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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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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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Quick Pour: Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2013

Producer: Tablas Creek Vineyard
Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, USA
Price: $20
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 54% Grenache Blanc, 25% Viognier, 13% Roussanne, & 8% Marsanne
ABV: 13.2%

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Quick Pour: South Coast Winery 2010 GVR White Blend

Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle that appeared on the nose, tapering with luscious structure and velvety smooth.  A pure shocker from Temecula showing very well. Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle …

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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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Quick Pour: Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Fresh lemon meringue, touch of honey, lush, white tropical fruit, and flaky pastry aromas lead to a smooth, honey-coated palate with plenty of weight. Fresh, floral nuances compliment and balance the fruit-forward notes of apricot, golden apple, and pineapple with spice undertones that taper into honey-dipped hints of brioche and angel food cake from mid to back palate. The finish is extremely smooth, pleasing, and spiced up with notes of lemon zest that seem to linger on and on. Excellent balance – a little hot, but not overly acidic with a plethora to look forward to with each sip. Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% …

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