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Mix it up this weekend in Temecula Wine Country


Last updated 3/7/2019 at 11:50pm

Lorimar Winery

Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine features Lorimar Winery's award-winning wines paired with cigars and a four-course meal.

Sure, tasting wine in Temecula Wine Country is activity enough for some people. But why not throw an added activity into the mix to keep the blood pumping and the wine flowing?

That's why Valley News has hand-picked fun things to do this weekend in wine country that all involve wine but also include activities or events that will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Smoke & Vine: An Evening of Cigars and Wine

Many people would agree, kicking back with a glass of fine wine and an expertly paired cigar after enjoying a four-course dinner on a Friday night sounds pretty darn good right about now, doesn't it?

Lorimar Winery's got your back. Cigar aficionados are not going to want to miss this special event featuring Casa Lovo cigars from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Tickets are $85 for general admission and $76.50 for wine club members, and they can be purchased at

Make sure to get tickets early as space is limited. This is a 21 and older event, and advanced reservations are required.

Lorimar Winery is at 39990 Anza Road in Temecula.

Comedy Night at Europa Village

Drink enough wine and almost anyone can be funny. At least they think they are.

Fortunately, comedians Mark Christopher Lawrence and Andrew Tarr actually are funny, and they will be performing a night of comedy Friday, March 8, at Europa Village.

Lawrence is well-known for his role as Big Mike on the NBC hit series "Chuck" and has appeared on many hit television shows including "Glee," "Heroes," "Seinfeld," "My Name is Earl" and "Martin." He regularly headlines comedy shows around the country.

And guess what? Europa Village will feed guests as well for the price of a ticket – $55 per person and Societe members get a discount when they log in to their accounts.

Dinner will feature beef bourguignon, bacon, mushroom, pearl onion and sweet peas, egg noodles, strawberry-rhubarb streusel cobbler and one glass of pre-selected wine.

Tickets are available at

Comedy Night runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 and Europa Village is at 33475 La Serena Way in Temecula.

Family Movie Night at Peltzer Winery

Mothers and fathers need a night out, but they don't want to leave their children at home. Peltzer Winery knows. That's why they will be hosting the first Family Movie Night of the year from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the winery located at 40275 Calle Contento in Temecula.

To kick things off, The Walt Disney Pictures film, "Moana," will be shown, and it's rated PG so the whole family can come. The movie begins at 7 p.m., and popcorn, wood-fired pizza, cupcakes and snacks will be available for purchase.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and free parking will be available.

Oh yeah, there will be wine, of course, for the adults.

For more information, visit

Late Fridays at Ponte Winery

Technically, this event started last week, but hey, it's good to know right?

The tasting room at Ponte Winery will be open until 6 p.m. each Friday in March with live music from 4 to 6 p.m. to set the mood.

Want to beat the crowds? Ponte Winery opens at 10 a.m.

Ponte Winery is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula.


Live Music returns to Mount Palomar Winery

Like a little live music with your vino? Stop into Mount Palomar Winery on Saturdays and Sundays for live music performed by talented local musicians on the winery's patio.

They will be playing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and of course, the wine will be flowing. If wine isn't your thing, you can even choose from a full menu of premium tequila, draft beer and craft cocktails.

The Annata Bistro/Bar will be open and serving food during the show with patio seating available.

Mount Palomar Winery is at 33820 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Visit

Gravel & Whine Some More! At Leoness Cellars

Hosted by Velofix of North San Diego County, this cycling adventure begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Leoness Cellars Winery and includes a post-ride party in the barrel room for a fee.

According to the event page, the Gravel & Whine Some More "promises even more fun, gravel, climbing, single-track flow descents, full out stoke."

Who doesn't love to stoke?

When you're done riding throughout wine country, the post-ride party will feature Leoness wines and appetizers. Tickets are $40 per person, and the event lasts until 2:30 p.m.

MotoDoffo photo

Doffo Winery is inviting motorcycle racing fans to a Moto Grand Prix watch party Sunday. The winery is home to the MotoBarrel Room, which displays rare and historical motorcycles owned by the Doffo family.

Get your tickets at

Leoness Cellars Winery is at 38311 De Portola Road in Temecula. Visit

Qatar Grand Prix Watch Party at Doffo Winery

There's no better place to watch a Moto Grand Prix race than at Doffo Winery's MotoBarrel Room. The winery invites everyone to this free event starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 10, and featuring a broadcast of the motorbike racing season opener from Qatar.

If you aren't familiar with the MotoDoffo Collection, it is a museum of vintage motorcycles honoring many rare and historical motorcycles owned by the Doffo family.

Coffee, pastries, food and wine will be available for purchase at the event.

Doffo Winery is at 36083 Summitville Street in Temecula. Visit

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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