"We make wine we like, because we might have to drink it" explained Judi, who serves as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker. It's advice they took to heart from Wes Hagen from Clos Pepe Winery. He told them early on to only grow and produce what they really like. Wine is really hard to sell if you're not passionate about it, he explained.
This was a flawed wine, scoring 11.5 points out of a possible 60. Comments ranged from "Yuck! Toss it!" to "I get burning tyres. (Brian is British) And the mailman's used rubber bands. Actually not nice."
Initially Brookside will be sourcing all of its fruit to make its wine, but eventually he plans on planting vineyards and opening a tasting room. With today's economy, quality fruit is readily available and it doesn't make sense to plant vineyards... yet.
When they decided to locate the winery on De Portola Road, more than a few eyebrows were raised. There were only two other wineries on the road at the time: Keyways and Filsinger. Keyways was open only occasionally; Filsinger was open on weekends only. Several owners of wineries on Rancho California Road told them they were making a big mistake. They honestly wondered if they were making a mistake themselves.
Edwin announced that Doffo won “best overall winery” selected by several authors from the TOT organization. This winery was picked out of 27 wineries that participated in the World of Wine tour that occurred on March 6th and 7th. As the announcement was made, the crowd clapped and cheered for Marcelo and his family. The positive nods from those that were clapping only demonstrated that this was not a surprise to them.
Mark has no desire to have Temecula's biggest winery. His focus is to have a lovely, quaint spot when friends can gather and enjoy good wine and good times. The wine club will offer lots of events, from cooking classes to get togethers. He envisions it as more of a family than a wine club.