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Pechanga Resort in Temecula: 11th annual Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival March 1-2

The 11th annual Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival gets underway March 1 and 2, 2019. The two-day event offers festival goers hundreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples, live music and a silent auction, all while helping out a good cause. Proceeds from the Friday, March 1 Chocolate Decadence and the Saturday, March 2 Pechanga Wine Festival benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Pechanga Box Office, by calling (877) 711-2946 or through

Chocolate Decadence on Friday, March 1 features more than 30 wine varietals that have been shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. Pechanga’s award-winning pastry chefs give festival-goers an around-the-world confectionary experience. Each continent represents with its own chocolate creation paying homage to a facet of that world region’s culture and flavor profiles. Continent chocolate selections include but are not limited to: Antarctica – giant ice wall with more than 12 gelato flavors; North America – chocolate cotton candy; Africa – malva pudding; Europe – chocolate canelés; Asia – green tea chocolate cake; South America – chocolate churros. Guests will also find a cavalcade of truffles, macarons and other delightful confections.

VIP ticket holders receive early entry at 5:30 p.m. which includes an upgraded souvenir wine glass, fruit and cheese and passed hors d’oeuvres. VIP tickets are $80. General admission runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and tickets are $60. These include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, gourmet dessert samples from Pechanga’s acclaimed pastry chefs, live music and silent auction. Designated driver tickets are also available for $35. These include food and dessert samples, bidding on silent auction items and enjoyment of the live music.

Wine enthusiasts with VIP tickets can sip and explore new selections at the 11th annual Pechanga Wine Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Pechanga Wine Festival VIP tickets are $90 and allow guests early access to the wine and restaurant tastings, as well as an upgraded souvenir wine glass. General admission are available for $65 and include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, gourmet food from each of Pechanga’s 13 restaurants, and dessert samples from Pechanga’s acclaimed chefs, as well as others in the Temecula Valley, live music and silent auction. Designated driver tickets to the wine festival can be purchased for $40.

Combo general admission tickets for entry into both events are available for $100. This provides a $25 savings if guests plan to attend both Friday and Saturday. Combo VIP tickets are $140. Guests save $30 on VIP entry with combo tickets. Guests must be 21 or older to attend either event.

Proceeds from Chocolate Decadence and the Pechanga Wine Festival support Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley’s programs that provide housing needs and home repairs to senior citizens and those no longer able to do such work themselves.

Participating wineries for both Chocolate Decadence and the Pechanga Wine Festival will be announced soon.

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to: [email protected]


  1. I’ve been looking forward to this all year! I’ve met some really interesting and awesome people who all have a love and affinity for gourmet chocolate!!! It’s an entire festival with VIP options to enjoy even more exclusive delicacies and attractions – what’s not to love? My boyfriend and I are SO ready for this! We’ve planned the whole thing out and some of our friends will be there as well to bask in the full on enjoyment of this thing. If it’s got chocolate and wine, we say – give us a front seat! We’re there! lol

  2. I’ve been to this event for three years now and I’m finally going to be getting the VIP tickets for my wife and I. We’ve always wanted to get those wine glasses and be given the special treatment that only chocoholics and wine lovers can appreciate. We love this event and have come for three years consecutively! We never miss since we found out about it in 2016. Best part is, this year it falls on my birthday! March 2nd! What a way to celebrate 🙂 By that time the weather should be pretty good so come on and bring it, already!

  3. Got the babysitter for the kids, ready to attend this festival and enjoy it for all it’s worth! Hoping weather is good too. Last year it was pretty chilly but that didn’t stop us. The gelatos are smooth and heavenly! They also have a lot of really delicious tasting wine. Consider it a spa weekend for anyone who hasn’t been to one of these before. It’s such a relaxing time enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and sipping down some wine while enjoying the atmosphere, the music and cool company. I love it! Can’t wait to attend this year!

  4. The $80 bucks for VIP tickets is so worth it and not that much of a price difference. I need to book ASAP coz I ain’t gonna miss out on it. The endless fill-ups and the music is all great and relaxing. Definitely get the VIP otherwise you’re missing out. This festival’s been around for 11 years and every year they’ve only gotten better. I highly recommend it. BTW the chocolate and wine is great but the food – unbelievable! It’s an all out amazing event!

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