Temecula Wineries open their hearts to troops

The wineries and the community of Temecula are opening up their hearts and wallets to Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez who chose Temecula to be his home after suffering a triple amputation of both legs and an arm in combat in Afghanistan. The goal is to build a “smart home” with state-of-the-art features to allow him to live independently.The current event drive for funds is a Salute To Corporal Dominguez at Monte De Oro Winery May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. with Temecula wineries, restaurants, silent and live auctions and four bands for entertainment.

Les Linkogle of Briar Rose Winery has made a premium wine called “We Remember” to directly aid medical research for veterans. Courtesy photo

Tickets are $65 or $120 for couples. Tickets are available at deportolawinetrail.com.

All proceeds will benefit Corporal Dominguez.

Cpl. Juan Dominguez, a Marine triple amputee, jams with actor/musician Gary Senise and his Lt. Dan Band, at a Temecula benefit concert to help in the building of a self-sustaining “smart home” for him. Courtesy photo

In March, noted actor and musician Gary Sinise organized, with the city of Temecula, the “Lt. Dan Benefit Concert” at the new outdoor city hall center. Some 2,200 packed the area, paying up to $150 to aid Temecula’s new citizen. The “Lt. Dan” name came from the famous role Senise played in the film, “Forrest Gump.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about helping the building of the Dominguez home, should call Tunnel to Towers Foundation at (718) 987-1931.

Also in Temecula, Briar Rose, the limited production premium estate winery, announced its “We Remember” wine project as a tribute to America’s veterans. Owner Les Linkogle, himself a Vietnam veteran, is working with the Veterans Research Foundation to directly help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with this non-vintage, proprietary red with a distinctive “American Medal Of Hope” label. A percentage of the proceeds will fund world-class medical research for veterans of all generations, vital in addressing the wounds of war, seen and unseen. Linkogle praised the wine as having “a Bordeaux-like structure with fruits of blackberry, raspberry and mocha/vanilla notes.” ($24.)

Les’s American Medal Of Hope consists of a Coat Of Arms, American Eagle and American Flag and took over seven months for government approval. He has also written a song called “We Remember” that has gained a lot of interest by major recording stars. The “We Remember” proprietary red wine is available at Briar Rose Winery. Call (951) 308-1098 and pick up a few cases. The label alone is a keepsake. Find out more at briarrosewinery.com.

Wine Bytes

Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas is planning a “Cab” Ride Around the World April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cabernets are in the spotlight. $20. Call (760) 479-2500 for details.

The Temecula Wine & Music Festival is at Vail Lake Resort on Highway 79 April 28 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. An all-star jazz cast headed by Deniece Williams performs. Purchase tickets at tix.com, or call (951) 696-0184.

Fleming’s La Jolla presents First Fridays Wine Tastings, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will get an extensive selection of wines produced in Napa Valley. $25. RSVP at (858) 535-0078.

Cinco De Mayo comes to the Temecula Wine Country at Oak Mountain May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a street vendor taco bar, rice and beans chips and salsa plus two glasses of wine or their famous wine margaritas. Live music from Buzz Campbell of Stray Cats. Cost is $40/$35 for members. Details at (951) 699-9102.

Third Corner in Ocean Beach is having a Laird Family wine dinner May 7 starting at 6 p.m. This is one of Napa Valley’s finest. Four-course pairing menu. Cost is $65. RSVP at (619) 223-2700.

A Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner is planned for May 10 at 21 Oceanfront in Newport Beach from 6:30 to 10 p.m. A Pahlmeyer executive will speak at the four-course dinner. $99. Call (949) 673-2100 for more.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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