May Winery Events

May 2nd, 2022

Winery gathering

Altisima Winery
Cinco De Mayo
| May 5 | Special ceviche & beer pairing all day at our Gaspar restaurant from 11am-4pm | Live Music & Food truck in our Olive Grove from 5:00 pm-9:00pm for Cinco de Mayo | Learn more at https://altisimawinery.com/upcoming-events /

Bel Vino Winery
Cash’d Out a Johnny Cash Tribute Concert | May 6th  | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Tickets are $40 per person or $432 for a VIP table | Food and wine for purchase |Tickets available at https://www.heyday.com/event-details/cashd-out-the-premier-johnny-cash-show

Carter Estate Winery & Resort
Crêpes & Champagne Sundays – Every Sunday April 3 – May 29th | 11am – 1pm (Not Available Easter Sunday) Get a taste of France at Carter Estate Winery. Start your day of wine tasting off with one of our delicious sparkling wines, paired with sweet or savory French Crêpes from The Catered Kitchens! No Reservations Required.

Danza del Sol Winery
LAST Trivia Night |
May 6 at @7:00PM | Doors open at 6:30pm | Food Trucks | Wine & Beer | Prizes for 1st & 2nd place!

Save-the-Date! Danza del Sol and Trattoria Toscana Dinner | May 22 | Danza del Sol winery is partnering with local Trattoria Toscana restaurant to bring a delicious five-course Italian culinary experience | Please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
UNOde50 Trunk Show | May 1 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Join us at Prelude at Europa for a special UNOde50 Trunk Show. Explore the new 2022 Collection as well as other variety of new arrivals. Admission is free.

Latin Nights at Bolero | May 3rd & May 17th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm | General Admission: $15 (Members $13.50) | Dance the night away at Latin Nights at Bolero! With a variety of Latin music, dance lessons, and select menu offerings, you would not want to miss out on a spicy evening of fun | Learn more: https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights

Frangipani Winery
Triple Threat Productions presents Diva’s on Broadway | May 1 | Doors Open 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm | $45 per person plus tax | A night of musical theater entertainment with the valley’s own Diva’s | Purchase tickets by April 28 at www.Frangipanievents.com    

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
10th anniversary celebration! |
May 18 | 6:00-9:00pm | $10/$9WC (ticket includes glass of sangria) | Live Music from Mrs. Jones Revenge, $10 food items, sangria, beer, select wines by the glass | To reserve please visit https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415121/10th-Anniversary-Party.html

Monte de Oro Winery
Wine Bingo | May 20 | 6:30pm- 9:30pm | Ticket information coming soon! www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food & Wine Series | May 22 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Ticket information coming soon! www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
UNICEF Fundraiser
| May 13 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | $50 per person | 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the victims of the conflict in Ukraine | For more information www.oakmountainwinery.com

Peltzer Family Cellars
Rowdy Roost Music Fest | May 28th from 12-10pm | Property wide music festival, 21+ only, $50 per person | Tickets available at www.peltzerwinery.com 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Cassadee Pope LIVE | May 19 | 7:00pm | Food Trucks available for concert dining | Tickets starting at just $40 | https://soundskilz.ticketspice.com/soundskilz-presents-cassadee-pope-w-leaving-austin-at-south-coast-winery

Wilson Creek Winery
Yoga in the Vines | May 1 | 9:00am-12:00pm | Tickets includes a wine tasting! | $45 | $40 wine club members | To make your reservations please visit www.WilsonCreekWinery.com


Mothers and Daughters of Wine Country Share Their Favorite Moments and Sips in Celebration of Mother’s Day

May 2nd, 2022

Mom & Daughter Enjoying Wine Together

Mother’s Day is around the corner and Wine Country is ripe with so many opportunities to surprise and delight your mom this time of year. The vineyards are slowly filling out with bright green foliage, the weather is warming up yet still pleasantly breezy, and wineries are offering everything from festive Mother’s Day brunches to curated offerings that moms will love.

But, more importantly, we love the unique ways the moms of Wine Country have built special traditions around Mother’s Day – and every day – surrounding delicious Temecula Valley wines shared with their families.

“On Mother’s Day, we usually round the men in the family up and make them cook for and cater to us for the day,” says Brand Marketing Partner Devin Parr. “My brother will usually prepare an elaborate spread – a full Thai dinner is our favorite – and my dad keeps our wine glasses filled with some of our top Temecula picks, like Hart Albariño or Robert Renzoni Montepulciano. My husband entertains the kids and will throw a foot massage in there for me for good measure.”

“My mom is more of a margarita gal, but we do have a special tradition my sister, my mom, and I do each year for the 3 of us,” says Bianca Castillo, TVWA Member Relations and Programs Manager. “My birthday is on May 10th and my sister’s birthday is May 11th, and every so often Mother’s day lands on either of our birthdays. So, we always get the three of us together and celebrate our special days. Maybe I’ll start convincing them to ditch the margaritas in favor of wine!”

TVWA Executive Director Krista Chaich has made a point to enjoy every Mother’s Day she can with her mom, other than during her eight-year stint in Dallas, Texas. “For many years we took turns cooking for each other,” she says. “But over the last couple of years, we’ve decided ‘To heck with that!’ and we’ve let someone else cook for us! It helps that we have so many wonderful restaurants in Temecula Valley Wine Country.”

Ultimate Wine Country matriarch and owner of Wilson Creek, Rosie Wilson, loves to take in the natural beauty of Temecula Valley and has made this appreciation a simple, yet special way to enjoy Mother’s Day with her daughter.

“My daughter and I love sitting on the porch overlooking the vines while sharing a glass of wine,” she says. “This is a time for us to really spend time together and catch up. The view is beautiful, and I love the conversation.”

While Mother’s Day is a moment each year to share with family and give thanks to the amazing role the moms in our lives play, sometimes it’s those special or everyday moments surrounding wine and time together that have stood out most among Wine Country mothers and daughters.

“My husband, Mom and Dad all met in Las Vegas to celebrate my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary,” shares Krista. “Before we left, I shipped several bottles of wine to our hotel’s restaurant that I had gotten custom labeled with their picture and a 25th wedding anniversary message. The night we celebrated their anniversary, the waiter brought two bottles of the wine to the table – you should have seen the look on my mom’s face! She was so surprised (and a bit confused for a moment as to why her picture was on a wine label!).  We had such a special night sharing those bottles of wine and memories of their 25 years together. We still talk about it to this day.”

“I have many memories with my daughter but one of the funniest we both will always remember is the time Libby dressed up as me,” recounts Rosie. “I frequently visit the winery and have lunch or tend to my flowers. One Halloween, Libby borrowed my clothes, did her hair just like mine, and wandered around the winery greeting guests and tending to the flowers.  Everyone thought she was me – even the employees!  Until she spoke.  It made me realize just how much she resembles me.”

As far as what everyone loves to sip during these moments together?

“Depends on the day,” says Krista. “But, right now, my mom is loving Bolero at Europa Village’s Cava sparkling wine.”

As for Rosie? “My daughter and I love the Wilson Creek Viognier.”



May 2nd, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!

Spending the day in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country……well, we can’t think of a better gift for Mom this Mother’s Day!  We’ve got you covered with brunches and lunches and everything in between. Here’s a list of wineries celebrating all of the Mom’s out there:

Altisima Winery
Mother’s Day Luxury Picnic | May 7 & 8 | Reservations available at 11:00am and 2:00pm | Partnering with Temecula Picnic Co. for a luxury picnic experience on Mother’s Day weekend | Tickets are $125++ per person or $110++ per person for members | Two special dessert releases with wine pairing for Mother’s Day! New Menu released at the restaurant for the week as well. Additional Information on our website and e-mail reservations@altisimawinery.com to book your picnic.

Avensole Winery
Celebrate Mom | May 8 | Celebrate Mom with our delicious Chef’s Mother’s Day special menu 11am-5pm at the Avensole Winery Restaurant https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/ or call us at (951) 252-2003 x301. Reservations are recommended for this special date sells out early every year! Walk-ins are also always welcome!

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Special Mother’s Day Brunch at Meritage | May 8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | Live music on our courtyard from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring local musician Shea Givens. Reservations are highly recommended. Reservations: exploretock.com/callawaywinery  

Danza del Sol Winery
Mother’s Day Run for the Rose | May 7 | Doors open at 1PM | Wine Club: $12; General: $15 | Celebrate Mother’s Day with us with a Kentucky Derby themed party! | Ticket includes Sparkling greeting. Kentucky Derby hat competition, Charcuterie by V&G Charcuterie, New Rosé Releases, Photo ops & Local vendor shopping | Reservations required RSVP online or with Nathalie n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com or https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/res-405355/Mothers-Day-Run-For-The-Rose.html 

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
Mother’s Day Brunch at Bolero | May 8 | 10:00am – 3:00pm | What mom really wants is what we all want: exquisite food, to spend quality time with loved ones, and the ability to come home to a clean kitchen afterward. Treat mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day Brunch at Bolero Restaurante featuring a create your own crepes station, chilled seafood bar, carving station, and classic Spanish cuisine. Price: $89 adult $44 children | For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802. 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party on the Piazza at Vienza | May 8 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm | Treat mom to an extra special day with our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea party. Delight in delicious baked goods, tea sandwiches, sweet treats, bubbly, and live music from Harpist, Annette Wiles. General Admission: $85 Members: $76.50 Learn more at https://www.europavillage.com/spring-happenings

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Pinnacle | May 8 | 10:00am-3:00pm | Cost is $89.95/person (tax and gratuity not included) Wine Club $79.95/person plus tax and gratuity Children (3-10) $35.50/child++(Wine Club $30.95/child ++); Under 3 is free | Entertainment provided, call for Reservations at 951-676-8231 Ext. 4.

Frangipani Winery
Mother’s Day 3-course seated Dinner & Theater Show | May 8 |Doors open 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm | $75 per person plus tax, presented by Triple Threat Productions featuring songs from the award-winning musical Mamma Mia! | Purchase tickets by May 4 at www.Frangipanievents.com 

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8th | We are offering two seating at 11:00am & 2:00pm | $100 regular tickets /$90WC ($20 child/ $18WC child) | To reserve please visit https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415096/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html 

Monte de Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8 | 4 seating’s offered at 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 1:30pm | For reservations please visit  https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399888/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html 

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | $69 Non-Members – $59 Members – $17 for Children 10 and under | For reservation information please visit https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx 

Peltzer Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Brunch on the Farmstead | May 8th at 10am and 1pm | $75 adults, $45 ages 3-11, 2 and under free | Reservations available on www.peltzerwinery.com  

Wilson Creek Winery
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Creekside Grille | May 8 | 10:00am | Enjoy a plated Sunday brunch at Wilson Creek Winery! | For additional information and to make your reservations please visit www.WilsonCreekWinery.com  


Pan-Seared Salmon with Corn and Poblano Salad

May 2nd, 2022

Pan-Seared Salmon with Corn & Poblano Salad

Wild-caught California salmon is one of the culinary highlights of summer in the Golden State. A fresh corn salad with a Mexican accent is the perfect complement and would be just as compatible with halibut fillets, scallops, or shrimp. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.



  • 2 large poblano or Anaheim chilies 
  • 2 ears yellow corn, husked 
  • 1 cup (40 g) very coarsely chopped cilantro 
  • ½ small red onion, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • Juice of 3 limes, or more to taste 
  • 1 large avocado, ripe but firm, diced 
  • 3 ounces (2/3 cup/85 g) coarsely crumbled queso fresco 
  • Kosher or sea salt 
  • 1 serrano chili, finely minced (optional) 
  •  4 six-ounce (175 g) skin-on salmon fillets 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • Lime wedges for serving 

Serves 6


Make the salad: Preheat the broiler. Put the poblano or Anaheim chilies on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil until blackened on all sides. Let cool, then peel, remove stems and seeds, and dice. Turn the oven to 425°F (220°C). 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Add the corn to the boiling water and boil 30 seconds, then remove the ears with tongs and plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain when cool and pat dry. With a chef’s knife, cut away the kernels. You should have about 2-1/2 cups (350 g). 

In a large bowl, combine the diced poblano or Anaheim chilies, corn, cilantro, red onion, olive oil, and juice of 3 limes. Add the avocado and queso fresco and toss gently.  

Season well with salt and add more lime juice if desired. If the salad is not spicy enough for you, stir in some or all of the minced serrano chili.  

Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a cast-iron skillet and put the skillet in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Season the salmon with salt. Place the fillets in the skillet, skin side down, and bake until they just flake when probed with a paring knife, about 10 minutes.  

Serve salmon immediately with the salad on the side. 

Suggested pairings:

Sweet Oaks ~ 2018 Pinot Noir– This popular wine has hints of ripe raspberries and clove, and mingled with a hint of sweet, new French oak and sagebrush. There’s an intriguing note of crushed spices and pomegranate as well. 

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2019 Pinot Noir- This wine offers beautiful aromas of cranberry and rose petal, red cherry on the palate, and cinnamon bark on the finish.

Callaway Winery ~ 2019 Sauvignon Blanc – Filled with crisp and clean aromas of white nectarine, crunchy pear and honeydew melon the palate is all wrapped up with refreshing lemon grass and fresh herbs.

Danza del Sol~ 2021 Sauvignon Blanc This popular Sauvignon Blanc is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California



April 4th, 2022

Easter brunch place setting

Spring has officially arrived and we’ve got bud break in the vineyards! We invite you to come out to wine country and enjoy Easter Brunch, savor a wine tasting, or simply wind down with a glass of wine.

Altisima Winery
Easter Sunday at Gaspar’s

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Duration: 11:00am – 5:00 pm
Price: A la carte special menu offered.
Reservation Info: Reservations should be made by calling (951) 422-2525 or online at their website of www.altisimawinery.com  for menu information and reservation.

Avensole Winery
Easter Brunch at the Avensole Winery Restaurant

Join us at Avensole Winery Restaurant for our Chef’s special gourmet brunch menu with festive seasonal mimosas!

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Duration: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Menu: Special Easter menu offer. Click here to view menu.

Reservation Info: Reservations recommended online at their website of https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
Easter Brunch at Bolero Restaurante
Easter is just a hop and a skip away! Hop on over to Bolero Restaurante this Easter for a delightful brunch complete with traditional holiday cuisine and other Spanish favorites.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Duration: 10:00am – 3:00 pm

Price: $79 adult, $39 children. Click here to view menu.

Reservation Info: Reservations should be made by calling (951) 414-3802. Learn more at https://www.europavillage.com/spring-happenings/

Falkner Winery
Easter Champagne Brunch at The Pinnacle Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Price: $69.95 per person

Reservation Info: Reservations should be made by calling (951) 676-8231 Ext. 4 or online by clicking here.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Easter Brunch
Join us for our Easter Brunch! Enjoy a brunch buffet, Easter egg hunt, and more! Adult ticket (21+) includes bottomless mimosas! *Limit of 2 hr dining time, menu may vary depending on seating time.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Duration: Two available seating’s at 11am & 2pm

Price: $90 per person (wine club), $100 per person (non wine club members)

Reservation Info: Reservations should be made online by clicking here.


Sheet-Pan Chicken with Chickpeas, Carrots and Lemon

April 4th, 2022

seasoned chicken with vegetables on a sheet-pan

A Moroccan spice rub seasons these chicken thighs, while the chicken flavors the chickpeas and carrots that cook underneath. The cooked lemon slices will be soft and delicious. but you can set them aside if you prefer. Pair with Temecula Valley Zinfandel.


Spice rub: 

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, about 2 pounds (900 g) 
  • 1 can (15 oz/425 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • ½ pound (225 g) carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal 
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced from stem to root 
  • 1 small lemon, halved lengthwise (quartered lengthwise if large), then sliced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup (10 g) coarsely chopped cilantro, plus a few whole leaves for garnish 

Serves 4


In a small bowl, combine the spice rub ingredients. Sprinkle all over the chicken and set aside. 

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a 9 x 12-inch (23 x 30 cm) rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a bowl, combine the chickpeas, carrots, red onion, lemon, garlic, cumin, salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss to mix, then arrange in the baking sheet in an even layer. Arrange the chicken thighs on top, not touching, and drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil on top of each one. 

Bake on a center rack for 40 minutes. With tongs, set the chicken aside on a plate. Add the chopped cilantro to the vegetables and stir to mix and moisten everything with the chicken juices. Remake the bed of vegetables and replace the chicken on top. Bake for 5 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes to allow the chicken juices to settle. Tilt the sheet pan and spoon some of the juices over the chicken. 

Transfer to a serving platter or to individual dinner plates and garnish with cilantro leaves.  

Suggested pairings:

Doffo Winery ~ 2019 Zinfandel This popular Zinfandel is sure to delight the senses with aromas of plum, raspberry, figs, and cherries.

Leoness Cellars ~ 2019 Zinfandel – This wine offers beautiful aromas and flavors of sweet blackberry and boysenberry fruit with hints of vanilla, allspice and black licorice framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Monte de Oro Winery ~ 2016 Zinfandel – This wine initially offers aromas of raspberries and dried cranberries with a transition to spices – pronounced cinnamon and nutmeg with slight smoky oak.

Peltzer Winery ~ 2017 Zinfandel– This wine offers aromas of pomegranate, red cherry, tart raspberry, black pepper.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California


April Winery Events

April 4th, 2022

Spring Picnic

Altisima Winery 
Grand Opening Celebration! | April 9 at 11:00am – 5:00pm | Live entertainment, vendors, great food, and more. Come party with us! | Learn more: https://altisimawinery.com/upcoming-events

Easter Sunday at Gaspar’s | April 17 | 11:00am – 5:00 pm | Special menu offered at Gaspar’s Restaurant for Easter | Please visit www.altisimawinery.com  for menu information and reservation 

Avensole Winery 
Easter Brunch at the Avensole Winery Restaurant | April 17 11:00am-5:00pm | Join us at Avensole Winery Restaurant for our Chef’s special gourmet brunch menu with festive seasonal mimosas! Menu: https://www.avensolewinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Easter-Brunch-Draft-3.9.22.pdf  / Reservations recommended: https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/  

Carter Estate Winery & Resort 
Crêpes & Champagne Sundays | Every Sunday April 3 – May 29th | 11am – 1pm (Not Available Easter Sunday) | Get a taste of France at Carter Estate Winery. Start your day of wine tasting off with one of our delicious sparkling wines, paired with sweet or savory French Crêpes from The Catered Kitchens! No Reservations Required | Please visit our website www.CarterEstateWinery.com  
Danza del Sol Winery 
Blind Tasting Event | April 9 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Do you know your Danza wine? Come and test out your knowledge at our blind tasting event that will be held in our Barrel Room! | Ticket info coming soon! | Reservations Required | RSVP to n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com  

Europa Village Wineries & Resort 
Latin Nights at Bolero | April 5th & April 19th | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | General Admission: $15 (Members $13.50) | Dance the night away at Latin Nights at Bolero! With a variety of Latin music, dance lessons, and select menu offerings, you won’t want to miss out on a spicy evening of fun | Learn more: https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights   

Inspirational Sunrise Service on the Piazza at Vienza | April 17th at 6:00am | Join us at Europa Village for sunrise worship and musical performances with special guest Charles Graham. Admission is free. Breakfast burritos, Pastries, Coffee and Hot Chocolate will be available for purchase.  

Easter Brunch at Bolero Restaurante | April 17 at 10:00am – 3:00 pm | Hop on over to Bolero Restaurante this Easter for a delightful brunch complete with traditional holiday cuisine and other Spanish favorites. Price: $79 adult $39 children | For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802. Learn more at https://www.europavillage.com/spring-happenings/  

Falkner Winery 
Easter Champagne Brunch at The Pinnacle Restaurant | April 17 | $69.95 per person | For reservation and menu information, please visit www.falknerwinery.com/events   

SalsaFama | April 16 | This is a free event! No reservations needed | Salsa class at 1:00pm; Dance, Dance, Dance from 2:00-4:00pm | Beer, wine, frozen margaritas, Sangria and delicious TAP’s Tacos will be available for purchase. *No outside food allowed* Dj Andre SalsaFama will be providing the music and a salsa lesson to start off the day! Seating is first come first served and the yard area will open at noonAll ages are welcome! | Please feel free to call with any questions 951-676-8231 ext. 101. 

Frangipani Winery 
Triple Threat Productions presents Diva’s on Broadway | April 30 | Doors Open 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm | $45 per person plus tax | A night of musical theater entertainment with the valley’s own Diva’s | Purchase tickets by April 28 at www.Frangipanievents.com  

Karaoke Night | April 1s & 15th from 5:30pm-9:30pm | Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean It and Daniels Creperie serving tasty crepes during the night. 

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery 
Murder Mystery Dinner | April 13 7:00pm-9:00pm | I love the 80s to death! | $75 / $67.50WC | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415029/Murder-Mystery-Dinner-2022.html 

Laugh Your Glass Off | April 14 7:00pm-9:00pm | $25 / $22.50WC | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415122/Laugh-Your-Glass-Off.html 

Easter Brunch | April 17 | 2 seating’s at 11am & 2pm | $100 / $90 WC | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-414975/Easter-Brunch.html 

Tribute Thursday- Stevie Nicks Illusion | April 21 | Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm | To make reservations please call 951-694-6699 x109 or visit: https://www.lorimarwinery.com/dining 

Monte de Oro Winery 
Wine Bingo – Baseball Edition! | April 9 | 6:30 – 9:00pm | Join MDO as we celebrate Opening Day weekend for the MLB by repping your favorite team (hat, jersey, etc.)! We’ll be featuring 6 bingo games at this fan favorite event with wine prizes totaling over $1,200 (not counting raffle prizes)! Our Bistro is serving up a “Ballpark” inspired menu for the evening and we’ll have some fun baseball trivia throughout the night as well | Reservations at https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399642/Wine-Bingo-Baseball-Edition.html    

The Essence of Spring Dinner | April 16 | 7:00-10:00pm | Join MDO for a one-of-a-kind dinner experience. Chef Alfred and his team have prepared an exquisite menu that captures the Essence of Spring and celebrates the return of our vines. Each course will be paired with our award-winning wines, hand selected by our team of experts | Reservations at https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399653/The-Essence-Of-Spring-Dinner.html   

Blind Tasting – GSM Blends | April 22 | 6:30 – 8:30pm | We will be sampling offerings from various world-renowned wineries to see how they compare to Monte De Oro’s best GSM vintages. Chef Alfred and team will also be on hand to bring you some culinary creations to pair perfectly with your blind tasting! | Reservations at https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399654/Blind-Tasting-Gsm-Blends.html  

Signature Food & Wine Series | April 24 | 11:30am-1:30pm | Our Signature Food & Wine Series is a culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and guide you through a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine | Reservations at https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399655/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
Blessing of the Vines | Sunday, April 10th | 5:00pm-9:00pm | Five Food & Wine Pairing Stations, Dinner Buffet & Dessert Display, Blessing of the Vines Ceremony & Sparkling Wine Toast. Dance to live music by Anyone’s Guess Band | Reservations at https://www.southcoastwinery.com/blessing  

Wilson Creek Winery 
The Creekside Grille will now be serving Dinner on Friday’s & Saturday’s until 8:00pm, Reservations recommended. Join us for Wilson Creek Golden Hours with live music every Friday night until 8:30pm. For reservations, please visit www.wilsoncreekwinery.com  


Spring Has Sprung in Wine Country. Here’s What’s Happening in Our Vineyards

April 4th, 2022

Spring in the Vineyards

While many view harvest as the most exciting time of year in Wine Country, Spring is also a season worth celebrating as it marks the start of the growing season for the grapevine. After months of chilly weather and bare vines, the first signs of life in the vineyard begin. It’s a beautiful time to be out in Wine Country! Days are getting warmer, and bud burst has begun, marking the official kick-off to an exciting few months, watching grapes go through several stages of growth before being harvested, pressed, and produced into the delicious wines that grace our tables year-round.

“It is bud break in the vineyard, early leaves are emerging after the winter slumber and much-needed rest that all vines require to produce great fruit for great wines,” explains Greg Pennyroyal, Vineyard Manager at Wilson Creek Winery, and Professor of Viticulture at Mt. San Jacinto College. “The vineyards are all starting to develop the beautiful emerald green of early spring.”

“The early ripening white varieties started pushing out around the middle of March, and many more have followed by this time,” continues Baily Winery owner and winemaker Phil Baily. “It’s always exciting to see the dormant vines spring to life, showing little ribbons of green along the vine rows. The next few weeks will see enormous growth, as the vines enter their most photogenic time.  This is a great time to visit us!”

Owner and winemaker Nick Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards compares the coming of Spring to the end of a long, restful sleep: “Our Winter pruning is done, the last of the winter storms have rolled thru (we hope!), the vines are yawning and stretching after their winter slumber, and the first few buds have started to pop. Cold mornings are keeping a few varieties in bed but some of the vineyards are reaching out as we keep a close eye on the weather. Not that we control that! Late frost can really change our growth and production, but we are lucky here in the Temecula Valley as that is rarely a problem.”

Not only are the vineyards vibrant with new life, some of Temecula Valley’s most delicious wines are flowing – bright, crisp white wines made from unique grapes like Albariño, Vermentino, Arneis, and Falanghina, gorgeous sparkling wines made in the same method as some of the best Champagnes, and rosés in all hues from pale salmon to deep magenta. Visitors to Temecula Valley can take in the stunning vineyard views at one of the many outdoor tasting areas, while enjoying the dreamy Southern California Spring weather and sipping a glass or two of world class wines.

Pennyroyal encourages wine and nature enthusiasts to look closely for the flowering taking place on the vines at this time.

“Grape flowers are very subtle, you will see them early in the season looking almost like tiny white stars in a new canopy,” he says. “Before opening up, the flower petals are held shut by a structure called the calyptra, which is like a little tight-fitting hat on the petals of the flowers. If you gently blow on them, they will pop off and float down to earth, a surprisingly entertaining pastime, especially after a glass of wine on of warm spring day.”

But so much more goes into managing our vineyards than meets the eye. They may look like they are thriving on their own; however careful attention must be paid every step of the way in order to ensure Temecula Valley wines maintain the quality levels wine lovers have come to expect when they visit.

“This time of the year the vines are experiencing their fastest growth rate, and rapidly go through the stages of bud break, flowering, fruit set, and then canopy development,” says Pennyroyal. “Just as when your children are going through their growth spurts, nutritional support is key in the vineyard. The rapid vine growth and fruit set require a well-balanced full spectrum of macro and micronutrients.”

And, while all of this work is happening, the countdown to the most exhilarating (and exhausting) time of year in a winemaker’s life – harvest – begins.

“As both a vintner and a winemaker, while many are looking at the vines, I am thinking ahead and already planning for harvest and the cellar space needed in the months to come. Exciting times for sure!” says Palumbo.

We encourage you to get out and about to visit Temecula Valley wineries this time of year. When you go, ask to speak to a winemaker, vineyard manager or worker, or even the knowledgeable tasting room staff. Pick their brain about what is going on in the vineyard right now. A glass of wine tastes so much better when you take the time to understand all that goes into producing it, from vine to grape to cellar to glass.

And, while you’re here, there may even be something more magical happening among the vines.

“There is a newly emerging branch of plant sciences called phytoacoustics, which is the study of plants’ ability to sense sound,” says Pennyroyal. “If this is true, I am confident that after a long winter of being alone the vines would love your company and will be listening for the sounds of laughter. We look forward to seeing you in the vineyard.”


This International Women’s Day, We Celebrate the Inspiring Women of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

March 11th, 2022

Part 2

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country wouldn’t run without the immensely talented women that make the region so special. From tasting room staff, to winemakers and assistant winemakers, to women in leadership, our Wine Country is jam packed with some fierce and fiery female power. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – Tuesday, March 8 – is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” In celebration, we caught up with some of our favorite Wine Country women to and to ask them what this means to them, and learn more about their journey in wine.

These interviews may have been edited for brevity and/or clarity.

Nadia Urquidez, Assistant Winemaker, Doffo Winery

Nadia Urquidez

Born in Ensenada and raised in a small town called San Vicente in Baja California, Mexico, Nadia started as an intern at Doffo Winery as she was completing her degree in Viticulture and Enology. A student of science – Nadia also has a B.S. in chemistry – she fell in love with the process of winemaking. In the following years this passion and knowledge provided opportunities to build her career with Doffo, where she has worked for nearly seven years.

TVWA: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – What does this mean to you?

NU: We need to understand that nothing works better than teamwork. We need more education about respect and values, personal and professional. Educate young people.

This career is made for those who are willing to learn, be disciplined, work hard, and be passionate.

TVWA: What sorts of things do you do to lift other women up and support them personally and/or professionally?

NU: My best teacher is my mom, she has very strong moral values and everything I do and say I often ask myself what my mom would think. 

I am surrounded by amazing women; I always try to encourage all the positive things they want to do, even if it is a small thought. I feel flattered when they ask me for advice. It doesn’t matter if it is personal or professional, I try to be there for them.

TVWA: Tell us something that many people would be surprised to find out about you!  

NU: In my free time I take pole dancing classes!

Maribeth Levine, CEO/Managing Partner, Avensole Winery

Maribeth Levine

Temecula Valley reminded Maribeth of the countrysides of Italy, France, and Austria, where she and her family would travel with their European mother as children. When her brother – Sheldon Lytton – opened up a legal practice in Murietta ten years ago, she would often enjoy a meal or a glass of wine in Wine Country when she would visit him. She fell in love with the region, and ultimately pursued her dream of owning a family winery, naming it Avensole – a word meaning “adventure” and “one of a kind.”

TVWA: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – What does this mean to you?

ML: Everyone deserves to be treated as equals and to become the best version of themselves. Empowering women is essential to society’s sustainability.

TVWA: What sorts of things do you do to lift other women up and support them personally and/or professionally?

ML: In managerial positions, women are often overlooked (even today). Most of our managers are, by design, women. I believe women are generally reliable and intuitive and use those traits well in business. Our primarily female organization has been a crucial element in the success of Avensole.

TVWA: Tell us something that many people would be surprised to find out about you!

ML: I am a Julliard trained pianist! I also have two adorable city-turned-wine-country dogs who love to help me keep up with the vineyards and the property. 

Christine Mosco, Tasting Room & Wine Cub Manager, Avensole Winery

Christine Mosco

Christine spent many weekends in Temecula, loving it so much that she finally moved to the region nearly a year ago. She first studied and fell in love with wine while pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After many years working in resorts, hospitality, and entertainment, she refocused her career in wine, moving up North to work in Napa. However, missing her SoCal family proved to be tough, so she landed herself a job in Temecula, and hasn’t looked back.

TVWA: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – What does this mean to you?

CM: To me, this means that we are laying the groundwork today for not only ourselves, but future generations. The quest for gender equality does not happen overnight- it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

TVWA: What sorts of things do you do to lift other women up and support them personally and/or professionally?

CM: My favorite thing to do is support local businesses, and it’s a bonus when they’re run by women! The number one thing you can do to support is not just to show up, but then to talk about it with others! Word of mouth spreads so quickly these days. We talk about that in a negative connotation most of the time- but it can also be a good thing!

TVWA: Tell us something that many people would be surprised to find out about you!

CM: I have a creative side, and I do calligraphy for my Etsy shop!

Michelle Vazquez, Administrative Assistant and Server, Akash Winery & Vineyards

Michelle Vazquez

“The 2020 pandemic challenged us all in so many ways,” says Michelle, who talks about her journey to Temecula Valley. Her childhood friend encouraged her to look for opportunities right in her backyard of Temecula Valley, after working through multiple retail jobs. Armed with a retail background and an appreciation of wine, she kicked off her wine career at South Coast in June of 2020. She has pursued multiple wine certifications and is now at Akash Winery & Vineyards where she is trying to learn as much of the business as possible. “The year will mark two years in the industry,” she says. “And I am loving every moment of it!”

TVWA: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – What does this mean to you?

MV: Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow means to me that in order for us to advance and adapt to tomorrow’s unknown, we must have a seat for all folks at the table. When we include both women, non-binary, and transgender folks into spaces predominately occupied by men, we are expanding the possibility by bringing in the perspective of folks from different lived experiences. 

TVWA: What sorts of things do you do to lift other women up and support them personally and/or professionally?

MV: The best way I try to uplift my community (women, gender non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC folks) is by redistributing wealth, knowledge, and resources. As a queer Chicana, it is already rare to see representation within the industry; so, as I advance my way through my career, I do my best in redistributing knowledge to my community – such as leading study nights, and sharing books and videos with women in the industry. Through communication from word-of-mouth to social media, I highlight women-owned wineries and spread the word of changemakers. Lastly, I love to purchase wines from women-owned/managed brands. Directly in Temecula Valley, I have a group of women I have wine nights with to create space for them to share, learn, and grow together; because when we grow, our community grows.

TVWA: Tell us something that many people would be surprised to find out about you!

MV: Aside from my work in wine, I also am an energy worker. This means I love to connect with people on a spiritual basis through the art of Tarot reading. I connect with folks to messages from loved ones that crossed over, spirit guides, and the higher consciousness, to bring in clarity in the present moment.

Jessica Nielsen, Wedding & Event Director, Avensole Winery

Jessica Nielsen

Jessica is a true Temecula local, having lived in the region for the past two decades. She got her start in the wedding business working with her mother, Annette, who shared her wealth of experience. Jessica says that learning from her mom and launching a solo career 10 years ago has been “a magnificent journey.”

TVWA: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – What does this mean to you?

JN: If we work to create gender equality now, future generations will have bigger and brighter ideas. Not giving talented people a seat at the table because of their gender only hurts ourselves. Talented, wonderful people come from all backgrounds.

TVWA: What sorts of things do you do to lift other women up and support them personally and/or professionally?

JN:Professionally I spend a tremendous amount of time with my team regarding our mindset. It’s about growth and achieving our goals. It’s about bringing quality that hasn’t been seen before.

Personally I emphasize to all the women in my life the importance of a proper diet and exercise. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re probably not performing at your highest level. Whether it’s sharing a podcast I just listened to or a new workout class I’ve joined, all the people in my life know I’m about growth.

TVWA: Tell us something that many people would be surprised to find out about you!

JN: My husband and I own 59 rental units between California and Arizona!


March Winery Events

March 2nd, 2022

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Cougar’s St. Paw-dy’s Day
| March 18 from 3:00pm-6:00pm | Come and join in the St. Patrick’s Day theme fun!  On site pet adoptions, dog themed vendors and more!  Check https://cougarwinery.com/events/ for more details closer to the date | Cost: Bag of unopened dog food, new dog toys, dog treats or other dog items |
RSVP: k9@CougarWinery.com or 951.767.8529

Danza del Sol Winery
Cornhole Tournament
| March 5th at 11am – 4pm in the Barrel Room | Join us for our first ever Cornhole Tournament. Free to spectate. Wine | Beer | Lawn Games | Live Music | & more! Wine Club: $30 +tax | General: $35 +tax Sign up a team! https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/res-405211/Cornhole-Tournament.html RSVP to n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com

Bud Break Social & Tour Event | March 6th @ 11:30am. Walking Tour of the vineyard & winery with our Director of Hospitality and level one sommelier, Walter Carter. Wine Club: $15 | General: $20 https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/res-405213/Bud-Break-Social.html

Spring-Up Dinner | Saturday, March 19th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the clubhouse Sparkling Reception: 6:30PM Recognizing women’s history month, come experience the talents of Chef Jillian Fae and Chef Kaci Goff of Wolf and Woman Pop Up. Wine Club Members: $110 +tax | General: $125 +tax Reservations Required. https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/res-405263/Springup-Dinner.html RSVP to n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com

Doffo Winery
Dinner with the Doffo’s | March 5 at 6:30p | $89pp
Moto Grand Prix of Qatar at Doffo | March 6 from- 9am-11am
Moto Grand Prix of Indonesia | March 20 from 9am-11am
For information on these individual events and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.doffowines.com

Frangipani Winery
Threat Productions present a night of entertainment with Elvis & Friends
| March 12 | Doors open at 6:30pm show at 7:00pm | $45 per person includes ticket to show, buffet dinner, glass of wine | Reservations required, please visit www.frangipanievents.com for when tickets become available
Longshadow Ranch Winery
Join us for the following events – Friday Night Flights – Wine & Food pairings in the Lodge. Bonfire Saturday Nights – Wine, BBQ, and Live Music at private fire tables. Sunday Brunch starting at 11am. For information on all these activities please visit our website at www.longshadowranchwinery.com for reservations and pricing.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Dinner and Live Music Thursday nights from 6-9pm |
March 31 from 7:00pm-10:00pm | The Killer Dueling Pianos | Cost: $30 / $27 for Wine Club Members | To reserve: https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-414874/The-Killer-Dueling-Pianos.html

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Fat Tuesday on Friday
| March 4 | Extended hours 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Live music by Little A & The All-Nighters / Food truck available from 3pm-5pm.
The Crepe Escape | March 23 | 11am – 1pm | Crepe demonstration & sampling      
For details & reservations for above events please visit: www.masiadelavinya.com/events

Sweet Oaks Winery
Welcoming ‘Bring your own picnic’ through Spring. Wine-tastings by reservations only at $35pp.Thurs.-Sun. Reservation times are for 11a,1p, 3p and 5p. Book directly on www.sweetoaks.com or call 951.414.5178

Thornton Winery
Friday Night Live Music Series | Join us for live music every Friday. General Admission is first come, first serve basis. Ticketed Friday concerts offer food & beverage; price varies. Non-ticketed concerts require a minimum $20 per person purchase of food & beverage | For a list of concert performers and to purchase your tickets in advance visit www.thorntonwine.com Ticket price at the door if available will be $5 more.

Wiens Family Cellars
Tour of Italy Dinner
| March 11 from 7 to 10 pm | Enjoy the gastronomical delights of Italy. We will pair five varietal wines with delicious dishes. Space is limited!  | For more information visit https://www.wienscellars.com/winery-events or call 951-694-9892

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