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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Varietals Produced in Temecula View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Maurice Carrie Winery

    The Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery is nestled amidst the rolling hills of beautiful Temecula V...

  • Mount Palomar Winery

    Mount Palomar Winery, located in the Temecula Valley wine appellation, is a fine wine estate dedi...

  • Longshadow Ranch Winery

    Tradition from six generations has brought these fine wines to your table. The now all but lost a...

  • South Coast Winery

    Prepare to experience luxury uncorked. In the heart of Southern California's Temecula Wine Countr...

  • Alex's Red Barn Winery

    The vineyard was established by land developers in the 1960's to demonstrate the Temecula Valley ...

  • Monte De Oro

    A dream of 71 family owners from North America, England and South Africa, Monte De Oro Winery ...

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Temecula on Snooth

  • The only almond wine I know of in the States is a sparkling made by a Temecula winery - Wilson Creek Winery, but I don't think they make a still or dessert almond wine. Read More

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  •  This wine is fairly tannic, and not particularly tannic.Sometimes, I ... ... ... what is the name of that Temecula make Read More

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  • Emark - you got it. If they have Zinfandel, they shouldn't also list it by ... for it.There's a guy in Temecula who is making a good Montepulciano! He does Aglianico too but his Montepulciano is seriously drinkable.As far as Grignolino, good catch. I don't know why it's not on the list except that maybe there's just so little of it? Which as f... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... and yet I've had some in Temecula of all places.Souzao, Touriga Francesca, and Touriga Nacional are Port grapes so if you've had Port, chances are you've had those. I'm really interested in tasting some from CA though because I think those would make perfect sen... Read More

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  • Both. He championed a lot of things. May not have been the first or the ... In ... In fact, there are places (Temecula?) that exist ONLY for tourism because the wine itself isn't worth a lot.Fume Blanc was brillian Read More

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  • Unless you're an utter Revolutionary War geek, or want to get down and ... ... ... if we can just get the Temecula grape growers and winemakers to produce products that give a sense of that sagebrush spice, and the fossilized earth.  Then get that to spread north up into Santa Barbara, too. It only took the Languedoc winemakers 2500 years aft... Read More

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  • 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

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  • In high school I started out with the sugary swill of Boonesfarm and Annie ... ... the Winter Barrel tasting in Temecula. We stayed at the South Coast Winery and on that Saturday and Sunday, the shuttle came and took us to the 20 wineries (10 each day) where they did the barrel tastings.  We had a blast!  At each winery you sampled the wines i... Read More

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  • Yesterday was our anniversary.  Peggy surprised me a bit when I asked her ... yes, it is a Pinot Noir from Temecula.  What the heck was that guy thinking?  I had never heard of that winery--Maurice Car'rie.  A quick search seems to indicate that they still operate, although PN is not listed among their wines.  Actually, it appears that their b... Read More

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  • 2014 harvest is completed at most of the Temecula Wineries.  @GBVWinery, we had a great crop and the fruit was outstanding.  For those who have not been to the region in a while, it is worth the trip.  Gershon Bachus just released their 2009 Estate wines.  They are robust and beautifully balanced.  We are open for tasting Friday Saturday and Sun... Read More

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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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