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Father’s Day in Wine Country

June 1st, 2023

Summertime kicks off with a number of exciting events to celebrate Dad at your favorite Temecula wineries! From Father’s Day BBQs and brunches – you’ll find a handsome way to say “thank you” to that special father in your life.

Danza del Sol Winery 

Father’s Day: Tap Tailgate Takeover | June 18th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm | Danny’s BBQ, Lawn Games, Beer Tasting & More 

Europa Village

Father’s Day BBQ Beer Brunch | June 18th | 10:00am-3:00pm 

Frangipani Estate Winery

Father’s Day BBQ | June 18th | serving Crittle’s BBQ | 11:30-5:00pm | Live Music with Five Mountain Day Band 1-5pm 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Father’s Day | June 18th | 11:00am-5:00pm | $7 pints of beer, food truck | non-ticketed.  

Peltzer Family Cellars 

Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament | June 18th | 9am-2pm | Grab your crew and create your team because it’s time to gear up for the fourth annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes| All ages |  For more info and tickets, please visit https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/ticketed-events.  


6 Totally Surprising Temecula Valley Wines for Sipping This Summer

June 1st, 2023

We all love a good summer wine guide, especially as the weather warms up, pool floaties come out, and our social media feeds overflow with colorful photos of people living their best life, delicious looking tipples in-hand. But this summer, we want to take it a bit further, and encourage you to 1) drink local, and 2) get out of your comfort zone!

With that in mind, we asked Temecula Valley winemakers what their perfect summer wines are, using some of the weird and wonderful grapes that shine in our Southern California wine country. The result? A comprehensive summer sipping guide to help you select something tasty – and unique – from your favorite Temecula Valley wineries for these warmer months…and beyond.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2022 Vermentino – Dos Fernando’s Vineyard, Temecula Valley, $30

“Vermentino is the absolute perfect summer wine,” says Olivia Bue, winemaker for Robert Renzoni Vineyards. “It’s a thin-skinned white variety that thrives in warmer climate regions. It can handle drought and is a late-ripening grape, so it really has time to develop those dense flavors on the vine.”

If you love bright, crisp white wines like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino is a great alternative. “Its minerality, light citrus notes like lemongrass and mandarin, and the unique oily texture make it a standout and the perfect bridge between Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay,” adds Olivia. “Light bodied, yet complex.”

While Vermentino is a versatile wine when it comes to pairings, it’s particularly good with pesto or seafood pasta. Olivia recommends artichokes as well.

Leoness Cellars Cellar Selection 2018 Cinsaut, Temecula Valley, $30

“This is a big, fleshy grape with a fairly thick skin that is somewhat drought resistant, so it’s well-suited to our often dry growing season,” says Leoness winemaker Tim Kramer. “It produces large grape clusters with lots of red cherry flavors, making it a great lighter-bodied red wine. As a side note, we also use this variety for our Port-style wine, and it works wonderfully, letting those bright red fruit aromas and flavors shine, while providing the complexity of a traditional port wine.”

Cinsaut (sometimes spelled “Cinsault”) is one of the grapes often found in small percentages in blends from France’s Rhône Valley, as well as in some French rosés. It’s rarely found as a varietal wine. However, in the hands of Temecula Valley winemakers, it shines on its own. The addition of a small time in neutral French oak barrels for this particular bottling adds body and complexity, while still allowing the fruit to show through.

It’s also a leaner, fresher wine, which makes it a great red wine for summer. “Since our Cinsaut is made in a lighter style, the fruitiness of the varietal really stands out, giving the wine a refreshing character on a hot day,” says Tim. “It can be served slightly chilled as well and will still deliver fresh red cherries on the palate.”

This summer, you can pop a bottle of this with just about anything, but Tim swears by classic BBQ: “Smoked pulled pork topped with blue cheese coleslaw on a Hawaiian roll paired with our Cinsaut is magic!”

Peltzer Winery 2022 Albariño, Temecula Valley

“The cooling effect that pours over the valley floor of Temecula allows us to grow some other varieties not common in California,” says Marcel Velasco, Peltzer Winery’s Cellar Master. “The thicker skins of Albariño protect against the heat swells, and careful canopy management can help produce a white wine that boasts both body and acidity.”

While Albariño is most widely associated with the Rías Baixas region of northwestern Spain, it is grown throughout the world in places like Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho, Uruguay, and, of course, California, where it tends to be fuller bodied and plush, but still crisp and refreshing. “The best wines on a hot day usually have one thing in common – acid,” says Moriah Wilson, operations and marketing manager for Peltzer Winery. “Produced in a warmer climate style, our 2022 Albariño features those ripe stone fruit notes with light floral aromatics. The bright acidity saturates the palate with notes of ruby grapefruit with slight minerality on the finish.” 

According to Moriah, this warm-weather sipper pairs beautifully with watermelon and tomato salad, fish tacos, creamy to mid-texture cheeses, or just by itself on a summer day. 

Churon Winery 2022 Ruby Rosé, Temecula Valley, $33

This juicy wine is made from estate Ruby Cabernet – a grape that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan – produced like a white wine. Churon’s winemaker Benny Rodriguez used a light touch when pressing, so as not to extract too much color. The wine was cold fermented to preserve the fruit flavors, and left with 2% residual sugar, giving it just enough sweetness to make it a fun, easy-drinking summer rosé.

“Ruby Cabernet was specifically developed for warmer climates, hence its ability to grow very well in the Temecula Valley,” says Benny. “It has good resistance to heat while still producing fruity wines similar to Cabernet Sauvignon.”

While dry rosés abound, this one has that hint of sweetness that gives it a distinct Jolly Rancher vibe. “Rosé on a summer’s day is as natural as a splash in the pool,” says Benny. “The wine is sweet and fruity with a berry taste that is nice and refreshing in the summer.”

Sweet wines are actually wonderfully food-friendly. Try this one with fresh fruit topped with a dash of salty-spicy (and seriously addictive) Tajín seasoning, a fruit dessert, salty cheeses, spicy BBQ dishes, or a veggie pesto flatbread.

Avensole Winery 2021 Dry Muscat Canelli, Temecula Valley, $34

Visitors to Temecula Valley will readily find the aromatic Muscat Canelli in tasting rooms. “Even though it is a very delicate variety which has sensitive skin to sun exposure, as long as we have good canopy management and shade, this variety shines with the heat of Temecula Valley, expressing its varietal characteristics of floral and tropical aromas,” says Avensole’s winemaker, Renato Saís. “It must be picked early so it can be produced to its full potential.”

The Muscat grape is one of the oldest grape varieties being grown to produce wine, appearing all over the world for centuries. It can be used to make sweet, dry, sparkling, and dessert wines. “Our Dry Muscat Canelli’s floral aromas, fruity flavors, balanced acidity, and refreshing finish make it an ideal choice for summer sipping,” says Renato.

Perfect for fresh summer cuisine, Renato suggests pairing this with herb and almond-crusted Mahi Mahi with poblano and cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, and picked micro-radish. If he’s not coming over to cook that for you, pop a bottle of Muscat Canelli with just about any exotic or spicy Asian cuisine for a match made in heaven.  

Cougar Vineyard and Winery Estate Falanghina, Temecula Valley, $29

No need to master the pronunciation of this white grape, originally hailing from southern Italy. All you need to know is that it produces gorgeous, bright, full-bodied white wines with great intensity of flavor and juicy acidity.

“We produce our 100% Falanghina using slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks to maintain the fruit characteristics of the wine,” says Cougar’s owner and winemaker Rick Buffington. “This grape thrives in Temecula because it likes the heat and the dry, warm climate, well-draining decomposed granite soil, and cool nights.”

Falanghina could very well become your new house white wine this summer. “The high acidity and low pH make for a crisp, dry, refreshing sipper,” says Rick.

Pair this wine with fish, oysters, or chili-lime grilled shrimp. According to Rick, “You can’t wrong with any seafood.”

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2017 Due Rossi, Temecula Valley, $56

A blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot that owners Nick and Cindy Palumbo have been producing for years, this wine was inspired by their trip to the Tuscan region of Italy back in 2002. “The wine region just south of Sienna is known for Brunello Di Montalcino, AKA Sangiovese wines from this specific region,” says Nick. “We sourced cuttings for our own vineyards from this region specifically because I found myself thinking, ‘I feel like I’m at work’ when I looked over the vineyards in that area, as it reminded me of our home in Temecula Wine Country. In fact, after a day or two in the region, we headed to the Northern lakes of Italy to actually feel like we were on vacation!”

While this is a relatively full-bodied red, it nevertheless goes down easy in the warmer months, and is great for a wide range of classic summer dishes from the grill. “Summer means complex but easy-drinking wines and this wine gives you both,” continues Nick. “It is a ‘big’ enough wine to stand up to hearty dishes and has the complexity to impress even the most discerning palate but is as smooth as a breeze by the ocean.”

A great grilling wine, Nick suggests pairing this one with cool friends and hot pastrami. “Or fire up the BBQ, grill a porterhouse and some veggies, then jump in the pool.”


June Winery Events

June 1st, 2023

Akash Winery & Vineyards 

Pizza Making class | June 4th | 11:30am or 2:30pm | Make pizzas with Bocconcini Pizza Company | $90 per guest  

Laughs by the Glass Comedy Show | June 9th | Doors at 6:15pm, show at 7pm | GA Tickets $25 / Reserved Seating $40  

Altisima Winery 

Wounded Bomb Technician Fundraiser Dinner | June 16th | 6:30 – 10pm | $150 per person | For reservations and more info: https://altisimawinery.com/events/eod-gala-fundraiser/ 

Avensole Winery 

Monroe & Co. Designs Pop-Up Permanent Jewelry | June 25th | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm| For more information visit:  https://www.avensolewinery.com/music-and-events/

Bel Vino Winery 

The Cult, Greenday, and U2 Tribute Concert. | June 16th | 6:00pm-10:00pm.| For tickets and more information visit: https://www.heyday.com/event-details/awesome-80s-hella-90s-fest-2  

Cougar Vineyard & Winery 

Yappy Hour | June 25th | 2:00pm – 5pm| On-site adoptions, sip and shop, food, trainers and grooming available. 

Danza del Sol Winery 

Sangria Summer | June 10th | 11:00am – 8:00pm |Music on property from 5PM – 8PM | Taco Truck  

Sunday Brunch | Jue 11th | 11:30am – 3:00pm | Buffet Brunch begins at 12:00pm | Bottomless Mimosas Add-on ($12 Member | $25 Non-Member) $35 Member $40 Non-Member | Ticket includes a sparkling greeting + 3 new release pairings & buffet brunch  

Father’s Day: Tap Tailgate Takeover | June 18th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm | Danny’s BBQ, Lawn Games, Beer Tasting & More 
Doffo Winery 

Sip & Shop Vendor Market | June 4th | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Discover artisanal goods from talented local artists while savoring a glass of your favorite Doffo wine | Free to attend; no tickets required | More info: 

9th Annual Caselli MotoDoffo Fundraiser | June 10th | 4:00pm – 10:00pm | Join us for a night of fun with your motorcycle family | Live music by the talented ThoseGuysBand | Silent auction and raffle, vendors, food, drinks, the KCF presentation, a photobooth, and a kid’s activity area |  $25 pre-sale general admission tickets come with a free commemorative KC66 Wine Glass (while supplies last) | Kids 12 and under are free! 

MotoGP Viewing (Grand Prix of Italy) | June 11th | 9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen at Doffo Winery | Breakfast burritos for purchase; coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. Free admission: RSVP preferred. https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Rock the Vines Concert Series – Brian Jones Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival | June 17th  | 6:30pm-10:00pm | Featuring classic deep rock covers from Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and more | Tickets start at $29 with all reserved seating and VIP options that include food and wine |  Food truck and cash bar for additional purchases. | Ages 21+ only | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doffo-winerys-summer-concert-series-brian-jones-rock-n-roll-revival-tickets-499016771597 

MotoGP Viewing (Grand Prix of Germany) | June 18th | 9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen at Doffo Winery | Breakfast burritos for purchase; coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. | Free admission; RSVP preferred. https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Rock the Vines Concert Series – Young Guns Country Tribute | June 24th | 6:30pm-10:00pm | Featuring modern Country hits by Young Guns, with songs from bands like Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, Dierks Bently, George Strait, Blake Shelton and more | Tickets start at $29 with all reserved seating and VIP options that include food and wine | Food truck and cash bar for additional purchases | Ages 21+ only | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doffo-winerys-summer-concert-series-young-guns-country-tribute-band-tickets-499065627727 

MotoGP Viewing (Assen TT) | June 25th | 9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen at Doffo Winery | Breakfast burritos for purchase; coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys | Free admission; RSVP preferred. https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Europa Village 

Fiesta Del Sol | June 9th | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Member Event – $25.00| For reservations and more information visit: https://shop.europavillage.com/product/Fiesta-Del-Sol-2023  

Father’s Day BBQ Beer Brunch | June 18th | 10:00am-3:00pm 

Fazeli Cellars 

Elvis Tribute Concert | June 10th | 6pm-10pm, Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm with open seating on a first come first serve basis | Food and drinks available for purchase – FULL BAR | $35 non-member, $25 members | 21+ only | Purchase tickets here: https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-394228/Elvis-Tribute-Concert.html 

Foot Path Winery 

Tim Cash Concert and Dinner | June 24th | 6:00pm | Featuring music from Tim Cash and Italian food | $45 / $40 members | Ticket includes a glass of wine, food & music | RSVP to 951-265-9951 or deanefoote@verizon.net 

Frangipani Estate Winery 

Karaoke Night | June 16th | 5:30-9:00pm | Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean It | Food available for purchase with Daniel’s Creperie 3:30-8:30pm  

Father’s Day BBQ | June 18th | serving Crittle’s BBQ | 11:30-5:00pm | Live Music with Five Mountain Day Band 1-5pm 

Lorimar Winery 

SOTO Band | June 4th | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | $24.00 – $80.00 VIP & General Admission tickets  

Laugh Your Glass Off | June 15th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Father’s Day | June 18th | 11:00am-5:00pm | $7 pints of beer, food truck | non-ticketed.  

Salsa Night at Masia | June 24th | 6:30pm | Enjoy an evening of instructor lead salsa dancing, Brew Boyz Tacos, Sangria Flights & Pitchers available for purchase | $28 per person. 

Monte de Oro Winery 

Wine Bingo | June 2nd 6:30-9pm | Featuring 6 bingo games at this fan favorite event with wine prizes totaling over $1,200 (not counting raffle prizes) | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-402343/Wine-Bingo.html  

Block Party | June 23rd | 6:00 – 9:00pm | Live Music featuring The Moon Colony, Beer, Bistro, Wine Specials, Yard Games | Free Admission 

Signature Food & Wine Series | June 25th | 11:30am-1:00pm | Food and wine experts put together a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award winning wine | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-402406/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html  

Wine Bingo | June 30th | 6:30-9pm | Featuring 6 bingo games at this fan favorite event with wine prizes totaling over $1,200 (not counting raffle prizes) Tickets coming soon! 

Peltzer Family Cellars 

The Killer Dueling Pianos | June 8th | 6-9pm | Join us on the Farmstead for an interactive dueling piano performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos | 21+ Only | Tickets are $55 each |  For more info, please visit:  https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/ticketed-events.  

Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament | June 18th | 9am-2pm | Grab your crew and create your team because it’s time to gear up for the fourth annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes| All ages |  For more info and tickets, please visit https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/ticketed-events.  

Hog The Mic Night | June 22nd | 6-9pm | Join us for a night of traditional rockin’ karaoke in the Crush House with Lillian Thomas Karaoke. | 21+only | Open event 

Ponte Winery 
Members Only BBQ Event | June 24th | 5:00 – 9:00pm | Country Band with BBQ paired with Estate wine 

Thornton Winery 

Champagne Jazz SeriesChris Botti | June 4th | 7:00pm-10:00pm | General Admission – $120 | Tickets & More Information: https://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-jazz-series-concert/chris-botti-june-4/ 

Champagne Jazz Series – Brian McKnight  | June 18th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $11, Gourmet Supper Package – $210 | Tickets & More Information:https://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-jazz-series-concert/brian-mcknight-june-18/ 

Friday Night Live Music – Led Zepagain | June 16th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35, Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information:https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/led-zepagain-june-16/ 

Friday Night Live Music – The Eagles & Ronstadt Experience | June 23rd | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35, Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More information:https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/eagles-ronstadt-experience-june-23/ 

Friday Night Live Music – Brothers Igniting a Groove | June 30th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35 |  Tickets & More Information: https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/big-june-30/ 
Wiens Family Cellars 

New Country Night Out Concert | June 24th | Doors open at 5:30pm/ Show starts at 7pm | featuring Redneck Rodeo | Tickets start at $15 | To purchase tickets & more info visit https://newcountrynightout.com/.  


Beef Empanadas

May 31st, 2023

While the origin of this wholesome-filled pastry is up for much debate, if you’re ever looking for a perfect meal wrapped in dough, the empanada is the way to go. We’ve paired ours with a California Cabernet Sauvignon, and it would pair nicely with a California Zinfandel as well. Whether you’re looking for a fun weeknight meal or something to make in large batches for friends and family, this recipe has you covered. If you’re short on time, feel free to substitute making the dough from scratch with empanada dough, puff pastry, or even pizza dough. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yield: 6 ServingsPrep: 50 minutes | Cook: 30 minutesTotal Time: 80 minutes


For the filling:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium Spanish onion finely diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ cup old cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • 1 room-temperature large egg
  • ¾ cup cold beef stock or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 egg to use for sealing and brushing the empanadas


  • Start by making the dough. If you’re using any of the above substitutes, skip steps 2 through 4.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper and mix until fully incorporated and crumbly.
  • In a separate bowl, combine stock or water with one room-temperature egg and mix.
  • Add to the first bowl and mix until the dough ball is formed. Place in refrigerator for 30-60 mins. to chill before using.
  • For the filling, heat the oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Once hot add the ground beef and cook for 5 to 7 min or until mostly cooked.
  • Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper, jalapeno, and tomato paste, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on medium heat until fully cooked.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • While the filling cools, roll out the dough and prep it to be filled. Cut into approx. 6-8” circles.
  • Once the meat mixture is cooled, add the cheese and cilantro and mix together.
  • In a small separate bowl whisk the egg.
  • Place about ½ cup of the filling into the center of each empanada and then brush the outer rim with the egg wash.
  • Fold the dough over to create half-moons. Using a fork, pinch the edges together to seal them. Brush the tops with the remaining egg wash.
  • Bake on a lined cookie sheet at 350 F for 20 min or until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite hot sauce, salsa, and sour cream!

Suggested Wines:

Miramonte Winery ~ 2018 Cabernet SauvignonThis wine has delicious notes of dark cherry, black plum, bell pepper, and black currant with a sleek finish

Masia de la Vinya ~ 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon This wine offers delicious aromas and notes.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2019 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon This wine delicious notes of red plum and cherry with subtle black pepper, blended with dark, dried cherries on the finish

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Hall of Fame Inductee and Scholarship Award Recipients

May 2nd, 2023

Hall of Fame Inductee

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) introduced the first TVWA Hall of Fame inductees at the 31st Annual Grape Day conference on April 21, 2016 at South Coast Winery in Temecula, California. Induction into the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Hall of Fame is granted to individuals who are no longer active in the Industry and who’ve made extraordinary contributions to furthering the reputation and prestige of the Temecula Valley appellation and its wines.

John and Martha Culbertson were recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 38th Annual Grape Day Conference held in April. The Culbertson’s founded Culbertson Winery in the 1980s (now known as Thornton Winery). The winery was very successful and produced some amazing sparking wines. At the time, their winemaker Jon McPherson, now the winemaker at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Carter Estate, made delicious wines that received many accolades. At one point in time, the Culbertson’s had the opportunity to serve their sparkling wine at two White House State dinners in the late 1980s, and became the official wine for the American Orient Express Train.

Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipients

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is proud to honor and recognize the children of our vineyard and winery employees. In 2023, the Association announced its Hall of Fame Scholarship Program. This scholarship program was available to 2023 graduating high school seniors whose parents or guardians were employed by a TVWA vineyard or winery. Scholarships were awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, & community involvement. We’re excited to announce that we’ve awarded two high school students with a $5,000 award each to apply to their four-year college tuition and expenses. Congratulations to Peyton Hahn and Sarah Wilson for being this year’s scholarship awardees.


Almond Meringue Torte with Strawberries and Ricotta Cream

May 2nd, 2023

Like strawberry shortcake but more elegant, this layered dessert needs to rest for a few hours before slicing to soften the crunchy meringue. It keeps for about a day so you can serve half for dinner and enjoy the other half for a decadent breakfast the next morning. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Muscat.



  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 tablespoons (45 g) finely ground toasted almonds (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour

  • ¾ pound (350 g) whole-milk ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy cream, whipped to firm peaks
  • ¾ pound (350 g) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground raw (unroasted) pistachios, for garnish
  • Mint sprig and sliced strawberry, optional garnish

Serves 8

Make the meringue: Preheat two ovens to 350°F (180°C) or position two racks in the upper third and bottom third of one oven. Line two heavy rimmed baking sheets with parchment and trace three 7-1/2-inch (19-cm) circles on the paper in pencil, two circles on one sheet and one on the other. Flip the parchment over so the macaroon batter will not touch the pencil marks.

In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, whip the egg whites and salt on medium-high speed until foamy. Add the sugar gradually, then the almond extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then raise the speed to high and whip until the sugar has completely dissolved and the meringue stands in firm peaks when the whisk is lifted.

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Gently fold in the almonds, then the butter, then the flour.

Divide the mixture evenly among the traced circles and spread into evenly thick 7-1/2-inch (19-cm) rounds. Bake until golden-brown and no longer sticky to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes. If you are using one oven, shift the position of the baking sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and lift the parchment sheets onto a cooling rack. When the meringue tortes are completely cool, carefully peel away the parchment. Don’t worry if they stick a little bit.

Make the filling: In a food processor, blend the ricotta, sugar, brandy, and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and gently fold in the whipped cream.

In a bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, and brandy. Toss gently and let stand 5 minutes.

Place one meringue on a cake stand or platter that will fit in the refrigerator. Top with one-third of the ricotta filling, spreading it evenly to the edges. Arrange half of the berries in an even layer on top of the ricotta. Top with another and half of the remaining ricotta filling, spreading it to the edges. Top the ricotta with the remaining berries in an even layer, then place the third macaroon on top. Spread the remaining ricotta filling on top of the torte, then cover with a cake dome and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Just before serving, garnish the top with the ground pistachios and, if desired, with a mint sprig and sliced strawberry.

NOTE: Toast whole raw almonds in a 325°F (160°C) oven until golden inside, about 25 minutes. Let cool, then grind fine in a nut grinder or food processor.

Suggested Wines:

Thornton Winery~ 2021 Muscat Typical lovely Muscat aromas of white flowers (citrus blossoms, mild honeysuckle), pineapple, blood orange, and lemon verbena.

Callaway Winery ~ 2021 Muscat – This wine has rich perfumed notes of honey, jasmine, pear blossom, cantaloupe, white peach, and a hint of spicy nutmeg

Vitagliano Winery ~ 2021 Muscat – This wine delicious notes of tropical fruit and honeysuckle

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


May Winery Events

May 2nd, 2023

Akash Winery & Vineyards 

Mother’s Day Italian Pig Roast | May 14th | 2:30 pm | An array of Italian delicacies, the interactive cooking of a slow-roasted pig, freshly made Sardinian pasta, rosemary focaccia, and Italian sweets are on the menu | $149 per adult, with children under 12 receiving a free cheese pizza (up to two per party) | For reservations and more information:  https://shop.akashwinery.com/product/Mothers-Day-2023  

Avensole Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | 10:00am – 5:00pm | For reservations and more information: https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/.  
Bel Vino Winery 
Sublime/Bob Marley Tribute Concert | May 12th | 6pm-10pm | Tickets at: https://www.heyday.com/event-details/bob-marley-sublime-tribute-show  

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch at Meritage | May 14th | A LA Carte Menu.  

Under The Callaway Sun | May 20th | 6:30pm to 9:00 pm | Italian Themed Date Night | Wine paired, three course dinner. Chef presentation | Tickets: Gen Pub: $125 per person, Wine Club $112.50 | Tickets purchased at callawaywinery.com  

Cougar Vinyard & Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | Seatings at 11am., 12:30pm and 2pm.| Click here for more info

Yappy Hour | May 21st | 2:00pm – 5pm| On-site adoptions, raffles, Dog Deli (and people) menu, vendors. 

Churon Inn & Winery 
Succulent Birdhouse Class | May 11th | 4-6pm | Create your own succulent arrangement on a birdhouse that can also be used as a real birdfeeder | Tickets $50 member, $55 non-member and include 1 glass of wine each | For reservations and more information: https://shop.innatchuronwinery.com/res-436831/Succulent-Workshop.html.   

Mothers Day Champagne Breakfast & Craft Fair |  May 14th | Breakfast 8am-12pm | Craft Fair 12-5pm | Tickets $22 adults, $22 kids and includes a complete breakfast and 1 Mimosa | Each additional Mimosa is only $5 | For reservations and more information:  https://shop.innatchuronwinery.com/res-436832/Mothers-Day-Champagne-Breakfast.html.  

Danza del Sol Winery 
Cinco de Mayo | May 5th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm. | Wine & Tacos with RNG Tacos | Sauvignon Blanc Day Celebration, bottle specials.   

Run For The Rose | May 6th | 1:00pm-4:30pm.| Shop + Eat + Taste: Sample Rosés | Local Vendor Shops, Derby Hat Competitions, Raffles, Food Truck, Special Guests, live viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Complimentary Admission!  

Mother’s Day | May 14th | 11:00 am – 2:00pm.| Complimentary Mimosas for Mom & Food Truck

Doffo Winery 
MotoGP Viewing (Grand Prix of France) | May 14th | 9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen at Doffo Winery | Breakfast burritos for purchase, coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys | Free admission; RSVP preferred.| For more information: https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Moms + Mimosas | May 14th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Join us on our Vineyard Piaza for a charcuterie grazing table, mimosa and sangria bar, and coffee cart. | Live DJ and photobooth | Tickets include choice of 2 mimosas or sangria and charcuterie grazing table | 21+ only | Tickets on sale April 17 

Europa Village 
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party | May 13th | 12 pm – 3 pm | Location: C’est la Vie | Delight in delicious baked goods, tea sandwiches, sweet treats, bubbly, and live music. | $85 per person | $76.50 for Members For tickets: https://shop.europavillage.com/product/Mother-s-Day-Afternoon-Tea-Party-2023  

Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Location: Bolero Restaurante | 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 | $89 adult | $39 child Members: $80.10 adult | $35.10 child | For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802. 

Falkner Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th |10am-3pm | For details and availability: https://falknerwinery.com/events/.    

Wine Appreciation Class | May 20th | 10am-12:30pm | $75 per person | For details and availability: https://falknerwinery.com/events/

Frangipani Estate Winery 
Lumpia Day | May 11th | 1-6pm | Featuring Urbn Market Fusion  

Tasty Crepes featuring Daniels Creperie | May 13 | 11:30-5pm | Live Music with Billy Fedak 2-5pm  

Mother’s Day Brunch | | May 14th | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Catered by Vineyard Gourmet Catering | For details visit Frangipanievents.com or call winery at 951-699-8845 

Karaoke Night | May 19 | 5:30-9pm | Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean It | Daniels Creperie serving tasty crepes from 3:30-9pm  

Friday Fusion Food | May 26th | 12-6pm | Featuring Tisoy Curryatives  and live music with Toasted Oak from 3-6pm   

Food vendor Seafood Shack | May 27th | 12-5pm | Live Music with Billy Fedak 2-5pm  

Jimmy & TiffanyTacos | May 28th | 1-6pm | Live Music with John Lowery 2-5pm 

Leoness Cellars 
Mother’s Day | May 14th | Select from three different menus in three different areas of the property to celebrate! | Please call (951) 302-7601 to purchase tickets & make a reservation. 
Masia de la Vinya Winery 
May Wine Social | May 5th | 1:00pm-7:30 pm | Lawn Games & Family Friendly | Mac Food Truck 2:00pm – 7:30pm 

Mother’s Day at Masia | May 14th | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Complimentary sparkling wine for mom (1 per person) | $5 mimosas all day | Live music | URBN Market Truck 12:00pm – 4:00pm 

Maurice Car’rie Ultimate Vineyards 
Mother’s Day | May 14th | Reservation packages available at https://ultimatevineyards.orderport.net/wines/Featured.  

Salsa Night | May 19th | 6-9pm| Tickets $30 / $20 members and include admission, 2 glasses of wine |  Latin beats by DJ Chris Static, salsa dancing, and raffles | Food available for purchase by Los Matadores Tacos and Catering | Tickets available at: https://ultimatevineyards.com/events/.   

Military Appreciation Days | May 25th -31st | $10 tastings for active and retired military, must show proof of service, limit of one discount per day  

Miramonte Winery 
What the Succulent | May 10th |4:30-7:00pm | Pre Mother’s Day-Succulent Workshop | $80 / $70 members | For tickets and more information: https://www.miramontewinery.com/collections/events/products/pick-a-pot-succulent-workshop 

Monte de Oro Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet | May 14th | For more information visit: www.montedeoro.com  

Wine Bingo on the Patio | May 19th | Doors open 6:00pm, first Bingo number called at 7:00pm | Come play Bingo on Monte De Oro’s outdoor patio | 6 bingo games including the “Full Monte” for a case of wine, over $1200 in wine prizes | For more information visit: www.montedeoro.com.  

Breakfast with the Balloons | May 19th & 20th | Doors open at 6:00am with breakfast served at 7:00am | Come and enjoy the annual Temecula Valley Balloon Festival seeing the Hot Air Balloons flying over Wine Country | Breakfast buffet on the outdoor patio. 

Mount Palomar 
Santana Tribute | May 5th | 5pm-10pm | Frank Lopez Group presents, tribute to Santana benefit show | Live DJ before the show, food, wine, and more! | General Admission-$35 | To purchase tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinco-de-mayo-flg-a-tribute-to-santana-benefit-show-at-mount-palomar-winery-tickets-602867501927

The Killer Dueling Pianos | May 11th | Live entertainment, dancing, music and more! | $30 General Admission, $27 Members | To purchase tickets visit: https://store.mountpalomarwinery.com/?remoteOrderID=A711CC0A-D983-012F-1A1D-54E35FA6E855

Mother’s Day Bubble Brunch | May 14th | Two seatings 10:30am & 1pm | Adults $115/$103.50 Members, Child $50/$45 Members | Traditional American brunch buffet, live music, mimosa boards, and more! | To purchase tickets visit: https://store.mountpalomarwinery.com/?remoteOrderID=A711CC0A-D983-012F-1A1D-54E35FA6E855.   

Peltzer Family Cellars 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | All ages | With a crisp DOCG Prosecco mimosa in hand, relax on the Farmstead to pianist, Brian Stodart | Photo booth | Seats are first come and family style Buffet brunch will feature a carving station, omelet station, breakfast favorites, mini sandwiches, fresh salads, mini pastries, and more | For more details and tickets visit https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/product-search 

Trivia Night: Disney | May, 18th | 6-9pm | Open event | 21+ only 

Raul Ramirez Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | 12:30pm- 4:00 pm | | 21 + | Surprise Mom with the gift of a good, brunch! | A Glass of wine and Entertainment by Rene Ramirez |$48.00 pp plus tax & gratuity | Space is limited. For event info: www.raulramirezwinery.com 

Thornton Winery 
Fan Halen – Tribute to Van Halen | May 5th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $35 General Admission, $45 Premium Table Seating | 
Event Info: https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/fan-halen-may-5/ | Buy Tickets: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/thorntonwinery/4672/event/1317121 

SantanaWays – Ultimate Santana Tribute Band | May 26th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $35 General Admission, $45 Premium Table Seating | Event Info:https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/santanaways-may-26/ | Buy Tickets:https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/thorntonwinery/4672/event/1317122  

Vitigliano Vineyards & Winery 
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 14th | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Brunch and Live Music | Adults $85 / $75 members, Children $35 / $25 members | For tickets please email: info@lakeoakmeadows.com 
Wilson Creek Winery 
Can I be Frank? Sinata Tribute | May 3rd – 2:30pm | Relax and enjoy a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country! Performance is located on the Solera Patio. 

Farm to Table Intimate Dinner | May 10th | 5:00pm | Join us for intimate Farm to Table dinner under the vineyard view vines with a menu prepared by Executive Chef Steve Stawiniski. 

Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch | May 14th | Seatings at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 | Join us for a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Champagne Ballroom | Mother’s Day brunch includes buffet, live music and unlimited sparkling wines. 

Craig Morgan Live in Concert | May 25th | 7:00pm | Wilson Creek continues their 2023 Country Music Concert Series with the return of Craig Morgan | Reservations at WilsonCreekWinery.com 


Wine Country Dining: A Kaleidoscope of Flavors, Textures, and Perfect Pairings

May 2nd, 2023

While the rolling hills, gorgeous vistas, welcoming tasting rooms and, of course, phenomenal wines are great reasons to visit Temecula Valley, we particularly love the fact that there is a whole range of great restaurants pretty much among the vines in Wine Country. What’s better than settling in at a table overlooking lovingly tended vines while sipping local wines paired with exciting Wine Country cuisine?

From laid-back casual fare to grab-and-go-snacks to elevated dining experiences, Temecula Valley has something for everyone when it comes to winery restaurants and food options. You’ll never have to go hungry – extra important if you’re out sipping wine all day. We’ve asked a few of our favorite Wine Country restaurants about their signature dishes and what they love to pair with them. Bring your napkins because these selections are drool-worthy!

Baba Joon’s Kitchen at Fazeli Cellars

It’s tough to miss this majestic property as it rises up over De Portola Road, inviting visitors in with its impressive dual staircase that wraps around the front entrance. But Fazeli Cellars isn’t just home to delicious wines made from a range of classic and unusual grape varieties. It’s also where you’ll find Baba Joon’s Kitchen, a unique Mediterranean-Persion fusion menu in a welcoming bistro environment with casual seating on the patio. 

Must-try dish: “Our walnut panar is absolutely savory!” says tasting room manager Stacey Leonard. Created by owner and proprietor BJ Fazeli, this recipe is a delicious spread of cream cheese, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, molasses, and a plethora of herbs and spices served with warm pita or crispy crostini.

Pair it with: Fazeli Cellars Norooz, an aromatic blend of Muscat and Viognier, which provides a nice partner to the complex flavors of the Panar.

Mama Rosa’s Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Vineyards

The sounds of Dean Martin’s smooth crooning wafts over the vineyards as you approach this winery that could very well double as an Italian villa, known for – you guessed it – Italian grapes produced in a California style, happening patio scene, on-site bocce ball court and, of course, Mama Rosa’s Trattoria. A truly authentic Italian trattoria, Mama Rosa’s serves Italian comfort food, including mouthwatering brick oven pizzas, amongst the mountains of the De Portola Wine Trail, using only the freshest local and imported ingredients.

Must-try dish: Truffleheads will not want to miss the legendary R & R Pizza, featuring homemade truffle cream sauce, mozzarella, artichoke parmigiano sausage, and portobello mushrooms, topped with asiago, fresh rosemary, and truffle salt.

Pair it with: Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2022 Barile Chardonnay. The buttery notes of the Chardonnay play well against the earthy truffle and mushroom flavors. 

Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery

One of Temecula Valley’s longest-standing and most beloved mainstays, Baily is a family-owned winery known for their dedication to crafting quality wines. Named after owner/winemaker Phil Baily’s wife, Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery offers casual dining in the distinctive (and air-conditioned!) Bacchus Hall or on the charming covered patio alongside the estate Cabernet vines.

Must-try dish: Go for the Duet of Raviolis, a savory combination of Florentine and mushroom ravioli topped with a light tomato and Montage wine sauce and garnished with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Pair it with: Baily Winery 2020 Montage, a zesty blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, reminiscent of the great white wines of Bordeaux.

The Restaurant at Avensole Winery

Avensole Winery is a chic, upscale boutique winery with hilltop views and pristine gardens. Relax and enjoy award-winning wines in both indoor and outdoor lounges as well as mouthwatering classic French-inspired cuisine with locally sourced produce in an al fresco garden restaurant, or plan the ultimate winery wedding.

Must-try dish: Dig into Avensole’s one of a kind A5 Japanese Wagyu New York Strip Steak, seasoned with salt and a five-peppercorn mixture and seared rare. Served table side by the Chef, who will dress the steak in a ginger and ponzu mignonette whose subtle hints of salt, acidity, and freshness complement the Wagyu perfectly.

Pair it with: Avensole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine’s tannins are softened by the Wagyu’s rich, buttery texture, allowing the Cabernet’s fruit and oak flavors to shine through. The ginger and ponzu mignonette adds a bright, tangy note that complements the wine’s acidity and highlights the dark chocolate and espresso notes in this Cabernet.

The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars

If you’re not visiting Leoness Cellars for their robust lineup of top-scoring and award-winning wines, stop in for elegant, upscale Wine Country dining. Voted Best Winery Restaurant by USA Today, The Restaurant at Leoness offers a classical style kitchen using the highest quality ingredients from local farming partners. Take in fantastic views, unparalleled food, and world class hospitality. The Restaurant features a variety of appetizers, vibrant salads, and exceptional Chef’s Selections all prepared in an open kitchen.

Must-try dish: Indulge in the decadent 24-hr Braised Lumina Lamb Shank, seasoned with fine herbs and a smoky Vadouvan crust, served on a bed of roasted heirloom golden beets, candied cippolini onions, and summer squash puree.

Pair it with: Leoness Cellars 2019 Cellar Selection Cabernet Franc-Merlot blend is a worthy companion to this rich, flavorful dish, easily matching its earthy flavors with an equally complex palate and silky finish.


Ask The Experts

April 4th, 2023

Temecula Valley Wine Pros Weigh in on Some of Your Common Wine Questions

Every April, the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association hosts its annual “Grape Day.” The one-day conference is for winemakers, winery, and vineyard owners, and those with an interest in the wine industry to learn about the latest tools and developments in enology and viticulture. While some of the topics may be a bit advanced for the everyday wine lover who may just have a few questions about what’s in their glass, the event always sparks a spirit of curiosity among our winery staff and the visitors to our tasting rooms.

The beautiful thing about wine is that you can never truly know everything there is to know, as not only is the business always changing, but so is what’s in our glass from vintage to vintage, grape to grape. But we do tend to see some of the same questions come up from time to time. Luckily, we have no shortage of experts in Temecula Valley who are eager to help wine lovers understand some of the tricky or confusing aspects of this beguiling beverage. We’ve rounded up a few of the most common queries and asked some of our talented Wine Country personalities to weigh in.

Q. Is all of this rain helping or hurting the vines right now?

A. We get asked all the time if all of this rain is good for the vines. The short answer is YES!  The long answer is our soil has a high salt content due to our water supply. These soaking rains really help leach the salts out of the ground. Sometimes, when the water is really flowing, we get exposed roots. This just shows how amazingly deep they grow to find water. Even when this happens the vines are resilient and just need to be re-buried.

Rick Buffington, winemaker, Cougar Vineyard and Winery

Q. Why can’t I call bubbly from California “Champagne”?

A. Champagne is a specific type of sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. By law, only sparkling wines made in Champagne using certain methods can be called Champagne. While sparkling wines made in California may be made using similar methods, they cannot be called Champagne because they do not come from that region. Instead, California sparkling wines are labeled as “sparkling wine” or “California sparkling wine” to indicate their origin. Sometimes you will see terms like “Méthode Champenoise,” on the bottle, indicating that the sparkling wine was made using the same technique to produce bubbles as in Champagne – namely with the secondary fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) taking place in the bottle. While they may not have the name recognition of Champagne, there are many delicious and high-quality sparkling wines made in California that are worth exploring.

– Gus Vizgirda, winemaker, Wilson Creek Winery

Q. I just saw a wine labeled “vegan” – isn’t all wine vegan?

A. We have been asked here at Palumbo Winery if our wines are vegan or vegetarian-friendly, and the answer is yes, but a more in-depth conversation is necessary to find out what the consumer is really concerned with. The process in question comes down to how a wine is fined or clarified. While there are many ways to get the job done, some products commonly used are derived from animals. Gelatin (pigs), isinglass (fish), albumin (egg white), and casein (cow’s milk) are all commonly used products to help fine and clarify wine. The reason it’s important to have a deeper conversation is that while all of these “ingredients” can be used in producing a fine wine, they are filtered out prior to bottling. In fact, several studies have been conducted and there is no evidence that drinking wine that used these agents creates any physical reaction in people. In short, they are used but not present in the final product.

Other methods, including carbon, clays, or the very pronounceable fining agent polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) are often used as alternatives to animal byproducts and are considered “vegan friendly.” Another way to get that wonderful clarity in fine wines is to just be patient, as we are here at our winery. Time in barrel and repeated “rackings” help clarify the wine as all the proteins, yeast and other organic particles settle out.

All this brings us to the question, are you concerned with what you are consuming or what the ethical implications are for you as a consumer. As you can see, asking if the wines are Vegan friendly can be an important one to ask, but knowing why it matters to you and knowing the different fining agents used by a given winery is what really lets you know what is, or more correctly is NOT, “in your glass”.

– Nick Palumbo, owner & winemaker, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Q. I opened a bottle of red wine and only drank part of it. What’s the best way to store the rest?

A. The best way to keep your wine from spoiling is to DRINK IT ALL; but, if you can’t, try keeping oxygen away from the wine. One way of doing this is to move the wine to a smaller container with less headspace (or if you are keeping it in the same bottle store the bottle upright) to minimize the amount of oxygen contact with the wine. Also, you can add argon gas into the headspace replacing the oxygen in the bottle.

– Christina Falik, owner, Gershon Bachus Vintners

Q. Do I really need to drink white wine with fish?

A. Pairing only white wine with fish and only red wine with red meat leaves us with a narrow assumption – that all white wines and all red wines have the same characteristics. It also assumes that all red meat dishes and fish dishes are equal in consistency and preparation. Let’s give our winemakers, centuries of viticultural studies, and culinary advancements more credit than that, friends!

While an oaked Chardonnay and buttery lobster are a match made in heaven, there are other options. The complexity of not only white wine grapes themselves, but the array of winemaking styles and choices, leave us with ample options for pairing wine and food. Focus more on the body and flavor profile of the wine and match it with cooking preferences and the seasoning of the dish to create a more balanced meal. 

Let’s highlight some of the lighter-to-medium-bodied red varieties that grow beautifully in Temecula Valley, like Sangiovese, Barbera, and Tempranillo. Just like Sangiovese is amazing with tomato-based pasta dishes, it can also be beautiful with braised octopus in a slow roasted tomato sauce. The fruity notes in a lighter-bodied Barbera would be ideal for paprika-soaked salmon. Try Tempranillo with a Cajun-style shrimp boil.

Don’t shy away from “unusual” pairings. One of our favorites is a fruit-forward, jammy Zinfandel paired with fruit preserves and a nutty spread atop toasted crostini (yes, a PB&J).

  • Danaé Wegner, WSET Level 2, Assistant Tasting Room Manager, Peltzer Family Cellars

April Winery Events

April 4th, 2023

Akash Winery & Vineyards 
Laughs by the Glass Comedy Show | April 7th | Doors at 6:15, Show at 7pm. | Wood-fired pizza available before the show, wine and beer during the show |  G/A tickets here.  

Easter Yoga in the Vines | April 9th | 9am | Free for Yoga + Wine Club members, $20 for non-members |  Reserve your mat space here.  

Pizzaolo Experience with Bocconcini | April 11th | 5:30 pm. | Limited to 20 guests. Book your seat here.  

Avensole Winery 

Easter Brunch | April 9th | 10:00am-5:00 pm| Easter Brunch Menu https://www.avensolewinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Easter-Menu-2023.pdf | For reservations. https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/  

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 

Easter Brunch at Meritage | A La Carte Menu.  

Callaway Country Night | April 27th | 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. | Line Dancing Lessons by Sabrina at 7:00pm.| Music by James Kelly Band | Tickets: Gen Pub $25. Wine Club $15. | Purchase tickets at callawaywinery.com  

Cougar Vinyard & Winery 

Easter Brunch | April 9th |  Seatings at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm| For tickets and more information Click here for tickets and more info 
Yappy Hour | April 16th  | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | On-site adoptions, raffles, Dog Deli (and people) menu | Located on the patio  

Danza del Sol Winery 

Wine Release Pre-Release & Concert | April 29th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Sample a new wine release, live concert and grand debut of Lex Borja’s & Band, Food Truck 

Doffo Winery 

MotoGP Viewing (Grand Prix of the Americas) | April 16th | 9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen | Breakfast burritos for purchase; coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys | Free admission; RSVP preferred. https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Winter Winemaker Dinner | April 22nd | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Join winemakers Damian and Nadia for an intimate spring farm-to-table wine pairing dinner, featuring 4 courses paired perfectly with a signature Doffo wine | Seating is limited | 

MotoGP Viewing (Grand Prix of Spain) | April 30th |  9:00am – 11:00am | Watch MotoGP races on the big screen | Breakfast burritos for purchase; coffee cart sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys | Free admission; RSVP preferred. https://www.exploretock.com/doffowinery/event/267318/motogp-viewing 

Europa Village 

Inspirational Sunrise Service | April 9th | 6:00 am | Join Europa Village and Pastor Charles for an inspirational sunrise service | Afterwards, Europa will have a selections of pastries, coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase or you can make a reservation for our Easter Sunday Brunch by calling 951.414.3802. 

Easter Brunch | April 9th | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Join us at Bolero Restaurante for a delightful Easter brunch with traditional holiday cuisine and classic Spanish fare | $79 adult | $39 child | Members: $71.10 adult | $35.10 child 

Fazeli Cellars 

Salsa Night | April 15th | 6pm | Salsa lesson, dancing, DJ, full bar, food truck | General Admission $25 / $20 members | To purchase tickets click here 

Dueling Pianos | April 29th | 6pm | Details and tickets to come 

Frangipani Estate Winery 

Sip & Dine Fillipino Pop-Up |  April 1st | 12:00pm – 5:00pm | For tickets visit: https://www.frangipanievents.com/upcomingevents.  

Easter Event | April 8th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm | Fun Activities for the Kids, Pictures with Easter Bunny, Bottomless Mimosas, Daniel’s Creperie serving crepes | Live Music with Billy Fedak 1-4pm | $30 General – $20 Wine Club Members | For tickets visit: https://www.frangipanievents.com/upcomingevents.  

80’s Prom Night with DJ | April 22nd | 5:30 – 9:00pm | Pizza, Dancing, Photo Op & More | $35 General – $25 Wine Club Members | RSVP by April 15 to 951-699-8845 or purchase tickets at: https://www.frangipanievents.com/upcomingevents

Friday Fusion Cuisine | April 28th |  12:00pm – 6:00pm | Tisoy Curatives will be serving Fillipino food   

DePortola Wine Trail Big Red Fest | April 30th | 10:00am – 5:00 pm | Purchase tickets at: deportolawinetrail.com 

Longshadow Ranch Winery 
Contenders Tribute Concert | April 14th | For tickets and more info: https://www.longshadowranchwinery.com 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

Easter Egg Hunt & Family Day | April 9th | 11:00am – 2:00pm. | Egg hunt for adults & kids, drink specials, kiddie mocktails, Brew Boyz Tacos from 11am-4pm  

Masia’s 8th Anniversary Brunch | April 23rd | 10:30am – 12:30pm | Brunch paired with featured wines, live music, and wine specials | Tickets available soon, visit: https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/

Karoke Night | April 28th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Sing It Like You Mean It with Lillian Harris | Cali Porker Food Truck 4:00pm – 8:00pm 

Maurice Car’rie Winery / Ultimate Vineyards 

Country Western Night | April 21st | 5:00 – 8:00pm| Live music in The Barn, 2 glasses of wine, and entry into raffles; food will be available for purchase | Tickets $20/$10 Wine Club  

Monte de Oro Winery 

Spring Winemakers Dinner | April 15th | Featuring a 4 course dinner showcasing the beautiful bounty of Italy and California along with Monte De Oro’s Library Wines | Details and pricing: www.montedeoro.com.  

Patio Block Party | April 21st | 6:00 – 9:00pm | Live Music, food, and wine. Details” www.montedeoro.com.  

Wine Bingo | Friday April 28th | Door open at 6:00pm, first Bingo called at 7:00pm | Play 6 bingo games including the “Full Monte” for a case of wine, over $1200 in wine prizes | For more details visit:  www.montedeoro.com 

Mount Palomar 

Eggstravaganza | April 9th | Brunch, Egg hunt, petting zoo, live music, local vendors & more! Reservations available, walk-ins welcomed. 

Oak Mountain Winery 

Easter Brunch | April 9th | Special Easter Menu served all day long | For reservations visit: https://www.exploretock.com/oakmountainwinery/.  

Cause Fur Paws | April 16th | 2:00pm – 6:00pm | Live music, vendors and auction in the Vista Pavilion | $20 donation. | For more details: https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx 

Peltzer Family Cellars 

Peltzer Family Funday | April 2nd | 9:30am – 7:00pm | All ages | Easter Egg Hunt and Shaved Ice | Make sure to get them here during their designated hunt time| Bring Your Own Basket | $6 per kiddo | For more details and tickets visit https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/product-search  

Hog The Mic Night | April 20th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ Only | Sing it loud and sing it proud, y’all! Join us for a night of traditional rockin’ karaoke in the Crush House with Lillian Thomas Karaoke | Open event 
Nashville Nights | April 22nd | 7:30-10:00pm | 21+ Only | Tickets must be purchased online and are limited | For more details and tickets visit https://peltzerwinery.orderport.net/wines/product-search.  

Thornton Winery 

Easter Buffet | April 9th | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Live Music by Tim Apple and a glass of sparkling wine | $120 Adults, $70 Children (10 & Under) $108 Wine Club, $102 Reserve Club, Plus Tax & Gratuity | Event Info: https://www.thorntonwine.com/holiday-events/easter-buffet/ | For Reservation: https://bit.ly/3EEB5wL or call 951-699-0099  
B.I.G. Brothers Igniting a Groove | April 14th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $35 General Admission, $45 Premium Table Seating | 
Event Info: https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/big-april-14/. | Buy Tickets:https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/thorntonwinery/4672/event/1317032 
The JourneymenA Tribute to Journey & More |  April 28th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $35 General Admission, $45 Premium Table Seating | Event Info: https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday-shows/the-journeymen-april-28/ | Buy Tickets: 

Wilson Creek Winery 
Easter Buffet Brunch | April 9th | Seatings at 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm | Join us for a Easter Brunch Buffet in our Champagne Ballroom | Easter brunch includes buffet, live music and unlimited sparkling wines. 

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