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Wine Country Recipe: Citrus Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Sauce

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

steak-tacos-ck-1898520-xJust in time for Cinco de Mayo! Citrus marinated steak and rich, smoky tomatillo sauce turn these tacos into something special. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.

Ingredients:
1½ lbs flank steak

Marinade
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ orange grated rind and juice
1 lime grated rind and juice
½ bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder (or other chili powder)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey

Roasted tomatillo sauce:
12 tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado, pitted and diced
½ bunch cilantro leaves
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 lime grated rind and juice
salt and pepper to taste

10 white corn tortillas, grilled
lime wedges

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place the flank steak in a resealable plastic bag and set aside.In a small bowl combine the marinade ingredients and whisk together. Pour the marinade into the bag with the steak, seal and shake together until the steak is well coated. Place the steak onto a shallow dish and then place in the refrigerator for about one and up to 6 hours.

While the steak marinates make the tomatillo sauce. Pour the tomatillos onto a baking sheet and top with the minced garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the tomatillos for 20 minutes or until soft. Pour the cooled tomatillos into a food processor with the remaining sauce ingredients and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.

Remove the flank steak from the marinade and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the flank steak on each side for about 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips.

To assemble the tacos place desired amount of steak onto a grilled tortilla and top with the tomatillo sauce. Serve warm with a wedge of lime.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Winery ~ 2012 Zinfandel – This classic Zin begins with full aromas of rich, ripe strawberry, black cherry, dusty white pepper and anise, leading to the palate brimming with dried cranberry and jammy red and black fruits.

Leoness Cellars ~ 2012 Zinfandel – Rich and full-bodied, this wine offers aromas and flavors of sweet boysenberry and blackberry framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Thornton Winery ~ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Very classic berry and pepper aromas came forth while subtle herbaeceous notes meld with the warm toasty aromas from the oak.

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2011 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – This Cabernet displays deep rich ruby color. Aromas of spice reminiscent of clove with hints of leather layered with a fruitiness of blueberry and raspberry play on the nose. This wine’s structured tannins are well incorporated into a long pronounced finish.

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California Restaurant Month, Temecula Wine Country Style!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

California Restaurant Month – Splurge, Savor and Save

CA Restaurant Month

Outdoor cafes and bistros, ultra-fresh ingredients, innovative chefs—sample the best of Temecula Valley wine country’s incredible culinary scene throughout January during California Restaurant Month.  Enjoy unforgettable dining experiences at several of our winery restaurants where you’ll find incredible pre-fixe and specialty menu items all month long.

Taste the Place we call home by mentioning California Restaurant Month at any of the below winery restaurants to receive special discounts!

Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery
32720 Rancho California Road
www.CallawayWinery.com

Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery
33440 La Serena Way
www.BailyWinery.com

Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery
40620 Calle Contento
www.FalknerWinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
35820 Rancho California Road
www.MonteDeOro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
33820 Rancho California Road
www.MountPalomar.com

Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
34843 Rancho California Road
www.SouthCoastWinery.com

Thornton Winery
32575 Rancho California Road
www.ThorntonWine.com

Creekside Grill – Wilson Creek Winery
35960 Rancho California Road
www.WilsonCreekWinery.com

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Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect and give thanks to all who make our lives better by just being in them!  To all of our supportive member wineries and their staff, all of our growers, our affiliate members and our entire family of partners – and to You – our treasured guests (without whom we wouldn’t exist!), please accept our humble thanks.

If there are any out there who would give thanks to NOT have to cook, you can thank both South Coast Winery and Thornton Winery for doing it for you.  Both are accepting reservations for turkey day dinner now.  Trust me, they’re better at this than most of us!  And if you need a good nights rest after all the over-indulging, Wilson Creek Manor is offering some fantastic rates for which you’ll be truly thankful.

The day after Thanksgiving, aka, Black Friday, bring your family and friends out for a day in wine country.  All of our wineries will be open for the entire weekend – and many are offering once a year discounts on some fabulous wine for the holidays.  Special Black Friday sales events are going on at Cougar, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Leoness, Lorimar, Oak Mountain, Ponte and Robert Renzoni wineries.  I mean, really!  Where else can you taste before you buy, but at a winery?

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Dream Big ~ John Thornton, Thornton Winery

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with a Temecula Valley winery owner. You’ll learn where they came from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous life of a winery owner.

The Thornton Family l-r:  Steve, Sally and John

The Thornton Family
l-r: Steve, Sally and John

Our ongoing series this month features John Thornton, of Thornton Winery, one of the valley’s “first”, which opened for business way back in 1988.  Learn why, after almost 30 years, “Mr. T”, as he’s lovingly known to us, still lives and breathes wine.

Why – or how on earth! – did you get into the wine business? And why was Temecula your chosen region?
Well, Sally and I used to travel extensively on business and everywhere we’d visit, we’d try to eat and drink local.  We loved the social aspect of food and wine together.  We thought, “Hey, we can start our own place and offer food and wine and it’ll be easy.” Boy, were we WRONG!  At the time, Ely Callaway was marketing Temecula as the perfect place to make wine and although the area had a small wine industry, we did some research and it did appear to be a “natural” fit for a wine country and poised for growth.

Running a small family winery – even one that’s been around for awhile like Thornton has – must present a unique set of challenges. What keeps you up at night? And what gets you up in the morning?
I think some of the same things that keep most business owners up at night; but for us it’s how to sell our wine, what wines to make, how to keep our customers happy, cash flow….but Steve works this part of the business, so I sleep pretty darn good!  What gets me up in the morning?  I get excited about the challenges in the business actually.  Challenges can be opportunities and we can take a challenge and turn it into something positive.

What do you MOST love about the wine industry?
What I love most about the wine industry is the people.  There are some of the nicest and most genuine people in this industry.  Another thing about this industry that is so great is sharing food and wine with friends;  it’s a wonderful thing.  You add music to that, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

Speaking of music, Champagne Jazz has been a staple in the music industry – and at Thornton – for almost 30 (!) years. Are you proud with its effect on our little wine country?
When we started Champagne Jazz, we never expected it to be what it is today.  It’s had a long life and it’s taken years and a lot of hard work to formulate.  It’s a continuous challenge to combine a food, wine and musical experience that will appeal to a broad audience.  We’re really proud that we’re bringing in some of the best jazz performers in the world.

Cafe Champagne was THE first restaurant in wine country. That must present its own unique opportunities and challenges?
Our biggest challenge was learning the food business.  It’s a tough business.  You’ve got to do a lot of research and make sure that you’ve got what people want.  You’ve got to come up with menus that appeal to customers and you’ve got to make the prices competitive in order to bring the people in.  The restaurant was originally “high-end”, but it’s now more casual.  Steve’s been teaching me that it isn’t always about what I want!  The customer is always right.  We’ve got to listen to them, try to pair the food and wine well, and make them happy.  We’ve got a lot more competition with our neighbors now, and while this is inevitable, it just keeps us planning and adapting.  We’re watching the valley get better and better and it’s exciting to watch!

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July Winery Events

Friday, June 27th, 2014

 

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Ahhh….summer!   4th of July events, barbecues, luaus and outdoor concerts 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!

Baily Vineyard & Winery

“Red, White & Bleu Cheese” at the Estate Club
Every Saturday in July / 11:00a-4:00p / $30 per person.
A patriot’s venture into aged wines.  Start with a mini tour of the winery and then enjoy a sit down tasting in the winery.
Reservations are required with a credit card by calling 951-972-9768.

Sangiovese Saturdays at Carol’s
Saturdays, July 12, 19 & 26 / 11:30a-3:00p
Live music, 1/2 price bottles of Baily Sangiovese, food pairing with Sangiovese featuring their new “Sangiovese Burger”.   Buy a “Sangiovese Saturday” t-shirt, wear it when you come back and get a free glass of Sangiovese.

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!
Live acoustic entertainment.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p
Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.
Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music
July 5 – 2p-6p- Bad Chemistry
July 6 – 12p-4p – Michael LeClerc
July 12 – 11a-3p – Counterfeits
July 13 – 12p-4p – Jason Weber
July 19 – 1p-5p – JD Priest
July 20 – 12p-4p – Dominic Rocha
July 26 – 2p-6p – Nitro Express
July 27 – 12p-4p – Entourage

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset

Friday, July 4 / 5:30p-9:00
Experience amazing sunsets and live music by Buzz Campbell.
Food items available for purchase.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Celebrating 45 Years with 45 Days of Specials
Beginning July 1 and continuing through August 15th, Callaway will be celebrating their 45th anniversary with 45 days of wine specials, contests, special menus and events.  Make sure to check the calendar to see which special takes place each week!
Monday – Wine of the Week.  Buy 1 bottle at the regular retail price of the Anniversary wines and get the next bottle at 45% off.
Tuesday – “Trivia Tuesdays on Facebook” – We will post a trivia question each Tuesday and will pull a winner from all of the correct answers to receive a gift certificate to use at the winery.
Wednesday – “Wine Club Wednesday!”  Club members: purchase any bottle of wine and get the second bottle at 45% off!
Thursday -” Dollar for Dollar Thursdays” at Meritage at Callaway – Enjoy lunch at Meritage and bring your receipt to the tasting room to receive a dollar for dollar discount (up to $70) off any case of wine (mixed cases too!)
Friday – “45% off Friday” – Enjoy 45% off the case of the wine of the week in the tasting room.
Saturday – “Selfie Saturdays” on Facebook.  Post a selfie while visiting Callaway and be entered to win a gift certificate to Callaway!  Winners posted every Sunday.
Sunday – “Serve Yourself Sunday” – Every Sunday the Wine Station Tasting Cards will be on special for two for the price of one!

Tastes n’ Tapas
Every day in Meritage guests can enjoy 5 wine tastes, 5 tapas for $45.  This special wine and tapas pairing will be available during lunch hours Monday-Friday and during dinner hours Saturday and Sunday only.

Prime Rib Fridays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Friday at Meritage from 5pm-8:00pm
Enjoy a three-course Prime Rib dinner with pre-selected 3 oz wine pairings for $45 per person!
Reservations are not required.  No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Showcases a local musician every evening beginning at 6:00pm.  Enjoy our watermelon sangria and great tapas specials while soaking in the sunset views from our newly renovated lower lounge.

Doffo Winery

Doffo Winery Polo Team
Friday, July 18 / 5:00p-9:00p
Bring your family and friends to encourage Team Doffo Winery.
Free tickets available at the winery

Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, July 19 / $150 per person
Special Argentinean style barbecue and buffet
Live entertainment provided by Tango dancers.

Falkner Winery

Sunday Concerts & BBQ
Every Sunday in July from 12:00p-3:00p.
No reservations necessary.

14th Anniversary Event
Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6
A lively weekend that includes concert performances Saturday and Sunday, winery tours, huge sales, hourly raffles, outdoor barbecue, lunch specials in their Pinnacle Restaurant, and other fun events.

Lorimar Winery

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p
July 4  – Shultz & Hamilton
July 5 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
July 6 – Buzz Campbell
July 11 – Master Splinter and the Shredders
July 12 – Kanan Road Band
July 18 – Kanan Road Band
July 19 – Annette Da Bomb
July 20 – Mark Renk
July 25 – Oceans of Sand
July 26 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
July 27- Michael LeClerc

Wine Blending Party – Bordeaux Blends
Wednesday, July 2 / 4:00p-6:00p
$25 (+tax) per person / Wine Club Members – $20 (+tax) per person
Join us for a hands-on wine blending experience! You get to be a winemaker for a day !
Purchase tickets in the tasting room, email events@lorimarwinery.com, or call 951-694-6699 x4

Happy 4th of July!
Friday, July 4
Join us for Sorbet Sparklers and hot dogs!

Lorimar Luau
Saturday, July 19 / 6:00p
$70 (+tax) per person / $60 (+tax) Wine Club
Join us for a Lei’d back luau and say Aloha!
Purchase tickets in the tasting room, email events@lorimarwinery.com, or call 951-694-6699 x4

Winemaker’s Dinner
Friday, July 25 / 6:00p-9:00p
$55 (+tax) per person / $50 (+tax) Wine Club
Barrel Tasting with Appetizer Pairing & 3 Course Meal with Wine Pairing. Purchase tickets in the tasting room, email events@lorimarwinery.com, or call 951-694-6699 x4

Movie in the Vines
Monday, July 28 / FEATURING : Pretty Woman
$1 Admission – Includes small bag of popcorn!
Wine Bar and Concession stand will open at 6 pm
Film begins at Sunset on the Barrel Room Lawn!

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music
1:00p-4:00p
July 5 – Harmony Road
July 6 – Entouraj
July 12 – Jonnie Fox
July 13 – Vivien Gaines Duo
July 19 – Rum Soaked Raisins
July 20 – The Alkis
July 26 – Mike Sullivan
July 27 – Journey Man Band

Bottles “n” Brushes (Painting Class with Wine!)
Thursday, July 10 & Thursday, July 24 / 1:00p-4:00p
2 tickets for $80
Contact Dorothy Hawthorne at 951-302-3088 for more information.

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in July / 1:00p-5:00p

Sizzlin’ Saturday
Saturday, July 19 / 6p-9p
$1.00 cover charge
Live music by Entourage and a food truck.

Oak Mountain Winery University
2014 Spring Semester Classes / $15 per student; $12 for wine club members.  Classes run for one hour.  To sign up, call or text 951-880-8840

Bubbles 101
Sparkling Wine class
You will be served 3 sparkling wines paired with artisanal cheeses.
Learn fun facts about sparkling wines and champagne.

Blending Reds
Create, bottle and label your very own blend.
In our Blending Class, you get to be the Winemaker!
Option to bottle your custom blend of wine for an additional $29.

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101
Beginners class for wine tasters.
Basics of wine tasting.
Sample eight of our infused Avocado Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.

Rhone Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown here in the valley and how wine is made.
Taste varietals from different areas in the Rhone region of France.
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown, harvested and processed
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
We recommend that you have taken our Wine Tasting 101 class prior to this course.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Custom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines.
For 2  – 8 guests , $135 per person.
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12p to 3p.
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria and Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches – Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55 and over.
Call 951-587-9463 x 2 for more information or reservations.

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p – 9p each week
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Wine Down Wednesdays
5:30p-9:00p through July 31st.
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees.
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery.
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery

Live Music
Master Splinter and the Shredders

Sunday, July 6 / 1:00p-4:00p

LTR
Friday, July 11  / 6:00p-9:00p

Summer Concert Series
Boz Scaggs

Thursday, July 3 / 7:30p
General Admission $95 per person / Gourmet Supper $170 per person

Kenny G
Saturday, July 5 / 7:00p
General Admission $95 / Gourmet Supper $170

Chris Botti
Sunday, July 13 / 5:00p
General Admission $95 / Gourmet Supper SOLD OUT

Pat Metheny United Group and Bruce Hornsby with Sonny Emory Saturday, July 19 / 7:00p
General Admission $95 / Gourmet Supper SOLD OUT

Jesse Cook
Sunday, July 20 / 5:00p
General Admission $65 / Gourmet Supper $140

Love & Soul, featuring Norman Brown and Jonathan Butler
Saturday, July 26 / 7:00p
General Admission $70 / Gourmet Supper $145

Wilson Creek Winery

2nd Annual Luau
Friday, July 11 / 7:00p-10:00p
$49.95 per person / $39.95 per person, Wine Club
Authentic Polynesian show and Hawaiian Buffet.
For reservations, click here

Phil Vassar Country Concert
Sunday, July 27 / 7:00p-10:00p
General Admission: $50, Wine Club: $45 / Reserve Seating: $75, Wine Club: $67.50 / Orchestra Seating: $95, Wine Club: $85.50.
For reservations, click here.

 

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Penne with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Pancetta

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Recipe provided by Thornton Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1-12 oz. package penne pasta, cooked in boiling salt water
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2 – 3/4″ cubes
2 – 3 cups cleaned baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
6 oz. pancetta, cooked crisp and drained
1/4 – 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. fresh sage
Optional: red pepper flakes, fresh grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large sauté pan, gently sauté the butternut squash and garlic in the butter and olive oil, being careful not to scorch or burn, about five minutes. Add the chicken stock, parsley and sage and cook an additional five minutes. Add spinach and cooked penne pasta and toss gently until spinach has wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among six plates or bowls. Garnish with optional red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

Serve with Thornton 2011 Estate Syrah

 

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January Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your to lunch!  Live acoustic entertainment.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

  • Thursday-Sunday 11:00a-2:30p
  • Library Boudreaux reds
  • Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

 

Europa Village

Friday Night Entertainment

  • 5:30p-8:30p Free

Cooking Demonstration Event

  • Saturday, January 11 / 11:30a-1:30p
  • $45 per person / Click here for more details.

 

“Trouble at the Tropicabana” Murder Mystery Dinner

  • Saturday January 25  6:30p-9:00p
  • $70.80 pp / 3-course dinner and performance
  • Click here for more details.
  • Sunday January 26 6:30p-9:00p
  • $58.80 per person / 3-course dinner and performance
  • Click here for more details.

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

  • Every Monday & Friday 12:00p
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p
  • $29 pp / Reservations required: at 951-302-7888

 

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music

  • Saturday, January 18 / 6:00p-9:00p

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)

  • Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
  • Half price Mimosas, Sangria and wines
  • $2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines

  • Every Sunday during football season12p to 3p
  • Half priced mimosas, sangria & signature Spumante Diamante.
  • Call 951-587-9463 x 2

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu

  • Monday-Thursday 11:30a -3:00p
  • Specially priced $9.99 lunches at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Ages 55 and over
  • Call 951-587-9463 x 2

 

Marvelous Mondays

  • Mondays 5:30p to 9p each week.
  • Half-priced bottles of select wines with any 2 entrees
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

 

Wine Down Wednesdays

  • At Vineyard Rose Restaurant
  • Live music half-priced appetizers with any 2 entrees
  • Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles
  • Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here.

 

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p
  • $40 pp / $35 members
  • Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

 

Relaxing Winter Retreat

  • 8a to 6p Monday – Thursday  / 8a to 7p Friday – Sunday
  • Seasonal warm stone back massage
  • ‘Cashmere heat sugar scrub,’ with a glass of wine.
  • Regular price $155 – special price $99
  • Call:  951.587.9463 or click here.
  • Available Mondays thru Sundays thru January 31, 2014.

 

Bridal Open House

  • Sunday, January 19 / 10:00a-4:00p / Free
  • Tour of resort in full wedding décor
  • Call 866.994.6379 X7214 for details or click here.

 

Tasteful Break to that New Year’s Resolution at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

  • Monday, January 20 10:00a-6:00p
  • Taste the premier wines with this one-day only offer.
  • All Tastings: Buy One Get One Free!

 

Vintage Wine and Cheese Soiree

  • Friday, January 24
  • Private Reserve Wine Flight Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon
  • With cheese pairings
  • $60 for two.  Call 866.994.6379

 

Sip / Save / Shop

  • Saturday, January 25 / 10:00a-6:00p
  • Shop at Gift Shoppe and get complimentary Sparkling Wine
  • 15% discount on your purchases.
  • Call 866.994.6379 for details or click here.

 

Thornton Winery


Chef’s Counter Dinner

  • Friday, January 17 / 7:00p
  • Dine one-on-one as the chef prepares five-course meal
  • Seating is limited to 10 people
  • $125 pp + tax/tip
  • Call 951-699-0099 for reservations.

 

Super Bowl Munchies Cooking Class

  • Saturday, January 25 / 2:30p
  • $70 pp, inclusive
  • Learn to make appetizers for your Super Bowl Party!
  • Call 951-699-0099 for reservations.

 

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January’s “California Restaurant Month” Features Temecula Winery Restaurant Deals

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If saving bucks while eating out is important to you in the new year, then you must take advantage of the much-anticipated California Restaurant Month specials taking place across the Golden State. Started by Visit California to promote new eateries and great dining deals throughout the month of January, many California cities and regions have annually embraced the designation and Temecula is one of the most celebrated in the state.

Are your favorite winery restaurants offering dining deals in January? Check out the list below!

For more information on Temecula Valley’s Restaurant Month, visit the official website here; or call 951-491-6085.

Learn about California Restaurant Month across the state here! California Restaurant Month is packed with great restaurants, chefs, chef interviews, and great contests with great prizes.

 

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September Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

SEPTEMBER IS CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH!

Don’t miss out on Temecula Valley’s once-a-year SIP Passport and annual wine & food showcase CRUSH – tickets are on sale now and going fast!  See below for all the details —

September SIP Passport

  • When:  Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.

  • What:  Discount voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. See TemeculaWines.org for details.

  • Tickets:  $35 per person for SIP Passport (a $60-80 value); tickets, various transportation and overnight packages are all available here!

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

  • When:  Saturday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m.

  • Where:  Callaway Winery: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

  • What:  Upscale gala event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from 18 local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.

  • Tickets:  All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets and overnight packages are on sale now here!

 

September Winery Events

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s

  • Every Saturday 5:00p-8:00p
  • Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.

Dog Day Sundays

  • Every Sunday 11:30a-2:30p
  • Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!  Live acoustic entertainment.

NEW! Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

  • Thursday-Sunday 11:00a-2:30p
  • Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.  Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays

  • September 25 6pm to 8pm, $35 pp, plus tax.  $32 pp, plus tax; wine club.
  • Visit with friends while decorating your own Halloween Wine Bottle Vase.
  • Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Eat, Drink, Stomp

  • Saturday; September 28 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • $79 pp / $69 Wine Club / $35/$30 for children 12 years old and younger. Children under 3 are free
  • Al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties & sangria

Live Music Fridays

  • Every Friday in September; Menu prices range from $6 to $23.
  • Wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert w/ recording artist Vini Contreas

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway

  • Every Sunday in September. No reservations required.
  • Lounge opens at 4p, with food available at 5p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm.  

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music in the Barrel Room on Saturdays & Sundays

  • Sunday, September 1- Will Sumner
  • Saturday, September 7 – Chapman Stick Touchboard by Leo Gosselin
  • Sunday, September 8 – Don Brennan
  • Saturday, September 14 – Don Brennan
  • Sunday, September 15 – Leo Gosselin
  • Saturday, September 21 – Will Sumner
  • Sunday, September 22 – Steel drum, island vibe by Shaula Walko
  • Saturday, September 28 – Shaula Walso
  • Sunday, September 29 – Don Brennan

Europa Village

  • Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission / September 6 – Lindsey Carrier / September 13 – Radical Pie / September 20 – Cougrzz
  • Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / September 1 – Geoff Ryle  / September 8 – Jimmy Patton / September 15 – Matthew Fagan / September 22 – Leo Gosselin / September 29 – Guilty Conscience Acoustic
  • Comedy Night / Friday, September 13 / 7:30p / $15 per person- includes glass of wine (plus service charge and sales tax / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • La Tomatina Festival – Tomato Fight / Sunday, September 15 / 3:00p-7:00p / $49 per person / Tomato fight, live entertainment, food and souvenir t-shirt. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets.
  • Musical Wine Dinner – Italy – “Bella Notte” / Thursday, September 19 / 6:309-9:00p / $79 per person / 4-course wine paired meal with entertainment. / Call 951-216-3380 for tickets. 

 

Falkner Winery

Free Jazz Sundays

  • Every Sunday in September 12:00p-3:00p.
  • Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe

 

VIP Vertical Tasting

  • September 21 10:30am to 12:30p
  • $45pp + tax; $35pp + tax members; 8 Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

 

Wine Appreciation Class

  • September 7 10:30a-2:30p.
  • Includes lunch, $65 pp +tax; members $60 pp + tax, VIP Club Members $20 pp+tax.
  • Call the winery at 951-676-8231 xt. 109 for reservations.

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

  • September 5, 5:30p-7:30p, $20 pp
  • Includes 5 wine and chocolate pairings.  RSVP required by September 3, e-mail sales@chickswithbark.com

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

  • Every Monday and Friday at 12:00p
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p
  • $29 pp; Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

 

Leoness Cellars

Annual Grape Stomp

  • September 22, 6:00p-9:30p, $89 pp; $79 pp members
  • Includes Surf & Turf Buffet, 1 glass of wine, stomping, live music and dancing!
  • Reservations are required by e-mail to reservations@leonesscellars.com or by calling 951-302-7601 ext. 150.

 

Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

5p-8p Fridays & Saturdays / 2:00p-5:00p Sundays

  • September 1 – American Made
  • September 6 – Schultz & Hamilton
  • September 7 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 8 – Donna Jones
  • September 13 – Tim Cash
  • September 14 – TBD
  • September 15 – Izon Eden
  • September 20- Izon Eden
  • September 21- Big Truth
  • September 22 – Michael LeClerc
  • September 27 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 28 – Knight Wing
  • September 29 – Bill Magee

Live Music in Old Town

  • Saturday, September 7  6:00p-9:00p – Chuck Wyle
  • Saturday, September 21 / 6:00p-9:00p – Tim Cash

Epicurean Demonstration ~ Pasta & Sauce

  • September 4 / 4:00p-6:00p / $25 pp / $20 pp, wine club
  • Purchase tickets in the tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarywinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 1046

Winemaker’s Dinner

  • September 7 / 6:30p-9:00p / $75 pp / $65 pp, wine club
  • Reservations required.  To purchase tickets, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Saturday, September 21 / 4:00p-8:00p / $65 pp / $55 pp, wine club / $30 for 21 and under
  • Tickets include dinner. Purchase tickets in tasting room, e-mail events@lorimarwinery.com or call 951-694-6699 ext. 104.

Movie in the Vines ~ Bottle Shock

  • Monday, September 23
  • Concessions and wine bar open at 6:00p / Movie begins at sunset.

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music

  • Sunday, September 8 / 2:00p-6:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

Grape Stomp

  • Sunday, September 22 / 11:00a-5:00p /
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

5150 ~ A Tribute to Van Halen, the Sammy Hagar Years

  • Friday, September 27 7:00p
  • For more information, contact 951-676-5047 ext. 118 or by e-mail to weddingsandevents@mountpalomar.com

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Blessing of the Wines Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 / 4:00p-7:00p / Adults: $55 / $50 Club / Children: $15
  • B.B.Q., face painting, tractor rides, live music, dancing, and  grape stomping contests!
  • Reservations Required; Buy your tickets now by calling  951-587-9463 X7210 or click here.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

  • Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p
  • Wine Club Members, enjoy the tour for just $35 per person.   Reservations strongly suggested:  Call 951.587.9463 x7219.
  • Don’t miss our Spooky Behind the Scenes Tours scheduled for October 26 thru 31st 4:30 to 5:30 – reservations A MUST

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

  • Mon-Fri, 4:00p-5:30p (Wednesdays, enjoy a live piano bar from 6:00p-9:00p).

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

  • Saturday, September 14 / 7:00p – BWB ~ Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
  • Sunday, September 15 / 4:00p – Boz Scaggs
  • Sunday, September 22 / 4:00p – George Benson & Jessy J.

Live Music

  • September 1 – Diego Mondragon Duo
  • September 6 – Reggie Vision Valentine
  • September 7 – Vanessa Rogers
  • September 8 – Missy Anderson
  • September 13 – Big Truth
  • September 20 – Missy Anderson
  • September 21 – Mrs. Jones Revenge
  • September 27 – Mercedes Moore Band
  • September 28 – Master Splinter Acoustic
  • September 29 – Mark Renk

 

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July Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Friday, June 28th, 2013

With so much going on in Temecula Valley during July and throughout the summer, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick just one activity to experience.  In the summer, live music echos throughout the valley, giving wine country a lively cultural atmosphere. Enjoy the warm days, cooler nights – and air-conditioned wineries. Take in a summer concert or sign up for a cooking class; attend a live play or see a famous jazz artist.  Temecula Valley is full of special summertime & wine experiences.

See below for July Winery Events in Temecula Valley
 

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s Every Saturday during dinner / 5:00p-8:00p / Live bands, beer, wine, and dinner or just appetizers.  Check website and Facebook for schedules.

Dog Day Sundays Bring your well mannered pooches for lunch on the patio in wine country.


Briar Rose Winery

Saturday Night Sunset / Saturday, July 20 / 6p-9p / Experience our amazing sunsets and live music by Will Sumner while enjoying fabulous food and wine. Grate Gourmet Pizza Co. will be on-site selling pizzas and other food favorites available for purchase.


Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays / Wednesday, July 31 / 6pm to 8pm; Need some wine time with your girlfriends? Join us for “Women & Wine Wednesday”. Visit with old friends, mingle with new ones, sample some of your favorite Callaway wines and enjoy light appetizers. Each gathering
will have a unique theme or craft to make & take home! / July ~ Oil & Vinegar.  At this month’s “Women & Wine” event visit with friends while creating your own olive oil, soap or vinegar bottle dispenser. $32 per person, plus tax.  $30 per person, plus tax; wine club. Reservations and pre-payment are required for these events. Call to RSVP: 951-676-4001.

Live Music Fridays / Every Friday in July; Enjoy wine, tapas, entrees and house-made dessert while swaying to the sounds of singer/songwriter recording artist Vini Contreas as he performs a bit of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, classic rock and some of his own powerful original songs! Menu prices range from $6 to $23.

Fusion: Wine & Music / Every Saturday in July; Live music from 2p-5p.  Wine available by the glass or by the bottle.

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway / Every Sunday in July; Enjoy sipping on our very own Watermelon Sangria while soaking in the sunset vineyard views. Chef Michael Henry creates a unique menu every Sunday.  Lounge opens at 4p, with food available at 5p. Live music from local musicians begins at 5:30pm. No reservations required.

 

Europa Village

4th of July Picnic / Thursday, July 4 / 12:00p-5:00p / Entertainment & family fun games / Tickets: $25 adults, $10 children.  For reservations, call 951-216-3380

Friday Night Entertainment / 6:00p-9:00p / Free admission / July 5 – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge / July 12 – Lifetime Rocker / July 19 – Barstow Prophets / July 26 – Finite

Sunday Entertainment / 1:00p-4:00p / Free Admission / July 7 – Matthew Fagan / July 14 – Geoff Ryle  / July 21 – Jimmy Patton / July 28 – Leo Gosselin

Henry IV / Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 / Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 / Sundays, July 14, 21 / 7:30p / Tickets: $15-28 / Click here for more information.

Craft Fair – Christmas in July / Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 / 10a-5p / Free Admittance

Magic / Hypnosis Show / Friday, July 26 / 7:30p / Tickets: $15 per person and include a glass of wine.  For reservations, call 951-216-3380.

Paint & Palate Painting Class / Sunday, July 28 / 11a-2p / Tickets: $35 / Enroll here.

 

Falkner Winery

13th Anniversary Event / Friday-Sunday, July 5-7 / 11a-5p / You are invited to a lively weekend that includes Jazz performances Saturday and Sunday, winery tours, huge sales, hourly raffles, outdoor barbeques, lunch specials in the Pinnacle Restaurant and other fun events.  Selected wines will be offered at up to 50% off case prices.  Selected gifts will also be on sale at up to 30% off.  As part of the event, the Pinnacle Restaurant will offer a great “Anniversary Special for 2” lunch.  This special meal provides 2 people a choice of shared appetizer, separate entrees, shared dessert and non-alcoholic beverage for only $55 plux tax and gratuity (glasses of wine with this special available at $5 per glass).

VIP Vertical Tasting Saturday, July 20 / 10:30am to 12:30p / The cost for the tasting is $45/person plus tax; $35/person plus tax for Food & Wine Club members; Falkner Winery is pleased to announce its next VIP Vertical Tasting will be on July 20 and focus on our Meritage-Bordeaux style wines. For those who are not familiar with the term “vertical tasting”, it means tasting multiple vintages of the same wine from the same producer. The next tasting session will focus on eight (8) vintages of the Falkner Meritage blend.

Wine Appreciation Class Saturday, July 13 / 10:30a-2:30p.  This very educational and fun class is all encompassing and conducted by our Assistant Winemaker and in-house sommelier George Myers.  This class is great for both wine novices and experts in a single, 3+ hour class.  The class includes lunch and costs $65 per person, plus tax; Connoisseur Club Members, $60 per person, plus tax and VIP Club Members $20 per person, plus tax.  Class sizes are limited, so register early!  Call the winery at 951-676-8231 xt. 109 for reservations.

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Happy Hour Saturday, July 13 / 4:00p-7:00p; Special wine cocktail menu and discounted glass of sangria.

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour Every Monday and Friday at 12:00p / Saturdays & Sundays at 10:00a & 1:00p / $29 per person; Includes 2 1/2 hours with a wine specialist in our vineyard, production facility and barrel room with at least 12 wine tastings (including tank & barrel tastings) and food and wine pairing with gourmet cheeses and meats. Reservations required by calling the winery at 951-302-7888

 

Lorimar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music Dates and Event Dates

  • July 5, 2013
 | 
Izon Eden
 5-8p
  • July 6, 2013 | 
Mercedes Moore
 5 – 8p
  • July 6, 2013 | Old Town Open House – See the changes!  Come to the newly renovated “Lorimar Loft – Old Town” | 50% all glasses of wine purchases | Small bites | Live music from 6-9pm
  • July 7, 2013
 | John Foltz 
2p- 5p
  • July 10, 2013
 Entertaining and Interactive Cooking Demo: Gazpacho – Join Chef Patrick as he guides you to create a refreshing gazpacho soup! | 4-6p
  • July 12, 2013
 | Mrs. Jones Revenge 
5-8p
  • July 13, 2013
 | JD Priest Band 
5-8p
  • July 13, 2013
 | Painted Daizies 
6-9p
  • July 14, 2013 | JD Priest Band 
2-5p
  • July 15 – 31, 2013 | 
Christimas in July – 
All Christmas merchandise 50% off. Both Weekends during “Christmas in July,” 
we will be featuring *Sangria Snow Cones, local vendors, and much more…* Sangria snow cones are only available on the weekends
  • July 19, 2013 | Michael LeClerc 
5-8p
  • 

July 20, 2013
 | Big Truth 
5-8p
  • 

July 20, 2013 | John Foltz 
6-9p
  • 

July 21, 2013
 | 
Izon Eden 
2-5p
  • 

July 22, 2013
 | 
Movie in the Vines, 8p “Back to the Future”
  • July 25, 2013 | Laugh your Glass Off 7 – 10 pm | General Admission: $25 / $20 Wine Club Members | Join us for an evening of comedy as Lorimar Winery brings you 3 talented comedians
  • July 26, 2013 |
 
Big Truth 
5-8p
  • 
July 27, 2013 | Shoot 4 Tuesday 
5-8p
  • 

July 27, 2013 | 
Michael LeClerc 
6-9p
  • 

July 28, 2013 | 
Izon Eden
 2-5p

 

Leoness Cellars

Ronnie Laws and Friends “In Concert” Saturday, July 20 / 7:00p / VIP Seating with Meet & Greet: $89 per person, plus tax; VIP Seating: $69 per person, plus tax; Open Seating: $49 per person, plus tax. / An original member of Earth Wine and Fire, Ronnie celebrates 50 years of Music Artistry from 1963 with Kenny Rogers to 2013 hosting his “Friends & Wine” concert series.  Ronnie Lawns brings his love for people and music along with special guests for a musical party under the stars! / Reservations: call 951-302-7601 ext. 150 or e-mail reservations@leonesscellars.com.

 

Oak Mountain Winery

BBQ Cooking Class Presented by Pete’s Firehouse BBQ / Friday, July 12 / 6:30p-9:30p / $125 per person / Hands on cooking class will show you techniques to select, prepare, trim, season, cook and serve Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, St. Louis Style Pork Ribs, Beef Tri-Tip, Pork Shoulder and much more.  Enjoy a full BBQ meal with lots of extras.  Two glasses of wine included, compliments of Oak Mountain Winery.  All students will receive 2 bags of Pete’s Firehouse BBQ Spice Rubs and a bottle of Pete’s Firehouse BBQ Sauce.  Students will also receive a booklet with all of our cooking techniques, recipes, etc.  To sign up, call the winery at 951-699-9102.

Cooking Class Friday, July 26 / 6p-9p / $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity / Come to Oak Mountain Winery for a night of wine, food and fun while Temecula Catering’s Chef Michael teaches you how to make a gourmet meal.  His hands-on classes make preparing a new meal fun and easy.  You will learn to make (hands on) and then eat a four course meal paired with Oak Mountain wine.  Bring a group of friends for a Girl’s night out or make it a date night!  Reservations by e-mail to vandrews@oakmountainwinery.com or by calling the winery at 951-699-9102.

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Welcome Home Champagne Toast & Dessert with purchase of two entrees; offered daily in July to Active Duty Service Personnel returning from deployments. 
Reservations recommended.

Enjoy Live Entertainment each Thursday evening in July at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Vintage Vantage Menu at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant 
Specially priced lunches for those aged 55 and over
 Mondays-Thursdays in July 11:30-3.  Reservations recommended.



Happy Hour at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant; 
Mondays thru Fridays in July from 4-5:30p.

Prime Rib Dinner Specials at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
; Fridays thru Sundays in July.  Reservations strongly recommended.

For details and reservations, please call 951-587-9463.

Thornton Winery

Kenny G Saturday, July 6-7 / Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era.  $95 General Admission. Call for reservations: 951-699-0099.

Jazz Gets The Blues Saturday, July 27 at 7 pm / Featuring an all-star lineup of some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, Jazz Gets the Blues blends blues classics with burnin’ chops, funky grooves and a high-energy performance that also includes new Blues renditions of other chart topping hits. Starring Jeff Golub, Nick Colionne and Brian Simpson. $65 General Admission.

Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler & Elan Trotman $75 General Admission / $150 Gourmet Supper.

Reservations: 951-699-0099.

 

Wiens Family Cellars

Summer Concert Series – The Fixx Saturday, July 20 / 6:00p-10:00p / Tickets start at $45 per person / Concert series at Wiens Cellars outdoor amphitheater.  Live music, food, great wine, tons of fun! Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Wilson Creek Winery

Gloriana – Country Concert Sunday, July 21 /  7:00p-10:00p / General Admission tickets: $45 / Gloriana is a country group composed of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert.  These three lifelong musicians joined together and quickly discovered a true bond and shared passion for crafting songs that featured soaring vocal harmonies.  The band’s breakthrough self-titled album, which featured the hit single “Wild at Heart”, earned the group the American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist in 2009 and the coveted ACM award for Top New Vocal Group in 2010!  A portion of the proceeds will go to PROJECT TOUCH – together our unity conquers homelessness. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.


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