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The Pinnacle restaurant offers 'picnic menu' for on-the-go wine tasters

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It's not uncommon on weekends for visitors to Temecula Valley Wine Country to hop quickly from winery to winery, making a grab-and-go dining option a necessity.

The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery has a new menu designed for that purpose: giving visitors tasty dishes without requiring them to take the time to wait for a table, wait for the food to arrive and wait for a check.

The new "picnic menu" features a selection sandwiches and wraps that are perfect for eating on a picnic table on the winery grounds or in the car on the way to another location.

Executive Chef Jason Barradas said the inspiration for the menu came from seeing that there's a younger crowd of winery visitors who don't necessarily want to be waited on.

"You still have a lot of people that do, but at at the same time you have people who just want to grab something and go," Barradas said. He noted that the new menu was reminiscent of something you might find in a bar atmosphere or food truck.

Valley News recently took a trip to the winery to try some of the brand-new menu items, including a Mediterranean chicken salad sandwich ($11), turkey melt ($11), blackened salmon sandwich ($10) and garlic parmesan fries, ($6).

The Mediterranean chicken salad seems like a pretty typical chicken salad sandwich at first, but look closely and you'll see the chefs at Pinnacle have incorporated a bevy of flavorful Mediterranean-inspired ingredients such as sun-dried tomato, artichoke, basil and pesto aioli. The chicken salad receives a kick of flavor from the tart sun-dried tomato and tangy artichoke.

The first thing noticeable about Pinnacle's turkey melt is just how rich it is. Havarti cheese and a bechamel sauce meld together over cuts of turkey on a brioche bun. Equal parts nutty, creamy and juicy, the sandwich is a delight for the taste buds.

The blackened salmon sandwich seemed to be one of the healthier menu items to enjoy, but it didn't sacrifice any flavor for it. The salmon, seared on the outside and moist inside, was topped with two large rings of pineapple and a Cajun aioli packed with flavor.

The Pinnacle restaurant offers 'picnic menu' for on-the-go wine tasters

Alex Groves

The fries on The Pinnacle Restaurant's 'picnic menu' have just a hint of garlic and generous amount of parmesan cheese.

Looking for something spicy? Consider the buffalo chicken sandwich ($11) with fried chicken tenders, buffalo sauce, tomato, lettuce and a creamy ranch dressing.

Vegetarians looking to dine on the fly needn't fear. Pinnacle offers a grilled portobello mushroom wrap ($9), which comes complete with chunks of portobello cooked in balsamic vinegar, roasted red pepper, lettuce, tomato and avocado with a pesto aioli. Barradas said the wrap is his favorite.

For a great addition to any sandwich, try Pinnacle's perfectly seasoned garlic parmesan fries. The fries, crispy and hot, have a slight hint of garlic and a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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