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Ramona Valley Wine Blog, Part 1

Vineyards in the Ramona Valley

Vineyards of the Ramona Valley Area

Date:
May 18th, 2013

If you are interested in reading the introduction to this series of wine blogs, click here.  This is also a follow up post from our Temecula wine tasting which we did the previous day.  To view it, click here.

Wineries Visited:
Altipiano Winery – production 600 cases
Cordiano Winery – production ? cases

Details:
Leaving Temecula for the morning trip to the Ramona Valley, you quickly realize that the two areas could not be more different. Temecula is geared for tourism and there are a number of very large facilities. Ramona Valley is located in San Diego and the county is still wrestling with how best to regulate the nascent expansion of its first viable wine region. Read More

Temecula Valley Wine Tasting Blog – Part 2

Temecula Sign Posts for Wine Blog

Temecula Sign Posts for Wine Blog

Date:
May 17th, 2013

If you are interested in reading the introduction to this series of wine blogs, click here.

Wineries Visited:
Robert Renzoni Vineyards – production ? cases
Oak Mountain Winery – production 10,000 cases
Palumbo Family Vineyards– production: ? cases

General Location:
The Temecula Valley is roughly 40 minutes south of Riverside in the inland empire of the greater LA area.   It can be reached from either the Rancho California or the Temecula Parkway exits off of Interstate 15.

Details:
Welcome to part two of our wine blog about the Temecula Valley.  If you are interested in first reading about part one of the wine blog, please click here.

No matter what you are doing, some days end up being a sprint…others, a marathon. Today was certainly a marathon. Read More

Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Tasting Blog

Date:
May 5th, 2013

Explorers:
Karen – Ken – Justin
Check out their tastes and bios here

Wineries Visited
Paraiso Vineyards– production 10,000 cases
Wrath – production 3,000 cases
Pessagno Winery– production: ? cases

General Location:
The Santa Lucia Highlands is a long, narrow wine region to the west of Highway 101, approximately 90 minutes south of San Jose, CA.  It can be reached from Highway 101 exiting from any of the roads in the towns of Greenfield, Gonzalez or Soledad (careful though…one of them also leads to Soledad Correctional Facility…I doubt you’ll get much wine tasting done there). Read More

Temecula and Ramona Wine Tasting – Introduction

Date:
May 16th and 17th, 2013

General Location:
The Temecula Valley is roughly 40 minutes south of Riverside in the inland empire of the greater LA area.  The Ramona Valley lies midway between San Diego and Temecula and is about 20 minutes off of Highway 15.

Introduction:
Our trip to the Temecula and Ramona areas involved more Wineries than we originally planned on visiting so we’ve broken this up into four tasting posts with this serving as an introduction. That allows us to keep the length down for those us with short attention spans. There are/will be (depending upon when you are reading this) two posts for the Temecula Valley wine tasting and two for the Ramona Valley, and frankly, you couldn’t find two areas as geographically close together, that offer such different wine tasting experiences. Read More

Temecula Valley Wine Tasting Blog – Part 1

Bud Break in Temecula

Bud Break in Temecula

 

Date:
May 17th, 2013

Wineries Visited:
Bel Vino Winery – production 10,000 cases
Lorimar Vineyard and Winery – production 3,000 cases
Masia De Yabar– production: ? cases

General Location:
The Temecula Valley is roughly 40 minutes south of Riverside in the inland empire of the greater LA area.   It can be reached from either the Rancho California or the Temecula Parkway exits off of Interstate 15.

Details:
Bel Vino Winery is new to the Temcula wine scene, having taken over the facilities from Stuart Cellars in the last year. It sits on a ridge above many of the vineyards which afford anyone on their picnic grounds, a beautiful view of several other Wineries and the arid mountains that surround the Temecula Valley. Read More

Wine Travels: The Santa Clara Valley (Part 3)

This is part three of a series on the Wineries of Santa Clara County. Click here for part one and part two.

Date:
March 1st and April 20th, 2013

Explorers:
Karen – Ken
Check out their tastes and bios here

Wineries Visited:
Guglielmo Winery – production 50,000 cases
Morgan Hill Cellars – production 1,500 cases
Satori Cellars – production: 2,400 cases
Sunlit Oaks Winery – production: 500 cases
Thomas Kruse – production: 2,000 cases
Creekview Vineyards – production: 1,400 cases

Winery-Sage.com Listings:
1) To view more information for the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley (the local regional association), click here and type “Santa Clara” in the “quick search” field to see their listing on Winery-Sage.com.

2) To find more Wineries in Santa Clara County, click here and enter “Santa Clara” in the “quick search” field for Winery-Sage.com’s Winery database.

3) More information can be found for each Varietal that we’ve listed by clicking on the link that we’ve created the first time the Varietal is listed in each post.

General Location:
Welcome to part three of our Santa Clara Valley wine blog. This section focuses on wineries that are east of Highway 101.  The last section … Sigh. Don’t get me wrong. We’ve really enjoyed tasting at the wineries in our backyard but we’d like to get back to tasting in a few other areas. If you missed parts one and two, we’ve provided links to them at the top of this page.

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