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Temecula’s World of Wine Early Bird Tickets: $10 Off Thru February 1

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

World of Wines Barrel Tasting Weekend is Temecula Valley’s first regional tasting event of 2014, taking place March 1 & 2.

The “World of Wine” theme demonstrates the fact that the Temecula-South Coast AVA successfully grows varietals from all over the world. The WoW event is passport style, where hundreds of ticket-holders armed with a glass and a map can enjoy a self-guided tour through wine country. Over the course of the weekend, Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries offer special tastes of newly released, unreleased and barrel samplings of great Temecula wines, along with tasty tidbits and live music.

To promote and celebrate sustainability, participating wineries will have fun competing in the Best Winery Cork Art Contest, where the winning winery will receive a $500 donation to their favorite Southern California charity and the winning guest voter will be awarded four tickets to the region’s next big passport event.

2014 World of Wine Event Details



WHAT: 23rd Annual “World of Wine” Winter Barrel Tasting Weekend

WHEN: March 1 – 2, 10am to 4:30pm

WHERE: Temecula Valley wine country; 60-90 mins from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs

HOW: Self-guided passport event, where guests can visit 35 member wineries at their own pace; winery map and souvenir tasting glass provided for each guests to keep. Plus gourmet food pairings, live music and fun contests!

TICKETS:

  • 2-Day Tickets: $89 Early Bird (through Feb 1); $99 thereafter.
  • Sunday-Only 

Tickets: $79.
  • Local residents of Temecula/Murrieta, 2-Day Tickets: $79.
  • Designated Driver (food only) Tickets: $69.

 

Call (800) 801-9463 for tickets by phone or purchase online here! Shuttle and limo transportation and overnight packages also available at participating wine country hotels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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55 Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula, CA

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“With a wonderful Winterfest window of 30 days and nights between November 29 and December 29, VisitTemecula.org is happy to share 55 Fun and Festive Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Sunday-through-Thursday-night stays make for especially appealing experiences of Temecula Valley holiday spirit; Temecula hotels and resorts offer special, better-than-weekend nightly room rates.”

THERE’S SNOW IN TEMECULA!

*1-Catch the Magic Snow flurry at Promenade Temecula. [FRI and SAT nights, Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and SUN nights, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.]

*2-Watch the new Snow Bell Rockin’ Nights show at the California mission-revival style Temecula Civic Center in Old Town Temecula. [Debuts FRI night Nov. 29, 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.; thenTHU, FRI, and SAT nights, Nov. 30, and December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.]

*3-Play in tons of snow at Winter Wonderland by Pennypickle’s Workshop in Old Town Temecula. [FRI night, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS TO EXPERIENCE TOGETHER

*4-The Nutcracker Ballet with music by Tchaikovsky; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [FRI Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; SAT Nov. 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; WED Dec 18, 7 p.m.; THU Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; and SAT Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.]

*5-Christmas Carol: the Musical with the heartwarming story of Scrooge’s transformation; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [THU Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; SAT Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; SUN Dec. 8, 6 p.m.; WED/THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 11, 12, 13, and 14, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.]

*6-The Game’s Afoot with a Sherlock Holmes-style whodunit on a glittering December 1936 holiday weekend; Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery. [THU/FRI/SAT/SUN Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8; and THU/FRI/SAT Dec. 12, 13, and 14.]

 

CLASSIC HOLIDAY SPIRIT

*7-Lorimar Vineyard & Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: the holiday season begins at the Tuscan-style wine estate known for its fusion of wine, art, and music. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m.]

*8-South Coast Winery’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Christmas carolers, a Nutcracker ballet performance, holiday movies, and tractor rides through the vineyards decked out with holiday lights. [SUN night Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*9-Christmas Carolers in vintage attire singing and strolling; South Coast Winery and Vineyard Rose restaurant. [Begins SUN night Dec. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; then FRI, SAT, and SUN nights, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*10-Christmas in the Air: women’s chorus sings baroque to gospel and sacred to secular; Old Town Temecula Community Theater. [SAT night Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; and SUN night Dec. 8, 2 p.m.]

*11-Bel Vino Winery Jingle Mingle: holiday cheer including hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live entertainment. [SAT night Dec. 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

 

OLD-SCHOOL AND A LITTLE ECLECTIC

*12- Europa Village Winery Vivi Bene: antidote to Black Friday with strolling carolers, old-world bread pudding. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*13-Holiday Advent Calendars exhibit; Temecula Valley Museum, Old Town Temecula. [TUES-SAT, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; SUN, 1 to 4 p.m.]

NEW-SCHOOL AND ECLECTIC

*14-Monte de Oro Winery Black Friday:  hot air balloon glow and entertainment. [FRI evening Nov. 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*15-Callaway Vineyard & Winery’s Barrel Tree Lighting: unique stacked-barrel lighting celebration; wine tasting for adults, Santa, and hot cocoa for children. [SUN afternoon and evening, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*16-Jingle and Mingle after-hours singles mixers; South Coast Winery’s new Wine Press Tasting Room. [THU nights, Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.]

*17-Santa’s Electric Light Parade: illuminated floats, equestrians, and bands; Old Town Temecula. [FRI night December 6, 7 p.m.]

*18-Doffo Winery Holiday Polenta Party: wear your ugliest holiday sweater. [SAT afternoons December 7 and 14, 1 p.m.; reservations required]

*19-Terra Madre: holiday farm-to-plate celebration with heritage dishes of Spain, France, Italy; Europa Village Winery. [THU evening December 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

*20-Christmas with Elvis and Friends: musical tribute to Elvis’ favorite time of year; Europa Village Winery. [THU night Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; SAT night Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; SUN evening Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.; tickets: Old Town Temecula Community Theater box office]

*21-Christmas Movie in the Vines: Christmas Vacation; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [MON Dec. 23, film starts at sunset]

 

VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS

*22-At Promenade Temecula. [FRI/SAT Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; SUN Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; MON/TUE/WED/THU, Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; FRI Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; then daily Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.]

*23-On Main Street, Old Town Temecula. [FRI Nov. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat/Sun, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, and 8, 1 to 5 p.m.; FRI Dec. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun Dec. 14, 15, and Sun Dec. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.]

 

HOLIDAY EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCES

*24-Horse-drawn trolley rides simulate sleigh rides through vineyards adorned with twinkling lights; Temecula Carriage Company. (Nightly; reservations required.)

*25-Horses dressed as reindeer (including Rudolph): trail rides and arena rides; Saddle Up Ranch. (Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; reservations required.)

NEW TRADITION: THE BUCKET LIST HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE TO SHARE

*26-An ultimately memorable flight together in a hot air balloon over Temecula Valley Wine County; A Grape Escape can accommodate up to 14 people all in the same basket.

 

HOLIDAY SPA INDULGENCES

*27-GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery: seasonal specials like La Dolce Vita: lush, anti-oxidant rich, aromatic chocolate massage. 

*28-Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort & Casino: seasonal specials like Liquid Gold Facial, 24-Karat Gold Masque.

NIGHTTIME SITES TO SEE: HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND DÉCOR

*29-Old Town Temecula: along Old Town Front Street from the northern gateway arch to the southern gateway arch, more than 30,000 twinkling lights.

*30-Temecula Valley Wine Country: vineyards and wineries decked out for the holidays; Thornton, Europa Village, Lorimar, Ponte, and South Coast along Rancho California Road; Keyways on the De Portola Wine Trail.

*31-Pechanga Resort & Casino: remarkable holiday magic from the luminous hotel tower to the festive, porte-cochere.

 

SWIRL AND SAVOR: TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

*32-Wilson Creek Winery: limited Holiday Edition proprietary red blend of estate-grown Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc; available only in 1.5 liter magnums, autographed by The Wilsons, and ideal for entertaining; only available at the winery; wine tasting upon request.

*33-Ponte Family Estate winery: Temecula Valley estate, 2010 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel.

*34-Holiday Dinner at Meritage at Callaway Vineyard & Winery: festive five-course wine-paired dinner. [THU evening Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., reservations required.]

 

SWIRL AND TASTE: OLD TOWN TEMECULA

*35-Fazeli Cellars: Yalda, heralding the shortest day and longest night traditionally celebrated as the Winter Solstice; Yalda is a propriety blend of Temecula Valley estate-grown Grenache, Shiraz, and Movedre.

*36-Lorimar Loft: 2008 Dolce Vita, a limited production, Temecula Valley port-style dessert wine.

 

SAVOR THE OLD TOWN TASTING TRAIL

*37-Temecula Olive Oil Company: fresh, 100% California, 100% extra-virgin, hand-blended, artisanal Temecula olive oil and balsamic vinegars at the complimentary-daily tasting bar; holiday favorites, fresh basil olive oil, pomegranate vinegar.

*38-Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants: vendor of herbs, spices, salts, blends, and loose teas; also sells hot and iced tea-to-go like Figgie Pudding, Snow Berry, Cinnamon Spice, and Winter Wonderland.

*39-Old Town Sweet Shop: purveyor of fresh chocolates, fudge, nut clusters, chocolate barks, chocolate-covered bacon; hand-scooped ice cream in flavors like peppermint.

*40-Holiday Taste of Old Town Temecula: restaurant samples, wine tasting discounts, goodie bags; tickets will be at Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants and The Bank Mexican Restaurant.[WED afternoon and evening Dec. 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.]

 

CULINARY CLASSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

*41-Cookies and Hot Cocoa: epicurean cooking demo and wine pairing; Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. [WED afternoon Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.]

*42-Holiday Entertaining: with Café Champagne’s executive chef and sous chef; homemade eggnog, quick and easy appetizers, Christmas cupcakes; Thornton Winery. [SAT afternoon Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.]

 

TAKE A SPIN: OUTDOOR ICE SKATING

*43-Temecula on Ice: state-of-the-art ice rink, colorful lights, rental skates that are contemporary and comfortable; coolest place in Old Town Temecula! [Daily and nightly, December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.]

 

HOLIDAY TRADITION: NEW MOVIE PREMIERES

*44-Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson tells the story of how Disney’s classic, Mary Poppins, made it to the movie screen; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

*45-In The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug,Bilbo Baggins and Gandolf continue their Middle Earth journey and discover the deadly dragon Smaug; film opens FRI Dec. 13, Promenade Temecula Theater.

 

HOLIDAY DINING IN TEMECULA VALLEY

*46-Christmas Eve dining: Palumbo’s Ristorante, Old Town Temecula; authentic Italian cuisine with modern twists. [TUE Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*47-Christmas Eve dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*48-Christmas Eve dining: The Gambling Cowboy, Old Town Temecula; contemporary steaks, chops, seafood. [TUE Dec. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*49-Christmas Eve dining: Baily’s fine dining, Old Town Temecula; seasonal-December menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*50-Christmas Eve dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [TUE Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*51-Christmas Eve dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [TUE Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*52-Christmas dining: Café Champagne, Thornton Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 12 p.m. to  5  p.m., reservations required.]

*53-Christmas dining: Farm House Kitchen, Temecula Creek Inn; special 3-course Christmas prix-fixe menu. [WED Dec. 25, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., reservations required.]

*54-Christmas dining: Great Oak Steakhouse, Pechanga Resort & Casino; AAA Four Diamond dining, amazing wine list. [WED Dec. 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., reservations suggested.]

*55-Christmas dining: Vineyard Rose restaurant, South Coast Winery; special holiday menu. [WED Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., reservations required.]

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors, is online including complete daily Events Calendar at VistTemecula.org.

 

 

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Temecula Wineries Pour at San Diego Wine and Food Festival (Nov 20-24)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

10th Annual Classic is November 20-24, 2013

Join the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association at The Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 23 as they pour from some the region’s best wineries, including:

  • Maurice Car’rie Winery
  • Europa Village
  • Wiens Family Cellars

 

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 20-24, 2013, and this year is bigger and better than ever.  Celebrate 10 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.  Join over 200 wineries (including Temecula’s Falkner, Oak Mountain, Keyways, Ponte, Callaway, Monte de Oro and Wilson Creek,) breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest birthday bash on the West Coast.

Click here for the list of events and to purchase tickets.

See you there!

 

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Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey Paired with Chardonnay

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Courtesy of Oak Mountain Winery, Temecula Valley CA

Serves: 12-20
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
Pair with a bottle of Oak Mountain Winery’s 2012 Chardonnay

Wine Country Recipe: Honey-Brined Tuscan Herb Turkey

Ingredients:

 

For the turkey:

Fresh or frozen turkey – giblets removed

8 quarts of water

2 cups of Kosher salt

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup Temecula or local honey

 

For the rub:

4 teaspoons of ground black pepper

10 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of fresh thyme and sage

2 lemons

4 tablespoons of Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil

 

Directions:

Rinse turkey with running water and remove neck and giblets. Prepare brine by mixing honey, water, and salt in a large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken stock and stir. Line stock pot or use a brining bag and place turkey inside. Cover with brine and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hrs.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey from brine. Pat dry.  Place turkey on roasting pan, breast side up. Cover wings with foil.

Squeeze lemon into turkey cavity. Add thyme, sage, and squeezed lemons inside cavity. Coat inside and outside of turkey with Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil  and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Oak Mountain Winery’s Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil gives a lovely crispness and flavor to the skin of this juicy holiday turkey.

Insert oven thermometer into thigh or breast. Loosely cover with foil and cook until thermometer reaches 160 degrees, remove foil and cook until thermometer reaches 170 degrees.  Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Enjoy!

For more Temecula wine country recipes, click here.

 

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Temecula Winery Spotlight: Get to Know… Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The Story

Founded by entrepreneur and savvy businessman Ely Reeves Callaway Jr., Callaway Vineyard & Winery has been a Temecula Valley wine country institution for 40 years.  After extensive research in the late 1960s, Ely decided to plant his roots in Southern California’s South Coast AVA to take advantage of the “Rainbow Gap,” the gap between the mountains that allows Pacific Ocean air into Temecula Valley, creating a vine-friendly climate consisting of cool nights and warm days.

The Callaway vineyards were planted in 1969 and by the early 1970s, they were one of a handful of Temecula wineries producing and selling wine. Many say that Ely Callaway helped put Temecula on the map as a serious wine producing region. Now privately owned, the winery property was purchased by the Lin family of San Diego in late 2005. Callaway Vineyard & Winery wines are only available at the winery and are not available in any retail stores.

 

The Wines


Still one of the region’s largest wineries, Callaway proudly makes wine only from Temecula Valley fruit. The winery currently grows seven different grapes across 220 acres. The estate vineyards are planted with Syrah, Zinfandel, Viognier, Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes; additional acreage is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes.

Callaway’s Special Selection wines are high quality, limited productions that best exemplify the Callaway legacy. These wines are meant to be accessible, food-friendly and fun!

The brand’s “Winemaker’s Reserve” wines are aged longer to develop more complexity in the bottle. Chosen barrel by barrel for richness and depth, these wines are typically bigger and bolder to satisfy the seasoned wine lover.

To shop for Callaway wine online, click here.

 

 

The Tasting Room

Renovated in 2012, the stunning Callaway tasting room is enclosed by glass windows and surrounded by rolling-hill vineyards. The Callaway tasting experience operates on a grand scale, offering daily tastings, automated wine tasting stations, patio wine flights and winery production tours daily.

The tasting room is open daily from 10am-5pm | 951.676.4001

Wine Tastings
Daily from 10am-5pm
Tasting include 4-6 tastes from different tasting menu options for $10.

Wine Flights
Tasting includes 3 tastes of any wine for $15http://www.temeculawines.org/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=7453&action=edit
Enjoy the wine flights on our terrace while relaxing and taking in breathtaking views of Temecula’s wine country.

Winery Tours
$5 per person
Weekdays – 11am, 1pm, and 3pm | 
Saturdays – 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm | 
Sundays – 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Callaway’s online visitor center offers more details to help plan your visit.

 

The Restaurant

Meritage Restaurant at Callaway is a top dining spot in Temecula wine country for an al fresco lunch or dinner. Chef Michael Henry focuses on crafting seasonal California-Mediterranean cuisine and is proud to source from neighboring farms, butchers and other Southern California artisans. The restaurant livens up every weekend with Live Music Fridays and Sangria Sundays!

Open daily
Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday – Sunday 11am-8pm
951.587.8889

View the restaurant menu. | Make a reservation.

 

Callaway Events

Callaway is especially proud to offer a fabulous winery space for large wine country weddings and private events all year round. Check the events calendar for all the details on the winery’s upcoming holiday events.

 

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Winery Spotlight: Get To Know… Monte de Oro

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

The Story

“Vines, Wine, Peo­ple” – that was the prin­ci­ple when a group of wine-loving investors from across Amer­ica, South Africa and the United King­dom got together to found Monte De Oro Win­ery in 2002. This beautiful Rancho California winery and vineyard uses a com­bi­na­tion of 21st cen­tutry inno­va­tion and centuries-old tra­di­tion in an environmentally-responsible approach to grow­ing its grapes and mak­ing qual­ity Temecula wine.

 

The Wines

Monte de Oro produces wines true to the vari­etal and regional characteristics of Temecula Valley. The winery grows more than a dozen different grape varietals, including Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot, Viog­nier, Zin­fan­del, Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay, Sauvi­gnon Blanc, and Mus­cat Canelli; along with Tem­pranillo, Petite Ver­dot, Mal­bec, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Mourve­dre, and Cinsault.

Monte de Oro owns and operates four Temecula vineyards: Vista del Monte, DePortola, Galway and a newer forth vineyard. In all, Monte De Oro Win­ery has a total of 72 acres of vine­yards and are proud to harvest estate-grown grapes for wine production.

Sixty-six per­cent of Monte De Oro’s grapes are red and thirty-four percent white. This pro­vides a broad array of qual­ity wines for Monte De Oro Win­ery while also reflect­ing the founding group’s per­sonal wine preference.

To learn more about Monte de Oro wines, visit the online wine store here.

 

Sustainable Grape-Growing

Monte De Oro is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able grape-growing and wine-making, from the vineyards to the winery facility. Instead of rely­ing on the high energy con­sump­tion required for an above-ground wine bar­rel facil­ity, Monte De Oro exca­vated a 9,000 sq. ft. base­ment below ground, to uti­lize the nat­ural envi­ron­ment and aes­thet­ics of the build­ing struc­ture in order to main­tain a proper, con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture and con­stant humid­ity. This dra­mat­i­cally reduces the need for elec­tric­ity needed in an above-ground facility.

To cap­i­tal­ize on the sunny locale, Monte De Oro has also made plans to incor­po­rate into its site design (park­ing lot and even­tual crush pad) instal­la­tion of solar pan­els to allow for solar-generated elec­tric­ity in the near future.

 

The Tasting Room

The tasting room at Monte de Oro has a sophis­ti­cated and ele­gant ambiance. Visitors can enjoy the view of the bar­rel cel­lar from above through the glass-floored tast­ing room; and the 180 degree panoramic view of Temec­ula Wine Coun­try from the out­side patio.

Stan­dard Tast­ing — 6 Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $12
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $14

Black Label Tast­ing — 6 Stan­dard Tastes plus 3 Black Label Tastes
Mon­day through Fri­day $18
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day $20

The tast­ing room is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm. For more information on tastings and tours, click here.

 

Events

Monte de Oro Winery always offers unique and exciting winery events! Click here for their full events calendar.

 

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Save the Date! Harvest Celebration Weekend, Nov 2 and 3 – Discounted Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Come join us for Temecula Valley’s final passport event of the year!

Harvest Celebration Weekend is November 2-3.

 

There’s just 10 days left to purchase tickets for $10 off! Now through 10/2.

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association presents the 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration, on November 2 and 3, 2013.

  • Visit 30+ wineries over the course of two days
  • Sample perfectly paired gourmet food
  • Sip on tank and barrel tastings of future vintages
  • Taste finished bottled wine with the winemakers
  • 10am-4:30 Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets are $89 until Oct 2; $99 thereafter
  • Sunday-Only/Locals Tickets are $79

 

Each passport ticket comes with a souvenir logo wine glass, a winery map and a pairing menu listing the wines and foods offered at all participating Rancho California and De Portola Road wineries.

PLUS!  You can vote for the Best Winery Scarecrow for a chance to WIN 4 TICKETS to the next World of Wine Winter Barrel Tasting event on March 1 & 2, 2014.

Click Here to Purchase Your Harvest Passport Ticket Now or call 800.801.9463 to order your tickets by phone.  Tickets will sell out – so get yours today!

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Get to Know… Baily Winery

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story

Baily Winery is one of Temecula’s oldest wineries, founded in 1986. Owner and winemaker Phil Baily has produced hand-crafted premium vintage wines for over 25 years, and all made from grapes grown on his property in the Temecula Valley.  Their wine-making philosophy is simple: Baily makes wines that they personally like to drink. Their grapes grow on 28 acres of land across four different locations in Temecula Valley.

The Wines

Baily makes and sells all the Temecula Valley favorites including Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and plenty of classic red blends, such as Meritage. For the full list of Baily wines, visit the wine store.

 

The Vineyards

Mother’s Vineyard

The first acre of Mother’s Vineyard was planted by the Baily family on Mother’s Day in 1982. Expanded in 1983, it now comprises five and one-half acres, all planted to the Riesling variety. The grapes have the classic apricot flavor prized in Riesling.

Berenda Vineyard

Planted primarily to Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon (five and one-half acres), Cabernet Franc (two acres), Merlot (two acres), Sauvignon Blanc (two acres) and Semillon (one acre), this vineyard was planted in 1968 and purchased by the Baily family in 1994. In 2005, one and one-half acres of Malbec and two and one-half acres of Sangiovese were planted.

La Serena Vineyard

Comprised of one and one-half acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Sauvignon Blanc, these grapevines are the ones you see at the visitor center. Grown on sandy/clay soil, they produce wines with exceptionally fruity varietal aromas.

Los Amantes Vineyard

Planted by Phil & Carol’s son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Kim, this vineyard has two acres of Chardonnay and two acres of Muscat Blanc. The soil is decomposed granite and well-drained, producing grapes with intense varietal aroma.

 

The Tasting Room

  • 33440 La Serena Way (Corner of Rancho California Road) in the heart of the Temecula Valley Wine Country.
  • Open from 11 to 5 daily, 10 to 5 on Saturdays
  • Call 951-676-WINE (9463)
  • $10 per person weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays
  • Taste any 6 different wines, (no restrictions) – click here for the tasting menu.

 

New! Private Estate Club Tasting

Private tasting experiences for up to 12 people are now available at the new exclusive Estate Club located at the production facility, hosted by owner and winemaker Phil Baily. This appointment-only experience features a library tasting with personal attention conducted in a beautifully appointed, intimate setting.  Included is a tour of the production facility at one of the few wineries in this Region where every bottle of wine is estate grown and bottled.

Appointment Only – call 951.676.9463 for availability.
Price $40 per person. Payment is due in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. No shared tastings.

 

Carol’s Restaurant

Carol’s is a much-loved wine country restaurant located on the Baily winery property.  The perfect lunch spot in wine country, Carol’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating.  Recently, they have introduced a full dinner menu, available on Saturday evenings. If you’re a dog-lover, be sure to stop by every Sunday for Carol’s “Dog Day Sundays” to enjoy live music and special treats.

Open for lunch Thursday & Friday, 11am-2:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm | Open Saturday nights for dinner from 5-8:30pm

Lunch menu | Dinner menu

 

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September Winery Events in Temecula Valley

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

SEPTEMBER IS CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH!

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

September SIP Passport

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

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

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

4th Annual CRUSH~ A Wine & Culinary Showcase

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

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

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

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

 

September Winery Events

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Music Knights at Carol’s

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

Dog Day Sundays

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

NEW! Estate Club Private Wine Tasting

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

 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Women & Wine Wednesdays

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

Eat, Drink, Stomp

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

Live Music Fridays

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

Sangria Sunday at Meritage at Callaway

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

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Live Music in the Barrel Room on Saturdays & Sundays

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

Europa Village

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

 

Falkner Winery

Free Jazz Sundays

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

 

VIP Vertical Tasting

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

 

Wine Appreciation Class

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

 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

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

 

Keyways Vineyard & Winery

2 1/2 Hour Winemaking Tasting Tour

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

 

Leoness Cellars

Annual Grape Stomp

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

 

Lorimar Winery

Live Music in Wine Country

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

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

Live Music in Old Town

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

Epicurean Demonstration ~ Pasta & Sauce

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

Winemaker’s Dinner

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

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

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

Movie in the Vines ~ Bottle Shock

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

 

Mount Palomar Winery

Live Music

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

Grape Stomp

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

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

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

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Blessing of the Wines Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

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

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour

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

Happy Hour at Vineyard Rose Restaurant

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

 

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series

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

Live Music

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

 

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September Grape Stomps in Temecula Wine Country

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

In case you still didn’t know: September = Harvest Season all over California – and Temecula Valley is no exception.

To celebrate, several Temecula wineries throw annual grape stomps and early fall festivals for guests and wine-lovers all over Southern California!

Grape Stomping Festival at Ponte
Sunday, Sept. 29
Ponte Winery doesn’t merely give guests a chance to mash some small juicy orbs during their annual Grape Stomping Festival; they plan a full-on dinner buffet and day around the event. So figure you’ll have some sustenance awaiting you after you put in all of those strenuous minutes in the barrel; $95 per person. Ponte Family Estate is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-694-8855 or visit pontewinery.com.

Sip, Savor, Stomp at Wilson Creek
5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13
Sip on award-winning Wilson Creek wines, dine on a harvest buffet and stomp on grapes with your bare feet. The fun-filled evening will begin with a hayride to Merlot Mesa for a wine and cheese reception, followed by live music, grape stomping, and more. Tickets are $85 for general admission, $65 for wine club members, and $78 for guests of wine club members. Wilson Creek Winery is at 35960 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-699-9463 or visit wilsoncreekwinery.com.

Annual Grape Stomp at Leoness
6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22
Wine, food, live music, dancing and a lot of grape stomping. Menu includes Surf & Turf buffet featuring tri-tip and lobster tails and one glass of wine. Tickets are $89 per person, $79 for wine club members. Leonesse Cellars is 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula. Call 951-302-7601, Ext. 150 or visit leonesscellars.com.

Eat Drink Stomp at Callaway
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Before dinner at Callaway Winery, get your heart rate up and grab your favorite partner for the grape stomp competitions and then dance the night away to live music on the courtyard. There will be a full al fresco buffet of fresh sumptuous seasonal bounties prepared by Executive Chef Michael Henry and the team at Meritage at Callaway. Tickets are $79 per person, $69 for wine club members, $35 for children 12 years old and younger, children under 3 are free. Callaway Winery is at 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Call 951-676-4001, 800-472-2377 or visit callawaywinery.com.

Blessing of the Wines, Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at South Coast
All day, Sept. 22
Celebration is in the air, and this one fun-for-the-entire family “blessing” you won’t want to miss. There’s a barbecue, face painting, tractor rides through the vineyards, live musical entertainment by Latin Jazz violinist Diego Mondragon, and his band, Savio Jazz, and of course, grape stomping contests. Tickets ($55 general admission, $50 for members, $15 for kids) include entrance, complimentary toast, dancing, great food, plus the chance to win prizes. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Call 951-587-9463 or visit wineresort.com.

5th annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at Lorimar
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21

Lorimar Winery invites the public to this event featuring grape stomping, costume contest, live music and more, including $5 vineyard hay rides. Tickets include Dinner (served at 5 p.m.), dessert, and two drink tickets. Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Wine Club members, $30 for age 20 and younger. Lorimar Winery is at 39990 Anza Road, Temecula. Call (951) 694-6699 or visit lorimarwinery.com.

For daily harvest updates and lots of grape-picking action, tune in to our Facebook page!

*Info sourced from NBC’s Worth the Drive and Press Enterprise Blog

 

 

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