Pechanga resort and casino will once again kick off its 5th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival with its Chocolate Decadence and Wine Fest! The two-day extravaganza begins with the dessert, wine and music celebration Chocolate Decadence on Friday night, March 8th from 7pm to 10pm inside the Pechanga Ballroom. The event cost is $45 per ticket. On Saturday, March 9th from 1pm to 5pm, also in the Ballroom, the Pechanga Wine Festival will feature hundreds of varietals poured, along with great food pairings by Pechanga top chefs and Casey Abrams performing. The Wine Festival is $65 per ticket.
Casey Abrams became world famous when he took sixth place on the tenth season of American Idol. “I had a heart attack when they chose me,” Casey recalls about being chosen as a contestant at an audition in Austin, Texas. The 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist proves he is here to stay with his self-titled debut album on Concord Records. Musical accompaniment at the Chocolate Decadence includes piano virtuoso Sebastian Sidi.
The Chocolate Decadence will feature more than 30 premium wineries pouring domestic, sparkling, late harvest, Zinfandels, Syrahs and ports. See the list of confirmed wineries pouring at this event below.
Meanwhile, Pechanga’s new chocolatier, Frania Mendivil, will present an array of decadent treats to complement the vast selections of wines. Mendivil has baked at several four and five star resorts including the Beverly Hilton, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, and the Four Seasons Newport Beach, as well as being one of three chefs on Team USA at the International Patisserie Grand Prix in 2009.
The following day, the 5th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival will feature more than 100 wineries from across the nation (see confirmed list below), as well as international vintners from Argentina, South Africa, Germany and Spain, pouring their most acclaimed varietals. Pechanga’s award-winning chefs will be pairing the wines with selections from their menus, including The Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Blazing Noodles/Bamboo, Seafood Grotto, Kelsey’s and Journey’s End. Live culinary demonstrations will teach chef secrets to festival goers.
During the event, Habitat for Humanity will host silent auctions at both events to raise funds for affordable housing.
Pechanga’s Vice President of Food & Beverage, Dennis Khanh, says, “For the fifth year, we have gone all out with even more wineries and world renowned entertainment. This is the wine event of the year for the Temecula Valley.”
Tickets for both events are available anytime online at Pechanga.com, and between noon and 8pm daily at the Pechanga Box Office and by phone at 877-711-2946. Tickets: Chocolate Decadence – $45 per person. Pechanga Wine Festival – $65 per person. Guests must be 21 or older to attend and ID is required to enter the event.