Wine Tasting in Temecula Valley
 

Wine Tasting in Temecula Valley

Nicole and Ron took us on a wine tasting tour through Temecula Valley, a place just inland of Los Angeles.

Lake Elsinore

On our way there on the Ortega Highway we went past Lake Elsinore. This used to be a run-down town, but now an effort is being made to revitalize it. The results have been mixed so far - "the only things you find here are churches and AA meetings".

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Lake Elsinore[a] is the lake to the right in the pictures.

Wilson Creek

We started at Wilson Creek[b] - which is the winery farthest away[c] from the main roads. The plan was to visit the wineries from farthest to nearest, while everyone else went from nearest to farthest.

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Maybe it was because my taste buds were still undamaged, but I think Wilson Creek had the best wines. I ended up walking out with a box of:

  • 1 x Almond Champagne: Simply amazing champagne, also known as the "Oh My Gosh!" champagne.

  • 2 x Angelica Cream Sherry: Great sherry that cam be mixed with the almond champagne.

  • 1 x 2003 Duet Late Harvest Cabernet/Zinfandel: Very sweet dessert wine. Like the sherry, this one can be mixed with the champagne.

  • 2 x 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Falkner

Falkner's pub / wine tasting house sits perched atop a small hill. Their grapes were just about to be harvested.

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(I'm just satisfied with how that last sequence of photos ended up, despite the pictures being off-center.)

Stuart Cellars

Stuart Cellars[d] had a great vintage Port, but by now our taste buds were beginning to go into a state of shock, which meant that most wines tasted alike - acidic.

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Bailey's

Poor Bailey's never stood a chance. After Stuart, we were capable of registering that something liquid had been ingested, but nothing more.

Thornton

Thornton specializes in champagne.

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Last Words (or Signs)

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[a]

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=temecula&ll=33.672354,-117.378616&spn=0.047162,0.083333&t=k&hl=en

[b]

http://wilsoncreekwinery.com/

[c]

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=wilson+creek+winery&ll=33.549863,-117.041950&sll=33.562138,-116.989031&spn=0.011807,0.014188&sspn=0.024854,0.029869&t=k&iwloc=A&hl=en

[d]

http://www.stuartcellars.com/