Temecula Valley Wine

The name Temecula is derived from the native American description for the 'land where the sun shines through the mist’. The aptly named Temecula Valley viticultural area enjoys a unique climactic phenomenon. As the eastern valleys heat up, warm air rises, creating a low-pressure system. This helps draw cool misty Pacific air into the Temecula Valley through the Rainbow and Deluz gaps. The maritime influence refreshes the vineyards, effectively moderating the extreme heat of the southern California sun. The region's vineyards also benefit from their high natural elevation (most are close to 1,500 feet) and well drained decomposed granite soil. In the late 1990s, Pierce’s disease plagued this Southern California AVA and vineyard acreage dramatically fell from 2,300 to 1,300 acres. Through the efforts of the USDA and the local winegrowers’ association, the problem seems to have been turned around. A spin-off benefit from the disaster has seen vineyards being replanted to &lsquo Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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Temecula Valley on Snooth

  • The 85% rule for Champagne vintage dating brought up the question in my mind ... remaining 15% came from the Temecula Valley, then either of the following scenarios would allow for the labeling of the wine to specifiy 2010 Stag's Leap:If 100% of the Stag's Leap grapes were harvested in 2010, then at least 2/3 of the Temecula grapes were harves... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?


  • A few years ago I made a trip down to the Temecula Valley and posted a report here on the Forum.  Jon Derry responded with something like "Thank you for doing God's work."  I have to say I feel the same about your impending quest, Jennifer.  Good luck.  Not to discourage you, but take a look at this review that was posted on Snooth, today.  This... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Arizona?!


  • Doffo Unfiltered Zinfandel Temecula Valley 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this at the winery a year and a half ago, and I seemed to recall it as a giant fruit bomb. Well, I'm still of that opinion. It is almost syrupy with TONS of blackberry, prune and tropical fruit content. Normally, I would hate something like this, but this is so over the top, that it's likable as a parody of so many popular low-dollar... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome, Chelsea.  We are always looking for youngsters to carry on with the crusade.  Don't worry about inventing new words.  I'm guessing that our resident linguist--yes, we have one--will approve.As a fellow Golden Stater I will certainly not discourage you from continuing to explore our local--I know it's a big state, but I chose to think th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from California!


  • Baily Chardonnay Temecula Valley 2010

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    Bright apple-vanilla come first, smooth tannins come later and then disappear in wide flavorful aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Baily Winery Temecula Valley Montage 2008

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    good wine with bells and all whistles but too expensive... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • I agree with Jon that you can't go wrong with a Syrah, but, if you are going to grill your ribey, I can't pass up a chance to brag on my favorite--Zinfandel.  I don't want to make this difficult, but look for one that is "region specific"--i.e., not just "California."  My current favorites are from the Dry Creek Valley or the Rockpile regions.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Introductions to All


  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... won't break the bank.The Temecula Valley has been trying to develop their wine industry since the 1970s.  Temecula Valley is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.  You can get good, but, probably, not great wines from Temecula.  I think their biggest problem is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Wilson Creek Loyalty Temecula Valley Waggin Tail Vineyard NV

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    Wine review by Rich Tomko


  • Wilson Creek Loyalty Temecula Valley Waggin Tail Vineyard NV

    Snoothrank:

    Not much going on in the nose here, a little washed out cherry fruit lifted by noticeable alcohol. This is smooth as silk, and incredibly easy to drink, as if a bit of Teflon has been added in here. Its a wine whose appeal is built on texture since the flavors are decidedly light. There's some cranberry and cherry fruit with a hint of blueberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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