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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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July Winery Events

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Ahhh….summer! 4th of July events, outdoor concerts and an axe throwing contest (yes, you heard that right!) are just a few of the summertime offerings in Temecula Valley’s wine country. Whatever day you choose to visit, you’ll be sure to find something fun to do!

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
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

Shakespeare in the Vines presents: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 / Staged from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Baily Vineyard & Winery / Tickets: General admission $22 / For ticket sales and more information please visit: http://shakespeareinthevines.org

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
For the Love of Music and Wine / July 27 / 5:30-9:00pm / Cost $35 / Join us for a night of original music while enjoying award-winning wines under the stars! Featuring Danielle Taylor with special guest Sophie Ray and Jeff Brinkman / For reservations and tickets please visit www.ticketor.com/danielletaylor/eventinfo?EventID=119249

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

Danza del Sol Winery
Laugh Lounge / August 3 / 6:00-9:00pm / Price: $32.00 – $175.00 / Get your tickets early! 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! / For reservations please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Europa Village
Movie in the Vines / July 19 / Open to the public / Join us for a movie in the vines featuring “A Bugs Life” rated G Movie will begin approximately at 7:30 pm / Concession items available for purchase. No outside food or drinks allowed / Free admission starts at 6pm / For more information please visit www.europavillage.com

Comedy Show / July 20 / Starts at 6pm / Tickets $55; Société $49.50 / Come out to Europa Village for a fun night of wine and laughter featuring Mark Christopher Lawrence and friends! / For tickets please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / July 21 / 10:00am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / $45 per person, $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP; $70 per person with lunch option / RSVP is required; please call 951-676-8231 x. 109 or @falknerwinery.com

Falkner’s 18th Anniversary Celebration! / June 30 – July 4th / 11:00am-5:00pm / Yard Games and Tournaments- Sunday 12-3 Wine raffles every hour! Huge Gift shop sales 50% off wine by the case sales, Restaurant lunch special for 2- $59 / BBQ- Saturday & Sunday 12-3

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night / July 21 / 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 / July 21 / 6:30pm- 9:00pm / Featuring The Lookouts / 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
Put Your Axe Into It: Axe Throwing in the Vines / July 12 / 5:00-8:00pm in the Barrel Room / Unleash you Inner Lumberjack or Jane and join us for a lesson in axe throwing with SoCal Axe / Tickets are $35 and include one glass of wine or beer / Event is 21+. Pairings Food Truck will be available for dinner / www.lorimarwinery.com for more information or call 951.694.6699

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / July 15 & 29 / 1:00 to 3:00 pm / 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 at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery-133232

We Belong: A Tribute to Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / July 20 / 6:00-10:00pm / ONE NIGHT, UNDER THE STARS playing all the hit songs such as: Heartbreaker • Love Is A Battlefield • You Better Run • All Fired Up • Hell Is For Children • Hit Me With Your Best Shot • Treat Me Right • Promises In The Dark and so many more great songs! / Tickets GA $25, $30 day of the show. 2 for 1 tickets available for a limited time at https://www.heyday.com/webelong

Oak Mountain Winery
Comedy Night / July 21 / 7:00-9:00 pm / A benefit for Cause Fur Paws helping animals with diabetes / Cost is $25 person / Price includes 1 glass of wine or beer. Food is available for purchase from the Cave Cafe / For tickets please visit events@oakmountainwinery.com or call 951-699-9102

Ponte Winery
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 & Painting / July 21 /10:00am – 1:00pm / 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 / Cost: $75 | $70 Wine Club / 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
CHRIS ISAAK / July 14 / 7:00pm / General Admission $95
Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out

MICHAEL McDONALD / July 15 / 6:00pm / General Admission $95
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 / Graceband (Elvis Presley Tribute) / July 27 / 6:00p-9:00p / $10 Cover Fee / Reservations required for a Table. Call (951) 699-0099 *Must order dinner to reserve a table.

Wiens Family Cellars
The Fixx – Summer Concert Series / July 20 / 6:00-10:00pm / In support of Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation. The Fixx are a British rock and new wave band formed in London in 1979. The band’s hits include “One Thing Leads to Another”, “Saved by Zero”, “Are We Ourselves?” / Tickets $55 Gen. Admission, $99 VIP Admission, $395 VIP table of 4, $950 VIP table of 10 / Event Info Line at Harbour Productions (951)658-2411 / http://www.wienscellars.com/res-409161/The-Fixx-Summer-Concert-Series.html

Wilson Creek Winery
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 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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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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Wine Country Recipe ~ Moroccan Chicken with Roasted Lemons and Green Olives

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Meaty chicken thighs are braised and crisped in an aromatic broth infused with roasted citrus and North African spices. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 2 pounds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges, seeded
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cup chicken stock
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
20 pitted green olives

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, deep skillet with lid or Dutch-oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Brown the chicken, skin-side down, then flip and cook 2 minutes; transfer to a plate.

Add the lemons to the same skillet and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes; transfer to a separate plate.

Pour off the excess liquid from the skillet, add the onions and 1 tablespoon oil and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes, stirring frequently and stirring up any brown bits. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the cumin, coriander, paprika, ginger, and turmeric and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the stock, cinnamon stick, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then nestle the chicken, skin-side up, in the stock, making sure the skin is left exposed.

Cover the skillet, transfer to the oven, and bake 20 minutes. Remove the lid and scatter and tuck the lemons and olives around the chicken, leaving the chicken skin exposed. Continue to cook, uncovered, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the skin is golden and crispy, about 20 minutes.

Serve the chicken in shallow serving bowls with couscous.

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Vineayard & Winery ~ 2015 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc – Pairs with scallops, oysters, prawns white lighter textured fish and wine & cream pasta sauces.

Danza Del Sol Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – A mouthwatering balance of fresh fruit and acidity. Opens with aromas of white blossoms that lead to white peach, melon and ripe citrus. Flavors of crisp apple and lime.

Hart Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish. This alluring dry white wine is produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Hart Family Vineyard and Temecula Valley’s Huis Vineyard.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Succulent melon and grapefruit mingle together in this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. A light influence of French Oak rounds out this crisp, aromatic wine

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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