Two Temecula Resort Restaurants Earn Acclaim from Wine Spectator with the Award Of Excellence

Pechanga Resort Casino’s Great Oak Steakhouse and Temecula Creek Inn’s Cork Fire Kitchen Impress with National Recognition.   

TEMECULA, CA – Only two Temecula restaurants can claim the distinction of being awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2021. The Great Oak Steakhouse inside Pechanga Resort Casino and Cork Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn have both earned the 2021 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence distinction for the second year in a row. This places resorts’ signature restaurants among the top 0.3% of all dining establishments in the United States, according to statistics from The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants with a true dedication to wine. Their wine lists must offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality wine producers and offer a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether concise or extensive, focused on only a few wine regions or diverse, the winning lists deliver ample choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers. This year, 1,673 restaurants received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

“We are thrilled to earn this award, and receiving it speaks volumes about how guests feel about the Great Oak Steakhouse,” said Pam Toscano, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Pechanga Resort Casino. “Our teams work so hard to deliver the very best in guest experience. And providing the right selections and matches to our menu at the Great Oak Steakhouse illustrates the attention to detail and care our chefs, restaurant staff and overall food and beverage management take with each aspect of guest service.”

“Our culinary teams put their hearts and souls into the food served at Cork Fire Kitchen during brunch and dinner, and of course, ensuring the dishes pair perfectly with the exquisite wines on our list,” said Michael Feeley, Temecula Creek Inn General Manager. “Our guests tell us it’s truly a treat to dine at Cork Fire Kitchen. We wholeheartedly believe that’s because of the thoughtfulness given to each menu selection our guests discover.”

The Great Oak Steakhouse’s wine list features 203 distinctive wines from wine producing regions around the world. Many hail from California, including several from the local Temecula Valley. Other selections include well known, as well as hard to find, labels from the Pacific Northwest, Europe, Argentina, and New Zealand.

Cork Fire Kitchen features 119 wines on their extensive list that offers nearly 20 labels from as nearby as the Temecula Valley, and many more from as far away as Australia, France, Argentina and Austria.

The Great Oak Steakhouse is also a AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant. It is open every evening for dinner starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling (951) 770-8507 or via the Pechanga website at

Reservations are encouraged when dining at Temecula Creek Inn’s Cork Fire Kitchen. Reservations may be made by visiting or by calling (888) 976-3404.

About Pechanga Resort Casino
Pechanga Resort Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the number one casino in the country by USA Today and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, hotel rooms and suites, dining, and golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or visit

About Temecula Creek Inn
A historic, boutique and charming resort located in Temecula, California, Temecula Creek Inn offers a hideaway from the bustle and bristling pace of every day Southern California life. Located two minutes from Interstate 15 and an easy hour drive from San Diego and Los Angeles, the resort, opened in 1970, features 27 holes of championship golf and practice facility for players of every skill level, Cork Fire Kitchen serving innovative farm-to-table cuisine and comfort food in a setting looking out onto the Temecula Creek Golf Club waterfall, Porter’s 19 snack bar, 127 rooms and suites, and two premier wedding venues rated best in the region by California Wedding Day Magazine. For more information, call toll free (855) 494-5627 or visit

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