TEMECULA – Eating great healthy food and having a wonderful time mark the theme of the new spring and summer menu at the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery. Having been voted “Best Restaurant” for 2007-2017 by readers of Inland Empire Magazine, the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery continues to impress and improve. The Pinnacle launched many new menu items that are consistent with the Mediterranean diet April 28. Mediterranean cooking involves the use of more olive oils, fruits, nuts, seafood and wine. Menu items consistent with the diet are highlighted on the menu. New executive chef Jason Barradas and his staff have introduced numerous delicious and unique new items to the menu while retaining many of the guest favorites.
The new menu includes some new and revamped offerings organized as small plates, large plates, entrées and desserts. Staying with their Mediterranean and American food theme, Barradas also introduces new small plates of fried artichoke served with cherry tomatoes on a bed of sweet salad with lemon caper aioli and roasted fennel ahi which is seared blackened ahi with roasted fennel on a bed of baby arugula, cabbage and heirloom tomatoes dressed with a chili-orange gastrique sauce. Large plates include many of the salads and pastas previously on the menu including the signature lobster macaroni and cheese dish remain, but he added a wild boar Bolognese with braised wild boar and ground beef, garlic, shallots, Pomodoro sauce, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese served over pappardelle pasta. Barradas also added some new entrees to the menu including pesto salmon which is seared, oven roasted and topped with pesto, sauteed artichokes and baby heirloom tomatoes and served with roasted fingerling potatoes drizzled with saba. Plus, a new Black Angus burger was added to the menu: a chipotle ranch bacon burger with Black Angus beef, bacon, Swiss cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and a chipotle-ranch sauce. Finish your meal with the new dessert of strawberry shortcake made with housemade strawberry sauce, vanilla whipped cream and basil oil. In addition, many of these great new items can be made gluten-free or vegan on request.
The Pinnacle has an extensive list of Falkner wines to accompany all their dishes with specific wine recommendations for each item. Seven craft beers are also available. Also, the Pinnacle continues to offer a “weekend special” with a different entree each month and special preparations each week, available Friday through Sunday. From their beautiful hill-top location, diners at the Pinnacle can relax in either in-door, air-conditioned comfort or outside balcony dining while enjoying the spectacular views of Temecula Wine Country. Reservations are recommended; call the restaurant at (951) 676-8231 ext. 4, vist their website www.falknerwinery.com or use the OpenTable online reservation system.
Falkner Winery is a premium winery in the Temecula Valley Wine Country. Since opening in July 2000, the winery has gained distinction in Wine Country for its spectacular views and award-winning wines, great restaurant, wine tasting classes, private tours and private venues such as parties and weddings. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours available on weekends and by appointment. Normal restaurant hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pinnacle Restaurant is located at 40620 Calle Contento in Temecula.