Temecula Valley Wine Country Association Hosted 23rd annual Harvest Festival draws wine lovers deep into fall wine country
A Barrel Welcome by Tanya Rogers, on Flickr
Wine lovers descended on Temecula Valley Wine Country in early November, 2013.
Participating wineries offered food and wine pairings, showed off their “stuff” in festive fall scarecrows, and educated the crowds at this universal barrel tasting through Temecula wine country.
Over 30+ member wineries took part in the two-day even of wine and food sampling. The self guided tours included a gorgeous tasting glass, as well as a detailed map of the food and wine pairings throughout Temecula Valley wine country. Here’s a glimpse of the sights, scenery, and festive fall fun from Grapevine photographers Crispin Courtenay and Tanya Rogers.
Discover Harvest Festival at Callaway Vineyard and Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Meritage at Callaway hosted the Harvest barrel tasting and food pairing, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr
Denise Sutterfield poured from the barrel at Callaway, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr
Bel Vino Winery
Michael Chethem at the Harvest Festival in Temecula Valley, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr
Trading tickets for barrel tastes at harvest festival in Temecula Valley, by Crispin Courtenay
Wine paired with cupcakes at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula for Harvest Festival, by Crispin Courtenay
Wait staff at Bel Vino Temecula for Harvest Festival, by Crispin Courtenay
South Coast Winery and Resort
South Coast entertained as well as poured, featuring Erik Turner of Warrant’s Wines along with delicacies from their famous kitchen.
Erik Turner Wines at South coast winery (c) Crispin Courtenay
Erik Turner and friends at South Coast Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Erik Turner at South Coast Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Delectable pairings at South Coast Winery and Resort, by Crispin Courtenay
Sous Chef at South Coast Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Waiting for delicacies at South Coast Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Group Therapy at South Coast Winery and Resort, by Crispin Courtenay
Photos by Crispin Courtenay.
Sage fields in full bloom at Miramonte Winery in Temecula Valley Wine Country, by Crispin Courtenay
Miramonte Winery’s rockin’ traditional scarecrow at TVWA Harvest Festival, by Crispin Courtenay
Harvest greetings from Miramonte Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Miramonte harvest festival food and wine, by Crispin Courtenay
Sunflower at Miramonte, by Crispin Courtenay
Photos by Tanya Rogers.
Falkner Barrel Tasting by Tanya Rogers, on Flickr
Falkner hosted right out the barrel tasting for wine lovers, to taste pre-bottled wine and learn about the craft of wine-making, direct from the wine makers themselves.
Scarecrows at Falkner, by Tanya Rogers
Lumiere, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Scare Crow a la Maurice-Carrie, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Once again, Maurice Carrie’s barrel room stayed a brisk mid 50-degrees while tasters left Indian Summer at their backs, and sipped from barrels of the young wines.
Out of the barrel at Maurice Carrie, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Food and wine sampling at Maurice Carrie during Harvest Festival, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Palumbo Family Vineyards
Though the scarecrows drew crowds, Palumbo Family Vineyards may have had the most fun with their “Miley Cy-Crow”–it didn’t twerk, but that didn’t stop the wine tasters from having a bit of fun.
Palumbo Family Vineyards “Miley Cy-Crow” the barrel wine said it all, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Not twerking, but the Miley Cy-Crow was workin’ it with new friends, at Palumbo Family Vineyards, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Palumbo unwind and taste, by Tanya Rogers
Wiens Family Cellars
Celebrating with Dio De Los Muertos style, Wiens presented their skeletal scarecrow.
Wiens greeted by Skeletal Scarecrow, by Tanya Rogers
Ponte Inn, by Crispin Courtenay
Vines of Ponte, by Crispin Courtenay
Dressed Princess Style at Ponte Family Wineries, by Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Gorgeous food and wine pairings at Ponte Family Vineyards, Tanya Rogers, via Flickr
Lorimar Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
Wilson Creek Winery
Tasting at Wilson Creek Winery, by Crispin Courtenay
The sun set early on the final day of Harvest Festival, as wineries prepare for the winter. Stay tuned for the next events that Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association has in store.
Palumbo Sunset, by Tanya Rogers