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Temecula Wineries Help Needed

Chowhounds, I need help for Saturday. A few friends and me are renting a van and driving to Temecula for the day. I wanted to visit cool boutique wineries and try to stay away from the big ones.

Any suggestions?

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  1. You will have to check out this gem of a winery ;-)

    http://www.briarrosewinery.com/winesh...

    1. The only "big" one might be Callaway, but the rest are pretty small. We like Thornton for champagne and lunch.

      Look at Frangipani Estate, Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Hart.

      1. Check out this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752263. Pay heed to the stay away from Wilson Creek replies.
        Hart Family Winery is one of the oldest small wineries in the valley. Good juice.

        1. My significant other has a wine club membership with Ponte - its a lovely vineyard and the wine is pretty good.

          1. Try Hart and Mount Palomar. The grounds at Mount Palomar are nice too (in a homey way, not as polished as some of the bigger ones).