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 Savor the best of Italy without ever leaving Southern California with Temecula Creek Inn’s “Best of Italy” artisan wine dinner featuring the wines of Robert Renzoni Vineyards, Friday, (June 25,2011).  Then in August, discover the essence of Southern California’s premier boutique winery, with a “All Things Local” farm-to-table concept at Palumbo Family Vineyards (August 20,2011) followed by “A Tale of Two Valleys” a Rhone vs Temecula wine dinner featuring Leonesse Cellars (October 15,2011).  All three dinners are part of Temecula Creek Inn’s “Salute to Southern California Wine,” a series of artisan wine events launched in March and continuing throughout the year.

Wine isn’t the only highlight at these dinners –Temecula Creek Inn’s executive chef Salvatore Giuliano pairs each wine with dishes that are both seasonal and inventive, bold and familiar.  Each wine dinner allows novice and wine connoisseurs to discover new flavors, partake in discussion and debate, meet the region’s top winemakers, and dine on the area’s finest cuisine.

This month, the resort will team up with Italian winemaker Robert Renzoni who will guide guests through the regional wines of Italy and serve the winery’s premium varietals with a delectable four-course meal with a creative spin on classic Italian favorites. 

Menu highlights include Antipasti of The region, Cured Italian Imported Meats, Picked Eggplant, Pressed Olives, Fire-Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Aged Balsamic and Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil; a second course of Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Farro from Rustichella d’Abruzzo;  a main course of Tenderloin of Beef Braciole Stuffed with Prosucitto, Fontina Cheese, Fresh Herbs with Oven Roasted Tomato, Rapini and Radicchio in a Genovese Sauce; and for dessert a delicious Lemoncella Panna Cotta with Berry Jus, and Oven Dried Cracked Spiced Zest.

In August, wine and food enthusiasts will be taken on a savory sojourn with a six-course dinner expertly matched to wines from Palumbo Family Vineyards.  Many of the courses Giuliano will prepare will reflect the usage of

local produce and products from the region in keeping with the family owned/operated theme.

The October,2011 wine lovers evening will pair Southern California wine against those of the Rhone Valley in France.  Winemaker Tim Kramer and owner Mike Rennie of Leonesse Cellars will present a blind tasting of the wines, each paired with complementary dishes from Chef Giuliano.

Priced at $85 per person for June, $95 per person for August and $85 per person for the October dinner, the four-six course dinners exclude tax and gratuity, but each includes a complimentary wine and cheese reception, where guests can preview wines which will be served during the evening. 

The setting will be intimate, beginning with a wine reception on The Plaza at 6:30 p.m. for the June and October dinners and at 7:00 p.m. for the August dinner.  Each will feature artisan-inspired appetizers by Giuliano, wine tasting, and a four-course decadent four-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. (June 25 on the Plaza), 8:00 p.m. (August 20 at the Stone House) and 7:30 p.m. (October 15 in Temet Grill).  Reservations are required.

Those who want to make it an overnight event can reserve, a “A Salute To Wine” Country” package, available for one night only at the resort on Friday,

June 25, August 20 and October 15.  Priced from $319 per couple and based on double occupancy, the package includes one night of deluxe guestroom accommodations, wine dinner for two, and two sets of touring/tasting tickets. The package is not applicable to groups.

To make a reservation for each dinner, call 951-587-1465.  To book the special wine dinner package, call 877-517-1823, e-mail, or visit the web at

Getting There
Secluded amidst the abundant natural beauty of Southern California’s wine country, the 130-room Temecula Creek Inn is located 50 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles.  Visitors can arrive via Highway 15.


About Robert Robert Renzoni Vineyards
Robert Renzoni Vineyards is a remarkable estate, nestled in the heart of the Temecula Valley. With 12 acres, it was one of the last great undeveloped properties in Temecula and has all the characteristics of a great wine estate: rolling hills, different microclimates, three distinct soil types and multiple elevations. The property provides an ideal growing climate as well as scenic vistas from which to enjoy the beautiful landscape that is Temecula. The property was purchased in 2006. Although vineyards existed on a portion of the estate, the majority of the property was virgin soil. This soil was ideal for the planting of several varietals, including Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. It was the diversity of the land that convinced Robert and his family of the potential for the property to become a truly great wine estate. Surrounded by soaring mountains, the picturesque estate includes beautiful olive trees that add to the lush landscape. The vineyards are set among rolling hills and along a creek that flows through the lower vineyard and a smaller creek that meanders through the picnic grounds at the rear of the property.
37350 De Portola Road, Temecula, California, 951-302-8466,

About Palumbo Family Vineyards
Located in the heart of Temecula Valley wine country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to small lot, handcrafted wines from varieties that are grown on the property.  Nicholas Palumbo, a passionate viticulturist and budding enologist, believes in producing only what he grows himself.  The unique terroir of his 12-acre vineyard provides perfect conditions for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese varietals.  The wines obtain their depth and character from their small-scale production.  Every step of the growing process is closely monitored.  Palumbo himself keeps a watchful eye on what goes into every bottle of wine, crushes the wine himself and pours his soul into every sip.

About Leonesse Cellars
Nestled in Southern California's wine country, Leonesse Cellars was founded in 2003 by
Mike Rennie and Gary Winder, who together have more than 50 years of agriculture and grape-growing experience in the Temecula Valley.

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Their combined experience has lead to a true understanding of growing wine grapes of the highest quality, grapes which are concentrated, balanced, and ripe, ultimately producing wines of incredible depth and flavor. Among the wines produced at Leonesse Cellars are Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, White Merlot, Muscat Canelli, and Cinsault Port, as well as small lots of other specially selected varietals. 38311 De Portola Road, Temecula, California. 951-302-7601,