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May 5th is Cinco de Vino Day!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

cinco de mayoOh me, oh my, oh!  It’s Cinco de Vino!  Okay, so it’s really Cinco de Mayo, but come on!  Loving all things wine, what else are we gonna’ talk about?

Mexican food with wine, you say?  If you’ve never ventured into pairing wine with your favorite Mexican food, trust us.  It’s as fun as it is easy!

Let’s start with a little hint: alcohol intensifies the heat of chiles, and chiles intensify the alcohol, so choosing lower alcohol wines is the first step.  The second step is to choose those that are crisp with acidity.  They’re best suited to complement the complex flavors and spices of great Mexican cuisine.  And thirdly, always pair the wine with the sauce, not the protein. i.e., consider the ingredients in your dishes.  In general, red wines will work best with earthy chipotle, pasilla or adobo chile sauces – or if it’s all about that cheese!  White wines will work better with lime, citrus, tomatillo and cilantro or herbal sauces. Cinchy, huh?

Some particularly good white varietals to consider might include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, an Albarino – or even a dry Riesling.

Red wine lovers should try Tempranillo, Sangiovese or Malbec, a luscious Zinfandel or even a supple Syrah.

But, like we always say, wine guidelines and suggested pairings are just that – suggestions. The right wine for you is the one you like best!  We just recommend that if you’re entertaining, play it safe and have a couple of different options available.

There’s a Temecula Valley wine out there that will make your Mexican fiesta excelente and take your meal from tasty to sabroso!

Some Temecula Valley white wines to try:

Hart Winery “Two Vineyard Blend” Sauvignon Blanc
Cougar Winery 100% Pinot Grigio
Baily Winery dry Riesling
or Danza del Sol “Sabroso”, a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – perfect for dessert!

If you prefer reds, try:

Longshadow Ranch Estate Tempranillo
Frangipani Winery’s Estate Sangiovese
one of Doffo Winery’s many Malbecs
Lorenzi Winery “Zin City” Zinfandel
Falkner Winery “Rock Creek” Syrah


Wine For The Holidays

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

holiday table
Grandma’s stuffing, Aunt Susie’s cranberry sauce and your sister’s sweet potatoes.  Menu: done!  But what about the wine?  Choosing a bottle (or two!) of wine to bring to the holiday table can be tricky.  Appealing to not only your menu, but to a cross-section of practiced palates and novice wine drinkers may seem challenging.  But don’t stress out over one of the simplest tasks of the holiday season. Make it simple.  Any wine you enjoy is a good wine!

One certainly doesn’t need to look to others to rate, score or direct you to make a particular wine choice.  Bring a wine you’re familiar with to the table.  Chances are it’ll be just fine – and maybe even sublime!

First and foremost, don’t worry about pairing with the herbaceous, the tart or the sweet accompaniments to your turkey, ham or prime rib.  It’s much simpler to match the wine to the main protein dish.  Here’s a few tried and true varietal selections for some classic holiday main dishes:

Wines to Serve with Ham
Ham just begs for a something lightly sweet.  Look for wines with a touch of residual sugar like a Baily Vineyard & Winery Riesling or a Maurice Car’rie Winery Gewurztraminer.  Both are lighter in style, a bit lower in alcohol and still offer plenty of food-friendly acidity and crowd-pleasing palate appeal.  If you’re looking for an easy to pair red, go for a lighter style like Tempranillo.  Great examples can be found at both Miramonte Winery and at Danza del Sol Winery.

Wines to Serve with Turkey
Although an array of whites work perfectly well, Sauvignon Blanc is an all-time, hands-down favorite pick that holds up well to turkey – and all it’s side dishes. Temecula Valley provides the perfect playground for growing this varietal, so you’ll find many great examples of it here.  Beautifully aromatic offerings from the musqué clone can be found at Hart Winery and at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. Soft red varietals like Syrah also make suitable partners; you can find some fabulous ones at Falkner Winery and Leoness Cellars.

Wines to Serve with Prime Rib
White wines will have a hard time keeping up with the likes of Prime Rib, but there are so many reds to choose from that make impressive cohorts, you’re sure to find one you’ll all enjoy.  Choose an affable Cabernet Sauvignon from Callaway Vineyard & Winery, a food friendly Italian varietal like Montepulciano or Sangiovese from Cougar Vineyard & Winery or an amazing Super Tuscan blend, Due Rossi, from Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.

Happy Holidays!


Temecula June Winery Events

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Summer has arrived in Temecula Valley, CA! Join us for seasonal events, tasty meals and of course, to celebrate Father’s Day. Our wineries are offering mid-week activities along with weekend shindigs which will quickly fill your calendar.  See what Temecula wines will be winning your heart this month!


Baily Vineyard & Winery

Fundraiser for Great Oak High School
Sunday, June 8 / 5:00p-9:00p / $20 pp
Buffet dinner, dessert and lemonade. Wine is $5
The Spirit of Great Oak Marching Band, Color Guard, Drum Line & Jazz Ensemble.
Deadline to buy tickets is June 5th, call Terry at 951-795-1716.

Dog Day Sundays
Every Sunday / 11:30a-2:30p /
Bring your well-mannered pooch to lunch!
Live acoustic entertainment.

Estate Club Private Wine Tasting
Thursday-Sunday / 11:00a-2:30p
Tours and vertical tasting of library Boudreaux reds.
Call for reservations: 951-972-9768.

Bel Vino Winery

Live Music
Saturdays 11a-3p; Sundays 12p-4p
June 1 – Bruce G
June 7 – MorSol
June 8 – Jason Weeber
June 14 – Jason Weeber
June 15 – Rum Soaked Raisons
June 21 – Michael LeClerc
June 22 – JD Priest
June 28 – Radical Pie
June 29 – Crimson Crow

Briar Rose Winery

Sip Into Sunset
Friday, June 6 / 5:30p-9:00
Sunsets and live music by Buzz Campbell
Food items available for purchase.
Call 951-308-1098 to make reservations.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Prime Rib Fridays
Every Friday at Meritage from 5pm-8:00pm
Three-course Prime Rib dinner for $35 pp
Reservations are not required. No cover.

Sangria Sundays at Meritage at Callaway
Every Sunday at Meritage from 4p-8p in the main dining room.
Watermelon Sangria & live music from local musicians begins at 5pm.
No cover charge and no reservations required.

Cougar Winery

“Mix it Up” Blending Party
June 8 / 6:30p-8:30p / $30 pp; Wine Club $25 pp; Barrel Club $20 pp
Blending event + appetizers and attendees receive 10% off red wines.
Compete in best blend competition
All RSVP’s must be in writing.
RSVP to events@cougarvineyards.com. Call 951-491-0825 for any questions.

Father’s Day Wine & Sausage Pairing
June 15 / 11:00a-6:00p / $18 pp / $12 pp members
Enjoy 3 handcrafted wines with Mad Mike’s Sausages.
Call 951-491-0825 ext. 2 or e-mail events@cougarvineyards.com

Falkner Winery

Sunday Concerts & BBQ
Every Sunday in June from 12:00p-3:00p.
No reservations necessary.

The “Crush Club” Reveal Launch Party & Luscious Lips Contest
Saturday, June 7 / 11:00a-3:00p
Free to attend, $10 entry into contest
Release of hot new wine collection: “The Crush Club”.
RSVP today!

Frangipani Estate Winery

Cigar Night
Friday, June 6 / 6:30p-9:00p / $55 pp; $50 members
Buffet style dinner, cigar and glass of wine.
Reservations required by June 2nd by calling the winery at 951-699-8845

Father’s Day BBQ
Sunday, June 15 / 11:00a-3:00p /
$39 pp w/ meal & cigar
$29 pp w/ meal & no cigar
$22 pp for children w/ meal

Longshadow Ranch Winery

Desperado – A Tribute to the Eagles!
Friday, June 27 / 6:00p-10:00p /
$25 pp + 2 drink minimum. Wahoo’s catering.
For more information, click here

Oak Mountain Winery

Live Music in the Pavilion
Every Saturday and Sunday in June / 1:00p-5:00p

Oak Mountain Winery University
2014 Spring Semester Classes /
$15 per student; $12 for wine club members.
Classes run for one hour. To sign up, call or text 951-880-8840

Bubbles 101
Sparkling Wine Class
You will be served 3 sparkling wines paired with artisanal cheeses.
Learn fun facts about sparkling wines & champagne.

Blending Reds
Create, bottle and label your very own blend
In our Blending Class, you get to be the Winemaker!
Ooption to bottle your custom blend for an additional $29.

Wine Tasting for Dummies 101
Beginners class for Wine Tasters
Basics of wine tasting
Sample eight infused Avocado Oils and Balsamic Vinegars

Rhone Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown here & how wine is made
Taste varietals from different areas in the Rhone region of France.
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.

Bordeaux Wine Class 201
Learn how these grapes are grown, harvested & processed
3 wine tastings and 8 tastings of Avocado Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
We recommend that you have taken Wine Tasting 101 class prior to this course.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Custom five-course menu just for you.
Winemakers then pair each course with wines
For 2-8 guests, $135 pp
Call 951-491-8077 to reserve your table today.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s WINOS (Women In Need of Serenity)
Monday-Thursday / 11:30a-2:30p
Unique wine-themed items available for purchase
Half price Mimosas, Sangria & glasses of select wines
$2 off all appetizers / Call for Reservations 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Divas in D’Vines
Every Sunday during football season from 12:00 to 3p
Enjoy half priced mimosas, sangria & Spumante Diamante.
Reservations Recommended. Call 951-587-9463 x 2

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Vintage Vantage Menu
Mon-Thur 11:30a -3:00p
$9.99 lunches -Vineyard Rose Restaurant, 55&over
Call 951-587-9463 x 2

Marvelous Mondays
5:30p to 9p each week
Half-priced bottles of select wines with the purchase of 2 entrees
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Wine Down Wednesdays
Enjoy live music & half-priced select appetizers w/ purchase of 2 entrees
Enjoy with our Winemakers Reserve bottles of South Coast Wines.
Call 951.587.9463 today or visit here

Thursday Night Mixers
Single and want to mingle?
Wine Press Tasting Room with new extended hours just for you
Thursday Nights 6 pm to 9 pm/ $10 pp
Click here for more details.

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Daily / 11:00a and 1:00p / $40pp / Members $35pp
Stroll the vineyards and the winery
Private, plated wine & cheese pairing with a Wine Concierge.
Reservations strongly suggested: Call 951.587.9463 x7219.

Thornton Winery

Live Music
Complimentary Live Music on Weekends
Fridays 6:00p-9:00p / Saturdays 1:00p-4:00p / Sundays 12:30p-3:30p

BBQ Cooking Class
Saturday, June 7 / 2:30p-4:30p / $70 pp
Join Executive Chef Jeff D. Massey and learn his secrets on the BBQ.
Take-home recipes will allow you to recreate these delightful foods later
Make your reservation today- For Reservations Call: (951) 699-0099

Summer Concert Series
George Benson / Saturday, June 14 / 7:00p /
General Admission $95 pp / Gourmet Supper $170 pp

Lee Ritenour & Spyro Gyra / Saturday, June 21 / 7:00p
General Admission $70 pp / Gourmet Supper $145 pp

Thornton Winery’s Chef’s Counter
Friday, June 27 / 7:00p / $125 pp plus tax and tip
Interactive Chef’s Table in a private kitchen
Five-course meal /Seating limited to 10 people
For reservations, call 951-699-0099

Wiens Family Cellars

Syrah Bacon Dinner
Friday, June 13 & Sunday, June 15 / 6:00p
$62.50 pp / $50.00 pp, member
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend w/ tasting of 4 Syrahs along w/ bacon dishes.
For reservations, click here

Wilson Creek Winery

Crawfish Boil & Blues
Friday, June 13 / 7:00p-10:00p / $49.95 pp / $39.95 pp member
Traditional Louisiana style Crawfish Boil & Blues.
Boil crawfish and “blues” it up with the Nathan James Band!
For reservations, click here

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