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January Winery Events

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

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

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

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

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

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Prix Fixe Friday & Sunday at Meritage / 5pm to 8pm / For $35 guests may enjoy a starter, an entrée and a dessert / Live Music offered on Friday nights Reservation is not necessary. For menu information call 951.587.8889

Brunch Specials every Sunday at Meritage / 11am / Cost is $25 / Includes a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice, entrée and dessert. All food from Meritage is farm-to-table, either grown on property in restaurant garden or locally outsourced.

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

Carter Estate Winery and Resort
Elegant Food & Wine Pairing / $45pp; $40pp Wine Club Member / 1pm & 3pm Monday-Sunday / Reserve your place for an indulgent wine and food pairing designed to tantalize the senses. Guests enjoy five specially selected Carter Estate Winery wines paired perfectly with a variety of cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompanied with seasonal accouterments. Each pairing lasts approximately 90 minutes and is limited to just eight participants to allow for one-on-one interaction / Reservations recommended – Book a pairing on CarterEstateWinery.com

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
4th Annual Cougar Meets Italy, Movie and Wine-Judging event / January 16-17 / $10 per person / 6pm-8pm / This event will sell out!! The winery and guests will preview the “Bottle Shock” movie in the Barrel Room and then, Thursday, everyone will relive it! / Includes a glass of Cougar wine and all the popcorn you can eat. Combine with the Main Event and save!

The Main Event – Wine Judging / January 17 / 6pm-9pm / $75 Wine club, $80 Non-wine club, combine both nights for a $5 savings (price increase January 1st) / Professional, double-blind wine judging comparing Cougar wines with their Italian counterparts using the UC Davis 20-point scale / Audience wine tasting and judging with the same wines / Announcement of the wine judging results and Peoples’ Choices for each varietal / Includes four-course dinner, Cougar logo wine glass to commemorate the Event and musical accompaniment by Don Brennan / To reserve your tickets please visit www.cougarvineyards.com

Europa Village
Cooking Class – Italian / January 13 / 12pm & 2pm / Tickets: $58; Société Members $52.20 / Embark on a culinary adventure to the Campania region of Italy, led by Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator Dean Thomas. Discover what historical influences shaped the culture and cuisine of this region while savoring a three-course wine paired lunch / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com and click on events.

Wine Education Class / January 20 / 12pm / Tickets: $39; Société Members $35.10 / Let Europa’s Sommelier, Dr. Doug Garman take you on a journey through Italy, sampling Europa’s Vienza Italian wines, and savor samples of fine food pairings prepared by Executive Chef Dean Thomas / For reservations please visit www.europavillage.com and click on events.

Falkner Winery
Wine Appreciation Class / January 19 / 10am -12:30pm / Designated for all levels of wine knowledge; $45/person /$40 Connoisseur/ $20 VIP; $70/person with lunch option. RSVP’s required 951-676-8231 x.109 or wineclub@falknerwinery.com

Lorimar Vineyard & Winery
Sunday Brunch Buffet / Every Sunday 11am –3 pm / $35 Adult / $31.50 WC / $15 (Ages 4-12) / Brunch includes one mimosa or glass of beer for ages 21+ / To Make a Reservation – https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-408083/Sunday-Brunch.html

Laugh Your Glass Off / January 31 / 7pm / $20/$18 Wine Club Members / Pairings Food Truck opens at 6:00pm / Join us for a night of laughter and wine – featuring 3 talented Comedians! / Purchase tickets online at https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-408948/Laugh-Your-Glass-Off.html / For mature audience only; must be 21+

Monte De Oro Winery
Syrah Blind Tasting / January 26 / 6pm-8pm / $60 / Join us for a celebration of one of California’s most popular varietal: Zinfandel. We will be sampling over ten different offerings from various California wineries, including Temecula, Napa Valley, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc. / Epicurean appetizer, cheese and dessert pairings will accompany your tasting as well! / For reservation please visit www.montedeoro.com.

Peltzer Family Cellars

Peltzer Ice Rink / Open daily now through January 6th / 3pm-9pm / Ice Rink Bar Open Friday through Sunday 4-8:40pm / The farm is freezing over, y’all! For the first time ever Peltzer Farms will be featuring a full on Ice Rink! Ice Rink will be closed if it’s raining, for safety reasons. Ice Rink may be closed on specific dates based on private events / Admission (includes a pair of skates) General Admission $15; Kids 5 and under (with paid general admission) $11; Crush Club (wine club) members get $2 off admission prices. Admission (if you bring your own skates) General Admission $13; Kids 5 and under (with paid general admission) $9 / For additional information please visit www.peltzerwinery.com

Dueling Pianos / January 24 / 6pm-10pm / Cost: $35 / Join us in the Crush House for a dueling piano show with The Killer Dueling Pianos. You won’t want to miss out on this night of fun! Get your tix while you can! / Tickets include a complimentary glass of our Signature Drink! Crush Club Members will receive 10% off tickets and 20% off wine Q’s Tacos food truck will be here at 6:00 so you can grab a bite and a drink before the show starts at 7:00! / This is a 21+ only event. For reservations please visit www.peltzerwinery.com

Ponte Winery
Happy Hour in The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn / Every Monday-Thursday / 4pm-6pm / Free to attend / Head to Temecula Wine Country’s only cocktail bar, The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn, for happy hour specials on craft beer, flatbreads, Ponte wine on tap and more! Menu items $6 and up / For more information please visit www.pontevineyardinn.com

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

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Harmonizing Hatha at the Grapeseed Spa / Every Mondays & Wednesdays / 9:00am – 10:00am This unique class enables you to find balance of body and mind. With gentle stretching, focused breathing and meditation, your instructor will take you on a journey through your personal chakras resulting in a mind and body that are more fluid and at ease / 4 people or more | $35 per person, 3 people or less | $65 per person / Spa Members | $16 per person / Reservation Information: Call 877.552.1731 to book your class.

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

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

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Fun Facts About Merlot

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Considered one of the most food-friendly and approachable wines on the planet, Merlot surged to popularity in the United States in the 1990s. Now wine-lovers can find great Merlot and delicious Merlot blends from all over the world – from South America to France to Italy to right here in Temecula Valley, California.

Here are five fun facts about Merlot!*

1) Did you know the word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird” in French? The name was thought to have been given either because of the grape’s beautiful blue-black color, or blackbird’s fondness for grapes.

2) Merlot’s flavor profile fluctuates within the sweetness spectrum. Cooler climates bring out hints of berries, plum, and even tobacco. Merlot grown in hotter climates might mimic flavors found in fruitcake or chocolate.

3) A bit about Merlot blends: When Merlot first arrived in California, it mostly sold as single varietal bottlings (100% Merlot) until winemakers began blending it with other red grapes in the French Bordeaux tradition. Now, California’s Meritage wines are a signature of the state and always include Merlot as one of the essential blending grapes.

4) Merlot is so popular because of the grape’s ability to please all palates. Wines can range from very fruity simple wines to more serious, barrel-aged bottles.

5) Merlot has a high sugar content and low acidity, which makes it a very food-friendly wine, able to be paired with a variety of dishes. For example, Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with grilled meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots go well with salmon, mushroom-based dishes and greens. Light-bodied Merlots pair well with shellfish like prawns or scallops, especially if wrapped in bacon or prosciutto.

Looking for a great bottle of Temecula Valley Merlot? Check these wines out!

Falkner Winery 2015 Merlot ~ This wonderful Merlot is deep in color and abundant in flavor. Enjoy the dark cherry, blueberry, and herbaceous notes with an elegant and smooth finish. 

Leoness Cellars 2012 Vineyard Selection Merlot ~ Concentrated layers of black currant and black cherry complemented by earthy aromas typical of this vineyard. Subtle nuances of tobacco and vanilla develop through a long, velvety finish. 

Mount Palomar Winery 2012 BOV (Best of Vintage) Merlot ~ The scents are of Cherry, plum, and cola. The tastes are of sour cherry, lavender, and dark chocolate, with a touch of black pepper.

*Sourced from Snooth/Wikipedia 

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November Winery Events in Temecula Valley Wine Country

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

The 22nd Annual Harvest Celebration is this weekendNovember 3 & 4!

For all the details and to buy tickets, click here!  This is the region’s last passport event until March 2013…

Harvest Ticket Prices:

  • $99 Weekend – Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
  • $79 Sunday only
  • $69 Sunday only – local resident
  • $59 Designated driver – food only

 

November Winery Events

Baily Vineyard & Winery

Carol’s Saturday Knights

Live Bands every Saturday night from 5-8pm.  Appetizers, drinks and dinner available.

  • Saturday, November 3: Naomisax-Jazz/Pop/Blues/Latin/Funk/Swing
  • Saturday, November 10: Mark Johnson Trio-Blues/ Rock
  • Saturday November 17: Paradygm Shift-Rock/Progressive Rock
  • Saturday November 24: The Hats-The Hats know how to swing!

 

Dog Day Sundays

Bring your pooch to wine country.  Every Sunday live music, doggie menu, doggie treats.  Sundays 11:30 to 3:30pm.

Call 951-676-WINE (9463) for more information.

 

Bel Vino Winery
Complimentary Live Music

Sundays in November; 12p-4p

 

Cougar Vineyard & Winery

“Black Friday”
Friday, November 23; 11:00a-2:30p
Buy 2 bottles of any red wine and receive the 3rd red (of equal or lesser value) at 50% off
Buy 2 bottles of any white wine and receive the 3rd white (of equal or lesser value) for 1 cent.
(Offer is valid at Winery only and cannot be combined with any other discount, including wine club).

Temecula Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 24
8:30a
Run or walk off your turkey the Saturday after Thanksgiving with this 5k or 10k.  After the event, participants over 21 can enjoy FREE wine tasting at Cougar Vineyard & Winery and discounted tastings at neighboring wineries.  For more information and to sign up, click here

 

Danza del Sol Winery

28th Annual Temecula Valley Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour

November 17 & 18

Danza del Sol Winery is pleased to announce that The Club House @ Danza has been selected to participate in the 28th Annual Temecula Valley Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour.  It is the first time a winery has been asked to participate in this Temecula holiday tradition.  The event is open to the public to visit all five of the homes that will be decorated.  Tickets are available for purchase here.

 

Doffo Winery

Saturday, November 17

Come meet Al Camano, winner of the 2012 SCCA Touring Regional Championship.  His winning car, a Chevrolet Corvette C6T1, will be on display for all to see and photograph.  Italian Wedding soup will be offered.  Doffo Winery is the official sponsor of this racing team.

 

Europa Village

“Le Semaine du Gout” Musical Wine Dinner
Thursday, November 15; 6:30p-9:00p
Gourmet 4-course French dinner prepared by Europa’s own award-winning Executive Chef Dean Thomas.  Each course paired with Europa Village C’est La Vie wines.  Top it off with performances by Europa’s own singing waiters.

Full list of November events:

Saturday

3-Nov-12

Saturday Entertainment – Geoff Ryle 1pm-4pm -FREE admission
Sunday

4-Nov-12

Sunday Entertainment – Michael Sierras 1pm-4pm – FREE admission
Wednesday

7-Nov-12

Monti – Art Class – 760-967-7658 1pm-4pm – Call 760-967-9658 for reservations
Friday

9-Nov-12

Friday Night Entertainment – Alaina Blair 6:30pm-9:30pm – FREE admission
Thursday

15-Nov-12

Paint & Palate 6pm-9pm – $35 – Call 760-500-0383 for reservations
Thursday

15-Nov-12

Musical Wine Dinner – France 6:30pm-9:00pm – $79 per person (plus service charge & tax) – call 951-216-3380 for more information
Friday

16-Nov-12

Friday Night Entertainment – Mrs. Jones’ Revenge 6:30pm-9:30pm – FREE admission
Friday

23-Nov-12

Antidote to Black Friday – Wine & Shopping event 6pm-8pm – FREE admission – call 951-216-3380 for more information
Wednesday

28-Nov-12

Monti – Art Class – 760-967-7658 1pm-4pm – Call 760-967-9658 for reservations

To RSVP or for more information, please call 951-506-1818 or e-mail events@europavillage.com

 

Leoness Cellars

Winemaker Dinner

Sunday, Nov 17; 6:00-9:30pm.  Tickets are $99+ tax.

Now that harvest is winding down our winemaker, Tim Kramer, would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us for our Annual Winemaker Dinner. This is your chance to meet and interact with our winemaker, enologist, and the owners of Leoness. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and excellent wines.

Wine Club Members: $89 per person (for up to two guests) / General Guests: $99 per person

Make reservations today 951-302-7601 ext 150.

Click here for more information.


Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Complimentary sleigh bell carriage rides through the vines

November 18th – thru Dec 23rd.  Sundays only from 2-4pm.  First come, first served; gratuity is appreciated.

Complimentary live music

For more information, please call (951) 587-6221.

 

Lorimar Winery

  • Mulled Wine willl be available for purchase by the glass at both the Wine Country and Old Town locations. Every Friday-Sunday starting Nov 2 through Christmas.
  • Exclusive Wine Club Only Preview Week on Merchandise and Wine Specials – Mon, Nov 19-Wed Nov 21
  • Black Friday Holiday Shopping Event – Stock up for the holidays with our wine and merchandise sales – sparkling wine, personal shoppers, music, light appetizers – Fri, Nov 23 from 6pm-9pm
  • Lorimar’s Grand Lighting Ceremony Fri, Nov 30 – Live Music 5-8pm: Witness wine country’s most beautiful lighting ceremony.  At 8pm, to the sounds of Christmas Carolers and the smell of spiced mulled wine, Lorimar will illuminate its wine country estate and the 6 themed Christmas trees inside.

 

Monte De Oro Winery

Wine’d Down Fridays – Complimentary Live Music
5:00p-8:30p every Friday

Friday, November 2 – Master Splinters & the Shredders

Friday, November 9 – David & Olivia

Friday, November 16 – Tim Moyer

Friday, November 23 – PLOW

Friday, November 30 – Fiore & the Bromance

 

Mount Palomar

Live Music Fridays
6:00p-9:00p every Friday throughout the Fall.

Friday, November 2nd – Big Truth – Classic Rock/80’s/Today

Friday, November 9th  – Finite Wisdom – Dance and Classic Rock

Friday, November 16th – Finite Wisdom – Dance and Classic Rock

Friday, November 23rd – TBD – Lifetime Rocker – Classic Rock

Friday, November 30th – Gino and the Lone Gunman – Rockabilly

 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

November 22Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast….  The Master Chefs and Winemakers of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa are ready to treat you and your entire family to a special gourmet feast this Thanksgiving Day, featuring unique presentations of today’s traditional fare. Specially priced menus are sure to make you stop and give thanks for this special day. Reserve early for preferred seating.  866-994-6379 X 7237 or visit us online at WineResort.com. Reservations required.

November 25Tree Lighting… Let your inner child come out to play; and while you’re at it, bring your entire family.  Come enjoy our popular South Coast Winery Winter Fun in our beautiful Southern California Wine Country sun.  Meet us in the Courtyard at 6 PM as holiday music fills the air and our popular holiday lights get turned on officially to delight and dazzle, making your Season merry and bright!   866-994-6379 X7210 or visit us online at WineResort.com.

November 29Deck the Halls Spa Event…  Be one of the first to enter into the Holiday spirit.  The GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery Resort invites you to their elegant Deck The Halls Event from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.   Offering a vendors showcase, fantastic spa prizes and product giveaways, and complimentary wine whilst shopping at this social extravaganza.  Also be one of the first to sign up for some incredible spa package promotions that can only be enjoyed by attending this event and can be redeemed during the holiday season.  This event is open to Spa Club and Wine Club members only.  RSVP early to avoid disappointment.  866-994-6379 X7210 or visit us online at WineResort.com.

 

Thornton Winery

Art of Winetasting Workshop
Saturday, November 10th, 5:30p – 6:30p

Red Wine & Chocolate

Inspired by the small family run restaurants in the wine country in Italy, this wine and chocolate class is truly amazing!  You will be guided through the tasting and learn the in’s and out’s of chocolate and wine pairing.

$35 per person / $ 31.50 wine club members
For reservations please call  (951) 699-0099

 

Cafe Champagne Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday, November 22nd, 12p- 5p

An elegant buffet of all your favorite Thanksgiving favorites included Champagne & Mimosa cocktails.

$65 plus tax & tip / $19.95 – Children/ Under 5 FREE
For reservations please call  (951) 699-0099

 

Harvest Cooking Class
Saturday, November 17th, 2:30p

Learn (while you taste) how to make 5 spectacular fall dishes: Roasted Cauliflower & Gruyere Cheese Soup; Butternut Squash Gnocchi; Mustard Tyme Glazed Slamon; Carmalized Sprouts; Chocolate Wine Pached Pear

$70 Per Person Inclusive. For reservations please call  (951) 699-0099

 

November “Care” Special
November 1st-Dec 25th

Bring 3 cans of non perishable items to the gift shop and and receive a two for one tasting.
For reservations please call  (951) 699-0099

 

 

 

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