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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Temecula View all

  • Palumbo Family Vineyards

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

  • La Cereza Winery

    La Cereza (Spanish for cherry) welcomes visitors to its Spanish-style winery where the charming t...

  • Rancho de Andallusia

    Rancho de Andallusia (RDA) is a failed attempt at a winery business in Temecula, California. Cre...

  • Alex's Red Barn Winery

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

  • Maurice Carrie Winery

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

  • Thornton Winery

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

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Temecula on Snooth

  • NG, that SB sure looks great.  It is so unfair, though, that you cannot ... ... that the quality of the Temecula wineriies peaks at Hart, the first winery that you come to from I-15.OT, thanks for the report, very interesting and very informative.  I have to believe that whoever owned that wine before you took good care of it.  It looks beaut... Read More

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  • Wow NG, I think that's another brand I've actually heard of, but barely ... about. There was a trip to Temecula, but the only winery/wines we tried were Doffo's, supposedly some of the best in town and I wasn't impressed, though I got a good chuckle out of their pricing, which was through the roof!So here's my favorite alcoholic beverage in tha... Read More

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  • Mount Palomar Port Blend Temecula Valley Limited Reserve NV


    Very nice and light port wine. Read More

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


    A very nice dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by PaTay

  • 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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  • 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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