We can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying a delicious Temecula winery lunch. Beautiful views, amazing food, and outstanding wine await, promising to make any lunch a special occasion – and nowhere exemplifies that more than Temecula’s Avensole Winery.
We’re highlighting a selection of the winery’s delectable dishes as well as some perfect wine pairings. Keep in mind that, unlike some Temecula Winery Restaurants, Avensole holds a full liquor license. Once you’ve had a chance to try some award-winning wines, you can also indulge in a refreshing cocktail or craft beer flight.
Start off in style with the Crispy Yellowfin Ahi Tuna
Whenever Avensole Winery’s guests try the Ahi Tuna, it swiftly becomes a favourite. It’s truly a revelation – with the Calabrian aioli, ponzu, and yuzu-covered brunoise bell peppers forming an impeccable finishing touch to this mouth-watering dish.
Pairing: Avensole’s 2021 Chardonnay is an inspired choice with this exquisite tuna starter.
Keep it light and local with the Temecula Farmer’s Market salad
If you’re thinking of going for a lighter lunch, celebrate Temecula with this crisp, refreshing salad. Mixed greens, cucumber, heirloom tomato and pickled onion are topped with feta, pistachio crumble, green olives, and a divine lemon vinaigrette.
Pairing: The peach, grapefruit, and green apple notes of Avensole’s 2021 Melody Twins complement the Temecula Farmer’s Market salad especially well.
The Ricotta Flatbread is perfect for splitting
If you and your fellow diners are considering splitting a starter, we’d recommend opting for the Ricotta Flatbread. This scrumptious Italian-inspired flatbread is ideal for two or more guests and will whet your appetite for the main course. Alternatively, keep it all for yourself. We certainly wouldn’t blame you.
Pairing: Make the most of this delicious flatbread by pairing it with Avensole’s 2022 Susan.
A burger so good they named it ‘Avensole’
There’s never a bad time for a burger. Juicy Angus beef and Applewood smoked bacon is a great combination, elevated by mozzarella, caramelized onion, and shallot aioli. You don’t have to miss out if you’re vegetarian or vegan – just swap in an Impossible Patty and ask your server to make any other required changes.
Pairing: Delight your taste buds with a glass of Avensole’s 2017 Second Block when ordering the burger.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable Filet Mignon
Why wait until dinner? You deserve a treat, and trust us when we say the Filet Mignon is to die for. This succulent steak is seasoned with five peppercorn mix and sea salt, and there are plenty of accompaniments available to round it out. We recommend completing the dish with red chimichurri, grilled asparagus, and roasted cauliflower.
Pairing: This Filet Mignon with a glass of Avensole’s 2017 South Slope is a match made in heaven.
Share the love with a Charcuterie and Cheese Board
Don’t pass up the chance to try Avensole’s fantastically balanced Charcuterie and Cheese Board, whether you’re lunching with friends or dining solo. The board features prosciutto, chorizo, soppressata, and calabrese, along with three chef’s choice cheeses, seasonal fruit, marcona almonds, fig jam, stone ground mustard, and artisan bread.
Pairing: The vibrant, fruity bouquet of Avensole’s 2021 Gewürztraminer pairs beautifully with the Charcuterie and Cheese Board.
If you’re planning your own Temecula Winery Lunch, be sure to pay a visit to Avensole Winery to enjoy some exceptional food and wine. Learn more about the winery restaurant and view our full menu here.