Temecula businesses showcase ‘emerging culinary scene’ with Temecula Chilled special menu items

Cougar Winery’s offering for Temecula Chilled is a “Brownie in Mint-erland.” Valley News/Will Fritz photo

Temecula Valley wineries and eateries are offering up special winter-themed menu items this holiday season.

A total of 19 different businesses throughout Temecula Valley Wine Country and Old Town Temecula have items available as part of “Temecula Chilled” between Dec. 1-31 – “a perfect way to kick off the holidays and get a taste of Temecula Valley’s emerging culinary scene,” according to local tourism promotion group Visit Temecula Valley.

In Old Town, Le Coffee Shop on Fourth Street, which has been open just 18 months, is offering a white chocolate latte, made specially for Temecula Chilled.

“There is an espresso blend — the blend is made by a roaster in San Diego and it’s a mix of three different origins to get the taste of espresso we want,” owner Youann Bounat says. “After that, it’s just a latte: espresso and milk.” Plus some blue coloring, of course, to give it a proper winter vibe.

Just around the corner on Fifth Street, The Goat and Vine (which is due to move toThe Nightingale’s current location at Mercedes and 2nd Streets at the end of the month)

The Goat and Vine has “I’m Dreaming of a White Pizza” for its Temecula Chilled menu. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
You can try a snow white mojito from Avensole Winery as part of Temecula Chilled through Dec. 31. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
Le Coffee Shop in Old Town Temecula is offering a white chocolate latte as part of Temecula Chilled through the month of December. Valley News/Will Fritz photo

has “the perfect pizza to warm you up on a chilly winter night.” Their “I’m Dreaming of a White Pizza” is made with ricotta cream cheese, roasted green onions, aged mozzarella and parmesan with dark purple potatoes taking the place of pepperoni.

At Avensole Winery on Rancho California Road, visitors can try a snow white mojito – a delightful drink made with coconut rum, coconut milk, sweet and sour and topped with soda water. The treat lives up to its name, having the appearance of a cup of soft, alcoholic snow.

“We focus on making delicious drinks and presenting them in a fun way,” Avensole wine club manager and communications coordinator Cristina Swink said.

And a little further east into Wine Country is Cougar Winery on De Portola Road, which is featuring a “Brownie in Mint-erland” for Temecula Chilled. It’s a triple chocolate Ghirardelli brownie topped with a hard vanilla icing, crumbled peppermint and fresh mint spring on top of a drizzle of chocolate.

A full list of Temecula Chilled venues and items can be found at https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/temecula-chilled/things-to-do/chilled-menu-items/

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.