One of our summer pleasures is attending a Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz concert. So we were in Temecula to listen to Jesse Cook perform with a most talented group of musicians. As usual at these concerts, which occur almost every weekend from May to October at the Winery , Jesse and his guitar played to a sellout crowd.
We chatted with John Thornton asking on how he arranges to bring such outstanding talent to the concert series which is now in its 26th season. He explained that the concerts, and the way they are presented, has given Thornton a national reputation for being among the premiere venues for this type of jazz.
The dinner that accompanied Jesse Cook did Executive Chef Steve Pickel proud once again. We opened with a sweet white corn bisque, then pan roasted wild Chilean sea bass and chocolate Mousse for dessert.
Our Thornton wines were a Brut Reserve Sparkling for starters, then a choice of an award winning 2013 Chardonnay or 2011 Estate Syrah. With dessert Thornton Milk Chocolate Kiss.
This year the Jazz series will continue until October 19. For more information call 951 699-3021. Thornton Winery is located at 32575 Rancho California Road in Temecula.