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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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...

  • Leonesse Cellars

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

  • Foote Print Winery

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

  • 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 ...

  • Falkner Winery

    Winery specializing in Rhone and Tuscan varitials. Tasting room open daily. Restaurant open dai...

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Temecula on Snooth

  • Think I understand where you're coming from on the Copain, Greg. Actually ... you are now it's too bad Temecula didn't have just a bit more to offer. Though if you time the traffic right Santa Barbara and Ojai aren't too far off, and the drive can be a most pleasant one once you zip up then get off the freeways. Or better yet start at dawn and... Read More

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  • Chapin Vermentino Temecula California 2012


    Very much has a metallic nose--like steel or aluminum. Surprise, surprise. It's sweet. It tastes like white grape juice or, maybe, apple juice. A little bit of acid tartness. The metallic sensation comes back on the finish. This is not going to work with my dinner plan at all--Rigatoni with Canelini Beans and Mushrooms. :-( Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I had a Pinot Noir, last night, that I have to admit was pretty darned ... had ... ... had I.  It is a Temecula winery.  A pretty good friend, Ron, visited them last summer, liked what he tried and joined their winery club.  In December he received his first shipment from them.  Unfortunately, just before this shipment arrived Ron experienced... Read More

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  • Doffo Unfiltered Zinfandel Temecula Valley 2010


    I bought this at the winery a year and a half ago, and I seemed to recall it as ... US$55.20 at the winery in Temecula in 201 Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Michelle, I live about a one hour's drive from Temecula.  Sad to say, though, I have never visited Wilson Creek or even tried one of their sparklers.   :-(      So much wine, so little time to try it.Interesting that you mentioned the Bella Piazza Primitivo.  A couple weeks ago I picked up a 2009 Primitivo and a 2009 Zinfandel both produced by D... Read More

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  • Wanda, we need pics of those cookies.It is terrific that you have a local ... ... ... an hour's drive from Temecula.  My favorite winery down there is Har Read More

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  • Baily Riesling-Dry 2011


    sweet-scented wine, bold taste, pear and dried fruit. very nice dry riesling. ... ... best what I've seen in Temecul Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Welcome, Chelsea.  We are always looking for youngsters to carry on with ... County, Cucamonga Valley, Temecula, Anderson Valley, and Edna Valley are all local--examples.  And while I certainly agree with your assessment of the three grape varieties that you mentioned, let me suggest a couple more ideas for you.  Please try California Zinfande... Read More

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  • Yes, I would try a search for something like "wine bottling ... want to ... want to take a drive over to Temecula and see if you can strike up a conversation with somebody in one of the wineries.  I would be very surprised if one of them might want to do it for you, but they might be able to point you in some direction.Specifically, I might su... Read More

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  • Baily Vineyard & Winery Sangiovese 2010


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    Wine review by ApelsecS

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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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