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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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Open that Bottle Night – 2012

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Recently, I have been rotating my lay-down (a.k.a.-aging) cellar trying to move older vintages to our drink-now wine captain when I ran across a Merlot from South Coast Winery.   This particular bottle was from the Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyard, which is at an elevation of 2200 feet, and is blessed with granite soils, warm days and cool evenings.   But as I was holding the bottle, I noticed it was a 2004. I thought for sure I had screwed the pooch.  No way was a Temecula Valley wine going to stand up all these years.  I was prepared to pour it down the drain and was already thinking which wine to select next in its place.  There are many well-produced wines from this southern California appellation but let’s just be frank, they are nowhere near Napa or Bordeaux, age worthy quality. Read More >

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Women and Wine

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Women drinking wine

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

The 6-hour trip includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from San Diego to Temecula by bus with forward-facing seats
  • Visit three (3) wineries, tasting fees included
  • Gourmet Cheese and Meat Platter
  • Winery tour
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Bottled water

Date:                  Sunday, March 11, 2012

Time:                   10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet at the Bud Kearns Municipal Swimming Pool in Balboa Park at 9:45 am for departure at 10:00 am sharp (Upas St in North Park)

If there is enough interest, we can have a second pick-up location in North County!

Return to Balboa Park at 4:00 pm

Costs:                   $85.00

They’ll be leisure time allotted for you to enjoy tapas or a salad lunch (on your own account)

Sorry fellas. This is a “Women Only” event.

Please RSVP by March 2, 2012 to: 619-944-5202 or contactus@www.finelivingenthusiast.com

Sponsored by: Stephanie Terry & Gay Johnson of Fine Living Enthusiast

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Wine Tasting in the Temecula Valley

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Off-the-beaten path wineries – Temecula Valley

If you are looking for an off-the-beaten path wine tasting adventure then head to the Temecula Valley. Instead of heading to Rancho California Road, take State Road 79 exit off the I-15 and you will be rewarded with a welcome detour to a few off-the-beaten path wineries. Then just follow this road to Anza Road, meandering alongside the rolling hills of vineyards until you turn onto De Portola Road. Here, you’ll enjoy a slightly different wine tasting experience such as the one at Leonesse Cellars. Although it’s a limited-production winery, their Rhone-style wines are not limited in taste. Read More >

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Temecula Valley Wine Tasting Tour

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Fine Living Enthusiast guests head to off-the-beaten-path wineries in Temecula

The Temecula Wine Tasting trip on Nov 21st was very successful.  Around 26 of us headed up for a day of wine tasting, education, music, food and fun.   Temecula, located about an hour north of San Diego, has some up and coming wineries that should be on the winery visit list of any lover of wine. The majority of wine tasting visitors stop at the higher-production wineries dotted along Rancho California Road.  However, this trip focused on lesser-known, smaller-production wineries. Read More >

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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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Wine Tasting in Temecula Valley

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Off-the-beaten path wineries – Temecula Valley

Leonesse Winery

Leonesse Cellars Winery

If you are looking for an off-the-beaten path wine tasting adventure then head to the Temecula Valley. Although the majority of Temecula Valley wineries are dotted along Rancho California Road, instead exit off the I-15 on State Road 79. Follow it to Anza Road, meandering alongside the rolling hills of vineyards until you turn onto De Portola Road. Here, you’ll enjoy a slightly different wine tasting experience such as the one at Leonesse Cellars Winery.  Although it’s a limited-production winery, their Rhone-style wines are not limited in taste.

One example, the Melange de Blanc is made with traditional Rhone grape varietals Viogner, Marsanne, and Rousanne.  For anyone weary of drinking heavy oaked California Chardonnays, the newly released 2008 will certainly provide a delightful replacement.  This wine has that familiar Chardonnay texture but is far more aromatic.  The flavors brought back memories of picking peaches off the tree in summertime. This wine paired well with Gruyere cheese and salami treats my friends and I enjoyed near the picnic grounds. Read More >

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