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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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5 Facts About… Chardonnay

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This month it’s all about Chardonnay! Most would agree that Chardonnay is the world’s favorite wine – due both to its deliciousness and its versatility. Chardonnay can pair with a wide array of foods depending on the style (oaked/unoaked) and the region (old world/new world), and is equally enjoyable on its own. Great pairings to try include oysters with unoaked styles and oaked or earthy styles with trout, turkey or creamy seafood dishes like lobster mac and cheese.

The grape became a global phenomenon in the 1980′s.  Because of its exploding popularity, many vineyards started planting Chardonnay vines for a guaranteed profit, especially in California.  Thus solidifying it’s permanent place in wine history.

Check out these Five Fact About Chardonnay to learn more about how it became one of the most popular wines of all time!

  1. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral.  Many of the flavors commonly associated with the wine are actually derived from its terrior and oak influence.

 

  1. Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.

 

  1. Chardonnay fruit is easy to cultivate, adaptable to different conditions, and ripens early.

 

  1. Main regions that grow this widespread grape: France, Italy, California, New York, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

 

  1. Contrary to the cheap, boxed versions we’ve seen, Chablis is actually a renowned sub-region in Burgundy, France that produces crisp, unoaked wines made from… you guessed it! Chardonnay.

 

Almost every Temecula Winery offers a great Chardonnay, of course!  Here’s what we’re drinking for summer:

 

 

 

 

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Winemaker’s Roundtable: Five Facts About… Zinfandel

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Shrouded in mystery and rich in history, the bold Zinfandel grape is a notorious and versatile red wine.  Red berry fruit flavors (think raspberry) predominate in wines from cooler areas; whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas.

Zinfandel pairs exceptionally well with outdoor-grilled steaks or chops, barbequed meats, rich bolognese sauce, or dark chocolate desserts.  Often more than other wines, a great Zinfandel experience motivates folks to become wine-lovers.

Here are five zinteresting facts about America’s heritage grape!

1.  Zinfandel’s origins used to be unknown, but its DNA can now be traced back to the specific combination of a Croation grape (Crljenak) and an Italian grape (Primativo.)

2.  Zinfandel made its way to California via The Gold Rush in the 1850’s.  Throughout the 20th century, California has been recognized as having the most exceptional regions for growing this hardy grape.

3.  Starting around 1980, Zin achieved widespread popularity in America as a slightly sweet blush wine. In fact, this popularity so outstripped all other forms, that many fans think that there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t!)

4.  Zinfandel is considered a chameleon.  It can be made light and fruity, much like French Beaujolais, or lively, complex and age worthy, like Cabernet or claret. It can also be made into big, ripe, high alcohol style wines that resemble Port.

5.  When Zinfandel wine ages, it sometimes tastes “hot” (predominantly alcoholic) and is often at its best within 3-5 years of its vintage.

 

On your next visit to Temecula wine country, be sure to order a bottle of Zinfandel at the following wineries —

 

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