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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.


Temecula Valley Wine Rockstars Share Their Favorite Sips for Summer

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Pool, wine, and sunshine

While Temecula Valley’s warm, Mediterranean climate allows the region to produce rich and complex red wines from many different red grape varieties, the region is also known for plenty of fresh, crisp whites, juicy rosés, bright bubblies, and light, easy-drinking reds – all of which are perfect for long, steamy summer days (and nights!).

We caught up with a few of our favorite Temecula Valley Wine Country personalities to find out what they are sipping this summer. They shared their top picks for must-have warm-weather wines, all of which can be purchased at the winery, and most of which can be bought online.

Stacey Leonard, Fazeli Cellars:

“Summertime sips most definitely include Fazeli Cellars 2020 Boland Rooz this year!  Boland Rooz meaning in Farsi is ‘longest day’ – a celebration of the summer solstice. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is bright, refreshing, and dry with hints of mandarin orange, cut grass, and crisp, green apple, and perfect for beating Temecula’s heat.  Cheers!”

Tonya Wake, Cougar Vineyard & Winery:

“At Cougar Vineyard and Winery, we are enjoying our 2019 Estate Falanghina for a favorite summer wine. This wine has notes of pear on the bouquet and citrus on the palate. It’s a very crisp, refreshing wine for summer and is on sale for $120 per case, while supplies last!”

Vicky Curl, Leoness Cellars:

“As we start to experience the warmer temperatures in the Temecula Valley, we love to reach for wines that are perfect for backyard barbeques and poolside parties! Our White Merlot, Dry Rosé, and Mélange d’Été each have a variety of bright fruit aromas that remind us of strolling through a Saturday farmer’s market and, when sipped, have a crisp, clean refreshing finish that invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the long summer days.”

Wendy Holder, Wilson Creek Winery:

“We love our Cinsault! It’s a fresh, soft, and bright red wine that goes well with a perfect summer sunset! We are also sipping on our Roussanne for summer because it’s refreshing as a white wine, but can still hold up to a hearty BBQ.”

Moriah Wilson, Peltzer Winery:

“We love sippin’ poolside and soaking up the summer BBQ energy. Our Syrah Rosé is the perfect fruit-forward accompaniment to grilled fish tacos with avocado-lime slaw. Enjoy our crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a Mediterranean-style pasta salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Don’t forget to lightly chill a bottle of our flagship red blend, Rustik Red to keep y’all company as you watch the sunset.” 

Valerie Andrews, Oak Mountain Winery:

Bentley’s Bubbles is a sparkling wine that was practically born for a sunny day. This pale pink Grenache rosé exudes fruitiness and elegance, with aromas of spring flowers and berries. A perfect harmony of aroma, taste, body, and finish. I also love that it was named after one of our grand doggies (he is on the label). Since I love smoking meat, I pair this with 8-hour smoked short ribs with my special BBQ dry rub.”

Sharon Cannon, Akash Winery:

“The whole Akash team is loving the new Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. This new addition to the collection is super refreshing and easy to drink. It pairs with just about anything, including all of those yummy summer salads, poolside parties, front porch sips, or watching your favorite reality show on the TV. What more could you ask for!”

Susan Chapin, Chapin Family Vineyards:

“Chapin Family Vineyards is introducing three new wines for summer. The first wine to be introduced is a fresh Vermentino that was produced and aged in beautiful clay amphoras. Our sparkling brut called ‘Frizzante’ was just released for those warm afternoons.  And, finally, our Muscat which has many layers of sweet, fruit-forward flavors, is perfect for delicious desserts.”

Nick Palumbo, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery:

“It should be no surprise that we are popping plenty of corks on our newest Viognier release. Our 2021 Viognier is perfect for a summer BBQ, charcuterie, and sunsets, or sipping by the pool. Delicate apricot, peach, and stone fruit fill the nose, followed by a rich and rounded mouthfeel, crisp acidity, and a hint of minerals in its mouthwatering finish.”

When we asked the folks at Wiens Family Cellars what they were sipping this summer, just about the entire team weighed in!

Server Mike tells us, “When it’s hot, I want something light and refreshing, with a touch of sweetness. The 2021 Reunion Blanc and the 2021 White Crowded do that for me.”

Sandy, Wiens’ Cellar Room Manager, says she will be enjoying the 2018 Reserve Red Blend this summer. “It’s perfect for sitting out on the patio after the sun goes down. This unique blend showcases four of our best vineyards! I can’t wait to sit in the night air and savor it.”

Autumn, a server at Wiens says: “I love our Blanc de Blancs because I can always use some bubbles for my troubles in this heat!”

Eddy from production says: “Anything white, cold, crisp and refreshing like our Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, or Sauvignon Blanc!”

Server Tori says she is loving the Rosé of Malbec. “As a fan of dry whites, this is a surprising twist on the standard rosé. Sweet, refreshing, and delicious!”

Sam, also a server, agrees: “Rosé of Malbec! The perfect wine to sip by the pool on a hot day.”

Servers Daniel and Romana, as well as Tim, Wiens’ Tasting Room Manager, share the same favorite – the 2021 Reunion Blanc. Says Daniel: “It’s a refreshing by-the-pool wine.”

Wine server Devon tells us: “Brut Rosé all day! It’s the perfect substitute if you’re trying to get away from those sugar-filled margaritas. Bright and refreshing!”

Lastly, Blake from production captures it all: “I prefer a crisp, white wine for summertime by the pool or at the beach. My go-to wines would be Blanc de Blancs first, for its crisp acidity and citrusy tartness, then move onto our Reunion Blanc to enjoy with some fresh fruits, then finally our Rosé of Malbec to pair with grilled chicken tacos.”

Thanks to all our friends in Temecula Valley Wine Country for these delicious wine suggestions. We are absolutely parched. What are you sipping this summer?


California Lobster Benedict

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Lobster benedict with wine

This brunch staple consists of perfectly poached eggs, toasted English muffins, creamy hollandaise sauce and topped with rich buttery lobster. Serve with a Temecula Valley Chardonnay for the ultimate brunchtime meal.


  • 2 x 4oz lobster tails (uncooked or if already cooked warm to package directions)
  • 6 eggs (4 to poach and 2 yolks for the sauce)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 lemon slices ¼ inch thick
  • 1 lemon wedge for sauce
  • 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 4 cups water boiling on stove
  • Fresh chives, a few sprigs

Serves 4



  1. Place the lobster tails in the boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Keep pot of boiling water on for other steps.
  2. Remove lobster tails from heat and cut the shells lengthwise to help pull the meat out in one piece.
  3. Cut each tailpiece in half-lengthwise and toss into a bowl with half the butter (2 tbsp). Mix till butter is melted and they are coated.


  1. In a steel bowl place 2 egg yolks and whisk over the boiling pot of water. Reduce the heat to medium while making sauce.
  2. Add the vinegar and whisk for about 1 min.
  3. Add the butter and whisk for another 2 min
  4. Once the sauce begins to thicken, add the lemon juice from the lemon wedge and mix. Remove from heat.

Poaching Your Eggs

  1. In the boiling lobster water, crack eggs into the water. Using a slotted spoon to gently turn them once a minute for about 3 to 4 min or until cooked to liking.
    Using the slotted spoon, remove the eggs and lightly pat them with a paper towel to remove excess water.

Building the Lobster Benedict

  1. Cut muffins and toast.
  2. Place 1 half of the toasted muffin on each plate.
  3. Combine the arugula and kale and place on top of the muffin
  4. Place 1 half of the lobster tail on top of greens on each muffin
  5. Place poached egg onto lobster
  6. Evenly distribute the hollandaise sauce over all 4 dishes. Top with chopped green onion and garnish with some chive stems.

Suggested Wines:

Callaway Vineyard & Winery~2017 Chardonnay This light, crisp Chardonnay opens with aromas of leafy pineapple and citrus fruits. The palate is lush with fresh tropical fruits, a golden delicious apple with a tangy pineapple finish. 

Lorimar Winery~2018 Chardonnay This popular Chardonnay is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Mount Palomar Winery~2018 Chardonnay On the nose, the wine smells of ripe, if not slightly dried apple and pear with hints of white flowers and peach.

Wiens Family Cellars ~2020 ChardonnayThe French oak used lends some creamy vanilla notes that balance nicely against crisp, green apple notes.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Name That Winery!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Monte De Oro Winery

Monte De Oro Winery offers Tuscan inspired architecture, lush vineyards, panoramic views, and a tasting room over 21,000 square feet! Monte de Oro tasting room is a glass floor offering a unique view of the barrel cellar just below which houses over 900 barrels of wine. Monte De Oro will also be hosting our highly anticipated CRUSH event in September!

Main Tasting Room Hours:
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Main Tasting Room has an ambiance that is sophisticated and elegant, yet at the same time relaxing and comfortable. A warm, inviting atmosphere elevates everyone – from the wine novice to the experienced wine connoisseur – even before glasses have been filled. Whether it be the view of our Barrel Cellar from above, through the glass-floored tasting room, or the panoramic view of Temecula Wine Country from our outside patio, Monte De Oro Winery and its Tasting Room provides the perfect place to sit, sip and enjoy Southern California’s Premier Wines.

While you come for the wine, stay for the food! Monte De Oro also offers a casual lunch fare, pizzas, and appetizers. The Bistro is led by Executive Chef, Alfred Fierro.

The Bistro Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

A Few Wines To Try:

2019 Dulce De Verano ~ It’s aromas consist of sweet rose flowers along with fresh macerated strawberries, watermelon, peaches and sweet cherries with just very slight hints of sage.

2017 Tempranillo ~ Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe morello cherries, black olive, leather, espresso, and toasted almonds.

2016 Zinfandel ~ This wine initially offers aromas of raspberries and dried cranberries with a transition to spices – pronounced cinnamon and nutmeg with slight smoky oak.


Arugula Salad with Zucchini, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Zucchini and Carrot Salad with Toasted Almonds and Arugula recipe

Save this fresh, colorful salad for early summer, when markets have small, tender zucchini. For the best results, look for zucchini that are no more than 6 inches (15 cm) long, and choose straight ones that will be easy to shave into ribbons. You can shave the zucchini with a vegetable peeler, but a mandoline or V-slicer makes the job easier. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley rosé.


  • 1/3 cup (30 g) sliced almonds  
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) white wine vinegar, or more as needed 
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely minced 
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 4 small zucchini, preferably 2 green and 2 yellow, about ¾ pound (350 g) 
  • 2 small carrots, peeled 
  • 2 large handfuls arugula (2 to 3 ounces/60 to 90 g) 
  • Chunk of semi-firm pecorino cheese or crumbled cotija cheese (you’ll use about 3 ounces/90 g total)

Serves 4 


Preheat the oven to 350°F (190°C). Toast the almonds on a baking sheet until lightly colored and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, wine vinegar, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  

Remove both ends of the zucchini and carrots. With a V-slicer, mandolin or vegetable peeler, shave the vegetables lengthwise into thin ribbons. Discard the first and last slices of zucchini, which are mostly skin. Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss well to coat with the dressing. Let stand until the vegetables soften slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. The zucchini should be pliable enough to twirl with a fork without breaking. Do not let them stand too long or they will release liquid and water down the dressing.  

Add the arugula and toss gently. With a cheese plane or vegetable peeler, shave about 3 ounces (90 g) of semi-firm percorino cheese, or crumble cotija cheese into the salad. Add the almonds and toss gently. Taste for salt and vinegar, then serve immediately. 

Suggested Pairings:

Briar Rose Winery~ 2019 Rosé Fumé– This popular Rosé is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Hart Winery ~ 2019 Grenache Rosé This wine offers one of the most widely planted red grape varietals in the world and has flavor profiles of spice, pepper and red fruit.

Vitagliano Winery~ 2020 Rosé This popular Rosé is sure to delight the senses with its beautiful aromas.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards~ 2021 Lyric RoséFilled with a pale salmon hue, delicate bouquet of rose petals and peach skin exuding with flavors of guava and ripe peach.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California


Get to Know the Dynamic Women of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Find out what these gals love most about Temecula, which Temecula wines are their favorites, and what keeps them busy when they’re not helping to keep Wine Country running

There is so much to write about when it comes to Temecula Valley. From fun and engaging events to delicious wines to the blossoming culinary scene to interviews with the dynamic people and personalities of Wine Country and everything in between, we are never short on ideas for great content. But did you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association? There’s actually a dynamic team of Wine Country women who contribute in no small way to keeping the region as a whole running smoothly and helping to tell the incredible stories of Temecula Valley day in and day out. And, it’s about time they got the spotlight!

Read on to find out more about these partners in wine and what makes them the dream team in Temecula Valley.

Krista Chaich, Executive Director

TVWA: How long have you been in Temecula and what brought you here?

KC: I’ve lived in Temecula Valley for 21 years and have worked in Temecula Valley Wine Country for 18 years. Although I’m a native Southern Californian, I moved to Dallas, TX in the early 1990s. My husband and I returned to California in 2001 when his job was transferred to San Diego, and we settled in the Temecula Valley to be near family. 

TVWA: What is your favorite thing about Wine Country?

KC: Gosh…it’s gorgeous!!  But, probably my favorite thing about our wine country is the people.  I have never met so many down-to-earth, genuine, passionate, and hardworking people as I have here in the Valley.

TVWA: What wines do you love to sip from Temecula?

KC: I love Hart Winery’s Arneis, Baily Winery’s Dry Riesling and Robert Renzoni’s Lyric Rosé.

TVWA: What is your best memory or funniest story from your time in Wine Country?

KC: Oh, I have A LOT of stories, and I joke that I could write a book about my time in Temecula Valley Wine Country (obviously I would have to change some names to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent), but one particular memory that I’ll never forget is celebrating our wine country’s 50th anniversary.  We brought together winery owners, winemakers, growers and our wine country pioneers to celebrate this milestone at a beautiful dinner surrounded by vineyards. It was a true testament to how hard we’ve worked and how far we’ve come as a wine region, and that night I realized how fortunate I am to be a part of it all.

TVWA: What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?

KC: Besides drinking wine?  Well, my most favorite thing to do is travel with my daughter and my husband. I also enjoying spending time on my patio where I tend to my succulent garden, which I’m obsessed with!  I’ve finally found a plant I can’t kill.

Cori DeHore, Operations Manager

TVWA: How long have you been in Temecula and what brought you here?

CD: My family came to Temecula in 1997 from San Fernando Valley, which is a suburb of LA county. What drew us to Temecula Valley was the small rural feel, great schools for my kids, and the draw of a unique wine region with fantastic views of vineyards from my backyard! My family loved the area’s clean air, beautiful new communities, and proximity to the major cities within an hour’s drive. Back then, our little town did not even have a mall and was home to only 12 wineries!

We also loved Old Town Temecula and its quaint antique stores that we still see today. The very first restaurant we ate at was the original Bank Restaurant back in 1997. The original Bank building opened in 1914 and it still contains the original vault safe that you can view while dining. In that vault was a picture of young lady that worked in the bank during its early era. It must have been our lucky day because that same lady, but in her very late senior years, happened to be eating with a family member when we were there! Such a special memory that I carry with me to this day. It is my 25th year living in this wonderful town. I’ve watched it grow from a sleepy town with a population of 45,000 into a major thriving wine destination community that now has well over 100,000 people that call it home. I truly feel blessed to call Temecula Valley my home.

TVWA: What is your favorite thing about Wine Country?

CD: So many things but mostly the people in our industry that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with. I also love the rich history of our wine country and the amazing pioneers that saw the potential of this region.  Our wine country will always hold a special place in my heart.

TVWA: What wines do you love to sip from Temecula?

CD: I still remember my first winery that I visited when I moved to Temecula Valley. It was Maurice Car’rie Winery and I bought their Heather’s Mist – a white blend. I knew nothing about the world of wine back then, but I just knew I liked it! My current go-tos are Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Albariño and Vermentino for the white varietals and Syrah and big red blends for our red varietals.  These grape varieties grow so well in our region and so many of our wineries produce them beautifully. So many wines, so little time.

TVWA: What is your best memory or funniest story from your time in Wine Country?

CD: My first job in wine country was at Callaway Vineyard & Winery in 1997. One of the stand-out memories I have was meeting Mr. Ely Callaway. He was known as a man that made everything that he touched turn into gold. I was intrigued! He and John Moramarco were the original dynamic duo pioneers. Callaway Vineyard & Winery exists today due to their chance meeting back in 1967. What a story and visionaries those two were. It was my privilege to have met and worked with John Moramarco and I’m grateful to have known them both.

TVWA: What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?

CD: My husband and I like to explore new cities and look forward to traveling more. We also like to hike and be one with nature. I’m increasingly becoming a crazy bird lady! I dabble in watercolor painting (I’m still learning), and I love hanging out with my cool grown-up kids!

Devin Parr, Brand Marketing Partner

TVWA: How long have you been in Temecula and what brought you here?

DP: I moved to Temecula in 2015. I was living in Los Angeles, and at a crossroads in my career after the wine media company I was working for was sold. I realized I could either stay in the wine business but I would need to move to Northern California; or, I could stay in Southern California – where I wanted to be – but I would likely need to move away from wine and focus more on the PR and marketing side of my work as there weren’t very many opportunities in wine in Southern California. And then a role came up in Temecula Valley that allowed me to not only stay in wine but stay in SoCal… so I jumped at it! Seven years later, I am more in love with this wine region than ever, and so grateful I am able to do what I love, where I love.

TVWA: What is your favorite thing about Wine Country?

DP: The diversity of wines and offerings! There are literally thousands of different grape varieties around the world, and yet the ones most available to consumers are the usuals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay… While traditional varieties are produced in Temecula Valley, the region is home to dozens of really interesting, offbeat grape varieties produced in a whole range of styles – like bone-dry Albariño, bright and juicy Falanghina, luscious and aromatic Viognier, dark and brooding Aglianico, cheerful sparkling Syrah, and more. There is something new to discover every day – which is a wine lover’s dream!

TVWA: What wines do you love to sip from Temecula?

DP: I’m crazy about the stunning, traditional method sparkling wines we are producing out here. I could also drink Temecula Valley Sangiovese every day – sometimes I do!

TVWA: What is your best memory or funniest story from your time in Wine Country?

DP: This may not be my best memory, but it has certainly stuck out in my mind – and presumably a few other people’s minds as well!

When I first started working in the region, one of the very first times I went tasting out in Temecula Valley was at Robert Renzoni Vineyards. I was tasting with Robert himself, as well as Olivia Bue, their ultra-talented winemaker. Suddenly I noticed there was somewhat of a commotion happening around me – the winery staff kept coming in and asking if anyone was the owner of a black Acura. I didn’t think anything of it because I don’t drive an Acura. They then started announcing over the winery speakers that they were looking for the driver of a black Acura. This went on for about 30 minutes, with increasing urgency. I just kept on tasting away, thinking to myself how irresponsible it was of someone to just park their car somewhere and not be present to claim it. Finally, the announcement changed. They had gotten the car make wrong – turns out it was MY car! I had parked right in front of the driveway to the production facility and hadn’t realized it, which had caused this massive scene as the winery crew wasn’t able to get in… and it was harvest! Talk about making a first impression! I was MORTIFIED.

TVWA: What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?

DP: I took up Shorin Ryu Karate at the tender age of 40 and fell absolutely in love with the sport. So, when I’m not out there discovering new wines and telling their stories, or hanging out with my husband, two little boys and two dogs, I’m in the dojo working toward my black belt.

Bianca Castillo, Member Relations & Programs Manager

TVWA: How long have you been in Temecula and what brought you here?

BC: I’ve been here since 2010 when I was only a junior in high school. We were originally living in Oceanside but my parents took a trip to Temecula one day and thought it was beautiful. Fast forward 12 years, and we are all still living in Temecula.

TVWA: What is your favorite thing about Wine Country?

BC: The scenery! It’s so pretty when the vines are all green and vibrant.  

TVWA: What wines do you love to sip from Temecula?

BC: I love the Viognier and Syrah from Sweet Oaks Winery.

TVWA: What is your best memory or funniest story from your time in Wine Country?

BC: My best memory in wine country was when I went to a brunch at Sweet Oaks Winery and met a bunch of fabulous moms and then we carried over and made a pit stop at Wilson Creek for a bit. Then  my newfound friend Corina and I ended the night at Maurice Car’rie eating their delicious brie bread! So good.

TVWA: What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?

BC: I love spending time with my family. My kids have a blast at their grandparents’ house. My parents have the whole set up (trampoline, bounce house, a water bounce house) for my kids and they beg all the time to go over.


June Winery Events

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Happy Fathers Day!

Bottaia Winery
Father’s Day at the Pool
| June 19 | *Reservations Highly Recommended. Please visit www.bottaiawinery.com  for additional information & reservations.

Carter Estate Winery & Resort
Thursday Late Nights | Live music from 5pm – 8 pm | Food provided by various food truck / popup vendors.
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
Father’s Day BBQ |
June 19 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Hamburgers on the grill cooked by the winemaker!          

Yappy Hour | June 24 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm- Bring your pooch or adopt one, Doggie Deli Menu available. Raffle – proceeds will go to the participating rescue.
For additional information and reservations, please visit www.cougarvineyards.com

Danza del Sol Winery
Sushi Social |
June 18 | 6:00pm | Join us as we celebrate Dad with some sushi, wine & beer pairings. For ticket information visit: www.danzadelsolwinery.com/events

New Member Tour | June 26 | 11:30am | Tour our Barrel Room, Library Room, Members Clubhouse and Production Facilities While tasting a selection of great wines led by our Director of Hospitality, Walter Carter. For ticket information visit: www.danzadelsolwinery.com/events

Doffo Winery
Friday Night Late Nights | Enjoy LIVE Music – Every Friday from May 27-August 26: Doffo Winery will be open until 9pm with LIVE music & food truck.  Free to attend, open to the public.

8th Annual Caselli Fundraiser Event | June 11 | 4:00-10:00pm, raffles, silent auction, live band, food vendors, wine & Beer. Funds raised go to continue to fulfill the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s mission of protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders.
For more information on pricing and reservations, please visit www.doffowines.com

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
Culinary Adventures with Chef Hany Ali | June 7 & 8 | 6:00pm | – Transport yourself into the beautiful country of Egypt with a beloved family recipe from Executive Chef Hany Ali. Learn how to make Fire Roasted Eggplant & Shishito Peppers, a classic Egyptian dish with a modern Spanish twist. Tickets: $69 pp | $62.10 for Wine Club Members | Europa Table Members: $29 (Maximum of 2 tickets) https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Culinary-Adventures

Savory Brunch & Barbeque | June 19 | 10 am – 3 pm |Join us at Bolero Restaurante on June 19, 10 am to 3 pm, for a savory brunch and barbecue all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet will feature an array of selections including a pastry bar, breakfast selections, salad bar, fresh seafood, a live BBQ station, and other barbecue favorites! Plus, enjoy $5 pints of beer and a special $5 beer float. For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802.

Latin Nights | June 21 | 7:00 pm | Featuring live music from Kimba Light, dance lessons, and select menu offerings, you won’t want to miss out on a spicy evening of fun. Learn more at https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights

Foot Path Winery
Food Wine and Music event | June 25 | 7:00 to 9:30 pm. $40.00 per person plus tax. Visit www.footpathwinery.com for reservations and information for this event or call 951.265.9951.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Father’s Day BBQ family Day!
| June 19 | 11am – 5pm | Winery will be family friendly all day. Special BBQ menu items! Live Music from 1-4pm. Reservations are recommended, walk-ins are welcome | https://www.lorimarwinery.com/dining

Smoke and Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine | June 24 | 7:00-10:00pm | $125/$112.50 | 5-day advanced booking is required. Join us for a relaxing evening of cigars & wine! Includes a four-course dinner, paired with cigars and Lorimar’s award-winning wines. (21+ event, tax not included) https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415074/Smoke-And-Vine-An-Evening-Of-Cigars-And-Wine.html

Movie in the Vines: Spiderman – No Way Home! | June 26 | Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at sunset. Bring the whole family. No cost. RSVP & ATTEND to be entered to win a $50 Lorimar Gift Card*! https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415369/Movie-In-The-Vines-Spiderman-No-Way-Home.html

Masia de la Vinya Winery
Family Movie Night | June 17 | 6-10 pm, Adults $10 Kids Free (12&under) | Food Truck, Popcorn Vendor, Drink Specials.

Karaoke Night | June 24 | 5:30-9:00pm |Food Truck, Drink Specials.

Paint n Sip w/Pinots Palette | June 26 | 4:00-6:00pm | $50/WC $55 guests, includes glass of wine.
For information and reservations on these events, please visit www.masiadelavinya.com

Maurice Car’rie Winery
Summer Concert Series
| June 4th at 7pm (ticketed event, space is limited) | Traveling Through Times- A Tribute to Motown Pop & Soul.  Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ame-presents-traveling-through-times-a-tribute-to-motown-pop-and-soul-tickets-32921501998

Monte de Oro Winery
Breakfast with the Balloons | June 4 & 5 |6:30am – 9:30am | Our annual Breakfast with the Balloons is back! We’ll be hosting this event the same weekend as the Balloon and Wine Festival. Not only that, we have 2 days to choose from! Saturday Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400089/Breakfast-With-The-Balloons-Saturday.html
Sunday Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400090/Breakfast-With-The-Balloons-Sunday.html

Salsa Dancing Under the Stars | June 11 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm |We have a great night lined up to shake and move to the unique and powerful sound of SalsaFama! Click Here to head over to their Facebook and see what’s in store! | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400091/Salsa-Dancing-Under-The-Stars.html  

Signature Food & Wine Series | June 12 | 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 | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400034/Signature-Food-Wine-Series.html

Blind Tasting featuring Zinfandel | June 17 | 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 Zinfandel vintages |Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400118/Blind-Tasting-Zinfandel.html

Wine Bingo | June 24 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | It’s time for Bingo, Monte De Oro style! Join us Friday, June 24th, for a night of calling numbers and sipping your favorite MDO wine! | Tickets: https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-400117/Wine-Bingo.html

Peltzer Family Cellars
Annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament | June 19th from 9am-5pm | $50 per team | Cash Jackpot | Ages 16+ can enter | Tickets live on www.peltzerwinery.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Save-the-Date! Annual Rhythm on the Vine® | Jazz concert series returns this summer offering jazz lovers memorable Sunday evening entertainment. New Sunday Jazz Line-up offers concerts scheduled from July 10 to September 25, 2022. Ticket prices are $65 for general admission, chair seating only; $85 for preferred seating, includes a table and is situated behind VIP seating; $150 for VIP Tickets, which are close to the stage and include a table. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.southcoastwinery.com/concerts

Wilson Creek Winery
Golden Hours every Friday night! Have a night out with friends in Wine Country! Enjoy wine, delicious food, and live music. No reservations needed – just come on in from 5pm – 8:30pm.

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


May Winery Events

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Winery gathering

Altisima Winery
Cinco De Mayo
| May 5 | Special ceviche & beer pairing all day at our Gaspar restaurant from 11am-4pm | Live Music & Food truck in our Olive Grove from 5:00 pm-9:00pm for Cinco de Mayo | Learn more at https://altisimawinery.com/upcoming-events /

Bel Vino Winery
Cash’d Out a Johnny Cash Tribute Concert | May 6th  | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Tickets are $40 per person or $432 for a VIP table | Food and wine for purchase |Tickets available at https://www.heyday.com/event-details/cashd-out-the-premier-johnny-cash-show

Carter Estate Winery & Resort
Crêpes & Champagne Sundays – Every Sunday April 3 – May 29th | 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.

Danza del Sol Winery
LAST Trivia Night |
May 6 at @7:00PM | Doors open at 6:30pm | Food Trucks | Wine & Beer | Prizes for 1st & 2nd place!

Save-the-Date! Danza del Sol and Trattoria Toscana Dinner | May 22 | Danza del Sol winery is partnering with local Trattoria Toscana restaurant to bring a delicious five-course Italian culinary experience | Please visit www.danzadelsolwinery.com

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
UNOde50 Trunk Show | May 1 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Join us at Prelude at Europa for a special UNOde50 Trunk Show. Explore the new 2022 Collection as well as other variety of new arrivals. Admission is free.

Latin Nights at Bolero | May 3rd & May 17th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm | General Admission: $15 (Members $13.50) | Dance the night away at Latin Nights at Bolero! With a variety of Latin music, dance lessons, and select menu offerings, you would not want to miss out on a spicy evening of fun | Learn more: https://shop.europavillage.com/Shop/Events/Latin-Nights

Frangipani Winery
Triple Threat Productions presents Diva’s on Broadway | May 1 | Doors Open 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm | $45 per person plus tax | A night of musical theater entertainment with the valley’s own Diva’s | Purchase tickets by April 28 at www.Frangipanievents.com    

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
10th anniversary celebration! |
May 18 | 6:00-9:00pm | $10/$9WC (ticket includes glass of sangria) | Live Music from Mrs. Jones Revenge, $10 food items, sangria, beer, select wines by the glass | To reserve please visit https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415121/10th-Anniversary-Party.html

Monte de Oro Winery
Wine Bingo | May 20 | 6:30pm- 9:30pm | Ticket information coming soon! www.montedeoro.com

Signature Food & Wine Series | May 22 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Ticket information coming soon! www.montedeoro.com

Oak Mountain Winery
UNICEF Fundraiser
| May 13 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | $50 per person | 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the victims of the conflict in Ukraine | For more information www.oakmountainwinery.com

Peltzer Family Cellars
Rowdy Roost Music Fest | May 28th from 12-10pm | Property wide music festival, 21+ only, $50 per person | Tickets available at www.peltzerwinery.com 

Raul Ramirez Winery

Barrel Tasting & Paella | May 30 | 1:00-5:00pm | A Day to Remember event at Raul Ramirez Winery! Join us for Memorial Day for our Wine Barrel tasting & Paella prepared by Chef Alvaro Baez. Live Flamingo Music provided by David Maldonado | 21+yr old event only. Cost $95pp general admission; wine club discount applies. For reservations, please visit www.raulramirezwinery.com

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Cassadee Pope LIVE | May 19 | 7:00pm | Food Trucks available for concert dining | Tickets starting at just $40 | https://soundskilz.ticketspice.com/soundskilz-presents-cassadee-pope-w-leaving-austin-at-south-coast-winery

Wilson Creek Winery
Yoga in the Vines | May 1 | 9:00am-12:00pm | Tickets includes a wine tasting! | $45 | $40 wine club members | To make your reservations please visit www.WilsonCreekWinery.com


Mothers and Daughters of Wine Country Share Their Favorite Moments and Sips in Celebration of Mother’s Day

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Mom & Daughter Enjoying Wine Together

Mother’s Day is around the corner and Wine Country is ripe with so many opportunities to surprise and delight your mom this time of year. The vineyards are slowly filling out with bright green foliage, the weather is warming up yet still pleasantly breezy, and wineries are offering everything from festive Mother’s Day brunches to curated offerings that moms will love.

But, more importantly, we love the unique ways the moms of Wine Country have built special traditions around Mother’s Day – and every day – surrounding delicious Temecula Valley wines shared with their families.

“On Mother’s Day, we usually round the men in the family up and make them cook for and cater to us for the day,” says Brand Marketing Partner Devin Parr. “My brother will usually prepare an elaborate spread – a full Thai dinner is our favorite – and my dad keeps our wine glasses filled with some of our top Temecula picks, like Hart Albariño or Robert Renzoni Montepulciano. My husband entertains the kids and will throw a foot massage in there for me for good measure.”

“My mom is more of a margarita gal, but we do have a special tradition my sister, my mom, and I do each year for the 3 of us,” says Bianca Castillo, TVWA Member Relations and Programs Manager. “My birthday is on May 10th and my sister’s birthday is May 11th, and every so often Mother’s day lands on either of our birthdays. So, we always get the three of us together and celebrate our special days. Maybe I’ll start convincing them to ditch the margaritas in favor of wine!”

TVWA Executive Director Krista Chaich has made a point to enjoy every Mother’s Day she can with her mom, other than during her eight-year stint in Dallas, Texas. “For many years we took turns cooking for each other,” she says. “But over the last couple of years, we’ve decided ‘To heck with that!’ and we’ve let someone else cook for us! It helps that we have so many wonderful restaurants in Temecula Valley Wine Country.”

Ultimate Wine Country matriarch and owner of Wilson Creek, Rosie Wilson, loves to take in the natural beauty of Temecula Valley and has made this appreciation a simple, yet special way to enjoy Mother’s Day with her daughter.

“My daughter and I love sitting on the porch overlooking the vines while sharing a glass of wine,” she says. “This is a time for us to really spend time together and catch up. The view is beautiful, and I love the conversation.”

While Mother’s Day is a moment each year to share with family and give thanks to the amazing role the moms in our lives play, sometimes it’s those special or everyday moments surrounding wine and time together that have stood out most among Wine Country mothers and daughters.

“My husband, Mom and Dad all met in Las Vegas to celebrate my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary,” shares Krista. “Before we left, I shipped several bottles of wine to our hotel’s restaurant that I had gotten custom labeled with their picture and a 25th wedding anniversary message. The night we celebrated their anniversary, the waiter brought two bottles of the wine to the table – you should have seen the look on my mom’s face! She was so surprised (and a bit confused for a moment as to why her picture was on a wine label!).  We had such a special night sharing those bottles of wine and memories of their 25 years together. We still talk about it to this day.”

“I have many memories with my daughter but one of the funniest we both will always remember is the time Libby dressed up as me,” recounts Rosie. “I frequently visit the winery and have lunch or tend to my flowers. One Halloween, Libby borrowed my clothes, did her hair just like mine, and wandered around the winery greeting guests and tending to the flowers.  Everyone thought she was me – even the employees!  Until she spoke.  It made me realize just how much she resembles me.”

As far as what everyone loves to sip during these moments together?

“Depends on the day,” says Krista. “But, right now, my mom is loving Bolero at Europa Village’s Cava sparkling wine.”

As for Rosie? “My daughter and I love the Wilson Creek Viognier.”



Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!

Spending the day in Temecula Valley’s Wine Country……well, we can’t think of a better gift for Mom this Mother’s Day!  We’ve got you covered with brunches and lunches and everything in between. Here’s a list of wineries celebrating all of the Mom’s out there:

Altisima Winery
Mother’s Day Luxury Picnic | May 7 & 8 | Reservations available at 11:00am and 2:00pm | Partnering with Temecula Picnic Co. for a luxury picnic experience on Mother’s Day weekend | Tickets are $125++ per person or $110++ per person for members | Two special dessert releases with wine pairing for Mother’s Day! New Menu released at the restaurant for the week as well. Additional Information on our website and e-mail reservations@altisimawinery.com to book your picnic.

Avensole Winery
Celebrate Mom | May 8 | Celebrate Mom with our delicious Chef’s Mother’s Day special menu 11am-5pm at the Avensole Winery Restaurant https://www.avensolewinery.com/restaurant/ or call us at (951) 252-2003 x301. Reservations are recommended for this special date sells out early every year! Walk-ins are also always welcome!

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Special Mother’s Day Brunch at Meritage | May 8 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | Live music on our courtyard from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring local musician Shea Givens. Reservations are highly recommended. Reservations: exploretock.com/callawaywinery  

Danza del Sol Winery
Mother’s Day Run for the Rose | May 7 | Doors open at 1PM | Wine Club: $12; General: $15 | Celebrate Mother’s Day with us with a Kentucky Derby themed party! | Ticket includes Sparkling greeting. Kentucky Derby hat competition, Charcuterie by V&G Charcuterie, New Rosé Releases, Photo ops & Local vendor shopping | Reservations required RSVP online or with Nathalie n.pierce@danzadelsolwinery.com or https://www.danzadelsolwinery.com/res-405355/Mothers-Day-Run-For-The-Rose.html 

Europa Village Wineries & Resort
Mother’s Day Brunch at Bolero | May 8 | 10:00am – 3:00pm | What mom really wants is what we all want: exquisite food, to spend quality time with loved ones, and the ability to come home to a clean kitchen afterward. Treat mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day Brunch at Bolero Restaurante featuring a create your own crepes station, chilled seafood bar, carving station, and classic Spanish cuisine. Price: $89 adult $44 children | For reservations, please call us at 951.414.3802. 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party on the Piazza at Vienza | May 8 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm | Treat mom to an extra special day with our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea party. Delight in delicious baked goods, tea sandwiches, sweet treats, bubbly, and live music from Harpist, Annette Wiles. General Admission: $85 Members: $76.50 Learn more at https://www.europavillage.com/spring-happenings

Falkner Winery
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Pinnacle | May 8 | 10:00am-3:00pm | Cost is $89.95/person (tax and gratuity not included) Wine Club $79.95/person plus tax and gratuity Children (3-10) $35.50/child++(Wine Club $30.95/child ++); Under 3 is free | Entertainment provided, call for Reservations at 951-676-8231 Ext. 4.

Frangipani Winery
Mother’s Day 3-course seated Dinner & Theater Show | May 8 |Doors open 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm | $75 per person plus tax, presented by Triple Threat Productions featuring songs from the award-winning musical Mamma Mia! | Purchase tickets by May 4 at www.Frangipanievents.com 

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8th | We are offering two seating at 11:00am & 2:00pm | $100 regular tickets /$90WC ($20 child/ $18WC child) | To reserve please visit https://shop.lorimarwinery.com/res-415096/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html 

Monte de Oro Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8 | 4 seating’s offered at 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 1:30pm | For reservations please visit  https://shop.montedeoro.com/res-399888/Mothers-Day-Brunch.html 

Oak Mountain Winery
Mother’s Day Brunch | May 8 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | $69 Non-Members – $59 Members – $17 for Children 10 and under | For reservation information please visit https://shop.oakmountainwinery.com/event-tickets-c11.aspx 

Peltzer Family Cellars
Mother’s Day Brunch on the Farmstead | May 8th at 10am and 1pm | $75 adults, $45 ages 3-11, 2 and under free | Reservations available on www.peltzerwinery.com  

Wilson Creek Winery
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Creekside Grille | May 8 | 10:00am | Enjoy a plated Sunday brunch at Wilson Creek Winery! | For additional information and to make your reservations please visit www.WilsonCreekWinery.com  

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