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Meet the Charming Pets of Temecula Valley Wine Country

September may be all about the harvest, but we wouldn’t get through the busiest time of year without our furry friends

While it’s no doubt the crisp whites, toasty bubbles, juicy rosés, and robust red wines that lure us into Temecula Valley wineries time and time again, there are some other winery residents that have captured our hearts as well – Temecula’s beloved winery pets. From cheerful golden retrievers to mysterious barrel room cats, to all kinds of other furry friends, it’s hard to resist these friendly Wine Country ambassadors.

As anyone with a treasured family pet knows, these animals add a unique dimension to our working lives and often become cherished members of our winery families. Their roles range from welcoming guests to keeping pesky critters at bay, and they do it all with a level of charm that elevates our daily routines. In this special edition, we profile some of the standout pets from various Temecula Valley wineries, giving you a glimpse into their lives, preferences, and even their quirky habits.

Meet Daisy Dukes, Russel T Longfellow, and Franke Sinatra of Gershon Bachus Vintners

Favorite Snack: People food

Favorite Activity: Barking at the guests

Fun Fact: These adorable greeters let everyone at GBV know when visitors are approaching the tasting room. Though they can be quite vocal, they’re irresistibly cute, not to mention totally food-motivated—just have a chip in hand when you say hi!

Meet the dogs of Peltzer Farm and Winery, Duke, Finn, and Butch, and the newest members of the family, donkeys Carlos and Garters

Favorite Snack: Morning carrots for the donkeys, delivered by staff who love to stop in before work for some morning donkey pets

Favorite Activity: Duke is a budding soccer pro, booping the ball around with his nose, while the other pups serve as the winery’s unofficial welcoming team.

Fun Fact: Carlos and Garters are gearing up to debut at the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm Petting Farm this Fall.

Meet Dahlia of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Favorite Snack: Anything that’s all-natural

Favorite Activity: Walks in the vineyard

Fun Fact: Dahlia is a three-year-old mixed breed who adores strolling through the vineyards.

Meet Cilie of Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Favorite Snack: Chicken

Favorite Activity: Protecting the office from strangers not bringing dog biscuits

Fun Fact: Cilie is a rescue from Tijuana through the Tragic to Magic rescue organization. Owners Rick and Jennifer Buffington did DNA testing and not only found his 3 siblings, but also learned that he’s 30% Cattle Dog, 15% equal parts Boxer, German Shepherd, Doberman Pincher, and Super Mutt. His photo is featured on Cougar’s newly released Estate Ciliegiolo.

Meet Nixon of Falker Winery

Favorite Snack: Anything

Favorite Activity: Greeting all the guests

Fun Fact: Nixon is incredibly mellow, loving all guests and most other dogs. His favorite pastimes include eating, hanging out at the winery, sleeping and…more sleeping.

Meet Brut of Wilson Creek Winery

Favorite Snack: Turkey

Favorite Activity: Getting all the pets and pats from wonderful guests

Fun Fact: Brut is among the most iconic winery dogs in Temecula Valley! No one can resist his gentle demeaner. He has a unique swagger and makes rounds to each office before settling in his corner…usually right next to owner Bill Wilson.

Meet Liberty of Frangipani Estate Winery

Favorite Snack: Roasted Pork Chomps from Tractor Supply

Favorite Activity: Sleeping late and running the vineyards for hours

Fun Fact: Liberty is an 18-month-old Great Pyrenees. She is a big hugger and loves to greet guests at the door as well as walk them out to their vehicles, a habit she adopted from Frangipani’s late winery dog, Frannie. What a great tradition to carry on!

Meet Red Dog of Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Favorite Snack: Rabbit

Favorite Activity: Mooching Salami and Cheese

Fun Fact: A straight-up farm dog, Red Dog is indifferent to humans without food.

Meet Bordeaux of Baily Winery

Favorite Snack: Bordeaux is on a strict diet, so no snacks

Favorite Activity: Serving as the winery’s Rodent Control Officer

Fun Fact: When this grey tabby cat isn’t chasing down winery pests, he delights in his role as Chief People Greeter.

Meet Sherlock Holmes of Fazeli Cellars

Favorite Snack: Salmon

Favorite Activity: Scaring vineyard intruders and chasing rabbits

Fun Fact: Despite his serious, mystery-solving name, Sherlock Holmes is very social. He loves to be petted and made a fuss over.

Meet Teddy of Doffo Winery

Favorite Snack: Leftover charcuterie

Favorite Activity: Laying on the cold warehouse concrete

Fun Fact: As the newest member of the Doffo Winery family, it remains to be seen how Teddy will fare on the back of a motorcycle with the rest of the MotoDoffo crew.

Next time you find yourself sipping a fine Temecula Valley vintage, take a moment to toast these marvelous pets. They’re not just adorable; they each play a unique role in making our wineries the magical places they are, surprising and delighting our visitors every step of the way.  


Pepper Jack Puff Pastry Bites

Looking for a quick crowd pleaser for the upcoming holidays? These Pepper Jack Puff Pastry Bites are quick, easy and delicious, giving you plenty of time to spend with guests instead of working in the kitchen. These bites take just minutes to prep and bake. They are crispy, buttery, a little spicy and pair perfectly with a peppery Temecula Valley Zinfandel.


  • 1 14-oz (396.9g) package frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 6 oz (169.5g) pepper jack cheese, cut into 30 uniform pieces, each about ¼ inch thick
  • 1 Fresno chili, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced into thin rings
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon (3.4g) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons (45g) sambal or savory chili jam to serve

Makes 30 pieces


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the puff pastry from the freezer and gently roll out on a lightly floured surface. Score and cut into 30 pieces, each about 2-inches long, then arrange half on the baking sheet. Store the other half in the fridge until ready to bake.
  • Dock each piece of puff pastry 3-4 times along the length, then cover with another sheet tray–this will keep them from rising too much. Par-bake these for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the puff pastry from the oven, uncover and wash each piece with the beaten egg yolk, then top with a slice of pepper jack cheese and one slice of each of the peppers. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Return the bites to the oven and continue baking uncovered until the pastry is golden and crispy and the cheese has melted, another 6-8 minutes. Once done, repeat with the remaining pastry from the fridge.
  • Garnish with the chopped rosemary and a small dish of the sambal and serve.

Suggested Wines:

Leoness Cellars ~ 2020 VS Zinfindel Lopez Vineyard – This wine offers intense aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries and plum, with layers of black licorice and spice leading into a soft, elegant finish.

Doffo Winery ~ 2020 Zinfindel – This wine has delight aromas of plum, raspberry, figs, and cherries.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2019 Zinfindel – This wine has aromas of plum, red cherry, dark fruits, spice, a touch of oak and vanilla.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


September Winery Events

Akash Winery & Vineyards 

Yoga on the Vineyard Patio | Sept 3rd | 9:00am – 10:00am | Includes one glass of wine with your yoga session  

Yoga on the Vineyard Patio | Sept 19th | 9:00am – 10:00am | Includes one glass of wine with your yoga session  

Laughs by the Glass | Sept 29th | Doors @ 6:15pm, Show @ 7:30pm | Join Frankie Marcos and his merry band of rabble rousers for an all-star night of comedy! | Wood-fired pizza, salads, and charcuterie available prior to showtime. Wine and beer are available before and during the show.  

Wood-fired Pizza Class | Sept 24th | 11:30 am or 2:30 pm | Limited to 12 guests per session | Learn to craft a perfectly charred, bubbling, wood-fired pizza with Bocconcini Pizza Co. Includes hands-on instruction, 2 glasses of wine or beer, plus a take-home Bocconcini SWAG  

Altisima Winery 

Self Care Sunsets Market | Sept 28th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | FREE to attend 

Members End of Summer White Party | Sept 8th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | $80 pp. | Come dressed in white and ready to celebrate! | For more information and tickets:

Bel Vino Winery 

Journey Tribute Concert | Sept 15th | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Tickets: 

Cougar Vineyards & Winery 

Lei-bor Day BBQ | Sept 3rd & 4th | 11:00am – 6:00pm | $15pp for pulled pork sandwiches with a choice of sides and a beer! Small fee to substitute wine for beer |  To pre-pay or call 951.491.0825 |  Hawaiian attire encouraged! 

Danza del Sol Winery 

Blind Tasting: Danza del Sol Winery & Masia de la Vinya | September 16th | 11:00am |  Test your Danza and Masia wine knowledge at our Blind Tasting event! | This event will be held at Masia de la Vinya Winery | Wine Club: $32,  General: $37 | Purchase Tickets:  

Sea to Table Harvest Celebration | Sept 23rd | 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Celebrate harvest with us! Chef Dylan will be cooking up a delicious seafood boil to pair with your favorite Danza wine. Early bird pricing ends 8/31. | Tickets: $55 wine club, $62 GA (Early Bird), After 8/31: $65 wine club, $72 GA.  | Tickets:  
Doffo Winery 

MotoGP Watch Party: Grand Prix of Catalunya | Sept 3rd | 9:00am-12:00pm | Join us as we will be seating parties outside on the MotoBarrel Room Patio and will be showing the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races from Catalunya on the big screens | Coffee, cold brew and pastries will be available for purchase from the MotoDoffo coffee cart, and breakfast burritos will be available for purchase from the food truck |  Free to attend, advance tickets recommended: 

MotoGP Watch Party: Grand Prix of San Marino & Rimini Coast | Sept 10th | 9:00am-12:00pm | Join us as we will be seating parties outside on the MotoBarrel Room Patio and will be showing the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races from Misano Circuit on the big screens | Coffee, cold brew and pastries will be available for purchase from the MotoDoffo coffee cart, and breakfast burritos will be available for purchase from the food truck | Free to attend, advance tickets recommended: 

Tango in the Vines: Celebrating Marcelo Doffo’s Birthday | September 30th | 6:00pm-9:00pm | Join us for a live Tango performance and instruction from the renowned GD Tango duo as we gather to celebrate our founder Marcelo Doffo’s birthday | Tickets $139 ($129 Members) and include dance instruction, all-you-can-eat Argentine BBQ and a glass of Doffo wine | For more info and tickets: 

Europa Village Wineries & Resort 

The Great Taste of Europa Wine & Food Festival | Sept 17th  | 11am – 4pm | Join us in exploring the sights and wonders of our European wineries & resort with over 40 wines, local craft brews, spirits, gourmet food, and some of the best live entertainment | General Admission: $187 | To Learn more or buy tickets please visit  

Vineyasa at Vienza | Sept 20th | 5:30-7:00pm | $28 | Indulge in the perfect blend of relaxation, rejuvenation, and refined tastes. Join us for Yoga in the cave at Vienza, and let your worries drift away as you embrace the harmony of nature, yoga, and exquisite wines. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, we can’t wait to share this extraordinary experience with you! Namaste and cheers! 

Trivia | September 28 | 6:00-8:00pm We invite you to put your knowledge to the test and join us for a night of brain-teasing fun, delicious wine, and mouthwatering food options for purchase. Compete for a chance to win exciting prizes and bragging rights as the ultimate trivia champion of Europa Village. The top three teams will win Europa Village gift certficates – Harvest Happenings  

Flavors of Egypt | Sept 29th | 6:00pm-9:00pm | $120 | Join us for an enchanting evening celebrating the rich and captivating Egyptian culture of our esteemed Executive Chef, Hany Ali with our first-ever, Flavors of Egypt: A Culinary Journey with Executive Chef Hany Ali. Indulge your senses with a Mediterranean feast where each dish tells a story and enjoy live entertainment with a live henna artist | For tickets and more information:

Girls’ Night Out | Sept 30th  | 5:30-7:30pm Fill your shopping bags with an array of goodies from our local vendors, sip on delicious Europa Village wines, and savor everything from arancini to a baked brie and apple tart to roasted butternut squash soup shooters and an endive salad. Don’t miss out on an evening of unforgettable memories as you share stories and snap Insta-worthy pics with your besties! For tickets and more information   

Fazeli Cellars 

Club Night | Sept 2nd | 6:00pm | Meet us under the disco ball Labor Day weekend for Club Fazeli! | Tickets: $10 Non-member, $5 Members, $15 at the door | Full Bar, DJ, Dancing | 21+ Only | Purchase tickets 

Labor Day Concert | Sept 3rd | 6:00pm | 21+ Only | John Demps Full Effect Band and New Joy Band live concert! | VIP and GA Tickets – More Info / Purchase Tickets 

Salsa Night | Sept 9th | 6:00pm | Salsa and Bachata lesson then DJ & Dancing with food truck and full bar! | Tickets: $25 Non-member, $20 Members, $35 at the door | 21+ Only | Tickets:   

The Killer Dueling Pianos | Sept 16th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Enjoy as they battle it out with some of your favorite songs over the piano | Tickets: $40 Non-Member | $30 Members | $50 at the door | Food and drinks available starting at 530pm in the courtyard, 6pm doors open and 7pm show starts | 21+ ONLY | Refunds for all ticketed events will be honored 24 hours prior to the event time and date only | Tickets:  

Foot Path Winery 

The Lookouts Concert and Santa Maria Tri-tip | Sept 30th | 6:00pm | $45 / $40 members | Ticket includes a glass of wine, food & music | RSVP to 951-265-9951 or 

Masia Winery 

Karaoke Night | Sept 29th |5:30 pm – 9 pm. | Food for purchase onsite. 

Maurice Car’rie / Ultimate Vineyards 

Annual Grape Stomp | Sept 16th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Featuring grape stomping contest, wine specials, lawn games, dancing and live music by DJ Chris Static | Food and wine available for purchase throughout the event | Tickets available for purchase at, in the Tasting Room, or by calling 951-676-1711 (M-F 10am-5pm).  

The Rush Coffee Truck | Sept 30th | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Coffee and pastries for purchase 

Monte de Oro Winery 

California Wine Month Kick-Off Party | Sept 2nd | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Join us as we celebrate the start of California Wine Month in style with live music by the Killer Dueling Pianos, bistro specials, and our annual California Wine Month sale on several of our award winning varietals | Cost $25 – $30 | Ticket includes admission to the event as well as a drink ticket good for 1 glass of wine or beer |  21+ Only | To purchase tickets:  

Vertical Library Tasting | Sept15th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | In honor of California Wine Month, we are inviting guests to sample our entire library collection of our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve wines! That’s over 10 vintages in a single sitting! | Each wine flight will be paired with the culinary creations of Chef Alfred and his team | Tickets coming soon! 
Peltzer Family Cellars 

Way Out West | Sept 16th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm | All Ages | Tickets:

Trivia Night: Harry Potter | Sept 21st | 6-9pm | We solemnly swear we are up to no good. All you wizards out there, join us for the LAST. TRIVIA. NIGHT. of the season | 21+ Only | Open Event 

Stomp Out Cancer + Peltzer Pumpkin Farm Opening Day | Sept 23rd | 9:00 – 10:00pm | It’s time for our 4th Annual Stomp Out Cancer festival and OPENING DAY of our 27th season of the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm | All Ages | Tickets available online: 
Ponte Winery 

21st Annual Ponte Winery Grape Stomp | Sept24th | 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $135 Members* | $150 Guests*  Purchase tickets at | *Ticket prices increase September 1st! Don’t wait – join us and make memories that will last a lifetime! 

Somerset  Winery 

5th Annual Grape Stomp | October 7th | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Join us for our FAVORITE event of the year! Our 5th Annual Grape Stomp is sure to be a sellout | Price includes stomping for 4 people on 1 team, bottle of wine, and live music | Let the games begin! | Tickets From: $220.00 – $260.00 | Learn more: 

South Coast Winery 

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concert Series | Michael Paulo with vocalist Larry Braggs and Special guest David Garfield | Sept 10th  | Doors Open: 6:00pm | Show Starts: 7:00pm | Tickets starting at $65 | Learn more: 

Rhythm on the Vine® Summer Concert Series | Chris Daughtry w/ Ayron Jones | Sept 20th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm |Tickets starting at $79 Learn more: 

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concert Series | Brian Simpson and Jessy J | Sept 24th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm | Tickets starting at $65 | Learn more:  

Thornton Winery 

Champagne Jazz Series – RnR: Rick Braun and Richard Elliot | Sept9th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $95 | Gourmet Supper – Sold Out | Event Info: 

Champagne Jazz Series – Dave Koz Summer Horns with Candy Dulfer and Eric Darius | Sept 23rd | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – Sold Out | Gourmet Supper – Sold Out | Event Info: 

Champagne Jazz Series – Dave Koz Summer Horns with Candy Dulfer and Eric Darius | Sept24th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $105 | Gourmet Supper – Sold Out | Event Info: 

Champagne Jazz Series – Jeffrey Osborne with Darryl Williams | Sept30th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $105 | Gourmet Supper – Sold Out | Event Info: 

Vitagliano Winery 
Yogas & Mimosas |Sept 10th | 9-10am | 


Grilled Peach and Asparagus Salad with Goats Cheese

Here to sweeten your barbecue this grilling season is a delicious peach recipe packed with seasonal flavor. Best enjoyed outside among friends and family, this recipe combines elements of sweetness, tanginess, and smokiness to delight your palate. Pair with a chilled Temecula Valley Chardonnay to complete the meal.

Yield: 4 Servings


Yield: 4-6 Servings

  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, cut with the bottoms trimmed
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup (106g) extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup (60g) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (5.69g) salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (1.18g)


  • ¼ cup (5g) shredded basil
  • ½ cup soft (113 grams) goat cheese


  • Pre-heat barbecue to medium-high.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for basil and cheese. Toss together to evenly coat with oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Place all ingredients into a vegetable holder (or use a pan with holes or a screen) to prevent vegetables from falling between grill. Reduce heat to medium and place mixture onto heat.
  • Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until everything is softened and has a little char.
  • Remove from heat and place back into the mixing bowl if chilling to serve cold or place an even amount onto each plate and top with a spoon of goat cheese. Sprinkle fresh shredded basil overtop and serve.
  • Note: This dish can be served warm or cold.

Suggested Wines:

Bella Vista Winery~ 2021 Chardonnay This wine has delicious notes that will pair beautifully with this recipe

Inn at Churon Winery ~ NV ChardonnayThis wine has delicious flavors of melon with hints of vanilla

Wiens Family Cellars~ 2022 Chardonnay This wine has delicious flavors of jasmine, honeysuckle and white stone fruit harmoniously framing a crisp, clean texture

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


August Winery Events

Altisima Winery

Self Care Sunsets Market by In the Loop | Aug 31st | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Learn more:

Avensole Winery

Sippin’ Summer Market | August 13th | 3:00pm – 7:00pm | We have partnered with In the Loopto bring you a shopping event for locals, and wine connoisseurs alike. As the sun dips below the rolling hills, the courtyard and ballroom will be transformed into a bustling marketplace with vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to hats and kids’ crafts. The tasting room and restaurant will be open so visitors can sip and snack while browsing the selection of goods. Join us for an afternoon filled with music, good food, and of course, wonderful wine.

Bel Vino Winery

Billy Joel Tribute Concert | August 11th | 6:00pm – 10:00pm | Purchase tickets at:

Callaway Winery

SIP, STOMP & PLAY – Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival | August 26th | 6:30pm  -9:30pm | Mark your calendars and gather your friends for the grape-stomping extravaganza of the year where the grape-stomping action, live music, mouthwatering food, pie eating contest, hoola hoop contest, cornhole tournament, Lucy look-alike contest and delicious wines come together for an unforgettable experience | Tickets: General Public $135. per person, Wine Club Members $121.50, Kids (ages 4-11) $100 | Tickets include admission to the event, one glass of Callaway wine, dinner, dancing, games, and grape stomping competitions! For more details and to purchase tickets click here:

Doffo Winery

Winemaker for a Day – A Custom Wine Blending Experience | August 5th | 1:00pm-4:00pm |Join our winemaker Nadia Urquidez through a hands-on winemaking experience, customizing your own unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon. Fully immerse your senses and explore the attributes of French and American oak by sampling, measuring, and balancing a tailored blend for your palate. Bottle, cork and label a bottle of your wine to take home with you | Tickets include the experience, glass of wine, charcuterie and 1 take-home bottle of wine per person | Ages 21+ only | Tickets are $175 ($155 members) and go on sale June 30th. Visit for more details.

MotoGP Watch Party: British Grand Prix | August 6th | 9:00am-12:00pm | The 2023 MotoGP season rolls on! Join us as we will be seating parties outside on the MotoBarrel Room Patio and will be showing the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races from Silverstone Circuit on the big screens. Coffee, cold brew and pastries will be available for purchase from the MotoDoffo coffee cart, and breakfast burritos will be available for purchase from the food truck. Free to attend, advance tickets recommended:

Annual Latin White Party | August 12th | 6:00pm-9:00pm | DANCE the night away to live entertainment by Rene Latin Soul’s 4-piece salsa band. DINE on a traditional Spanish paella station. SIP on a glass of sangria or signature Doffo wine. WEAR all white and come dressed to impress! |  Tickets are $109 ($99 members) and will go on sale July 7th. Visit for more details.

MotoGP Watch Party: Austrian Grand Prix | August 20th | 9:00am-12:00pm | The 2023 MotoGP season rolls on! Join us as we will be seating parties outside on the MotoBarrel Room Patio and will be showing the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races from Spielberg on the big screens. Coffee, cold brew and pastries will be available for purchase from the MotoDoffo coffee cart, and breakfast burritos will be available for purchase from the food truck. Free to attend, advance tickets recommended:

Europa Village Wineries & Resort

Chef’s Culinary Adventures | August 3rd | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Embark on your next culinary adventure with Executive Chef Hany Ali as he teaches you how to prepare Fish en Papillote. Chef will offer unique tips, tricks, and techniques on how to prepare the perfect meal. The best part? Each class ends with a delicious sample of the meal and a recipe card so that you can bring a taste of Europa home!

Vinyasa at Vienza | August 23 | 5:30-7:00pm | Unwind and find your inner peace with Vinyasa at Vienza. Join us for an hour of yoga flow followed by a complimentary glass of preselected wine.

Trivia: Thursday|  August 31st | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Put your knowledge and random assortment of facts to the test at Trivia! Guests will be able to purchase food, wine, and beer. Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Foot Path Winery

The Lookouts Concert and Mexican Dinner | Aug 19th | 6:00pm | $45 / $40 members | Ticket includes a glass of wine, food & music | RSVP to 951-265-9951 or

Masia Winery

Karaoke Night | August 25th |5:30 pm – 9 pm. | Food for purchase onsite: Jimmy & Tiffany’s tacos

Peltzer Winery

The Killer Dueling Pianos | August 24th | 6-9pm | Join us in the Crush House on August 24th for an intimate, but totally rowdy interactive Dueling Pianos show with the Killer Dueling Pianos! You bring your dancin’ shoes, and they’ll bring the party! | 21+ Only | Tickets available

South Coast Winery

Rhythm on the Vine® Summer Concert Series | Chris Isaak | August 9th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm |
Tickets starting at $89 Learn more:

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concert Series | Gregg Karukas, Guitarist Adam Hawley, and Saxtress Pamela Williams | August 13th | Doors Open: 6:00pm | Show Starts: 7:00pm | Tickets starting at $65 | Learn more:

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concert Series | Legendary band Hiroshima | August 27th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm | Tickets starting at $65 | Learn more:

Thornton Winery

Champagne Jazz Series – Michael Lington & Howard Hewett  | August 5th | 7:00pm-10:00pm | General Admission – $95, Gourmet Supper Package – $195 | Tickets & More Information:

Champagne Jazz Series – George Benson | August 19th  | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $140
Gourmet Supper – $240 |Event Info:

Friday Night Live Music – Dog n’ Butterfly (Heart Tribute)  | August 4th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35 Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information:

Friday Night Live Music – Mick Adams and The Stones  | August 18th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35 Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information:

Vitagliano Winery

Line Dancing | August 19th | 5:00 – 8:00pm | For more information visit:

Wilson Creek Winery
Can I be Frank? Sinatra Tribute
| August 2nd  | 2:30-3:30pm | Relax and enjoy a complimentary Frank Sinatra Tribute in beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country! Performance is located on the Solera Patio.


Excitement Among the Vines: Temecula Valley Winemakers Count Down to Harvest

While you have probably just parked yourself in front of your air conditioning vents for the foreseeable future, the vines out there in Wine Country are working hard to produce the fruit that will go into your favorite Temecula Valley wines. And, as we swelter through these dog days of summer, our attention begins to turn to the approaching harvest season.

It’s been an interesting year for this sun-soaked wine region. It may seem hard to remember right now with temperatures in the 90s but it wasn’t too long ago that Temecula Valley was going through an unusually long and cold winter, with some parts even seeing snow and hail. After quite a few dry years, Temecula also saw ample winter rainfall as well as a slower start to the summer heat.

What does this all mean for the vines? We caught up with a few Temecula Valley winemakers to get their take on the 2023 harvest season, and what we can expect for this year’s vintage.


Everyone we spoke to says that harvest is still at least a few weeks away. “We are projecting starting harvest the last week of August this year,” says Wiens Family Cellars winemaker Brian Marquez. “We are about three weeks behind the last few years.”

Most in the region agree, noting the difference in weather patterns this year. “Due to the extended cold weather and rain this year, we are estimating that harvest will begin around the 3rd week of August with our white varietals,” says Kristina Filippi, winemaker at Wilson Creek. Notes Olivia Bue, winemaker at Robert Renzoni Vineyards. “We have picked as early as July 13th back in 2016, but average for our Estate Pinot Grigio is typically first week in August.”

Things are running even slower over at Mount Palomar Winery, with winemaker James Rutherford noting that they will likely start picking in mid-September, a month later than they normally do. Winery owner and winemaker Nick Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards is ready for anything. “Over the years we have looked to the second week of September as our launch point for harvest; but, as we all know, this is agriculture and things can change quickly, so we need to be ready for whatever mother nature sends our way,” he says.

Renato Saís, who makes wine for several Temecula Valley wineries, including Akash and Avensole, is encouraged by the slower pace of this year’s growing season. “From the unexpected amount of rain during late winter and spring, to the cool, rainy weather through late spring, everything popped late – bud break, flowering, berry set, and cluster set,” he says “Late July and no verasion? That tells me that even in Temecula, slowly but surely is possible. We’re expecting great quality – all we need is good, even ripening this summer and a successful harvest. The rest will take care of itself.”


From all accounts, 2023 could be a great year for Temecula, with conditions allowing the vines just the right amount of stress to create concentrated, flavorful fruit. The blend of cool and warm, dry, and moist conditions has led to longer hang-time for the grapes. This longer ripening process provides additional complexity and depth in both white and red wines. “It’s always better when we can stretch out our growing season with a later-starting harvest,” says Erick Erno, assistant winemaker at Bel Vino Winery. “The longer the growing period time between budbreak, flowering, and ripeness to harvest gives the grapes a better chance for fuller flavors and richer wines.”

Bue is confident that this year’s weather patterns mean great things for the 2023 harvest. “Thanks to the extended winter, consistent rainfall, and cool temperatures through spring, I feel very optimistic about the grape quality in Temecula Valley this year,” she says. “The vines were able to rest in dormancy to prepare for next season. The steady rainfall really allowed the water to slowly integrate into the soil, breaking down all salts and absorbing more essential nutrients, ultimately producing a happy, healthy atmosphere for vine growth. Yields are looking relatively higher than in the last few years as well.”

While many Temecula Valley locals were amazed by the heavy rains and cooler temperatures this past winter, most winemakers are careful to note that this is what Temecula weather used to be like regularly. “It looks like after a couple years of early-season harvests, we are back on track for what we would call ‘normal,’” says Palumbo. And, he likes what he’s seeing. “So far, we are pleased with the quality, and the yields are also on the upswing after a few lean years,” he says.

When it comes to wine, however, yields and canopy growth need to be carefully managed, since quantity without quality is never a good thing. While winemakers are delighted to see these higher yields, a lot of work goes into making sure there is still concentration and intensity of flavor as well. “We have been doing a lot of shoot thinning, leaf pulling and other work in order to balance the yield to vine ratio and we are excited to see what all this work provides,” says Palumbo.

“For canopy management, it’s always best to start with higher vigor situations that can be balanced with shoot thinning, rather than starting with low vigor,” echoes David Raffaele, winemaker at Somerset Winery. “We’ll see in the next coming weeks if and how heat can change things, but so far so good.” 


As we move into the thick of summer, anticipation is high. There’s a palpable excitement in the air, and all eyes are on the vines.

For wine enthusiasts, the next few months present a golden opportunity to experience the energy of harvest season firsthand. Many wineries offer harvest tours, wine tastings, and events that will give you an insider’s look into the winemaking process.

Winemakers are also always happy to share what they’re most excited about with the coming harvest.

Marquez has earned a reputation for producing stellar white wines with high acid and gorgeous aromatics, and it looks like this year’s harvest will bring more opportunities to showcase his talents alongside fellow Wiens winemaker Joseph Wiens. “For the whites we are most excited for our vermentino,” he says. “And for the reds we are looking forward to working with Nebbiolo for the first time this year.”

Known for their leadership in regenerative agriculture and sustainability, Wilson Creek will be harvesting the results of these efforts. “The wines that I’m excited about and show a lot of promise this year are our Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel from our regeneratively farmed blocks,” says Filippi. “I’m also excited about our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Barbera, and Petite Sirah.”

Gershon Bachus winemaker Dakota Denton feels good about the potential for quality and great yields this year, but he’s also looking forward to releasing wines from previous vintages that have been aging in barrel for quite some time. “I’m most excited this year for our 2018 Aquilo Act I, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon,” he says. “We also have Act II and Act III (both Cabernet Sauvignon) coming out this summer.”

Lovers of Rhône varieties should have lots to look forward to as these are showing a ton of promise as well. “I’m really excited about out Estate Syrah this year,” says Doreen Prince, winery manager at Churon Winery. “It’s going to be beautiful!”

“Sangiovese always seems to look good around here and the Syrah and Viognier look especially promising,” adds Palumbo.

As Palumbo notes, Italian grapes also shine most years in Temecula Valley’s Mediterranean climate. “I’m excited for our 2023 Vermentino, and looking forward to differentiating the contrasting flavors, textures and overall styles by fermenting in three different tanks – cement, amphora, and stainless steel,” says Bue. “Barbera is also another personal favorite to make due to its natural high acidity, berry-forward flavor, and earthy tones. We just received a 93 pts from Wine Enthusiast for our 2020 Barbera, along with a 93pts on our 2018 Riserva Estate Barbera.” 

Rick Buffington, owner and winemaker at Cougar Winery, has moved mountains when it comes to getting unique Italian grape varieties recognized by the TTB in California. It comes as no surprise that he loves to work with some of these indigenous varieties. “I’m most excited about the Ciliegiolo this year,” he says. “We should get twice as much as last year and the grapes look fantastic”

Rutherford adds a few other interesting players to his list of grapes he’s feeling good about this year. “We are looking forward to our return of our reinvigorated Sangiovese as well as our Carmenere, which looks particularly good,” he says. “It will also be a good year for Charbono as the fruit set was low, however the flavors will likely be more concentrated.”

Sometimes it’s not what’s on the vine but what happens in the cellar that gets winemakers’ gears turning. “Our Estate Reserve Chardonnay is always fun to work with because of the aging in oak barrels that gives those complex, layered flavors and rich tones that make it a fun wine to pair with food,” says Erno. “But truly each year gives a new foundation to fall in love with a wine or grape once again since no two harvests are the same and that makes it so unique.”

Like Erno, Saís feels the excitement is in the unexpected when it comes to harvest. “After 14 vintages here, I still experience something new,” he says. “It always surprises me how different every vintage is, no matter how many years we have been making wine. That’s truly the beauty of this industry.”


July Winery Events

Akash Winery & Vineyards 

Woof! There it is. | July 23rd | 10:00am – 3:00pm | Bring your fur babies to our inaugural dog party | Featuring paw printing and pet portraits by Pretty Paints, pup-centric vendors, a VIP dog area benefitting Barks of Love, foster dogs for wanna-be dog parents, SWAG bags, canine treats, and more! | Entry is free but limited to 250 human participants |  RSVP here

Laughs by the Glass | July 28th | Doors at 6:15 pm, Show at 7:30 pm. | Join Frankie Marcos and his merry band of misfits for an all-star night of laughs! | Wood-fired pizza, salads, and charcuterie available before the show, wine and beer available during the show |  GA Tickets here ($25 each) Limited, Reserved Seating available here ($40 each) 

Altisima Winery 

Dinner Elevado | July 14th | 6:30pm – 9:30pm|  Enjoy an artfully crafted 5-course food and wine pairing, accompanied by live music and beautiful wine country views | *Space is very limited. $180 pp or $150 for wine club | Reserve your tickets –>  

Self Care Sunsets Market by In the Loop | July 27th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Learn more: 

Callaway Winery 

White Party | July 1st | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Dress to impress in your best white cocktail attire and get ready to indulge in a night of luxurious fun | Yooshi Sushi will be providing a sushi bar | DJ, 360 photo booth, wine and signature drinks available all night long | $90 General Admission | $81 Wine Club Members | 21+ only | Purchase tickets at  

Boots After Dark – July 21st | 6:30-9:30pm.| Line dancing, music, and mouthwatering BBQ! | DJ and dancing instruction by the talented Bucked Up Babes | Food by Da Big Show BBQ | Purchase tickets at

Churon Winery 

Succulent Workshop | July 23rd | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Sip and create class | $45 nonmember and $40 for members | Ticket includes 1 free glass of wine | Tickets available at 

Cougar Winery 

July 4th All day  | July 4th | 11:00am – 6:00pm | Leave the Barbequing to us! | Burger, Side dish, View, Cornhole, Logo glass,  beverage…all for $15 (extra $5 for wine) | Tickets here! 
The ORIGINAL Yappy Hour | July 30th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Featuring dog-centric vendors, dogs available for adoptions, live music, PetSmart trainer, dog food menu and more | Free, but reservations highly recommended. Click here for reservations 

Doffo Winery 

Taste of Argentina Tapas Party | July 8th | 3:00pm-6:00pm | In celebration of Argentina’s Independence Day, we invite you to join the Doffo family in a mouth-watering adventure of sampling their favorite Argentine appetizers! Indulge in a delectable array of filling tapas, paired perfectly with a glass of our signature Doffo wine, all while being entertained by lively Argentine folklore performances |  Ages 21+ only | Tickets are $65 ($55 members) and include tapas and glass of signature Doffo wine | Tickets: 

Rock the Vines Concert Series – Betamaxx 80’s Tribute | July 15th | 6:30pm-10:00pm | BETAMAXX delivers a non-stop, nostalgia-filled rock concert, from the pop of Michael Jackson and Madonna to the New Wave of New Order & Depeche Mode to the Rock of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi |  Tickets start at $29 with all reserved seating and VIP options that include food and wine | Food truck and cash bar for additional purchase | Ages 21+ only | Tickets: 

Rock the Vines Concert Series – The Kings of Queen, a Queen Tribute |July 29th | 6:30pm-10:00pm | The series concludes with a repeat performance from last year’s standout, the Kings of Queen | Tickets start at $29 with all reserved seating and VIP options that include food and wine | Food truck and cash bar for additional purchases |  Ages 21+ only | Tickets: 

Europa Village Wineries & Resort 

Vinyasa at Vienza | July 19th | 5:30-7:00pm | Join us for an hour of yoga flow followed by a complimentary glass of preselected wine 

 Lil’ Chef Cooking Class | July 20th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Immerse your kids in a world of culinary creativity and discovery and get ready for a fun-filled day of cooking and learning alongside Executive Chef Hany Ali 

Trivia Thursday | July 27th | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Put your knowledge and random assortment of facts to the test at Trivia! Guests will be able to purchase food, wine, and beer | Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  

Fire and Flavor | July 28th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Indulge in an exclusive Europa Table dining event featuring Executive Chef Hany Ali, showcasing his culinary expertise as he skillfully grills succulent fish and mouthwatering baby back ribs over an open fire grill 

Falkner Winery  

Caliente Summer Series | July 15th | 3pm – 7pm | Learn to dance salsa, merengue, cumbias and much more  
Food and drinks available for purchase | DJ Andre with Salsafama  | FREE EVENT 

Caliente Summer Series | July 30h | 3pm – 7pm | Learn to dance salsa, merengue, cumbias and much more  
Food and drinks available for purchase | DJ Andre with Salsafama  | FREE EVENT 
Fazeli Cellars 

Killer Dueling Pianos | July 1st | 6:00pm -10:00pm | Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm with open seating on a first come first serve basis | Food and drinks available for purchase – FULL BAR |  $40 non-member, $30 members | 21+ only | Purchase tickets here: 

Salsa Night | July 8th | 6-10pm | 6:00pm – Doors open (for those who pre-purchased tickets) tickets sold at the door at 7pm only | 7:15pm – Beginner Salsa and Bachata Class | 8:15pm – Dance, Dance, Dance! | No partner or experience needed! (21+ only) | General Admission: $25 (+ tax) / $20 members – AT THE DOOR (7pm) $35 (+ tax) |Ticket prices Include a glass of Sangria (food available for purchase) | Purchase Tickets Here:

Decades of Dance | July 15th | 7:00pm -10:00pm | Join us on a musical journey as we dance and relive the hits of the 70’s – 2000’s | VJ, Photo booth, Food Truck and FULL BAR! |  $10 GA presale | $15 GA at the door | $5 Industry at the door (pay stub required) | FREE for members | Purchase Tickets Here:  
Foot Path Winery 

Tim Cash Concert and Dinner | July 22nd | 6:00pm | Featuring music from Tim Cash and Mediterranean food | $45 / $40 members | Ticket includes a glass of wine, food & music | RSVP to 951-265-9951 or 

Lorimar Winery 

Movie in the Vines – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | July 9th | 6:00 – 9:00pm |  Family event – Free admission  
The Killer Dueling Pianos | July 13th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ only | $28-$35  
Uptown Funk: The Ultimate Bruno Mars Tribute | July 16th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ only | $24-$80  
Early Admission & General Admission tickets are available. Early Admission tickets include one glass of 
sangria and a buffet dinner |  Tickets:  
Christmas in July | July 25th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | 21+ only | Local vendors, DJ, photobooth, food, wine & more! | $12-$15 | Tickets include one glass of sangria | Tickets: 

Masia Winery 

Summer Nights & Sangria Flights | July 1st | 5:00pm – 7:30pm |  Extended hours, sangria flights and carafes available for purchase, Notorious PIG food truck until 7pm. No reservations required.  
Summer Concert Little A and the All Nighters | July 15th | 5:30pm – 8:00pm |  Wine and beer specials available | Popcorn Duo and Notorious PIG food truck available for purchase, raffle.  
Karaoke Night | July 28th | 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy a night of karaoke, wine and food available for purchase by Temecula Grilled Cheese Co. 

Maurice Car’rie Ultimate Vineyards 

80’s – 90’s Night | July 21st | 6:00pm – 9:00pm  

Monte de Oro Winery 

Polynesian Night & Luau | July 21st  & 22nd   | 7:00 -10:00pm | MDO Island style evening featuring live music, Polynesian Dancers, Tahitian Drummers, Fire Dancers, a delicious spread (including a pig roast!) and Sangria!! | Tickets:  

Block Party with Live Music | Friday, July 28th | 6:00 – 9:00pm | Details: Live Music featuring Hollywood Blonde, Beer, Bistro, Wine Specials, Yard Game | Free Admission 

Signature Food & Wine Series | July 30th | 11:30am-1:00pm | Our Signature Food & Wine Series is a culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients as they take you through amulti-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine | Tickets Coming Soon! 

South Coast Winery 

Rhythm on the Vine® Summer Concert Series | Classic Albums Live: performing Fleetwood Mac’s: Rumours | July 20th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm-9:30pm |  Tickets starting at $49 | Learn more: 

Rhythm on the Vine® Summer Concert Series | Gin Blossoms | July 29th | Doors Open 6:00pm Music Begins 7:00pm-9:30pm | Tickets starting at $69 Learn more: 

Rhythm on the Vine® Jazz Concert Series | Lao Tizer All Star Band | July 30th | Doors Open: 6:00pm | Show Starts: 7:00pm | Tickets starting at $65 | Learn more: 

Thornton Winery 

Champagne Jazz SeriesGerald Albright & Jonathan Butler | July 8th | 7:00pm-10:00pm | General Admission – $95 | 
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Champagne Jazz Series – Peter White, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala  | July 15th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $95 | Event Info: 

Champagne Jazz Series – Regina Belle & Paul Taylor | July 22nd | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | General Admission – $95 
Gourmet Supper Package – $195 | Tickets & More Information: 

Friday Night Live MusicErin Stevenson  | July 7th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35, Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information: 

Friday Night Live Music – 24K Magic | July 14th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35, Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information: 

Friday Night Live Music – Prince Again | July 28th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | General Admission – $35, Premium Table Seating – $45 | Tickets & More Information: 

Wilson Creek Winery 
Matt Stell Country Concert | July 7th | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Opening the evening will be recording artist Ian Flanigan | 
General Admission $65 | Wine Club $58.50 (Enter your Member ID into the Coupon Code – discount applies to 4 tickets per membership) | Orchestra Assigned Seating with Dinner: $155 | WC $139.50 – GREEN FIRST TWO ROWS |Orchestra Assigned Seating $95 | Wine Club $85.50 | Upper Room VIP – Wine Club Only $200 (dinner and wine included with your ticket) | Purchase tickets at 


Five Temecula Valley Rosé Wines to Elevate Your Summer Sipping

While we in Temecula Valley subscribe to the philosophy that rosé season is something enjoy year-round, there’s nothing that seems to punctuate the summer months better than a juicy glass of a gorgeously pink-hued wine. Fortunately, in addition to crisp, citrusy whites, stunning sparklers, and rich, textured reds, Temecula Valley is home to some pretty spectacular rosés that show off the region’s terroir and offer a refreshing respite from the Southern California heat.

Cherished for their vibrant colors, ranging from ballet slipper pink to translucent magenta gem tones, delicate aromas, and lively personalities, Temecula Valley rosés embody the essence of summer in a bottle. In this round-up, we invite you to sip through a selection of our favorites. From crisp and bone-dry to fruit-forward with just a touch of sweetness, these Temecula Valley rosé wines cater to every palate, promising to elevate your summer soirées, poolside gatherings, and al fresco dining experiences, whether at home or at your favorite local winery.

Robert Renzoni 2022 Lyric Rose, $30

With its baby pink hue and enticing aromas of fresh strawberries, ripe watermelon, and citrus blossom, this dry rosé is made from Syrah, a grape that shines in Temecula Valley’s Mediterranean climate. Medium-bodied and elegantly structured, Lyric Rose strikes that perfect balance between fruitiness and restraint, finishing smoothly with a delightful trace of summer fruit. Serve this with grilled seafood, light salads, charcuterie, or the drool-worthy R & R Pizza from Robert Renzoni’s on-site restaurant, Mama Rosa’s Trattoria.

South Coast Winery 2022 Rose of Grenache, $26.99

Made from 100% Grenache, you will fall in love with this wine not just because of its gorgeous color – a beautiful ballet slipper pink – but also for its mouth-watering flavors of crushed berry and lime zest. It’s bright and energetic on the palate, full of citrus, minerality, and zesty acidity. It’s juicy and fruit-forward but finishes dry, making it an elegant dinner wine or perfect poolside sipper. 

Peltzer Winery 2021 Rose of Syrah, $40

If it’s not the adorable image of a sheep on the bottle that lures you in, it will be the delectable juice inside that will woo you. On the nose, you’ll find aromas of dried rosebuds, ripe raspberry, and watermelon. The palate is dry, light, and refreshing, with mouth-watering acidity and a lingering finish. The ultimate summer cookout wine, pair this with watermelon and feta skewers topped with fresh mint and balsamic drizzle or a plate of grilled chili-lime shrimp.

Akash Winery, 2021 Parlez-Vous Rosé, $39

We absolutely speak rosé out here, and we are fully picking up what this pretty in pink bottling is putting down. “As hip and fresh as your wise-cracking aunt Frances,” this rosé delivers a ton of personality in an elegant, easy-drinking style. A crunch of fresh cranberry adds texture, while ripe, woodland strawberries and bright citrus complete the picture. Big enough for strong flavors like blue cheese or a plate of steaming paella but also crushable enough to stand on its own by the pool, this Temecula Valley rosé should be your summer staple.

Baily Winery 2022 Grandol Rosé, $35

A nod to the unique osé wines of the tiny appellation of Bandol in the Provence region of France, Baily’s 2022 Grandol Rosé is made primarily from the Mourvedre grape (70% Mourvedre 30% Grenache). This award-winning wine is full-bodied and complex, with notes of ripe berry fruit, forest floor, floral notes, and candied citrus. It’s fresh and juicy with just a touch of sweetness to round out the bright acidity, making it the perfect food wine. Pair this with grilled meats, blackened fish tacos, or a platter of slow-cooked ribs for the ultimate summer pairing.


Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Many people have attributed what we know today as “Chinese Chicken Salad” to chef Wolfgang Puck, who served a version of it at his Los Angeles restaurants in the 1980s. Some food historians claim that Chinese Chicken Salad goes back further to the 1960s, also in Los Angeles, but created at Madame Wu’s restaurant. It’s not easy to trace the origin of Chinese Chicken Salad, but one thing we know is that Chinese Chicken Salad as we know it today—a combination of shredded lettuce, cabbage, cooked chicken, tossed with a dressing made with ingredients that are common to Asian cuisines—might be based on traditional Chinese cold chicken dishes, but has evolved into something that is very California. So many versions of the salad exist, but the most important things are crisp, colorful California vegetables, fresh Mandarin oranges and a garlicky, gingery vinaigrette. Crisp white wines are a go-to for salad and a Temecula Sauvignon Blanc that has notes of citrus would be a fantastic pairing.

Yield: 4 Servings


For Salad:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, finely shredded
  • ¼ head napa cabbage, finely shredded (about 2 cups/480 mL)
  • ¼ head red cabbage, finely shredded (about 2 cups/480 mL)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 4 tangerines, peeled and sliced or separated into segments
  • 2 cups (480 mL) snap peas, finely sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup (120 mL) sliced almonds
  • 2 cooked chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Dressing below
  • optional: 1 tablespoon (15 mL) toasted sesame seeds for garnish

For Dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, green stem removed and very finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon (2 mL) fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) grapeseed or other neutral flavored oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar or honey
  • Water as needed for consistency/texture


  • Combine all ingredients for Chinese Chicken Salad in a large bowl. Drizzle with ½ cup of Dressing, toss, and continue adding dressing until all parts of the salad are coated.
  • To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until emulsified.
  • Store leftover undressed components of salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Store dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week. Once the salad has been tossed with dressing, it will not keep.
  • Ingredients Notes and Substitutions:
  • You can substitute any other sturdy, crisp lettuce like iceberg, for the Romaine lettuce.
  • California Mandarin oranges are at their peak season from November to March, with a few varieties like Ojai pixie tangerines in season as late as May. Any small Mandarin orange or tangerine will work in this recipe.
  • To make this salad vegetarian, dice firm tofu, toss with a 1:1 mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil, sauté or roast and use in place of the cooked chicken.
  • To make this salad vegan, use the substitution for chicken as above and make the dressing with sugar, not honey.

Suggested Wines:

Thornton Winery ~ 2022 Sauvignon BlancThis wine has fruit and herbaceous notes with the additional floral and exotic aromatic characters of Musqué.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Refreshing, forward, zesty flavors of lime, lemon, grapefruit, white peach, and passion fruit follow with bright acidity.

Falkner Winery ~ 2021 Sauvignon Blanc – This wine has delicious flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit, and key lime.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Father’s Day in Wine Country

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

Danza del Sol Winery 

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

Europa Village

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

Frangipani Estate Winery

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

Masia de la Vinya Winery 

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

Peltzer Family Cellars 

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

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