These lightly grilled tortillas are topped with spicy, smoky seasoned pork and creamy avocado. Pair with your favorite Temecula Viognier.
1 large avocado, halved and pitted 3 tablespoons (45ml) sour cream 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped green onion, white parts only 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped cilantro leaves 1 tablespoon (15ml) minced serrano (chile) pepper ½ teaspoon (2.50ml) sea salt
Pork and tortillas:
3 tablespoons (45ml) extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons (10ml) chili powder 2 teaspoons (10ml) ground cumin 2 teaspoons (10ml) dried oregano, crushed 2 teaspoons (10ml) minced garlic ¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) sea salt 3 boneless pork loin chops (about 1¼ pounds/565g), 1 inch (2.5cm) thick, each cut horizontally into 3 very thin even pieces 3 tablespoons (45ml) vegetable oil 3 tablespoons (45ml) minced garlic 8 (7-inch/18cm) corn tortillas 3 cups (180g) thinly sliced red cabbage
To make the avocado cream, Scoop the avocado flesh into a food processor with the sour cream, lime juice, onion, cilantro and serrano pepper, and salt. Process until smooth. Set aside.
To prepare the pork, whisk the olive oil, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Add the pork slices and turn them to coat all sides. Set aside.
Add the vegetable oil to a small skillet over medium heat. Add the 3 tablespoons (45ml) garlic and stir just until the garlic starts to sizzle. Remove from heat, leave in the skillet and set aside (for the tortillas).
Preheat a grill to medium-high.
Grill the pork slices for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
Stack the pork in a bowl and cover it to keep it warm.
To warm the tortillas, brush one side of each tortilla with garlic oil. Grill oil-side down for 1 minute or until warmed through. Stack tortillas on a plate, oil-side up.
Cut the pork into strips ¼-inch (.65cm) wide.
To serve, top each tortilla with pork strips, avocado cream, and shredded cabbage.
Callaway Winery ~ 2021 Viognier– This wine offers notes of tropical papaya, pineapple and lemongrass with soft whispers of honeysuckle. Silky peach and nectarine combine with vanilla to close out the crisp finish
Comedy in the Vines | March 25th | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | Enjoy a stand-up comedy show featuring comics Blake Bartee and Jeff Leach, hosted by Mike Vinn. | Tickets include one glass of wine and food, additional beverages for purchase | For tickets visit:https://shop.doffowines.com/comedy-in-the-vines-p598.aspx
Europa Village Carnaval (Wine Club Member Event) | March 10th | 6:00 pm | Say goodbye to winter with our newly reimagined wine club event, Carnaval! This year, we’re transporting you to the streets of France with an immersive and interactive Venetian-style evening in the heart of C’est la Vie | Members $25 pp (Maximum of 2 tickets) | Additional Guests $50 pp
Girls’ Day Out | March 26th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm | Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, wine, shopping, music, and a little self-care | located at C’est la Vie | Shop a variety of local vendors | Adults: $50 | Members: $45 (Ticket includes wine and food pairings)
Fazeli Cellars Salsa Night | March 11th | 6:00 pm doors open (for those who pre-purchased tickets – tickets sold at door at 7pm) | 7:15pm beginner salsa and bachata class | 8:15pm dance, dance dance! | General admission $25 per person / $20 members (tickets sold at the door $35 per person) | Tickets include a glass of sangria | food truck available for purchase | For tickets visit: https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393616/Salsa-Night-31123.html.
Peltzer Family Cellars The Peltzer Trading Post | March 5th | 11:00am -5:00pm | Open event – all ages | Local vendors to shop from, delicious wine, DJ, kids activities, local food trucks and more!
The Killer Dueling Pianos | March 9th | 6:00pm – 9:30pm | 21+ Only | Join us at the Crush House for an interactive dueling piano performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos | Tickets are $55 each. Seating is first come, first serve and is family style | For more details and tickets visit: peltzerwinery.com.
Shamrocks Pre-Party | March 17th | 11:00am -10:00pm | 21+ Only | | Open event | $6 Green Beer and St. Paddy’s Punch Sangria!
Peltzer Leprechaun Dash | March 18th | 10:00am -1:00pm | 21+ only | Join us for our 2nd Annual Leprechaun Dash through Peltzer! | Includes free entry to Shamrocks and Shenanigans. For more details and tickets visit peltzerwinery.com.
Shamrocks and Shenanigans | March 18th | 10:00am – 1:00pm | 21+ Only | Beer pong, yard games, costume contests, and more! | Leprechaun Dashers will have free entry | $10 cover fee for non-racers
SuperCross Watch Party | March 25th | 6:00pm -10:00pm | All Ages | Come watch the Supercross L I V E with us on the big screen in the Crush House | Ages under 2 are free with a paid adult | For more details and tickets visit peltzerwinery.com.
Wilson Creek Winery Wilson Creek Late Nights with J-MannMusic | March 31st | 5:00pm – 8:00pm |Enjoy wine, delicious food, and live music | No reservations needed
This winery was created by two brothers who decided to go into winemaking with a group of close friends. The name of the winery came from the street of their childhood neighborhood in the suburbs of Orange County, California. Now, this winery features wine produced from hand-made terracotta Qvevri and Amphorae from Impruneta, Italy to make Ancient Style wines so people can truly drink like the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. These wines are earthy, and minimalistic and have all the flavors from the tannins, but a creamy smooth finish instead of a hard astringent bite.
They have 7 varietals and they are distinct and unique. The barrel room has also been transformed into an Art Gallery or Museum for the history of winemaking and the art it takes to make the vessels and hand-blown glass Air Locks.
If you were sitting there thinking Somerset Winery, you are correct! (Give yourself a pat on the back!)
Somerset Winery is located on the De Portola Trail near Robert Renzoni Vineyards. This beautiful winery offers delicious wines, great customer experiences, and a fabulous wine club.
Hours of Operation: Mon – Wednesday 11 am-6 pm Thursday 12 pm-8:30 pm Friday – Sat 11 am-9 pm Sun 11 am-7 pm
Mark the ultimate milestone in this Southern California wine destination
“Love is in the air… and everywhere I look around,” crooned the Scottish-Australian pop singer John Paul Young. And, come the month of February, he made a good point. From grocery store aisles to commercials to restaurant specials and events, romance is, indeed, everywhere you look.
The truth is, Temecula Valley is one of the most romantic places in the country year-round. With rolling hills reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside, gorgeous wineries offering everything from sparkling selections, juicy rosés, crisp whites, and plush reds, not to mention stunning vineyard views, dining and lodging among the vines, and Wine Country experiences to suit every preference, this Southern California destination is the perfect place for reconnecting with your partner… or better yet, embarking on that lifelong journey together in marriage. Few wine regions offer not only the beauty but also the robust Wine Country amenities that Temecula Valley does when it comes to wedding destinations.
With love on our brains this month, we have compiled a round-up of some of the spectacular options that Temecula Valley has to offer for anyone planning to say “I do,” Wine-Country-style.
This outdoor wedding venue has a beautiful, elevated grand gazebo in which to exchange vows surrounded by panoramic views of all of Temecula Valley. The site also includes three tiers of manicured lawns, sculpted hedges, and a tranquil rock waterfall for that extra romantic touch. Want to stay on site? The Inn at Churon Winery also houses twenty-four guest suites with the option to book out every room for an entire wedding weekend. Most wedding packages include a complimentary stay for the royal couple in the spacious 900-square-foot bridal suite.
Named “Most Photogenic Vineyard” by Forbes and four-time winner of Wedding Wire’s “Couple’s Choice” award, Wilson Creek is a family-owned, family-friendly property that encourages couples and their guests to feel at home during their wedding celebrations. Rolling vineyards painted with the rich colors of Wine Country surround this full-service venue and create countless spots for picture-perfect wedding photos. As an added bonus, Wilson Creek does not charge guests a room rental fee, opting instead for a food and beverage minimum, which allows couples to spend their budget on creating the perfect wedding experience.
This unique wedding destination along Rancho California Road in the heart of Temecula Valley showcases several different site options themed after celebrated European wine regions. Choose from a Spanish, Italian, or French backdrop at one of three gorgeous settings at Europa Village. The winery also features an Italian wedding cave with glittering chandeliers and wine barrels to capture the romance and ambiance of Europe on your wedding day, no passport required.
If you’re thinking BIG (or small) for your wedding celebration, this charming winery features an indoor-outdoor event area that can host up to 400 guests, as well as fully-customizable wedding packages based on guest count and drink preferences. Their barn event space is flanked by the iconic Maurice Car’rie windmill that not only marks the rich history of the property – it was used from 1905 to 1965 by Yoder Camp to raise barley – but also provides a picturesque backdrop for special occasions and photos.
Couples who say “I do” at this newcomer to Temecula Valley are invited to exchange vows amongst olive trees, with pristine, rolling vineyards as their backdrop. The private lawn is a blank canvas for the reception, which allows for each couple to dream up a unique overall design and layout for their big day. Specializing in intimate weddings, custom menu creations, and specialty-crafted wine-based cocktails, Altísima can provide just about anything you could imagine to create the most memorable Wine Country wedding.
Leoness Cellars’ panoramic ceremony site is one-of-a-kind with stunning views of Mount Palomar in the distance. After vows are exchanged and speeches are given, guests can keep the party going until midnight in the winery’s expansive Barrel Room for a truly unique wine-country wedding experience. To maintain exclusivity, Leoness only allows one wedding per day to ensure that the team can focus their attention on helping to create what some consider one of life’s most important memories.
This much-loved winery not only features the Valley’s friendliest tasting room staff, it is also finally slated to begin hosting weddings starting September 2023. The ceremony site is located in the middle of the winery’s well-tended grapevines, with receptions taking place in the barrel room area that includes both indoor and outdoor space. Like Leoness Cellars, Danza del Sol also only allows one private event per day, so couples can expect their wedding team’s full attention at all times.
This exclusive winery only hosts 25 weddings per year all of which are personally overseen by owner Christina, making this a truly high-touch wedding destination in Temecula Valley. The reception area sits adjacent to a beautiful pond and waterfall, and their hilltop winery and reception space sits above De Portola Road, offering stunning views of vineyards and ranches. The property is closed to the public prior to each wedding and also provides valet parking for total Wine Country luxury.
This personality-packed winery, a favorite among the social media set, features rolling hills and vineyard views, canopies of lush trees and twinkling market lights, a vintage-inspired barn, and more carefully-curated stylistic elements than any mere mortal could collect in a lifetime. It’s a setting in which couples will feel like they’re being featured in a glossy magazine at every turn. Beyond brilliant aesthetics, Peltzer Winery offers plenty of versatility in event design without compromising unique character, making for the perfect mix of form and function for a Wine Country wedding.
Other great options in Temecula Valley include Bel Vino Winery, featuring some of the finest views in Wine Country not to mention a team of top-notch wedding planners at your disposal. Bel Vino’s flexible calendar and competitive pricing make this a solid choice for the lucky couple. Chapin Family Vineyards, tucked into a quiet corner of Wine Country, offers an intimate wedding venue with multiple options for ceremony and reception sites. Couples can also enjoy not feeling rushed over their wedding weekend by staying at Chapin’s exclusive vacation rental that can accommodate guests before their special day as well as a honeymoon night.
Thinking of popping the question? Let this be your sign that the time is now!
Galentine’s Brunch | Feb 12th | 10:00 – 2:00pm | Valentine’s Day | Feb 14th | 11:00am – 9:00pm | Reserve Your Table at https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/ | Live Music Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday | Times vary, please see Events Calendar at https://www.avensolewinery.com/music-and-events/
Valentine’s Day Meal | Feb 14th | Indulge yourself, and your loved ones, in a decadent, four-course, prix fixe dinner with stunning sunset vineyard views. A wine pairing option is available for an additional fee. | $120 General Public | $108 Wine Club (price is per person, tax and gratuity not included).
Doffo Wine Club Mardi Gras Release Party | Feb 18th | 1pm-4pm | Live Bayou Bump Band |Jambalaya, Beignets & One Glass of Wine Included with Tickets | Limited Seats Available, Members Only | Visit our website to purchase tickets: https://doffowines.com/events/
Doffo’s 25th Anniversary BBQ | Feb 25th | 11am-3pm | Join the Doffo Family in celebrating 25 Years of Winemaking with a traditional Argentine BBQ | Tickets include food and one glass of wine | Visit our website to purchase tickets: https://doffowines.com/events/“
For The Love of Cooking with Chef Hany Ali | Feb 9th | 6 pm | Not a Chef? Don’t worry, we’re here to give you and your sweetheart an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience with an exclusive three-course meal and cooking demonstration with Executive Chef Hany Ali. If one or both of you are looking to expand your cooking and recipe repertoire, there’s no faster or more fun way than to have a pro walk you through the perfect meal | General Admission: $165 | Members: $148.50 | https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
L’Amore Dinner | Feb 11th | 6 PM | Looking to go the extra mile? Treat that special someone to an evening of romance and wine and all things lovely and divine at our L’Amore Valentine’s dinner. Enjoy an intimate three-course gourmet dinner with exclusive wine pairings | Adults: $109 | Members: $98.10 | https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
Valentine’s Day Dinner | Feb 14th | 5pm – 9 pm | Swoon your sweetheart with a variety of delectable and indulgent dishes like Kumamoto Oysters, Prime Beef Tenderloin, sautéed Foie Gras, and much more at Bolero Restaurant this Valentine’s Day. We promise the bonus points you’ll get for being extra thoughtful will be worth it | Reservations are strongly recommended, please call (951) 414-3802 or visit https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
Girls’ Day Out | Feb 26th | 12 pm – 3 pm | Join Europa for a fun-filled day of food, wine, shopping, music, and a little self-care! Stroll through the courtyard at C’est la Vie with a glass of wine in hand as you savor delicious bites, sip on tantalizing wines, and shop with a variety of local vendors | Adults: $50 | Members: $45 (Ticket includes wine and food pairings) https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
Sparkling Wine Flight | Feb 1st – Feb 28th | Pop, fizz, clink. Add a little sparkle to your life during the month of February with our exclusive sparkling wine flight. Master the art of wine tasting as you discover the difference in the aromas, bubbles, body, and finish of each sparkling wine.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry & Wine Pairing | Feb 1st – Feb 28th | Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven, but have you ever wondered if it could be more than that? Take your chocolate-covered strawberries to the next level and pair them with a delicious rosé, lovely red wine, and sparkling | Price: $35 (Incl. Aleatico Rosé, Libido, Sparkling Wine & Three Strawberries) | https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
Love Locks at C’est La Vie | Feb 1st – Feb 28th | We’re bringing a well-known tradition in Europe, where Parisians and tourists alike would declare their love for each other by writing their names on a lock, attaching it to Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, and throwing the key in the Seine River, to Europa Village. Grab a glass of wine, a sharpie, and a lock, and partake in a charming pastime \ Price: $10 (Includes: Heart-shaped lock and marker) | https://www.europavillage.com/celebrate-amore/
Valentines Dinner “An Evening in Paris” | February 11th | 630-930pm | Includes a 4-course dinner with a champagne greeting, a glass of wine with an entree, and a sweet sip to compliment dessert | Live entertainment | $160 | Members: $145
Brunch at Fazeli | Every Sunday starting February 12th | 11-3pm | Reservations recommended but not required
Salsa Night | Feb 18th | 6pm | 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! | General Admission: $25 (+ tax), $20 members – AT THE DOOR (7pm) $35 (+ tax) | Ticket prices Include a glass of Sangria (food available for purchase)
Delightful Dinner | February 10th – February 14th, 2023 | (Excluding Monday, 2/13 as the Restaurant will be Closed) | 3-Course Pre-fixe Menu*| Members: $110 per person, Non-Members: $125 per person| Add-on Selected Wine Pairings to Compliment Dishes: $29 per person | (Bottle & By the Glass Available)
*“Delightful Dinner Menu” Will be Available Friday, February 10th through Sunday, February 12th, in addition to the Regular Restaurant Menu.
Restaurant Hours for 2/10-2/12 (Reservations are highly recommended):
Barrel Tasting | Feb 5th | 11am – 4:30pm | Hosted in the Barn and The Barrel Room with our Winemaker, Gino DiMercurio,
Valentine’s Day Lunch Special | Feb 14th | 11am – 4pm | Enjoy two paninis or soups and a bottle of Sparkling wine for just $40
Pink Party | Feb 17th | 5pm – 8pm | The Barn | 21+ only | Tickets $20 or $10 for Wine Club Members and Industry | Includes 2 glasses of wine and live music by DJ Chris Static | Food available for purchase by Los Matadores, | RSVP at www.ultimatevineyards.com.
Signature Food & Wine Series | Feb 19th | 11:30am-1:30pm | Join Monte De Oro Winery for our Signature Food & Wine Series, featuring the culinary creations of Chef Alfred paired with our award-winning wines! |Tickets available at: https://shop.montedeoro.com/Reservation-Events
Wilson Creek Winery Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner |Feb 14th | 7:00pm |Enjoy an exclusive 4-course dinner designed by our Executive Chef | Live music, and a bottle of Rosé Sparkling per couple to enjoy during dinner or take home to make your evening more memorable |$125 per person, $112.50 per person (wine club members) | Purchase tickets: www.wilsoncreekwinery.com
Sushi Pizza is a fusion dish that originated in Toronto, Canada! A crispy rice patty is topped with a creamy avocado spread, sushi-grade salmon, sriracha mayo, and savory slices of nori. Pairs beautifully with a glass Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
Ingredients Sushi Rice Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of short-grain sushi rice 2 cups water 2 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp raw or white sugar 1 tsp salt
Rice Pizza Base ingredients
1 egg white 2 cups cooked sushi rice 1 tbsp black and white sesame seeds
Sushi Pizza Ingredients
8 oz sushi-grade salmon thinly sliced 1/2 a sheet of Nori (seaweed paper) shredded 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1 ripe avocado mashed with a pinch of salt and 1/2 of lime juice 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce 1/4 tsp sesame oil 4 sprigs of washed cilantro
Directions Sushi Rice
In a pot add all the liquids and stir until all the salt and sugar is dissolved. Rinse rice under cold water until the water comes out clear. Add rice to the pot and bring to a boil stirring once or twice. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 15 to 20 min or until all water is absorbed and rice is cooked. Remove from heat and let cool.
Rice Pizza Base
pre-heat oven to 400 F Gently fold the rice, sesame seeds, and egg together making sure not to squish the grains too much. Lightly oil a baking pan or oven stone with oil or use a parchment or silicone pad on a baking pan to prevent sticking. Have a little bowl of cool water nearby to wet your hands before handling the rice. Divide the rice into 4 and using wet hands form rice balls that are 4 to 6 inches in diameter and gently flatten with your hands to about 1-inch-thick circles. Place on a baking pan or stone and bake for 15 to 20 min. Remove from oven and let cool.
Spread the mashed avocado over the baked rice pizza bases or paddies. Place the thinly sliced salmon over the avocado placing the strips from the center to the outside rim. Mix the nori and green onion together and sprinkle over each pizza Combine the mayonnaise, Sriracha, and sesame oil in a small bowl and then spoon a bit into the center or drizzle it over each pizza. Finish with a sprig of cilantro and enjoy
New Year, new you, right? No? That’s okay! You were probably pretty awesome, to begin with.
Either way, the start of a new year is a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past twelve months, what obstacles we’ve faced, ways we can challenge ourselves, and ways we can pursue even more happiness in our lives.
And what brings more joy to life than wine? We can think of no better way to celebrate all that this crazy world has to offer than experiencing the warm, welcoming region of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. But, it’s a new year, so why not use this fresh start to see what’s new at your favorite wineries, and experience the region in different ways?
With that in mind, we’ve come up with five great New Year’s Resolutions you can put into play right now in Temecula Valley. Happy sipping!
2023 Is the Year I… Get Out of my Wine Comfort Zone
Are you someone who seems to always gravitate to the same wine or style of wine? Perhaps you love full-bodied reds. Or sweet and cheerful sips are your go-to. Part of the “Anything but Chardonnay” crowd? The beauty of wine is that there are so many combinations and permutations on what a wine can taste like based on where the fruit is grown and how the winemaker crafts the final product that it’s nearly impossible to either categorically like or not like any given wine! One Chardonnay may be rich, full-bodied, and oaky, while another may be razor sharp, fruit-forward, and fresh. One Cabernet Sauvignon may be velvety and soft, while another one may be earthy and structured. That’s what makes the world of wine so exciting.
This is doubly true of the region of Temecula Valley, where we grow literally dozens of different grape varieties produced in many different styles from light and sweet to hearty and brooding, and everything in between. This year, make a point to try something new, like one of the many emerging grape varieties you may not have been familiar with, but that thrive in our Mediterranean climate, like Arneis, Fiano, Vermentino, Barbera, Montepulciano, and Mourvèdre. You might just discover a new favorite, or learn that your palate isn’t as picky as you thought it was!
2023 Is the Year I… Get to Know my Winemaker
When you learn more about what’s in your glass, the wine just seems to taste better. There’s something about understanding the journey from vine to grape to glass, and hearing the stories behind the wines we love, that enhances our appreciation of them. This year, why not make an effort to meet the talented people who work day-in and day-out to bring you delicious sips year-round?
The beauty of a smaller, family-winery-driven region like Temecula Valley is that the chances of you meeting a winery owner or winemaker while you’re wine tasting are actually pretty high. They’re even better if you’re out and about on a Monday through Friday! Don’t be afraid to ask tasting room staff if the winemaker is around. Chances are, he or she would be delighted to meet you and maybe even share a tank or barrel sample with you if you’re lucky.
2023 Is the Year I… Get my Hands a Little Dirty
And… if getting to know your winemaker makes your wine taste better, just think of how you’ll feel if you help make the stuff!
Temecula Valley is known for offering tons of great hands-on experiences that allow you to get even closer to what’s in your glass than you would simply uncorking and pouring.
Become a winemaker for a day at Bottaia’s immersive Blending Lab workshop, which invites you to try your hand at creating the perfect blend that you can bottle, label, and take home with you. Or, join Doffo Winery’s Barrel Club, in which you will participate in all aspects of winemaking, from harvest, to production, to bottling, and, of course, sipping.
During the harvest season, many wineries offer grape stops and other interactive experiences that encourage you to get a little dirty and find out just how much work goes into crafting that perfect bottle of wine for your table.
2023 Is the Year I… Discover the Magic of a Perfect Pairing
There’s that perfect sip of wine. And there’s that delicious bite of food. And then there’s the absolute magic that happens when the flavors of that perfect sip of wine mix and mingle with that delicious bite of food to create something even more mouth-watering together.
One of Temecula Valley’s greatest features is the selection of dining options among the vines. Unique to the region, Temecula is permitted to allow restaurants to co-exist within wineries, which is uncommon in many other domestic wine regions. A trip to Wine Country isn’t complete without experiencing the up-and-coming foodie scene that is happening in Temecula Valley, all while you sip the world-class wines from this Southern California mecca.
From casual bites like the delicious deli sandwiches and salads at Cougar Vineyard and Winery’s Sangio’s Deli, to al fresco pizzas and other Italian specialties overlooking the vines at Mama Rosa’s Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Vineyards, to more formal fine dining options like Bolero Restaurante at Europa Village or The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars, and plenty of options in between, you’re bound to discover the beauty of the perfect food and wine pairing.
Several wineries also offer tasting experiences specifically geared around food pairings, like Bottaia’s Seated Tasting with Charcuterie Pairing or Avensole Winery’s upcoming Winery Tour experiences which include seasonal wine pairings and exclusive tastings of their award-winning wines.
2023 Is the Year I… Learn that Less Can Be More
If you’re someone who has opted for Dry January, kudos to you! There are plenty of options for non-wine-related activities in Temecula Valley. However, if, like us, taking a WHOLE month off from wine sounds a bit daunting to you, why not explore some of the lighter style wines that Temecula Valley has to offer?
As we’ve said before, not all wines are created equal, and this is true for alcohol levels in wine. A quick check of your wine label will tell you the alcohol-by-volume (ABV) of the wine you are sipping. These can range anywhere from 5% for, say, a Moscato d’Asti, to a whopping 16%+ for some California red wines. Fortified wines are even higher.
Knowledge is power when it comes to what’s in your glass, so don’t be afraid to ask your server for the ABV of the wine you are being poured, or simply ask for a glass of something on the lighter side (be sure to double check though! Just because something tastes light doesn’t mean it’s got a low ABV).
Other options include choosing wines that are traditionally lower in alcohol, like some of the excellent, Champagne method sparkling wines that Temecula produces. Visit Carter Estate Winery and Thornton Winery to explore some of these selections. Or, try sharing your wine flight with your tasting partner and sip an ounce each instead of the full Monty on your own. Most servers in Temecula will happily accommodate this. Lastly, don’t be afraid of that dump bucket! All the pros use it!
However you choose to embrace the New Year, we hope it brings you plenty of delicious sips and memorable wine experiences in Temecula Valley.
Akash Winery Laughs by the Glass | Jan 6th | 6:15pm doors open, 7:00 showtime | Cost $20 General Admission, $40 Reserved seating | Join Frankie Marcos and his all-star rabble-rousing comedians for an evening of laughs (and wine!)
Altisima Winery New Year New Me: Wine and Body Event. | Jan 17th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Sound bath sessions, with self-care & wellness-themed vendors to help renew the mind, and body and help you rewind, and unwind, while you drink wine!
Cougar Vineyard and Winery Yappy Hour | Jan 15th | 2:00pm-5:30pm | New Year, New Tricks! Bring Fido, the event will be outside on the patio, picnic area and lower patio.
Salsa Night “Fiesta Friday” | Jan 20th | 6:00pm Doors Open, 7:15pm Beginner Salsa and Bachata Class, 8:15 pm 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) | Full Bar, Baja Shrimp Food Truck, Dancing and Fun! | *All ticket sales are final/no refunds https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393577/Salsa-Night-1202023.html
Salsa Night “Black & White Theme” | Jan 28th | 6:00pm Doors Open, 7:15pm Beginner Salsa and Bachata Class, 8:15 pm 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) | Full Bar, Baja Shrimp Food Truck, Dancing and Fun! | *All ticket sales are final/no refunds https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393578/Salsa-Night-1282023.html
Frangipani Winery Happy 18th Anniversary Frangipani Estate Winery | January 14th | 12:00pm -4:30pm | Celebrate with us 18 years of wines with some shopping fun with a variety of vendors, food available for purchase, music, and wine specials!
Masia dela Vinya Winery Pop, Fizz, Clink – Bubble Bar | Jan7th & 8th | Kick off the first weekend of the New Year | Mimosa Flights & Specials
Blind Tasting – Varietal TBD | Jan 20th |6:30pm-8:30pm | We will be sampling offerings from various world renowned wineries to see how they compare to Monte De Oro’s best vintages | Purchase Tickets at:https://shop.montedeoro.com/Reservation-Events
Hog the Mic Night | Jan 19th |21+ Only | 6:00pm-9:00pm | Open event | Karaoke night with Lillian Thomas in the Crush House | The Mac Truck for local bites.
Peltzer Bridal Open | Jan 21st | All Ages | 6-8pm | Open event | Bridal open of Peltzer preferred partners, complimentary apps, and raffles | Located at our Crush House.
Do It For Her 5k | Jan 22nd | All Ages | 6-10am | more details + tickets online: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=13219 | Charity run for ‘The Heather Janikowski Foundation’, all proceeds benefit the foundation and a local family currently battling cancer.
Wilson Creek Winery The Library Seated Wine Tasting Experience | Fridays 12pm-5pm | Saturday-Sunday: 11am – 5pm | Cost: $40 | Join us for an intimate sit-down tasting experience as we dive into Temecula’s best reds and whites! | In addition to the selection of vintage varietals, guests will be able to taste their favorite wines and learn more about how each wine has evolved through the years | Charcuterie boards and small bites will be available for purchase during this tasting | Walk-ins welcome with availability.
Who doesn’t love chocolate sauce? Add a little red wine and it’s a win-win. This recipe makes enough for you to have a jar for indulging yourself and still have some to package up as delicious gifts for your friends and family. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley California Cabernet Sauvignon.
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups red wine, we use Merlot
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup, (1) stick, of salted butter, sliced into tablespoons measures
24-ounce semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½-¾ teaspoon of your favorite chili powder, optional for a bit of heat. We used Boonville Barn Piment d’Ville
¼ teaspoon salt
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Makes approximately: 4 cups
Combine the cream and red wine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the liquid is warm, steam is rising from the top and small bubbles are forming around the edges of the pot.
Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Let the mixture come to a boil.
Once boiling reduce the heat to low and stir in the pieces of butter until melted.
Turn off the heat and add the chocolate chips to the mixture. Stir continuously until the chocolate has completely melted. Add the vanilla extract, chili powder if using and salt, then stir to combine.
This chocolate sauce is best served warm not hot. It can be used right away and taste great but will be thin. If allowed to sit at room temperature to cool the sauce will thicken more within an hour, but will remain warm and pourable.
Transfer the desired amount of Red Wine Chocolate Sauce to a jar or storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To reheat and serve:
The chocolate sauce will firm up in the fridge. To reheat, simply transfer the desired amount of chocolate sauce to a microwavable container and heat in 15-second intervals until the mixture melts back down to a sauce consistency.
Callaway Winery New Year’s Eve at Meritage | Dec 31 | Meritage at Callaway invites you to celebrate the new year while enjoying an amazing four-course prix fixe dinner set with spectacular sunset vineyard views. A very special New Year’s Eve menu has been curated for your dining pleasure. We look forward to seeing you there! | Visit: https://www.callawaywinery.com/ for more information.
Churon Winery Member Semi Formal Dinner Party | Dec 8 | 5pm – 8pm | Cost $20 – $30 | Special event for members.
Cougar Vineyard and Winery Craft Night is Back! | December 4 | 3pm – 5pm | Cost $55, $50 members | Price includes all supplies +1 glass of wine | Snowman wine bottles! 21+ event.
Doffo Winery Holiday Polenta Party | December 10 & 11 | 11:30am-3:30pm | Cost $65 includes polenta + 1 glass wine | Annual Doffo Family tradition of “polenta a la tabla” featuring carolers and holiday market. Tickets available at shop.doffowines.com.
Europa Village Holiday Brunch Buffet | Saturdays and Sundays Nov 26 – Dec 18 | Saturday, Dec 31 & Sunday, Jan1 | 10 am – 2 pm | Adults: $64 | Members: $57.60| Children: $29 Members: $26.10 | 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 strongly recommended, visit: https://www.europavillage.com/ | Walk-ins welcome.
Yuletide Cocktails | Nov 25 – Jan 1 | We’re adding a little extra holiday cheer to your cup with some delectable and festive drinks. Keep the party going this holiday season with everything from a creamy eggnog to a bright and refreshing cranberry cocktail | Available at Bolero Restaurante.
Christmas Eve Buffet | Dec 24 | 2 pm – 8 pm | Adults: $70 | Members: $63 | Children: $35 | Members: $31.50 | ‘Tis the season to gather around the table with friends, family, and loved ones. Indulge in Bolero Restaurante’s elevated Christmas Eve buffet as well as a few exclusive dinner specials | For reservations please call us at 951.414.3802.
Europa Village Gingerbread Village | Nov 25 – Jan1 | A sweet sight worth swooning over… We invite you to stop by the Bolero lobby at Europa Village, to experience our sweet and dazzling gingerbread village that you might even be able to smell from a mile away. Created by Executive Chef Hany Ali and his culinary team, the elaborately decorated gingerbread replica of the future Europa Village Wineries and Resort is covered with individual gingerbread bricks, colorful candy, sweet treats, baked goods, and other delectable confections.
The Nutcracker at Europa Village | Dec 1 – Dec 4 | 7 PM | The Ballet Studio & Norris Performing Arts Center brings its version of the most-performed ballet in the world to the outdoor Piazza at Europa Village for the third year in the heart of the Temecula Wine Country. The enchanting tale of a girls first love, a Magician, a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a Prince, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score comes to life in the magical Christmas setting at Europa | Not only will guests have the opportunity to enjoy this holiday classic, but we will also be offering a very special Nutcracker dining experience at 5:30 PM before the show. Book your tickets or one of our exclusive packages now as seating is limited.
Temecula Valley Master Chorale Presents “The Magic Of Christmas” | Dec 11th | 6 pm |“The Magic of Christmas”, is a Holiday Concert for the whole family presented by Temecula Master Chorale with live orchestra, under the direction of David Wells. Come experience Handel’s Christmas ‘Messiah’, John William’s ‘Home Alone’, Christmas carol SING-ALONGS, and other holiday music. Enjoy the choir, orchestra and Dickens carolers! PLUS an opportunity for visits and pics with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This is an outdoor event among the vines and stars of Europa Village. Bring your warm winter attire and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Frangipani Winery Ugly Sweater Karoke Night | Dec 9 | 5:30pm -9pm | Join us for some fun and show us your ugliest sweater..Hosted by Lillian Thomas of Sing It Like You Mean It.
Ugly Sweater Party | Dec 10 | 6pm – 9pm. | Cost: $40; members $35 | Wear your ugliest sweater for some fun prizes | Bring an ornament to hang on our tree in exchange for our homemade ornament for your tree at home | Live music with Billy Fedak, | Pasta Bar catered by Gourmet Your Way | Reservations required 21+ event | Purchase tickets at Frangipanievents.com or call the winery at 951-699-8845
Filipino Cusine Pop-Up | Dec 16 – Dec 18 | 11am-5pm | 10 vendor chefs creating delicious dishes for purchase.
Gershon Bachus Vintners Gershon Bachus Winemakers Six Course Dinner | Dec 10 | 6:30pm -9:30pm | Cost $185, $165 members | All wines aged and served with chef’s best menu.
Masia de la Vinya Winery Jingle and Mingle | Dec 2 | 11am – 7pm/8pm | Live music, ornament decorating, gift shop sale, holiday cocktail & mocktail | Family friendly | Food for purchase: Simon Says pizza 3pm-7pm
A December to Remember Vertical Dinner | Dec 10 | 6pm – 8:30pm | Cost: $135; members $125 | 4 vintages of Masia Cabernet Sauvignon paired with 4 courses by Chef Daniel from Naughty Pig | Seating is limited
A Wine-derful New Year Karoke | Dec 30 | 5pm – 9pm | New year specialty cocktail, gift basket raffle
Wine Bingo | Dec 29 – Dec 30| 6:30pm-9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us on either Thursday, December 29th OR Friday, December 30th, for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! Purchase Tickets at: https://shop.montedeoro.com/Reservation-Events
Peltzer Family Cellars Rockin’ Around the ChristmasTree | Dec 16 | 5pm -10pm | 21+ Only | Live music and food trucks
Christmas on the Farm Market | Dec 18 | 11am -7pm | All Ages | Photos with Santa, cookie decorating station, live music, local food trucks, local market vendors.
Holidate Nights | Dec 29 | 6pm -9pm | Live music, local food truck, and sangria flight special
New Year’s Eve Party | Dec 31 | 7:30pm-1:30am | 21+ only | Late night skate session, local food trucks | New Year’s dress up themes | DJ and dancing | Visit: https://www.peltzerwinery.com/ for tickets
Ponte Winery Shopping Night at Ponte | Dec 9 | 5pm – 7pm | You are cordially invited to join us for Shopping Nights in the Ponte Tasting Room | Casually browse our selection of one-of-a-kind gift items while sipping on your favorite glass of Ponte wine and sampling our gourmet selection of tray-passed appetizers | Don’t miss this unique opportunity to cross everyone off of your holiday shopping list with special discounts on wine and merchandise, exclusive only during Shopping Night events.
Raul Ramirez Winery Fiesta de Navidad Con Nuestros Caballos | Dec 10 | 3pm – 7pm | Cost: $135 | Andalusian Horse show | 3 course meal buffet style with dessert, complimentary glass of wine, champagne toast | Music by the famous Flamenco Guitarist David Maldanado | Special Christmas gift and raffle | Purchase Tickets at: https://www.exploretock.com/raulramirez | Tickets are non-refundable.
Wilson Creek Winery New Year’s Eve Party | Dec 31 | 6:30pm – 12:30am | Cost: $198 – $220 | Ring in 2023 at Wilson Creek Winery! Join us for an elegant black tie night as you dance the night away complete with a three-course handcrafted plated dinner | Open bar, dessert bar and more | Pianist and vocalist during dinner service | Dance the night away with a high energy DJ from 9:30pm-12:30pm | Rain or shine event |Visit: www.WilsonCreekWinery.com for tickets | Tickets are non-refundable