Three Leaning Tower of Pisas and an Eiffel Tower in Temecula? It’s all in a weekend’s work. The Temecula Winegrowers Association presented its 20th popular World of Wine weekend March 5th and 6th at more than 30 Temecula Valley wineries. Each participating winery offered barrel and/or tank samples as well as tasty food pairings. The association also encouraged wineries to create cork art incorporating the World of Wine theme. It was a first opportunity to visit Lumiere Winery as they opened their doors for a sneak preview and an opportunity to taste a few of their wines. Masia de Yabar recently joined the association and was a first time participant.

These events are a perfect way to become acquainted with the wineries of the Temecula Valley and more than 1,400 people took advantage of the great weather to visit and taste the offerings. Food choices ranged from mini grilled cheese sandwiches with roasted tomato soup to Paella to ceviche. The cork art displayed how much talent there is in this valley. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Danza del Sol's Bob Olson

Don Frangipani

Winemaker Gus Vizgirda from Maurice Car'rie and Van Roekel

Phil Baily

Jim Hart

Marcelo Doffo

Thornton Winery's Executive Chef Steve Pickell

Doffo's cork Obelisk

David Bradley from Vindemia, Jon McPherson from Southcoast Winery with his brother Kim

Falkner's winemaker Steve Hagata

Keyways' picnic basket

Lumiere Winery

Monte de Oro's Great Wall of China

Oak Montain's dart board

Oak Mountain's Leaning Tower of Pisa

Ponte Winery's entryBriar Rose's cork cottage

Wilson Creek's Leaning Tower of Pisa

Robert Renzoni Winery's Leaning Tower of Pisa

Vindemia Winery goes "Chicago Style"

Callaway Winery

Hart Winery's cork art

El Toro de South Coast Winery

Surf's Up! at Palumbo Family Winery

"El Toro de Corcho" at Wiens Winery

Diego Mondragon at Masia de Yabar

Mike Hart mans the grill

Grilled cheese sandwich with roasted tomato souo from Temecula Catering at Oak Mountain Winery

Doffo's tri-tip with Chimmichurri and scalloped potatoes

Pizza from Lorimar