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51 Ideas for Savoring Summer Nights 2014 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:00 PM

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, May 8, 2014: "Summer nights offer excellent concerts, special events, live music, entertainment, and dining in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, Downtown Old Town Temecula, and at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Beginning Friday, May 23, for Memorial Day Weekend, Summer Nights are celebrated through Monday, September 1 of Labor Day Weekend. We are happy to share 51 ideas for savoring Summer Nights 2014," announced Kimberly Adams, Visit Temecula Valley president and CEO. "More days equal more fun and Temecula Valley hotels, motels, and resorts' Sunday-through-Thursday, better-than-weekend, nightly room rates are very appealing. Midweek is ideal for enjoying outdoor adventures, seasonal restaurant menus and artisan foods, and wineries' and wine tasting rooms' new releases. Sunny, warm afternoons are cooled by gentle Pacific breezes." Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque getaway and vacation destination is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.

1-Thornton Winery: Champagne Jazz Concert Series, Café Champagne, and Live Music on The Patio
Concerts are presented on the Mediterranean fountain terrace overlooking Temecula Valley Wine Country; prime tickets are with gourmet supper. Chris Isaak pays tribute to mid-1950s hepcat brilliance, May 24. Ten-time Grammy-winner George Benson is June 14. Eclectic guitarist Lee Ritenour is June 21. Acclaimed and respected singer, songwriter, and guitarist Boz Scaggs is July 3. Phenomenally successful, instrumentalist Kenny G is July 5. With his signature way with melody and balladry, trumpeter Chris Botti is July 13. Singer Bobby Caldwell is August 2. Seven-time Grammy winner, vocalist Al Jarreau is August 24. Please see website for additional acclaimed musical artists, concert dates, and details.

The creative, seasonally inspired, 5-star Café Champagne at Thornton Winery serves dinner nightly; the classic yet imaginative menu includes Thornton wine pairing suggestions. Friday evenings, the hilltop chateau that is the gateway to Temecula Valley's graceful vineyards features live music, sparkling and still wines on The Patio.

2- Lorimar Vineyards & Winery: Wine and Live Music, and Movies in the Vines
At this Tuscan-style estate amidst adjoining acres of vineyards and citrus groves, handcrafted wines and live music are offered on the sunset patio, Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring your own beach chair or blanket for select Monday nights' Movies in the Vines. Concessions open at 6 pm; films begin at sunset. "Stripes" is May 26; "Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back," June 30; "Pretty Woman," July 28; "Ratatouille," August 25.

3-Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Concerts
With dramatic evening hot air balloon glows, festival nights also feature top name entertainment in live concerts. May 30 is Wine COUNTRY Friday with American country music's Justin Moore, special guest Frankie Ballard, plus country rock's Tim Charron. May 31 Wine Country ROCKS with Grammy-nominated quintet, 3 Doors Down; alternative rock's Gin Blossoms; Nelson; plus Access Royale.

4-Briar Rose Winery: Sip Into the Sunset
Linger later June 6 and August 1 for seated wine tasting of handcrafted, artisan wines with wine education by a winery staff sommelier; wine tasting is by advance reservation, last reservation is 9 pm. Casual fare will be available for purchase.

5-Callaway Vineyard & Winery: Meritage restaurant and Live Music
Prime Rib Friday evenings offer panoramic views of the rolling hills and vineyards. Live Music Friday evenings accompanies wine, tapas, entrees, and house-made dessert. Sangria Sundays, with fresh watermelon sangria made with premium Callaway wine and a unique tapas menu showcase local musicians. Dinner is served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings; the fresh, seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu includes wine-pairing suggestions by the glass and by the taste.

6-Churon Winery: Wine-paired Dinners
By advance reservation, five-course wine-paired dining is offered Friday and Saturday evenings.

7-Europa Village Winery: Wine and Live Music
In a fun and friendly, old world inspired setting, a variety of bands and live music are featured Friday evenings.

8-Leoness Cellars: The Restaurant at Leoness and Live Music
Live music showcases instrumentalists and vocalists on Friday evenings. With vineyard and mountain views along the De Portola Wine Trail, dinner is served Friday and Saturday evenings. The inspired menu includes house-favorite appetizers, real fries straight-up or with embellishments, inventive salads, paninis, flat-bread pizzas, pastas, and daily specials.

9-Miramonte Winery: Wine and Live Music
At this artisan establishment specializing in adventurous, Rhone-based varietal wines, live music is featured Fridays and Saturdays. Chef-prepared charcuterie, Mediterranean appetizers, and cheese boards are available throughout the evening. Music ranges from modern, wildly soulful, and all-American rock to Latin, blues, soul, and rhythm and blues.

10-Monte de Oro Vineyards & Winery: Summer Concert Series
Live and in-concert is especially memorable on the majestic outdoor patio at Monte de Oro. Summer concert dates and details are yet to be announced. Inquire also about VIP tickets with dinner included.

11-Mount Palomar Winery: Concerts
This Early California style winery is one of Temecula Valley's original vineyard estates. Call to inquire about Friday-Saturday-Sunday evening dinner service. This historic winery's spectacular views provide a perfect backdrop for summer concerts June 13 and August 22; please check website for details.

12-Oak Mountain Winery: Wine and Live Music
Celebrations of summer with wine and live music are the evenings of July 19 and August 23 at this winery along the De Portola Wine Trail.

13-Ponte Family Estate Winery: The Restaurants and Live Music
Live music is featured at The Restaurant at Ponte, Friday and Saturday evenings; and at The Cellar Lounge, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Guests dine amongst the vines at the estate's two restaurants. The Wine Country cuisine is seasonal, sustainable, and locally sourced; the handmade pizzas are fired in a wood-burning oven over reclaimed estate grapevines. The Restaurant at Ponte serves dinner Friday and Saturday nights; Bouquet Restaurant, every night of the week.

14-South Coast Winery: Special Events, Concerts, Live Music, and the Vineyard Rose restaurant
South Coast Winery's courtyard concert venue combines contemporary wine country sophistication with old world charm. Summer concert dates and details are yet to be announced. Inquire also about concert and dinner packages. Meanwhile, June 6 is an exclusive and unique, five-course, wine-and-food-pairing event with Carter Estate Reserve wines; and August 2 is a seven-course, wine-paired Winemakers Dinner that promises to be exceptionally memorable.

Wine Down Wednesday evenings at South Coast Winery feature an acclaimed pianist at the elegant grand piano during dinner hours. The Vineyard Rose dinner menu of California-contemporary wine country cuisine prepared using natural California beef, fresh seafood, locally and regionally sourced products is served nightly and features winemaker-recommended wine pairings. A Private Chef's Table is available by advance reservation; five courses are paired with award-winning South Coast wines.

15-Wiens Family Cellars: Dinner Events and Summer Concerts
Exclusive dinners (June 13 and 15) will feature Wiens library, Syrahs paired with four bacon-inspired courses. Lisa Marie Presley, her country-soul, blues, and roots songwriting, and alto voice take to the Wiens outdoor winery stage July 25. Additional concerts are August and September; please check website for dates and details.

16-Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards: Concerts and Special Events
Crawfish Boil & Blues is June 13; the traditional Louisiana-style boil "blues" it up with a live band. The Wilson Creek Summer Luau is July 11; the tropical celebration includes lei greeters, authentic music, Hawaiian buffet, hula dancers, knife throwers, and fire dancers. Wilson Creek summer concerts on the outdoor concert stage with views of the vineyards include charismatic country singer and songwriter Phil Vassar, July 27; and acclaimed-as-the-best Jimmy Buffet tribute band, The Parrotheads, August 22.

17-Musicals at Old Town Temecula Community Theater
"Shrek," the mythical once-upon-a-time tale, comes to life on the theater stage, May 23 and 24. The lovable green ogre and all sorts of fairytale creatures are cast members along with the scheming Lord Farquaad and the mysterious Princess Fiona. Then, "Hello Dolly" brings a turn-of-the-twentieth-century whirlwind of memorable songs and the adventures of the notorious matchmaker, May 29, 30, 31; June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14.

18-Live! at The MERC
Once part of the historic 1891 Mercantile Building, The MERC is a club-style performance space with tall nineteenth-century brick walls that make for excellent acoustics. The last Sunday night of each month, Cabaret at The MERC features the most memorable songs and catchy tunes are performed live; themed evenings include the best of Broadway, classic films, beloved songwriters, specific eras and genres. Every Thursday evening, notable jazz artists perform live for Jazz at The MERC. Comedy at The MERC, the last Saturday night of each month, is enjoyably ridiculous with audience participatory improvised comedy. Laughter is inspired as the audience helps write, direct, and even star on stage with talented comedic actors. Country at The MERC, first and third Saturday nights, feature popular local talent and budding artists backed by the house country-rock band. For Speakeasy at The MERC, live traditional jazz of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s takes the audience back in time, June 8th; additional dates are yet to be announced, please check website.

19-Hot Summer Nights in Old Town Temecula
Friday evenings (July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29), bands play on patios, in parking lots, and on special stages throughout the Old Town historic, entertainment-dining-shopping district. Each week is a new sound with blues, tribute bands, reggae, Cajun/Zydeco, ska, beach, big band, alternative rock, and country.

20-Front Street Bar & Grill at Baily's: Dining and Live Music
Dinner is served nightly at this popular, California casual eatery. The menu showcases gourmet burgers, Cajun, barbecue, and a fun variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Sitting along Old Town's main promenade near the southern gateway arch, the popular outdoor-courtyard stage hosts live music Friday and Saturday nights, and beginning June 1, Sunday evenings, too.

21-The Gambling Cowboy: Dining and Live Music
With a classic steak-and-seafood menu, dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday; selections feature the highest quality, aged, corn-fed beef, and fresh seafood. The late-nineteenth century ambiance of this distinctive restaurant features live music Friday and Saturday nights.

22-PUBlic House: Gastro Pub and Live Music
Live music is featured at Old Town Temecula's popular gastro pub Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday evenings. The front patio and dining room are open for dinner nightly. The seasonal menu features trendy and inspired fare like oven-roasted bone marrow with crostini and caramelized onion, a sweet Asian salad, filet mignon finished with a blue cheese pecan crust, brandy and cream fresh fish, and desserts like decadent chocolate s'mores.

23-Curry Vineyards Tasting Room: Wine and Live Music
Live music is featured Friday and Saturday nights at the casual, friendly tasting room of this Temecula Valley small-lot estate producer.

24-Fazeli Cellars: Wine and Live Music
Wine specials and live music are graciously offered Friday and Saturday nights in a friendly atmosphere. The award-winning Temecula Valley wines celebrate a rich cultural heritage of ancient traditions.

25-Lorimar Loft Old Town: Wine and Live Music
This is the modern yet rustic tasting room of Temecula Valley's popular Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. Known for a fusion of wine and art, Friday and Saturday nights feature live music.

26-eleven after dark: the nightclub at Baily's
On Friday nights, DJs mix music from old to new with a touch of classics. On Saturday nights, DJs spin the best of mash-up, classic rock, old school and top 40.

27-Temecula Stampede
Old Town's country western music and dance venue also features a blend of rock and roll. Music, dancing, and bull riding are featured Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

28-Baily's fine dining
Dinner is served nightly with a broad and diverse, thoughtfully prepared seasonal menu. The California-Continental cuisine includes fare such as crab cakes, butternut squash soup, blackened tiger shrimp pasta, rack of lamb, and desserts like fresh fruit Napoleon.

29-The Bank Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican fare and family dining are featured in the historic 1914 building that was once the First National Bank of Temecula. The menu features favorites from chicken tortilla soup and quesadillas to carnitas, chile rellenos, enchiladas, burritos, and fish tacos. Call ahead and inquire about dining in The Vault.

30-E.A.T. Marketplace
Reopening with expanded offerings in a new Old Town location in late spring, E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) is an ideal, early-dinner summer eatery. quot;locally grown" bistro and culinary marketplace feature an ever-changing, fresh, seasonal menu. Creative meals, baked goods, and snacks are created from regionally sourced, sustainably minded ingredients.

31-Mad Madeline's Grill
With porch seating affording a view of the hustle and bustle along Old Town Front Street, this popular eatery is open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday evenings. The hamburgers and cheeseburgers are consistently voted the best; meat is ground fresh daily and grilled, never fried. The award-winning menu also includes specialties like fresh-cut fries and real old-fashioned malts.

32-Nitza's Pizza
Open for dinner nightly, this casual one-block-from-Old-Town-Front-Street eatery, features fresh pizza-by-the-slice, hot wings, and cowboy-themed pizzas and spaghetti.

33-Palumbo's Ristorante
Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday evenings at this Old Town Temecula Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The cuisine is meticulously prepared using the freshest ingredients, authentic family recipes and techniques, and modern twists.

34-Parea Old Town Temecula
Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday evenings at the Old Town district's Greek-Mediterranean tapas wine bar. Anchoring the eastern corner of the Fifth Street Culinary Corridor, the cuisine is imaginatively prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

35-Rosa's Cantina
With southwestern flair and indoor and outdoor seating, this casual café features flame-grilled carne asada and a fun salsa bar. The savory specialties include the rosa-rito burrito, chimi-guel chimichanga, carne asada nachos, and the quesadilla especial. Dinner is served nightly including a family special that feeds three-to-five adults.

36-Texas Lil's Mesquite Grill
Open nightly for dinner, this is one of Temecula Valley's original ranch-style steakhouses. Top sirloin, rib eye, filet mignon, and tri-tip are on the menu as well as chili cheese fries and buffalo burgers.

37-Third Street Smokehouse
Serving dinner nightly, this casual barbecue eatery features ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, and tri-tip. The establishment is nestled on the hill just off Main Street and Mercedes near Temecula Civic Center and the free Old Town Temecula parking garage.

38-Robin's Nest
Open Wednesday through Saturday evenings, Old Town Temecula's gracious dessert destination specializes in baking memorable southern-style desserts with innovative twists.

39-Summer Concerts in the Pechanga Theater
The popular 1200-seat Pechanga showroom features top-name musical artists in concert throughout the summer. Rock duo Air Supply is June 7. Grammy-nominated American rock band The Fray is June 13. County music's renowned Wynonna is July 12. American rock band Boston is July 27. For additional concerts, musical artists, dates, and details, please see the website.

40-Cabaret Lounge at Pechanga
Live music includes classic rock, Thursday nights; top 40, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ spins the rhythms Wednesday and Sunday nights.

41-Eagle's Nest at Pechanga
The rooftop nightclub offers sweeping panoramic views and the twinkling lights of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Talented DJs orchestrate the music Friday and Saturday nights.

42-Pechanga Comedy Club
Top-name touring, funny men and women appear against a classic wall of bricks, under the stage lights at the popular 300-seat club. Please check website for dates and details.

43-Casino Gaming at Pechanga
California's most expansive casino experience spans luxurious, high stakes wagering in the opulent High Limit Gaming Area and the enthusiasm of the state-of-the-art Poker Room with nightly tournaments and tableside dining, to the casino floor area with 130+ table games and 3,400 Vegas-style slot machines, and the ultra-modern Pechanga Bingo venue.

44-Great Oak Steakhouse at Pechanga
Fine dining is nightly at this AAA Four Diamond-awarded restaurant featuring succulent steaks and seafood.

45-Paisano's Italian restaurant at Pechanga
Fine dining Thursday through Monday is with a menu offering the contemporary and rustic flavors of Italy.

46-Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar at Pechanga
Fine dining is nightly at one of Pechanga's newest offerings. The menu features sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, cut rolls, raw bar, and small plates (appetizers) and big plates (entrées) that are inventive with a Japanese-South American fusion influence.

47-Bamboo restaurant at Pechanga
Dinner is served nightly including Vietnamese and Korean specialties.

48-Blazing Noodles at Pechanga
Serving dinner nightly, the modern Asian menu features a distinctive balance of new and old world traditions.

49-Kelsey's tavern at Pechanga
Dinner is served nightly in a fun atmosphere. The extensive menu includes appetizers for sharing, hearty entrees, and indulgent desserts.

50-The Pechanga Buffet
Offered nightly, the abundant menu is internationally inspired with multiple action stations, made-to-order pasta and Asian stations, plus a tempting dessert bar.

51-Caffé Cocoa at Pechanga
Served 24 hours are java drinks including mochas, lattes, and espresso; ice-cold, creamy blended coffee; and a delicious variety of decadent chocolate desserts created by Pechanga's acclaimed pastry chefs.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.

With natural gifts of climate and geography, bolstered by Pu'eska Mountain, the Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap, Temecula Valley is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and gracious and friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular boutique destination also includes Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail, and is home to three-time award-winning California State Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery.

The Visit Temecula Valley (VTV), the region's official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors is online including a complete daily Event Calendar at; "Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country" on Facebook; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. Visit Temecula Valley also welcomes filmmakers, directors, writers, production companies, ad agencies, and location scouts online at Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Downtown Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes) adjacent the free Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. For visitor information and assistance, call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.