Temecula Valley Gears Up for Wine Month
(Temecula, California) – Governor Jerry Brown’s endorsement of the 9th Annual California Wine Month sparks a month-long vinous celebration across the Golden State, and Temecula Valley’s 35 wineries invite fans to explore the Southland’s premier wine country in style. Those with a taste for adventure can take advantage of the Sip Passport, which visitors can exchange for a full tasting flight at any four wineries for just $35; or, to experience the best of Temecula’s wine, food and entertainment in one spectacular evening, guests can participate in CRUSH, the Valley’s annual gastronomic gala, to be held for a second year on Callaway Winery’s hilltop patio.
September Sip Passport
• When: Valid September 1-30; visits may be concurrent or spaced throughout the month.
• What: Voucher for a full tasting flight at any four participating Temecula Valley wineries; includes souvenir wine glass. See TemeculaWines.org for details.
• Tickets: $35 per person for Sip Passport; Sip & Stay packages offer discounts on overnight accommodations at participating wine country hotels. See TemeculaWines.org for details and to purchase.
4th Annual CRUSH Gala
• When: Saturday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m.
• Where: Callaway Winery: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
• What: Gala event bringing together 35 Temecula Valley wineries; fine cuisine from more than a dozen local chefs, farms and restaurants; and live entertainment to set the mood.
• Tickets: All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; early bird tickets are $65 now through August 16; VIP Tickets are $100 and include admittance to the pre-event Winemakers Roundtable seated panel discussion and exclusive winemaker tasting.
“September is the most beautiful time of year to visit wine country,” says Nick Palumbo, owner/winemaker of Palumbo Family Vineyards and president of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. “The beginning of our harvest season is evident everywhere and the excitement level is high. Visitors have a good chance of seeing grapes being processed into wine or gondolas towed by tractors along the wine country roads.”