April 23, 2019
When Kurt and John Tiedt were growing up in Placentia on Somerset Drive, the neighborhood friends they made were special - and the friends they made back then carried throughout their life. With many of those original neighborhood kids, the Tiedts recently opened the doors on Somerset Vineyard & Winery, resurrecting the old Keyways Winery in De Portola Road.
To schedule a tour or for more information, visit http://www.somersetvineyard.com or call (951) 365-5522.
April 23, 2019
Gillian Larson founded Reality Rally after she was kicked off CBS's "Survivor: Gabon" and didn't think she was done playing the game. Reality Rally, on May 2-4 in Temecula, is a "Fun for Funds" three-day fun event filled weekend with dozens of reality stars participating to raise funds for Michelle's Place Cancer Resource Center.
To form a team and get in on the action, or just attend one of their reality star-studded events, visit www.realityrally.com.
April 2, 2019
Animal Friends of the Valleys Executive Director Neil Trent has been making the rounds lately, visiting local city councils in hopes of persuading the cities to adopt an ordinance that will make spaying, neutering, and microchipping cats, dogs and rabbits mandatory.
Trent and Chief Animal Control Officer Monique Middleton are hoping the remainder of the cities they work with on contract — Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore — will follow the lead of Menifee, which already has the ordinance in place.
“The numbers aren't going down,” Trent said. “There's still a lot of backyard breeders out there that are breeding indiscriminately and our animal control department regularly goes to properties that have excessive numbers of animals and they're just all breeding amongst themselves. And the result is the animals end up in a night drop, abandoned, unwanted, sometimes are in very poor health.”
January 23, 2019
The social aspect of owning a winery in Temecula Wine Country is what inspired Steve Chapin. But if he's being honest, if he hadn't opened Chapin Family Vineyards, the former microbiologist might be holed up in his house with his head inside a book.
The cultural and social aspects of winemaking, wine production and owning a winery is a main focus of his winery today, the furthest facility northeast on Rancho California Road.
"If you go to a country and experienced their wines, experience their food, talk to the people, you really do understand their culture much more than say, reading about it or looking at the architecture and the history," Chapin said. "If you experience all those things, you really do experience the culture of the place you're visiting."
January 10, 2019
It's simple really.
"The thing I always tell people that come here is I want them to have the three Ls," Briar Rose Winery lead server Brandon Turner said. "I want them to learn; I want them to laugh, and I want them to fall in love."
In addition to serving wine in a seated, intimate setting, the inviting family-owned winery sits on a property that is full of history and is situated on the south ridge overlooking Rancho California Road in Temecula Wine Country.
We really enjoyed our conversation with owners Dorian and Les Linkogle about wine and the birth of a sport there on the property.
January 9, 2019
Ken Smith once had a roommate who made craft beer in their apartment; the problem was Smith didn't much enjoy beer at the time. But it was something that his roommate told him at the time that stuck with him ever since.
"I didn't even like beer; I didn't like what he made," Smith said. "But he distilled and made beer, and one time he says, 'You know, we could make whiskeys and bourbons.' And it just stuck in my head forever, and I thought that would be fun."
Recently he opened Galway Spirits Distillery in Temecula and he sat down to talk about all things spirits and what he's calling Galway World.
November 25, 2018
Wiens brother, George is an architect, so he designed the winery. Jeff and brother Dave handle the financials. Doug handles the winemaking. But that's just the beginning to the true family affair that is Wiens Family Cellars, which was has been serving wine in their existing tasting room since Oct. 14, 2006.
Twelve years later, Jeff said most of the family has moved to the area and works in the family business, even though he still commutes a little. He said the decision to move the business to Temecula Valley has paid off and he sees growth all around him.
“Of course there are more wineries, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it’s a good thing, up to a point,” he said. “There’s plenty of customers to go around. The wine quality overall in the valley has certainly gotten better and that’s a really good thing.”
Wiens, which bills itself as "Home of the Big Reds," has grown too.
“We started out with this being the only vineyard we owned and now we own numerous vineyards and farm over 100 acres and 25 different vineyards.”
November 21, 2018
Sometimes on a busy Saturday or Sunday, Mark Manfield said he walks around the property of his Lorimar Vineyard and Winery and just smiles.
"This patio will just be mobbed," he said. "There will be like 700 people on this property, and I will be like, 'This is pretty cool.' I am like, 'Wow!'"
Manfield's business partner and winemaker, Marshall Stuart, isn't quite as enthusiastic when the wine-tasting masses are visiting. The soft-spoken, longtime farmer likes to keep a lower profile.
"I can go around and talk to people and stuff like that, but as far as wanting to be in the depth of the tasting room when it's just packed on a Saturday or Sunday ... not so much," Stuart said.
Despite their differences, the pair is always working to make Lorimar the best it can be.
October 26, 2018
Art Roldan is the inventor of a lettuce bun product — called Pro-Team Buns — that can be formed into several different shapes. He has patents on the product all over the world and is working toward securing funding for mass production.
We called Roldan up and had a conversation about his career, his invention and how he's protecting his product from possible competitors.