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October Winery Events

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Wine and friends

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 a Temecula 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~ 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~ 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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Harvest in Temecula Valley is Upon Us

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Grape harvest

From lower yields and gophers to promising cabs and new babies, Temecula winemakers share how they’re feeling about harvest this year

‘Tis the season! Harvest season, that is.

Harvest in Temecula Valley is a magical time of year. The vines are lush and green, the grapes have reached full ripeness, and the wineries are abuzz with the excitement of a new crop.

While Temecula Valley is known for bright whites, classic methode sparkling wines, rich reds, and a range of sweet and dessert wines year after year, the real excitement comes with the small – and sometimes striking – differences between each harvest. Was it a hot year or unusually cool? Was there a lot of rain? Late spring frosts? How are yields looking? This kaleidoscope of factors contributes in no small way to vintage variation and keeps winemakers on their toes. It’s also part of what makes wine so beguiling to us – the wine lovers who get to enjoy each bottle after harvest.

Temecula Valley has a warm, Mediterranean climate, with long sunny days, cool mornings and nights, and late afternoon breezes. The growing season is long and there is relatively low rainfall throughout the year, which means lots of time for grapes to develop their sugars and flavor ripeness without the pressure of humidity and late-season rains that can lead to disease and other problems during harvest. The large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures – called a “diurnal shift” – allows the grapes to retain their acidity despite the heat, creating fresh and balanced wines with lots of flavor. A range of grapes grows well in this climate, which is why Temecula is known for so many different types of wines. Some of the world’s most celebrated wine regions have a Mediterranean climate.  

Harvest time can be exciting, frenetic, and nerve-wracking for winemakers. Many Temecula Valley winemakers pick grapes at night or in the very early morning hours to take advantage of the cooler temperatures – not just for more comfortable working conditions, but to ensure that the grapes arrive intact and don’t start fermenting or oxidizing before they reach the winery. The long hours, rigorous physical work, and unpredictable schedules can make this an exhausting time at the winery for many.

We caught up with a few Temecula Valley winemakers to check in on how they are feeling about this year’s harvest, and what they are most excited about this season. Joe Wiens from Wiens Family Cellars, Jon McPherson from South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery, and Renato Saís from Akash Winery all shared their thoughts on the upcoming harvest.

TVWA: How is the 2022 harvest looking for you?

Joe:  “The growing season has been fairly moderate for our vineyards. We had a freeze event in mid-April (which affected most of the west coast). This freeze resulted in some crop losses in our higher elevation vineyards, especially in the early-to-bud varieties like Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. We have also noticed uneven ripeness as we near harvest, especially in the early varieties. Grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon ripen later in the season and seem to have escaped much of the frost damage and uneven ripeness.

“Fortunately we haven’t had any big heat waves in 2022 (knock on wood!), which means the variation in cluster ripeness is able to somewhat even out naturally. We are expecting roughly the same tons per acre as last year, which is down from our usual average. This is likely due to the lack of rainfall, which naturally washes away salt buildup in the soils. The salt will hinder the plant’s ability to take up water from the roots, resulting in lower yields. Overall, the fruit looks very clean and pristine, which should make for a beautiful, if not bountiful harvest.” 

Renato: Although it has been a very dry year for all of us, and it seems that is the trend nowadays, temperatures have remained very steady and mild compared to other hotter years. Fruit-set is really nice. Our biggest issue in the vineyards is the squirrels and gophers! Managing them has been the biggest challenge this year for us. Other than that, we expect a very humble harvest from our vines.

Jon: “2022 Harvest looks to be average yields with above average quality. Warmer spring temperatures pushed us into an earlier start as we are picking our Wild Horse Peak Pinot Noir later this month for sparkling wine.”

TVWA: What are you most excited about this season? 

Joe: “Because we are expecting a lighter harvest, we are looking forward to spending more time with each lot of wine. This extra attention should result in the highest quality wine possible, across the board. We’re also expecting a baby in late September, which is very exciting for my wife and me, and perhaps less so for the rest of our production team (who will have to pick up a little slack). Fortunately, we have a passionate and dedicated winemaking team, which I am fully confident will not skip a beat. Our production crew is excited for harvest to start as we wind down our bottling season. The change of pace is fun, and we always look forward to getting our hands on the newest vintage of grapes.”  

Renato: “Like any other harvest, I am excited about the challenge of making wine, having fun, and enjoying the time and effort in the vineyard and in the cellar to transform the beautiful fruit. I’m always thinking this is the best harvest that is ever going to be – optimism must exist and, along with it, timely execution.”

Jon: “We are excited for another opportunity to make great wines.”

TVWA: Are there any grapes you feel will be stand-out for you this year? 

Joe: “Our Bordeaux varieties, which will make up roughly 3/4 of our production by volume, look beautiful. They escaped much of the frost damage and have benefitted from the moderate weather. Look out for our 2022 Cabernets!” 

Renato: “Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate. I’m always expecting the best of the grapes – they look amazing.”

Jon: “Everything should be outstanding.”

TVWA: Anything you are worried about? 

Joe: “As the climate continues to change, I am worried about the long-term viability of many of the world’s wine-growing regions. From lengthy droughts, massive wildfires, and unusual weather patterns, we have a lot to keep an eye on as generational winemakers and grape growers.”   

Renato: “I am definitely worried about a lot of things: A lack of experienced workers available, the economy, but we are all worried about this… In our industry, the most I am worried about and in the long term is drought, gophers, and squirrels.”

Jon: “We are only worried about having enough water at our Wild Horse Peak vineyard to make it through the season.”

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Summer Garden Flatbread

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Vegetable flatbrad

Release your inner artist with a garden-themed flatbread designed by you. Make a “sketch” of the topping by laying out your design on a 12-inch round of parchment paper, then transfer the components to the surface of the dough just before baking. Choose vegetables that will cook through in 20 minutes; suggestions follow. Pair with Temecula Viognier.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) store-bought pizza dough 
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • Sea salt

Suggested Toppings:

  • Green onions, white and pale green part only (see Note) 
  • Leeks (see Note) 
  • Sliced mushrooms 
  • Yellow or red bell pepper 
  • Red onion 
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • Zucchini, thinly sliced 
  • Black olives, pitted 
  • Herbs: parsley, tarragon, thyme, fennel fronds 

Makes one 12-inch (30-cm) flatbread, to serve 2 to 4 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C). 

Remove refrigerated pizza dough from its packaging and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn to coat with oil. Cover and let come to room temperature, about 1 hour. 

Using 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, coat the bottom of a 12-inch (30-cm) round cake pan or spread the oil in a 12-inch (30-cm) circle on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the cake pan or baking sheet and flatten it into a 12-inch (30-cm) round with oiled fingertips; it will want to spring back. Let the dough rest 15 minutes, then flatten again with oiled fingertips. 

Create your garden design on the dough surface. Brush vegetables and exposed dough with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into wedges with a pizza wheel or chef’s knife. Serve immediately. 

NOTE: If using green onions or leeks, blanch them first in boiling salted water until just tender, then chill in ice water. Squeeze to remove excess water and pat dry. Green onions take only about 1-1-1/2 minutes in boiling water; leeks may take 5 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness. 

Suggested Pairings

Danza del Sol Winery~2021 ViognierThis popular Viognier is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Leoness Winery~2021 Viognier Blended with small amounts of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, this wine offers aromas of stone fruit with hints of citrus and white pepper before a long, generous finish.

Carter Estate Winery~2020 Viognier This popular Viognier is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Monte de Oro Winery ~2020 ViognierA young bouquet of cotton candy and bubble gum that’s very sweet and enticing

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Vote for Temecula Valley

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Valley has been nominated by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for Best Wine Region!

Temecula Valley is known for its diversity of varietals, with more than 50 types of grapes grown in the area. Wine grapes have been grown in the area for more than 200 years, but these days, the warm region is best known for its Italian and Rhone varietals.

In today’s present time we now have over 47 wineries located off Rancho California Road, Calle Contento, and De Portola Wine Trail.

Come out and explore Temecula Valley Wine Country for what we bring to the table (or the glass…). We are known for our dining experiences, wine country lodging, special events, and of course we cannot forget the daily wine tasting.

Raise your glass high for Temecula Valley for being nominated for Best Wine Region. Cast your vote today by clicking HERE.

Vote daily from multiple devices and help us reach number 1 before July 17th.

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July Winery Events

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Fireworks

Bottaia Winery
4th of July Pool Day |
We are open from 12-7pm: Tasting Rooms + Pool, Cafe + Cocktail Bar.  *Reservations Highly Recommended.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Queen Nation Concert! | July 8 | Doors open at 7pm; Concert starts at 8pm | Cost: Wine Club $36; General Public $40 | Queen Nation is the West Coast’s longest running, most authentic re-creation of a vintage Queen concert. Join us for this fun-filled tribute where Queen Nation performs all of your favorite Queen classics! Seating is provided but feel free to bring your own. Wine, beer available for purchase. Food provided by Devilicious Food Truck and The Baja Shrimp. No outside food or alcohol allowed.  Purchase tickets at: https://shop.callawaywinery.com/res-415192/Queen-Nation-2022.html

Carter Estate Winery & Resort
Crêpes & Champagne Sundays |Every Sunday April 3 – June 26th | 11am – 1pm (Not Available Easter Sunday) Get a taste of France at Carter Estate Winery. Start your day of wine tasting off with one of our delicious sparkling wines, paired with sweet or savory French Crêpes from The Catered Kitchens! No Reservations Required.
For more information please visit www.CarterEstateWinery.com

Cougar Vineyard & Winery
Yappy Hour
| July 15 from 3:00 – 6:00 | Bring your pooch or adopt one. Dress your pooch in a patriotic theme for our contest. Doggie deli menu available. Raffle – proceeds will go to the participating rescue. Please visit www.cougarvineyards.com for additional information.

Danza del Sol Winery
Summer Movie Nights
| July 9 | 8:00pm | Enjoy outdoor movie nights and enjoy, wine, beer, food trucks and popcorn! For additional information, please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Doffo Winery
Rock the Vines Summer Concert Series

July 23; Fleetwood Max, Fleetwood Mac tribute band | July 30;  Kisstroyer USA, Kiss tribute band | August 30;  King of Queens, Queen tribute band.
Time: 6pm-9pm | Advance tickets are required | Purchase tickets at www.doffowines.com/calevents

25th Anniversary Celebration | August 13 | Celebrate with a 12 piece All female salsa band, lite bites, and wine! | For tickets visit www.doffowines.com/calevents.

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
C’est La Vie for BBQ | July 2 & 3 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Enjoy live music, and wine specials.

Bastille Day Celebration at C’est La Vie | July 14 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Join us at C’est La Vie for a fun day filled with French faire, live music, and wine specials.

Latin Nights | July 19 | Starts at 7:00pm |Salsa the night away and ignite the passion and fire of our Latin Nights with live music by Kimba Light. Plus, you’ll be able to learn some new dance moves with a live instructor and delight in some wine, beer, and tapas! https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights

Bebel Gilberto Concert | July 23 | 7:00pm | Join us for a night of great food, wine, and the sultry sounds of multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto. For ticket info visit: https://bit.ly/3Gn4MkT

80’s Night | July 29 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Tear up the dance floor at the most radical 80’s party with live music, food, and drinks!
For additional information & reservations for above events, please visit us online www.europavillage.com

Falkner Winery
Grand Re-opening & 22nd Anniversary Weekend | July 1-4 | 10am-5pm | Come and celebrate our 22 years and 4th of July weekend in Temecula Wine Country and experience the view from our beautiful new building! Enjoy Falkner wines, Sangria, picnic menu and cocktails | Enjoy 30-50% off wine case sales, Bottle raffles on the hour, and live music throughout the weekend. Enjoy a lunch for 2 specials at our Pinnacle Restaurant. Reservations for the restaurant are required and can be done through www.opentable.com or by calling 951.676.8231 (option 4).

Fazeli Cellars
Salsa Night | July 30 | General Admission $25 +tax; Wine Club $20 +tax; At the door $35 +tax | Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets sold at door entrance at 7:00pm only | Tickets price includes a glass of sangria. Food available for purchase, full bar and dancing fun! | All ticket sales are final. To purchase visit https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-392820/Salsa-Night-73022.html

Country Music Concert | July 16 | VIP Tickets Doors Open at 5pm: $60 | $50 members | Includes Reserved VIP seating, 1 complimentary cocktail, BBQ buffet dinner, 2 live performances, line dancing lesson, DJ | General Admission Tickets Doors open at 7pm: $35 — Includes 1 complimentary cocktail, 1 live performance, line dancing lesson, DJ. This event is open to 21+ yrs. only! | All ticket sales are final/no refunds. Tickets available by visiting https://shop.fazelicellars.com/res-393127/Country-Music-Concert.html

Foot Path Winery
Food Wine and Music event | July 23 | 7:00 to 9:30 pm | Admission: Wine Club members $35pp ; $40.00 pp, plus tax | Mediterranean menu and live music by The Lookouts. Visit www.footpathwinery.com for reservations and information for this event or call 951.265.9951.

Frangipani Winery
Divas of Broadway
| July 8 & July 10 | Music Show presented by Triple Threat Productions | General Admission $30 ~ Students/Seniors/Military $25 | Performances outdoors ~ Enjoy an evening under the stars! Show starts at 7:30pm.  Purchase tickets at frangipanievents.com or call winery at 951-699-8845

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Tribute Thursday
| July 7 | Stevie Nicks Illusion | No Charge, Reservations recommended, Walk-ins welcome | Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm |To make reservations please call 951-694-6699 x109 or visit: https://www.lorimarwinery.com/dining

Movie in the Vines | July 11 | Clifford the Big Red Dog |6-9pm | Family Friendly | No Charge, RSVP only | Doors & Pairings Food Truck open at 6pm, Movie starts at sunset | Kid Menu items available | Complimentary popcorn | Candy and snacks available for purchase!  | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415418/Movie-In-The-Vines-Clifford-The-Big-Red-Dog.html

Laugh Your Glass Off Comedy Night | July 21 | 6-9pm | $25 General public; $22.50 Wine Club | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415391/Laugh-Your-Glass-Off.html

Christmas in July | July 25 | 6-9pm | $10 General public; $9 Wine Club (ticket includes glass of sangria) | Live DJ, local vendors, delicious food, wine and more! https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415424/Christmas-In-July.html

The Killer Dueling Pianos | July 28 | 7pm-10pm | $30 General public; $27 Wine Club | https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415390/The-Killer-Dueling-Pianos.html

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Summer Concert
| July 2 | 5:30pm- 9pm | Barrels, Blues & BBQ | Live Music from The All Nighters; Food by Grammys Touch of Soul Kitchen and drink specials | For price & reservations please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Masia’s 7th Anniversary Dinner with Chef Jillian Fae | July 9 | 6:30-9:30pm | Enjoy 7 courses paired with 7 wines | For price & reservations please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Monte de Oro Winery
Wine Bingo
| July 8 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us Friday, July 8th, for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! | For pricing & reservations visit  https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400505/Wine-Bingo-All-American-Edition.html

Signature Food & Wine Series | July 10 | 11:30am – 1:30pm | A culinary offering unique to Monte De Oro. Our food and wine experts put together the freshest ingredients and take you through a multi-course showcase featuring Monte De Oro’s award-winning wine | For pricing & reservations visit   https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400506/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html

Mount Palomar Winery
Special Event featuring Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats
| July 15 | With special guests The Forty Nineteens! | For additional information and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.heyday.com

Del Mar Opening Day | July 22 | Join us for a day of style, fun & racing. Don your best hat to win prizes!  | No charge to participate! Please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com for event hours.

Luau Night | July 24 | Hawaiian Food, Polynesian Show by Te Ori Mana, Music, Games, Prizes | Tickets available online  at www.mountpalomarwinery.com online.

Pinot & Pilates | July 31 | Mat pilates class with the best view in the Temecula Valley!  Club Pilates Members are free to attend, and non-members are $5pp | Please visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com for additional information.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Rhythm of the Vine Concert Series
Jeff Kashiwa & Tracy Carter | July 10
Darryl Williams, Jazmin Ghent & Gregg Karukas | July 24
For above pricing and tickets visit https://www.southcoastwinery.com/concerts/jazz-concert-series

Men at Work | July 28 | For pricing and tickets visit https://omegaevents.ticketspice.com/men-at-work

Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery
3rd Annual Car Show | July 9 | Enjoy live music from Harmony Grove Band, followed by line dancing lessons by Dancin’ Fun Gang! Family Friendly Event!!

Winemaker Tasting Experience | July 15 | Best Sips with Potato Chips!

1920’s Mafia Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner | July 17 | Lucky you! You’ve been invited to the Dunn Speakeasy for the wedding of the year! 21+ Event!

Forever Young 80’s Prom Night | July 29 | Grab your most righteous attire to rock out in style! 21+ Event!
For hours, pricing and details on above events please visit: https://vitaglianowines.com/events/

Looking for the perfect date night? Try our self-guided wine tasting. An only by reservation tasting experience allows you and a guest to try five wines hand-selected by our winemaker, perfectly paired with an assortment of meats and cheese. You can pre-order this experience at https://vitaglianowines.com/tasting-experiences/

Check out our New Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Vitagliano-Vineyards-Winery-101978439213478

Wilson Creek Winery
Dinner at the Creekside Grille every Thursday and Friday Night. Reservations highly recommended at www.WilsonCreekWinery.com

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