Domenic and his friend who helps him with the winemaking took us on a tour of the facility. Massive oak, redwood and concrete tanks fill the rooms, There are a few deer heads on the wall. On another wall is a faded map of Alaska. Why? Because grandfather Domenic used to hunt and fish there. Domenic pulled out a wine thief, actually a length of rubber tubing, and siphoned sherry from his solera. He says it’s the oldest in the state.
Back in the Cantu-Galleano house, we shared more stories and drank more wine. Don and Domenic were judging a wine competition later in the week, and they invited us the watch some of the judging and join them at the dinner. I suggest you visit this slice of history at your earliest opportunity. I can assure you it will be unlike any other winery visit you’ve ever had. If you stop by on the weekend, they may even fire up the outdoor grill.
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.