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Cafe Champagne

32575 Rancho California Rd. (I-15) Send to Phone
951-699-0088
A hillside vineyard restaurant that feels like a little slice of the Napa Valley, just an hour from Greater L.A.
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Cafe Champagne Restaurant Review

: This charming hillside restaurant at Thornton Winery is a slice of Napa Valley just a little over an hour outside of L.A. The dining room’s generously spaced, candlelit tables are dressed in burgundy linen and expansive windows exploit a welcome view of rolling vineyards. An adjoining patio offers romantic al fresco dining, where some top names from the world of jazz perform every summer. The cooking of executive chef Steve Pickell, who spent time at Jeremiah Tower’s celebrated Stars in San Francisco, reflects diverse cultural influences from Latin America to Asia. Starters include Hawaiian ahi layered with avocado and shiitake mushrooms in a soy-ginger sauce, and poblano chiles stuffed with Muenster cheese. Among entrées are crispy duck confit over a butternut squash risotto, pan-roasted salmon with forbidden black rice, and grilled filet mignon with a Cabernet demi-glace. While the wine list may not be voluminous, it extends well beyond the Thornton company or the Temecula appellation (whose winemakers, incidentally, are getting more ambitious every year).

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