De Portola Wine Trail’s annual Big Red Fest: a celebration of Temecula’s best red wines

Robert Renzoni Winery Wine Consultant Rosalind Barmore pours some 2013 Big Fred’s Red for an eager customer at the 2016 Big Red Fest April 24. The winery also sampled its 2013 Tempranillo and 2013 Sonata at the Big Red Fest. Kim Harris photo
Robert Renzoni Winery Wine Consultant Rosalind Barmore pours some 2013 Big Fred’s Red for an eager customer at the 2016 Big Red Fest April 24. The winery also sampled its 2013 Tempranillo and 2013 Sonata at the Big Red Fest. Kim Harris photo

True wine tasting aficionados are always looking for an opportunity to enjoy great tasting wines with friends, all while enjoying amazing food created to perfectly pair with the wine being enjoyed. The De Portola Wine Trail’s Big Red Fest is just such an event, and is the perfect opportunity for Temecula Valley locals and guests alike to enjoy some of the best food and wine the valley has to offer.

Big Red Fest will be held Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the various wineries that are a part of the De Portola Wine Trail: Cougar Vineyards, Danza Del Sol Winery, Fazeli Cellars, Frangipani Estate Winery, Gershon Bachus Vintners, Leoness Cellars, Masia De La Vinya Winery, Oak Mountain Winery and Robert Renzoni Vineyards.



The 5 mile stretch of the De Portola Wine Trail passes through the Valle de los Caballos, also known as the Valley of the Horses. These wineries are located along a quieter part of Temecula’s wine country where winery owners pride themselves on providing an intimate experience, greeting guests at the door at most opportunities. The laidback feeling created by these wineries allows guests to truly feel at home on the winery grounds and help to develop a love for the great flavors offered by the winery.

Each winery will have an artisan chef preparing a specialized dish at the winery, and offer three different red wine tastings that are expertly paired to the dish by the winery. Guests can discuss the flavors of red wines that are poured and experience the best flavors available this year. The experience can be tailored by those in attendance pick whichever winery they want to start at and move from winery to winery at their own leisure. In addition to the tastings and dishes, each guest receives a glass with logo.

This family of wineries appreciates fine wine, great food and good company. Because of this, the Big Red Fest takes their love of the Temecula Valley and wine, celebrating top quality red wines of the new vintage releases.

The De Portola Wine Trail’s seventh annual Big Red Fest will be held April 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $59.95 per individual and $29.95 for designated drivers. For more information, visit www.deportolawinetrail.com/res-393824/2017-Dwt-Big-Red-Fest.html.

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