Thursday, October 29, 2015

Temecula Wine Country's Harvest Celebration Offers a Unique Pairing and Tour Experience

Experience wine tasting at its culinary finest during Temecula Wine Country's Harvest Celebration Sunday, November 8, 2015.  
This is a full day of sampling carefully chosen wines paired with chef’s creations and delectable nosh from 10 wineries.
A  one-of-a-kind experience, guests are treated to wines that are not always sampled in the tasting rooms.  Some wineries will be offering barrel or cask tastings, while others are pulling out their Private Reserves. 

Tasty menu items include Mediterranean-style short ribs at Falkner Winery;  House-made Chorizo & Date Empanada, White Truffled Parsnip Puree, Chile-Spiced Slaw, Gingersnap Cookie & Blue Cheese at Europa Village; Sliced Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin topped with Pork Stock Reduction  over Herbed Harvest Stuffing at Danza del Sol; and Boeuf Bourguignon with Fresh Mushrooms and Pearl Onions, plus Pumpkin Spice Cake with Warm Caramel Sauce at Baily Vineyard and Winery's "invitation only" production facility.

This is the 25th annual Harvest Celebration in Temecula Wine Country. While much of the event will be familiar, organizers have changed the format this year and made adjustments to appeal to wine aficionados.

Previously organized by the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, ​a more intimate version of the event will be hosted ​this year ​by Grapeline Wine Tours, a Temecula-based company that offers wine tasting tours in Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Temecula.

"The event was difficult for the Winegrowers Association to sustain," explained Kim Kelliher, Grapeline's president.  "Winery participation was mandatory, and as wine country grew more popular, many wineries could no longer adequately handle the all-weekend event.  We realized we could make ​some desired changes and keep the tradition alive."
The traditional event format  - showcasing samples of premium wines and chef-inspired food pairings - remains the same.  The new features include hosted transportation for every guest, a shift from a two-day weekend format to only one day on the less-busy Sunday, and optional participation by ​​Temecula wineries.
Harvest-goers ​aboard Grapeline mini-coaches ​will stop at eight of the ten participating wineries.  The wineries include​:​ Baily, Callaway, Carter Estate, Cougar, Danza del Sol, Doffo, Europa Village, Falkner, Lorimar, and Oak Mountain.

Several stops will be unique and first-time ever experiences. Several wineries will offer live entertainment.

Oak Mountain Winery will present their Harvest offering inside their newly excavated 11,000 square foot wine cave.  The cave reaches a depth of more than 100 feet below the surface. Guests will sample Oak Mountain's 2012 Fume Blanc, 2012 Syrah, and Caveman Red.

Carter Estate Winery  will participate in its first-ever Harvest Celebration.  The newly-opened winery is the second for Jim Carter, proprietor of three-time California Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery.  Carter Estate will offer tastings of Carter Estate Winery Blanc de Blanc, Carter Estate Winery Penrose, and Carter Estate Chardonnay.

As an added bonus to encourage wine purchases, Grapeline is offering its Harvest guests a $50 gift certificate toward future tours for anyone who purchases at least four bottles of wine or joins a wine club on the day of the event​.​

Grapeline was founded in 2002 by Kim and John Kelliher.  The company provides wine tasting tours and transportation services to more than 25,000 guests annually in four California wine regions.  Earlier this year, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce named Grapeline a Business of the Year for the second time.  The company maintains a five-star average on all major review sites, with more five-star reviews than any other Temecula activity provider. For more information call (951) 693-5755 or visit

Contact: John Kelliher, Co-owner.  951 693-5755. 
Grapeline Website:                              
Winery Websites:
Baily Vineyard & Winery:                       
Callaway Winery:                                 
Carter Estate Winery & Resort:         
Cougar Vineyard & Winery:                
Danza del Sol Winery:                          
Doffo  Winery:                                      
Europa Village:                                      
Falkner Winery:                                     
Lorimar Winery:                     
Oak Mountain Winery: