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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  • Viognier

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Orange Muscat 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Pinot Grigio Reserve 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Mount Palomar Syrah Temecula Valley 2007


    Very dark indigo although maybe a tad murky in the glass. Cherry and tarry ... US$25.00 at the winery in Temecula Valle Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Hart Sauvignon Blanc Two-Vineyard Blend 2011


    Clear, very pale color. Big grassy nose with, maybe some tropical fruit ... ... US$24.00 at the winery in Temecula Valle Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Stuart Cellars Temecula Valley Long Valley Red Limited Estate Reserve Meritage 2006


    Nice deep crimson in the glass. Nose is correct for the Meritage varietals within. Some nice smoky, tobacco notes with blackberry, cassis, loamy turned soil, boysenberry, tar and espresso. More red on the palate. Flavors of crushed currant, dried strawberry, tobacco leaf, black cherry, cola, and some hints of cranberry, rhubarb and cocoa-tin... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio Temecula Valley 2007


    Always smooth, light and my go to wine while cooking a school night dinner Read More

    Wine review by Pdevarona

  • Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio Temecula Valley 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by winston2323

  • Thursday’s issue of the Los Angeles Times had two interesting articles on the California wine industry.In the “Food” section (once a week occurrence) there was an article on the Temecula wine region.  Temecula is about 40 miles inland and between Los Angeles and San Diego.  In the 70s various vineyards were planted.  The most notable of these wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Temecula WInes/Trading...

  • Keyways Temecula Valley "Santa Teresa" 2008


    87 points.Tart melon notes combine with an interesting mix of tangerine and kiwi on the nose. There is some limestone based minerality, a kiss of light honey, and a ripe, fleshy quince component. A spin in the glass reveals the very faintest floral note, reminiscent somewhat of water lily.There is a delicate sweetness to this wine that comes acr... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • Doffo Temecula Valley Syrah 2008


    91 points.The aroma is full of warm, spicy cherry preserves and medium-dark milk chocolate. Tones of melted licorice and mixed herbs play off of toasted coconut, vanilla, and cranberry, leading into an edge of fruitcake with a spin in the glass.It opens with a lovely, dark presence of raspberry and cranberry preserves, vanilla cream, and smooth ... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

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