Oak Mountain Winery and the Cave offer a touch of Europe in Temecula

Oak Mountain Winery co-owner Valerie Andrews show a bottle of Oak Mountain’s exclusive “Cotas Kisses” sauvignon that is sold at the animal-friendly Temecula winery. Customer Carson Fonseca from Long Beach holds Kali, his pug, who is more interested in the camera then the wine. Proceeds from the special wine offering go to animal sanctuaries. Tony Ault photo

Looking to relax? Enjoy the rolling hills dotted with grape vineyards? Taste delicious wines paired with a favorite cheese? Enjoy a conversation with a friend or pet the family dog while sitting in the sunshine?

Then the Oak Mountain Winery at 36522 Via Verde off De Portola Road in Temecula’s beautiful Wine Country is the place to be. The outstanding winery, home of the Cave, is Temecula Wine Country’s only underground, naturally temperature-controlled wine storage room.

Each visit is an adventure.

Oak Mountain Winery owners Valerie and Steve Andrews have a passion for winemaking born from their first experience of making wine in their own home almost 20 years ago in the Temecula Hills. Steve Andrew’s winemaking skill continues to emerge as he attends every seminar and class offered in creating the finest wines, and the winery is gaining a collection of awards to show for it.

“Steve loves making wine. He is always looking for the news and greatest wines and taking classes,” Valerie Andrews said as she poured glasses of Oak Mountain’s favorite raspberry sparkling sauvignon to customers in the Cave cafe.

Valerie Andrews is always at the winery, offering a friendly smile and greeting and more than willing to share her winemaking expertise with visitors. Daily tours are offered of the winery and the unique 10,000-square-foot, multi-room Cave, which was built 104 feet into the mountain. It’s hard to believe just above guest’s heads are 10-acres of vines bearing the grapes used to make Oak Mountain’s many varieties of wines.

The Andrews also grow grapes on their original Temecula Hills Winery tucked in the hills behind Diamond Valley Lake. Their 24 employees including a new hire direct from France skilled in vine pruning and irrigation that will improve the crops even more, Valerie Andrews said. The Oak Mountain staff also manages 10 other vineyards on De Portola Wine Trail.

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season Oak Mountain Chef Jeremy Delgadillo, who has worked with the winery for 15 years, has prepared a new menu, including his newest creation the “Bison Burger” with white cabernet sauvignon smothered onions, Delgadillo’s secret sauce and applewood smoked bacon served on a Bavarian pretzel bun. It is delectable paired with a fine Oak Mountain 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon red or 2014 Reserve Syrah.

Then for the tender palate, Delgadillo’s new “Meatloaf Burger” with crispy onion straws, applewood smoked bacon, smoked mozzarella and house barbecue sauce served on a light buttered brioche bun. There is the popular Cave club burger, sandwiches, appetizers, flatbreads, soups and salads and many other items on daily menu. Not forgetting desserts, the menu includes mouthwatering Oak Mountain sweets, the seasonal pumpkin spiced bread pudding and the cool classic Italian treat, tiramisu gelato.

Oak Mountain winery stores 30 different varietal wines in the 100-foot long Cave storage tunnel, resting in the perfect 64 to 68 degree temperatures year around. Recently, Oak Mountain has won state fair awards for its Brut, Cinful and Mango Sparkling wines. The Cave Cabernet Sauvignon is an international hold medal winner. Wine costs are reasonable, $19 to $45 for bottles of sparkling, white and red wines and for Oak Mountain Reserve and premium wines $75 to $100 a bottle. Oak Mountain Wine Club memberships bring event more 20 to 30 percent savings on wine purchases.

Valerie Andrews said Oak Mountain is sold out of its very popular sauvignon blanc and many sparkling champagnes, but because of bountiful weather this year she is happy to report that by Thanksgiving those “dry, crisp and fruity” wines will be restocked and ready for holiday sales.

One of Oak Mountain wines “Kotas Kisses” is sold with it proceeds going to Cause 4Paws organization and Animal Town Sanctuary as a part of the wineries “Pet Friendly” theme. Customers with their canine pets are welcome to Oak Mountain’s pavilion and tasting room. For those lucky puppies, Oak Mountain has a “Doggie Menu” with many tasty dog treats and features “Wag Your Tail Wednesday’s” special for the four-legged friends.

Oak Mountain Winery also offers a truly unique location for private events to celebrate, motivate and educate. It has two unique venues, an enclosed Vineyard View Pavilion with extraordinary views and the multi-room Cave. The professional staff assists in customizing the event whether a conference, group meeting, corporate retreat or special event like a wedding, an anniversary party, birthday or baby shower. The Vineyard View Pavilion will accommodate up to 200 guests and the Cave accommodates up to 125 guests.

To book an event, see [email protected] or call the event and wedding manager at (951) 699-9102 or (442) 241-4141.

For other information and abut the Oak Mountain Wine Club see www.OakMountainWiner.com or (951) 699-9102.



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