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Wine Country Recipe: Red Wine-Raspberry Sorbet

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Red Wine Sorbet

There’s nothing better than a light, refreshing sorbet on a hot summer afternoon.  This sorbet is the best of both worlds; raspberries and your favorite Temecula Valley red wine!  Welcome to summer and enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Zinfandel or Beaujolais
3 cups raspberries

Preparation:

In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar, water and red wine to a boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Remove from heat and add the raspberries.  Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

To purée the berries and remove the seeds, using a rubber spatula, press the mixture through a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or pass it through a food mill fitted with a fine disk into a medium bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Variation: For a lighter-tasting sorbet, use rosé in place of the red wine.

Tip: You can use frozen raspberries in this recipe.  There’s no need to thaw the berries before adding them to the warm wine.

Makes about 1 quart

Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Merlot or Zinfandel; or here are some additional pairing suggestions:

Merlot:
Longshadow Ranch Winery – Gorgeous and full of life with a fruit forward finish.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa –  Blueberries and rose petals mingle with a rich chocolate, coffee earthiness that is warmed with French oak.
Wilson Creek Winery– Rich garnet red wine with earthy aromas of smoke,leather, spice and sweet pipe tobacco. Flavors of plum and spice play lightly on the palate.

Zinfandel:
Briar Rose Winery – Medium bodied wine with red fruit characters of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry.
Foot Path Winery – This is not a dry Zin. It maintains about .5% residual sugar.
Wiens Family Cellars – Raspberry jam, red cherries and a hint of minerality

Recipe adapted from “Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes” by David Lebovitz
Photo credit: Maren Caruso

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Big Dreamers: David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In the fourth installment of our continuing blog series “Big Dreamers,” we sat down with Temecula Valley veteran David Bradley who knows the vineyard landscape better than anyone else – from the air.  Long-time hot air balloon pilot and talented winemaker, David landed in Temecula Valley in 1985 and operates two successful enterprises on the same property. Learn about his story as a boutique California winemaker and balloon enthusiast below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they’ve come from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.

Interview with Winery Owner and Winemaker David Bradley, Vindemia Winery

1.    What were you doing before owning and operating your winery?

I was introduced to the world of hot air balloons in 1977. In 1985, my wife Gail & I moved to California and started California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures in the world’s most perfect weather. The next year we began flying in Temecula, CA, over wine country. There were eight wineries and one was for sale. I just didn’t have the money.

2.      What inspired you to want to buy a winery and what were the circumstances around choosing Temecula Valley, CA?

The winery started out just as a vineyard. If we owned a vineyard in a great location we could launch the balloons from the site and bring our guests back to the vineyard for breakfast. One day, I landed at this super-cool Provence-styled villa in the valley and was greeted by the owner. She was very nice and I asked if I could land here and visit again. The second time, I asked if she would ever sell her home. Four years later, I got a call asking if I would be interested in purchasing the house and winery site. That’s how Vindemia started.

3.      What were your expectations of the winemaker lifestyle at the beginning?  Were they way off or right on?

Winemaking is a contagious chess game pitting hopeful players against Mother Nature.  The truth to the myth is, 50 days each fall season with no sleep, 2:00am start times and mumbling pH, TA figures while recounting Brix over and over. You begin to feel like a pawn.

4.      People might think winemaking is glamorous.  Would you like to set them straight?

Winemaking is like all the arts – the project is never perfect. Sometimes it’s what’s not done that best finishes the structure; and the results haunt you, both good and bad.

5.      What is your least favorite thing about running a winery?  What is your most favorite – the reason you get up in the morning?

Least favorite is guests mistaking us as glamorous and missing the invitation to land on the farm and share in the pleasure of the fruit. And, the reason to get up… to see if Mother Nature moved her knight!

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LAWineFest + Temecula Wines

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The 9th Annual LAWineFest is this weekend!

Happening May 31 and June 1 at Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios. With hundreds of wines, craft brews and spirits on offer, the weekend-long festival is a relaxed, welcoming setting for people to explore the world of wine and more, alongside cool L.A. food trucks, live bands and handcrafted goods. LAWineFest proudly supports local organizations while serving as the Southland’s signature celebration of wine, beer, spirits and food.

Temecula Valley wines will be featured in their very own booth!  The region is proudly pouring:

REDS
Callaway Vineyard & Winery: Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Miramonte Winery: Tempranillo
Lorimar Winery: Trio – Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Mourvedre
Hart Winery: Syrah

WHITES
Falkner Winery: Sauvignon Blanc
Cougar Vineyard & Winery: Vermentino
Vindemia Vineyard & Estate Winery: Regatta de Blanc

SPARKLING
Wiens Family Cellars: Sparkling Amour De L’Orange
South Coast Winery: Sparkling Pinot Grigio

Be sure to stop by the Temecula Wines booth to sample all your favorites and try something new!

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Summer Concerts in Temecula Wine Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Summer is just around the corner, which means plenty of live music entertainment in Southern California’s wine country! So many Temecula Valley wineries have beautiful outdoor concert venues. Wineries are kicking off their summer concert series now through September. Whether you love jazz, rock or blues paired with your wine, Temecula Valley Wine Country has you covered.

Below is a short list of fabulous winery concerts and be sure to check out our event calendar, which is regularly updated throughout the summer!

Lorimar Winery, Temecula, CA
June 1, 2014
The Mercedes Moore Band is about to bring their sizzling, foot tapping, dance floor moving sound to Southern California. Led by the powerful, sultry and affecting voice of Mercedes Moore, this band will take any local venue by storm.

 

Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CA
June 8, 2014 
Relax and enjoy live entertainment every weekend in Temecula Valley Wine Country. On June 8, listen to the beautiful sounds of Buzz Campbell at the popular Wilson Creek Winery venue.

 

Falkner Winery, Temecula, CA
July 20, 2014
Join Falkner Winery for their free Spring/Summer Music and BBQ Series. Guests can purchase BBQ paired with the famous Luscious Lips Sangria. A veteran of the Southern California music scene, Jason Weber has been playing the saxophone for over 30 years. Don’t miss it!

 

Thornton Winery, Temecula CA  
August 24, 2014

Enjoy the music of Al Jarreau & Vincent Ingala at the beautiful Thornton Winery. General admission seating is available in rows of concert-style seats, as well as a limited number of small tables for four on a first-come-first-served basis.


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Big Dreamers: Mike Rennie & Gary Winder, Leoness Cellars

Monday, April 28th, 2014

In the third installment of our new blog series “Big Dreamers,” we interview veteran wine experts and longtime partners Mike Rennie and Gary Winder, owners of Leoness Cellars on De Portola Road in Temecula Valley. When Mike and Gary founded their winery in 2003, they chose the name Leoness Cellars, which means “village of dreams” in Gaelic.

Farming citrus and avocados in the region as far back as the 1970’s, Gary teamed with up with fellow farmer and friend Mike to begin their viticulture journey in 1990.  They opened the first version of the tasting room in 2003 and the upgraded edition in 2006.  Now one of the most beloved and picturesque wineries in Temecula Valley, Leoness focuses on top quality wines, sustainable practices in the vineyards and first-class service in their tasting room and restaurant.

Photo Credit: Touring & Tasting

Check in every month where we feature a new interview with our Temecula Valley winemakers and winery owners. You’ll learn where they’ve come from before settling in Temecula, CA – and what keeps them passionate about the sometimes not-so-glamorous art (and science) of making good wine in California.

Interview with Winery Owner and Winemaker Mike Rennie, Leoness Cellars

1.  What were you doing before owning and operating your winery?

Gary Winder and I have been farming in Temecula for many years. We farm not only wine grapes but citrus and avocados. This harvest will be Gary’s 64th.

2.  What inspired you to want to buy a winery and what were the circumstances around choosing Temecula Valley, CA?

Most wineries come from farming families. We truly wanted to taste the fruits of our labors so Leoness came about. And we wanted the world to know that Temecula Valley and the South Coastal region are as good as anywhere in the world to farm premium wine grapes.

 

3.  What were your expectations of the winemaker lifestyle at the beginning?

We didn’t have too many allusions of grandeur. As hard working farmers and having been around the industry for decades we knew the back side, so to speak. It all adds up to hard work, quality control and a lot of sweat.

 

4.  People might think winemaking is glamorous.  Would you like to set them straight?

There is a glamour side to wine. There is the romance that goes along with fine wine, great food and times with those you love. We love sharing these things with friends and wine club members. It still comes down to working in the dirt and hot sun, and attention to detail to grow the finest premium wine grapes. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

 

5.  What is your least favorite thing about running a winery?  What is your most favorite – the reason you get up in the morning?

My least favorite thing is when things don’t go right in our customer service area. We know there is no perfection, but that is what we attain to. When for some reason we miss the mark, it’s disappointing. What makes us the happiest is when we can share the perfect wine experience with our guests.

 

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Temecula May Winery Events

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The May flowers have arrived! Temecula Valley is blooming with fun spring events for your friends and family. Celebrate Mother’s Day by having great wine and eating a delicious meal in wine country, or come mid-week with your best friend for a fun wine event where you can sip on new wines or attend a class.

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch
Sun May 11 / 11:00a, 11:30a, 1:00p and 1:30p seatings
Sumptuous buffet of breakfast items
$59.95 pp / $19.95 children 12 and under, 5 and under are free.
Reservations required. Please call Carol’s Restaurant at 951-676-9243

Memorial Day Tasting “5 Wines from ’09”
May 24-26 / Baily Estate Tasting Room
Sit-down tasting $30, or bar tasting $20
Merlot, Meritage, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Port all from 2009
Food pairing will be included with the sit-down vertical
Reservations required 951-972-9768

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

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

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music
Saturdays & Sundays in May / 12:00p-4:00p
May 3 – The Counterfeits
May 4 – JD Priest
May 10 – Gino & Lone Gunman
May 11 – Bruce Glover
May 17 – Cougrzz Rock
May 18 – Ben Powell
May 24 – Dominic Rocha
May 25 – Bruce Glover
May 31 – Mor Sol

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sun, May 11 / 10:00a-3:00p
$59.95 pp / $49.95 pp, wine club / $22.95 children
Champagne brunch with live music and a special gift for Mom.
Reservations required by calling 951-676-6414.

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset
May 2 / 5:30p-9:00
Sunset and live music by Buzz Campbell while enjoying food and wine.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.
Seating is limited.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5p-8:00p
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required. No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria & live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Mother’s Day Specials at Meritage at Callaway
Sun May 11 / Beginning at 11:00a
Lunch selections prepared by Chef Michael Henry or
Special dinner off of new spring inspired menu from 5:00p-8:00p.
Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 951-587-8889.

Cougar Winery

Mother’s Day Wine & Cheese Pairing Special
Sunday, May 11 / 11:00a-6:00p
Wine & Cheese pairing
$25 per person day of, or $20 per person if pre-paid with an RSVP.
To RSVP, call 951-491-0825 ext. 2.

Doffo Winery

Mother’s Day Lunch
Sunday, May 11 / 11:00a-1:00p
$15 adults / $12 children
Pasta lunch w/ glass of Paulina Sparkling
RSVP on website at www.doffowines.com.

Breakfast and Balloons
May 30 – June 1 / 6:00a-8:00a
Complimentary, but please RSVP at www.doffowines.com
Coffee and pastries will be available

Kurt Cacelli Charity Event
Sat May 31 / 10:00a /
$10 pp / www.doffowines.com/motodoffoevent.

Falkner Winery

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

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
May 11 / 10:00a-3:30p / $59.95 pp / $49.95 pp club.
Children 3-10 $24.50 / Children under 3 are free
Reservations- call 951-676-8231 ext. 1 or www.falknerwinery.com
Reservations are available from 10:00a-3:30p.

Frangipani Estate Winery

Cigar Night
May 2 / 6:30p-9:30p / $55 pp
Dinner catered by Tropical BBQ, cigar and glass of wine.
Reservations required by April 28th, call 951-699-8845

Lorimar Winery

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays 6p-9p / Sundays 2p-5p

Tacos, Salsa, Dancing, Wine-Rita’s and More!
Sunday, May 4 / Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Strawberry Wine-ritas & Best Sombrero Contest

Movie in the Vines
Sunday, May 4 / May the Fourth Be With You
Film begins at sunset. Bring a light saber for a free concession snack
Bring your own beach chair or blanket
Films are subject to change without notice.

Mother’s Day Specials
Buy your Mom wine… You’re the reason she drinks!
Special offer – 1 trip to Mimosa Bar, 1 pastry & a 10 minute chair massage for $10.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Lorimar Winery!
May 17th
All day festivities and the Soiree begins at 6:00p

Movie in the Vines
May 26 / Stripes
Wine bar and concession stand will be open at 6:00p
Bring your own beach chair or blanket
Films are subject to change without notice.

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music
Enjoy complimentary music on the patio / 1:00p-4:00p
May 3 – The Barstow Prophets
May 10 – Joachim Nordensson
May 17 – Dean Dixon
May 18 – Bodie
May 24 – Harmony Road
May 25 Mariner
May 31 – 3 Blind Mice

Wine Country Wiener Fest
May 4 / 11:00a-4:00p
For more information, please see www.wienerfest.info.

Bottles “n” Brushes (Painting Class with Wine!)
May 8 / 1:00p-4:00p / 2 tickets for $80
Contact Dorothy Hawthorne at 951-302-3088 for more information.

Dead Man’s Party Concert (a tribute to Oingo Boingo)
May 17 / 6:00p-10:00p
For more information, visit www.heyday.com.

Bottles “n” Brushes (Painting Class with Wine!)
Thursday, May 22 / 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 May / 1:00p-5:00p

Pet Fair
Sunday, May 4 / 11:00a-5:00p / Free admission
Bring your pooch and come on out.
A great place to adopt a dog, find a dog trainer, pet food, etc.
The tasting room carries dog wines available for tasting or purchase.

Oak Mountain Winery University
2014 Spring Semester Classes / $15 pp; $12 pp 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 & champagne.

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

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

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

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Go Green with Va Va Verde
Just $105 per person
50-minute full body ‘therapeutic’ massage
Receive a $20 spa voucher towards any $85+ spa treatment on return
Book by calling 951.587.9463

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

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select 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 season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 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
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
Complimentary Live Music on Weekends
Fridays 6:00p-9:00p / Saturdays 1:00p-4:00p / Sundays 12:30p-3:30p

Mother’s Day Buffet
Sunday, May 11/ 11:00a-4:00p
$62.95 pp / $22.95 children (children under 5 are free)

Summer Concert Series
Jazz Attack / May 17 / 7:00p / $85 pp / Gourmet Supper $160 pp
Chris Isaak / May 24 / 7:00p / $95 pp / Gourmet Supper $170 pp

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
May 30 / 7:00p / $125 pp
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

Vindemia Winery

Temecula Wine Country Meet & Greet with James Kimber
Democrat running for the 50th Congressional District
May 9 / www.kimberforcongress.com

Wilson Creek Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 11 / 10:00a-3:00p
Brunch buffet, petting zoo, live music, special gift for Mom
Brunch only: $49.95 pp; $44.95 members
Brunch with champagne: $59.95; $53.95 members
Reservations required: 951-699-9463

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March Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Spring is almost upon us, which means more green! It’s great news for Temecula Valley since March signals bud break in the vineyards. There are also some new exciting events happening, and whether you’re a wine expert or beginner, there’s something for everyone. St. Patrick’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. Why not visit Temecula, CA where you can enjoy live entertainment, green sparkling wine and festive food! It’s a great way to welcome the springtime air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baily Vineyard & Winery
Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch

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

Bel Vino Winery
Wine Down at Bel Vino with Live Music
Every Saturday and Sundays/ 12:00p-4:00p
March 1-Bruce Glover
March 2- Dominic Rocha
March 8-All In
March 9-JD Priest
March 15 – The Counterfits
March 16 – Bruce Glover
March 22 – Michael LeClerc
March 23 – Jason Weber
March 29 – Shoot 4 Tuezday
March 30 – Jim Fargo

Briar Rose Winery
Friday Night Sunset
Friday, March 21 / 5:30p-9:00
Live music by Buzz Campbell
Call 951-308-1098 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5p-8:00p
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required.  No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria &  live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
2nd Annual Temecula St. Patrick’s Day 15k
Sunday, March 16 / 9:00a
Race through country roads & finish w/ a glass of green sparking wine
21+ – includes a sparking wine tasting & glass to keep.
For tickets and to register, click here

Falkner Winery
Wine  Appreciation Class
Saturday, March 15 / 10:30a-2:30p
$65 pp; Members $60 pp; VIP Members $20 pp
For both wine novices and experts, 3+ hour class.
For registration, please call 951-676-8231 ext. 109.
For more information click here

Mount Palomar Winery
Laughs for Pawz
Saturday, March 8 / 11:00a-10:00p
Beginning at 11:00a, with a FREE Comedy Faire & featuring Laughs for Pawz
The Show at 7:00pm / $55 includes food, a fabulous show and after party.

Live Music
1:00p-4:00p
March 15 – Harmony Road
March 16 – Mariner
March 22 – The Barstow Prophets
March 23 – Dylan Jakobsen

Brides Against Breast Cancer Bridal Show, Gown Sale and Wine Tasting Event!
March 30 / Hundreds of designer and couture wedding gowns
Gowns range from $99-$3900, sizes 4-18.
Area’s top wedding vendors & enter exciting give-a-ways while supporting a great cause.

Oak Mountain Winery
Pet Fair
Sunday, March 2 / 11:00a-5:00p / Free admission
A furry fiesta every first Sunday of the month.
Adopt a dog, find a dog trainer, dog communicator, natural pet food & apparel.
Collection of dog wines available for tasting or purchase.

St. Patty’s Sizzlin Saturday
Saturday, March 15 / 5:00p-9:00p / Admission: $1
Tickets available on Caves of Oak Mountain’s Facebook page
Corned beef melts & Irish fries from Devilicious.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
“SHOW US YOUR BEADS” Fat Tuesday Tastings
Tuesday, March 4 / 10:00a-6:00p
In the Vintner’s Vault Tasting Room- sips and off-the-charts samples
Bring 3 Mardi Gras beaded necklaces & get a $5 off a tasting ticket!

Intimate Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, March 22 /$150 pp inclusive
Dynamic 7-course dinner
Limited in size so once they are sold out, they are gone.
Call 951.587.9463 or click here.

Blessing of the Vines Wine & Music Festival
Sunday, March 30 / 4:00p-7:00p
Kids can join in the fun w/ plenty of games & activities.
Louie Cruiz Beltran & his Latin Jazz Trio will perform
For tickets call 951.587.9463 or click here.

Go Green with Va Va Verde
Available March 1-31 /for discount of $105 pp
50-min full body ‘therapeutic’ massage
Receive a $20 spa voucher for one $85+ spa treatment on your return visit.
Book now 951.587.9463

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

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select 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 season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 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
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.

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm.
Regular price $15; Thur Evenings $10. Click 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
1st Annual “Grains & Grapes” Event
Saturday, March 8 / 6:30p /
Thornton Winery pairs up with Refuge Brewery
Meet and greet with:

  • Winemaker David Vergari,
  • Brewmaster Curt Kucera
  • Executive Chef Jeff D. Massey
  • President Steve Thornton

Hors d’oeuvres & a three course meal.
For reservations, please call 951-699-0099

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, March 28 / 7:00p / $125 pp
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

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Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Doffo Winery

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Story

Nestled on the Northeast border of the Temecula Valley, CA sits Doffo Winery. Founded in 1997 by Marcelo Doffo, it is one of a few micro-boutique wineries in the region and the only one built around the former site of a Temecula historic landmark schoolhouse. Situated on 15 acres of rolling vineyards, the winery possesses a unique combination of old world values and warm family charm.  It is also home to MotoDoffo, the family’s private collection of over 100 racing and vintage motorcycles.

Famous for handcrafted reds, Doffo is focused on small lot, limited production wines made in the old world style. Reminiscent of their Italian/Argentine heritage, Doffo is the only winery in the region to feature an outdoor, wood-burning oven and grill where they often serve “The Parilla”, a delicious staple of the Argentine table, served with their own Chimichurri sauce and paired with exceptional Doffo wine.

The Wines

The unique micro-climate of Temecula Valley drives the characteristics of their wines and plays a distinct role in shaping the final result. Their collective experience, family traditions and farming techniques, combine with the terroir to create intensely flavored wines of complex structure, texture and bold, rich fruit.

Their philosophy has always been that good winemaking begins in the vineyard. They start by hand planting each vine and providing careful attention daily. They prune their vines and thin their grape clusters throughout the growing season to maximize fruit concentration and ensure the highest quality in the grapes. They also play classical music in the vineyard to soothe the grapes as they develop and mature.

To shop the Doffo wine store online, click here.

The Tasting Room, Marketplace and Winery Tours

Doffo Winery’s motto, “Enter as a stranger… leave as a friend,” starts the moment you enter their intimate tasting room, filled with warm-colored hues, vintage Ducati motorcycles, stylish art prints and hospitable staff. The Doffo family greets you with a warm welcome and are always excited to share their passion for great wine and vintage motorcycles with their guests.

Doffo winery’s tasting room is open daily from 10am-5pm and offers two tasting options. Standard Wine Tasting is $10 and includes 6 wines. Premium Tasting includes 5 of their premium wines; prices vary on availability, so check with the staff to see what premium selections are being offered for the day.

Doffo offers a variety of vineyard and winery tours to suit your taste and budget. Enjoy one or all of them; either way you’re sure to have a wonderful experience.

SIP AND TOUR

Take a vineyard tour aboard the Doffo Winery “Malbec Express” – an eco-friendly, Ferrari-style Bus. You will learn all about Doffo’s unique farming methods, why they play music in the vineyard, the different varietals, and visit Marcelo’s incredible motorcycle collection. The tour concludes with a Premium Tasting and cheese plate in the Moto-Barrel Room.

Weekdays: 11am and 2pm

Weekends: 10am / 12pm / 2pm / 4pm

Admission: $45/person

Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours

SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Visit Doffo and stroll the grounds of their beautiful boutique vineyard. This self-guided tour begins in their tasting room where you can pick up a tour brochure. It includes interesting facts and places on the Doffo property. There is no cost; just a few limitations and restrictions.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Admission: Free

MOTODOFFO MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION VIEWING

Visit Doffo for their wines, but stay for a tour of their vintage motorcycle and scooters. There is no cost for this tour. Simply check in at the tasting room and stroll to the MotoBarrel Room to view the MotoDoffo collection.

Hours: Thursday and Sunday 10am – Noon

Admission: Free

For information on any of these tours, please call ahead to 866-469-8466 or ask for more details in the tasting room.

 

Celebrate with Doffo

Whatever time of year or occasion, Doffo would be pleased to welcome you and your guests for private events in any or all of their four unique spaces. Their staff is ready to bring your event to life with music, the finest cuisine, great wine and tailor-made packages with options including traditional Tango Dancers and Argentinian Gauchos serving up a special feast.

Please visit their events page or contact them for more information about planning your special event with Doffo at 866.469.8466.

Doffo Winery
36083 Summitville
Temecula CA, 92592
Phone 951.676.6989
866.469.8466 |866-4myvino
Email: info@doffowines.com

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5 Reasons to Visit Temecula Valley During the Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Your favorite Southern California wine region is getting busier by the year. What’s a loyal visitor to do? Here are 5 great reasons to visit Temecula Valley wine country on a weekday:

 

1.  10% Off Your Lunch.

Temecula wine country is home to 12 delicious eateries (and counting) and most of these restaurant spots are hot come Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are required and tables are at a premium. Why not dine Monday-Friday and take advantage of the region’s coupon page which offers 10% off your al fresco favorites; including Meritage at Callaway, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek, Cafe Champagne at Thornton and many more. Bon appetit!

Cafe Thornton, Thornton Winery

 

2.  No Lines. Anywhere.

Weekday visitors don’t miss waiting in line for anything in wine country. Forget lines to get into (or out of) the parking lot, waiting for the tasting room staff to come back with your next pour, putting your name in for a table or even the cue for the bathroom. Hello, weekday – goodbye, lines.

Miramonte Winery Patio

 

3. One-on-One Attention in the Tasting Rooms.

Weekends in any California wine country is always the most popular time to taste. But wine lovers come to the vineyards to experience what they can’t at home in their dining room: a personal, one-on-one experience. When the pace is slower at Temecula Valleys’ wineries, it’s common to strike up a conversation with the tasting room manager who ends up pulling in the winemaker from the barrel room to answer your random question about oak vs. stainless steel aging. On slower afternoons, your server might call the chef out of the kitchen to let you know what local farm your chicken came from. And there’s more time to bond in the tasting room with new friends over your shared love of good vino.

Damian Doffo, Doffo Winery

 

 

4.  Less Expensive Tastings, 2 for 1 Coupons and Happy Hours.

When it comes to wine tasting, the Monday through Thursday crowd can taste some of the same weekend wine flights for a little less. Indulge in weekday happy hours at favorites like South Coast, Danza del Sol and Ponte; and don’t forget your weekday 2 for 1 tasting coupons to a whole slew of top Temecula wineries.

 

5.  Great Hotel Rates.

Go ahead and spend the night on a Wednesday. Temecula hotels are eager for your mid-week business and they show it with their low weekday rates. Even though Temecula Valley is conveniently located near all major SoCal cities, after a day of touring and tasting, you’ll be safe and sound knowing your hotel room has already been booked – instead of having to gear up for a late-night drive home.

Ponte Vineyard Inn

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January Deals & Steals in Temecula Wine Country

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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

Looking for amazing 2 for 1 coupons and discounts to the best Temecula Valley wineries?

Visit our special offers page which offers the best Monday-Friday deals in wine country every month!

Here are some of great specials and winery tours for January 2014!

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

  • Check out The Vineyard Rose’s full menu for California Restaurant Month.
  • Festival of Wines is taking place Sunday, January 19-Saturday, January 25. Join South Coast in a week’s worth of special wine and food events, highlighting all that this Temecula wine resort has to offer.
  • A Toast to Teachers is offered daily – Teachers: come in with your school ID and buy a Tasting Ticket at regular price and South Coast will treat you to a Tasting of their signature Sparkling Wine Ruby Cuvee!
  • Behind the Scenes Winery Tour – Get up close and personal with the real workings of a winery with South Coast Winery’s Behind the Scenes Wine Tours.  It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stroll the vineyards and the winery where the magic begins. Weekday tours are held: Monday-Friday at 11am & 1pm. This $40 walking wine tour culminates with a private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a fun and informative Wine Concierge. Reservations strongly suggested: call 951.587.9463x 350

Ponte Family Estate

  • Weekday Winery Tours – The Vineyard Bus Tour provides a fascinating look at a working winery. Embark the 12-passenger electric bus and tour our 310 acre ranch. Learn about the grape growing philosophy as you taste three signature Ponte wines, next to the vineyards they come from. After returning visit our Winemaking Facilities and learn about the art and science of winemaking. Taste young wine right from the stainless steel tank or out of a giant oak cask. Monday-Friday 1pm Vineyard Bus Tours; $25 per guest

Callaway Winery

  • Weekday winery & vineyard tours – The winery tour offers guests a glimpse into the history of Callaway Vineyard and Winery and an informative look at the present vineyard management practices; see the time-honored techniques it takes to produce handcrafted wines while visiting the crush pad, fermentation cellars and barrel room. Early arrival is suggested as the tour size is limited to 30 people to ensure an enjoyable experience by all. No reservations are required. $5 per person; Weekdays – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

 

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