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Your Guide to California Wine Month

September 1st, 2022

Celebrate CA Wine Month

What it is and How You Can Celebrate in Temecula Valley

California Wine Month is upon us! For the entire month of September, wineries throughout the state of California celebrate the annual harvest, as well as the remarkable impact the California wine industry has on the economy, the lives of all the people employed by it, and, of course, the amazing wine fans – like you! – who get to enjoy the delicious wines that make it to their dinner tables and homes.

What does this mean for you, dear wine lover? Not only does it mean you can find lots of fun events and promotions throughout Temecula Valley, but it also means there is a wonderful sense of excitement that permeates our region, as well as other winemaking regions throughout the state.

What Is California Wine Month

California Wine Month is a promotion created by The Wine Institute as a tribute to America’s top wine-producing state. Now 18 years running, the month-long program raises a glass to the California grape-growers and winemakers, as well as tasting room staff, vineyard crews, lab workers, distributors, salespeople, marketers, hospitality staff, and others who have helped to propel California’s wine industry to its vital role in our economy and identity.

In celebration of the rich history of California wine that dates back more than 250 years, as well as the 147 different winegrowing regions within the state, wine lovers can enjoy harvest festivals, winery promotions, immersive wine tastings, and fun events all month long.

Things To Do:

As South Coast’s largest and best known American Viticultural Area, Temecula Valley is absolutely abuzz with exciting Wine Country festivities throughout California Wine Month.

In addition to events and activities happening at individual wineries throughout Temecula, our annual CRUSH Wine and Culinary Showcase is officially back! Taking place on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 PM (7:00 PM for early admission ticket holders) at the picturesque Monte de Oro Winery, this can’t-miss event features the wines of over 30 Temecula Valley wineries, along with delicious culinary creations from some of the region’s best restaurants. It’s a true feast for the senses, and a wonderful, totally immersive way to celebrate California Wine Month. For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

Check the websites and social media pages of your favorite wineries to see how they are ringing in the harvest season. Or, browse our regional winery events calendar HERE.

How Else to Get Involved:

 In addition to taking part in the events and festivities throughout the region, there are other ways to show your love for Temecula Valley wines this California Wine Month.

  1. Get Social!

Be sure to follow along with the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association social media channels as well as those of individual wineries to join in the conversation about California Wine Month! We will be launching some fun and interactive content in partnership with our member wineries and can’t wait to share it with you! We invite you to like, comment, share, and post your own California Wine Month celebrations. Don’t forget to tag @temeculawines and use the hashtags #DrinkTemecula and #CaliforniaWineMonth so we can follow along with your wine-sipping adventures!

  • Sip and Share Temecula Valley Wines

With nearly 50 wineries growing and producing nearly two dozen different grape varieties, California Wine Month is the perfect time to discover a new Temecula Valley favorite or revisit an old one. This month, check out a winery you’ve never visited before, or get out of your comfort zone with a grape variety that’s a first for you! Most wineries have online shopping as well as warm and welcoming tasting rooms with knowledgeable staff who make it easy and fun to explore new wines.

  • Pair Temecula Valley Wines with Classic California Cuisine

There are few things in life more satisfying than discovering the perfect wine and food pairing. One of the main principles behind the magic art of pairing food and wine is to match local wines to local cuisine. This year, The Wine Institute has partnered with the California Grown organization as well as Visit California to create a free e-book to help you do just that! Iconic California Dishes to Celebrate California Wine Month features recipes for dishes that evoke the state’s sunny and relaxed vibe. Get cooking, and dip into your Temecula Valley wine selection to find the perfect pairing. The free e-book can be accessed HERE.


September Winery Events

August 31st, 2022

Altisima Winery 
Our First Paint & Sip | September 1 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm | $65 per person | Talented teacher Jill Roberts will lead you through a guided paint lesson while you enjoy the Altisima ambiance, a complimentary glass of wine, crudités, and more! | Learn more: https://altisimawinery.com/events/paintandsip/  

Wednesdays in September | We’re celebrating California wine month by letting you experience our wine club for the day! Gain access to our members lounge and learn more about what it means to join the Altisima family. Reserve your spot by emailing wineclub@altisimawinery.com  

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 
Sip, Stomp & Play!  | September 17 at 6:30pm | Grape stomping time has officially arrived, and you won’t want to miss out on this epic event! Grab your friends and family for this unforgettable, undeniably fun-filled grape stomp and harvest festival! The fun-for-the-entire-family event will have face painting, live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-alike contest, and most of all grape stomping contests! Show up in your most fabulous Lucille Ball costume for a chance to win prizes! Grab your tickets while you can, this event will sell out. Purchase tickets here: https://shop.callawaywinery.com/res-415419/Sip-Stomp-Play-2022.html  

Cougar Vineyard & Winery 
Yappy Hour! | September 23 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Featuring k9 police officer demonstrations by Paws 4 Law non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness and support for the Murrieta Police Dept. K-9 Unit and other K-9 Units within Riverside County.  100% of all proceeds for dog bowls and hot dog specials sold during Yappy Hour will be donated to the foundation.  Vendors and dogs available to adopt on-site too! | For more information, please visit www.Cougarvineyards.com   
Europa Village Wineries & Resort 
The Great Taste of Europa Wine and Food Festival | September 18 from 11:00am to 4:00pm | We are excited to announce our FIRST-EVER wine and food festival, The Great Taste of Europa! Join us in exploring the sights and wonders of our European wineries & resort with over 30 different wines, local craft brews, spirits, gourmet food, and live entertainment. Wine aficionados and foodie lovers… don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event! | Purchase Tickets here: https://www.europavillage.com/the-great-taste-of-europa/  

Sunset Sips | Every Thursday & Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Take advantage of the long summer evenings and join us after hours for our new summer series, Sunset Sips. Delight in delicious bites, tantalizing wines, and live entertainment | Bolero Tasting Room⁠ | Thursdays 6 pm – 8 pm⁠, C’est la Vie Tasting Room | Fridays 5 pm – 8 pm⁠ | For additional information, please visit www.europavillage.com  
Frangipani Winery 
Karaoke Night | September 2 from 5:30pm-9:30pm | Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean it  | For additional information and cost, please call or visit www.frangipaniwinery.com  

Wine & Paint Night | September 30 from 6:00pm-8:00pm | $45 per person – $35 per person for Wine Club Members | Includes a glass of wine and supplies for project – Instructor Melissa Cain | Reservations required by September 28 – Purchase tickets at www.Frangipanievents.com  

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery 
Fall Clambake | September 18 from 6:00pm-9:00pm | $120/$108 Wine Club (add a lobster tail for $30/$27 Wine Club) ticket includes 2 glasses of wine or beer | Clambake favorites | Live Music & more | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415576/Lorimar-Fall-Clambake.html  
Maurice Car’rie Winery 
Annual Grape Stomp | September 17 from 4-8pm in The Barn | Additional information and tickets can be purchased in The Tasting Room or over the phone at 951-676-1711 
Monte de Oro Winery 
Signature Food & Wine Series | September 18 | Join us for our Signature Food & Wine Series, featuring the culinary creations of Chef Alfred paired with our award-winning wines! | Purchase Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400783/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html  

Wine Bingo | September 23 | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! | Purchase Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400782/Wine-Bingo.html  

Oak Mountain Winery 
Magic Show & Dinner | September 9 from 6:00pm-9:00pm |Come join us for a night of magic in the vines with a 3-course dinner | Members $89, Non-members $99 | Dinner Menu: Panzanella Salad, Oso Bucco and Tiramisu | Purchase tickets at https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx  
Peltzer Family Cellars 
Wine Wednesday | Every Wednesday at the Crush House | All ages welcome | 11am-8:00pm | Join us for extended hours in the Crush House with live music and local food truck bites… For details check out our events calendar: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/     

Late Nights at the Crush House | September 3 | 11am-10:00pm |Join us for extended hour in the Crush House with live music and local food truck bites… For details, check out our events calendar: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/  
Somerset Winery 
Journey Tribute Band | September 4 | 6:00pm | Escape is playing at Somerset Winery | Visit our website at  https://shop.somersetvineyard.com/res-431364/Journey-Tribute-Band-Escape.html?fbclid=IwAR1WjDvuuPxaINiablRd38KCu5RrAUH02gioZIf2dZSkSxmThzVULNgmbd8  for more details or order tickets.   

Somerset Winery’s Fourth Annual Grape Stomp | September 10 | Our most fun and Popular Event sells out every year, you can come and watch the fun or join in! Dress Up contest, Lucille Ball Look alike, it’s all a blast.  Viewing is free, but to participate visit https://shop.somersetvineyard.com/res-431159/Fourth-Annual-Grape-Stomp-2022.html  |We also offer a slow-paced Grape Stomp preview on September 4th, take your time, learn to stomp and enjoy a glass of wine, for more information visit https://shop.somersetvineyard.com/res-431160/Grape-Stomp-Preview-Experience.html  
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
Rhythm on the Vine® Concerts Series  
Beth Hart | September 1 | Doors open at 5 p.m.; concert begins at 6:30 p.m. 
98 Degrees | September 2 | Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Los Lobos  | September 23 | Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets available for purchase at https://rhythmonthevine.com/tickets/   

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concerts – Last 2 Jazz Concerts of the Season!  
Michael Paulo, Blake Aaron & Tateng Katindig in Vintner’s Garden | September 11 
Steve Oliver and Michael Lington in Vintner’s Garden | September 25 
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm | Ticket prices are $65 for general admission, $85 for preferred table seating, $150 for VIP Tickets, which are close to the stage, include a table, and a meet & greet reception with the artists! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.southcoastwinery.com/activities/rhythm-concert-series/jazz-concert-series   

Annual Grape Stomp in the Vintner’s Garden  
Fridays, September 9 and 16  
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17 and 24  
Sundays, September 4 and 18  
South Coast Winery’s Grape Stomp is back! Tickets start at $170 and include grape stomp participation for a team of two people, two tasting tickets to South Coast Winery and a case of wine per two participants. Reserve your spot by purchasing a timeslot on the online store | Tickets are available online at https://store.wineresort.com/grapestomp2022/  

Thornton Winery 
Elton John Tribute Band | September 16 at 6:30 pm | $40 |   
Buy Tickets https://www.thorntonwine.com/friday_concerts/elton-john-tribute-september-16/ |  
Call for Dinner Reservation – 951-699-0099. 

Wiens Family Cellars 
Uncorked Friday Nights | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Live Music, Wine, Food trucks, Lawn games and more! |Complimentary entry for wine club members and $15/guest for non-members | For artist line-up please visit https://www.wienscellars.com/winery-events-calendar 
Wilson Creek Winery 
Russell Dickerson Country Concert | September 21 | Doors open at 6pm | Join us under the stars in the heart of wine country for an evening of country music with Multiplatinum Nashville-based singer RUSSELL DICKERSON! | Purchase tickets here: https://beta.purplepass.com/events/237214-russell-dickerson-country-concert-sep-21st-2022  


Creamy Chicken Tikka Masala

August 31st, 2022

Tikki Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is widely considered Britain’s national dish. This culinary delight has Indian origins and was modified to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. Tikka Masala is made of boneless chicken (can substitute chickpeas for vegetarians) marinated in spices and yogurt, roasted in an oven, and served in a rich, creamy tomato sauce. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.


Chicken Marinade

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 small white onions (or 1 large onion) finely diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic finely grated
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 can (156 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of 35% heavy cream or use heavy Greek yogurt 9% or 11%
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup water

Serves: 8


Combine all chicken marinade ingredients, except oil, into a bowl and mix. Let stand for 10 to 20 min

In a heavy deep cast iron pan or other deep frying pan heat oil.

Once the oil is hot pour chicken and marinade into the oil and cook for roughly 3 min aside. Moving it around to keep it from sticking. After 6 to 8 minutes, remove from pan and set aside. It won’t be fully cooked at this point. It will finish cooking in the sauce during the next steps.

After removing the chicken from the pan, add butter, onions, and garlic and cook till soft.

Add spices, jalapeno and tomato paste into the pan and mix. cook for about 2 min while stirring.

Add cream or yogurt, chicken mixture, and brown sugar to the pan and cook for about 10 to 15 min. Add water as and if needed to reach your desired sauce consistency. The sauce should be nice and creamy.

Serve with basmati rice or naan.

Suggested Wines:

Churon Winery ~ 2020 Sauvignon Blanc This popular Sauvignon Blanc is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Masia de la Vinya ~2020 Sauvignon Blanc – This popular Sauvignon Blanc is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Altisima Winery ~2020 Sauvignon Blanc Aromas of green apple accentuates both the nose and the palate, accompanied by bright acidity and flavors of honeydew and passionfruit.

South Coast Winery & Resort ~ 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Kiwi & lime, gooseberries, pears, passion fruit and wild flowers delicately laced with a crisp acidity and a zesty, clean finish.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Harvest in Temecula Valley is Upon Us

August 1st, 2022

Grape harvest

From lower yields and gophers to promising cabs and new babies, Temecula winemakers share how they’re feeling about harvest this year

‘Tis the season! Harvest season, that is.

Harvest in Temecula Valley is a magical time of year. The vines are lush and green, the grapes have reached full ripeness, and the wineries are abuzz with the excitement of a new crop.

While Temecula Valley is known for bright whites, classic methode sparkling wines, rich reds, and a range of sweet and dessert wines year after year, the real excitement comes with the small – and sometimes striking – differences between each harvest. Was it a hot year or unusually cool? Was there a lot of rain? Late spring frosts? How are yields looking? This kaleidoscope of factors contributes in no small way to vintage variation and keeps winemakers on their toes. It’s also part of what makes wine so beguiling to us – the wine lovers who get to enjoy each bottle after harvest.

Temecula Valley has a warm, Mediterranean climate, with long sunny days, cool mornings and nights, and late afternoon breezes. The growing season is long and there is relatively low rainfall throughout the year, which means lots of time for grapes to develop their sugars and flavor ripeness without the pressure of humidity and late-season rains that can lead to disease and other problems during harvest. The large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures – called a “diurnal shift” – allows the grapes to retain their acidity despite the heat, creating fresh and balanced wines with lots of flavor. A range of grapes grows well in this climate, which is why Temecula is known for so many different types of wines. Some of the world’s most celebrated wine regions have a Mediterranean climate.  

Harvest time can be exciting, frenetic, and nerve-wracking for winemakers. Many Temecula Valley winemakers pick grapes at night or in the very early morning hours to take advantage of the cooler temperatures – not just for more comfortable working conditions, but to ensure that the grapes arrive intact and don’t start fermenting or oxidizing before they reach the winery. The long hours, rigorous physical work, and unpredictable schedules can make this an exhausting time at the winery for many.

We caught up with a few Temecula Valley winemakers to check in on how they are feeling about this year’s harvest, and what they are most excited about this season. Joe Wiens from Wiens Family Cellars, Jon McPherson from South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery, and Renato Saís from Akash Winery all shared their thoughts on the upcoming harvest.

TVWA: How is the 2022 harvest looking for you?

Joe:  “The growing season has been fairly moderate for our vineyards. We had a freeze event in mid-April (which affected most of the west coast). This freeze resulted in some crop losses in our higher elevation vineyards, especially in the early-to-bud varieties like Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. We have also noticed uneven ripeness as we near harvest, especially in the early varieties. Grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon ripen later in the season and seem to have escaped much of the frost damage and uneven ripeness.

“Fortunately we haven’t had any big heat waves in 2022 (knock on wood!), which means the variation in cluster ripeness is able to somewhat even out naturally. We are expecting roughly the same tons per acre as last year, which is down from our usual average. This is likely due to the lack of rainfall, which naturally washes away salt buildup in the soils. The salt will hinder the plant’s ability to take up water from the roots, resulting in lower yields. Overall, the fruit looks very clean and pristine, which should make for a beautiful, if not bountiful harvest.” 

Renato: Although it has been a very dry year for all of us, and it seems that is the trend nowadays, temperatures have remained very steady and mild compared to other hotter years. Fruit-set is really nice. Our biggest issue in the vineyards is the squirrels and gophers! Managing them has been the biggest challenge this year for us. Other than that, we expect a very humble harvest from our vines.

Jon: “2022 Harvest looks to be average yields with above average quality. Warmer spring temperatures pushed us into an earlier start as we are picking our Wild Horse Peak Pinot Noir later this month for sparkling wine.”

TVWA: What are you most excited about this season? 

Joe: “Because we are expecting a lighter harvest, we are looking forward to spending more time with each lot of wine. This extra attention should result in the highest quality wine possible, across the board. We’re also expecting a baby in late September, which is very exciting for my wife and me, and perhaps less so for the rest of our production team (who will have to pick up a little slack). Fortunately, we have a passionate and dedicated winemaking team, which I am fully confident will not skip a beat. Our production crew is excited for harvest to start as we wind down our bottling season. The change of pace is fun, and we always look forward to getting our hands on the newest vintage of grapes.”  

Renato: “Like any other harvest, I am excited about the challenge of making wine, having fun, and enjoying the time and effort in the vineyard and in the cellar to transform the beautiful fruit. I’m always thinking this is the best harvest that is ever going to be – optimism must exist and, along with it, timely execution.”

Jon: “We are excited for another opportunity to make great wines.”

TVWA: Are there any grapes you feel will be stand-out for you this year? 

Joe: “Our Bordeaux varieties, which will make up roughly 3/4 of our production by volume, look beautiful. They escaped much of the frost damage and have benefitted from the moderate weather. Look out for our 2022 Cabernets!” 

Renato: “Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate. I’m always expecting the best of the grapes – they look amazing.”

Jon: “Everything should be outstanding.”

TVWA: Anything you are worried about? 

Joe: “As the climate continues to change, I am worried about the long-term viability of many of the world’s wine-growing regions. From lengthy droughts, massive wildfires, and unusual weather patterns, we have a lot to keep an eye on as generational winemakers and grape growers.”   

Renato: “I am definitely worried about a lot of things: A lack of experienced workers available, the economy, but we are all worried about this… In our industry, the most I am worried about and in the long term is drought, gophers, and squirrels.”

Jon: “We are only worried about having enough water at our Wild Horse Peak vineyard to make it through the season.”


August Events

July 29th, 2022

Red wine pour

Altisima Winery
Taco Tuesdays and Sangria Thursdays | 4:00pm-8:00pm every week! Live music every Saturday and Sunday, and Self Care Sunset on the last Thursday of the month | For more information please visit www.altisimawinery.com

Bel Vino Winery
Stevie Nicks Illusion Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band | August 26th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm | Tickets can be purchased at https://www.heyday.com/event-details/fleetwood-mac-tribute-stevie-nicks-illusion 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
IDOLX Concert! | August 19 | Doors open at 7pm concert starts at 8pm | Wine Club $36 | General Public $40 | IDOLX accurately pays tribute to the music of Billy Idol and Generation X. Join us for this fun-filled tribute where IDOLX performs all of your favorite Billy Idol and Generation X songs! Seating is provided but feel free to bring your own. Wine and beer are available for purchase. Food is provided by Devilicious Food Truck and The Baja Shrimp. No outside food or alcohol is allowed. Purchase tickets at: https://shop.callawaywinery.com/res-415193/Idol-X-2022.html
Danza del Sol Winery
New Member Tour | August 21 at 11:30AM | Walking tour of our barrel room, Club House and production facilities while sipping your favorite Danza wine | Wine Club $10 | General $15

Comedy Night in the Vines | August 28 at 7:00pm | Doors Open at 6:00pm | Tickets: Wine Club $20 | General $30 | VIP Tables Available -Table of 4 (includes a bottle of wine); Wine Club $120 | General $130 | Table of 6 (includes two bottle of wine); Wine Club $180 | General $190 | To reserve please visit us at https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/reservation-events   

Doffo Winery
Cork n Torque Wine Tours |  Daily 11am and 1pm.  Visit www.doffowines.com  to book your tour today.

Falkner Winery
Pinnacle Late Night Salsa Wednesdays | August 10 & 24 | 5pm-9pm | $15 cover charge | Come and learn to dance Salsa from 5-6- Open dancing with DJ Andre 6-9. This event will be held in our Pinnacle restaurant and open to 21+ only | Food, Sangria, Wine & Beer will be available for purchase | Please call 951-676-8231 ext. 101 with any questions. Reservations are not required.

Friday Nights in the Rhone Valley Vertical Tasting | August 12 | 5pm-7pm | $50pp; Wine Club Members $45pp | Reservation required at www.falknerwinery.com | Explore Falkner Winery’s New Released 2020 Syrah with a vertical pairing. Enhance your love for Syrah! Chef Luis Sandoval will dive into the Mediterranean cuisine to help enhance every vintage of our Library Syrah through the years. With most of our Syrah’s rating 90pts and receiving the highest merit in international, and regional competitions. We hope you join us for the wine and food but add a little sunset and the new and improved patio area to the list! 2010 Syrah, 2012 Syrah, 2016 Syrah, New Released 2020 Syrah

Friday Nights in the Rhone Valley Vertical Tasting | August 19 | 5pm-7pm | $50pp; Wine Club Members$45pp | Reservation required at www.falknerwinery.com | Explore Falkner Winery’s New Released 2020 Amanté with a vertical pairing. Falkner Winery is now open to the public and we want to share our flagship wine the Amanté-Super Tuscan. Chef Luis Sandoval will dive into the Mediterranean cuisine to help enhance every vintage of our Library Amanté through the years. With most of the Amanté’s rating 90pts and receiving the highest of merit in international, and regional competitions. We hope you join us for the wine and food but add a little sunset and the new and improved patio area to the list. 2011 Amanté – Super Tuscan, 2013 Amanté – Super Tuscan, 2015 Amanté – Super Tuscan, New Released 2020 Amanté – Super Tuscan. Live Music. Wine for sale at the event, member discounts, and limited availability. 

Foot Path Winery
Food Wine and Music event | August 27 | 7:00 to 9:30 pm | Admission: Wine Club members $35pp; $40.00 pp, plus tax | Maria Tri-tip menu. Music by Tim Cash | Admission $35.00 wine club. $40.00 non-wine club. Call 951-265-9951 for reservations.

Frangipani Winery
A Tribute to Sinatra & Friends
| August 12 & 14 | Show starts at 7:30pm | Presented by Triple Threat Productions – General Admission $30; Students/Seniors/Military $25 | Performances outdoors – Enjoy an evening under the stars!  Purchase tickets at frangipanievents.com or call the winery at 951-699-8845

Mad Music & Wine Country Dinner | August 27 | Dinner at 6pm | Presented by Mad Mike of Mad Mike’s American Gourmet Sausages | Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Frangipani Estate Winery.  For price & reservations email frangipaniwine@yahoo.com

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Movie in the Vines featuring Sing 2 | August 7 from 6-9pm | Family Friendly | No Charge, RSVP only | Doors & Pairings Food Truck open at 6pm, Movie starts at sunset | Kid Menu items available | Complementary popcorn | Candy and snacks available for purchase. | Reservation required at https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415498/Movie-In-The-Vines-Sing-2.html

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Battle of the Sangria’s | August 6-7 | Masia’s serving staff face off in creating the best Sangria recipe and a claim to bragging rights | Come Sip & Vote starting Aug 6, winner announced Aug 7 at 5:30 pm |Sangria Flights $25/guest $18/Wine Club complimentary stemless logo glass with wine purchased from a Sangria recipe.

Vines & Vendors | August 14 from 11am – 4pm | Local Market Edition. Come shop over 15+ local vendors, food trucks, live music, and more | Sangria & Mimosa specials, 15% off bottles during the event, no reservations, family-friendly

Monte de Oro Winery
Polynesian Night & Luau | August 13 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Join us for an island style evening featuring music, Polynesian Dancers, Tahitian Drummers, Fire Dancers, a delicious spread (including a pig roast!) and Sangria!!

Wine Bingo | August 19 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us Friday, August 19th, for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine!

Signature Food & Wine Series | August 28 | 11:30am – 1:30pm | A culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and take you through a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine.
For reservations and pricing on Monte De Oro events please visit www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
Doogie Date Day Carnival for your pup! | August 20 |  $20 donations and one glass of wine included | 2:00pm to 8:00pm |  Cafe will be open, vendors, and live music, and raffles. Fun Day with the pups, proceeds go to Cause Fur Paws 5201c3. 

Peltzer Family Cellars
Nashville Nights | August 13 | 21+only | No cover | 3pm-10pm | Our summertime fan favorite is B A C K and better than ever. Nashville Nights has officially entered the farm, y’all! Throw on your flannels and dancin’ shoes, country music is in the air! Surround yourself with all our vintage Rusty Gold, twinkling market lights, yard games, and charming photos ops. Psst, don’t forget to enjoy the bars in every farm corner, they’ll be pouring up the good times. Be sure to soak up every bit of the scenic Peltzer grounds, it sure is a looker this time of year! Click the link for more details: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/

The Killer Dueling Pianos | August 25 | 21+ only | $55 cover | 6pm-9:30pm | Dancing? Encouraged. Singing along? Obviously. Attendance? A must. Join us at the Crush House for an interactive dueling piano performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/

Endless Peltzer Summer | August 27 | 21+only | No cover | 6-10pm | Let’s get together and feel alright, y’all. Dance to reggae tunes, sip on Summer Sangria Flights, and taste some local Food truck bites! We’re stirrin’ up a lively time at our darlin’ Crush House with our Endless Peltzer Summer event! Chillax at our front porch tables and let the sunny SoCal times roll. Click the link for more details: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/.

Paint and Sip for Autism | August 31st | 21+only | $45 per painter | 5-8pm | Join Pretty Paints for a fun step-by-step Painting Class hosted by @prettypaintsparty at the beautiful Peltzer Farm & Winery Farmstead! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.prettypaintsparty.com/new-products-2/aug31peltzerpaintandsip

Wine Wednesday | Every Wednesday at the Crush House | All ages welcome | 11-8pm | Join us for extended hours in the Crush House with live music and local food truck bites… For details check out our events calendar: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/

Late Nights at the Crush House | August 6 & 20 | 11-10pm | Join us for extended hour in the Crush House with live music and local food truck bites… For details, check out our events calendar: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
South Coast Winery New Summer hours | Tasting Room open daily from 11 am and closing at 5pm Sunday through Thursday.  Open until 8 pm on Fridays and 6 pm on Saturdays.  Live music on Fridays from 4pm – 8pm and on Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm. Come visit us today!

Sweet Oaks Winery
Mom’s Monday Day Off | Every Monday in August |11:00am-6:00pm | $20 tastings fo those ladies that hold our lives together! Unwind – with or without the kids | RSVP: https://fb.me/e/1Blso03sN

Wine Down Wednesday | Every Wednesday in August | 11:00am-6:00pm | Bring your own picnic and come relax on our ranch! Taste our newest Summer Releases, spend time with our furry friends, play yard games, and so much more! | RSVP: https://fb.me/e/3HlPHDnPs

Thirsty Thursday | Every Thursday in August | 11:00am-6:00pm | Come sample a flight of our 6 exclusive wines. With every $50 purchase, take home a complimentary insulated wine tumbler | RSVP: https://fb.me/e/22J0pti9k

Thornton Winery
Champagne Jazz Series Concert
Mindi Abair & Euge Groove
| August 13 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission still available – $95 | Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out | Purchase Tickets: https://www.thorntonwine.com/concerts/mindi-abair-euge-groove-august-13-2022/

Gerald Albright & Adam Hawley | August 27 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission still available – $95 | Gourmet Supper Package is Sold Out | Purchase Tickets: https://www.thorntonwine.com/concerts/gerald-albright-adam-hawley-august-27-2022/

Jesse Cook | August 28 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission still available – $95 | Gourmet Supper Package still available – $195 | Purchase Tickets: https://www.thorntonwine.com/concerts/jesse-cook-august-28-2022/  

Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery
Looking for the perfect date night? Try our self-guided wine tasting. An only by reservation tasting experience allows you and a guest to try five wines hand-selected by our winemaker, perfectly paired with an assortment of meats and cheese. You can pre-order this experience at https://vitaglianowines.com/tasting-experiences/

Wiens Family Cellars
Seated Paired Tasting | Want a more intimate tasting experience? Try our seated paired tasting. An only by reservation tasting experience held in our private Cellar Room, Cellar Patio or Barrel Room with our reserve or limited-production red wines paired with cheeses, meats, and nuts. Available Thursday -Sunday at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. For pricing and reservation please visit https://www.exploretock.com/wiensfamilycellars

Wilson Creek Winery
Wilson Creek Late Nights every Friday night! Have a night out with friends in Wine Country! Enjoy wine, delicious food, and live music. No reservations needed – just come on in from 5pm – 8:30pm.

Dinner at the Creekside Grille every Thursday and Friday Night with new summer menus! Reservations are highly recommended at www.WilsonCreekWinery.com


Summer Garden Flatbread

July 29th, 2022

Vegetable flatbrad

Release your inner artist with a garden-themed flatbread designed by you. Make a “sketch” of the topping by laying out your design on a 12-inch round of parchment paper, then transfer the components to the surface of the dough just before baking. Choose vegetables that will cook through in 20 minutes; suggestions follow. Pair with Temecula Viognier.


  • 1 pound (450 g) store-bought pizza dough 
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • Sea salt

Suggested Toppings:

  • Green onions, white and pale green part only (see Note) 
  • Leeks (see Note) 
  • Sliced mushrooms 
  • Yellow or red bell pepper 
  • Red onion 
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • Zucchini, thinly sliced 
  • Black olives, pitted 
  • Herbs: parsley, tarragon, thyme, fennel fronds 

Makes one 12-inch (30-cm) flatbread, to serve 2 to 4 


Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C). 

Remove refrigerated pizza dough from its packaging and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn to coat with oil. Cover and let come to room temperature, about 1 hour. 

Using 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, coat the bottom of a 12-inch (30-cm) round cake pan or spread the oil in a 12-inch (30-cm) circle on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the cake pan or baking sheet and flatten it into a 12-inch (30-cm) round with oiled fingertips; it will want to spring back. Let the dough rest 15 minutes, then flatten again with oiled fingertips. 

Create your garden design on the dough surface. Brush vegetables and exposed dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into wedges with a pizza wheel or chef’s knife. Serve immediately. 

NOTE: If using green onions or leeks, blanch them first in boiling salted water until just tender, then chill in ice water. Squeeze to remove excess water and pat dry. Green onions take only about 1-1-1/2 minutes in boiling water; leeks may take 5 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness. 

Suggested Pairings

Danza del Sol Winery~2021 ViognierThis popular Viognier is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Leoness Winery~2021 Viognier Blended with small amounts of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, this wine offers aromas of stone fruit with hints of citrus and white pepper before a long, generous finish.

Carter Estate Winery~2020 Viognier This popular Viognier is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Monte de Oro Winery ~2020 ViognierA young bouquet of cotton candy and bubble gum that’s very sweet and enticing

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Vote for Temecula Valley

July 1st, 2022

Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Valley has been nominated by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for Best Wine Region!

Temecula Valley is known for its diversity of varietals, with more than 50 types of grapes grown in the area. Wine grapes have been grown in the area for more than 200 years, but these days, the warm region is best known for its Italian and Rhone varietals.

In today’s present time we now have over 47 wineries located off Rancho California Road, Calle Contento, and De Portola Wine Trail.

Come out and explore Temecula Valley Wine Country for what we bring to the table (or the glass…). We are known for our dining experiences, wine country lodging, special events, and of course we cannot forget the daily wine tasting.

Raise your glass high for Temecula Valley for being nominated for Best Wine Region. Cast your vote today by clicking HERE.

Vote daily from multiple devices and help us reach number 1 before July 17th.


July Winery Events

July 1st, 2022


Bottaia Winery
4th of July Pool Day |
We are open from 12-7pm: Tasting Rooms + Pool, Cafe + Cocktail Bar.  *Reservations Highly Recommended.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Queen Nation Concert! | July 8 | Doors open at 7pm; Concert starts at 8pm | Cost: Wine Club $36; General Public $40 | Queen Nation is the West Coast’s longest running, most authentic re-creation of a vintage Queen concert. Join us for this fun-filled tribute where Queen Nation performs all of your favorite Queen classics! Seating is provided but feel free to bring your own. Wine, beer available for purchase. Food provided by Devilicious Food Truck and The Baja Shrimp. No outside food or alcohol allowed.  Purchase tickets at: https://shop.callawaywinery.com/res-415192/Queen-Nation-2022.html

Carter Estate Winery & Resort
Crêpes & Champagne Sundays |Every Sunday April 3 – June 26th | 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.
For more information please visit www.CarterEstateWinery.com

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Yappy Hour
| July 15 from 3:00 – 6:00 | Bring your pooch or adopt one. Dress your pooch in a patriotic theme for our contest. Doggie deli menu available. Raffle – proceeds will go to the participating rescue. Please visit www.cougarvineyards.com for additional information.

Danza del Sol Winery
Summer Movie Nights
| July 9 | 8:00pm | Enjoy outdoor movie nights and enjoy, wine, beer, food trucks and popcorn! For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Doffo Winery
Rock the Vines Summer Concert Series

July 23; Fleetwood Max, Fleetwood Mac tribute band | July 30;  Kisstroyer USA, Kiss tribute band | August 30;  King of Queens, Queen tribute band.
Time: 6pm-9pm | Advance tickets are required | Purchase tickets at www.doffowines.com/calevents

25th Anniversary Celebration | August 13 | Celebrate with a 12 piece All female salsa band, lite bites, and wine! | For tickets visit www.doffowines.com/calevents.

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
C’est La Vie for BBQ | July 2 & 3 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Enjoy live music, and wine specials.

Bastille Day Celebration at C’est La Vie | July 14 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Join us at C’est La Vie for a fun day filled with French faire, live music, and wine specials.

Latin Nights | July 19 | Starts at 7:00pm |Salsa the night away and ignite the passion and fire of our Latin Nights with live music by Kimba Light. Plus, you’ll be able to learn some new dance moves with a live instructor and delight in some wine, beer, and tapas! https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights

Bebel Gilberto Concert | July 23 | 7:00pm | Join us for a night of great food, wine, and the sultry sounds of multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto. For ticket info visit: https://bit.ly/3Gn4MkT

80’s Night | July 29 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Tear up the dance floor at the most radical 80’s party with live music, food, and drinks!
For additional information & reservations for above events, please visit us online www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Grand Re-opening & 22nd Anniversary Weekend | July 1-4 | 10am-5pm | Come and celebrate our 22 years and 4th of July weekend in Temecula Wine Country and experience the view from our beautiful new building! Enjoy Falkner wines, Sangria, picnic menu and cocktails | Enjoy 30-50% off wine case sales, Bottle raffles on the hour, and live music throughout the weekend. Enjoy a lunch for 2 specials at our Pinnacle Restaurant. Reservations for the restaurant are required and can be done through www.opentable.com or by calling 951.676.8231 (option 4).

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night | July 30 | General Admission $25 +tax; Wine Club $20 +tax; At the door $35 +tax | Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets sold at door entrance at 7:00pm only | Tickets price includes a glass of sangria. Food available for purchase, full bar and dancing fun! | All ticket sales are final. To purchase visit https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-392820/Salsa-Night-73022.html

Country Music Concert | July 16 | VIP Tickets Doors Open at 5pm: $60 | $50 members | Includes Reserved VIP seating, 1 complimentary cocktail, BBQ buffet dinner, 2 live performances, line dancing lesson, DJ | General Admission Tickets Doors open at 7pm: $35 — Includes 1 complimentary cocktail, 1 live performance, line dancing lesson, DJ. This event is open to 21+ yrs. only! | All ticket sales are final/no refunds. Tickets available by visiting https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393127/Country-Music-Concert.html

Foot Path Winery
Food Wine and Music event | July 23 | 7:00 to 9:30 pm | Admission: Wine Club members $35pp ; $40.00 pp, plus tax | Mediterranean menu and live music by The Lookouts. Visit www.footpathwinery.com for reservations and information for this event or call 951.265.9951.

Frangipani Winery
Divas of Broadway
| July 8 & July 10 | Music Show presented by Triple Threat Productions | General Admission $30 ~ Students/Seniors/Military $25 | Performances outdoors ~ Enjoy an evening under the stars! Show starts at 7:30pm.  Purchase tickets at frangipanievents.com or call winery at 951-699-8845

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Tribute Thursday
| July 7 | Stevie Nicks Illusion | No Charge, Reservations recommended, Walk-ins welcome | Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm |To make reservations please call 951-694-6699 x109 or visit: https://www.lorimarwinery.com/dining

Movie in the Vines | July 11 | Clifford the Big Red Dog |6-9pm | Family Friendly | No Charge, RSVP only | Doors & Pairings Food Truck open at 6pm, Movie starts at sunset | Kid Menu items available | Complimentary popcorn | Candy and snacks available for purchase!  | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415418/Movie-In-The-Vines-Clifford-The-Big-Red-Dog.html

Laugh Your Glass Off Comedy Night | July 21 | 6-9pm | $25 General public; $22.50 Wine Club | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415391/Laugh-Your-Glass-Off.html

Christmas in July | July 25 | 6-9pm | $10 General public; $9 Wine Club (ticket includes glass of sangria) | Live DJ, local vendors, delicious food, wine and more! https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415424/Christmas-In-July.html

The Killer Dueling Pianos | July 28 | 7pm-10pm | $30 General public; $27 Wine Club | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415390/The-Killer-Dueling-Pianos.html

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Summer Concert
| July 2 | 5:30pm- 9pm | Barrels, Blues & BBQ | Live Music from The All Nighters; Food by Grammys Touch of Soul Kitchen and drink specials | For price & reservations please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Masia’s 7th Anniversary Dinner with Chef Jillian Fae | July 9 | 6:30-9:30pm | Enjoy 7 courses paired with 7 wines | For price & reservations please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Monte de Oro Winery
Wine Bingo
| July 8 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us Friday, July 8th, for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! | For pricing & reservations visit  https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400505/Wine-Bingo-All-American-Edition.html

Signature Food & Wine Series | July 10 | 11:30am – 1:30pm | A culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and take you through a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine | For pricing & reservations visit   https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400506/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html

Mount Palomar Winery
Special Event featuring Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats
| July 15 | With special guests The Forty Nineteens! | For additional information and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.heyday.com

Del Mar Opening Day | July 22 | Join us for a day of style, fun & racing. Don your best hat to win prizes!  | No charge to participate! Please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com for event hours.

Luau Night | July 24 | Hawaiian Food, Polynesian Show by Te Ori Mana, Music, Games, Prizes | Tickets available online  at www.mountpalomarwinery.com online.

Pinot & Pilates | July 31 | Mat pilates class with the best view in the Temecula Valley!  Club Pilates Members are free to attend, and non-members are $5pp | Please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com for additional information.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Rhythm of the Vine Concert Series
Jeff Kashiwa & Tracy Carter | July 10
Darryl Williams, Jazmin Ghent & Gregg Karukas | July 24
For above pricing and tickets visit https://www.southcoastwinery.com/concerts/jazz-concert-series

Men at Work | July 28 | For pricing and tickets visit https://omegaevents.ticketspice.com/men-at-work

Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery
3rd Annual Car Show | July 9 | Enjoy live music from Harmony Grove Band, followed by line dancing lessons by Dancin’ Fun Gang! Family Friendly Event!!

Winemaker Tasting Experience | July 15 | Best Sips with Potato Chips!

1920’s Mafia Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner | July 17 | Lucky you! You’ve been invited to the Dunn Speakeasy for the wedding of the year! 21+ Event!

Forever Young 80’s Prom Night | July 29 | Grab your most righteous attire to rock out in style! 21+ Event!
For hours, pricing and details on above events please visit: https://vitaglianowines.com/events/

Looking for the perfect date night? Try our self-guided wine tasting. An only by reservation tasting experience allows you and a guest to try five wines hand-selected by our winemaker, perfectly paired with an assortment of meats and cheese. You can pre-order this experience at https://vitaglianowines.com/tasting-experiences/

Check out our New Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Vitagliano-Vineyards-Winery-101978439213478

Wilson Creek Winery
Dinner at the Creekside Grille every Thursday and Friday Night. Reservations highly recommended at www.WilsonCreekWinery.com


Temecula Valley Wine Rockstars Share Their Favorite Sips for Summer

July 1st, 2022

Pool, wine, and sunshine

While Temecula Valley’s warm, Mediterranean climate allows the region to produce rich and complex red wines from many different red grape varieties, the region is also known for plenty of fresh, crisp whites, juicy rosés, bright bubblies, and light, easy-drinking reds – all of which are perfect for long, steamy summer days (and nights!).

We caught up with a few of our favorite Temecula Valley Wine Country personalities to find out what they are sipping this summer. They shared their top picks for must-have warm-weather wines, all of which can be purchased at the winery, and most of which can be bought online.

Stacey Leonard, Fazeli Cellars:

“Summertime sips most definitely include Fazeli Cellars 2020 Boland Rooz this year!  Boland Rooz meaning in Farsi is ‘longest day’ – a celebration of the summer solstice. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is bright, refreshing, and dry with hints of mandarin orange, cut grass, and crisp, green apple, and perfect for beating Temecula’s heat.  Cheers!”

Tonya Wake, Cougar Vineyard & Winery:

“At Cougar Vineyard and Winery, we are enjoying our 2019 Estate Falanghina for a favorite summer wine. This wine has notes of pear on the bouquet and citrus on the palate. It’s a very crisp, refreshing wine for summer and is on sale for $120 per case, while supplies last!”

Vicky Curl, Leoness Cellars:

“As we start to experience the warmer temperatures in the Temecula Valley, we love to reach for wines that are perfect for backyard barbeques and poolside parties! Our White Merlot, Dry Rosé, and Mélange d’Été each have a variety of bright fruit aromas that remind us of strolling through a Saturday farmer’s market and, when sipped, have a crisp, clean refreshing finish that invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the long summer days.”

Wendy Holder, Wilson Creek Winery:

“We love our Cinsault! It’s a fresh, soft, and bright red wine that goes well with a perfect summer sunset! We are also sipping on our Roussanne for summer because it’s refreshing as a white wine, but can still hold up to a hearty BBQ.”

Moriah Wilson, Peltzer Winery:

“We love sippin’ poolside and soaking up the summer BBQ energy. Our Syrah Rosé is the perfect fruit-forward accompaniment to grilled fish tacos with avocado-lime slaw. Enjoy our crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a Mediterranean-style pasta salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Don’t forget to lightly chill a bottle of our flagship red blend, Rustik Red to keep y’all company as you watch the sunset.” 

Valerie Andrews, Oak Mountain Winery:

Bentley’s Bubbles is a sparkling wine that was practically born for a sunny day. This pale pink Grenache rosé exudes fruitiness and elegance, with aromas of spring flowers and berries. A perfect harmony of aroma, taste, body, and finish. I also love that it was named after one of our grand doggies (he is on the label). Since I love smoking meat, I pair this with 8-hour smoked short ribs with my special BBQ dry rub.”

Sharon Cannon, Akash Winery:

“The whole Akash team is loving the new Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. This new addition to the collection is super refreshing and easy to drink. It pairs with just about anything, including all of those yummy summer salads, poolside parties, front porch sips, or watching your favorite reality show on the TV. What more could you ask for!”

Susan Chapin, Chapin Family Vineyards:

“Chapin Family Vineyards is introducing three new wines for summer. The first wine to be introduced is a fresh Vermentino that was produced and aged in beautiful clay amphoras. Our sparkling brut called ‘Frizzante’ was just released for those warm afternoons.  And, finally, our Muscat which has many layers of sweet, fruit-forward flavors, is perfect for delicious desserts.”

Nick Palumbo, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery:

“It should be no surprise that we are popping plenty of corks on our newest Viognier release. Our 2021 Viognier is perfect for a summer BBQ, charcuterie, and sunsets, or sipping by the pool. Delicate apricot, peach, and stone fruit fill the nose, followed by a rich and rounded mouthfeel, crisp acidity, and a hint of minerals in its mouthwatering finish.”

When we asked the folks at Wiens Family Cellars what they were sipping this summer, just about the entire team weighed in!

Server Mike tells us, “When it’s hot, I want something light and refreshing, with a touch of sweetness. The 2021 Reunion Blanc and the 2021 White Crowded do that for me.”

Sandy, Wiens’ Cellar Room Manager, says she will be enjoying the 2018 Reserve Red Blend this summer. “It’s perfect for sitting out on the patio after the sun goes down. This unique blend showcases four of our best vineyards! I can’t wait to sit in the night air and savor it.”

Autumn, a server at Wiens says: “I love our Blanc de Blancs because I can always use some bubbles for my troubles in this heat!”

Eddy from production says: “Anything white, cold, crisp and refreshing like our Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, or Sauvignon Blanc!”

Server Tori says she is loving the Rosé of Malbec. “As a fan of dry whites, this is a surprising twist on the standard rosé. Sweet, refreshing, and delicious!”

Sam, also a server, agrees: “Rosé of Malbec! The perfect wine to sip by the pool on a hot day.”

Servers Daniel and Romana, as well as Tim, Wiens’ Tasting Room Manager, share the same favorite – the 2021 Reunion Blanc. Says Daniel: “It’s a refreshing by-the-pool wine.”

Wine server Devon tells us: “Brut Rosé all day! It’s the perfect substitute if you’re trying to get away from those sugar-filled margaritas. Bright and refreshing!”

Lastly, Blake from production captures it all: “I prefer a crisp, white wine for summertime by the pool or at the beach. My go-to wines would be Blanc de Blancs first, for its crisp acidity and citrusy tartness, then move onto our Reunion Blanc to enjoy with some fresh fruits, then finally our Rosé of Malbec to pair with grilled chicken tacos.”

Thanks to all our friends in Temecula Valley Wine Country for these delicious wine suggestions. We are absolutely parched. What are you sipping this summer?


California Lobster Benedict

July 1st, 2022

Lobster benedict with wine

This brunch staple consists of perfectly poached eggs, toasted English muffins, creamy hollandaise sauce and topped with rich buttery lobster. Serve with a Temecula Valley Chardonnay for the ultimate brunchtime meal.


  • 2 x 4oz lobster tails (uncooked or if already cooked warm to package directions)
  • 6 eggs (4 to poach and 2 yolks for the sauce)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 lemon slices ¼ inch thick
  • 1 lemon wedge for sauce
  • 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 4 cups water boiling on stove
  • Fresh chives, a few sprigs

Serves 4



  1. Place the lobster tails in the boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Keep pot of boiling water on for other steps.
  2. Remove lobster tails from heat and cut the shells lengthwise to help pull the meat out in one piece.
  3. Cut each tailpiece in half-lengthwise and toss into a bowl with half the butter (2 tbsp). Mix till butter is melted and they are coated.


  1. In a steel bowl place 2 egg yolks and whisk over the boiling pot of water. Reduce the heat to medium while making sauce.
  2. Add the vinegar and whisk for about 1 min.
  3. Add the butter and whisk for another 2 min
  4. Once the sauce begins to thicken, add the lemon juice from the lemon wedge and mix. Remove from heat.

Poaching Your Eggs

  1. In the boiling lobster water, crack eggs into the water. Using a slotted spoon to gently turn them once a minute for about 3 to 4 min or until cooked to liking.
    Using the slotted spoon, remove the eggs and lightly pat them with a paper towel to remove excess water.

Building the Lobster Benedict

  1. Cut muffins and toast.
  2. Place 1 half of the toasted muffin on each plate.
  3. Combine the arugula and kale and place on top of the muffin
  4. Place 1 half of the lobster tail on top of greens on each muffin
  5. Place poached egg onto lobster
  6. Evenly distribute the hollandaise sauce over all 4 dishes. Top with chopped green onion and garnish with some chive stems.

Suggested Wines:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery~2017 Chardonnay This light, crisp Chardonnay opens with aromas of leafy pineapple and citrus fruits. The palate is lush with fresh tropical fruits, a golden delicious apple with a tangy pineapple finish. 

Lorimar Winery~2018 Chardonnay This popular Chardonnay is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Mount Palomar Winery~2018 Chardonnay On the nose, the wine smells of ripe, if not slightly dried apple and pear with hints of white flowers and peach.

Wiens Family Cellars ~2020 ChardonnayThe French oak used lends some creamy vanilla notes that balance nicely against crisp, green apple notes.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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