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By Kim Harris
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Wine Country events offer something for everyone


Last updated 5/18/2018 at 11:11am


Playing host to Temecula's only Tequila Tasting, Mount Palomar Winery offers the chance to sample five top shelf Asombroso tequilas.

When it comes to Temecula Valley Wine Country, there are plenty of events designed to appeal to anyone looking to relax, unwind or just have a little fun.

From fun runs to comedy shows, any one of Temecula Valley Wine Country wineries is bound to have something to please every member of the household. Here are six fun events to check out in Temecula Valley Wine Country over the next few weeks.

Go back to the 80s at Bel Vino.

Looking for something fun this Friday, then head on out to Bel Vino Winery for their Back to the 80s Summer Kick Off Party, Friday, May 18. Break out those parachute pants and shoulder pads and come prepared for a costume contest, raffle, photo booth and music by DJ Alan Paul. Food, beer and of course wine will be available for purchasing so dress to impress and start summer with a bang! Bel Vino Winery is located at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Information is available at

Temecula Tequila Tastings hosted at Mount Palomar.

Looking for a taste of something different? Then why not head out to Mount Palomar Winery for one of their weekly tequila tastings? Playing host to Temecula's only Tequila Tasting, Mount Palomar Winery hosts the event on their outdoor patio offering stunning views of Temecula Valley Wine Country. The event is held outdoors and offers the chance to sample five top shelf Asombroso tequilas, including multiple double gold medal winners from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a margarita sample. Tastings are held 1-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday and cost $25 per person. Tickets are available at the door for tastings, and no reservations are required. Information can be found at

Try the cheese and wine tastings at Avensole Winery.

Feeling cheesy? Then Avensole Winery is the place to be for their daily "Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting." Avensole Winery, 34567 Rancho California Road in Temecula, boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Temecula Valley, but combined with the newest amenities, it has become a true destination for wine lovers. Guests can conclude their tour of this gem of a winery with a culinary treat pairing seven Avensole wines with local gourmet Mangia Cheese, guided by the winery's very own wine experts. Make the trip happen on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy some of the best live music Temecula Valley Wine Country has to offer. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (951) 252-2003, ext. 305. Information is at

Take a Dog Day Sunday walk at Baily Vineyard and Winery.

Fearful of leaving Fido at home while gallivanting around wine country? Why not let that fear become a thing of the past with a visit to Baily Vineyard and Winery, 33440 La Serena Way in Temecula, where every Sunday has gone to the dogs. Well-mannered pooches are invited for lunch on the patio at Carol's Restaurant for Dog Day Sunday, where dogs are treated to a free raffle ticket for the chance to win a bottle of Baily wine. Dog owners can purchase a Dog Day T-shirt and wear it on their next visit for a free doggie entree. The winery also offers doggie treats and dog-related gift items to round out the experience. Don't forget to post that photo of Fido at Carol's on Bailey's Facebook page. For more information, visit

Go "Behind the Vines" and tour the Peltzer Family Cellars.

Virtually every winery in Temecula Valley Wine Country features a wine tour, but at Peltzer guests can go "Behind the Vines" for an enlightening tour highlighting the agricultural aspect of winemaking with their walking tour that takes visitors from vine to glass with an educational stroll through the vineyards and a behind the scenes tour of their production facility. Learn about Peltzer's wine philosophy and experience their food friendly wines paired with an assortment of local fresh bread and cheeses. While there, visitors are bound to fall in love with The Crush House, a tasting room unlike any other in Temecula's Wine Country. The chic barn setting combines rustic, industrial and modern elements and was designed by Carrie Peltzer. The winery can be found in Temecula Valley Wine Country at 40275 Calle Contento. Information is available at

Get crafty at Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery.


Avensole Winery is the place to be for their daily "Gourmet Cheese Artisanal Tour & Wine Tasting" complete with local gourmet Mangia Cheese.

Every Saturday and Sunday at Maurice Car'rie Vineyard & Winery is a craft lovers dream with their weekly craft fair held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the front picnic grounds of the winery at 34225 Rancho California Road are a variety of craft vendors showing their handmade wares such as jewelry, painting and ceramics, along with fun items such as fashionable and fun handbags and even designer-style sunglasses. After spending the day at the craft fair, why not head inside to Maurice Car'rie's extensive gift shop and tasting room and enjoy a glass of wine along with their world-famous Brie bread. Information can be found at

For more great wine country events, visit and click on Entertainment, then Wine Country.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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