Hundreds brave chilly evening to indulge in CRUSH event

Akash Patel of Akash Winery pours a tasting of one of his wines during the CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase Saturday, Sept. 29 at Monte De Oro Winery. Jeff Pack photo

From Poke to Multepulciano, hundreds of people braved a chilly, sometimes wet evening to indulge in offerings 38 Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association member wineries and more than a dozen local restaurants. 

Ticketholders had the opportunity to mix and mingle with winery owners and winemakers from 38 wineries from Temecula Wine Country, sampling some of their best varietals. 

In between sips, patrons visited participating restaurants such as Baba Joon’s Kitchen at Fazeli Cellars, Baily’s Old Town, Bluewater Grill, Cafe Champagne at Thornton Winery, Cork Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn, Devilicious Eatery, Luna Grill, Mama Rosas Trattoria at Robert Renzoni Winery, Meritage at Callaway Winery, Monte De Oro Bistro at Monte De Oro Winery, Nora’s Empanada Factory, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pinnacle at Falkner Winery, Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Vineyards & Winery, and Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.

There was live music provided by Season 8 “American Idol” contestant, Kai Kalama, and the event was sold out. 

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