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Out of Town: A Day Exploring Temecula’s Wine Country

Last year, I finally took advantage of the opportunity to visit Temecula’s Wine Country. With iPods loaded with crazy throwback tunes, playlists roaring and near perfect weather, my friends and I hit the open road on our way through the hills to Temecula. What was I expecting upon arriving? To be honest, I had no idea. I had been to Stone Brewing Company the previous year so the scenery I was looking for was similar to that. Desert hillsides lined with sparse greenery, palm trees and a lot of rocky soil. As we approached the "Welcome to Temecula" sign, we drove past gorgeous housing communities and neighborhoods, which had me scratching my head. Okay... so, where is wine country? [...]

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Tablas Creek Vineyard; A taste of Rhône in Paso Robles

Visiting Paso Robles for the first time was nothing short of amazing. The laid back setting, rolling hills, and less crowded viticultural area provides wine enthusiasts with what most people seek when visiting California wine country – peace and quiet, great food, great people, and AMAZING wines. This particular day brought us to a hand full of wineries, all of which showed very different wines. We were able to stop by two Neil Collins wineries, including Tablas Creek Vineyard. English-born Neil Collins was actually a trained Chef, but eventually came to dabble and subsequently focus solely on winemaking and vineyard management. With stints at Adelaida Cellars and Wild Horse, Neil met owners Robert Haas and the Perrin family when Tablas Creek was beginning its journey, and Neil had to be a part of it. Tablas Creek was founded by the Perrin Family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in famous Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, …

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Halter Ranch Vineyard; A touch of Rhône, Ranch style (AmericanWineryGuide)

Paso Robles has some of the finest Rhône style wines in not only California, but the United States as well. Our latest AmericanWineryGuide contribution covers yet another gem that Paso Robles has to offer. Do not sleep on Paso, especially if you are a fan of small family-style wineries.   The HISTORY “Halter Ranch is located in the Paso Robles Westside Adelaida District and produces Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines made from 100% sustainable, estate-grown grapes. The ranch itself has been around since the late 1800s when it was originally owned by businessman Edwin Smith, who was a dealer in produce and livestock and was part of 3,600 acres of land he owned. Edwin built a Victorian farmhouse that later burned down, but was rebuilt and utilized until his business collapsed. In 1943, about 1,200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family and was farmed for over 50-plus years until the …

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Quick Pour: 2011 A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Wine

Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Quick Pour: …

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Quick Pour: Cline Cellars Cashmere Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth and elegant. Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth …

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