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The new year at Bel Vino Winery has promise


Last updated 12/29/2017 at Noon

Bel Vino Winery owner and staff wishes everyone a joyous New Year and wishes to serve their guests with the finest wines, great entertainment, a beautiful wedding location, gift shops and tasting bars all atop the hill overlooking the beautiful Temecula Wine Country at 33515 Rancho California Road. Tony Ault photo

Bel Vino Winery, one of Temecula Valley’s premier wineries, will be ringing in the New Year with new wines, an expanded wedding venue and top-flight entertainment which sure to please visitors coming to beautiful Temecula Wine Country in 2018.

Recently, the winery’s principal winemaker, George Bursick, ran hundreds of bottles of Bel Vino’s new and rare malbec wine and a tasty red syrah that will be appearing in Bel Vino’s tasting rooms this new year. Malbec, usually used only as a wine blend, will be available only in the Bel Vino tasting rooms in its original barrel form. It is a must taste for the wine lover.

link Bel Vino General Manager Ericka Batiz and wedding coordinator Elizabeth Snow-Markham are busy preparing a new and expanded wedding venue for the lovers who choose Bel Vino’s beautiful hilltop wedding terrace and bed-and-breakfast for their special day at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula’s Wine Country.

Winter, spring, summer and fall, Bel Vino will be featuring top line entertainment on the outdoor hilltop stage or in the spacious barrel room lounge every weekend depending upon the weather. Coming in January, Batiz said, the winery will host the frequently requested Salsa Night, 6 to 10 p.m., every Friday. They have also planned a series of five special concerts by Endeavor, a favorite alternative rock band, and a number of other cover bands through the year. The bands take the stage every Saturday and Sunday.

What would a getaway day be without an offering of delicious food, served along with a paired wine at the Bel Vino Bistro? Chef “Woodie” Thomas and his crew will be preparing everything from his specialty red wine beef stroganoff to the Bel Vino burger, an American favorite.

Bel Vino Reserve wines that will be paired with the meals may include the 2007 Lagrein Grand Reserve, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve or the 2012 Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Panache Signature wines. Another surprise awaits Bel Vino patrons in the coming year: Bel Vino sparkling wines, which are favorites for parties and celebrations.

Winemaker Bursick often works at the Bel Vino winery warehouse, 27469 Colt Court, in Temecula.

“I am so excited about it,” he said of the wines that are about to come out. Eying one of Bel Vino wines, he said he is seeing the quality of the Bel Vino and other Temecula Wine Country wine continuing to improve.

“The challenge is exciting, to come down here and see what’s happening,” Bursick said. He commutes to the Bel Vino warehouse from his home in Santa Rosa, in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valley area.

Bursick’s dedication and experience in his 37 years of making the finest wines exemplifies Bel Vino Winery owner Mike Jenko’s desire to insure the best taste and quality of the Temecula wines.

Meanwhile, Batiz is working hard at the winery and said her focus this year will be offering new services and entertainment for patrons of Bel Vino Winery.

“I am really looking to address enlarged parties, corporate events, seminars, weddings and expanding those venues,” Batiz said.

Batiz said that she wants to invite the community to see what makes Bel Vino stand above the rest.

linklink “We have something for everyone here: red and white wines, delicious food and beer for the non-wine lover, live music every weekend and even a bed-and-breakfast for those who just want to get away for a few days, Batiz said. “Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home. We can even make you a private tour of the winery and vineyard and give you an experience of a lifetime.

“The new year is going to bring some exciting things, including a new selection of sparkling wines, new red wines including our melbac and syrah and salsa every Friday night in our Barrel Room,” Batiz said.

The Bel Vino Winery hilltop wedding terrace and two-suite bed-and-breakfast affords a luscious green grass lawn surrounded by flowers leading to a raised white gazebo where bride and groom can exchange their vows while overlooking beautiful vineyards in Temecula Wine Country. Up to 150 guests can be accommodated on the lawn, decorated with tables, delicious wines and plates of savory food. The wedding venue also has a buffet dinner option if preferred, Batiz said.

link If an inside wedding, corporate event, party or seminar is preferred, Bel Vino Winery opens its 3,300 square-foot bed-and-breakfast across from the bistro and barrel room.

Bel Vino Winery has its own “Wine Club” whose members enjoy special events and wine discounts in the Bel Vino Wine Club room. The Wine Club on Saturday nights offers free snacks and other delicious foods to its members and is always open with a smile and a greeting from Wine Club Manager Christopher Dumm.

The tables are set and the gazebo is decorated, awaiting the wedding on the lawn of the Bel Vino Winery’s hilltop terrace, 33515 Rancho California Road, in Temecula. Weddings are popular events at the rustic old-world winery. Courtesy photo

For more information about Bel Vino Winery, visit or call (951) 676-6414 for reservations. Contact [email protected] for wedding information.

Wine tasting is offered seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by the glass, 5o 6 p.m. The Bel Vino Bistro is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no picnicking allowed when the bistro is open. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Dog owners are asked to “leave their furry friends home,” Batiz said.

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