Charlie says for the most part he’s self taught, but he did take some U.C. Extension classes and got a list of text books from U.C. Davis. He read a lot and hired a wine consultant and ran tests in his lab. He believes viticulture is the most important aspect of winemaking. “If you don’t have a good vineyard, you’re never going to have good wine.” Right now Charlie’s Zin is sourced from Old Vines in Rancho Cucamonga, but he will be releasing his estate Zin eventually. The Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Syrah are all from hist estate grapes. I have tasted all of Charlie’s wines and just last evening tried his Cab Franc again. He’s making worthy wine.
Stop by his tasting room Thursday through Sunday, pull up a stool and have a visit while you taste his wines. He might even show you the video of the episode of The Invaders shot in Temecula in 1967. 28522 Old Town Front Street, Temecula – 951-821-1282