Tom grew up farming and has grown grapes in both Napa and Sonoma. “As a grape farmer, my job is to coax the vines to produce grapes with exceptional varietal flavor.” We tasted three of his wines. Brian called it “luscious.” Ken liked the nose, picking up butterscotch and honey and thought at $14 it was a great value. Chris noted flavors of pear and apple with notes of vanilla. It was fermented 65% in oak and 35% in stainless steel.
Next we tasted the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Al liked the bold nose and found it easy to drink on its own without food. He called it an “incredible value and a must buy” at $14. Cindy gave it four out of five stars and said it “tastes more expensive.” Tony thought it drank more like a $30 or $40 bottle. Karla said the flavor was delightful.
In the meantime I’ve been enjoying Tom Gore olive oil and honey. The nuts have been great in our salads and I’ve used the dried peppers in a marinade. I love his philosophy and wish him nothing but success.
Tom Plant launched WINEormous in 2009 and is a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701! Ask about special discounts.