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Temecula vineyard recommendations [California]

We'll be in SD next week and would like to go up to Temecula and try some wine. It's impossible to pick one or two from the dozens of websites and I couldn't find any south coast wines in my area to try in order to form an uninformed opinion of what might be representative of the specialties of the area.

Does anyone have any recommendations/opinions?
Thanx!

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    1. re: ibstatguy

      check out Orfila in Escondido on your way up or back

      1. re: ibstatguy

        +1 on Orfila. IMO better than anything in Temecula. But I have not visited them in 4-5 years.

        1. re: 4wino

          We're not wedded to Temecula, I just found a lot of vineyards in that area. We're staying near Kearny Mesa, so I think Escondido is convenient too. Thank you.
          Keep 'em coming!!!!

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          Kearny's
          8310 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

          1. re: AprilTwoCats

            You used to be able to get a discount on wine tasting at Orfila when you visited the Wild Animal park - might be worth looking into.

    2. I visited Leonesse Cellars recently and enjoyed myself. Beautiful grounds, great staff, tasty wines. Have fun!

      1. Hart and Mt Palomar are both good.

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        1. re: mayache

          I should add that whatever you do stay away from Wilson Creek. That wine should come with a tiny pink umbrella in it.

          1. re: mayache

            A big second on Hart and the recommendation to stay away from Wilson Creek.
            http://hartfamilywinery.com/

            1. re: araknd

              I am always shocked how many people drink that horrible almond soda pop at Wilson Creek.

              1. re: gbreit

                I think that their customers are the same that love $5 a bottle "champagne". They also get a lot of buses and "limousine" tour groups.

            1. we moved to the general vicinity a couple of years ago. have been tasting in temecula for a few years. our favorite - primarily for the reds, but they also have some nice champagne and whites, is Wiens Family Cellars. the only wine club we've joined so far. (we're pretty picky)

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              Wiens Family Cellars
              35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA 92591