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November Winery Events

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Friends celebrating together with wine

Altisima Winery 
Anniversary Gala | November 5 | 7:00pm –10:00 pm | More info and tickets: https://altisimawinery.com/events/altisima-anniversary-gala/

Paint & Sip | November 3 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | More info and tickets: https://altisimawinery.com/events/paintandsip/ 

Callaway Winery 
Annual Barrel Tree Lighting & Dinner Event | November 26 | 6:00pm-9:00pm | $35 for non-members, $25 for members | LETS GET LIT will be a fun filled evening showcasing our barrel tree lighting, a holiday market full of local, artisanal vendors, holiday wine discounts, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, live music, wine & good eats! What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas in wine country? | To purchase tickets, please visit https://shop.callawaywinery.com/  

Holiday Market | November 26 | 1:00pm to 9:00pm | The holidays are here, and we are thrilled to present a not-so-silent night, holiday extravaganza for all our lovely guests! What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas in wine country?  

Churon Inn Winery 
Succulent Craft Party | November 10th | 4:30-6:30pm | Info and tickets: https://shop.innatchuronwinery.com/res-434175/Succulent-Craft.html  

Danza del Sol Winery 
New Member Tour | November 13 |  |11:30am-5:00pm | $15; $10 for members | Join us and tour the: Barrel Room, Library Room, Member’s Club House, and Production Facilities | Enjoy a guided tasting by one of our Danza Wine Specialists | Reservations required | RSVP online or with Nathalie: n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com  

Membersgiving | November 19 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Cost $32 | Taste the 2016, 2017 & 2019 Super Tuscan varietals side-by-side | Light appetizers provided by Boards & Baskets | RSVP online or email Nathalie: n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com  

Europa Village 
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet | Thursday, November 24 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Adults: $89; $80.10 for members, Children: $39; $35.10 for members | The holidays have never been so quick, easy, and delicious. This Thanksgiving, Bolero Restaurante is doing the cooking for you with our delightful Thanksgiving brunch buffet, featuring traditional holiday flare and other Spanish favorites. Don’t miss out on this incredible feast that will leave no one hungry. | For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802 or visit www.europavillage.com  

Holiday Brunch Buffet | Offered Saturday & Sunday on the following dates, Nov. 26, Dec. 18, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1 | 10 am – 2 pm | Adults: $64; $57.60 for members | Children: $29, $26.10 for members | Whisk yourself away into a Spanish Winter Wonderland with an incredible holiday brunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy festive decorations, scrumptious holiday treats, and entertainment from The Dickens Carolers | Reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins welcome. For reservations, please visit us at www.europavillage.com  

Holiday Market | November 25 through December 11 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Experience the magic of the season and celebrate a holiday tradition at C’est la Vie! Join us for an enchanting holiday wonderland with our European-inspired Holiday Market. Discover seasonal gifts and decorations highlighting European craftsmanship, nutcrackers, ornaments, décor, and much more! 

Falkner Winery 
Comedy Night | November 2 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Hosted by Frankie M | Enjoy Falkner Wines, cocktails, food and laughter | Doors open at 6:15pm | Purchase tickets gofrankyourself.com  

Dinner with Wine Pairing and Live Music | November 19 | 6:30pm-10pm | We are open for dinner! Only happens twice a year! Enjoy some amazing food from our New Chef, Luis Sandoval | Come and dine with the owners Ray & Loretta Falkner | Reservations are available until November 15th by calling our Holly in the Wine club at 951-676-8231 ext. or via email wineclub@falknerwinery.com | Menu is coming soon but get your reservations in now! 
 
Frangipani Winery 
Karaoke Nights | November 4 | 5:30pm-9:30pm | Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean It | Enjoy Frangipani Estate Wines, Beer, Wine Cocktails, Food, and Fun | For more information, please visit www.frangipaniwinery.com  
 
Lorimar Vineyards & Winery  
Harvest Festival |November 13 |11:00 am-5:00 pm | $10 non-members, $9 for members | Family Friendly, Live Music, Local Vendors, Food and more! | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com 
 
Sip & Shop | November 29 | 5:00pm-9:00pm | No Charge, RSVP only | Shop local vendors, wine & more! https://shop.lorimarwinery.com 

Masia de la Vinya Winery 
SIP & SHOP Vendor Market | November 5 | 11am to 4pm | Vines & Vases, Indy girl Co, Three 2 Seven Jewelry, T&T custom decor, Laluna Clay Co., Cup it designs, Mothersucca | Food truck: Jimmie and Tiffany’s Tacos | Live Music: Tim Apple 12pm to 4pm | For additional information please visit our website www.masiadelavinya.com  

Maurice Carrie Winery 
TasteGiving | November 11 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Wine and Seasonal Small Bites pairing | Tickets can be purchased over the phone or in the Tasting Room | open to anyone 21+ | For more information and pricing please visit us at www.mauricecarriewinery.com  

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 
20th Anniversary Party | November 19 | 6:30pm-10pm | Tickets must be purchased in advance $65, $55 for members |contact Cindy@palumbowines.com or call (951) 676-7900 

Thornton Winery 
Thanksgiving Dinner | November 24 |11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | $79.95 Adults, $23.95 Children (10 and Over) | 3-Course Meal | Menu: https://www.thorntonwine.com/holiday-events/thanksgiving/
Call for Reservation: 951-699-0099 or visit Website: https://www.opentable.com/restref/client/?rtype=ism&restref=105913&corrid=8960f3e5-c9be-4c01-aeae-dde156e2523a 

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Feeling Chilly? Have Some Wine to Warm Your Spirits

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Wine by the fire

Your Complete Temecula Valley Wine Shopping List for Cool Weather and Holiday Sipping

Anyone who’s ever visited Temecula Valley in the fall and winter months knows that, while those afternoons are usually gorgeously sunny and warm, those evenings can get downright chilly. Not only is this good news for our favorite fashions, not to mention our electric bills after all those summer months of running the AC, it’s also good news for our grapevines.

Cool-weather months are an important part of the life cycle of the vine. Those vines may look barren compared to the months leading up to and during harvest when they are lush with grapes and green foliage, but there’s a lot going on underground that tells us they are actually full of life. All the energy they normally put toward producing fruit or canopy growth is now being directed toward the vine’s root systems. Roots are digging deep into the ground searching for nutrients and storing carbohydrates in the trunks of the plant to keep the vine healthy during the winter months and provide essential energy to produce new leaves and shoots during spring budburst.

Fall and winter months also give us so many great opportunities to sip our favorite Temecula Valley wines. From never-ending holiday celebrations to lots of cooking and gathering with friends and family, to that constant urge to just curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and a movie, cold weather calls for delicious wines.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from Temecula Valley for Thanksgiving, the holiday season, or just sipping throughout the cooler months. 

WHITE WINES:

Avensole Winery 2021 Chardonnay, $36

This robust and versatile Chardonnay has heady aromas of apple, pear, and lemon meringue pie, and a luscious flavor profile. It’s an excellent choice for Thanksgiving dinner, paired with turkey, a honey ham, or mashed potatoes.

South Coast Winery 2020 Pinot Blanc, $27

With a rich and lush mouthfeel, hints of brioche, pineapple, and citrus, and bright acidity, this wine is a crisp, quaffable selection that pairs with the whole fall flavors and holiday dishes. We especially love Pinot Blanc paired with more exotic flavors like curries, and spicy noodle dishes.

SPARKLING WINES:

Carter Estate Blanc de Noir, $39

Blanc de Noir is a classic style of sparkling wine that uses a black (noir) grape to make a white (blanc) wine. This is a rich and complex sparkling wine that demonstrates Pinot Noir character and richness, with a very fine mousse, and a delicate pink color.  Tantalizing strawberry, raspberry, and cotton candy aromas are married with a lightly toasted brioche and hazelnut bouquet that rounds out the fruit tones. It’s the perfect sparkling wine for just about any cuisine or occasion, especially a Thanksgiving toast to all that there is to be thankful for.

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvée Sparkling Syrah, $26

This is, hands-down, one of our favorite wines to pair with food over the holidays. South Coast’s Ruby Cuvée is all about bringing out the berry-fruit character of Syrah. It’s got a delicate sweet-tart finish, with hints of raspberry, cranberry, and lavender, with supple tannins and a clean, lightly sweet finish. This magenta-hued sparkler could easily replace the dish of cranberry sauce at your table as the perfect turkey accompaniment.

RED WINES:

Oak Mountain Winery 2017 Pinotage, $36

Why pair Thanksgiving turkey with one of the usuals when you can create a match made in food and wine heaven with something fun and offbeat like Pinotage? A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage is a medium-bodied, easy-drinking red, with flavors of field strawberries, raspberry, and plum.   It also has a pleasantly earthy kiss hidden beneath the layers of fruit that pairs beautifully with the savory but subtle turkey flavors. Bonus points if you smoke your turkey!

Danza del Sol Winery 2019 Tempranillo, $45

This traditional Spanish grape grows very well in Temecula Valley. For a mouthwatering pairing, try Danza del Sol’s Tempranillo with a generous serving of curried butternut squash bisque with a slice of grilled Manchego & ham quesadilla. The wine has generous acidity and spice that loves mingling with the richness of the soup, and the saltiness of the meat and cheese combination.

Europa Village 2019 Garnacha, $44

Garnacha – or Grenache – is one of those soft, juicy, warming wines that is a favorite at any holiday table, especially for Thanksgiving. This one is an excellent choice for roast turkey but is also a great match for roasted salmon or vegetarian lasagna.

Wiens Family Cellars 2021 Merrytage, $75 (1.5 Liter Magnum)

This wine was produced with the sole purpose of creating something easygoing while at the same time full-bodied and cold-weather-ready. According to winemaker Joseph Wiens, “If wines could be articles of clothing, this one is the fuzzy sweater.” Merrytage is a festive play on “Meritage,” using Bordeaux grape varieties to create a blend that is youthful and fruit-forward, but with weight and structure as well. Pair this wine with the traditional holiday spread. It’s a crowd-pleaser that works particularly well with roast beef and turkey with gravy.

Wilson Creek Winery 2020 Cinsault, $50

The Thanksgiving table has a bunch of different and bold flavors, so a wine that pairs with a range of dishes is important. With a kiss of fruit, some spice, and gentle acidity, Cinsault is an easy classic that always delivers. The acidity works with the richness of the meal. Light, fruity, and fresh, it works with all of the flavors at the table.

Bottaia Winery 2018 Montepulciano, $68

Nothing says cold weather wine like Bottaia’s plush Montepulciano. It’s deeply hued and rich, yet also offers balanced flavors of boysenberry, black cherry, and cola. It’s the perfect wine for a cool afternoon or evening, cozied up by the fire pit. It’s also a dream paired with hearty ragu. No matter how you choose to sip it, it will warm the soul as you enjoy the fall holiday season.

Ultimate Vineyards 2020 Rouge, $68

This estate-grown wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. It’s full-bodied with rich flavors of cherry compote, raspberry, and leather, making it the perfect pairing for hearty winter comfort foods like smoked ham or a holiday prime rib roast. It’s also delicious on its own as “contemplation” wine for sipping by a roaring fire.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2018 Estate Sonata, $50

This estate-grown blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautifully balanced, medium-bodied red that won’t overwhelm but rather complement all of the dishes on your Thanksgiving or holiday table. We love it with sourdough stuffing laced with sausage and cherries. The blend of the two wines will enhance the flavors of cherry, clove, and allspice that make this dish a holiday favorite. It’s also elegant enough to keep on the table for dessert, accentuating any cocoa flavor that make be on the menu.

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French Onion Grilled Cheese Panini

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Grilled cheese with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon

This amped-up version of a grilled cheese uses Munster & Swiss along with bold beefy onions sauteed with rosemary and thyme. It’s the ultimate indulgence for a fall lunch. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients

  • 4 crusty panini buns
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices of Munster cheese
  • 1 large white onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • ½ cup butter

Directions

  • Cut the buns in half and butter the outsides of each.
  • Place the remaining butter into a frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and herbs. Cook for about 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the beef broth and continue to cook until all broth is absorbed by onions. Remove from heat
  • Heat panini press or create one by placing a heavy pan on top of the grilled sandwich in a frying pan.
  • Place 1 slice of Swiss cheese on the bottom slice then add an equal part of the onion mixture. Add a slice of Munster cheese and the second slice of Swiss. Place the top bun on and press in panini press or fry in a pan with the heavy pan on top until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove and cut in half. Server with sweet or dill pickles

Suggested Wines:

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2020 Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Classic aromas and flavors of cherry, black currant, vanilla, tobacco, and earth.

Akash Winery ~ 2018 Spotlight Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas of black cherry and cassis balanced by bright herbal and ripe bell pepper notes. 

Leoness Cellars ~ 2018 VS Cabernet Sauvignon Pace Vineyard Aromas of boysenberry and cherry accented by notes of vanilla, olive and lavender.

Bel Vino Winery ~ Gold Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Flavors of black cherry, warm spice & black pepper. Aromas of black currants and vanilla.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Temecula Valley Wineries Pair Wine with Their Favorite Scary Movies for Some Fa-boo-lous Halloween Fun

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

Friends watching horror movie while sippin’ on a glass of wine

Usually, around this time of year, the wine and Halloween candy pairing stories start appearing everywhere. And, while we love the idea of stuffing our faces with Halloween treats while sipping Temecula Valley wines, in practice, most wine doesn’t actually taste that good with candy corn.

We think a much better sounding idea around Halloween is to pour ourselves a glass of our favorite Temecula Valley bubbly, crisp white, juicy rosé, or brooding red (or all of the above!) and curl up on the couch with a super scary movie. Nothing soothes the racing heart and sweaty palms that come from watching a spooky flick quite like a delicious glass of wine.

With that in mind, we asked our Temecula Valley Wine Country personalities to pair their favorite wines with their favorite horror movies… and the results were spine-chilling and glass-filling. Side of Smarties and Tootsie Rolls optional.

Nick Palumbo, Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery

Movie: Cabin in the Woods

Wine: 2016 Cellar Dweller Red Blend

“It’s a not-so-common blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Mourvèdre, and 20% Grenache that’s full of mystery and intrigue. In the movie, college students are manipulated by mind altering drugs into the cellar of a remote cabin to be attacked by various dwellers.”

Valerie Andrews, Oak Mountain Winery

Movie: Hannibal

Wine: 2017 Temecula Hills Syrah

“The dark, brooding aromas of our 2017 Syrah will keep you as captivated and on the edge of your seat as the movie.”

Rick Buffington, Cougar Winery

Movie: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Wine: 2018 Kaleidoscope

“The wine is a blend of many red wines; some darker red, some lighter red, but all red (insert sinister laughter here)!”

Kristen Troxell, Hart Winery

Movie: Hocus Pocus

Wine: 2019 Tres Hermanos

“Sit and sip to the theme of threes! Enjoy Tres Hermanos while watching the three Salem witches scheme during Halloween. Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre make up this Rhône blend. The entry is soft and rich, brimming with cherry and clove flavors that lead into a velvety mid-palate with a hint of caramel – perfect for a spooktacular evening.”

Julie Hulse, Gershon Bachus Vintners

Movie: Zombieland

Wine: 2017 Caelus Petite Sirah

“We felt like the movie deserved a deep, bold wine to pair with all of the blood, guts, and humor.

Sharon Canon, Akash Winery

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wine: 2021 Dreamville Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

“Surely it has to be a Chianti with Silence of the Lambs… Are we classifying that as a horror movie? On a serious horror note, it has to be the original Freddy Kreuger paired with Akash Dreamville Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Because as Freddy’s screen time was kept to less than 10 minutes in the original film, the same time frame goes when it comes to a bottle of the bubbles – it’s hard to not finish it in under 10 minutes!”

Jessy Hyle, Bel Vino Winery

Movie: The Haunting

Wine: 2017 Long Valley Long Valley Red

“My favorite scary movie is the 1963 version of The Haunting. It pairs well with our 2017 Long Valley Red – a comforting wine with aromas of chocolate and cherry, and flavors of jam, toasted oak, spices, and vanilla…perfect for a scary night.”

Erin Cahoone, Robert Renzoni Vineyard

Movie: The Exorcist and Vecchio Frate. 

Wine: 2016 Vecchio Frate

There is only one wine that Father Damien Karras will reach for after a long day of exorcising demons…that is of course, Robert Renzoni’s Vecchio Frate or “Old Friar”. This deep, intense wine not only takes the edge off after a long day of exorcising demons, but it also bears the name “Old Friar” which brings Father Karras an extra veil of comfort and protection that is needed to complete his fatherly duties.

Gus Vizgirda, Wilson Creek Winery

And, as always, Gus, Wilson Creek’s well-known and much-loved winemaker understood the assignment perfectly and over-delivered, providing not one, but three brilliant pairings.

Movie: IT

Wine: Plethora

“Most people ask what grapes are blended in IT, making this wine an ideal candidate when watching IT. The flavor notes of blueberry, green peppercorn, and tobacco will help calm your nerves during the most suspenseful parts.”

Movie: Silence of the Lambs

Wine: Family Reserve Zinfandel

“Looking for a concentration of flavor, intensity of aroma, and full-bodied character? We recommend our Zinfandel. A perfect pairing with liver and fava beans.”

Movie: Leatherface

Wine: Petite Sirah

“This wine displays notes of blackberry, herbs, and ripe plum with undertones of black pepper and smokey leather, making this wine frighteningly good. Order pizza, and watch as Leatherface terrorizes his victims.”

We suggest grabbing a bottle of every suggestion, calling up a few of your favorite people and planning the ultimate wine-soaked Halloween movie marathon.

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October Winery Events

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

pumpkins and wine

Akash Winery 
Paint and Sip with Pretty Paints | October 4 from 5:30pm – 7:00 | $30 | Paint in the Vineyards! To reserve your spot, please use this link: https://www.prettypaintsparty.com   

Movie Night – Top Gun Maverick | October 14 at 7:00pm | Relax on the patio with a glass of wine or beer as we take in the latest Top Gun installment. Bocconcini by Akash will be there firing up pizza, salads, and charcuterie, along with dessert and popcorn vendors. No coolers or outside food or beverage allowed. Entry is free! 

Halloween Happenings | October 30 | Things are getting eerie at Akash. Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will rule the winery all day! Join the creepy crew and show us your best getup! Prizes will be awarded by our staff. 

Altisima Winery 
Paint and Sip | October 6 | 1:00pm-4:00pm | For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit https://altisimawinery.com/events/paintandsip/  

Europa Village Wineries & Resort 
CarnEvil Ball | October 28 & 29 | 6:00-10:00pm | CAUTION: The undead have risen and they’re ready to party! Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Find out when you join us for our 2nd Annual CarnEvil Ball. Save the date and join us for a spirited good time with ghoulish delights and wicked drinks | To Learn more at: https://www.europavillage.com/carnevil-2022/  

Falkner Winery 
Cabernet Vertical Tasting and Food pairing | October 12 | 6:00-9:00pm  $65; $55 for Members 
Sangiovese Vertical Tasting & Food pairing | October 26 | 6:00-9:00pm  $65; $55 for Members  
Tickets sold online- reservations required 21+ only https://store.falknerwinery.com/events–class-tickets-c19.aspx     

Fazeli Cellars 
A Tribute to Elvis Presley Concert | October 1 | 6:00pm-9:00pm | $35 non-member; $25 member |Fazeli Cellars presents a tribute to Elvis Presley staring “”King Kruk”, California’s most exciting Elvis tribute artist! | For details  and to purchase your tickets today please visit: https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393276/Elvis-Concert.html  

Annual Haunted Masquerade Ball – Save-the-Date on October 29! Details to come! 

Frangipani Winery 
Carrie the Musical – Fine Arts Network Theater Company Performances Thursday, October 13, 20, 17 at 7pm – Friday, October 14, 21, 28 at 8pm – Saturday, October 15, 22, 29 at 8pm – Purchase tickets at tickets.temeculatheater.org or call 866-653-8696. 

Gershon Bachus Winery 
Family Photo Day at GBV | October 9 | $125+tax | Enjoy a photo session on the beautiful grounds of Gershon Bachus Winery. Session includes four edited digital files from Hulse Photography and includes a bottle of GBV wine. One date is open but additional dates may be added. 

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery 
Laugh Your Glass Off Comedy Night | October 20 | 6:00-9:00pm |$25/$22.50 for members | To purchase: https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415578/Laugh-Your-Glass-Off.html  

The Killer Dueling Pianos | October 27 | 7:00-10:00pm | $30/$27WC |  
To purchase: https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res415577/The-Killer-Dueling-Pianos.html   

Lorimar’s Annual Halloween Bash | October 28 | 6:00-10:00pm | $25/$22.50WC | Live Music & DJ | Pairings Gourmet Food Truck |Wine | Costume Contest & more! | To purchase: https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415579/Lorimars-Annual-Halloween-Bash.html  

Monte de Oro Winery 
Wine Bingo | October 14 | 6:30-9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-401043/Wine-Bingo.html   

Signature Food & Wine Series | October 23 | 11:30-1:00pm | Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients as they take you through a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-401044/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html  

Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown | October 29 | Doors open @ 6:30pm | The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off in a once-in-a-lifetime show. Featuring Beatles tribute band Abbey Road and Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-401011/Beatles-Vs-Stones-A-Musical-Showdown.html  

Mount Palomar Winery 
Rockfest ’22! Music & Fashion | October 14 | Featuring tributes to: SCORPIONS • VAN HALEN and AC/DC! If you were at last year’s RockFest then you KNOW this show RAWKS and you will experience our spectacular Heyday Laser Show !| Tickets available at https://www.heyday.com/event-details/rockfest-22-featuring-tributes-to-scorpions-van-halen-ac-dc  

Oak Mountain Winery 
Murder Mystery Dinner | October 7 | 6:00-9:00pm | Come join us for a night of Murder Mystery – Nursery Rhymes – Jack Hill was MURDERED!!! Members $89, Non Members $99, VIP $114 3 Course Prime Rib Dinner | Purchase tickets at https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx  

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 
Winemaker Dinner | October 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | Only 24 seats available! Join us for a Family Style wine dinner with wine pairings included | Contact the tasting room at (951) 676-7900 or email Cindy@palumbowines.com for tickets | Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Peltzer Family Cellars 
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm | Open from Sept. 24th-Oct. 21st |  Mon-Fri from 10-8pm, Sat & Sun 9-8pm | Join us at the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm for its 26th season! For details on attractions, pumpkin passes, live music, and local food trucks please visit our website: https://www.peltzerfarms.com/  

Peltzer Pumpkin Painting Class | Every Tuesday & Thursday in the month of October from 4:30-5:30pm | Come join us on the Farmstead, check in with our host, and snag a seat for a Pumpkin Painting class! Each class will be a different painting for different ages. To book your class please head over to our website calendar: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/   

Hallowine Party | 21+ only | Grab your ghouls and trick-or-teat yo’self! Creep, float, or crawl on over to the Crush House October 29th at 7pm because you’re invited to our HalloWine Party! IT’S GONNA BE A SCREAMER. This will be a ticketed event, to purchase your tickets head on over to our website: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/event-directory/events-calendar/                                     

Behind The Vines Tours | Every Fri-Sun at 11am & 2:30pm | Take an in-depth stroll through our property, productions, and history of all things Peltzer. Awaken the sense with a specialty wine and cheese pairing and take in the Temecula Valley views. To make a reservation, please head over to https://www.peltzerwinery.com/the-winery/wine-tour/ 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
Rhythm on the Vine® Concert Series – Final 2 Shows of the Season! 
October 6 – The Wallflowers | Doors open at 5 p.m.; concert begins at 6:30 p.m.  
October 7 – Yächtley Crëw  | Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  
Tickets available at https://rhythmonthevine.com/tickets/  

Thornton Winery 
Friday Night Live Music 
October 7th – Big Revenge – 6:00 pm 
October 21 – Crimson Crow – 6:00 pm 
October 28th – John Demps & Full Effect – 6:00 pm 
All October Friday Nights – No Cover Charge | For Dinner Reservation – https://bit.ly/3Cdf3Qr or Call – 951-699-0099 

Wiens Family Cellars 
Uncorked Friday Nights | 6:00-8:00pm | Live Music, Wine, Food trucks, Lawn games and more | Complimentary entry for wine club members and $15/guest for non-members | For more details visit https://www.wienscellars.com/winery-events-calendar  

Wilson Creek Winery 
Harvest Festival | October 27th | 6pm-9pm | Live music by Kahoots Band, food, grape stomping, costume contest, pumpkin carving |TICKETS COMING SOON at WilsonCreekWinery.com 

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Braised Pork Shoulder with Butternut Squash and Prunes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

braised pork

With slow, moist braising, pork shoulder becomes fork-tender and succulent. Trim the meat well before cooking and your stew will be rich but lean. Butternut squash and dried plums contribute the sweet notes that pork loves and bring the flavors and colors of fall to your table. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Syrah.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds (750 g) boneless pork shoulder (butt), trimmed of fat, in 1-1/2 inch (4 cm) cubes
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of bacon, about ¼ pound (125 g), diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, ground fine in a mortar or spice grinder, or 1-1/2 teaspoons ground fennel
  • 1 large fresh thyme sprig
  • 2 cups (500 ml) chicken broth, diluted 50/50 with water if canned
  • ½ pound (250 g) peeled butternut squash, 1-inch cubes
  • 12 prunes
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley, plus more for garnish

Serves 4

Directions

Season the pork all over with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large, broad Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the pot is hot, add the pork and brown well on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes, adjusting the heat to prevent scorching. Transfer the pork to a plate as it is done. Pour off the fat in the pot and return to low heat.

Add the bacon and let render slowly, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.

Raise the heat to medium-low, add the onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion is soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Raise the heat to medium, add the white wine, and simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon to release any meaty bits on the bottom of the pot, until reduced by half. Add the flour and ground fennel and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Return the pork to the pot along with any juices on the plate. Add the thyme sprig and broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover, adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook for 1 hour. Add the squash and prunes, re-cover, and continue cooking until the pork and squash are tender, about 30 minutes longer.

Remove the thyme sprig. Stir in 2 tablespoons parsley. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve immediately in bowls, garnishing each serving with a little more parsley.

Suggested Wines:

Thornton Winery ~ 2020 Syrah Plums and berries meld with a bit of sweet oak. With air, sweet dark flowers emerge.

Robert Renzoni Vineyard ~ 2019 Syrah Aromas of boysenberry Jam and barbecue ribs. Rich and polished tannins frame flavors of blackberry, tobacco spice, and black pepper.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~2019 Syrah Aromas of green apple accentuate both the nose and the palate, accompanied by bright acidity and flavors of honeydew and passionfruit.

Masia de la Vinya Winery ~ 2019 Syrah- This popular Syrah offers delicious aromatics

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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When the Grapes Say So, We Harvest

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

Grape Stomp

You’ve got that right! It’s harvest season in Temecula Valley Wine Country.

It’s a beautiful time to visit us in wine country.  Not only is it fun to see all the ripening fruit hanging on the vines, but there’s lots of action in both the vineyards and the winery cellars. They can’t wait for harvest time to get here – and they can’t wait for it to be over!

In honor of harvest season, we have many undeniably fun-filled events that are open to your family and friends! Join us as you do not want to miss out on a once a year experience.

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  

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

Somerset Winery
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
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/  

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Your Guide to California Wine Month

Thursday, 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.

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September Winery Events

Wednesday, 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  

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Creamy Chicken Tikka Masala

Wednesday, 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.

Ingredients

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

Sauce

  • 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

Directions

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

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