Facebook

Blog

January Winery Events

January 3rd, 2020

Fun wine events!

It’s the start of another new year and if you haven’t visited Temecula Valley Wine Country lately, now’s the time! Check out January’s calendar of events and make plans to visit us soon!

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting Available on Sunday of each the month 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at: http://www.avensolewinery.com/res-369934

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $40 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $30 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 2pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Wine & Chocolate Pairing / Every Friday of the month / 3:00pm / $45 Per Person ($40 Wine Club) / Your guided pairing experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with 5 custom chocolates from local chocolate shoppe, SugarPlum Farm. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning wines are made and learn how Carter Estate wines compliment and bring out the unique flavors of chocolate. Our Wine & Chocolate Pairing is approximately 90 minutes & has limited availability to provide a more intimate experience for our guests. Make your reservation today! Must be 21 or older. Reservation Information: Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member / 1pm & 3pm Monday-Sunday / Your guided experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with perfectly matched culinary bites from our Chef. Learn about the history of our beautiful Temecula Valley & get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning Sparkling wines are made. Our Wine & Food Pairings are approximately 90 minutes & limited to eight guests.  Make your reservation today!  Must be 21 or older / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Cougar Meets Italy – Preview Event / January 15 / 6:00pm-8:00pm / Watch Bottle Shock in our Barrel Room / $ 10 per person includes a glass of wine and all the popcorn you can eat!  / Tickets available through www.cougarvineyards.com

Cougar Meets Italy – Main Event / January 16 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / $70 pp for Wine Club Members, $75 for non-members / Professional “Bottle Shock” wine judging comparing Cougar wines with their Italian counterparts.  Audience wine tasting and judging with the same wines.  Ticket price includes dinner and logo wineglass to commemorate the event plus musical accompaniment / Price increase January 1st.  Ask about special pricing for preview event and main event.   Tickets available through www.cougarvineyards.com  / Limited seating and will sell out!

Charcuterie Workshop / January 29 / 5:00-7:00pm / $45 wine club $50 non-wine club / Hello Friends! We are inviting you to join us for our charcuterie workshop: an amazing evening of fun, friendship, food, and of course, great wine. Explore your creativity as you prepare your very own personal charcuterie board utilizing the finest cured meats and cheeses enjoying a glass of wine. Continue to impress your guests with your very own board, included with workshop. Our workshop makes for a great gift idea, date night, or opportunity to make new friends! We look forward to seeing you! / To Purchase tickets please visit www.courgarvineyards.com

Europa Village
Lunch & Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef, Sarah Faherty! / January 26 / Starts 12:00pm / Tickets $125/Société $116.10 / Join us for a cooking demonstration by a celebrity chef, Sarah Faherty. Enjoy a 3-course meal and learn how to cook like a pro. Ms. Faherty first developed her love of food and wine pairing when she was traveling during her time abroad working in the Army Intelligence Field. Throughout her travels she had the opportunity to learn about food and wine as it pertains to other cultures. Sarah Faherty was featured as the runner-up on this season of MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Bastianich on the FOX network / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / January 18 / 10-12:30pm / $45 pp; $40 Connoisseur, $20 VIP. $80 pp with lunch option / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge / RSVP is required. Please call 951-676-8231 x. 109 or email wineclub@falknerwinery.com 

Lorimar Winery
Laugh your Glass Off / January 16 / Show starts at 7:00 pm / $20/$18 Wine Club Members / Pairings Food Truck opens at 6:00 pm / Join us for a night of wine, comedy and good times! / For Mature Audience Only (21+). For tickets please visit https://shop.lorimarwinery.com

Masia de la Vinya Winery
I Regret Nothing…New Year’s Brunch
/ January 1 / 11:30am – 2:30pm / Catered by Chef Flavor; breakfast Bahn Mi, burritos, grilled vegetable & goat cheese scramble, iron skillet potatoes & fresh fruit / $28 members, $33 guests, $14 children 4yrs-12yrs old. Add bottomless mimosas for $16 / For reservations: click the ticket link on our post to access www.masiadelavinya.com/events or call 951 – 303 -3860 ext.1 / Refundable cancellations will be permitted within 72 hours of event. 

Oak Mountain Winery
Live Concert KG’s featuring Roscoe Vaunt
/ January 10 / 6pm to 9pm / Join us for a concert in our newly renovated Vineyard view pavilion. $10 gets you in the door with Food, wine, beer & brandy cocktails available for purchase!  Tickets required & Space is limited!  Call 951-699-9102 or Get your tickets online at https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx

Peltzer Family Cellars
Peltzer Ice Rink
/ Open until January 12th / M-F, 3-9pm and Sat-Sun, 1:30-9pm. Sessions every 1.5 hours / Peltzer Ice Rink offers ice skating fun to the Temecula Valley Wine Country! Hot Cocoa, food trucks & and an Ice Rink Bar on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays / Cost and reservation information children 3-11 are $12 while General Admission is $16. You can pre-purchase your session on Peltzerwinery.com to ensure your desired skate time.

Skate with an Ice Princess / January 5 / 3-6pm / Let it go on the ice with your two favorite frosty ladies! The Ice Queen and the Snow Princess are comin’ back to the Peltzer Ice Rink for skating and photo ops. / Cost and reservation information to purchase your skate session with the Ice Queen and Snow Princess, visit peltzerwinery.com, select your correct session type, then choose the January 5th date at either 3:00pm or 4:30pm. Children 3-11 are $12, General Admission is $16.

Supercross Watch Party / January 11 / 5-9pm / Come watch the Supercross LIVE with us on the big screen in the Crush House on January 11th from 5-9pm. We’re teaming up with Road 2 Recovery to raise funds for their amazing organization that aids AMA licensed professional motocross/supercross and action sport athletes with financial assistance while recovery from debilitating injuries. They also provide emotional and motivational support to these athletes and their families. Food Truck Eats by Devilicious Food Truck, Q’s Tacos Food Truck, and The Woodfire Pizza Wagon / Cost is $10 includes raffle ticket to win a signed jersey and full dirt bike kit. Children under 10 are free.

Somerset Vineyard & Winery
Somm Wine Tasting Experience / January 19 / 10:30am-2:30am / Tickets range from $55 – $120 / An entertaining learning experience with a knowledgeable & experienced educator instruction and tasting with a certified sommelier & wine educator George “Frankie” Franceschi. This class will enhance your wine tasting experiences wherever you go and help you appreciate the fine art of wine making. After, Kurt Tiedt, owner & tour guide extraordinaire, will take you on a tour of the barrel room where you will also enjoy tasting wine from the barrel / Limited seating. To reserve please visit https://shop.somersetvineyard.com/res-425670/Tasting-Class-With-Certified-Somm.html

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Behind the Scenes Wine Tour / Available daily / 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Wilson Creek Winery
Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday 10am-3pm / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

Share

Still Hungry After the Holidays? Meet Temecula Valley’s Other Rockstars – the Chefs and Restaurants of Wine Country

January 3rd, 2020

We all associate wine country with gorgeous scenery, rolling vineyards, welcoming tasting rooms, the unmistakable sound of corks popping… but, unique to Temecula Valley Southern California, we also find a whole world of culinary delight waiting to be uncovered. Unlike many other prominent wine regions, visitors to Temecula Valley can actually dine among the vines at quite a few restaurants on-site at the local wineries.

Before we all embark on the post-holiday cleanse or New Year diet, and just in time for Restaurant Month, we thought we would turn the spotlight on the amazing places to dine in wine country, not to mention Temecula Valley Southern California’s other rockstars – Wine Country Chefs. Here are a few to check out.

Chef Kevin Grant

The Cave Café at Oak Mountain

Dine 75 feet underground in one of Wine Country’s most unique settings – the wine cave at Oak Mountain, which features a seasonal menu cooked with locally sourced ingredients, designed to share and pair with Oak Mountain wines. Chef Kevin Grant has honed his craft through years working in some of the top kitchens in California and around the world, from resort-style dining to intimate, chef-driven restaurants. His perspective not only comes from his classical French training, but incorporates the unique backgrounds of others in his kitchen, through which he hopes to tell the story of California cuisine – where it has been, and where it is going.

Chef Steve Stawinski

Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery

Here, diners enjoy wine-inspired casual fare based on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, while surrounded by lush, 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines, an herb garden, and baskets brimming with colorful flowers. Executive Chef Steve Stawinski credits his passion for cuisine to his upbringing in New Jersey, where food was always a focal point in his family. He even tells the story of adding white wine to a pan once as a child when his mother’s back was turned, because he had seen it done on a cooking show. Voted as one of the Inland Empire’s Best Chefs in 2009, Steve brings decades of experience in the hospitality industry, from high-end steakhouses to bistros and banquets.

Chef Anthony Bar

Meritage at Callaway

Few winery restaurants offer guests such stunning vineyard views as Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Vineyard & Winery. Executive Chef Anthony Bar brings with him passion and talent cultivated over many years studying and working in kitchens the world over, including Lille, France, where he attended culinary school; St. Martin where he served as the Executive Chef at Coco Beach Orient Bay; Texas, where he served as Executive Chef at high-demand restaurant La Maison; and Los Angeles. World travel has deeply influenced his culinary vision, which he now applies to creating seasonal, farm-to-table meals enhanced by the winery’s on-site greenhouse and garden.

Chef Jason Barradas

Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery

This multi-award-winning restaurant not only boasts truly spectacular panoramic views of Wine Country, but also thoughtful – and decadent! – Mediterranean-style cuisine. Executive Chef Jason Barradas has a long history in California kitchens, having trained at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and worked at five-star restaurant Amaya at the Grand Del Mar Resort. He brings this immense experience to Pinnacle, where he works to create fresh and imaginative dishes to pair with Falkner’s lineup of premium wines.

Chef Alex Alimirante

Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Vineyards & Winery

Cougar Vineyards & Winery focuses on quality wines made from Italian grape varieties. Of course, no glass of Italian wine (SoCal-style) would be complete without an expertly made Italian sub, panino, cheese and charcuterie plate, or hand-tossed pizza on offer at this casual yet totally gourmet spot located conveniently in the winery’s tasting room. Sangio’s Chef Alex Alimirante trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and brings with him 7 years of culinary experience. Lucky for us, he is leading a new series of cooking classes at the winery. 

Chef Jose Esparza

The Vineyard Rose at South Winery Resort and Spa

This all-day restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring California ingredients – some from South Coast’s very own organic gardens – promoting healthy lifestyle menu selections. Executive Chef Jose Esparza oversees culinary operations and develops menus at both South Coast and Carter Estate Winery and Resort. Being a true Wine Country chef, he works closely with award-winning South Coast Winery Master Winemaker Jon McPherson to offer guests wine-friendly pairings to enjoy with their meals.

Other top spots to enjoy a gorgeous meal in an equally gorgeous vineyard setting include the European castle-like Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery; Mama’s Rosa’s Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Vineyards, featuring Wine Country’s only brick oven for some of the most epic pizzas this side of Italy; the ultra-elegant Restaurant at Leoness Cellars; the stunning al-fresco terrace Restaurant at Avensole Winery; and Baba Joon’s Kitchen at Fazeli Cellars, offering Persian-inspired Mediterranean cuisine in a spectacular setting.

While not technically in Wine Country, Bluewater Grill in the heart of Temecula’s business area is also a must-visit and certainly deserves an honorable mention. Not only does this hot spot offer fresh, sustainably caught seafood prepared in a variety of ways from classic to modern, amazing happy hour specials, a shaded (and heated when needed!) patio and pet-friendly area, it also boasts one of Temecula’s best kept secrets – zero corkage fee on local wine, making it the perfect spot for dinner after a day of wine tasting to bring one of your local purchases to pair with your meal.

Share

Wine Country Recipe ~ Deviled Egg Trio

December 19th, 2019

Deviled Egg Trio

Deviled eggs disappear fast at parties, especially when they’re dressed up with smoked trout or caviar or made extra devilish with harissa. Serve with your favorite Temecula Valley Rosé or Sparkling wine for the perfect pairing.

Ingredients
1-1/2 dozen large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (125 g) mayonnaise, or more as needed
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

With smoked trout:
¼ teaspoon prepared horseradish, or to taste
1-1/2 ounces (45 g) smoked trout
Fresh dill for garnish

With harissa:
1 teaspoon harissa paste, or to taste
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Maras chili or hot paprika for garnish

With caviar:
1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
1 ounce (25 g) California sturgeon caviar or salmon roe

Makes 36 deviled egg halves, 1 dozen of each type

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Working in 3 batches of 6 eggs each, use a large spoon to lower the eggs one at a time into the boiling water, reducing the heat to keep the water from jostling the eggs against the pan and cracking them. The water must boil but not too vigorously. Simmer for 10 minutes exactly, then use a large slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to the ice water. Remove when cool and peel. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop the yolks into a bowl.

Add the mayonnaise and mustard to the yolks and mix vigorously with a fork or spoon until creamy and completely smooth, adding a touch more mayonnaise if necessary. Resist the temptation to use a food processor or mixer, which could cause the filling to break; the filling will become smooth if you work it persistently. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the mixture evenly among 3 bowls. You should have about 2/3 cup (150 ml) per bowl.

For the smoked trout deviled eggs: Stir in the horseradish, then fill 1 dozen egg halves with the mixture, using a spoon or a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Top each egg half with a small piece of smoked trout and garnish with a wisp of dill.

For the harissa deviled eggs: Stir in the harissa paste, adding more if desired. Fill 1 dozen egg halves with the mixture, using a spoon or a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Garnish each egg half with a small cilantro leaf and a sprinkle of chili or paprika.

For the caviar deviled eggs: Stir in the chives, then fill 1 dozen egg halves with the mixture, using a spoon or a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Top each egg half with a small spoonful of caviar, dividing it evenly.

Suggested Pairings:

Akash Winery ~ 2018 Parlez Vous Rosé – This fresh, dry style rosé, has aromas of strawberry, plum, and cranberry with a crisp lime finish.

Hart Winery ~ 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese – Lightly pink, near-dry, delicately scented and flavored Rose′ wine, very much in the dryer, food-friendly European style.

Thornton Winery ~ NV Brut – Apple, pear and tropical aromas meld with toasty yeast flavors, while the finish is long and creamy.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

Share

Holiday Wine Guide

November 27th, 2019

Cheers to the holidays!

Your Holiday Wine Guide, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a very good reason: the holiday season is filled with deliciousness. From epic family meals, to festive office parties, to coworkers bringing in all sorts of home-baked treats, to endless cocktails and tipples – there is plenty to indulge in. There are also so many occasions that call for wine!

In Temecula Valley, we enjoy a warm, Mediterranean climate that offers long, sunny days followed by afternoon breezes and cool, crisp nights; these conditions are ideal for ripening grapes while retaining balance and acidity. As a result, we are able to produce a wide range of wines from dozens of different grape varieties – plenty of which are absolutely perfect for holiday sipping and entertaining. Here are a few of our favorites this season.

When it’s time to celebrate:

Temecula Valley produces some truly wonderful sparkling wines in a range of styles from sweet to bone dry. Many Temecula Valley sparklers are even made in the painstaking “méthode traditionnelle” or Champagne method, where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation (the one that gives the wine its bubbles) in the bottle, and spends a long time on its “lees” – the little yeasty cells that give traditional method sparkling wines those unmistakable and delicious toasty, brioche-like aromas.

A few to try:

Carter Estate Winery 2015 Brut Sparkling, $35

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvée Sparkling Syrah NV, $24

Thornton Winery Brut Rosé NV, $52

When you need to please a crowd:

When hosting a party or even just entertaining your family who doesn’t agree on anything – especially wine – finding a few crowd-pleasing sippers is essential. You will want to pick a versatile white and an easy-drinking red that pair with a variety of different cuisines and aren’t overly heavy or rich. Save the heady stuff for sipping solo after the last dish has been washed and put away, and you finally have a few minutes to yourself to lounge by the fire.

A few to try:

Danza del Sol Winery 2018 Vermentino, $28

Oak Mountain Winery 2018 Chardonnay, $24

Peltzer Family Cellars 2017 Sangiovese, $42

Fazeli Cellars 2014 Phel Phel Cinsault, $38

When it’s time to pop something special:

This is perhaps the wine that is saved for the main dinner. You may even opt to decant it tableside for a bit of added drama. Regardless of what you are serving, you will want a couple of bottles of something truly extraordinary to mark the special occasion.

A few to try:

Lorenzi Estate 2017 Dijon Clone Estate Chardonnay, $45

Leoness Cellars 2016 Signature Selection Syrah, $100

Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2014 Fiore di Fano, $75

Wilson Creek 2017 Family Meritage, $65

When you’re ready for something sweet:

Who needs dessert when you can pour yourself a small glass of dessert wine? There are many wineries in Temecula Valley that are producing some truly impressive dessert wines. Serve these alongside something simple like a tray of Italian cantucci or a winter cheese course with all the fixings, like nuts, candied fruits, honeys and sweet breads. Or, just pour a taste of the sweet nectar and move to the living room for those long and spirited post-meal conversations with loved ones.

A few to try:

Hart Family Winery 2012 Ancient Vines Angelica, $75

Wiens Family Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Primitivo, $26

Share

Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine

November 27th, 2019

Spiced Mulled Wine

Spiced mulled wine is a winter favorite — warm, flavorful, and always so comforting! And, it’s incredibly easy to make. We’re definitely going to give this recipe a try over the holidays.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle of your favorite Temecula Valley red wine
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

Directions:

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve. Paskolos smulkiajam ir vidutiniam verslui, greitieji kreditai internetu visą parą bedarbiams, automobiliui be užstato su vekseliu, Luminor ir SEB bankų vartojimo paskolos būstui https://paskolos-internetu.eu

Recipe courtesy of the Food Network/Ina Garten

Share

December Winery Events

November 27th, 2019

Celebrating the holidays

Our 35+ Temecula Valley wineries offer a heap of holiday-themed events throughout December. Fabulous festivities include tree-lighting events, Christmas dinners, New Year’s Eve celebrations, fundraisers – and much more!

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting Available on Sunday of each the month 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at www.avensolewinery.com

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $40 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $30 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 2pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Annual Wine Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration! / December 13 / 6:00 to 9:00pm / You’re invited to join us for our Annual Wine Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration! Bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, Christmas carolers, discounts on wine, gifts and so much more! Experience a wine country Christmas with us! / Complimentary admission; please R.S.V.P. to info@callawaywinery.com or (951) 676-4001

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Meritage / December 31 / Seating’s from 5:00p to 5:30p and 7:00p to 7:30p / $75.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity / Celebrate the new year with a fabulous four-course dining experience and live music at Meritage at Callaway. Executive Chef, Anthony Bar, has meticulously crafted a special French/Mediterranean fused menu for your New Year’s Eve dining pleasure. Visit www.callawaywinery.com to learn more / R.S.V.P. to meritage@callawaywinery.com or (951) 587-8889.

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Wine & Chocolate Pairing / Every Friday of the month / 3:00pm / $45 Per Person ($40 Wine Club) / Your guided pairing experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with 5 custom chocolates from local chocolate shoppe, SugarPlum Farm. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning wines are made and learn how Carter Estate wines compliment and bring out the unique flavors of chocolate. Our Wine & Chocolate Pairing is approximately 90 minutes & has limited availability to provide a more intimate experience for our guests. Make your reservation today! Must be 21 or older.
Reservation Information: Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member / 1pm & 3pm Monday-Sunday / Your guided experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with perfectly matched culinary bites from our Chef. Learn about the history of our beautiful Temecula Valley & get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning Sparkling wines are made. Our Wine & Food Pairings are approximately 90 minutes & limited to eight guests. Make your reservation today! Must be 21 or older / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Celebrating Santa Paws / December 20 / 4:00p-6:00p / Bring your leashed and well-behaved furry child(ren) to get their pictures taken with Santa! Cost is $5pd (per dog), Free for our Cougar Canine Club members or Free with a new unwrapped (kid) Toy for charity. Reservations for your pooch’s photo shoot time slot can be sent to events@cougarvineyards.com.

Falkner Winery
Merry Merlot- Fundraiser / December 5 / 6:30-9pm / $25 per person / A Fundraiser to benefit Daisy’s Hope Foundation Cat spay and neuter Fund / Wine Bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Meet NALA cat! Silent Auction with gift baskets. Music provided by Tim Apple / Tickets are limited. Purchase tickets directly www.daisyshopefoundation.com/donate.aspx / This event will be held in the Pinnacle Restaurant.

Santa Crawl / December 21 / 12-5 pm / Dress in your favorite Santa, Elf, Reindeer, or Mrs. Claus outfit and get a 2 for 1 tasting in the Tasting Room! Remember this event is only for fully costumed Santa’s & Elves! This is a free event open to anyone over 21 – To take part we ask that each Santa or Elf brings a new toy to donate! So – Put a group together and join in. Happy Ho-Ho-Ho! More info: Email santawino2@gmail.com

Fazeli Cellars
Gatsby New Year’s Eve at Fazeli Cellars / December 31 / 7:00pm / Join us for Gatsby Night – Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party! / $135 Non-Members | $110 Members Includes: Champagne Greeting, 3 Course Dinner with Live Music, Casino, DJ & Dancing and a Champagne Toast at Midnight. Wine & Beer Available for purchase / Purchase tickets at: http://shop.fazelicellars.com/reservation-events

Lorimar Winery
Tree Lighting / December 1 / 5pm- 8pm / Join us to kick off the holiday season at our annual Tree Lighting with Santa, Complimentary Cookie Decorating, Hot Cocoa, Spiced Wine, Wine Sales, Special Food Menu, and more! / Please RSVP at lorimarwinery.com

Academie Du Vin: Wine & Cheese / December 12 / 6pm – 8 pm / $55 per person / $49.50 per wine club member / Explore the worlds of Wine & Cheese with Certified Sommelier Penny Delgado and local Cheese Monger Stasha. New! Includes five wine and cheese pairings along with two surprise tastings! 21+ only event / Purchase Tickets – lorimarwinery.com

Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine / December 20 / 7pm- 9pm $85 per person / $76.50 Wine Club / Join us for a relaxing evening of cigars & wine! Includes a four-course dinner, paired with Casa Lovo cigars and Lorimar’s award-winning wines. 21+ only event / Purchase Tickets – lorimarwinery.com

Peltzer Family Cellars
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting / November 30th, 11-10pm & December 1st, 11-7pm / Bring the whole family to enjoy: Wine, Food Trucks, Peltzer Ice Rink, Santa, Live Music, Holiday Market and of course our Tree Lighting! All specific timing is listed on peltzerwinery.com

Shop Small for Small Business Saturday at our Holiday Market featuring local businesses! Grab a gift for a loved one or maybe snag something for yourself. You do you, we won’t judge! Admission to this event is FREE for children and adults. A $5 wristband donation is required if you plan on enjoying an alcoholic beverage (or two). 100% of the wristband proceeds will benefit Our Nicholas Foundation! ONF, strives to increase autism awareness and provide support for local families affected by ASD. Visit Ournick.org to learn more about this awesome / Visit Peltzerwinery.com in the “Shop” tab to purchase wristbands.

Peltzer Ice Rink / November 23rd – January 12th / Open daily from 3-9pm Session Times: 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm / Ice Rink Bar will be open for drinks Wednesdays + Fridays – Sundays 3- 8:30pm / Hot chocolate and treats will be available for purchase from the snack bar. Admission – Crush Club Members enjoy $2 off the regular admission prices. Military, First Responders, + Teachers: Purchase your tickets at the rink with an ID to receive $2 off your and your family’s tickets. Reserve online at peltzerwinery.com
Reserving Tickets Online: $14 for General Admission, $10 for Kids ages 3-11, $2 Skate Rental.
Purchasing at the Rink: $16 for General Admission, $12 for Kids ages 3-11 (Skate rental included)

Dueling Pianos / December 26 / 6-10pm / $45 tickets include a glass of our specialty Sangria / Give the gift of music to your friends & fam this Christmas! Join us in the Crush House on December 26th from 6:00-9:30pm for a totally amazing, interactive dueling pianos show with The Killer Dueling Pianos. This fan fave event sells out quickly, so make sure to purchase your tickets in a hurry! / Reserve online at Peltzerwinery.com

Ponte Winery
Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Behind the Scene Wine Tour / Available daily / 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

South Coast Winery’s Annual Tree Lighting Festival / December 1 / 5:00pm – 8:00pm / Adults $40, WC $35, Children 4-10yrs $15, Children 3 & under are free / Join us for our Annual Tree Lighting Festival! This event will be full of activities for the entire family to enjoy / Ticket includes buffet dinner, Christmas carolers, horse & carriage and tractor rides, photos with Santa, holiday entertainment and of course tree lighting! Lighting of the Tree will commence at 6:00pm. / Tickets may be purchased online: https://www.southcoastwinery.com/tree-lighting / South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is proud to be an official Toys for Tots drop-off location.

Thornton Winery
Cooking Class Series / December 8 / 1:00 – 3:30pm / Cost: $75 inclusive / “Tamales” – Join our Executive Chef Ceasar Solarzano and learn some of his own secrets for making tamales / Please call (951) 699-0099 for more information and to make reservations!

Christmas Day Dinner / December 25 / 12:00 – 5:00 pm / Cost: $64.95 ++ Adults, Children 6-12 years $19.95++, Children 5 and under are free / Plated Menu: Choice of Four Starter Selections, Choice of four entrees & choice of three desserts Please call (951) 699-0099 for more information and to make reservations!

Wilson Creek Winery
New Year’s Eve Party / December 31 / 8:00pm – 12:30am / General Admission $200 / Wine Club $180 / Let’s Get Our Sparkle On! Join us To Ring In 2020! 4-course wine paired dinner and live entertainment by JD Priest. Then turn up the night with the DJ, Dancing, Drinks and Dessert Bar until you kiss at midnight! Hosted Bar throughout the evening. Must be 21 and over. Doors Open at 7:30PM / Starts at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday 10am-3pm / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

Share

Temecula Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

November 1st, 2019

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) fun wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, Southern California’s Wine Country, we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites
These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a viognier complement a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a chardonnay; and light pinot grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2016 Special Selection Chardonnay; $25.00

Danza Del Sol Winery, 2017 Pinot Grigio; $30.00

Briar Rose Winery 2017 Estate Viognier; $28.00

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds
The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar 2014 Castelleto Sangiovese; $40.00

Leoness Cellars 2016 Cellar Selection Zinfandel; $42.00

Doffo Vineyards 2016 Syrah; $62.00

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds
Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon; $40.00

Monte De Oro Winery 2015 Merlot; $32.00

Wiens 2017 Reserve Tempranillo; $65.00

Dessert + Sweet Wines
Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with a sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones.

Somerset Winery 2018 Muscat; $23.00

South Coast Winery Black Jack Port; 18.00

Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2017 Moscato; $22

One Meal, One Wine
On a wine-buying budget? Or just looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2017 Chenin Blanc; $20.95

Miramonte Winery 2018 Rosé; $28.00

Falkner Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc; $27.95

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2014 “50/50” Blend; 45.00

Share

SEARED DUCK BREASTS WITH PORT AND CHERRY SAUCE

November 1st, 2019

Seared Duck Breasts with Port and Sherry Sauce

Cooking duck breasts slowly, skin side down, helps eliminate almost every speck of fat. After about 20 minutes, the skin will be crisp and the flesh as rosy and tender as a fine steak. A silky port and cherry sauce makes this a restaurant-caliber dish. Serve with wild rice and your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Serves 4

Ingredients
Seasoning Rub:
8 juniper berries
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 boneless duck breasts, about 1⁄2 pound (250 g) each

Sauce:
1 cup (250 ml) Zinfandel Port or Ruby Port
1 shallot, minced
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 strip orange zest, removed with a vegetable peeler
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
24 cherries, pitted and halved
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) strong chicken broth, reduced from 1 cup (250 ml)
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions
Make the seasoning rub: Put the juniper berries, thyme, salt, and peppercorns in a mortar or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Duck breasts vary tremendously in size; scale up the spice rub if the breasts you buy are considerably larger.

Slash the skin of each breast in a crosshatch pattern, stopping short of the flesh. (The slashes help render the fat.) Sprinkle the seasoning rub evenly onto both sides of each breast. Put the breasts on a flat rack and set the rack inside a tray. Refrigerate uncovered for 24 to 36 hours. Bring to room temperature before cooking.

Choose a heavy frying pan large enough to accommodate all the duck breasts comfortably. (If necessary to avoid crowding, use two frying pans.) Put the breasts, skin side down, in the unheated frying pan and set over medium-low heat. Cook until the skin is well browned and crisp, about 15 minutes, frequently pouring off the fat until the skin no longer renders much. (Reserve the fat for frying potatoes, if you like.)

Turn the duck breasts and continue cooking flesh side down, turning the breasts with tongs to sear all the exposed flesh, until the internal temperature registers 125°F (52°C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the breasts to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

While the duck cooks, make the sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the port, shallot, thyme, orange zest, vinegar, and half of the cherries. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until reduced to 3∕4 cup (180 ml). Add the broth and sugar and simmer until the liquid has again reduced to 3∕4 cup (180 ml). Remove from the heat and, with tongs, lift out the thyme sprigs and orange zest and discard.

Puree the sauce in a blender. Set a very fine-mesh sieve over the saucepan and pass the sauce through the sieve, pressing on the solids with a rubber spatula. Return to medium heat, season with salt and pepper, and simmer until reduced to 1∕2 cup (125 ml). Stir in the remaining cherries and remove from the heat. Add the butter and swirl the saucepan until the butter melts.

Slice the duck on the diagonal. Spoon some of the sauce on each of four dinner plates, dividing it evenly. Top with the sliced duck. Serve immediately.

Suggested Pairings:

Baily Winery 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Offers warm, rich tones with subtle, herbaceous qualities and a hint of mint.

Leoness Cellars 2016 Cellar Selection Cabernet Sauvignon – Bursting with aromas of black currant, blackberry and boysenberry fruit layered with subtle notes of vanilla, black licorice and sweet oak.

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery – Van Roekel Estate 2014 Merlot – Brings cherry, clove and cinnamon on the nose, with subtle hints of orange blossom.

Thornton Winery 2014 Merlot – Cherry, black berry currant and blueberry notes along with a fruit-driven entry that is complemented by oak barrels from France, Eastern Europe and North America.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Share

November Winery Events

November 1st, 2019

Friends enjoying wine on a fall day

There’s a chill in the air now and suddenly we’re planning holiday meals!  Whether your holiday plans keep you close to home or off visiting relatives, plan to sneak in a trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country to stock up on your favorite wine, pick up holiday gifts at one of the wineries’ shopping nights or attend one of the great events going on in wine country!

Akash Winery
Yoga + Wine / November 24 / 9:00-10:00am / $25 pp / The best way to spend your Sunday morning! Class is offered the last Sunday of every month! Includes a glass of wine on the day of the yoga session / Please visit www.akashwinery.com to reserve your spot.

Avensole Winery
Hosted Tour & Wine Tasting /Available on Sunday of each the month / 2pm-3:30pm / For every adventure, there is discovery, for every unique place, there is a story. Take a guided journey through our lush vineyards and experience our rich heritage and handcrafted Avensole wines / Cost. $35 / Reservations required. Please call 951.252.2003 x312 to reserve.

Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting / Available on Friday of each month / 12pm / For the ultimate Wine Country experience, delight in an educational tour through our picturesque vineyard vistas and conclude this tour with a culinary treat of artisanal wine pairings featuring 7 Avensole wines / Cost: $75 / Reservations required online at link: http://www.avensolewinery.com /res-369934

Baily Winery
Estate Library Tasting / Every Thursday-Sunday / Available 11am-4pm / Enjoy exclusive library tasting of 5 different vintages (varietal will vary monthly). Tasting will take place at Baily Estate Tasting Room located on Pauba Road / Tours are available upon request / For reservations and pricing information please call Lisa at 951-972-9768.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $40 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $30 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

Callaway Winery Tours offered daily / 11am and 2pm / Tour only, $10 per person. Tour with tasting, $25 – tour includes 1 tank sample, 1-barrel sample and 4 additional tastes at the Tasting Bar / Reservations not necessary, but for 10 or more highly recommended / For more information call 951.676.4001

Annual Wine Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration! / December 13 / 6:00 to 9:00pm / You’re invited to join us for our Annual Wine Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration! Bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, Christmas carolers, discounts on wine, gifts and so much more! Experience a wine country Christmas with us! Complimentary admission; please R.S.V.P. to info@callawaywinery.com or (951) 676-4001

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Wine & Chocolate Pairing / Every Friday of the month / 3:00pm / $45 Per Person ($40 Wine Club) / Your guided pairing experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with 5 custom chocolates from local chocolate shoppe, SugarPlum Farm. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning wines are made and learn how Carter Estate wines compliment and bring out the unique flavors of chocolate. Our Wine & Chocolate Pairing is approximately 90 minutes & has limited availability to provide a more intimate experience for our guests. Make your reservation today! Must be 21 or older. Reservation Information: Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com  

Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member / 1pm & 3pm Monday-Sunday / Your guided experience includes a specially selected flight of five of our Carter Estate wines paired with perfectly matched culinary bites from our Chef. Learn about the history of our beautiful Temecula Valley & get a behind-the-scenes look at how our award-winning Sparkling wines are made. Our Wine & Food Pairings are approximately 90 minutes & limited to eight guests.  Make your reservation today!  Must be 21 or older / Reservation Information: Reservations recommended – Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / November 16 / 10am-12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $80/person with lunch option.  RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x.109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Vertical Syrah Tasting Class with George Myers / November 23 / 10:30am-12pm / Only $45 per person/Wine Club Members $40. Includes 5 years of our amazing Syrah!  Rated 90 + points by Wine Enthusiast and all Gold Medal winners! Space is limited and Reservations required 951-676-8231 x. 109 or email to wineclub@falknerwinery.com   

Fazeli Cellars
Annual Haunted Masquerade Ball / November 1 / Doors Open at 7pm / Don’t Miss Our Annual Haunted Masquerade Ball! Tickets Sell Out FAST, Get Yours NOW! / $28 Members | $35 Non-Members Includes Entrance and a Glass of Spooky Sparkling Wine / Drinks & food available for purchase | DJ & Dancing! Masks Desired but Not Required! To purchase your tickets please visit http://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-391245/Haunted-Masquerade-Ball-2019.html

Lorimar Winery
The Killer Dueling Pianos / November 14 / 6 pm- 9 pm / $20 per person / $18 per wine club member /The Killer Dueling Pianos are back at Lorimar Winery for a night of wine, live music and dancing! 21+ only event / Purchase Tickets – lorimarwinery.com

Academie Du Vin: Wine & Cheese / November 21 / 6pm – 8 pm / $55 per person / $49.50 per wine club member / Explore the worlds of Wine & Cheese with Certified Sommelier Penny Delgado and local Cheese Monger Stasha. New! Includes five wine and cheese pairings along with two surprise tastings! 21+ only event / Purchase Tickets – lorimarwinery.com

Tree Lighting / December 1 / 5pm- 8pm / Join us to kick off the holiday season at our annual Tree Lighting with Santa, Complimentary Cookie Decorating, Hot Cocoa, Spiced Wine, Wine Sales, Special Food Menu, and more! / Please RSVP at lorimarwinery.com

Mount Palomar Winery

Chicago Tribute Band / November 1 / 7pm-10pm / $35 Public; $31.50 Wine Club / Join us for the continuation of our Fall Concert Series! Next up: Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience, the ultimate tribute to Chicago. Gather your friends and family for an evening of food, fun and fabulous entertainment at Mount Palomar! / For reservations please visit bit.ly/chicagotributeband

Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band / November 2 / 7pm-10pm / $35 Public; $31.50 Wine Club /Join us for the continuation of our Fall Concert Series! Next up: Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads, a tribute to Jimmy Buffett. Gather your friends and family for an evening of food, fun and fabulous entertainment at Mount Palomar! / For reservations please bit.ly/jimmybuffett_tributeband

Ponte Winery
Brunch at Bouquet Restaurant / Every Saturday & Sunday / 7:30am-3:00pm / Offering indoor & outdoor seating options, Bouquet is the perfect spot to gather for a gourmet brunch. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with stunning fountain courtyard, pond & vineyards views / To view menu and for reservations please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Behind the Scene Wine Tour / Available daily / 11 AM, 1 PM and 3PM, Monday through Sunday / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member or Military / Learn more about our spectacular Southern California Temecula winery with a behind-the-scenes wine tour, from vineyards to crush pad. Each tour concludes with 5 wines paired with an individual plate of specially prepared lite-bite foods, designed to enhance your wine knowledge and experience / Reservation Information: Call 866-994-6379 Ext. 7217 to reserve your spot today / Due to the limited sizes of each tour, reservations are required with prepayment, and are non-refundable. Guests must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Thornton Winery
Cooking Class Series: What to do with Thanksgiving left-overs / November 17 / 1pm-3pm / $75 inclusive / For more information and reservations please visit www.thorntonwine.com

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cafe Champagne / November 28 / 12p-5p / Cost: $64.95 ++ Adults, Children 6-12 years $19.95++ Under 5 years free / For more information and reservations please visit www.thorntonwine.com

Vindemia Vineyards & Estate Winery
Harvest Celebration with Special Guest Chef Drew Deckman / November 2 / 4:30pm- 8:00pm / $75 for Wine Club Members and $95 for non-members We are overjoyed to host Super Chef Drew Deckman here in Temecula Valley! Chef Deckman is the head chef at his restaurant, Deckmans’s in Ensenada and is known for his superb dishes in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. Our November 2 event includes a four-course meal grilled by Deckman himself, paired with unreleased Vindemia wines, live music and more! / Please RSVP to wineclub@vindemia.com by October 18 – spots are limited!

Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Academy Blind Tasting / November 2 / 6:00pm-9:00pm / Cost: $20-$35 / Wine Club Members $20 (limit 4 guests $35) / Come join us for an educational journey through wine. Our top-notch instructors will make your wine experience interactive and interesting. Enjoy wine education while tasting different wines with light appetizers. Reserve Members are complimentary with Wine Passes / Reserve at WilsonCreekWinery.com or call 951-252-8523.

Bubble Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday 10am-3pm / $51.95, Buffet only: $41.95, Children: $16.95 / Enjoy all your breakfast favorites, omelet stations, waffle stations, seafood stations, carving stations and dessert stations with beautiful vineyard views / Buffet (+ unlimited sparkling). Now serving Bloody Mary’s! / Reservations can be made at www.wilsoncreekwinery.com or call 951.699.9463 for additional information.

Share

MAC AND CHEESE WITH FRESH PEAS, CAULIFLOWER AND TOASTED GARLIC BREADCRUMBS

October 2nd, 2019

Mac & Cheese with Fresh Peas, Cauliflower and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs

You know it’s the start of fall when you start to crave warm comfort food! This mac & cheese recipe is creamy and comes with a few surprising additions—and a crispy garlicky topping. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Merlot.

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons (30ml) all purpose flour
1 cup (240ml) whole milk
1 cup (240ml) half-and-half
1¼ cup (143g) grated sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup (56g) grated Gruyere cheese
6 cups cooked macaroni (made from 10 ounces/284g dry macaroni)
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) sea salt
2 tablespoons (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 cups (200g) cauliflower florets, cut into small pieces
½ cup (80g) fresh or frozen peas

For the topping:
2 cups (128g) fine dry breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)
½ cup (56g) grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons (10ml) minced garlic
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) sea salt
1 teaspoon (2.5ml) freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C)

Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed, saucepan over medium heat, until sizzling. Add the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Gradually stir in the milk and half-and-half, and continue to stir until the sauce thickens and begins to simmer.

Turn off heat, stir in the grated cheddar and the Gruyere until smooth. Fold in the macaroni and ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) salt. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the cauliflower and cook and stir until lightly browned. Stir in the peas and cook for 2 more minutes.

Mix the cauliflower and peas with the macaroni and spread in a buttered 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking dish.

To make the topping, mix the breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the macaroni.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Suggested Pairings:
Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2016 Special Selection Chardonnay ~ This light, crisp Chardonnay opens with aromas of leafy pineapple and citrus fruits. The palate is lush with fresh tropical fruits, golden delicious apple with a tangy pineapple finish.

Falkner Winery 2016 Merlot ~ Enjoy the added dimension of black cherry, blueberry, and slight plum flavors with a smooth finish that provides for a delicious wine.

Leoness Cellars 2015 Signature Selection Merlot ~ This wine is bursting with black cherry and blackberry flavors framed by subtle hints of licorice, tobacco and cedar leading the way to a soft, lengthy finish.

Oak Mountain Winery 2018 Chardonnay ~ This chardonnay is lightly oaked with French oak imparting rich flavors of vanilla, butterscotch, creme brulee and caramel.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California.





Share
  • Categories

  • Archives

View Our Winery Map