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Snooth User: jescobio

Hey Guys! Ive been MIA, need some reccomendations for Temecula Wineries

Posted by jescobio, Jul 30.

Inlaws are in town and we plan on doing a tasting day in Temecula.  I havent been up there in years.  Id like to hit 3 to 4 wineries.  Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.  

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Reply by EMark, Jul 30.

I like Hart.  It's the very first winery you see hit as you are traveling on Rancho California Rd. from I-15--it's on the left.  It is one of the older wineries in the area.  I've had good Barbera, Syrah, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from Hart.  Usually, the Joe Hart is working in the tasting room.  Joe just a terrific guy.  He is the founder of the winery, but he has turned over operations to his son.  So, now, he spends his time being a gracious host in the tasting room.

GregT reported a nice discovery in Temecula a few months ago, but I just don't recall which one it was.  If GregT endorses it, then it is good.  Maybe he'll jump in here.

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Reply by jescobio, Jul 30.

Thanks!  Hart is on the list.  We have been there before and it was good times.   Also looking at Gershon Bachus Vintners.  All smaill block stuff but hopefully avoid the crowds.  Cheers!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 30.

GregT, going to weigh in?  Do try to be nice.

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Reply by gregt, Jul 31.

Don't know them well enough to say much. Most of what I've had has been really bad but the wineries aren't all that worried because they sell to the various parties or weekenders who head out just to drink. So it really doesn't matter if you serve sangria or good wine or bad wine - the people are out for the buzz and couldn't care less about wine.

But that's not necessarily fair because as I said, I've not visited many of them. Of those I have visited, Cougar winery is one of the better ones. Rather than trying to make Cabernet or Syrah, which are really foolish in this climate, they are focused on Italian varieties, some of which come from pretty hot areas. And they do a pretty good job too. Seems like people could also make a case for Greek grapes as well as some from south Spain. I did have a Monastrell and Carinena this past weekend. No need to mention the perps by name.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 31.

South Coast Winery aint bad...tried some of their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 4-Block Blend last night and didn't cringe.


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