WINEormous at Woodworth Vineyards

Superior Pinot Noir From Temecula Valley

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When I heard about a quality Pinot Noir coming out of the Temecula Valley, I was extremely skeptical. I have tasted two Pinot Noirs from the area and they don’t have any of the glorious characteristics of quality Pinots. Woodworth Vineyards, I was told, was not only producing Pinot Noir, but it was good. It […]

WINEormous at Messina Hof

Wine In Texas? You’d Best Believe It!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When I bring up the topic of wines from Texas, I invariably get a guffaw, a “they make wine in Texas?” or something along the lines of “it can’t be any good.” Pardon me, but I beg to differ. I spent my second harvest weekend at Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas, and not only […]

WINEormous at Lorimar Winery

Lorimar Winery Vision Becomes Reality

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

In May 2012, a dream that Mark Manfield and Lawrie Lipton shared became a reality. They opened the doors to the newest tasting room in Temecula wine country, Lorimar Winery. On the site of Jim Boner’s former Providence Winery, this stunning winery is a sight to behold. Lorimar Winery isn’t new. In 2010 they opened […]

WINEormous with James Rutherford

Meet James Rutherford – The New Face of Winemaking at Mt. Palomar

Monday, July 15th, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

His wines will be made for the market, but at the same time to his palate. He believes there’s a place for sweet wines and ros├ęs, as long as they’re done right. He wants his wines to be food friendly, easy to drink and not out of reach on the budget.

WINEormous at the Restaurant at Leoness

The Restaurant at Leoness – Luck & Hard Work Pay Off

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When he first arrived at Leoness two years ago there was “nothing here” he said, just a kitchen and the basics. There was hardly any budget. He had broken his ankle and spent the first four months in the kitchen on crutches.

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Where Salvador Sings to the Vines

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Her philosophy is simple. Get it right in the vineyards and use a hands-off approach. She makes three wines; Guw├╝rtztraminer, Cabernet Franc and the crown jewel, Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Fazeli Cellars – Our Name Is On The Label

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

“Inspired by the ancient traditions of Persia, Rooted in the modern expressions of California.” You’ll find those words of the back of every bottle of wine from Fazeli Cellars. Bijan (BJ) Fazeli and his wife Wendy began looking at land about 14 years ago with the idea of growing grapes in Temecula. While they were […]