Lorimar

Lorimar winery and vineyardLorimar Vineyards and Winery opened in Temecula 10 years ago, featuring a large portfolio of fruit-forward wines, Tuscan-style architecture and breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains. The winery describes itself as “a fusion of wine, art, music and food.” Certainly, guests can enjoy live music while sipping wine and nibbling on appetizers, and local art is displayed throughout the tasting room. We found a distinctive personality there, and yes, their wines sing!

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Leoness Cellars

Leoness Cellars Tasting RoomOn our whirlwind Temecula wine country tour last week, we first stopped at scenic Leoness Cellars. The winery features stunning vineyard and mountain views, plus an award-winning restaurant. And the tasting room offers friendly hospitality and some darn good wine. We adored Leoness Cabernet Franc Reserve, however other bottles also made us smile. Read on for information about the winery’s story, their memorable wine and picturesque location.

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The Chocolate Block

The Chocolate BlockWe just tasted a sample of Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019. It was the first time since the 2006 vintage that we opened a bottle. Our palates have changed so much since then that we weren’t sure what to expect. We are happy to say this gorgeous red wine from Western Cape, South Africa continues to wow us. What a treat to taste it again so many years later. Its name comes from the spicy dark chocolate profile that the wine displays. Read on for details.

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South Africa Cab Sauv

South Africa Cab SauvWhen we think of Cabernet Sauvignon, we usually think of Bordeaux and our home state of Washington. So we were surprised to discover that Cab Sauv is the most widely planted red-wine grape in South Africa. Yes, we admit that we have just started exploring the world of South African wines. So we resoundingly said “Yes, please!” when samples of three bottles of South Africa Cab Sauv came our way. Read on for details of the three wines we tasted.

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