Temecula Valley – Southern California’s Wine Country

Lorimar Winery

Here’s a secret you might not know about wine – there’s a mantra that states “the key to staying young is to eat lots of chocolate paired with a glass of a good ‘ol wine.” A good motto to live by: “A glass a day, keeps the dead cells’ away.” In fact, there have been many studies conducted throughout the years suggesting that wine helps rejuvenate old cells.

Temecula is about a 90-minute drive from Palm Springs via Highway 74.  It’s an easy day trip and well worth it.

The drive itself is quite pretty. During the first part of your trip, you will wind through the breath-taking San Jacinto Mountains. This is a great place to see the gorgeous desert landscape from the comfort of your car. Next, you’ll find yourself on a green plain, surrounded by acres of farms near Anza. The change in landscape will make you feel as if you’ve entered an entirely different region.

Finally, you’ll descend into the Temecula Valley. White picket fences and acres of grape trees dot the landscape. While the drive is pretty, the experience of wine tasting in the valley is superb.

 

Temecula Valley Wine Country

 

The Temecula Valley Wine Country spans more than 33,000 acres and is home to more than 30 wineries. There are also great restaurants, gift shops, farm tours, and other attractions. You can visit wineries on your own, but there are also a number of daily wine tours to choose from. The wineries pride themselves on providing every blend and varietal starting from Arneis to Zinfandel. With blends ranging from sparkling to still and dry to dessert, your glass won’t go empty and your taste buds will beg for more. The uniqueness of Southern California Wines is unrivaled. So, this new year, why not visit a place that offers award-winning wines?

Every year, the Temecula Valley hosts a barrel tasting event. This event is held every year in January for an entire weekend. So clear your calendars. Thousands of people attend this event every year to get a taste of unfinished barrels and tank wine, current vintages or try one of their newly released wines. Tempranillo and Zinfandel are offered plus at least two dozen other varieties that thrive here including Malbec, Blanc, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others.

Food pairings are also offered. Purchase a two-day ticket to experience all 36 wineries.

A Few Notable Wineries

Wilson Creek

Apart from a tasting room, Wilson Creek also offers a full-service restaurant where you can enjoy a meal indoors or on the patio. The Creekside picnic area is great for having a family lunch after you finish tasting.

The Grapes

 

There are more than 70 growers who supply fruit to the Temecula Valley wineries. The reason why this valley can produce such exquisite wine is its climate that is very similar to that in Napa Valley to the north. The weather is well suited for growing Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Viognier.

Mount Palomar

 

Mount Palomar is one of the oldest wineries in the Temecula Valley. This winery exudes beauty and romance with its surrounding mountains and walkways lined with beautiful Cyprus trees. The Annata Bistro and Bar offers a dazzling view of the valley through the floor to ceiling windows.

Lorimar

 

“A Fusion of Wine, Art, Music, and Food”

These are the words Lorimar lives by. It’s not just a winery but a place that engages all your senses with award-winning wines, gourmet food, live music, an art gallery and breathtaking views of the Temecula Valley. On tasting tours, you can visit a mobile kitchen that will teach you how to pair foods perfectly with each blend.

Falkner

 

Surrounded with the spectacular views of the Valley, this winery pairs its great wines with food in the award-winning Pinnacle Restaurant. Take part in tournaments and yard games. Or if you are really a foodie, visit the place on Sunday and enjoy specialty tacos. The winery even hosts educational and entertainment tours.

Try the “Crush Club”. Here, you can enjoy easy drinking wines that are made with a ‘touch of sweetness’. Included in these wines are White Luscious Lips, Red Luscious Lips, Risqué Riesling, and Irresistible Rosato. With so much good wine to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find a bottle or two to take back home with you.

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