January 29, 2020
Village and Valley News publisher Julie Reeder sat down with Nada Higuera of Tyler & Bursch, LLP, and Advocates For Faith & Freedom for a discussion about sex education curriculums being taught in schools and parent rights.
According to the Advocates For Faith & Freedom website, "The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) is designed to radically sexualize California's children and steer them away from their parents and families, beginning as early as Kindergarten! Public school officials are not being transparent with inquiring teachers, parents, church leaders, or the public about the scope and graphic nature of instructional materials."
January 28, 2020
Darrell Issa sat down with Village News and Valley News publisher Julie Reeder for an interview about his campaign. Issa served coastal San Diego and Orange counties for almost two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, first in California’s 48th Congressional District, then in the 49th after redistricting. Issa, a Republican, did not seek reelection in 2018, and his former district flipped to Democrat Mike Levin that year. But with Rep. Duncan Hunter’s conviction of a federal corruption charge and resignation from the House of Representatives, Issa has chosen to run in Hunter’s 50th Congressional District, which includes parts of east and north San Diego County as well as most of the city of Temecula.
Read at myvalleynews.com: https://www.myvalleynews.com/darrell-issa-sits-down-with-valley-news/
Read at villagenews.com: https://www.villagenews.com/story/2020/01/16/news/issa-sits-down-with-village-news/59114.html
January 23, 2020
Newly seated Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Emly Falappino talked with us about filling the shoes of longtime CEO Alice Sullivan, the future of business in Temecula and more.
“I have an opportunity to step in and be an influence and a help and a support and just reach so many people and businesses beyond myself – and that really matters,” Falappino said. “I was so grateful to be given that opportunity by the chamber. And I’m so happy to be in this role and capacity. And that is my why behind it, because I just love who Temecula is as a community of people. And I think that we still have so much potential and opportunity before us, but we’ve been raised up as such a special community with great leadership. And I think it’s really important that we continue to safeguard our leadership and our values.”
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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.”