Rich chocolate cake with rich blackberries, raspberries, and whipped cream. This decadent classic dessert is the perfect finale after a meal between good family or friends. Super delicious to pair with a Temecula Petite Sirah.
Chocolate muffin mix
2 eggs room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup dark cocoa powder unsweetened (70%)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp sugar
Canned whipped cream
¼ cup Mint leaves
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees or 180 C.
Chocolate muffin mix: In a bowl or stand mixer, add eggs, butter, vanilla, and sugar. Whip on high to medium speed until light and fluffy. About 5 to 10 min depending on speed and mixer. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix till all are combined. Pour flour, and cocoa mixture into the whipped mixture and fold together with a spatula. By folding it you keep more air in the batter for a fluffy finish.
Lightly oil a 12-muffin tin. Evenly distribute batter into muffin tin and bake for 15 to 20 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from heat and let cool.
Berry Mixture: In a medium saucepan (off heat) add water, ½ cup blackberries, and ½ cup raspberries. Whisk in cornstarch, lemon juice, and sugar. Whisk over medium heat until starts to thicken. Add remaining berries and bring to a light boil for (about 8 minutes).
Add brownie to a small glass or mason jar. Top with berry mixture. Top with whipped cream & mint.
There’s plenty happening among the vines and barrels this season
While it’s tempting to feel sad while looking out at the seemingly lifeless vineyards during the winter months, once so lush and green with the promise of an abundant harvest, this is actually an important time in Wine Country. Just because the fruit has all been brought in after harvest doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to be done, and wine to be made!
Plenty is happening in the vineyard to prep the grape vines for their dormant season, and wineries are typically abuzz with barreling and bottling, keeping their teams busy until Spring bud break.
“We barrel up and filter wines, and it’s the beginning of bottling,” says Gus Vizgirda, Winemaker at Wilson Creek Winery. “We are prepping sweet whites for bottling in January and barreling reds. We’re repairing irrigation and weeding in the vineyards.”
“It’s also when we switch from Lagers to IPAs,” he jokes.
In addition to hard work in the vineyard and cellar, there’s also a lot of planning and strategy for the next year’s harvest that takes place at this time.
“The winter season for us is defined by the completion of harvest, cooler temperatures pushing the vines into dormancy, and planning for the next year of farming,” explains Harjeet Bassi, Director of Agriculture at Stage Ranch Farm Management. “Currently we are applying soil amendments to our vines, controlling our winter weeds to ensure our vineyards are looking clean, and conducting trellis system repairs.”
In other words, things in Wine Country are very much humming with excitement… and, of course, plenty of wine tasting.
Winery owner and winemaker Nick Palumbo of Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery paints a romantic picture of historic Wine Country winters. “In Old World traditional wine regions, it was customary – and necessary – to head to the forests to hunt in order to stock up for the winter,” he explains. “With the wine put away and the vineyards going into dormancy, it allowed the vignerons a quick break before the pruning and prepping that the vineyards will need for the next season.”
While this harkens back to times long ago, the Palumbos aren’t much different today. After enjoying a brief two-week break for some much-needed family bonding after harvest and before the work in the vineyard and cellar resumes, they make many of the same preparations as winemaking families generations before them did.
“Stocking the freezer with healthy foods for the year to come, along with time together and long mountain hikes make it all the better,” says Nick. “It’s a way we stay in touch with tradition, ensure a healthy and sustainable food source, as well as good family time that helps keep us grounded in who we really are and how in touch with nature our line of work really is. Not to mention how great those venison stew and red wine meals are during our short but cold winter here in Temecula Wine Country.”
There’s also a sense of excitement in Wine Country, as winemakers look ahead to the next season, take time to perhaps open up a few special bottles they’ve been holding for the holidays, and check in on some of those wines that have been aging in barrel. “I am most excited about the new vineyards we are planning to develop next season,” says Harjeet. “At this stage of the planning process, we are evaluating which varietals and clones we will be planting in Spring 2023.”
Adds Gus: “This is the time to ‘unwrap’ the older vintages and de-barrel them. We love seeing how they have opened up in the barrel and are excited to see what is to come for the next vintage!”
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?
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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/
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.
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/
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
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.
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
2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley, plus more for garnish
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.
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
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/
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.
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.