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Jan 18, 2008 11:38 AM

Temecula Winery Recs

Hello! I'm a chowhound from Kansas City and will be visiting California in late February, starting a night in San Diego (downtown, at the new Hard Rock Hotel- don't have a dinner picked out yet, but that's another story) and driving to Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage for a weekend wedding.

It looks like our drive has us going through Temecula, so I was wondering if there are any wineries that you would recommend or if we should just continue on our way! Thanks!

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  1. I would suggest, on your way to Temecula, stop in Escondido at Orfila Vineyards, Leon, the wine maker, knows how to make great wines. Some good juice there.

    1. I second Orfila. I have had some pretty good wines from Falkner in Temecula. I wish I could reccomend more, but most Temecula wineries have dissappointed me.

      1. I've never been to Temecula, but it's reputation in the wine world is that it is a wine waste land.
        THe only one I've heard people recommend is Hart.
        Wes Hagen is a winemaker who judged Temecula wine in a competition. Here's what he has to say:
        Post. No. 5 has the winners.

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        1. re: SteveTimko

          Wow that was helpful- it does seem that if people have to choose, they prefer Hart. I'll keep that in mind. We might just keep going if there's really nothing outstanding. Thanks!

        2. Lyonesse or Ponte are the only ones worth the stop

          1. I enjoyed Thornton last time I was down there. I don't think I bought anything, but the tasting was nice. They do a good syrah and some sparkling wines there. They also have a good restaurant, Cafe Champagne (iirc). It was very nice to sit out on the patio and enjoy a good Sunday brunch and then go into the winery for a tasting.