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2017 Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Temecula Valley vintners were excited to introduce the latest Hall of Fame inductees at the 34th Annual Grape Day conference held on April 13, 2017 at South Coast Winery in Temecula, California. The inductees honored were John Poole and Peter Poole.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame was introduced in 2016 by Phil Baily, owner of Baily Winery and member of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) Board of Directors. The first inductees into the Hall of Fame were Vince & Audrey Cilurzo and John Moramarco. At the time, Baily noted “The recent passing of wine country pioneer Vince Cilurzo prompted the TVWA Board of Directors to consider ways we could honor his memory. In discussing this, we realized that other pioneers should be recognized, most notably Audrey Cilurzo, because Vince and Audrey partnered in their accomplishments. John Moramarco was unquestionably the key leader of our rise in the 1960s and for the following thirty-plus years.”

Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first commercial wine grape vineyard in the Temecula Valley. They established Cilurzo Vineyard and Winery as one of the first wineries in the Temecula Valley. As husband and wife, they championed the growing of red wine grapes, most notably Petite Sirah. They offered help, encouragement and support to all the wineries that followed them.

John Moramarco planted one of the first commercial wine grape vineyards in the Temecula Valley in 1968 while working for Brookside Winery. In the late 1980s his efforts helped Riverside County create the citrus/vineyard zone which preserved agriculture and laid the foundation for the remarkable growth of wineries over the ensuing years. Moramarco also worked to mobilize Riverside County, the City of Temecula, State and Federal efforts to successfully combat the spread of Pierce’s Disease in Temecula Valley vineyards.

“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were similarly accomplished and well respected within Temecula Valley’s wine community and we’re very appreciative of their efforts on behalf of all of us,” stated Phil Baily.

John Poole purchased vineyard land in the Temecula Valley in 1969, establishing Long Valley Vineyards, which eventually grew to 165 planted acres. Additionally, he planted one of California’s earliest Syrah vineyards in 1974. John founded Mt. Palomar Winery in 1975; this was Temecula’s second winery. In 1978, he opened the first permanent tasting room and was the first to begin advertising the Temecula Valley as a tourist destination.

Peter Poole, John’s son, was a founding member of the South Coast Vintners Association, a predecessor of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. He served many years as the President and Board Member of the Vintners Association and its successor. Peter took over operation of Mt. Palomar Winery in 1985, making it the first winery in the Temecula Valley under second-generation leadership. For many years, he worked to improve viticulture and winemaking practices in the Valley. He was instrumental in the effort to change the official name of the American Viticulture Area (AVA) from Temecula to Temecula Valley. He pioneered the planting of Italian varieties in California, being the first to plant Cortese in California and Sangiovese in the Temecula Valley. When the area was under siege from the vine destroying Glassy-winged sharpshooter, Peter helped lead the successful fight against the pest and the spread of Pierce’s Disease in the Temecula Valley.

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Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

All the flavors of summer come together with this light and refreshing salad.   It is packed with some of our favorite savory flavors and tossed with a dazzling lemon vinaigrette. For the perfect pairing, be sure to pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Rosé.

Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless, skinless half chicken breasts

extra virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves

½ teaspoon minced garlic

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 large avocados, peeled, seeded, and cut into bite-size pieces

3 cups baby or regular arugula leaves

1 piece Parmesan cheese (for shaving)

Directions:

1. Preheat the grill to medium high.

2. Cut each half chicken breast in half crosswise.

3. Brush the chicken pieces on both sides with olive oil. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

4. Grill the chicken pieces for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

5. To make the vinaigrette, pour the lemon juice in a large bowl. Whisk in the measured olive oil, lemon zest, honey, rosemary, garlic, and measured salt and pepper.

6. Cut chicken pieces crosswise into strips.

7. Add the chicken, avocado, and arugula to the vinaigrette. Toss gently to combine.

8. Divide the salad among the serving plates.

9. Top with shavings of Parmesan, cut with a vegetable peeler.

Suggested Pairings: 

Baily Winery 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese – Fun, fruity and full of character!

Doffo Winery 2016 Rosario –  A delightful fragrance of fresh strawberries, white rose, and hibiscus are mirrored on the palate.

Hart Winery 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese  – Lightly pink, near-dry, delicately scented and flavored Rose′.

Maurice Car’rie/Van Roekel Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé – Wonderful notes of strawberry short cake, Asian pear, and springtime wildflowers.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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May’s Official Wine Days

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

As if we needed a day to drink wine, May 25th is the unofficial, official National Wine Day (not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day held in February each year).  And, if that’s not enough, we also celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day, World Moscato Day and National Chardonnay Day in May!

Wondering how did these days come to be? Actually, official wine days are pretty unofficial. They are usually a movement started by a variety of individuals or organizations with a passion for juice. Based on our research, National Wine Day started in 2009 and, since then, a variety of wine appreciation days have popped up in the calendar. So, now you know how easy it is to make an official wine day!

First up on the calendar, #SauvBlancDay is on May 5th. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, the grape is also widely planted throughout New Zealand – and grows with ease here in the Temecula Valley. An acidic wine that displays a citrus-y, grapefruit-like quality, it’s a pleasing choice for a warm summer day. A very versatile vino, Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with shell fish, grilled vegetables (even asparagus!) and cheeses. It’s the perfect picnic wine!

Some Temecula Valley stand-outs are from Hart Winery, Danza del Sol Winery and Peltzer Winery.

May 9th is #MoscatoDay.  The day was introduced here in the US by Gallo Family Vineyards back in 2012 to celebrate the rising popularity and sky-rocketing sales of the varietal. If you know nothing about Moscato (or Muscat/Muscat Canelli), it originated in the Piedmont region of Italy where it’s a favorite due to its sweetness, lightness and affordability – and is popular as a sparkling wine. You’ll find Moscato table wines in white, red or rosé styles, and they make an especially delicious dessert wine. With it’s bouquet of peach, honey and citrus, a delicate sweetness and fresh acidity, it’s perfect served with a plate of fresh cheeses.

Try the Muscat Canelli from Callaway WineryCarter Estate or Oak Mountain Winery.

And then there’s the day to pay homage to the old standby, Chardonnay. #ChardonnayDay is sharing it’s special day with National Wine Day this year on May 25th.  The world’s most planted white wine grape varietal is enjoyed by fans all over the world. Generally dry to medium-dry with pear, apple, tropical or citrus fruit flavors, Chardonnay is grown in virtually every wine-producing region. Crisp and fresh with little to no oak aging, or creamy and buttery with extensive oak aging, there’s a Chardonnay out there that will make just about anyone smile!

Enjoy the Chardonnay from Masia de la Vinya Winery, Thornton Winery or Wiens Family Cellars

But, who needs a National Day to enjoy a glass of wine or two?  That’s certainly not how we roll here in Temecula Valley, Southern California’s beautiful wine country.

#drinktemecula

Reference: Wine Folly

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Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese

Monday, May 1st, 2017

When the sunshine stays with us and makes our days longer, we’re always looking for ways to stay outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. We think this recipe would be a great dish to enjoy while doing just that. This can be served as a light appetizer or savory dessert. Our friends at Ponte Winery suggest pairing it to perfection with the dry, crisp 2016 Vermentino.

Ingredients:
6 fresh apricots, halved and pitted
1/2 cup sweet white dessert wine, such as 2015 Beverino
1/2 cup of fresh, soft goat cheese such as chèvre

Directions:
Place apricots in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the dessert wine over the apricots and let marinate for 30 minutes. Remove apricots from mixing bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Allow the apricots to rest for at least 20 minutes to make sure liquid sets in fruit.

Turn the grill on to medium heat, check to make sure the grill is clean and slightly greased. Once warmed, place the apricots directly on the grill cut side down. Grill on cut side down for about 4 minutes and then turn over and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from grill and top each fruit with a spoonful of goat cheese. Serve immediately. This recipe serves about 6 – 8 people.

Recipe adapted from Wine Bites
—Lindsay Neumann

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Moscato ~ The Perfect Spring Wine

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Moscato, Muscatel, Muscat… what’s the difference between them? Just the names, actually. Rather than just being one grape, Muscat includes a family of grapes in a range of colors (from white to brown, or to near black.) For instance, Moscato is the Italian name and Muscatel the Spanish.

Here in the U.S., Moscato is making its mark and has become the hot wine of the moment. Some would say sweet versions of Moscato are ideal for the American sweet tooth; it’s also an easy wine for the new wine drinker to love.

For a perfect spring day, pack a picnic with a chilled bottle of Temecula Valley Moscato and pair it with good cheese, buttery crackers and seasonal fruit.

Here are five fun facts about Moscato:

1. Muscat is the only fine wine grape that doubles as a table grape.

2. Twitter buzzes with an average of 250 tweets an hour about people drinking their Moscato.

3. In addition to Moscato, Muscatel and Muscat, this common white variety is also known as Muscadel, Muscat Blanc and Muscat Canelli.

4. Virtually all pink Moscatos gain their hue from a splash of red wine, not skin contact.

5. The breadth and number of varieties of Muscat suggest that it is perhaps the oldest domesticated grape variety, and there are theories that most families within the Vitis vinifera grape variety are descended from the Muscat variety.

Some Temecula Valley Moscatos and Muscat Canelli’s to try:

Avensole Winery – 2014 Muscat Canelli
Callaway Vineyard & Winery – 2016 Special Selection Muscat Canelli
Europa Village – 2015 Estate Muscat Canelli
Leoness Cellars – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Maurice Car’rie Vineyards & Winery – 2015 Moscato
Monte De Oro Winery – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Oak Mountain Winery – 2016 Muscat Canelli
Ponte Winery – 2016 Moscato
Robert Renzoni Vineyards – 2015 Moscato
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Thornton Winery – 2015 Muscat Canelli
Wilson Creek Winery – 2016 Muscat Canelli

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April Winery Events

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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

Avensole Winery
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 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 2pm-4pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our vineyards. Avensole Winery boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, combined with the newest amenities, and has become the destination for wine lovers. Conclude this tour with a culinary treat pairing 7 Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by our wine experts / Cost: $75 / Reservations required. Please call 951-252-2003 x305 to make a reservation.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 6p-9p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Dog Day Sundays / Special Doggie Easter Egg hunt on April 16th / Every Sunday at Carol’s Restaurant / 11:30a-2:30p / Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch, doggie treats and special menu items / Live acoustic music on the patio / For more information please contact the restaurant at 951.676.9243

Bel Vino Winery
Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.belvinowinery.com

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

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

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

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public
Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Europa Village
Easter Sunday Lunch / April 16 / 12pm – 3pm / Three-course lunch with egg hunt / Live music, face painting, jolly jump & Easter Bunny / $45 for adults, $17 Children under 10 / For reservations and information please visit www.europavillage.com

Andalusia Region Professional Cooking Class / April 17 / 12:00pm and 2:00pm / A three-course wine-paired gourmet lunch with our Executive Chef Dean Thomas in our Italian Wine Cave / $58 plus tax / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / April 15 / 10am – 12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / Cost: $45 pp.; $40 Connoisseur; $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option / RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Easter Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle Restaurant / April 16 / 10:00-3:30pm / Reservations required 951-676-8231 option 4 / $54.95+/person (Wine Club $49.95+/person) Children (3-10) $24.00+/child (Wine Club $19.00+/child) / For full menu please visit www.falknerwinery.com / Entertainment provided by Carlos Naranjo

Sip N Paint Class “Girls Day Out” / April 27 / 6 pm – 8 pm / $35 per person / Includes all materials. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts / Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

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

Fazeli Cellars
Legacy at Fazeli Cellars / Every Friday evening of each month / 6p-10p / 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and live entertainment / Cost: $99.99 Non-member couple, $79.99 Member / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Bonfire Saturday Nights / Starts April 15 / 6p-10pm every Saturday through October. Families are welcome and admission is free. No outside beverages or coolers allowed.

Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / April 28 / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm) / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $35**; Gen. Adm. $25** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Springtime Fun in the Vineyard / April 9 / 4pm -6pm / Free admission / We are celebrating the start of a new season in the vines! All ages welcome, Pancake Dinner, Wine Cocktails and Pairings Food Truck will have a special menu / Visit www.lorimarwinery.com for details and to RSVP

Laugh Your Glass Off Comedy Show / April 27 / 6pm-9pm / General Admission $20, Wine Club $18 / Space is limited. Tickets available www.lorimarwinery.com.

Live Music Friday & Saturday / 6p-9p / Free to the public
Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public
Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Saturday Live Music / April 8 & 9 / 6p – 9p / Various local artist performances. Admission is free for this concert / For a schedule of performers, please visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com

30th Annual “Run Through the Vineyard” / April 29 / Registration 6-7am, Race times: (5K-7:30) (10K- 7:45) (2K 8am) This event is a fund raiser sponsored by the Temecula Rotary. Contact Frank Appice, Race Chairman 949-632-5667 The race is located at the Maurice Carrie Winery, 34225 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Monte De Oro Winery
The Latin Corner / April 1 / 7pm-10pm / Featuring Ruben V and the Latin Sounds. Join us for live music and dancing. Food and wine will be available for purchase / $20 pp. includes one glass of wine / For more information please visit www.montedeoro.com

Blind Cab Tasting / April 8 / 6pm-8pm / Join us for our Cabernet Sauvignon Blind Tasting event, featuring at least 10 wines poured, epicurean appetizer, cheese and dessert Pairings! / Cost is $50-60 reservations online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Home-style Dinner / April 13 / 6pm-7pm / Come dine with family & friends, and make new ones! Dinner and dessert, served family-style, with a glass of wine included / Cost: $32-38 reservations made online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Epicurean Lunch / April 23 / 1pm-3:00pm / Culinary creations paired with 7 award winning wines, in an intimate setting. Enjoy 3 additional wines in our tasting room after lunch / Cost: $42-50 Reservations made online. Please visit www.montedeoro.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Paint Nite / April 7 / 1:00p – 3:00p / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!) / Tickets $45 at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/mt-palomar-winery_133232

Wine Country Wiener Fest / April 9 / 11:00a – 4:00p / The Temecula Valley Dachshund Club proudly presents the 8th Annual Wine Country Wiener Fest! Enjoy family friendly games, raffles & door prizes, and the annual “Dexter’s Derby” Dachshund races while supporting local Dachshund rescues. Spaces are still available for local vendors and the Dachshund races, be sure to sign up before they sell out! Admission is free, more information at http://www.wienerfest.info/

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Intimate Evening in the Vines, benefiting Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services / April 27 / This unique progressive dinner and entertainment event commences at Pechanga Resort and Casino, where guests are taken via VIP transportation to Ponte Winery for wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and live music in the Barrel Room. Next, guests will enjoy a farm fresh dinner, wine and live music at Peltzer Winery. The evening will conclude at Pechanga Resort and Casino for dessert and a private comedy show / Cost is $200 per guest / For tickets and information please log on to http://4kidsfirst.org/an-intimate-evening/

Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy live music while dining at The Restaurant at Ponte Winery / Free to attend / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

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
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 1pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

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

Thornton Winery
Friday Night Live Music / Every Friday night in April / 6pm-9pm / Cost: $10.00 per person for general admission “Concert Style Seating” / Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.thorntonwine.com or in person at the winery! / Please visit our website for a schedule of performers.

Vindemia Vineyard & Winery
Earth Day Vineyard Tour at Vindemia Vineyard and Winery / April 22 / 11:30 & 1:30
No reservation needed / Join our Vineyard expert for a stroll through our vineyard to learn more about our sustainable farming practices, including natural ground cover, pesticide-free pest control, water conservation, and much more. Following the tour, visitors are invited to enjoy a wine tasting on our outdoor Terrace. We will be offering a special Earth Day discount on select bottle purchases.
Complimentary vineyard tour. $20 for wine tasting.

Wiens Family Cellars
Yoga Flow in the Vineyards / April 20 / 10am -12pm / Enjoy 45 minutes of a beautiful yoga flow, an intense thought provoking workshop designed to teach specific ways to truly reduce stress and focus on physical and mental alignment, flowed by a delicious wine tasting. Open to anyone ages 21+ whether you have done yoga or not / Cost is $39 / Purchase tickets: www.mindbodycomplete.com

Kindred Spirits for EQUU8 Annual Gala / April 22 / 5pm -10pm / Dress in your cocktail best and enjoy an evening of entertainment by The Shift, auction, presentation, full course dinner, and amazing wine. 100% of proceeds from the event will go to support EQUU8’s sustainability for 2017 and beyond / Cost is $75 before April 1st $100 after April 1st / Purchase tickets at www.equu8.org

Wilson Creek Winery
Easter Brunch Sunday / April 16th / 10am – 3pm / Enjoy live entertainment, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and our annual Petting Zoo! / Buffet + unlimited Sparkling Wine $64.95 / Buffet Only $58.95
Children $14.95

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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March Winery Events

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Spring is just around the corner, which means everyone is looking forward to bud break in the vineyards. With all of the recent rain, the vineyards are lush and green with cover crops, and the surrounding mountains full of snow.  It’s such a beautiful time in wine country!  Come for a visit and take in one of the winery events.

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 x305 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 2pm-4pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our vineyards. Avensole Winery boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, combined with the newest amenities, and has become the destination for wine lovers. Conclude this tour with a culinary treat pairing 7 Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by our wine experts / Cost: $75 / Reservations required. Please call 951-252-2003 x305 to make a reservation.

Live Music in the Restaurant and Marketplace Friday and Saturday from 5p-8p / Guests of Avensole’s Restaurant are in for a culinary treat. Avensole offers a charming place to savor eclectic foods and delicious wines in a lively atmosphere. The vibrant indoor and outdoor setting creates a perfect venue to gather and relax with your friends and family while you sip you favorite Avensole wines and enjoy the wide array of craft beers and cocktails offered / All free and open to the public. Please feel free to call our Concierge 951.252.2003 x301 and reserve table for dinner or join our bartenders for drink at our bar / For a list of entertainment schedule please log on to www.avensolewinery.com

Live Music on the Tasting Room patio Saturday & Sunday from 1p-4p / Enjoy live music at the Tasting Room patio with views over the vineyards. Gourmet Mangia cheeses are available for purchase to complement Avensole wines, and cheese and charcuterie platters are available to order from the Restaurant / All free and open to the public. Open seating at the Tasting Room patio.

Baily Winery
Shakespeare in the Vines presents I Hate Hamlet Comedy Show / March 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 & 11 / Doors open at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm / All performances are staged inside the opulent Carol’s Restaurant / For tickets and information email info@shakespeareinthevines.org or call 951.402.7488 (please do not call the restaurant for ticket questions).

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

Bel Vino Winery
Friday Night Live at Bel Vino / Every Friday 6p-10p / Free admission / Wine, Beer and specialty cocktails in the Barrel Room / Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm; select Bel Vino Bistro menu offered from 6p to 8:30pm / No outside food or drinks allowed.

Live Band every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm to 4pm /Admission is always free / Bands play on our Hilltop Terrace Stage. For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.belvinowinery.com

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday at Meritage and Live Music / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889
Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert.
*All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

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

Live Music at the Courtyard Patio / Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm / Please check our website for a list of scheduled performers.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $40pp / Available Mid-week 1pm and 3pm; Weekends 1pm and 3pm / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially-selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with season accoutrements. Each pairing last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / For reservations call today: 844.851.2138

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
St. Patrick’s Day 5k and 15k / March 19th / 8am / Come get green with us! Registration for the race is now open: http://sandyfeetevents.com/temecula-st-patricks-day-15K /Green Sparkling at the end of the race and two for one winetasting for all runners. Brought to you by Sandy Feet Events. Register today! 15k ranges $45-$55 and 5k $35-$45.

Friday Night Live Music / 5pm-8pm / Happy Hour 7-8p two-for-one glasses of wine / Free to the public

Sunday Live Music / 2:00-5:00pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.cougarwinery.com.

Danza del Sol Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Danza del Sol / Every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.danzadelsolwinery.com for additional information.

Europa Village
Live Music every Sunday / 1:00-4:00pm / Free to the public / Live entertainment on our outdoor Veranda / For a list of scheduled performers please visit www.europavillage.com

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

Sip N Paint Class “Wine” / March 30 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / $35 per person. Includes all materials & Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Members receive applicable discounts. Reservations are required online @ Artfusionbdk.myshopify.com

Fazeli Cellars
Mad Hatter Party / March 11 / 6:00pm / Back by popular demand! This year the food will be plentiful and even more fabulous! We will greet you with Champagne, then follow us down the rabbit hole for a tray passed tasting experience of (5) canapes paired with (5) wines. Dinner will continue with fun and unique food stations. And don’t forget to save room for our famous dessert table! But remember Embracing the chaos is a state of mind! So if dressing up isn’t your thing, just wear a hat! We will be giving prizes for Best Wonderland Character, Best Hat, Best Couple, Best Group, and Have You Gone Completely Mad? Prizes include wine and a one year membership to our new Embrace the Chaos wine club! Get ready to DINE, DRINK, and DANCE the night away at Fazeli Cellars!!!/ $79.99 Non-members; $69.99 Members / For reservations please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Salsa Night with Salsafama / March 25 / 7p-10p / A 45-minute free lesson (no partner required) followed by dancing, dancing, dancing. Glass of Sangria with entrance / Cost: $15.00/Non-member; $10 Member / Food and beverage available for purchase / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Legacy at Fazeli Cellars / Every Friday evening of each month / 6p-10p / 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and live entertainment / Cost: $99.99 Non-member couple, $79.99 Member / For reservations and information please visit www.fazelicellars.com

Live Music at our Tasting Room / Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Check our website www.fazelicellars.com/events for a schedule of performers.

Frangipani Winery
Cigar Sunday / March 12 / 1pm-5pm; Paella cooking at 2pm, Music from 1pm-4pm / Cigar rolling by Casa Lovo Cigars, Paella cooking by Tropical BBQ. Sausage tasting by Mad Mike / Live music by Mariella Riat / Cost: $30 pp for Wine Club members, $35 for Non-members / Reservations required by March 7th. Please call the winery at 951.699.8845 or email frangipaniwine@aol.com

Leoness Cellars
Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Winemaker’s Dinner / March 30 / 6 pm – 10 pm / Formal attire / Four-Course, Wine Paired Dinner / $100 Wine Club; $110 Guests / For reservations please visit http://www.leonesscellars.com/event-398046/The-Phantom-Of-The-Opera-Winemakers-Dinner.html.

Longshadow Ranch Winery
Legends of the Wild West Dinner Theater & Variety Show / March 17 & 31 / 7pm- 9:30pm (Doors open at 6pm) / An amazing hand written organic Western themed comedy production featuring the finest dancers, vocalists & actors available. We are so proud to have Broadway veterans from Tony award winning productions in this show. Family friendly as always but a great date night as well. / Buffet style supper includes Western spaghetti in ample portions with ranch style meatballs, steamed mixed veggies and garlic bread, Dessert to follow. *Vegetarian option available. Please specify in reservation notes. Wine, beer, soda and bottled water available. Coffee available with dessert / VIP tickets $35**; Gen. Adm. $25** / **A two drink minimum is required and not included in ticket price. VIP ticket includes – priority service and seating. Front of the line for meet-and-greet/photos with performers on stage / This will be an outdoor event so dress accordingly. Inclement weather will result in rescheduling. No refunds on ticket purchases / For tickets and reservations, please log on to: https://squareup.com/store/longshadow-ranch-winery

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine / March 10 / 6:00 pm / Attention Cigar Aficionados: Join us for an evening of cigars, wine and dinner on the Vineyard Lawn / $85 Reg.; $76.50 Wine Club / Tickets on sale now http://www.lorimarwinery.com/feat-event-157992/Smoke-Vine-An-Evening-Of-Cigars-And-Wine.html

Dueling Pianos / March 30 / 6:00 pm / A fun evening on the Sunset Patio with entertainment and wine! Pairings will open at 5pm for early dinner / $20 Reg.; $18 Wine Club (includes one glass of sangria) / Tickets on sale soon at www.lorimarwinery.com

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

Live Music Sunday / 2p-5pm / Free to the public / Please check our website www.lorimarwinery.com for a list of scheduled of performers.

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Live Music on the Patio at Masia de la Vinya / Every Saturday from 12pm – 5pm / Enjoy great wine and great music! / Please check our website www.masiadelavinya.com for additional information and a list of scheduled performers.

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Live Music / March 10 / 6PM to 9 PM / “BIG TRUTH” and the “SCHOOL OF ROCK”. NO Cover, open to the general public. This first live music event of the season will surely get you on your feet and on the dance floor.

Live Music / March 25 / 6 PM to 9 PM / KESTON BARKER (vocals, guitar) formally with the Busboys ‘The Boys are Back in Town”. BERNIE PERSHEY (drums). BRAD CUMMINGS (bass). No Cover, open to the public.

Miramonte Winery
Live Music & Entertainment / Every Friday and Saturday / 7p-10p / Free to the public / No reservations required / /For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.miramontewinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery
Bridal Showcase / March 19 / 2:00pm—6:00pm / Love is in the air at Mount Palomar Winery! Join us for a Bridal & Event Showcase in the barrel room. Brides & grooms – enter to win raffle prizes from our vendors! / Free Admission / RSVP for a special wine tasting during the event! / For reservations please visit http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Weddings-/-Events/Bridal-Expo

Paint Nite in the Barrel Room / March 5, 12, 18 and 26 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm / Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over a glass of wine at a Mount Palomar Winery, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!) / For tickets: https://www.paintnite.com/venues/133232.html

Live Music / Every Saturday and Sunday / 1pm-4pm / Local musician will perform live on our beautiful outdoor patio. You can enjoy a craft cocktail, a draft beer, a glass of wine and the Mediterranean inspired men at Annata Bistro/Bar along with the show / Free entertainment / For more information please visit www.MountPalomarWinery.com/Annata

Tequila Tastings / Saturdays and Sundays through the month of February / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM / Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tastings on our beautiful outdoor patio! Enjoy samples of top shelf Asombroso tequilas, made from 100% blue agave. You’ll enjoy 5 samples of fine tequila, including San Francisco World Spirits Competition double gold award winners and a bonus margarita sample / Prices and availability subject to change, more at http://www.mountpalomarwinery.com/Annata-Bistro/Bar/Tequila-Tastings / Tickets: $25 at the door

Ponte Winery
Live Music in The Restaurant at Ponte / Every Friday and Saturday night / 5:30pm-8:00pm / Enjoy live music while dining at The Restaurant at Ponte Winery / Free to attend / Visit www.pontewinery.com for a list of scheduled performers

Live Music in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar open late every day, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The Cellar offers live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night! Sip to the sounds of a variety of musicians, from jazz sax and alternative contemporary to rock blues! / Time and Entertainment schedule varies / Free to attend / Visit www.pontevineyardinn.com for an entertainment schedule.

Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-7pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up.

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
Golden Bear Wine Tour / Saturday and Sunday / 11am-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm / This Tour will highlight why South Coast Winery has been awarded California Winery of the Year for the 4th year. You will be able to experience 8 of our award-winning wines paired with Chef Choice individual plates of California cuisine. You will also receive a logo wine glass to take home to remember your experience with us while you enhance your wine knowledge. Golden Bear Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2pm. Space is limited, advance reservations are required. Must be over 21 years of age to attend. This is a 75-minute walking tour followed a 45-minute food and wine pairing / Cost: $60 per person, $55 Wine Club / Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today. Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Behind the Scenes Wine Tours / Tours are held daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday/ $40pp; $35pp Wine Club Member / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today /Due to the limited sizes of each tour, advance reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Sunday’s Live Musical Entertainment in Vintner’s Garden / 2pm-5pm /Join us for live music entertainment in our Vintner’s Garden / For a schedule of entertainment please visit www.southcoastwinery.com

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

Thornton Winery
Our “29th Annual Champagne Jazz” schedule, to be released the second week of March!
Easter Sunday Buffet Reservations now being taken!

Wiens Family Cellars
Wiens Wines & Words Society / March 8th / 6:00pm-8pm / Wiens Wine & Words Society is Wiens Family Cellars very own book club with a special twist. Every other month a great book is perfectly paired with one of their wines. In addition, a themed meeting/party in which you discuss both the wine and book while enjoying themed appetizers and of course the selected wine is included! / $77 Regular; $61.60 Wine Club / For reservations please visit http://www.wienscellars.com/res-396857/March-Wiens-Wines-Words.html.

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling): $46.95, Buffet only: $36.95, Children: $14.95 / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Live Entertainment / Every Saturday and Sunday / 12pm – 4pm / Free to the public / For a list of scheduled performers, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com.

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Wine for St. Patrick’s Day!?

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

So, if you’re a wine lover, how do you survive a holiday that is clearly for beer drinkers?  Many of our winemakers tell us that wine drinkers are the best beer drinkers because it takes a lot of good beer to make a good wine.

But, today’s your lucky day!  When good ole’ St. Paddy’s day rolls around, you can wear that cheesy green hat, be forced to eat corned beef and cabbage AND have your wine….yes, wine.

Here are some of our favorite picks to raise a glass and cheer Saint Patrick.

If you’re looking for that “Pot of Gold”, why not stick with bubbly?  Try Monte De Oro’s 2015 Bolle De Oro which took home a Double Gold at the 2016 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

If you’re serving corned beef and cabbage, how about trying South Coast Winery’s 2013 Wild Horse Peak Zinfandel, or if you really want to get creative, serve Hart Winery’s 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese.

Or, if you feel like standing in solidarity with your beer drinking friends, drink Wiens Family Cellars’ bold 2014 Bare Knuckle Petite Sirah in a beer mug!

Whatever wine you choose to drink on St. Patrick’s Day, have the confidence of a lepercaun!  Those beer drinkers just might start to wonder what they’re missing out on.

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The Women of Wine Country

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Get Chilled in Temecula Valley Wine Country!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Everyone knows that the holidays can be particularly busy, stressful and rushed.  Why not come and join us in Temecula Valley Wine Country on December 15th to “chill” with us!  Several of our wineries are keeping their doors open late so that you can participate in the Temecula Chilled Holiday Shopping Night from 5:00p-7:00p.

Just one trip to your local wine country will get you all the gifts you need to give. Plus, you can sip while you shop! Our winery gift shops offer unique and charming wine-themed gifts, specialty food items, home decor – and of course, delicious wine.

During the Holiday Shopping Night, shop at select tasting rooms and enjoy holiday refreshments, carolers, carriage rides at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and more!  Participating wineries include: Bel Vino, Callaway, Danza del Sol, Foot Path, Monte De Oro, Mount Palomar, Ponte, South Coast and Wilson Creek.

To learn more about Temecula Chilled and all of the activities planned, please click here.

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