Wine & Travel

Snooth User: Eric Tinch

Temecula in July

Original post by Eric Tinch, May 27, 2012.

Disapointed with my search results for Temecula. Most were from 2010...

Anyway, we are going on a family vacation in the area and I need some assistance in choosing a few wineries to hit.  Most of my research so far has been the wineries' websites, which are obviously biased.  However, based on this I am thinking about Doffo, Wiens, and Wilson Creek for the almond champagne.  Any opinions or recomendations?

We mostly drink Cabs and Zins, but we aren't picky :).


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Reply by ChrisMo, Sep 19, 2012.

Mark, I really appreciate your recommendations. Still have to come up with the final list of the wineries we want to drop by, if for nothing else to check out if we have to make some appointments first for the wine tasting. So far the whole trip is scheduled for a weekend. I know that the prices might be higher at weekends but we can't make it mid week, but nothing is final yet. I checked, Hart's winery is open 7 days a week so hopefully we can drop by there too.

Again, I appreciate your help and I'll try to sum up our experience.


Reply by EMark, Sep 19, 2012.

I keep thinking that I could have done a better job on my previous post, Chris.

First of all, I found that the three wineries I visited all had sweet or "sweetish" wines.  I suspect that your GF will be able to taste something in that direction at just about any winery.

The only thing that I might think would be more expensive over the weekend might be lodging.  Prices in the wineries are going to be fixed and I would suspect the same for restaurants.

Check winery websites for promotions such as two-for-one tastings.  Now that I think about it, though, that is, probably, one thing that might not be available on weekends.  However, you can also save a few $ by splitting a tasting.  Believe me, when you're getting 6 tastes per winery, your palate will fatigue fairly quickly.  I found that there was plenty in a taste for both my wife and I to try.

Obviously, it will be more crowded on the weekend.  So, it might be a tad more difficult to get personal attention unless you are at a room that requires an appointment.  Also, though, the farther you get from I-15, the less crowded the wineries become.

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 19, 2012.

I have to admit that I still kind of hate the idea of Temecula, despite not having much experience with it.

Reply by ChrisMo, Sep 26, 2012.

Mark, again thanks for all the helpful information. Splitting the tasting sounds quite rational and we'll probably do that. It's all settled for this weekend. It's going to be a one day trip, so we don't have to worry about lodging. After we met with a few friends this weekend and told them about our plan, they decided to join us. Now we are six and have to find a mean of transportation fast, since weekend is just around the corner and there would be only one driver, me, and to be honest I'm also more inclined towards finding a designated driver other then myself. In "worst case scenario" we will rent a bigger car, anyway, it's up for discussion at this point. I wouldn't mind if you could drop in some ideas in this direction too.

Next week hopefully I'll be sharing my experience here and not asking any more questions. I really appreciate all the help so far.

Reply by Flamefighter, Sep 26, 2012.

 I live near Temecula and to be truthful it isn't the best the wine world has to offer but it isn't God awful either.

You should be fine with six in your party, most of the wineries prefer notice if there are 10 or more in a party because they get the big wedding parties and they often don't result in sales so much as drunks. Don't waste a lot of time on the whites.  Temecula just doesn't have the cooler night temps for good chard or other whites.  Many of the wineries tell you they import their grapes from Central Cal. What they really mean is they import their grapes from the Central Valley and they are grown in another hot location and not the best in the west. 

Try Callaway, La Cereza, Weins and Hart.  Forget Wilson Creek.  It is big and busy but it is more of a wedding location than a serious winery unless you like sweet wine. 

Best of luck and drive careful the local CHP is always on the lookout on weekends.

Reply by EMark, Sep 26, 2012.

Chris, a quick search on "Temecula Wine Tours Limo" and returned several hits.  You might start with this one.  If you go for a Limo, then nobody has to be noble and be the DD>

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