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May Winery Events

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Mom & Daughter Enjoying Wine Together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pan-Seared Salmon with Corn and Poblano Salad

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Pan-Seared Salmon with Corn & Poblano Salad

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



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

Serves 6


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

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

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

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

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

Serve salmon immediately with the salad on the side. 

Suggested pairings:

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

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

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

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

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California


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

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Part 2

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

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

Nadia Urquidez, Assistant Winemaker, Doffo Winery

Nadia Urquidez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maribeth Levine, CEO/Managing Partner, Avensole Winery

Maribeth Levine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christine Mosco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle Vazquez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Nielsen, Wedding & Event Director, Avensole Winery

Jessica Nielsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March Winery Events

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Duo of Delicious Spreads

Monday, December 20th, 2021

If you’re entertaining, these simple and delicious spreads might be just what you’re looking for. Serve these wine-friendly spreads individually or as a colorful duo with a basket of flatbread crackers, crostini or pita crisps. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sparkling Wine or Sparkling Rosé.

A Duo of Delicious Spreads


Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta 

  • 1 large roasted red bell pepper, skinned and seeded 
  • 6 ounces (scant 1 cup/180 g) feta  
  • 1 large garlic clove 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • Hot red pepper and sea salt to taste 

Spinach, Cilantro and Tahini Spread 

  • 1 cup (1.5 oz/45 g) packed baby spinach leaves (no stems) 
  • ½ cup (65 g) frozen peas (no need to thaw) 
  • 1 green onion, white and pale green part only, sliced 
  • 6 to 8 sprigs cilantro, no thick stems 
  • 1 small garlic clove, sliced 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tahini 
  • Sea salt 
  • Lemon juice, as needed 


Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta 

In a food processor, puree all ingredients until fully blended. The mixture will be soft. Chill slightly to firm it. 

Spinach, Cilantro and Tahini Spread 

Put the spinach, peas, green onion, cilantro and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the tahini and a large pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Taste for salt and add a few drops of lemon juice if needed to brighten the flavor. 

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Winery ~ NV Sparkling Bella Rosé – Elegant in both color and flavor, this charming wine greets you with juicy peach aromas touched with spicy white pepper. 

South Coast Winery ~ Extra Dry Brut – Delicate apple and berry with toasty yeast notes.

Thornton Winery ~ NV Brut – A blend of primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, giving our wine exciting, crisp fruit characters while taking on a clean and straightforward yeast flavor from the lengthy tirage time. 

Wilson Creek Winery ~ Rosé Sparkling Wine – Crisp, elegant and flavorful.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California.


Maple Almond Shortbread Cookies

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Maple Almond Shortbread Cookies

Indulge your sweet tooth with these Canadian-inspired maple almond shortbread cookies. Local maple syrup sweetens these easy and buttery cookies while sliced almonds provide a delicious savory crunch. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Sparkling Wine.


  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/8 cup slivered or sliced almonds for topping after cookies are rolled and cut
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar or all-purpose flour for rolling


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

Toss the 1/8 cup of slivered or sliced almonds into a small strainer over your mixing bowl.  Sprinkle the icing sugar over the almonds and mix until almonds are lightly coated, and sugar has fallen into the mixing bowl below. Set aside the sugar-coated almonds

Add butter, flour, maple syrup, and chopped almonds to icing sugar and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Cover with saran wrap or clean towel and place in refrigerator for 15 to 20 min.

Take the dough out and lightly dust the rolling surface with icing sugar or flour.

Roll dough out to about 2 mm thick and cut into desired shapes.  Transfer to a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper or silicon sheet.

Sprinkle sugared almonds on top of cut cookies and bake for 10 to 15 min or until golden brown.

Suggested Pairings:

Altisima Winery ~ 2019 Chardonnay – Boasting strong oak aromatics, a creamy texture, and a butter finish.

Bottaia Winery ~ 2019 Spumante – This 2019 vintage Spumante was made in the Cremant style lending both bright acidity with a balanced creaminess.

Lorenzi Estate Winery ~ 2019 Chardonnay – This chardonnay offers nuances of slightly toasted oak, meyer lemon, vanilla and pineapple.  

Wilson Creek Winery ~ Brut Sparkling Wine -Light and refreshing, and very fun!

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Wine Institute of California


Roasted Butternut Squash and Fennel Soup with Fried Sage

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 6

Butternut squash and fennel make a compelling duo in soup. The licorice-like fennel adds an herbal dimension and keeps the puree from being too sweet. Serve in small portions at Thanksgiving or to launch any autumn meal. Or pair with a hearty salad and a cheese course for a simple dinner. Serve with your favorite Temecula Valley Chardonnay or Merlot.


  • 1 small butternut squash, about 1-1/2 pounds (675 g)
  • 1 large fennel bulb, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ large yellow onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 4 to 5 cups (1 to 1.25 l) chicken or vegetable broth
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fried sage:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 dozen large fresh sage leaves, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) crème fraiche, yogurt, or sour cream for drizzling


Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Slice off both ends of the squash, then cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy flesh. Cut each half in 3 or 4 pieces. Choose a baking dish just large enough to hold the squash and fennel and coat the bottom with the 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange the squash and the fennel in the baking dish cut side down, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake until a knife pierces the squash easily, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then scoop the squash flesh out of the skin and discard the skin. Chop the fennel roughly.

In a large, heavy pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and sweet, about 10 minutes. Add the thyme and cook 1 minute. Add the squash, the fennel, and 4 cups (1 l) broth. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 5 minutes. Puree in a blender, in batches if necessary. Return to the pot and reheat, thinning with broth to the desired consistency. The soup should not be thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the fried sage: In a very small skillet, melt the butter with the oil over medium-low heat. Add the sage leaves and cook slowly, turning with tongs, until they darken and begin to crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. You can prepare the sage leaves up to 2 hours ahead.

Put the crème fraîche in a bowl and, if necessary, thin with water until you can drizzle it with a whisk. Divide the hot soup among 6 bowls, then drizzle each portion with some of the crème fraîche and garnish with 2 fried sage leaves. Serve immediately.

Suggested Pairings:

Altisima Winery ~ 2019 Chardonnay – Boasting strong oak aromatics, a creamy texture, and a butter finish. 

Bel Vino Chardonnay ~ Essences of blueberries and rose petals with a coffee earthiness.

Leoness Cellars 2016 Vineyard Series Merlot ~ Beautiful layers of blackberry, black cherry, and plum complemented by earthy aromas

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2015 Wild Horse Peak Merlot – Essences of blueberries and rose petals with a coffee earthiness.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Mushroom, Kale & Butternut Squash Pasta

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Mushroom, Kale & Butternut Squash Pasta

As the weather turns chilly and the crisp autumn air has us gathering around a warm fire at night, this comfort food dish will be a sure hit that it will have you making it again and again. This Autumn-inspired pasta showcases the best of the harvest season and pairs perfectly with a loaf of fresh crusty bread. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Serves 4


  • 3 oz butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped oyster mushrooms or shitake
  • 1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 1 cup small of diced butternut squash
  • 2 oz white wine
  • 2 cups 35% cream
  • 1 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 6 cups cooked bowtie pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds


  1. In a large frying pan (big enough for all ingredients) heat butter.
  2. Cook onions, garlic, and diced squash on medium heat until onions are soft and starting to brown.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook on medium for about 5 min.
  4. Add white wine and stir. The wine should clean the bottom of the pan up and incorporate all that goodness.
  5. Add kale, cream, cheese salt, and pepper. Cook till cheese is melted and kale is wilted slightly. (Approx 3 min)
  6. Add pre-cooked noodles and toss together. Cook for another 3 min on medium to re-heat noodles.
  7. Serve and top with toasted almonds and chopped green onions.

Suggested Pairings:

Bel Vino Winery ~ 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bold & smooth. This elegant wine has aromas & flavors of blackberry, blueberry & Dried cherry.

Foot Path Winery ~ 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine’s delicious full-body gives it the qualities that makes it so beloved worldwide. This wine can be enjoyed in its youthful stage or when it is aged to perfection.

Lorimar Winery ~ 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Truly the holy grail of wine, with complexity to spare; perfumes of black plums, medjool dates, root beer leaf and cedar mingled with black peppercorn and the weathered leather of a whip.

Ponte Winery ~ 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Red berry mix aromas and a touch of roasted red pepper, black pepper and a touch of cedar at the finish with graphite.

Recipe & photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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