Wine country in Southern California is still a world unto its own. With so much buzz about the Napa and Sonoma region, Temecula gets a backdoor in the wine world which may be unfair but it’s the wine drinkers who are losing out. Temecula is growing extremely fast and has been for a while. With over 35 wineries in the San Diego County region, it is definitely a “World of Wine”.
World of Wine is an event we have attended for the past couple of years and it is only getting better with time. Temecula Valley Wine Country invites wine drinkers to savor hundreds of award-winning wines offered by 35 member wineries while enjoying the irresistible charm of friendly tasting rooms. A passport is given to each participant when arriving at Callaway Vineyard and the tasting begins. Each winery offers a taste of their wines which varies between estate wines, unique barrel offerings, blends and more. Each winery also offers food which pairs with each wine that you will taste.
Even with a trickle of rain coming down, that didn’t stop hundreds of wine lovers to brave the elements and enjoy offerings from as many wineries as they could get to in a weekend. After receiving our passport, we set out on the De Portola Wine Trail which hugs the southern end of the Temecula wine region. This was an area we were unfamiliar with and each stop brought a different, but tasty experience.
Our first stop at Robert Renzoni was a muddy one because of their continued construction of a tasting experience that is being built up on the hill. Although, rainy and muddy, the wines we sampled were delicious and worth the excursion. Next brought us to another project which was underway at Oak Mountain Winery. They are in the process of building an extremely large wine cave which is said to have over 2,500 barrels inside and an expansive room for private parties. Heading up the road a bit brought us to Leoness which is a winery we are familiar with and once again, it didn’t disappoint. One of our last stops of the day was a winery in which we were hesitant to try but the end result was incredible. Cougar Winery looked a bit kitschy and maybe it is but their wine and food were the highlight of our trip. Not only did Cougar have a great offering of barrel tastings, their on-site Italian deli provided us with a delicious meatball from a chef who comes from New Jersey.
If you are looking to visit the Temecula region for this event or just want information for a future visit, head over to www.temeculawines.org.