TEMECULA – The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery will host a romantic evening with a four-course Valentine’s Wine Dinner in their award-winning restaurant in Temecula, Feb. 14. The dinner will include individual wine pairings of Falkner’s best wines with each course in their panoramic, hilltop location. The dinner will also include live entertainment. All food will be prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Barradas. There will be reservations available for seating at the memorable event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with a special “early bird” seating at 5:30 p.m.
The meal will begin with a glass of sparkling wine and an appetizer of seared scallop with mango salsa and avocado crema paired with the “93 Point” rated Falkner 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc. The second course will be a choice of either arugula salad with blue cheese, crispy onions and tomatoes tossed in cilantro lime ranch dressing and drizzled with balsamic reduction served with a glass of “92 Point” rated 2016 Viognier or housemade raviolis stuffed with short rib, herbed French cheese and a wild mushroom broth paired with the “96 Point” rated Falkner 2014 Amante- Super Tuscan Red wine.
Entree choices are either charbroiled Angus beef filet mignon served with potato puree, blistered vine ripe tomatoes, roasted cipollini onions, sauteed petite carrots and a Falkner red wine demi-glace paired with the “90 Point” rated 2014 Meritage-Bordeaux Style red wine or seasoned and seared Chilean sea bass with creamy polenta, smoky tomato marmalade, wilted bitter greens in a lobster jus paired with the silver-medal winning Falkner 2016 Chardonnay wine. Finally, the dessert is a dark chocolate panna cotta with port and balsamic served with glazed cherries paired with the silver-medal winning 2013 Port.
The price is $99 per person plus tax for the 5:30 p.m. seating and $119 per person plus tax for reservations after 5:30 p.m. Special pricing for Food & Wine club members, spouse and their guests will be $89 per person plus tax at 5:30 p.m. and $109 per person plus tax for all other reservation times. Seating will be limited, so call for reservations. Because of the high demand, there will be a 48-hour cancellation notice in effect in order to avoid being charged a late cancellation fee.
Additionally, Feb. 9 through Feb. 14, there will also be a Valentine’s Lunch Special in the Pinnacle Restaurant. For $59 plus tax and gratuity for two people, diners will be able to have either one shared appetizer or salad for two; a choice of individual entrees such as honey glazed salmon that is pan seared served with celery root puree, sauteed arugula and bacon topped with apple chutney or charbroiled center cut sirloin served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a Falkner Amante wine demi-glace and a shared dessert of either Kahlua toffee chocolate cake with whipped cream and white chocolate and raspberry sauce or a strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Selected wines will be offered as an option with the special at $7 per glass. This special will be available in addition to the normal menu so make reservations soon.
Diners will enjoy the wonderful and romantic Valentine hilltop ambiance of the Pinnacle.
Falkner Winery is a premier winery in the Temecula Valley Wine Country offering great food, high quality wines, spectacular views and spectacular service. The tasting room is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours available on weekends and by appointment. The restaurant serves lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pinnacle reservations and other information is available by calling (951) 676-8231, ext. 4, or online under Restaurant Reservations at www.falknerwinery.com.