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Wine Country Recipe: Grapefruit Curd for Breakfast or Dessert

Monday, March 10th, 2014

 Recipe courtesy of Europa Village Winery and Chef Dean Thomas, Inn at Europa Village

This Grapefruit Curd one of the classic breakfast starts at The Inn at Europa and is also great for a light spring dessert.

Europa Village Garnacha Rosa is a perfect pairing with the slight dry-sweet approach to offset the tartness and burnt sugar flavors.


2 each Ruby Pink Grapefruit, zest & juiced

1/2 tsp cornstarch

1/2 cup sugar

1 whole egg

4 each egg yolk

3 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 piece banana, 2 whole bananas

8 tbsp Sugar in the Raw

1/2 pint seasonal berries

8 each Pink Grapefruit Supremes (segments)

Sprinkle of local bee pollen (optional)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Using a stainless steel sauce pan, mix the cornstarch and sugar together. Add the grapefruit juice and zest. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whip the egg and egg yolks.  Slowly add the cooked grapefruit-sugar mix while whipping to temper the eggs (do not cook to scramble.) Add the two ingredients together; remove from the stove and finish with the butter. Cover and chill.
  3. For service, place 2 tablespoons of the curd onto a plate. Top with the quartered banana and sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw on top. Using a flame torch, burn the sugar until completely dark and slightly smoking. Garnish with seasonal berries, grapefruit segments and bee pollen.

Bon Appetit!


Mid-Week Winery Specials for August

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Throughout summer, savvy Southern California wine-lovers can avoid weekend crowds (and prices!) by taking advantage of fantastic Monday through Friday deals at many of our 35 member wineries. In addition to more elbow room in the tasting rooms and personal attention from winery staff, visiting Temecula Valley mid-week benefits your wallet and means you can afford to take the experience home with you by stocking up on great Temecula wines!

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries? Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!















Baily Vineyard & Winery

Estate Club Tasting Experience – Hosted by Winemaker/Owner Phil Baily

This VIP tasting experience is available to reserve beginning August 1. Thursday through Sunday, anytime between 11a-4p. Taste 5 red library wines from past vintages; bottles available for purchase. $20-$30 pp for groups of 12 or less. By Reservation Only – please call 951.972.9768.

is offering 10% off lunch in wine country through August 31. One coupon per person, per winery, per day. Valid Mon-Fri only. Not Valid on holidays or special events. Expires 08-31-13. Download the coupon here.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays
Wednesday, August 28 | 6p to 8p | Sample Callaway wine, enjoy light dinner, and create a wine cork coaster set. $35pp+ tax.  Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour at Frangipani Estate Winery Saturday, August 10 | 4p-7p. $5 wine cocktail drinks; no cover charge. Enjoy Mad Mike’s gourmet sausages and sandwiches.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Semi-Annual Gift Shop Sale
August 16 – 31, 2013. Over half of the Gift Shop Merchandise will be 25% – 40% off. For more information, call 951.694.6699 x104.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 

Up and Away Getaway Package:
One night for two in an oversized Villa or Suite, bottle of wine in the room + Hot Air Balloon Ride. Stay by August 31, 2013, and pay just:  $459 for hotel suite or deluxe villa, Sun-Thurs. $50 upgrade fee to premium view villa or Winemaker suite. Call 951-587-9463. MENTION CODE:  HotAir

Summer Goddess Extravaganza at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa
August 30 from 1-9p: a luxurious spa service, dinner and a Tahitian dancing class. $149 pp. Advance reservations are required. Reserve early by calling 951.587.9463 X7280 today or visit us online at today.

The Perfect 10
Celebrate South Coast Winery’s 10-year anniversary with this 50 minute spa ritual. Book now for only $109 pp (Reg $153 pp). Call 951-587-9463 X7280. Mention Code: The Perfect 10.

This special cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Valid 8/01/13 to 8/30/13

Thornton Winery

is offering 10% off lunch in wine country through August 31. One coupon per person, per winery, per day. Valid Sun-Fri only. Not valid on holidays or special events. Expires 08-31-13Download the coupon here.


Check back next month for another round up of mid-week specials in Temecula Valley!

Check out more winery specials & deals here.


Wine Country Recipes: Perfect Wine & Food Pairings for California Wine Month

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In honor of California Wine Month, we’ve rounded up this year’s best recipes and pairings from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

What is a Perfect Pairing?

Truth be told, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pairing! The old adage, “white wine with fish and red wine with meat” isn’t always a tried-and-true method of pairing wine. We say have fun with it and play with pairings to discover how different wines can bring out the subtle nuances of flavors in a food.

For those who aren’t as adventurous, we’ve paired up Temecula wines with some of our favorite wine country recipes provided by our member wineries.

We hope you enjoy creating these “perfectly” paired recipes in your own home, while popping the cork on one of our beautiful Temecula Valley wines.

Here are a few of our favorite gourmet recipes from Temecula Valley wineries perfectly paired with Temecula Valley wine —

Cocktails & Appetizers

Syrah Sunset Sangria


  • 1 bottle Syrah
  • 2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar Ice
  • chilled 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced


Directions – In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice, and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, place ice in six 16-ounce glasses. Add 2/3 cup of the lime juice mixture to each glass. Pouring along side of glass, slowly add 1/2 cup wine. Thread nectarine slices on skewers and add to glasses.

*Try with some spectacular Syrah from Doffo, Falkner, Foot Path, Lorimar, Masia de Yabar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, South Coast’s Wild Horse Peak or Van Roekel.

Oak Mountain Winery Marinated Cheese


  • 2 blocks (8 oz each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup Oak Mountain Tuscan Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Pear Pomegranate Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • Toasted sliced French Bread or assorted crackers


Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4” slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices and sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6” long blocks of cheese; place in 13 X 9” dish.
Combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt & pepper and pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Longshadow Ranch Winery 2009 White Feather Chardonnay
  • Lumiere Winery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monte De Oro Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Oak Mountain Winery 2011 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel Winery 2011 Chenin Blanc


Thornton Winery Curried Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh peeled garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • salt & pepper


Melt butter in a large soup pan. Add onion and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add cubed butternut squash. Cook 1-2 minutes.
Cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 30-45 minutes or until squash is soft.
Blend soup, strain and then return to pot. Season with Thai curry paste and salt and pepper as needed.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Falkner Winery 2009 Viognier
  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 Viognier
  • “Buon Vicino” Thornton Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel 2010 Reserve Chardonnay


Stay tuned for Part 2 – Featuring Main Courses & Desserts!




Wine Country Recipe: BBQ Burgers from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Simple Grilled Burgers with Ponte’s Secret Sauce

Ponte Family Estate is well-loved for their delicious al fresco restaurant so we asked them for a great grill recipe for summer. Here’s an interesting twist on an American classic – the cheeseburger.  And the best part about this burger recipe is it’s simplicity. This is an easy dish to prep and grill with the family for 4th of July weekend.  Pair with a light white wine – and sparkling lemonade for the kids!

Make the burgers using classic ingredients:

  • Ground beef (medium) or turkey patties (well-done)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Cheddar cheese (1-2 slices)
  • A bun, lightly grilled
  • Special Sauce (see below)


Measure the following ingredients by taste to make the special sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Mild curry spice
  • Dash of salt


*Pair with Ponte Winery’s Isabel 2010, a light and delicate summer white.

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