Wine lovers will get a chance to further develop their CRUSH on Temecula Wine Country in September.
Monte do Oro Winery will host the 2nd annual Wine & Culinary Showcase on Sept. 10. Guests will get one night to visit with 34 different wineries and more than a dozen wine country restaurants from Temecula Valley.
“It’s the only time people have an opportunity to come and visit and taste wine of all the members in the same place,” said Peggy Evans, Executive Director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association.
Tickets cost $65 and include a live performance from the Dave Maldonado Band and a sparkling wine reception. Several area hotels are offering packages with the CRUSH event and there are only 500 tickets available to the public. There is about 150 tickets left for the event.
The event is the main attraction of a month-long wine celebration in Temecula’s Wine Country. The celebration is tied to California’s Wine Month.
The wineries had put on similar events years ago but the event died off. When former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared September Wine Month, the association started coming up with ideas to implement the state celebration with the wineries harvest time.
Last year, the CRUSH event was reborn.
“Last we were in kind of one of those first year modes,” Evans said. “Hoping people would come. Last year we did fabulously well and are so excited for this year.”
The association has added a bit of technological flair to the event as well. Those who come to the tasting can download a smartphone app called 2nd glass. The app has preloaded all 68 wines so guests can quickly mark what wine they enjoyed to remember when the night ends. Each winery is only allowed to bring two different wines to pour.
“It’s really fun and gives guests something to do rather than carrying around a notebook to take notes,” Evans added.
Tickets can still be purchased at www.temeculawines.org.