Stay and Experience’s “What’s New for 2013” at 16 Destinations in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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In 2013, 16 gracious, friendly Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country destinations welcome individuals, couples, family-and-friends; tour-travel-corporate-and-association groups with good-and-great things, new and of-note.

“In 2013, 16 gracious, friendly Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country destinations welcome individuals, couples, family-and-friends; tour-travel-corporate-and-association groups with good-and-great things, new and of-note. Newly expanded facilities and new ‘made-in-Temecula’ products (wines; olive-oils); to new seasonal-menus, concerts, classes, cooking-demonstrations; and upgraded spa-services,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Quality-of-experience and value will likewise be found midweek, Sunday-through-Thursday, with better-than-weekend nightly room-and-group-rates at Temecula hotels-motels-and-resorts. Less-busy weekdays mean more personalized attention, and potential conversations with winemakers/winemaking family-members, and local merchants/artisans.” With naturally appealing climate and geography, bolstered by Pu’eska Mountain, the Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap, the casual-picturesque boutique-destination is 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles. Temecula hotels-motels-and-resorts are located minutes from Downtown Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country (TVSCWC)
Considered the only major American Viticulture Area (AVA) in Southern California, Temecula Valley Wine Country – with sister-attractions, Old Town Temecula and Pechanga Resort & Casino – recently received Trip Advisors’ Travelers’ Choice “Best U.S. Wine Destination: Top-10” award.

1-Lorimar Winery
Tuscan-inspired Lorimar’s Sunset Patio has new lighting, sails, fireplaces, outdoor-heaters. Friday-and-Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons feature live-music, hand-tossed/cooked-to-order pizzas.

2-Thornton Winery
Thornton chateau’s tasting-room is newly expanded. Much admired for its award-winning Methóde-Champenoise sparkling wines, Thornton now features Chocolate Wines (Kiss-of-Chocolate, Milk-Chocolate, Caramel-and-Cherry, Kiss-of-Strawberry. For jazz-concert fans, March 1 heralds the “2013 Champagne Jazz series (May through October) line-up” announcement.

3-Leoness Cellars
Fine, handcrafted wine-producer, Leoness Cellars’ new, comprehensive website is online mid-January with new blog, restaurant-details, library-wine information, more-personalized wine-club member-services.

4-South Coast Winery
South Coast Winery opens new wine-country-luxury additions by spring including additional tasting-room, breakout meeting-rooms.

5-Cougar Winery
With all-Italian-varietal vineyards, new Cougar tasting-room opens early-2013 with indoor fireplace, lounge-area, patio, outdoor seating; deli opens in spring.

6-Wilson Creek Winery
Wilson Creek will expand its popular tasting-room in 2013; a new sparkling wine will join Almond, Orange-Mimosa, Peach-Bellini, Cuvee-Rouge.

7-Oak Mountain Winery
Oak Mountain will feature the first, “mined,” subterranean, wine-caves in TVSCWC in 2013 with private tasting-room, banquet-room, tunnels lined-with-barrels.

8-Robert Renzoni Vineyards
Along De Portola Wine Trail and planted to classic-Bordeaux and Italian-grape-varietals, Robert Renzoni will build a new, main tasting-room in 2013.

9-Lumiere Winery
An arbor newly adjoins Lumiere’s tasting-room, home of old-vine, estate-grown wines; hilltop patio with panoramic view is in-progress; grille and theater planned.

Beside the Rainbow Gap
The Rainbow Gap at the valley’s southwest corner, channels morning coastal-mist and afternoon ocean breezes into Temecula Valley, distinguishing TVSCWC’s Mediterranean climate. Adjacent the Rainbow Gap on 350 acres of natural beauty is Temecula’s original, prestigious golf resort, Temecula Creek Inn.

10-Temet Grill at Temecula Creek Inn
Using fresh-local ingredients, new Executive-Chef David Fuñe has created new Temet Grill menus designed for sharing; brought new life to group-menu-offerings. New menus are inspiration for 2013 restaurant-renovation.

At Pechanga Resort & Casino
With architecture reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, Pechanga Resort’s hotel tower is the centerpiece of 400+ acres of relaxed harmony. Companion to the hotel are the largest western U.S. casino; Spa Pechanga; 9 restaurants; highly-rated Journey at Pechanga golf-course.

11-Spa Pechanga
New Spa Pechanga upgrades/high-end offerings make for intimate indulgence with paraffin treatments; firming sea-clay body-wraps; bamboo-massage; couples’ serenity-soaks/massage; hot-stone pedicures.

Downtown Old Town Temecula
TVSCWC’s dining-shopping-entertainment district is 12-block, pedestrian-friendly Old Town Temecula.

12-Temecula Olive Oil Company
Acclaimed for sustainably-grown, 100%-California, 100% extra-virgin, fresh-pure-and-flavorful olive oils, Temecula Olive Oil Company features new, handcrafted, glass pendants and earrings made from recycled-olive-oil-bottles. Now available as breakfast-events for groups are “Cooking with Flavor” and “Lunch-in-the-Loft Cooking Demos” by Catherine Pepe; new are raw-vegan “Un-Cooking Classes.”

13-Old Town Spice Merchants
Monthly “beyond-the-basics” classes are planned at Old Town Spice Merchants where re-purposed, 100-year-old barn beams support shelves of fine herbs/spices, sea-salts, loose-leaf teas. Hot-or-iced “tea-to-go” is also, newly planned.

14-The Bank Mexican Restaurant
Located in historic First National Bank of Temecula, The Bank debuts new menus February 23. Throughout the year, diners call-ahead to dine in The Vault.

15-Temecula Lavender Company
With weekend-dates-to-be-determined, visitors will stroll to admire Temecula Lavender Company’s lavender field-in-bloom, sample lavender-cookies, lavender-lemonade, purchase fresh-lavender bouquets.

Uptown Temecula
North of Downtown Old Town adjacent Jefferson Avenue is Uptown Temecula – home to “Temecula Hotel Row” with popular, branded-hotel-properties including Quality Inn, La Quinta, Fairfield, Extended Stay, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Springhill, Hampton.

16-Holiday Inn Express
New at Holiday Inn Express are the lobby, breakfast-area, fitness-room, meeting-room.

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

The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is online at; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center in Downtown Old Town Temecula (Third Street/Mercedes, adjacent Temecula Civic Center) is open 7 days. For visitor information, please call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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