Temecula 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 ‘en vogue’ red varietals 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Temecula View all

  • Thornton Winery

    Historic Thornton Winery THORNTON WINERY favors producing wine that is exciting for its freshness...

  • Baily Vineyard & Winery

    Established in 1986, Baily Vineyard & Winery is a family-owned estate winery located in the Temec...

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards

    Located in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to sm...

  • Doffo

      Marcelo, Zulma and Damian Doffo invite you to visit the charming home of Doffo Winery. ...

  • Foote Print Winery

    Located on the east side of Temecula's wine country, our Winery and Certified Organic Farm are ju...

  • Leonesse Cellars

    Leonesse Cellars is the embodiment of quality, warmth, and outstanding wines. We guarantee a warm...

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Temecula on Snooth

  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery Petit Verdot Temecula Valley 2008


    Another wine of unclear provenance from an estate disposition, I have to say, though, it's pretty good. Lovely dark color with absolutely no bricking. Red fruit on the nose, but with a hint of alcohol. VERY fruity on the tip of the tongue--red bing cherry, red table grapes. It is almost sweet, although, there is still some obvious acid that... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • No wine isn't going away, but DV - you associate with a rare and ... the ... ... the story in places like Temecula as well. If you can make a lot of money selling plonk, why not do that? A few of the really good wineries in Michigan and Ohio couldn't make a go of it, so they closed or went native and put blackberry wine and blueberry wine on t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries

  • So there are a few of them up in the northern area about a half hour or so ... ... down in San Diego to support Temecula wineries, and wine clubs aren't going to do it for them if they can't get the customers to stop in.I definitely want to go and visit some more places in the Okanagan region though - they seem to have gone all in and the wine... Read More

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  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards Decadencia Chocolate Port NV


    Decadencia is smooth to drink and the chocolate flavor with the wine is superb. Read More

    Wine review by mrswilli

  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's ... I had some decent stuff in Temecula of all places. OTOH, it's $30+/bottle and you can get Chianti Classico for less and Morellino di Scansano for much less and of quality that's probably as good. So if you're going to have to charge over $30/bottle, do you plant Sangiove... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US

  • I remember that video. He did a good job.But as to clearance - as a New Yorker, ... its own business model. In Temecula they make a lot of mediocre wine and sell it all for way more than a decent bottle of something else. They have sufficient tourists who care about the experience more than the wine, so that's what they go with. In Napa if they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...

  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... ... that I have made about Temecula winerie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Puglia is southern Italy, every bit as much so as Campania, and even more ... ... ... it might be more like a Temecula to Napa stretch, since Puglia is hella hot and is rather winepoor relative to Toscana or Campania, though it still has batches better wine than anywhere south of Ojai.Isn't a decade still infanticide for good Barolos, Fox?  ;... Read More

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  • I first noticed tip jars about three years ago in Temecula.  I think we visited three or four tating rooms that day, and every one of them had a tip jar on the conter.  On a trip to Paso Robles two years ago I noticed tip jars in a couple of the four or five tasting rooms we visited.  I do not recall seeing any at the two Edna Valley wineries th... Read More

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  • Maurice Carrie White Blend Temecula Valley Summer's End 2001


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    Wine review by ncsuzta

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  • A long time ago I had a beautiful white wine from Temecula, CA. I was told that it was only available in the Spring season. I don't remember the name however, it was born in Temecula, Ca. Might anyone have any ideas of how I might find this loved wine once again? Thanks - Mick Vee

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