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Go Big Red Bordeaux at Wiens Family Cellars

Wine drinkers seeking Bordeaux-style big red wines need look no further than Temecula to find them.  Located just seven miles off the 15 Freeway, Wiens Family Cellars has been making wines of the Bordeaux variety here for the past six years. “Known for Big Reds,” Wiens differentiates itself by concentrating on producing Bordeaux blends with big intense flavors, rich colors and long aging life to equal those of Napa and Sonoma.

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Is Temecula the new ‘Old World’ wine destination?

Inspiration from the Old World can be seen and tasted at wineries today along Rancho California Road and the De Portola Wine Trail. Now the latest ode to the Old World is the recent opening of the tasting room at Europa Village – a milestone for what promises to become a premiere wine destination for Temecula wine country.

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Wines to watch from Texas

Mother Nature is shining on Texas vineyards this year. Thanks to a great Spring with no frost, just the right balance of moisture and low temperatures, Texas wine makers are enjoying a fantastic year.

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Getting lost in wine country

It was last month during a road trip to Napa when I learned to never again question the motives of my sometimes confused, often snippy navigation system (I call her ‘Nav’).  Sure it provides directions, but it just might lead you to a fantastic experience!      As we trekked through wine country on assignment […]

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France’s wine country

French wines are considered the best in the world. One reason is because they have standards that wines must meet in order to be allowed to have certain titles on their labels. They also have a wide variety of grape growing climates. Each region of France has its own wine characteristics.

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Portugal’s wine country

Port may be the most famous wine produced by Portugal, but it is in no way the only worthy wine. Notably, Madeira, another fortified wine like Port, is also from Portugal. Portugal also produces other varieties of red, white, and rose wines.

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Spain’s wine country

Rioja and Cava are popular exports from Spain but there is so much more that Spanish wines have to offer. Learn about the main regions and grapes of Spain and their designated marks of quality.

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Wine in Montalcino – The story behind Brunello

Brunello is a special wine in many ways. It can be rich and perfumed, yet brawny, and also elegant all simultaneously. You probably wouldn’t pick a Brunello for simple sipping. Depending on the producer and the style, the flavors can come out quite different. It is a complex wine.

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Italy’s wine country

Italy is split into numerous wine growing regions. Wine is a way of life in Italy and is served with most meals. This is a good start for navigating some of the Italian wines out there.