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Hall of Fame Inductees and Scholarship Award Recipients

Hall of Fame Inductee

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) inducted two wine country visionaries into the TVWA Hall of Fame at this year’s annual Grape Day event: Phil and Carol Baily, founders of Baily Winery in Temecula Valley. To be honored with induction into the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame, individuals must have made demonstrable contributions to enhancing the reputation and distinction of the Temecula Valley appellation and its wines.

The Baily family planted their first acre of grapes in 1982, expanding to six acres in 1983. They founded Baily Winery in 1986, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon using carbonic maceration. Over time, they acquired a 20-acre vineyard and opened the Baily Wine Country Café and Carol’s tasting room. They now have 25 acres of grapes, a modern production facility, and a visitor center offering wine and food experiences in Temecula Valley.

Baily Winery is celebrated for their classic wines made using old-world techniques, and for creating their iconic vertical tasting experience, which has helped establish the region as a place capable of producing exceptional age-worthy wines. Phil Baily has also been an active member and longtime president of the TVWA Board of Directors. His leadership helped the region pass the first ever wine and agricultural heritage district in 2021.

TVWA also recognized two additional visionaries, Joe Vera and Billy Bower, with Life of Dedication awards. Vera’s decades of work as cellar master for Wilson Creek Winery earned him more than 50 harvests in Temecula Valley. Bower, who passed away in 2023, was director of agriculture at Stage Ranch Farm Management, overseeing 450 acres of Temecula Valley vineyards. With this award, both are recognized for their tireless work to promote and elevate the reputation of Temecula Valley Wine Country and pave the way for future generations.

Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipients

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association takes pride in celebrating and acknowledging the children of our hardworking members’ staff. In 2023, the Association introduced its first Hall of Fame Scholarship Program, which continued in 2024. This scholarship was offered to graduating high school seniors from families employed by a TVWA member. Scholarships were granted based on academic achievements, financial need, and community engagement. We are thrilled to announce that we have granted two high school students a $5,000 award each to support their college tuition and expenses over four years. Congratulations to Alexis Baumgartner and Macie Chaich for being this year’s scholarship recipients!


Summer in a Glass: Discovering Temecula Valley’s Best Wines for Warm Weather Sipping

As the summer sun begins to cast its long, warm days over the rolling hills of Temecula Valley, there’s no better way to indulge in the season than by exploring the local vineyards that dot this lush landscape. Celebrated for its diverse terroir, rich viticultural heritage, and passionate winemakers, Temecula Valley offers an array of wines that promise to enhance any summer day. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, enjoying a quiet dinner on the patio, or entertaining friends and family with a backyard get-together, these wines are sure to elevate your summertime enjoyment.

From crisp, aromatic whites, to juicy rosés, to crushable reds, each wine listed below has been handpicked for its unique characteristics that capture the essence of summer and showcase the talent of Temecula’s finest winemakers. These selections tell the story of the region’s sunny days and cool nights, perfect for nurturing grapes that translate into exceptional wines bursting with ripe fruit and complexity but balanced by juicy acidity.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or casual sipper, these wines are sure to make your summer a little more special. Enjoy the journey through each glass and let the flavors of Temecula Valley bring a piece of Southern California’s Wine Country to your summer experiences.

Masia de la Vinya Winery – 2022 Verdehlo, $36 | Get it HERE

The 2022 Verdehlo shines with vibrant and refreshing notes of citrus and tropical fruits, beautifully intertwined with a subtle floral undertone and a clean, mineral finish.

Why We Love It: This wine is a beacon of brightness and balance, ideal for complementing a light summer meal.

Perfect Pairing: Best enjoyed with spicy Asian cuisine like Kung Pao Chicken or a Thai Chicken Salad, where its crispness cuts beautifully through the spice.

Danza del Sol Winery – 2023 Dos Blancos, $38 | Get it HERE

A delightful blend of 60% Vermentino and 40% Grenache Blanc, this wine boasts a harmony of zesty lemon, green apple, and a whisper of pear, with a smooth finish highlighted by floral and herbal notes.

Why We Love It: It’s the quintessential poolside companion—refreshing, well-balanced, and beautifully packaged.

Perfect Pairing: A glass of Dos Blancos pairs wonderfully with a seafood-rich paella, enhancing the meal’s rich flavors.

Leoness Cellars – 2023 Mélange D’Été, $29 | Get it HERE

Translating to “Summer Blend,” this wine is a fun mix of Viognier, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Canelli. Each grape comes together to offer a symphony of peach, apricot, and citrus, culminating in a crisp, juicy finish.

Why We Love It: The wine’s light and refreshing nature makes it a staple for warm weather enjoyment.

Perfect Pairing: A charcuterie board with mild meats and cheeses complements this wine’s vibrant fruit notes.

Wilson Creek Winery – 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, $35 | Get it HERE

Crisp and clean, this wine highlights flavors of green apples and lime, accented with herbal aromas, embodying the essence of summer.

Why We Love It: Always a crowd-pleaser, Sauvignon Blanc is synonymous with summer—refreshing, with a crisp acidity that’s perfect for hot days.

Perfect Pairing: Ideal with seafood like halibut and lobster, or a white lasagna for something hearty and indulgent.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards Lyric Rose Rosé, $34 | Get it HERE

Crafted in the Provence style from Syrah grapes, this rosé exudes beautiful flavors of bright cherry, wild strawberry, and stone fruit, with a refreshing hint of lime zest.

Why We Love It: Not only does it offer a perfect blend of crisp acidity and subtle fruitiness, but it also supports a great cause, contributing $2 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research with every bottle sold. The wine’s label is also designed by owner Robert Renzoni’s young daughter, Lyric.

Perfect Pairing: This dry rosé pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Enjoy it with white wine garlic shrimp linguine, a light summer salad, or lemon caper chicken piccata for a delightful meal.

Gershon Bachus Vintners – 2018 Hesperus Grenache, $50 | Get it HERE

A light texture and ruby red hue introduce a palate that offers notes of red flowers and caramel-dipped cranberries, a round mouthfeel, and a lingering finish.

Why We Love It: This wine brings a different twist to summer wines, perfect for sipping at backyard barbecues and midday brunches.

Perfect Pairing: Enjoy with grilled proteins topped with mango sauce or summer salads with grilled fruits and candied nuts dressed in balsamic glaze.

Avensole Winery – 2022 Dry Muscat Canelli, $37 | Get it HERE

This aromatic wine offers beguiling floral notes of lavender and clove along with zesty lemon and tangerine, rounded out by a hint of spice.

Why We Love It: Its refreshing taste and versatility not to mention its cheerful flavor profile make it a perfect outdoor companion for the summer.

Perfect Pairing: Light seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or scallops enhance this wine’s vibrant flavors.

Churon Winery – 2022 Ruby Rosé, $27 | Get it HERE

Crafted from Ruby Cabernet grapes, this wine offers a delightful blend of strawberry and subtle honey notes, creating a smooth and invigorating sip.

Why We Love It: It’s an award-winning choice that’s ideal for sunny days and outdoor gatherings, as well as wine drinkers looking for a touch of sweetness on the palate.

Perfect Pairing: Pair with a crisp spring salad featuring strawberries, grilled fish with spicy mango salsa, to complement its bright fruit notes.

Vienza Estate at Europa Village – 2021 Vermentino, $42 | Get it HERE

This Vermentino features a tantalizing mix of sea spray and green apple aromas, with a palate of tart citrus and a long-lasting, mouthwatering finish.

Why We Love It: The Italian variety of Vermentino soars in Temecula Valley, thanks to its bright, citrusy flavor profile. This bottling is light, refreshing, and distinctly memorable, and is a wonderfully versatile wine for summer.

Perfect Pairing: The crispness of this wine is perfect with light, summer dishes or a simple cheese platter. It’s also a great apéritif on its own.

Wiens Cellars 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, $34 | Get it HERE

A vibrant tapestry of tropical fruit and lemongrass melds into a refreshing and harmonious blend of flavors, culminating in a crisp, clean finish.

Why We Love It: Inspired by French Sancerre, this Sauvignon Blanc is both invigorating and elegant, designed to enhance the brightness of a sunny day or complement light, summery dishes.

Perfect Pairing: This wine is exceptionally versatile, pairing beautifully with white fish, shellfish, light Asian cuisine, and soft rind cheeses, making every meal a refreshing experience.

Wiens Cellars 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, $34 | Get it HERE

A vibrant tapestry of tropical fruit and lemongrass melds into a refreshing and harmonious blend of flavors, culminating in a crisp, clean finish.

Why We Love It: Inspired by French Sancerre, this Sauvignon Blanc is both invigorating and elegant, designed to enhance the brightness of a sunny day or complement light, summery dishes.

Perfect Pairing: This wine is exceptionally versatile, pairing beautifully with white fish, shellfish, light Asian cuisine, and soft rind cheeses, making every meal a refreshing experience.


May Winery Events

Akash Winery 

Mother’s Day Yoga on the Vineyard Patio with Julia | Sunday, May 12th | 9:00am | Session includes yoga + one glass of wine | Reserve your mat space here! 

Mother’s Day Floral Design Atelier | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Settle into the private vineyard patio with Mom and enjoy a hands-on floral design class from Light & Well. You’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, and light charcuterie, then dive into a world of flowers and greens | One additional glass of wine is also included in your ticket | Limited to 20 participants | Purchase your seat here. 

Yoga on the Vineyard Patio with Julia | Saturday, May 25th | 9:00am | Session includes yoga + one glass of wine. Reserve your mat space here! 

Altisima Winery 

Altisima Under the Stars | May 3rd | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Live music, specialty wine cocktails, extended restaurant hours and more! | 21+ only  

Bel Vino Winery 

Heyday Tribute concert for The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys | May 17th | 6:00pm-10:00pm | 16+ only | Tickets for purchase at:  

Callaway Winery  

Mother’s Day Brunch at Meritage | May 12th | 11am | Treat mom to the very best this Mother’s Day with delightful brunch specials, gourmet edibles from our Spring menu – perfectly paired with Callaway wines, while enjoying breathtaking vineyard views | View the menu online here: | Make a reservation here: 

Tim McGraw Tribute by Vegas McGraw | May 10th | Doors open at 6:30pm, Concert starts at 7:00pm | Tim McGraw tribute performed by Nashville Recording artist and Las Vegas entertainer, Adam D. Tucker accurately recreates the music and mystique of country music icon, Time McGraw | Wine, beer and food available for purchase. No outside food or drinks allowed | Tickets: $40 per person | Purchase tickets here: 

Cougar Vineyards & Winery 

May 12th Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet | Seatings at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm| $69.95, $59.95 members, $19.95 12-under | Add bottomless blood orange or regular orange mimosas for $15pp. | Menu and tickets available through our webstore at:  

Yappy Hour | May 12th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet in the picnic area | Puppy adoptions, trainer, Sip-n-Shop, and live music.  

Danza del Sol Winery 

Run for the Rose’ | May 4th | 1:00pm-4:30pm | Wines, Hat Contests & Viewing of the 150th Kentucky Derby Live | A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation | For more information visit:  

Falkner Winery 

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Pinnacle | May 12th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Live music by Cassidy Paige | $109.05 / $99.95 wine club | Brunch menu:  

Blossoms & Bottles Mother’s Day Market at the Tasting Room | May 12th | 11:00am – 3:00pm  

Frangipani Winery 

The Tala Market | May 4th | 12:00 – 5:00pm | Shop local vendors, food, desserts, live music & entertainment 

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 12th | 11:30am – 2:00pm | Live Music by Five Mountain Day Band – Catered by Vineyard Gourmet Catering | $75 pp plus tax, Kids 11-15 yrs $45 pp plus tax, Kids 10yrs & under $25pp plus tax | Reservations required by May 7th |  Call winery at 951-699-8845 to reserve tickets. 

Jazz Night with Dave Weaver | May 15th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Hosted by Mad Mike’s American Gourmet | For tickets email  

Lorimar Winery 

Mother’s Day at Lorimar | May 12th  | 10:00 am – 3:00pm | Treat your mom to an exclusive 3 course meal at Lorimar Winery! | Adult: $65 / $58.50 Wine Club / $52 Symphony Club / Kids (12 & under): $20 / $18 Wine Club / $16 Symphony Club | Ticketed reservation is required:

Twisted Gypsy: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Night | May 30th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Join us at the Barrel Room for an exciting night of music, dancing and wine featuring Twisted Gypsy | Food, wine, beer & sangria available for purchase 
COST: $35 / $31.50 Wine Club / $28 Symphony Club | Tickets: 

Masia de la Vinya Winery  
Bubbles and Bows Mother’s Day Soirée | May 11th | Indulge in a luxurious picnic arranged by Temecula Picnic Company | More Info & Tickets:  

Bluewater Grill Collab Dinner | May 28th | 5:00pm – 8:00pm | Enjoy a perfectly curated multicourse dinner paired with Masia’s wines at the beautiful Bluewater Grill | Wear red to show you’re there with the Masia crew |  Make reservations at 

Miramonte Winery 

Bites & Delights: A Mother’s Day Charcuterie Workshop | May 12th | 11:00am | Join us and our friends at Grazing Theory to craft your very own personalized charcuterie board | Includes a fresh handcrafted mimosa, guided charcuterie workshop, and all charcuterie supplies, along with meats, cheeses, fruits, Belgian Pearl waffles, and freshly baked mini-croissants | $110 for general public and $100 for members | For more information visit:  

The Killer Dueling Pianos | May 4th | Doors open at 5:00pm for dinner service. The show starts at 7:00pm | THEY’RE BACK! | Buy your tix, mark your calendars, get ready to be electrified — with an incredible night of thrilling entertainment with The Killer Dueling Pianos | VIP Seats/ $45 per person GA Seating/$25 per person | For more information visit:

Monte de Oro Winery 

Wine Bingo | May 3rd | Doors open at 6:30pm | Join MDO for our monthly Wine Bingo series giving away over $1,200 worth of wine prizes! | $45/person 

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 12th | Our annual Mother’s Day Brunch is here! Enjoy this buffet-style brunch with family and friends | 4 seating times to choose from (10am, 10:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm). Limit 2 hours max per seating. | $105/person, Children (3-12) $35 | For ticket and more information visit:  

Breakfast with the Balloons | May 18th | Coffee reception starts at 6:30am. | Enjoy a morning breakfast buffet at MDO on our patio while gazing at the hot air balloons above! | $65/person, Children (3-12) $20 | For more information and tickets visit:  

Breakfast with the Balloons | May 19th | Coffee reception starts at 6:30am. | Enjoy a morning breakfast buffet at MDO on our patio while gazing at the hot air balloons above! | $65/person, Children (3-12) $20 | For more information and tickets visit:   

Block Party – Live Music and Extended Hours | May 24th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Rock the night away with live music from Killing Giants | Bistro hours extended until 8pm and beer and wine will be available for purchase | Admission is FREE to this event | For more information and tickets visit:   

Oak Mountain Winery 

Star Wars Celebration: May the 4th Be with You | May 4th | Specialty Star Wars Cocktails $20-$30 depending on Cocktails and Flights. 

Cinco De Mayo celebration | May 5th | 11:00am – 6:00pm | Special menu items and cocktails | Reservations recommended:  

Mother’s Day Buffet | May 12th | Celebrate your mom with a Buffet in the Cave | Members: $75, Guests: $80, 12 & Under $40 | Tickets available online: | Please email Mom’s picture to to be included in our photo montage 

Oak Mountain Winery’s Anniversary Event | May 17th | 11:00am – 8:00pm | Featuring 2 bands, Beach Vibe Band 2:00pm -5:00pm and Kings of Karma 6:00pm – 9:00pm | All White Event, dress in your cool whites | Free!! 
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 12th | 10:00am and 1:00pm seatings | Breakfast in bed is overrated. Surprise Mom with the gift of a good, old fashioned family brunch | $100 adults, $ 45 children 3 – 12 yrs., 2 and under Free | All Ages | Tickets + information are available at:  

The Killer Dueling Pianos | May 23rd | 6:00pm | Join us at the Crush House for an interactive dueling piano performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos | $55 | 21+ Only | Tickets + information is available at:   

Coffey Anderson Concert | May 31st | 5:30pm – 10:00pm | You heard right, Coffey Anderson is coming to Peltzer! | $50 GA, standing room only | 18+ Only | Tickets + information available at:  

Ponte Winery 

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 12th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Celebrate with mimosas, live music, and a curated buffet including an omelet bar and carving station | For more information and reservations:  

South Coast Winery & Resort 

Cinco Day Mayo | May 5th | Join us in the Tasting room to celebrate with our Wild Horse Peak Tempranillo, expertly paired with a Taco plate, from our Executive Chef, Jon Alcala | Tacos $15 per plate | Enjoy Live Music from 4:00 – 8:00pm 

Succulent Workshop | May 9th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Come join us for a crafty workshop where you’ll learn to create a beautiful succulent centerpiece, just in time for Mother’s Day! Wine is available for purchase during the event. | $39.97 per person | Purchase Tickets:   

Girl’s Day Out Market | May 19th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Girls Day Out Market provides opportunities for small businesses to sell their products to our local community! | Come sip & shop 25 local businesses, live music, food, desserts, permanent jewelry, photo ops, and more! | Admission is Free 

Mother’s Day Buffet at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant | May 12th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Specially curated menu featuring an omelet and carving station, appetizers, salad bar, and delectable dessert display | $75 pp | For reservations and more information:  

Memorial Day Weekend at South Coast Winery Tasting Room | May 27th | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Join us Memorial Day Weekend for a celebration and sunshine. We will be having delicious BBQ with hamburgers & Hot Dogs available in Vintner’s Garden | Live Music & Entertainment, Wine, Beer, and Sangria!  

Vitagliano Winery 

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 12th | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Reservations required inquire at 951-694-8466 or  

Wilson Creek Winery 

Can I Be Frank? Sinatra Tribute | May 1st | 2:30pm | Unwind and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in our Solera Patio performed by local vocalist Mike Vicari | No reservations needed. 

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet | May 12th | 12pm & 12:30pm Seating Time | Join us for a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet inside our Champagne Ballroom! Brunch includes buffet, live music and unlimited sparkling wines. Make Reservation at: 

Memorial Day Live Music with Michael LeClerc | May 27th  | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Enjoy wine, delicious food, and live music. No reservations needed  


Broccoli Pesto with Penne Pasta

Ease into Spring with this vegetarian pasta dish. Many markets sell broccoli crowns, the florets with most of the stem removed. If you can’t find the crowns, purchase whole broccoli and cut off all but 1 inch of stem. But don’t throw away the stems! Pare them with a knife or vegetable peeler, steam them and enjoy as a nutritious snack. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Yield: 6 Servings


  • ¾ pound (350 g) broccoli crowns  
  • 16 to 18 large fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 small garlic clove, thinly sliced 
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) heavy cream 
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) pine nuts 
  • ¼ cup (20 g) freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano or pecorino romano cheese, plus more for the table 
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 pound (450 g) dried penne rigate or rigatoni


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Boil the broccoli crowns whole until the stems are just tender when pierced with a knife, 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer with tongs to the ice water to chill quickly. Drain well and pat dry. Reserve the boiling water for cooking the pasta.  
  • Set aside one-third of the broccoli and chop the remainder coarsely. Put the chopped broccoli in a food processor with the basil and garlic. Pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, add the olive oil through the feed tube, processing until the mixture is nearly smooth. Add the cream and pine nuts and process again until nearly smooth.  
  • Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and stir in the grated cheese and salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. While the pasta cooks, cut the remaining broccoli into bite-size florets. Just before the pasta is done, add the florets to the boiling water to heat through. Remove 1 cup of the boiling water and whisk just enough of it into the pesto to make a sauce that will coat the pasta nicely. You won’t need it all. 
  • Drain the pasta and broccoli and add it to the serving bowl. Toss well and serve immediately. Pass additional grated cheese at the table. 

Suggested Wines

Leoness Cellars~ 2023 CS Sauvignon Blanc This wine has aromas of citrus and pear complemented by subtle hints of lemongrass, melon and a crisp, lingering finish.

Europa Village ~ 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve – This wine has aromas of grapefruit and vanilla

Chapin Family Vineyards ~ 2022 Sauvignon Blanc This wine has aromas of passion fruit with peach and melon.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


California Apple, Brie, and Pomegranate Flatbread

As spring unfolds in Temecula, embrace the vibrant flavors of the season with this delightful California Apple, Brie and Pomegranate Flatbread. Quick to prepare and bursting with fresh ingredients, this dish captures the essence of springtime. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sparkling Wine.

Prep: 10 minutes


  • 2 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Half of a Cara Cara or Navel orange
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 store-bought mini naan or flatbreads
  • 2 small Fuji apples, thinly sliced on a mandoline or with a very sharp knife
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, sliced into 10 thin slices
  • 3 tablespoons California pomegranate arils


  • Place the arugula in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the olive oil over the top, squeeze the orange half over the greens and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toss with fingertips to coat all of the arugula.
  • On a serving board, arrange the flatbreads. Divide the dressed arugula amongst the flatbreads; you may have a bit leftover.
  • Lay 2-3 thin slices of apple over the arugula on each naan/flatbread and top each one with a thin slice of Brie.
  • Sprinkle pomegranate arils over the tops of all of the flatbreads right before serving.

Suggested Pairings:

South Coast Winery~ ~ Sparkling Brut

Carter Estate Winery – Sparkling Brut

Raul Ramirez Winery ~ Vintage Gran Reserva Sparkling Cava

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


April Winery Events

Akash Winery 

Surf & Swine Wine Dinner at CorkFire Kitchen | April 2nd  | 6:00pm| For details and  tickets click here. 

Yoga on the Vineyard Patio with Julia | April 14th  | 9:00am | Session includes yoga + one glass of wine | Reserve your mat space here! 

Laughs by the Glass with Frankie Marcos | April 19th  | Doors open at 6:15pm | Reserve your tickets here. 

In-n-Out Cookout Truck! | April 21st | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Special burger and bottle pairings featuring your favorite SoCal cult classic burgers 

Porsche Sunday | April 28th | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Porsche Riverside will be rolling in with gorgeous cars for you to ogle, inquire about, and envy 

Yoga on the Vineyard Patio with Julia | April 27th | 9:00am | Session includes yoga + one glass of wine |  Reserve your mat space here! 

Altisima Winery 

Altisima Under the Stars | April 5th  | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Live music, specialty wine cocktails, extended restaurant hours and more! | 21+ only  

Wedding Meet & Greet | April 27th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Light bites, tasting and tour for prospective wedding/event clients 

Feria de Abril | April 19th | Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Spain at Altisima Winery’s Feria de Abril event | More info. 

Bottaia Winery 

Paint & Sip | April 17th | 4:00pm – 6:00 pm | Sip a glass of BOTTAIA wine as you create an original piece of art using fresh flowers as your inspiration | Cheese and charcuterie plates are available for pre-order |$45 member, $50 non-member | For more information visit:

Callaway Winery 

America’s Pub Quiz Trivia | April 3rd | Trivia begins promptly at 6:00pm | Wine, beer and food available for purchase  

Boots After Dark | April 14th | 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. | Come learn to line dance and do some boot-scootin’! | Wine, beer and food available for purchase | Free Admission 

Cougar Vineyards & Winery 

Yappy Hour | April 14th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet in the picnic area | Puppy adoptions, trainer, Sip-n-Shop, and live music.  

Danza del Sol Winery 

Bud Break Social and Tour | April 7th | 11:00am-1:30pm | Cost $10 member $20 nonmember | Includes sparkling greeting & 6 wines.  

Winemakers Blending Class – Make your own Super Tuscan | April 14th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm.| EARLY BIRD Member-$105pp Non-$130pp Beginning 4/1/24 | REGULAR $120/$145. Tickets available at:

Doffo Winery 

MotoDoffo and Real Deal Revolution Presents: Women, Wheels & Wine | April 13th | 11:00am – 4:00pm |  
A Fundraiser event for Motorcycle Trade Educational Programs including internship/apprenticeships, scholarships and partner sponsorships | Hands-On Workshops that include: Pinstriping, Welding & Leatherworks | LIVE Music, Raffle prizes, Moto-themed vendors, food + wine | Open to the Public, $10 donation | Tickets:  

Doffo’s Annual Spring Winemaker Dinner, A Farm-to-Table Experience | April 20th | 6:00pm | Join Winemakers Damian and Nadia for a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Temecula Chef Jillian Fae | Four fresh, Spring-inspired courses with locally sourced ingredients have been perfectly paired with four signature Doffo Family Wines | Tickets:  

Fazeli Cellars 

Decades of Dance | April 6th  | 5:00pm – 10:00pm | Join us on a musical journey as we dance and relive the hits of the 60’s-2000’s | VJ, Food, Full Bar | $20 Non-Members | $10 Members | 21+ Only | Purchase Tickets Here 

Flights & Bites | April 13th | 5:00 – 9:00pm | Our full bar will be open for wine, beer, sangria and cocktail service and we will have a limited selection small bites menu also available, complete with live music by John Rankin 

Killer Dueling Pianos | April 20th | 7:00pm -10:00pm | Enjoy as they battle it out with some of your favorite songs over the piano | Tickets: $40 non-member, $30 members, $50 at the door | Food and drinks available in the courtyard starting at 6pm, show starts at 7pm | 21+ Only | Purchase Tickets Here 

Comedy Night | April 27th | 5:00 – 10:00pm |  Join us for laughs with Hairlarious Comedy! Flights and Bites starting at 5pm (last order 830pm), show starts at 7pm | $15 Non-Member, $10 Members, $20 at the door | 21+ ONLY|  Purchase Tickets Here 
Frangipani Winery 

Cali Porker BBQ Food Truck | April 20th | 12:00 – 5:00pm  

Sip and Shop Vendor Market  | April 27th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm. | Enjoy Frangipani Estate Winery while shopping with local vendors, and entertainment from local performers.  

Leoness Cellars 

All Wine Members Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Pairing | April 4th | 4:00pm – 6:00pm 

Paint & Sip on the Vineyard Terrace | April 18th | 5:00pm – 7:30pm  

Members Extended Night | April 18th |  5:00 – 7:30pm | Music w/ Trevan McClure 

Masia de la Vinya Winery  

Masia’s 9th Anniversary Brunch | April 21st |10:00am -1:00pm | Celebrate and sip with us for our 9th Anniversary Brunch! Featuring our 3rd Uncorked Chef Series with Spanish inspired buffet stations by Savage Chef | Tickets: 

Karaoke Night | April 26th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Join us for an evening of Karaoke on the patio, wine and food truck  

Miramonte Winery 

April Sunset Sips: Wine Club exclusive event | April 12th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Opulente Lounge | Enjoy DOUBLE Vertical Tastings -7 total tastes! (Estate Syrah & Members’ Reserve), DOUBLE Discount on Bottle Purchases after 9pm |  Member’s Charcuterie Board by Grazing Theory | Tray-Passed Small Bites | Raffles & Prizes! | | $30 per person 
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Trivia Night: Mean Girls | April 11th | Join us for a fetch evening at our Mean Girls Trivia Night! | 21+ Only | For more information: 

Nashville Nights | April 20th | Dance under the stars and sip local with your favorite party people- let’s get to honky tonkin’!  | 21+ Only | Tickets + information are available at | Tickets must be purchased online and are limited. Don’t sleep on these, ticket prices are subject to raise. 

Ponte Winery 

Paint & Sip | April 18th | 4:00pm – 6:00 pm | Sip a glass of Ponte wine as you create an original piece of art using fresh flowers as your inspiration | Cheese and charcuterie plates are available for pre-order |$45 member, $50 non-member  

South Coast Winery & Resort 
Girl’s Day Out Market | April 21st | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Girls Day Out Market provides opportunities for small businesses to sell their products to our local community! | Come sip & shop 25 local businesses, live music, food, desserts, permanent jewelry, photo ops, and more! | Admission is Free 

Blessing of the Vines Food and Wine Pairing Festival | April 14th | 5:00pm – 8:00pm | Join us as we celebrate a new growing season in Temecula! Enjoy an assortment of food, wine & dessert pairings curated by our Culinary and Winemaking Teams| Sparkling wine toast, live music featuring Anyone’s Guess | Event Exclusive Discounts. General Admission $110 | Carter Resort and Wine Club Member $95. Tax and Service Charge included | Purchase your tickets today! or email 

Wiens Cellars 

Bubbles & Brunch | April14th | 10:00am – 12:00pm | A celebration of fine sparkling wines paired with a gourmet brunch spread by Chef Volker and live music by Tony Merlo | Each ticket includes entry to our brunch buffet in our Vineyard View Lounge, (1) complimentary glass of bubbly & access to exclusive wine specials| For reservations:

Wilson Creek Winery 

Can I Be Frank? Sinatra Tribute | April 3rd | 2:30pm | Unwind and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in our Solera Patio performed by local vocalist Mike Vicari | No reservations needed. 


Toast Temecula Valley This Earth Day

This SoCal region will be making award-winning wines for generations to come thanks to their robust sustainability efforts and regenerative agricultural practices

Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern California, Temecula Valley is emerging as a beacon of sustainable viticulture, marrying age-old winemaking traditions with pioneering environmental practices. The region, famed for its warm Mediterranean climate, diverse range of grape varieties, and welcoming tasting rooms, has also become a hotbed for regenerative agriculture, where wineries strive not merely to coexist with nature but to actively rejuvenate their land. This approach, championed by local vintners, emphasizes soil health, water conservation, and biodiversity, ensuring that the vineyards not only produce high-quality grapes but also contribute to the ecological balance and social well-being of the valley.

Several Temecula wineries are leading the charge in this green revolution, adopting organic farming techniques that shun synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in favor of natural alternatives. These practices not only enrich the terroir but also foster a sustainable ecosystem conducive to premium winemaking. Among the vineyards, one can witness a harmonious blend of traditional methods and innovative strategies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and preserving the natural beauty of the region for future generations. In exploring Temecula’s commitment to sustainability, we delve into the stories of these pioneering wineries, their philosophies, and the tangible impact of their efforts on both the environment and the quality of their wines.

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

The Palumbos have been active participants in the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance since 2002, and were one of the first wineries in Temecula Valley to become certified through this program. “We not only became certified in our vineyard, but also in our winery, knowing that if you are truly committed to sustainability, you have to look at your whole business and its impact on the community,” says owner/winemaker Nick Palumbo.

Palumbo notes that they share many of the same tenets and practices of regenerative farming, although they place equal emphasis on the three “Es” of sustainability. “After all, being Environmentally friendly, socially Equitable, and Economically sound is more than a business model,” he says. “By living on property, raising our children here, and being active members in our community, it is important to be good stewards of the land and good neighbors, as well as being able to continue to do business in a positive and ethical way.”

Robert Renzoni Vineyards

Robert Renzoni Vineyards, a trailblazer in sustainable winemaking in Southern California, achieved a significant milestone in 2023 by obtaining certification as a California Sustainable Winegrowing (CSWA) operation and becoming the region’s first winery to be fully powered by solar energy. “As a family-owned winery dedicated to producing high-quality wines, Robert Renzoni Vineyards shares the commitment to preserving sustainable agriculture and protecting the land for future generations,” says winemaker Olivia Bue.

They are also deeply committed to soil and nutrient management to maintain vineyard health. “Healthy soil is the basis of sustainable winemaking and has a direct impact on wine quality,” says Bue. “In order for Temecula Valley to continue succeeding and growing as a region, we need to prioritize our land for future generations.”

The winery’s care for the soil includes integrating high quality compost (the most nutrient dense material) from Amended Soils in Sonoma into their own soil, planting cover crops annually to stimulate biological activity and enhance organic matter content within the soil, avoiding synthetic fertilizers (they are a pesticide-free estate), implementing rain water collecting tanks to limit water usage, properly managing pH and vine balance, and managing pests with organic materials when necessary. “Our commitment to the land goes beyond just sustainability,” adds Bue. “It’s about creating a partnership that benefits both the environment and the community for decades to come.”

Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards

Wilson Creek has long been fully committed to a program of regenerative agriculture. They started with a traditional sustainability program eleven years ago, which included the elimination of all herbicides, the introduction of cover crops, reduced and eliminated tillage, irrigation, efficiency, and a program of reduced fungicides and insecticides through integrated pest management programs. 

Seven years ago, led by vineyard manager Greg Pennyroyal, they introduced a regenerative agriculture program. “The core concept of regenerative agriculture is that all things are connected in a diverse community of self-regulating related systems,” explains Pennyroyal. “To assist in managing these complex systems, we started a program of environmental-monitoring and data-gathering to see the effects of our regenerative program.”

This extensive program includes a rigorous regimen of tasks, including biweekly plant sap analysis during the growing season, which gives a detailed quantitative report over time of the actual uptake of all major and minor plant nutrients, monthly soil health assessments, Glassy Winged Sharpshooter monitoring, and the introduction of beneficial insects and insectary flowering plants, among many other activities. It also includes ongoing collaborative studies with other regulatory agencies, utilities companies, government entities, and private businesses for monitoring and cause-effect analysis.

And the proof is in the pudding. “Block Nine is our most intensive biologically supported block,” notes Pennyroyal. “After three years, Block Nine is showing significantly increased yields, decreased pathogen pressure, improvement of vineyard microbiome, and improved winemaking. We are also monitoring economic inputs and returns to demonstrate not only the scientific but the economic viability of regenerative practices.”

Pennyroyal and his team are always the first to support others in their efforts toward sustainable practices.  “Sustainability has generally been focused on limiting additional negative impacts on the environment,” he says. “Considering our current state of accelerating ecosystem degradation, we feel we need to go beyond stability and move towards regeneration. Regeneration is not only limiting negative factors but also supporting overall ecosystem services to reverse the downward spiral towards an upward spiral of improvement in diversity and resiliency.” 

He believes that Temecula Valley is in a unique position to lead these efforts both locally and in other wine-producing regions, given their climate for wine production, as well as access to outreach through direct-to-consumer experiences. “The public is often confused by the newly emerging science of true ecosystem restoration and regeneration,” he explains. “By directly engaging with our guests, we can deliver an authentic person-to-person experience and understanding.” 

Ponte Winery

Ponte Winery began its transition to sustainable practices in 2007, and, in 2011, became the first winery in Temecula Valley to achieve the Certified California Sustainable Winegrower designation. A key aspect of their environmental strategy is the “no tillage” approach, which they have implemented to control erosion and maintain the integrity of organic matter in the soil, limiting soil disturbance to just once a year for weed management. They have also embraced the use of native cover crops since 2007. “We work to respect the land by not introducing non-native plants into the vineyard,” says assistant winemaker Juan Domingo. “We leave fields fallow for a minimum of two years with only native plants to let the soil rest before we replant.”

Always pushing their sustainability efforts forward, Ponte has been committed to recycling glass, cardboard, and cork since 2007, ensuring that waste materials are repurposed and not simply sent to landfills. This recycling initiative is a significant part of their sustainability efforts, reflecting their dedication to environmental stewardship across all their properties.

“We take care of the land and business as one,” says winemaker Arnaud Debons. “We started as leaders in sustainability, and we would like to continue to be the one others get inspiration from. In doing so we as a Valley can help reduce our Carbon footprint while still providing good hospitality to our guests.” 

South Coast Winery & Carter Estate Winery

South Coast Winery and its 200-acre vineyard have been certified sustainable since 2013, with sister property Carter Estate Winery joining the ranks in 2018. Both are accredited by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Their sustainability efforts prioritize resource conservation – in particular water – with more than 100 acres of vineyards relying on water sourced from their own reservoir, a critical strategy given the recurring drought conditions fueled by climate change. To that end, the winery’s vineyard management practices are finely tuned to optimize water use and availability.

In a concerted effort to ensure the health of their grapevines, both properties minimize synthetic inputs and implement rigorous pest and disease monitoring and control. “An exceptional aspect of our vineyard ecosystem is its integration with the natural environment, exemplified by our vineyards bordering the Cleveland National Forest,” says assistant winemaker Emily Bloom. “We endeavor to maintain harmony with the surrounding ecosystem, fostering the growth of native plants and encouraging natural pest control through neighboring wildlife.”

Bloom and her team understand that sustainability is not a one-and-done philosophy and acknowledge that there is always room for progress. But they also know that these efforts are non-negotiable when it comes to safeguarding viticulture in Temecula Valley and beyond for generations to come. “In line with global trends, Temecula Valley, like much of the world, is experiencing more extreme weather due to intensified climate change. It’s crucial for us all to acknowledge this reality and continually improve our farming and winemaking practices,” she says. “Many wineries and vineyards in the area are already leading the way with sustainable, organic, and regenerative methods, inspiring us to strive for a more sustainable future. We commend the hard work of growers in the valley and remain committed to crafting distinctive wines from high-quality grapes through environmentally responsible practices.”


Golden State Sliders

These sliders bring together a tantalizing medley of meats and toppings, resulting in a bite-sized masterpiece that embodies the true essence of the Golden State. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


Patty Ingredients:

  • 1-pound (454g) medium ground beef
  • ½ pound (225g) lean ground beef
  • 1-pound (454g) ground turkey
  • A bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ – 1 cups (60-120g) breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) Worcestershire sauce


  • Arugula
  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Pickled red onions
  • 12 buns (recommend brioche)
  • Slices of aged sharp cheddar
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

Sauces, as desired:

  • Dijon
  • Ketchup
  • Aioli or mayonnaise


  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meats with the chopped parsley, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and ½ cup of breadcrumbs. If the texture feels too wet, add in more breadcrumbs until the patties feel like they’ll hold their shape.
  • Using hands, roll out into 10-12 even balls, using your mini buns as reference. Reminder! They will shrink a bit as they cook. Press lightly to form patties.
  • Place patties in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare your toppings.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the patties to your liking, adding the slices of cheese on top of the patties once they’ve been flipped. Toast your buns on the grill in the last minute or two before the burgers are done.
  • Remove from heat and place back into the mixing bowl if chilling to serve cold or place an even amount onto each plate and top with a spoon of goat cheese. Sprinkle fresh shredded basil overtop and serve.
  • Build with desired toppings and sauces and serve warm.

Suggested Wines:

Falkner Winery~ 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon – The wine has smooth flavors of blueberry and plum.

Chapin Winery ~ 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon This wine has aromas of blueberry, mocha, plum and vanilla.

Wiens Family Cellars~ 2019 Kriel Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine has aromas of black plum, nutmeg & baked vanilla bean

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


March Winery Events

Altisima Winery 

Altisima Under the Stars | March 1st | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Live music, specialty wine cocktails, extended restaurant hours and more! | 21+ only  

Wedding Meet & Greet | March 30th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Light bites, tasting and tour for prospective wedding/event clients  

Easter Brunch | March 31st | 10:00am – 4:00pm. | Enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Altisima! Brunch and lunch selections are available at Gaspar’s Restaurant for Easter, along with live music! Visit this link for reservation information:

Callaway Winery 

America’s Pub Quiz Trivia | March 6th | Trivia begins promptly at 6:00pm | Wine, beer and food available for purchase  

Boots After Dark | March 21st | 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. | Come learn to line dance and do some boot-scootin’! | Wine, beer and food available for purchase | Free Admission 

Easter Sunday | March 31st | Enjoy an eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday at Meritage at Callaway | For reservations: 

Churon Inn & Winery 

Shamrock Sparkle Special | March 17th | Stop by the tasting room all day for a special Green “Shamrock Sparkle” drink.  

Adult Easter Egg Hunt | March 31st | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Eggs will be filled with free drink vouchers, food vouchers, candy, discounts off merchandise, and a grand prize! 

Cougar Vineyards & Winery 

Yappy Hour | March 10th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet in the picnic area | Puppy adoptions, trainer, Sip-n-Shop, and live music.  

Easter Brunch | March 31st | Seatings at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. | $69.95/$59.95 wineclub, $19.95 13-under | $15 unlimited mimosas | Live music 2:00pm – 5:00pm |Tickets available on our webstore:

Doffo Winery 

Sunset Seafood Boil | Saturday, March 16th |  6:00pm | Feast on a Southern-style, fresh all-you-can-devour peel-and-eat shrimp, PEI mussels, crawfish, cajun sausage, corn, and potatoes – all perfectly paired with our Doffo Vermentino |  Tickets on our website:  

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Evening Mixer | Wednesday, March 20th |  5:30pm | Register Here: 

Falkner Winery 

Three2Seven events Sip ‘n Shop | March 9th |11:00am – 3:00pm 

Salsa Night with Salsafama | March 16th | 5:00pm – 10:00pm  

Fazeli Cellars 

Flights and Bites | March 16th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy live music with a full bar and our unique flights and bites menu 

Frangipani Winery 

St. Patrick’s Day | March 17th |12:00 – 5:00pm | $20 Frangipani Winery Members & $25 Non-Members plus tax includes food and one glass of wine | Reservations required by March 14 | Call winery at 951-699-8845 

Cool Jazz Music Night | March 20th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | $15.95 plus tax, Includes Dinner and ticket to event. Reservations Required Call 714-801-9235   

Sip and Shop Vendor Market presented by Tala Market | March 24th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm. | Enjoy Frangipani Estate Winery while shopping with local vendors, and entertainment from local performers.  

Easter Saturday Fun | March 30th | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Bunny on site for photos, Live Music, food available for purchase, crafts & fun for kids. 

Leoness Cellars 

All Wine Members Spring Dance | March 29th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm 

Lorimar Winery 

Laugh Your Glass Off | March 28th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ | $30 / $27 Wine Club / $24 Symphony Club 

Easter Brunch | March 31st | 11:00am & 2:00pm | Price varies by age  

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Masia & Danza Blind Tasting Experience | March 2nd | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Tickets: 

Karaoke Night | March 29th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy an evening of Karaoke on the patio, along with wine and food truck 

Easter Family Fun Day | March 31st | 11:00 am – 2:00pm | Easter egg hunt (while supplies last), drink specials, kiddie mocktails, food for purchase by Brew Boyz | Free event! 

Miramonte Winery 

Girls Day Out Spring Market | March 10th |11:00am – 2:00pm | Free event 

Oak Mountain Winery 

The Killer Dueling Pianos | March 14th | 6:00pm -10:00pm 

St Pattys Day Celebration with DJ | March 17th | Featured food items and specialty cocktail! 

Wild West Murder Mystery Dinner | March 23rd | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Tickets available on 
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Bridal Open | March 2nd | 21+ Only | For more information available at 

Trivia Night: Shrek | March 7th | Gather your swamp squad and unleash your inner ogre expertise. Don’t miss out on this Shrektacular fun! | 21+ Only | For more information available at  

Leprechaun Dash | March 17th  | It’s the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Dash through Peltzer Winery | All Ages | $35 for 21+ • $25 for under 21 | Tickets + Information are available at  

Easter Family Fun Day | March 24th | Enjoy a day full of face painting, gem panning, cooking decorating, bunny AND donkey photo ops, plus so much more! | All Ages | For more information available at 

Ponte Winery  

Spring Winemaker Dinner | March 16th | 5:00-9:00 pm 

South Coast Winery & Resort 
Girl’s Day Out Market | March 17th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Girls Day Out Market provides opportunities for small businesses to sell their products to our local community! | Come sip & shop 25 local businesses, live music, food, desserts, permanent jewelry, photo ops, and more! | Admission is Free 

EASTER The Vineyard Rose Restaurant | March 31st | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Enjoy an assortment of delicious appetizer displays, refreshing salads, delectable entrees aan omelet station, alongside a mouthwatering carving station as well as a decadent dessert display | Click here to view the full menu and book your reservation:  

EASTER in the South Coast Tasting Room | March 31st | Easter Sunday SCW will be hosting Mimosa Tastings with four (4) mimosas with a variety of flavors | $35.00 as well as special savings 25% off any (3) Bottle Purchase  

Thornton Winery 

Easter Sunday Buffet | March 31st | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Easter Sunday brunch buffet at Cafe Champagne Restaurant includes wine, live music, face painting and a balloon artist | Adults- $125 Children 10 & under $70 Club de vin $112.50 Reserve Club $106.25 | For menu and reservations visit: or call 951-699-0099. 

Vindemia Winery 

14th Anniversary Wine Club Reunion | March 2nd | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Complimentary to members and their +1s or +2s with some fun surprises in store! | Please email: to RSVP 

Wilson Creek Winery 

Can I Be Frank? Sinatra Tribute | March 6th | 2:30pm | Unwind and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in our Solera Patio performed by local vocalist Mike Vicari | No reservations needed.  

Easter Brunch Buffet | March 31st | 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm seating times | Enjoy an Easter Brunch Buffet inside the Champagne Ballroom | Brunch includes buffet, live music and unlimited sparkling wines | Make a reservation at 


Get to Know the New and Emerging Talent in Temecula Valley Winemaking

Shane Sevier, Vitagliano Winery & ActionWines

Shane Sevier’s winemaking journey began in 2010 at the young age of 18. By 2018, he had taken over winemaking at Vitagliano Winery, and, just last year, he launched his own company, ActionWines.

Shane’s foray into winemaking started when he was a busboy at Falkner Winery. “The winemaker Steve Hagata would always come in for lunch and I got to know him and his assistant winemaker George Meyers very well,” he says. This led to a lifelong passion. “I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for Steve Hagata and George Meyers.  They have become like family to me.”

He cherishes the breathtaking beauty of Temecula Wine Country and the supportive community that surrounds him. “I also love being able to craft something that people enjoy with friends and family and how it can bring people together to celebrate life in general!” When it comes to Temecula grapes, Shane is captivated by Muscat. “I love making a dry, crisp, and tropical wine with Muscat,” he says. “[It] has such an amazing nose and can offer great complexity if done right. It can be very versatile and is a beautiful grape.”  

Looking forward, he sees a bright and bustling future for Temecula, driven by a dedication to continuously elevating the quality of the region’s wines. “We have a community here that is trying to push the quality of our wines and striving to always improve and be better,” he says. “As time goes on and that catches more and more traction, Temecula will keep getting better and better. 

Nathan Zema, Mount Palomar Winery

Nathan Zema’s winemaking odyssey in Temecula Valley kicked off in 2006 at the age of 17, with a career spanning various roles including everything from events and tasting room hospitality to Jeep tours to operational management and, ultimately, wine production. “Each of these positions has deepened my understanding of the Valley’s distinctive farming and winemaking practices and our patrons’ evolving tastes and preferences,” he says. “Mentored by notable figures like Marshall Stuart and Enrique Ferro, I had the privilege of observing and contributing to the Valley’s evolution from a young age, watching as other winery owners embarked on their ventures.”  

For Nathan, the allure of winemaking in Temecula lies in the Valley’s stunning landscapes, tight-knit community, and unwavering commitment to quality. “[Through] its evolution over the years, the Valley has preserved its original, fun-loving community ethos,” he says.

He has a particular fondness for Petite Sirah, thanks to its intense, bold colors, depth, and intricate characteristics. It also carries personal significance for him. “It’s the first variety I worked on in the Valley, with my contribution, which led to a notable achievement – a double gold best-in-class,” he recalls.

Nathan sees a bright horizon for Temecula Valley winemaking. “I foresee immense opportunities for the younger generation to marry traditional winemaking methods with cutting-edge technological advancements,” he says. “This fusion is crucial in producing wines that are not just of superior quality but also embody the true essence of our region.”

Nadia Urquidez, Doffo Winery

Born in Ensenada and raised in the small town of San Vicente in Baja California, Mexico, Nadia Urquidez’s winemaking career started in 2011 at Doffo Winery, where she has been for nearly nine years. Her entry into winemaking was sparked by a friend’s call about a winery in need of her expertise in science. Thankfully her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry came in handy.

Nadia enjoys the diversity of grapes and the supportive winemaking community in Temecula Valley. When it comes to making wine, she has a special affinity for Cabernet Sauvignon. “I just love the way it is,” she says. “The maturation in the vine is perfect. During the fermentation process, it releases spectacular aromas that remind me of Mexican cuisine. And then it is a challenge because [if not produced correctly] it can have a lot of astringency and green notes… The most important thing is that people always expect a good Cabernet Sauvignon: big, round, and balanced.”

While Nadia remains optimistic about the future of winemaking, she is realistic about obstacles the wine industry faces in general. “It will be a challenge; first because of global warming,” she says. “Weather directly impacts the quality of the grapes. Also, young adults are choosing to drink less or choosing other types of beverages.”  

Kristina Filippi, Wilson Creek Winery

Kristina Filippi has 16 years of winemaking under her belt, with the last 2.5 at Wilson Creek Winery. Her journey began shortly after her 21st birthday when she fell in love with the winemaking process and industry, ultimately making her way to Temecula Valley. “The climate and weather can’t be matched, [plus] the beautiful scenery and wonderful people!”

While she admits that choosing a favorite grape to work with feels akin to picking a favorite child, she’s currently leaning toward Malbec, especially thrilled with the unique outcome of the 2023 vintage.

Kristina believes the future of winemaking in Temecula is bright, marked by creativity, innovation, and a collaborative spirit that is setting a new standard for the industry. “The quality of Temecula Valley wine improves each year, and the willingness of so many in our winemaking community to communicate, share knowledge, and help each other out is creating an environment that is truly valuable and unique,” she says.

Chris Johnson, Altísima Winery

Chris Johnson transitioned from a career as a paramedic to winemaking over 10 years ago, bringing his passion for wine to Altísima Winery in December 2020. “I have always been Intrigued with wine since I was a teenager [and] how the same variety could vary from winery to winery and region to region,” he says. “So, I decided to enroll in Washington State University’s extension Enology program. Over the next 3 years, I had the opportunity to learn from Enrique Ferro, Pete Mousis, and Tim Kramer. Being surrounded by the passion they all shared really shaped the winemaker I am today.” 

Chris relishes the year-round effort to craft exceptional wines in Temecula Valley, from vineyard maintenance to the bottling process. “I love working hard and showing a wine I’m proud of,” he says. When it comes to grapes, Tempranillo holds a special place in his heart for its blending potential and unique characteristics.

Looking ahead, Chris is optimistic about Temecula’s winemaking future, crediting some of the original wineries and winemakers for setting a high standard and fostering a culture of innovation and growth. “I’m excited to see how this new generation of winemakers can learn from the original winemakers and continue to push the standard every year,” he says.

Dakota Denton, Gershon Bachus Vintners

Dakota Denton has been crafting wines for 18 years, serving as the winemaker for Gershon Bachus Vintners for the last decade. His entry into the wine industry was somewhat accidental, starting at Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery at the age of 15. By the time he was 20, he had landed a full-time job in the cellar, where he came to love the process of winemaking.

Dakota treasures the camaraderie among Temecula’s winemakers and the quality of grapes that make his job a joy. “One of my favorite things about making wine in Temecula is that the people get to know the other winemakers and staff, and everyone is always so friendly,” he says. “Plus, the grapes we are growing in the Valley are amazing to work with which makes my job a little easier.” He has a particular fondness for Cabernet Franc, drawn to its berry aromas, hint of earthiness, and long, dry finish.

Dakota sees the future of Temecula winemaking leaning toward Spanish and Italian varieties, excited about the potential for these grapes in the Valley. “Which reminds me,” he says. “We have a great Sangiovese on the menu!”

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