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Temecula Valley – Leonesse Cellars

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Leonesse Cellars  in Temecula Valley

4/5 Ranking

2011 Melage de Blanc Viognier

Viognier from Leonesse Cellars

Wine review and rating for a white wine blend from Temecula Valley

2011 Melange de Blanc

Leonesse Cellars is on of my favorite wineries in the Temecula Valley.  Some serious wine aficionados may laugh when I say this winery produces some excellent wines.  But that’s only because they haven’t had the pleasure of sipping their offerings.  As the saying goes, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.”  You are missing out.

This is a Viognier/Grenache Blanc blend.  It’s very aromatic with flavors of white peach, apricot and pear.  It’s a wine you can drink with or without food. We tried it at the winery with lobster bisque.  Leonesse Cellars has a big tasting room with a separate wine room for special tastings, which need to be purchased in advance. You’ll love this wine come Spring/Summer. $24


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Temecula Valley Wine Tasting

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Join us on Sunday, November 21, 2010 for an escorted tour of the Temecula Valley Wine Region.

wine tasting at Wien Family Cellars in Temecula

Wine tasting at Wien Family Cellars

Our professional driver will lead us on a comfortable motor coach to some of Temecula Valley’s smaller-production wineries.  Instead of fighting traffic up the I-15, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and talk with friends or meet new wine enthusiasts as we head out for a fun, wine-filled afternoon.

The cost for the trip is $60 per person. Here’s what is included:

  • Driver to and from Temecula with pick up at a designated area
  • Winery tour followed by six wine tastings at Wiens Family Cellars
  • Winery grounds Picnic – Appetizer plate of deli meats, crackers, cheeses, and fruits
  • Winery tasting room visit with six wine tastings at Oak Mountain Winery

Our Featured Temecula Wineries

Wiens Family Cellars is a winery known for their “Big Reds” such as Zinfandel, Barbera and Pinot Noir; but they also produce lovely white and dessert wines.  Oak Mountain Winery specializes in Rhone Valley style wines, as well as, Italian wines including Primitivo and Sangiovese.

In addition, we will visit sister wineries Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel Winery.  At our last stops of the afternoon, you can enjoy some of the Temecula Valley’s finest selections with wine tastings of an award-winning Gewurztraminer and a Garnacha.   At this point on the wine tour, you may wish to partner with another wine drinker for the combination 12 tastings for only $15.  However, if you are feeling adventurous, you can keep all 12 for yourself and perhaps experiment with a pineapple-flavored sparkling wine or play it safe with a delicious Merlot.

We will be leaving San Diego at 9:45 a.m. and returning at 3:45 p.m.

Give us a call at 619-977-1792 or Contact Us and provide your name and email address for payment options.  We look forward to you joining us on this fun-filled day.

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The Finger Lakes Wine Region

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Keuka Lake Vineyard in the Finger Lakes

Photo by Darren McGee

The Finger Lakes region, located in the North West part of upstate New York is as beautiful as Tuscany, Italy, the Loire Valley of France or any of the other European wine regions.

According to Native American legend, God thought the area was so magnificent he reached down and put His handprint upon the land-thus the long, narrow, “finger like” shaped of the lakes and how the area got its name.

There are eleven Finger Lakes but the largest and perhaps the most well-known are Cayuga Lake, the longest, (38.2 miles) and deepest and Seneca Lake, where dozens of wineries are located along three main trails: Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca Lake Wine Trails. Read More >

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Great Wine Bargains at Trader Joe’s

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RCTJWF 2008 Zinfandel Paso Robles

R.C.T.J.W.F 2008 Zinfandel Paso Robles

Trader Joe’s Wines Rocks

I had just returned from a four-day trip to the San Antonio Wine & Food Festival where I sampled nearly 100 great and not-so-great wines.  When I got home, Stephanie had a new bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s for us to try. I reached for the bottle.  The label read RCTJWF Zinfandel Paso Robles California and I was more than curious.

I’m never one to turn down wine, and am hard pressed to find a bad Paso wine, so out comes the corkscrew.  I poured and swirled then sniffed.  Uh oh. Not much of an aroma for a Zin was my initial reaction. But that first sip. Wow! Outrageously fruit forward, with it’s jammy goodness just bursting in my mouth.

I turned the bottle around and read in fine print “Really Cool Trader Joe’s Wine Find”.  Never have truer words been written. Steph informs me that this find was only $5.00 and I immediately begin thinking how I’m going to plan my day tomorrow so I can swing by TJ’s and pick up a case. Who doesn’t love uncovering wine bargains?

We drink the remainder with grilled pork chops, baked beans and grilled corn on the cob with lime butter and chili seasoning.   The spiciness from the barbecue sauce paired nicely with the fruitiness of the Zin.  Need-less-to-say the night was a success. Read More >

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