Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Pinnacle Restaurant
Falkner Winery announces that they are offering a special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on May 12th from 10am to 3:30pm. All food will be prepared by their award winning Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and his excellent staff. Having been designated “Best Restaurant of the Inland Empire” six years in a row and “Best Chef” for 3 years by readers of Inland Empire magazine, this promises to be a spectacular and memorable event. This brunch will replace their normal lunch menu. As the name implies, Champagne will be part of the meal along with other beverage options. Live entertainment will be provided. The Brunch will include items such as:
- “Made to Order” Seafood Station offering Salmon and Mahi filets pan sautéed with your choice of ingredients and sauces
- Carving Station of Ancho Rubbed Prime Rib of Beef served with your choice of “Amante au Jus” and horseradish sauce and Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mushroom Trio Demi-Glace
- Omelet/Egg Station for made to order selections
- Fresh Seafood including Cocktail Shrimp, Crab Claws, Oysters, and Seared Ahi with drawn butter and cocktail sauce
- Gourmet Mac N Cheese
- Chicken Breast in a Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce
- Cheese Blintzes in a Raspberry Compote Sauce
- Smoked Salmon with onions, capers, whipped cream cheese, and bagels
- French Toast with options of your choice
- Apple Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, and Roasted Potatoes
- Assorted Specialty Fruits and Cheeses
- Salads with Various Additions and Dressings
- Numerous Breads and Breakfast Muffins
- Dessert Station featuring Home-Made Ice Cream and a “Create Your Own” Sundae Station offering Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Ice Creams, Pineapple and Strawberry Toppings, Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Whipped Cream, and Peanuts Plus Assorted Delectable Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, and Tarts
- Special Children items
- Special “Candy Store” for Mothers and kids (select candy of your choice)
All guests 21 and over will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne or Mimosa. Non-alcoholic beverages are included at no additional charge. Cost is $59.95 per person plus tax and gratuity (Wine Club members are $49.95++). Children 3-10 are $24.50 plus tax and gratuity (Wine Club $19.95++); Children under 3 are free.
Additionally, selected wines and champagnes will be available by the glass or bottle at discounted prices. Reservations should be made by calling the restaurant at 951-676-8231 ext. 1 by clicking here. Reservations are available from 10 am – 3:30pm.
New Menu Features More Mediterranean Dishes at Pinnacle Restaurant
Eating great food and improving one’s health is the goal of the new Summer Menu at the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery. Having been voted “Best Restaurant” for 2007-2013 by readers of Inland Empire Magazine, the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery continues to impress and improve. On May 3rd the Pinnacle will launch many new menu items that are consistent with the Mediterranean diet that has proven to be 33-46% more effective than a low-fat diet in reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. Mediterranean cooking involves the use of more olive oils, fruits, nuts, seafood, and red wine. Menu items consistent with the diet are highlighted on the menu. Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot (voted “Best Chef” for three years by readers of Inland Empire magazine) and his staff introduce numerous delicious and unique new items to the menu while retaining many of the guest favorites.
The new menu includes some new and revamped appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pastas, entrées, and desserts. Staying with their Mediterranean/American food theme, Chef Gianni is introducing a Carlsbad Black Mussel appetizer and a revamped Mediterranean Shrimp Salad. His new Winemaker’s Pasta made with sun-dried tomatoes, shallots, garlic, basil, parsley, and tomatoes comes with chicken although shrimp, scallops, or salmon may be substituted. New entrées include Grilled Spanish Octopus that is marinated, grilled, and served tender with Beluga lentils drizzled with smoked paprika oil and organic lemon; Madeira Salmon uses fresh Steelhead Salmon encrusted in herbs and served with orzo pasta and grilled broccolini topped with Madeira wine and bell pepper sauce; Branzino, the wonderful Mediterranean Striped Sea Bass, is served whole and boneless with different preparations daily; Fresh and difficult to find Diver Scallops are large, tender, and tasty served with a sun-dried tomato and asparagus risotto; and a Charbroiled Lamb Rack using grass-fed New Zealand Lamb marinated in Spanish onions, garlic, fresh rosemary, and organic lemon all served with Beluga lentils and grilled Broccolini. Staying with the Mediterranean theme, two additional side orders will be available: Italian Bean Salad using Cannellini and Borlotti beans and a Farro Dolce made with whole grain Farro sautéed with shallots, garlic, sun-dried cherries, golden raisins and toasted sliced natural almonds. Finish your meal with the new dessert of Triple Berry Port and Gelato made with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries marinated in Falkner Port served over Pistachio Gelato. In addition to these great new entrées the Pinnacle has also added a Gluten Free and Vegan menu with several exciting items only on those menus.
The Pinnacle has an extensive list of Falkner wines to accompany all your dishes with specific wine recommendations for each item. Also, the Pinnacle continues to offer a “weekend special” with a different entrée 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 and can be made by calling the restaurant at 951-676-8231 x1 or by clicking here.
Falkner Winery Begins New Public and Private Tours
Beginning April 13th Falkner Winery will begin offering Public Tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm for $10. Each tour is a 30 minute walk of the winery grounds and production area. No wine is poured in this tour. It may also be booked by appointment for a private group. While each individual tour may offer slight variations, guests will be presented with the following:
- Explanation of the Falkner vineyard from the balcony of the tasting room
- Who are the owners and some insight about them
- What is the Falkner Winery brand
- What is unique about Falkner Winery
- What kind of events are conducted at Falkner Winery
- Explanation of the wine crush process from the crush pad
- Detailed discussion about one of the Falkner wines and what makes it higher quality
Other Tours including Tours with wine tasting and food service are available for private groups. To make a reservation for one of the tours or arrange any special private tour, please contact out Tours and Hosting Services area at 951-676-8231 x106 or email email@example.com
Pinnacle Voted #1 by Open Table
The Pinnacle Restaurant located at Falkner Winery was recently voted “#1 Top Lunch Restaurant” in the greater San Diego area by diners of Open Table. Says co-owner Ray Falkner “Given the great restaurants in the San Diego area, we are proud and pleased that diners appreciate the great food, service, and spectacular Wine Country views from our lunch-only establishment. This is truly an honor to the hard work and dedication of our great staff.”
The Pinnacle Restaurant is not new to dining awards: the restaurant has been voted “Best Restaurant” four years in a row by the readers of Inland Empire Magazine and their chef, Gianni Ciciliot, has been voted “Best Chef” two years in a row. This beautiful, hill-top restaurant located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country specializes in Mediterranean/American cuisine and provides numerous dishes consistent with a Mediterranean diet. Twice last year Chef Gianni’s “Lobster Mac & Cheese” was recommended by Sunset Magazine.
The philosophy of the restaurant is to provide guests a great dining experience that includes outstanding views of Wine Country, unique food offerings, wonderful wines, and meticulous service. The restaurant is open daily only from 11:30am to 3:30pm for lunches leaving the evenings available for special events such as weddings and banquets. Make a reservation.
Beginning Sunday April 7th Falkner Winery will kick-off their popular entertainment venue called “Free Jazz on Sundays”. This is an enjoyable and fun time that will run the through October. Performances will be 3 hours beginning at noon and going until 3:00pm and be held in their outside lawn area adjacent to the tasting room. As the name indicates, every Sunday afternoon live jazz performances will be available to winery customers at no charge and with no reservations required.
Performing on most Sundays will be recording artist and local favorite-saxophonist Jason Weber. Jason’s lively, contemporary jazz saxophone performances have been enjoyed by aficionados throughout Riverside, San Diego, and Orange Counties for years. Falkner Winery’s lawn area is located on a hilltop that offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley. Chairs and tables will be provided for the audience. Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass, bottle, or carafe are available for each performance but cannot be brought on premise. For those seeking a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, Falkner Winery offers the best venue.
Falkner Winery’s lawn area is located on a hilltop that offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley. Chairs and tables will be provided for the audience. Freshly prepared barbequed food and wine by the glass, bottle, or carafe are available for each performance but cannot be brought on premise. For those seeking a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, Falkner Winery offers the best venue.
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