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Mar 14, 2013 05:39 PM

Top quality wines in Temecula?

I'm a wine enthusiast going to Temecula for an event, and want to pick up some wines while I'm there. I'm not concerned with the ambience, tasting fees, etc., just the quality of the wines. Can anyone give me some advice on where to go? Thank you!

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  1. While Temecula is not Napa, it does have some up and coming and promising wineries. We have found a couple of very solid quality boutique vineyards on the east end of Temecula.

    Palumbo Family Vineyards - 4 excellent offerings, 3 excellent reds and 1 white. Small family tasting room, nice property, and knowledgable staff.

    Doffo - Another relatively small family operation. East of Palumbo specializes in very bold red wines, most wines are estate grown and the tasting room is lively. Their wine quite good, in my opinion, and many of their wines are built to age.

    Weins - A much larger family operation but has solid selection of reds and nice selection of white wines. A bit more commercial than the two above but have always had a great experience here. Their wines are approachable on both taste and price.

    Those are my favs so far. There are about a dozen or more vineyards in the area but based on my research these 3 seem to be doing solid quality.

    1. We like Hart Family Winery. Small family owned. Joe Hart is one of the original pioneering winemakers in Temecula.

      1. Concur with Doffo & Weins. Have not been to Palumbo or Hart. Would like to add Robert Renzoni to the mix.