grapes from different plots of a vineyard or different regions for a varietal, but they are all the same type of grapes. In the U.S. a varietal needs to be 75 percent of one type of grape, while in Europe it’s generally 80 percent and in Argentina it’s 85 percent. It’s possible for wineries to add other grapes to a varietal to enhance the elements and still call it a single varietal wine.

Blends are what their name suggests. They typically consist of at least 40-50 percent of one type of grape and a smaller mix of two or more other grapes.

2. Blending makes wines more complex: Blending is used to maximize the expression of a wine. It can enhance aromas, color, texture, body and finish, making it a more well-rounded and complex wine. If a wine doesn’t have a strong scent, for example, a winemaker can add five percent of a more potent smelling grape and can experiment with different types of varietals coming from other vineyards. They could have been aged in oak barrels, fermented in various kinds of vessels or just harvested in different phases of ripeness.

In Argentina, the heart of most blends is Malbec. Merlot can be used to give the wine a better aroma and make it seem fresher or smoother. Cabernet Franc or Sauvignon are often added for structure or tannin concentration to make a more powerful wine. Creating the perfect blend also depends on the characteristics of the year and the expression of each grape. The possibility for combinations that result in a quality blend are endless.

3. Some single varietals are made for blending: Winemakers will often make a barrel of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or other wines solely for the purpose of blending. As the grapes are being harvested, a winemaker determines what they think will be the best formula for a blend. Allotting specific barrels for blending allows them to experiment in finding the best types of mixtures. The idea is to highlight each grape’s strength and complement the other grapes being used in the blend.

4. The timeline for mixing wines varies: Winemakers mix blends in a steel tank. Lower cost blends are rarely aged in oak and higher cost blends are generally aged in oak. Some winemakers put blended wines into an oak barrel half way through the aging process, while others put the wines together one to two weeks before bottling. Some try letting the wines ferment together from start to finish. Again, the goal is to develop the best of everything in the wines and each winery determines what approach works best for them.

5. Some grapes aren’t used for blending: White wines tend to be pure varietals. However, there are some exceptions, particularly in certain regions in Europe where two or more white grapes are used. Pinot Noir is a type of grape that is rarely blended. That is why when you are having a Burgundy it will likely be a 100 percent Pinot Noir.

Here are some great Temecula Valley blends you won’t want to miss!

Callaway Winery ~ Calliope Red – Blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Petite Sirah

Lorenzi Estate Wines ~ 2013 Rated R Red Blend – Blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah

Lorimar Winery ~ 2016 Vineyard Blend –  Blend of Grenache, Viognier and Roussanne

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2015 Cabernet Rosé – Blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon

Vindemia Winery ~ 2015 Commonwealth – Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petite Syrah

Copy source: Ross Szabo; The Huffington Post

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Summertime Sipping!

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Barbecues are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the day with Dad. And all that grillin’ just screams for a good red wine. But if you’re thinking it’s too warm for red, think again! With these few tips, finding the perfect summer sip won’t have to put your love of red on hold.

  • Chill out! Pop your bottle of red wine in the fridge for about 30 mins – or in an ice chest for about half that – and you’ll be amazed at how much more refreshing it will taste.
  • No or Low Oak wines are generally fresher and fruitier.
  • Low to Moderate Alcohol levels usually equate to lower tannin levels for a wine that won’t weigh you down.
  • Light to Medium bodied wines tend to be easy on the palate, bright and light.

So, whether you’re in the backyard or on the beach – serving burgers and brats, or steak and grilled veggies – there’s tons of options for pairing your favorite Temecula Valley wine with whatever you’re serving up.

If the mainstay is red meat, a spicy Zinfandel or Syrah would be perfect. If you’re looking for a more mellow choice, a fruit forward Merlot always works; it’s also great with chicken, pork chops or fish. If your fave is a Cabernet, go ahead and drink what you like. But try not to shortchange your options. Go for a nice red blend for the best of all worlds. And don’t forget about a blush wine; there’s nothing a nice dry rosé can’t do for spicy ribs and coleslaw – or a plate of spicy hot wings!

A few Temecula Valley wine suggestions for your next barbecue:

Baily Winery ~ Rosé of Sangiovese: fun, fruity and full of character

Danza del Sol Winery ~ Grenache: the color is light, but the aromas are bright

Maurice Car’rie Winery ~ Cody’s Crush: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah blend

Oak Mountain Winery ~ Merlot: berry, raspberry, blackberry, plum, and abundant smokey oak

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ Big Fred’s Red: ripe blueberry and black cherry, hints of caramel

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Grilled Three Cheese Sandwiches with Mustard Aioli

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Crisp, creamy and peppery, these sandwiches make a spectacular simple supper or decadent late-night snack. For the perfect pairing, try with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded Fontina cheese

½ cup shredded Jack cheese

½ cup shredded Gruyere cheese

8 rustic-style sandwich bread slices

unsalted butter, softened

1 cup watercress, with stems

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon brown, stone ground, or Dijon mustard

Directions:

1. Toss to mix the Fontina, Jack, and Gruyere cheeses in a medium bowl.

2. Use your fingers to pinch 2 small holes, 2 inches apart, in each slice of bread (to allow a little cheese to ooze out and make the bread extra crispy).

3. Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each slice.

4. Arrange 4 of the slices, butter-side down, in a large skillet.

5. Cover each slice evenly with a quarter of the cheese mixture.

6. Cover the cheese with a quarter of the watercress.

7. Top the watercress with the remaining slices of bread, butter-side up.

8. Place the skillet over medium-low heat and cook the sandwiches for 8 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Turn the sandwiches and brown the other side.

9. Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board, turning them so that the watercress is on top of the cheese.

10. Mix the mayonnaise with the mustard to make the aioli. Remove the top slices of bread and spread the unbrowned sides with the desired amount of aioli. Replace the bread, brown-side up, on the sandwich. Serve immediately.

Receipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Homemade Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Arugula, and Fresh Mozzarella

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Caramelized figs, oozing cheese, salty prosciutto, and fresh arugula are a delightful combination of flavors and textures in this pizza. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Riesling or Rosé.

Makes two 10-inch pizzas

Ingredients:

Pizzas:
1 (1-pound) store-bought or homemade pizza dough
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves,
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
8 slices prosciutto, about 4 ounces, torn in half lengthwise
6 medium fresh California figs, quartered
2 ounces fresh arugula
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Make the pizzas:
Place a pizza stone on the lowest rack in the oven, and heat the oven to 475°F.

Divide the dough into 2 equal balls. Roll each ball out on a lightly floured work surface and transfer to a lightly floured pizza peel (or roll out on a piece of parchment paper). Lightly brush the dough with olive oil. Sprinkle the rosemary over each crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the rims. Arrange half of the mozzarella over each crust, sprinkle 2 tablespoons Parmesan over each pizza, and arrange the figs on top.

Slide the pizzas onto the baking stone (if using parchment, slide the parchment onto the baking stone). Bake the pizzas until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pizzas from the oven. Drape half of the prosciutto slices over each pizza and sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan over each pizza. Return to the pizzas to the oven, and cook until the prosciutto is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the pizzas from the oven and scatter half of the arugula over each pizza. Brush the crusts with olive oil, sprinkle a few drops of olive oil over the arugula, and garnish with black pepper. Cut the pizzas into wedges and serve immediately.

Suggested Pairings: 

Baily Winery ~ 2016 Riesling –  Enjoy this delicate, dry and fruity white with a slightly spicy meal, or poolside on a hot & sunny day!

Hart Winery ~ 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese – Lightly pink, near-dry, delicately scented and flavored Rose′ wine, very much in the dryer, food-friendly European style. Excellent with a wide range of foods, and a great summer sipper.

Mount Palomar Winery ~ 2015 Sangiovese Rosé – very fragrant with scents of strawberry, honeydew melon, white nectarine, and kiwi fruit. The taste is bright with strawberry, tangelo, watermelon, and hints of rosewater

Maurice Carr’ie Winery ~ 2016 Riesling – This semi-sweet Riesling is full of apple and apricot aromas. The palate is nicely balanced between crisp, fruity, acidity, and modest sweetness. Flavors of apricot, pear, peach, and pineapple develop in this rich wine.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Treat Mom This Mother’s Day!

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Show your Mom how special she is! Lunch, brunch, dinner – or just a day of wine tasting – is surely one way to get on her good side. There are plenty of options for a special day in Temecula Valley Wine Country!  Here are just a few:

Baily Winery
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / 11:00a-3:00p / Join us for a three-course lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / Cost: $49.95 per person, children 12 and under $15.95, 5 and under is free / Includes choice of soft drink, iced tea, coffee, or tea / By Reservation Only * Credit Card Necessary for Reservation. 24-hour cancellation notice required, or credit card will be charged $100 / For reservations call: 951-676-9243

Bel Vino Winery
“Mama’s Time to Wine” A Pre-Mother’s Day Comedy Event / May 10 / 11am-4pm / A comedy show featuring comedian Janice Remland. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the show, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour of the vineyards and shopping with our local vendors. Join us for laughs, wine, and shopping! Paid reservations required. For more information call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am -2pm / Celebrate your mom by treating her to our gourmet brunch featuring delectable items such as fresh baked scones, Cap’n Crunch French toast, lobster mac & cheese and chocolate bacon eclairs! A brunch is not complete without mimosas of course! Paid reservations required. Buffet brunch is $45 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for an additional $20 per person. For more information please call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Europa Village
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / Join us for a Gourmet Three-Course Champagne Lunch prepared by Europa Village’s Executive Chef Dean Thomas with Live Music by Jimmy Patton! / Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For reservations and additional information, please visit www.europavillage.com

Danza Del Sol Winery
Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar / May 13 / 11am – 4pm in the Club House / Its Mother’s Day, so “Party like a Mother” at our Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar with $5 Mimosas! Enjoy a relaxing day with mom while celebrating with mimosas, great wine, live music by Dustin Jake, and food for purchase from Chef’s Pantry! No RSVP required / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / May 13 / 10:00am-3:00pm / Entertainment provided by Desert Rose Duo / $72.95+/person (Wine Club $62.95+/person), Children (3-10) $30.50+/child (Wine Club $25.95+/child) / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com

Fazeli Cellars
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Seating at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm (75 per seating) / $59.95 Regular; $49.95 for Members / $19.95 Kids (12 and under) / $19.95 Bottomless Mimosa or Bellini / Treat Mom to a delicious buffet brunch with live music! Carving station, pasta station, omelet station and more! / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390493/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html

Leoness Cellars
“Spend the Day with Mumm”
/ May 13 / 11:30-6:00pm / Join us for a special “Spend the Day with Mumm” 4-course menu and dessert bar at The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars / Cost: Adults $60 Kids (age 11 and under) $20 / Includes sparkling white wine and strawberry sparkling cider / For more information or to make your reservation, email restaurant@leonesscellars.com or call (951) 302-7601 ext 4 / View our Adult and Kid’s Menus at leonesscellars.com/Winery-Events

Lorimar Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Two seating’s: 10a- 12p or 1:00p – 3:00p / Celebrate mom with Lorimar Winery and a special brunch buffet on the Sunset Patio. Live music, delicious wine, brunch and more! / Adults $45, Kids $22.50 (3-11). Includes one complimentary mimosa and ice cream from Mariposa. Additional Mimosas are $5 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 2 Seating Times: 1st 9:30am-11:30am, 2nd 12:30pm-2:30pm / General Admission: $65 / Wine Club: $55 / Children: $25 (Ages 3-10) / We’ll be serving a buffet-style brunch with several stations covering savory to sweet and everything in between (like Chicken & Waffle Skewers, an Eggs Benedict Station and a Donut Bar to name a few). An unlimited Mimosa Bar and a bottle of award winning Monte De Oro wine to take home for each mom in your group comes with your reservation as well! With all that, the panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country while relaxing on our patio with your loved ones is the quintessential cherry on top! / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Mother’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar / May 13 /11:00a- 8:00p / Celebrate Mom with a beautiful Mother’s Day meal at Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site bistro. We will be serving signature dining items from Annata Bistro/Bar along with brunch classics like crêpes and omelets. All Moms will receive one complimentary mimosa made with Mount Palomar Winery’s Brut Sparkling wine! / For Menu, pricing and reservations, please visit https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/MothersDay.

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 11am – 2pm / Enjoy breakfast and brunch items, dessert and drinks at the Cafe Cave at Oak Mountain Winery / Cost: $53, Members $48, Children 10 & under $20 / For reservations and to view full menu items, please call 951.699.9102 or online www.oakmountainwinery.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner / May 13 / Brunch 8am-3:30pm; Dinner 4:30pm-9pm / Make Mom’s day memorable by joining us for brunch and dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Brunch will be served from 8am to 3:30pm, then we move on to dinner service from 4:30pm to 9pm. Save the date so you don’t forget, it’s Sunday May 13th, call now for reservations! / Make your reservation online at https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/reserve or you can also reserve your table by calling 951-587-9463 ext. 7230

Thornton Winery
Mother’s Day Buffet / May 13 / 10:00am-4:00pm / $64.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 under 12 yrs., under 5 yrs. free / For complete buffet menu please visit our Cafe Champagne’s page at www.thorntonwine.com / For reservations, please call 951.699.0099.

Wiens Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Amour Brunch / May 13 / 11:00am / Treat Mom to a day in the French Countryside! Enjoy French inspired faire by Chef Volker, live music by the Taryn Donath Duo, a Mimosa bar with free-flowing Amour De L’Orange sparkling, photo booth, and a relaxing experience! / Cost: $75.00 – $93.75 / For reservations and information, please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-409026/Mothers-Day-Amour-Brunch-2018.html

Wilson Creek Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am-3pm / Our Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch is the perfect way to show your mom how much you love her! Make your reservation for a lovely brunch with amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, and spoiling your mom / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (WC); With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (WC); Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (WC) / For reservations please visit: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

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May Winery Events

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Spring has sprung and the buds are breaking in Temecula Valley Wine Country!  It’s such a beautiful time here in the valley and we invite you to join us and celebrate the season. There’s always much to do in wine country; check out some of the events being held this month.

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / 11:00a-3:00p / Join us for a three-course lunch at Carol’s Restaurant / Cost: $49.95 per person, children 12 and under $15.95, 5 and under is free / Includes choice of soft drink, iced tea, coffee, or tea/By Reservation Only * Credit Card Necessary for Reservation. 24-hour cancellation notice required, or credit card will be charged $100 / For reservations call: 951-676-9243

Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery
Viva El Mariachi / May 5 / 6-10pm / A Mariachi concert to celebrate Cinco de Mayo featuring recording artist Hector Dominguez with special guests Mariachi Nuevo Tequila and Peter C. Torres / Doors open at 6:00pm, show starts at 7:00pm / For more information call 951-234-4279 or email hdproductions01@hotmail.com

“Mama’s Time to Wine” A Pre-Mother’s Day Comedy Event / May 10 / 11am-4pm / A comedy show featuring comedian Janice Remland. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the show, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour of the vineyards and shopping with our local vendors. Join us for laughs, wine, and shopping! Paid reservations required. For more information call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 10am -2pm / Celebrate your mom by treating her to our gourmet brunch featuring delectable items such as fresh baked scones, Cap’n Crunch French toast, lobster mac & cheese and chocolate bacon eclairs! A brunch is not complete without mimosas of course! Paid reservations required. Buffet brunch is $45 per person with the option to add bottomless mimosas for an additional $20 per person. For more information please call 951-428-2358 or email Elizabeth@belvinowinery.com

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

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

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

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / 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

Europa Village
Festa featuring Mrs. Jones Revenge / May 4 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / Enjoy wine, food and live music by Mrs. Jones Revenge, benefiting Hospice of the Valley / Free admission; Food available for purchase at $18 / For more information please visit www.europavillage.com

Mother’s Day Lunch / May 13 / Join us for a Gourmet Three-Course Champagne Lunch prepared by Europa Village’s Executive Chef Dean Thomas with Live Music by Jimmy Patton! / Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For reservations and additional information, please visit www.europavillage.com

Danza del Sol Winery
Food Truck Friday / May 4 / 5:30pm – 10pm in the Club House / Price: $8.00; Adults Only / Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate with food, wine, and JD Priest and his Band! / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar / May 13 / 11am – 4pm in the Club House / Its Mother’s Day, so “Party like a Mother” at our Bad Mom’s Mimosa Bar with $5 Mimosas! Enjoy a relaxing day with mom while celebrating with mimosas, great wine, live music by Dustin Jake, and food for purchase from Chef’s Pantry! No RSVP required / For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / May 13 / 10:00am-3:00pm / Entertainment provided by Desert Rose Duo / $72.95+/person (Wine Club $62.95+/person), Children (3-10) $30.50+/child (Wine Club $25.95+/child) / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com

Sip N Paint Class “Van Gogh Sunflowers” / May 16 / 6-8pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Wine Club Members receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / May 19 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP required, please call 951-676-8231 x.109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Fazeli Cellars
Cinco de Mayo Salsa Night! / May 5 / Doors open at 6:30pm with a 45-minute salsa lesson / Admission: $20; $15 for Members / Includes a glass of sangria. Cinco de Mayo Food Menu Items including Street Tacos! Wine, Beer, Sangria and our special Margarita cocktail available for purchase! / Purchase tickets here http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390494/Cinco-De-Mayo-Salsa-Night-5518.html

Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / Seating at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm (75 per seating) / $59.95 Regular; $49.95 for Members / $19.95 Kids (12 and under) / $19.95 Bottomless Mimosa or Bellini / Treat Mom to a delicious buffet brunch with live music! Carving station, pasta station, omelet station and more! / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390493/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html

Leoness Cellars
“Spend the Day with Mumm”
/ May 13 / 11:30-6:00pm / Join us for a special “Spend the Day with Mumm” 4-course menu and dessert bar at The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars / Cost: Adults $60 Kids (age 11 and under) $20 / Includes sparkling white wine and strawberry sparkling cider / For more information or to make your reservation, email restaurant@leonesscellars.com or call (951) 302-7601 ext 4 / View our Adult and Kid’s Menus at leonesscellars.com/Winery-Events

Lorimar Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch
/ May 13 / Two seating’s: 10a- 12p or 1:00p – 3:00p / Celebrate mom with Lorimar Winery and a special brunch buffet on the Sunset Patio. Live music, delicious wine, brunch and more! / Adults $45, Kids $22.50 (3-11). Includes one complimentary mimosa and ice cream from Mariposa. Additional Mimosas are $5 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Laugh Your Glass Off / May 24 / Pairings opens at 6:00pm, show starts at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20 / Reservations required. Call 951.694.6699 or visit www.lorimarwinery.com

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Sip & Swirl Bottle Edition / Bottle Painting Art Class / May 19 / 1:00pm-4:00pm / Members $49.00/ Non-Members $52.00 /Relax, Sip & Swirl while creating your very own hand painted Wine Bottle! Includes 1 glass of Sparkling wine / Reservations required, please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses / Open to the public, free admission

Monte De Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 2 Seating Times: 1st 9:30am-11:30am, 2nd 12:30pm-2:30pm / General Admission: $65 / Wine Club: $55 / Children: $25 (Ages 3-10) / We’ll be serving a buffet-style brunch with several stations covering savory to sweet and everything in between (like Chicken & Waffle Skewers, an Eggs Benedict Station and a Donut Bar to name a few). An unlimited Mimosa Bar and a bottle of award winning Monte De Oro wine to take home for each mom in your group comes with your reservation as well! With all that, the panoramic views of Temecula Wine Country while relaxing on our patio with your loved ones is the quintessential cherry on top! / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food & Wine Lunch / May 20 / 12pm-2pm / General Admission: $55; Wine Club: $48 / A culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro, our food & wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and take you through a 5-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine / Reservations Made Online www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Mother’s Day at Annata Bistro/Bar / May 13 /11:00a- 8:00p / Celebrate Mom with a beautiful Mother’s Day meal at Mount Palomar Winery’s on-site bistro. We will be serving signature dining items from Annata Bistro/Bar along with brunch classics like crêpes and omelets. All Moms will receive one complimentary mimosa made with Mount Palomar Winery’s Brut Sparkling wine! / For Menu, pricing and reservations, please visit https://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/MothersDay.

Noise Pollution, An AC/DC Live Concert Tribute / May 18th / 6:00p – 10:00p / $25 pre-purchased, $30 day of the show / Playing all the hits such as: Thunderstruck • Highway to Hell • Back in Black • Hells Bells • Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) • You Shook Me All Night Long • T.N.T. • For Those About to Rock and many more! / Tickets at https://www.heyday.com/np

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch / May 13 / 11am – 2pm / Enjoy breakfast and brunch items, dessert and drinks at the Cafe Cave at Oak Mountain Winery / Cost: $53, Members $48, Children 10 & under $20 / For reservations and to view full menu items, please call 951.699.9102 or online www.oakmountainwinery.com

The Great Beer Fundraiser / May 5 / 11am-5pm / Featuring Ironfire Brewing Company / Please join us in support of a staff worker who has been in the hospital two months due to a car accident. 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Jaime Valenzula’s Car Accident Relief Fun.

Palumbo Family Vineyard & Winery
Pop-Up Chef Dinner & Wine Pairing/ May 19 / 6:00 pm / $110 per person (gratuity not included) / 5-Course Menu Featuring Chef J Rivas creations / For reservation and to view the full menu, please go to https://palumbowines.worldsecuresystems.com/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=283859

Ponte Winery
Live Music at The Restaurant at Ponte / 5:30-8:30pm / Live music every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented local musicians. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770. For a schedule of performers, please visit www.pontewinery.com

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner / May 13 / Brunch 8am-3:30pm; Dinner 4:30pm-9pm / Make Mom’s day memorable by joining us for brunch and dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Brunch will be served from 8am to 3:30pm, then we move on to dinner service from 4:30pm to 9pm. Save the date so you don’t forget, it’s Sunday May 13th, call now for reservations! / Make your reservation online at https://www.southcoastwinery.com/dining/reserve or you can also reserve your table by calling 951-587-9463 ext. 7230

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / 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, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Jazz Concert Series – Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore & Michael Lington / May 6 / 4:00pm / General Admission $75, Gourmet Supper Package $150 / For reservations please visit www.thorntonwine.com

Mother’s Day Buffet / May 13 / 10:00am-4:00pm / $64.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 under 12 yrs., under 5 yrs. free / For complete buffet menu please visit our Cafe Champagne’s page at www.thorntonwine.com / For reservations, please call 951.699.0099.

Santana Ways – Santana Tribute Band / May 25 / $10 Cover Fee / 6p-9p / Table reservation available and required. Must order dinner for a table! / Call: (951) 699-0099 for reservations and information.

Wiens Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Amour Brunch / May 13 / 11:00am / Treat Mom to a day in the French Countryside! Enjoy French inspired faire by Chef Volker, live music by the Taryn Donath Duo, a Mimosa bar with free-flowing Amour De L’Orange sparkling, photo booth, and a relaxing experience! / Cost: $75.00 – $93.75 / For reservations and information, please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-409026/Mothers-Day-Amour-Brunch-2018.html

An Evening for the Animals / May 19 / 6pm-10pm / Fundraiser to benefit Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary- Champagne Reception, Dinner, Auction, Live Music by Dustin Jake & Missy Anderson / Cost: $120 Per Person / For reservations please visit https://www.saleranchsanctuary.org/copy-of-fundraiser-wiens-family-cel

Wilson Creek Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch
/ May 13 / 10am-3pm / Our Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch is the perfect way to show your mom how much you love her! Make your reservation for a lovely brunch with amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, and spoiling your mom / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (WC); With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (WC); Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (WC) / For reservations please visit: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Upper Room Wine Pairing Experience / Thursday-Sunday / 11-3:30pm / For a more exclusive and elevated wine tasting experience, join us on our second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef. Reservations required at http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

 

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April Winery Events

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Spring has sprung and our local wineries are throwing plenty of fun April events to celebrate! So stop by your favorite winery to taste some great newly released wine, listen to music, learn a new craft and socialize with your fellow wine enthusiasts.

Avensole Winery
Easter Celebration at Avensole Restaurant / March 31 and April 1 / 11:00-6:00pm / An enticing prix-fixe three course menu (in addition to our regular menu) available Easter weekend! Courses starting with a choice of our beautiful Celebration Salad or luscious Loaded Baked Potato soup, followed by an herb crusted Rack of Lamb with Avensole Heritage wine reduction, and finish with the ultimate Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert / Cost: $65 per person; Reservations recommended by phone 951.252.2003 x 301 or online at http://avensolewinery.com/restaurant

Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt / April 1 / 1:00pm / 4th Annual event at Carol’s Restaurant; all dogs must be on leashes. Plastic eggs are filled with turkey hot dogs. Owners are responsible to make sure dogs do not eat plastic eggs. Carol’s Restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30am to 3:00pm with regular menu plus Easter Specials! Live music on the patio / Reservations strongly suggested / Call today 951.676.9243.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

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

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

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / 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

Europa Village
Easter Lunch / April 1 / 12pm – 3pm /Join us Easter Sunday for a delicious Lunch by Chef Dean, Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, a kids Jolly Jumper and live music by Jimmy Patton! Adult Tickets: $54.99 / Société $49.49 Children Tickets: $17 / Société $15.30 / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Festa with Crimson Crow / April 6 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / “Enjoy wine, food and live music by Crimson Crow, benefiting Project T.O.U.C.H.! / Tickets: FREE Admission / Food Tickets: $18 / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767
Spanish Cooking Class / April 14 / 12:00pm / Tickets: $58; Société $52.20 / Chef Dean is breaking out the paella pans and making his house made Sangria Royale! Let Executive Chef & Certified Culinary Educator Dean Thomas take your cooking to the next level at his professional cooking class – “Valencia Region of Spain” / For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Spanish Wine Education Class / April 22 / 12pm – 1:30pm / Tickets: $35; Société $31.50 / Let Europa’s Sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman take you on a journey through Spain, sampling Europa’s Bolero Cellars Spanish wines, and savor samples of fine food pairings prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas For Reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com or call 888.383.8767

Danza del Sol Winery
Laugh Lounge / April 6 / 7:30pm / Savor some tasty bites, served from 6:00 -7:15 pm by Southfork Catering, and then sit back and enjoy the show with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm Featuring Martin Atrushi with Mark Christopher Lawrence and Opening Act Brian Apprille / TICKETS $32 for members/$38 for guests / RSVP (951) 302-6363 X26 or k.hefley@danzadelsolwinery.com

Falkner Winery
Easter Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / April 1 / 10:00-3:00pm / $59.95+/person (Wine Club $54.95+/person) Children (3-10) $26.00+/child (Wine Club $21.00+/child) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Harmony Road Duo? Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4

Sip N Paint Class “Tuscan View / April 18/ 6:00-8:00pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts. Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Wine Appreciation Class / April 21 / 10:00-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

FUNday SUNday in the Yard Garden / Every Sunday / 12:00-3:00pm / Lawn Game competition (starting at 1pm), Giant Jenga, Wine Pong, Cornhole and other limited lawn games available / BBQ to order, Sangria, Signature Drinks, Beer available for purchase

Fazeli Cellars
Library Wine Dinner / April 7 / 6:30 – 10:00 pm /Enjoy a 4-course meal paired with exclusive library wine / Doors open at 6:30 with a champagne greeting and live music / $140 Non-Member; $115 Members / *Limited Seating / Purchase tickets here: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-390371/Library-Wine-Dinner-4718.html

Gershon Bachus Vintners
Headbanger’s Ball / April 12 / 7:00-10:00pm / Fundraiser for Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center hosted by Mark Davies of Sterling Productions. Featuring Hell’s Kitchen Chefs demonstration and Pot luck judging. DJ extravaganza by Sterling Productions and guest DJ’s, Live performances by Brian Stodart & Ginger Sherling and much more / Bring an appetizer to be judged by Manda Palomino & Anthony Rodriguez from Hell’s Kitchen / 100% of your entrance fee of $20.00 OR MORE goes to Michelle’s Place. First glass of wine courtesy of Mark Davies and Jacque Davies Reality Rally Team. Gershon Bachus Vintners wine by the glass or by the bottle available for purchase thereafter. 10% of all sales will be donated to Michelle’s Place / For RSVP please contact mark@sterlingdj.com

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Arts & Craft Fair / Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11a-5p / Maurice Car’rie Winery offers a charming arts and crafts fair every Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Located on the front picnic grounds at the beautiful Maurice Car’rie Winery are craft vendors with wares that are handmade such as jewelry, paintings, and ceramics along with fun items like great handbags and designer-style sunglasses Open to the public, free admission

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / April 8 / 1:00pm- 4:00pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Use the coupon code CREATE30 to save $15! / Tickets $45 / https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

Wine Country Wienerfest / April 15 / 11:00am – 4:00pm / Admission is free /The Temecula Valley Dachshund club proudly presents the 9th Annual Wine Country Wiener Fest! Enjoy family friendly games, raffles & door prizes, and the annual “Dexter’s Derby” Dachshund races while supporting local Dachshund rescues. Spaces are still available for the vendors and the races, be sure to sign up before they sell out! / More at http://www.wienerfest.info

Murder Mystery Dinner – “An Award to Die For” / April 28 / Doors open at 5. Show starts at 6 / Price: $120++ / The Dainty Dames are hosting another intriguing murder mystery event live at Mount Palomar Winery! This interactive event live show gives you the chance to enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine while hunting for a killer and solving a mystery. Previous shows by the Dainty Dames at Mount Palomar have sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets! For reservations, please visit http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Mystery

Peltzer Winery
Donut Bar Pop-up / April 8 / 10am to 6pm / Peltzer winery is partnering with the Donut Bar in San Diego, they will be doing a pop-up shop here on property. Early bird tickets get you a mimosa and a first run choice at all the amazing donuts they make. For early bird tickets please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/165424147593015 Tickets $15

Ponte Winery
Easter Sunday at The Restaurant at Ponte / April 1 / 11:00am-5:00pm / Join us at The Restaurant at Ponte on Easter Sunday for a meal with family and friends. Enjoy dining al fresco from The Restaurant’s standard menu, as well as from a selection of Chef prepared Easter Specials. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770 / Cost: Menu Items $8 & Up | For reservations and to view menu please visit: https://www.pontewinery.com/restaurant

Easter Brunch Buffet at Bouquet Restaurant / April 1 / 10:00am – 3:30pm /Gather with family and friends at Bouquet Restaurant at Ponte Vineyard Inn for an Easter Brunch Buffet! Dine from an extensive offering of savory breakfast and brunch items, as well as a selection decadent pastries and desserts / Cost: $59 per Guest, $19 per Guest 12 & Under | For reservations please visit: https://www.pontevineyardinn.com/dining-bar/bouquet-restaurant/

Live Music at The Restaurant at Ponte / 5:30-8:30pm / Live music every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a gourmet meal and stunning views while listening to a variety of talented local musicians. Reservations recommended: 951-252-1770. For a schedule of performers, please visit www.pontewinery.com

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / 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, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Easter Sunday Brunch / April 1 / 10:30am – 5:00pm / The Easter Bunny will be here, Face Painting and Live Music from 11:00am – 4:00pm / Adults $64.95, plus tax & gratuity, Children (6 -12 years) $19.95, plus tax & gratuity, Children 5 Under…FREE / Reservations are required please call (951) 699-0099

B.I.G. Soul, R&B, Jazz Music / April 6 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm / $10.00 Gen. Admission / Order tickets on our web site, www.thorntonwine.com or stop by the winery prior to concert and purchase in our Gift Shop or at Café Champagne / Reservations are required for a Table / Please call (951) 699-0099 * Must order dinner to reserve a table!

The Killer Dueling Pianos / April 27 / 7:30pm – 10:00pm / $10.00 Gen. Admission / Enjoy our Friday Night Live Music / Reservation and ticket sales at www.thorntonwine.com or stop by the winery prior to concert and purchase in our Gift Shop or at Café Champagne / Reservations are required for a Table / Please call (951) 699-0099 * Must order dinner to reserve a table!

Wilson Creek Winery
Easter Brunch / Sunday. April 1st / 10am-3pm / Brunch only: $55.95 / $50.95 (Wine Club). With Bubbly: $65.95 / $59.95 (Wine Club). Kids: $16.95 / $15.29 (Wine Club) / Our Bubble Brunch on Easter is always hoppin’! Hurry and make your reservation for a lovely brunch with your family, amazing food stations, sparkling wine, bloody mary’s, the Easter bunny, and a petting zoo! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

Upper Room Wine Pairing Experience / Thursday-Sunday / 11-3:30pm / For a more exclusive and elevated wine tasting experience, join us on our second-floor overlooking the courtyard and vineyards in our Upper Room. Enjoy a guided tasting of our reserve wines paired with bites exclusively designed by our Executive Chef. Reservations required at http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Reservations.aspx

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

De Portola Wine Trail
Big Red Fest / April 29 / 10am-5pm / Celebrate with the De Portola Wine Trail! Follow the trail and taste three red wines paired with gourmet food at 9 De Portola wineries and receive a logo glass! $59.99 early bird sale price (per person, plus tax) $69.99 after April 10th (per person, plus tax) Tickets & Information Online or Call deportolawinetrail.com 855.DWT.WINE

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